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.
The dystopian multi-national produced film, What Happened to Monday? was released in the US on August 18, 2017. It revolves around the concept that Earth’s population is growing dangerously and a solution must be found. A scientist (Glenn Close) comes up with a universal one-child only proposition. Siblings are to be frozen until the Earth can support their numbers. At least that is what everyone thinks.
Noomi Rapace plays all seven sisters who are hidden and educated by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe). Ms. Rapace more than met the challenge of coming up with seven different characters who are pretending to be one woman. I cannot say that the acting was excellent, but the actors were believable. Willem Dafoe, an actor I like, spent maybe fifteen minutes total screen time. I felt that he could have had more screen time. The story line had action and suspense but other than that, it had gaps of logic. The story line was an expansion on China’s One Child Policy and a rather weak expansion at that.
Over all, I must say that I am disappointed in this movie. I don’t know whether it was the influence of the 6 or 7 production companies involved in the making of this film or the writing, but I would not buy this for my collection. If dystopian futures are your thing, then you may enjoy this film. As I stated earlier, the actors are great but the story line was a bit weak. I give this 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
Almost everyone knows of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the rings Trilogy. With very good reason. Personally I do not think in our time any director can outdo what he did. Yet that was hardly his first film. At the age of seven he was given an 8 mm camera and the rest is history. Not so fast.
Of course, the little kid made several short films with his friends. Until someone noticed his full feature film Bad Taste, which won several awards of its own in 1987, and that is where he became famous.
Bad Taste is a horror comedy, and I sat thru the whole thing. Granted it was made a year before I was born, and it really sucks… however it is sic!
Although I didn’t laugh, and overall the idea for the movie was dumb in my opinion, it is one of those films I have to love just for the directing. The acting was okay, the makeup is a whole story on its own. The soundtrack wasn’t perfect compared to today’s standards but it was good. Jackson pays tribute to the Beatles and mentions many movies of his time, like Star Trek. I rate this 2 out of 5, a movie that shouldn’t have been made, yet it was. A good start Peter!