Monday, June 19, 2017

Sully

I think almost everyone knows who you’re talking about when you say “Sully” these days – pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger.  He was the one who landed his plane on the Hudson River after a bird strike took out both of his engines.  Sully became a hero for saving everyone on the plane.  This movie follows the extreme scrutiny he faced from the Federal Aviation Administration trying to decide if he “had” to land on the Hudson or if he would have been able to make it back to LaGuardia Airport?  Tom Hanks, of course, does a great job as Sully.  I’ve seen some people from the FAA saying the movie got it wrong and that they were not as “mean” as they seemed nor did they grill Sullenberger like a criminal.  He was a hero to the people, but here, he was having to fight for his “innocence” in hearings that followed the landing.  I enjoyed this, even if it was made a little more dramatic than it might have been in real life.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Collateral Beauty

I don’t really know what to think about this movie.  Will Smith plays a father who is having a hard time dealing with the death of his child.  A VERY hard time!  He has shut down and pretty much stopped living his life.  His company is about to go under and he seems almost unaware.  After going through questioning everything about life, he decides to write letters to Love, Time and Death.  I don’t think he was expecting any answers, but he actually does receive responses and is forced to deal with everything he has been avoiding all along!  I was looking forward to this movie, but it just didn’t “click” for me.  It wasn’t really what I was expecting and felt like it was maybe trying too hard to be artistic or creative in how it handled the issues, but wound up feeling awkward in most scenes.  It definitely was creative and maybe someone who has lost a child would relate more to what he was going through, but I just didn’t feel it with this one.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Passengers

I wanted to see this movie when it was at the theater, but missed it, so I’ve been waiting for the DVD ever since.  I had very high hopes – and was not disappointed!  It has two of my favorite actors – Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.  The story is about a group of over 5,000 people from Earth that are traveling to a distant planet colony.  Their trip will take 120 years, so they are all in a state of hibernation until the ship reaches the planet.  Well, that sounds all good, until one of the hibernation pods malfunctions and Jim (Chris Pratt) wakes up almost 90 years before he is supposed to!  He finds himself the only one awake on the entire ship and needs to figure out what to do and if he should try to wake anyone else.  By doing that, their lives would be forever changed, as his was now.  His decision to wake up Jennifer’s character, Aurora, sets off a chain reaction of learning how to live knowing you will never see land again.  There were quite a few moments that reminded me of movies like Cast Away and The Martian as far as being alone and needing to find a way to survive.  I just really enjoyed the story and the acting with this one – I’m sure I’ll be watching it again!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Shallows

This movie didn’t live up to my expectations, but I think I liked it a “little” better than I originally thought.  Nancy Adams is a medical student that has lost her mother, is getting overwhelmed by life and just needs a vacation to get away from everything for a while.  She decides to travel to a secluded beach she’s heard about to enjoy the sun and get in some great surfing – alone, of course.  What she doesn’t count on is being attacked by a shark!  After escaping, she’s able to eventually make her way to a raised rock that she can sit on to get away from the killer shark, but is still 200 yards away from shore.  She’s also injured and starts suffering from the heat, along with lack of food and water, all while trying to “outsmart” the shark.  Overall, I just didn’t buy it.  I’d heard it compared to the movie Jaws, but it was nowhere near that level!  And the longer it went, the cheesier it was, and the more overacting there was!  I liked the scenery and filming, but the story just got old and didn’t go very far once it was all set up.  It had potential, but didn’t live up to it for me…

The Shallows


It was billed as the “next Jaws” as “fearless” and “terrifying” . . . did we see the same movie???  I was thinking more along the lines of “I don’t think so” “laughable” and “oh please – did you even see Jaws?”  I found nothing new or fresh about this movie or terrifying none the less!  A woman, played by Blake Lively, goes back to the beach where her mom use to surf to deal with the death of her mom.  She is basically alone, on the waves, where she runs into a . . . shark!!  Who would’ve thought that would’ve happened???  She manages to make it to a lone rock with a gash her in thigh from the nip that the shark gave her.  She’s only 200 yards from shore – she can make it – but wait . . . the shark is reading her mind!!!  It knows what she’s thinking and no matter what she tries – he’s always there. . .waiting for the taste of her flesh and the lust of her blood!!!! Whatever will she do?? (Que the dramatic music)  She comes up with a plan – one that will rock her world and the shark!!!   REALLY??  I saw Jaws!  It was far more superior than this film and I already knew the ending before she even dipped her big toe in the water!! I guess you can assume what I thought of this movie . . .

 

Parental Guidance


Love, love, loved this movie!  Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play grandparents who are asked to come babysit their grandkids that they don’t see very often.  There are 2 helicopter parents with a new age way of parenting, 3 kids that have their rules of governing themselves, and 2 old school grandparents who are in for the ride of their lives.  There is a lot of crazy stuff that happens, a lot of laughs as we see Billy and Bette trying to copy their daughters ways of parenting and kids that really don’t know their grandparents and aren’t thrilled about being with them.  The three kids all have personal issues they’re dealing with and along the way we see them getting closer to their grandparents and the family overcoming the obstacles that first separated them.  I am very sentimental about this film because I am a grandma of 9, so forgive me if I get a little weepy, but it really is a heart-felt movie about the little things in our lives that create the bonds and the memories that we will always have of our family.

 

The Good Neighbor

This movie was a little different.  The story is about two high school kids that are attempting to scare their old, cranky neighbor into believing his house is haunted.  They set up all kinds of props to get his attention along with sneaking into his house and installing cameras so they can watch and record everything from home.  Besides recording everything not being the best of ideas, each attempt to frighten him seems to bring out some hidden emotions from his past that end up to be much more than either of the boys bargained for!  The more they watch, the more they wonder about what he’s doing in areas they can’t see on their cameras, and the riskier their own behavior gets until it all comes to a head.  James Caan plays the neighbor and does a great job in his role.  It’s a simple story overall, but was pretty intense and felt like there was a lot more to it than there appears to be on the surface.  This one can cut deep if you let it…