Thursday, August 30, 2018

Tully

Rated R
1 hour 35 minutes
Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston

I’m still not really sure what I thought of this movie.  Charlize Theron plays a woman who has two kids, including one with special needs that requires a LOT of attention and patience, and is pregnant with another child.  When she is almost at her wits’ end after having her third child and trying to keep up, her brother talks her into hiring a “night nanny” named Tully.  She is VERY reluctant at first, but eventually gets comfortable with Tully and everything starts coming together and working for everyone.  It felt real to me.  Like an actual mom trying to deal with everything.  There was quite a twist at the end I didn’t really care for, but the more I think about it, the more I’m OK with it.  I probably don’t need to see it again, but overall, I’d say I liked this one.

Library Link: Tully (DVD)


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Life of the Party

Rated PG-13
1 hour 45 minutes
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Matt Walsh

I used to like Melissa McCarthy alright, but it seems like I’ve enjoyed watching her less and less with each movie she’s been in.  But then I still watch her movies, hoping they’ll get better.  With this one, I’m glad I gave it a shot!  She plays a woman whose husband decides he wants a divorce after a long marriage and she’s left wondering what to do.  Instead of her life being “over,” she decides to go back to college and get her degree – at the same college her daughter is attending.  I was glad it wasn’t just her acting stupid trying to get laughs and embarrassing her daughter over and over the whole movie.  Her daughter and her friends actually realized how much she knew about “life” and accepted her as one of their own, allowing her to relive her college days a little.  It wasn’t very serious, wasn’t the funniest movie, and wasn’t very realistic, but it all made for a nice story.  I hope McCarthy stays on this path, rather than just over-the-top stupidity like she’d been doing.

Library Link: Life of the Party (DVD)


Blockers

Rated R
1 hour 42 minutes
Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena

This movie was just dumb!!!  I can’t believe what passes for comedy anymore!  I thought it looked like it could be funny, but I was wrong!  Not to say there weren’t funny parts, but it was just more rude and crude than anything – and just ridiculous.  The story is about three parents that are trying to do anything they can to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.  They run into all kinds of “obstacles” along the way and eventually realize they need to let their daughters go and allow them make their own decisions.  This movie just felt like over-the-top, “slapstick” type humor that completely fell flat – over and over and over.  I get that some people might like these types of movies, but I guess I’m not one of them!  If you want to waste your time, then give this one a shot!

Library Link: Blockers (DVD)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I Feel Pretty


Rated PG-13
110 minutes 
Starring: Amy Schumer

If you’re familiar with Amy Schumer and any of her movies or stand up gigs – you know she can be pretty crass.  I’m not a fan of hers - but I took a chance on this movie hoping it was decent.  Much to my surprise it was and I was hooked within the first 5 minutes.

Amy plays Renee.  A normal, average size woman, with all the lumps and bumps and issues of self-doubt women have.  She feels she isn’t “entitled” to being “pretty” or expecting to get anywhere in life because of her looks.  Her and her two best friends even tried a dating service online hoping to make some matches – but even that failed and they got “0” likes.  One day she decides to go to the gym.  As she’s trying out the new spin class and getting pumped up – she falls off the bike and bumps her head.  When she wakes up – she sees herself in a whole different light.  She was granted her wish – she’s BEAUTIFUL!  She’s never seen herself more beautiful or full of confidence.  As the movie goes on, her new confidence leads to her to a new job promotion and she allows herself to flirt with a guy that becomes her boyfriend.  She continues on in her new world thinking she’s as beautiful as a model till she falls and bumps her head again.  After which she wakes up and comes to the conclusion that she’s still just Renee.  That her body never changed.  But this realization changes everything in her world.

The movie was fun, encouraging and one that lots of women can relate to!  Amy plays an average woman who took on the feelings of many women and with a huge SHOUT OUT TO ALL WOMEN - declared – that we are all “BEAUTIFUL” and “STRONG” enough to achieve anything we want REGARDLESS of size and looks!  It was nice to have a movie that made me feel good.

Library Link: I Feel Pretty (DVD)


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Unsane

Rated R
1 hour 38 minutes
Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard

This movie is about a woman who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, even though there seems to be nothing really “wrong” with her.  She had been talking with a therapist about her fears and being worried about a man that had been stalking her in the past.  During the conversation, the therapist got her to mention that there have been times where she had thought about suicide.  Once she said that, there was no going back.  She was tricked into signing a consent form and locked up as being “a danger to herself and others” and there was nothing she could do about it.  The longer it went on, the more questions there were, the more she was convinced her stalker was still after her, and the harder it became to tell if she was sane or actually going crazy.  The whole movie turned into a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of me seat!  I liked it a lot!  Something interesting I found out after I’d watched this one is that the whole movie was shot on an iPhone and only took 10 days to film – that gave it an interesting perspective when viewing that really added to everything.

Library Link:  Unsane (DVD)


Rampage

Rated PG-13
1 hour 47 minutes
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

I don’t think anyone would go into this movie expecting very much.  And they wouldn’t be disappointed!  It was entertaining, but also pretty ridiculous along the way.  It seemed to be based almost completely on the old “Rampage” video game where a giant gorilla, a huge lizard, and massive werewolf try to destroy a city while the military tries to take them out.  The gorilla is named George and grew up with Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) and they are best friends, communicating with sign language and even joking around.  A secret experiment goes wrong and changes George into a creature that is growing in size and strength along with being angry all the time.  Others are affected the same way, too, including a wolf and a crocodile!  As they all come together, it becomes an all out battle to save the city.  Lots of action and corny dialogue for sure!  I liked it, even though I didn’t think I would and it was actually kind of fun if you don’t take it all too serious.

Library Link:  Rampage (DVD)


211

Rated R
1 hour 26 minutes
Starring: Nicolas Cage

What has happened to Nicolas Cage?  He used to be so huge!  And he used to be in GOOD movies!  Not so much anymore.  This movie wasn’t totally horrible, and he’s definitely been in worse ones lately, but it wasn’t very good, either.  Him and his son-in-law are both policemen and start their day by learning they have to take a “ride along” kid with them on their patrol.  Besides having to deal with having the kid with them and trying to make sure he doesn’t get hurt during the day, they stumble on a huge bank robbery that becomes a MASSIVE shootout.  Pretty basic stuff overall.  No real surprises.  Acting was pretty bad and the lines were nothing to write home about.  I actually liked Nicolas Cage in it, but even he can’t save a movie this weak!  If you like him and are just wanting something to pass the time, this might be alright, but don’t be expecting much from it, either.

Library Link:  211 (DVD)