Movie Round Up: What's Good

I have another movie review round up for you.  The only one available on Netflix streaming is really bad.  Sorry about that, but I included a really good Netflix documentary to make up for it.

The Age of Adeline
I love everything about Blake Lively in the role of Adeline.  Her hair.  Her wardrobe, especially that gorgeous black evening gown with the open back.  The way she spoke.  I even feel in love with the name.  Adeline.  So old fashioned, but so beautiful.  It actually makes me wish I had something to name just so I could use the name and call her Addy for short.  I might have to get a new doll.  Anyway, the move was incredible.  The cinematography was beautiful.  San Francisco is an extra character in the movie and was portrayed beautifully as well.  See this movie if you haven't. 5 STARS

The Martian
This one is not on DVD yet.  MJ is extremely picky when it comes to move and he gave it an A- so you know it has to be good. Matt Damon spent most of the film acting solo, and he did it with such humor and candor that I didn't even notice that most of his scenes were monologues.  Space is the stuff of nightmares for me.  Fascinating, yes-but I can't believe that people willingly go to a place millions of miles away that has no oxygen.  No oxygen.  It's just as scary as being 50 feet in the ocean and I want no part of either.  Without spoiling it let's just say I liked the ending of this movie better than Gravity. 5 STARS

John Wick
I really didn't know Keanu Reaves had this kind of role in him.  He was pretty bad ass in The Matrix, but in this movie he was a straight up, hard core hit-man killer.  Movies with a lot of killing tend to have really complicated plots, but this one was simple.  Russian mob guy's snot nosed son messes with the wrong guy and he will not rest until he seeks retribution. I don't think Keanu Reeves is a bad actor, but in every film there is something very wooden about his speech and mannerisms.  This was no exception.  There was a lot of killing, but at the same time a really quiet and calm feel to the entire movie. The body count piled up and all the characters remained calm, cool and collected.  Good movie. 3 STARS

So. Bad.  I felt like I had been duped after watching it and would have been really angry if I had seen it in a movie theatre.  The entire thing played out from behind a computer screen and was entirely based around the internet.  Definitely a sign of the times, but not a good one.  1  STAR

San Andreas
This movie had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.  It had action.  It had romance.  It had heart.  It had everything.  I'm a big fan of The Rock.  4  STARS

Dark Places
I'm kind of mad 'cause MJ wouldn't watch this one with me and he would have really like it.  I'm a big Charlize Theron fan and an added bonus was Chloe Grace Moretz.  Charlize portrays Libby Day, the sole survivor of the murder of her entire family for which her brother was accused of and serving jail time for 28 years.  It had an excellent plot twist and kept me guessing the entire time.  4 STARS

Little Accidents
I don't know how I stumbled upon this one, but it turned out to be a really good Indie flick.  The story follows the only survivor of a coal mining accident and the unrest that follows.  Then, a coal mining executive's son goes missing and things get even more complicated.  Elizabeth Banks is excellent as usual.  4  STARS 

127 Hours
I can't believe we finally watched this.  It has has been sitting in our queue for five years.  There wasn't really much else I wanted to see so I finally pushed it to the top.  I admit I only watched it out of pure fascination about how a guy could cut off his own arm, and there really isn't much to the movie but it was good. 3 STARS

6 Years (Taissa Farmiga-Netflix streaming)
This was a collection of scenes chronicling an extremely dysfunctional relationship mish mashed together to loosely resemble a story line and a plot.  I only watched it because of Farmiga.  There was no flow.  No cohesion.  No depth. The girlfriend was a total train wreck and the boyfriend was no prince, but it was obvious that the girl drove him to it.  Don't watch this movie. 1 STAR

Twinsters (Netflix streaming)
I have always had a fascination with twins.  I used to be mad at my mom for not making me a twin, which is ridiculous, but I was 10.  Identical twins separated at birth and adopted out to different countries find each other by chance and a beautiful love story between sisters begins.  It was so cute to watch these girls take such delight in not only having a blood sibling but one that looks exactly like them.  I don't see how anyone could not like this documentary.  5  STARS

More movie watching ideas here and here.


Lex R said...

Oh, I love this! I've heard of most of these movies, but I like that you included some hidden treasures in your list.

Faith said...

I absolutely love your movie reviews! I'll have to add a few of these to my list!

I'm glad you enjoyed The Age of Adeline as I've been meaning to watch but haven't gotten around to it.

Christy {SparklesandSpinach} said...

I loved The Age of Adaline and Dark Places! I also thought Little Accidents was good in an unexpecated way! There's a new one that I saw that's on Netflix now with Rosamund Pike. I can't remember the name, but I believe that it's trending. It has Shiloh Fernandez in it as well. That was pretty good! Very dark, but good. Let me know if you watch it! =)

Law_Fal said...

I've on seen San Andreas so I'm definitely excited to check out some of the othe movies you listed! I wanted to read Dark Places before I watched the movie but life just keeps getting in the way of me reading too many books just for fun!

Susannah said...

Ooo... Thanks for these! I've wanted to see Age of Adeline but I didn't know what I would think of it. I think you've convinced me. ;-)

Jacqueline Hough said...

I really want to see the Martians! I read Dark Places and am curious to see it. I have San Andreas is pretty good. I do love a good disaster flick. I am leaning toward dropping Directv and getting Netflicks! Thanks for the suggestions!

jackie jade said...

I just saw the Martian last week and really liked it too, even though it stressed me out ha. I saw the end of San Andreas when my husband was watching it and it was enjoyable from what I saw. And I really want to see Age of Adaline ! Even just for Blake Lively's hair haha.

Ashley R said...

I always love your reviews! We saw the Martian in theaters (Charles read the book) and absolutely loved it. So good.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Thank you. I've run out of movies and I hate the ones they have been recommending so these suggestions sound good! I have seen ads for twinsters so I'll give it a try. Any good sappy Christmas movie ideas!