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Super Movie Buffet

After a decade of doing this blog, people have finally requested movie reviews so without further dithering here we go!

Movies I've watched recently in approximate order:

1. Thanks For Sharing- Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Josh Gadd play sex addicts on various stages of recovery.  After 5 years of recovery,  Robbins feels it's time for Rufffalo to start dating again. Enter Gweneth Paltrow.  The other two have their own issues. For me, the different storylines rotate around as far as my interest in them which definitely keeps my interest in the movie as a whole.  The only complaint really is that it wraps up a little too easily at the end but that's a problem with many movies,  isn't it?

2. Silver Lining Playbook- When I first heard about a movie  about two mentally ill people finding each other,  I feared it would be much too painful to watch but I was pleasantly surprised.  This was a fantastic film.  I'd be lying if  I said the name of Bradley Cooper's obsession,  his ex-wfe,  being the same as a former obsession of mine didn't hit home but the ending gave me hope I that respect I suppose.  And yes, Chris Tucker needs to do more "comic relief" roles rather than "comic overkill" roles...

3. 3 Days To Kill- Kevin Costner has seen a resurgence in his career. This movie took me all the way back to No Way Out, which was my draw into it. I love films by both Luc Besson and McG way more than most but I feel their styles do not blend together well.  People who complain Spider-Man movies have too much story need to see this movie.  That's not to say it isn't a perfectly good spy action thriller. (Hell, true fans of my books would probably get into it fairly well...) Turn your brain off and enjoy.  (This is possibly the first time that sentence actually makes sense to me...)

4. Here Is Where I Leave You-  A family gathering drama with a stacked cast. Simply put, if you enjoyed The Family Stone, you'll enjoy this one but don't worry.  The separate story threads aren't really the same so it's not a rehash.  As I mentioned on Facebook,  this was the most dramatic role I had seen Tina Fey do and she nailed it.  Jane Fonda totally redeems herself for the horrible Monster-in-Law.  If you're one of those who boycott her movies for her actions during Vietnam,  especially if you weren't actually born then, you're missing a great film. Two quibbles: The endings of the storylines, for the most part,  were more realistic than satisfying in my opinion but I've done that in my writing so it's understandable.  The second quibble is even more minor: Dax Sheppard always plays a lovable ass which meant he was too likable for his role here for my tastes...


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