Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Love and Friendship

IMDB: Love & Friendship
Source: Amazon streaming
Date viewed: November 29, 2016

Lady Susan is more detestable to me even than Emma, but the supporting characters provided periods of entertainment. - T

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

IMDB: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Source: Dad's DVDs
Date viewed: November 25, 2016

A very nice holiday classic. - A

I very much enjoyed my first complete viewing of this Kris Kringle documentary. It really seemed like he was railroaded into that lawsuit, but at least the deus ex machina got him out of it in the end. It's just a shame that the reforms he initiated in the retail industry didn't last. - T

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Spy Who Loved Me

IMDB: The Spy Who Loved Me
Source: Amazon Prime
Date viewed: November 19, 2016

Wow. What a time capsule. After nearly 40 years, this "action" movie is laughably slow and, well... though it pains me to say it, kinda lame. Even the classic opening is not as good as I remembered it. Enjoy!
- T

If what we once had, the Spy and me, was love, it is over now; we have grown apart. All that remains is a questionable affection for the dopey humor of Moore's later outings. - A

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Accountant

IMDB: The Accountant
Source: Theater
Date viewed: November 15, 2016

An entertaining shoot-em-up. Affleck is amusing as a feelingless killer. Kendrick plays her part well. - T

The story didn't quite add up, but the body count sure did. - A

Look Who's Back (Er ist wieder da)

IMDB: Look Who's Back
Source: Netflix streaming
Date viewed: November 12, 2016

I chose this to watch because I thought it would be a nice diversion from the recent headlines. As it turned out, it was all too relevant. It's an interesting conceit well done, not perfect, but entertaining and horrifying, all at the same time. - T

A reanimated Hitler dishes it out and the media Goebbels it up in a dismayingly accurate repeat of history.  - A

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The King's Speech

IMDB: The King's Speech
Source: Netflix streaming
Date viewed: December 25, 2012

Quite good. Firth and Rush were great, and I even liked H.B.C., who sometimes annoys me. I don't know why it took this long for us to see the film. If you've been waiting for someone to tell you it was worth it, let this review serve that purpose. - T

Surprisingly fabulous, after a slightly slow beginning. I credit the acting as, in my humble opinion, the story line itself, if summarized, would fail to draw one in (spoiler alert: man manages to overcome stutter). - A

Monday, April 18, 2011

Shirely Valentine

IMDB: Shirley Valentine
Source: Netflix
Date viewed: April 10, 2011

Holds up pretty well. She's entertaining, and who doesn't love a story about trying to be happy? - T

I really like this movie. - A.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

IMDB: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Source: Jack's DVD collection
Date viewed: April 2, 2011

Funnier the first time around. On second viewing, Vince Vaughn really seemed to be phoning it in, and Ben Stiller's schtick was laid on a little thick. That being said, there are solid jokes some stellar cameos here. - A

I understand that Stiller is playing a hatable character here, but still, he's a little too good at it. As my esteemed colleague has stated so well, the movie loses something in the re-watching. - T

The Cruise

IMDB: The Cruise
Source: Netflix streaming
Date viewed: March 27, 2011

Entertaining and interesting. Timothy "Speed" Levitch is an artist. Sure, he can be petulant, bitter, and abrasive, but he can also be insightful, funny and genuine. Loved it. - T

The Silencers

IMDB: The Silencers
Source: Netflix
Date viewed: March 26, 2011

Amazingly awesome and hilarious in the campiest way. - T

If you are looking for antecedents to Austin Powers, look no further. Great joke about Sinatra's singing and hilarious high-tech towels! - A

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

IMDB: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Source: Theater
Date viewed: March 23, 2011

I was a fan going into this, and came out a fan. It was great to see so much footage of the man. It's a sad story in some ways, but really, they all are in the end, and he, at least, made something lasting. - T

The movie showcased Phil Ochs' music, activism, and personal life. He did some great stuff while he was here. - A

Get Shorty

IMDB: Get Shorty
Source: Netflix streaming
Date viewed: March 18, 2011

Funny. We saw back when it came out, and watched it again on a whim. It's still good. Travolta, DeVito, Hackman, Farina... all good. - T

In addition to the above, with which I agree, I'd like to add that the story-within-a-story set up is well done. The ending works! - A