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Susan M. WA

I hope you and Gary are well and that Gary had a good Birthday! I always enjoy Movie Views and this month's issue was a great reminder of some wonderful films we should revisit.


Joanna C. AZ

Curious as to what you thought of the Oscars. We turned it off after about half an hour.  Very disappointed. Question:  Is it okay to assault someone verbally in the name of humor?


Karen C. FL

My mom forwarded your review of King Richard and I agree! Please add me to your new Movie Views issue notification list.


Holly V. IL

            I saw a movie on Netflix you might want to consider. The Kindergarten Teacher.  Really interesting. (We saw it and the review is in this issue.)

            Thanks for the suggestion.(Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood) I did watch it and it was delightful. I got teary with the moon landing just as I did all those years ago.

Jim S. SD

Re: The Batman: Loved it. Maybe the best ever. (Sorry for the late response. This email account has been hacked.)

Denny G. FL

            Happy Cleaners 2019 (Korean - Amazon Prime):  Not so happy cleaners actually, but family members sticking together and supporting one another provide an important message in this story about Korean Americans subjected to prejudice and struggling financially in their search for the elusive American dream in contemporary NYC.  Recommend.

            La Vie Scolaire 2019 (French - Netflix):  I liked this familiar, but much lighter approach to the troublesome unmotivated middle-schoolers story focusing on one very intelligent 15-year old who, like many of these students, would end up falling through the cracks if it wasn't for the new Vice Principal who is determined to turn him around.

            Two revisits (and they couldn't be more opposite!):  City Slickers (1991) and Kiss of The Spider Woman (1985).  What a treat to watch "Slickers" again - Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby (When Harry Met Sally) make a great pair!  Just a cute, fun movie (Jack Palance won Best Supporting Actor for his role - I'm sure everyone remembers his push-ups at the Oscars)!  "Spider Woman" was a poignant, superbly acted prison drama - one which covered human dignity, compassion, escapism, perseverance of beliefs, pain and love.  Raul Julia passed away quite some time ago, but both he and William Hurt are missed.

            The Guilty:  I watched the original Danish film (2018) as well as the 2021 remake on Netflix (in reverse order, but not intentionally).  A demoted police officer is assigned to alarm dispatch (911), and answers an emergency call from a woman who claims to have been kidnapped.  I thought both movies were quite good, and although we learn a lot more about the (same) officer in the latest version, the Danish film is quieter and more intimate.  I lean a bit more toward the original, but Jake Gyllenhaal is terrific in the 2021 movie.  They're both intense, and are worth seeing.   (Speaking of Gyllenhaal.....he was 10 years old in City Slickers!)

                  Always enjoy receiving your monthly Movie Views issues!        


 Art S. IN-Reviews

            Twelve of us in the Over 55 Meet-up Group went to a matinee of the new movie, The Lost City yesterday. Shades of The African Queen and Romancing the Stone the movie starred Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, who were both good in their roles, as well as Daniel Radcliffe and, surprisingly, Brad Pitt. Radcliffe's character needed, in my opinion, someone who could appear more sinister and threatening, but Pitt's was perfect for the role he played. He appeared gruff but still beefy and his comedic/sarcastic lines were delivered perfectly. (Stay for most of the credits to roll by and you'll see another hilarious cameo of his character.) The storyline is similar to Romancing the Stone--it has all the elements needed--romance, comedy, adventure, buried treasure, jungle--and beautiful photography, filmed on location somewhere in Mexico. The scene of pulling leeches off the male character was not as scary as in The African Queen but played for a more sexy, romantic feeling, with Tatum ripping his shirt off and then his pants, too, so that he is standing there butt-naked while Bullock pulls the leeches off. He then turns around, much to her surprise and admiration, but the camera moves up so the audience doesn't see what she sees--the movie's rating was, after all, PG13. There were more people in the theater and more people in our group this time, since the pandemic began. The movie was fast-paced, full of good one-liners, and very entertaining. It took our minds off what is going on elsewhere in the world for a couple of hours, anyway--pure escapism.

            Saw the movie The Outfit this afternoon. It starred Mark Rylance, an English actor who has done stage, TV, and movies and won awards in all categories, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies, but also Tonys for his Broadway plays, and the British Academy Awards among many other awards and accolades. He doesn't make any unnecessary changes in his facial expressions and he is very impressive in making you believe what he is telling you as an actor. The action all takes place during one night in Chicago in 1957. Really nothing is put into the movie that isn't necessary for one to understand what is said and what is going on. The story has lots of plot twists. A friend bet that I couldn't guess the ending and she was right. The last third of the movie, at least, is a genuine thriller. It keeps you guessing about each of the character's roles and there are quite a few surprises in the story and action. The musical score was composed by French film composer Alexandre Desplat, who has won Oscars and Grammies. It didn't stand out but when you did notice it, it was perfect for advancing the narrative of the film. The movie was written and well-directed by Graham Moore. It will be nominated when the next awards season rolls around. I think it is viewable on various TV streaming sources and seeing it on TV wouldn't be bad instead of in a movie theater if you don't have any interruptions or get up and leave the screen for even a minute or two. You need to pay attention to even the smallest detail to understand fully the story and just what is going on. It's not vague or ambiguous--it all ties together very well and I'll bet you can't guess the ending even five minutes before it ends. A really enjoyable movie.

            Went to an early matinee to see the movie, Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. I only read one review, which actually didn't reveal a whole lot, before I saw it, but I did know that it had received some rave reviews from many critics. I went with two friends but there were hardly any other people in the theater, maybe six or so. I thought the main character, Michelle Yeoh and most of the cast, not quite all, though, were very good. It was an action, adventure, I wouldn't say science fiction, but that was the way I had seen it characterized, melodrama, etc., etc.--it combined so many genres but relationships were paramount, too. This is a movie that really, actually, lived up to its title. It was in three parts, the last two were the best, especially a scene or two with two rocks, conversing on a desert landscape. This is not the kind of movie I usually see, because it had a lot of violence, of the comic book kind, very fast action and talk, subtitles in parts of it. Some of it was even quite simple and predictable, and other parts were just the opposite--I wouldn't say complex, but chaotic would be a better word. The music was interesting, in that classical music was used in several scenes and it fit perfectly what was going on. It certainly was an original, very creative. One of the best characters in the movie is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, who should get an Academy Award nomination for her comic role. You won't recognize her right away. Tonight, before writing this, I read a bunch of comments/reviews on Facebook and they were almost as interesting or more so, than the movie. Some people thought it was a masterpiece and a few didn't like it. I didn't read any, though, where people had walked out on it before it was over. We really liked the ending.

(We emailed Art and said "Sounds like an interesting movie, but probably not one we'll see." He responded, "I don't blame you, but I was hoping that the two of you would see it, as I'd like your opinion of it.  What do some of the critics you read or admire think of it?  We told him that we usually look at Rotten Tomatoes critics.