Monday, June 20, 2016

Couch Potato: Joy, The Walk, The Last Tycoon

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I reluctantly watched Joy with my daughter on dvd. Based on the trailer, I expected a lot of melodrama, of which I am not a big fan. Give me "splodey" action instead. But actually liked Joy.

This movie is inspired by Joy Mangano, a housewife who invented the Miracle Mop, but is highly fictionalized as well. So it gives Joy a lot more obstacles in the moves than she had in real life. Still it was an riveting movie, mostly due to Jennifer Lawrence's excellent performance. It is an inspiring story, and I really like how it's about grit, hard work, and never quitting - values we don't see enough of in Hollywood movies today.

The Last Tycoon

I also watched one of the Amazon Pilots, The Last Tycoon. I really liked the period details - the costumes, the sets, the feel of old Hollywood. I found out that Hitler had actually sent over pre-censors to studios that planned to export movies to Germany - I did not know that. Great tension between Bomer and Grammer. I hope this show gets picked up.

The Walk

Finally, I also caught this on tv - The Walk. It's based on the true story of how a French tightrope walker, Philip Petit, hung his wire between the Twin Towers and walked. I remember seeing the trailers in theaters a while back and it was all about the height and the vertigo and I thought no way, I don't want to see that. But the movie is actually very funny and exciting - the last third basically feels like a heist movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt really hams it up as Petit. It was fun to watch. And it also felt like a nice tribute to the Twin Towers, imo.

Have a great start of the work week. Check back tomorrow for a great sale price on a new release.

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