Fellow Movie Buffs

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"The Perfection"

Charlotte (Allison Williams), a young cello virtuoso has had to put her career on hold while she takes care of her ailing mom After her mother passes away, she attends a prestigious competition where she meets and falls in love with her successor Lizzie (Logan Browning). The two embark on a backpacking trip into ruraL China where lizzie contracts a horrible disease. That's about all I can say without giving away the plot of this thrilling movie. Both actors give riveting performances and the plot will  keep you guessing right until the end of this Netflix produced film.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


They say, all stories are either the Illiad or the Odyssey. This movie is definitely in the Odyssey school. It's about a high school boy who uploads a song he mixed in his home studio that goes viral overnight. It gets the attention of an unscrupulous producer who invites him to perform at a huge EDM/rave music festival. The movie follows his journey to the festival along with several other characters including his "manager" buddy, a couple who may be breaking up, and a young girl who knows in her heart, she's destined to meet her soulmate at the festival. The editing style is a bit ADD which takes a little getting used to at first. I think you'll find "XOXO" is not only a fun ride, but will ultimately leave you with a smile.
4 out of 5 stars

Monday, May 27, 2019

"Rim of the World"

I rarely review kids movies, but in this case, I definitely have to make an exception. Since it's a Netflix original, my expectations were pretty high. The plot revolves around four young kids at summer camp. None of them belongs or wants to be there. And on their first day, aliens attack the earth and it's up to them to save humanity. It sounds corny, but it's so well done you get caught up in the adventure. The actors are all wonderful and the film features some clever dialogue, exciting action scenes, and great cinematography. For those with young children, the language is a tad vulgar at times, but it's really not anything they haven't heard before. Definitely a fun ride for the whole family. Keep it up Netflix!
3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Ginger & Rosa"

Another review from the Elle Fanning Fan Club. I started watching this movie and said to myself, "Hey, that looks a lot like Elle Fanning." Well, it was her English accent that threw me. The film stars Ms Fanning and Alice Englert, two young women who have been inseparable since childhood. The story takes place in the early 60s, against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the threat of nuclear holocaust. The two come from troubled families and deals with their coming of age and eventually going their separate ways. The acting was superb as you'd expect. And the story was very engaging and unpredictable. Once again, I'll watch anything that stars the seriously underrated Elle Fanning.
4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"The Keeping Hours"

Don't let the "thriller" description fool you, this movie is anything but. It opens at the wedding of a couple with their young son. It then  jumps several years ahead, after their child has been killed in a car crash and they've divorced. When the dad returns to their old home to clean it up to sell, he discovers the ghost of his son living in there. He eventually invites his ex-wife to join them and the three of them carry on as if nothing has happened. I kept waiting for something totally creepy to happen, but it never did. The trailer makes the movie out to be a lot scarier than it really is. I found it to be just a nicely paced, lyrical film.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"Kon Tiki"

This is exactly what an adventure film should be. It features a great story line, understated acting, and cinematography that makes you feel you're in the thick of it. "Kon Tiki" as you may know, is the true story of Thor Heyerdahl and his quest to prove the controversial theory that Polynesia was settled from the east by ancient Peruvian sailors and is based on his international best-selling book. Heyerdahl gathered a crew just after WWII and had a raft built using materials and techniques replicating what would have been done 1,500 years ago. His crew included several men who had never been to sea before which made for some exciting adventures. This is the kind of movie that makes one want to read the book, it's that well done.
4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"5 Flights Up"

Every once in a while, you just need what I call a "nice" movie. One where nothing really bad happens and you feel good after watching it. This is a prime example of a "nice" movie. It stars Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman.They play an older couple who met when he was a young, aspiring artist and she was a model. After they married they bought an apartment in Brooklyn. Fast forward to today, and a real-estate agent friend tells them that their place is worth close to a million dollars. The area is being gentrified, like all of New York, and they get caught up in a selling frenzy. The whole neighborhood is turning hipster. Not a lot happens plot-wise, and just about the only bad thing in the movie is when their dog gets sick and they have to take it to the vet. But overall, it's a charming little movie and there's definitely chemistry between the two leads.
3.5 out of 5 stars.