Sunday, May 21, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #47

Saturday, May 20, 2017

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #73


Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. Written by @onecriticalgeek  (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I was looking forward to this film upon seeing the trailer thinking it would be a barrel of laughs seeing Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling playing buddy detectives. Upon actually seeing it I felt different. I feel in some way the comedic timing was off in a complicated who done it. I also felt its attempt to appeal to a wider audience and keeping it less gritty lost me nearly from the start. The title “THE NICE GUYS” should have been my cue, but I watched anyway. I also think there were plans for a part two, which if it does happen I don’t think I’ll take part. So for THE NICE GUYS I give it 2 ½ stars.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

ART SHARE


This was to be his favorite part of the day. A finely brewed cup of coffee, a good book and some mindful jazz playing in the background at the local coffee shop the social hub to any community. 
It would'nt be long, maybe a few sips off his coffee and a few paragraphs read when all of that would change as his ex girlfriend would walk in. 
At the moment she hadn't seen him stationed off in the corner of the shop. In his own opinion she looked great radiating with a happiness even he could feel. 
Their three-year relationship had come to a close both realizing they wanted different things in life. Always a bit of an ordeal running into an Ex, but he couldn't take his eyes off her. He watched her order her usual an Americano, an espresso shot diluted with water to which she'd add two packets of sugar. 
At that moment she spotted him, as he spotted the wedding ring on her finger. A bit of him died in that instant thinking this could be the moment they could rekindle things. He definitely could use someone that would continue to inspire him to be better. 
They both smiled as she walked up to his table. Their exact split was a little complicated, but cordial. He thought of a pair of panties he held onto of hers wondering where they might be now. 
They spoke briefly catching up as it had been nearly a year and some change since going their separate ways. He looked at her in awe and a hint of disgust knowing if she could have given him some time they could have worked out. She looked truly happy and as much as part of him resented that he kept smiling with her wedding ring sparkling in his eyes. 
Upon wishing eachother well she walked out of the coffee shop door and was gone. Leaving him to his favorite part of the day now ruined by running into the one who got away. 




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Saturday, May 13, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #46



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #72


Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. Written by grantss

Now that the political climate has changed and whether or not you like Trump there was a story that caught my attention, which was also a film. That film is 13 HOURS. Upon watching it I found myself better understanding why this was such a hot topic. Based on a true story this is not your typical war story and in that aspect one should be prepared. I myself felt the film and actor portrayals were rather solid and would recommend the film to a friend. So for 13 HOURS I give it 3 ½ stars.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

ART SHARE


He told himself he shouldn't try and do this life change cold turkey. He needed to ween himself into this new lifestyle.

He thought these things as the waiter walked by with flutes of bubbling champagne perfection on a tray. He sucked his teeth in frustration while standing in front of an enormous piece of wall art which had caught his fancy. 

Shifting back and forth on the balls of his feet in black suede Stacy Adams he looked up at the spread of colors creating a part abstract, part nude figure image. In his being he found a calm and comfort standing there, as it was clear many of the other gallery guest had mixed opinions on the piece. Yet he stood there in awe of the piece feeling the relief he had felt the day he escaped to the church alter to pray. 

He processed the use of color, the curves of the figure, even the strokes of the artists brush, as he over heard a woman make a comment regarding the work he stood alone in front of. She ran off at the mouth spewing words of disgust for the piece coming off as someone with a holier than thou complex to his ears. 

He felt his body tense as if the comments were directed at him. He glared over at the woman seeing her smug face and arrogant attitude she had no idea what this possibly meant to the artist or even the amount of work involved. 

He sensed himself growing frustrated remembering his vow to change when a flash of seeing himself break a canvas over the woman's head screaming bloody murder caught him. He closed his eyes trying to hold it all in. 

Standing still he opened his eyes only to make a B-line to the gallery exit past the woman who had made the comment that ignited the fire within him. He gracefully grabbed a flute of champagne off a passing waiter's tray downing it and exiting the gallery into the open air of a fresh spring night. 

He took a breath filling his lungs to capacity and holding it for three beats and blowing it out. He began to slowly feel relief walking up the block away from the gallery. He looked to the sky only wondering what could have happened and how grateful that it hadn't.



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

ART SHARE



He stumbled through the church doors. His mind, body and spirit weary from the way he was living his life. He was burning the candle at both ends in order to get ahead.

He didn't even know the type of church he was entering, he just saw the cross on the outside of the building and walked in searching for a conversation with a higher power.

He smelt like expensive brown liquor and women's perfume waking up in the bed of another woman he barely knew, which was the moment that sparked the idea he needed to get right, or what ever that meant, ending him up here on his knees putting his hands together to pray.

He hesitated, not rightly knowing how to open his prayer so he spoke freely like he was talking to a best friend. Ultimately he knew what he was asking for wouldn't come easy once he stepped back those church doors into the world with all his habits he had formed he'd need at least 21 days to switch them up if not break them.

At that moment the sunlight poured through the large stain glass window illuminating him in a golden glow. He didn't immediately feel different as he rose to his feet. Yet he understood if he stayed true winning each day he would, as he was living the life of a born sinner.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #71


The true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. Written by grantss  (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I actually had someone recommend this film to me. I had seen the trailer and felt it wasn’t that compelling of a story having seen numerous war films. Yet I also knew that Mel Gibson directed it and having seen BRAVEHEART and PASSION OF THE CHRIST and seeing how brutal and unflinching those films were I figured the same would happen here. Upon finally viewing HACKSAW my first impression was a very glossy view of the overall state of things at that time, which I was expecting something a bit grittier. Overall I appreciated the true story remade so for HACKSAW RIDGE I give it 3 stars.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

#SSSVEDA 2017 #22 THE NICEST THING



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HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #43



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #70


In San Francisco, a Caucasian family pressed by the real estate speculation, moves to Hunter's Point, an Afro-American neighborhood ruled by the V-Dub gang and the son Nick Wade faces problem with the violent gangsters. However, the drug dealer K-Luv decides to bootleg CDs and get close to Nick, protecting him. Meanwhile, the Chinese collector Lincoln Ma is blackmailed by the owner of a restaurant and he executes him, falling in disgrace with his mobster boss. The lives of Nick, K-Luv and Lincoln are entwined when the drug lord Sleepy protects a rapper against the Chinese piracy of his CD. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

Being a fan of Spike Lee I think this is one of his more underrated film SUCKERFREE. I’ve seen nearly all of Spike Lee’s film some I liked more than others, but I liked this one and enjoyed the lesson on the development of San Francisco and the Bay Area. It was also nice to see Spike shoot another city other than New York. The story aspect left me wanting some kind of answer or form of closure and then again this is a Spike Lee joint. Overall I enjoyed the film, I’d recommend it to select friends due to subject matter. So for SUCKER FREE I give it 4 stars.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #41



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#SSSVEDA 2017 #8 STORY OF ADVENTURES



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #69


Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- is to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that will forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off. Oil was discovered on the ranch and in order to secure the future of his sons and ex wife, Toby needs $43,000. After two of the robberies, curmudgeonly Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his American Indian deputy partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last robbery. Written by Scott J. Tepper, Calabasas  (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I had been looking forward to HELL OR HIGH WATER or awhile having seen the trailer. Upon seeing the film I was entranced by the slow churning country pace that told the daring story of the two bank-robbing brothers.  I was also impressed with the acting performances of Ben Foster, Chris Pine, and Jeff Bridges. Overall this film is definitely recommendable and probably better after two viewings as there are things that are unsaid that impact how you view this film. So for HELL OR HIGH WATER I give it 4 stars.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #40



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#1 SAYING HELLO



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #68


Dave Chappelle gives his usual skewed insight into the topics of race, technology, OJ Simpson, and more in a stand up special filmed in Hollywood.

Being one who can still remember the days where the Dave Chappelle and the Chappelle show was at its height. Then to live through the fall out of Dave leaving the show and turning down all that money I thought I’d never see the day where he’d come back to stand up or comedy at all. I am excited and happy that the day has come, as through Netflix they will be releasing 2 specials of him doing what he does the best, which is make people laugh. Having only viewed the first special THE AGE OF SPIN I’d have to say he is still one of my favorites. The way he mixes humor and current affairs is something to see. Understanding these specials were shot a few years back and just not released we find Chappelle tackling topics like the election, race relations, and even the Bill Cosby situation. I had a great time watch the return of David Chappelle’s THE AGE OF SPIN and I would recommend this to any of my friends. So for THE AGE OF SPIN I give it 4 stars.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #39



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #67


A young, recently released and unpredictable ex-con with bad luck, and a sexy, listless girl-next-door with a troubled family, become trapped in a downward spiral of crime and obsessive love, as they try to ditch their dead-end town for a better life. Written by Anon (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
The possibilities the direction of this could have gone was the reason I viewed it. I am all for a redemptive story and this would be the perfect set up for that. Young man sent to prison for his crime and is set free after doing his time and meets the girl that will help him changes his ways. Another aspect that intrigued me about this film was the setting of “Dixieland” the south, or better yet the poor white south. All of these elements for me made for interesting and refreshing viewing taking me to a place I’ve never been. Upon viewing the film took on an ethereal feel that at first was a little jarring, but as I picked up the flow I was able to relate. My only question with the film was part storyline and who or whom the film was really about. From the start of the film we focused on one character only to switch to another’s point of view late in the film that seemed confusing and cheap. Overall I wouldn’t recommend DIXIELAND to a friend as there just isn’t enough there to make it something special. So for DIXIELAND I give it 3 stars.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #38



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #66


Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. Written by Bennie Carden (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I don’t know if I’d ever be ready to live the reality of life depicted in the film BEASTS OF NO NATION. When it first appeared on Netflix I took notice as it starred Idris Alba and at that time I was watching episodes of LUTHER and enjoyed his performance there. Naturally as things played out I finally came back around and finally took the plunge into watching BEASTS OF NO NATION. Having heard of the strife and turmoil of that region and others from a friend who was from Serria Leone Africa and had his own terrifying stories to tell I felt prepared enough to understand and view this film. The story was very compelling and was in a way a coming of age type film. The performance of Abraham Attah, who played the main character, was as great as it gets. I truly feel I could recommend this film to a friend and hope they would enjoy this tragic story as much as I did. So for BEASTS OF NO NATION I give it 4 stars.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #37



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #65


In the years 1986 and 1998 three black children living in Mississippi deal with poverty, violence and abuse. Young Kari the main character is a talented pianist who hopes to pursue a career in it one day. Her sister Leigh is struggling to hide her lesbian relationship with her girlfriend, Paula. Their cousin Sammy is a star basketball player. Each child deals with their dysfunctional family, including gambling, alcoholism, and poverty. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

Having missed both FENCES and MOONLIGHT in theaters, granted it even came to my area, I was looking for a film that spoke to the black experience. Searching on Netflix I then found the film MISSISSIPPI DAMNED. Getting a grasp of the story line I had to work myself up and mentally prepare to see this film based on its intense and bleak subject matter plus it was based on a true story. Upon watching and to my surprise the film was very well made from storyline, actor performances, and direction. It did create some questions within me about the quality of life for black Americans and how might we change that for the future, which the film tries to give an explanation, but I was looking for more. This is a very well made film with some heavy subject matter so again to recommend it freely for everyone would be tough. Yet for MISSISSIPPI DAMNED I give it 4 stars.



Saturday, March 4, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #36



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #64


Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I had passed over this film on several occasions before finally making the decision to give it a view. I don’t even remember the trailer so my hopes for this film I’d have to say were not that high. Upon viewing I’d have to say that it was entertaining in the way that people flock to watch a fight break out or how people rubberneck when they see a car wreck. This story was just that a scene of unfortunate events that lead to a whole lot of disaster. At the center of this story is Leah, the white girl, who navigates her savage, sex crazed, and drug infused world in such a way that you both pity her and fear for her life. By the end of the film your glad she is alive, but at the same time you can’t believe she didn’t come out worse. Sensing this could be viewed as a cautionary film Leah’s love of life and naiveté show through her choices and make it hard for me to recommend this film to just anyone as they may be influenced by what they see. In the end I find WHITE GIRL to be an adventurously bold film that I give 3 ¾ stars.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #35



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MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #63


A just paroled white supremacist and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop and take an African American family hostage. Meanwhile, Sobecki, the heavily tattooed supremacist leader who oversees his criminal empire from behind bars, is not thrilled when he learns of his charge's screw-up. The patriarch of the family, an ornery ex-con himself, must rely on his wit and understanding of the racist mind to find a plan to free his family, but not before he confronts his own brand of bigotry and anger. Written by Cas (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

Having a friend recommend this movie I took the extra effort to watch the trailer before committing to anything. Not much of a fan of films based on real life stories I took this one in, as I was not familiar with the story. Understanding what the subject matter would be dealing with I put myself in the position of viewer taking in the story that unfolded before my eyes. In the end I was greatly entertained as you can imagine a story like this would have many tense moments that balanced out the social experiment of sorts and made for a very well made film. So for SUPREMACY I give it 3 ½ stars and I would recommend this film to a friend.