Carol’s Movies 11/15/17

LBJ 2016 – The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: Joey Hartstone (screenplay)

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Carol Says – LBJ
Woody Harrelson did a very good job. The movie was not what I expected. I expected it to be about during his Presidency. The movie actually is before the Presidential race , when he is Vice President, and just a short time of his Presidency.

I felt I knew more about his politics and the person after seeing this movie. However, the movie is not much about his Presidency. It’s whether he’s going to run for president, when he’s vice president, and a lot about President Kennedy’s assassination.

The movie goes back and forth in time and I don’t think it flows well. Well the movie is 1 1/2 hours long, it felt more like 2 or 2 1/2 hours. They didn’t really mention the Vietnam war. At the end of the movie they mention the Vietnam war, and some of his accomplishments during his Presidency .

Either HBO or CNN or some station did a movie documentary on LBJ in the past year about his term as President and it was very good. The good thing about this movie, LBJ, was his passion about politics and his thinking on various political venues.

Carol’s Movies 11/8/17

The Edge of Seventeen

  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2016 – Director:Kelly Fremon – Cast:Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner. Full cast + crew Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all

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Carol Says: This is not a bad movie. While I wouldn’t tell anyone “don’t miss it”, it is sweet in it’s own way. The main character, Nadine, is 17 and going through growning pains and being a teenager. She has a mother who I would not want as my mom, and a brother that she just cannot connect with. Her best friend is Krista.

Now I cannot tell you what happens, but the movie is mostly about Nadine and her emotional ups and downs. While it is not what my teenage years were like, I think many teenagers could relate to this movie. It has a sweet ending and I enjoyed the movie.

Carol’s Movies 11/1/17

American Made –  Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House. Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, E. Roger Mitchell Director: Doug Liman

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Carol Says: Good movie. This is the second time in a month I’ve been to movie that’s currently playing. First: observations: the acting by everyone in this movie is very, very good. When I first saw Tom Cruise, hereafter call TC, I thought “oh there’s Tom Cruise”, shortly there after I no longer so TC but only Barry Seal, the character he was playing. TC just didn’t act like himself or look like himself … He was the Barry. Another thing I noticed is that no one in the movie is likable. They are not good people. That usually turns me off in a movie but here we were watching what really happened . So I did not like the characters and I did not like the decisions our government made, but it was a good movie. And from what I’ve read everything we saw was basically what actually happened, and worse in real life.

Barry was a TWA pilot who began running drugs and guns for the CIA. That’s the bottom line with this movie is about.

This is a fast action movie and kept me engrossed. After you see the movie you may want to research what was true and what is not true in the movie , as it is interesting . But there is not much difference between the truth and the movie , from the articles I found.

Carol’s Movie 10/25/17

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Carol Says: 

Sometimes I think people say a movie is good because everyone else is saying it, and they don’t want to be the exception and see what they really think, and in actuality the movie is not that great. This is one of those cases.

The movie is not great. I think people confuse the true story , which was very remarkable, and with the movie and the movie is not good. We first learned of this story while watching 60 Minutes. That 20 minute section was remarkable , and moving . The movie was agonizing and way too long. How they could take such a good true story and make it super long is perplexing to me.

Now those of you who don’t know what this is about, a young boy in India gets on a train and ends up days later in another town. They believe him to be orphaned and he’s adopted by a family in Tanzania . About 20 years later he goes on Google to find his home town. Man, this movie could have been so good…

Editors Note: Anyone know what movie Carol is talking about?

Carol’s Movies 10/18/17

Battle of the Sexes is a 2017 American biographical sports film, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. The plot is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The film stars Emma Stone and Steve Carellas King and Riggs, with Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, and Sarah Silverman in supporting roles.

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Carol Says:Battle of the Sexes

We actually went to a movie that is currently playing in the local theaters. Overall it is a good movie. Steve Carell does a great job.

I remember when this all took place and it was nice to look back in time. Plus, I learned a few things that I didn’t know then … Or else time has made me forget. I won’t go into it you will not enjoy learning these surprises.

For those of you who do not know, this is about Billie Jean King standing up for equal pay for women in the tennis tournament world. Then Bobby Riggs came into the picture and wanted a tennis match between him and the top female tennis player. He wanted to prove that men were superior.

Well, the movie is very good, however at one point I wasn’t sure if they were trying to tell more about Billie Jean and her relationship with Marilyn , or the battle of the sexes. at certain points I think they lost track of their main purpose of the movie.

At the end of the movie they give a little summary of what happened to each person. I was disappointed that they did not point out that Marilyn sued Billie Jean in a palimony suit . Which was more along the line of blackmail , per the judge.

Some of the scenes went on longer than needed. I was thinking “okay folks, we got the point, let’s go to the next thing” … That aside, I would recommend the movie . It’s not the best movie, but it is a good movie . I feel that Steve Carell definitely made the movie a better movie.

Carol’s Movies 10/11/17

Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film, written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, and Candice Bergen, and follows a 40-year-old single mother who allows two young brothers and their friend live with her in her Los Angeles home. The film was released on September 8, 2017 by Open Road Films, and has grossed $30 million worldwide.

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Carol Says -Home Again

This is a delightful movie where everything always turns out fine after a few rough roads . I went with my friend Patty because we like light hearted movies.. unlike my sister who likes the heavy movies with great deep meaning . Those movies are fine, that my sister likes, but once in a while I like a total chic movie that is lighthearted .

The main character is recently separated from her husband . Along with her two young children she moves back to the home she inherited from her father. She takes in three boarders… Three younger men. The rest of the movie is the interaction between her and the children’s interactions with the three boarders. Candace Bergen has a small roll and just steals the show.

Well,, some people think the movie is just silly……remember folks, it’s just a movie. And right now we can use some lighthearted stuff.

Carol’s Movies 9/27/17

Gifted is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother. The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and grossed $39.3 million worldwide.

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Carol Says: Good movie. Good acting. At the end of the movie I had to ask myself… If my child were gifted, a mathematical prodigy as in this movie, what decisions would I make for my child for her education? Would I want my child to go to college at age 7 to further develop her genius, or would I want her to have more of a life as a child in a regular school?

That is the basis of this movie . Of course they make it more complicated with the background situation in each person’s life, and the reasoning each person makes.

Here is what it is about… Frank has custody of his seven-year-old niece after his sister’s death. When it is discovered that the seven-year-old is a mathematical genius., Frank’s mother (the niece’s grandmother) wants this seven-year-old to go to a college for geniuses. Frank wants the child to have a normal childhood and go to a regular school. It ends up that Frank’s mother takes him to court for custody and as to where the child should go to school. As stressful as that may sound for a movie , it flows quickly and it is a good movie .

Carol’s Movies 8/30/17

Maggie’s Plan(2015) – Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on his her, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie’s plans may collapse.

Director:

Rebecca Miller 

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Carol Says: Quirky; interesting; we liked it. Maggie has decided to use a sperm donator as she cannot keep a long term relationship. She wants a child, so, the sperm donor. At the same time of making that happen, she falls in love with this guy. The beginning of this movie moves fast, so all of this happens within 15 minutes. 30 minutes? Then the rest of the film is how the relationship progresses and how it unfolds. There are some surprises and we liked the ending. That’s a biggie for us.

It is a fun movie, maybe not for everyone. At one point I thought it was a little long, but it was kept interesting. The acting was very good, and I have to say that Julianne Moore almost steels the show (no, not that much, but…). I think this may be one of the best acting jobs I have seen from her, and very different from past performances.

Carol’s Movies 8/2/17

Carol Says:  Wonder Woman -My friends and I really wanted to go see a movie……..there was nothing we wanted to see. But, we wanted to go to a movie. So “Wonder Woman” it was. The little girl who played “WW” as a child had such an expressive face. She did a great job. So did the woman playing “WW”. I think if you love comics and follow WW, this would be a wonderful movie. But there was not one thing in the movie that we could figure out how they got from point 1 to point 2, or that made any common sense. That being said, for the type of movie it is, I think people would enjoy it. Not my type of movie but I cannot knock it because it is a movie not for me. The good news is that other people are loving it!

and Despicable Me 3

Carol Says : I saw #1 & #2 and enjoyed them. This was a disappointment. I thought there was too much repetivness and not the humor I found in the past movies. If they come out with a #4 I think I will take a pass.

 

Carol’s Movies 6/21/17

The Space Between Us (2017)

The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writers: Allan Loeb (screenplay), Stewart Schill (story by) | 2 more credits »

 

Carol Says:  The Space Between Us

I thought this movie might have potential. Boy born on Mars, at age 16 wants to come live on Earth, and see how that works out.

Well, at this time in our lives it is not possible but who knows what the future brings? But this movie is just crazy. We kept watching it to see how much crazier they could make it, and it got to ridiculous, where we could not even enjoy using our imagination. I would say to pass on this one.

Carol’s Movies 5/24/17

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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 .

Carol’s Movie 4/26/17

The Homesman – 2014
Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

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Carol Says: Not good . The first 20 minutes or so focuses on men abusing their wives, and jumps from this to that and very disjointed. The women are now insane and need safety. The town minister wants the 3 women taken to a safe house and they don’t trust the men to do it, so Hillary Swank takes them. She runs into Tommy Lee Jones, who wrote the screenplay (I have to wonder what was going through his mind) who travels with her on the journey. The movie drags out and it’s just not good . He delivers the women to Myrle Streep, who does great acting but they should have had an unknown in this role because it is MS, not a ministers wife.

The acting was good in a horrible movie. I am still wondering why I continued to watch it after the first 5 minutes. Guess I kept hoping it would get better. It doesn’t.

Carol’s Movie 3/29/17

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Carol Says: Ya know, reading about a movie is so different from what the movie really is. And, being a Rob Reiner movie, we thought this would really be good. We were disappointed.

The acting was good, so that is the good thing, but the movie is a downer. Charlie is an 18 year old addict and leaves rehab, just to go back to rehab and actually do better. But things go bad again, and at the end (spoiler) he is going to be OK. He is angry at his dad but has a good relationship with his mother. Charlie’s girlfriend is not doing too well, though.

So this is about Charlie and his addictions and going to rehab and getting out and going back in, etc etc. His anger at his dad and so on. No humor in this movie, and it is a Rob Reiner movie. Go figure.

Editor’s Note: Does anyone know what movie Carol is reviewing? First correct answer gets lunch at Coyoteville

Here’s another one:

Carol Says:

Keeping up with the Joneses

What a funny, silly and delightful movie this is! In the first 10 minutes, I was not sure which way it was going….if I would make it through the movie or not. It starts off a little offensive, but that drops off and started taking shape and we just laughed our way through it. I think I might watch it again.

A couple moves into a neighborhood and another couple in the neighborhood thinks the newcomers, the Jones, are spies. And it just goes from there.

I thought the acting was good, and made the movie as good as it is. It is not meant to be the movie of the year but just something fun to watch. There are some quiet one liners that are funny – keep your ears open.

Carol’s Movie 3/22/17

The Californians – Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother’s land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive’s cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive’s righteousness and Gavin’s affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she’s grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong.
Director: Jonathan Parker Stars: Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas, Kate Mara

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Carol Says:

I must have read a good review on this movie for me to have ordered it from Netflix. We could not even make it through the first 45 minutes. Rarely do we stop watching a movie, but really, we had to. It is supposed to be a satire, but it was just bad acting and blah.

A real estate developer is trying to build mini-mansions in the beautiful rolling hills in central California, and a group of people are trying to stop him. And he falls in love with one of the main protesters.

If possible, miss this movie.

Carol’s Movie 2/1/17

A Dog’s Purpose
PG 2017 ‧ Fantasy/Drama film ‧ 2 hours A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

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Carol Says: A Dog’s Purpose

We took our granddaughters to see this (ages 17 & 15). Saw many young children in the theater and heard them sobbing in certain parts. Oh, is that what we want to do to our grandkids? It is a “Bambi situation” – sad with happy.

In case you do not know, it is about the reincarnation of the same dog coming back into different looking dog life. So we have the original dog, dies, comes back as another looking dog (but same dog “inside) and so on. Most of the movie is about the dog and original owner and his family life. Then onto the other lives he comes back into, looking like a different dog.

Out of “5”, the grandkids gave it a 3, we gave it a 2 1/2. It did keep our interest and it was funny to hear things from the dogs point of view. It is entertaining. But little kids were sobbing (oh, yeah, me too) on the original death. It’s not a bad movie.

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