Here’s a list of a few recent viewings I have gone through lately that I didn’t or didn’t want to review for whatever reason. Hopefully I can give a short review that may peak your interests to either watch or pass on a film you might have been considering. There can be a mix of newer/older movies with a few insights.
Maps to the Stars
Such a messed up and yet very well made film. This film and The Wolf of Wall Street are the best examples in recent years of the disgusting moral depravity of man. All the actors are great in this film especially those that most likely really act like this in real life…looking at you Julianne Moore. The breakout here is Evan Bird whose role as an entitled teen Disney type dirtbag is so good that you are constantly nervous when he is on screen. This is an uncomfortable movie to sit through, like Wolf, but a very well done film. 3 stars out of 4
The hate for Adam Sandler in the last decade makes absolutely no sense to me. Are his movies classics or made for awards season? No and that’s the point. They are made for people who want a marginally positive themed movie that makes them laugh and makes the studios gobs of money. Here another one of those to add to Sandler’s resume. Sandler’s comedies have always been about loyalty and family, at least in the last TWO decades. Sandler and Barrymore are still great on screen together. This is another great movie about family, responsibility and loyalty and it has many laugh out loud moments. Watch out for Terry Crews giving a very hilarious performance and Sandler and Barrymore still proving they can pull the ole heart strings. 2 and ½ stars out of 4
Spoke too soon? Not really but man was this an awful movie. This film has no idea what it wants to be. Fantasy? Comedy? Family drama? If you’ve seen the trailer, this is not the movie promised in that trailer. Adam Sandler was fine, Dustin Hoffman better still but everyone else was just atrocious. The love interest was so bad I don’t even want to bother to do a simple Google search to give you her name. Not sure which was worse, this one or Grown Ups. 1 star out of 4
The November Man
Pierce Brosnon doing his best Liam Neeson impression. This is the new thing apparently, now that we have the despicable Sean Penn coming out with his own geriaction movie (wish I had made that one up). This is good enough. It has some decent action and looks good but that is really all there is to it. Outside of some interesting scenes, one of which includes Brosnon asking his protégé to choose between his love or his job, the movies a let down. Give it a shot if you are bored one day and it’s on Netflix. 2 stars out of 4