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

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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.

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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

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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!

The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girlsynopsis

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

~ Official Movie Website

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I love Eddie Redmayne, even more so after I saw his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, so this was a definite must-see for me. The fact that it deals with alternative sexuality, was a plus.

What a sad story. I thought this movie was a perfect portrayal of acceptance. I’ll admit that I have not been sympathetic to the transsexual experience, feeling that God does not make mistakes. This movie allowed me to put God, as I understand him, aside and commiserate with Lili, learning more about acceptance of others from Gerda.

Ever since I had sex with a redhead, I have been attracted to them, despite my attraction to darker-skinned men. My experience has been that the “carrot” is usually bigger than normal and Mr. Redmayne did not disappoint. I did not expect it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see male frontal nudity, albeit shielded.

Rooting for Eddie to win the Oscar for best actor.

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

The Last Witch Hunter

synopsis

The modern world holds many secrets, but by far the most astounding is that witches still live among us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world and putting an end to the human race once and for all. Armies of witch hunters have battled this unnatural enemy for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who many years ago slayed the all-powerful WITCH QUEEN, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen cursed KAULDER with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter. Today, Kaulder is the last living hunter who has spent his immortal life tracking down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost family. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Witch Queen has been resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer, leading to an epic battle that will determine the survival of mankind.

~ The Last Witch Hunter

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I was surprised to encounter this movie in the DVD rental store and snatch-grabbed a copy for evening entertainment, as darkness enhances viewing pleasure of this movie genre.

I used to crush on Vin Diesel, but the attraction has waned. However, I enjoyed his portrayal of Kaulder and would gladly watch a sequel to this movie. The Witch Queen possessed awesome make-up and the set designs were spectacular. The story is not as straightforward as portrayed in the synopsis, and I only wish more time had been allotted for better plot development and to explore some of the subtleties.

Great witch story! Still waiting for film adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour. The preview from this DVD that I am eager to view in the near future would be Gods of Egypt.

 

Goosebumps (2015)

Goosebumpssynopsis

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hanna’s mysterious dad is in fact R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovered that Sine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine projects his readers by keeping them lock up in their books.

When Stine’s creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach’s life takes a turn for the weird. In a crazy night of adventure, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stines’ imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town.

~ Official Theatrical Website

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I have enjoyed many of the movies which featured Jack Black, so Goosebumps was a must see for me, in addition to the genre of the film, of which I am a fan. I never read any of the Goosebumps series, but this movie has definitely inspired an interest in me despite the fact that I don’t think they will scare me as much as they might a child.

The character, Champ, was one person they should have left behind to be killed by the monsters…how effin’ annoying was he? The movie reeked of an after-school special, but I have always been a fan of those, especially when the genre fall into a category I enjoy. Definitely made for the middle school audience – maybe even high school – but enjoyable if you like this type of movie.

Despite a mention of “the girl with the haunted mask,” I did not notice a character that fit that description.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Hotel Transylvania 2

synopsis

Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay fa family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not pure blood – and human are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

Source: Official Theatrical Website

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I thought this sequel was funnier than the first one. The story is as old as the hills revolving around unconditional acceptance in the face of discrimination, but from a monster’s point of view, and funny. One of the things that really made me laugh was the idea that everyone thought the Invisible Man had made up his girlfriend – also invisible and from Canada.

I was able to pick out the voice talents of Megan Mullally, but the movie was packed with well-know actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey and Mel Brooks.