July 3rd - 9th Downloads
& DVDs
  • 7 Days in Entebbe:

    Or maybe "7 Days of Boredom."  This film which has a gripping, dramatic, real-life event driving it, manages to take everything about the events in 1976 in which an Air France passenger jetliner with more than 200 souls aboard was hijacked by Pro-Palestinian terrorists, and suck the tension and drama out of it like a dry sponge soaks up water.  In an incredibly foolish move, director Jose Padilha (the 2014 watered-down remake of Robo-Cop) has chosen to use an Israeli dance company doing an avant-garde performance using more than a dozen dancers sitting on chairs to flail themselves senseless to the beat of a number of pounding drums for five minutes at the beginning of the movie, and for more than that at the end.  I am sure there is some artistic reason for having done this, but it not only adds nothing to the movie because there is no explanation for its presence, but it seriously detracts from the key scene at the end of the movie on the seventh day which interferes with the actions of the rescuing commandos.  Instead of allowing the dramatic rescue attempt to unfold, the director has chosen to cut back and forth between his dancers and the military raid.  Rated 14A.


  • Blockers:

    Not my kind of movie - I think I would rather eat a bowl of bees that watch another film such as this. We see WWE's John Cena as one of a group of parents who learn, by accident, that their daughters have a pact to "do it" on prom night, and the folks decide to get together and put a stop to it before things get out of hand, and the irrevocable deed is done.  This raunchy, R-rated romp from director Kay Cannon, who did the Pitch Perfect movies, is to teenage girls what Porky's or American Pie was to teenage boys. Perhaps if you're one of those – a teenage girl that is, clearly the movie's target audience, I suppose it has a place … but a story about idiotic people doing doltish things in a stupid fashion, including a scene in which alcohol is introduced into the body from the wrong end, just doesn't work for me at any level.  Rated 18A.

  • Finding Your Feet:

    This British comedy-drama will appeal to audiences that liked such movies as “The Very Best Marigold Hotel,” as it focuses on seniors whose lives are changing as retirement looms, and it also shares one major performer from that film, in the person of Celia Imrie.  When Sandra (Imelda Staunton) finds her husband Mike (John Sessions) at his retirement party doing the nasty with her best friend, her upper middle class British life is left in tatters.  Eventually she seeks out the help and companionship of her offbeat sister Bif (Imrie) which finds them eventually taking a dancing class as a way to get past the acute recent trauma and embarrassment.  The story turns into a sort of "let's see if we can make the nationals" as the dancers see a bigger goal before them.  The movie didn’t last long in theatres, but it’s a great rental or download.  The performances are just fine, but it's a small movie that will attract a small audience for small laughs, and a little lightheartedness.  Rated 14A. 

  • Nostalgia (2018):

    A big cast shows up for this movie that debuted at the Palm Springs Film Festival back in January, but hasn't had theatrical distribution since that time.  The story is a series of excerpts of the lives of people who have suffered significant loss in their lives, and it looks at how they search for comfort, for understanding, and for closure.  John Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Catherine Keener, and Amber Tamblyn are the principal players and have large supporting cast that helps to work through love, loss, and abandonment.  Rated 14A.



    Brain on Fire (2016):

    Another festival film with little theatrical distribution debuts on Netflix this week.  It's based on the memoir by Susanna Cahalan called "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness," and tells the true story of her descent into something akin to insanity.  Chloe Grace Moretz plays Susanna, a young woman who writes for the New York Post, and who begins to experience strange things, such as seeing people in the office who are not really there, and feeling that these phantoms are talking about her.  She quickly descends into full-blown psychosis, ending in a major seizure.  An MRI and numerous tests find nothing wrong, but her life continues to spiral out of control, and her parents and boyfriend are told that she needs to be committed.  But Susanna's situation is not mental - it's physical - but no one seems to be able to get to the bottom of what is happening.  Also stars Vancouver's Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix).  Rated 14A.

Life Sentence

This is a TV series that began earlier this year on the CW Network, and is available for binge-watching this week.  It's the story of Stella (Lucy Hale), a young woman who gets a terminal cancer diagnosis and decides to make the best of the time she has left by living a life of wild abandon.  Ooops ... the diagnosis is reversed, and now, with no illness, she has to work her way through all the choices she made when she was walking on the wild side.  The series was cancelled earlier this month, so one season is all we get.



If you missed the first two episodes that set the ratings world afire, you can stream the series from Amazon ... I was never a fan of the original series, but I have to admit that this one is a lot of fun ... very well-made, and a lot of laughs!