109 year old Alice Herz Sommer, a concert pianist with a burgeoning career saw it cut short by the Nazis when she was sent to a concentration camp. This lovely woman is amazing. Her life is all about the music. As long as she can play every day, and she does, as long as there is music in the world, it is a beautiful place to be, no matter how bad it might get. Forever the optimist, this woman.
Ok, well, we are 20 minutes in and I can say this: I don't know if I can stick with it for more than another 10-20 minutes. I mean I'm going to give it a shot but it is against my better judgment.
I hate, I mean I HATE the way all the shots look staged. Nothing out of place. A shot of a building facade with oranges on the floor, oranges on the floor?, all equidistant and made to…
I can think of many reasons why this film should be a 2 star film or even less than that. The plot is pretty thin, the bad guys pretty uninteresting, there are altogether too many minions and the music sometimes seems a bit too easy.
But damned if I don't love every second of it! Both the first and the second film make me laugh a lot and charm the pants off me every time. I simply adore those three…
It starts out so nicely.
Cranky old geezer who can't get help to do something he wants to do so he goes at it alone.
The son who finally decides to play along.
It all seemed very A Straight Story, but in black and white.
Then the mother turns out to be a bothersome nag who can't shut up about how hard she has it, and the only other woman early in the film is pressuring the son…
I once knew a genius.
He certainly thought he was a genius.
I suppose I did too for a while there.
The problem with thinking you are a genius is that it is a pretty difficult position to hold without also being a dick. See, when you think you are a genius you think you are above everyone else, and everyone else should realize your greatness. Others should do everything they can for you because everyone's goal in life should…
I couldn't figure out why this one was getting such low ratings. I thought it was pretty good. I wasn't a fan of the way they showed technology, with all those scenes of multi-coloured lines moving about to show that info or waves are moving about. Someone has to come up with a new way to do that.
It wasn't until I started reading about the film, about the source on which it is based that I began to understand the controversy.
My mom is sitting on the couch watching this right now, reacting to everything she is seeing. When McConaughey has his 3rd trip to the hospital, she utters "oh, that's hard" about life with AIDS. When he decides to leave the hospital in disgust, walking down the hallway with his open gown flapping about showing his cheeks she giggles. She laughs quite a bit whenever Jared Leto gives him a good dressing-down, and she utters "good for you" when McConaughey…
At the beginning of this documentary I was very concerned that its real title should have been: "Watch Journalist Jeremy Scahill as he goes around making a documentary about himself doing his job". I hate that crap. At times this doc came close to fully warranting that title, but it always backed off just in time. In the end I found it informative but more important it had me asking questions, which is always a good thing, but my questions…
All is Lost is much better than it is supposed to be. It has quite a few eye-rolling moments, and the character does such stupid things that you shake your head in amazement. But when you recognize that this is an action film, that it is pretty much a completely dialogue-less action film, that it is pretty much a completely dialogue-less action movie with just 1 character, well, the kudos have to overcome whatever action movie tropes are used in…
Deathtrap is most certainly one great way to pass a couple of hours. It is twisty and engaging in a way that only a play can be.
Michael Caine plays Sidney Bruhl, a world famous playwright whose last play was panned. He needs something new, something good, something quick.
Dyan Cannon is Myra Bruhl, Caine's wealthy pill-popping nervous wife, who stands by her man and encourages him when he's down.
Enter Christopher Reeve as Clifford Anderson, a former student of…