Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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Bridge, Crimson, Hunter, Goosebumps, Jobs, Rock, Jem, Mass, Computer Woes

Movies, mostly.

"Bridge of Spies" is just GOOD. Cast, pacing, dialog, and even history (as far as I know). We enjoyed it a great deal.

"Crimson Peak" is what happens when a director who is more interested in stunning visuals than story is told that his natural inclination is actually a good idea. The cast is so good that they almost pay the freight on an otherwise deeply flawed (and often stupid) film.

"The Last Witch Hunter" is a whole cloth contemporary fantasy that doesn't involve vampires or werewolves, and as such is something of a dancing bear (the amazing thing is that it can dance AT ALL), but we actually enjoyed it a great deal. Odd circumstances led me to see it a second time, and it actually got better on review.

"Goosebumps" is horror intended for ten-year-olds. We thought it looked amusing, and hoped that there would be a little bit of soul in there somewhere. We were disappointed.

"Steve Jobs" is a very well made movie that tries to tell the truth without bothering to be historically accurate; we thought it was successful. Of course, we are not Apple Cultists, and the suggestion that the title character was a megalomaniacal parasite didn't bother us at all.

"Rock the Kasbah" is yet another example of Bill Murray playing the Sleazeball With A Heart Of Gold. There is a lot of worthwhile material in this movie, but it suffers from pacing problems that were probably inevitable from the inception of the project. I am glad I saw it, but can't quite recommend it.

"Jem and the Holograms" is a pretty standard "Let's Have a Band" movie, based on a mid-80s animated TV show. It is very much by the numbers, but the star is engaging and has a great voice. I enjoyed it, but again, that isn't exactly a recommendation.

"Black Mass" is a dreary and relentless gangster movie, featuring Johnny Depp in heavy makeup. The history is interesting, that of a low level gangster who parlayed FBI informant status that he didn't deserve into a position as king of the underworld. But a movie about stupid people being unhappy with guns is still a movie about stupid people being unhappy.

My computer blew up on the morning of the 26. Specifically, the hard drive died. There followed an unpleasant comedy of errors during which it took Amazon five days to get a replacement drive to us, followed by the longstanding tradition of restore discs that don't work. There is a good chance that the thing will actually be functional sometime on Sunday, due mainly to Dementia's persistence. Not having a computer of my own at home caused me to actually DO things. I didn't enjoy it much, but stuff got done.

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