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The Tomorrow Man (2019)
Take it or leave it
John Lithgow, and Blythe Danner gave their all in creating these two oddball characters - Ed and Ronnie. But their efforts just can't save this film. I enjoyed the plot but I just couldn't believe in Ed and Ronnie. For their age they come across as just a bit too simple.
The most interesting character is the goth girl that runs the curiosity shop! And she is seen only briefly.
But this is not a bad movie!
The movie is purely for laffs and frivolity!
The plot is thread thin. Six very attractive dudes spend their days together hanging out in a steam room. Unfortunately one of the 'dudes' is there for an ulterior motive. As the story progresses we see 'ulterior motive guy' accepted into the steam room coterie. But this dude falls for 'big muscle dude' and being a member of 'the group'. Thus the twist in the plot. It isn't until the end of the movie we find out why the steam room dudes are always there.
This is a silly light entertainment movie. Why so many uncomplimentary reviews is beyond mee!
Kids Say the Darndest Things (2019)
NO !!! ....and deserves 0 stars.
I watched this because it has the name "Tiffany Haddish", and I think she is wonderful. I was thinking this would certainly be a funny show.
Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed!!!!
In my opinion, Miss Haddish has done this show - as the saying goes - 'For the money'.
All I can say is the show I watched was completely unfunny and so visibly scripted it is painful to see. Steer clear of this one. !!!!
L'homme fidèle (2018)
!5 minutes in and you will be hooked
When I started watching this movie my first impression was 'oh, another pain & angst love story'. But after !5 minutes into the film I was hooked and had to see it to the ending.
There is a sudden and unexpected statement from one of the main characters that captured my attention at about the 15 minute mark and I was hooked on what was going to happen to Abel, Marianne, Eve, and Joseph!
This movie will leave you guessing and wanting more at the end. Louis Garrel did a superb writing/directing/acting job here and kudos to him!
A human story
Lots of reviews here. Each one brings to light an element in the story of Zelweger's performance as Judy Garland.
Here's the essence of the plot - this movie is about the last four years of Garland's life. What we witness is a story of a woman who was an international star - a person of fame and viewed as a dazzling performer. But here we see the everyday human side of her life. A woman who suffered loneliness and insecurity even though she was loved by millions. They loved her for what she could give, not what she needed.
In my opinion Zelweger is ok as Judy Garland.
Mr Dark host a lite talk show
What a fine format for interviewing the peer group of Mr Jeselnik!
In this show Anthony Jeslnick interviews fellow comedians with both direct and oblique questions. You never know which direction Mr Jeselnik will steer the guest into. But he keeps the show at a constant bubbling level which makes this program original and very entertaining!
Unfortunately I don't think the 'average' viewer will tune into the Jeselnik genius.
Very watchable first half
Then the second half becomes a sentimental mess with Jackie finding a path back to his estranged daughter. This is where the story becomes predictable.
Otherwise the relationship between the characters 'Jackie' & 'Faith' keep the plot going at an entertaining pace. There are no 'heavy social issues' tossed upon you - the viewer.
It's just a story of an elderly man dealing with his career & health and its effect upon family and new found friend.
The Narcissists (2017)
The dialog and the photography go hand-in-hand in this delightful movie. Some of the acting might be a bit unpolished but I got totally into the dual conversations. A fascinating format for the writers subject.
The only thin part of this film that I really didn't care for was the interviews at movies end. Were they still acting or just being themselves? Doesn't matter really. It's still a grand film with some marvelous scenes of NYC.
Lights Out with David Spade (2019)
David Spade seems to have an innate gift hosting this short but oh so entertaining talk show comedy format. The guest also appear relaxed and ready to just have a few minutes light hearted chat.
The Mountain (2018)
At the end of this movie you will feel just just like its ending - cold and unfeeling.
If you want to know what life looks like through a lobotomized person - watch this movie!
That's my best I can write about The Mountain.
Everything is Free (2017)
This film is a real trip into the mind of Christian! The surface of the story is how Ivan becomes obsessed with Cole, the brother of Ivan's best friend Christian (consider this name and how he acts toward Ivan and the symbolism to religion). Christian tells Ivan "I love you man!". But when Christian discovers Ivan is having an affair with Cole, Christian turns on Ivan with pure hate. And threatens to kill him! Most of the story deals with Ivan feeling lost without Cole and the rejection by Christian.
What we are never shown in the story is Christians relationship with his brother Cole. Is Christian protecting his brother from Ivan? Is Christian jealous of Ivan because Cole is giving Ivan what Christian cannot achieve? Or does Christian consider Cole his property?
Christian tells Ivan in a scene of anger that Cole is not like Ivan. This statement is the only insight we are given into how Christian perceives Ivan. It's a real mixed message. Christian loves Ivan as a friend as long as Ivan keeps to himself. But once Ivan breaks that barrier Christian cannot accept Ivan as a friend.
Papi Chulo (2018)
An empty spot
At the beginning of this story the character Sean discovers an unpainted spot on his rather grand deck. And that empty unpainted spot represents the sum total of this movie. The story and the characters just come across empty.
I could not empathize with Sean and his feeling of loss nor was Ernesto a character that seemed to add anything to the story. In other words both characters seem as empty as the unpainted spot.
I realize the director, John Butler's intention was for Sean to simply fill the empty spot in Sean's life. But the path taken to achieve this was a poor attempt at dramedy.
a thing that goes 'bump' in the night
This show is like being suddenly and frightfully awakened by something that goes 'bump' in the night. You try to figure out what it was but nothing is there to be seen.
I have watched the first 3 episodes of this show and what a struggle it has been. There's just nothing there. No funny. No talent. No interest.
Sorry but this show is best described as DRT - dead right there!
A rather rambling plot of five perfectly beautiful people (3 men & 2 women) living on a Hawaiian Island. Only one seems to have a job. The rest spend their days playing without any focus or direction. And then there is a recluse living in a castle deep in the tropical forest.
Their paths eventually cross and comes to no good. Then the movie is over.
But the actors are all eye candy!!!
Sword of Trust (2019)
Worth watching for 2 of the actors
Jillian Bell and Jon Bass sparkle in this rather haphazard story involving an old sword of questionable value and history.
This movie is easy to overlook due to it's quirky plot but please give it a chance as once you get involved you will stick with it. There is an overtone of danger sprinkled with understated comedy.
Indie movies always have something to offer to keep your attention. And this is one!
Worth it for Diane Keaton
A cute movie for the "Boomer generation" to wake up to their declining years!
Here we have a variety of characters - all in their 60's plus years - looking back and trying to grasp onto their lost youth ambitions. Their early years were squeezed into the changing social structure/ideals in America and some went with it while others were quelled by the traditional obligations of that time.
Diane Keaton always captures the camera and her character as Martha certainly sends a message to everyone facing her dilemma.
The White Door (2006)
Not too much to say
I really can't find much to write about this short subject other than it would have been taken as "art cinema" in the early 1960's had it been filmed in black & white.
Today (even though it was made in 2006) it still seems 40 years late and the impact or message or emotional response is - ho-hum!
Good intentions but a bore
The set-up is great - a despondent dentist who feels lost because of his broken marriage, he feels like a failed parent, and his dental practice offers no satisfaction - begins to stalk a patient who he sees as the "man with the perfect life". This action becomes a big mistake.
But the path Director/Actor: Greg Kinner takes to tell this story is so full of holes and ridiculous situations the story never reaches it's comic goal and quickly descends into a goofball story trying to make a valuable statement on life.
The Greek persona never becomes remotely convincing.
The Upside (2017)
Couldn't suspend disbelief
The only believable character in this entire movie is Nicole Kidman. Otherwise I found every other character completely unbelievable in this mixed up plot. This flick drifts between being a melodrama, a comedy, a drama, an 'art film', etc.! Not one intention being fully achieved.
And personally I found it very difficult to accept a fabulously rich man would hire one person to be on call 24/7 as his personal care aid. That alone requires a real stretch of disbelief. It would have had more believability if the disabled millionaire had one favorite caretaker with whom he connected more closely.
The Public (2018)
An emotional ride for the vewer
Director/Writer: Emilio Estevez has created a real look into the sociopolitical plight of the homeless and the situations they must face when freezing cold temperatures force them to seek shelter when not enough shelters exist.
Emilio Estevez gives a truly steller performance as Stuart Goodson the library worker that shows a heart felt empathy for those stranded in the cold. And in doing so he puts his life into the public view.
This film is well worth watching because it brings to light a true problem. My only objection to this story is that no women are included! There is one at movies start but she disappears quickly. The balance of the plot includes no women! There are also homeless females facing the same problems as the males. Why this is left out is a mystery to me.
Family Pictures (2019)
But very watchable!
This Lifetime melodrama fits their usual program pattern with adequate acting and - at times - a captivating script. The plot centers around how two families, one on the east coast and one on the west coast, suddenly fine their lives in a most unexpected tangle facing the same situation.
The plot is very predictable and one scene you can figure out long before it happens. But still this made for TV movie holds it's own with an unexpected character twist.
The Hummingbird Project (2018)
Kim Nguyen's film about a race for the quickest transfer of information is an allegorical story of how we can change how we live but life and nature itself exist on it's own rules.
Here we are given Eva Torres who is winning the tech game on Wall Street investment info. Then Vincent & Anton who are determined to beat Eva at her own game through a very complex high tech plan. Then there's the Amish who live their lives without modern technology.
In this story all three come to cross purposes and Vincent is the first to learn that life has it's own rules and the pursuit of technology changes nothing. And even those who reject technology suffer life equally.
This is a thinking persons film.
Easy and simple
Tenured is an easy to watch situation comedy of a broken hearted grade school teacher who looses focus of his teaching responsibilities while trying to win back his wife who has left him.
He is tasked with directing the school play which gives him the opportunity to have his students act out what dissolved his marriage. In doing this his students learn a life lesson and the other parents see themselves in his story.
Sounds like a drama - but it is not! This sweet film is full of charming goofy but loveable characters that give you more smiles than laughter.
The Loudest Voice (2019)
The first episode is captivating. I hope the next episode is equally good. A good summer watch to look forward to.
I have never been a Russell Crowe fan, but here he is firing on all eight cylinders as the conniving and toxic Roger Ailes changing the cable news landscape in the USA. I think this series will be a winner start to finish.
July 28, 2019 - up to episode 5 and everything is still top notch. An excellent series.
August 12, 2019 - Finished this series and it was a first class production with an excellent script and each actor became their character! This must be R. Crowe's best performance in his career. Every episode was captivating to watch.
Framing John DeLorean (2019)
Famous man becomes a bore
I wish this movie had not been an hour and fifty minutes long! The last fifty minutes becomes boring because it is easy for the viewer to see where the story leads.
Plus the dramatic acting adds nothing to the historical facts in this mans life. If you don't know who John DeLorean was this movie may be informative but still this movie is just too long because, as stated above, you can see the sorry end way in advance.