My View: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The Guardians have a price on their head as Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) family heritage will become clearer. I had a great time watching this movie. I think it’s funnier than the first because now we know these characters, how they work together and react to situations. While Baby Groot steals the film, I also enjoyed Dave Batista as Drax, the mountain of a man who has no filter when he speaks. A major charm of the last film was the soundtrack, and while I did enjoy it, it didn’t always deliver the needed emotion for the scene. The film is a blast to watch and moves at a quick pace. The opening action sequence is brilliantly done and so funny. Save some bucks and don’t see it in 3-D because it wasn’t shot in that format. And yes, stay all the way through the credits due to the five, yes five, bonus scenes. My Rating: Full Price Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Website
Indiefest: The Dinner (2017) Stan (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for Governor, and his wife (Rebecca Hall), invite his troubled younger brother, Paul (Steve Coogan), and his wife, Claire (Laura Linney), to a fancy dinner at a high-priced restaurant. The two families are connected because their sons have committed a terrible crime. This is a film that some film critics are going to like because the director takes chances, but in my opinion, those chances don’t work. An example of this is when Claire is in a room with Paul and a friend. As Paul reads, not paying mind to the conversation going on, we hear both the conversation between the two women and what Paul is reading. So, trying to understand what the women were talking about was very difficult. There are a number of flashbacks, which makes the film feel choppy and the flashbacks unnecessary. I did like the performances of the main cast, especially Richard Gere as the congressman who seems to care more about getting a bill passed than his family. Overall, the film makes you work too hard for very little return. My Rating: Cable The Dinner Website
Indiefest: My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016) In this animated film, an earthquake causes a high school to float into the sea and begins slowly to sink like a shipwreck. I never could get into this strange film. I liked the look of the animation, with hand drawings, but the tone of the movie was depressing, and I hated the ending. There are some funny scenes, but they are few and far between, and the main character’s sarcasm drags the film down. With sharks tearing students to bits and dead bodies floating around, it’s not a film for kids. I loved the idea behind the movie, but it never quite captured the magic to make it work. My Rating: Bargain Matinee My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Info
In Case You Missed It (A Film Just Released on DVD/Blu-ray): The Comedian (2017) R Jackie (Robert De Niro) is an insult comedian who has seen better days. His fans are stuck in the past when he had a hit TV show in the 80’s. Jackie has just about hit rock bottom, so can he mount one last comeback? This movie should have been better, and I think its failing is due to its star. I never believed that De Niro was a stand-up comedian. His delivery is horrible, he looks so uncomfortable up on stage, and he was not helped by jokes that aren’t much better. The movie only comes to life when Leslie Mann is on-screen as the love interest. There is great chemistry between De Niro and Mann, and the film slows way down when she isn’t in a scene. I did enjoy seeing old pros like Charles Grodin and Billy Crystal gives De Niro’s character some guff, but the film never finds its footing, and I hated the ending (it should have ended 5 minutes before). If you are going to make a film about a comic, the heckler shouldn’t be the funniest thing. My Rating: Cable The Comedian Website
Forgotten Film: Silkwood (1983) Based on a true story, Silkwood is the story of Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a worker at a plant that makes plutonium fuel rods for nuclear reactors. Karen blows the whistle on dangerous conditions at the plant. Her life, though, is made a living hell by both the company she works for and her fellow workers who are worried their jobs are in jeopardy. Streep gives another one of her stunning and fascinating performances. Streep’s performance is bolstered by a strong cast including Kurt Russell as her on again/off again boyfriend and Cher as her best friend. What I love about this film is that director Mike Nichols does a lot of long takes, using these actors to their fullest. It’s a heartbreaking film but a moving performance by Streep. My Rating: Full Price Silkwood Info
Weird Credits: Credits from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Prosthetic Makeup Artist to Dave Bautista
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: Wonder Woman (2017) I have high hopes for this film about Diana, Princess of the Amazons, who leaves her home to fight a war to end all wars. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was the only good thing in the horrible Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Wonder Woman Website
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