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« Reply #705 on: March 25, 2016, 12:10:40 PM »

LADY IN THE VAN (2015): Dramatization of playwright Allan Bennett's memoir about an eccentric homeless woman (portrayed by Maggie Smith) who parked her van in his driveway in Camden Town and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Intelligently written but accessible, and humane without being sappy, this movie is a good reminder that the most interesting people are the ones we go out of our way to avoid talking to. 4/5.
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« Reply #706 on: March 30, 2016, 08:51:33 AM »

ONLY YESTERDAY (1991): An office worker's trip to the countryside sparks memories of her life as a 5th grader in 1966: first crushes, math homework, school plays, etc. Japanese animation is not only confusing cyber-science fiction, Miyazaki fantasy epics and tentacle porn; they can also do boring dramas. From Isao (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA) Takahata, this never before released in the U.S. (I can understand why---it has a tiny audience) was given a new dub by Disney as they have finally milked the Studio Ghibli catalog dry. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #707 on: April 06, 2016, 10:23:28 AM »

EYE IN THE SKY (2015): An anti-terrorism operation turns into a tense ethical quandary when the military requests permission to bomb a house containing suspected suicide bombers, despite the presence of innocent civilians in the blast radius. James Bond never worries about protocols, legalities and chain of command when it comes to blowing stuff up; come to think of it, he never worries about the possibility of killing innocent civilians. 4/5.
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« Reply #708 on: April 23, 2016, 05:21:56 PM »

Finally, saw "The Jungle Book." The previous time I tried to see it, it was sold out, which says something about its popularity, and it's even doing better in China, where they seem to take to talking animals. Doing even better than "Zootopia," as popular as that was.

Some nice foreshadowing.

Some other nice moments.
--Nice action
--Nice emotional resonance.
--Nice villains or not so nice.

Actually, it covered quite well all manners of villainy.
--The repulsive villainy of the snake. The seductive villainy of the tiger.
--The open villainy of the tiger. The secretive villainy of the snake and ape.
--The mostly brain of the snake. The mostly brawn of the tiger. And the brain and brawn of the ape.
--The funeral pyre. All villainy leads to death. At least in films, it does.

There does not seem to have been a straight adaptation of Kipling's "Jungle Book," but . . .?! This one probably comes closer than the others. Pointing out the humanity of animals, who are sometimes more human than humans.

Success breeds success. The critics have pointed out all the talent before and behind the camera, and this will likely continue, with them dominating both the domestic and international box office, as talent gravitates to where a successful product is being offered, which is what is happening so far. Of course, no word as to how long this will last, as nothing lasts forever, but with . . .

Animation
Marvel
Pixar
Star Wars
and now the franchise of converting their animated films into live action, which will continue with . . .

"Alice Through the Looking Glass"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"The Little Mermaid"
"Maleficent 2"
etc.

They have another hit film franchise going. Plus they have the platforms to which showcase their films with . . .

TV Shows
Theme parks
Ice shows
Cruise ships
Broadway shows,
etc.

Which are just ways to expand on their success. But . . .?!

We will see what we shall see with the next up "The Huntsman : the Winter's War."

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« Reply #709 on: April 27, 2016, 08:49:30 AM »

BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT (2016): On the south side of Chicago, barbers and stylists at the local co-ed barbershop struggle to maintain a normal life while gang violence disrupts the neighborhood. Malcolm D. Lee mainstreams his cousin Spike's impressive CHI-RAQ; the plot is predictable, but the ensemble cast is pleasant and the movie's heart is in the right place. Nicki Minaj as actress >> Nicki Minaj as musician. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #710 on: April 30, 2016, 01:51:25 PM »

The Huntsman : Winter's War

I certainly can understand why so many people dislike it.
--the script. Could have been a whole lot better
--the acting. Could have been better. Though, I don't know whether to put that down to . . .
----the actors
----the director
----the script.

Sill, there was a lot to like, or, at least, a lot for me to like.
--the action
--the costumes
--the emotions
--the foreshadowing
--the humor
--the music
--the scenery
--the sets
--the SFX

An uninteresting . . .
--cinematography
--ending. Which I disliked more than I thought I would.

Still, there was a number of interesting features.
--both . . . where most films are either a prequel or a sequel. This was both a prequel and a sequel.
--a look at the other side.
--the secondary characters. Which I actually liked more than the main characters.
--that she's smart enough to keep a boot knife in her boot.
--use of children.

Similar to . . .
--Frozen. Of course
--Cinderella. The captain of the guard was black in both films.
--Golden Compass. The polar bear as transportation.
--Hunger Games. Maybe it was the children's archery that reminded me of this film.

Trailers ere the film
--Magnificent Seven
--Legend of Tarzan
--Alice Thru the Looking Glass

All of which I plan to see. Maybe even "War craft," which I had no plans to see, till I saw this one. Maybe it's looking to be a better year for films that I thought.

Next time: we'll see what May has to offer.
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