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"Captain Fantastic" is one of those movies that just goes against the grain and the norm as you see how many and live life different and their take and look out on the world is just so different. And that's just how one Ben(Viggo Mortensen)is looked at and displayed during this film. Anyway Ben is a rugged bearded outdoor guy who's raising his six kids in the woods and wild of the Washington state forest among the evergreens! And Ben learns the kids a lot like living off the land and hunting game for food and schooling them by having them to read books and teaching his own thoughts and behavior. Then their world is turned upside down when they receive a call that the kids mother has taken her own life. So out of the woods now and it's a journey to the real world and the kids are faced with challenges of living different and it's a challenge to Ben to be a parent as his father in law the tough and arrogant Jack(Frank Langella)is about to make things tough. Still thru it all love and support is within Ben and it still proves that doing it your way can work for love and life and happiness in the end, overall good showcase film that shows difference and what it's like to go against the grain and live against the norm.
"Citizen Kane" is one film that many think was the best ever made I just recently watched it and I don't think it was the greatest still it's very memorable for it's message and theme of showing how thru life one rises and then falls as having it all is not without problems and drama, and scandal and in the end all is lost while others remember and try to determine how and why one's life went the way it did. And for a film from 1941 it was greatly directed by Orson Welles with the scenes and story being interesting. As it's pretty simple the movie is of the life and times of news paper tycoon and very rich man Charles Kane. Most of the movie is done thru flashback after the death of Charles(AKA "Rosebud") and it involves the investigative work of reporters trying to find out about Charles's life from political experiences to scandal like that of an affair with a singer and how all of this caused him to have a fall off. Overall wonderful film that shows that life for many is that of a rise and fall and as after one dies many still search for answers and memories.
Once again went to check out the Fifty Shades movie series and even though I didn't read the books I enjoyed the first one, and with this entry called "Fifty Shades Darker" it was even more of an erotic thrill! This picture had plenty of nude scenes of skin and very erotic love making it was brash and provocative of pushing the envelope. Still much of the same plot it involves Anastasia(Dakota Johnson)as a young office lady who reconnects with Christian(Jamie Dornan)and the passion and hot nights of bondage encounters return! Only this time each are having problems of the past with envy and Christian remembers his ex flame(played by Kim Basinger). Thru it all the hot passion leads to love and it's seems the two are at a commitment. Overall a movie like this may not be everyone's cup of tea still it's an erotic thrill joy of nudity and sex showing that many push the limits and do what they like.
Many might say that an animated movie might be cheeky or seem different, still anything that involves "The Dark Knight" or "Batman" I watch as he's always been my favorite hero, while having the baddest villains on the planet to face. So with this entry it's in the form of Lego's as each character is a Lego during the adventure. "The Lego Batman Movie" is much it's own thing though as Batman's voice is well done by Will Arnett, and much of the picture is a tease with clever wits and funny one liners and with the balance of Gotham City hanging still "Batman" is against his typical villains all which are lead by the "Joker", all of the chase, action, and drama are punchlines with the music being a tribute to pop culture, with even flashbacks to other era's of "Batman". Overall this is one little fun filled delight that any "Batman" or comic fan will love it's such a pop culture treat!
Still from time to time I watch the old cult classics of B king Roger Corman, and just viewed this romp called "Jackson County Jail" as it's clear they don't make movies like this one anymore! Still this picture like most Corman works doesn't take things serious yet it entertains in an old fashion way with blood, guns, sex, and fun! The story has advertising executive Dinah Hunter(Yvette Mimieux)who after a life in L.A. and upon finding that her husband has cheated on her with a young hot gal, decides to go cross country for a new life in New York. Along the way she gets off track and lost on the trail after being robbed by hitchhikers, and then she's stranded in a small southern town and thrown in a jailhouse that's very corrupt. These bad cops are sadistic and mean in the very sense of committing jailhouse rape! Her only hope is in the form of another prisoner Coley Blake(Tommy Lee Jones in a young and early role)soon the two embark on a wild car chase with the good old boys of corrupt southern justice! You name it fists, blood, car chases and plenty of tough fun action is found making this a good B list movie watch!
Many people have a different take on what we should do with our
offenders in the nation's prison system should we put them away or
treat them. True therapy and corrective behavior may work for some, yet
many bad boys are beyond and past help and isolation and putting many
in the hole(or what is called segregation in the prison world)for
punishment is the only way to go. And this HBO documentary from Kristi
Jacobson shed's light on the pros and cons as she put the camera for an
all access tour on maybe the toughest super max that being Red Onion
State Prison in the rural mountains of the coal depressed region of
southwest Virginia. As you get interviews from the inmates of the hard
life of being locked in 23 hours a day only getting outside recreation
in a cage, and how many say they feel sorrow for their crimes and miss
the outside world of life and family and the little things like food,
showers, commissary, and mail and phone calls and TV are a life line
for them. And the Red Onion step down program may be a hope out for
some yet many end right back up in segregation as these guys were
doomed for life. Still these offenders did very very bad things the
toughest of toughest offenders by committing murders and even slicing
the throat of a warden and many have assaulted corrections staff and
misbehaved to land at Red Onion. Thru this process many break away from
the norm and develop mental health problems while being at Red Onion
still many play it like a card game as these con men know how to
Also interviewed are staff like unit managers and even the warden proving that they will handle their business if offenders get out of line and listening to the corrections officer's does shed insight that it's a dangerous job and very stressful that one's life is always at risk. Overall this film is compelling, interesting, showing another side of life that many don't see or don't want to see as it shows a harsh and manipulative segment of society are clearly locked away and stripped down from the outside world.
"Lion" is one of those feel good movies of hope and love that has you
as the viewer seeing how life can take different directions and new
paths in an unexpected way, yet with memories it becomes a journey to
go back to one's roots and once again experience love and belonging.
The story is pretty simple set in the mid 1980's a young Indian boy becomes lost from his brother on the Calcutta streets as a train leaves. It then becomes a journey and test of the will to live, only it takes a turn when he's adopted by a wealthy Australia couple and life becomes different only still the memories of his early life flash back and fourth only to come full circle and 25 years later this young man finds his mom after many different experiences of love and hope. Overall okay film of love, memories, and hope and the performances from Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, and Rooney Mara make the film an A okay watch.
Robert De Niro for sure is one of the best actor's still around in the
business, so it was only fitting that I see his latest work the
independent film "The Comedian". It's one picture that's a mix of drama
and harsh outspoken brash laughs that proves that life is unexpected
with drama and connecting up with people and also it presents new
chances to start and float with other people from one's past.
De Niro is Jack Burke a past his prime comedian who's washed up and looking at perhaps going back to the TV comedy series outlet to once again gain fans, yet after a stand up appearance goes in another direction, Jack's life takes a spin.
After this it's from the help of his manager/partner Miller(Edie Falco)and brother Jimmy(Danny DeVito)that Jack gets some footing back and thru happen chance and fate he meets a love interest in Harmony(Leslie Mann) this changes Jack's life. Yet thru it all he's still the same blunt, outspoken raw comic that's loved and liked while gaining and finding new twists and turns in life.
Being a history and film buff I had to see "Jackie" as it's a historical film of the memories and times of the life and assassination of President John Kennedy, as told thru flashback and grief trauma memories from the elegant and class act first lady Jackie Kennedy(in a beautiful performance from the wonderful Natalie Portman). Starting like an interview style of a film told by flashback flashback the movie takes place after the death of "JFK", as Jackie is interviewed about the experience and the memories of the death and the impact of the administration, all of this brings out sorrow and emotions from Jackie(as Natalie showed the grief and anger on screen so well)it's just like you as the viewer feel the pain of the first lady. Overall good film that's a showcase of memories showing how tragedy and loss can affect a strong lady along with a nation, this picture is a watch for any history or film buff.
Been watching this new "FOX" series called "The Mick" with Kaitlin Olson("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia")and I must say it's a trip of fun and real nasty dirty blunt laughs the series is just really far out comedy. The story is pretty simple Olson is Mac Murphy a free spirited and wild party at heart girl who drives a rattle trap, yet her world is turned upside down when she arrives at her rich sister's house in the northeast and finds that her and her husband are gonna flee the country to avoid criminal charges. So you guessed it Mac and her male friend have to take care of the trio of kids that sister has left behind! It then becomes funny and a struggle of life lessons of fun, tricks, and crazy nasty gags that each play on each other! "The Mick" may not be everyone's cup of tea still it's a nice different kind of comedy laughs.
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