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
July 31, 2019 at 16:34 #21765CapricornKeymaster
STRANGER THAN FICTION 2006
Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifah
Don’t know how I missed this. Unusual movie – not the typical Will Ferrell comedy.August 11, 2019 at 20:10 #22538
3 stars only because of the great CGI.
I felt the movie overall was great for a middle schooler but not much beyond that. Like so many superhero movies, whether they be Marvel or DC, are short on plot, long on fighting and misusing lots of very good talent. This was certainly true of this film.
". . . 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 PendergastAugust 12, 2019 at 22:03 #22614
THE OLD MAN & THE GUN
Quirky, but in a very good way.
This film stars Robert Redford as an over the hill gang leader of a trio of bank robbers and Casey Affleck as a cop who does his best to catch him . . . sort of.
This has a great cast including Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover (an actor whose work I’ve loved ever since Places In The Heart), and several others of more than a little renown.
The film was a drama but with a decent bit of action and the plot kept you guessing. Very well acted, written and cinematography.
Redford as good as he’s ever been and after the last two movies I’ve seen Affleck in – Manchester By The Sea for which he won an Oscar and A Ghost Story, neither of which I liked at all – this was a welcome change.
". . . 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 PendergastAugust 19, 2019 at 15:53 #22816
3 Stars (more like 2½)
Two movies in a row featuring the geriatric set. Hmmm, makes me wonder.
This was not Eastwood at his best. Decent acting but the script was so so at best, the melodramatic family scenes were almost silly and the court room scene, the procedure, how the prisoner was allowed to spend time with his family was purely idiotic.
This is based on a true story and I think like many based on true stories, the true story would have been better.August 26, 2019 at 00:16 #23385
When Peter Jackson first came out with his Lord Of The Rings series of movies they were good. At a point though, when Jackson began another trilogy based off of Tolken’s works re The Hobbit it became just too, too much. It was milking a source and by doing so that milk became diluted and less tasty.
Now Jackson comes as the producer of Mortal Engines, a steam punk story that was done on a level to appeal to a middle school mentality. In short, it was less mature than a large production should be and it suffered mightily at the box office. After view this movie on HBO NOW I can see why.
Decently acted, and if that is damning with faint praise, so be it. The CGI was intricate but again, less than mature. The story was OK but not much more than that if any.
Spoiler alert: The bad guy hides himself from friends and family but it becomes apparent in the end and he is eventually overwhelmed by the good guys. How unique.August 28, 2019 at 14:03 #23521
This is a Danish/American western and it’s rather well done. The lead is portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen, a Danish film star but is one of those actors we recognize even if we can’t remember from where. He has quite a filmography.
Jon is a Danish ex soldier who, along with his brother immigrated to the western U.S. He left behind his wife and son who is now 10, and the story begins when the wife and son arrive at a train station and begin a stagecoach journey to their new home.
Two desperadoes, one who happens to be the brother of the leader of a band of cutthroats, get into the stagecoach and during the ride kick Jon out of the coach, rape and kill Jon’s wife and kill his son.
The action is gritty, violent and there are no real winners in the end.
The cast is a group not all that well known in the U.S. save for Jeffrey Dean Morgan of Walking Dead fame and several other films. Eva Green is another person you might recognize but wonder where from and then there is Jonathan Pryce, a great character actor.
This is a pretty decent western without a lot of moral resolutions in the end, and I found it to be a pretty good watch.September 27, 2019 at 15:48 #24923
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
Like so many films on Netflix this movie has few stars. Unlike so many of those films this was very well done, well acted, a complicated story that was intriguing.
Officer Thomas Lockhart is an ambitious street cop in Philadelphia in the 1988 as he and his partner come across multiple homicide victims who have died from exsanguination. They encounter the suspected killer who proves to be a formidable adversary but who dies after falling onto the subway tracks just as the train runs over her body.
And then it all begins again 9 years later. And 9 years after that.
Michael C. Hall is the most recognizable of the actors but the main character, played by Boyd Holbrook was quite well done as was the antagonist played by Cleopatra Coleman who did a very understated and perfect job.
If you like mystery and sci fi then you should like this film. It’s a pretty good mix of the two. Not quite a Blade Runner but still quite good.September 28, 2019 at 09:55 #24936
I AM WRATH
I am a John Travolta fan. Not a huge one but I enjoy the typical movie, especially including Grease and most things after that. I have seen him appear in some films that just didn’t have it, but this one was pretty bad.
Poorly written, poorly directed and overall, poorly acted with none acting worse than did Travolta. Christopher Meloni of Law & Order, SVU was the side kick on this one and did a decent job giving a bit of humor to a movie that was overall quite dull.
Melodramatic, unrealistic, stereotypical characters; nothing much to recommend this film.October 9, 2019 at 03:09 #25175
This is a remake of In Order of Disappearance, a Norwegian and both directed by Hans Petter Moland.
This starred Liam Neeson as the main character backed up by a a fairly large ensemble cast. It was well done with one factor that was jarring to the visual senses. This was supposed to have taken place in Colorado but the mountains and other aspects of towns didn’t appear to be anything like Denver or the Colorado Rockies. It was filmed in the Canadian Rockies and I guess you have to make do with what you have.
This followed the Norwegian original fairly faithfully and it caused me to reflect on other films made for the U.S. market that copied European originals. One is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with the original Swedish version introducing Noomi Rapace and the U.S. version introducing Rooney Mara. Then there was the Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In and the American/British version Let Me In staring Chloë Grace Moretz. I felt the last two had the Swedish version better than the U.S. version.
This film was as good as but no better than the Norwegian one.October 11, 2019 at 02:09 #25219
A decent if not a great movie with spies and counterspies and lots of twists and turns. The theme is that the enemy may be without, as in radical Islamists, but the danger lies within from radical nationalists as well, nor are all Islamists radical.
Decently acted by Noomi Rapace as the protagonist, the spy on the run because she’s been branded a possible traitor. I pegged the uber bad guy from early on. This was due to the film having a fairly standard plot.October 12, 2019 at 04:19 #25261
THE SOPRANOS Season 1
OK, so I’m late to the table with this series, but better late than never; right?
Why I never got into this series before I don’t know. I have others, Game Of Thrones being the penultimate with Boardwalk Empire a very close second. But now I’m making up for lost time.
I don’t have HBO on my cable; I have HBO Now on my computer, a streaming service where I get to pic and choose the movies, series, documentaries, etc. that I want to watch when I want to watch them. It’s much more convenient than HBO on cable and less expensive also. The selection is vast. Think of it as Netflix but better.
So I’m looking at all of the offerings and I keep seeing The Sopranos and passing it by. . . and then I say why not? So I select episode 1 of season 1 and I’m hooked.
I started watching a bit over a week ago and just finished the last episode of season 1. I have to say I am glad I watched that first one and am ready to start on season 2.
Excellent acting for the most part with my only complaint being unfamiliar with many of the Italian idioms and what wiseguy is working for what capo, but those are fairly minor. Lots of stereotypes and one has to wonder just how true to life those stereotypes are. I really don’t know.
I had seen Gandolfini in various roles before and expected a good performance. I was not disappointed. The same could be said of all the main cast and so many of the supporting cast members. As for the location shooting; it’s what I picture New Jersey to look like but as the only place I’ve been in Jersey is Fort Dix I couldn’t say for sure.
On to season 2 and I’ll comment as I finish each season.October 26, 2019 at 15:51 #25898
I’ve finished seasons 2 and 3 of The Sopranos. This series received a multitude of accolades and from what I can see it earned them all. It is so much more than an Italian mob story.November 6, 2019 at 21:04 #26599
Season 4 of the Sopranos is finished and I’m well into Season 5.
This is consistently good; some episodes better than others but none are less than quite good and most well better than that.
If you haven’t seen this series and you like anything Italian mobster related then you should watch this.November 17, 2019 at 11:23 #27375
I’ve finished The Sopranos. Wow!
Drama, comedy, and certainly lots of action.
The ending is a huge cliff hanger and I have my own thoughts about it but won’t share them as they would be a spoiler.
If you like wiseguy stories at all you should like this. There were gaps in the plot at times but nothing that interfered with the overall story line.
Overall, 4½ Stars.November 19, 2019 at 17:39 #27507
This is described as a dark comedy and it was very dark indeed. Starring Armie Hammer and Brie Larson among a host of others, it tells the story of a group of arms buyers and sellers who get into a fire fight at an abandoned warehouse. Hilarious? No but it did have its moments. Lots of action, bullets flying everywhere, death and mayhem. Not a great movie but pretty decent.November 24, 2019 at 03:29 #27757
There was excellent acting, especially by Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough – the oldest grandchild of Elvis Presley and Naoki Kobayashi.
This is the story of a Swedish woman who lives in Japan and works as a translator for technical manuals. She has a friend who comes up missing and is suspected of being the friends murderer.
While well acted as noted it is plodding at times.November 28, 2019 at 01:42 #27997
This is an odd story about prejudice, mixing fact with outrageous fiction and it begins not that far from me, 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot#Encounter_in_the_elevator
To date I’ve watched 6 episodes. They combine WWI era scenes, the riot scenes from 1921, current and recent life scenes but all of the more modern scenes are in a parallel universe type of setting, with many of our modern conveniences and some more akin to steam punk.
It is very well acted. Actors I’ve found outstanding so far include Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson – a Tulsa native and Jean Smart in a role that fans of Designing Women would be hard pressed to see her in. It also has the great Jeremy Irons in an odd, odd role. But then odd describes this work.
I’m not sure using the term enjoy to describe my feelings watching this would be correct, but it’s true that I find this a very well done HBO series.November 29, 2019 at 07:22 #28060
This is a dark and dreary tale of an obsessed detective. The plot was plodding at best and much of it was predictable. The only bright spots were Jim Carrey in a 180° divergent of his comedic talents and Charlotte Gainsbourg, both of which did a fine acting job, and very unexpected for Carrey.
I can’t recommend this film for the reasons stated above.November 30, 2019 at 17:14 #28121
One would expect a film with Pesci, Pacino and De Niro, direct by Scorsese to be good. This did not disappoint.
At 209 minutes it’s the longest film that Scorsese has directed and with a budget of $159 M, it’s also the most expensive. It was executive produced by De Niro and Scorsese and in addition the 3 actors mentioned above it has a large supporting cast, most notable, Anna Paquin of True Blood fame and Ray Romano in a dramatic role done very well.
This is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, a code for you kill people. The book is based on interviews with the De Niro acted character of Frank Sheeran.
In many ways this is a typical gangster movie but it’s far more than that. Very well acted, beautiful cinematography, great old cars and the soundtrack was perfect.November 30, 2019 at 17:40 #28122GaleParticipant
Thanks. I’ll watch it. It’s already on Netflix.
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