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December Movie Reviews with Randy and Owen

December Movie Reviews with Randy and Owen

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What’s hot at the movies this month?

My riends Randy and Owen are here with a rundown on the latest. Agree or disagree with Owen, you need to read what he has to say!

Howdy gang! I’m back for another round of reviews! My excuse this time?? I have renovations going on at my home. Ceiling’s been sagging forever and the contractor was shocked it hasn’t fallen in, so we’re finally getting that fixed. So to get my mind off how much this is gonna cost I went to the movies! I mean I would’ve gone either way but let’s not pick nits. To the films! 

JoJo Rabbit

I was leary about this going in. I’m not a fan of Taika Waititi, granted it was only one film of his I saw (Thor: Ragnarok – didn’t care for it at all), or was wondering how a Nazi satire would go over. It went over well! I really enjoyed this movie about a young boy joining a youth Nazi group that has an imaginary friend – Adolf Hitler. The boy, through the discovery of a Jew (played by Thomasin McKenzie – bright future for her) hiding out in his home questions his allegiance to the cause. Great characters throughout with a movie that zips along. Good balance between the seriousness of the subject and some comedy thrown in. 

  • See It In Theaters Now. 
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Pain & Glory 

A semi-autobiographical film by Pedro Almodovar starring Antonio Banderas that is basically a showcase for Banderas. He is the film essentially as he battles drug addiction and medical issues as he revisits his past. Banderas should get nominated for something as he was excellent playing a fictional version of Almodovar.

  • The performance carries the film so it’s worth to See It In Theaters.

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus about the life (literally) of Frank Sheeran. It is long and feels like it. I felt it could’ve been trimmed down from the 3 1/2 hour run time to 3ish hours and been better. Joe Pesci and Al Pacino shine but felt like I’ve seen better from Robert DeNiro.

It’s not Scorsese’s worst film but not his best either (GoodFellas and Casino are much better). The digital de-ageing of  DeNiro and Pesci don’t work for me. DeNiro is playing a 40ish Sheeran but walks around like a 70ish-year-old Sheeran. It had a limited release but I got a chance to see it in theaters but would advise you to…

  • See It On Netflix due to its length. 
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Ford v Ferrari

 I loved Loved LOVED this movie! Great cinematography, direction, writing, acting, everything! Matt Damon plays Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale plays Ken Miles as the Ford Motor Company attempts to take down Ferrari at the 24 Hours of LeMans.

It’s 2 1/2 hours long but doesn’t feels like it. The only slight negative is the cliché Ford exec attempting to undermine Shelby and Miles as a bit of a power play.

  • Highest recommendation to See It In Theaters Now. 

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 

Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers as he is interviewed by journalist Lloyd Vogel (played by Matthew Rhys). Hanks is great as Rogers but not much about this is. The movie is kinda framed as an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and Vogel does learn a lesson about forgiveness. There is not much else memorable about this film so I would

  • See It At Home, if at all. 

Dr Sleep

An adaption of Stephen King’s novel, a sequel to The Shining, stars Ewan McGregor as a grown up ex alcoholic Dan Torrence. I never read the book but the film feels like it covered everything King wrote. I liked McGregor as Torrence, and Kyleigh Curren as Abra Stone, as Torrence’s protégé(?). There was good chemistry between them.

The worthy villian is Rose the Hat, played by Rebecca Ferguson. The film is not as scary as The Shining, but does have an atmosphere of dread to it. Rose is attempting to use Torrence and Abra as food for her tribe and the climax winds up back at the Overlook Hotel. There’s some cool callbacks but is not up to The Shining’s excellence. Another 2 1/2 hourish movie.

  • Worth Seeing In Theaters. 
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Knives Out

A modern day whodunit starring a impressive ensemble that doesn’t live up to the hype. Not saying it’s bad but doesn’t live up to the big marketing push. Sharp writing and acting but nothing memorable. I will admit to hoping to seeing more of Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc. I will give them credit as I didn’t figure it out till the end.

  • I say wait to See It At Home. 

Queen and Slim

A modern day retelling of Bonnie & Clyde. A police stop goes wrong and the two main characters go on the run (played by Daniel Kuulaya and Jodie Turner-Smith). Some interesting discussions brought up as they evade police but gets unfocused near the climax as it felt they were rushing to end.

Some colorful supporting characters (Bokeem Woodbine was my favorite) add to the film but overall I would say See It At Home. Nothing special but kudos to Kuulaya as his acting helped carry Turner-Smith’s below average acting since they were together the whole time.

  • See It At Home

That’s it for our December movie reviews. I would tell you a theater anecdote but maybe next time as it’s late and I’m tired. I hope there aren’t too many grammatical errors! See y’all at the movies! 

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Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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11 thoughts on “December Movie Reviews with Randy and Owen”

  1. Thank you for the reviews. I go to see a movie at least once a month. I still haven’t seen Ford vs. Ferrari yet, but based on your recommendation, I think that will be next on my list.

  2. I love hearing movie reviews! I had heard from my aunt thatThe Irishman was waaaaaaaay too long. I am looking forward to seeing Knives Out with so many fave stars in it and was wondering if it would live up to the hype. I am looking forward to seeing Ford vs Ferrari and glad to hear the wait will be worth it! Thanks for the reviews!

  3. I only go to a few movies a year, so it is nice to read reviews to help me more selective. I may watch The Irishman on Netflix this weekend.

  4. The Irishman keeps coming up on my Netflix recommendations. It’s not my usual viewing stuff but I might have to check it out. Good things to watch are few and far between

  5. Great reviews although am going to confess I have not been to see a movie in like 10 years I think and maybe 2020 I should do it. Thanks for the blog hop as Layla says it is fun hopping, have a great week

  6. Great reviews! I haven’t had a chance to see any of those yet other than The Irishman, which I thought was good although long and not so much my type of movie. We don’t get out to the theater very often since we moved out to the middle of nowhere, lol, and I’ve been pretty content snuggling up and home watching cheesy holiday movies.

  7. I’ve heard many good reviews about the Ford v. Ferrari movie Dad & Grandma saw it, and a coworker said she and her boys (school age) enjoyed it too. So it sound like a movie the entire family could enjoy. Good tip on the Irishman home-viewing option. I can’t sit in one place for over 3 hours!

  8. Good reviews. We never go to the theatre due to cell phones so we might actually catch some of those at home. We appreciate your insight and thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


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