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5/10
The shards of a film or Taint what it used to be!
28 September 2019
I initially thought it was about the summer job at the laundromat but alas! This movie works for about 20 mins. then can it!
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10/10
California Living!
21 September 2019
This movie is fantastic. It is the story of the deplorables, who lives intertwine while seeking solace for their failures in Hollywood during the Thirties. This movie is not for everyone. If you are a fan of Disney movies, you will not like this movie. This is the side of Hollywood when no one is looking. And it's not just Hollywood. Scenes of migrants and squatters living in shacks in the canyons, opulence and misery cheek by jowl. Karen Black is the starlet who will use everybody to try to become a star. William Atherton is the young man new to town and in love with the starlet. Donald Sutherland is the man Karen Black uses to try to get what she wants without having to give him anything. He is also the only character who has any redeeming qualities whatsoever. The acting is exceptional by all and the numerous supporting cast players are very good at capturing the nuances that make people who they are. I have seen several of John Schlesingers films and this I consider his most brave undertaking. He perfectly captures the insanity of unrequited anything and the ugliness of narcissism and desperation. While Hollywood continues to give awards to films that glorify Hollywood, this movie is an essential reminder that you can't always get what you want. You will not forget this movie, ever!
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Yesterday (III) (2019)
7/10
British Charm
18 September 2019
This is a British Film. The themes are worldly but it is British. The only American character in the movie is overbearing and obnoxious. Himesh Patel oozes charm in a English underclass sort of way and Lily James is so girl next door wholesome that one can't help but fall in love with her. Together they make a engaging pairing. The Beatles music is done very well and it was refreshing to hear the songs again. My only qualm with this film is the fact that the director felt it necessary to put a character who was John Lennon in this film. The scene is totally misplaced and frankly, disconcerting. The movie is thin on plot as 99% of all Rom-Coms are but is a entirely adequate date flick. I gave this movie a 7 only because I couldn't give it a 6.5.
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3/10
ad nauseam
28 August 2019
I know, Keanu Reeves is one of Hollywoods nicest guys. Too bad for him cause this movie sucks. He lumbers around like he has a severe inner ear issues. Thoughtless violent kill porn for little boys.
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6/10
Razor Burn
12 August 2019
I wanted to like this, I really did! Good cast and a compelling story told over the span of 15 years or so. I like Bill Murray and I don't blame him. The director had Bill doing his SNL routine in the opening scene and I couldn't take him seriously after that. Bill does a credible job but there is always a smile lurking on his mouth. This movie is about a young man who goes to war and comes back changed. He spends the next several years traveling and finding himself until he ends up back with those he grew up with. I have issues with the director. Along with the opening scene mentioned before the bombs exploding during the battle scene were all laid out in a line and you could see them popping off, totally fake as Gropenfuher Trump would say. I mean at the end of the movie he has Bill skipping up a set of stairs right after he suffers the loss of two people who were very close to him. He ven clicks his heels together! This current rating is too generous to a less than stellar effort.
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Trial by Fire (I) (2018)
7/10
Fireproof
9 August 2019
Good movie about tragic events. Another fine effort from Edward Zwick and I finally found a movie that like Laura Dern in!
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Rob the Mob (2014)
7/10
Worth a Viewing
16 July 2019
It's been done before for sure but Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda are going to be very big stars. The supporting cast is fantastic and this flick will entertain you.
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The Public (2018)
9/10
The Public Good
16 July 2019
Finally a movie that finally shows me why Emilio Estevez draws breath. I will admit that I have always thought of Estevez as sort of like margarine, not butter but if the butter isn't available it'll have to do. Bobby was a ok effort but not the kind of movie one wants to say is his crowning glory. If Estevez never makes another film I think he can rightly say he went out on top with this flick! The film is about a group of homeless people who take over a library on one of the coldest night in Cincinattis history as they need shelter from the cold. The takeover is helped along by library staff who offer unique perspectives on the lives of their patrons and their own beliefs. This is a movie that should be seen by everyone. I would even say this is a family movie despite the adult situations. But don't take my word for it. As I write this there are 38 reviews and not one is negative. That's pretty near impossible.
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Suffragette (2015)
9/10
Very Good
30 June 2019
Carey Mulligan takes a star turn as Maud Watts, a mother and laundress in the early 1910 in Britain. She gets recruited to become a foot soldier in the fight for womens voting rights. There is nothing bad I can say about this film. Excellent production values, able, professional cast and subject matter that informs. This movie illustrates why men should get out of the way and let women rule. Women give birth, raise children and work for pennies and still they love the men they choose. Men, who think their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are nothing more than vessels to satisfy mens needs. It pains me that over 100 years after the period in which this movie was set that men still seek to dominate, dictate to and treat as inferior the women whom give life to us all! See this movie with your favorite woman/women and show them you care.
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9/10
Bygone Era
27 June 2019
This movie is uplifting and yet also very sad. It involves the integration of the public school system in Durham NC in 1971. Taraji P Henson and Sam Rockwell do justice to the real people they portray and are both deserving of Academy Award nominations for their roles. This movie is uplifting because it demonstrates what Americans can achieve when they put their hate aside for the common good. It shows the power of grassroots movements. It is sad as today grassroots movements fade as fast as they arrive due to special interests and corporate interests that feed on fracturing the people. This movie is a must see film and whoever sees it will come away with hope.
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6/10
Bobs Vanity Project
25 June 2019
This movie is about a horse that was injured in a accident. The rider, a 13 year old girl was also injured and this is the tale of their healing. The horse and the location are the stars of this film. Robert Redford has the role of a horse trainer with a uncanny ability to reach out and connect to traumatized horses and 13 year old girls and her lonely mother. Redford is ok as the trainer. He didn't really look like a cowboy except for the leathery skin. He wore a bracelet throughout that no real cowboy would wear as it would be a danger and he always had a clean white shirt handy. Scott Thomas is the lonely frustrated mom whose role it was to play a woman who doesn't make attachments. I feel she was miscast unless the aim of Bob was to make her decidedly unsexy so that the movie going women would be ambivalent about her and therefore it would be easier to imagine themselves as Bobs love interest. Scarlett Johansson is a mere child in this film and although she gives it a good try it is obvious that she was a at the time and in some scenes she had difficulty conjuring up the emotional depth needed. And it almost three hours long! The scenery is gorgeous and the leads do a lot of riding in the beautiful foothills of Montana where apparently the heat doesn't make you sweat very much, the mosquitos don't exist and gopher holes are no threat to horses. This movie is a fantasy start to finish.
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City of Lies (2018)
7/10
Interesting Film
24 June 2019
I wasn't expecting much going in. Both Leads are on the downward arc of their careers and both have made some turkeys in their days. Not the case in this movie, Johnny Depp is very good as a retired detective who has all the answers but no ability to get things done and Forest Whitaker as the reporter whose star has faded. The two leads play off each other very well and Whitaker complements Depp whose character just might be unstable. Depp is the lead character and Whitaker is definitely the consummate supporting actor. This is a murder mystery with intrigue about the Biggie Smalls murder. I know very little about rap and was engrossed with story of corruption and the toll that the search for the truth has exacted on the two male leads. A entertaining film with a above average performance from Depp.
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Short Term 12 (2013)
8/10
Pretty Good
24 June 2019
This movie is good, not Oscar good but the performances are Oscar worthy. Brie Larson, I was not familiar with her work before this film and I must say the whole time I was watching her I was thinking this is the new Meryl Streep. She give a very powerful performance. John Gallagher is better than average as Bries boyfriend. If he is half as nice off the screen as he was on it he should father a lot of kids! This story is not new. Troubled teens and staff at a Short Term Foster Care Facility. In fact this movie could very easily be a After School Special movie from 1985 if not for the new millennium upgrade on all the kids/staffs troubles. I am writing this review a week after watching this film and I cannot remember how it ends. Maybe it's me. That being said this 7 movie gets a 8 from me for the performances of the two leads.
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The Good Lie (2014)
9/10
The Good Tale
24 June 2019
The concept of a Good Lie is not new to me. It was called a White Lie, a lie told where no harm is done. Said mainly to save face. It was a common idea and I am surprised by the amount of commentators to whom this idea seems new. This movie is very, very good. It is about a family of Sudanese refugees who eventually settle in the U.S. after their village was over run by rebels from the north. After 13 years as refugees they are resettled in Kansas to start a new life. Their travails were not easy and this story is told with equal amounts of horror, humor, acceptance and grace that in no time at all the viewer is rooting for them. Reese Witherspoon is awesome as usual and should be proud of her role. This is a movie that should be shown in every classroom, especially in the mid west states to where a good portion of these refugees settle. If this movie doesn't touch you, you need help.
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Vault (2019)
7/10
Solid 7.5
21 June 2019
This movie was better than expected. Nowadays you see movies where actors who were former leads take smaller roles as they age due to eroding star power. That is the case in this movie as Chazz Palminteri and Don Johnson along with William Forsythe step up and play pivotal roles in the based on a true story mafia flick. The leads were previously unknown to me but were very capable and were ably supported. While the story is not necessarily new, essentially a bank heist. The performances and the fact it was based upon a true story keep the viewers engaged. Ignore the over the top bad reviews. it is a very watchable flick.
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6/10
Amateur Hour
10 June 2019
John Cassavetes was a wonderful character actor whose portrayals always had a edge to them. It is a theme he attempts to carry over into his role as a director, but instead of edge it comes off as dirty and seedy, much like Los Angeles in the seventies. There are issues with scene cuts and editing which lead to confusion. Gazzaras acting style is so laid back as are most of the rest of the performances that it brings to mind the behavior of people who had ingested certain substances that were prevalent during the seventies. If you ever wanted to see a film that was part Russ Meyer and part John Waters, this is it.
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The Rocket (2013)
8/10
Well Done
9 June 2019
This film is very well done. Good plot, beautifully shot and excellent acting. This movie was a bit of a revelation and deserves a very wide audience. Easily beats 99% of the drivel Hollywood produces! See this movie!
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Deadwood: The Movie (2019 TV Movie)
6/10
A cast of Thousands
8 June 2019
Kudos to the producers for bringing back almost every character and the actors who portrayed them from the series which ended 13 years ago. It was good to see and probably speaks to the experience the actors had filming the series. This film, while welcome, felt thin. Some characters hardly received any screen time and fewer lines. Some of the speech was hard to appreciate during the first half of the movie (there is a whole scene early in the movie between Utter and Bullock that was unintelligible to me!) It improved greatly during the second half. I don't know if this is billed as a finale but not resolving several major plot lines leaves the possibility of another film down the road. Being "The Movie" I think the moviegoer would like to see the plots resolved and due to the fact that they weren't makes this a entertaining but ultimately dissatisfying experience.
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Hoffa (1992)
7/10
A Labour Of Love.
1 June 2019
This film appears to have it all. Good acting, excellent subject matter and above average production values. However, something just didn't feel right at times. Some lines of dialogue seem to come out of nowhere and I am sure there are a couple of scenes Devito would shoot differently now that he is a more experienced director. Of course it could be my Mamet bias, Mamet , Who wrote the screenplay has in my opinion been one of the most over rated writers in the movie business. He doesn't write women (who don't exist in this movie) and his male characters are usually self serving one note machismo idiots. However, Mamet does give voice to the rise of the labor movement and the deals between unsavory alliances needed in order to create the middle class in America. This movie needed to be made and it should be seen for Nicholsons performance alone
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Les Cowboys (2015)
7/10
Solid not Spectacular
1 June 2019
A lot of comparisons to The Searchers, don't buy it. Yes, it is the search for a family member who has disappeared. That's it. The disappeared girl in this movie fell in love and left to be with her boyfriend who moved to the middle east. Her father is a big American fan. He dresses like a cowboy and croons country and western songs at America Festivals the family attends. The youngest son is even seen sporting the confederate flag, such is their love of American values. Her father begins a quest to find his daughter even after he receives a letter from his daughter saying she is ok and wants to be left alone. He drags his son along for years searching and after he dies in an accident his son picks up the banner and continues his quest. There is little to find fault with in this film. capably acted, good photography and while the first half of the movie drags a little bit, the second half displays better pacing. This movie deserves a look.
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1/10
John Travolta
26 May 2019
Quit casting John Travolta. He is the Donald Trump of Hollywood.
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Walker (1987)
7/10
Ethos
26 May 2019
This movie is better than I had rated it when I saw it upon it's release . I read the comments prior to viewing it again to get a handle on it and having viewed this movie before I was surprised at the amount of comments calling it a masterpiece. I was not impressed the first go round. I liked the film more upon second viewing. Ed Harris is riveting and despite a somewhat fractured screenplay and accompanying dialogue he hits scarcely a bad note. The same cannot be said of some of the supporting cast. However, the job the supporting actors did in establishing personalities for their characters was astounding, a real rogues gallery, probably very similar to the scoundrels who were in Nicaragua in 1855. It is easy to see that Cox was influenced by Apocalypse Now just as it is easy to see the influence of this movie upon the film Richard III. This movie is a satire about hypocrisy and capitalism and Cox does a pretty good job of it.
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The Kominsky Method (2018– )
8/10
Alan Arkin
21 May 2019
What more can one say, this show stars Alan Arkin! Alan is an American treasure and should be treated accordingly!
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5/10
Oy Vey!
1 May 2019
The version I am reviewing is called the directors cut. It is 4 hours and 11 minutes long! Leone was aiming for EPIC here but it feels more like overwrought and overly long. Not every Italian director is Bertolucci or even Coppola! This movie is about a old gangster who is summoned home and reflecting upon his youth and young adulthood as a gangster in same city. The actors do their usual best but poor plot lines and editing between flashback and current scenes bog down the film. The female leads are nothing but sex objects and there is no effort to flesh out or address their actions. Leone does a good job of giving screen time to all the child actors but as adults De Niro and Woods deserve and garner most of the screen time. There are several huge plot holes in the film I saw that are beyond the pale and greatly reduce the impact of this film.
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Blaze (2018)
7/10
The Rough and Tumble World of Art
16 April 2019
I mean it's a little slow, you can pause this and have dinner, come back and finish it up, but I don't think it's a bad thing. You don't rush through a beautiful poem and then toss it aside! And this is a beautiful film. The songs are very well crafted and Ben Dickey and Alia Shawkat give compelling performances. Hawke is an adept film maker, his use of imagery was interesting and I felt he captured the laconic atmosphere of singer songwriter movement in the south during the seventies and eighties. I bet Hawke could make a decent western, no problem. If you have the time to invest and a interest in music this movie will reward you.
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