Friday, September 6, 2019

He Saw / She Saw - The Homesman


Sue:

I want to watch this movie again...I feel like I missed so much.  A spinster (Hylary Swank),  took on the task of trying to transport three women who had experienced mental breakdowns while living in the old West.  So many twists and turns that I did not see coming.  What motivates a person to help others?  Some help for money (Tommy Lee Jones) some because they just do not like seeing others hurt.  And what happens when you do not get what you want?  In the movie you quit trying and hang yourself.  

Bruce:

Not the film you would expect unless you had read the book.  An interesting study of life on the early plains when towns were weeks apart by horse.  Not so much a story arc as it is a long character development with very interesting characters.  While some might find this a rambling film with little direction, it mirrors life, in that you never know what is coming next, and our interactions with those around us have a profound affect on all our futures. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

He Saw / She Saw - P2


Sue:

A good film but I did not find it very realistic.  Its all horror with little plot.  The suspense factor just wasn't there for me. 

Bruce:

A better film than I thought it would be, although I am not really into this genre.  The production value in the film is very high and they do a good job at setting the mood and tone.  However, it did seem a little hard to believe.  It can't be that hard to get out of a parking garage on Christmas Eve. 

He Saw / She Saw - A Million Ways To Die In The West


Sue:

This was an hilarious film.  At first it seems odd, but it turns out to be one vulgar sight gag after another.  I was literally laughing out loud through most of the film. 

Bruce:

Pretty much anything Seth MacFarlane does is genius.  I expected this to be a rather silly film, but found it be absolutely hilarious, especially the unrated version, where profanity was the primary weapon and not guns.  

He Saw / She Saw - Escape Plan

Sue:

Stalone was the big attraction for me.  An entertaining film that you can't predict the ending to.  It gets a bit silly near the end, but boys with guns will be boys with guns. 

Bruce:

This was my second viewing of the film.  It is better than you think, with a thinking mans plot interspersed with a lot of violence and gun play.  You know that in the end, 'Arnold' is going to unhook a machine gun and start blowing people away....which he does here with relish. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

He Saw / She Saw - TV Detectives - Dragnet


The Big Hit & Run


The Big Bunko

Sue:

Entertaining mostly for its nostalgia and how different customs and manners were back in the day.  Apparently, in L.A. in 1955, you didn't need a warrant to walk into someone's house and start questioning them. 

Bruce:

This is Dragnet before it was picked up by major studios.  In the early days, this was pretty much Jack Webb's show and he did it the way he wanted to, which was quick, staccato, direct and over righteous and determined.  After watching this, you will be glad that police don't operate this way any more. 

He Saw / She Saw - The Hitcher

Sue:

I was hoping for a good horror movie.  However, this movie was awful and made absolutely no sense.  I bailed after the first 50 minutes. 

Bruce:

Odd film.  Good production value, camera work, stunts, acting, etc....  But the film fails in the plot / screenplay department.  More of a nightmarish fantasy in a world with suspended reality.  A clear motivation for the 'Hitchers' actions are never fully explained. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

He Saw / She Saw - The Sea Hawk


Sue:

A lavish film that is fun to watch.  However some of the scenes went on too long. 

Bruce:

Entertaining in the extreme.  This is the Star Wars of its day, with lavish sets before the onset of special effects.  I found it charmkng how the whole film went sephia tone in the New World, but went back to black & white in Europe.  The Movietone News reel and cartoon shorts included in this matinee edition were a rare treat.