Mini Rambling Reviews

I'm back! With my vacation and work being busy, I haven't gotten to do as much on the blog this month as I wanted. I fell behind on my Indie Gems for the first time in years, and I didn't fell asleep during my Blind Spot viewing. (which is what I get for trying to watch it at 2:00am, I suppose) Either way, thanks to airplane TVs here's a few things I watched in the past week. Hopefully it's back to business as usual around here. 

Kubo and the Two Strings

I saw this one in theaters with my husband and son. The animation was gorgeous, easily the best of the year. The story, however just didn't match other animated greats like Zootopia or Finding Dory. Plus, my son was irrationally bothered by the fact that Kubo's instrument had three strings on it for most of the film. "Why isn't it called Kubo and the THREE strings?" Symbolism, son.
Grade: B

Hello, My Name is Doris


When I first saw the trailer through this, I figured it would be ageist and piss me off. Then I read a few positive reviews on it and decided to give it a chance. Nope, terrible movie not worthy of the performance Sally Field gave. Doris is stuck in life surrounded by mostly shitty people. Of course she fucks everything up and has to come clean about it. I found myself asking "why?" so many times during this. 
Grade: D

Batman v Superman


There's a lot of complaints about BvS out there, but for me the biggest issue ended up being the acting. (Okay, and MARTHA!) It pains me I can't defend Jesse Eisenberg here. I love the guy, but what was he doing? Maybe they should've cast him as the Riddler or Joker because he was more in line with them than Lex Luthor. Not until the very end, at least. Henry Cavill still hasn't learned how to emote and why is Amy Adams stuck playing a damsel? Ben Affleck was the highlight, at least for his Bruce Wayne. He's no Christian Bale but he's good. I didn't expect to like him so much.
Grade: C-

The Night Of

This is an eight episode mini series that I've been watching on HBO. It had its finale on Sunday. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It was very tense, the pilot in particular was an amazing hour of TV. However most of the characters ended up doing incredibly stupid things. Like, forced plot stupid. One of the lawyer's actions just flat out didn't make sense. It doesn't ruin the show, I'd still recommend it, but that was hard to get around. The ending of the series was so sad because you know things like that happen often.
Grade: Overall B

16 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot of great things about Kubo and the Two Strings. I hope to see it on TV soon.

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  2. I'm a bit excited to see Kubo and the Two Strings. Pretty much agree with all your sentiments about BvS. I wish they'd start writing Amy Adams out as her character's contribution isn't exactly a turning point for the movie.

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    1. Her entire purpose is to just be saved by Superman. It's sad.

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  3. Gah! I'm looking forward to seeing Kubo and the Two Strings, but there is no way I'm going to be able to un-see the fact that it has three strings now, ha!
    - Allie

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    1. Like, you get it at the end why it's called two strings but that was weirdly annoying until it happened. lol

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  4. Damnnnn I kind of felt regretful for missing Hello, My Name is Doris. Not anymore now!!

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    1. No, it was so bad. Sally Fields was good and that's the only reason it doesn't get an F from me.

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  5. What did you think of Gal Gadot?

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    1. I liked her. I've never liked the character of Wonder Woman but I really dug Gal's performance. I'll see her stand alone movie for sure.

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    2. Yeah I thought she was very good in the short time she had and her and Batfleck had wonderful chemistry, certainly more of that than Constipated Man and Adams managed to have in both movies combined

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    3. It must be hard for Amy to try to have chemistry with a mannequin. Poor girl, she deserves better. lol

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  6. The ONLY THING worthy about Batman v. Superman was Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. Otherwise it was a completely pointless film... and that's coming from someone who LOVES Henry Cavill AND Man of Steel.

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    1. I normally hate Wonder Woman, but I liked her. That gives me hope for the WW stand alone.

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  7. We just watched Batman vs Superman and you are so right about Eisenberg. I fell he watched Heath Ledger's performance and tried to copy it only to show his failings as an actor. Loved Wonder Woman and the music that went with her. My expectations were low so I was ok with the film

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    1. Eisenberg is usually a very reliable actors. He really slipped up here.

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