Movie Review: Promised Land

promised_land_movie_poster__121115234902I never see this many movies in this short of a span but for this third one within a week, I had an excuse.  It was Sunday.  My flight didn’t leave till 7PM so with a few hours to kill after lunch, I decided I’d get one more flick in there.  Paying matinee prices also was a bonus (they don’t have those rates in NYC).  The movie selections at this theatre were pretty slim.  I hadn’t heard of this movie prior but Matt Damon’s films are usually always pretty good.  I was pleasantly suprised with this movie as a whole.  I don’t think it was based on a true story or anything but it had that sort of feel.  The writing was excellent.  It had a few twists and turns that you don’t expect and the acting was exceptional.  Matt, of course, was great but the supporting cast of Frances McDormand and John Krasinski (The Office) really gave the film some added firepower.  So far, best movie of the year.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

GuiltTripSo I’ve been in Florida for a week and with a few open nights, I decided to catch a couple movies. The other night I saw Parental Guidance.  I would give that one 3 out of 5 stars and if I had to relate it to music (I am a DJ, after all), I’d put it in an “adult contemporary” genre.

I had much higher expectations for The Guilt Trip.  Ever since Knocked Up, I’ve been a big Seth Rogen fan.  The same, however, cannot be said of my feelings for Barbara Streisand.  To me, she’s in the same league as Bette Midler…what people see in either of them is beyond me.  But I digress.  I’d acually put up with her in a movie to see Seth.  Well, I hate to say it, but Barbara actually brought Seth down to her level in this flick.  If you go in thinking you’re going to see the Knocked Up version of Seth, you’ll be very disappointed.  This was like a “decaf” version of Seth – he had some similar attributes to most of the characters he’s played in the past but it was with a 50+ age level of humor.  The story line was weak, the movie dragged on, and Barbara played one of her typical whiney characters that I loathe.  I ended up checking my phone for e-mail and social media towards the end of the movie and didn’t even see how it ended.  Don’t waste your time on this one.  You’ll be glad I warned you.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (and that’s being generous).