Godzilla: King of the Special Effects (A Review)

So yesterday, not having planned on it, I accidentally got to see the new Godzilla movie and I didn’t even have to pay for it!

In fact, I don’t know how interested I was in paying for it because of how long and boring and dark I thought the last one was…

And having said that, what does that mean in regards to Godzilla: King of the MonstersContinue reading

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Book Club: A Movie Review

My title says it all. This movie could have been better, but overall, when all was said and done, I laughed a lot and I even cried more than once, and as far as I’m concerned, that says it all!

And I liked the fact that this was four women well into their lives proving that being over fifty doesn’t mean you’re dead.

It’s a movie about four post-50-something women who choose to read a crappy book, “Fifty Shade of Grey,” for their book club and how it affects them. The first thing I liked? That at no place in the film do they say the book was any good. To my relief, they groan and roll their eyes, and even make fun of it. But then they can’t deny the story is shaking them up in their later years. Their lives have become complacent. Especially romantically and sexually.

And then we see how each of the women’s personal love-lives change and I really loved that part. I am a romantic. So, yes, the script was less than brilliant—but it was still very cute, and laugh-out-loud-funny, and yes, romantic—and the acting *was* less-than-their-best—but still filled with many moments that made me *happy sigh*—but in the end, the movie was very romantic, and that was what I wanted.

I think the problem with the reviews (both critics and movie watchers) is that the previews and the knowledge of who all was in the movie (eight great performers including the love-interests) made this look like it was going to be THE romantic comedy of the year, and for some reason it…just wasn’t.

Several reviewers said the actresses turned in sub-par performances. I couldn’t go that far. What I think was wrong was the directing. The staging. Like he was letting everyone involved sort of mail in their jobs, from acting to editing to cinematography. In fact, I blame director/co-writer Bill Holderman for all the problems because the script needed tweaking as well. There were too many “talking heads” moments in the movie, where the actresses were lined up on the set like Mount Rushmore. Had the script been polished just a little bit and someone else directed it, I do believe it would have been THE romantic comedy of the year.

I liked this movie despite its problems. And I think it will be one that I see many times. And best of all, each of the four women have happily-ever-after endings without having to be less than who they are by finding a man. What could be better than that?

BOY ERASED – My Thoughts After Seeing It

Noah got this movie for us to watch, but I had to watch it on my own first. He was not raised extremely conservative Christian as I was. I need to absorb this movie. And let me say right now it is a rough one.

I was never sent to an ex-gay camp or school or anything like that. But this movie drug me down a gravel road. It brought back so many scary awful memories. The horror and shame I felt for being gay. The questioning. The crying myself to sleep begging God to fix me…to make me straight. I just kept asking… God? Why would you give me these feelings and then tell me I’m going to hell for having them?

And I would be told by “helpful” Christians, who pointed out all the verses in the Bible, that God didn’t give me those feelings. It was Satan, using every tool at his disposal to get me away from God. Another “helpful” suggestion was that Continue reading

MY ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE BEGINS

For those of you that know one of my big “things,” I dearly love the Oscars. Growing up and well in to my thirties, they pissed me off. Oh, did they! I would get so *mad* when the movies I loved were ignored, or when they did get nominated, didn’t win.

However, the more I studied film, and made it a cause to see all the nominated films–at least for the six major awards–I got surprised. In most cases, I began to see that Continue reading

“Walk a Mile in My Pradas” — A Movie Review

Hey! Looking for a new holiday movie? Looking for a *gay* holiday movie? I mean they’re a rare treat to find.

Well if you are, then PLEASE do NOT see—for your own sake—“Walk a Mile in My Pradas.”

Oh, dear what a horrible film, and on so many levels. I can forgive the low budget. So many “gay” movies have a low budget. But this movie? Well, it bordered on downright offensive.

I mean the acting—and it really can’t be called acting—was terrible. But I will get back to that….

So let’s skip the acting. Let’s say the writer was helping his friends and wanted to make this film and they all stepped in and did the job for free, including Dee Wallace and Tom Arnold (both who are very competent actors and who sucked in this movie). Let’s go on to that script.  Continue reading

MOVIE REVIEW: Me Him Her

What a delight! I had a wonderful time watching this movie. And there were more than a few twists.

Good acting. Even excellent acting. And jokes that build. Including one about rum and coke with jaeger. You have to watch to get it.

I wasn’t sure at first. Seemed pretty low budget. But I kept watching and oh am I glad that I did! I laughed and got more and more drawn into the story. And impressed over and over with what they managed to do.

And they threw me off! Because who I expected the story to be about wasn’t really who the movie was about. Was that a spoiler?

Dustin Milligan was so much fun as the straight best friend. And pretty hot too. Luke Bracey was pretty good as the star, a man who is a huge hit on an action television show and must figure out what to do when he realizes he is gay. Emily Meade is wonderful as the lesbian who realizes she might be bisexual. Geena Davis and Scott Bakula are in this movie! And small as the parts were, the two of them were awesome! Angela Sarafyan was truly scary fun as the psychotic lesbian ex-girlfriend. Jake McDorman, although he didn’t get much to do, really was a delight when we finally meet him (he’s the guy who kisses Luke and makes him realize that he’s gay—this happens before the movie and is not a spoiler). I loved love loved Rebecca Drysdale as the lesbian friend.

Don’t miss this movie. In a world of crappy “gay movies,” don’t miss this one.

And wonder at the end if it was a gay movie!

I am saying no more!

(special note, I posted this review to IMBD some time ago, but can’t find the review here or on Facebook and I really wanted people to see it!)

THE MEG: Movie Review

As a kid I would have waited with great anticipation for this movie, probably having to beg my mom to let me go. And when I got there, I would not have been disappointed. Fourteen-year-old Ben would have dearly loved the movie The Meg. Adult Ben?

First , here is what Wikipedia says about the film: The Meg is a … thriller film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, (very) loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and follows a group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long … megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

Disney originally purchased the film rights to the book in the 1990s, but after several years in development hell, the rights landed at Warner Bros….  Continue reading