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I do have to take exception with the reviews that declare this movie 'boring' because it didn't go all out with special effects or quote entire passages of the Bible. I thought that this movie was trying to portray a humble man who was simply going about the business of living out his destiny. Which is exactly who Jesus was. I found it refreshing not to have a slam-bang all-out special effects, miracle exploding on the screen, drama-in-you-face version of this life. The important points were there. In fact, just the important moments and quotes that were needed and wanted. I kept thinking as I'm watching, how could anyone have doubts about this Son of God when it was all such a life as usual, normal people time and yet .and yet here we are 2014 years later, and this is still the most important person who ever walked on this earth. And everyone knows His name and what He did and who He was. No. This movie was precisely what it needed to be and no more. I took extra tissue, but still it wasn't enough. Watching the end of the earthly life of My Lord was so painful, so heart-rending that, indeed, I cried as much as I feared I would. Maybe more.
Saw the movie American Hustle this past week. I know it's getting a lot of press and gaining some awards but I'll tell you, I wasn't all that impressed with it. In fact the first half of it is so boring that I actually fell asleep! The individual performances are good, in fact, very good, but the story isn't. It's slow moving and too vague to be exciting. Even the end seemed too little, too late. Not enough to rescue the film for me, that's for certain. It's sort of a sting story but nowhere near on the level of 'The Sting'. I sure wouldn't be awarding it any prizes. Sorry but if this is supposed to be what is classified as the best, something is missing. Perhaps a writer, or a good director, or.....
Now this is the sort of movie Hollywood should be making! All the talent in these older actors and actresses and it's being wasted by far too many tasteless, unfunny, crude movies that you either do not want to see, or if you are foolish enough to be roped into attending, you regret with every inch of your soul. In this one, each and every part was cast to perfection. A plot that made sense, fully fleshed out characters you like, and just fun, fun, fun. Tell you, there were more people in the matinée my friends and I went to see than for any movie we can remember seeing in a long time. And all of us left the show smiling. This one is a keeper. Would actually love to see a sequel to this, set a year or so ahead. I can think of several older actors/actresses to be in the film, in addition to these delightful players. I'm hoping Hollywood is paying attention. Sometimes they do it right and use the real talent. The Best Oriental Marigold Hotel was one. Quartet was one. I could name a few more, too. And this is one. Looking for a nice break in some of the bleak stuff being offered? Here it is!
This is a brilliantly intense movie. A powerful picture. Even having lived through the time when this episode happened, and remembering some of what occurred, the suspense wasn't lessened one iota. Now if a film can be made under those circumstances, and be this gripping, that is an extremely well done movie. And this is beyond extremely well done! Tom Hanks, as Captain Richard Phillips, is riveting. The end of the movie, his emotions, brought me to tears. I can't admit to being a die-hard Tom Hanks fan, but his role in this picture is phenomenal. True, the Somali, Barkhad Abdi, as Muse the Pirate Captain, is fantastic. And considering he had no acting training and this was his only film, even more so. I'm thinking he should get a nod for Best Supporting Actor. But Tom Hanks simply shines like the star he is in this picture. The pride in the Navy personnel, and the Navy Seals, will really come to the fore in this film for most viewers. Like I said, this is a film so well put together, so well presented that I'm not surprised I haven't talked to anyone who left the theater after seeing this one without a feeling of awe. One of the best I've seen in a long , long time.
Okay, for me, Sandra Bollock and George Clooney do very, very well in comedy or a lighter-type movie. Neither one is especially remarkable at drama. For this one, for me, they simply were not believable. The plot was predictable, the dialogue lame. I was vastly disappointed with the writing....even with Bollock's soliloquy moments, they just didn't ring true. They weren't believable. Nor was she. I kept waiting to be swept away, to be caught up in the whole drama, but it never happened. And I'm the type of person who lives in the movies I see. I become part of them. Not this one. Those of us who went to see this picture all came out with the same feeling. The visual effects were stunning. Fantastic. That part was not only gripping but frighteningly realistic. In fact, I'm sure there's an Oscar involved there. But not for Bollock or Clooney. In fact, if they are even nominated for this one, I'm going to think something's radically wrong with the whole process. Not that this is a bad movie, it isn't. Or that they were really bad. They just weren't...how to explain it? They weren't enough. They weren't sufficient for the idea, the moment. Just not as spectacular as I had expected or been led to believe. However, the feel and emotion of deep space, incredible. I know for sure I don't ever want to be there! That part of this movie was something none of us will be forgetting any time soon.
I am positive that this film will be nominated for Picture of the Year and Ron Howard Director of the Year. Absolutely can't miss! Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, racing rivals in the '70s were both phenomenal. In most pictures, with two leading characters, there will usually be one everyone likes and one they don't. Not in this film. Both are captivating and likable. Amazing talent in this picture. Even those viewers not totally into auto racing will enjoy this one because in addition to spectacular racing history and scenes, this one has a great story. I've got to admit there were a few agonizing moments where I was unable to watch, but I wouldn't have been able to tear myself away from this movie until the end for anything. This one is a winner!
3, no 4, no 5 Musketeers sort of attempt, 20 years later, to recreate a failed pub run through town, having a drink at each pub, ending up at the End of the World. What could go wrong with that? Unfortunately, everything. This movie has it all good guys, bad guys, mystery, twists, music, laughter. You'd think with this all going for it, this would be a phenomenal film, wouldn't you? Truth? It wasn't bad. In fact there were some laugh out loud moments. It was better than Hot Fuzz, not as good as Shaun of the Dead. I suppose this will be part of a cult trio eventually that will result in marathon watchings. Without giving anything away, however, I will say that the very end left me disappointed. It was as if the writers ran out of creativity and ideas, leaving one of the characters with a pretty lame finale. Granted, a movie like this isn't meant to make a whole lot of sense, but in a weird way it did, so his fate just didn't feel right. Might have been some goofy idea that jumped out at someone and they grabbed it like rope lowered to haul them out of a hole. Well, you'll know it when you see it and you can decide for yourself. And you probably should see it. If you liked Shaun of the Dead, you'll likely enjoy this one, too.
Okay, my expectations for We're the Millers wasn't too high when I went to see it. And granted, some of it is overly crude and too gross, but a lot of it is laugh out loud funny, too. This is not a movie that's going to win any awards, but it is not a bad movie if you just want to be entertained for an hour or so and are not a kid. This is not a movie for kids, but for grownups who aren't the sort to be put off by a few of the scenes, it's a funny film. And I don't suppose those folks are going to be interested in seeing a picture like this anyway, so .. At any rate, it's refreshing to see something that isn't geared to the teenage mindset, brimming over with vampires, or moronic party, party, party time, or the sort slam-bang full of non-stop violence as to make your head hurt, so that I quite enjoyed myself for the most part. Like I said, a few scenes I could have done without but then, nobody asked me about the content, or how to present it, when it was filmed. Jennifer Aniston continues to prove what a delight she is. She's one of the few actresses who appeal to both male and female viewers. The males for obvious reasons and the females because , although she is gorgeous, it's the rare version of beauty that isn't threatening because she IS so very likable. The perfect star for a comedy movie. And Jason Sudeikis is terrific. Just perfect for comedy and yet has the ability to carry serious moments equally as well. This had a fun plot, if one can get past the drug-running aspect of it, and after all, it's only a movie, so why not? Had some good music with Will Poulter, who played the 'son' super doing his thing to Waterfall. All in all, better than you'd expect and a dandy opportunity for some laughs.
Ah, I've watched this movie a dozen times. My all time favorite John Travolta film. The cast in this touching but vastly amusing movie are all a joy to behold. Jean Stapleton as Pansy is a love...no, seriously, you will love her. William Hurt and Robert Pastorelli as reporters are played to perfection. Andie MacDowell is splendid as a song-writing, many-times married fellow skeptic of the fact that Michael is, indeed, an angel. There is a scene in this movie that never fails to bring me to tears - and one that never fails to make me laugh out loud. "He's not that kind of an angel".....ah, but he sure is mine. This movie is one I'd never pass by if it shows up on TV, even though I own a copy of my own. And if I didn't, I seek out and find one to buy. This is what entertainment is all about.
Well, except for Morgan Freeman who was so great in the original Red, and was missed in this one, the main crew was here. Red was vastly enjoyable and Red 2, I am happy to report, matches that enjoyment. Everyone in this cast is spectacular. Bruce Willis is one of the best there is in action movies. As Frank Moses assembling his band of quirky and deadly operatives, throw in a portable nuclear device, some twists, turns and unexpected moments, and you've got an action picture guaranteed to please. Helen Mirren is simply splendid how can one manage to look elegant and be so dangerous? Anthony Hopkins never fails to provide a performance that is stellar and in this one, he goes above and beyond. Byung-hun Lee was amazing. For some odd reason, he reminded me of a Korean version of Brad Pitt. At any rate, he was perfection. Mary-Louise Parker is a funny delight and John Malkovich is a stitch. Well, there wasn't one single actor or actress who wasn't spot on and if you liked Red which I certainly did you will like this one. It's exactly what you'd want the sequel to be. I'm just hoping for a third!
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