Fellow Movie Buffs

Thursday, September 14, 2017


A CIA operative (Sean Bean), who orchestrates drone strikes in Pakistan, accidentally wipes out a family while taking out an enemy. He lives in a wealthy suburb and one day a Pakistani gentleman visits him, under the premise of  buying his recently deceased father's sailboat. This is where the story gets interesting, and pretty intense. It's a subtle, edgy thriller.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"The Hippopotamus"

Based on a novel by Stephan Fry, it's sort of an off-beat English mystery. A down on his luck, boozing poet loses his job as a critic. He's hired by his niece to investigate a country estate where miracles occur. All kinds of crazy things occur while he stays there. The acting, especially that of Roger Allam, are excellent. It's full of English swearing and great British slang, and lots of sexual references. So if you're squeamish about those things, you might be offended. I thought it was a lot of fun.
4 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Donald Cried"

This is what indie films are all about. It's a relatively low-budget movie with a good storyline and great acting from a couple of unknown actors (Jesse Wakeman and Kris Avedisian). Off-beat comedy with plenty of serious moments too. Pete returns to his small town where he grew up to take care of his recently deceased grandma's affairs. He hooks up with Donald, an old high school buddy he hasn't spoken to in years. Pete's a buttoned-down financial advisor and Donald is an off-the-wall eccentric, nut job.  The two spend a day together getting into all kinds of trouble while taking a trip down memory lane. Don't expect a lot of action, just excellent dialogue, good story telling, and great acting.
4 stars out of 5

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"What happened to Monday"

If you're a fan of sci-fi-fi and thriller movies, you'll love this flick. It takes place about 75 years in the future. Overpopulation has gotten so out of control that a couple is only allowed to have one child. Much like China today. A grandfather ends up inheriting seven grandchildren. He hides them from the government and teaches them how to survive. It gets complicated, but in the end, the government seeks them out to kill them. It's a pretty intense movie, unlike anything you've ever seen. Well worth watching. 
4 stars out of 5

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. Absolutely 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