September 5, 2018 at 12:57 #430
The first Deadpool was quite the parody of a superhero film. Sequels are usually less than the original, all too often a mere shadow of the original. If anything this was better than the original. Rude, crude and hilarious. There are few redeeming qualities to this movie but then every so often that’s a good thing and this is one of those occasions. When the gag reel is anticlimactic compared to the film then you know the film was well done. This film has a great sound track. If you are fortunate enough to watch this on a DVD you will enjoy the extras, especially the Celine Dion performance. If you like senseless slapstick, you aren’t offended by crude language, you enjoy a well acted parody, you should love this movie.
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". . . those who claim to know the Mind of God, who will tell you what God thinks and how He will judge and condemn others—those people are the greatest of all blasphemers." Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast
November 9, 2018 at 16:36 #4403
I was hard pressed to give this move its third star. It finally came down to, though not really good there wasn’t that much bad either. That may seem incredulous but it’s how I feel. I thought the combat scenes were reminiscent of so many gun fight movies where the good guys never miss and the bad guys never hit. At least that was true of the Americans. This was especially true of the charge against the Taliban in the last battle sequence. Please don’t take this to mean that I am devaluing the efforts and accomplishments of the group. In fact what they accomplished was astonishing. I don’t feel that making the story melodramatic added to the tale of those accomplishments. If you like bang bang shoot ’em ups you should like this. Realistic, not so much.
". . . those who claim to know the Mind of God, who will tell you what God thinks and how He will judge and condemn others—those people are the greatest of all blasphemers." Aloysius Xingu Leng PendergastNovember 13, 2018 at 05:58 #4645
This was a fun movie save for scenes showing the extreme height. I’m an acrophobiac and this is not the first movie or video that has had scenes where I had to look away.
But overall the actors worked quite well together, Johnson and Campbell but also the younger actors, Roberts and Cottrell.
It is noted that the film reminded some of the Towering Inferno with a high rise skyscraper burning and too, Die Hard with Sawyer of course being in the role of McClane. I would agree with that but with enough differences that it didn’t appear to be a copy of either of those films. There were a few too many instances of melodrama but you expect that in a film where a man is trying to rescue his family from a burning skyscraper. While that detracted from the film somewhat I still felt that it was good enough for 4 stars.
". . . those who claim to know the Mind of God, who will tell you what God thinks and how He will judge and condemn others—those people are the greatest of all blasphemers." Aloysius Xingu Leng PendergastNovember 14, 2018 at 06:32 #4703
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
I have been rather disappointed in extended series with the quality eroding as new films are added, but this is a very welcome exception. The cast was excellent from the main characters to those well established actors with smaller parts such as Newton. Even those who had only voice parts such as Waller-Bridge for L3-37 were very well done.
The story was well written and Howard did his usual excellent job at directing. I noted the continuation of a sort with Howard having acted in American Graffiti which was directed by Lucas.
I don’t give 5 stars easily but this film deserved it. It matched the quality of the original three releases of the franchise, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. For any fan of the franchise, especially those three originals, you won’t be disappointed. Very well done in every respect.November 18, 2018 at 10:15 #4844
Now this was a funny film, typical of many of the Bateman films of the last few years, not Citizen Kane but not intended to be. An ensemble cast of, if not A list actors well above the B list. . . A-? Lots of laughs, not necessarily belly laughs but certainly very loud guffaws. If you like comedies, farces, then you should enjoy this. Light fare to enjoy, not to make you think and we all need that at times. I had fun, I hope you do too.November 29, 2018 at 15:22 #5434
A decent movie but fairly predictable. Well done CGI, well acted and overall Chuck did a pretty good job.November 29, 2018 at 15:25 #5436
A decently acted film with a overwhelming amount of action and at times I just didn’t know what was going on other than that action. In short, there was a lot left to your ability to know what the plot was without much input from the script. The majority of the film takes place in an unnamed country which appears to be a Southeast Asian country but you’re just not sure. It was interesting to see Rousey in a film role and she didn’t do a bad job. I would have liked to be able to give this another star but being left in the dark as to who was fighting whom and why was just too much of not enough information.November 29, 2018 at 15:26 #5437
Plodding, so slow that I was thinking about stopping it, and moving on to something more interested such as sorting my sock drawer. But then something happened. It began to move faster (possibly the whole speed thing was just my perception) and certainly my interest began to pique. I began to enjoy the story, the acting, the humor (though I would not consider this a comedy as it is said to be) the drama, the horror of war, the perseverance of people living under the threat of bombs every night and loved ones, acquaintances gone. I very much appreciate the acting of the entire cast; Lacy was delightfully inept as an actor, Arterton and Claflin as the scriptwriters who unbeknownst to themselves, much in love also. But Bill Nighy is one of the best actors that the UK has produced at any time. Drama with a decent amount of humor and love. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Amusing, much like the Deadpool movies but a bit more PG13 than R rated. The story is fairly predictable as are some of the punchlines but overall not a bad movie. My biggest complaint would be with Goggins’ role as Burch. It was a duplication of his role as Boyd Crowder in the Justified series, a good series but Crowder was way out of place as a crime kingpin in San Francisco.December 8, 2018 at 01:40 #5808
This movie would have been a lot better for me. . . well, maybe some better for me, had I not read the book when it came out over 20 years ago. Much of what happens in this film is silly, over contrived. I am a Statham fan though I admit he does some movies much better than others. This had a cast that acted decently and I fell in love with young Sophia Cai. Lots of action, lots of mayhem, the CGI was adequate but not much more than that.December 11, 2018 at 04:26 #5991
DEN OF THIEVES
This is one of the best action movies I’ve seen in some time. It’s suspenseful in how it keeps you wondering how the bad guys are going to do what they are going to do. It was very interesting to see Butler in this type of role and he did it very well. The acting overall was well done and the cinematography was superb. The end was a surprise and it made me laugh, with the script writer, not at him.December 12, 2018 at 02:48 #6077
Don’t let Mark or Harpo read this review, they may well die of apoplexy.
This film moved me. It is not historically accurate after the first third according to the Cliff Notes but in many ways it is accurate in attitude and a presence unto today.
While technically in some respects, this film did not earn 5 stars – 4 probably – the overall message raises it to 5 or more. Technically the acting was good, not great, the cinematography somewhat ordinary and the script, where it deviated from the actual events somewhat predictable. But the story, one that we as a nation have not learned, is so very, very important, and the final scenes from Charlottesville prove that, the words of Trump, prove that. We as a nation have so much more to learn. So much more.December 18, 2018 at 04:42 #6568
EDDIE IZZARD : DEFINITE ARTICLE
Izzard is a wizard, no alteration intended. He jumps from one scene to the next with little care as to how one should follow the other and he makes you not care, and then he draws it all together. He gives a lesson in Latin and French, a bit of German and whether you understand or not, you’re laughing. He does the same with Welsh. Whether he’s James Mason, James Bond or a Scottish Mrs. Badcrumble you laugh. He teaches you how to queue up in the grocery and you see things you’ve done. Whether he’s explaining the theory of relativity or why Pavlov worked with dogs rather than cats, you laugh. And why? Because he takes the real, makes it absurd and while you’re laughing you’re saying to yourself “Yes!” because it’s true. Well, maybe not the ducks wearing horseshoes but much of it if not most. Only watch this if you like to laugh, appreciate the absurd and don’t mind that Izzard is a transvestite. And really, who gives a damn?December 19, 2018 at 18:17 #6683
This was a much better movie than I thought it would be from looking at the reviews. I am a fan of all three known stars, Nolte, Roth and Guzmán, the latter being less known but still a fine actor. I feel that I could easily become a fan of young Miss Henriquez were I able to see her in more roles and I hope that happens. Each actor played their part well making you believe in their characters. The story was not all that unusual but still quirky enough that it kept me more than interested. I enjoyed seeing the background people in their day to day lives, though it was in Columbia rather than Mexico. Adventure, a bit of suspense, humor though this certainly was not a comedy.December 20, 2018 at 04:00 #6711
Cute, some funny lines and situations, but overall light comedy. A very decent ensemble cast.
Irony; Andy Garcia starred in When A Man Loves A Woman with Meg Ryan. He played an airline pilot married to Ryan’s character who was an alcoholic. A very good movie. The irony? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie where so much wine was consumed casually as in this movie. It really affected my view of the movie overall, not that I have anything against wine or other adult beverages, but the consumption in this movie was unrealistic.December 26, 2018 at 08:39 #7224
A CHRISTMAS STORY
This film would have 5 stars save for the repetitious showing for the past several years, 24 hours on TNT or TBS every Christmas day. A little goes a long way but then, this film is a classic.
If this film has to be explained to you then you are already lost. Released in 1983, it enjoyed a fair to middling run during the pre Christmas and Christmas season that year and early 1984, but was not considered much of a film.
While Billingsley, McGavin, Dillon and Moore are recognized for their outstanding work, I feel that Ian Petrella as the younger brother to Ralphie was overlooked. I think he did an outstanding job of so young of an actor.
Yes, we watched this yesterday in between our traditional Christmas Morning Mexican breakfast and our late afternoon Christmas feast. Hey, it was Christmas day and what is Christmas without A Christmas Story?January 4, 2019 at 11:27 #7699
STRANGER THINGS, Season 2
I’ve just finished Season 2 of Stranger Things and if anything it was better than Season 1. One thing that impresses me is how the Duffer Brothers have gathered an ensemble of young actors who do a great, convincing job of acting. You believe their fear, their young teen angst, their young teen first love, and their problem solving as the somewhat nerdish pack the 4 young men, and one young girl who is inserting herself into their nerd club. Exciting, cliff hangers, bringing a mix of horror and science fiction not seen since the B films of the 1950s but done oh so well. This series is good, great even if you are a fan of science fiction, horror and young love done well.January 7, 2019 at 10:12 #7918
Moving. Fishburne was dynamic on stage. His movements were believable, you felt Marshall, the man as young, vibrant, and older with his cane and all of the stages of his life in between. There were lessons to be learned from this play and it’s unfortunate that we as a nation haven’t learned them far better than we have. The play shows what one man, determined, brilliant, caring, can do. There were moments where I laughed out loud, surprisingly many, and others when I cried. The story of Chief Justice Earl Warren traveling to Gettysburg with his black chauffeur was one of those moving instances. If you enjoy history, if you want to know about our country, the good, the bad and the ugly, then you should enjoy this film of the play.January 10, 2019 at 15:30 #8122
It was over 14 years ago that the original was released and like so many sequels this did not measure up to the first. It wasn’t bad, it was OK. As the commercial asks “Just OK?” Yes, just OK. Nothing was exceptional about this, highly unusual for Pixar. The writing was fairly pedestrian, a plot that held no great mystery (I narrowed the villain down to one of two characters early on).January 11, 2019 at 15:40 #8176
THE EQUALIZER 2
It is my experience that most sequels don’t live up to the original. If I’m correct then this is an exception. It compares quite well with the original with more emphasis on personal relationships, with McCall being concerned about those around him, letting them get close. While it’s true that I suspected the ultimate antagonist early on it didn’t detract from the story. Well acted, believable for the most part and certainly entertaining if you enjoy action films.January 15, 2019 at 20:59 #8370
I was disappointed in this film. The premise was quite interesting but the delivery of the story was more like a “C” that a “B” movie.
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