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Idiot's Delight (1939)
A message for today
This story is mostly about a world on the edge and ready to be cracked open by war. But few of the characters care. Let's have fun! Listen to their dialogue because it is as relevant today as it was in 1939.
Achille Weber (Edward Arnold) is ready to capitalize on the approaching destruction. The character played by Burgess Meredith is warning all on what is about to happen. I'll leave it there because I hope this movie is watched more.
On the lighter side, the whole movie is worth watching just for Norma Shearer as Irene!
My - 'go-to-movie'
I bought this movie decades ago when it came out on tape! I cannot tell you why I love this movie. Because I don't know why. Why I never included it in my list I don't know.
"Slacker" is my go-to-movie when I'm overwhelmed with life or just in a funky mood. So I watch this film and it's like good medicine. It makes me feel good, feel better. It's as if Richard Linklater made this for me. I want to be in the world he created for that 24hrs in Austin.
I realize some people cannot tune into what's happening in Slacker but the movie makes sense to me.
Set It Up (2018)
First the movie is too long at almost 2 hours. And you know a story is in trouble when the gay roommate played by Pete Davidson has all the best scenes and those are brief.
But the movie is cute !
Pretty people, paper thin plot
Here's the story -
Girl in big NYC office is sent to Spain to finalize a business deal. Her fun loving friends go with her. They party with hot dudes on plane, they party with hot dudes in Spain. Then it's party, party, party!
The NYC office girl misses the business meeting but her party girl friends pull a fast one on the men at the meeting. They all go home with the dreamy hot guys on their minds.
NYC office girl is fired but then sets up her own business. Everyone lived happily ever after with their hot dudes of choice. The End!
Baby Jane? (2010)
Too good so funny -- perfect
If you have never seen the original What Ever Happened to Baby Jane this parody will never make sense to you.
But for those who have seen WEHTBJ original will get a blast from this movie. It is truly a must see for camp and parody!
Luv this movie
Pure classic melodrama at it's best! Joan Crawford and John Garfield star in their most shinning roles as actors.
The plot and storyline is very difficult to make entertaining in this movie but these two professionals bring it to life. And Oscar Levant is the icing on the cake. By all means if you get a chance to see this movie with these two Hollywood legendary actors and a script that is in any description more than brilliant - please watch it.
A rare treat for classic Hollywood movie fans.
One word can tell you everything you need to know about this film
A movie so good it's a shame not to watch it. Pure art. Fantastic!
The Americans (2013)
Did not miss one episode for the entire 6 seasons
Although I believe it has actually only been on TV for 5 years.
What a roller-coaster of plot and emotion! Creator: Joseph Weisberg certainly had a winner on his hands and Keri Russell, Mathew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Noah Emmerich, and my favorite character Nina played by Annet Manendru brought this show to life! Anyone who missed this series missed a real treat of entertainment, mystery, thrills, and suspense!
My only problem was this last season which (as I understand) is the end of the entire show. It went out in a quiet frenzy with our two main characters making an edgy yet unremarkable escape. Maybe I'm being too picky because I did not expect this to happen. Whatever, I did enjoy this show start to stop.
Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
"Bad" is too good a word for this mess
How do I write a review about a flick that is beneath gutter garbage? Answer is I cannot.
To be quite honest I could not even finish this attempt at movie making. The investors should sue the producers, director, actors, etc. for the complete waste of money. I feel somebody lined their pockets by making a fool of everybody else.
Flush this crap!
Bucky and the Squirrels (2015)
So completely bad and stupid it's fun to watch
There isn't much I can write about this silly but fun movie. The plot is off-the-wall, the characters are 'into their role' because it's just for fun and everyone seemed to enjoy the efforts.
This is a perfect match for those who seek silly nonsense low-budget movies with a plot that certainly was formulated as a joke.
I liked it - but I could only give it a 5 - at best.
So much more watchable than UK version
1. It's faster with more interesting contestants.
2. I find the UK version needlessly long at 45 minutes while the US version is just 22 minutes (I'm discounting commercials).
3. The 'task' are fun to watch while contestants strive to beat the clock. The US version gets straight to the point while the UK version seems to obsess on the contestants efforts and their reaction to the task ... ex. the watermelon eating ... boring!
Give it a look!
Fishbowl California (2018)
A film worthy of multiple watchings
To mention the plot of this cheerful comedy is pointless because - for me - the movie is more about the characters. Each actor brings their role to life and the movie just flows along and leaves you happy.
This is a must watch for people that enjoy light comedy and oddball characters that you wish you knew in real life!
Yes, I like this film.
Wait for Your Laugh (2017)
A very nice docu on a famous lady few people remember
Rose Marie was both famous and obscure. By that statement I mean she never became the type of 'star' that remains a 'name' both during and long after a career in entertainment such as Elizabeth Taylor, or Sinatra, or Judy Garland.
But in this documentary we see the amazing talent in singing and comedy Rose Marie brought to the stage, radio, and television. Always capable and professional she entertained thousands over many decades! This delightful docu once again places her in the limelight for generations that remember her and generations that never heard of her.
Dog Years (2017)
A 'B' movie about a 'B' movie actor
Don't get me wrong about this movie - it's just an ok movie. Burt Reynolds mostly walks through this script and at times appears to actually be trying, with great effort, to be Vic Edwards and not Burt Reynolds. And Chevy Chase was obviously used just for his name.
The supporting staff are the stars in this movie! Ariel Winter & Clark Duke are to be thanked for giving this movie enough fun and sparkle for any viewer to stick with the story.
This movie is plagued with problems! First there are way too too many scenes of Jason Sudeikis as 'Matt' in solitary reflective moments about exactly what he is doing. And Ed Harris as the cancer stricken 'Ben' is about as believable as an anorexic playing an obese person. Elizabeth Olsen as 'Zoe' sort of drifts between charming and being way to smart about the relationships Ben had with his family. This is just thoughts off the top of my head while watching this movie.
Kodachrome is too long and self absorbed to be enjoyable as a father/son reconciliation after many years of hate and misunderstanding of each other. If you can't figure out which direction this story is going within the first 20 minutes - I feel sorry for you.
Love, Simon (2018)
Very cute --- but it missed an important point
Nice upper class income high school student decides to face the music. And it's a bumpy ride for him. The message in this film is clear - just because you are gay doesn't make you an outcast. I'm glad this was made clear. Thank you Director: Greg Berlanti & Writer: Elizabeth Berger.
But I wish they had taken the step further to explain the roots of this hate, this disenfranchisement of gay people. That root is religion! And this is preached from the pulpit every Sunday. Simon didn't feel excluded because was different; he felt excluded because he was scared!! He was scared because he feared the judgement of others. And to judge others is what is taught in religion - which is a blatant contradiction in the message or rather the word.
As a film 'Love, Simon' is too long and the ending mostly predictable. Sorry, I see most reviewers loved this film but I had to have my say.
Outside In (2017)
Perfectly perfect !
Director: Lynn Shelton and writers: Jay Duplass & Lynn Shelton have created a story that goes straight to the heart & soul. Beautifully scripted, filmed, and acted "Outside In" is one of those unforgettable stories that puts tears in your eyes but a sense of hope and joy in your heart.
Jay Duplass plays 'Chris' an ex-con who comes home after 20 years in jail. We know his readjustment to everyday life will be challenging for him but too his luck there are people there who do not want to judge him for a long past crime. Love and friendship finds it's way back into his life but this brings alot of troublesome baggage with it. Chis just wants to do whats right!
This is a beautifully made film and the Duplass brothers have another star in their crown. I truly hope this movie gets the public attention it so deserves. Seek it out and watch it!
An exotic trip and the frustration between friends
In my opinion Director/writer Sudhanshu Saria has made a stunningly beautiful film of exotic beauty in almost every scene contrasting with a culture so fixated on its societal expectation and traditions that it wants the modern world around them but cannot enjoy it.
What I'm trying to say is Sahil, Alex, and Jai's friendship/romance/sexual desires cannot go any where because the ancient cultural demands won't allow this -- but the modern technical world is welcomed without the freedom of being that comes with it. There are scenes of such natural beauty that the men can only express themselves by enjoying the scenery together. The frustration level is high and at movies end the viewer sees what the friends really wanted.
I realize this is a complex take on this beautiful film but I had to express it because the story made me think what is the director trying to tell the viewer.
Very pleasant story!
A road trip movie of two people (both beautiful) who are strangers to each other and they meet for the first time at a party. He suggest a car trip through the southern states of the US. She impulsively agrees to go with him. Thus the story begins!
We learn along the way both have issues with events in their personal lives. These cause bumps and fractures in this impulsive agreement between the two. She comes across as immature and bitchy at times. He comes across as perfectly likeable and about as sweet as he could be.
You'll have to watch this to see how it ends. Both actors give convincing performances and you'll fall in love with him!
Phantom Thread (2017)
A movie made for a grave yard
This thing should only be shown in cemeteries and grave yards because no one there could die of boredom!
This thing is over two hours long and I have been to funerals that were more interesting and lively and shorter. Nothing happens in this movie until there is an argument at a the dinning table. Then it's back to a corpus like story.
Save yourself and live another two hours and skip this --- thing.
Poor Anne Hathaway
Is this all she's offered now?
A ridiculous movie from start to finish! How did she get suckered into this trash?
If you bother to watch this one hour and forty-five minute crawl through stupid; take note of the bar room fire. There must have been a sale on gas logs.
All I can say is to watch this film for Anton Yelchin! A wonderful actor who died way to young. He is outstanding here as a broken hearted man seeking the why to the rejection from the woman he so loved.
Beautiful photography which creates the mood so necessary in this story!
A difficult movie to review
My advice is to watch this film to experience it's captivating photography and the characters that live in the back country to whom the postman must deliver their mail.
You see their hope, needs, desires, boredom, and hopelessness. There really isn't a plot to this movie it's just a fascinating look into the lives of a small almost forgotten community living on the very outer edges.
Looking behind the curtain
This is a rather long docu on the brilliant comedian Garry Shandling. If your are or were a fan of this famous man you will love the insight offered by others into Shandling's career in show business and his climb to fame.
But if you just remember him from his TV shows and standup comedy then this docu is tedious and almost repetitive. Sometimes it's best not to see how the magic of putting on a show is done by going back stage and seeing what it's really like.
A.P. Bio (2018)
I totally get it !
Recently tried to describe this show to a friend and I was at a loss to explain the plot outside of it just being funny and loaded with likeable oddball characters.
This is one of those comedies that you intuitively tune into or you just don't get it. Well, for this writer Glenn Howerton is giving a first class performance as Prof Jack and the actors as the students couldn't be better.
It's a refreshing edgy comedy well worth checking out.