Welcome to another installment of Movies, Movies, Movies! Sources of new viewing material continuing to be compromised because of the lock-down (libraries are closed and the mail is arriving only every 3 days or so, which puts a crimp in the dvd.com discs.) Besides the two I watched and will talk about today, both from netflix, I tried to watch two others and just couldn’t make it through them: “The Occupant” and “Killing Them Softly.” I stopped about halfway through The Occupant, not so much because it was poorly done – it wasn’t – but more because I didn’t like the main character’s unwholesome actions upon innocent people. I didn’t want to see what he was going to do next. Killing Them Softly actually wasn’t too bad, especially with a cute Brad Pitt and a decent plot, but I remembered seeing it before and it just didn’t float my boat enough to invest more time in it. I did re-watch the last couple of episodes of Season 1 of “Elemental,” a danged good Sherlock Holmes series with Jonny Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson as well as the first couple of S2 of it, both season I bought awhile back but haven’t watched most of yet. Will do a review on that later.
Because there are only two movies in today’s installment, I’m adding a quiz of some of my favorite movie quotes. Answers will be at the bottom of the page, but don’t peek before you guess!
Blood Father (2016) netflix
Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H. Macy
Director: Jean-François Richet
Genres: Action, family reunion
Synopsis: Young teen (Moriarty) bursts into the low-key life of a recently out of prison dad (Gibson) in a heap of trouble after shooting her high-level in Mexican drug cartel family boyfriend after being out of her dad’s life for approximately 9? years. Gibson just wants to stay clean and out of prison yet all of a sudden he needs to get back to being that super badass hombre he used to be. Gibson is showing his age, but it works to his advantage in this movie. He still has the “it factor” that made him a superstar back in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon days. Controversy over his personal life and movie choices aside, he still commands the screen with ease. Moriarty is hot and is at ease in the role of little girl thrown into the big peoples’ world; she has her father’s sharp wits and still looks at him as her hero, despite all odds. Michael Parks is good in his role as the understated crazy ol’ coot who also happens to be the leader of a major Aryan nation biker gang. Parks, seen in several Tarantino movies, died in 2017 so this was one of his last roles before passing. William H. Macy has a small, but very well-acted part as Gibson’s neighbor and AA sponsor.
Etc.: Clocking in at 88 minutes, this movie could have been better with more time. I hate it when they rush movies’ plots. Made in France, but in English language
The Land of Steady Habits (2018) (netflix)
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Thomas Mann, Charlie Tahan, Bill Camp, Connie Britton, Josh Pais
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Genres: drama, mid-life crisis, black comedy
Synopsis: lifted directly from imdb:
Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut, Anders Harris (Ben Mendelsohn) retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife (Edie Falco) in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. However, he’s quickly faced with the startling reality of his choices; he spends his days looking for things to decorate his empty shelves, sleeping with strangers and feeling terribly lost. Missing his ex-wife and on the outs with his troubled 27-year-old son (Thomas Mann), Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen (Charlie Tahan.)
The teen is the son of he and his (now-ex) wife’s good friends before the divorce, which further complicates the situation. The plot is OK for what it is, but watching the ultra-wealthy struggle with the same things everybody else struggles with while they are living in mansions makes it hard to feel too much sympathy for them. Their lives are predictable and in many ways bereft of joy. The main connection between the dad and his friends’ son is that each of them can feel the sterility of the lifestyle and each rejects it in their own way. The friends’ son gloms onto him because he’s a symbol of rebelliousness to him. What’s irritating about the movie is when it gets moralistic. This viewer felt like I was being led down a path to draw important conclusions based upon the travails witnessed. Despite that, I liked the characters and the movie generally, especially Mendelsohn and Thomas Mann, the kid who plays Mendelsohn’s son.
OK, now on to the Quote Quiz!
- If you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes.
- She itched and I scratched.
- Do not, my friends, become addicted to water. It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence!
- Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?
- This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
- You know, Burke, I don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.
- Wrinkled, wrinkled little star… hope they never see the scars.
- What about “kinda cute, kinda hot, kinda sexy, hysterically funny, but not funny-looking guy who you could fuck” did you not understand?
- RUN, GO… GET TO THE CHOPPER!
- In the future, when a woman’s crying like that, she isn’t having any fun!
DON’T PEEK BEFORE GUESSING!
- Blade Runner
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Ghost Busters
- Death Becomes Her
- Death Proof
- Thelma & Louise