What the Beck???
Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies
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.
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.