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Latest Movie Review
Hail, Caesar! (- - -) I honestly can review only the first hour of this comic film because my wife and I walked out after we turned to each other and agreed that it was really boring. It’s too bad because we usually enjoy movies by the Coen Brothers. This one is about Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood studio fixer, whose job it was to keep the actors in line and to cover up any scandals during the 1920s through the 1940s. The movie would have been more interesting if it more seriously portrayed Eddie’s exploits, which included arranging a rumored mafia hit on George Reeves, the star of the Adventures of Superman television series. The legend is that Eddie wasn’t upset that George was having an affair with his wife, but mad when Superman hurt her by dumping her for another woman.
2016 Movie Reviews
Hail, Caesar! (- - -) I honestly can review only the first hour of this comic film because my wife and I walked out after we turned to each other and agreed that it was really boring. It’s too bad because we usually enjoy movies by the Coen Brothers. This one is about Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood studio fixer, whose job it was to keep the actors in line and to cover up any scandals during the 1920s through the 1940s. The movie would have been more interesting if it more seriously portrayed Eddie’s exploits, which included arranging a rumored mafia hit on George Reeves, the star of the Adventures of Superman television series. The legend is that Eddie wasn’t upset that George was having an affair with his wife, but mad when Superman hurt her by dumping her for another woman.
In the Heart of the Sea (+ +) is a whale of a tale directed and produced by Ron Howard. According to the movie, which is based on a 2000 non-fiction book of the same name, the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820 inspired Herman Melville to write his novel Moby Dick. Early industrial societies used whale oil widely in oil lamps and to make soap and margarine. It’s easy to sympathize with a whale intent on killing those who are killing his mates for their blubber. Fortunately, the killing stopped with the commercial development of substitutes such as kerosene and vegetable oils.
Joy (+) stars Jennifer Lawrence as the title character, who established a very profitable business by inventing better household products (like the self-wringing mop). She did so despite a very chaotic situation in her own household. It is all based on an inspirational true story showing that entrepreneurs can overcome lots of both personal and professional challenges to become wildly successful.
The Revenant (+ +) features an Oscar-worthy performance by Leo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a scout for a group of fur trappers during the 1820s. The film is grizzly and a bit tedious, as the protagonist hunts down one of the other trappers who abandoned him for dead while he was still breathing in a shallow grave after he was mauled by a grizzly bear. His nearly fatal encounter with the mother bear was intensely graphic. It brought back painful memories for me of this past week in the stock market, when the bear took big bites out of the bull.
Room (+ +) is a very intense movie with outstanding performances by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, who play a young mother and her five-year-old son. She was kidnapped as a teenager and kept locked up in the tool shed of a neighborhood predator. They escape about half way through the movie and then must adapt to the world, which the young boy never knew existed. Larson deserves to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. The kid wasn’t nominated, but he certainly deserves an Oscar for his performance.