Compliance (2012)

Compliance is a crime, drama, thriller based on true events whose storyline is summarized well by Kenneth Crisholm on IMBD;  “At a fast food restaurant, the manager, Sandra, is having a bad day. Suddenly, she gets a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer who has a complaint that one of her young female employees has stolen from a customer. At the orders of this authoritative sounding stranger, Sandra takes the apparent accused, Becky, to a back room to search her before she is picked up. Once there, the phone scammer manipulates the gullible personnel into participating in Becky’s sexual humiliation that grows more twisted with every new sucker on the phone. Only when one final person has the conscience to revolt do they realize the crime they were tricked into, which the real police are hard pressed to solve.” This movie leaves you feeling sad and disgusted. The fact that it is based on true incidents that occurred over 70 times in 30 states makes it even more disturbing.  It makes you believe how gullible people can be when they think they are following the direction of someone of authority.

Mama (2013)

Mama is a very creepy, horror story which is summarized Jason Buchanan’s synopsis on Fandango; “A loving couple learns that their two adopted nieces have brought a dark secret into their home in this foreboding domestic thriller from executive producer Guillermo delToro (Pan’s Labyrinth), and director Andy Muschietti. Victoria and Lilly were just little girls when their father murdered their mother. In the aftermath of that tragedy, both girls disappeared without a trace. Desperate, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain searched everywhere for the missing girls. Five years later, Victoria and Lilly are both found living in a derelict cabin deep in the woods. Incredibly, they’ve managed to survive on their own, though years of isolation have left them both in a feral state, and unable to communicate. Without hesitation, Lucas and Annabel welcome the two frightened girls into their home, and work hard to make them feel comfortable. But when a series of ominous events lead Lucas and Annabel to suspect that Victoria and Lilly share ties to an evil beyond human comprehension, the couple must discern whether the two young girls are merely dealing with the emotional aftershocks of a life-altering tragedy, or have attracted a force that could destroy their family all over again.”  This move had a good combination jump out at you scary scenes and truly terrifying scenes that keep you in the edge of yoru seat.  The ghost was really horrific and it was revealed to us early in the movie. Unfortunately by the end of the movie, we were seeing too much of the ghost and it made it less scary.  All and all it is a good, creepy horror movie worth watching with an ending that will actually surprise you since not everyone lives happily ever after.

Person of Interest (Season 2, Episode 11)

In this episode, the person of interest was a high school student genius that Finch has to go undercover as a substitute teacher to help. Reese spent the whole episode in a jail cell.  The kid was writing a software program that would revolutionize the data compression industry. This episode was different since Finch had to determine if the kid was a victim or the criminal.  The storyline was well thought out and it really showcased Finch’s computer skills.  Hopefully, Reese will be let put of jail soon so he can start beating people up again.

Goon (2011)

Per the story line on IMBD, “Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea. When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother’s old figure skates. Standing up to the taunts of the other players, Doug manages to join the team, and with the encouragement of his hockey obsessed best friend quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he’ll have the opportunity to face off against Ross “The Boss” Rhea and perhaps finally land a girlfriend. Now – all he needs is to learn how to skate.” This sport, comedy movie was a lot of fun. It was believable and you end up really rooting for Doug in the big showdown. The final fight scenes had all the drama of a Rocky fight.  Doug, played by Seann William Scott, was a very likeable character and his Jewish Dad played by Eugene Levy was good as ever.  Even if you are not a hockey fan, this movie is well worth seeing.

The Impossible (2012)

Per Wikipedia, “The film tells the true story of Maria and Henry Belon,[8] played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and their three children. It starts as the family begins their Christmas vacation inThailand, with the intention of spending a few days at a tropical paradise resort. Their idyllic vacation is interrupted on the morning of December 26, 2004, when a devastating tsunami destroys the coastal zone. In surviving the disaster, the family is separated and a desperate search to reunite ensues.”   Watching this well acted movie, really makes you feel what it would be like to be in, and survive, a tsunami.  It was an emotionally draining experience watching the adversity that the family endured. Through most of the movie, we do not know that the impossible had happened. What was impossible was that against all odds, all five of the family members survived.

Django Unchained (2012)

Per Weinstein on Rotten Tomatoes:  “Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave.” This was a very entertaining Quentin Tarantino movie with his characteristic violence and brutality. He definitely showed how awful slavery was and how terrible the plantation owners treated their slaves. The fun part of this movie was just when you think that Django’s future is hopeless, he mounts an amazing comeback and totally gets his bloody revenge. I was surprised when I walked out of this movie feeling so uplifted and good.  This is a must see movie.