Monthly Archives: December 2018

StevenF Review of Sunshine Cleaning

The film Sunshine Cleaning was released on April 17, 2009. Rose (Amy Adams) is a single working mom whose son Oscar (Jason Spevack) is taken out of public school due to some of his antics. Rose’s boyfriend, a local police officer named Mac (Steve Zahn) suggests that she can make good money cleaning up after dead bodies. She convinces her sister Norah (Emily Blunt) to help her and her father (Alan Arkin) to watch after Oscar.

For some reason, this was considered a comedy. If there were any comedic elements in this story they were either dark or nonexistent. I was hoping that Oscar would have had more scenes, but the film mostly focused on Rose and Norah’s lives. The acting was good enough, but the writing was so-so. The directing was good as was the production. I hate to flog a dead horse, but instead of labeling this a comedy, they would have been better off calling it a drama.

I want to give the acting at least 3 1/2 stars because the main actors are well known. Having said this, I have to factor in the story line. I was really hoping for a funny movie but was let down. I would not buy this movie or recommend it to anyone. I give it, overall, 2 stars out of 5.

https://youtu.be/Wf5S-1tJlg0 

StevenF Review of The Lobster

The film The Lobster is a multinational production which was released in the US on May 13, 2016. It is described as a dark dystopian comedy which takes place in a world where being single is a crime. Singles are rounded up and put up in a hotel for 45 days. If they do not find a suitable mate within that time, they are transformed into animals.

The lead characters of the film are David (Colin Farrell) and a woman simply referred to as Nearsighted Woman (Rachel Weisz) who form an attachment and escape to the forest with the other singles. Their acting was passable considering the drabness of their characters.  The choreography was good, directing was bad. The story line, I suppose, would make sense if you were on drugs. I guess there was a touch of surrealism to the scenery, which I normally would like, but it was obscured by the dullness of the sound track.

This film was 2 hours, 3 minutes of sheer boredom. I really wish that I could be more sympathetic to the director/screenwriter, but I can’t. Unless someone had insomnia, I would not recommend this movie to anyone or buy it. If you’re someone who is into Art House type films, you’ll probably enjoy this. I can only give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5.

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StevenF Review of Christmas Inheritance

The film Christmas Inheritance was released on December 15, 2017. It is a romantic comedy starring Eliza Taylor (from The 100) as a party girl whose father sends her to a small town to deliver a Christmas letter. The town is where her father (Neil Crone) and his best friend (Anthony Sherwood) started up their Home and Hearth company.

Now, I am not really a fan of romantic comedies. Most guys would probably consider this as a “girly movie”. The story line was almost predictable, but it was tolerable and had some good comedic bits. Jake Lacey plays the town inn keeper who has been hurt romantically before. He is a very likeable character and was very believable. Andie MacDowell played Jake’s aunt and local cafe owner.  As for the bad guy of the film, Michael Xavier played Gray, Eliza’s fiancee. He was definitely a New York stereotype of arrogance and rudeness.

The look of the town was successful in that it was very picturesque. I am also glad to say that there was no foul language and only one kissing scene.  For a movie of this genre, I was surprised in that there was a good balance of romance and comedy. I would recommend people to watch, but as I stated earlier, I would not buy this film. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

https://youtu.be/ZHfgIeCqDu0

Remmy’s Review Krampus a Christmas story

I for one do not understand how the original Christmas story could get so messed up. The original Christmas Story was written and recorded by the Lapp people. The statements, ‘You better watch out’. ‘You better not pout’, ‘You better not cry’ come from that ancient text. When I say ancient, I mean over 4000 years ago when man first started writing. This had nothing do to with the Christian form of St. Nicholas (if you actually read this version of Christmas in its original form you will realize how evil St. Nick actually is.) My point being is that Christmas is not your Coca Cola modern look at Santa which was made to get you to spend more than you can afford.

Like today, the original story of Christmas was to get children to behave. Well for at least a few days a year. That is before they invented ADHD and Ritalin for kids, both evil things to boot. Kids will always be kids, and except for bullies, those kids should be left alone to grow up normal. Bullies should almost always be stuffed in a chimney permanently, as far as I am concerned. The original Christmas Story did not call Santa – Krampus, that came much later, but it did describe a horned monster that stole and ate children.

Remember, like Santa, Kris Kringle, Krampus, in this case, is just imagination, but I must add, that all myth is based on fact. Krampus or Saint Nick, or Santa Clause are real demons. There I said it.

I love this movie and give it 5 out of 5 stars, and I own it, and Paul and I actually watch it every year. Even though it is not exactly like the original text, I think it is great. It is more realistic than Santa Claus. How other cultures picked up on this and turned Santa into a Good guy and Krampus into a bad guy I have no idea, they are the same person. I can only imagine that adults finally realizing that Santa was a demon decided to make a Good Santa and a bad one so kids would be fooled by the clown Santa that eats their souls, and bodies. I do not suggest watching this with children unless you want them to know the truth.

P.S. Chrismas is a pagan holiday to detract from the Creator of all things.

 

 

Paul’s review of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli was released on 29th November 2018 and is directed by Andy Serkis who also voices one of the characters in the movie. It is based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and stars Rohan Chand in the lead role.

 The first thing that hits you when the movie opens is that this is not going to be the same as the cutesy, sing-along Disney version as there is a lot of blood and death which will probably explain its 12-rating. So, I would not recommend it for a younger audience. The story is very good and the acting from young Rohan was very believable. The voices for the main characters are from very well known, mainly British, actors and I thought they played their parts very well. The usual characters are all there as well as one I have never seen before, a young albino wolf voiced by Louis Ashbourne Serkis. If Bhoot does not make you cry, you are HEARTLESS! The CGI was also very good with a good musical score to help with the tension.

I really enjoyed this movie, it was a lot darker than what I was expecting and Remmy tells me that this was closer to what Kipling wrote in his book. I am glad someone decided to write and release something other than the Disney version (which I also liked!). I hope it becomes available to buy on disc as I want it in my collection. An easy 5/5 from me.

Growing up with a pain in the bum

Paul and Veggies

Paul and Veggies

None of us like all veggies. As a matter of fact, Popeye only ate spinach, some only eat corn. Not to be outdone, I didn’t like every vegetable out there. For instance, I couldn’t stand turnip greens, even the smell would make me gag, and there were a few others too. Yet I ate almost all my vegetables because I wanted a desert, which was NOT a meat pie! I for one could not imagine a roast beef dinner without onions, carrots, potatoes, and other good vegetables.

But not everyone is like me. Take Paul for instance (pictured on the left). We had to eat our veggies before we could go out and play. Instead of eating those wholesome veggies, he would play with them. Nerve wracking to say the least. I wanted to go swimming or ride my bike, and be done with my meal, he was still playing with the veggies, determined to wear out his dad’s patience and send him away. Paul will eat something called mushy peas. Oh my gosh, mushy peas? Why not just regular rolly peas you eat with whipped potatoes?

Although Paul will sometimes eat normal peas, about the only other veggie he will eat is mushy peas. Mushy Peas recipe just nasty. Add that to the fact the English call just about everything a pie, except for pies. Their favorite is meat pies. Give me a break. They mix everything up in a bowl and pour whipped potatoes over it, so there is no flavor of anything. Because most English do not eat vegetables, there are none in it. They serve a side of mushy peas. If you ever visit England do NOT order anything that says Pie on the menu, you will be sorely disappointed.

When I saw the gif below I thought of Paul, I watch this gif a lot because it so reminds me of Paul and all English people. Why? Because I have seen him do this! I am sure some of them eat good veggies as I do, but I have my doubts.