#46: End Game - B+
A very real documentary that take us into hospice at the most crucial moments of families' lives.
This documentary and Academy Award nominee jumps right into it. We experience the last moments of various cancer patients' lives. It is absolutely heart wrenching. Everyone has a connection to this deadly disease and seeing a loved one struggle. Hopefully, you don't reach the point these families are at.
End Game does a fantastic job having everyone experience the horrible emotional ride of the loved ones as they make life and death decisions for their mom, wife, best friend, etc. it also shows the doctors changing the views of life and death. Some give a more optimistic outlook. Dr. Millers lost both legs and an arm. Now, he changes the way people look at death and life after. Other doctors have the tough job of trying to study the patients post death to better treat cancer for future patients... but they ask while the are still alive.
It was extremely emotional and a serious contender for best documentary. What kept it from an A was learning more about the work of the doctors and the progress they made from learning from patients in hospice. Watch this one, but bring tissues. It's as real as it gets.
Happy to have Lane Wray on board for the role of Terry Chalmers in Destination Unknown! Lane Wray's love for acting started in the theatre in his native state of North Carolina. After appearing in many regional and community productions there, he subsequently moved to New York City to study and audition. Averaging at least a couple of plays per year over the next ten years, ranging from classical (Hamlet, Romeo) to contemporary, he honed his craft while bartending and catering to make ends meet. At the recommendation of a theater director, he was cast in his first film in 2000. Lane has called Los Angeles home since 2006. He has several short films coming out this year including the thriller "Rest Stop" with Seven Faces Films. He has also signed on for a horror feature with Seven Faces which commences production in 2019. He's happy as a clam to be playing the main antagonist (Terry Chalmers) in Lost Daydream's "Destination Unknown". Super happy to have this talented guy for the film!
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MOVIE REVIEW: Happy Death Day 2 U.
Pleasantly surprised by the first movie, I had reservations about how well a sequel would work. So many cool premises lose their impact when the writers return to the well.
Unfortunately, that’s the case here. This was a perfectly fine movie, but outside of the carry-job performed by the very enjoyable Jessica Rothe, Happy Death Day 2 U ends up retreading old ground, and it feels that way. The biggest issue I have is that, early on, a thing happens that makes you think they’re really gonna lean into a certain trope and expand the ideas from the first movie on a wider, more intricate scale. They don’t.
All hints toward the movie this should’ve been ultimately amount to nothing. The result is still a decent Redbox rental, sure, but it could’ve been way more than that. You could almost hear the writers saying, “Guys, our audience for this movie isn’t gonna understand where we wanna go, so let’s just tweak it so it’s the same as the first.”, and that’s a shame.
Jessica Rothe as Tree is really fun to watch, and she deserves more out of this. When it comes out on Redbox, I think it might make a decent double-bill with its predecessor, but I wouldn’t recommend dropping money on it at the cinema. Bear in mind, I have AMC’s A-List, so I can afford to go see things I otherwise may not pay for. If you’re someone who has to make every trip to the movies count, this isn’t one to rush out for.
As always, mileage may vary! It has some funny moments, but I never found myself fully engaged with anything it tried to do. It’s fun in parts, but not much more than that, and by the end I felt as tired of it as Tree herself.
Movie no. 15 of 19: The Sisters Brothers. The novel is one of my all-time favorite. A dry coen lite picaresque tale about fraternal relationships. Beautifully shot and well acted. Love a goddamned Western plus Jake Gyllenhaal. #movies#currentlywatching#hundredmovies19