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March 1, 2017


Doctor Strange

Surprisingly, I didn’t really care for this movie very much. I love Benedict Cumberbatch, but I don’t think he was the right choice for this. And I just didn’t really care about anything going on. I usually enjoy going along for the ride in Marvel movies, but nothing about this movie really sucked me in. The visual effects were really impressive and fun to watch, but that’s about it. Even the humor fell flat. I’m glad I saw it, because I like to keep up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this might have been my least favorite installment so far. Oh well.
C


Get Out

My favorite part of this movie was the guy SNORING behind us the WHOLE movie!!!! Just kidding… about that being my favorite part. But that totally happened. I did really liked this movie, though. It’s a little slow for the first 30 minutes or so, but picks up quite nicely. The theme is really interesting, and the acting is great, all around. It wasn’t quite as creepy/scary/whatever as I wanted it to be, but I honestly don’t know what exactly would’ve made me happy. TSA Agent Rod Williams (LilRel Howery) was hilarious, and definitely my favorite character. It was nice to have his comic relief in such a weird, dark movie. I look forward to seeing more stuff like this from Jordan Peele.
B

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February 27, 2017


Hacksaw Ridge

For the first half of this movie, I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like it very much. It felt very Forrest Gump-y. Maybe it was just his slow, Southern accent, I’m not sure, but it just felt hokey. I also had a problem with Vince Vaughn as Desmond’s Sargent. I just can’t take that guy seriously. Once they went into battle, though, it got about as far from hokey as you can imagine. From what I’ve read, this movie is very true to what actually happened. Which seems crazy. I even saw that Mel Gibson took out some stuff that actually happened because it made the story seem too unbelievable. It’s an amazing story. The bravery and conviction of Desmond Doss is unimaginable.
B


Fences

About 5 minutes into this movie it was fairly obvious that it was based on a play. There was a whole lot of fast dialogue without much else going on. Once I was on board with that, the movie really sucked me in. The acting, and writing, is just so, so good. I guess I can understand that some people would think that it’s boring, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen. It was just so mesmerizing. Although there are only a handful of characters, there is not a weak link in the bunch. I’m really glad Viola Davis won the Oscar for this. She really was the highlight of an entirely amazing cast. Man, this is good stuff.
A


Manchester by the Sea

I feel like this is a good (for lack of a better term) story, but it just didn’t resonate with me. The performances are good, but I honestly just didn’t care about any of the characters. In a movie where nothing seems to go right, it’s kind of important that you care for the people who can’t seem to catch a break. I guess I see why Casey Affleck won for Best Actor (my vote was for Denzel), but even with some good acting, he just didn’t make me feel for his character. I think if this same movie would’ve been made by someone else, with a different cast, I could’ve loved it.
C


Lion

I loved this movie. It’s such a great story about love, and family, and never giving up. After watching, all I could think about was how much I wanted to read the book it’s based on; to learn how exactly it all happened. This is most definitely worth checking out, and I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t like it. Also, the kid who plays young Saroo is ADORABLE.
A

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February 7, 2017


La La Land

Ok, ok… this movie is awesome. I didn’t expect it to be. I didn’t want it to be(?). But it is. It’s funny, I went to see this with Sheena and my folks, and we all had totally different experiences. I really did love it, my mom said she liked it, Sheena thought it was fine, and my dad didn’t really like it at all. Isn’t that crazy? That’s crazy. Anyway, I thought the movie was pretty perfect. The music was fantastic, the dancing was excellent, the plot (THERE WAS A PLOT!) was great, and the ending was exactly what I wanted it to be. I could’ve done without a few (dancing in the stars) scenes, but I went in thinking that’s what the whole thing was going to be like, so I’m glad there were only a few surreal scenes like that. I think Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were perfect, super impressive, and really nailed this thing. So… I apologize for all the negative things I said about you La La Land. You’re alright by me!
A

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February 1, 2017


It Follows

Meh. It’s a movie where the ghost/demon/bad thing(?) goes after the latest person in a line of sexual partners? Eh… weird. The rules were kinda hazy, and it just wasn’t that engaging (or scary in the slightest). It was pretty well made, I guess. I’ll give it that. And that poster is really cool. I hadn’t seen that until I looked for one to post on here. Neato.
D

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Other People

This is a tough movie. It’s billed as a dark comedy, but there is way more dark than there is comedy. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s definitely a sad thing. The cast is fantastic, and the acting is excellent. Molly Shannon‘s range really stands out as she goes from a charismatic, involved mom, to a woman barely hanging on to life. There are so many themes covered (and covered well) in this movie. I definitely recommend, but prepare to be sad.
A


Split

I feel like this would be an easy movie to tear apart, if you really wanted to. It wasn’t necessarily mind-blowing, but it was definitely never boring, and I liked the overall feel. Positively, there were quite a few really intense moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, and  James McAvoy was fantastic. But, there were some reveals that I don’t think were as affective as they were intended to be. At least to me. I left with a lot of questions, but I think this movie is better suited as one you don’t put too much thought into. Just enjoy the ride. Overall, it was a good movie experience, and that’s what we’re all looking for, right?
P.S. (no spoilers!) the very last second of the movie was the best part of the whole thing. Also, the main girl looks like a cartoon character.
B

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January 18, 2017


Hidden Figures

I feel bad even saying this, but as great as this story is, the movie just felt really shallow. It felt more-so like a tv movie to me. To be fair, there were a handful of really well-done, powerful moments. And I get that it’s meant to be a movie for the whole family, so I can’t be too judgemental. But everything was just a little too clean and perfect. It’s trying so hard to point out how backwards and bad society was at the time (and it was), that it never really becomes a good movie. It felt like most of the movie was black women walking into rooms full of white men, and all the men stopping what they were doing and looking up like… “what the?” And I’m sure this is realistic. I’m sure this happened a lot. But after two or three times in a movie, we get it. Let’s concentrate more on the women themselves. (Also, as a side note, Kevin Costner started chewing a new piece of gum in every single scene for some reason, and that was dumb.) All that being said, I still think it should be seen. These are women people should know about, and they should be celebrated.
Also, sadly, throughout the movie I couldn’t help but think about how eerily timely/current the whole thing felt; racism, sexism, even the friction with Russia… which just made me really sad.
B

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Recent Viewings – Snowed In.

January 17, 2017


Nerve

Meh. This has an interesting enough premise, but I just didn’t really care for it. The timeline of everything feels way off, and the logistics of the whole thing are ridiculous. I know it’s a movie, and movies don’t have to be realistic, but I feel like this is one that should be (and easily could be). It was entertaining enough, but nothing special.
C


Green Room

I knew this was supposed to be a sort of horror/thriller, but I honestly had no idea what to expect. It’s about a punk band that ends up in a bad situation. I’ll just leave it at that. And, kind of awesomely, the first 20 minutes or so are pretty bland and normal. Then… UH OH! I really liked it. It’s super gory and stuff, so, just know that.
A


The Conjuring

I’ve said again and again that I’m not a huge horror movie fan, mostly because they can come across as just so cheesy, but this one was pretty good. It’s creepy and interesting, and it’s supposedly based on a true story, so that’s freaky.
B


Honeymoon

This thing was just weird. I liked it, but it was weird. A couple goes to a cabin in the woods for their honeymoon. Strange stuff happens. But they stay. More strange stuff happens. But they stay. Etc. It’s not your typical horror movie, though. Did I mention it’s weird? Unique enough to recommend checking it out.
B


The Invitation

As you can see, Sheena kinda wanted to have a horror/thriller theme going on while we were snowed in. This was the best one of that group. It all starts as a normal dinner party, and then… yikes! What happens? I’ll never tell! It keeps you guessing and it gets pretty intense. Good stuff.
A


Daddy’s Home

I could’ve done without two super unrealistic parts, but overall, this movie is really funny. I loved The Other Guys, and Ferrell and Wahlberg make a good pair again here. We watched this for free on Amazon and it’s definitely worth that price. Good old-fashioned silliness, with a bit of heart.
B


The Hallow

I was trying to even remember what happened in this movie… Sheena says: “They moved to that house in the woods with their baby and made the woods mad so those monsters tried to steal the baby.” And that sounds about right. And if that sounds interesting to you… great! The effects and stuff were pretty cool, there were some genuinely creepy parts, and it was somewhat interesting in the beginning, but it just seemed to get sillier and sillier. Not terrible, but not for me.
C

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January 13, 2017


Band of Robbers

This is a modern-day retelling of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. And I loved it. It’s really clever, and funny, and interesting, and silly, and quirky. It reminded me a bit of Bottle Rocket, which is high praise. The cast is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing more from the Nee Brothers.
A


Don Verdean

Yet another film from Jared Hess that somehow flew under the radar. The cast is fantastic, and the plot is pretty interesting, but this one just doesn’t quite hit the brilliant mark his other movies do. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still silly and quirky and weird, but it just feels like a little some is missing. Luckily, though, this one is easy to see. Thanks Netflix!
B


Asperger’s Are Us

This is an interesting little documentary about an all-Asperger’s comedy troupe. And it’s really endearing. You get to know a bit about the guys, their likes and dislikes, quirks and whatnot. They have all figured out how to cope with their disorder through comedy. And they’re quite funny. This sort of follows them preparing for their final show (at least for a while). It’s interesting and funny and, at times, enlightening. Worth checking out.
B


WolfCop

This is another one I picked hoping it’d be crazy ridiculous. And you know what’s ridiculous? It wasn’t that ridiculous! It’s actually a pretty well done movie, with decent acting and decent effects. And it’s pretty serious, for the most part. Which is weird. There were a handful of “what in the world?” moments, but not enough to make it feel as over-the-top as it needed to be. Honestly, it’s not a bad movie, but I just wanted it to be silly, so I was a bit let down.
C

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