Three sentence movie reviews: Rules Don’t Appy

Another film in my project to catch up with Alden Ehrenreich before Solo: A Star Wars Story is released.* Both Ehrenreich and Collins were good in their roles, and it’s always nice to see Annette Bening, but overall this movie was not very good. This movie could not decide if it was film about two people who work for Howard Hughes, or a film about Howard Hughes.**

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*He seems to have an inherent stiffness–which I find delightful–that seems to be directly in contrast to Harrison Ford’s laid back Han Solo. I’m very interested to see what happens with the movie.
**Probably because Mr. Ego was both directing and playing Howard Hughes.

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Three sentence movie reviews: Love Simon

This movie offers another great performance by Nick Robinson and a delightful supporting cast, including Alexandra Shipp as Abby and Katherine Langford as Simon’s best friend Leah.  While the movie was a tad bit slow, overall, it contained a great rollercoaster of feelings.  Even when things are good and life is easy, coming out can be hard.

Cost: $5.35 (but free due to gift cards)
Where watched: Regal City Center Stadium 12 with S. North

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Three sentence movie reviews: Meet me in St. Louis

There are so many delightful moments in this movie, especially if you skip the super bizarre Halloween scene.* I especially appreciated the sets and costumes, which Technicolor showed off perfectly. The family interactions are what buoys this movie, and the songs are delightful.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home, as part of Filmspotting’s Minnelli Marathon.

*What the heck is going on there? Aside from all the children making huge fires and hazing other children, was it considered a good thing to get flour thrown in your face by a small child?  If not, why even answer the door?

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Three sentence movie reviews: A Wrinkle in Time

My re-read of the book last year was fairly “meh” so I didn’t have a lot of high hopes for the movie. And while it was visually stunning and populated with good acting, I found that overall the movie was lacking in things that were super engaging. The boyfriend summed it up best: “It’s a movie about watching children experience wonder, and that makes for a boring movie.”

Cost: $6.00
Where watched: McMenamins St. Johns Theater with Matt.

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Three sentence movie reviews: Zootopia

Most memorable for having the funniest preview before Star Wars: The Force Awakens; this was a fun animated film. I enjoyed the stereotypes of different kinds of animals, as well as the way stereotypes were fought against. I’m glad Ginnifer Goodwin is still getting work.

Cost: Netflix subscription
Where watched: at home, with Matt

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Three sentence movie review: Beautiful Creatures

I’ve wanted to see this ever since I saw Emma Thompson doing a southern accent in the preview, but I was reminded of it recently because Alden Ehrenreich plays young Han Solo in the upcoming movie, and I wanted to do some catching up with him.* This movie was great fun, having all sorts of movie delights: small town, southern, good/evil witches, an important birthday, first love, big weather things. Both Ehrenreich and Alice Englert** were enjoyable in this Southern Gothic frippery.

Cost: Netflix subscription
Where watched: at home

*He was delightful as Hobie Doyle in Hail, Caesar!
**Ehrenreich & Englert!  Try saying that three times fast.

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Top Movies February 2018

(17 movies watched. Thank you, vacation!)

Excellent Noir
Good dancing

Very well done.

A quite good, sad story

Funny and slightly painful

Friggin’ amazing!

A worthy adaptation

Enjoyable hoodlums

Delightfully dirty

Bring a tissue

All-Black cast, from back in the day.

Some good bits here. Especially if you ever dated a drummer.



Delightful adaptation


Three sentence movie reviews: Every Day

David Levithan wrote a fabulous novel about a person named A who wakes up every morning in the body of a different person. While the book is from A’s perspective, the movie makes Rihannon–the girl A falls in love with–the focus. Aside from featuring 14 talented up-and-coming actors as A,* this movie is a somewhat magical love story that is also heartbreaking.

Cost: $9.25 (special vacation treat, also I had a gift card, so it was free)
Where watched: Regal Pioneer Place (which I have not been to in a very long time.)

*Fun to spot: Justice Smith who was Radar in Paper Towns; Lucas Jade Zumann, who was Jamie in 20th Century Women; Jacob Batalon who was Ned in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and of course Angourie Rice, who was so very good as the daughter in the Nice Guys.

Random note: As the movie started the production logo of Orion Pictures appeared. “I haven’t seen anything by Orion Pictures in years,” I thought to myself. “I wonder what they’ve been doing?”  I checked the IMDB trivia and learned that this is the first full-length motion picture to be produced and distributed by the revitalized Orion Pictures. I felt very smart.

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Three sentence movie reviews: Paterson

Given that I’ve written an entire book set on buses, and that I also love poetry, it is no surprise at my great love for this movie. I’m also a fan of movies where not much happens, and there is that too in this film. The scene with the two guys chatting about the girls that are totally into them will probably remain my favorite cinematic public transportation moment of the foreseeable future.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

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An amusing poster comment from the peanut gallery on the IMP Awards site:
IMP Award for Most Unfortunate Name Placement

(He is referring to Golshifteh Farahani, who plays Adam Driver’s wife, and who looks nothing like the dog sitting on the bench)