Posted on January 4, 2018
- The Lobster
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Hidden Figures
- Captain Fantastic
- Don’t Think Twice
- Manchester by the Sea
- Doctor Strange
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Captain America: Civil War
- La La Land
- Florence Foster Jenkins
- The Light Between Oceans
- Star Trek Beyond
- Kubo and the Two Strings
- My Life as a Zucchini
- Midnight Special
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Miss Peregirne’s Home for Peculiar Children
- The Founder
- X-Men: Apocalypse
- Love & Friendship
- Finding Dory
- Hail, Caesar
- A Monster Calls
- Into the Forest
- Suicide Squad
- Cafe Society
- The Jungle Book
- Batman v. Superman
Posted on January 2, 2018
Jan 3: X-Files- 10-episodes of the revived series on FOX
Jan 5: The End of the F***ing World- Dark comedy based on a graphic novel which follows a teen couple on a road trip intends to kill the girl at the conclusion of their journey on NETFLIX
Jan 12: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams- 10-episode sci-fi anthology based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories on AMAZON PRIME
Jan 26: A Futile and Stupid Gesture- a biopic about the life of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney on NETFLIX
Posted on January 2, 2018
- Get Out
- Lady Bird
- Wonder Woman
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- The Shape of Water
- Brigsby Bear
- Thor: Ragnarok
- The Lure
- The Big Sick
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- It Comes at Night
- Dave Made a Maze
- Loving Vincent
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Glass Castle
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- The Girl with All the Gifts
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- The Lego Batman Movie
- The Beautiful Fantastic
- Justice League
- Ghost in the Shell
- Tulip Fever
- Alien: Covenant
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
- Kong Island
- A Ghost Story
***31 actually seen in 2017
Posted on January 1, 2018
The Disaster Artist
Blade Runner 2049
The Greatest Showman
Call Me by Your Name
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Lost City of Z
The Florida Project
Murder on the Orient Express
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
All the Money in the World
Posted on January 1, 2018
Here are a few movies on my tenative “To Be Watched” movie list for 2018. Any you want to see? What did I miss?
Please Stand By (1/26)-Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic woman who runs away to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition.
God Particle (2/2)-Don’t know much except sounds like it is the next the Cloverfield series.
Black Panther (2/16)-I believe I will enjoy this.
Annihilation (2/23)-Read this book. Enjoyed the mystery, but hopefully, the movie will explain what the heck was going on.
Isle of Dogs (3/23)-Wes Anderson, Stop Motion Animation, ’nuff said?
A Wrinkle in Time (3/9)-One of my favorite books as a kid.
Ready Player One (3/30)-One of my favorite books as an adult.
A Quiet Place (4/6)-Directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and communicating in sign language.
X-Men: The New Mutants (4/13)-That poster looks neat.
Avengers: Infinity War (5/4)-Every superhero ever in a movie together.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (5/25)-Trying not to hear too much about this, but sure seems like it might be a cluster.
Deadpool 2 (6/1)-Duh.
The Incredibles 2 (6/15)-Been too long since the last one.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (6/22)-Doesn’t seem like it is has been long enough since the last one.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (6/6)- Honey, I Shrunk the Superfhero: Part II
Alita: Battle Angel (6/20)– cautiously optimistic
Captive State (8/17)- The occupation of Chicago by an extra-terrestrial force AND it has John Goodman.
The Happytime Murders (8/17)-Puppets and murder! “When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.”
Venom (10/5)-Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. I like it.
Bad Times at the El Royale (10/5)-Just keeping my eye on this…too early to tell.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (9/2)-Can never have too many X-men movies, right? Right?
Mortal Engines (12/14)-Post-apocalyptic steampunk world where entire cities have been mounted on wheels. Okay you have my attention.
Aquaman (12/21)-I am keeping an open mind.
Posted on February 1, 2012
Reviewed by Ms. Critic
After throwing back some Midol and curling up with the heating pad, I turned to the trusty tele to find some comfort. It was actually Mr. Critic who selected these movies from Netflix, probably from my prompts of wanting to see more “girl movies”.
Let me confess one thing before I get started. I’m the kind of girl who is clueless about movies. I don’t really care for previews nor do I follow what is new or the creation of films. And it’s because Mr. Critic is 100% competent in this area. I often turn to him like a confused senior and ask “honey have we seen that yet?” (read “honey, I can’t remember a damn thing about any film ever, did I watch this movie, and also, where did I park the car?”) Rest assured reader, I am writing this just after seeing both films so my memory banks for these two haven’t dumped yet. Thank God I’m still young!
The first movie was Another Earth. In my naïve way I asked Mr. Critic what movie he picked and what it’s about. He told me it’s about what it would be like if there was a mirrored earth. “Don’t worry, it’s not a sci-fi,” he assured.
What followed was a film totally unexpected. The story unfolds in a quiet, surreal manner, with a patient and subtle suspense that urges you to continue to watch. The tragedy unfolds when a promising teen makes a mistake so large, it sends her to prison. And that is just the first few minutes of the movie. It later continues with her release to the public that coincides with the contact of another earth. Another Earth is presented as symbol of redemption for the lead character, while others are uneasy with the idea that their lives are a mirrored on this newly found sister planet. I’m not going to tell you much more in fear that I give away the entire plot, however I will share that in my vulnerable state, I cried like a baby. The movie is seductive with its haunting views of another Earth in the sky. Something so beautiful and familiar (since it looks just like our Earth) yet entirely out of place when viewed next to the moon in the skyscape. It’s the simple shots and quiet moments of this film that make it so attractive. Not everything is explained in this film, which adds to the mystery and intrigue.
Next we watched The Help. I had read the book previously and had bawled my eyes out on the pages of this story already. Apparently I had many tears to spare because this did not make me immune to another ugly cry, or maybe I should say a series of ugly cries. This tale of racism in Mississippi stayed true to its book roots with its main focus of triumph of adversity. Unlike Another Earth, The Help uses humor and easily accessible and familiar characters to unfold a complex plot. This is a Steel Magnolias type of movie of feel-good sisterhood and courage juxtaposed with uptight southern bells—the ultimate super villains. The connection to the characters is somewhat lacking only because of the shear volume and lack of inner monologue that a book is better at uncovering. However, the movie did a good job of uncovering racism without being preachy or political.
So if you’re in need of an escape to another world, try one of these movies, just make sure to pack your tissues for the emotional journey ahead.
Posted on January 30, 2012
So this year only two songs have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song: “Man or Muppet” and “Real in Rio”. Take a listen.
Real in Rio
Man or Muppet
First let me say, I am disappointed that there are only two songs. Either the Academy needs to change their rules or somebody needs to step up and start writing some better songs for movies.
And in reviewing these songs, to me, there is one clear winner. Although “Real in Rio” will make a great half-time, marching band song someday, it just does not even come close to the greatness of the Muppets. First, the song is written by Bret McKinzie of the Flight of the Conchords, who has written some fantastically funny songs, and I would love to see him honored for creating another hit. Second, this song isn’t just funny, but I think it speaks to the heart of most men as we grow up. Are we to lose that crazy, childlike Muppet inside of us to become an “adult” or should we embrace that weird, felt-like, googley-eyed personality? Those of you who know me, know which path I have chosen, which I’m sure at times drives my wife crazy.
“Man or Muppet” is a wonderful song on so many levels and Mister Critic picks “Man or Muppet” to win.
What do you think?
Posted on July 11, 2011
I’ve been caught up. Swept away to a world not too different from my own, watching Thirtysomething on Netflix has been my dirty little secret. The first taping of Thirtysomething was in 1987. So you’d think that something created so long ago, a silly sitcom would really not resonate with a thirty-year-old of today. You’d think our facebook, iphones and tech gadgets would make us somehow superior or at least different. We’d perhaps struggle with different world politics, a different economy, different family values. Has life really changed much in 24 years?
This year I turned double digit threes and can really identify with the clash between adulthood obligations and ideology that is unique to thirty-year-olds for generations now. It’s kind of a middle place, a waiting place. I feel the adulthood angst carried with me everywhere I go. Thirty is the age when you realize, you are not really that special (if you are lucky, your parents or spouse still think you are). You didn’t marry Prince Charming, didn’t solve world hunger, didn’t make millions on Wall Street. Thirty is a mediocre age where you accept you are just one of many people trying to live your life avoiding trauma. Watching Thirtysomething I identify with the Steadmans who work hard to balance their careers while raising a family under the roof of a decrepit house. I identify with Eylln who cautiously navigates her relationship with her parents who recently divorced. Or there is Melissa who spends more time hiding behind the camera rather than making connections because it’s safer. And I identify with Gary who wants to make the world a better place but doesn’t know where to begin. These characters are so much like my friends and me with the same obstacles and joys that the dated 80’s style become as invisible as the Emperor’s New Clothes (well almost. I still can’t get over that Elliot a grown man, wears large decorative pins on his suit coats, very strange indeed).
Watching Thirtysomething I don’t feel so alone feeling unsure. I am reminded that everyone is plugging away at their journey, not really understanding where they will be taken next. I’m comforted that although my real life Thirtysomething friends have very different lives; we are able to learn from one another and share our life experiences. And thanks to fictional Thirtysomething, I realize it doesn’t matter what era you were born in (or if you wore hideous pins or feathered bangs) the destination is not what is important. It’s the journey that makes life worth living.