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6/10
Even Steve Martin couldn't save the last 45 minutes.
1 January 2020
The Lonely Guy (1984) Director: Arthur Hiller Watched: 12/26/19 Rating: 3/5

"I don't like to take naps. I don't like to wake up more than once a day. 'Cause when I first wake up I get that shock of who I am and everything. I... I really don't like to do that more than once a day."

A favorite quote, which shows how this film managed to be funny although it did at times go maybe too far in minimizing or making light of suicide (other examples include the nonchalant freak show of falling bodies on the Manhattan Bridge, suicides reported casually on the radio after the weather announcements). But this is a black comedy after all and Steve Martin makes up for this with his hilarious shenanigans. Favorite shticks included: spotlight activated for a single diner; psychiatrist via apartment call box; automated chess machine friend; ferns as friends; fake sweat for possible running meet-cute; party cutouts from "The Lonely Guy Store"; renting a guy to talk to your girlfriend or wife so she won't wait for you alone in a bar; donating blood in order to lay in bed with a woman; and man on foot "pulled over" by a police officer who then"escorts" him on foot, all along regular traffic on the move!

Steve Martin is certainly in his element and is slowed down only by the subpar writing. Which makes sense as to why he usually writes and directs the films he stars in. I have no doubt that "The Lonely Guy" would have been much better received if this were the case. The first 45 minutes of this film were outstanding- Hubbard is a newly minted Lonely Guy, does his best to cope and find a new girl, and his antics keep us engaged and laughing. But the story quickly runs out of steam after he gets inexplicably hooked on Iris and the writing loses its wittiness.

Cameos by Merv Griffin and Doctor Joyce Brothers were a nice touch but not quite enough to save the latter half of the film.

#cameo #comedy #dog #loneliness #NewYork #meta #narration #onaboat #pagetoscreen #publishingindustry #romanticcomedy #rooftopscene #subway #suicide #wedding
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I.Q. (1994)
7/10
Einstein Sends Me Over The Moon!
28 December 2019
I.Q. (1994) Director: Fred Schepisi Watched: 10/29/19 Rating: 3.5/5

Written in the stars, Robbins/Ryan at their best- but it's Matthau as charming, eccentric Einstein that sends me over the moon!

Come back down to earth! No atom of likelihood in this far-fetched plot, nor chemistry between leads- An unbalanced equation!

#Somonka #ReviewPoem #50s #academia #astronomy #cars #conartistry #diner #elderly #groupoffriends #philosophy #President #romanticcomedy #scientist #space #Uncle #university
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Touch of Evil (1958)
9/10
Finally Released As Made!
21 October 2019
---- Touch of Evil (1958) (1998 re-edited version incorporating Welle's vision as he expressed in a 58 page memorandum) Director: Orson Welles Watched: 8/11/18 Rating: 4.5/5

"Ominous"

Orson Welles masterfully directs and stars in this classic film noir masterpiece- Original 1958 version was re-released in 1976 and again in 1998 (incorporating direction from Welles' 58 page memo). Opening long shot might not be the longest but likely the most visually compelling of its time; Outstanding cast includes several big stars appearing in minor roles, Obsession, passion, corruption, morality; abuse of power and loss of innocence- intense themes skillfully scrutinized; Otherworldly mise-en-scène and creative cinematography come together to create a compelling experience Overflowing with mesmerizing characters, palpable tension, and suspenseful thrills!

#PleiadesPoem #ReviewPoem #astrology #auteur #brothel #classic #controversy #corruption #crime #discrimination #doublecross #drugs #longshot #Mexico #morality #murder #NationalFilmRegistry #noir #pagetoscreen #policeofficer #suspense #surveillance #wronglyaccused ----
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4/10
A Shame to Simon Winchester
13 September 2019
I cannot be bothered to say much more than that. Please do everyone a favor and read this incredible book. Winchester laboriously researched and masterfully penned a fabulous dual biography, and this Hollywood rendition diminishes its wonder.
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7/10
A Villanelle Review
30 June 2019
I, Daniel Blake (2016) Director: Ken Loach Watched: 6/19/19 Rating: 3.5/5

"He, Daniel Blake"

Daniel Blake will have his great say, But it's death by bureaucracy; The poor man never gets his way.

Heart attack has led him astray, he'll fight for his rights valiantly- Daniel Blake will have his great say.

Games to play and rules to obey, long lines and forms of lunacy- The poor man never got his way.

Befriends single mother today, helps Katie, Dylan, and Daisy; Daniel Blake will have his great say.

Solemn film to watch with dismay- it's government hypocrisy; The poor man never gets his way.

Haranguing message to convey? A keen public advisory, Daniel Blake has had his great say; The poor man never got his way.

#Villanelle #PoemReview #BAFTABestFilm #CesarBestForeign #PalmedOr #British #elderly #friendships #funeral #healthcareindustry #misfits #nameastitle #parenting #political #poverty #prostitution #singlemother #socialism
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7 Años (2016)
8/10
7 Short Years
10 May 2019
7 Años (Spanish Translation: 7 Years) (2018) Director: Roger Gual Watched: 3/24/19 Rating: 4/5

Powwow futile, compelling confronting, mediating, voting one-location chamber piece Negotiation

(Didactic) Cinquain poetry applies the word count scheme 1-2-3-4-1. More specifically, 1 noun in the first line that serves as the title, then 2 adjectives, 3 verbs ending in "-ing", a 4 word phrase (another option is a full sentence with more than 4 words), and, finally, 1 synonym or more specific word for the title. Title Meaning: Four close friends and co-owners of a successful company must face the music with the IRS- by choosing one amongst themselves to be the fall guy (or gal) to serve the mandated 7 year prison sentence. How will they decide and who will it be? #Cinquain #DidacticCinquain #PoemReview #crime #onelocation #Spanish
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Eighth Grade (2018)
8/10
Annoying Because Accurate
30 April 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Director: Bo Burnham Watched: 2/2/19 Rating: 4/5

Bo Burnham's feature film debut. Reminiscent of a fellow A1 film aeuter Sean Baker. Bright colors, pastels, music is its own character. Soundtrack is tailored to each scene, and often makes the scene.

Acting is mediocre with most minor characters, e.g. characters Kennedy and Olivia overdone with the insincere, shallow teenager stereotypes (maybe that was the point). Jake Ryan as Gabe, even with his minimal screen time, was adorable (chicken nugget monologue, anyone?) Josh Hamilton as single father Mark Day was well done; the ineptitude and inelegance he displayed while trying to connect to his teenage daughter, yet one could always see how hard he was trying in his mind, and how torn he was between doing the right thing and doing what he thought would win Kayla over. Elsie Fisher stole the show playing our young heroine. She played the awkwardness, the insecurities, and exemplifies a tween's unreasonable logic beautifully.

Everything that irked me here only further went to show how accurate Burnham got the teenage angst and insecurities in this era. Very specific to Millennials, breeded on social media. What irked me? The incessant screens, the use of "like" every few seconds, the clear dependence and belief that social media is gospel.

From young Kayla Day's perspective, we see and feel an innocent coming of age for today's tween. (It might be important to note here that because it is almost strictly from a first person point of view, we miss out on truly understanding the other characters. Viewers may find themselves wondering about their backstories; having trouble connecting to other characters.) A large part of the runtime was used to play Kayla's videos on her barely viewed YouTube Channels, in which she found herself on her internal soapbox, passing out advice on various topics, from boys to self-esteem- all very relevant to her peers. Most importantly, however, this was the only venue in which she was comfortable to truly be herself, making this an important window into who she really was and how she was really feeling. This was Kayla's outlet, her therapy, her opportunity to ignore any peer pressure and societal expectations. Last but not least, it is these videos- from the first video she makes to herself at the beginning of eighth grade to the last one she sends to the future Kayla at the end of middle school- that truly elucidates to the viewer how much she had learned and grown in the course of the film. Like bookends, they mark the beginning and end of our time with the remarkably courageous Kayla Day. Courageous how? In this day and age, staying true to yourself as best as you can in the intense world of brutal teenagers is a feat.

Millennials have certainly grown up differently. Imagine, never knowing anything but technology. MySpace is no longer relevant, the days of AOL Instant Messenger long gone, Pluto no longer taught as one of the planets in our dollar system. All replaced by hours on various internet sites, buying everything from the comfort of their rooms, stalking everyone they know and do not know on The Facebook, excessively filtered photographs on Instagram, baring their souls on YouTube, updating the world and beyond on Twitter in 280 characters (previously 140!). And the list goes on. Though all these things are new, bullying, the fake interactions, the clicks, and the burning desire to fit in are no different in this century than they were in the last. And I can appreciate that Burnham not only understood this, but found a creative outlet in which to express this.

Awkward moments are plentiful in this film, making for an uncomfortable 1.5 hours- but guess what? That is what makes it perfectly representative of most teenagers' daily lives. The videos did get a little tiresome, it lacked supporting character depth, some performances and scenes were vexing, and the format of vignettes made for a somewhat discombobulated viewing experience- but, in the end, "Eighth Grade" is a refreshing slice of life film that will leave a lasting impression.

#FilmReview #comingofage #deathofparent #fatherdaughter #graduation #highschool #singleparent #sliceoflife #technology #timecapsule
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7/10
Ellen Party!
10 January 2019
Ellen's Game of Games (2017-) Director: Russell Norman Watched: January 2018 Rating: 7/10 Favorite Episode(s): Pilot, The Stink Tank Strikes Back

Inane answers to Oft likewise inane questions, Annoying shrieking, Contestant histrionics, Can Ellen save this staged mess?

Ellen so funny, She's playfully malicious. Varied minigames- Not as cool as Mario's, But still a Party of laughs!

Somonka is a form of poetry that is essentially two tanka poems (the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format), the second stanza a response to the first. Traditionally, each is a love letter and it requires two authors, but sometimes a poet takes on two personas. My somonka will be a love/hate letter to this film? #Somonka #PoemReview #TVSeriesReview #Comedian #GameShow
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5/10
Unfair Final Question
9 January 2019
One contestant's final question (to remain unnamed so as not to give away anything) during "Know or Go" was this (as read by Ellen): "If there are 12 inches in a foot and 3 feet in a yard, how many feet do you have?"

Answer given: "3"

This was wrong and the contestant lost their chance to try for $100,000. Ellen, of course, was being deliberately misleading. Everything she said before the actual question (before the comma) was completely irrelevant. She was looking for the answer "2". We know this because we have watched more than one episode and she does this every time. Otherwise, we would at least need to know a little bit about her personality.

It seems, however, that this particular contestant was not aware of this and was taking her question literally. And literally, the answer "3" was correct.

Furthermore, as much as I love Ellen, she was looking on incredulously, as if they were a complete idiot. Even the brother in the audience, when asked what was wrong with said contestant, shrugged and mouthed "I dunno". Shame on him.

Why should contestants be responsible for the comedic slant of Ellen's show? A hundred thousand dollars is serious money and I would sue. Simply my two cents, anyways.
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Diner (1982)
6/10
Popcorn, Anyone?
20 November 2018
Diner (1982) Director: Barry Levinson Watched: 11/14/18 Rating: 6/10

{Clue: Film's setting OR First film in Levinson's "____ Trilogy"}

Barry Levinson's semi-autobiographical film, inspired by the defunct Hilltop Diner, filmed in real life Hollywood Diner, and named Fells Point Diner for the big screen.

Another New England state 80s coming-of-age film centered around an eating place and loosely centered around a Catholic wedding is "Mystic Pizza" and I loved that one much more- maybe because that is the female version?

Luckily, some great musical tracks and hilarious scenes-

The penis in popcorn ploy, the requisite football test for marriage, an unnecessarily protracted roast beef sandwich conversation, memorization of the flip side of records,

Indeed, more mature and meaningful than most adolescent comedies, but that bar is pretty low!

Might contain a few clever quotes, witty one-liners, funny moments, but without fully developed characters that we can truly care about, it feels like almost two hours of nothing.

Ostensibly, this is the film that inspired future generations of "nothing" films that made gold, including director Apatow, writer Hornby, the series Seinfeld, even Pulp Fiction-

Rated higher than deserved for its usefulness in waxing fifties era nostalgia for that enviable group of close testosterone friendships that hold such promise-

Even though it featured some admirable performances and started the careers of some comedy greats, was ultimately left feeling unfulfilled.

Acrostic is a form of poetry where the first letters in each line, paragraph, or word are doubly used to spell a name, phrase, or word. The word "acrostic" comes from the Greek words "akros" (outermost) and "stichos" (line of verse). Read the appropriate letters in the poem vertically to reveal the extra message, called the "acrostich"! #Acrostic #PoemReview#Christmas #ComingofAge #CreativeCredits #Diner #DirectorialDebut #Ensemble #FiftiesEra #Food #Gambling #GroupofFriends #NewEngland #Overrated #RomanticComedy #Wedding
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Being There (1979)
4/10
Being Where?
16 November 2018
Being There (1979) Director: Hal Ashby Watched: 11/15/18 Rating: 4/10

sheltered gardener thrown into absurd real world; TV all he knows.

Seller's stellar act- simpleton construed as sage; like a little boy.

self-reflection, truth revealed with his blank slate mien; politics, secrets

starts droll and clever, but soon turns dull and vexing, by end, God- who cares?

great acting cannot replace plausible, well-written script.

Haiku Sonnets are comprised of 4 3-line haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables, adding up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. (5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 7-7/5-5) #HaikuSonnet #PoemReview #Existentialism #GodPortrayal #IntellectualDisability #OneManShow #Overrated #President #Political #Religious #Uptown #WashingtonDC
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3/10
Destination Nowhere
6 November 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Destination Wedding (2018) Director: Victor Levin Watched: 10/6/18 Rating: 3/10

Destination Nowhere

How is it possible that this comes from the same man that gave us the humorous, insightful, smart, and well-written "5 to 7"? I suppose the resemblance is there- witty banter, a focus on dialogue. Perhaps, then, the two leads simply did not work for me. Confess to not being a fan of Keanu Reeves, neutral on Winona Ryder. Them together? Not feeling the chemistry. Definitely feeling the disdain and hatred. Sadly, sans balance. Cynical, derisive, sarcastic, disdain-filled raillery between two self-degrading and tactless misanthropes for 1.5 hours. Almost the entire time. However, the very definition of "banter" and "raillery" hinges on it being good-natured. And these characters cross that line early on. Film takes plenty of detours to be contrived and confounding. Superfluous scenes aplenty as their hatred drags on in conversation that wavers between annoying and boring and aggravating enough that fortunate viewers will be able to turn it into white noise. Less fortunate ones will be resisting strangulation of 2D characters. Viewers that have a special affinity for harsh British humour, comebacks, and denigrating dialogue to the extreme might feel otherwise. But not me. Heart and substance necessary ingredients in my book. The gorgeous California Wine Country shots can only distract so much. La di da, clichéd hopeful happy ending. Almost wish they had not; then at least it would be consistent!

scathing two-hander- even they're pained and tortured! like lame high school play. ---- Haibun is a prosimetric (written partly in prose and partly in verse) poem with simple yet unique rules. A title, followed by a prose-like paragraph. Afterward, a simple poetic haiku adds more descriptive and creative elements. The most common form is one prose paragraph followed by one Haiku, but variations alter the sequence and quantity.

#Haibun #PoemReview #Banter #California #Misfits #RomanticComedy #Wedding #Winery
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Blow Out (1981)
8/10
Sound Mixer Political Murder Mystery in Philadelphia!
5 November 2018
Blow Out (1981) Director: Brian De Palma Watched: 9/21/18 Rating: 8/10

Wed "Taxi Driver" + "The Conversation", and you have "Blow Out". Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Brian De Palma, respectively. Vonia's verdict? Coppola's is the best, followed by De Palma's, and finally Scorses's. They are all great films, of course. But don't take my word for it All the films are must sees.

Creative camera work (although sometimes distracting split screen and 360 degree shots), a clever red, white, & blue color scheme, spectacular score, impressive performances by John Travolta and supporting John Lithgow. Travolta especially has enough alone time on screen that he must craft his nuanced emotions and convey meaning with little to work with other than his face. He pulls this off masterfully. Like the aforementioned films, limited dialogue in a film about a male loner that has a unique mind of his own. A little mad like Travis but also a genius in the sound and surveillance market like Harry. I will say, however, that it was a subtle suspense rather than a thriller. A few superfluous scenes and some poor holes, but comparatively minor complaints.

Then again, I confess some partiality. Why? Filmed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Oh, the fond memories I have there. Recognizing almost all filming locations is always a delight. Blame it on the tender, nostalgic emotions that cloud my more critical tendencies. 30th Street Station (Oh, the hours I have spent in there, meandering, waiting for train, reading, eating pretzels!) Almost surreal chase through Center City. (He zooms straight through Penn State, where I had one of my first real photo shoots with the life size game pieces!) Market Street. Carpenter's Historic Hall. William Penn presiding over City Hall. Penn's Landing. South Street (Bridal stores here, but in my head: late night oversized greasy Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, some great Jim's Steaks cheesesteaks, Rita's Water Ice, South Street Diner, Wawa, CVS, Eyes Gallery! I could go on!) (Dangerous rendezvous!) Apollo Theater. Chestnut Place. (I used to have doctor's appointments there!) Murals all over town. (Especially Arch Street, where Jack's apartment is located) Market Street & 11th. (Burke targets the lookalike victim here with his strangling cord, I used to take the SEPTA from here so the time!) Moshulu. (Had a decadent and scenic dinner there, or should I say in there, on there?) Independence Seaport Museum. (Great museum, met artist Heidi Kenney outside on those steps during an art fair, now remembered as where Sally's murder takes place!) Independence Hall (Ambulance washer up!) Wanamaker's (Now Macy's, at least last I knew) Reading Terminal Market. (Always changing vendors, but probably as fun and delicious as ever!)

Positive biases aside, this was a superb film; an engaging story that is also intelligent and relevant. De Palma references fellow directors, other films, even real life events. It explores the fascinating world of working in sound recording; Travolta plays an adept audio technician that inadvertently uncovers a crime. The victim a politician, conspiracy theories are not far behind. Artful and stylish, there is a tendency to focus on foley sounds or background score rather than dialogue. Fitting, since any good sound man needs to listen more than he talks. A spectacular example of showing rather than telling the story.

Add a serial killer that utilizes a phone booth, prostitutes, incriminating photographs, dubious motel rooms, dark alleys, train stations- and you have something not quite film noir, but has all the best aspects of one.

#FilmReview #Conspiracy #CompellingChase #Detective #FoleyArtist #MurderMystery #Philadelphia #PhoneBooth #Photography #Political #Prostitution #ReconstructingTruth #SerialKiller #SurprisingSubcultures #Suspense #Surveillance
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Tin Man (2007)
8/10
The Science Fiction O. Z.
5 November 2018
Tin Man (2007) (Miniseries) Director: Nick Willing Watched: September-October 2018 Rating: 8/10

The Science Fiction O.Z.

here we have the cast, magical adaptation, inventive changes.

Dorothy Gale = Zooey Deschanel as DG (Dorothy Gale is referenced in full as her "greatest great grandmother, The First Slipper, First to make it through to the O.Z. from the other side". She was named in her honor and this Dorothy Gale is "The Gray Gale" that guards The Emerald.

The Ruby Slippers = A magical symbol on her palm that glows and emits various powers such as unlocking doors and producing fruit that eradicates enemies.

Toto the Dog = Blu Mankuma as Tutor ( Former magic teacher to the sisters; a shapeshifter who often takes a canine form.)

Scarecrow = Alan Cumming as Glitch (Former advisor to The Queen, DG & Azkadellia's mother; his technologically advanced inventions were stolen by Azkadellia as well as half his brain.)

Tin Man = Neal McDonough as Wyatt Cain (Tin Men are law enforcement officers, referring to the material in the badges. Additionally, he was literally trapped in an iron suit for decades by Azkadellia, forced to watch his wife and children die in front of him, on repeat.)

Cowardly Lion = Raoul Trujillo as Raw (Slaves to Queen Azkadellia, part-man part-lion telepathic "viewers" who can see with their hearts, feeling much pain but highly useful for reading minds)

Aunty Em(ily) & Uncle Henry = Gwynyth Walsh and Kevin McNulty as Emily and Hank (They are actually androids that were given the honorable duty of raising DG as their own in the real world; originally from Milltown, a community in the O.Z.

Dorothy's Mother, also Glinda the Good Witch of the South = Anna Galvin as the Queen of the O.Z. (Mother to DG and Azkadellia, who has her imprisoned on a deserted island.)

Dorothy's Father = Ted Whittall as Ahamo ("Ahamo" is a semordnilap for "Omaha", which is cleverly the original Wizard's hometown.)

The Munchkins = The Androids in Milltown, where Dorothy's Kansan parents are from. They pass on the Queen's blessings and the wizardly tattoo on DG's palm before sending her on her way with her entrusted friends.

The Wizard of Oz = Richard Dreyfuss as The Mystic Man (Azkadellia has used mysterious drug-like vapors to reduce him to a backing showman.)

Wicked Witch of the West = Kathleen Robertson as Azkadellia (Currently possessed by an evil witch the sisters found in a cave; DG feels to blame for her once close sister turning evil because she let go and ran away, even after her older sister explained repeatedly that they had to stay together to maximize their powers for protection.)

The Witch's Army & Winged Monkeys = Callum Keith Rennie as Zero, leader of the Longcoat Soldiers & mobats (These are eerily realistic looking winged monkeys that literally fly out of Azkadellia's chest tattoo.)

here we see setting, fantasy/science fiction! no dance, but grand score.

Kansas = Kansas! (DG is a waitress here.) Also could be the lake country of Finaqua, almost a Utopia where the sisters grew up in the O.Z.

Oz = The O.Z., The Outer Zone

The Emerald City = Central City (Although the MacGuffin in this story is the Emerald of the Eclipse, a stone that gives limitless power to whomever possesses it; DG and her friends are on the hunt for it, aided by secret instructions entrusted to her and her alone by her mother, but with older sister Azkadellia following dangerously close behind.)

The Yellow Brick Road = The Old Road

The Field of Poppies = The Field of the Papays, containing barren and withered fruit trees and Runners, sickly, stick-like creatures that have been forced to become dangerous hunters rather than gatherers.

here is the worst part- far-fetched fairytale ending. rushed, sudden, loose ends.

Zooey Deschanel, how ironic that you were the attraction to watch the series, but now are the primary detraction. Felt miscasted. Cute as always, but not relatable or suitable as a "modern" & "new" Dorothy Gale. The original Dorothy is memorable as the time's traditional Southern girl; plain and reserved for the most part, with heart. Zooey exuded more of a awkward and capricious anachronism. Robertson and Trujillo as Azkadellia and Raw, respectively, were a tad over the top. Others, like Cumming and Dreyfuss, were impressive. All in all, definitely worth a chance. Several mesmerizing scenes, all around gorgeous set design and cinematography, a repetitive but wonderful score; definitely a unique approach to a classic story still beloved generations later.

dark, ornate, retro, different in a good way? not better- but yes!

#MiniseriesReview #SciFiChannel #Adaptation #Fantasy #Fairytale #FamilyDrama #Psychic #ScienceFiction #Sisters
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First Man (2018)
4/10
I hate to do this to you, Chazelle.
4 November 2018
First Man (2018) Director: Damien Chazelle Watched: 10/24/18 (In Theaters) Rating: 4/10

Neil Armstrong's story. Historic ending we know- Here to learn the rest!

Irksome shaky cam, Readers, we have a problem! Bored, plus dizzy?

Epic tale downplayed To sometimes trite life affairs, This is his account.

I hate to compare; Like Batman v. Superman, Watch the one grand scene.

Too culled to be a great film, But wins as artsy snapshot.

Haiku Sonnets are comprised of 4 3-line haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables, adding up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. (5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 7-7/5-5) #HaikuSonnet #PoemReview
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7/10
The God Father
15 October 2018
Warning: Spoilers
The Brand New Testament (French: Le Tout Nouveau Testament) (2015) Director: Jaco Von Dormael Watched: 9/30/18 Rating: 7/10

****Spoilers****

The God Father

starts absurdly well, but harsh dark humor gets old; propaganda-filled.

Laws of "Universal Annoyance". God takes pleasure in making them and watching us suffer. An abusive alcoholic. Middle class family, mute wife, shy daughter Ea, son that ran away and failed, "JC". Who lives as a statue, the famous Messiah's position with one arm poised in the air. The audaciously disrespectful God "works" from an office with filing cabinets stacked endlessly into the sky. Filing cabinets with files on us. "I would never say that. I would say, "Hate your neighbor as you hate yourself!" Our heroine, 10-year-old Ea, decides it is time to change things by writing The Brand New Testament. With advice from cool older brother JC ("Find someone who does know how to write"). Do you think I wrote mine?") Genius move: Ea releases text messages to the world that reversal precise death times. Ah, yes. Ponder that, viewers. What would you do if you knew the exact time of your death? If it were soon? If it were far further in the future than you anticipated? How about if it were extraordinarily soon? Like hours from now?

rules the world but sucks, your father- so what to do? oh, have fun of course!

Washing Machine Real World Portal. That ends in a laundromat in Brussels. Everybody has unique inner music that Ea can hear. Though she cannot cry, and instead collects others' tears. First homeless man she meets deemed scribe. Next, meets each of her unique apostles. Meanwhile, her father not Father God meets his Maker.
  • The Real World. Time for Him to pay for his persona non grata. Assaulted by a priest! Haha. Sniffles. Awkward. Weirdness. Absurdity. Shock. More haha.


clever girl you are, spite both dad and God in one- no heaven for you! Seaside gathering in preparation for death. Saved by the day by previously hapless God's wife and awful mother to Ea! Unintentionally restarts the answer to all our lives, the computer- thus newly concocting Life. Time of Death notices vanish, back to our usual useless lives. The scribe publishes The Brand New Testament- a best-seller, naturally! God is now Uzbekistan's Best Washing Machine Factory Worker! Secret mission: Find Portal Back Home. Success Rate? Poor.

tries for avant-garde- flippant view/earnest issues; achieves charming fun!

Haibun is a prosimetric (written partly in prose and partly in verse) poem with simple yet unique rules. A title, followed by a prose-like paragraph. Afterward, a simple poetic haiku adds more descriptive and creative elements. The most common form is one prose paragraph followed by one Haiku, but variations alter the sequence and quantity. #Haibun #PoemReview #Absurdism #Belgian #GodCharacter #Religion #Satire #Subversive #VoiceOverNarration
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7/10
"Diggin' My Grave" with this disappointed review!
11 October 2018
A Star is Born (2018) Director: Bradley Cooper Watched: 10/10/18 (Theaters) Rating: 6/10

Well, "Look What I Found"- Two soulful performances, Cooper's deft debut!

Not "Shallow" or showy; Non-sober sobering film- Maybe too subdued?

"Music To My Eyes"- But choppy/unbalanced tale; Most songs lack panache.

Cooper and Gaga- "I Don't Know What Love Is" but They have chemistry!

Will "Heal Me" but not hook me, Like a good slow-burn slow dance.

Haiku Sonnets are comprised of 4 3-line haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables, adding up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. (5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 7-7/5-5) #HaikuSonnet #PoemReview #ActorAsDirector #Alcoholism #DirectorialDebut #Musical #Remade #Remake #ShowBiz
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8/10
Flamboyantly Fun Fairytale!
10 October 2018
Strictly Ballroom (1992) Director: Baz Luhrmann Watched: 9/22/18 Rating: 7/10

Tone Set by Hilarious mockumentary beginning,

About Living fearlessly- Owning your steps,

For Who wants "... a life half-lived"?

"Cinderella", "Ugly Duckling" , "David and Goliath".

Enchanting. Luhrmann's debut- "Red Curtain Cinema".

Costumes, Splendid soundtrack, Story via dance.

Cha-cha. Paso Doble. Ramba, Samba, Tango.

Multiculturalism. Lovable characters. Imagination, individuality, integrity.

Campy. Flamboyant fun. Educates, emboldens, exhilarates.

Inspired "Dancing with The Stars" series!

Hay(na)ku poems- pronounced "ai-na-koo"- gets its name from the Tagalog phrase "Hay Naku!" that roughly translates to "Oh My!". This tercet has a word count pattern of 1-2-3. An alternative is the inverted 3-2-1 word count and they can also be strung together for a longer poem. #Haynaku #PoemReview #Australian #Competition #Campy #CostumeDesign #Dance #Fairytale #Mockumentary #Polychromatic
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6/10
Imperfect Parody, Yet Still Works
8 October 2018
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) Director: Carl Reiner Watched: 9/8/18 Rating: 6/10

First Collage film- What a delight!

Classic Film noir Meets hilarious Martin

Interlacing Actual stock footage With fresh scenes

Potentially More ingenuity Clip application/interpretation.

Bogart, Bergman, Grant, Lake, Lancaster, Stanwyk.

"Suspicion", "Double Indemnity", "The Big Sleep".

Shenanigans, Husky voice-over, Outlandish murder mystery.

Bullet-sucking, Nazi Cheesemaker, Breasts outta whack!

"Fruitcake!" "Cleaning Woman!" Contrived "Carlotta" Lists!

More Nostalgic homage Than award-winning script.

Gimmicky, Often discombobulated, But creativity's cost?

Hay(na)ku poems- pronounced "ai-na-koo"- gets its name from the Tagalog phrase "Hay Naku!" that roughly translates to "Oh My!". This tercet has a word count pattern of 1-2-3. An alternative is the inverted 3-2-1 word count and they can also be strung together for a longer poem. #HayNaku #PoemReview #CollageFilm #ComedyMystery #FilmNoir #Murder #Parody #PrivateEye
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8/10
Guess What's Still Relevant Today?
6 October 2018
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Director: Stanley Kramer Watched: 10/4/18 Rating: 8/10

It's Dated, But strangely Not outdated. Hepburn, niece Houghton, and Tracy impress, Poitier formidable as ever. Interracial Marriage woes, PC 'Til It's Their kids. Rose's writing- With great insight, A perfect monologue denouement.

Tetractys poems stem from the mathematician Euclid, who considered the number series 1, 2, 3, 4 to have a mystical significance because of its sum of 10. He named it a Tetractys. Thus, these poems follow a 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllable format, with additional verses written in an inverted syllable count. #Tetractys #TripleTetractys #PoemReview #Classic #Monologue #Racism #Remade
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8/10
A Romantic Comedy with Depth
5 October 2018
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) Director: Taylor Hackford Watched: 9/24/18 Rating: 7/10

{Clue: This film's Academy Award-winning Original Song, "Up Where We ____"}

Balancing life's darker realities and maudlin romance (Consider: Who is rescuing who?).

Effectual dynamic between Foley & Mayonnaise is strangely mesmerizing to watch- especially in the vicariously cathartic "I got nowhere else to go!" scene.

Lush scenery and marvelous seaside shots from Northwest Washington.

Old-fashioned love story strengthened by the depth in its characters and relationships; takes what could have been merely cookie-cutter and created something memorable.

Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School accurately represented for the most part, including a custom made obstacle course and a genuine Dilbert Dunker.

Gifted Gossett, gorgeous Gere, winsome Winger, and a stellar supporting cast (Keith, Blount, Eilbacher)! ---- Acrostic is a form of poetry where the first letters in each line, paragraph, or word are doubly used to spell a name, phrase, or word. The word "acrostic" comes from the Greek words "akros" (outermost) and "stichos" (line of verse). Read the appropriate letters in the poem vertically to reveal the extra message, called the "acrostich"! #Acrostic #PoemReview #Navy #RomanticComedy #Suicide
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8/10
Headline Unneeded
3 October 2018
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Director: Victor Fleming (Primary), George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, and King Vidor Watched: 10/1/18 (Rewatched) Rating: 8/10 A wondrous rainbow-filled world for all, Timeless songs and lessons for life! Have I courage to flourish? Have I brains to explain? Have I heart to carp? Better than book! Magical. Lame end. Oz!

Nonet, conventionally defined as "a group of nine people or things- especially musical"- is a poem with the syllable composition 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. #Nonet #PoemReview #Adventure #BetterThanBook #Classic #ClassicBooks #Family #Fantasy #Musical #Polychromatic
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7/10
The Bystander Effect Effectively Exemplified
3 October 2018
Incident by a Bank (2010) Director: Ruben Östlund Watched: 10/1/18 Rating: 7/10

Social psychology at its best, Östlund's precursor to "The Square". We're self-conscious of our laughs- Based on a real event! How would you react? Hundred actors, Ten minutes, One take. Grand!

Nonet, conventionally defined as "a group of nine people or things- especially musical"- is a poem with the syllable composition 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. #Nonet #PoemReview #Crime #HardTruths #OneLocation #OneShot #Short #SocialPsychology #Swedish
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Extras (2005–2007)
8/10
Having a laugh is easy with Gervais's brilliant writing!
29 September 2018
Extras (2005-2007) Creator: Ricky Gervais Watched: September 2018 Rating: 8/10 Favorite Episode(s): Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando Bloom,

Gervais's genius Shrewdly straddles line Between funny/offensive.

Stellar guest celebs Play parodies of themselves; Show biz satire!

"Best Friend" Maggie And inept "Agent" Darren Quickly turned irksome.

"When the Whistle Blows" With "Are you 'avin' a laugh?" Wins sitcom Razzie.

Heartfelt denouement redeems; Thank goodness for no laugh track!

Haiku Sonnets are comprised of 4 3-line haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables, adding up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. (5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 7-7/5-5) #HaikuSonnet #PoemReview #TVSeriesReview #BBC #British #Cameos #HBO #Hollywood #ShowWithinAShow #Sitcom
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6/10
British Children's Book Turned Anime!
29 September 2018
Mary & The Witch's Flower (2017) Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Watched: 7/26/18 Rating: 6/10

Its imprint is there, But not quite Ghibli stature. 2D Characters, Weak villains, pacing problems, Lacking plot explanations.

Bewitching visuals, Pie-in-the-sky magic school. A heartfelt story- Plenty of laughs and whimsy; Enchanting coming-of-age. ---- Somonka is a form of poetry that is essentially two tanka poems (the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format), the second stanza a response to the first. Traditionally, each is a love letter and it requires two authors, but sometimes a poet takes on two personas. My somonka will be a love/hate letter to this film?

#Somonka #PoemReview #Anime #AnimalLove #British #ComingofAge #Fantasy #InTheClouds #Witches #Wizardry
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