Baby’s Day Out (1994)

This baby had a fun time, but I felt like I was stuck in traffic. I remember watching this way back in ’94 and thought it was hilarious. On my revisiting, it wasn’t that funny. It was like a Home Alone clone, but just not as good. The best part of the whole movie was when Joe Mantegna had the only tree in his forest burnt down. Baby Bink was absolutely adorable and Cynthia Nixon and Lara Flynn Boyle were also quite adorable. I’m also a fan of Joe Pantoliano from the Sopranos, he did a pretty good job. I just wish the film wasn’t totally based on dumb physical comedy. It hasn’t aged very well, lets hope the baby did.

67/100

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The Walk (2015)

This is a walk I’d rather not take, but I’m glad Philippe Petit did. He seems to have made the Twin Towers of New York famous for not just being the target of a gigantic tragedy. I thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was incredibly adorable in this film, yes, his accent wasn’t spot-on all the time… but I loved him nonetheless. Charlotte Le Bon was gorgeous and interesting to watch. I also liked seeing Ben Kinsley in this as well, he’s in a lot of films but he adds a lot. The movie is very entertaining with an Ocean’s Eleven style set-up and the final scenes will scare the crap out of you if you have acrophobia like I do. I also just felt like it was a touching tribute to the World Trade Center that focuses on life instead of death. I love Zemeckis as a director and I’m glad he’s still working hard in Hollywood.

91/100

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Focus (2015)

I must admit, it did hold my focus. I won’t give any credit to Will Smith though. I think they could have replaced him with anybody and we wouldn’t notice. The person who took all the oxygen out of the room and made your head turn was Margot Robbie. She is stunning as usual in this crime movie. I loved all the little plot devices and back-stabbings that went on throughout the film. I was never really able to guess where they were going, even though some clues were dropped here and there like breadcrumbs through a forest. I normally don’t love crime movies, because they are basically just mobster films. This one was at least different having some small time things happen like wallets and watches being stolen. I saw in the credits that they even had a professional pickpocket give them tips. I won’t say that this movie will be the focus of anyone’s lives in the next few years… but I’m not mad that I saw it.

71/100

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

I’d rather just ride a train. This movie had one giant pitfall to overcome. Can it be translated from it’s wonderful book form to a workable movie? The answer is no. The main reason for that is that the Girl on the Train book by Paula Hawkins is about a hero with a faulty alcoholic memory that is trying to solve a missing person case. This part is hard to do because so much of it is internal. Her trying to work things out in her sloshed mind. I think all the acting was well done, especially by Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Haley Bennett. I just had little hope for this being a good movie, after I broke my rule and read the book first. Oh well, I hope this at least gets more people to try the book, because it was awesome.

60/100

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The French Connection (1971)

Pardon my French, but this film was pretty bien. Gene Hackman was brilliant as always. I loved the characters (plus their nicknames) of Popeye and Cloudy. One funny thing I picked up on in this movie is this: have you noticed that the French aren’t normally the villains in films? I’m sure there are examples, but I sure can’t think of any. There are some good, bloody action sequences and some good car chase scenes, although I could have cut a few of those just to make the movie a little shorter. All in all I made this connection, gritty 70’s cop films are pretty good. This one is worth watching.

83/100

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Black Mass (2015)

There wasn’t a mass amount of excitement in this mobster film. I felt like it was just another to add to the body pile. At least with a show like the Sopranos there is some more humor layered in. This could just as easily been just about any other mob movie. It just didn’t stand out. The best thing this film had going for it was the make-up on Johnny Depp. He looked like a completely different person. The cast was also very talented but nobody other than Depp really stood out. I’m getting a little tired of the crime dramas. I’d like to see something more fresh, than this bloated corpse in a trunk.

68/100

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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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