Recent Movie Reviews

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I set a new 8k PR Thanksgiving morning in the Gallop & Gorge road race, ate my heart out for the rest of the day and somehow caught a cold in between. As I have been somewhat under the weather these past few days, I’ve had ample opportunity to catch up on some movies I’ve been meaning to see.

Interstellar

I liked but didn’t love this one. It was definitely trying to be the kind of epic, artistic, transcendent movie that I would love but it just didn’t quite get there. The cinematography was spectacular, the science-informed sci-fi was well done, and parts of it were very compelling. However, some of its subplots were a bit goofy and didn’t add much – or even detracted from – the bigger picture. There were times when it seemed to be plodding along a little too indulgently but there were also times when it glossed over important points with forced exposition. It was a good film and I recommend seeing it, but it unfortunately isn’t the “2001 for this generation” that it attempted to be.

Predestination

This film was really interesting and had me thinking/guessing right up until the very end – and actually a bit after as well. It was very Memento-like in its non-chronological story telling and it was very well acted. It’s hard to be too specific about this movie without giving anything away so it will have to suffice that I recommend it.

Boxtrolls

This movie really surprised and delighted me. It’s from the same studio that produced Coraline and is made in a somewhat similar style – although the content is not as dark. It features excellent voice acting, well scripted dialog, a captivating premise, and an engaging plot that keeps you interested until the very end. This will work well for kids and adults alike – heartily recommended.

What do the rest of you think? Disagree with my reviews? Has anyone seen any other noteworthy movies recently?

Published by Bryan Guido Hassin

These are the musings of a global cleantech entrepreneur. This blog began as a way to document my experience during the IMD MBA in Switzerland and now is the place where I publish eclectic thoughts on business, politics, fitness, entertainment, travel, wine, sports, and . . . whatever else is top of mind.

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