Fellow Movie Buffs

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Dare to be Wild"

Based on a true story, the film is about a young Irish landscape architect who is focused on creating natural designs which incorporate native species into her plans. She gets a job with a high-profile designer who steals her notebook, fires her and moves on. Her ultimate dream is to enter the prestigious Chelsea Garden Show with a natural, Celtic-themed design. Without giving too much of the plot way, I'll just say, a significant part of the movie takes place in Ethiopia,n which is beautiful. The cinematography is absolutely stunning. The acting is great. And the soundtrack is one that makes you want to own a cd of it. What more can one say in praise of this wonderful movie?

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"Cuba and the Cameraman."

What a wonderful movie. All these years we were told what a monster and a tyrant Fidel Castro was. After you watch this movie, you will have a different impression of him. I was lucky enough to visit Cuba while he was still President. What a great country and warm, friendly people. I'd go back in a heartbeat. This is a documentary about a photographer who befriended Castro in the early days of the revolution, and remained his friend throughout his life. He took a lot of video footage and did a bunch of interviews with him over the years.
4.5 stars out of 5

Monday, April 2, 2018

"6 Days"

Very intense drama based on a true story. This film takes place in the early 1980s, during the Thatcher administration in London. A group of Iranians take a number of British citizens hostage at their embassy. The movie deals with their negotiations, and ultimately, with how the police handle the situation. Extremely well done.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"People Like Us"

A fast talking salesman has a real bad day. Then he comes home to find out his father, a hot shot producer and musician, has died. He flies out to L.A. where his parents live, only to discover he has a sister from another mom he never knew about. From there, things get a lot more complicated. The movie stars, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Mark Duplass. Excellent writing and performances all around.
4 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

"Blood Stripe"

Very powerful movie. A female Marine returns home to her husband and family after several tours of duty in Iraq. She suffers from PTSD, however there's a 129-day waiting list to get treatment. She takes a job that she doesn't like and ends up driving to the summer camp she went to as a kid. She is totally driven and she works long hours helping get the camp ready for a retreat. The film looks like it was shot in Northern Minnesota, and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. In a way, it's a subtle anti-war movie, but it's also a movie about a woman struggling with her past.
4 stars out of 5.

Monday, March 12, 2018

"Bullet Head"

This film starts out with  a botched robbery. The three robbers end up in an abandoned warehouse where dog fights are held. Apparently, the promoters always leave a vicious dog behind to keep strangers away. The robbers have to deal with this rogue dog and the action gets pretty intense. The movie is slow moving at times, but it certainly holds your attention. Rory Culkin, Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, and John Malkovich star.
4 stars out of 5

Monday, March 5, 2018


Another wild ride of a movie. A woman arrives in town with her young daughter and starts to hang out with her new found friends. She's invited to stay on as a house guest with a couple of doctors as a care-giver. Then things get weird. The story has a bunch of plot twists, and it's pretty unpredictable. I have to say, Nicholas Cage gives one of his best performances ever in this film.
4 stars out of 5