Sunday, September 14, 2014

[DVD] Tuesdays with Mell 9/9/14 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Muppets Most Wanted, Bears, God's Pocket, The Investigator & more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier2014 PG-13 Action Adventure

Plot: Extending the saga of Marvel's The Avengers, this superhero sequel finds Steve Rogers living quietly in Washington but growing increasingly restless. So when a deadly new foe surfaces, he transforms into Captain America and allies with Black Widow. Trailer

Review: Really liked the first one. Haven't seen The Avengers nor Iron Man 2. Hoping this one is good, but I'm tired of all these comic book movies. 

Watch with: Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, The incredible Hulk, Captain America, & last: The Avengers before this film. 

Muppets Most Wanted2014 PG Family Cmedy
James Bobin

Plot: In the middle of their global tour, the Muppets inadvertently get mixed up in a perilous drama involving a gang of international jewel thieves. It isn't easy being Kermit the Frog, who happens to be a dead ringer for the world's top criminal. Trailer

Review: I've love The Puppets since I was a kid and still love them. That last as funny aside from the new muppet that I don't like much. I love Tina Fey. I can't stand Ricky Gervais. We'll see.

Rating: TBD

Watch with: The Muppet Movie, Muppets From Space, Bolt

Bears2004 G Documentary

Alastair FothergillKeith Scholey

Plot: This captivating DisneyNature documentary follows two mother brown bears as they raise cubs amid the splendor of the Alaskan wilderness. Over the course of a year, the cubs play in the snow, learn how to fish and elude a predatory wolf pack. Trailer

Review: Aww. The bears are so this movie. In real life if I ever saw a cub, I'd get outta dodge cuz momma wouldn't be happy to see me petting her cub. This looks sweet. If it's nominated for Best Documentary for the Oscars I will watch it. Otherwise, not interested.

Rating: TBD

Watch with: An Inconvenient Truth & March of Penguins

Palo Alto2013 R Indie Drama

Gia Coppola

Plot: Based on a collection of short stories by James Franco (who also stars), this perceptive drama follows a group of disaffected teens in a wealthy California town who have money to burn but little parental supervision -- and even less direction. Trailer

Review: I'm very interested in this because 1. I love movies about ppl trying to figure out their path in life. I felt that way in college. I got lost, figured things out, and put things back together so I relate to these characters. I'm also interested in the Franco as a writer. He's very intelligent and is a very strong writer. It'll be interesting to see his writing on screen. I also love the Coppola family and the music composer of this film, who's also a Coppola btw. I also really like Roberts. In Indie mode, she really gets a chance to showcase her acting chops.

Rating: TBD.

Watch with: It's Kind of a Funny Story, Virginia

A Long Way Down2014 R Drama Based on Contemporary Literature

Pascal Chaumeil

Plot: When faded TV personality Martin Sharp decides to end his life on New Year's Eve by jumping off a London skyscraper, he meets three strangers who had the exact same plan. But instead of taking the leap, the four lost souls vow to stick together. Trailer

Review: This movie looks quirky & charming.

Rating: TBD

Watch with: The Safety of Objects, Evening, The Night Listener

God's Pocket2014 R Drama
John Slattery

Plot: Blue collar worker Mickey tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious construction accident, but a local reporter senses that something's amiss. As he's backed into a corner by the truth, Mickey struggles to find a way out. Trailer

Review: Not too many movies left to watch with the late, great PSH. Add to that an interesting premise, great cast, & Slattery of "Mad Men" fame as the director. You have my attention.

Rating: TBD

 Watch with: Joe, Sideways, Silver Linings Playbook

Words and Pictures2013 PG-13 RomCom
Fred Schepisi
Plot: A picture is worth a thousand words -- or is it? That's the question prep school students must answer as their teachers egg them on in this diverting romantic comedy starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as the instructors who spark the debate. Trailer

Review: I'm a writer, and most of my family members are artists. I'm even related to Edgar Degas. This film looks as if it will incite some great banter & debate, and ask profound questions. All this with what looks like a happy ending, and not a sad-for-sad-sakes Indie ending. I'm in.

Rating: TBD

Watch with: Dan in Real Life, Intruders, Bee Season, The English Patient

Fed Up2014 PG Documentary
Plot: Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers. Trailer

Review:  As I get older I'm continuously paying more attention to what I put in my body. Anything that can help me be more informed I'm interested in seeing. I also love Katie Couric.

Rating: TBD

Watch with: Super Size Me

The Investigator2013 NR Faith Based Dram based on real events

Curtis Graham

Plot: Veteran cop James Buanacore retires after a botched case, leaving him depressed and guilt-ridden until his brother offers a solution. Buanacore soon finds new purpose when he draws on 20 years' experience to teach criminal justice to high schoolers. Trailer

Review: I'm really enjoying all these well written, well, produced, & well acted faith based films that have been coming out in recent years. This story seems very intriguing to me. I'm Catholic, a cop's wife, and I have a minor/concentration in Criminal Psychology plus my dad played baseball. There's a lot going on here. I could also see this being good for non believers to watch this film. I love the idea of investigating the death of Jesus Christ.

Rating: TBD

Watch with: Courageous, The Blind Side

Sunday, September 7, 2014

[DVD] TUesdays Mell 7/1/2014 The Lunchbox, Son of God, RoboCop

The Lunchbox2013 PG Foreign Drama
Ritesh Batra
When Mumbai's eerily reliable lunchbox delivery service erroneously sends a meal prepared by a young housewife to a lonely widower on the brink of retirement, the mistake ignites an exchange of notes and mutual fantasy between them.Review: This looks like a very sweet spin on a romance with amazing looking food. I love Indian food. Rating: TBD. Watch with: You've Got Mail & Shop Around the Corner
Son of God2014 Faith-based film
Plot: A follow-up to the landmark 2013 miniseries The Bible, this feature follows the life of Jesus Christ from his humble birth to his resurrection. Filmed in authentic historical locales, this epic presentation brings new life to the miraculous story. Review: I've heard some not-so-good things about this film, like how it edits too much out, and Christians will be irritated at some things, but I will wait for judgement til I see it. Rating: TBD. Watch with: "Son of God" mini-series 

RoboCop2014 Scifi

José Padilha
Plot: When Detroit cop and family man Alex Murphy is critically injured in the line of duty, a robotics firm transforms him into an experimental crime-fighting cyborg, though he remains haunted by his human past in this reboot of the 1980s sci-fi classic. Trailer

Review: I went into this film expecting your basic shoot-em-up action flick, but was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it has action and great FX as to be expected. What I didn't expect was that it turned out to be a smart scifi film that gets the audience to think about things like how far are we willing to go in the name of technology? What are we willing to give up in the name of national security? How much control do we want our government to have over us? Samuel L. Jackson is particularly good here. There are also some very thinly veiled pokes at our current administration and some of the issues lately regarding government over-stepping their bounds in the name of national security: ie drones, reading emails, spying on foreign nationals, NSA, etc. Fun and smart. 

Rating: Noteworthy

Watch with: Equilibrium