Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'm watching The Leftovers. Want to know why? My thoughts, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERP

My mid-November review of The Leftovers, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERP which gets you 30% off your entire order of new products only. 

Listen, I didn't watch Lost. And the reason I didn't is that I watched the pilot and thought "they're in Purgatory." (Spoiler alert!) Turns out, they were in Purgatory for many seasons, as were many of the viewers who waited and watched for something more.

The Leftovers is produced by the same guy, and while I'm still watching, I'm starting to think all he does is purgatory stories.

My spoiler free review for the series (so far):

The short: One crazy day, 2% of the world's population is "departed" and disappear. No cause detected, no answers as to why some were taken and some remain. Chaos ensues, as does miracle seeking.

The longer: Well, there's not a lot more to say than what I've said above without spoilers, but here's something:  Kevin Garvey has retired and moved with Nora Durst and his daughter Jill to the Jarden, Texas, a town untouched by The Departure. Also coming to town are Matt Jamison who has moved with his wife, Mary.

I think they might somehow be in purgatory. Again with the purgatory. It's not they they didn't get Departed, it's that they're not yet moved over into the other side. They're waiting in a place that looks like home, but doesn't feel like home. 

I'm not sure if I'm staying with 'em or not, honestly. It's getting like a lot of meandering story and not a lot of payoff. Which we've seen end poorly before. We'll see.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My review of Blood and Oil. See what I thought, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERP

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This is a new series on ABC and it's awesome.

My spoiler free review:

The short: A big money, splashy story set on the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, where crude oil is causing the new gold rush.

The longer: Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to "The Bakken" in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.

This is a wonderful, writ-large evening soap opera in the tradition of Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon Crest. The four lead actors are great in their respective roles, especially the deliciously devious oil billionaire played by Don Johnson. 

A bit over the top, and tons of fun, I am really enjoying Blood & Oil.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My review of "AMY" the Amy Winehouse story, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I like Amy Winehouse's music, and I loved this documentary so much more than I would have thought.

My spoiler free review:

The short: The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

The longer: This is wonderful movie about the sad life story of Amy Winehouse. If you're like me, you probably only knew anything about Amy Winehouse in the last few raucous years of her life. Trouble, trying, and living out loud — and ultimately paying the price for it.

But there's so much more to Amy, and it's her luminosity and charm and raw love of life that shines through in this movie.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, and featuring many of the people who lived and worked with Amy during her too-short life.

Don't miss this if you want to love the music even more, or learn a bit more about the life that could have been. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Coherence" was … ooof. I will tell you my thoughts this October night thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

It's October, and it's finally time I review a movie that didn't do it for me. I'm still doing so thanks using our Godaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

Coherence is set up thusly: Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

My spoiler free review:

The short: I'm a science based kind of person, there is no doubt. So I know that when a comet passes close to the Earth, no matter how many people I'm having dinner with, and no matter how close the comet gets to Earth, I'll be fine. Nonetheless, I rolled with quite a lot of this storyline.

I loved the ingenuity of the dinner party guests, and I love the icon box that they build to see what's what (nothing more to say there to avoid spoilers).

The longer: Although I really loved the glow sticks and the general tenacity of the guests, I was disappointed that the storyline ended up taking a smaller, goofier path to it's end. It became a tiny story about a tiny person, instead of a story about the whole world at large and everyone's stake in the universe. And the science kind of stank, as you'd imagine.

Still, a mystery about a multiverse is probably worth a gander if you like that kind of thing.  See Primer first, for sure. And skip Upstream Color for sure. This one is a good middle ground in that scheme.

I didn't see a lot of coherence in Coherence.

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Me, Earl and the Dying Girl" was swell! My review, courtesy of GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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This one was a big winner at Sundance, claiming the Grand Jury award and the audience favorite award earlier this year. I watched in October and it was still good.

My spoiler free review:

The short: A high school touchy-feely piece, different and yet similar to the angst the students felt in the fantastic movie Brick.  Earl is a wonder, and the dying girl is … well, dying. They both execute their parts exceedingly well and are wonderful foils to the main character.

The longer: I love that the protagonist (the "Me" in the title) narrates the whole movie in voice over, and you can never tell what he wants or where he's telling the truth or making up a reality he'd love to see come to pass. It's nuanced and quiet, and very moving.

From IMDB: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

This one is one to watch when you're not in the mood for a lot of action, but are in the mood for a lot of feels.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I watched "It Follows". See what I thought, thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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I watched It Follows on Netflix. It was billed as super scary, but not in a blood and guts way and I totally agree.

My spoiler free review:

The short: Something spooky and curious and not all that well understood follows a young woman after she has sex with her new boyfriend. Her new boyfriend who then ties her up to a chair, apologized for doing this to her, then vanishes from town without a trace. All this after just one night together. And *then* the weird stuff starts to happen to her.

The longer: It's pretty spooky and eerie and gives you the willies as long as you don't think too much about the internal dynamics of the thing that "follows". (Trust me, just roll with it. If you think too hard about it, it kinda doesn't follow.)

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, it does success handily in creeping you out, and giving you a sense that this is probably happening just in the next town over from yours … and could be happening right now.

If you like horror, and not just the blood, guts and gore … check out It Follows.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hear what I thought of "San Andreas," thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Oooh, the Rock rocks!
I have to say that San Andreas was a huge, popcorny, sprawling, not-too-deep action movie, and I loved every minute of it.

Polite, non-spoilery review:

The short: It's a summer blockbuster starring The Rock as the movie's hero helicopter pilot who works with the LA County fire and rescue squad (I think.)  It's the Rock, being a hero, and flashing that smile. It's FANTASTIC.

The longer: Paul Giamatti plays the scientist who figures it all out with grim resolve and love for the genre too. He's hopelessly behind on getting the word out, but he's doing what he can, when he can. He's disheveled and a little goofy. He's awesome in this move too.

There is the requisite evil antihero, a love story and even a cute kid.

It was everything you hope for with a summer, big-budget thriller. Goofy, implausible, and the hero always wins.  I'll take it.