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
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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.

The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave
synopsis

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

~ The 5th Wave Movie Website

review

Convoluted plot…who has time to fall in love when you are trying to save your brother from aliens? Give me a break, though the guy – Alex Roe – was hot!

Very disappointed with this film, which lacked explanation of the connection between the government (?) and the aliens. The first three waves made complete sense to me, if I was going to decimate a species, but the fourth and fifth waves came poorly explained.

Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool

synopsis

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

~ Deadpool Movie Website

review

Lusting Ryan, this movie worked for me. There were some lines in the movie that actually made me laugh out loud and there were some fight scenes that were pretty frikkin’ cool.

The was better than average as it provided full background on the superhero. I especially like that Deadpool was of the X-men lineage, yet I think the bridge from human to x-man would have been better told.

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

Victor Frankenstein

synopsis

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

~ Victor Frankensetin

review

I am overdue in reviewing this movie because of a combination of depression and laziness. I thought this movies takes on an interesting perspective of a story that is as old as the hills.

I was impressed by Daniel Radcliffe simple because I did not recognize him as Igor. This did present a bit of confusion, but I caught on quickly and followed the movie with no problems.

If you like the monster genre, you might enjoy this fresh perspective.

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

Pee-Wee's Big Holiday

synopsis

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

OMG! The perfect boy-crush movie. That scene where Joe – OMG! His name does not even appear in the cast list, so I am not going to spoil the secret – at the ice cream shop…picking chin up off the floor!

That moment when you realize you’ve met your soul mate.

Just happened to catch Paul Rubens on Kelly & Michael and thought I might find on Netflix…sure enough!

Absolutely loved it!

Any Day Now (2012)

Any Day Now

synopsis

Winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, Any Day Now touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

~ Any Day Now

review

Sometimes judging a movie by it’s cover really works out…Saw Alan Cumming on the cover…gay couple…Down Syndrome…biased legal system…I knew I was gonna cry!

This movie expertly portrayed the joy of new love, the moment when your life is gonna change, when things are falling into place…let me feel that without being judgemental and without resentment…WOW!…and Marco’s situation allowed me to express that deep and lonely pain…where Paul argues that the court has lost it’s focus, that they are there for Marco’s, whom no one wants…so honest…so touching!

Impressive acting…I am pretty sure Garret Dillahunt appeared in…Raising Hope!…and Alan I know from The Good Wife.

Beautiful retrospective.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Foce Awakenssynopsis

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

Could not believe it was available for rental at Movies and More. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I thought it might be fun to watch.

Entertaining and imaginative.

A bit confusing for someone with a terrible memory. Actually, tee hee’d when I realized plot comparison to riddle about family relations.