Where have the three sentence movie reviews gone?

Exciting news! The three sentence movie reviews I’ve been writing since 2008 (all 1000+ of them) now have their own site.

You can read already published three sentence movie reviews on this site without ads. They are also available on the new site.

Starting 10/1/18, all three sentence movie reviews can be found at:

www.threesentencemoviereviews.com

Three sentence movie reviews: A Simple Favor

http://www.impawards.com/2018/simple_favor_ver2.html

A suspense movie with comic moments, this is also 117 minutes of thinking how awesome Blake Lively looks in a suit. I felt the script pointed me in a clear direction early on; this turned out to not be the actual direction, so when things resolved themselves it took some time for me to let go of my framework and accept what the movie was telling me. Other than that, this was a crisp, succinct fabulous movie.*

Cost: $6.00
Where watched: McMenamins St. Johns Theater with Matt, who is an Anna Kendrik fan.

*This film is more evidence of my hypothesis: Paul Fieg is the best white male director for stories about women.

Three sentence movie reviews: Ocean’s Thirteen

http://www.impawards.com/2007/oceans_thirteen.html

For me, it’s the most forgettable Ocean’s movie* but that doesn’t really matter because it’s another opportunity to hang around with the crew. Though lacking in both Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ellen Barkin does some great work. And there’s that funny bit with Linus’ nose.

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

*Unlike the other two movies, I remembered nothing about the plot.

Three sentence movie reviews: Nappily Ever After

http://www.impawards.com/tv/nappily_ever_after.html

In this movie, Sanaa Lathan is mesmerizing in all her various stages of hair, but never more so as she drunkenly shaves her head. Hair is the framework for a reinvention of a life not quite fully lived, and it’s great to see Lathan’s self discovery along the way. This is another romantic comedy that tilts more toward empowerment than happily ever after, a tilt I heartily endorse.

Cost: Netflix monthly charge ($7.99)
Where watched: at home.

Three sentence movie reviews: Beatriz at Dinner

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

I enjoy a good movie that explores class, and if you throw in one that also examines “friendship” between the help and their employers, all the better. But alas, this movie didn’t give me many places latch on and really care; people were interesting (or abhorrent) but so what? It also had one of those endings that is supposed to be all art-y and deep, but really felt like they hadn’t really figured out how to end the movie.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

Ann Hornaday’s Best Films of the 2000s. How many have I seen.?

Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post has proposed a list of the best 23 films of the 2000s. Let’s see which ones I’ve seen.

Movies I’ve seen:

  • 25th Hour
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Michael Clayton
  • Boyhood
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
  • Old Joy
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • You Can Count on Me
  • No Country for Old Men
  • I’m Not There
  • Dunkirk
  • Mudbound
  • Spotlight
  • Stories We Tell
  • The Royal Tenenbaums

Movies I’ve not yet seen, but plan to:

  • Children of Men
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Hunger
  • Spirited Away

Movies I most likely won’t watch:

  • Pan’s Labyrinth–this movie has weirded me out for years.
  • Minority Report–Tom Cruise is a no-go for me
  • Son of Saul–I have trouble prioritizing movies depicting the holocaust
  • The Fog of War–I’m sure this is a great documentary, but there just aren’t very many documentaries in my life.

Let’s look at what I’ve seen. Of the fifteen on the list…

I heartily recommend: 

Movies that are good movies to watch in general:
Movies that are good, but tough to watch (tense, difficult subject matter, etc.)*

*People would probably put Spotlight on this list, but it’s such a quality film, I think that overcomes the difficult subject matter.

Movies that I remember liking, but would have to watch again before recommending them:
  • 25th Hour
  • Michael Clayton
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • I’m Not There (I recall being overly tired while watching, which got in the way of my enjoyment) (Yep. Tired.)

Three sentence movie reviews: Blockers

http://www.impawards.com/2018/blockers_ver2.html

Three things I loved about this movie: the way young women’s sexuality was treated with respect; the casting of actors who looked like normal teenagers; and how hilarious it was.  While much of the humor was based on exaggerated situations that would not happen in real life and some of it wasn’t my cup of tea, I laughed a lot while watching this movie. All six actors on that poster were great.*

Cost: $1.50, from Redbox
Where watched: at home

*The recent comic turns by John Cena, (Blockers, Trainwreck) Dwane Johnson, (Central Intelligence)  and Chris Hemsworth, (Ghostbusters, Thor: Ragnarok) have me thinking we could populate a hilarious comedy using only guys who can’t buy their shirts off the rack.

Three sentence movie reviews: The House Bunny

http://www.impawards.com/2008/house_bunny.html

When I discovered Anna Faris a few years back, more than one person mentioned they liked her in this film, which was a film that was not in the holdings of the Multnomah County Library. Now that I have access to movies via my TV, I could see Ms. Faris’s performance. She, as usual, had great comic timing, although the Happy Madison production company tends to produce films that are not to my tastes; this was no exception to that rule.

Cost: $2.99 via Google Play (though free due to credit)
Where watched: at home, movie four of four while recovering from a migraine.

Of note: the four movies I watched were all via different movie delivery methods: streaming via Hoopla, DVD from library, Netflix, rented via Google Play.

Three sentence movie reviews: Thor: Ragnarok

http://www.impawards.com/2017/thor_ragnarok_ver2.html

My second viewing, I still love how director Taika Waititi takes everything really good about the Thor movies and adds a layer of comedy that completely works. Cate Blanchett makes for a worthy villain and even though the humor is turned up to 11, the stakes are still high. This is the best Marvel movie to watch when you want to laugh.

Cost: Netflix monthly charge ($7.99)
Where watched: at home, movie three of four recovering from a migraine