Fellow Movie Buffs

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"The Wedding Party"

A very different Indie flick. It's about a wedding ceremony and the party that follows it. It focuses mainly around the groomsmen and the bridesmaids and their backstories. I didn't notice until about a third of the way through the movie that it was done in one take. No cuts or fade-outs whatsoever. Which means, every actor had exactly one take to deliver his or her line. Sort of like a stage play. Absolely no retakes. And they pulled it off brilliantly.

4 stars out of 5

Monday, August 14, 2017

"After the Reality"

Interesting and heartfelt movie. It's revolves around two parallel stories. One is a cheesy dating reality tv show and the other is about a brother and sister dealing with the death of their father. The brother is an actor on the dating show, and he meets his sister at their family cabin to clean out their father's belongings before they sell it. It's definitely slow moving and subtle, but I though the acting and writing were great.
4 out of 5 stars

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Take Me"

What an off-beat movie. If you're up for crazy, this movie is for you. It's about a guy who has a company that abducts people who hire him to nab them. He ties them up in his mother's basement and deals with their problems. Then he get an assignment from a well-paying psycho and his job goes horribly wrong. This movie will keep you guessing right until the end.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Astronaut Farmer

A refreshing family-friendly and inspiring movie. An astronaut, who leaves the space program, decides years later to build his own rocket to circumnavigate the world on his own.  Of course, the FBI, CIA and NASA have to intervene. It stars Billie Bob Thorton, who lives on a farm in Texas. He can't pay his bills and the local bank is going to foreclose on his home, but he continues to chase his dream to blast off into space.
4 stars out of 5

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"About Alex"

An off-beat, dialogue heavy movie. If you're looking for an action flick, skip this one. I get the impression that this could originally have been a play. Alex, (Jason Rittrer), tries to commit suicide, to get his old college friends to get together and rally around him. In a way, even though he tried to commit suicide, he was the most normal of the bunch. Great performances all around. Very enjoyable movie.
4 stars out of 5.

Friday, July 7, 2017

"No Escape"

Wow! This was one intense movie. While watching it I kept thinking of the line from "Wayne's World," Intensity in Ten Cities. A couple and their two young daughters move to an unnamed Southeast Asian country for a new job. As soon as they arrive, a bloody revolution breaks out. The target is westerners and things get pretty bloody. Almost the whole movie is the family staying ahead of the unruly mob who want to kill them. Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan are both great.
4.5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Playing it Cool".

This is a total rom-com. A lot of people on Netflix totally panned this film. It's about a screenwriter (Chris Evans) who's working on a rom-com film,  but has never really been in love. He finally meets a woman (Michelle Monaghan) who he falls madly in love with, only to find out she's engaged to another man. The chemistry between the two of them is magical. I know this movie is full of cliches, but it's still a a nice, feel good film.
4 out of 5 stars