10/7 Movies we’ve seen

Yeeesh. All big name films have been pushed to next year. So now it’s a steady stream of stuff we’ve seen.

Kevin Gootee’s films

American President
Israel made this a quote last week and I’ve never seen it so I finally did.  Douglas plays the title character quite well.  Benning plays his love interest in a so-so fashion.  But man, this film has lazy writing.  The antagonist, Richard Dreyfus, is running against Douglas and his biggest smear tactic is Douglas is dating a lobbyist?  And she attended a flag burning years prior to?  Talk about zero stakes.  Douglas’s daughter faces no challenges as first daughter?  And the end where he just goes to the state of the union but we don’t see a passionate speech?  There were no real moments of drama nor really any funny moments.  This was a pure paint by numbers plot and I’ll never think about this movie ever again.  5/10

Wild at Heart 

Nicholas Cage plays a recently released an Elvis-ish ex-con.  Laura Dern plays his girlfriend.  Cage feels forced as a “badass.”  And then I turned it off after 30ish minutes.  Didn’t care about anything they were up to plus the tonality of this film just didn’t sit right with me.   2/10. 

Short Cuts
Robert Altman loves to do 3 hour films and have 14 mini-stories interwoven.  And I just didn’t give 2 shits about this one either.  Turned it off after 20 ish minutes.  2/10

Kevin Israel watched…

  • Moneyball (2011)
  • Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s, one day has an epiphany: Baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits bargain-bin players whom the scouts have labeled as flawed, but have game-winning potential. Based on the book by Michael Lewis.
  • Unlike KG, I’m not a huge sports buff, but I LOVE this movie. I know that it’s not 100% accurate, but the story is amazing and Pitt and Hill have incredible chemistry. I love any chance to see the inner workings of something and this movie gets into some awesome details about America’s pastime. For me, this one passes our “remote test” and ‘ll always watch it if I see it while scrolling.

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