Three sentence movie reviews: Kings of Summer

Having just finished Everything, Everything, we then partook of Nick Robinson’s earlier role.  It was the wonderful movie I remembered and–in the case of the parents–even funnier than I remembered.  Also fun this time around were the number of cameos of people who have become famous in their own right.

Cost: free via Amazon Prime streaming
Where watched: The Grey House with Sara and Shawn

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I like this poster, an homage to movie posters of my childhood.  I even like how the three main characters are drawn as more attractive than they are. Except the weird one.  He is drawn a little weirder. His nose is off.

Three sentence movie reviews: Everything Everything

Even more delightful than watching this alone in the theater, was watching this with a friend who gasped in all the right places.  Both leads are still good.  Rendered into celluloid (or whatever the digital equivalent is,) the story seems much more far-fetched, but it is still a delightful ride.

Cost: there was possibly a cost?  We streamed
Where watched: At The Grey House, with Sara and Shawn

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Three sentence movie reviews: Florence Foster Jenkins

I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting myself into with this movie: delightfully terrible signing by Meryl Streep, nice main plot where presumably something possibly slightly boring happens.  But darn it if there wasn’t a plot element of Florence Foster Jenkins’ life that didn’t make this whole story a much more emotional journey than I had predicted.   Overall, this was an unexpectedly  very good movie, which is always a nice development.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home while painting toes pearly white.

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The Driftless Area

“What the hell is going on?” Matt asked, five minutes into the movie.  We remained befuddled off and on throughout this film, which I kind of enjoyed.*  My favorite part, though, was watching the DVD extra and listening to the cast try and describe what kind of movie it is, and what is the plot.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at our cute beach rental, in Seaside Oregon, with Matt.

*It was a strangely bizarre movie, kind of slow in a mesmerizing–and also boring–way.  “Why is everyone talking so slowly?” I asked Matt at one point.

“Maybe they are trying to bump us?” Matt responded and I laughed long and hard.  It is most likely that you haven’t seen this movie, so you haven’t heard Aubrey Plaza explain that she bumps customers (gets them to rent a more expensive car) by talking really slowly.  But I had heard her say that, so this was a profoundly funny comment made by Matt.

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Three sentence movie reviews: Landline

Here’s a great example of interesting characters who come together to form an incredibly uninteresting movie.  The acting was good, but the plot meandered, and I was bored.  I’m also uncertain as to why we needed the 1990s setting, though that time period was nicely recreated.

Cost: $3.00
Where watched: Laurelhurst with S. North.

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Three sentence movie reviews: Logan Lucky

Heist movies, I like them. Channing Tatum, I’m a fan.  This was 118 minutes of fun for me.

Cost: $8.00 (big spender, due to CT)*
Where watched: St. John’s Twin Cinema with Matt, who also enjoyed.

*After coming back from vacation, I discovered I had free admission for two to this movie.  I had won a promo.  Alas, the movie had already been seen, and I was too busy to see it again.

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“How big is that car?” Asked someone from the IMP peanut gallery.  Fair question.

Here’s a trivia item from IMDB.

The film was distributed by cutting out studios, in order to have creative control and make money directly from the film itself. Accordingly, for this atypical distribution, Steven Soderbergh raised the budget by selling off foreign distribution rights, and then sold everything except the movie showing up in a movie theater in order to pay for advertising and prints of the movie (for example, selling post-theatrical rights to the likes of HBO, Netflix, Video-On-Demand, television, and airplanes). By following these two steps, Soderbergh was able to sidestep a Hollywood studio, and had creative control the entire time (for instance, the trailers that dropped earlier this summer were by his design, as was the poster and the entire marketing plan). Also, according to Soderbergh, under this set-up, the box-office bar for success is lower. With nearly everything prepaid, and no hefty distributor fees coming off the top, even a modest fifteen million dollar opening would be a win.

Three sentence movie reviews: Trainwreck

A re-watch for me, the first time for Matt. I found I liked it better this time. It seemed funnier, which might be because I was watching it with someone.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home with Matt

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(Is not this poster amazing!  This scene wasn’t even in the movie!)

A Ghost Story

The most surprising thing to me about this movie was how incredible the ghost costume was.*  I also really liked this movie for what it had to say about time, and just when I was wondering where we were going with this, the movie took a very interesting turn.  That said, it’s probably best watched in a very theater-like environment as its sparse dialog and long tracking shots are best paid attention to when you aren’t thinking about the laundry in your bedroom you haven’t folded, or the fact that its time to feed the cats.

Cost: $5.35
Regal City Center Stadium 12 with S. North.

*There was so much of it–Casey Affleck is not a short man–and it was this rich, thick material that looked great on film.

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Three sentence movie reviews: The Lake House

This was one of those movies where I had to just go with it, because when I started thinking too much, the movie didn’t work.*  It’s also one of those movies where I like Keanu Reeves’ acting.** Overall, a lovely night at the Haus-cinema.

Cost: free from library (I had to wait. There were holds)
Where watched: at home.

*That scene from Looper comes to mind:  ” I don’t want to talk about time travel, because if we start talking about it then we’re going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws.”

**God love him, but sometimes his woodenness gets to me.

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