If like Marty and I you were suspicious of a plot based on Superman fighting Batman and decided to wait for home viewing your patience has been rewarded. We rented Superman versus Batman (SvB) last night and really enjoyed it. SvB is an excellent home rental – especially if you have a good big screen TV.
Short version of why you should rent it:
1. The first 30 minutes was really good.
2. The final 30 minutes was really good.
3. You are at home and can get a drink or take a potty break when it gets slow in the middle or just hit the pause button.
4. In context of the script the showdown between Superman and Batman actually makes sense.
5. Ben Affleck was excellent as an aging, cynical, really buff and moody Batman.
Other reasons to spend five bucks for SvB:
6. Spoiler Alert! Amy Adams is so cute in a tub and even modestly dressed she brought Superman’s Lover to life.
7. Jeremy Irons is excellent as Alfred. Very proper those Brits!
8. Spoiler Alert! Wonder Woman makes a surprise appearance – setting her up for her own movie series.
9. Superman’s special effects are excellent but Henry Cavill shows about as much passion as my cat.
10. Diane Lane as Superman’s earthly Mother is timelessly beautiful even in stringy gray hair.
If you are a “Trekkie” you should see this movie. Otherwise you should wait for home rental.
I’m not angry that I paid for a ticket but the “darkness” of the lighting and the rapid eye movement on the screen combined with no original thinking in the plot makes this a wait for home rental.
If there really was a “Tarzan and Jane” we would like them to be what we saw yesterday in “The Legend of Tarzan” (Tarzan). This is by far the best Tarzan movie we have ever seen – really first class!
Marty and Larry give it a solid B+. Marty gives it an A and has already asked when we are going again. Larry gave it a B for the few times in the film that it was a little slow. We both enjoyed the film and as Marty says we plan to see it again to be able to pick up more of the dialogue and enjoy the majesty of the scenery and the interplay between the real human actors and the animals – they seemed so very real its hard to believe they were not. If you are old enough to remember Tarzan forget about everything that follows and see this film on the big screen.
This movie is for mature adults! No, there was no sex, no bad words and only enough violence and killing to clearly define the rolls between the “Good Guys” and the “Bad Guys.” A ten year old could see this film but he would not enjoy it as much as an adult who can relate to the characters, human emotion, loss and understand the lengths that men will go to in order to get what they want. A classic battle between good and evil.
As you might expect the “Best Actor” in this film is not the “Leading Actor.” Christoph Waltz (Awards for Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained, Spectre) brings Leon Rom, an evil schemer, slave trader and all around bad guy to life with deceit, guile, violence and does it all with a smile and a witty sense of humor. He was so good at being bad I liked his character and almost hated to see him die. Speaking of supporting actors Samuel L. Jackson does his usual Samuel L. Jackson and its good enough to have plenty of work.
If you are female it really doesn’t matter who portrayed Tarzan (Alexander Scarsgord) – all you need to do is look at him. Marty mumbled just loud enough for me to hear that I look like that in her mind when the lights go out:) We saw a season of True Blood on HBO but became uncomfortable with the dark spiritual underpinnings so we had not seen much of Mr. Scarsgord’s work. One thing I can tell you for sure: he spent at least a year with professional trainers and body shapers to get in this kind of shape. Very impressive. In addition he was likable, athletic and did a good job interpreting Tarzan.
Margot Robbie is by the widest possible margin the best Jane ever. She played a strong, funny, intelligent and beautiful Jane – fully dressed at all times for the PG-13 rating.
Final Tip: Don’t be late or rush in at the last minute. The film starts right out from the get go so be in your seat to enjoy the development of all the characters!
When I was nineteen (1964 Pre-Vietnam for me) I went to work for Bob VanKampen and Tony Wauterlek in Chicago. They were throwing nickels around like they were man hole covers and I lived in the Oak Park YMCA for months before I could afford an “efficiency” at 5450 North Winthrop. More on that story later. I met Romanians there and I had never heard of Romania. Nobody cares about that story. Bob and Tony were great guys to work for and I say this sincerely – Bob was a Genius. His mind never stopped working. He “created” several types of bond financing and so much more this e-mail will have to stop there. Sadly Bob died in 1999 but gladly our long relationship with his lovely wife Judy and her Daughter Karla and Husband Scott have continued.
This past weekend Bob and Judy’s Grand Daughter/Karla and Scott’s Daughter Jacqueline was Married to a handsome young Jew who was born and lived until recently in Israel and served in combat twice as a Captain in the IDF. Marvelously Amir has accepted Christ as Messiah and Lord. More on that story later. The wedding was like nothing we have ever seen. I mean literally nothing like you have ever seen! More on that story later.
Karla and Scott chose the Four Seasons Resort in Lake Bueno Vista for the wedding and secured a block of rooms for family and old friends at a great rate! If your travels take you to Orlando, Disney and or it’s other theme Parks if you can find a good rate or if you win the Lottery don’t miss the chance to stay at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando.
Here’s my review which is also on Trip Advisor. Larry
The Four Seasons Resort (FSR) Orlando has the appearance, substance and the reality of Florida Style Luxury. In Florida, especially in the warmer seasons, Luxury doesn’t mean jackets, ties and long pants. It’s a difficult balancing act to be a Luxury Resort in Florida – yet maintain a casual ambience – including clothing – with a helpful and friendly staff that are well trained and provide the high level of service one expects at a Four Seasons Property. My wife and I feel FSR Orlando had it all together during our recent three day stay for a wedding of friends in the Grand Ball Room. The wedding by the way and staff service was over the top great!
The Property has a European influence and sits among a developing Disney project with many beautiful homes. Their Common Areas are anything but common. We enjoyed walking around the public areas every day. Yes, there are children there but with the separate Adult Pool and Cabanas – Children’s Pool (plural) and play areas it didn’t feel like we were in the Disney neighborhood. Throw in a Tom Fazio golf course that is featured on the PGA Tour, the quiet full service spa and the roof top bar and dining and it’s hard to feature anyone not enjoying FSR Orlando.
We have seldom met a staff that seems so genuinely happy to serve you and always without any pretense. Though our stay was brief it was intensely relaxing and if our schedules call for a visit to Orlando and or the Theme Parts we will definitely stay at FSR Orlando again!
On the one hand “The Jungle Book” is a technological marvel that demonstrates how computer science can deliver us into a world of entertainment that doesn’t exist.
On the other hand for a “seventy something” going to the theater to see this film is akin to getting up super early on Christmas Morning when there are no kids home to open gifts.
My advice: Sleep in on Christmas Day and visit your Family at a more reasonable hour and wait for “The Jungle Book” to come out on home viewing. It is definitely worth seeing so that if nothing else you can be amazed at how far the entertainment industry has advanced. It is virtual reality. You see a child that really exists interacting verbally and physically in a world with animals that don’t.
Perhaps for a child or an open minded and creative adult “The Jungle Book” will capture your imagination and you will become emotionally involved with the child and his jungle friends. Uncle Larry, however, didn’t meet those requirements. Once I got used to the “technology” I lost interest in the characters and would have left but I lived in hope that I would warm up to it. On a positive note, Bill Murray was a terrific bear, it had a happy ending and the child should be nominated for some award for being able to appear to be interacting with animal friends that don’t exist.
Maybe that’s the point of the whole exercise!
Bridge of Spies is a film in the classic style of cinema. What could Steven Spielberg do to make this movie interesting when everyone already knows the plot and the ending? Being the genius he is he went for the sure thing: Great Dialogue/Screenplay and Excellent acting by Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.
Bridge of Spies was nominated for a “Best Picture” Oscar and has a 92 Rotten Tomatoes rating. Mark Rylance was splendid as the Russian Spy and as you know won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. I can not believe Tom Hanks was not even nominated as Best Actor. He carried the film on his shoulders and seemed to be in most every scene.
With all these platitudes why did we not see it in the theater? It’s 134 minutes plus the credits and given the lack of “suspense” the film seemed seemed to plod along like a work horse at times – which is the beauty of Home Rental – go to the bathroom, make a drink or have a second dessert.
All in all Marty, Tony and I highly recommend Bridge of Spies to any and all age groups who enjoy a classic film. I can’t remember any foul language and not a hint of sexuality. I think you will enjoy it very much if you have realistic expectations about the pacing and just relax and enjoy the dialogue and acting.
There’s nothing the Media likes more than a controversy so we all sit by our TVs and Internet waiting for the next key insight into when Donald will be crowned King of the Blue Team! The Media’s motives aside who is winning today – Sunday 3/6? The latest Delegate vote I saw this morning has it this way:
My absentee ballot on my desk here tells me Florida and Ohio are coming up on 3/15 and they are winner take all States with Florida having 99 and Ohio 66. If Rubio wins Florida and Kasich takes his home State Ohio – excluding the other states we have:
It seems to me the Blue Team race is far from over and who knows if Trump will stumble and or the others will play let’s make a deal. As the wise and ancient TV Kung Fu Fighter David Carradine once said “Patience Little Grasshopper.”
Let me be clear about one thing. I will never, ever vote for a Democrat again. I did that once eight years ago and look what happened! That said, I just can’t bring myself to trust Trump. He just doesn’t strike me as the “Solid Rock” the wise man or woman builds their house on. As a “Christian” of the remaining candidates Cruz appeals to me the most so I should be voting for Cruz later in the day when we fill out our ballots. However, since this is just the playoffs do I vote for Rubio to help Cruzio and then hope to get the chance to vote for Cruz against The Wicked Witch from New York? No matter if it’s Trump – Cruzio or the Grasshopper I will be voting for the Blue Team candidate.
Marty and I just finished experiencing “Forsaken” and I feel as clean as the day I was Baptized:) The Good Guys were good! The Bad Guys were really, really evil! The Bad Guys prevailed for a long time but as the “Good Book” tells us God is not slack in His judgements as some men count slackness and in the fullness of time He sends Kiefer Sutherland to blot out evil from The Old West!
OK, maybe I got a little carried away with a my misapplication of scripture but I can tell you Brother – Forsaken is an excellent home rental. What did I like about it? Everything! Despite the fact it was filmed in Alberta, Canada the Cinematography was outstanding and I felt like I was living in the old west some ten years after the conclusion of the War of Northern Aggression. A time when lawlessness ruled the West and the good that can be found in mortal men and women left an indelible mark on who we are as Americans – the remaining vestiges of real Cowboys.
Kiefer and Donald Sutherland did a marvelous job of playing what they are in real life – Father and Son. Each fiercely pursuing different paths which were destined by the screen writers to cross with passion and a happy ending. This is one of those films where you can put you mind in cruise control because everyone knows how it ends and you love how it makes you feel as you cheer deep down inside when the head Bad Guy takes two to the chest and bleeds out in the afternoon sun.
And the hero? Of course he sits tall in the saddle and rides off into the west.
Forsaken – rent it – you will like it and if you don’t it’s only 90 minutes with great scenery.
Fast Draw Uncle Larry
Marty, Tony and I had dinner at The Parisian Jupiter last night and it is very good. It is located in the south end of the Mall east of Harborside where the new Cinepolis Movie Theater recently opened. The Parisian is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. 561-360-2224.
I am a sucker for a great Terrine of Foie Gras and the Parisian did not disappoint. Had I have known how rich and elegant it was going to be I would have ordered one as an appetizer and a second one after the appetizer and before the Crepe Suzette and Decaf Cap.
The owner used to be involved with Cafe Des Artiste and knows the score in Bistro dining. The Parisian is located where Savannah’s used to be and they did a wonderful job with the build out. It is smallish – seating 60 – and has an Urban Classical Style.
We enjoyed the Foie Gras, Duck Confit and the Crepes Suzette. They offer a wide range of coffees and a modest, but pleasant wine list. At present they do not serve cocktails. You may bring your own wine for a corkage fee of $25. This may cover the evening for a four top but I would ask just to be sure.
Like any relatively new restaurant on a packed Saturday night at 7:00 the service was good but can and will be better I am sure. The bartender is a very friendly guy as is the owner.
We enjoyed the evening very much and when the bill came – with a 20% tip it was $110 per person. It was worth it but takes it out of the realm of let’s stop by every week for Foie Gras and Champagne.
Where do I begin to review Deadpool? If you are reading this because you are trying to decide if you want to see Deadpool let’s start with the rating – R and it probably wasn’t close with the Committee. Language – Sexual Situations – Frontal Nudity – Graphic Violence and Blood are just a few reasons why most of you are not going to be comfortable seeing Deadpool. Take me seriously when I tell you this film is not for children and given the combination of adult themes and language I don’t know what age is qualified.
Humor! Yes, old fashioned “camp” or cynical one liners woven into the script and coming at you a mile a minute is what makes this film. If you took out the smart-ass, snide and critical remarks Deadpool would be in the back of the rack in the video rental store. Whether you like what is said and how it is said or not – the classic wise guy, one liners at just the right moment carry this film.
I hear that Ryan Reynolds – the movies twisted anti-hero – personally worked on the script and fought with Fox to produce this film for something in the neighborhood of $60 million. I see it’s “grossed” (no pun intended) nearly $500 million world wide already and Deadpool 2 is being fast tracked for your viewing pleasure.
The Director/Writers (including Reynolds) used one of my least favorite movie techniques – the Flashback – to open the film and then filled us in with the “back story” fifteen minutes later. I would criticize the technique as an interruption to the flow of the plot. However, as I said above if you take out the humor, sex and violence this movie has the plot of a tadpole crawling out of the swamp and becoming The Hulk. If you believe that then Deadpool is meant for you.