Trumbo (2015)

This was the tale of the time back in the 40′s and 50′s where America was gripped and paranoid about communistic influences in its cultures.  It went as far as public witch hunts to out those that were a detriment to the American dream.   This movie focuses on the Hollywood writers and actors who were outed and forced to leave their jobs and in some cases their homes and country because there accused of being Russian sympathizers. This movie comes at an interesting time for me.  In August, I read the Kirk Douglas, I am Spartacus : Breaking the … Continue reading Trumbo (2015)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

One of the more whimsical Disney outings the Little Mermaid is now, after 26 years, firmly concreted as a classic.  With signature tunes, such as Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl it still gets my foot tapping. What is interesting about this particular Disney cartoon, for me at least, is that it is the first Disney animation that I watched as an adult when it first came out.  Up to this point, every other outing could be considered a childs movie for a child. The story itself is harmless enough.  Spoiled teenage girl, growing up in a single parent household, with … Continue reading The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Transporter (2002)

It is no secret I have a man crush on our boy Jason Statham.  After he was an Olympic diver, he turned his hand to movies with a help from Guy Ritchie.   He quickly found himself a niche, as that ‘b’ movie action hero.   Picking up where the likes of Van Dame and Seagal left off, Statham slipped into that no nonsense, never gets his butt kicked role very easily. The Transporter is the first in the series that really cemented his arrival to this genre.   Here we have him as Frank, an ex SAS hero, who has elected … Continue reading The Transporter (2002)

Gravity (2013)

Take a Sandra Bullock, throw in a little George Clooney, bake in space for 90 minutes and you have an Oscar (7 of them!) winning combination.   The movie starts off with them fixing a satellite as part of a scheduled EVA.  They then get word of a Russian satellite that breaks up, sending debris at 22,000 mph toward them. Naturally this rips through their mission, killing everyone but 2 from the shuttle and leaving them completely helpless above Earths atmosphere while they attempt to get themselves to the International Space Station. The special effects in this one is simply, literally, … Continue reading Gravity (2013)

Sam Whiskey (1969)

This another one of those movies that only hit your radar if you find yourself couch bound, ill and you are at the mercy of the day time TV programming.  This is exactly how this little comedy western hit my radar when I was much younger.   Burt Reynolds plays a very ‘Maverick’ like character who is hired by a beautiful widow to retrieve sunken gold bars from the bottom of a lake. The beautiful widow is played by Angie Dickinson who is in a very suggestive sexual role.  There is a couple of scenes she is trying to persuade Reynolds to … Continue reading Sam Whiskey (1969)

Music and Lyrics (2007)

Full confession, I am a big Hugh Grant fan.  Ever since he bumbled onto our screens in Four Weddings (I know he had roles before that hit), he has been a natural lead in the romantic comedy genre.   Here we have him playing opposite Drew Barrymore. The story is a clever setup .. Grant is playing an aging 1980s popstar who has had his best days behind him, making a living now from doing nostalgia tours of his old hits.  He is roped into writing a song for a modern day teenage sensation but he gets a little writers block.   … Continue reading Music and Lyrics (2007)