The BFG (2016)

I’ve always heard from my mother how great this book is, as she used to read this as a teacher every year to her young students. I love all of the Roald Dahl books that I’ve got my hands on and they are wonderful. This movie on the other hand is just good. Nothing truly excellent about it. I thought the little girl Sophie was really cute and reminded me of the other Roald Dahl character “Matilda”. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was also a cute character, for a giant at least. The bad guys were also pretty cool, they are your typical Human “Bean” eating giants. I’m just not sure what this movie was missing, it just felt pretty boring at times, Spielberg has lost his magic from the olden days of E.T. This wasn’t a giant leap for movies, it’s not bad, but I wouldn’t climb a beanstalk or anything to watch it.

76/100

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

At least it wasn’t like walking over glass. This movie sequel took a long time to come around, 6 years after the last movie. I loved some parts of this film and others I found to be pretty strange. The most unbelievable thing was the time period and Alice’s job. She’s like a military-style boat Captain that goes sailing on adventures. She has an entire crew of men but this film is set in the 1800’s… now, I’m trying not to be sexist here but I find it hard to believe Alice would be heard by a crew of all men, stuck on a boat all those months/years and be able to get them to do anything during that time period. Okay, so other than that little mishap, I think the movie was pretty cool. It had some neat time-travel stuff in it. Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show as “Time”. I really hated Johnny Depp in this though, he’s just too weird for me and he chose to have an awful lisp as this character and you can barely understand him. News flash Depp, actors need good diction! All the old characters come back, but I hope this series doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always take a new Mia Wasikowska movie (even a bad one) but I think this series should EAT ME.

67/100

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

This movie was just draggin’ on and on… So, Disney did a remake. This was of a movie from the 70’s about a boy and his dragon. The problem is, this remake doesn’t really follow the older movie. It’s not a musical, it’s missing a lot of the fun parts (the movie was way too serious) and why the heck is the dragon mostly dog-looking with the face of a dog and green fur instead of scales? Are scales too scary now? Also, the boy is now a wildling living out in the woods, instead of an abused adopted orphan. Not that this really matters, but I guess all young boys have caveman hair so they didn’t have to hire a stylist? This movie just isn’t worth watching, it’s long and doesn’t have very many fun parts. The original isn’t great, but at least it was a little fun. Most of the points go to Bryce Dallas Howard for being such a knockout beauty.

57/100

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Finding Dory (2016)

I think Dory was doing most of the finding herself in this sequel but it was fun anyway. I wasn’t too sure in the beginning about this movie. Dory was a very annoying character. Voiced by the excitable Ellen DeGeneres, Dory never stopped saying “Oh sorry, I have a memory problem” for at least the first 15 minutes of the film. I kept thinking “is this going to be the whole movie? Apologizing for a bad memory?” Luckily, the movie redeems itself later. With the addition of non-annoying characters, namely a Octopus, Nemo and his dad the movie starts getting really good. There are some downright funny characters too like Becky the loon and some really funny sea lions. By the end of the film, I was cheering on the once annoying Dory and loving the film. So if you can get past the annoying start, you’ll find that being under the sea is where you want to be.

84/100

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Ted 2 (2015)

I’d rather listen to a TED talk on a subject I’m totally disinterested in. This overly long comedy had a couple good laughs and cameos but then it falls off the path and goes off the rails. Mainly this movie has an identity disorder. It’s a family drama about a bad marriage and trying to pay bills and have children. Then it becomes a courtroom drama about person-hood… yeah a civil rights case. Then a romance film… what it’s sadly missing is COMEDY. Also, what is Seth MacFarlane’s deal with having random fistfights in the background and breaking into show tunes? Just seems like a non-animated version of family guy. You’ll probably hear all the voices from the show if you shut you eyes. My final beef with this movie was the hatred toward Comic Convention goers. They kept getting bullied and pushed around by the characters. Seth MacFarlane would be the first person to decry being a bully, but apparently nerds at a Con are okay targets to him. This movie is trash, toss that teddy in the Goodwill pile.

10/100

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The Conversation (1974)

I’ve overheard better conversations. I do think that the acting and sound editing were really good in this movie. It came out the same year as the Godfather – Part II, so it didn’t have much of a chance of winning best picture. I did like how paranoid Gene Hackman was in the film. Harrison Ford was an interesting mean guy, not exactly sure if I can call him bad. The idea of listening in on people was probably scarier back in the 70’s, today it seems like everyone just figures they are probably being listened to… it’s sadly a normal part of life. John Cazale apparently ruled the 70’s. I think I’ve seen like 5 movies from him already. I wish there would have been a bit more Robert Duvall, but his part was pretty important.

78/100

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City of God (2003)

Dios Mio… This movie was pretty crazy. It starts off with a crazy chase after a chicken and then ends in almost a crossfire between a gang and police. The movie spans over many, many years. You get to watch kids grow up in the slums to become gangsters in their own territories. One boy breaks away from that stuff and becomes a famous photographer. The movie is incredibly interesting, but as far as entertainment value goes, I probably wouldn’t re-watch this movie again. It’s way, way too long and it isn’t so compelling I’d sit through it all again. I’m definitely glad I saw it once, but I think I’ll leave God to watch over the city, I’ll just be watching something else.

82/100

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