Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
It's the time of year that I try to watch DVDs that made a number of "Best of the Year" movie lists and movies that are likely to be nominated for awards.
Here's a sample of what I've seen recently:
Sully Remember the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River? He's Sully, and he's been a popular guy ever since. Now he's played by Tom Hanks in a movie that let's us in on the action when Sully made that fateful decision and saved the lives of all one hundred fifty-five people on board.
I love Tom Hanks. He's never bad. But I'm not crazy about this movie. It's a bit repetitive. It also turns the NTSB examiners into villains, which was not the case.
Sully earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Yeah You'll Probably Want To See It And Maybe You'll Like It More Than I Did Approval.
I watched Sully on a DVD sent to me by my good friends at Netflix.
Little Men A couple played by Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle move into an apartment in a building left to them by Kinnear's father. Their young teenage son, who is very quiet and introspective, isn't thrilled about leaving Manhattan for Brooklyn until he becomes close friends with the son of the woman who rents the store in the building. The new owners of the building want to raise the rent on the store. Their dispute affects the friendship between the boys, who don't understand why the problem can't be solved.
Little Men is touching, and the acting is good, but I'm not sure why it's on so many Best of the Year lists. I'm not sorry that I took the time to watch it. Maybe I don't think it's that great because I don't understand something about it.
Little Men earns The Janie Junebug Seal of I Hope Someone Can Explain The End Of This Movie To Me Seal of Approval.
I watched this movie on Netflix Streaming. It's also available on DVD.
Sing Street I love, love, love this movie about an Irish teen whose arguing parents decide to split up, taken him out of his school, and send him to school in what is basically hell. In spite of all the shit around him, he manages to make friends and start a band. He even finds a gorgeous girl to appear in the band's videos and falls for her. His older brother, who encourages him and provides him with a proper rocker musical education, is his saving grace.
Sing Street earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Wildly Happy Ending Approval.
I watched this movie on Netflix Streaming. It's also available on DVD. Sing Street is not to be missed. I'll be thrilled if it garners some Academy Award nominations. It should be on the Best Picture list.
Infinities of love,
Janie Junebug, who will visit as many of your blogs as her eyes will allow.