Movies in Review

I love to watch the occasional movie and more so to discuss them with my friends or even a random stranger I may meet in the store. My favorite part of working at the now closed Blockbuster Video (BV)was being able to help people find a video(s) to watch. Discussing the intricacies of an actor/actress and how well they did or how well rendered the special effects and CGI were-even whether or not the storyline was good or if it could have used some help.

My greatest skill was in picking out that perfect movie for someone without giving away the plot. Tell me what you like and chances are, I can pick you out a winner. It made for great repeat business. Since BV is no longer open I find I no longer have those great conversations. Or meet as many interesting people on a day to day business, where one conversation can lead to a lasting friendship.

That being said, I still like to share. Since I rarely go to the theaters anymore (too expensive) I stick to Netflix(NF) primarily and other times will rent from Redbox (RB).  This past week I took some time away from my crafts and watched 5 movies, 4 from our local Redbox (RB) and 1 from Netflix(NF).  You read right, 5 movies over one weekend. If that is nothing for you, great, but for me, well, it has been awhile since I have binge watched movies in that large a quantity. In fact, it has been a while since I have actually watched a movie(shh, don’t tell anyone).

I would have to say that my movie tastes are hardcore action, horror (not slasher), comedy, cartoons, chick flicks. Not so much into drama, but have watched a few. How I rate a movie is:

Gotta buy it–it was fantastic

Good- I would watch it again

Meh-I had nothing better to do and was too lazy to change the channel

Disappointing-Good points but mostly my expectations weren’t met

Not even if it was free–truly it was that bad.

So, now you have my rating system. It’s not elaborate, but effective I think. Nearly all descriptions of movies are pulled from IMBD (unless otherwise noted). So without further ado, here is my review of the 5 moves I watched:

Redbox Rentals:


ARRIVAL-Meh and Disappointing.

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

The actors did their jobs. Kinda. I was expecting Aliens, which were there, and awesomely done. But the description, not to mention the previews, were misleading. The tempo of the movie was slow with a few inserts that went quickly–almost too quickly. I think the problem was that a) they tried to put too much in a limited amount of time-there was potential for a longer movie (I am thankful it wasn’t though) b) Halfway through the script someone forgot what type of movie they were writing c) With an A List Cast, I was expecting more.

Forest Whitaker– was great in his role–it was good to see him in a non-drama movie again.

Amy AdamsI usually like her, I would even go so far as to say I am a fan and look for her movies, but the character she played was too downplayed. She could have been better.

Jeremy RennerAlso did his part well.


JACK REACHER-NEVER GO BACKThis fell into the surprisingly GOOD category (or maybe after ARRIVAL anything would have been good)

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

Let’s start out by saying that the first Reacher movie was Meh, but I thought I would give it another try. It far exceeded my expectations-I had very low ones going into this movie.

  • More action
  • better written
  • better acting

It’s a lot simpler than the other review I gave but it’s not something I feel I need to go indepth for. I would definitely watch it again when it comes to NF. It wasn’t slow and I was definitely engaged.

Tom CruiseHe can definitely still act. I have grown up watching him and while I think he’s a little out there, I cannot fault his acting skills.

Colbie Smulders- I was surprised at this role for her. I had only seen her in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER so seeing her in such an active role was different but nice. It is good to see she is expanding her range (after my husband proofed it he pointed out she was also in the Avengers/Captain America movies-I guess I will have to go back and watch :))

Overall cast- While I didn’t really recognize the rest of the ensemble, I cannot find fault with any one person’s ability to act. The cast came together nicely to provide an entertaining movie.


TARZANGotta buy it (though I think that has something to do with his abs) otherwise it would definitely fit in the realm of GOOD

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

 I have to say that I was taken by surprise by this one. I was expecting a remake with the same old story. What I got:

  • Action–lots of it
  • New story line
  • Great Acting
  • Romance without the naked sex scenes
  • Full engagement

The scenery was exceptionally good, not too much apparent CGI, great bad guys. Once it started I was engaged and it definitely wasn’t something that you ever have to have a knowledge of Tarzan to follow along with. The native people were depicted as really smart and capable, which is something not often done. Kudos to the writers and staff who did that.

Alexander SkarsgardGlad that his acting ability isn’t solely based on his looks (still like those abs). I enjoyed that fact that Skargard shares the screen with his co-stars and wasn’t the focal point in every scene. He did a great job with his character.

Margot RobbieSomeone to watch for. She wasn’t the normal weak heroine we are used to encountering with this story. She definitely lives up to being the wife of Tarzan in the film.

Samuel Jackson-I didn’t know he was in the film but like the role that he played and the fact that there didn’t seem a whole lot of sarcasm tied to this character

Djimon Hounsou-I love this actor. I have seen him in many things and have yet to be disappointed. He owned this character and made me happy to have watched the film.

Christoph Waltz-I have to say I truly liked this quiet menace. He did justice to his character. Does this man ever play a good guy?

All told, the entire cast of people did an awesome job. I wanted to restart the DVD when it was over and watch it again (and not because of Skarsgards’ Abs either!)It was a movie I went into not expecting to enjoy much of it, but was thoroughly caught up in the moment.



As a math savant un-cooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

Before I go any further I will have to say I am not a Ben Affleck fan. I just don’t think he is that great an actor. It was my Husbands turn to pick and this is what he wanted to watch. That being said there are a couple of movies of his that I have liked and now I can add another. The writing was great and the movie flowed. There was a moment where it could have ended up in the MEH file but it was brief. Overall a pretty good movie.

  • Action
  • Story line
  • Not a normal romance

There was a ton  of  action and gun play in this movie which were the best parts. If you are looking for action that moves through the story line this is it. The story line was kept simple without overdoing it too much and there is even a surprise at the end if you were paying attention throughout the film. The possibility of a romance was there but they didn’t ruin the movie by making it one. I would definitely watch it again, even with the little bit of MEH that was there.–Please note that Asperger’s’ is a real disease and is not treatable like in the movie! Find out more by clicking on this link :ASPERGER SYNDROME

Ben Affleck- Did a good job. This role seemed to fit him better than most

Anna Kendrick-Still on the fence about this actress, but I liked her in this. She did her character good, which was playing the damsel in distress

J.K.Simmons-He did an excellent job with this character. Didn’t know until the end whether he was a good guy or not

Jon Bernthal- had only seen him in THE WALKING DEAD before this, so don’t know much about this actor. I did like his portrayal of this character.

John Lithgow- It was a pleasant surprise to see him in a movie. Does the man ever age? He played his character quite well. I thought his role was obvious but let me know if you catch on in the beginning – didn’t get it until the end

Cynthia Addai-Robinson- Another up and coming actress. I enjoyed her role as much as anyone else’s. I will look forward to any other movies she might be in.




Two down-on-their-luck guys decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they’re pretending to be are in even deeper trouble.

 I saved the best one for last. It was hilarious! And a little surprising.

Nudity and sex-For an Adam Sandler movie there are usually hints and intonations suggesting nudity and there is definitely language. This one went further–So if you’re used to his humor, be prepared-he pushed the envelope!

  • Comedy
  • Action

There was a story which was good, but don’t expect anything deep. It was fun, and surprising. When I watch a Sandler film, I have an expectation of a certain type of humor. I won’t say anymore, but let me know what you think.

I am limiting the Actor list to the ones I laughed at the hardest.

Adam Sandler- Funny as always. Even though it was a comedy, it seemed a little different. My opinion only of course.

David Spade-Like Affleck, not a big fan but he did really good in this.

Luis Guzman-Good to see him in another comedy. I think he is ever the funny person


That’s it for this review. I know it’s a bit wordy, but I see it as having a written conversation. Feel free to commit, I look forward to it 🙂


BTW-I am not in any way endorsed by Redbox or Netflix or any of their subsidiaries. I just like letting people know where I obtain my sources 🙂




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