Saturday, April 23, 2016

Robert Downy, Jr. and Chris Evans Fight Over the Last Donut

Posted on Moviefan2014 April 21, 2016 on YouTube 

It's Captain America and Iron Man in the battle for the last doughnut. Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) bears witness.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ma'agalim - Jane Bordeaux

Published by jane bordeaux April 9, 2016 on YouTube.

Jane Bordeaux is an act based in Tel Aviv, making Live n' Kicking' American  folk-country music in Hebrew.

Doron Talmon - Vocal & Percussion
Amir Zeevi - Guitar, Ukulele * Vocals
Mati Gilad - Double Bass & Vocals

visit their site:

Director: Uri Lotan
CO-Cirector: Yoav Shtibelman
Art Director: Ovadia Benishu

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [PG-13]
DC Extended Universe (DCEU), part 2
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
March 25, 2016 - Warner Bros.
Directed by Zack Snyder

Grade: B
Up-graded from B

par: Story targeted to DC comic fans.

+1: Characters including Batman (played by Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).

+1: Big battles.

-1: Multiple (prophetic?) dreams scenes.

-1: Sparse expository dialogue and story cues.

+1: 3D

screened Thurs. Mar 25, 2016, and in 3D Wed. Mar.31, 2016


Deadpool [R]
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
February 12, 2016 - Marvel
Directed by Tim Miller

Grade A-
Up-Graded from B

+1: Meta humor including opening credits.

par: Cast including Ryan Reynolds (as Wade Wilson/ Deadpool).

par: R-rated frat-boy raunch script.

par: The X-Men universe.

+1: Gun fights and super-human battles.

+1: After credit bonus scene.

screened Sat. Feb. 27, 2016


Zootopia [PG]
Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
March 4, 2016 - Disney
Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Grade: A
Up-graded from B

+1: Characters including Judy Hopps (rabbit voiced by Ginnier Goodwin), and Nick Wilde ( fox, Jason Bateman).

+1: World building of the city of Zootopia in habited by anthropomorphic mammals.

par: Gazelle's (Shakira) song on repeat.

+1: Crime/ mystery story.

par: “Anybody can be anything” theme.

screened Sat. Mar. 5, 2016

The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours [PG-13]
Action, Drama, History, Thriller 
January 29, 2016 - Disney
Directed by Craig Gillespie

Grade: B+
Up-graded from B

par: Famous faces playing ordinary people including Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana.

+1: “Man versus nature” thrills.

+1: True life heroism.

-1: Suspense.

par: Personal stories.

screened Mon. Feb. 15, 2016

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight [R]
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
December 30, 2015 - The Weinstein Company 
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Grade: B+
Up-graded from B

-1: Pace and length.

+1: Cast including Kurt Russell (as John Rush), Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren) and Walton Goggins (Sheriff Chris Mannix).

par: Score/ music (by Ennio Morricone).

+1: Hitchcock-ian thriller structure.

par: Tarantino blood and violence.

screened Sun. Jan. 3, 2016

5-Point Movie Review, 2015

Last year, 2015, I went and saw 21 first-run theatrical movies. With only 2 of those I down-graded in my reviews, Either movie studios made better movies or I idd better picked out the ones that I would like. Probably more the latter.

For a break down of my grading process, you may refer to my 2013 roundup.

The Peanuts Movie – (up 3 levels) My positive review was probably heavily weighted by nostalgia and it was a good looking Peanuts movie as opposed to a CGI Peanuts-inspired movie.

Creed – (up 3 levels) If first you are a fan of the first Rocky movie and second generally respectful of the Rocky franchise, then this hits all the best things of what a Rocky movie is.

The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies – (down 1 level) Both the Hobbit trilogy and the film itself are too long.

Home – (down 1 level) At best it’s nice. At it’s worst, it’s inconsequential.

Creed – (A) I liked it.

GRADED TOO WELL (possibly):
Furious 7 – (A-) It gives you what you want from a Fast and Furious movie, but that’s not a high bar. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron – (A-) It’s an uncomplicated “good guys beat the bad guy” story.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – (C) It’s pretty, well shot, and the good guys mostly win by the end, as a movie in itself. As part of a huge franchise, it’s better than the entries of the much maligned prequel trilogy and harkens back to (borrows from) the beloved original trilogy, but leaves too many unanswered questions to make it more than the pilot episode for a new trilogy.

 Thank you for reading.

 Thank you for watching.