Here I give an open opinion of movies from 2010-2019
Always at the Carlyle (2018)
I have a deep love for art deco and luxury so when I saw there was a film made about the The Carlyle Hotel in NY, I couldn’t wait to watch.
IMBd’s description is: The iconic Carlyle hotel has been an international destination for a particular jet-set as well as a favorite haunt of the most discernible New Yorkers.
Matthew Miele writes and directs this documentary. He truly brings you into a world of luxury few are privileged to experience.
The celebrity interviews are hilarious, but it’s the staff conversations that make every minute of this movie worth watching. It’s quite remarkable to see people so loyal in their job they are willing to stay on for decades, some 50+ years.
Stated many times in the movie, The Carlyle Hotel prides itself on discretion. When their clients include mega stars like Naomi Campbell, Jimmy Fallon, Vera Wang, Lenny Kravitz, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate & Will) and the staff’s favorite, George Clooney, privacy MUST be priority 1!
This historic landmark hotel opened in 1930 and boasts several hip “hang out” spots within the hotel, where premier musicians & artists have performed.
This is luxury on another level, I actually found myself seriously contemplating booking a stay. Reality hit when I researched the cost ($700 -$15,000.00 per night)!
This documentary deserves 5 out of 5 stars because it checks all my boxes for a great film; made me laugh, cry & think.
Seberg (2019) Amazon Original Movie
I have been on a bit of a Kristen Stewart kick being a huge Twilight fan and it’s return to Amazon Prime Video. To be honest, even though I like the Twilight series, I am only a so-so fan of the actress. Love her in Panic Room!
This movie, based in the 60s during the height of the civil rights movement, is about the American actress, Jean Seberg. Seberg was an icon of French New Wave cinema, a genre I must explore.
Researching for my movie reviews 2010-2019, I discovered many people felt the same as I; this movie just isn’t there.
Kristen Stewart looks beautiful & I learn another chapter of black history. I had never heard of Jean Seberg before this movie, but now interested to learn her whole story.
An IMDB reviewer states the cinematography is good, agreed. As a fashion stylist, Michael Wilkinson’s costumes are EVERYTHING! The incredible fashions are pretty much the only thing that kept me slightly engaged throughout the 90+ minutes.
Some of the other cast includes Anthony Mackie & Vince Vaughn, who plays a wholly irredeemable character I could not get behind.
This movie reviews 2010-2019 gets 2.5 out of 5 stars, because I appreciate Amazon’s continued attempts at original movies. However, I hope they pick better vehicles in the future.
Come As You Are (2019)
I watched a lot of movies last weekend for my movie reviews 2010-2019. I had a free month subscription to Starz expiring on 8-30, but didn’t realize it until 8-28!
What drew me to this movie? No idea, but hands down THE BEST movie I watched all weekend!!
Do I need to say more to get you to watch?… OK, get ready to laugh until you pee!
To get a 5 star rating, a movie must make me laugh, cry & think. Come As You Are will make you do all 3.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019)
As a fan of dark comedies, of course I love Quentin Tarantino. When researching for my movie reviews 2010-2019, I didn’t realize Tarantino has only made 8 other movies prior to this. I also noted I have seen all of his major works!
In this movie, Tarantino once again delivers. This movie has is it all, IN SPADES!!
The casting & acting, as always, are perfection: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt along with Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Lena Dunham, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley and Rumer Willis.
Set in 1969 Hollywood, naturally, I was drooling over the fashion. The style & coloring of the film is rich and the soundtrack is classic 60s.
My research also revealed why Brad & Leo never worked together on a major project until this movie. Allegedly, it had something to do with an incident involving Gwyneth Paltrow, back in the 90s.
Hopefully, this is the start of a new bromance; these 2 are electric on screen.
This movie gets a 4.5 out of 5 stars, not only for Brad Pitt’s Supporting Role Oscar win, but for the moments that pulled at my heart.
The Pickup Game (2019)
I am a fan of documentaries. One of my favorite quotes is “Knowledge is Power” and I have learned quite a bit from a wide variety of documentary films.
This picture dives into the underground world of the “pickup” industry. Stated in the movie, this is a hidden industry that few people know exists. I certainly didn’t know anything about it prior to the film.
Want to learn the lengths socially awkward men will go through to become despicable human beings? Then this film will appeal to you.
I am giving this movie a 2 out of 5 stars. The content is horrifying but I appreciate the directors (Matthew & Barney O’Connor) shedding light to this disturbing topic. Fortunate for me I am over those stages of dating, but young women beware!
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
It’s rare to see a movie with Tom Hanks NOT directed by Ron Howard, lol. Everyone knows the Hanks/Howard bond is a proven hit maker!
However, a major film directed by a woman…
Marielle Heller does a magnificent job directing the biography of the beloved Mr. Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.
I remember watching Mr. Rogers as a small child in the early 70s. Being to young to grasp the lessons (2 years old), I do have memories of the theme song and him put on his sweater & sneakers.
The story is sweet & the comedy is subtle, but there. I sadly was waiting for some skeleton to leap out of Mr. Rogers’ closet but, SPOILER ALERT; he was good to his core! I was happy he was just as generous & loving in real life as he was on TV.
If you remember Mr. Rogers, I recommend watching this movie. Giving it 4 out of 5 stars and understand why it landed Tom Hanks ANOTHER Oscar nomination.
Charlie’s Angels (2019)
As stated previously in my movie reviews 2010-2019 (see above), I am on a Kristen Stewart run of late. I was curious how she would work in the action arena, so I sat down to watch this latest installment of the Charlie’s Angels franchise.
I understand women needing to create their own vehicles in Hollywood but Elizabeth Banks, that directs and acts in the movie, should have kept looking through the script pile.
The story was weak and the acting could have been better. The other “Angels” Ella Balinska & Naomi Scott tried, but when the story is so bad Patrick Stewart can’t even bring in a good performance, something is wrong.
I am giving this movie 2 out of 5 stars, because the action was OK, the costumes were weirdly thought through, but special & I was able to see Kristen Stewart in a different light. Not saying I have a better appreciation for her acting, but I do like she is taking on roles people would not normally envision her in.
Looking over my notes for my movie reviews 2010-2019, I didn’t have much on this film because I am still contemplating how I feel.
IMDb describes it as “Satire about the world of the super-rich.”
The projects I have seen featuring Steve Coogan are always over the top (think Tropic Thunder) so I was not surprised by his performance in this movie.
I have no strong feeling about Isla Fisher as an actress, who also stars in the movie, but she does a good job in the role she was hired to play.
The movie attempts to have you empathize with refugees the rich are exploiting however, there is nothing likable about these characters.
I was set up to give this movie 3 out of 5 stars, because it does attempt to shine light on the unfair practices of my industry, fashion. However, the more I consider this movie, I realize just how bad it is; 1.5 out of 5 stars.
Generation Columbine (2019)
I remember very vividly the day of the Columbine High School massacre. Even though I was well out of high school by that time, my heart fell for those kids, parents & community.
This documentary looks into the lives of the kids that experienced the horrors of that day. The directors & writer (P.J. Evans) also interview other kids, some now in their 30s, that survived shootings in their school since Columbine.
This film reaffirms the US governmental system is broken and unless gun laws are changed many parents will start home schooling their children.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are making work from home/distance learning, fit into their family. We now see the benefits of keeping our kids at home to ensure their safety.
As the mom of a 3rd grader, I was shocked & terrified of the number of school shootings since that dreadful spring day in 1999.
This movie deserves 4 out of 5 stars because it is A MUST for any parent with kids that attend a school in the US, no matter their age.
Jumanji The Next Level (2019)
As a single mom, I don’t get many opportunities for a free night out. When my son’s school started offering a “Parents Night Out” opportunity for $20, I jumped on it immediately.
Missing the days when I would go to non-G rated movies before my son was born, I instantly knew what I would do with my free night.
I wanted to go to 1 of the fancy theaters & needed to pick a movie in the time frame I had. Jumanji: The Next Level was the only movie that checked all the boxes.
I remember the original Jumanji movie starring Robin Williams (1995) and being blown away.
CGI was a relatively new technology at that time, so I was excited to see what they would create with the technology used in movies today.
Unfortunately, I was unable to see the first Jumanji (Welcome to the Jungle) prior to seeing this one. Having seen both movies, you don’t necessarily have to see the 1st movie to see the 2nd, but it helps 😉.
No beating around the bush; this movie is HELLA FUNNY!
In The Next Level, Jake Kasdan once again does not disappoint in any aspect. I already talked about the comedy but, the story, cinematography & costuming are fantastic!
This movie is so great, I went home & bought the first Jumanji on Amazon Prime Video that weekend.
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart made me laugh out loud, for real.