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Heaven Is for Real (2014)
A Frustrating Movie for a Christian to Watch
As a woman of faith, this movie frustrated me. A pastor who struggles with whether or not heaven is real? Whether Jesus exists? Whether or not his kid really went to heaven when he died on the operating table??? Not much of a pastor then. How can someone as lost as this guy lead a congregation? How can a man of no faith (obviously) stand up and preach about the God of the Bible (although I never saw him crack one open the entire show, not even when he was preaching). It is a terrible premise and it was not at all what I expected from this. Although I should have... Hollywood's interpretation of the Bible and what Christians are like is so off the mark 99% of the time. And so it is with this movie.
The Curse of Oak Island (2014)
Far Too Much Repetition!
I have loved the mystery of Oak Island since reading about it in an old copy of Readers Digest in 1975. I was so excited about the show and have watched every episode in hopes of something being discovered.
I agree wholeheartedly with the other review - it is far far far too repetitive. Easily 90% of the show is rehashing and repeating what has already been shown, talked about, etc. As a result, in an entire season you get MAYBE one episode worth of new information. It's pathetic really.
I have wasted enough of my time on this show, I won't be watching any more seasons. I wish it were different as I really like the brothers and their passion and dedication to the quest, and I would love to watch it unfold in anything but what amounts to frame by frame slow motion.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Good Story, Distracting Camera Work
Saw this movie last night. Decent story, solid performances, lousy camera work. Don't use hand-held when steady cam is called for - the opening scene was unbearable to watch due to not using steady cam. Far too many extreme close ups and haircuts - I'm talking middle of the forehead - tell the story with the shot instead of filling the screen with half a face. The camera work completely distracted me from the story in at least a third of the scenes.
Matthew McConaughey's performance was nothing other than what one would expect from him; he makes acting look easy and he is very comfortable in the roles he chooses - I'd love to see him in something that challenges him for a change.
Marisa Tomei is solid and real as usual. This is an underused actress to be sure - I'd love to see a movie where she is the lead.
Ryan Phillippe turns in another great performance.
It is painful to sit through. The narrator mispronounces so many of the names of locations and even common people groups; Yorkshire, Pennines, Celtic - to name but a few. Some of the places he talks about I haven't heard of but I am willing to bet that there are a lot more that I didn't catch. The visuals are repeated over and over with no relation whatsoever to the narration. The narrator speaks in almost a monotone and his language is very stilted, even when he manages correct pronunciation. That is what happens when you don't use a script supervisor. Without question it is a very lazy and shameful attempt at a documentary and should be avoided at all costs.
Then She Found Me (2007)
Top 5 Worst Movie
This movie failed to deliver. With Colin Firth and Bette Middler, two of my all-time favorite actors, in prominent roles, I had high expectations that were tempered somewhat by the lead being played by Helen Hunt. When the opening credits rolled and I saw she directed, I lowered them even further (in that this was, to my knowledge, her first effort at directing). Even with that in mind, I was not prepared for how awful this movie turned out to be. Hunt's performance was stilted and one dimensional. Her voice grated on me as she tended to speak in monotone for most of her dialog. There was a complete lack of any depth to her character. She obviously needs the guidance of a good director to elicit a decent performance, something she apparently cannot do for herself. She should never direct herself again. Ever. In fact, she shouldn't ever direct again at all as no ones performance was up to their usual standard.
There are long, and I do mean long, awkward moments in the story. One glaring example is at the first ultrasound. The camera lingers on the monitor far too long, and then on Hunt as she is looking at the image on the monitor. Moments like that are milked for all they are worth and long past the point where the moment dries up.
This movie definitely has a permanent place in my list of top 5 worst movies I have ever seen.
Don't Waste Your Money
I hated this movie. The story line was impossible to follow. I had no idea who was fighting who for what almost the entire time. The only time I perked up was when Keith Richards made his much anticipated appearance as Jack Sparrow's father. Even that was a disappointment as his role was minimal and lines few.
Keira Knightly's costumes were absurd. Where on earth would she have picked up those outfits and managed as many changes as she did in the mêlée? Not to mention the stupid hat she wore throughout most of the movie.
I loved the first movie in the Trilogy, but I have to say that the second and third were progressively more disappointing than the last. Let's hope we have seen the end of the story before they ruin the memory of the first entirely.