Begin Again

Netflix DVD – they rated it at an uncharacteristically high 4.6 for me, high for a romantic comedy, a genre I don’t tend to look for. That said, I’ve seen quite a few that I do like. This one I gave 4 stars, it was fun to watch, but certainly not a great movie. The general audience gave it only 3.5 stars, so with a 4.6 prediction for me, I figured it was “my kind of weird”.

I was surprised that Keira Knightley could sing, and she did a great job of acting as well. Mark Ruffalo did a good job, playing an unappealing guy in desperate need of a shave and a shower. I

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30 for 30: Survive and Advance

Netflix streaming – another great sports-related document in this series. They rated it at 4.4 stars for me, the same as for the general audience. I gave it 5 stars, just for the camaraderie of the team and their coach, and how that was portrayed. It was great to see people of different races getting along so well – something that wasn’t mentioned at all, but that was very apparent.

30 for 30: Survive and Advance

It was a lot of fun to watch the players long after the glory was over, reminiscing about their incredible run – a unlikely and long series of comebacks at the ends of the games they played. Quite exciting and dramatic, and well done!

Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey

Netflix streaming – they actually rated it at 5.0 for me – I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that – no way could I not watch it … 4.2 stars for the general audience. It’s kind of a cross between “History of the Eagles” and “Slumdog Millionaire”, both of which I gave 5 stars. Remember the band Journey from the 70’s? Well …

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30 for 30: Run Ricky Run

Netflix streaming – they rated it a 4.2 for me, and 3.9 for the general audience. I gave it 4 stars, and found it a very interesting documentary, as are many in ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series of sports documentaries. Like most people, I had heard of running back Ricky Williams being unable to stay away from marijuana Run Ricky Run movie posterand losing a multi-million dollar football contract because of it. Continue reading

The Imitation Game

Sandra and I actually went to the theater for this one – despite the fact that our two tickets cost as much as a full month of Netflix(!). But, we wanted to go out, and this choice turned out to be a good one. We thought it was great! Benedict Cumberbatch did a fantastic job acting the part of Alan Turing, someone I have certainly heard of, having studied computer science in school. I’m sure the movie dramatized actual events, but they did a great job of it, it was exciting and engaging all the way through. At first I didn’t like that Kiera Knightley was in it, but she did a great job and was believable in her part.

The Imitation Game movie posterI was trying to think of a non-action movie that has been so engaging, and Sandra suggested “A Beautiful Mind”, and it seems these two movies have a lot in common. I wish they had explained how his machine worked, and I wonder if that’s what the real machine actually looked like. What a great movie this was …

The Maze Runner

Netflix DVD, they predicted it at 3.9 stars for me, and it has 3.7 stars for the general audience. I’m going to give it 4 stars. Christina wanted me to get this movie, and we watched it with her friend Audrey. They had both read the book, and told me that there are other books in the series. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 63%. I found it to be pretty good, but believe that it would be easy to pick it apart. Better to enjoy it for what it is, instead.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Netflix dvd – they rated it at 3.8 stars for me, with the general audience giving it 3.5 stars. They are pretty close with their prediction, I’m vacillating back and forth between 3 and 4. I think there was a good movie in there somewhere, but it was too long (2:22) and they should have edited at least a half hour out of it. I liked the main characters, Peter and Gwen, but with the exception of Sally Field as Aunt May, I didn’t like any of the others. Reviews said the movie was “too cartoony”, and I can see their point, particularly with making Jamie Foxx look like an electric eel-like Electro, along with the dim-witted personality. I may end up going down to 3 stars with this one, a rarity for me since I love superhero movies.

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The Martian

A novel – by Andy Weir. I had never heard of this before, Christina gave it to me for Christmas, and it had a lot of glowing comments on the cover. It would (will) definitely make a good movie, along the lines of the recent Gravity.  While it is definitely a good read, interesting and exciting, it is more of a meat-and-potatoes

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