Feb. 10th, 2017

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A Monster Calls (2017): Oh wow. I went to see it mainly for Liam Neeson's role as the monster but the film is definitely a hidden gem! The cast, soundtrack, cinematography, everything combines together to make a masterful whole. It deals with some harsh realities of life that the young protagonist must face as he is growing up amidst the turmoil of his current situation. I certainly recommend it to everyone though I doubt any child would be as affected by this narrative the way an adult would. I feel the film resonates more with adult viewers but many children grow up fast so it might be worth taking them to see it.

Sully (2016): about US Airways Flight 1549 and its pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film stars Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney. A beautiful drama with great actors that suffers from an opening scene which ruined the plot and tension for the rest of the narrative. *headdesk* It also stalls in the middle but then picks up speed toward the end. A flawed film with bad pacing and predictable use of "flashbacks" but still worth seeing for the strong performance of Hanks and Eckhart.

I, Frankenstein (2014): Australian fantasy horror thriller action film written and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. A fun and intriguing twist on the popular figure of Frankenstein and Eckhart delivers a good performance as an anti-hero who is more human than the rest of the characters. Worth watching because it does get a few things right about this tale and there's no righteous preaching at least about the so-called superiority of humans. Yes, I'm getting sick of that tirade being included in every sci-fi/fantasy/horror film.

Jack Reacher (2012): Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher and Rosamund Pike as attorney Helen Rodin. An overall strong cast with an entertaining if average action plot. The villain was unexpected and menacing.

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