THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY [2013] movie review – recommended

March 29, 2014

It was a real wakeup call watching THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY [2013].  Walter is a guy who cannot complete a dating profile because the only thing he has ever done was visit Arizona and he does not even remember why.  Thus, he daily life is filled with elaborate daydreams where he does what he actually wants.  He changes and becomes more adventurous and even he does not realize he stopped daydreaming in that time.  I am the reverse of that.  My life before now was all adventure, very similar to Walter in that I explored a volcano and even rode the one good bike available in a remote place.  I never daydreamed then.  The past few years, no adventures, and I daydream constantly.  Like I said, this movie was a wakeup call of the highest order. [Read more]

FLIPPED [2010] movie review – recommended

March 14, 2014

Only by absolute random looking through a list of movies did FLIPPED [2010] come on to my radar this week.  I had never heard of it at all before.  Directed by Rob Reiner I will be recommending this movie so it gets the attention it deserves.  For those looking for a pure film, one free of malice and one with clever story telling, this coming of age story about young romance set in the early 1960s will amuse and entertain you. [Read more]

THE SPECTACULAR NOW [2013] movie review

March 7, 2014

Really only toward the end of the movie and thinking about it afterwards did I realize that the main character, a high school senior, was an alcoholic and that no one in his life called him on it in a serious way ever.  He routinely drove drunk, worked his part-time job drunk and in his free time drank.  I guess since he was always so cheerful and not belligerent he could get away with it.  It’s just something in hindsight that could ruin THE SPECTACULAR NOW [2013] for me, as it was otherwise an intimate coming of age drama. [Read more]

NEBRASKA [2013] movie review

February 5, 2014

The two things I will remember most about NEBRASKA [2013] is the beautiful score by Mark Orton and how numerous people who had not seen each other for 20 years ran out of things to say to each other after just two sentences. However, ask how long it took them to drive to their house and they are all ears. Such is the world created by Alexander Payne in this black & white movie, and I could not imagine seeing it in color. [Read more]

ENOUGH SAID [2013] movie review

January 25, 2014

During the scene when Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ and James Gandolfini’s characters (Eva & Albert) were remarking how unattractive each other’s feet were, I was thinking, this is why you do not make romantic comedies about people in their 50s, or at least ones like this. ENOUGH SAID [2013] was my choice to watch tonight because I thought it would be a fun enjoyable movie, something to wash away the bad taste that INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS left last night, but ENOUGH SAID ended up leaving its own bad taste. [Read more]

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN [2013] movie review – recommended

January 24, 2014

Thanks to being nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, I heard about THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN [2013]. It was released in 2013 in the U.S. and will very likely end up on my list of top ten movies of the year. It is a Belgian movie with very strong and raw performances. Raw is the word to best describe every minute of this movie. [Read more]

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB [2013] movie review

January 18, 2014

And I watched yet another Oscar contending movie based on a true story, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB [2013]. Surely this will come to be the biggest trend of 2013 movies, the ones based on true stories getting so much attention. However, I do not think DALLAS deserves to be nominated for best picture. It is a very good movie, but does not stand out in any aspect. [Read more]

12 YEAR’S A SLAVE [2013] movie review

January 14, 2014

There are scenes in 12 YEARS A SLAVE [2013] of reflection with the only sound the background of nature that reminded me of a Terrance Malick style. It is not often a movie takes that time to breath and become organic. This cinematic portrayal of a true story was what I expected it to be, except I did not anticipate there being so much poetry to it, if you will. This is not meant to be a slight or imply a lack of serious subject matter, but to reflect in the manner the tone of the movie is told in. There is brutality, but I felt the movie was like watching a long form poem of a tragic tale, but one that has a life to it that cannot be muted no matter how little hope remains. [Read more]

Next Page »