I watch a lot of movies. Like, will watch movies by myself before noon for the early bird special a lot. So, I would know that the best movies always premier in the Fall, and I’ve watched a lot of good ones this season.

Good movie reviews can be hard to write, especially on a blog about my being lazy.. So, here are some of my movie “reality checks” – Short and opinionated.


There was probably the most hype around this movie. It was good, creative, and not terribly complicated. However, that’s all it was. I would not watch it again only because there was one distinct plot line, a couple twists, but nothing that would intrigue me a second time. See it just to see it, especially if you’re one of those people with FOMO (fear of missing out).

Captain Phillips

This is a must see. A majority of the drama revolves around the mental and emotional state of the pro/an-tagonists in a life or death situation, so it’s one of those think-about-the-social-issues-in-the-world movies. At some parts it gets a little slow, but the fact that this is based on true events of the Maersk Alabama hijacking and stars first time actors with inspirational back stories is what makes me really love the  movie.

All Is Lost

Okay. All I wanted to write was, “boring, no,” but I felt like it warranted a better explanation. The acting was pure and impactful, but the movie was simply too slow. There are multiple moments where you think the movie will pick up, but it really is just a long journey with some small peaks and valleys and then a confusing dead ending. If you’re a Redford fan, see it. If you’re just looking for a good movie, don’t waste your time. Also, we went on opening night. There were about 15 people in our showing, and we were the youngest by at least 50 years.

Dallas Buyers Club

Okay, another social issues film based on true events (rubs hands together in excitement). Yes, I liked it very much. Like most biopics, it turned pretty slow in the middle, but the degree of adversity the characters must face throughout the entire movie is simply gripping. It details the physical and emotional struggle of HIV positive patients in a time when much less was known about the virus and ignorance was excessive.

12 Years a Slave

This period piece is depressing. Like most films about the slave era it’s not for the feint of heart. Some sensitive events are intentionally highlighted in both length and detail and particularly difficult to watch. These being circumstances most other filmmakers may choose to “imply” rather than “portray,” almost as if they never happened. With that said, this is one of the reasons I liked the film. The film’s perspective is not entirely unique, but it develops each character with equal humanity even under the most unjust conditions.


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