Joy (2015)

Joysynopsis

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

~ Joy

review

Of remark is how shitty Joy’s family treated her, while she was so helpful to all. I would hardly call this a comedy, more of a family drama.

Grandma (2015)

Grandmasynopsis

Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

~ Grandma

review

I saw a preview of this movie when I watched Hello, My Name Is Doris and appreciating acerbic wit, I thought I might enjoy this movie.

Elle (Lily Tomlin) was a unique individual, reminding me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, who is a genius but has not social skill whatsoever. The only difference is that Elle is intentionally unpleasant versus Sheldon, who is unaware of his social faux pas.

The movie kind of reminded me also of when I used to smoke crack and the days I would spend with my sex partners trying to find crack at all hours of the day, or concocting ways to earn money to buy crack.

Okay movie, but not as funny as I expected it to be.

Zootopia (2016)

Zootopiasynopsis

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a comedy-adventure set in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia. Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case – even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery. Bring home this hilarious adventure full of action, heart and tons of bonus extras that take you deeper into the world of Zootopia. It’s big fun for all shapes and species!

~ Zootopia

review

Cute! Lots of voice talents; none of which I recognized: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong, Shakira, Bonnie Hunt and Idris Elba.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lanesynopsis

Outside is dangerous…inside is terrifying in the heart-pounding new thriller from producer J.J. Abrams. After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A Good Day To Die Hard) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. But, as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.

~ 10 Cloverfield Lane

review

I started this late at night and fell asleep. The next day, I put it on again and managed to stay awake to the point where I had fallen asleep the night before. As it turned out, that was about the point where the movie actually started to display a little action.

Once the action was ignited, I got very into the story, vacillating between the veracity and the falsity of the ongoing situation and what actually was going on outside the bunker.

I think the story was clever, but it suffered in its delivery.

Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)

Hello, My Name Is Dorissynopsis

After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain age finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love in Hello, My Name is Doris, a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story.

~ Hello, My Name Is Doris

review

The minute I saw Sally Field as Doris, I knew I was going to have to see this movie and I am so glad I did. This movie is my geeky love story! And who better to play prince charming than Max Greenfield, who privately knows about fat drama.

I laughed so hard. I fell for all the fantasy love scenes. I cried. I just loved this movie!

Recognized: Tyne Daly and Wendi McLendon-Covey from The Goldbergs.

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out
synopsis

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

This time I was able to stay awake during the entire viewing and I’ll admit that the movie made more sense this time. I even found it cute in some scenes.

This movie actually does a good job of trying to explain how feelings work. I saw that joy was realized through sadness and that suppressing any emotion is not a good thing and will jack you up good.

Zoolander 2 (2016)

Zoolander 2

synopsis

Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are lured into modeling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

I must not have been a silly mood when watching this because I was completely bored and I think I even dozed off. In my estimation, perhaps this movie should have been called Too Much Zoolander.

The Witch (2015)

The Witch
synopsis

In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

~ The Witch

review

Exquisite? Terrifying? Innovative? What movie was this reviewer watching?

I was bored to tears and felt like I had missed something from the very beginning which would explain all the evil happenings. And this surprised me as, I thought this might be a very scary movie, a la The Blair Witch Project, which I loved.

Hated it!

Risen (2016)

Risen
courtesy internet movie poster awards

synopsis

Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

~ Risen – Official Site

review

Wow! To be honest with you I see movies in this period and fantasize about all the roles to be played in my sexual fantasies! Yet! This movie broke through all my isms and evoked a spiritual awakening within me.

The movie tapped into the skeptical closet historian inside me with it’s story and perspective. I got the gist at the DVD rental store, but my mind had taken off ahead of me, as alluded to in the previous paragraph. Having just read the synopsis, refocused now, there is no way I could not be interested in this telling.

I am a believer in a god of my own understanding; I don’t trust other men’s stories about god. I am a big fan of Banned From The Bible and this movie tapped into that same interest. Simply fascinating!

And not to lose complete focus, that Joseph Fiennes is just a fine as his brother, Ralph!

God, why don’t you answer this prayer?

The Boy (2016)

The Boy
synopsis

The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).

Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

~ The Boy Movie Official Site

review

I kind of like it because it wasn’t gory and more suspenseful than anything else. However when the secret is revealed, I kind of lost interest.