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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.

6/02/2017

Blue Jay (2016)

Former high school sweethearts run into each other when they’re both back in their hometown for a visit. They grab a coffee that somehow turns into an entire night of nostalgia and closure.

This film gave me a glimpse of who Gary and I might have been if we’d not stayed together. It just reinforced how happy I am with him. Loved this.

B+

5/14/2017

Pineapple Express (2008)

A stoner (Rogen) witnesses a murder and runs to his dealer’s (Franco) place for help. The rest of the movie is the two of them on the run from the baddies. It’s completely silly for 80% of the film, then gets crazy violent (while still maintaining a cartoon vibe) in the last act.

Funner than I thought it would be, but completely inconsequential.

B-

Don't Breathe (2016)

When three small-time burglars hear about a blind guy in an all-but-abandoned neighborhood who is likely to have $300k in cash in the house, they determine to make him their next mark. Things don’t go well.

I was pretty impressed with this film. The jump scenes weren’t over-the-top and the twists were truly surprising. Good little thriller.

B

5/12/2017

Small Crimes (2017)

Guy gets out of prison, but his old life is waiting to drag him back into the gutter. His bad luck was over-the-top, but it was quick and dirty and Robert Forster’s in it, which automatically earns it a couple of points.

B-

5/09/2017

The DUFF (2015)

High school girl buys into the theory that she’s the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” to her two hot & popular besties and sets off to change that perception. Though it’s predictable and extremely slight, the two leads are charming. So, while I wasn’t mad at it, it is -- at best -- serviceable.

C

5/02/2017

The Beauty Inside (2015)

Since his 18th birthday, Woo Jin has been waking up in a different body every day. Obviously, this makes it hard to maintain relationships & employment.

It's an interesting idea that had moments of true beauty and sadness, but there was no kind of satisfying resolution.

B-

4/09/2017

Sing Street (2016)

Teen is thrown for a loop when his family’s financial situation forces him to transfer from his more expensive school to a rough “Christian Brothers” school. He’s threatened, forced to go shoeless, and propositioned by a priest, but he also sees a pretty girl and decides to start a band to impress her.

It's set in the ‘80s, but it almost feels like it was made in the ‘80s as well, which isn't really a bad thing. It does, however, mean that lots of stuff gets pretty much glossed-over. Instead of being traumatized by the terrors in his new life, he just rolls with it and makes a quick success of his band and gets the girl. The songs were dang good & I enjoyed this -- but it’s about as deep as a kiddie-pool.

B

4/07/2017

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Kirk wants to stop flying. Spock wants to stop flying. But neither wants to tell the other. Then they get stuck on a planet and remember how exciting being out in the vastness is.

It’s not horrible, but it's disappointing for its lack of innovation. Also, many of the effects are laughably bad.

C+