Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Pretty good for an action movie. The fight scenes were not the best, though I don’t have any specific complaints, they seemed a little “paint-by-numbers” and simplistic to me. I liked the dramatic conceit between Jack and the girl but the overall plot of the story was predictable and not very original. But the movie was still enjoyable to watch.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Boys in the Trees

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An Australian movie and I liked it a lot. Really hit hard in the nostalgia of the 90s. The depiction of being a kid in the 90s was spot on. It works as both a horror film and a coming of age film, of sorts. The soundtrack was perfect and even made the nostalgia feeling doubly impactful. Definitely check it out.

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Absolutely Anything

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Starring Simon Pegg. Not bad; it had some funny parts and has a lot of funny people in it. It was written and directed by Terry Jones (known for Monty Python) and this was Robin Williams’ last movie he ever made (he voices a dog). If you like silly absurdist light humor then I’d recommend checking it out.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Raw

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A really weird French horror film. All I can say is that this is not your typical horror movie and I’m not exactly sure what happened, I have an idea but it isn’t exactly spelled out for you, though it offers itself up directly. But it is quite unique in the premise and the storytelling is very indie but good. It has a very “foreign film” feel to it, for sure.

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Maggie

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Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin on Amazon Prime last night. I’m not even sure how to properly classify and rate this movie. It was frankly Arnold’s most real and vulnerable performances of his carrier; one of his best. But he is not the focus of the movie. It’s technically a zombie film; but actually, it is really technically a character piece about a teen girl. It is a beautiful film on so many levels. It is a unique take on the zombie franchise. Worth checking out in my opinion, but some may find it slow moving and bleak.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Bokeh

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I’m not sure how to feel about this movie. Firstly, the cinematography and the various natural shots of Iceland were beautiful. Secondly, the instrumental atmospheric music matched perfectly. Third, the performances by the cast and on screen chemistry were very naturalistic and well performed.

This is more of an “art film” than anything.

Now for the part that may contain spoilers so reader be warned…

This is probably the best portrayal of and most causing the audience to feel a sense of isolation and loneliness of any film I’ve yet to see. The scenery and music played this up masterfully.

I both like and dislike the part that no explanation is ever given. The characters are in the dark and so is the audience. But it is a little frustrating that it is never revealed.

The ending is a bit of a downer, which I am okay with, but it feels too open ended to be satisfying. There is a climax of sorts but no true resolution. The Last shot that plays through the credits has no pay off so it’s a bit of a waste.

I didn’t care for the theological or philosophical debate and conversation between the woman and old man, and the woman and her boyfriend. I feel like that was very artistic in a certain way but ultimately never pays off.

The title is too much of a misnomer. He’s a photographer but that’s the only connection. The photos he takes don’t even have any bokeh! It is maybe supposed to have a deeper meaning but it is lost on me and feels, like the movie, artistic for the sake of being artistic which is a little lame.

There are too many unanswered questions for it to be a satisfying film to experience but it is beautiful enough in its own ways to appreciate it.

Not sure I would recommend this to anyone outside of cinematography students.

I give it a 2.5 out of 5.

Here Alone

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Very good character centered film. It takes place during a zombie apocalypse but that is peripheral and almost inconsequential to the story. Very atmospheric and somber. Worth watching if you like films that make a meal out of silences and stuff like that. More of a post-apocalyptic film than a zombie film in most ways though. It was the winner of the Narrative Feature Audience Award in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival so it’s gotta be at least halfway watchable, right? Well, I liked it, anyway.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Voices

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It’s a pretty good indie film. Pretty unique and entertaining. Ryan Reynolds is not too over the top obnoxious in this which is good; in fact he is pretty subdued for him. 11 million seems like a pretty high budget for the subject matter… especially since 2014 it has made only a little more than 1/2 a million. Worth watching if you have Amazon Prime or some other streaming service where you don’t have to pay extra for it.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Death Note

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I loved this movie. I never watched the anime but was familiar with it. The movie was perfect, to me. I loved the story and the characters and the cinematography and music all just came together to make a perfect movie to me. I’m just blown away.

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

Ghostbusters

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Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Not bad; there were some laughs. I thought it was a pretty good homage to the original movies. I watched it for “free” on Starz. I’m not sure I would recommend renting this movie but if it comes on TV, then I’d recommend it as long as you are not spending any additional dollars.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.