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Excellent adaptation of the book
Francis Lawrence did an amazing job with this movie. He stayed true to the book. At times it was seamless, as if Gary Ross and Frances Lawrence corroborated together to satisfy fans of the book.
Jen, Josh and Liam are great in the 3 main roles. Sam Chaflin and Jena Malone were superb as Finnick and Johanna. Sutherland portrays Snow in such an evil, controlling way. Woody provides comic relief as Haymitch, as does Elizabeth with her outlandish portrayal of Effie. Stanley Tucci as Caesar is just smitten with the whole Katniss/Peeta romance. Nice to have comical moments like this amidst the horror Snow imposes.
Go see this movie today, you will not regret it.
The Neighbors (2012)
Best new show in YEARS!
This show is hilarious, week after week, scene after scene. Toks nails it as alien neighbor Jackie. Watch for her scenes, and pay attention for her husband Larry's quips, they are rapid fast and sometimes I go back to hear his comments a second time.
IMHO, you cannot go wrong with this show. Great characters, humans or aliens, start to finish. Watch it, but be prepared to laugh yourself silly each week.
I especially like that there isn't a laugh track. Which is perfect. The eerie music is perfect for the bizarre scenes - which again, happen just about every minute.
I just love this new show and I am telling everyone to watch it. If you feel so inclined, please do so. I'd love to see this given a second season.
9/11 is the sad premise, story is actually about the boy....
This movie can be viewed so many different ways:
Acting - superb. Riveting to watch. Excellent.
Setting - NYC, many iconic scenes
Timing - movie released 10 years past 9/11, although the story takes place 1 year after 9/11
Story/plot lines - there are several. Not just one. This is a story about a young autistic boy who loses his father on 9/11. His father owned a jewelry store in Manhattan and on any given day, would have been at work, not in the WTC. But he was on 9/11, for a meeting. On the first anniversary, the boy wanders into his father's bedroom closet, his mother had left everything where it was after 9/11. I can understand someone doing that, I would have also. His son finds a key, in a vase and this is when the story begins. The movie takes you on a journey from this point forward, you are on this trek with the son, looking for the lock this key fits.
At times the movie deviates from the 9/11 memory but near the last 1/3 of the movie, you begin to see scenes from that day, his parents talking on cell phones, etc. I find it so sad that his dad was in the second tower hit and they were told to stay put but his wife told him to get out. Sadly, he didn't leave that tower. I take tiny details away from stories like this, I looked at my husband and told him, I would have left, I would have been in a stairwell already, after witnessing horrific scenes of jumpers, right next to our seemingly safe building. But as we all know now, people stayed in the second tower and were of course struck not long after the remain in place order.
The other plot is the boy's paternal grandmother lives across the street, she and the boy share a set of walkie talkies. He can call the grandmother day or night and she will answer. Remember he is autistic. She has a renter in the room next to hers and there's a mystery there, but one that I solved before being told who this man was/is. The man goes on the treks with the young boy to find the lock.
To sum up my thoughts, if you like sitting down to watch a movie but it turns out a completely different way than you thought it would, then watch it. But if you're expecting to see brave and heroic scenes from TWC towers and people fleeing to save their lives or others, you won't see that. You will just see people watching live TV coverage or papers flying in the air and lots of emergency vehicles streaming thru the city. And you do hear his father's last words.
But this movie isn't mainly about 9/11. It's truly a story about an autistic boy who lost his father on that horrible day.
One more reference to determine if this movie is for you or not - read the book's reviews on amazon's website, they are quite accurate. The book apparently greatly deviates from what many of us thought the story would be (9/11). Many reviewers there returned the book and got their money back. TBH, had I read the book reviews, I probably would have skipped this movie, even though I knew Hanks and Bullock are in it (but not that much, the young boy is in just about every scene). This was a difficult movie to review, I wanted to rate it much higher but in all honesty, I cannot.
The Hunger Games (2012)
- I read the book a year ago and promptly read the entire trilogy.
- Highly anticipated the movie's release.
- First viewing - stunned beyond words, Gary Ross outdid himself. As a die-hard hunger games fan, I felt like I was the one in the arena running to save my own life. Camera angles and indie type filming directly engages the viewer. You'll read criticisms of this shaky camera style, I for one didn't mind it. In fact, I believe this effect enhanced the feel for the movie.
- Second viewing - I noticed more details, such as music selections, even during very quiet scenes. All again, were perfect choices.
- In summary, this movie is an excellent adaptation of The Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely superb in this movie, as were Josh, Liam, Woody, Lenny, etc. If you haven't read the book before seeing the movie, I predict you will be reading it within a day. Book or movie, doesn't matter the order in which you do this, but don't skip reading the book.
I honestly cannot wait to see the movie a third time. That is how good I thought it was.
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Not a light hearted family comedy
This movie was marketed and billed to be the next family holiday movie last year. So naturally I believed what I saw in trailers last year. Foolishly rented this movie for my family and I to watch. Well, they fired me from renting movies from now on. Once you realize this movie isn't the light hearted family romp centering around a holiday, then you get into the plot. But only after you first admit - "I don't think there will be many laughs with this movie". DeNiro is great in it, as is Drew Barrymore. But honestly, I just can't get past the fact they tricked viewers! That is just not nice.
If you want a downer, and to cry, rushing to the phone to say call your elderly parent whom you may have neglected to call recently, then watch this film.
If you want to watch a funny movie, this isn't for you.
I honestly don't know how to rate it. Because I still am disappointed with the producer or whomever marketed this film. Even the DVD box pictures a HAPPY family. They are not happy!