The Little Mermaid

Musical at the 5th Ave.
Wow! the jellyfish were incredible. In fact all the scenes were pretty great. Diana Huey ( Ariel ) has the voice of an angel and Melvin Abston ( Sebastian the crab ) is great. The only song I knew was “Kiss the girl” but lacking memorable songs does not interfere with the enjoyment of the play.
The story is about a young girl that is uncomfortable with who she is. She goes through radical surgery removal of fins added feet and legs and she blooms – reminded me of Chaz Bono. Okay, maybe I’m reading too much into it.

Rogue One

Pretty standard, didn’t really get into any character. Wish they would bring back Jar Jar Binks. You should look him up on the internet. Turns out Jar Jar Binks is actually the most powerful Sith Lord in the galaxy.
You know you have to go.

Nocturnal Animals

Easily one of the worst movies I have seen in ages.
I have a fun fact for you: did you know that when Ray is sitting on the toilet outside, and the cop tells him to get dressed, he wipes his ass with a page of the script?
Don’t waste your money on this movie.

Manchester by the Sea

Must GO

Some people find a way to pick themselves up from the rubble of a personal tragedy and rebuild a life for themselves. Others are permanently broken, and they die in spirit if not in body. Despite the serious subject matter, there is a surprising warmth that permeates the film. This is a film primarily about a man forced to confront his demons. There is a terrific chemistry between Affleck’s Lee and Lucas Hedges, who plays his nephew Patrick. Make no mistake, despite its subject matter this film is often hilarious, with the dialogue between Lee and his nephew providing most of the frequent outbursts of laughter. Owing to his detachment and fear, Lee is fairly useless as a caregiver to Patrick, who in turn pushes his limits in being allowed to do whatever he wants (mostly chasing girls – there are particularly hilarious scenes when he is trying to get laid). Affleck’s Lee is also forced to confront his demons in the form of his now ex-wife Randi, played by the ever-brilliant Michelle Williams. It’s actually a relatively small part, but a key one, with an especially important scene that is played beautifully by both Affleck and Williams. If you aren’t yet scared off, you will be rewarded with one of the most outstanding films of the year, and one of the best ever on-screen portrayals of grief. Casey Affleck embodies Lee as the broken man – a tortured soul who doesn’t blame himself for the unspeakable tragedy that destroyed his life, yet neither can he forgive himself. As penance, he has basically dropped out of society and moved to Quincy, where he lives in a dumpy apartment simply trying to survive each day shoveling snow and fixing leaky faucets. It’s his way of not facing the present while avoiding the memories that haunt him. This is an engrossing, compassionate, deeply moving film. For me, it’s the best kind of story-telling: it’s impossible to predict the turns it takes, but when they are taken they are completely plausible.


No Go
My main problem with the picture is that there doesn’t seem to be an inherent logic to the story line. Linguist Louise Brooks (Amy Adams) makes significant inroads into understanding an alien language configured in Rorschach-like circles, and as the viewer, we’re never really privy to how she managed to do it. The non-linear time element introduced into the story is quite bewildering as well, highlighted by Adams’ character placing a phone call to a Chinese general AFTER he showed her his phone number, sometime in the FUTURE! If I have to have it explained to me, then it doesn’t pass a basic test for telling a good story. Namely a picture with a solid beginning, middle and end.
Jeremy Renner plays a physicist who doesn’t do any physics, and he nicknames the two Calamari People we see Abbott & Costello. Although you can’t tell them apart, Abbott becomes my favorite character in the movie because he gets to die midway through and doesn’t have to suffer through the rest of the film. Lucky Abbott.
The book is out there, so if you really must – read, “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang.


Must Go
It Will Make You Laugh
The best character is undoubtedly Heihei, the somewhat simple chicken,
If you can appreciate humor made for children, between Maui and Hei Hei you’ll find quite a few chuckles. The ocean also plays a role in the laughter as we see it interact with Maui, Hei Hei, and especially its interactions with Moana.
Moana will charm the pants off of you. It puts a smile on your face that does not go away.
Moana’s fun comes in form of the beautiful settings of the Pacific. This film will enchant you as you set sail on the majestic oceans and the mythical creatures that inhabit them.
It’s best you just see the film for yourself. Suffice to say, it is a real crowd pleaser due to an interesting, stunning computer animation and very original story as well as some interesting characters. I particularly liked Moana as she was strong and likable…and not someone needing rescuing. But she also wasn’t harsh or stereotypical…just determined. I also loved her pet sidekick, as this chicken is nothing like any Disney sidekick…and you’ll soon realize this animal is possibly the dumbest in Disney history…as well as very funny.. As for Dwayne Johnson (‘The Rock’) he was also very good…and I was surprised that he had a decent singing voice in the film.