Fellow Movie Buffs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Sticky Notes"

Another little gem of an indie film. A young woman, Athena (Rose Leslie), gets a call from her father (Ray Liotta), who's dying of cancer. She interrupts her dancing career, and the beginning of a relationship, to come home and take care of him. He's a cranky, eccentric, but humorous old fart who leaves sticky notes all around his home with advice for her. The cinematography is outstanding and I especially enjoyed the dreamy etherial soundtrack. Excellent acting all around.
4 stars out of 5

Monday, October 9, 2017

"The Bar"

This is one unpredictable and intense movie. It starts with several strangers converging on a small bar in Madrid. When a couple of people leave, they get shot by a sniper. So they lock the doors and then things get really intense. It's officially called a comedy/drama, but there was really nothing funny about this movie. Watch it until the end. Very well done, and the actors are totally believable.
4 stars out of 5.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Welcome To Me"

This looked like it was going to be a light-hearted film. And while it did have some humorous moments, it turned out to be quite a dark film. Kristen Wiig plays a bipolar young woman, who decides to take herself off her meds. She then proceeds to win a ton of money playing the lottery. She decides to star in her own tv show where she acts out various aspects of her troubled past. Then things get dark. Wiig does a remarkable job. Great film, just don't count on a lot of laughs.
4 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Like Crazy"

Another one of my favorite themes: road movies. This is an Italian movie about a couple of misfits who are in a mental institution in Tuscany. One is an older woman who has a lot of connections with the Italian upper crust, and can't stop talking. The other is a younger, quiet woman who has a ton of issues. They escape the institution where they're being treated and then the fun begins. Both actors are wonderful. as is the dialogue, and the beautiful scenery!
4 out of 5 stars.

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