What Movies are made of: Black Rock

 

I just finished watching the Katie Aselton directed film “Black Rock” on demand and I don’t mind saying I am exhilarated. After seeing the trailer a while back “Black Rock” was definitely on my list of movies to see because it had the elements I crave: survival, revenge, thrilling, nail-biting moments and escape.

There’s no need to tell you about the plot, you can see the trailer for that, what I’m telling you is to see it, it’s that good…better than the trailer and the trailer’s great.

Mark Duplass wrote one hell of script, three cheers Mark. I loved every minute. The actresses, Katie Aselton,Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth had a palpable chemistry and they acted the shit outta those roles. The antagonists, Will Bouvier, Jay Paulson and  Anslem Richardson are perfect and the seemingly normal but soon-to-be out of control military guys.

Glad to see a buddy movie with substance, thrill and edge.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on Netflix May 2014

 

…So you’re wondering what to watch scrolling through the possible crap on Netflix and shows and flicks you’ve already seen?

If you’ve like my other choices, and you trust me…and you should here’s my recommendations and stay-away-from’s:

 

 


 

FILMS

“Mr. Nobody” – Jared Leto -Futuristic miasma of different ways one’s life could have gone.

– I enjoyed this movie although I was challenged to exactly what was going on.

-I would mostly recommend this one, but be prepared for out of the box storytelling.

 

“Charlie Countryman”- Shia Labeouf – Dramatic finding oneself in a time of emotional disaster.

– HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

I loved this movie and was especially impressed with Rachel Evan Wood who knocked this roll out of the park! Her look was stunning and she had a presence that made her light up the screen. You can’t ever go wrong with Mads Mikkelson and Shia was phenomenal and HECK…who doesn’t wanna check out the life in Bucharest. You’ve got the Bucharest, drug, mafia and opera scene…it’s great stuff. Let’s not forget Melissa Leo…who’s role although small is her magnificent self.

 

“Short Term 12”

-Sort of Recommend

This movie was very intense…when you’re dealing with child molestation and abuse…it’s not the first subject you intentionally want to watch however, the acting was well done and film was done with grace and has that indie charm.

 

“Jobs” – It’s Steve Jobs before and after the creation of Apple.

Highly Recommend

I don’t know why the critics are hating on this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It didn’t make me like Steve Jobs. It did make me dislike him a bit. I enjoyed Ashton Kutcher as the younger Jobs more than the older..of which I had  a hard time believing, but that said…all else was flawless.

 

“How I live Now” –Apocalypse-ish story taking place in England.

Highly Recommend

This is like the the “Walking Dead” without Zombies. So if you films with the feeling of the end of the world and the struggle for survival…check this shit out.

 

“MUD” – Matthew Mcconaughey – Drifter with something to hide in a small town.

Highly Recommend

Well done. Really well done. You’ve got a bunch of great characters and some cool plots making you guess who the most scummy character is. It’s the root for the underdog theme, and when it’s not a disney film…it’s more palatable.

 

 

 

Bates Motel is a Winner!

 

Was late to the game in catching the first season of The Bates Motel on A&E in its original airing, but decided to give it a swing on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised. The show is extremely well done. It competes with the caliber of programs like FX’s “American Horror Story” (where her sister Taissa rocks the house playing various roles) and  AMC’s “The Killing” in it’s style, acting and story… all first rate. Vera Farmiga is the best I’ve ever seen her. Her big blast into notoriety was from “Up in the Air”, but this is gonna knock her outta the park and blast her as a hot commodity. Vera conquers “Norma Bates” like a true master with her different levels of inner emotion, sincerity and subtle comedic brilliance. She takes you slowly into the world of this multi-layered character and captures you inside the complex inner life which could have so easily been a caricature by any less of an actress. Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell (LOST), and Olivia Cooke make a dream cast. The story pacing and plot twists keep this show exciting with an under current of macabre comedy adding a slight kitschy feel that’s just right for this mother/son wacky relationship.

The great news is Season 2 started up again not too long ago on A&E. Looking forward to see where the writers take it.

Norma-and-Norman

Looking for more ideas to watch on Netflix?

Netfilix…so many choices and so little time. What’s a person to do?

Here’s some films I’ve recently watched that I found entertaining:

*Crack Pipes: See definition

THE WAY – Genre: DRAMA: 3 CRACK PIPES

I have been eye-ing “The Way” for quite a while but kept avoiding it because I didn’t want to see a depressing story, however I was pleasantly surprised. It is pretty hard to go wrong with Martin Sheen and Emilio did quite a fantastic directing job. If you like to see big landscapes and exploration-type flicks with a good, emotional underlying story, you’ll like this.

 

AFTERSHOCK- Genre: Foreign DRAMA: 4 CRACK PIPES

Talk about intense. This was definitely a heart breaker but definitely worth it. The acting is amazing as well as the special effects. If you like EPIC stories ala “Joy Luck Club”.  Taking you through generations of a family and bringing you into their world with detailed orchestration.

 

PERLASCA- Genre: Foreign DRAMA: 3 CRACK PIPES

This film was basically very good. Based on a true story, takes place in WWII in Budapest. FORMAT WISE, someone made a boo boo on Netflix and formatted the movie incorrectly (you couldn’t see all the captioning in the beginning and the end) which is crucial is describing what you will see and what the facts about the lead character Perlasca were. Otherwise it was extremely well done in that the plot points, which you will usually find in a WWII film; survival, escape, intrigue are all there along with good acting and a worthy story.

 

Netflix FILM Releases Continued – December 2013

NETFLIX RELEASES.

When there’s nothing on TV and you’re searching for that new series to get caught up in or an engaging movie, look no further.

Here’s a list of what I’ve found engaging on Netflix with tidbit or two:

Here’s the RATING SCALE:

5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE

3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

***I won’t bother telling you about anything less than 3 Crack Pipes, have no fear.***

***Note this is just a smattering of movies available, I’m not mentioning all the well-known movies you’ve  probably already seen. These are the ones that might have gotten by you.***

FILMS:

C.O.G.: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

Very interesting, quirky film with strong acting.

The Sicilian Girl:3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

Based on a true story…intense.

Wake in Fright: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

Freaky, amazingly CINEMATIC film that looks as if it was shot today to resemble the 70’s…A FUN RIDE.

Neds: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

Violent Scottish flick…great acting, disturbing story.

After the Wedding: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

INTENSE…but so well done. Mad Mikkelson rides again…He can do no wrong in my book.

The Return:3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

Really well done…3 crack pipes because I was somewhat disappointed.

The Girl: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

How did this movie ESCAPE from the mainstream…it’s absolutely brilliant. Acting is OFF THE HOOK. SEE THIS. Abbie Cornish is the best I’ve ever seen her.

I Am Love: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

Very strange film, cinematically stunning with close-ups galore. Tilda Swinton knocks this one outta the park!

Christopher and his Kind: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

Beautifully done film. Makes you feel like you’re living in the 1930’s. If you’re intrigued by this time in history..this is up your alley.

Barbara: 4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE

Harsh, German film but worth it for the sensitively told story by the absolutely brilliant Nina Hoss.

 

 

Netflix Documetary Releases December 2013

NETFLIX RELEASES.

When there’s nothing on TV and you’re searching for that new series to get caught up in or an engaging movie, look no further.

Here’s a list of what I’ve found engaging on Netflix with tidbit or two:

Here’s the RATING SCALE:

5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE

3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

***I won’t bother telling you about anything less than 3 Crack Pipes, have no fear.***

***Note this is just a smattering of movies available, I’m not mentioning all the well-known movies you’ve  probably already seen. These are the ones that might have gotten by you.***

FILMS:

Genre: DOCUMENTARY

BLACKFISH: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.
If you love Killer Whales or animals in general: This is an inside look at the horrors that go on at Sea World.

WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

This an EXTREMELY in depth look into who Julian Assange is and what the heck WIKILEAKS is and how it began and the dangers and good that came from it.

CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELLIOTT SPITZER: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

Fantastic documentary and insightful, intimate portrait of Elliott Spitzer’s rise and fall along with the people hunting him.

THE WHALE: 4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE
THE IMPOSTER: 4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE
UNRAVELED: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

This is one Great Doc. If the Bernie Madoff Ponzie scheme interests you, you’ll find this fascinating.

THE WOMAN WHO WASN’T THERE: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.
THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES: 4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE
CARL PANZRAM: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

This documentary pulls of a great portrait of an extremely troubled man with no video footage.

LOCKED UP ABROAD (THE SERIES): 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

Kick-Ass Reenactments and interviews with people who have been jailed abroad.

BUCK: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.
FAT, SICK, AND NEARLY DEAD: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.
THE INVISIBLE WAR: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

The scary truth about the armed forces.

WHO IS HARRY NILSSON?: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

If you’re not a Harry Nilsson fan, you will be by the end of this movie.

BROTHER’S KEEPER: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.
CROPSEY: 3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

Surprisingly well done doc that has a strong plot.

I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE (SERIES): 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

Kick Ass Reenactments. If you love shows about survival…this is for you.

WALKING WITH CAVEMEN: 4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE
YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED: 4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE

Colosseum: A Gladiator’s Story: 5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

BEST Doc about Gladiator’s I’ve ever seen including Amazing Reenactments!

NETFLIX RELEASES

NETFLIX RELEASES.

When there’s nothing on TV and you’re searching for that new series to get caught up in or an engaging movie, look no further.

Here’s a list of what I’ve found engaging on Netflix with tidbit or two:

Here’s the RATING SCALE:

5 CRACK PIPES = ADDICTIVE into DANGEROUS PROPORTIONS

4 CRACK PIPES = EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE (You can skip a week without having a withdrawal)

3 CRACK PIPES = VERY ADDICTIVE (You really like it, but you can put the crack pipe down anytime you want

***I won’t bother telling you about anything less than 3 Crack Pipes, have no fear.***

SERIES:
Category: Thug Crime Abroad

LOVE/HATE:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where: Set in Dublin, present day.
Who: Great characters, outstanding actors.
What: Tons of great plots that don’t quick. Stories weaved into others seamlessly and growing with every episode leaving you wanting more. Good soundtrack, progressive camera work, Cinematic feel and unique introductions. Did I mention a  ACTION? This is like getting on a roller coaster and then missing the high.
How many: You’ve got 3 seasons worth.

The FORSYTE SAGA:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in Victorian England. Yes! A period piece. If you love them, you will love this.
Who: Great characters, outstanding actors.
What: This has a bit of a slow burn, perhaps 2 episodes in you will get sucked in. Well rounded, interesting ,characters. Passion, unrequited love, scandal, what more can you want?
How many: You’ve got 10 episodes!

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in Prison (Connecticut or NY) Present Day
Who: Fun characters, Good acting.
What: Based on a book but coloring outside of the line thankfully. This is a bowl full of fun. Extremely fun music begins and ends each episode. Jenji Kohan of WEEDS heads up this production, so expect the same quirky, dropped jaw twists and turns. Dialogue is a quick-witted good time. You won’t want to put this crack pipe DOWN. It’s just too much fun!
How many: You’ve got 1 season, so take it slow….They’re filming season 2 now.

HOUSE OF CARDS  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in Washington. Present Day
Who: Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. YAY!
What: At first you may be assaulted by Kevin Spacey breaking the 4th wall, but you will quickly learn to love it. Let this power couple take you for a ride, you’ll love it. Kevin Spacey wraps you around his finger pretty quickly with crafty dialogue. It’s got deceit, adultery, debauchery, political scamming. While people claw each other down for the ultimate power position, HOUSE OF CARDS will just leaving you wanting more.
How many: You’ve got 1 season, so take it slow….SEASON 2 PREMIERS on FEB 14th 2014

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-netflix-house-of-cards-season-2-premiere-date-20131204,0,5149324.story#axzz2n01y4suS

ADDENDUM: HOUSE OF CARDS starts FEB 14th 2014

THE FALL:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in Belfast, Ireland. Present Day.
Who: Gillian Anderson. Strong Acting, great plot.
What: Oh yeah…you’ve got a serial killer in this one. Gillian Anderson is at her best here. Her character doesn’t take shit from anyone. Anderson pulls off tough, beautiful and fragile. Supporting characters are equally compelling.
How many: You’ve got 1 season, so take it slow….They’re filming season 2 now.

TOP OF THE LAKE:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 4 CRACK PIPES for Extremely ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in New Zealand. Present Day
Who: Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) Created by Jane Campion.
What: One major plot line. You just have to know what happened. Meanwhile the main character is emotionally ragged but she’s a detective. Lots of scumbag characters to keep you hating and guessing and re-thinking and needing to know.
How many:  1 season.

HIT & MISS:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in the U.K. Present Day.
Who: Chloe Sevingy and lots of outstanding supporting actors.
What: It’s original and it will grab you from the start. You’ve got a Pre-Op Transgender Contract Killer with a past that comes knocking on her door in the form of a kid.
How many: You’ve got 1 season, so take it slow….That’s it no season two. You may be crushed but it will be worth it.

LOST:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 5 CRACK PIPES for DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Many Places. Present.
Who: Fun characters, Brilliant acting, Plots, Twists, Turns, Sci Fi, Quantum Physics, Spirituality.
What: I came late to this series, so many of you may have seen it, but for those who haven’t. This is the positively the most fun I’ve had watching a TV series ever.
How many: You’ve got 6 seasons! Enjoy and tell family and friends where you are so they’ll no not to worry if they don’t see you for a month.

JERICHO:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 3 CRACK PIPES for VERY ADDICTIVE

Where and When: Set in Various places in the U.S. Present Day.
Who: Skeet Ulrich. Lennie James (These guys are who keep you interested).
What: Life after a Nuclear Blast. You’ve got a bit of survival, good guys against bad guys. It gets a bit corny, but the good points make you let that go.
How many: You’ve got 2 seasons. Eat ’em up.

***Addendum***

I just received an update on JERICHO:
“CBS and Netflix are in talks about making more episodes of Jericho. In the meantime, the Jericho story continues in the Season 3 and 4 graphic novels. The Season 3 novel is back in print:
http://tinyurl.com/JerichoS3Novel the Season 4 novel will be released next year and can be pre-ordered: http://tinyurl.com/S4Jericho

BLEAK HOUSE:  ADDICTION RATING SCALE: 4 CRACK PIPES for Extremely ADDICTIVE

Where and When: 19th Century England. A Period piece by golly!
Who: Excellent Acting. Gillian Anderson, Carey Mulligan. Anna Maxwell Martin.
What: It’s Dickens! You really can’t go wrong with Masterpiece Theater and Charles Dickens. Bleak house isn’t bleak at all. Plot is thick and characters are amusing and engaging.
How many: You’ve got 8 episodes.

SERIES You Probably already Know about and if you don’t you should:

BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, HELL ON WHEELS, THE WALKING DEAD, THE KILLING (ALL AMC….JOSH SAPAN KNOWS HOW TO PICK WINNERS :), AMERICAN HORROR STORY (Season 1) (I didn’t care for Season 2 and Season 3 is on the way to a good start), DEXTER, THE TUDORS, HATFIELD & MCCOYS,

NETFLIX FILM RELEASES

NETFLIX RELEASES.

When there’s nothing on TV and you’re searching for that new series to get caught up in or an engaging movie, look no further.

Here’s a list of what I’ve found engaging on Netflix with tidbit or two:

Here’s the RATING SCALE:

5 CRACK PIPES = BRILLIANT MOVIE. GIVES YOU WHAT YOU WANT. YOU FEEL SATED.

4 CRACK PIPES = YOU’LL HAVE A JOLLY GOOD VIEWING EXPERIENCE

3 CRACK PIPES = GOOD JOB, NOT THE BEST BUT WAY UP THERE.

***I won’t bother telling you about anything less than 3 Crack Pipes, have no fear.***

***Note this is just a smattering of movies available, I’m not mentioning all the well-known movies you’ve  probably already seen. These are the ones that might have gotten by you.***

FILMS:

Genre: WWII, ESCAPE, ESPIONAGE, SURVIVAL, SEA FAIRING MATEY!, WAR

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: 4 CRACK PIPES

LORE: 3 CRACK PIPES

INTO THE WHITE: 3 CRACK PIPES

THE WAY BACK: 5 CRACK PIPES 

NO PLACE ON EARTH (Documentary with Reenactments): 3 CRACK PIPES

KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND: 5 CRACK PIPES

FLAME & CITRON:4 CRACK PIPES

THE PIANIST: 5 CRACK PIPES

SEA WOLF:3 CRACK PIPES

TO END ALL WARS:4 CRACK PIPES

BACK TO 1942:4 CRACK PIPES

JOHN RABE:3 CRACK PIPES

BALIBO: 4 CRACK PIPES

MY WAY: 4 CRACK PIPES

SCENIC ROUTE: 4 CRACK PIPES 

CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND: 4 CRACK PIPES (Beautifully done. Cinematography, Acting and Score first-rate. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s time in Berlin.)

Genre: TRAVEL & DISCOVERY

KON TIKI: 5 CRACK PIPES

Genre: UPLIFTING & PASSIONATE (But not in a corny way)

HAUTE CUISINE: 4 CRACK PIPES

Genre: CRIME DRAMA

THE SILENCE: 5 CRACK PIPES

ALL GOOD THINGS: 5 CRACK PIPES

EDWIN DROOD: 4 CRACK PIPES

FLAWLESS : 4 CRACK PIPES

LOVE CRIME: 3 CRACK PIPES

STANDER: 4 CRACK PIPES

A GANG STORY: 3 CRACK PIPES (French flick with a very charismatic lead actor.)

WILD BILL: 4 CRACK PIPES

THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS: 4 CRACK PIPES (This is very HEAVY. Based on the most legendary Australian Serial killer. Full of gray scenes and dark material.)

LAST RIDE: 4 CRACK PIPES (Very HEAVY film and extraordinarily intimate. Worth the watch.)

Genre: PERIOD PIECE  Based on Fact

A ROYAL AFFAIR: 5 CRACK PIPES

THE COUNTESS: 5 CRACK PIPES

CONFUCIUS: 4 CRACK PIPES

ICEMAN: 5 CRACK PIPES

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY: 4 CRACK PIPES

Genre: BLOW YOUR MIND…A mixture.

OLD BOY (Be prepared for shock.) : 4 CRACK PIPES

THE SKELETON KEY (Get your voodoo on): 4 CRACK PIPES

Genre: GHOSTS IF YOU WILL

THE AWAKENING: 5 CRACK PIPES

Genre: PERIOD  PIECES

CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING: 4 CRACK PIPES

Genre: SHARK

REEF (Finally another good shark movie) You Go! Aussie’s! : 4 CRACK PIPES

Genre: EPICS: HEAVEN’S GATE  (Despite what you’ve heard, this is great flick… so there’s a couple of long scenes giving it a verite feel…aside from that…Beautiful job from “The Deer Hunter” Director Michael Cimino.

ANIMATION:

MARY AND MAX: 5 CRACK PIPES (ONE OF THE MOST WELL-DONE ANIMATION FILMS I’VE EVER SEEN.)

DOCUMENTARIES ANYONE? COMING SOON.