The Longest Ride
Speaking of beautiful lovers, the draw here is beautiful, or should I say, handsome Scott Eastwood, Clint's boy. I first saw him in a B-movie "Enter Nowhere" (2011) and thought what a handsome guy. I predicted then that he would make it big, and now I will predict he is on his way to People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." I might have to push Chris Hemsworth out of bed.
Robertson has been languishing on TV ("Under the Dome" and "The Secret Circle") and in small movie roles until now. She is a lovely screen presence and it looks like her movie stardom is taking off with this and her starring role in the upcoming "Tomorrowland" with George Clooney.
Director George Tillman Jr. does the Sparks genre proud despite the contrived and implausible ending. But romantic movies like this are in a class by themselves. They serve a purpose. We all need a little romance.
Speaking of which, guys, this would make a great date movie. You might like all of the bull-riding footage and after your date gets a load of Scott in his love scenes, she will be hot to trot.
Rosy the Reviewer says...a big budget Lifetime-like Movie with the usual sex and two-hanky moments, but who doesn't need sex and a good cry from time to time? And I could watch Scott Eastwood do anything!
The chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War are chronicled by Rory Kennedy (youngest child of Robert F. Kennedy) in this 2015 Oscar nominated documentary.
As the North Vietnamese army descended on Saigon in April 1975, South Vietnamese who had been working with the Americans stormed the American Embassy, desperately try to get out of the country, facing certain death if left behind. In the meantime, American officials faced a dilemma: do they follow orders from The White House to evacuate Americans only? Or do they follow their morality and try to save as many Vietnamese as they can?
Using archival and private footage, Kennedy also found some of the actual people who had been filmed by the news media at the time trying to escape and they recounted their experiences.
One powerful scene shows the South Vietnamese flying little helicopters to get people out but they had nowhere to land. So American ships allowed them to land and as one landed others hovered waiting their turn. There was only room for one helicopter at a time so in the interest of time, as each landed and unloaded its passengers, each helicopter was pushed into the sea to make room for the next one.
Another poignant scene shows people running on the tarmac chasing after a jetliner as it's taking off.
This film highlights the heroic efforts of everyone involved such as Ambassador Martin, who could be criticized for not calling this evacuation sooner. However, he stayed trying to help as many get out as he could and was the very last American to leave. It killed him to leave over 400 behind at the Embassy.
This film is utterly moving and should have won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature (instead of "CitizenFour"), so as to honor those who saved so many South Vietnamese instead of honoring Edward Snowden for what he did.
Rosy the Reviewer says...a must see for history buffs, students and those of us who lived through the Vietnam War era. It will make you cry.
The Wedding Ringer (2015)
Another funny line: when Jimmy finds out Doug and he supposedly met freshman year at Stanford, Jimmy says, "That means I'm smart. Shit."
Tokyo Story (1953)
An elderly couple travel from their village to Tokyo to visit their two married children. However, their children are too busy to spend much time with them, only to realize there wasn't much time left.
Parents living in the Provinces who have never been to Tokyo make the effort to visit their adult children only to be shunted around because, basically, their children have their own families and their parents are disrupting their lives. They exclude them from activities and barely disguise the fact that their parents' visit is a pain in the neck to them.
The parents realize they are in the way so they split up to stay with other people, the father to an old friend and the wife to their daughter-in-law, Noriko, whose husband (their son) died in the war. She is the only one who seems to care about them. And even when the mother is dying the children find it a pain in the ass to have to go see her.
This film may be 62 years old but some things never change. Adult children can forget that their parents were once their age and are people who get bored when left to their own devices in a strange and new environment with little to do. This is a cautionary tale.
Why this is a Must See: "All of this is observed with a static camera...So how does [director] Ozu hold our attention?...It all comes down to the contemplative quality of [Ozu's] gaze, implying that any human activity, however 'unimportant,' is worthy of our attention...his characters' experiences, emotions, and thoughts are as 'universal' as anything in the movies -- a paradox that has rightly enshrined this film's reputation as one of the greatest ever made."
---1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
Rosy the Reviewer says...a classic story of the gap between the generations and a must see for all adult children who live far from their parents and take their existence for granted.
(in Japanese with English subtitles, b & w)
***Book of the Week***
Fugitives and Refugees : A Walk in Portland, Oregon by Chuck Palahnuik (2003)
He starts with a vocabulary lesson. If you are going to enjoy Portland, you must know the lingo. For example, if I say meet me at The Big Pink, would you know to go to the tallest building in Portland, the 43 story U.S. Bancorp Tower? Or the Enema 21 (Cinema 21 theater on NW 21st St)? Or Psycho Safeway (the Safeway on SW Jefferson St, famous for the antics of insane street people, drug-addicted shoplifters and students from Portland State University).
Once you have the lingo down, you can continue on to interesting Portland sights such as The Self Cleaning House, Eviction Court and must-go restaurants (with recipes). There are haunted bathrooms, not to be missed gardens and where the sex trade hangs out. It's a potpourri of Portland weirdness that is fun to read and fun to visit. Palahnuik intersperses all of this with "postcards" of his own experiences.
Palahnuik is a funny and edgy writer who is probably most famous for "Fight Club."
Rosy the Reviewer says...even if you will never go to Portland, you will enjoy this zany view of it.
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