7 Days in Entebbe
Very dramatic, good acting, good directing and it also very emotionally illustrates how little progress has been made in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. B+
This is a powerful story that most people don't know. The execution is a little too gung-ho and unbelievable, for me but the acting is strong. B
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
I don't want to get into the politics on this one, but it does give a feel for how our sadly neglected troops have to deal with things in the Middle East. The story is definitely worth telling. There was way too much video-game style battle scenes for me. B
Movies about illnesses like cancer are very tricky. I lost the love of my early life to cancer so I was a little agitated going to this film. It's supposed to be a comedy and it is funny in parts but I suspect a lot of people will avoid it. It's bad enough having to deal with cancer in real life.
Having read several of the newspaper critics I went into this one expecting the worst, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it was made out to be. There's not much logic here, and at times it does operate like a TV movie, but the pace it good, and I for one happen to enjoy Al Pacino going over the top as an actor.
When this flick began there were 7 of us in the theater. Twenty minutes later, I was the only courageous one still there. Somehow the idea of spending the next hour waiting for an amputation without any anesthesia didn't seem like the best way to spend my afternoon. I bolted as well.
Recently Stephen King commented that he doesn't have any respect for me. Doesn't make too much sense-I'm a good dad, a nice husband-my only crime is I've sold millions of books. As far as 1408 goes, what can I say, I liked it-the first third is especially fine. I'm a John Cusack fan and, in terms of the books anyway, a Stephen King fan, too.