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The Good Dinosaur

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2016 by Des

Hello everyone and welcome to my podcast,
I reviewed the animated film, The Good Dinosaur. Arlo is lost from his home and finds a best friend. Can they find their way home together?
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The Guilt Trip

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: December 2012

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Rating: 3/5 stars

Bechdel Test: Fail

I have to say that I expected nothing going into The Guilt Trip. It looked ridiculous and silly but sometimes I am in that kind of mood so I went for it. I am shocked to say this but I was pleasantly surprised by The Guilt Trip. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I never thought I would say this but The Guilt Trip was absolutely adorable!

For one, the relationship between Andrew Brewster (Seth Rogan) and his mother, Joyce Brewster( Barbra Streisand) was perfect. Their chemistry was spot on! I loved watching the two interact. Their interactions had me cracking up.

The plot was very interesting and sweet. This young man wants his mother to find love again, so he kind of tricks her and has her come with him to his cleaning supply pitches, but all the while, he is planning on bringing her to her long lost loves house…even though spending all his time with his annoying mother is the last thing he wants.

The Guilt Trip was so adorable and made me so happy. I even teared up!

If you want a sweet, cute, adorable family comedy, this is the film for you! I think this movie went way under the radar which makes me sad because it was so enjoyable.

 

Flight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: November 2012

Plot Outline: An airline pilot saves his passengers from a nearly fatal crash but through the investigation it comes out that he is a drug addict.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Bechdel Test: Fail

Flight was not at all what I expected. I got a completely different idea about the movie from the trailer but I got a lot more than I expected. Flight was not only an action movie, it was the dramatic story of a man (Denzel Washington) battling addiction. Flight had great acting (duhhhh Denzel) and raw emotions. At times Flight was difficult to watch because you are watching a character you have come to care about spin out of control.  Whip (Denzel Washington) continues to destroy his life and you can’t help but care. The writers did a great job of making Whip a likeable, sympathetic character. He has demons but he isn’t demonized because of his addiction. Whip is the underdog we are rooting for. He is an addict that we desperately want to get clean.

Flight brings you through many ups and downs. I smiled, I laughed, I cried, I sighed often.

Flight is a fantastic movie that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. This is a film I highly recommend!

The Brass Teapot

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by Des

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\Release Date: April 2013

Plot Outline: An adorable, loving couple that have issues with money discover a brass teapot that gives them money anytime they hurt themselves or each other. How far are they willing to go to solve their money woes?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely adore Juno Temple and I will see any film she is in. I originally wanted to see The Brass Teapot because of her but once I watched the trailer, I wanted to see it right away. I knew it was going to be fun to watch.

The Brass Teapot is by no means a fantastic movie that everyone needs to see but I loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while watching it. There were so many times I laughed out loud and couldn’t stop. Though The Brass Teapot was predictable at times, other times I was genuinely shocked, usually when the film became dark. The movie was violent at times, which is to be expected from a movie that is about a teapot that gives you money when you hurt yourself or others.

The chemistry between Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) was perfect. They were adorable and totally believable as a couple.

This is a film that anyone can relate to. We all want more of something. This film allows us to put ourselves into the shoes of the main characters because they are so relatable. This film allows us to ask ourselves, “How far would I go?”

The Beaver

Posted in Ehhh with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: 2011

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: A man struggling with depression finds his voice in a beaver puppet.

The Beaver started out strong. It has a strong cast full of talented, well respected actors. I was surprised that Jennifer Lawrence was in this. I didn’t realize that until I started watching the film. Though The Beaver was original, the idea of the puppet was unique and intriguing, I felt that the film did follow the usual script of a family falling apart and then trying to bring themselves back together. That doesn’t mean that the film isn’t good, it just means I have seen it before, without the puppet.

Watching The Beaver was surprisingly emotional. This is a story about a man’s mental illness. This man is falling apart, his family is falling apart. It feels sad and it feels real, even though the puppet is a thing. You can easily see this family’s pain and resentment and fear. Watching the family fall apart is much like watching a train wreck. You want to look away but you just can’t. It is captivating.

Like I said before, The Beaver started out strong…”started” being the key word. I felt that the end of the movie was weak and lazy.

I did enjoy watching this film, I wasn’t bored but after it finished I wasn’t left with much, just an hour or so of being entertained. It isn’t memorable but it was a feel good film for the moment.

If you liked The Beaver, watch: Stuck In Love (though I liked Stuck In Love a lot more)

Teenage Dirtbag

Posted in Liked it a lot with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Des

Release Date: October 20th 2009

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: A girl is tormented by the schools outcast until they take a creative writing class together.

Last night I was in the mood to watch a movie. I turned on and off three different movies within 10 minutes. I just couldn’t get into anything.

I was browsing Netflix’s Instant movies and came across Teenage Dirtbag. I read the description and decided to give it a try, especially because it is based on a true story.

Within the first few minutes I loved it already. It was just what I was in the mood for.

Though the movie stays on the surface for the most part, there are large hints and indications of two very tragic lives. These two characters Thayer and Amber are both suffering in different ways. They don’t connect to anyone else and it seems that they never really had anyone to talk to.

A lot of the movie is made up of hints, undertones, facial expressions, and actions. There aren’t really any significant or deep conversations that form their strong bond. With Thayer and Amber it’s all in their small gestures of care towards each other. The actions and looks in Teenage Dirtbag spoke louder than any conversation ever could have.

Thayer and Amber start an unexpected connection. I loved that they didn’t have a lot of conversation but they really felt each other and saw into each other’s souls. They connected on a very deep level and their connection was intense. A significant scene in the film is when Amber takes out an orange from her book bag and rolls it to Thayer during study hall. Small gestures like this, telling looks and body language speak loudly in the film.

Thayer and Amber had a love for each other that can’t be expressed in words and they cared for each other very much but unfortunately two scarred people often hurt each other as much as they care for each other.

Teenage Dirtbag was incredibly powerful. I felt very attached to it and I know I will be thinking about it for days. I even went back and rewatched a few scenes.

Great film. It was extremely well made. I can’t get over it. And the acting was phenomenal.

The Crazies

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by Des

Release Date: February 26th 2010

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: The members of a small town in Iowa start going crazy due to mysterious toxins in their water supply.

The Crazies was soooo good. Surprisingly I have no complaints about it! For once I only have good things to say. Shocking, I know. But I do always love zombie type movies. It’s hard for me not to like them…but not impossible.

The Crazies got right down to it. Within the first few minutes of the movie opening we get some action. It was fast paced which I always appreciated.

The Crazies reminded me of Quarantine but on a much larger scale. Instead of being cooped up in a building this zombie apocalypse type event took place in a town. The Crazies was an absolute fantastic thriller. The entire movie was suspenseful and it contained many shocking moments. I won’t lie; I jumped and yelped out loud quite a few times. Granted, I did watch this alone in my room with the lights off.

What I loved about The Crazies was that it wasn’t just about zombies or action. It had many realistic aspects to it.

We get into the human rights issues of how the government can at times hurt its people instead of help them. It all comes down to power and selfishness. We see this throughout the film.

The Crazies felt real. If a zombie apocalypse happened I feel like this would be what it was like. The emotions of desperation, the suspense, and the fear all felt so real thanks to the realistic events and good acting.

I loved how real the relationships in this movie were. We see some characters really trying to stick together and the sacrifices they make for each other’s well being. And on the opposite spectrum we see how some characters are selfish and will do anything to survive, including leaving loved ones behind. And some lines were really thought provoking. Example: “Don’t ask me why I can’t leave my wife and I won’t ask you why you can.” It forces you to put yourself in their situation and really think about what you would do.

I was so impressed with every aspect of the film. Even the music was perfect. It was eerie and successfully set up the mood.

And the ending! Ohhhh, the ending. It was perfection. I don’t think it could have ended any better.

Basically, see The Crazies! It was such a well done zombie/illness film.