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Saw #UncutGems on Christmas Day. Not exactly a Christmas movie, but a heck of a performance from Adam Sandler as a jeweler in NY's Diamond District (who's a heavy better on basketball). I understand the Oscar buzz for him now. Frenetically paced, lots of yelling and cursing throughout. (You won't like it if you're offended by coarse language) But really well edited and packs a heck of a punch ****
#Bombshell -- the inside look at sexual harassment at Fox News is a heck of a good movie. Charlize Theron totally nails Megyn Kelly, proving once again she's one of the best actresses around. John Lithgow as Roger Ailes is unrecognizable but terrific. And although I edited a lot of stories about Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit, and read a lot of court documents, I'm not really sure how much of the movie is actually real, and what's dramatized. Kinda think Megyn's role is a little overplayed, but that doesn't deter from it being a really good film.
Good movie. That's no lie.
#TerminatorDarkFate had me worried for the first half-hour, thinking, "Oh, no. It's the same thing we've seen before." But then #LindaHamilton and #ArnoldSchwarzenegger came to the rescue and saved the film. Really fun, despite James Camero's bleak future outlook. The timelines are kinda messed up, but the look at the US-Mexico border was topical. And Linda Hamilton still kicks ass. ****
Real Simple. Bruce, Patti and a string orchestra perform the new album in an old barn, with Bruce providing liner notes in between songs. Simple, and really good. Album is reminiscent of #Nebraska.
#TheJokerMovie proves yet again that MCU is fun. DCU isn't. Yes, Joaquin Phoenix delivers an amazing, hard-to-watch, performance, but the origin story is a failure. According to this, Joker is about 40 years older than Batman. Huh? Movie ended. No applause. Everyone just filed out quietly as the credits rolled.Worth checking out for Joaquin's acting, but not to be entertained, just depressed.
#AdAstraMovie is quite a trip... the meaning of which will undoubtedly be debated for years a la 2001. It may not be as good as 2001 but is better than #Interstellar. It'll win Oscars. Definitely worth seeing. My only quibble -- didn't need moon pirates.
It has suspense, and scares, and lots of gore, and is really, really funny. Smart writing, good acting. Everyone in the theater seemed to have a good time, including me
Thought I'd check it out, but what a waste of time.
Really good idea for a film carried out pretty blandly and badly.
There won't be any middle ground on this film. You either love it, or hate it. That was obvious from the comments I overheard exiting the theater. Some people raved about how great it was, others said it was the worst effing piece of trash they'd ever seen. I'm in the former category in loving every over-the-top allegorical reference in the film. I was mesmerized with Jennifer Lawrence's performance. Javier Bardem was his usual excellent self, as were Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. The intensity of the last half is unreal.
A murder mystery set on an Indian reservation in Wyoming. It's smart, well-written with great cinematography. Elizabeth Olsen is a rookie FBI agent out of her element -- Las Vegas via Fort Lauderdale -- who teams up with Jeremy Renner, a game warden entirely within his element. Both are terrific and Renner deserves an Oscar nomination. But best supporting actor should go to the weather. It's mesmerizing. Definitely my favorite movie of the year.
Charlize Theron again proves she's an awesome action star putting in the best fight scenes I've seen in movies in a long time. The plot gets a bit convoluted. The sound track is great. Had a good time at this movie. Although I did hate the change in title, and the "Coldest City" would've been so much better.
Interesting plot line keeps the film moving briskly over its 2 hours plus. Affleck puts in a good performance as the autistic, brilliant, gun-toting accountant. But that's where it ends. As a fan of Anna Kendrick, it's a bit sad to have her just be a prop to veer the storyline in a certain direction. John Lithgow, another fave, also does little except collect a check. And as in most action flicks these days, the action is a flurry of edits to avoid having to choreograph actual fight scenes. Not a total time waster, but it could've been so much better.
It's an overlooked, rarely mentioned film, but it's probably Billy Wilder's best, and darkest, satire. Kirk Douglas is outstanding. And the movie is more relevant today than ever. Find it. Watch it.
Clint Eastwood proves he still has it in making films. In a non-linear fashion he recounts the landing of a United plane on the Hudson River in 2009, making it compelling throughout. Tom Hanks shines as Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. Only miss is 432 Park Avenue in the city skyline shots. That wasn't standing in 2009. But if that's the biggest miss, that says a lot :) Great film and will be an Oscar contender.
It could've been a straight cops and robbers story, but it isn't. In the vein of "No Country for Old Men" the film is an original take, with surprising twists on an old formula. Biting social commentary, politically incorrect, at times hilarious, at times tragic, it's a great piece of movie making. Jeff Bridges is extraordinary. This will be my film to root for during the Oscars, for best film, best writing and best actor.
That was a pleasant surprise. Blake Lively is excellent, soloing the film with a strong supporting role from Steven the Seagull. The backstory, as usual, is superfluous and the epilogue unnecessary but they don't detract too much from the generally tight script. Shark is a fine throwback to Bruce. The 90 minutes zips by. Enjoyed it a lot.