The Imitation Game

Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.
“Are you paying attention?” Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch)
This story will fill you with respect and sorrow for the father of computers.
“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” Joan Clarke. (Keira Knightley)
Spoiler alert!
The funniest part of movie for me was when Joan visits at the end of the film she encourages Alan to work a crossword puzzle. “It will only take 5 minutes or maybe 6 for you.” An obvious reminder of the crossword puzzle he sent out as a recruiting test that she finished in five and half minutes. No one was supposed to be able to do it.
You can read more in my July 2014 post in the Spy Museum Seattle Center on this blog. It is enough to close with: We did not appreciate this genius in his time and we treated him horribly.


A beautiful movie about the self discovery of Cheryl Strayed. She picked the last name as a self punishment after destroying her marriage by sleeping with any man who looked at her and her recovery from her mom’s death. Mom is Laura Dern. I wish my mom had been as much fun and my mom was pretty wild.
Reese Witherspoon takes off for an eleven hundred mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way she is followed by a fox, same as Zorro, which is Spanish for fox. She is a novice hiker with way too much gear. The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks. And ends at the Bridge of the Gods at the Columbia River.
Go, if just for the incredible scenery.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Must must Go
Awesome adventure. You will be on the edge of your seat for the whole two plus hours. The descent of Thorin into madness is wholly believable, be wary of dragon gold.
Every time a new army hits the battlefield you will wonder how the “good guys” can rally. The heart breaking end of Tauriel’s story line will leave you weeping. It is not what you expect at all. If all the unfinished story lines bother you, read the book! It is only 300 pages long. Spoiler alert Tauriel is not in the book.
This satisfactorily finishes the Hobbit saga. Now head into the north and find Strider.

Mocking Jay part one

No Go
This movie is a stretched out cash grab. Let’s hope part two next year, when we again spend our money, we get an action adventure. Meanwhile, don’t waste your money or time on this.


Maybe Go
This might be one of the most beautiful movies you will ever see. The visuals are breathtakingly beautiful. It has a star studded cast, Matthew McConaugh, John Lithgow, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Matt Damon to mention a few. Unfortunately the story is incredibly muddled. It is one of the worst melodramas that drags on for three hours. It takes the whole first hour just to get to outer space then they make a stupid decision to land on a planet where the “time dilation” is one hour for seven years. WHOA! Coming back after a quick 28 year visit (four hours) they go to the next planet to meet a mad man. Why the hell didn’t he just get into the space ship? Finally we will send off the girl alone to the planet where her dead boyfriend is .Woo hoo! After 124 years (he has only aged one year) Matthew gets back to earth to a room full of his great grand children who don’t even say hi. As I have said many times in the past, time travel movies have too many paradoxes to make sense. I must mention the robots, they really steal the show, even though they look like Gumby.