Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Beach Bum

Rated R
1 hour 35 minutes
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill

This movie was horrible!!!  It was easily one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time!  I can’t believe Matthew McConaughey even took this role.  He plays Moondog, a stoner just living life and having fun, all on his own terms.  I’m still not even sure what the point of this movie was!  I guess he was a poet at some point and had some of his works published, but had gone downhill enjoying his alcohol and drugs a little too much.  Now, he needs to get his life back together enough to be published again so that he can inherit a fortune from his wife that died in a car accident.  I can kind of see what this movie was trying to do, but even with all of the big names in it, it still failed on almost every level that you could fail!  The whole film felt like I was following a guy around that was almost always either drunk or stoned or just not following the rules of society.  It wasn’t fun, it wasn’t funny, and it wasn’t even a good story.  It was just a waste of time!

Library Link: The Beach Bum (DVD) 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Mule

Rated R
1 hour 56 minutes
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest

I’ve always liked Clint Eastwood movies and this one is no exception!  Eastwood directed and stars in this film as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke and facing foreclosure of his horticulture business.  He’s also alone in life and just when things are about as bad as they can be for him, he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.  He’s never had a ticket or even been pulled over, so seems like the perfect person for the job – and he does well at it – very well.  He enjoys the work and makes great money, but what he doesn’t realize is that he has just become a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.  Everything’s fine for a while, but the better he does, the more cargo he carries, and the more DEA agents start trying to track him down.  Eventually, Earl finds himself caught in the middle between the cartel’s enforcers and law enforcement, and it’s only a matter of time until something has to give!

Library Link: The Mule (DVD)


Monday, July 15, 2019

Apollo 11

Rated G
1 hour 33 minutes
Starring: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins

This was incredible!  I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this documentary.  I was transfixed the entire time watching the Apollo 11 Mission from getting ready to launch to setting foot on the moon for the first time to their return to Earth.  The entire film is made up of newly discovered 65mm footage and sound from more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings.  I had never seen or heard any of this and it felt like I was “there” experiencing the launch and moon landing right along with the people in the film.  The quality of the video was also amazing for the time it was recorded.  I liked that the footage was all played without anyone narrating and no interviews or anything – you were just watching things exactly as they happened.  It was intense and exciting and just really captured everything you would want in a film like this!

Library Link: Apollo 11 (DVD)


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Holmes & Watson

Rated PG-13
1 hour 30 minutes
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly

I saw the previews for this movie and thought it looked absolutely horrible!!!  I’m still not quite sure why I watched it, but I’m glad I did!  It’s dumb.  It’s ridiculous.  It’s just one stupid thing after another!  It only has 3.7 stars on IMDB.com and won some Razzie Awards this year.  Even with all that, I still liked it.  I liked it a lot!  Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up to play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solving mysteries.  It’s a total parody of Sherlock movies and is full of hilarious satire and mocking everything about them along with current day issues, too.  I’d say it’s what I like to call “smart” dumb humor.  Maybe I had low expectations going in, but that’s still better than being let down by something that’s “supposed” to be really good.  I still can’t believe I liked it so much.  It was just a goofy, fun movie!

Library Link: Holmes & Watson (DVD)


Replicas

Rated PG-13
1 hour 47 minutes
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz

In this movie, Keanu Reeves plays a scientist that has been working on cloning and trying to preserve the human mind on a computer just like you would any other data.  Just as he’s getting close to a breakthrough, his wife and kids are all killed in a car accident.  Lucky for them, he’s there to “download” their mind and thoughts to be able to load them into new bodies he is able to grow for them.  Of course, not everything goes perfect and there are things he hadn’t thought about ahead of time.  You might think it all sounds a little far-fetched and hard to believe – that’s because it is!  This wasn’t a great movie, but it wasn’t the worst, either.  I actually did enjoy it once I was able to suspend disbelief and just go with the story.  If you like Keanu Reeves  and just want a movie that’s interesting and a little different, you might like this one.

Library Link: Replicas (DVD)


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Aquaman

Rated PG-13
143 minutes
Starring: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Aquaman is a visual sight to behold!  This movie takes us to underneath the seas like Star Wars took us to galaxies far, far, away.  I liked Aquaman.  It didn’t take itself too seriously so if you’re looking for a dark gothic adventure like Batman – you’ve got the wrong comic hero.  But can I just say, Jason Momoa is a macho, kick butt superhero!  Even though the movie is a little too long.  A little too fishy in characters. A little too many side stories . . .you get a good history of who Aquaman is, who his parents are and what happened to Atlantis.  The movie has lots of action sequences and fun one-liners. Jason Momoa’s character and Amber Heard, who plays Mera, have a lot of chemistry.  If you watch this film, grab your popcorn, prop your feet up and get ready for some fun entertainment.  Will there be a sequel?  I’d bet on it!  Will I go see it? Absolutely!

Library Link: Aquaman (DVD)


Aquaman

Rated PG-13
2 hours 23 minutes
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson

Growing up, Aquaman was one of my favorite superhero characters.  This is definitely NOT the Aquaman I grew up with!  He’s better!  He’s actually tough and has a sense of humor and seems like a good guy to have around in a bad situation.  Jason Momoa plays the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, but not everyone is happy about this because his mother is the queen of Atlantis and his father is from the land.  Eventually, he realizes he is the “chosen one” and tries to prevent the ultimate war between the worlds of the ocean and the land.  I wasn’t too sure about some of the cheesy lines and dialogue early on, but that wound up being one of the things I liked about the movie.  I’ve seen it twice and liked it much more the second time.  I think Aquaman is going to continue being one of my favorite superheroes! 

Library Link: Aquaman (DVD)