Deadpool

A new review from Motor City Reviewer.

Deadpool  (A+).  A novel twist on the super hero genre.  Smart, witty, and with a great sound track.  It will not win any Oscars, (except maybe for the intertwining of real life and computer generated animation), but it is delightful movie fare.  It has something for everyone – pretty actors (check), action (check), hip dialogue (check).  The back-and-forth between Ryan Reynolds (Adventureland) and T.J. Miller (the bar owner) (Our Idiot Brother) is fantastic.

[Postscript from The Movie Snob: Note that the movie is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.]

Lincoln – a second opinion

The Motor City Reviewer pays us a visit.

Lincoln

The fundamental concern of Lincoln is the passage of the 13th Amendment, and Lincoln’s struggles to make that passage happen in the House of Representatives. There is great drama in the floor-fights and speeches which led to the 13th Amendment’s adoption on January 31, 1865.  David Strathairn, who deserves a Best Supporting Oscar for his depiction of William Seward, conducts the back-room deal cutting necessary to assemble the requisite two-thirds majority, seconded by Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens. The bad guys appear in the form of George Hunt Pendleton (the disappointed Democratic nominee for vice-president in 1864) and Fernando Wood, the sleazy New York Democrat.  Happily, when the final vote is taken, the bad guys lose.

Another plot line to the movie is a peace plan brewing with the South.  On the recommendation of General Grant, Lincoln sets up a meeting with the peace commissioners. He hopes to keep this under wraps, so as not to feed the Democrats’ campaign against the amendment, even to the point of concealing it from Seward. But the word leaks out all the same, and Lincoln escapes a debacle over the vote for the amendment only by issuing a written assurance that there are no Confederate commissioners in Washington. (They were not, of course, in Washington, but cooling their heels at Hampton Roads, where Lincoln would shortly meet with them, but no one in the Democratic caucus seems to have caught on to Lincoln’s lawyer-like evasion).

The movie delights in the rough-and-tumble of American politics. In an age when so many people complain about gridlock, lobbying, campaign money, and inefficiency, Lincoln embraces all of them, and good comes out of it. It is a movie of confidence – confidence in politics, confidence in a very skilled yet principled politician, confidence in the self-created mazes of our representative democracy.  Daniel Day-Lewis’s Lincoln, haggard but smiling, tormented and yet fundamentally serene in his knowledge of doing right, carries the movie with the help of the excellent supporting cast.

Trouble With the Curve – a second opinion

A second opinion, from Motor City Reviewer.

Trouble with the Curve — A nice movie, but not one anybody should rush out to see.  The premise is an aging baseball scout (Eastwood) is reunited with his somewhat estranged and emotionally unavailable daughter (a hard charging, big law associate – Amy Adams), and Justin Timberlake plays the love interest (someone Eastwood once scouted who hurt his arm and is now out of baseball).  Some mildly amusing moments.  Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake have good chemistry.  It is a little too formulaic, a little too predictable.  If you are paying attention, you should be able to guess the ending a third of the way into the movie.

The Watch

The Motor City Reviewer gives you fair warning.

THE WATCH

Could possibly be the worst movie ever made.  A complete waste of time, talent and money.  Ben Stiller is going the way of Adam Sandler, making stupid movies with 8th grade humor and story lines.  The average age of the audience had to be in the low teens (even though it was rated R) and they of course loved the movie.  This is a bad, bad movie.  The lone bright spot in the movie is Jonah Hill.

Ted

A review by Motor City Reviewer.

TedA shock comedy with some really laugh out loud moments.  Ted is a Teddy bear that comes to life when an 8 year old Mark Wahlberg wishes upon a star.  Ted and Mark embark on a 30 year relationship of smoking dope and being slackards.  Amazingly, the going-nowhere Mark meets up-and-coming young professional Mila Kunis, and they fall in love.  The plot is very pedestrian as  Mark and Mila deal with Mila’s boss who is always hitting on her, and Mark and Ted deal with a stalker Dad and son who want Ted as their own.  Ted is part Wilfred (the talking dog from the FX series) and part Southpark.  He says all the things people think, but would never say in public for fear of being called a racist, bigot or red-neck.  Ted spares no one, making fun of all races, genders, and sexual orientations.  The scenes between Ted and the owner of a grocery store (his boss) are worth the price of a ticket alone.