Carol’s Movies 5/24/17

Carol Marshall

Infinitely Polar Bear-  is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Maya Forbes, and starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide. The film premiered in competition at the 30th Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014.[4] The film was released on June 19, 2015, by Sony Pictures Classics.

Carol Says: This is not a movie about Polar bears. It is about a woman raising her 2 daughters and needing to return to get her MBA. She has to leave the two daughters with her ex-husband who is bipolar. This is a drama and one of us thought the ending was OK, and the other was not happy with the ending. Watching the bipolar father and the two daughters having to live with the dysfunction – because he would not take his medication – was a little hard.

So, I cannot say to be sure to watch this movie because it is hard to watch. And I do not understand the mother’s decision at the end, and a few other decisions made. It is like they are trying to make a hard situation took better than it is. There are some funny moments – key word is: moments.

 La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film’s title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.

Carol Say: I like musicals and I like the dancing . Until tonight, I had not seen a musical I did not like . Of course my all time favorite was “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (made in the1950’s?)

So I guess that brings me to tonight’s review , which I am sorry to say, is not favorable for “La La Land”. The first number starts out fun . But for me , after that point, the movie just did not grab me . I think the music was good but there was just something lacking that did not pull me into the movie or particularly caring about what happened to the characters. In fact., I stopped watching the movie . I decided to watch “House Hunters International” and enjoyed that much more .