Category Archives: Movie reviews

Adrift, Movie Review

The theme this year for summer blockbusters seems to be imaginary friends. First, “Tully” and the imagined night nanny, and now “Adift” where the surviving woman pretends her fiance is still alive on the boat with her. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert, but really, its not hard to figure out.

It reminded me a bit of “Life of Pi,” but really, all shows about surviving at sea are going to be similar.

The only thing that saves the movie from being unbearably boring is that its not told in order. You start with directly after the wreck, and jump between then and the moment she first meets her fiance. The story lines end with the boat crash and seeing the demise of her lover, and her finding shore. But the flashbacks are completely boring, and the after shipwreck story is only so-so. If it had been told in order, it would have been a complete thumbs down.

So… its an okay movie to see. Its based on true events, but I’ve seen better “left at sea” and survival stories based on true events. I would say skip it in theaters and maybe rent it for cheap.

On a positive note, the acting is good, which it should be, since the entire movie is hanging on one person’s performance.

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Book Club, movie review

As is quite obvious, the target audience for this movie is people of the same age as the four main actresses. And although I don’t fall in that category, I think the movie does hit its mark, and people of that generation should enjoy the flick. Of course, in my opinion it wasn’t the smartest audience to aim for, since I doubt that generation makes up a large portion of the movie theater goers these days, but whatever.

The movie obviously aimed for being relatable. Each of the women is in a situation that any 60 something woman is likely to fall into. (Unless they are poor, that category was not touched on.) One is divorced and attempting to get back into the dating game after years of being single. One is a widow with adult children who are trying to smother her, and she finds new romance. One has forever been single and reconnects with the lost love of her past. And the last, is married and dealing with her husband’s lack of libido.

The four read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in their book club and it inspires them to seek new romance, despite their over-the-hill status. Simple plot, filled with things you could easily see in real life. I can’t say there was anything great about the movie, nor anything horrible. It was a so-so movie with a very specific demographic.

 


Isle of Dogs, movie review

Wow.

A lot of thought was put into this movie, and effort, considering most was done with stop-motion-animation. The one liners were what made it all work together, and the bickering between the dogs. It was just great.

The dogs spoke English, the humans Japanese. It gives the film a unique perspective and the audience, for the most part, views the film through the eyes of the dogs. The plot had several layers, the quest to find the dog Spot, and then the conspiracy back with the humans, regarding finding a cure for the ailments the dogs are suffering.

Overall, it was a delightful movie. The dialogue, plot, and detailed scenes, all worked together to tell the story well and keep the audience entertained. It was a bit dark, and had a bit more gore in it than I usually like in my animated movies, but the other aspects made up for it.


Breaking In, movie review

I’ll start by saying the trailers for this movie are amazing. The music, the idea behind it, very well done. I walked into the theater expecting to see some woman power.

I left feeling pity for all the men who were emasculated in the film and wondering why any man had agreed to be involved in that film at all.

So the film centers around a group of four men wanting to steal $4 million dollars from the safe inside the house, which happens to be at the same time a mother and her two children arrive to prepare the house for sale. A back and forth begins where the group are locking each other out of the house, fighting to get back in and so on.

People get hit by cars, and get right back up, while others get hit once with a fist, and stay on the ground bawling like a baby. The woman takes quite a beating and keeps on trucking. Her husband arrives later on, and never gets up from the front porch, where he is hit a few times. This was truly the part that ruined the film for me. This husband/father arrives to find men terrorizing his family and he basically loses all his fight when he’s hit a few times. He just writhes in pain on the porch and gives up. Where’s the adrenaline rush? The rage and urge to defend his family? And why do the kids and mom just feel bad for him instead of going, “Hey F***er we’ve been fighting these assholes all night, why aren’t you helping? F****ing pansy.” This guy is built like a linebacker, it made no sense. If he was supposed to be a pathetic pansy, at least cast an actor who looks like that. Not a guy who looks like he lives in the gym. I get it, they wanted the mom to be the one to save the day, but come on… make it believable. Cause if my husband was that much of a wuss, and didn’t help me AT ALL, cause HE DOESN’T in this movie, he doesn’t even TRY, I would be pissed, and think most women would be. Like, his wife and daughter are being murdered in the next room and he’s just on the porch going, “oh, I think my arm might be broke, he twisted it pretty bad.” WTF?

So… moving past that. The movie kept focusing on things like the mom taking her shoes off. The camera zoomed in to make sure we all noticed this. Then she’d be barefoot for a while, and I thought she ended up shut out of the house, barefoot, but later she had shoes. I was puzzled. If you are going to show me her taking the shoes off, I need to be shown her putting them back on. I’d thought she was running around barefoot in the woods, but no, she magically put them back on. And this, shoes on, shoes off, kept happening, like the camera kept making it a point to shoe her take her shoes off, but later, when she’d need to do a running scene outside, she’d have them back on. It got annoying. Just have her keep the stupid shoes on and stop confusing me.

Scenes would also get cut short, in some attempt to make you wonder what happened, but then… you wouldn’t get shown what happened. Like, ever. The boy is shown, ready to shoot the bad guy, and as he fires, we cut away. Later, we see all party members perfectly fine, basically acting like it never happened. So… what happened? We saw him shoot. Did he miss? Why do we, the audience, not get to know? For several scenes I kept waiting to see the bad guy suddenly collapse from a wound until I finally had to decide the kid had apparently missed, even though they were three feet apart. Or maybe the bad guy had on a bullet proof vest? I’ll never know. And I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to know.

So… yeah, the movie failed on a lot of points. But the actors really gave it their all. They really did. I loved Gabrielle Union’s effort. She did great. But the editors seemed to take the film and decide, “Let’s ruin this movie and jumble this up into a mess.” Maybe they were men who got pissed about how the husband’s character got portrayed as such pansy. To which, I tip their hats to them.

I wouldn’t suggest seeing it. The poor editing will make your head hurt. Even if you are just seeing it to make fun of it.


I feel pretty, Movie Review

Over the years I’ve become less and less a fan of  Amy Schumer. Mostly, when I watched “Trainwreck” and saw her wearing all these clothes that, to me, were inappropriate for her body type. Skirts and shorts that barely cover your butt can only be pulled off by certain people, and she isn’t one of them. I was fearing a butt cheek would be exposed the entire movie. Then, I saw “Snatched,” and it wasn’t too bad, I thought maybe her times of dressing so skimpy were over. I walked into “I Feel Pretty” fully prepared for another dose of seeing her prance around in skirts with her butt hanging out, and sadly, that is majority of what I got to see in the movie. I get it, she believes her legs are her best asset and she wants to show them off as much as possible. But seriously Amy, stop making me live in fear of seeing your butt.

So putting aside that phobia of mine, how was the movie? Well, It was little too heavy on Amy Schumer. There weren’t any other characters for her to share the spotlight with. The other characters in the film confused me, and I had a hard time figuring out if I was supposed to be rooting for them or not.

Yes, the movie does send a good message about how your attitude affects your life much stronger than your looks do, but the message could have been done in a clearer, less confusing way. And with a more likeable character. I mean, the main character was not a likeable person, at all, and it just made the entire movie hard to watch. If there had been a supporting cast member to distract from Amy Schumer’s character a little, like in “Snatched” then it might have worked. But as it is, I found it hard to root for the character or find her relatable.

Good efforts, good intentions, but poorly executed. It is good for some laughs tho, so perhaps people who enjoy Amy Schumer more than I do, will like the movie.


Overboard, movie review

This isn’t the first remake of a movie with a gender flip. Ghostbusters is the first to come to mind to do this recently. “Overboard” didn’t turn out great, but its a solid, okay. The story was forced at certain points, like the kid chasing the car as the dad drove away. But any story where you expect the main character to fall for the person who kidnapped them is going to need to “force” the plot a bit, cause let’s face it, that’s just not realistic.

The characters grow a little bit, but mostly comedy is the central focus of the film. I was laughing a bit more than most in the theater, but I’d like to think everyone had an enjoyable time. If you’re looking for a few good laughs, this movie will do the trick. But don’t expect anything epic.


Super Troopers 2, Movie Review

As a film funded by crowdfunding, one can’t judge it too harshly. I believe fans will be pleasantly pleased when they attend the feature.

I would suggest viewing the first movie again before seeing this sequel, for there are several references to the original that otherwise might be missed. The most impressive part was how much of the original cast was able to make an appearance, even the actors/actresses who only had a scene or two in the first film.

There are plenty of jokes for everyone, no matter your taste in humor, but yes, some might be a bit crude, just like in the first movie.

The only part I didn’t like was the ending. The whole romance bit, good girl, no she’s a bad guy, oh no, she’s a good guy, has been a bit overdone. It would seem writers think that having the female love interest be an undercover cop is pure gold.  “She can be a good guy pretending to be a bad guy, pretending to be a good guy!” Yeah, no, that’s dumb and overdone, please stop.

Otherwise I have no real complaints. If you liked the first one, you’ll like the second one.