Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

2016     Fences        
starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan                  Adepo, Russell Hornsby
plot –   Washington plays Troy Maxson who had a dream to be a                      professional baseball player.  He didn’t achieve his                      dream, so he became a garbage man. He was angry that                  his dream could not be achieved. As a father he doesn’t                  want his son to achieve his dream either.
This movie was not what I expected. In many Denzel movies, he is a great guy to be admired, but this movie had him play the sad, angry man who cheated on his wife. His acting was so good, that I truly disliked his character!

2016     Manchester by the Sea
starring:  Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas                      Hedges, Ben O’Brien
plot –    Casey Affleck plays a character who has gone through many                tragedies in his life. He moves to a big city to avoid his                  hometown, but is called back after the death of his                      brother. He is now the guardian of his nephew, who                      himself is struggling with the death of his father and             typical challenges of a teenager.
This was such a sad movie that it was difficult to watch. Affleck plays his character so well that he actually had my sympathy.

2016     Arrival
starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael                       Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien
plot –   Amy Adams plays Louise Banks who is hired by the                     government to work with a team to communicate with an               ET. She and her team of people, enter the spaceship and            actually communicate with them. This is a global                         problem.
I can’t believe that I am about to say that I really liked this SciFi film. The story was extremely well written and didn’t focus on violence or ridiculous aliens. I would definitely recommend this movie.

2016     Hacksaw Ridge
starring:  Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa                       Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn,                   Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner, Milo Gibson
plot –    This movie is a "based in truth' story set in WWII. Desmond                    Doss refused to hold or fire a weapon, but wanted to                    enter the war as an army medic. He was a hero and                      eventually received the Medal of Honor for his               contribution to the war in saving so many lives.
For a person who hates to watch violence and usually dislikes war movies, this movie touched my heart. This man followed his own beliefs and fought to enter a war where those in charge did not want his presence. I actually shed a few tears near the end.  A DEFINITE MUST SEE!!

2016     Hell or High Water
starring:  Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster,  Dale Dickey, William                     Sterchi, Gil Birmingham
plot –    Toby and his brother, Tanner, resort to robbing banks to pay                 off the loan and taxes on their deceased mother’s Texas                 home. Toby plans to leave the land to his sons. Bridges                   plays the Texas Ranger in hot pursuit.

This was a really good movie. I wasn’t surprised by the ending, but the acting was outstanding, and the movie was action packed. This is anther one you should see.

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