There was a lot to like, mostly the great characters. Was I the only… MoreThere was a lot to like, mostly the great characters. Was I the only one who thought when the victors were in the ring it was like a reality show?
From a movie-goers point of view, I think this is an excellent movie.… MoreFrom a movie-goers point of view, I think this is an excellent movie. Solomon Northrup has a serious problem right in frame 1--he is a free man who has been kidnapped into slavery--and spends the rest of the movie trying to explain his situation/adapt/rebel/prove his worth/escape--in other words all the things any viewer would do caught in the same situation. It's like the Fugitive looking for the one-armed man--guilty until proven innocent. And the viewer identifies and feels Solomon's pain and helplessness every step of the way. His dilemma feels insurmountable. But the truly disturbing fact is the realization that this happened and happened a lot and the even more disturbing fact is the realization on a gut level--as opposed to the history book level--that our country not only tolerated but encouraged commerce in human beings--and the reality that all the slaves were kidnapped from formerly free lives (if not here somewhere else) is sickening. That they used Bible verses to support their claims is dizzying. That it took so long for this story to be told dumbfounding. I did have to laugh when Brad Pitt got all the good righteous lines, but hey, he produced the movie so he's more than entitled and he makes a splendid good guy. Michael Fassbender is the creepiest psychopath on the screen in a while.
See, this is why comedians shouldn't be allowed in a serious movie!… MoreSee, this is why comedians shouldn't be allowed in a serious movie! Very slow moving--nothing in the first ten minutes made any sense whatsoever. You mean this hot guy lives across the street from the lead and SHE NEVER NOTICED until they share a cab from the airport? The repartee Lou and Margot have in bed is so unbelievable--"I love you so much I want to inject your face with ebola and aids"--is so Seth Rogen, and I actually think he's funny, but not here please.
Based on the reviews I would have never even seen this, but it was a… MoreBased on the reviews I would have never even seen this, but it was a slow day at Red Box (in other words I have seen everything in there except the zombies things) and I'm glad I did. Kristen Wiig gives an understated performance. Annette Bening is great as the mother. And the plot, while wildly unbelievable, sucked me in. Christopher Fitzgerald plays a great addled brother who turns out to be some kind of genius. Quite enjoyable. Give it ten minutes then you're in.
I loved this movie despite the fact that it had everything I usually… MoreI loved this movie despite the fact that it had everything I usually dislike in a movie: "feel good" "time travel" "message about appreciating every moment you have". etc. It worked. My life is full of little moments I would like to do over and that the main character had this ability worked wonderfully. I especially like that the first time he tried it, he used his power to make a girl who had a crush on him feel good. The father-son relationship was moving. Everything was just a little nicer because the two principals--father and son--had the ability to remake life's defining moments with a little more love.
A fun evening watching other people's blind choices. Makes me feel… MoreA fun evening watching other people's blind choices. Makes me feel better about my own. Not marriage-wise,that's rock solid, but choices that involve trusting my first instincts about people which are invariably wrong. In fact, I should probably make a rule that if I like someone immediately, it means they're an entertaining sociopath and just walk away and if I find someone boringly normal, get the contact information like right away and let the collaboration begin! Back to the movie: what I really liked about it is that everyone was trying to behave in a moral way even though they knew they screwed up by not fighting for what they really wanted.
Well, once again I'm on the wrong side of this one, but I LOVED it.… MoreWell, once again I'm on the wrong side of this one, but I LOVED it. Saw it on a DVD from Redbox...really scraping for something to watch and I was delighted. The dialogue was so witty. The plot, okay anytime you have witness protection plan it's going to be a little contrived, but it was oddly believable and filled with some real moments. Bradley Cooper is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors--a little sexy a little sinister--Kristen Bell is the perfect perfect girlfriend and Tom Arnold was just superb. The car chases were exciting. I mean, what else do you want out of a 1.4 hour piece of entertainment?