Movie Comments

Below are multiple lists covering 2017 through today. Some link to my commentary; more movies are simply listed alphabetically by year viewed.

Unlike book reports, and stage shows, I rarely “review” films. I added “star” ratings to titles beginning in 2018 when challenged by a reader.

e.g. … 7*=Seven stars. ‘Ten’ is for epics like Doctor Shivago, which excels in history, acting, scenery, story, and score.

Brief commentaries, 2020, in order of viewing:
*(star) ratings are my own … 8*=Eight stars (maximum 10 stars)

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Brief commentaries, 2019, in order of viewing:
*(star) ratings are my own … 8*=Eight stars (maximum 10 stars)

Brief commentaries, 2018, in order of viewing:
*(star) ratings are my own … 8*=Eight stars (maximum 10 stars)

Brief commentaries, 2017, in order of viewing:

Also viewed, without commenting:
2020, alphabetically:
*(star) ratings are my own … 7*=Seven stars (maximum 10 stars)

  • 6*; 1984 (1984); -John Hurt, Aldous Huxley novel
  • 7*; The Accountant (2016) -Ben Affleck
  • 8*; Another Earth (2011) -Brit Marling
  • 6*; The Art of Getting By (2011) -F. Hightower
  • 7*; Atlas Shrugged Part I (2011) -Good storyline
  • 7*; Atlas Shrugged Part II (2012) -Actors chg vs Pt I
  • 4*; Atlas Shrugged Part III (2014) -Poor acting, storyline
  • 8*; Blackway (2015) -J. Stiles, A. Hopkins
  • 8*; The Bookshop (2017) -Emily Mortimer
  • 9*; Cake (2014) -Jennifer Anniston, Adriana Barraza
  • 3*; Chumscrubber (2005) -Dark Comedy? Satire?
  • 6*; The Contractor (2007) -Wesley Snipes
  • 9*; The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) -A. Dumas
  • 10*; D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc (2019) -Heroes!
  • 8*; Déjà Vu (2006) -Denzel Washington
  • 8*; The Dish (2000) -Australian
  • 8*; Downtown Abbey (2019) -Movie nee TV
  • 6*; Dripping in Chocolate (2012) -Australian Mystery
  • 6*; Emma (1996) -Gwenyth Paltrow
  • 5*; Escape from NY (1981) -Curt Russell, E. Borgnine
  • 6*; Faster (2019) -Dwayne Johnson
  • 5*; The Freshman (1990) -Broderick, Brando
  • 7*; The Frozen Ground (2013) -Cage, Cusack
  • 4*, 6*; Glengarry, Glen Ross; (1992) -D. Mamet
  •   ->4* as film; 6* as “study -if world was only male”
  • 6*; Go For It! (2011) -Carmen Marrón
  • 8*; God’s Not Dead (2014) -Kevin Sorbo
  • 2*; Gosford Park (2001) -Mystery’s Mystery
  • 7*; Grant (2020) -History Channel 3-part Mini
  • 7*; Green Book (2018) -Storytelling
  • 7*; A Handful of Dust (1998) -Kristen Scott Thomas
  • 8*; Havana (1990) -Robert Redford
  • 5*; Hawaii (1966) -Julie Andrews
  • 5*; Heartbreakers (2001) -Sigourney Weaver
  • 7*; High Road to China (1983); Bess Armstrong, T. Selleck
  • 6*; Houseboat (1958) -Sophia Loren, Cary Grant
  • 8*; The Hunt for Red October (1990) -Alec Baldwin
  • 8*; In Harm’s Way (2017) -China; Yifei Liu, Emile Hirsh
  • 7*; The Lighthouse (2019) -R. Pattinson, Willem Dafoe
  • 7*; Keeping the Faith (2000) -Ed Norton, Ben Stiller
  • 6*; Knives Out (2020) -Murder/Suicide Mystery
  • 7*; The Last Dance (2019) -Sports Doc; M. Jordan, Bulls
  • 8*; A Man Called Ove (2015) -Old Man in an HOA, Sweden
  • 8*; Me Before You (2016) -Emelia Clarke
  • 8*; Memphis Belle (1990) -Matthew Modine
  • 5*; Moonlight Mile (2002) -Jake Gyllenhaal, D. Hoffman
  • 9*; Noble (2014) -Irish Helping Vietnam Orphans
  • 7*; Overboard (2010) -Anna Faris
  • 8*; Red Joan (2018) -Judy Dench, Sophie Cookson
  • 5*; Rent (2005) -Taye Diggs
  • 7*; The Secret of Roan Inish (1995) -Irish Island Folk
  • 7*; Second Act (2018) -Jennifer Lopez
  • 6*; Slow Burn (2005) -Ray Liotta political murder-mystery
  • 8*; Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1997) -Julia Ormond, Sweden
  • 7*; Star Wars IV -A New Hope (1977) -Epic in the Day
  • 7*; Star Wars V: Empire Strikes (1980) -Hamill, Fisher, Ford
  • 6*; Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) -Dullness
  • 7*; Still of the Night (1982) -Scheider, Streep (very young!)
  • 7*; Stone (2010) -Edward Norton
  • 7*; The Take (2016) -Idris Elba, 2 good young actors, Paris
  • 7*; Tess (1979) -Natassja Kinsky
  • 1*; They Come Together (2014) -Amy Poehler
  • 6*; Things You Can Tell … (2000) -Glenn Close, Holly Hunter
  • 7*; Timeline (2003) -Frances O’Connor, Anna Friel
  • 1*; The Tree of Life (2011) -Scenery; nothing else
  • 7*; They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) -WWI documentary
  • 5*; Undercover Blues (1993) -Kathleen Turner, D.Quaid
  • 9*; Victoria & Abdul (2017) -Judy Dench, Ali Fazal
  • 8*; Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) -War, Press, Children

Also viewed, without commenting:
2019, alphabetically:
*(star) ratings are my own … 7*=Seven stars (maximum 10 stars)

  • 6*; Alice’s Restaurant (1969) -Arlo Guthrie
  • 6*; America’s Yellowstone (2007) -Documentary
  • 7*; The Black Widow (1987) -Debra Winger
  • 4*; Christmas in Paris (2019) -(or Montana?!) Made for TV
  • 7*; Conspiracy Theory (1997) -M. Gibson, J. Roberts
  • 4*; Crazy Rich Asians (2018) -Awkwafina
  • 7*; Dangerous Minds (2009) -Michelle Pfeiffer
  • 6*; The Doors: When You’re Strange (2009) -Johnny Depp
  • 7*; Elizabeth (1998) -Cate Blachett
  • 7*; The Greatest Showman (2017) -Hugh Jackman
    Music by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire
  • 9*; Griffin & Phoenix (2006) -Amanda Peet
  • 7*; Head in the Clouds (2004) -Charlize Theron
  • 6*; Heart and Souls (1993) -Robert Downey Jr.
  • 8*; King Arthur (2004) -Clive Owen
  • 9*; Ladies in Black (2018) -Australian
  • 7*; The Last of the Mohicans (1992) -Day-Lewis, M. Stowe
  • 8*; Molly’s Game (2017) -Jessica Chastain
  • 2*; The Mule (2018) -Clint Eastwood
  • 5*; Native Son (1951) -Richard Wright
  • 8*; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) -Q. Tarentino
  • 8*; The Pelican Brief (1993) -Julia Roberts
  • 7*; The Post (2017) -Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks
  • 8*; A Private War (2018) -Rosamund Pike
  • 8*; Ratatouille (2007) -Pixar
  • 7*; Red Eye (2005) -Rachel McAdams
  • 6*; Rocketman (2019) -Elton John story
  • 5*; The Saint (1997) -Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue
  • 6*; The Shop Around the Corner (1940) -James Stewart
  • 7*; Soufra (2017) -Beirut documentary
  • 6*; Secret Admirer (1985) -Lori Laughlin
  • 6*; Shapemaker: Sculptor Don Frost (2017) -Docu Short
  • 7*; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo (2017) -McDormand

Also viewed, without commenting:
2018, alphabetically:
*(star) ratings are my own … 7*=Seven stars (maximum 10 stars)

  • 3*; Bangkok Dangerous (2008) -Nicholas Cage
  • 4*; Because I Said So (2007) -Diane Keaton
  • 4*; ^Brother’s Keeper (1992 documentary)
  • 6*; Certain Women (2016) -Michelle Williams; 3 vignettes
  • 5*; Claire in Motion (2016) -Betsy Brandt
  • 5*; Face of A Nation (2017) -U.S. in World Expos; Mina Chow
  • 8*; ^A Friendship in Tow/Toe (2018 documentary)
  • 7*; The Game (1997) -Michael Douglas, Sean Penn
  • 5*; Home Again (2017) -Reese Witherspoon
  • 7*; The Interpreter (1992) -Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman
  • 7*; ^Inventing Tomorrow (2018 documentary)
  • 9*; Joan of Arc: The Messenger (1999) -Milla Jovovich
  • 7*; The Last Movie Star (2017) -B. Reynolds, Ariel Winter
  • 6*; The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) -Liz Taylor
  • 7*; Jesus Christ Superstar Live TV (2018) -Legend, Bareilles
  • 8*; The Longest Day (1962) -John Wayne, et al
  • 4*; Mercy (2009) -Scott and James Caan
  • 6*; Mission Impossible (1996) -Tom Cruise
  • 5*; Paris Was a Woman (1992) -Greta Schiller documentary
  • 6*; Perrier’s Bounty (2009) -Brendan Gleeson
  • 5*; ^The Pushouts (2018 documentary)
  • 8*; Red Sparrow (2018) -Jennifer Lawrence
  • 6*; Rush: Time Stand Still (2016) -Music documentary
  • 7*; Selma (2014) -MLK
  • 5*; The Shape of Water (2018) -Best Picture Oscar
  • 7*; Six by Sondheim (2013) -theater music
  • 6*; Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) -Mary Stuart Masterson
  • 7*; State of Play (2009) -Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams
  • 6*; The Thin Red Line (1998) -Sean Penn
  • 6*; Tombstone (1993) -Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell
  • 4*; Unlocked (2017) -Noomi Rapace
  • 5*; The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) -David Duchovny
  • 8*; The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) -Jessica Chastain
  • ^=2018 Full Frame Film Festival viewings, Durham, NC.

Also viewed, without commenting:
2017, alphabetically:

  • Alien Convenant
  • American President
  • American Sniper
  • Dead Calm
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • East
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Moana
  • Morning Glory
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Shakespeare In Love
  • The Snowman
  • Sully

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