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
January 17, 2019 at 21:34 #8476
I have one more month on Netflix’ DVD program and at the same time I’m using the streaming program. After my DVD program ends it will only be the streaming. While there is no apparent review system in the streaming program I’ll continue to post reviews here using the 0 to 5 star system.
". . . 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 PendergastJanuary 17, 2019 at 21:52 #8481
THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES
This is the most refreshing Christmas movie that I’ve seen since probably The Santa Clause. It was funny, tugged at the heart strings a bit and offered a different take on Saint Nick (Kurt Russell).
I heard nothing about this movie before I came across it in the Netflix list. Well, that’s not quite accurate but almost. I have seen pictures of Russell and the lovely Sock It To Me girl, Goldie Hawn dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but I had no idea it was taken from a movie. (I used to be in love with Ms. Hawn. . . come to think of it I still am.)
The movie deals with a true believer and her older brother who no longer believes. . . maybe. In a wild night they wreck Santa’s sleigh and might prevent Christmas from happening which would cause great calamity in the world.
Russell makes a great Saint Nick and his rendition of Santa Claus Is Back In Town while in a jail drunk tank is priceless. What is Santa doing in a drunk tank? Watch the movie to find out. It’s worth your time.
". . . 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 PendergastJanuary 19, 2019 at 20:22 #8642
Another film found only on Netflix starring an actor that I became a fan of when I first saw her in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; Noomi Rapace.
The film has Rapace as a bodyguard to a young British heiress who becomes the target of assassins. It’s filled with action but it also allows Rapace to show her dramatic abilities. Her character is based on the real life bodyguard, Jacquie Davis who has guarded celebrities and even royalty.
The cinematography is very well done, the acting quite good as well from Rapace and Sophie Nélisse who I first saw as the protagonist in the film The Book Thief. Indira Varma, who played Ellaria Sand in Game Of Thrones also has a large role and as those of us who are familiar with her work would expect, a job very well done.
Action with drama, believable; if such a film suits your taste then you should enjoy this. If you’re a misogynist, not so much.January 20, 2019 at 02:20 #8665
This is by far one of the best super hero movies from either DC Comics or Marvel. It matches with the two Deadpool films. Lots of action, lots of CGI effects and lots of laughs as well, though not quite on the same level as Deadpool An excellent cameo by Stan Lee; he will be missed in future Marvel films.
A different kind of role for Tom Hardy and it confirms my thoughts as to his talent. He seems to be able to do anything. His role as Locke should have earned him far more awards than it did. He is as good of an actor as any I can think of currently and far better than most.
This is not a niche movie. Horror? Yes. Crime, science fiction, action, drama, a bit of comedy; it’s all there. Watch it, you may be surprised.January 20, 2019 at 04:51 #8666
This is the second movie I’ve watched in a short period of time with a kick ass female protagonist. While this was well done it wasn’t quite on the same level as CLOSE.
Jennifer Garner did a very good job as the vigilante mother and wife who watched her daughter and husband as they were gunned down in a drive by shooting. A corrupt judicial system allowed the killers to go free so she takes it upon herself to do something about it. She becomes proficient in hand to hand, knife and firearms combat then seeks out those who were responsible for both the death of her family and those that let them get away with murder. . . until she caught up with them.
A bit better than a run of the mill action film with well choreographed fight scenes. I figured out the mole in the police department well before it was revealed in the movie, and this was in spite of a red herring. Still, overall a pretty decent shoot ’em up flick.January 22, 2019 at 22:48 #8888
HOUSE OF CARDS
The previous seasons were all 4 or 5 stars but I ended my viewing of this in the middle of the third episode. The acting was the same excellent quality but the story line was way more than muddled. I understand that they needed to kill off Francis (Kevin Spacey) and that wasn’t hard to follow at all, but I had no idea who some of the other characters were and what their role was supposed to be, nor did I understand why some people were being murdered.
A very poor ending to a great series.January 27, 2019 at 09:22 #9266
When it’s good, it’s good and when it’s not so good it’s not so good.
So goes the way of many productions and this Netflix product is up and down. Mostly up but with enough down to hurt the series overall.
I’ve just finished the first season and I may – or may not – watch season 2 which is rumored to be the last. Marvel, now owned by Disney may not be appearing on Netflix in the future at all.
This is taken from a Marvel comic as all Marvel stories seem to be. It’s not realistic but then it’s not supposed to be. Super action, an anti hero protagonist that gets stabbed, shot, beat up and god knows what else but like Timex, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
If you like escapist action then you should enjoy this except where it gets bogged down in philosophical musings.January 28, 2019 at 06:55 #9365
Another Eddie Izzard DVD and just as hilarious as any of the rest. The first 10 minutes or so is spent talking about god creating the world. God speaks in a James Mason voice and Noah speaks in a Sean Connery voice. (Little did we know that Noah had to interrupt building his speed boat to make the ark for god.)
Eddie points out that there were some animals that took a pass from getting on the ark; ducks for example. We also didn’t know that Noah made all the animals with long ears sit on the side of the ark because he liked the way their ears looked blowing in the wind. (That was some fast ark, just ask Eddie.)
So what we have is Izzard taking the generally accepted and showing how ridiculous it can be and we’re laughing with him all the way.
Humor, a healthy dose of skepticism about most anything, and a fresh way of making one look at things. Izzard is much like George Carlin was but a bit more laid back.January 28, 2019 at 07:15 #9366
HALLOWEEN, 2018 version
When I first saw Halloween, the original version in 1978 I was with my then girlfriend and her son, around 2 years old at the time. I sat Peter on my lap, took out the fuse for the horn and let him drive the car so to speak until he fell asleep. Oh, we were at the drive in; did I fail to mention that? I had no idea what the movie was about but once it began I fell in love for the first time with a slasher movie. I don’t remember linking any slasher movie to any extent other than the original Halloween.
This version has Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode but no longer the high school girl of 1978; now she’s a grandmother and her daughter and granddaughter (who is a high schooler) as well as Laurie herself are well in the cross hairs of Michael Myers. Surprise, surprise, and the rest of the film is about as predictable.
We never find out how the bus transporting the mental patients to a new facility was involved in an accident or how all of the patients who were chained and locked in escaped, but escape they did. We also don’t find out how Myers, locked in the back of a sheriff’s SUV was able to open the door. We also don’t know why Deputy Hawkins identifies himself as “Officer Hawkins” instead of Deputy Hawkins.
There is very little new in this movie or anything that stands out save for one scene that duplicates the scene from the original movie where Myers is shot by Dr. Loomis (played by the great Donald Pleasance whose greatest role in my opinion was Oracle Jones in Hallelujah Trail). Myers is knocked off of a second story terrace and is lying on his back in the lawn at night when Laurie asks Dr. Loomis if he, Myers, is the boogeyman. When Loomis looks back, Myers is gone. In this movie that scene is duplicated but with a great twist, one of the few good things about this film.
Boring for a slasher movie filled with “gotcha” moments and far too many “Don’t open that door!” scenes. Curtis and Patton as Deputy (or officer if you prefer) Hawkins did really good jobs of acting.
I can’t recommend this movie unless you want a really dull “B” (or is that “C”?) movie to watch for a laugh come next Halloween. If you want to be pee your pants scared, watch the original. 40 years later it is still pee your pants scary.January 29, 2019 at 09:44 #9469
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
I’m usually not much into zombie movies unless they are a parody like Sean Of The Dead or Zombieland, but this sounded different, and it was. Not parody, no humor at all.
The premise is that a fungal infection has turned a large part of the population into ‘Hungries’ people who are zombies, mindless as per most zombie stories, and they eat flesh, not just brains. But there are another group of children who are Hungries but hardly mindless. They think and act like rational human beings until their need to feed takes over. One of them is Melanie, played by Sennia Nanua who was probably 13 during filming.
This film was very well acted and the cinematography was excellent, both CGI and standard filming. The story was confusing at first but most things were explained as the story continued. It was very well acted especially by Miss Nanua.
Not your run of the mill zombie story which all too often has mindless zombies chasing after equally as mindless non zombie humans. Rather this story was interesting even if it dragged in parts.
The script was written at the same time the novel was being written. Unusual to say the least, but for the film, it seems to have worked.February 9, 2019 at 13:14 #10199
A quote by Sam Elliot regarding his part in The Big Lebowski:
Perhaps Elliott’s most celebrated part — prior to A Star Is Born, anyway — came in the small but pivotal role of The Stranger in the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski. While Elliott’s enigmatic cowboy turns up only briefly throughout the film, he brings the curtain down with a fourth wall-breaking bowling alley soliloquy.
“That last day on that film, when I’m looking into the camera and talking to the audience,” Elliott remembered, “I’d done that scene eight [or] nine times and the brothers were
. I’d done the scene and I’d felt like I had nailed it more than once. And I just looked at them and said, ‘Hey, you guys gotta tell me what the f*** you want.’ And they said, ‘No, we got it on the third or fourth take, we just like seeing you do it.’”
This proves beyond a doubt that the Coen Brothers know what they are doing.February 21, 2019 at 04:44 #10870
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
I have been enjoying my Netflix Streaming, probably more than I should. By that I mean I’ve spent a lot of time watching shows I’ve never heard of before and many are Netflix productions.
That is the case with The Umbrella Academy. If you’re familiar with steampunk, this is a modified version of that with the action taking place, usually but not always, in what appears to be a somewhat current time in the U.S. I say somewhat current because there is nary a computer to be seen, no cell phones and there are still lots of pay phones available along with modern transit buses and mostly current automobiles.
The cinematography in this series is amazing. It surprised me how extensive the CGI graphics were especially for a television series. But more, this ensemble cast was superb. I would say it’s lead by Ellen Page, who is outstanding in virtually everything she does. I first remember seeing her in Hard Candy where she played a 14 year old vigilante taking on a pedophile.
But Ms. Page is just the start. Most are less well known with the possible exception of Mary J. Blige. But well known or not they did an outstanding job. Of the 5 members of the Academy who have special powers, Robert Sheehan deserves special mention. His role of a drug addicted gay man who communes with the dead is beyond description. Emmy Raver-Lampman also was excellent as the celebrity of the group whose power is telling someone a rumor and it becoming reality.
But mentioning a few may well be a disservice to the rest of the cast. They all deserve mention.
The plot is that the group of 5 adults with certain powers and 1 without any powers, a quite ordinary girl (Page) have come together when their adoptive father dies. All 5, adopted shortly after their extraordinary birth developed their powers and became a crime fighting unit until they split up in early adulthood and were estranged for the most part.
The plots are fantastic, exciting, with the outrageous made believable. There is quite a bit of time travel too.
If you have a chance to see this and you like odd, quirky stories with lots of action, a bit of drama, do your self a favor and watch this.March 7, 2019 at 12:35 #11660
WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY
This was an odd movie but disturbing also. It takes us to a dystopian future where move than one child is banned under the guise of protecting the environment and insuring enough food for everyone.
Noomi Rapace does a great job of acting as 7 siblings, hiding from the authorities, first as children then as adults. Clara Reed portrays the siblings as children with Rapace as their adult personas. Reed does a very good job also. Willem Dafoe portrays the grandfather in a somewhat minor role which is too bad because he is such a fine actor.
The siblings are named for the 7 days of the week and only one can leave their apartment at a time. This is true as children as well as adults. Some seem to never leave.
There is lots of action which Rapace seems to be doing a lot of in her current roles but there is a lot of drama as well.
This is not a feel good movie. There is death and destruction, hate and love. Oh, and in a role where you love to hate her we have the excellent Glenn Close.
While the film is disturbing it’s also an artistic treat. How they got one actor to play 7 roles and all on the screen at the same time I don’t know, but they did it seamlessly. Very well done.March 8, 2019 at 16:12 #11702
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
An odd, odd movie by the Coen Brothers. But wait, that’s redundant, to say the Coen Brothers did an odd movie. Do they do anything but odd movies?
Well this certainly is different even if keeping with the oddness, but as usual with the Coens, it’s damned good.
We have six vignettes, all in the old west and all, with the exception of the last with beautiful scenery filmed in New Mexico, Colorado and the panhandle of Nebraska. There is an ensemble cast with contemporary stars, one past star (Ms. Tyne Daly) and several character actors all of whom did a weird but excellent job.
If you like quirky and the Coen brothers you don’t want to miss this.March 31, 2019 at 13:19 #13118
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
Horror films; there are different genres. There are slasher films such as the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise and the Jason franchise. I think the only slasher film I liked – and I liked the original a lot, the sequels and remakes not so much – Halloween.
There are the old monster flicks like Frankenstein, The Mummy (the remakes with Brenden Fraser were pretty decent, the Tom Cruise remake hardly matched up) and the great Bela Lugosi Dracula film was one of the best and the Bram Stoker’s Dracula was very well done.
Then there are the supernatural films like the Paranormal Activity franchise (the first very good, very scary, the others much less so) and Blair Witch was excellent.
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe is a mix of monster, though subtle, and supernatural. Very well done. Scary, well acted, well written, understated and by today’s standards a very cheap film to make with a budget of $6 million.
If you watch many movies you will find Brian Cox familiar and Sheriff Burke is played by Michael McElhatton, who, if you have followed Game of Thrones, will recognize as Roose Bolton.
The film takes place almost entirely in the basement of a house that serves as a spooky mortuary and coroner’s autopsy suite. It is dark and old fashioned as you might expect of a horror movie morgue to be.
The Sheriff brings the coroner and his son who is his assistant, a corpse of a lovely woman who is remarkably well preserved. As they begin the autopsy they are confused by the lack of trauma, and even more so when they open the corpse and discover a great deal of unexplained internal trauma.
Then things go from confusing to bad to far, far worse.
If your taste is for supernatural horror you should like this film. I did.March 31, 2019 at 14:33 #13120
I find that Netflix films are up and down; some not worth spending time on, others OK especially if nothing else is worth doing and still others very good.
The Highwaymen is of the latter group with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, two members of the group that tracked down and ambushed Bonnie and Clyde. Like most films based on true events this seemed to have a good deal of truth and a good deal of drama.
I admit that I am a fan of both Costner and Harrelson so my opinion may be a bit biased but I thought they each did a very good job. Coupled with how well this film was set up, the way they brought us back to the 1930s this was a very well done film.
There certainly is a bit of action in this film but it’s also filled with a large amount of drama, but drama well done.
If your taste is to action and/or drama you will probably like this film.April 29, 2019 at 00:41 #14325
I mentioned that Netflix films are up and down. That’s true but I’m finding them more down than up; B grade and some maybe more of an F grade. For the time being I’m going to keep my streaming program but I may well cancel that if the overall quality doesn’t improve.
I have signed on to HBO NOW and I’m liking that quite a lot. I’ve always been an HBO fan but haven’t subscribed to it since I moved to Oklahoma. I would watch the shows I wanted on DVDs from when I had that Netflix subscription and overall it was far better than the streaming program is.April 29, 2019 at 00:56 #14326
GAME OF THRONES
I enjoy fantasy; Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings though they ran that franchise into the ground. Those are but two of fantasy movies or series that I’ve enjoyed. I like fantasy novels as well, be they the horror of a Stephen King or some others that I’ve reviewed recently.
GOT is as good as it gets regarding fantasy. It’s written and filmed more than well enough to suspend belief and allows oneself to be there in the moment as it appears on screen.
I just watched episode 3 of this final season, season 8. This was the battle of Winterfell between a host of allies and the night walkers led by the Night King. It was, according to the producers, the longest battle scene ever filmed. That could become monotonous but these people know how to do it right.
Without any spoilers, many died that you grew to care for over the past 9 years counting this season and many that you thought might die have lived to see another day. After watching the battle, which lasted the better part of an hour, I was exhausted.
If I have a complaint it is one shared by many others; some scenes are just too dark to adequately see what is going on. This was very true of the battle which takes place in the early hours of the morning.
Outstanding writing as is typical, the same with the acting and, other than that being too dark, excellent cinematography as well as the details of Winterfell.
If you enjoy fantasy at all and you are one of those few who haven’t gotten into GOT, you’re missing out. This is an excellent series and I’ll be sad to see the last episode.June 10, 2019 at 06:27 #17687
I AM MOTHER
This is an odd science fiction dystopian movie from Australia and distributed by Netflix.
Mother is an android who is tasked with raising children in a secure building, and by raising children I mean from embryo to teen years and we can only guess, beyond. Daughter is one of those embroys and we follow her from that stage to her mid to late teen years.
It seems, according to Mother, that the world outside is toxic, that mankind finally succeeded in killing themselves off. Thus the job of raising these children is literally to replenish the planet with children educated by Mother. But so far in this story there is only the one child.
And then along comes The Woman and the apple cart as they say is upended.
Suspense, plot twists, pretty good acting all around by Clara Rugaard, a Danish singer/actor, and Hilary Swank as The Woman. Rose Byrne is the voice of Mother.
The plot kept you guessing until the very end and to an extent, beyond.June 15, 2019 at 02:46 #18114
WHEN THEY SEE US
This is a documentary about the investigation, trial and conviction of 5 young men accused of rape and assault of a jogger in Central Park, New York City.
I am a bit over a third into the first of four episodes and I’m not sure if I’m going to go back.
Granted, this is a depiction of events that happened 30 years ago and I would guess that, like most documentaries like this, there has been a certain amount of so called artistic license used in the making of this story.
However; if half of what is shown in the film of the arrest and the interrogations of these young men is true then this is a story about a gross miscarriage of justice perpetrated by the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. In fact, there is a large amount of evidence that would say that this is true, that kids, 2 of which were 15 and 1 was 14 during this event, were hounded into false confessions.
False confessing is a real thing and exacerbated by police interrogation techniques, such as extended hours of questioning, lying to suspects by telling them that others have implicated them or that if they confess this can all be wrapped up and they can go home. When that suspect is an unsophisticated youth that suspect is even more susceptible to such pressures.
30 years ago, but if we know anything about what can happen in some cases, this is just more of the same and it continues today.
Will I go back and watch more or possibly all? I’m not sure. Watching this made me angry and sad that in a nation that disrespects athletes for taking a knee during the National Anthem as disrespectful those same individuals such as Trump continue to attack 5 of the 6 victims in this case – the jogger herself being the other victim. Those athletes take a knee because they are protesting events such as this.
This is an important story, one that should be told. I’m just not sure I have the stomach to watch it.
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