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.

Carol’s Movies 1/25/17

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A Man Called Ove (Swedish: En man som heter Ove) is a Swedish comedy-drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden 25 December 2015.[2] The film was written and directed by Hannes Holm, and is based on author Fredrik Backman’s 2012 book of the same name. In the leading role as Ove is Rolf Lassgård.

Carol Says -A Man Called Ove

Summary: Good foreign movie and worth reading the subtitles. And I like the way things happened in the movie. His character stayed true through the movie.

Ove’s story unfolds thoughout the movie, here and there. So for me to tell you anything might give something away. It is about Ove, dealing with his wife’s death and new neighbors. It is a serious movie with subtle humor and some warmth.

Worth watching!

Eye in the Sky is a 2015 British thriller film starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi.[3] The film, directed by Gavin Hood based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert, features drone warfare. Filming began in South Africa in September 2014

Carol Says -Eye in the Sky

We found this movie very disappointing. It was just a “no brainer” as to what the right decision should be . We sat through almost 2 hours watching it , wondering how they could even drag it out so long, so we fast forwarded to the end.

I am sure you all know what the movie is about . The really bad guys are found and targeted and the order is made to destroy them . When the order is made the question comes whether to follow-through on the order and kill an innocent little girl that is near them , or let them go and then the bad people would then kill hundreds of people. So you got either save one person or let hundreds die . Not a movie I would recommend .

Carol’s Movies 1/11/17

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Hidden Figures Movie vs the True Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA

Carol Says : Finally, an excellent movie has come our way. I have been trying for the past 24 hrs to figure out where to start with this review. First, do not miss this movie. True story. The main characters are three African American women who were essential at NASA in the early 1960’s and instrumental in the space shuttle program. While two women were brilliant, the third woman is genius. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. When John Glen went into space, he would not launch until Katherine Johnson confirmed the mathematical figures for re-entry. Besides the focusing on these three women, the film includes 30 (that is the number I think they said in the film) other African American women that were vital employees in the space shuttle program.

The other part of this movie is about the segregation placed on African American’s. The visual of separate water fountains (colored only vs white only), separate restrooms, separate coffee pots, buses, use of the library, etc. was made clear and again, disturbing. I was a teenager in 1964 and I remember hearing about this segregation; so many younger people than I just hear about it. Seeing the visual is a lesson in history and important for people to see and learn. But I digress from my review, kinda. That really is part of my review for the importance of this movie.

Now, when I got home I wondered what was true and what was not. I was surprised how much was true about the three women (and what John Glen said). Again, where I thought it may not be true, but it was. What it was not true is that NASA did not segregate as it shows in the movie. They put those details in the to show what was truly happening at that time; not at NASA as portrayed. In a way I don’t think that is fair to NASA; on the other hand, it showed life at that time and it is important information. I hope you will go to this website and learn more. You will be happy that you did:

Carol’s Movie 1/4/17

Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García. The film tells about two people who wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D by Columbia Pictures. Upon its release, Passengers received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $122 million against its $110 production budget.

Carol Says -There I was, at another Sci Fi movie. Well, the one we wanted to see didn’t start until 4:00, and since we “wanted out of town”, we went to see “Passengers”. I am glad I did. Would I tell you to rush off and see it? For the fine acting, great special effects, fun and interesting: yes. For it to make sense and a reduculous ending: no. So go see it for fun. Fine acting by Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and Michael Sheen. Never heard of Chris or Michael before.

They are on a space ship. Think “ocean cruise ship” but a “space cruise ship”. They board on Earth, sleep 130 years, wake up on another planet. Movie starts at year 90 of sleeping, when Chris wakes up too soon. Ship malfunction. You really feel his loss and panic of being the only person awake.

Then Jennifer wakes up, and it goes from there. It made me wonder if this could ever really happen – sleep and space flight. Years longer than I can place in my head, who knows what we can do. It was an interesting move. BUT THEN…we start towards the ending. And not too soon. Did I mention the movie was tooooo loooong. At the end, no one in the theater could figure out what was going on; not that we cared. It was so far out that everyone was laughing. They could have changed it so much to make a better ending. By that, I don’t mean the final minutes, but how they got out of the trouble they were in. (no, no wars with other aliens, just ship trouble). Yeah, I would say go see it.

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