Day 196 & Day 197 & Day 198 – Winter’s Bone & The French Connection & Blockers

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Movie Title: Winter’s Bone

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

In the Ozark Mountains, Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) has got some big time problems. Her father used their house to post bond and he has disappeared. If he fails to appear for his court date the family’s home will be given to the bail bondsmen by the court. Ree’s father is just like all of their relatives and neighbors. He cooks drugs and is facing serious jail time.

There is an uneasy truce between all the families as Ree visits them and tries to get information about her father’s whereabouts. A truce that she is very close to throwing way off kilter. If he isn’t found Ree’s mentally ill mother and her two much younger siblings will be forced to live with unsavory relatives who will likely introduce them to the family business. Ree has managed to keep them relatively innocent in the stark and desolate environment that surrounds her. Everyone works against her to keep her father’s location a mystery. There is a secret at the heart of the movie and if Ree discovers it will she or her family even make it out alive?

Verdict:

Jennifer Lawrence does a great job of acting in a world that is hard for me to imagine. It will keep you thoroughly interested and disturbed all the way through. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The French Connection (1971)

 

Movie Title: The French Connection

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The French Connection stars Gene Hackman and Roy Schneider play a pair of New York City detectives on the Narcotics Bureau. Every week they shake down the same bar to try and get leads in new drug activity. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) has some shady methods, is vaguely racist, and generally unconventional. Buddy Russo (Roy Schneider) plays the straight man to Doyle’s rogue though he has a bit of an edge to him as well.

While visiting a bar one night, they stumble upon some shady characters making big money transactions. After tailing them all night, they realize it doesn’t add up. Then they discover that this corner store owner has connections to one of New York’s most notorious drug distributors that the department has been dying to catch. They start an investigation into what is really going on. At the same time a famous French actor is being recruited across the pond to make a delivery to the United States.

Ultimately, Doyle and Russo get approval to pursue the case and follow a lot of leads, but the guilty parties always seem to be one step ahead and it is never clear whether they will get caught or whether they will get away.

Verdict:

It is an exciting movie with excellent chase scenes. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Blockers (2018)

 

Movie Title: Blockers

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Blockers is an amusing coming of age comedy in which Mitchell, Lisa, and Hunter try and keep their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. Mitchell (John Cena) is overly protective and goes to some pretty funny extremes. Lisa (Leslie Mann) is terrified of being left alone and forgotten by her daughter. Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) is trying to make up for the time he has missed in his daughter’s life. He among them thinks that the rest of them are completely insane and tries to foil their efforts.

It is a slapstick comedy for the most part and some of the gags are great. I particularly enjoyed the ragging on The Fast and the Furious movies in which a car explodes for no particular reason. Unfortunately, some of these moments were too heavily featured in the trailers for the movie and lost their appeal. This especially applies to John Cena’s scenes. It also has heart as each parent realizes they are going to need to let their kids grow up and live their lives.

Verdict:

It is a pretty funny movie and worth a watch. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Stripes (1981)

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