Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Victor, Trumbo, Secret, Hunger, Creed, Spotlight, Nephews

Six movies, a short vacation, and a conversational dinner.

"Victor Frankenstein" is strange and flawed, but enjoyable for all of that. It deals with Victor and Igor and their relationship; the monster has something less than ten minutes of screen time. I suspect that if it were a whole cloth steampunk story, the critics would have liked it better.

"Trumbo" is excellent. The story is amazing (and at least mostly true), and the presentation is first rate in all ways.

"The Secret in Their Eyes" is a train wreck. The story's political structure was lifted wholesale from the film's Argentinian source, and makes no sense in the US. On the other hand, the makers of this film did change some of the character relationships for the worst. NOT recommended.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" might be the best of the Hunger Games movies. It is still a badly constructed world, and the film still suffers from effects bloat, but the character work that has been missing from the majority of the series finally exists in this one.

"Creed" is wonderful. It would be a strong movie anyway, but it plays the "Rocky" nostalgia game brilliantly as well.

"Spotlight" is very good but flawed. The pace of the story is very deliberate, and builds steadily through the film. Unfortunately, this makes the early scenes REALLY slow. This is NOT a movie to see when tired, but is definitely worth seeing.

I am burning the last of my 2015 vacation this week, and spent three nights in Champaign. I had intended to spend much of Tuesday playing Ingress (the last day of a double points anniversary event), but the weather and health issues chased me to the cinema instead. I did have a conversational meal with nephews Jake and Mark, though, which was a great deal of fun.

Uncle Hyena
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