The BFG (2016)

The BFG

synopsis

Disney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant.

~ The BFG

review

When I saw Roald Dahl’s name associated with this movie, I was definitely in to see this movie. However, I was not the biggest fan of this tale, falling asleep in the middle, leading to confusion how the queen got involved. Highly doubtful that I will pay for another rental.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets

synopsis

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

Loved it, especially since I am a pet owner; Mojo could’nt’ve cared less! The movie really captures pet animal behavior well.

Since I had seen the preview last year, I had been curious about the plot, which actually had a good foundation. Still I have a sense – while writing this delinquent delay – that it was beaten to death.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pet's Dragonsynopsis

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

review

Again, having seen the original and loving it, the only thing that made this new version better was the incredible creation of Elliot, the dragon. I think the fur element was such an interesting choice. This tale seemed more complete, showing how Pete ended up with a dragon as a friend.

Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dorysynopsis

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them…with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of fun!

~ Finding Dory

review

Just as adorable as Finding Nemo, but because they were so similar, my interest was waning by the end.

Sausage Party (2016)

Sausage Party

synopsis

Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars — Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

~ Sausage Party

review

I would classify this as a “pot” movie because the humor in this movie is very adult and juvenile. The story is pretty lame. Watched the whole movie, but was losing interest by the end!

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!