Wonderful art films for Fall 2017

Bored of the same "summer blockbuster" movie selections? Seen too many children's animated poo poo pee pee jokes lately? In the mood to watch something that expands your movie horizons a bit? This is the perfect list for you! These are hand-selected art films you can find on Netflix, iTunes, or other streaming services. You may have missed them the first time around, but now is the perfect time to check them out. This is my *ahem*...."expert"..(I'm simply an expert in my own mind, as a movie lover!) list of wonderful art films for Fall 2017.  (in no particular order)

1. Irrational Man (2015)

This quirky drama was released in 2015 and quickly forgotten. It's a shame that it was so overlooked. The personal controversies and reputation of legendary writer/director Woody Allen and the extremely low marketing budget were a combination that made this little film get swept under the rug. And, the fact that Allen, 82 years old, is trying to write plausible dial…

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

There's plenty to love about the quirky and stylish Netflix original movie I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore. It was released at the end of February, 2017, so it's new. Actress Melanie Lynskey really shines as the lead character, Ruth. The style feels indie and modern. There are also some genuinely suspenseful moments involving dark hallways, hiding people, and lurking danger that had me holding my breath. There were also some quirky funny moments, most of which coming from the character Tony, played by Elijah Wood.

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore was written and directed by an actor named Macon Blair. He has appeared in at least a dozen movies and TV shows. And, he has written or co-written a handful of projects. According to IMDB (The International Movie Database), this is the first movie he has directed. For a first time directing, this movie is incredibly strong. The emotions are deep, the suspense is real, and the writing is great.

However, bef…

Arrival review

Arrival is suspenseful and hypnotic. Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a language expert and professor. When strange space crafts descend on the Earth and float silently above the ground, every world government is frantically scrambling to research what the aliens' intentions are. That's where Dr. Banks comes in. She is recruited by the US military to see if she can crack a code of communication with the space crafts / aliens. She is racing against the clock because no one knows what the aliens might do, or the other governments of the world.

    I loved Arrival. The stark colors and sharp editing create a very suspenseful atmosphere. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have fantastic chemistry as fellow language and alien researchers. They are co-workers who are under enormous pressure to find the truth.

Arrival earned 10 Oscar nominations (!!!!), and they are certainly deserved. It was nominated in all the most exciting categories, including sound, writing, production design, directi…

I've fallen in love...

I've fallen in love with the magic of Disney. Obviously, I love movies. Did you know that the entrance to the Magic Kingdom is designed as if you are stepping inside a movie? It's true. When you walk through the tunnel under the train station at the front entrance, there are "movie" posters for various rides and attractions throughout the park. Then, when you emerge out the other side, there are vendors selling popcorn. The air is filled with the sweet smell of candy and popcorn, which is deliberately like the smell of a movie theater lobby. Then, you step inside the magic and imagination of storytelling with each section of the Magic Kingdom after that.

Here's a video of us traveling to Disney World and visiting EPCOT. The second part of that day we went to the Magic Kingdom, but I haven't posted that video yet.

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We went to EPCOT and loved it!!!


Pete's Dragon Review 2016

Pete's Dragon is the latest live-action remake of an animated classic. It is directed by David Lowery, who has directed a handful of mostly art films. The most recent thing was a 2013 movie called Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

Pete's Dragon is one part Tarzan, one part The Jungle Book, and even a splash of E.T. This is mostly to good effect. It is not a perfect movie, but it was entertaining, and should be very compelling and memorable for children.

It overlaps heavily with the animated cartoon original. Pete is a young boy who was in a car wreck deep in the forest. He wanders from the wreckage and gets found by a magical dragon he names Elliot. Elliot essentially raises him in a magical forest dragon lair.

Pete's Dragon also has a stellar cast. It's replete with Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and a wonderful performance by Robert Redford.

The story of fantasy and whimsy are wonderful. The E.T. elements are great as far as instilling a sense of wonder an…

Cafe Society Review

Cafe Society is a wonderful, refreshing original from classic writer / director
Woody Allen. If you don't know anything about Woody Allen, you'll probably watch this movie and scratch your head with confusion. However, if you're familiar with his movies, you will love it.

The official description of Cafe Society from Perdido Pictures is:

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen's bittersweet romance CAFÉ SOCIETY follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Centering on events in the lives of Bobby's colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

1. Woody Allen always has someone play him
Mr. Allen is now 81 years old. It is quite spectacular that he is still writing and directing a movie every…