Sunday, July 3, 2016

RAILWAY MAN

Movie:  Railway Man
Jan's Rating:  B+
Time:  108 Minutes

Jan's Review:  A friend told me that he had seen Railway Man and that Dave and I should try to rent it.  Well, could not find it to rent anywhere but was able to buy it at BestBuy.com.  I think everyone should see this movie just so they would appreciate our Veterans more.  It really opens your eyes.  It is a true story of Eric Lomax (played by Colin Firth) who was a British Army Officer during WW-II, and the Japanese soldier that almost beat him to death in a prison camp.  It was actually hard to watch, and find it hard to believe that anyone could treat another human with such violence.  After the war, Eric Lomax married Patti (played by Nicole Kidman) and she soon saw how deeply her husband had been affected by those beatings, though she knew nothing about them.  He probably had the worst case of PTSD ever recorded.  She learned of his beatings through a friend who had served in the same war with her husband.  They found out that the Japanese soldier who had nearly beat him to death, was still alive, and giving tours through the same prison camp in Singapore where Eric had been a prisoner of war.  Eric makes the decision to go to Singapore and confront his worst enemy.  I won't tell you the rest because I think you should see it for yourself.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

THE LADY IN THE VAN

Movie:  The Lady in the Van
Jan's Rating:  C+
Time:  1 Hour 44 Minutes

Jan's Review:

This one left the theaters before I got to see it so I rented it on Time Warner yesterday so my sister and I could watch it.  The best part of this movie is Maggie Smith's acting!  She is brilliant!  It is a true story of "Miss Shepherd", played by Maggie Smith, who is homeless and parks her van in a nice neighborhood on the streets but the police keep making her move, so she befriends one of the homeowners and asks if she can park her van in his driveway, telling him she is ill and just has 3 months to live, so he agrees to this and she ends up staying there for 15 years!  The homeowner is Alan Bennett, a playwright in England, and he wrote this story about Miss Shepherd living in his driveway all those years.  The actors have very strong British accents, making it difficult to understand what they are saying most of the time, and the most difficult for me to understand was having two Alan Bennett's in the movie.  Are they twin brothers, or is one the alter ego?  Didn't figure this out until the end. I would not watch it again, but Maggie Smith was wonderful!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Movie:  Bridge of Spies
Jan's Rating:  B
Time:  2 hours 21 minutes\

Jan's Review:

This movie is taken from a true story that happened in 1957 when lawyer James Donovan, played brilliantly by Tom Hanks, was recruited by the CIA and involved in intense negotiations to exchange a spy plane pilot, Francis Powers, who was shot down and arrested, for K&B spy Rudolf Abel.  My husband and I rented this movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BURNT

Movie:  Burnt
Rating:  B
Time:  1 hour 41 minutes

Jan's Review:

"Burnt" stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Emma Thompson.  It is another movie I missed when it was in the theaters, so we rented it from TWC and enjoyed it very much.  Bradley Cooper stars as a high-strung chef who knows what he is doing but has no patience if someone in his kitchen makes the smallest mistake.  He is starting over at a posh restaurant, trying to prove himself as the worthy chef that he really is.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Friday, January 29, 2016

THE INTERN

Movie:  The Intern
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  2 hours

Jan's Review:

We missed this movie when it was in the theaters so we rented it last night from TWC.  If you haven't seen it, you will want to rent it too.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  Robert DeNiro plays a 70-year old man who has retired and is bored to death, so wants to go back to work.  He finds a job as a Senior Intern for an on-line fashion company, owned by Anne Hathaway's character.  You will learn about his life, her life, and the ups and downs they encounter as they learn to respect one another and start working well together.  It was definitely worth renting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

BROOKLYN

Movie:  Brooklyn
Jan's Rating:  A+
Time:  1 hour 45 minutes

Jan's Review:

I saw this movie today and absolutely LOVED it!  It is the best movie I've seen in a long time, and some of the best acting I have seen also.  There are no well-known actors in the movie but it is so good, you don't even miss them.  The story is about a young Irish girl (maybe 20?) who can't find a decent job in Ireland, so she leaves her mother and sister and sails to the United States where a priest has found her a job in an exclusive department store in Brooklyn....hence. the name of the movie. She lives in a boarding house with other young women and you watch her try to "fit in" and all the trials and tribulations she goes through.  Then she is called back to Ireland for a wake.  Will she return to the United States or not??  Go see the movie and find out.  You will laugh and you will cry.  You don't want to miss this one.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Movie:  A Walk in the Woods
Rating:  C
Time:  1 hour 44 minutes

Jan's Review:

My husband and I rented this movie from TWC last night.  It stars Robert Redford, (who is married to Emma Thompson's character), and Nick Nolte.  First of all, I have to say that these men have not aged well, though I give them credit for not having plastic surgery done.  Robert Redford plays a successful writer who wants to do something interesting and invigorating with his life before he gets any older, and decides to hike the Appalachian Trail.  His wife doesn't want him to do this alone so he asks some of his old school mates, and the only one interested is Nick Nolte's character, who is known for being an old drunk.  So, off they go with heavy backpacks to hike the Appalachian Trail. The story is predictable but also entertaining watching the challenges they face as senior citizens and long-time friends.  This movie is not an academy-award winner but we still enjoyed it.