The Martian

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In some way this movie reminded me of “Castaway.” With humor and great amount suspense this movie was a blast. Matt Damon does a wonderful job of making us believe he is marooned on Mars. Even though some of us had enough information to know what things are not believable but it’s still a good movie. You should see it if you haven’t. Enjoy!

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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone was not what I expected and the unusual twists will keep you guessing as to what is real. Something interesting is how this movie was shot. Watch closely, think about how it looks. Do you like this style? Did it help with the reality of the scenes?
Enjoy.

Midnight In Paris & Magic In The Moonlight

midnightinparisMidnight In Paris starring Owen Wilson.
An interesting story about a writer. No the movie I expected and was pleasantly surprised because it’s a Woody Allen movie. As a matter of fact both of these movies are. And I found both not like any Woody Allen movies I had seen before.
magicinthemoonlightMagic In The Moonlight starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth brings us back to the time of spiritualist and the men who showed them to be frauds. It’s funny and worth a look.
Enjoy the movie.

Dracula Untold, Edge of Tomorrow & Citizen Four.

draculauntoldDracula Untold, staring Luke Evans was a different take on the origins of Dracula. This was well done and very interesting. Luke does an excellent job of playing a prince who cares about his people and is willing to go that extra mile for them.
edgeEdge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise, this movie is another one that will test the limits of your imagination. It contains some funny moments and overall was worth watching.
citizenfourCitizen Four, the story behind Edward Snowden. If you have been under a rock during all this or even watching this all unfold you may not know the whole story. Worth watching.
Enjoy the movies.

The Grand Budapest Hotel.

grandbudThe Grand Budapest Hotel, like a number of Wes Anderson movies seem to last longer then they really do. 40 mins of the movie is good the rest seems to be boring filler. For me after the movie is over I’m tired. I feel like the life has been sucked out of me. Some people think these are great movies, for me not so much. Last nights Oscars gave this movie three. I thought other pictures in those category deserved them more. Congratulations to those others who one last night because I thought all of them did great.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the new one!

waltermittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a remake if your didn’t know but somehow I was glad I hadn’t seen the original when I sat down to watch this version starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and a number of other actors that made it fun to see who would show up next. This is about the death of Life Magazine in print at a sublevel, but the main focus is the cover of the final issue. Thee photo for the final cover was given to Walter Mitty, yet he seems to find it missing, sort of. His life filled with daydreams he finally has to go out into the real world to find the missing photo. The scenery is spectacular and the events are fun and exciting. I will probably watch this at least one more time. Enjoy!

Robin we miss you!

robinIt’s been hard to put in to words the loss of a person you only knew from afar yet in someways felt so close to. He could make you smile and then create character that would scare you to death. I grew up near Boulder Colorado where the facade of a house represented the home of Mork and Mindy. I drove by that house today and felt the loss yet again. My dream of seeing him do Teddy Roosevelt as a feature character in something other than Night at the Museum will never come to pass. But I have to say everything he did do made me admire him all the more for his versatility. Below you will find what I thought were good compilations of his career and one special video that touched me.
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We love you and miss you.

Maleficent and How to Train Your Dragon 2

maleificantMaleficent was a good twist on what most people think of the traditional story of Sleeping Beauty. My only grip is that of the fairy purist. Fairy’s don’t have bird wings, ever! But I did like this story anyway, cause the original is horrifying for children. Angelina gave a great performance, and it also had it’s funny moments. howtotrain2How to Train your Dragon 2, was as good as the first even if I did find some of it a little slow going. Toothless always steals the show and that says alot for an animated dragon. Jay Barcuchel makes a great voice for Hiccup, along with everyone else from the original cast, the addition of Cate Blanchett as Hiccup’s mother was marvelous. Saw these as a double feature, both have their tear jerking moments. Enjoy some movies today!

The Last Stand & Oblivion, not what I expected.

thelaststandIf you haven’t seen this one with A. Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville and an interesting assorted cast, it’s worth a look, just don’t take it too seriously. It has humor as well as some other surprises that made it good for a late afternoon flick.
oblivionI’ve never been a huge Tom Cruise fan but on occasion he does surprise me. Even thought I found some of this movie predictable and the plot twist I figured out early I did find this to be one of the better Tom Cruise movies. I did like Minority Report and his weird rock star in Rock of Ages. If your not a big fan either you might try one of these and see what you think.