Posted in Movies

Paper Towns re-watched

Paper Towns is based on the novel by John Greene. Natt Wolff stars Quintin, a senior in high school who lives next door to the glamorous Margo Ross Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne). They were friends until the 6th grade but one night Margo asks for Quentin’s help. They have an adventure.

Margo then disappeared and Quintin decides to find her.  With his friends (Ben and Radar)and one of Margo’s friends (Lacey), he goes to find Margo. A paper town is a fake town that map makers used to check if people copied their maps. The road trip is fun.

The cast is good. Wolff has been acting for a while and he seems a bit like a young John Cuzack. Delevingne is a model turned actress and I thought she was pretty good in her first role. It is a good movie and since I never read the book, when I first saw the movie I thought the ending was going to be a lot sadder for a moment.




Posted in Movies

Movie thoughts 12-10-2016

Less than a week to Rogue One. I wonder if it will be good. Previews have looked good but that doesn’t mean much. Sometimes movies with good previews are bad. Reviews should start coming in by Wednesday.

The big movie that opens this week is Office Christmas Party. It doesn’t look good and reviews are mostly bad. Is this the best that Olivia Munn gets offered? Maybe she needs a new agent.

There are seven superhero movies coming out next year. Wow. Maybe that is too many. It seems like too many.

Good news is I didn’t really hate any of the movies I saw in theaters this year. I didn’t hate Jason Bourne. Independence Day Resurgence was bad but not so bad that I will refer to it as one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.

Posted in Books

The Daily Show the Audiobook

This is pretty good. However if you liked Craig Kilborn’s version of the show, you might be disappointed with this book. His time is covered pretty quickly. Of course Jon Stewart’s name is in the title.

It is an interesting book. I didn’t know about some people who worked on the show before Stewart’s tenure. Also I didn’t know about some resentment that happens when Stewart started to reshape the show. One of the creators left the show a few years in Jon’s tenure.

The most surprising thing in the book is that comedian/corespondent Wyatt Cenac knew about Amos and Andy (he compared a skit about Herman Caine to the show). I think the TV show had not been seen in about 50 years and I don’t think anyone plays the old radio show. (Amos and Andy was a radio show and later a TV show about two black men but the radio show was created and written by white men and they voiced the characters. Black actors played the parts on the TV show.)

It is an interesting book.

Posted in Movies

Movie Thoughts 11-24-2016

Bad Santa 2 got bad reviews. I am not surprised, the previews were not good. Bad Santa did not need a sequel or if it did, critics seem to feel this is not that sequel. Not every film needs to be a franchise. I won’t see it. Also there have been a fair amount of bad comedy sequels in the last four years or so.

Edge of Seventeen is a good movie about a girl in high school. Her father died four years ago and she is estranged from her mother and her older brother. Haliee Steinfeld stars and so does Blake Jenner as her older brother. Both are really good. Woody Harrelson is her teacher, it is always nice to see him. Hayden Szeto plays Steinfeld’s love interest and his character is Asian American but that is not a big deal.

There is a another boxing film coming out this month, Bleed For This. This movie stars Miles Teller and he is usually good. I don’t feel too interested in it. There have been a fair number of boxing movies in the last few years. Boxing however seems less vital in the sports landscape than it was even 20 years ago.

Posted in Movies

Movie Thoughts 11-19-2016

AMC Theaters is reportedly considering tiered pricing for movies. I don’t think that is a good idea. There is a price point for a movie that I don’t think a lot of people will go over. Also if AMC is the only chain to do tiered pricing, it seems like that would cause people to go to other chains.

Some movies I saw either this year or last year were good enough to see once but I might be okay without seeing them again. It feels like I’ve seen more of those kind of movies in theaters in the last few years. I am not sure if that means anything or not.


Posted in Movies

Movie thoughts 11-17-2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens this week. Early reviews have been good. I might see it soon. I am not really excited about the movie but I am interested. I liked the Harry Potter movies I’ve seen but I only saw 3 or 4 out of 8.

Rogue One comes out in about a month. I hope it will be good. It is the first Star Wars anthology film. Previews have looked good and Darth Vader will have an appearance, which could be nice. Will people go to a non-trilogy Star Wars movie movie?

Hacksaw Ridge didn’t do well at the box office. I am not sure why it didn’t. It is a good movie. Maybe the movie was not promoted well. Or maybe a war movie about a pacifist is hard for studios to get people interested in seeing.



Posted in Uncategorized

People walked out on Amy Schumer’s concert

Recently a lot of people walked out on comedian Amy Schumer’s concert in Tampa this month. It was after her act turned political, especially anti-Trump. It was noticeable when people walked out.

Some people who left later claimed that they just wanted a politics free show. I guess that is possible. However the election is big news, I am pretty sure that even comedians who aren’t normally political talk about this election.

I wouldn’t have walked out. I would have stayed and waited for her to move on to other material. (Depending on the ticket price I might not have gone in the first place. I might not get Amy Schumer.)