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Too many movies . . . [Dec. 9th, 2015|03:07 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)

I promised myself I would put a blurb here every time I saw a movie just so that I would know what I'd seen and whether I thought it was any good at the time, but writing these blurbs is as boring as reading them and I haven't got (or will not take) the time to actually review and analyze the movies.  There are people who are good at that and I'm not one of them.  But having wasted that much time, here goes some more down the toilet:

"Abe Makes A Movie" is the hilarious feel-good flick of the afternoon---or yesterday afternoon anyway.  It's a local production which I would have skipped had it not shown Lucky Boy Hamburgers in the trailer.  Lucky Boy Hamburgers is a cheap Chinese (yes, Chinese) restaurant that used to have good lunch specials back in the seventies and eighties.  I didn't even know it was still there, but there it is.  So I went to see the flick just to soak up some of those vintage Lucky Boy Hamburger interiors.  I was not disappointed.  The atmosphere I remembered from the eighties---fading diner mixed with flagging insurance office---was captured in all of its former glory.  The movie was well put-together in the sense that the sound and lighting were professionally done.  There was even background music that swelled and faded on cue just like in real movies.  Some of the actors weren't half bad---well maybe half bad, but no more than half.  The editing was even done on a professional level.  What sucked---as always---was the writing: corny bits delivered by ill-directed amateurs.  All-in-all I'd have to say everything about "Abe Makes A Movie" was at least adequate except for the writing, which is too bad.  You can have cheesy sound, lights, cinematography, etc. and still pull it out if you've got a story.  These guys had a really lame story that dragged everything else down with it.

"Room" is a good movie and a compelling, if disturbing, story.  Bree Larson and the kid (Jacob Somethingorother) do a great job.  It's tense, like I said, disturbing and a bit of a tearjerker, but everything works out well enough for everyone in the end.  Everyone involved did a great job.  Go see it.  When I saw it they were not letting kids under six in no matter who they were with, presumably because what an adult might find disturbing, a kid might find terrifying.  So get a sitter, for chrissake (which you should always fucking do anyway if you're going to an R-rated movie).

"Brooklyn" is another tear jerker, heart string puller of a movie.  It's set in the 1940s, I guess, and is an authentic, very well done period piece in the same vein as "Bridge of Spys."  The writing, directing, acting, cinematography, editing and all the rest are on a par with the most professionally done films.  The story is compelling and ultimately satisfying in that, like "Room," things turn out pretty well for the people you come to care about in the course of the film.  Definitely worth a watch.

It's weird that the better the movie, the shorter the blurb.  Of course I am trying to leave out spoilers of any kind and that limits what you can say without thinking about it and I'm not about to start thinking about it.

So, there.  Done for now.