ELYSIUM [2013] movie review

November 30, 2013

I am glad I did not know beforehand that ELYSIUM [2013] was written and directed by the same person who made the amazing DISTRICT 9 [2009] otherwise my expectations which were low would have been sky high and I would have been even more disappointed. [Read more]

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE [2013]

November 23, 2013

I knew my experience viewing THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE [2013] could not compare to the incredible one I had watching THE HUNGER GAMES [2012] where I decided to see the movie at the last minute, had only a vague idea of the storyline, had no idea it was a three book story, and no one was seated anyone near me.  It was my movie of the year for 2012 by far.  In contrast, for CATCHING FIRE I already knew the entire story having read all three books after seeing the first movie, and with the director change and hearing the production was rushed, I was just hoping to like CATCHING FIRE.  My expectations were exceeded by far.  Of course CATCHING FIRE did not have the impact the original did, but it was very exciting and well done and drew me again into the world of The Hunger Games. [Read more]

JFK [1991] movie review – recommended

November 21, 2013

I was a senior in high school when JFK [1991] came out. I do not think I ever considered going to see it. I was not very political at age 17. This week with all the buildup to the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, now was as good a time to finally watch it. I am very glad I did. [Read more]

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION [1957] movie review – recommended

November 16, 2013

I thought I was very clever calling right from the start how I thought the murder of a wealthy widow had played out, and I thought that way all the way to the very end, but I was wrong.  WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION [1957] is all about letting someone believe what they want and hoping in the end no one has that nagging feeling.  For me, it was always if the “prisoner” did not commit the murder, then who did?  I thought I knew.  I was not as clever as I thought! [Read more]

K-PAX [2001] movie review – recommended

November 16, 2013

I came about watching K-PAX [2001] tonight because of a movie I watched back in September (SOUND OF MY VOICE [2012]) that said K-PAX was a similar title.   I would definitely recommend watching them on consecutive nights in the same order that I did.  Both deal with a central figure and the people around them (along with the viewer) deciding to believe their incredible stories about who they are.  In the case of Kevin Spacey in K-PAX, he says he is from the planet K-PAX.  The movie is about if he really is or not. [Read more]

THE TO DO LIST [2013] movie review

November 2, 2013

I did not think I would be watching such a raunchy comedy when THE TO DO LIST [2013] started playing tonight. However, from the choice of opening song it was apparent this was not an innocent movie. Had I noticed beforehand it was Rated-R I would have been better prepared to see an innocent girl who just graduated from high school apply the same techniques she used to become valedictorian to lose her virginity. [Read more]

WE’RE THE MILLERS [2013] movie review

November 1, 2013

Likability goes a long way in a movie being successful, especially a comedy, and that is what the cast has in WE’RE THE MILLERS [2013]. Everyone knows Jennifer Aniston, though I only know her from movies never watched her TV show, SNL fans will know Jason Sudeikis, and I have liked Emma Roberts since THE ART OF GETTING BY, and Will Poulter blended together to make a very good pretend family that everybody secretly wanted. [Read more]