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.

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steelsynopsis

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder.

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

With an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark’s earthbound parents; Oscar winner Russell Crowe as Superman’s Kryptonian father; Amy Adams as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane; Laurence Fishburne as editor Perry White; and Michael Shannon as Superman’s otherworldly archenemy General Zod, populations from Smallville to Metropolis are psyched for Superman.

review

I can’t believe I almost missed this movie. I saw dad watching it and noticed dragons? I could not believe he told me he was watching Man of Steel.

Upon my viewing I could not help but notice how well defined Mr. Henry Cavill is..ooo la la! The story was interesting as I felt it stuck mostly to the historical coming-into-being of Superman. Although the story was very familiar to a previous Superman movie, I felt this story was better told.

Not bad at all and very HOT!

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

The Good Dinosaursynopsis

From the innovative minds of Disney•Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Bring home this original story full of humor, heart, action and imagination, perfect for the whole family!

~ The Good Dinosaur

review

OMG! The scenery in this movie was so good that I could actually feel the wetness of the water from the river. INCREDIBLE! I did a little reading and discovered that while the scenery was based on actual data (from the United States Geological Survey), it was hand painted by artists.

As for the story…I literally cried three times.

Such a wonderful movie with a very touching story.

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Peanuts Movie

synopsis

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

~ The Peanuts Movie Website

review

I am a big fan of Peanuts, knowing the names of even the more obscure characters, such as Violet and Frieda. However, with a wonderful opportunity to explore, the animators resulted to reusing old stories: The Psychiatric Booth, The Football, The Ice Skating Whip, The Little Red Haired Girl, World Flying Ace, etc.

Needless to say, I dozed off a couple of times, though the 3D characters was unique and made their one dimensional facial features kind of odd to see.

Cute, but missed opportunity.

American Horror Story: Murder House

American Horror Story: Murder Housesynopsis

It centers on the Harmon family: Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. They move into a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted by its former residents and their victims.

review

I had a hard time with the telling of the story at first, with all the constant flashbacks and present time scenes. Once I got used to it, I started to enjoy it very much. Then, about episode 5 – the one where I discovered the Vivien’s twins had two separate fathers, really got me engaged. After that, I was not satisfied with the plot outcome.

First of all, there was a statement by one of the ghosts, that every time they would exact some form of revenge on a living being, the actions never took, but in the end the same ghost was able to affect human life. The other unexplained plot issue that left me unsatisfied was how Constance (Jessica Lange) exactly figured in to this whole story and why she was giving birth to all these defective children.

I loved the introduction of gay characters, especially the one being portrayed by Zachary Quinto!

Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve Jobs
synopsis

Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic product launches. Directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.

~ Official Movie Website

review

I did not appreciate the scenario depicted in the synopsis above. I saw an exposé of a very selfish, self-involved man at the epicenter of the digital revolution.

The fact that he denied his daughter and insinuated the mother was a slut was just the beginning of the characterization of Steve Jobs, whom I had don’t know personally and certainly did not fawn over like all the other Appleheads. I think human behavior is more important than commercial success and Steve Jobs was a complete failure as a human being.

As for the movie, I am not surprised it did not do well. Too much dialogue and a plot that is actually a biography of a very self-centered man; dare I say an homage to such an arrogant person. The only reason I watched it was because days earlier, I had heard acclaim for the performances of Kate and Michael. Perhaps they did turn in above-caliber performances, as this movie confirmed my disdain for Steve.

And being rigorously honest, having seen Fassbender in full-frontal nudity in another film, my lust got the better of me.

Waste of time and money.

Spotlight (2015)

Spotlightsynopsis

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions.

When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

~ Official Movie Website

review

Another sad movie, but very informative and explosive. Required much attention, but the subject matter was fascinating, requiring less effort to stay engaged with the story.

Left me feeling sad that so much injustice and wrong-doing exists in our world. I lost my faith when I discovered I was homosexual and could not make my learned spirituality jive with my lifestyle. A friend of mine taught me how to seek a god of my understanding, and ever since, I am whole. The anonymous program taught me that spirituality is personal; that I need not be a sheep to be in line with a god of my understanding.

John SlatteryI thought Mark Ruffalo’s performance stood out from the rest of the cast and I now have a new crush on John Slattery. That man is a frikkin’ hottie! I am familiar with Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup, but for the life of me I could not place the names, especially with the make-up on Liev.

Good movie!