The effects driven retelling of the largest man made environmental disaster in U.S. history; Deepwater Horizon is more akin to ‘Snakes on a Plane’ than the human interest story it tries to be. Minimalist in its storytelling, Deepwater Horizon is a bit confusing at times yet, it still is an effect no-nonsense thriller. That could be good or bad, depending on your expectations of the film. This isn’t an emotional docu-drama, nor is it a bloated CGI fest. (OK, maybe a little) Deepwater Horizon, like so many other calamity films places a bunch of likable characters on the precipice of sudden disaster. Though the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson, the real star of the show is the ill-fated semi-submersible oil rig.
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Director Garry Marshall is at it again, taking another ensemble cast and pairing it with another Hallmark Holiday. This time, Mother’s Day approaches and we follow four different, seemingly unconnected families as they prepare for the big day.
Sandy (Jennifer Anniston) is a recently divorced interior decorator, shares custody of her two boys with ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant). All is as well as could be, under the circumstances; until Henry divulges his engagement to the younger, more attractive and generally better in every conceivable way Tina (Shay Mitchell). Upset over the finality of her failed marriage Sandy vents her frustrations to friend Jesse (Kate Hudson). Jesse lives next door to her sister Gabi, who is married to her wife Max (Cameron Esposito). The couple also has an adopted son. Jesse, is also married, but to a doctor of Indian ethnicity Russell (Aasif Mandvi). They also have a child together. Gabi and Jesse share two archaic (read: ignorant) parents who are so stubbornly closed-minded, the siblings hid their relationships from their parents, avoiding confrontation. Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) is recently widowed. This will be his first Mother’s Day without his wife and he is still grieving. Now struggling to raise two teenage girls alone, he reluctantly ponders joining the dating scene again. Continue reading “Movie Review – Mother’s Day (2016)”
Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) was on top of the music world. Representing the biggest and best, Lanz has single-handedly sculpted popular music in America, over his multi decade career. That was in the 70’s; 40 years later, Lanz operates his talent agency out of a seedy Van Nuys, California motel. With one actual client, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel), Richie gets an idea to join a USO tour. The USO is an organization that provides services and live entertainment for troops overseas and Ronnie is scheduled to perform in sunny Afghanistan. Less than thrilled at the prospect of travelling halfway around the world to the physical manifestation of hell, Ronnie befriends a mercenary named Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis); who assists in her escape from Kabul. Without any money, or a talent to represent, Ritchie is stranded in Afghanistan. Continue reading “Movie Review – Rock The Kasbah”
My initial reaction to director Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist was one of spite and, truth be told, a little bit of anger. It’s very easy for an American to view this movie and be upset by it, as 99% of the Americans portrayed in this movie are painted as ugly, stupid, and ignorant; there are exactly zero sympathetic white Americans to be found in this movie. But there’s one quick, almost throwaway sequence early in this movie that attempts to disarm the viewer and explain its motif, and that has to do with our perceptions. With this scene in mind, one can almost understand the director’s intentions with this movie, and the perspective can be appreciated, but it doesn’t keep The Reluctant Fundamentalist from being a bit of a mess.
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Friendships can be tricky. Depending on the number of friends you have you may find yourself having a friend who’s a push-over, or someone who always has to get their way. You could be that one who has to get their way, or worse yet, you could be the push-over friend. And if you were/are the push-over friend, just how far do you go to stand up for yourself before you threaten the friendship itself? It’s a tough question. Ultimately though you have to stand up for yourself, no matter how hard it can be.
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