Movie Review: Gravity

After seeing over a thousand movies in the last 12  years this is going to be a first for me. A 4 star review.

I keep trying to think of things that didn’t work for me but I could not think of anything. At two points in the movie I harkened back to the time I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey. Breath taking and mesmerizing at the same time. Alfonso Cuaron has created a modern day masterpiece.

A very simple story about the human will to survive with special effects that have gravitas ( no pun intended). I have no idea how most of the effects were achieved. This movie sets a new standard for space movies.

Don’t delay. SEE THIS MOVIE!

4 star out of 4

Movie Review: Rush

Natural Born Rivals would have been a better title for this movie.

The Formula One story of natural rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauder.

The movie misses the point of their rivalry because it was made for an America audience.  Good guy vs bad guy was not how it played out in real life. They pushed each other to be the best they could be. Both could be intense assholes.

The last two minutes of the movie give you Niki Lauders point of view and this tells you what direction the movie should have taken. Could have been one of the best movies of the year but just misses the point.  Well made but…

2 3/4 stars out of 4

Movie Review: Don Jon

What a waste of time. Superficial people living sad superficial lives and going nowhere.

Movie had a chance of being a comment on how our society is so self centered today but missed the point by a mile. No redeeming qualities for most of the characters.

A glimmer of hope for Don by the end of the movie but the ride was not worth the time. Not a good directorial debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Flat and very uninteresting.

1 star out of 4

Movie Review: Prisoners

One of the better movies I have seen this year. A movie about the dilemma of choice. About how far would you go, About what an individual is capable of doing for love and family.

Hugh Jackman gives a very stirring performance as a parent who would do anything to find his missing child. When law enforcement runs into a brick wall Hugh takes the law in his hands. The choices he makes are disturbing but understandable. Every parents nightmare. How far would you go to find your missing child.

I thought the movie was a little to transparent in the “movie clues” that were planted. And it took a little too long for them to be figured out.

Movie ends with a very open ended scene. Not good for the general movie going public. A lot of pissed of people walked out of this movie. I thought it was a nice touch for the movie. Begins with the dilemma of choice and ends the same way. From a different point of view.

3 1/4 stars out of 4.

Welcome to my Blog!

Greetings. I’m Doug Adams. I’m an avid moviegoer who usually sees two or three movies a week, averaging more than 100 movies every year.

Friends nicknamed me the “movie mooch” because they give me movie passes for gifts or friends at theaters comp me in, so I rarely pay for a movie…but I do spend a fortune on concessions!

I’ll try to post reviews regularly. I review movies on a 4-star system. I try to see a little bit of everything.

I hope you’ll enjoy my point of view.

Doug

My Top 10 for 2012

Time for my Top 10 Movie list for 2012:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3.  Argo
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Django Unchained
  6. Les Miserables
  7. Perks of Being a Wallflower
  8. Sessions
  9. Flight
  10. Safety Not Guaranteed
  11. Dark Knight Rises
  12. Avengers

Okay, so that’s 12, not 10!  And a few movies that just missed the cut:  “Looper,” “Skyfall,” “Celeste & Jesse Forever,” “Thin Ice,” and “Secret World of Arrietty.”