March 30, 2015

My Month in Movies

Thought I would bring back movies and music features every once in a while.  Here's some movies that I've watched in the last couple of months. Note I never go to the theater so these are all Netflix viewings.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Pakistani professor Changez Khan regales a journalist with his U.S. experiences in the opening scene of this compelling post-9/11 drama. As their chat continues, however, it emerges that Khan has much more on his mind than the past.

I have not read the book, but I would love to still.  A good movie that shows choices are not always black and white, and neither are life paths.


12 Years a Slave
The autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted from New York state and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s, serves as the basis for this historical drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, and Brad Pitt plays an abolitionist.

Emotionally gut-wrenching film about both the dregs of the human race pretending they are better than other people because of a completely arbitrary factor.  Lupita Nyong'o was absolutely amazing.  Absolutely amazing.  I felt like I was really watching that scene happening (those who have watched it know which scene I'm referring to).  I really recommend this film.


As a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission embarks on a space walk with a seasoned astronaut, debris strikes their craft and destroys it -- leaving the two floating through space tethered together, with no connection to Earth.

Beautiful film but incredibly slow and boring.  Not to mention it was not realistic, scientifically accurate, and just complete nonsense. I really don't get how people thought this was such a great movie.


Alexandr's Price
Struggling to make ends meet, an illegal immigrant turns to escorting and soon finds himself sinking into the dark world of New York City's sex trade.

Only partial nudity. Alexandr finds himself in a pickle after his mother kills herself.  He's illegal and does not have a work visa.  A friend suggests he ask for a job from a guy she knows.  He ends up offering Alexandr a job as a male stripper and things spiral out of control from there.  Alexandr is easily likable, a guy with a lot of heart.


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