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Time spent watching films, even crappy ones, is time well-spent.

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    These aren't comments on ALL of the movies through which I've cried, yawned, laughed, and rolled my eyes, but just about everything I've seen since early 2002 is here plus a few from earlier. Post dates reflect my screening & parenthetical dates are the year of US release (aka Oscar eligibility).
    Yeah, a movie review blog isn't very original. But originality is overrated. Just ask Michael Bay.


A Mother's Son (2012)

A 15-year-old girl is murdered, and a mother suspects her teenage son is the culprit. Full of hand-wringing angst complicated by a newly-blended family. Not bad for a TV movie -- on par with PBS detective shows.


Amy (2015)


  • Some parents are toxic and it should be encouraged/applauded when a child cuts such a parent  out of their life. I’m guessing that most of Amy’s issues could’ve been avoided if she’d had a decent father figure. But, since she didn’t, she should’ve been encouraged to get a decent therapist so she could stop looking to other men (managers, bodyguards, her husband) to fill that role in her life. 
  • Paparazzi should be outlawed. Professional photographers should have to stay 100 feet away from their subjects at all times. 
  • Tony Bennett is a truly decent man. 


The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Got off to a really dumb/rocky start, but once the Rock went to prison we got back on track. It didn't get any smarter, but at least it got fun. And oh my word. What a cute baby.


The Narrow Margin (1952)

Cop is tasked with babysitting a mob boss’s widow on the train ride from Chicago to grand jury proceedings in L.A. Solid noir with a didn’t see THAT coming twist.



BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Young black man joins the police force in Colorado. On a whim, he calls up the local chapter of the KKK to inquire about joining, without thinking about the impossibility of moving forward. Soon, he's made a connection and now needs someone to be the white face for his phone identity.

Although I’m impressed with Lee’s commitment to forcing audiences to see the similarities between the of the racism of the ‘70s and our current MAGA America, I’m not positive it’s the kind of choice that makes a film endure. I’d also really like to know just how much of the movie is true, because it is wild.



Life of the Party (2018)

I've come to the conclusion that I just don't think Melissa McCarthy can carry a film. She's funny in short bursts -- e.g. SNL sketches or her supporting work in Bridesmaids -- but once you force her to fill 90 minutes on her own? It just low-key riffing that gets old pretty quick.

I have a feeling that each scene in the script said something like "At home: Deanna burns Dan's stuff -- improvise" and "80s themed sorority party -- improvise" because the story is see-through thin and the jokes are barely-there. I'm sure that everyone on-set was having a ball but, unfortunately, that fun doesn't make it to the screen.



Masterminds (2016)

This is based on a true story, but there's no way these caricatures were based on real people. You can have successful movies where every character is way over-the-top (Raising Arizona comes to mind), but the storytelling's gotta match the vibe or it just feels inept.



The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

This could've been -- should've been -- uproarious, but we never got above a mild chuckle.