Jackie | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

I am not sure what I expected to learn when my wife Ann and I watched this movie a few nights ago. I thought that it would be somewhat of a bio-pic detailing the former First Lady's life before and after the White House. I was wrong about that.

The movie focuses on the aftermath of her husband's assassination. It was a moving depiction of the trauma of that event and how she navigated feelings of shock, rage and anger. It gave me a new appreciation for Jackie. Images of the president dying in her lap helped me understand how impossible the situation was for her.

I thought that Natalie portman did a good job in the title role. Yet the story itself overshadowed her acting. Watching this movie brought me back to that awful day in a high school in Brooklyn when I learned that President Kennedy was murdered.

I liked the movie and, on a scale of ten, give it ★★★★★★★☆☆☆.

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the 007 meme

I have loved these stories since I consumed all of the Ian Fleming spy novels in high school. So I thought it appropriate to do a meme based on the movies that I (mostly) love so much. Answering with my favorite Bond:

car: BMW 750iL (with remote control drive) in Tomorrow Never Dies

gadget: Oddjob's bowler hat was great. 007 watches always had cool stuff.

location: Hard to beat Jamaica in Dr No and Golden Eye.

song: All Time High from Octopussy. Runner-up is Live and Let Die.

singer: Shirley Bassey for Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

movie: Goldfinger. Tomorrow Never Dies is a close second.

actor: Sean Connery. Pierce Brosnan is runner-up.

henchman: Harold Sakata as Oddjob. Runner-up is Richard Kiel as Jaws.

villain: Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger. Runner-up is Charles Gray as Blofeld.

actress: Jill St John as Tiffany Case. Michelle Yeoh as Colonel Wai Lin is runner-up.

quote: Bond: Do you expect me to talk? Goldfinger: No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!

What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

Blade Runner 2049 | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

If you loved the original Blade Runner flick. If you are a part of the Blade Runner cult. You might like this movie. If not, I suggest that you wait for it on video.

The movie is almost three hours long. I think that it could have been a pretty good two hour movie. It is filled with long stares accompanied by strange and loud sounds. It goes about two hours before Deckard (the iconic original Blade Runner played by Harrison Ford) appears in an almost cliché fashion.

The movie deserved it's R rating, yet I think that some of the imagery was borderline gratuitous in nature. Ryan Gosling was pretty good in the lead role. The storyline was pretty good with a twist towards the end. It was just too long.

I liked the original Blade Runner but thought this movie was too long, over-hyped and overrated. On a scale of ten, give it ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆.

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