A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)   Leave a comment

Forgiveness is a loaded subject to talk about. That’s what A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood addresses. Tom Hanks plays as Mister Fred Rogers from “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.” A jaded journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is assigned to write a profile on Fred Rogers. His 20-minute interview didn’t last very long, but it prompted him to learn more about Fred and get to know him. Fred left so much of an impression on Lloyd and gave him a fresh perspective on life, especially with his relationship of his estranged father, whom he mends his relationship with.

This movie did a number on me just now, right after Father’s Day yesterday. I had an estranged relationship with my father. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him before he passed. I was holding on to grudges which sounds stupid and meaningless in hindsight. I was too proud to talk to him and ignored his calls. He was already sick and mostly bedridden. Suffered a stroke. He traveled to my aunt’s place where my grandma was when he was feeling better. He fell in bed one night and suffered a concussion. For a week he was in a coma and passed. My biggest regret is not speaking to him before then.

For Father’s Day, I’ve always had reservations with posting anything related to it. I want to honor both my fathers (dad and step dad), but I don’t want it to be weird between my father’s and my step father’s side of the family. I decided to let it go and posted a picture of me and my step dad and me of my father when I was a baby.

At one point in the movie, Lloyd has lunch with Mr. Rogers and he tells him how, Fred Rogers, is fond of broken people. Mr. Rogers tells him he is not broken. He finds Lloyd to be a man of conviction… one who knows what is right and what is wrong. He tells Lloyd that he also has to acknowledge that his relationship with his father helped shape into what he is now. Mr. Rogers then asks Lloyd to take one minute of silence and think about all the people who loved us into being… “they will come to you.” I really felt that.

I’m glad I watched this movie.

I’m done.

Posted June 23, 2020 by StupidSystemus in Movies

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)   Leave a comment

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an aging Spaghetti Western action movie star who is friends with his former Green Beret stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick is searching for his place among Hollywood greatness. He also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate (Margo Robbie).

Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn’t recognize anymore. He spends most of his time drinking and palling around with Cliff Booth, his easygoing best friend and longtime stunt double. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate — the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family.

The movie changes between Rick, Cliff, and Sharon’s perspectives and is billed as modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Great performances by DiCaprio and Pitt. I felt a little sad watching the movie, knowing what happened with Sharon Tate, but in Tarantino fashion, I enjoyed the movie.

I’m done.

The Switch (2010)   Leave a comment

30-something Kassie (Jennifer Anniston) is single, and she decided she wants to have a baby. Despite her long time best friend, Wally’s, (Jason Bateman) insistence that this is not the best way to do it, she chooses to do it alone because she can’t wait any longer. After a fight, Wally receives an “I’m having a baby” party from Kassie and attends it. The donor is present and makes his donation at the designated sterile bathroom in the party. Wally gets drunk and looks for a bathroom. He finds the donor cup and accidentally spills it on the sink. In his drunken stupor, he decides to replace the donation with his own. A few days later, Kassie tells Wally she’s pregnant and decides to raise her child away from the city.

Several years pass and Wally gets a call from Kassie that she’s coming back to the city. They meet and Wally starts noticing similarities between Sebastian (Kassie’s kid) and him. He remembers the night barely, but he starts remembering what happened that night.

The movie premise sounds like a comedy, but it’s more romantic than most romantic-comedies out there. Good movie.

I’m done.

Posted June 11, 2020 by StupidSystemus in Movies

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Carrier (2009)   Leave a comment

The movie starts out with a car driving on the road. A man, his girlfriend, his brother, and the girl his brother likes are inside. It looks like a summer vacation and feel good movie, but they are stopped by another vehicle on the road. The man is asking them for a ride. They see the girl inside the other vehicle with a protective mask on.

“She’s got it.”

The movie is about an infection that has swept the country (probably the world). There is no cure. The sick are already dead. The rules this group in the car has taken is to stay away from infected people as much as possible. Disinfect everything the infected has touched. Quarantine yourself for 24 hours if exposed to an infected person. Their object is to go to a beach house their family used when they were little to wait it out until the infection dies off.

It’s a B-movie at best with Chris Pines, Piper Perabo, and Chris Meloni. It’s kind of fitting they are showing this movie on Showtime channels with the pandemic and all.

I’m done.

Posted June 9, 2020 by StupidSystemus in Movies

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Precious (2009)   Leave a comment

This movie can be hard to watch.

Pregnant by her own father for the second time, 16-year-old Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) can neither read nor write and suffers constant abuse at the hands of her vicious mother (Mo’Nique). Precious instinctively sees a chance to turn her life around when she is offered the opportunity to transfer to an alternative school. Under the patient, firm guidance of her new teacher, Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins the journey from oppression to self-determination.

The main cast were genuine in the portrayal of their characters and helped sell the authenticity of the film.

I’m done.

Posted June 7, 2020 by StupidSystemus in Movies

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