Arrival — A Movie Review

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Dec 072016

arrivalmovieposterWhen mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Eric Heisserer (screenplay), Ted Chiang (based on the short story “Story of Your Life” written by)
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Forest Whitaker

Runtime: 116 min; Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi; Released: 11 Nov 2016

Veteran’s Day was a holiday for me, but not Lay, so I went to watch this movie. It was well worth the ticket price. Continue reading »

Movie Review – Gone Girl

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Oct 202014

Gone Girl Movie PosterOn the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Rating: 9.3/10 (238 votes)
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Gillian Flynn (novel)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Runtime: 149 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 03 Oct 2014

Well, this one deserves the hype. Me and Lay went to watch this one last night at the AMC Theater in Brandon. The theater wasn’t packed, but there was a sizable crowd, which was, for a change, reasonably quiet.

David Fincher has crafted, in his clear-cut no-nonsense style, a powerful mystery-thriller that would likely win kudos from Hitchcock. I have never read the book, nor any Gillian Flynn books, but she crafted a great story, and executed the screenplay very well.  Continue reading »


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Jul 072007

Movie Poster for ShooterBob Lee Swagger, one of the world’s great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He’s left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he’s recruited by a lisping colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia.

Antoine Fuqua

Action, Mystery, Thriller

Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover, Lane Garrison, Mackenzie Gray, Adrian Hughes, Elias Koteas, Darren Massey, Rade Serbedzija, Jonathan Walker (II), Justin Louis, Tate Donovan, Alan C. Peterson (II), Ned Beatty

Lay and I watched this movie on DVD last night. We’d tried several times to rent it, but it was always out. My overall impression of the movie was good. I think Wahlberg has matured into an excellent actor. While I have not yet read the book from which the movie was adapted, it seem to be a fairly complete story.

My main concern was the “love interest” that developed in the story. That was just way too predictable. Ned Beatty, as the crooked Senator, actually made a few good points about how the world operates today. So, on the whole, I consider it a well made film, and definitely worth watching.

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The Mysterious, Source of All True Art and Science

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Jun 042006

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. –Albert Einstein

It goes without saying that Einstein was brilliant, but I think his brilliance showed through more because of the wonder he recognized in our universe than in his ability to do complex math. I think it was this sense of wonder at our mysterious nature that lead Einstein to his greatest discoveries.

How would your life change if you viewed the world through that sort of lens?

Meet Joe Black

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Jun 252004

Meet Joe Black (1998)

A media mogul acts as a guide to Death, who takes the form of a young man to learn about life on Earth and in the process, fall in love with his guide’s daughter.

Directed by
Martin Brest

Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Drama

Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Tambor, David S. Howard, Lois Kelly-Miller, Jahnni St. John, Richard Clarke, Marylouise Burke, Diane Kagan, June Squibb, Gene Canfield, Suzanne Hevner


OK, some people just don’t like Brad Pitt, but I happen to think he’s allright. This is a pretty good film, and if viewed with the right frame of mind, can raise some pretty good questions about the meaning and purpose of life. This is one of my favorites.

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