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The Intern
The Intern (2015)
13 months ago via Movies on Android phone
½

Entertaining film. DiNiro is good as usual. Even tempered film that matches his Ben character.

Heart of a Dog
13 months ago via Movies on Android phone

I have loved Laurie's work in the past that has pushed us to consider whether our technological advances makes our society better or worse. This movie does some of that but also looks at spiritual thoughts and viewing death. Seems appropriate to the stage of life for Ms. Anderson. Could not ask for a better viewpoint or viewer to examine the subject.

Django Unchained
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Too much blood and gore can be a bore. I think I've become immune to Tarantino after loving his earlier films. This is not to say this is not an entertaining film. It definitely is for the first two hours plus. For some reason, the climax was not satisfying to me.

This may be due to an early jettison of the best characters in the film prior to the end. Any cleverness or tension seem to go at this point leaving all the all out bloody climax. Not quite the spaghetti or blackploitation climax I would have expected. Forget body count. Count the amount of fake blood spattering all over the screen. But wouldn't it have been more fun if Samuel Jackson had taken on Jamie Foxx in a kung fu fight to the finish? Nah, they left out that genre. Along with any kind of twist or suspense.

I recommend it anyway. Good acting, snappy dialogue and some sprinkling of humor in an bloody action non-family film.

This is 40
This is 40 (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

They billed this one as sorta the sequel to Knocked Up and I think that's a good way to view this film. The question answered is what happens AFTER the happy ending. Well, the romance is over, you have a couple of kids, one whom is hitting puberty. You reach that age of 40. You throw in money problems and strained relationships with parents and in laws. What does it look like?

Well, its not pretty, but writer/director Apatow throws in some good laughs and an interesting bunch of people. I think I would have liked it better if most of the characters didn't seen so self centered. It may make them more real but not quite so likable. I really missed the original Knocked Up concept in which the Seth Rogen character changed and became more concerned about someone other than himself. I think that spirit is in this movie also and shows up late in the film. But these people seem pretty miserable considering all the stuff they have. But maybe that could be the point.

I recommend it, but if you are expecting just humor, this film will seem a little long. Maybe a little too much meanness here.