I liked this movie more than I expected to. From the previews, I thought it might be overly sappy. It wasn’t. Until the end. The only reason I didn’t give the movie 5 stars is because of the very last scene which felt like a cop out. Shia LaBoeuf was surprisingly likable and realistic. Dakota Johnson was serviceable in her role. But it was Zack Gottsagen as The Peanut Butter Falcon and his chemistry with LaBoeuf that makes the movie what it is.
At Red River with Ann and Pat
The Sound of My Voice ☆☆☆☆
This documentary about Linda Ronstadt is excellent because of its subject matter and not so much because of its movie making. The story is told through standard concert footage with a voice over by Ronstadt. But her voice is so amazing and worth listening to, both because of her singing and because of what she has to say. I especially loved what she had to say about being a woman leading bands and her relationship to other women in the music industry.
At Red River with Pat
Ad Astra ☆☆
I really liked the first half of this movie. The opening scene was suspenseful and well-done. The movie raises interesting questions about the nature of human connection. But then the story devolves into absurdity. Especially stupid was a scene about killer space monkeys that had nothing to do with the over-arching narrative and seemed to be there just for the shock value. So disappointing after a promising start.
At the Concord Regal with Ann and Pat
Downton Abbey ☆☆☆
The movie was just what I expected from having watched the TV series.
I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in astrophotography, game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.