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Spider-Man: Homecoming
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Spider-Man: Homecoming spins a new adventure that had the anticipation of a Homecoming dance only to go home with an expensive tuxedo and only a few good memories. The positives: Tom Holland takes this character to a new level of enthusiasm as the awkward Peter Parker and fun Spider-Man. Spidey stood out in their initial roles in Captain America: Civil War. He owned the scenes he was in and most importantly fun to watch.

The other actor who nailed it was his best friend, Ned Leeds, played by newcomer Jacob Natalon. Their conversations, adventure and friendship were interesting to follow. In contrast this offset the lack of chemistry between Peter and Michelle. First off, I really enjoy nerds in movies, but this feeble attempt by the director seemed more like let's throw a bunch of not so interesting people in the blender and hope something good comes out of it. This curve ball didn't work and the audience was bored it seemed. Most will accept the web of disaster or strike out as your friendly neighborhood popcorn thriller. Probably the later..

I never got the sense that any of the students were that likeable, especially MJ, who has the personality of a 2x4 and a bad attitude. Kind of like the Goth kid in school wearing black and the woe is me attitude. Characters should have traits that people can identify with, or have a point to why they are the way the are so that we pull for them.

The nerd bunch especially Flash was awful and their characters were distracting and boring.

Michael Keaton plays Vulture, and somehow makes money by re-inventing alien equipment with Construction workers (huh) and one guy who seems to be an engineer. Ironic that he had such acclaim in the movie Birdman and in this he plays a villain. He was mediocre as Batman and not believable even with an all star cast.

The movie is great the last 40 minutes when the true action and all the parts tie together. Spider Man has a good combination of technical wizardry, but there were too many bad acting scenes for me to ever really get engaged.

The action sequences saved this movie hope everyone enjoys more than I did. The Star power of Marisa Tomei (wow isn't she awesome) and Robert Downey Jr. infused some viability into the so so script. I got a sense that Matt Stark is kind of like Wolverine he's about had it and the thrill is gone. Hope you enjoyed another viewpoint. Can't wait for the next installment.

Cars 3
Cars 3 (2017)
28 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Cars 3 doesn't take that next great straightaway a trilogy takes to provide closure to life's journey along Route 66. The creative juices of Pixar seem to be get watered down by Disney. I want the real Orange Juice not the concentrate, and there is a period of about 30 minutes in the middle of the film I found myself drifting off to the greats that Pixar once were must see.

I got to the theater early to see the Pixar short and see the brilliance that sets them apart and brings us that momentary happy moment where imagination is left up to your minds and not constant marketing of a brand or painfully paying for a movie only to watch commercials.

Walt Disney would have done well with Pixar. He had the right stuff and always took it to the next level of film making and animation.

There are some parallels to Lightning McQueen and the skills he has that are instinctual as he battles the automated computerized abilities of his newest rival Jackson Storm. Storm and his team has mechanized and streamlined winning to engineering and maximum use of velocity and aerodynamics. Armie Hammer, plays Storm, who likely can't get many roles since the awful Lone Ranger debacle.

There didn't seem to be any chemistry in this one like the 1st Cars movie. There are flashes of brilliance when they bring the fun Radiator Springs crew back and Paul Newmann as more of a memorial to the Hudson Hornet mentor.

It has just lost its spark and was running on fumes by the end. The Pixar Short is worth the trip, but put the cell phones down in the theater let the synapsis in your brains light the imagination of the future.

Overall just ok more like a spreadsheet deliverable than a fun movie. Pixar should have never sold to Disney, it's starting to show the cracks in the dam.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
49 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Gal Gadot is terrific as Wonder Woman with an outstanding portrayal of the Amazon princess. She brings the strength of her powers and empathy of her need to change a world at war during World War I. What draws me to her character, unlike a lot of American actresses lately, is she seems genuine and uses all her abilities to bring the dreaded God of War Ares to stop the madness that has now entered into the almost fantasy idyllic setting she has grown up in.

She is brought up by the queen Hippolyta, played wisely and purposefully by Connie Nielson. Her mentor also surrounded by the very talented Robin Wright (Antiope), many will remember as Jenny in Forest Gump. The bond of warriors trains to fight so that their peace will not be violated by the very nature of War.

Like many wars the boundaries are only visible to those taken in by the madness of territories and their own vision of right and wrong.
Chris Pine plays an American Spy chased by Germans and shot down for stealing a book with chemical weapons information that will destroy millions by the infamous Dr. Poison. The reality of the world kept secret to her emerges, as she learns of a World War that is bringing darkness to all who participate. She uses her incredible gifts bestowed upon her by Zeus and her mother.

Their worlds will never be the same when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.

The attention to detail of this period piece is quite realistic, and spares no expense retelling the use of toxic gas, and hand to hand combat. We're transfixed thankfully uncomfortably into a time long gone and difficult to grasp how horrible this fighting must have been from history.

The director tastefully brings in the age of discovery for DIana when she meets Steve Trevor. The transformation of Diana from a curious child in the ways of the Amazon to a young woman focus of changing the world for good with these amazing gifts from the Gods bestowed upon her as the Princess.

The action and special effects aren't used as often as many new movies but are effective in bringing viewers into the cruelty of combat.

This is a terrific movie with several great performances including David Thewlis as Sir Patrick, who has us twisting and turning with his solid performance and plot twists. We have a new superstar action hero in Gal Gadot. It's all in the eyes that we know what is happening. Well done movie and recommended.

The Fate of the Furious
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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Outstanding cars catch your eye like diamonds and gold to the trained expert. When you see it you know you're guaranteed a visual that will keep you coming back for more.

I said no way I'll see this movie, it's the same concept over and over again with the same "family" that somehow softens the blow that these are criminals. I counted 17 times they used that. Maybe there will be 17 of these instant replays of the same script.

Dom Toretto played by the mono - syllabic Vin Diesel does turn a twist to the "Live fast, die young, and have a good-looking corpse." a quote James Dean used from time to time, before the careful what you wish for took place in 1955. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Stratham) show their action chops and athletic skills that makes the other members of the family comic relief bearable. "You earned my Respect" will not be equated with some of the bad action sequences, (spoiler alert) Hobbs deflecting a high powered torpedo while someone held the wheel while being chased by a nuclear submarine. Ok now that's a stretch, no matter how much you believe they can do.

I get it have some fun with it. Cipher has that Black Widow charm throughout the movie, Charlize Theron was equal parts bad, cunning and visually captured the scenes she was in. Helen Mirren showed her flexibility to take on roles to have a measure of success as Deckard's mom and is a treat whenever she is on camera.

I guess Mr. Nobody, played by Kurt Russell, brought this viewer some memorable moments. It's good to see these actors have some fun and leave a few good scenes to show how much can be done with the same concept. Wait for the "Know your audience" remark. Very funny.

The visuals and the opening scenes in Cuba were outstanding, it draws you in like Cipher does into a web of mystery and just plain fun to watch. The cars, people and sites are beautiful and I promise l won't see the next one like this one. Action packed and gave a good booster Car Nitrous Injection System to this humble viewer's heart. This is what the doctor ordered enjoy.

Manchester by the Sea
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Manchester by the Sea, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, is a gripping realistic story of the life crushing, sad soul of Lee Chandler. it would be easy to present this sad tale like so many over the top melodramatic tear jerkers. Instead Lonergan allows the story to bring us into the shell of Lee Chandler and the loss that has crushed his spirit.

I was very hesitant to see this movie, but was intrigued by the cast of two of my favorites, Kyle Chandler (Joe), Lee's brother, and Michelle Williams (Randi) his wife (ex). They both seem to capture the spirit of how real world people act with a realism that is easy to believe. In a year of less than stellar acting and movie selections This cast nails it and should be in contention for some post season awards for acting and not Hollywood's politics.

It is rare that you can sense like you are in the same room as the actors. This movie isn't a documentary, no one lives happily ever after, everything doesn't get fixed. Instead we learn, like in real life, it is how you withstand the real pressures, and learn to have people in your life, to help you get through sometimes horrific events.

Lee plays a handy man, often folks that you see walking down any street, the emptiness in his eyes and anger in his heart only seem to get released when he's had one too many and picks out someone to vent his rage in a bar. We've all know someone like this, where life just beats up and gives that unfair amount of grief. It can't be fixed, sometimes there are life events that are so traumatic you never recover. The brilliance is not only in the spot on New England accents, or expressions, It's the relationships, confusion and imperfections of the characters that makes this so real.

Life is awkward when there is loss, discontent, cruelty toward one another It has never been so well captured without the fill in the blanks so many other dramas provide. It is sad, but there are moments of that Boston humor that helps us understand the light that was in these people at one time.

I don't want to spoiler alert, but the one scene toward the end of the movie, when Lee is talking to Randi, who has remarried was one of the best most moving acting scenes I've ever seen.

I would not recommend this for kids, it's a heavy topic, but I have to say this is my pick for Picture of the Year. Go see it, maybe it may help fill some gaps, or provide an insight of how to cope with the unthinkable. It made me realize that life does go on and to appreciate the great moments because that is what you remember most, along with the sad ones. Thumbs way up on this is a great movie.