Three sentence movie reviews: Lost in Paris

I knew from the trailer this was going to be a movie I would love as it included striking colors, an engaging main character, and a moment that made me laugh out loud. The movie delivered, with a gentle humor that kept going throughout.* The physical comedy** was a treat, as was Fiona Gordon’s French accent that was so bad even I winced, and I look forward to other movies by Abel & Gordon.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*In the DVD extras, Abel & Gordon comment on how much of modern humor is sarcastic and mean, and that they work to avoid that in their comedy.
**The DVD extras also include a primer on the type of comedy Abel & Gordon do, which is called Burlesque. This is not what we in America think of Burlesque, but a comedy tradition with a long history in France.

I include the trailer so you can see if it’s a movie you would love:

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2017/paris_pieds_nus_ver2.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Witness for the Prosecution

First of all, this is one of those movies where the male main character is insufferable through most of the film,* however, it should not stop you from watching, because this movie is brilliant. The acting**/plot/setting/everything is great and you will do best if you follow the advice on the poster, written before they had the handy word, “spoiler”: “It’s climaxed by the 10 breath-stopping minutes you’ve ever lived! Don’t reveal the ending–please!

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*I will throw him a small bone in that medical practices in the 1950s infantilized the patient in a way I would have found insufferable.
**Una O’Connor as the housekeeper! Marlene Dietrich as the wife! Tyrone Power as the husband and murder suspect! Even Elsa Lanchester as the insufferable Nurse Plimsoll was great.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1957/witness_for_the_prosecution.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Avengers Infinity War

I wouldn’t have guessed that my reaction to the close of this movie was going to be an astonished, “What the hell?” as I was expecting this to be a bloated, overly long movie experience with too many stars and too much story. Instead, I watched a movie that deftly bounced between different players, places and campaigns, picking up stories seeded over the course of 10 years. Even the integration of the Guardians of the Galaxy–something I initially thought was going to be a schlocky spin-off tie in–was brilliant.

Cost: $6.00
Where watched: St. Johns Twin Cinema with Matt. (We were first in line for Friday’s show!)

Three sentence movie reviews: Wind River

Initially, I stayed away from this film because I was annoyed that a movie set on the Wind River Indian Reservation starred two white people.* I’m glad I watched this story of a tracker and an FBI agent searching for clues to the murder of a young Indian woman.  The story is as bleak as the snow-covered Wyoming landscape, and the performances are excellent.

Cost: Netflix subscription
Where watched: at home

*I relented because I like Taylor Sheridan’s work a lot.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2017/wind_river_ver2.html

Three sentence movie review: Dude

On the one hand, a movie about high school girls written and directed by a woman! On the other hand this movie suffers from the same thing that irritated me about Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!: The main characters are so confident and are loaded with so much good self esteem, that I wasn’t super interested in their stories. The quantity of substances used and sexual intercourse had was something I associate with well-adjusted late-twenty-somethings, not high school seniors.

Cost: Netflix subscription fee
Where watched: at home

poster from: https://www.what-song.com/Movies/Soundtrack/102511/Dude

Three sentence movie reviews: Blue Valentine

Guess who didn’t see this movie in 2010 because she didn’t think she could deal with how sad it was?* I was more able to deal with the sadness and was rewarded with this most excellent, mostly improvised film. It was interesting to note the expansive feeling of the “before” sections of the movie in contrast to the claustrophobic feel of the current story.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*Did you guess me?  You are correct.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2010/blue_valentine.html

Three sentence movie reviews: The Band Wagon

While the setup of this movie was similar to Singin’ in the Rain, the story and the songs didn’t gel like they perhaps should have and most of the movie fell flat for me. The “Dancing in the Dark” sequence was great, and I enjoyed the excesses of Jack Buchanan as pretentious director Jeffery Cordova. Some of the numbers were terrible such as “Louisiana Hayride”* and “Triplets” which was fascinating in it’s creepy earworm structure.

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

*Too bad, because Nannette Fabray was great.

poster from: http://www.moviepostershop.com/the-band-wagon-movie-poster-1953

Three sentence movie reviews: Outside In

It’s one of those movies where not a lot happens, but the actors convey a lot of emotion and plot through what’s going on with their faces. Overall, it was an uncomfortable watch–nothing really goes terribly wrong, but everything is on the precipice of crashing and burning. The characters are awkward and likable and it’s always about to rain.

Cost: $10.00
Where watched: Kiggens Theater

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2018/outside_in.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Queen and Country

Hey look, it’s the story of a white guy coming of age, this time in 1950s England in the army!* I watched this for Callum Turner, who was fine, though I found that Caleb Landry Jones** tended to overshadow him. It wasn’t a bad movie, but by the end I found myself wanting my 114 minutes back.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*What a novel and not-at-all-overdone concept!  Meanwhile, he’s got this vivacious older sister and where is her story? Also, the quantity and location of brother/sister kissing in this film was weird.
**That guy–I know him as the psycho brother in Get Out–can really steal a scene.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/intl/misc/2015/queen_and_country.html