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by Tony Medley
A Beautiful Planet
Highlighted by beautiful cinematography, this shows what life is like on
the Space Station and some (not enough) fantastic views of Earth.
Unfortunately, it has a political motive that detracts, falling in line
with ďman causes global warmingĒ crowd, which is unproven. It does
mention one place where man is screwing up the planet, the burning of
the rainforest, but only as what seems like an afterthought when, in
fact, this is the big disaster that everyone is ignoring.
Money Monster (8/10):
either a spoof or a devastating attack on those charlatans on TV who
spout all they know about investing in stocks and bonds. Director Jodie
Foster, with admirable pace and good performances, shows them as the
clowns they are, who donít know their collective elbows from third base,
and the damage they do.
The Nice Guys (8/10):
and directed by Fremont Place resident Shane Black, this is one of his
best, an action comedy with fine performances by A-listers Russell Crowe
and Ryan Gosling, despite a silly, hard to understand, story about
Detroit and catalytic converters. Russell and Ryan are constantly
upstaged by 14-15 year old Angourie Rice, standing 4 feet-11 inches, as
Goslingís daughter, a budding beauty who brings memories of a young
Natalie Wood. Unfortunately, a good movie is almost undone by the last
minute that foists puerile Hollywood politics on its audience.
The Man Who Knew
This is the kind of
movie-making that I like to see. Itís educational; thereís not even a
smidgen of CGI or special effects; and itís interesting. Too bad they
felt they had to put Hollywood twists into a story that would have been
better told had they stuck with what actually happened. You can take a
lot of this with a grain of salt.
Civil War (5/10):
I was really dreading
sitting through this thing, especially when I learned it was well over
two hours long. However, it wasnít as painful as I had imagined, mainly
due to the special effects and the pace. Of course there is no acting,
itís just one ridiculous fight after another between and among people
who are more or less invulnerable, ad infinitum. This is a glaring
example of what movies have become, which is intellectual diarrhea. Can
you imagine Clark Gable or Spencer Tracy or Cary Grant playing one of
these superheroes? Clark Gable in a cape? Cary Grant in tights? But, get
used to it. This junk makes money. There are nine, count them, nine
superhero movies in line to be made between now and 2019. If you like
this sort of thing, then this is a good one. I donít.
Motherís Day (2/10):
comedic director Gary Marshall has apparently morphed from movie
director to rabbi, because this preaches every hallowed politically
correct bromide known to and beloved by political Hollywood. The key to
how bad this thing really is is shown by the credits, which list five
different people participating in the story and screenplay. Whenever
there are so many people involved in getting a script to the screen, you
are forewarned youíre in big trouble. I knew from the contrived slice of
life dialogue during the first five minutes that I was in for a long,
long 118 minutes.
Neighbors 2: Sorority
Knowing that this was
a Seth Rogen movie and having seen the first one, called simply
Neighbors (2014), I had low expectations. I knew it would be
low class, in poor taste, full of vulgarity, and bursting with f-bombs.
Even so, this was much worse than I anticipated. It is one of the most
disgusting, crude pieces of drivel ever committed to the silver screen,
and thatís saying a lot.