Friday, June 22, 2018

All I See Is You 2016

     Gina was in the car during a hideous car crash that killed her parents.  She lost her eyesight when she was a teenager because of the accident.  She is married to James and they live in Bangkok.  Gina depends entirely on James to help her in the outside world.  She usually doesn’t leave their apartment alone.  They hear about a cutting-edge and highly experimental cornea transplant that could give Gina her sight back in her right eye.  The optic nerve was too badly damaged in her left eye.  Gina does get her sight back and she is overwhelmed by colors.  She hasn’t seen her husband and her own reflection since she lost her sight.  Gina starts to go out into the world again now that she has vision.
     It seems that James is very happy for Gina to regain her sight but he also feels slighted that she doesn’t always needing him now.  James and Gina are trying to have a baby but they haven’t had success yet.  There are a several twists in this film after Gina regains her sight.  I think there are too many scenes showing Gina’s impaired and distorted vision.  We can get the picture without seeing it over and over.  There is also a very unusual and unnecessary series of scenes when James and Gina visit Gina’s sister, her husband and their son.  3* (This movie is OK)

109 min, Drama directed by Marc Foster with Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Miquel Fernandez, Yvonne Strahovski, Wes Chatham, Danny Huston, Kaitlin Orem, Stacee Vatanapan, Sirinya Bishop, Bonne Zellerbach.

Note:  Imdb 5.2 of 10, 29% critic 33% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1*, Indie Wire 3* of 5*, Plugged In .5 of 5*, Amazon 2.6* of 5*, Metacritic 43 out of 100 with 25 critics 5.6 out of 10 with 10 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Bangkok, Phuket, Thailand and Barcelona, Spain.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Ghost Story 2017

     C and M move into an old house together.  C feels connected to the house but M feels a grim premonition of danger.  C gets into a car accident near the house and he dies.  He becomes an unseen sheet covered ghost in the house.  He sees M packing up and moving away.  A mother with two children moves into the house but C feels like they don’t belong there and he drives them away.  More people come to the house and then bulldozers tear this house and the house next door down.  C has see another sheet covered ghost in the house that was next door. 
     This may be the strangest and quietest movie I’ve ever seen?  I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue until the end?  Time is moving forward but the pace and the amount of time is a mystery?  I can see this is a dividing film with some viewers loving it and others hating it!!  3* (This movie is OK)
92 min, Drama directed by David Lowery with Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson, Grover Coulson, Liz Cardenas, Barlow Jacobs, Richard Krause, Dagger Salazar, Sonia Acevedo, Carols Brmudez, Yasmina Gutierrez, Kimberly Fiddes, Daniel Escudero.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 91% critic 65 % audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3* out of 5* with 480 reviews, Roger Ebert 4* out of 4*, Metacritic 84 of 100 with 46 critics 6.9 out of 10 with 164 reviews.

Special Note:  Filmed in Irving and Fort Worth, Texas.  David Lowery used the funds he made from Pete’s Dragon to finance this film.  Filming was hidden from the public and the project wasn’t announced until months after filming wrapped.  Lowery wrote the screenplay after reading a 2015 New Yorker article titled The Really Big One by Kathryn Schulz.  The article discusses potential natural disasters that could destroy humanity.  Rooney Mara eats an entire pie in a scene and she's never eaten pie before?  The pie is vegan chocolate flavored and it tasted terrible to Mara but Lowery said it was delicious?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Snowman 2017

     During the first snow of winter, an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a female murder victim.  An elusive serial killer may have become active again?  Are decades-old cold cases connected to a new series of murders?  Harry Hole is an inspector with the Norwegian Police Service’s Oslo district.  The first missing person is Britte Becker and she vanished from her house.
     There is a lot of violence and gore in this film with some scenes shown during the murder and some afterwards.  The scenery is very beautiful but harsh and unforgiving of any mistakes.  There are very few positive messages in this film and it’s so full of violence that you almost don’t notice the drinking, drugs and smoking?  I wonder if the actors thought about any of this before they signed on?  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

119 min, Crime directed by Tomas Alfredson with Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Michael Yates, Ronan Vibert, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Genevieve O’Reilly, James D/Arch, Jete Laurence, Adrian Dunbar, Cloe Sevigny.

Note:  Imdb 5.1 out of 10, 8% critic 19% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 2.9* with 34 reviews, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Rolling Stone 1* out of 4*, Empire 2* out of 5*.
Special Note:  Filmed in Telemark, Oslo, Hordaland, Notodden, Buskerud, Norway.  Michael Fassbender was in Assassin’s Creed for 2016 and he started this movie just two days after the wrap.  Val Kilmer’s lines are dubbed, Kilmer said was healing from cancer and his tongue was still swollen but healing.  Marin Scorsese was originally set to direct but he was executive producer instead.  There is another film The Snowman from 1982.  This film is not a remake and it’s based on the 2007 novel from Norwegian crime-writer Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series.  Norwgian kids in a small town make the snowmen in the film with help from DesignIce from Trogstad.  Production budget was $35 million with worldwide gross of $43.1 million.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

All That Heaven Allows 1995

     Cary Scott is a widow and she’s been living a quiet life since her husband passed away.  She has two adult children and they are both away at school.  They don’t live with Carey but they come home every weekend.  Cary thought she was happy but she starts to realize how bored she really is?  Her friend Sara Warren suggests that Cary get a television set for company?  Ron Kirby owns his own nursery and he has taken over the care of her trees since his father passed away.  He’s thinking of starting to work on trees only and not continue with the nursery.  Ron is much younger than Cary and they begin to fall in love.  They plan to marry but everyone in her circle of friends are not shy about expressing their feelings.  The rumor mill begins to work overtime!!  Her children Kay and Ned think this is a ridiculous idea?
     There is a LOT of emotion in this film!!  Cary doesn’t know if she should follow her heart or her head?  She regrets her friends are so against the idea and she’s amazed at the stance her children have taken.  She doesn’t know what to do?  I was surprised to learn this was filmed on studio lots and not in the countryside?  I also found it difficult to focus on Rock Hudson as a leading man since revelations about him in his later years?  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

99 min, Drama directed by Douglas Sirk with Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Morehead, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Grey, Gloria Talbott, William Reynolds, Charles Drake, Hayden Rorke, Jacqueline deWit, Leigh Snowden, Donald Curtis, Alex Gerry, Nextor Paiva, Forrest Lewis.

Imdb 7.7 out of 10, 93% critic 80% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.8* out of 5* with 189 reviews, TCM Leonard Maltin 3* out of 4* average user rating 3.58* out of 5*, Slant Magazine 4 ½* out of 5*
Special Note:  Filmed in Circle Drive and Colonial Street, Backlot, Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California.  Jane Wyman was 38 and Rock Hudson was 30.  Selected for the National Film Registry, Library of Congress in 1995.  Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die edited by Steven Schneider.  The title is from the last line of the poem ‘love and life’ by Jhn Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Great British Baking Show: Series 1: 2010

     There are many home bakers entering this competition but ten bakers are selected to start as contestants for three baking challenges each week for 6 weeks.  The judges are Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.  Their reward for their baking will be their crowning as Britain’s best amateur baker.  At the end of each set of challenges, one baker will not be coming back for the remaining challenges.  The contestants are baking in a large white tent equipped with everything thing they will need for their challenges. Stephen Noonan presents commentary on the action. 
     The first challenge in each bake off section are signature bakes, then technical bakes and finally a showstopper bakes.  There are specific time limits for each challenge.  The final product is judged on appearance, taste and complexity.   Various locations were used across the UK with different themes.  Episodes on puddings took place in Bakewell and bread baking near Sandwich.  At the end of the five bake off challenge sections there is a final signature and showstopper bake off to determine the winner.  There can be a LOT of tension in the tent!!  Some of the finished creations can be judged as not fulfilling the requirements for taste, shape or look.  Many of the bakes have been practiced at home by the bakers before beginning the competition.  4* (I really liked this series)

Note:  Imdb 8.6 out of 10, 93% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.8* out of 5* with 469 reviews.

60 min, Reality-TV, 3 discs in each season with Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Ronald Hutton, Edd Kimber, Marc Meltonville, Diane Purkis, Lea Harris, Mark Whithers, Annetha Mills, Jonathan Shepherd, David Chambers, Ruth Clemens, Jasminder Randhawa, Miranda Gore Browne.
Special Note:  Episode One: cakes, Episode Two Biscuits, Episode Three Bread, Episode Four Puddings, Episode Five Pastry Episode and Episode Six Tea Party (Final).

Sunday, June 17, 2018

     Bobby “Axe” Axelrod is the head of Axe Capital.  His team handles money raised from wealthy and powerful investors.  This season he has been on suspension from trading and Taylor Mason has been running the company since he’s in a hands-off position.  His nemesis is Chuck Rhoades in the job of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Chuck is continually trying to nail Axe for infractions.  Wendy Rhoades works for Axe as a psychiatrist and in-house performance coach.  She is married to Chuck and this is a complication.  There are many characters, investors, traders, government officials, lawyers, friends and families.
     This is a very exciting season and you don’t know where it’s going to end?  You also don’t know when this season is over if there will be a Season 4?  This series shows the highs and lows of the chase for money and power.  The characters are very interesting and the writing this season has a lot of wit in the dialog.  There are many battles back and forth between bosses and underlings too.  4* (I liked this series.  

60 min, 12 episodes, created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin with Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Daniel K. Isaac, Dan Soder, Kelly Aucoin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Glenn Flkeshler, Asia Kate Dillon, Kira Visser, Zina Wilde, Terry Kinney, Chris Carfizzi.

Note:  Imdb 8.4 out of 10, 85% critic 88% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 90 reviews, Metacritic 77 out of 100 with 5 critics 6.8 out of 10 with 20 ratings.
Special Note: Filmed in Orangeburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York.  This is Showtime’s second-highest-rated drama behind Homeland.  Damien Lewis was in Killybegs, Ireland with his family and someone called the FBI because they thought he was a real hedge fund banker on the run.  The series shoots in Paul Giamatti’s actual New York City neighborhood.  Taylor Mason is the first non-binary gender character on a mainstream television series.  The color blue is featured throughout every episode.  It is used in the clothing of Axe and Chuck, other character and tones throughout Axe Capital offices.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Janet King, Series Two 2016

     The title of this Series is The Invisible Wound.  This is a crime and mystery drama featuring Senior Prosecutor Janet King.  She has been assigned to the job of Royal Commissioner by The Attorney General to look into serious gun crime in New South Wales.  There have been 19 unsolved murders in Sydney and the Commission hopes to find answers for all of these cases.  One of the cases is personal because it has been two years since her partner Ashleigh Larsson was shot in the doorway of their home.  She recruits some of her former team from the Department of Public Prosecutions for this new team.  Some of the investigation may overlap the inquiry into the unsolved death of Ashleigh.  Despite the seriousness of their task, they become a target for both criminals and politicians. 
     Janet already has a LOT on her plate and now she has this new position as Royal Commissioner.  She has twin children, a boy and a daughter to raise alone in the absence of Ashleigh.  Also, she has been served papers from Deborah Larsson the sister of Ashleigh.  There is one embryo left in frozen storage and Deborah wants to claim it for herself.  A determination needs to be made if this embryo is property?  This series is very good, it's interesting and I like their Australian accents.  All crimes are tough in the investigations but the usual rule can be applied.  Follow the guns and the money.  3 ½* (I liked this series)

60 min, 24 episodes, TV Series 2, 2016 starring Marta Dusseldorp, Damian Walshe-Howling, Hamish Michael, Andrea Demetreiades, Peter Kowitz, Christopher Morris, Anita Hegh, Melissa Bonne, Leeanna Walsman, Aimee Pedersen.

Note:  Imdb 7.9 out of 10, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 74 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  Some of the scenes of the area around Sydney include a monorail that was decommissioned in 2013.