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Marguerite
Marguerite (2016)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is both very funny and quite sad at the same time, a nifty cinematic trick to pull off indeed. Marguerite is the dreamer in all of us who ache to have our passions expressed and appreciated by others. What makes the woman so poignant is that she was wealthy, so she was not performing (horribly) for money or even exactly fame, but for the love of an audience. This is a remarkable film based on a true story, and yes...she really was that bad of a singer, as I understand they used some actual vocals of the real Marguerite warbling in the movie. Somehow, just when you are reveling in what a camp this movie is you get a little tear in your eye and think about innocence and passion, that which too many adults lose as they continue their "normal" and "realistic" march through life denying that which really makes their hears soar, despite their "talent" or lack thereof. As Mama Cass sang in one of her hits, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" even if nobody else sings along.

45 Years
45 Years (2015)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

These types of movies about older married couples can, at their worst, be rather dull and dreary, sometimes insufferably so. This one manages to beat the odds and just seems poignant and realistic. The husband, in particular, is so natural in his role it's like watching real life, not a movie. The wife is also excellent although the actress who portrays her is a bit indulgent with the artful acting nuance (slightly archest eyebrows, pensive expressions, sighing into her tea-cups a bit much) which is unnecessary to the viewer understanding her emotional reaction to a troublesome situation that arises between she and her hubby shortly before a 45 year anniversary celebration. A brief sex scene was, I think, very realistic considering her husband had had a heart bypass surgery and thus may not exactly make love with the vigor and stamina he once possessed. The film-makes got pretty much everything right i this one, including the celebration itself. The film is deserving of whatever awards it has won. If you enjoy a thoughtful, poignant drama that doesn't overstate or over-stay its welcome, by all means catch this film.

The Jungle Book
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Here is the quintessential Disney movie with all the magic and talking animals one expects from a Disney movie. It's well-paced, exciting, and a hell of a lot of fun. It includes just the right amount of humor and poignancy. Best of all, the movie does not strive to be either hip or overwork the "message" like some Disney and other animated films are prone to these days. It is a beautifully done Disney movie in the grand tradition, and it all worked very well. Note: SEE IT ON A BIG SCREEN, it's well worth it and not as exhausting and busy a film as Zootopia. Adults can enjoy this easily as well as children. Don't leave too early; the end credits prove to be wonderfully creative as well as the movie itself. Here is cinematic proof that Disney can still make magic on the big screen.

The Lady In The Van
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hilarious? NOT. "marvelous perfomance?" I think Maggie Smith could play a role like this in her sleep. I hoped for a much more entertaining movie than this rather dull little film. There may be "quality" stamped all over it, but I kept thinking, "Okay, when is this gonna get wither really funny or really intriguing?" Instead, it just sat there, a film as inert as the van the homeless woman adopts as her permanent home on a writer's property. I notice the critics score is much higher than the audience score; I concur with the 32% of the audience that didn't find this movie as charming as we'd hoped. Ms. Smith is a fine actress but this "van" was not a great vehicle for the lady's talent.

Born To Be Blue
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Confession time: although I am a musician, write songs, and am a major music junky the name "Chet Baker" was nebulous to me. I kind of lumped him in within a category I would describe as "Hard-living musicians and jazz artists my dad might have appreciated more than me". Until I saw this movie, he only occupied a room that included artists whose names I have heard, but whose music I was only marginally interested in: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, etc. watching this movie brought the man and the artist into focus. Ethan Hawke does a fantastic job of playing Chet Baker; the movie is very well done and lovely to watch. However, there is no getting around the fact that the whole "talented musician as heroin addict" genre has been done so many times that there is a sense of "been there, seen this before" to the story, which alternately elates with the man's music and talent while frustrating with the familiarity of yet another major musical talent self-destructing on screen. The movie manages to avoid over-working the cliched element of such a story, and does not come across as either boring or stale. If you're into movies about musicians this one is, in my humble opinion, "Fresh", a cinematic gem even. Were the field of such movies not so over-crowded, especially as "Oscar bait" for seasoned actors and actresses, it would even be worthy of a nomination for Hawke. I don't know if Chet Baker was "born to be blue"; the man didn't let drugs or alcohol obliterate him in his youth like Amy Winehouse or Jim Morrison; he at least survived his addiction long enough to have a more extended career. However, he obviously had a lonely, rural childhood (the trumpet was like a friend to him), a cold and bitter father who had apparently given up on his own musical talents, and other elements to his life that set the stage for the life of a man who just wanted love and to be loved like anyone else. I can always tell a movie had at least some effect on me when the first thing I do when the credits fade is go online to check out the artist's music, reviews, etc. Chet Baker was obviously a beloved musician; there was pure heart-ache and honesty in his both his trumpet playing and his vocal work. Check this movie out if you love movies about musicians and especially if you like that kind of smoky, late night, laid back jazz; it will take you right there.
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