Movies Watched Q3-2017 🍿
July August September
- •Star Trek: Beyond 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿Amazing. I loved every minute-rolled my eyes once or twice but it's fast paced and fun. Some of the best CGI ever. Glad I didn't know or google mid movie to see who was in it. Had a fleeting guess that turned out to be right 😳😳! The original JJ Abrams Enterprise crew, good as ever with new badass Jaylah. Highly recommend.
- •Captain Fantastic 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿Viggo Mortensen stars as a father raising his kids 'off the grid'. Home schooled, living off the land, eschewing all corporate, big pharma and the conventional American lifestyle. A life event forces him & his progeny to re-enter civilization with various comical and serious situations. Another recommend. Sometimes feel I must just love movies-so well done and smart. Or I just know how to pick 'em.
- •Hunt for the Wilderpeople 🍿🍿🍿🍿Adored this film. Fanciful telling of an adventure between a cranky introvert and a troubled youth, though we do learn early on he's been mislabeled. Lots of eccentric folk wander in and out-the child welfare workers, police and mountain people. Character development is👌🏽Filmed in New Zealand so obviously beautiful scenery & locations. Excellent acting by Sam Neill.
- •The Founder 🍿🍿🍿🍿Likely based on pure nostalgia, 'The Founder' captured my attention. Starting in 1954, it's one of those 'weren't things great in the good old days' kind of a movie. Michael Keaton embodies the spirt of Ray Kroc with his "persistence" and take no prisoners drive. Lindsey Weir aka Linda Cardellini shows up as Ray's wife, Joan (another acquisition). Nick Offerman looks good in a flat top haircut 😉 Here's the whole movie summed up in a song 'Boom, Like That' https://youtu.be/NuQrmdu6quc
- •The Handmaid's Tale 🍿🍿🍿The movie before the Hulu series. Very 1990s, perms and shoulder pads but that aside, it's the scary regime that prizes order over freedom.
- •Sing Street 🍿🍿🍿🍿Dublin, 1985. Rough times in the Lawlor family, sends Robert to a new school. He finds a way to integrate through friendships and music. It's sweet and charming-if you lived those days, the music, fashion will be very familiar.
- •The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿+🍿If all shows could be as fun to watch as this was. Wow. It's 1958, NYC and Mrs. Maisel, four years married, two kids, Upper West Side, life is but a dream. No spoilers but everything here is colorful and sharp and 'the New York citiest'. The surprise was it's a Amy Sherman-Palladino production. No wonder I loved it.
- •The Edge of Seventeen 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿Ah, the confusing, self absorbed angst of adolescence. So dramatic. 'Everything's horrible and my pain is worse than yours' mental sabotage is viscerally acted out by Hailee Steinfeld. She's so believable as Nadine, who to be fair, has a few setbacks so her behavior is semi justified. But she's too careless with her words, hurting those closest. This was a perfect movie to live list as @sarahsolene did here. Reactions to The Edge of Seventeen
- •The Little Prince 🍿🍿🍿🍿'Up' meets 'Home Alone' meets 'Wall-E'. An expanded version of the famous book, weaving modern day evils within the fanciful metaphor of the story. Voiced by Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and many more- I get a kick out of guessing. Too long imo-the animation is cool (looks like everything is made out of paper or claymation) Almost wouldn't call it a kid's movie-the plot is a tad confusing. Sweet ending.
- •Zootopia 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿Busting stereotypes one cute (don't call Officer Hopps 'cute') animal at a time. Messages of inclusion and following your dream all wrapped up in less than two hours. But seriously, fun to watch, great animation and soundtrack. Extra bonus: Idris Elba as Chief Bogo-that voice! @Diplomatic_diva & @cvlop61 😉
- •Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil 🍿🍿🍿An artist whose detail and subject matter mainly portray religious themes, often with good & evil manifestations, naked-literally & figuratively. The film is lacking for the casual viewer imo-heavy on behind the scenes curator/art critic/museum dilemmas and too little on the actual art. I learned more by looking up Bosch on Wikipedia and viewing his paintings online. Most of his famous works are in the Prado.
- •Spirited Away 🍿🍿🍿🍿Well. This was not what I expected at all. Took a very strange turn early on. 😬 Animation seemed more airy than Pixar or Disney but still colorfully drawn. Inventive story. Thank you @Gola for suggesting it since proclaiming I wasn't a fan of anime. Reconsidering my stance 😉