Definitely, Maybe

Movies, Comedy

Definitely, Maybe

No Comments 2 March 2017

Definitely, Maybe offers some new ideas for how to create tension in the romantic comedy genre. As always boy and girl cannot make up their mind who they want to be with. But the story is told in a different way. Our boy just received his divorce papers and is about to sign them. His 8-year-old daughter wants to know why it did not work out between her mom and him. She forces him to tell his story going back to when he first moved to NY City. If you are a romantic comedy fan and want light fare for an evening, this film is for you.

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Manchester by the Sea

Movies, Drama

Manchester by the Sea

No Comments 12 February 2017

This wonderful film deals with an intriguing question: how do you deal with something that one can never truly recover from?
Casey Affleck gives a stunning performance. If I were a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, I would vote to give him the Oscar for best male performer in a leading role. Do not miss the chance to see him enact the role of the movie‚Äôs hero, who is trying to cope with something terrible that we only gradually understand.  The film manages to mix comedy with tragedy and offers a great night out at the movies.

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Red Dog - True Blue

Movies, Drama

Red Dog - True Blue

No Comments 28 January 2017

This prequel of the funny Red Dog disappoints. It has a very weak story. The original Red Dog was based on an amazing true story written up in a book that even the best fiction would have difficulty matching. So the screenplay writer, Daniel Taplitz, had a relatively easy time. But in this prequel had no true story to base the script on and Daniel Taplitz flounders badly. The story and its turns feel contrived. Again the dog is cute and the cinematography of the outback is beautiful. But that is not enough. Go see the original Red Dog and skip the Red Dog - True Blue.

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LaLa Land

Movies, Drama, Phantasy

LaLa Land

No Comments 6 January 2017

Unlike in the case of Sully, I knew very little about Lala Land except that it is a musical. Lala Land feels very fresh. It resurrects the musical genre but does it in a way that our current sensibilities are not offended. The most interesting part of the film is how it vi- sually told story. I almost need to see the film one more time to put my finger on how what made it visually so appealing. It sometimes moves seamlessly between what is real and what is fiction. I enjoyed the most the the opening and closing scenes. Lala Land is fun. At times you simply want to get up in your seat and start dancing. Enjoy!

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Sully

Movies, Documentary, Drama

Sully

No Comments 2 January 2017

Sully has been nominated by many critics as a top film of the year.  I knew why many critics loved the film.  Sully rejects landing a plane that lost both engines safely on the Hudson River and saving the lives of all 155 passengers makes him a hero. He insists that he was just doing his job. He also insists that he was not doing the alone. There was his co-pilot, the crew, the emergency response team of NYC.

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Departures

Movies, Drama

Departures

No Comments 26 December 2016

Christmas 2016. This wonderful film from Japan landed in my house during the holidays. It has been circling the airwaves since 2008. I am glad it finally reached me. The film won an Oscar for best foreign film and it is a treat fitting the holiday spirit. At the center of Depatures is Daigo, a thirty something cello player (Masahiro Motoki) in Tokyo whose classical orchestra closes down. Because he just had spent $US 150,000 on a cello he is now in a real fix. The event triggers soul-searching.

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Hacksaw Ridge

Movies, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

No Comments 23 December 2016

I saw this film on the weekend after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. The Donald as the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in the world is not a comforting thought.

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