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Rapace is Fierce
I like Noomi Rapace and have seen and enjoyed most of her movies, at least the ones after the "Girl With..." series. I find her compelling. Although not traditionally beautiful, she has presence with a kind of rough grace that presents as extremely attractive and she is also one of the few women who can pull off high-action movies. If I see she is in something, I watch it, and have yet to be disappointed. Without her in the lead, I probably wouldn't have watched this,
When I saw Sophie Nélisse I couldn't figure out where I had seen her before until I realized she was Liesal and Gilly Hopkins.
The acting was okay; Nelisse an Rapace were effective in their roles. The setting and scenery were fine. The action was well done with only a few weapon mistakes. Overall, I enjoyed the film - it won't win awards but it's better than most action/buddy movies.
Very watchable, if only for Noomi, who is always good.
The Middle Distance (2015)
An Excercise in Sweet Darkness
People tinged with darkness understand each other. Perhaps this is why the two leads are drawn into a bonding experience trying to fix the man's late father's summer home on Lake Michigan.
My taste in movies is eclectic and I've seen many movies where the dynamic between the man and woman is one of faked attraction and feelings. These two had chemistry, despite her being outwardly jolly with inner darkness and him being dark through and through.
I see myself in him -- I was born on Lake Michigan and once made the same choice as he did with the girl. I see myself a little in her as well -- we all try to hide a little bit.
Both their performances were on the money. So much so, I could swear I'd seen them both in something before, even though I didn't.
I liked this movie very much and would recommend it to anyone who would like a nice sweet story of attraction and friendship between two people who have scars that won't heal.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Yes, Another Christmas Story
Great fun for all -- and to those who rated this low, I have a lump of coal for you...
Mahershala Ali could read the phone book and I would watch. Yet, I never saw the movie that made him famous.
Here he fights a pal in a down-tracking life (for them both)...over a dollar.
Yet, despite the constraints of the room, both actors manage to make you feel the smallness of their life together that even challenges the confinement of their moment.
Not A Leg To Stand On
Savannah Welch is absolutely fierce, and reason enough to watch this episode.
The pain in her eyes shows the damage severe injury can do you soul.
It's more than just the physical pain, which lasts a lifetime. It's the moment when you think you are going die. It changes you, and nothing afterwards is ever the same.
Sun Dogs (2017)
How to Save a Life
This movie is funny, sweet, sad, happy, and uniquely pleasing, as life can be at its best.
Two thirds of the way through the film I found myself hoping the movie would have a happy ending, not just for Ned, but for Tally. They were just two people the world had passed by and forgotten; the deserved it.
It's nice to root for nice people. It's nice to see nice people get nice things in life.
You don't need a full deck to have a good hand or to lend a hand -- anyone can save lives.
It's a nice movie, well worth the time.
No Walk in the Park
These are not nice people.
The film is interesting however. The performances are good and there's a couple of nice twists.
It's also not preachy. It's a dark movie with lots of sex (mostly seen through night vision goggles), which may make some people uncomfortable. Still, I recommend it if your in the mood for an understated thriller.
Wipe Your Feet
I refused to watch this movie for some time. It seemed too political and as a cinephile, I didn't want the indoctrination -- I get enough of that reading the papers. Brain-washing, after all, is a young man's game.
Once I realized the star of Mudbound was Carey Mulligan, I was obligated to at the very least, give it a cursory view. I owe her for Never Let Me Go, and am currently watching with more than just a little disappointment, Collateral, a British miniseries for the same reason.
Yet, one of the movies I will ever cherish is Carey Mulligan's Never Let Me Go. That is why we watch the stuff Hollywood foists upon us, to feel something, to understand something about our lives, about ourselves.
Never Let Me Go took me, and it never let me go.
Carey Mulligan gets at least a glance from me, for whatever, and for however long, and in this, she is worth the look. Her face says everything and her reading of the character tells you about her and the character.
Yet, she didn't need me. This film is excellent. In my opinion, it should have won the 2017 Best Film Oscar. It's sad and sweet, and at the risk of sounding like a take-out food menu, it is more than a little sour, for it illuminates what happens to people who are good with no options, and those who could do much better if not for societal restrictions.
It is about life, and the way we live it -- how we have no other option but to compromise between what we believe in and know is right, and what we realize what will give us one more day.
It is not something I will ever forget.
With this, and the afore mentioned film, Carey owns me. At least, I will always watch her stuff.
And, I will not be so kind to Collateral.
Yet, if you are given the opportunity to watch this, ignore the hype. It is not about oppression and the trickling sorrow of slavery's injustice, although that is surely there.
It is about family, hope, friendship, and love -- just as all great movies are.
Les affamés (2017)
Don't Eat the Children
This is not your typical zombie film...well, in some ways it is, and in some ways it is not.
I was skeptical at first, but the zombies were different, at least a little bit from your "Walking Dead" zombies, and it wasn't all straight-up kill the zombie fare.
I have to say that Zoe (Charlotte St-Martin) stole the movie. She's a little thing, but she manages to look both innocent and jaded, frightened and fearless at the same time.
The movie is worth it just for her -- I predict big things in her future.
Bullet Head (2017)
Hair of the Dog
This was a very good movie and I do not understand the antipathy expressed in some of the reviews.
I normally don't like films where the action takes place in a single location, such as a warehouse or a room -- too confining, and usually low budget.
Sure, there are points which challenge credulity. For example, abandoned warehouses don't still have electrical service and Thompson machine guns run out of ammo, like any other gun. In addition there is the conundrum of how the police could possibly miss the dead guy in the Cadillac out back when they searched the building.
Yet it has a great cast and the flashbacks are entertaining, The production values were relatively high and the performances were above average.
I think including the dog's perspective in the story worked well as well.
I liked the film. I liked it very much.