In the past couple of months I have been catching up on watching a few movies that I wanted watch, but that I just never got around to seeing in the theatre when they were initially released. I like watching movies on my iPad and I could not watch any for awhile because my old 1st Gen iPad only had 32GB of memory and I just plain ran out of space to store movies, even temporary rentals. That ain’t a problem while my iPad Pro and the 128GB it has. The Pro also has four speakers, opposed the one speaker the original iPad had.
Here are four films that I have rented watched recently, along with a few comments on each film and the score that gave each film on IMDb.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens VII
I saw the original Star Wars films in the theatre way back the day and I always enjoyed the films, but I never considered them great sci fi.
This is one film that I do regret not seeing on the big screen because the special effects were so outstanding. Unfortunately, I found the story somewhat disappointing because it was so unoriginal. I thought the new cast members were pretty good overall, but I’m not sure if anyone of them will breakout and become a big star.
However, there was enough done well in this film to be hopeful the parts VIII and IX will provide an exciting end to the Star Wars saga.
The last of the Daniel Craig Bond films and it was a very solid entry in the series. I have enjoyed Craig as 007. The only actor that I would rank above Craig as Bond was Sean Connery, who really owned the role. But Craig really breathed to life in the role when he took it over in 2006 with the elegant and exciting Casino Royale. Looking back on the four Craig films I rate Casino Royale as the best of the group and Spectre as second best.
I had high expectations for this contemporary crime drama because of the numerous positive reviews it received and I must say this film met my expectations.
The principal cast members Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro all turned in excellent performances.
The Grand Hotel Budapest
Another quirky, inventive, very funny and highly entertaining film from writer/ director Wes Anderson. I think Anderson is one the most talented filmmakers working and TGHB was a worthy addition to his overall body of work. The Life Aquatic is still my favorite Wes Anderson, but TGHB is right up there with other WA films that I think very highly of, including Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums. Like those films the cast in TGHB was incredibly impressive.
More to come…..