rating: 5 ( really loved it) rotten tomatoes rating: 13% audience 64%
description: When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
what I thought: I had to disagree big time with rotten tomatoes on this one. I loved this one very much! I again had seen nothing about this movie before hand. I only got it cause will smith was on the front and it said something about getting through grief. I did not expect some of what happened and i loved the little twists. I loved how he was struggling hard and the steps he took.I found this to be inspiring and lovely. I would watch it again and recommend it as well.
Here is another reviewer take on it: https://youtu.be/h46ruOND_KU
rating: 3 1/2 (liked it) rotten tomatoes rating: 74% audience: 73%
description: A woman named Susan receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband — a man she left 20 years earlier — asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor whose family vacation turns violent. https://youtu.be/Eqr4xcADGtM
What I thought: I did not want to like this movie. I felt it was sad and disturbing. I did get drawn into it very much though. I felt like I was watching a book played out visually. It was deep and emotional. You were watching two stories play out at once. You could see the emotions of both the characters and the detail was rich. I can’t say I like how it played out but I was not bored and watched intently to see where it was going. One thing the movie had going for it was that I had not seen a trailer or any information on it which added to the suspense for me. trailer tend to ruin a lot of movies for me.
horror and science
rating: 2 rotten tomatoes rating: 15% audience: 24%
What I thought: It seems most on rotten tomatoes review site agreed with me on this one. I found the idea of using science to deal with the possession interesting which is what drew me to this movie. I found the actor that played the kid character to be a cool fit for the picture as well. However the story telling just fell flat for me. It was not scary just sort of interesting but i was offended by the insults to the idea of faith and its power in the beginning and the idea of universal ism. I stayed with the movie for the interesting parts but I did not really enjoy it and probably would not recommend you spending your time on it.
here is another person’s take on it: https://youtu.be/eZBx3UwqM1I
Fantasy with real life struggles and coping of young boy
rating: 2 (slightly disliked) rotten tomatoes rating: 87% audience – 82%
description: A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor’s father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title.
What I thought: This is another one that I was so excited for cause so many people like it. For me however maybe i was in a mood that day or just for some reason could not connect well with it. It just felt dark and slow for me. I did love the look of the monster and basically was watching to see what would happen with the monster. I do have to admit i kept feeling distracted while watching it with not much patience but I did not feel moved in it just felt like i was watching it for the effects so it kind of let me down. I did like the graphics however. maybe I will have to give it a try another time but for now it did not do much for me.
favorite part: watching the monster.
would i recommend it: yes cause people should make their own mind up about it. We all see things differently.
fantasy beasts from Harry Potter world in America
rating: 4 (really liked it) goodreads rating: 73% audience – 80%
description: This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic). Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released.
What did I think: I enjoyed the film. I liked imagining the world of Harry Potter in America. I would have liked it even more if it took place in current time but I still enjoyed it. It felt a little long towards the end but I loved seeing all the different creatures and how they behaved. I loved the man who wanted to open a bakery. He was funny. I also like Queenie cause she reminded me of a character from the book The Great Gatsby. What I did not like in the movie would be the satanic symbols for the magical parts. There is a way to have magic and wonder and fantasy without bringing real life occult things into the movie. I have to say that is only my opinion but it turns me off to things when they do that. They definitely need to make a book or movie on the american school (minus the witchcraft stuff–my opinion).
My favorite part: All the funny parts were my favorite. I also loved the part where the main character takes people back to where he is keeping the animals with the different scenes of winter and fall etc.. I found it very beautiful and captures the imagination.
faith and healing
rating: 4 (enjoyed it) rotten tomatoes rating: 20% audience -80%
description: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
What I thought: It has been along time since i read the book which at the time I did not like because I guess was not sure where he was coming from in it. I had rated the book about a 2 (for slightly disliked). However, I gave the movie a shot and I am glad i did. I did enjoy the movie. I understood more of where the author was coming from in it and I loved the gorgeous scenes in the movie. I also loved the cast. There were still a few things in the area of faith that disturbed me a tiny bit but it was his version of what happened so i was okay with it.
would i recommend it: yes. I think those that take it as just an experience he had or a way he coped with what happened to him and dont analyze every single bit of it as the full view of that faith. I think others can appreciate the story.
Reviewing tommorrow. Here is a preview:
based on the book- The shack