Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Everybody Wants Some!! – 2

2016-04-20T23:05:07+00:00April 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This movie's view of college life makes Animal House seem realistic. Unfortunately, where Animal House is hilarious, Everybody is just obnoxious. In the 40 minutes we watched before walking out, there wasn't a single enjoyable, let alone amusing, moment, no one I cared about, or anything resembling a plot. The characters' personality traits were among my least favorite. [...]

Haveababy – 8

2016-04-20T01:04:29+00:00April 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Despite having no knowledge of, experience with or particular interest in the subject of in-vitro fertilization, I was hooked from the start of this documentary, and it never let go. Director Amanda Micheli skillfully mixed science, human interest, joy, sadness, ethics and economics, with just the right touches of humor for leavening to tell a [...]

Eye in the Sky – 8

2016-04-10T18:29:11+00:00April 10th, 2016|Reviews|

Kudos to director Gavin Hood, producer Colin Firth, et al., for making a commercial film that presents and provokes debate on a controversial public policy issue: America’s drone war on terrorists in the Third World. Both sides are vividly presented. Pro: a drone strike will eliminate three identified terrorist leaders and two jihadi mules armed [...]

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – 7.5

2016-04-03T23:07:16+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

It's rather gutsy to make a romantic comedy about the war in Afghanistan - what with all those people dying, not to mention the overlying issue of what our army is doing there in the first place - but Tina Fey handled that challenge admirably. What she didn't do was convince anyone she was a [...]

10 Cloverfield Lane – 6

2016-04-03T22:52:53+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

John Goodman is never uninteresting, and his turn as a survivalist looney was suitably convincing - and well matched against Mary Elizabeth Winstead's hostage.  Maybe there was nothing terribly important or riveting at stake, but the players kept me engaged. When actual stakes were revealed at the end, a new light was cast on all [...]

Embrace of the Serpent – 3

2016-04-03T22:43:35+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Long, boring and if there was a point, I missed it. Heart of Darkness meets Ramar of the Jungle is not a winning recipe, especially when the white-man leads are unattractive and delusional. The natives were more noble but not noticeably attached to any universe I recognized. At least I learned that the Amazon, or at [...]