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Caring Love and Confidence
The movie directed by Stephen Chbosky is about Auggie ( excellent acting by Jacob Tremblay from The Room) with facial congenital deformities who had more than 20 surgeries for his face. 10 yr old Auggie has a loving 14 yr old sister. Auggie was home schooled and now his mom Isabel( excellent Julia Roberts) wants him to go a regular Middle school . Dad Nate ( pleasant Owen Wilson) and 14 yr old sister Via (Izabela Vidovic)are reluctant and scared for Auggie but supportive. Auggie tackles being shunned by others in his school but manages to draw lots of attention because of his intelligence and because he is lovable. Miranda (Danielle Rose Russell) who is Via's best friend pretends Auggie is her brother to be cool and to be accepted by others. Screenplay is terrific and everybody did a great job at acting. Noah Jupe as jack Will, Bryce Gheisar as Julian , Elle McKinnon as Charlotte did very well as Auggie's first acquaintances in a new school. Millie Davis as Summer helps Auggie to let go of ill feelings and become friends again with his buddies. Daveed Diggs as Mr Browne , a caring and compassionate teacher is touching. Julia Roberts is awesome as a mom who loves both her kids. As a mom, she is worried about world accepting Auggie and prays for everyone to be nice to her son and at the same time makes time for her teenage daughter . Love the movie. Superb parenting and caring siblings. So much to learn from all characters in the movie. Definitely Oscar worthy for acting and for great screenplay. Movies like Wonder and The Florida Project are a pleasure and it is great to watch children behave like children.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Dad is sacred
The movie The Killing of a Sacred Deer directed by Yorgos lanthimos has a twisted, strange and convoluted story revolving around Martin ( excellent acting by Barry keoghan from Dunkirk). Martin's dad died after having cardiac surgery and martin holds Dr Steven Murphy ( played by Colin Farell)responsible for dad's death. Martin sets out to seek revenge on Dr Murphy by infiltrating into his life and family. Martin gets close to Dr Murphy's teenage daughter Kim (Raffey Cassidy) and son Bob ( played by Sunny Sujic). martin is extremely well mannered when he interacts with Dr Anna ( Nicole Kidman). Martin is cruel in his intentions and causes havoc in family. The film focuses on psychosomatic aspects of cruelty. Barry Keoghan is very impressive as Martin . Enjoyed movie. needed editing.
Lady Bird (2017)
growing up here to go away
Lady Bird directed by Greta Gerwig ( liked her in Maggie's plan) is a simple story about a simple senior high school girl Christine known as 'Lady Bird' ( played very well by Saoirse Ronan ) who wants to get out of Sacramento and live somewhere on east coast. Lady Bird's mom Marion (superb acting by Laurie Metcalf known for playing sheldon's mom in Big Bang Theory) , dad Larry ( good acting by Tracy Letts), brother miguel(actor jordan rodrigues) are a supportive family for Lady Bird who wants more from life. Saoirse Ronan did very well as Lady Bird who has a head on her shoulders and is confident that east coast has everything that Sacramento lacks. She lives her senior year with enthusiasm and looks forward to fulfilling her dream. She understands her dad's depression and appreciates her mom who is hardworking, affectionate and loving. Greta Gerwig's direction is commendable . Oscarworthy acting by Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Good screenplay.
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Fun, love, beautiful Christmas and great moms
A BadMoms Christmas directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore is wilder than movie Bad moms. This movie is about bad but fun mom and grand moms. Mila Kunis as Amy is hardworking, overworked mom with lots of love for her kids and always on edge around her stylish, rich, loving mom Ruth ( love Christine Baranski ... Mama Mia/Big Bang Theory). Kathryn Hahn as Carla is foul mouthed but does not care about pretensions and maybe genetically inherited her personality from her mom Isis ( wild Susan Sarandon, enjoyed her acting in movie Meddler). Kristen bell as sweet Kiki under the tutelage of Amy and Carla is not very nice to her mom Sandy ( Cheryl Hines). My favorite scenes are the counseling sessions by Dr Karl( Wanda Sykes) for Kiki and Sandy. Every daughter should hear what Dr Karl says. Justin Hartley ( from NBC show This is Us) as Ty ,a strip dancer,is alright as Carla's passionate , instant boyfriend. Peter Gallagher as Amy's dad Hank does a good job at bringing peace between mom and daughter. Christmas can be quiet and without any expression of love by not giving or receiving gifts but Christmas is great when joy is expressed in decoration, food, giving and receiving gifts. I am glad i saw the movie. Christmas is special and not like any other day. Ruth's love for Christmas and expression of love and affection for Christmas is contagious. nicely done.
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
hope, strength and love
The Mountain Between Us is directed by Hany Abu-Assad. The movie is about Dr Ben Bass, a neurosurgeon ( actor Idris Elba know him from my favorite The Office TV show) and Alex Martin (Kate Winslet ), a photographer both desperate to reach Denver, CO during bad weather. Both get on to a charter flight with pilot , a Vietnam war vet Walter ( Beau Bridges)and Walter's dog. Because Walter gets a heart attack while flying, plane crashes among beautiful snow covered mountains. The whole movie is about how Ben, Alex and the dog survive the cold in middle of nowhere. But after they reach land and are hospitalized, Alex and her fiancé Mark (Dermot Mulroney known for My Best Friend's wedding) reunite and Alex and Ben go separate ways. I like Kate Winslet again (did not like her in The Dressmaker). Not a dog lover but enjoyed seeing Walter's dog in this movie(after Marley and me, my favorite dog movie). Nice cinematography especially after the plane crash. 1hr 52 minutes. Not Oscar worthy. pleasant.
The Florida Project (2017)
pure fun , love and joy of childhood
The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker is about a young, white, single mom Halley ( superb acting by Bria Vinaite), her beautiful, energetic, smart daughter Moonee (superb acting by Brooklyn Prince who live in a Hotel run by manager Bobby (excellent acting by William Dafoe). The love between Halley and Moonee is depicted very well in all scenes. I particularly liked the scenes when mom and daughter run around in rain, drenched , drinking drops of rain water. Bobby is extremely sympathetic towards all his guests and looks out for all the kids who live in the hotel. Bobby is a kind man and helps Halley to maintain residence in Hotel. Moonee and her friends Scooty (well acted by Christopher Rivera) and Jancey ( acting by Valeria Cotto)are excellent and their simple, innocent, childish pranks are very well directed by Sean Baker. The movie shows poor kids having simple fun and running around and doing childish stuff very well. All the actors did a great job. Mela Murder as Ashley who is Halley's only friend did extremely well as her friend and also as Scooty's mom. Ashley after getting punched in the face and hurting has no hesitation in accepting Moonee's genuinely caring and sympathetic "feel better soon" with a hug. Florida Project is all above love not costing anything and all about caring for each other. When love is questioned by DCF, Moonee seeks refuge in land of wonder. The movie is great. I enjoyed the script, the entire cast and excellent Direction. Childhood is all about love , happiness, joy and simple fun.
A Ghost Story (2017)
not afraid of ghosts after this movie
David Lowery directed the movie A Ghost Story. Casey Afleck as C and Rooney Mara as M are a loving couple. But death takes them apart. Now C is a ghost and roams around the house only and stays indoors and waits for M to come back from wherever she has gone to. This movie is from ghost perspective. A ghost lingers waiting and watching over loved one. Ghost does not scare away living loved one but watches helplessly as living lover makes new romantic life for her. My favorite scene in the movie is when M eats the whole pie given by friend during mourning period. M eats and continues to eat pie in sheer unhappiness of losing a loved one while departed loved one , now a ghost, watches through slit of white drape. The movie needs no script. M and C as a couple were watched by ghost from previous family and now C , a ghost, watches other families. Life ends for living and ghosts decimate. enjoyed movie. Casey Afleck was paid to be in a drape 90 % of movie just like Peter Gallagher was paid to be asleep in 95% of movie While you were sleeping. Good ghost story.
beautiful, rough and kind love
Director Aisling Walsh directed movie Maudie about Maud Lewis played extremely well by Sally Hawkins( loved sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine)and her mean husband Everett Lewis played well by Ethan Hawke(one of my favorite actors, terrific in every movie). Maud has arthritis which makes her stoop and have a crooked appearance. But Maud has a good brain for numbers and her hands can paint very well. After moving in with Lewis as his housekeeper, Maud slowly takes over every aspect of his life. Maude can sweep, clean, paint and also defend Lewis if anyone expresses distrust or disrespect. The relationship between Lewis and Maude is very touching and it is absolutely beautiful to see Lewis pay close attention to everything that Maude needs and says. Lewis may not be sophisticated but is very careful to Maude's desires. Loved the scene when Maude wanted screen door and Lewis first response was a no and then out of his quiet love puts up a screen door. Lewis love for Maudie is obvious in his caring actions and Maudie's love for Lewis is clear from her talk to him and to anyone about him. Maudie is another great movie about husbands and wives(Beautiful mind, King's speech, Fences ). Some scenes in town could be edited. Ethan Hawke as aging, bitter Lewis is good. Sally Hawkins performance as Maudie is excellent. Oscar worthy acting by Sally Hawkins.
The movie directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by his wife Emma Thomas is extremely well directed. Dunkirk is all about WW2 between may and June , 1940. Excellent Cinematography. Thousands and thousands of soldiers on land, boat at sea and airplanes in air are fascinating to watch. It is amazing how camera-work was perfect . All actors did their part well. All the land events details took place in a week , the ones at sea in a day and all aircraft details in an hour. The scene where aircraft lands on water and is on fire is exquisite. Definite Oscar worthy for Cinematography. Very appropriate dialog and script is fit for soldiers, Navy, AirForce. Superb. Great direction. Good editing. excellent music. 1hr 46 minutes on big screen . Perfect.
The Big Sick (2017)
The Big Sick directed by Michael Showalter is about we the people. Are we supposed to be nice to someone because they are someone or because they are sick with a common ailment ...small sick or sick because they are in a medically induced coma or stuck in cultural differences... big sick? Kumail , a stand up comedian, first generation PakistaniAmerican has a very pleasant demeanor and attracts attention of Emily (Zoë Kazan)during one of his shows. Kumail's family wants him to get married to a girl with similar religious and cultural background. Kumail keeps his relationships to himself. But after he and Emily split, Emily is now big sick. The awkwardness of being with Emily's parents is very nicely handled. Ray Romano is very convincing as a caring father and also as someone who needs to be nice to ex-boyfriend of his daughter who was not nice to her and now has his own interests. Kumail is very sensitive to Emily's mom and her personality. I am surprised Judd Apatow opted to produce movie and not direct it himself. Script is simple and natural. I enjoyed the movie and Kumail Nanjiani did very well.