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Holly V. IL

            I saw that Art reviewed Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. I agree with his comments.  I think you would really enjoy it. And when are you going to see Elvis? (Note: We saw Elvis and the review is in this issue.)

            Last night I watched Girl in the Picture. Thanks for recommending it.

            I saw a movie on Netflix I think you might like.  The Bombardment is a Danish film based on true events during World War II. The bombing of Gestapo headquarters where resistance fighter prisoners are being held as a shield.

            You recommended Mississippi Grind a while back and I was able to find it at my library.  I liked it. Thanks for the suggestion.

            I saw an excellent, exciting movie today.  Emily the Criminal. Recommending it. (We saw it and the review is in September’s issue. We liked it a lot.)

            (Holly mentioned that she couldn’t find A Love Song in her theatres. I said that she might have to wait to stream it, but she found it.)  Actually I did find it.  Loved it. And you’re right about Dickey’s appearance.  I guess she was only 59 when she filmed it. Do you suppose that was makeup that made her look like that? (Barb: No, I don't think so. Hollywood usually covers up wrinkles.)

Truly B. AZ

I enjoy reading your Movie/Streaming reviews.


Art S. IN

            Five of us went to see the new movie, Vengeance this afternoon. I wasn't familiar with many in the cast, but the cast was excellent, especially the lead star, B.J. Novak, who also directed the movie and wrote the screenplay--his first feature film. Issa Ray also stood out in her role, as did Ashton Kutcher, who should be nominated for an Academy Award for the actor in a supporting role category. I'd never much liked him before, but he was really good in this role. The story is about a journalist who goes to Texas because one of his hook-ups years ago has died and the family supposedly thinks he had been her boyfriend. When he gets there, her brother tells him that his sister has been murdered, as she would never have taken an overdose, since she never even took an Advil. Well, the story gets more and more complicated, but also more interesting as the journalist tries to get a podcast out of what he has found out. While maybe not the best movie I've seen this year so far, it was the most interesting movie I've seen this year because it was so different--certainly not just a comedy and certainly not the usual cowboy movie. It has a lot to say about Texas and Texans and about current issues, such as the division in our country. It has a really surprising and shocking ending, showing what a good writer, actor, and director B.J. Novak is. Everyone in the group thought it was enjoyable.

            A group of about six of us in the Over 55 Meetup group went to see the new movie, Bullet Train, at the Keystone Art Cinema this afternoon. It is the most violent movie I have ever seen, but the violence, while looking quite real, doesn't always result in horrible deaths; in fact, the violence is more like that we used to see in cartoons, in that the "victims" always regain consciousness and start fighting again, for the most part, even though they have been shot, stabbed, cut, poisoned or flung off the train at a high speed. Forget about plot--some sort of revenge killing(s) with hired assassins, all taking place on a high speed train, which is mostly empty of other passengers (there were so many assassins, they probably couldn't afford any "extras" to fill all the seats.) Or, I should say, so many cameo roles, they couldn't afford any "extras"--Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and others. Brad Pitt has the starring role, and it's mainly a comic role, where he often muses out loud--to the camera--with a lot of new age "philosophy". It started out that it was hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, but then they were all bad guys. It really didn't matter, as the movie was sort of tongue in cheek, for want of a better description. At first, I was concerned about all the violence, but then you realize it's not real, exactly, and you become almost numb or immune to it, which may be why, one reason, there are so many killings in the U.S. now that seem so random. I really can't recommend anyone see this film and if I had known how violent it was, I wouldn't have gone to see it. I read that it was number 1 at the box office this past weekend.

            Went with a friend to see the new movie, A Love Song. I didn't really know any of the actors in the movie, although it turns out I'd seen the woman in the lead role many times before--Dale Dickey. She is basically a character actor, but she was the leading lady in this movie, at age 60. She is playing someone even older, or at least it looks that way from the very first scene, a close-up of her weathered, wrinkled face. She is at a campground waiting to connect with a man she had known in high school. The film is set in Colorado, and it is very parched, dry, and desolate looking, but with majestic mountains in the background. We later learn that they had both been widowed and are still grieving. She looks lonely and goes about her daily routine in the lonely place, but she is also longing, you learn. She seems more than just self-reliant. She can be helpful to others, expecting nothing in return. The haunting music in the background and the country western songs fit perfectly with the movie's themes. I thought this is a beautiful movie, excellently rendered, perfectly acted by everyone in the cast. It is slow, but that is necessary to show the subtlety of loss, longing, and loneliness. I doubt that many people will see this movie, and it's a shame, because sometimes we need to slow down and just let a story wash over us with its message of hope.

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