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Rating History

Trainwreck (2015)
24 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a pretty good comedy. I was not disappointed. The story was good. The chemistry between Amy Schumer and her romantic interest; played by Bill Hader, is good. Hader seems to be a very capable actor. Up to now he has mostly played principally comedic roles. He is in a comedy here; but his role is more of a straight man to Amy Schumer's comedic role.

The film is rated R. Schumer is known for her mainly bawdy comedy. She talks a lot about sexual matters, from a female point-of-view. I like her. She is funny. The are a few sex scenes. I was a little surprised to find that Schumer did not choose to show any nudity involving herself. Although, some of the men are seen mostly naked, from behind.

Some scenes worked better than others, but the movie as a whole, worked for me. There was one odd, scene toward the end, featuring a handful of celebrity cameos. It did not work very well. Chris Evert (former prof tennis star) was present. I did not recognize her at first. She is not aging very well.

It was an OK trip to the flics.

American Ultra
24 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a mildly entertaining comic action movie. There is comedy sprinkled throughout. This is a movie about a pair of stoner slackers. I am not a big fan of this genre. It seems like a pretty weak theme for any story. But, the action violence is depicted as very real. So, the comedy tenor of the film is frequently interrupted by the bloody dispatching of countless bad guys. Even so, the comedy elements usually worked anyway.

The film held my interest. There seemed to be some real chemistry between Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). I enjoyed watching these two on the screen together. Both of them were pretty good.

The movie ends as we are expecting, on an Up note. It was an OK trip to the flics.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a very well done drama/comedy. The film is very well written. But, it also works so well because of the principal lead, Greg (Thomas Mann). The young actor carries the movie. He is the narrator. He can be found in virtually every scene. The film is his story.

There are many comedy elements throughout. It's not a laugh-out-loud comedy; but rather a more relaxed, gentle type of thoughtful fun. All of this fun takes place in the face of the developing friendship of Greg with a girl he barely knows. She has contracted a blood cancer. Greg has a jaundiced view of his senior year in high school. There are a lot of universal truths about living through high school.

Greg seems estranged from everyone. Including his best friend, Earl (Ronald Cyler), whom he refers to as a co-worker. They make mocking films based upon older real movies.

The film is a little quirky. The tale is very well told. It was a good trip to the flics.

Timbuktu (2015)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is an OK film. The story is brief. It held my interest. We a family of herdsmen living in the rural part of some country near Libya. They are trying to stay put; after apparently moving earlier. There are radical, sharia law Muslims afoot. These terrorists are imposing their severe brand of Islam upon the local population. They operate primarily in a small, nearby local village.

Our hero, the local, peace loving herdsman, runs amuck with the interlopers. There are unpleasant consequences all around.

The film was fairly well done. We see that the radicals are less than perfect in their religious zealotry. Some of them smoke, enjoy music, and are fans of European football; all of which are "forbidden".

The film was something of a downer. Some scenes of cruelty which were handled with some sensitivity; still brought out audible gasps from a few female members of the audience.

It was an OK; if not completely satisfying trip to the flics.

Love in the Time of Cholera
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is story of unrequited love over many decades. We are asked to believe that a guy falls madly in love with a woman he has simply seen and barely spoken to. It seems more like infatuation. The story, while not impossible, is a bit of a stretch. The story unfolds over the life-times of the characters. Not much is going on. The sets and acting are all very good.

An actor of note is our hero, Ariza (Javier Bardem). He gives a fine performance in a difficult role. He is on screen to pine over this one irreplaceable woman. And, he is pretty convincing.

The films chugs along and reaches it's conclusion. I could have spent my time better.