Fellow Movie Buffs

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"The Darkest Hour"

Okay I confess, this is one of the few movies I've rated that wasn't streaming on Netflix. It most likely will be soon, but I was so impressed by it, I thought I'd review it anyway.  First of all, Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill. I can't imagine anyone personifying him better that Oldman did. A well-deserved Oscar winning performance. The story deals with the beginning of WWII when it didn't look good for the Brits. Germany had overrun most of Europe and the English were barely holding on to Calais and Dunkirk. The story focuses on Churchill's dilemma on whether to make a peace deal with Hitler or to fight them to the bitter end. The cinematography is remarkable to the point where I said to myself, several times through the movie, "Wow, that was an amazing shot." I like the fact that the movie focuses on a small part of the war, rather than do the typical Hollywood take, which would encompass the entire war. Definitely worth at least one rewatch.
5 stars out of 5

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

Absolutely marvelous film. The Nazis take over this small British island off the coast of France during WWII. The story jumps back and forth between the occupation and a group of eccentric locals who form a book club, and a journalist, played by Lilly James, who contacts them after the war. Of course, the film takes a predictable romantic turn, but it's well done. The acting and the scenery are quite well done. It's one of those films that makes you want to travel there. Astonishingly beautiful island. I need to reread the book, which was great as well.
4.5 stars out of 5

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Interesting film. It's about a young girl who has exraordinary powers and uses them for evil purposes. She's in a lockdown situation and the woman in charge of her case brings in an old friend who's a child psychologist to evaluate her. A great psychological thriller. It's slow moving at first but the pace picks up heading into a crazy ending. The acting is absolutely superb.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Friday, August 24, 2018

"The Ornithologist."

Here's another wild and crazy movie that Netflix recommended to me and thought I'd like. It's about a Spanish birdwatcher in search of a rare and elusive bird. When he spots said bird on a river in his kayak, he's so captivated, he loses track that he's about to go down some challenging rapids. He crashes on a rocky shore and is rendered unconscious. He's resuscitated by a couple of crazy Catholic Chinese girls who are on the the Santiago De Compostela pilgrimage. He informs them that instead of being in Northern Spain, they are, in fact, in Portugal. When he passes out for the night, they tie him up with a bunch of ropes. He manages to undo the knots and escapes. This is after they discuss, castrating him in the morning. And this is just the first half of the movie!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

"Come and Find Me"

Excellent thriller with several plot twists. The movie starts out with David, (Aaron Paul) who's stalking a woman. As it turns out, it's a game they play every evening. They're totally in love. One thing that bugs David is that Claire (Annabelle Wallis) never tells him anything about herself, her past, or her family. One day she goes missing, and he attempts to find her, using the photographs she left behind as clues. It turns out, she's not the person he thought she was. I won't say anything more, because it would give away the rest of the movie. If you like suspenseful movies, you'll eat this one up.
4 stars out of 5.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Bad Match"

A gamer, who's into one night stands, has a date with a woman, who turns out to be a stalker. He refuses to return her tweets and phone calls, and then things get very weird. He loses his job, and then is accused of sharing child-porn on his computer. That's all I'll tell you about this movie. If you enjoy films with a twist, this one's for you.

4 stars out of 5

Thursday, August 9, 2018

"My Happy Family"

This is a very depressing movie focused on a Georgian mother who moves out of her family home and starts a life on her own. The whole family seems to to meddle in her situation. It's so refreshing to see everyday people play these roles. I thought everyone in the movie was a real person, and not an actor. Great acting. When I first clicked on it, it was dubbed in English, which was very weird. None of the voices matched, and I hate dubbing anyway.  Watch it in the original Georgian.

4 out of 5 stars