Hope Floats

Mae Whitman’s performance and her character’s storyline was what made it a film worth viewing. Without the daughter storyline, the film would be half as good. I loved how she set her mind on her father wanting to take her with him. I loved how she wouldn’t let go and kept putting her suitcases into the car, and how the father did not want her. I was surprised when someone else died, when they spent a few scenes on us getting to know the father. The kid telling her mother’s bachelerotte to leave her alone as her daddy was coming back for her and her couldn’t behave at the funeral and running to him just when the priest stopped speaking, was essence of the film. The girl getting beat up by the overweight girl for wearing glasses and accidentaly hitting her with a volleyball at P.E. and her cousin telling her mother that she lived, where necessary for the film. This was favorite performance by Mae after Parenthod, and she really should have gotten her part in Independence Day 2 and we all know it. I also was surprised how well the scenes where Bertie’s high school friends reacted to her public somewhat humiliation. They were all snarky and happy she wasn’t a prom queen anymore. Getting this on DVD for sure.

‘I know that I’m not what I once was. I know that! But I haven’t changed so much, that I would go and lie to someone that I love. God, I would walk through fire before I’d let them feel like they were nothing! And I would never break up anybody’s home. Because I am not a quitter. I care about my family!’

‘Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That’s what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.’

8/10

Independence Day

Good enough, especially for a sci-fi film, yet lacked something. I enjoyed the cathastrophic and postapocalypic element of it, and yet it just did not seem real if you can say that about a scifi film. I hated that the one character I routed for did not make it. I loved that Mary’s character did not make it and a little Mae Whitman asked the Serpent and the Rainbow character if ‘Mommy’s sleeping now’. I watched a little of V and I love Contact, and adored Interstellar this year, yet I can’t quite swallow why was this one such a hit in the 90s and why do they want to make another one. But then, maybe I’ll never get alien movies, and that’s okay, I suppose. You can’t like them all.

7/10

American Reunion

I recently tried to watch Band Camp, the first part of American Pie that did not include the original cast, except Eugene Levy and it sucked so bad, I turned it off after 20 minutes. The original four though, are incredible. The reunion brought tears to my eyes, because it’s been 13 years from the first, we saw them all grown up, but not at all changed. There were parts I did not find quite as funny as the first two, but my favorite was when they got into a fight with the high school boys, and Michele went all get away from my husband, you shithead, and when Stiffler shamelessly shat into a guy’s portable refregirator. I hated that Fincher did not get together with Stifler’s mom or that Jim’s mom was dead. At least Stifler got back at Fincher by sleeping with his mom. When they walked into that reunion all in line, just like in high school, I cried. I need another part. They promised to see each other every year, as it looked like they haven’t really stayed in touch, at least not with Stifler.

6/10

Parental Guidance

I had it on DVD along with my new copy of Cheaper By The Dozen. I now have three Cheaper by the Dozen DVDs, and needlesly to say, It was not half as good as the latter. It was half as good as the CBtD sequel though. The one funny thing about this show was the scene at the customs were Bill Crystal’s character’s says ‘Let me make that easier for you as the customs guard was growping him, and then he coughed. A cute family film, you won’t probably watch again, unless you have it on DVD.

4.5/10

Yours, mine and ours

I am not gonna lie, and admitt it took me three tries to finish this film. That’s how boring it is. I am always down to watch new family films, but I should have just skipped this one. It lacked a major conflict, and the plot was neither funny nor interesting. The kids lack personalities the Bakers had in Cheaper By the Dozen.

2.5/10

Friday the 13th

I remembered so little from the remake that I decided to watch it, and along with it, the genius original. The original is almost as good as Halloween and is definitely one of five best horror films made. And man, does year ’79 look good, or what? Simple life, and those people have no idea what’s coming. I have never been a fan of the 21st century, and my country was in a real bad shape in the 70s and 80s, so I find 70s and 80s country side/small town films fascinating. It’s like I’m watching Moonlight Mile and feel like being the town’s only post office worker would actually be enough for me. It’s one of the films I watch a few times a year. Now going back to Friday the 13th, I always adored that the hitchiker gets killed before getting to the camp, and that they don’t show us the killer till the very end. I don’t remember my reaction once they showed out almost a decade ago when I watched it for the very first time. I wish they played it on TV, it’s unbelievable how hard it is to come across a 70s or 80s film anymore. Television stations should really understand that just because something is new does not mean it’s good and you really should not play it over and over again. Friday the 13th, if I hear they’re playing you on tv, I’ll tell every one to watch, because you are a real treat not only for horror fans. I am planning to rewatch the second, third and fourth part this month as I miss the simplicity of horror films.

10/10

Friday the 13th Remake

Not truly a remake, as this is just another killing, and the blondie from the original did not kill the lady in the woods, but over the pond. I hate how people try to present something in a new way, where they really just shouldn’t. Why was the summer house located so close to the Camp Blood? 20 years after the original deaths from 1958, town’s people are freaking out when they here the kids want to go there. They must have heard about the killings from over the years, and yet, no one warns them. Well, just one lady, but she doesn’t really warn them, she just tells the main boy to let Jason be. Now, Jason keeps one of the girls locked up as she looks like his mother. And he ties her up, yet listens to what she says in the end. Why would he tie her up then. I don’t know why kids think they can just take someone’s stuff. You are really brining it on yourself. Why was Danielle Panabaker listed as the first on in the credits, if she didn’t make it to the end?

5.5/10

It Follows

Everyone who says this is special, has not seen enough horror films. I have seen over 300 horror films in my life through classics, independent and crappy low budget ones, and let me tell you this was not good. Tension? Barely. Other that that, nothing special. We have seen kids screwing to get rid of a curse not once. I see all the similarities to at least ten films of the genre, I hear you when you say you tried to hire a Catherine Deneuve from Repulsion lookalike. But Repulsion is a masterpiece this could never be. And you did not cast a Deneuve lookalike, you casted a Gwen Stefani lookalike and that’s perfectly fine. But since when can you shoot a ghost? A mediocre film, and a slight disapointment.

4.5/10

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