June 25, 2018

Barefoot

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

This movie is all about sex, inferred sex, not actual sex.

Rating: B+

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience:  It’s suitable for adults and mature adolescents.

Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman) is a handsome playboy capable of wooing the women of Los Angles with his charismatic banter and physical sex appeal. The very first scene shows him putting on his jeans in a sparsely decorated “bachelor” pad. Then cut to the bed and a beautiful young woman is just waking up. He notices her stirring and the first thing he says to her after an inferred night of passion is “would you mind locking the door on your way out?” She sits up in the bed obviously nude, but covered with a top sheet and asks demurely, “so you’re not going to buy me breakfast then?” Without a moment’s thought he says “Naw”, and leaves her there, dejected. I thought to myself, I never did that he must be crazy. I wasn’t too far off.

Jay works in a psychiatric hospital mopping floors as part of his probation. Another reason he works there is because they have a strict door control security system that keeps the thugs working for his bookie out, because Jay is a degenerate gambler who never wins enough to pay off his debts. It seems he likes to bet on the ponies and he can’t pick a winner to save his life.

One day he’s moping the floors in the front lobby when he hears a commotion and sees the doctor in charge of the hospital trying the check in a new patient who’s not real clear on what’s going on. The beautiful nubile waif, (Evan Rachel Wood), Daisy has been picked up by the police and referred to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. She is totally beautiful and when Jay sees her he is intrigued by her physical beauty and her lack of shoes.

Not long after her arrival, Daisy is being examined by a fake doctor (the night shift security guard) and Jay hears her distress. He intervenes on her behalf by knocking out the deviant and calming her fears. As he leaves her room she decides to follow him. He knows that he will be fired for hitting the security guard, so he’s leaving the hospital and Daisy slips out of the security door behind him. She’s standing in the wet parking lot in her night clothes with no shoes or anything else to her name. He tries to get her to go back to the hospital, but in her innocent manner she convinces him to let her tag along with him.

This is where the laughter and adventures begin.

They range from a strip club in Los Angeles to a refined wedding party in the highest social setting of New Orleans. These two unlikely companions learn about disappointment, hardship, trust and finally love. I found this moving to be funny on several different levels with a happy ending.

Junior’s Boy

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Starring

Evan Rachel Wood
Scott Speedman
Treat Williams
Kate Burton
J. K. Simmons

Now Showing: On Amazon Prime and other digital platforms.

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I Can Only Imagine

Posted on April 4, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

Rating: A

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience: It says PG, but due to the violence involved, parents need to determine the age they want their children to be before they see what happens in the real world.

The Boss and I went to a movie that I didn’t have high hopes for. I thought it was a “chick flick” with a wonky name. I didn’t know anything about the movie like she did, so I was watching it slightly under duress and pleasantly surprised.

Now Showing: At your local cinemas.

Starring:

The movie opens with a boy about age ten listening intently to his headphones in bed as the sounds of a domestic disturbance filter through the walls and fill his young mind with terror. The rock music playing on his cassette player date this event to be about 1985. His bedroom door is snatched open violently and there stands his unshaven drunken father filled with an alcohol induced rage and a broad belt looking for someone to quench his anger on by beating them into submission. The mother having had enough pain and suffering from this drunken abuser plans her escape. She takes the young boy to his first summer church youth camp and then abandons him there without his knowledge. He returned home a week later on a church bus and sees a U-Haul man loading up all his mother’s stuff and driving away. There is the cliché scene where the little boy chases the moving van down the dusty street and cries his eyes out for his mother.

As children of abusers often do – he learns to cope. You keep your mouth shut, do your chores and try not to do anything to anger the monster in the house. He also tries to do the one thing the monster cared about, FOOTBALL. Despite having some success on the gridiron, the monster (a past football legend in his own mind) is never satisfied with his effort. The teenager doubles his effort to satisfy the monster and is critically injured in practice and unable to continue in high school sports. Lacking sufficient credits to graduate high school because he was forced out of football, and possessing no other known gifts and talents, he tries out for the only open elective – the glee club. Being a macho jock (just like the monster) he tells the teacher he cannot sing, but he can run the audio equipment. She puts him to work as a stage hand. Lo and behold one day the boy is listening to his cassette player and singing along to a tune, and he has accidently left the public address system on. The teacher hears him sing. The die is cast. The movie shows his triumphs, his failures, and the mentors that help guide him along the way.

The young man keeps his faith in God throughout this arduous time.

This is all I’m going to say about this movie, except bring your tissues. If you are a survivor like I am, just rejoice in the ending and keep your faith in the forefront where it belongs, because God is good all the time.

Junior’s Boy

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The Way Back

Posted on March 13, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

Rating: A-

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience: Adults only.

There are very adult themes in this movie, savagery, political persecution, murder, friendship, love, and honor. It is not for the faint of heart or squeamish.

“FREEDOM is NEVER FREE” is the main theme of this movie and it shows that REAL men will die trying to stand up on free ground, rather than survive on bent knees in a mad man’s prison.

This movie begins at a terrible gulag (prison camp) in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The main character is a new fish (convict) just learning to tread water in a shark infested pond. He learns a few things from the old cons around him and slowly forms necessary alliances. Not friendships mind you, (these people would murder you in your sleep for a pork chop), but alliances that might help him escape the frozen hell-hole. The Siberian gulag is surrounded by 2000 square miles of snow, frozen ground, and plenty of locals that would turn them in for the bounty paid for escaping prisoners.

Unbelievable hardships plague the escapees during the cross country trek and death stalks their every step. One can pick out the reasons that we now call the men and women of this era the greatest generation. The scenery in this movie is breathtaking, but it’s extremely dangerous for even for the hardiest of them.

The movie ends well and their trip was well worth it.

Junior’s Boy

Showing: Now showing on Netflix.

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Ferrell and Saoirse Ronan.

 

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Wind River

Posted on February 12, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

Rating: B+

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience: *Adults only, graphic violence, language, death scenes, etc.

The movie begins with a young Native American Arapaho Indian girl running through the snow. You can tell by the intensity of her frantic breathing, the speed of her running and the look on her face that she is running for her life. And you can tell that this isn’t going to end well for her. The next scene is a small flock of goats being stalked by a trio of wolves and just as one of them heads toward the innocent young goats, a sharp crack rings out. This is a metaphor of things to come. Two of the wolves go down and then you see the shooter, clad in a white winter hunting suit laying prone in the snow.

He’s holding a sniper rifle that any Delta Force tier one operator would be comfortable using in battle. You can’t tell at this point if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. It turns out that he is a Wildlife Officer working for the State of Wyoming. Next, he finds the corpse of the Indian girl and he’s visibly moved by her death for a reason that becomes clear later in the movie.

A grizzled old reservation Chief of Police is called to the scene and he explains that he doesn’t have jurisdiction in murder cases on the reservation. He will have to call the FBI to investigate this murder and as if on cue – a blizzard starts dumping snow on the crime scene. The Police Chief says he can’t move the body until the FBI gives their approval, so they go to the station to wait and watch the snow fall. A new Chevy Tahoe drives up and a very young, blonde, white female in a lightweight FBI windbreaker jumps out.

The chief, the wildlife officer (WLO), and a local hanger on look at each other in total disbelief. The attractive twenty something agent asks them to be taken to the crime scene to view the corpse. The WLO explains to her that the crime scene is about five miles away by snowmobile and she would likely freeze to death before they got there. The petite young agent is loaned a winter snowsuit and the investigation continues in a normal manner, however the weather and the remoteness of the area continue to be big factors that normal crime scenes don’t have.

This as far as I’m comfortable taking you in this story, but of you like a good murder mystery coupled with beautiful scenery, this is a movie you should watch.

Junior’s Boy

Showing: At a Redbox kiosk near you.

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen as FBI Agent Jane Banner and Jeremy Renner as WLO Cody Lambert.

The Wind River Indian reservation really exists in Wyoming. It is home to members of the Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribe. It’s a beautiful and wild mountainous area, but for the indigenous Native American people it’s an unfenced prison without jobs, schooling, or any hope. What they do have in abundance is drugs, crime, death, snow and silence.

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12 Strong

Posted on January 26, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

It’s a rip roaring war movie for the new millennium.

Like the star studded powerhouse movie “The Longest Day” did for the greatest generation, this movie represents and depicts the best in today’s American youth.

After all… old men start wars while young men fight them.

This movie occurs shortly after the attack on the World Trade Centers. Members of a peacetime green beret team get the news of the attacks in various ways and you can see through the expressions on their faces as they change into warrior mode. They all want to be the “Tip of the Spear” to get some payback on the people responsible for the 9-11 attacks. As members of this team prepare to deploy and say goodbye to there various loved ones, one of them explains that a soldier has two families, one you say goodbye to and one you fight beside.

This team are the first American soldiers to land and fight in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Their mission is to locate, capture, and/or kill the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks. They are sent to enlist the aid and friendship of members of the militia Northern Alliance tribe. Relationship problems beset the team from the outset, but fortunately there is a short little man from the CIA on scene to calm things down with full duffle bags of American money.

The mission continues with plenty of small arms fire, tanks, and B-52 bombers pulverizing the Taliban. There are several unsung hero’s in this movie, but I don’t want ruin the movie plot by telling you who they are. The highly trained modern soldiers are forced by circumstances to ride horses into battle against Soviet era tanks. Only one was a skilled rider, so he was faced with all of the usual challenges for newbie horsemen.

Heroes are men facing impossible circumstances and successfully prevailing despite incredible odds, and that is the whole message of this movie.

This was an excellent war movie.

Junior’s Boy

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Posted on September 12, 2017 by in Movie Reviews

 This is some GOOD stuff here…

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Watch the trailer HERE.

This New York bestseller became a movie and it is a GOOD one!

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana… and an East Texas honky-tonk… and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda… an upscale New York Gallery… a downtown dumpster… a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

What the stars had to say about it…

“I’m honored to share in telling Debbie’s story and to be part of this beautiful effort to perpetuate the legacy of her work.”

—RENÉE ZELLWEGER, ACTRESS

“It’s a rare opportunity for an actor to be blessed with a role so soulful. To embody Denver’s spirit was at once an emotional challenge and an extreme privilege, learning the story of a man who came from so little and gave so much.”

—DJIMON HOUNSOU, ACTOR

“Working with an excellent cast and crew to help tell the story of Ron’s challenging personal journey was a creative joy.”

—GREG KINNEAR, ACTOR

It is an excellent movie, we give it two thumbs up!

As most of you know, we only review things that we believe are good. If we don’t have anything good to say, we just don’t say anything at all and remove the post.

This movie is worth spending your money on in our opinion.

It’s a heartwarming tale about real life and the wisdom some people are able to glean out of it. Based around a true story, the actors really do a great job of bringing the characters to life. I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t some awards given out that are truly deserved.

We both went into the movie with our own perceptions of what we thought we were going to see and we both left surprised. It probably would be classified as a “chick flick”, but my husband said he really enjoyed it.

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