Free State Of Jones (2016)

Free State of Jones
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synopsis

Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

review

Newt Knight is a hero in my mind, as is Eric Snowden. Both of these guys have the balls and heart to stand up to larger forces and the cleverness to evade capture.

From a historical perspective, I did not know about “black dark skinned apprenticeships,” “illegal race marriages,” etc. I am appalled by the treatment of the ignorance of men that feel superior to others. It’s just disgusting and closely relates to what is happening today; I am not afraid to say that I think BLM (Black Lives Matter) et. al. are making more noise than backing a significant cause. I would like to put anyone of them in a situation police face and see their reaction. The dark-skinned people back then had NO RIGHTS: they were property. Today’s dark-skinned people do have rights; looting and destroying property just confirms their ignorance and disrespects every slave that suffered. I am not afraid to say that is is always dark-skinned people on the other end of a gun no matter if it’s police are their own.

But I digress, the compassion and common sense Newt applied to his life and others was exceptional: the kind of behavior that makes people like me helpless when it comes to falling in love.

American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-2013)

American Horror Story: Asylum

synopsis

The second season follows the patients, doctors, and nuns who occupy Briarcliff Mental Institution in Massachusetts in 1964. Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) and Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) maintain the institution that was founded by Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes) to treat and house the mentally and criminally insane. Psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), and scientist Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), treat the patients within the facility. The patients include lesbian journalist Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), accused serial killer Kit Walker (Evan Peters), and alleged murderer Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brocheré).

~ American Horror Story: Asylum

review

Took me quite some time to get through this season, as I am had a hard time getting invested into the story(ies): was the main character Sister Jude or the serial killer? I can’t really put my finger on the exact reason I am not thrilled about this series, despite my desire to like it. The first season, was okay, got really good in the middle and petered out in the end. I think that’s that same feeling I have with this second season. Now I am afraid to get started with season three.

Infini (2015)

Infinisynopsis

An elite ‘search and rescue’ team transport onto an off-world mining-facility to rescue Whit Carmichael, the lone survivor of a biological outbreak.

review

This was my sci-fi selection. Had a hard time with all the technicalities and as usually happens when watching movies involving time travel, I am left wondering whether, or not, the story actually transpired.

As for the story, very run-of-the-mill, open-ended – at least for me. Not worth the rental fee.

Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (2013)

Hansel and Gretel Get Baked

synopsis

A brother and sister battle a witch who lures teenagers into her suburban home with her special blend of marijuana where she then proceeds to kill and eat them to maintain her youth and beauty.

~ Hansel & Gretel Get Baked

review

This is about as scary as I wanted to get this evening. Figuring the plot centers around a pot-selling witch, led me to believe I might get some serious laughs from this movie, but such was not the case. However, I did enjoy the movie and with respect to the horror genre, a good formula that could be exploited with endless sequels/offshoots.

Admittedly, I recognized Cary Elwes name from The Princess Bride, but had a hard time identifying his character in this movie; not who I expected. I certainly did not recognize Lara Flynn Boyle.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

The Huntsman: Winter's Warsynopsis

If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before… Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in the epic action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Theron stars in this Extended Edition as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgiveable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. As war escalates between the two queens, Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth), and his forbidden lover, Sara (Chastain), must help Freya vanquish her sister… or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

~ The Huntsman: Winter’s War

review

I had seen Snow White And The Huntsman and loved it for the awesome scenery and costume design. Once again, The Huntsman does not disappoint in this area. Even the idea of using character development to create a new story is so original and enjoyable entertainment.

I’ll admit the story was a little confusing for me, as I kept forgetting this was pre-Snow White. Still in the end I think the story has a glitch in it which precludes the foregone conclusion of Snow White…maybe not…can’t think about it too much.

Love this movie!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicesynopsis

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, Modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has very known before.

~ Batman v Superman

review

Super boring. Too dark. Like watching to guys argue over who has the bigger dick!

When a synopsis has the title of the movie in the first line and second sentence, one should learn that it’s all about promotion and making money.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2synopsis

The family you love is back in the sequel to the biggest romantic comedy of all time! Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 brings the beloved family of characters back together. In the years since we first fell for Toula (Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett), they have raised a headstrong daughter while trying to keep the spark alive. But just as they think they’re balancing an independent teen, aging parents and the rest of the irrepressible clan, the reveal of a shocking secret will bring the three generations of this family closer than ever as they plan a bigger, fatter and Greeker wedding!

~ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

review

Not so much fun. Felt like I was watching a family’s home movies. Add to that the fact that I don’t invest any emotion into someone that is not part of my direct circle of friends/family.

Afflicted (2013)

Afflictedsynopsis

BEST FRIENDS DEREK AND CLIF SET OUT ON THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being.

Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Footage meant to be travel memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and perhaps will be their only post card from home.

~Afflicted

review

Way cool! Creative and original plot that borders on reality.

Honestly, took a minute to get invested, but once I did, wow!

Midnight Special (2016)

Midnight Specislsynopsis

Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.

Midnight Special Official Movie Site

review

Not as exciting as I expected it to be. Not going to say much, so as not to spoil the outcome.

 

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.