The Lost City of Z (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: James Gray
Genre: Drama/Action
Category: #22 A ‘based on true story’ film

I’m sure that there are people out there who enjoyed this film but I am just not one of them. Honestly, I spent the whole movie just waiting for it finish. Which is not a good way to watch a movie.

It was very well done but I just didn’t find the plot as engaging as I had expected it to be. The actors all did a great job and so did the directors but, it felt like not a lot was actually happening.

I honestly wish I had skipped this one and just done my laundry or something to that effect.

Rating: 1/5 stars

Bad Moms – 2016

Title: Bad Moms
Year: 2016bad_moms_poster
Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore
Genre: Comedy
Date Watched: January 16, 2017
Category: A comedy

This movie was absolutely what I expected from watching the trailer with maybe just a little extra craziness. What did I expect from the trailer? A predictable plot, a few jokes, a bit of a romance subplot, and playground politics that remind us all that girls most definitely don’t get nicer after high school.

If you like a nice, easy to watch comedy that doesn’t make you think too deeply this is a great watch for you. If you want something a bit deeper, maybe skip Bad Moms.

Basic premise for those of you who haven’t heard of it: Amy (Mila Kunis) is a mom to 2 kids, she finds out her husband is having an affair with someone he met online, far worse she realises that she doesn’t love him anymore. After kicking him out, she goes through the day from hell including her dog getting sick, getting coffee spilled on her, then spaghetti, amongst many other things, culminating in a particularly pointless PTA meeting where she completely loses her shit.

She pledges to no longer be a ‘good’ mum because it’s impossible, she’s going to be a bad mom, she meets a couple of other mum’s from her kid’s school and cue the requisite movie montage.

After hurting her kids and escalating things with the PTA mean mom (Christina Applegate) she eventually realises it doesn’t have to an all or nothing situation and finds a balance with both her kids and her nemesis. Her kids finally start doing their own homework and feeding themselves breakfast. Even though the film is slightly overdramatised for comedy purposes, it certainly reminds us that the expectations we put on kids and parents are oftentimes unrealistic.

Bad Moms definitely managed to do what it set out to do, giving viewers an hour or two of entertainment, in fact it managed even a little more than that in reflection of our modern society.

Rating: 3.5/5

The Good Dinosaur – 2015

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Year: 2015
Director: Peter Sohn
Genre: Family
Date Watched: January 14, 2017
Category: Animated movie for children

I’ve been pretty excited about this since I heard about it at least a year ago and now, lucky for me, it’s on Netflix.

Let me start by saying I really did love this movie and it was very cute and touching. Perhaps I didn’t cry quite as much as I did watching Inside Out but there were a few tears.

However, if you’re someone who gets annoyed by total inaccuracies even in kids movies, this might not be the one for you. Right from the start I was a little annoyed at just how ridiculous the basic plot was. A bunch of dinosaurs who have a farm where they grow corn and tend prehistoric chickens. Okay sure.

Arlo is the child of these farming dinosaurs but he’s much smaller than his brother and sister and terrified of everything. At least until he gets washed away by a stream while fighting with the little neanderthal boy who keeps stealing their corn.

The rest of the film is all about Arlo’s journey home and burgeoning friendship with the little neanderthal boy he calls Spot. Who oddly enough acts very much like a little dog.

I would say the film is a little on the scary side for younger children so maybe watch through first and decide for yourselves. It’s also a little bit too formulaic for my liking, particularly when there have been so many great Disney/Pixar movies in recent years with fantastic fresh storylines. It’s yet another Disney movie where a child’s parent dies, another film about the main character revising an initial assessment of a character.

While I did like the movie I actually expected more from it than what I got. Don’t get me wrong there’s some great moments in it and it’s definitely worth a watch but I think it got a lot more hype than it deserved and didn’t offer a particularly new or fresh experience.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jaws – 1975

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Year: 1975
Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Date Watched: January 7, 2017
Category: Film made before 1980

Okay yes, I know I’m incredibly behind on this one, but give me a break it was made fifteen years before I was born. And yes, the reason I never sought Jaws out was that I honestly thought it looked a little lame and not very scary. I was right on one thing, it wasn’t terribly scary, though a good reminder why the people patrolling our beaches should be proactive in their approaches to beach management.

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