Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Movie review: Stephen King's IT

This movie is based on a Stephen King novel. Basically, kids in this town start disappearing because the town is cursed or something. A group of tweens form a Losers' Club and spend the summer trying to get to the bottom of it giving this movie a Stand By Me vibe.

This movie would probably scare teens I guess. It has all things one would expect in a horror movie: (haunted house, zombies, gore, over the top bullies, and more). There aren't many jump scares but the clown is plenty creepy though. 

I don't think I would recommend spending money to watch this but if you are lying on the couch on a Saturday afternoon while channel surfing and run into it, give it a shot.

Movie review: The Mountain Between Us with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet

This is a movie about two people stuck in an airport. She (Kate Winslet) is going to be married the next day so she can't be sitting around in an airport. He (Idris Elba...I could see him being the next James Bond) is a surgeon who has a surgery scheduled for the next day so he certainly can't be sitting around in an airport, either.

These two decide to charter a plane which, of course, crashes leaving these two plus a dog as the only survivors. Danger and thrills ensue.

I liked this movie. However, if you are a pilot, you won't like it because pilots are sticklers and the charter pilot (Beau Bridges who is pretty much the same in every movie you see him in) neglects to file a flight plan before take-off which will drive a pilot crazy and they won't get past it. If you read the book, you probably won't like it either because book readers expect the movie to be just like the book and they will be driven crazy when subtle details are missing. For the rest of us, just relax and enjoy the show.

So, the big question is, do our two survivors succumb to temptation? Let's just say that trudging through snow alone does not a movie make.

Check it out.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Movie review: Molly's Game with Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is Molly Bloom. Apparently Molly was a competitive skier but when that dream fell apart due to a broken back, she found herself running high stakes, backdoor poker games with celebrities who she is careful not to reveal but may or may not include the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and Tobey Maguire.

The poker characters and their games are all interesting. The dialog is great as well as Molly is one sharp lady. However, this is supposed to be a true story but yet seems far fetched. For example, she moves to New York to set up a new poker game and instantly finds high rollers to participate. That's fine of course...it doesn't take away from the movie. Obviously, the whole scheme falls apart when the FBI get involved.

In summary, if the premise of a woman running a high stakes backdoor card game, getting busted, and then going to court speaks to you, check out this movie. If it doesn't, maybe the idea of Jessica Chastain's revealing wardrobe does speak to you. 

Movie review: Baywatch with The Rock and Zac Efron

This movie is actually pretty funny. It basically makes fun of the ridiculousness of the original show. The Rock takes on David Hasselhoff's role as the head lifeguard or whatever. The plot is basically The Rock spotting some bad stuff going down on the beach and getting to the bottom of it with the help of his crew. Madness ensues. Pamela Anderson makes a cameo at the end but don't see it just for that.

Check it out if it is free and you are bored.

Movie review: The Hitman's Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson

The Hitman's Bodyguard is a sometimes entertaining action movie. Ryan Reynolds does his normal routine as does Samuel L. Jackson. They argue and bicker throughout this buddy road trip movie which turns out to be the best part of the movie.

There are so many choreographed fights and car chases that about midway through, I found myself catching up with email on my phone waiting for them to end. I mean, it got to be all the same. The plot doesn't matter, either. Salma Hayek's character is pointless. They probably added her because they wanted to add 10 pointless minutes to the movie or perhaps they wanted a juicy subplot to liven up the action.

You could do worse I suppose.

Movie review: Downsizing with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig

Warning: Spoilers are here...

So, here is the deal. Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife decide to make a change and become small people. In doing so, they would dramatically reduce their footprint which will help save the world. They could also retire because small people need less of everything so their nest egg will be enough to last them. They could live the good life more or less.

Paul takes the plunge. He gets all miniature and stuff. Only, his wife decides to bail at the last minute. Paul's nest egg is cut in half because the two get divorced so he has to get a job.

It isn't all bad, though. There are interesting characters in Leisureland. He bonds with a Vietnamese woman and his neighbor is amusing. However, the movie eventually gets a bit dragged down when Paul and his new friends go to Norway where the movie ends in sucky fashion.

A better ending would have been for Paul to become a doctor (his dream job when he was young) in the small world. Maybe, instead of going to Norway, the group has to travel back to his hometown in Nebraska (big people) to solve some medical dilemma. When there he could run across his old friends including his wife. They could mix a little drama in there as Paul would have to choose between his ex-wife and his new Vietnamese girlfriend. Oh well.

Inspirational Stories: The Best Time Of My Life

Author Unknown  
But Greatly Appreciated!

It was June 15, and in two days I would be turning thirty. I was insecure about entering a new decade of my life and feared that my best years were now behind me.

My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Nicholas at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape. As I greeted Nicholas on this particular day, he noticed I wasn't full of my usual vitality and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him I was feeling anxious about turning thirty. I wondered how I would look back on my life once I reached Nicholas's age, so I asked him, "What was the best time of your life?"

Without hesitation, Nicholas replied, "Well, Joe, this is my philosophical answer to your philosophical question:

"When I was a child in Austria and everything was taken care of for me and I was nurtured by my parents, that was the best time of my life.

"When I was going to school and learning the things I know today, that was the best time of my life.

"When I got my first job and had responsibilities and got paid for my efforts, that was the best time of my life.

"When I met my wife and fell in love, that was the best time of my life.

"The Second World War came, and my wife and I had to flee Austria to save our lives. When we were together and safe on a ship bound for North America, that was the best time of my life.

"When we came to Canada and started a family, that was the best time of my life.

"When I was a young father, watching my children grow up, that was the best time of my life.

"And now, Joe, I am seventy-nine years old. I have my health, I feel good and I am in love with my wife just as I was when we first met. This is the best time of my life."