Skip “The Dinner”

imagesThe Dinner is the first movie we’ve walked out on in a long time. The trailer made it look interesting. Maybe we should have read the reviews. I only noticed now that it received NO STARS. We couldn’t agree more.  The movie was as stupid as its title.

After twenty minutes we looked at each other and commented how it was slow and boring. Around forty-five minutes into the yawner we considered leaving, but we thought we’d take the chance that something would happen any minute. Wrong.

We left the theater after an hour, I was surprised to see that no one else followed suit. Even with Richard Gere and Laura Linney, the movie was actually painful to watch. Steve Coogan had the main roll and he had both of us squirming in our seats after only a few minutes of listening to him.

The plot hung there, somewhere, but we didn’t stick around to see it unfold. The point of the story was to see how far parents would go to protect their children after they did something completely stupid and horrific. I saw enough of real-life drama during my police career to know the answer to that question.

Cathryn and I give The Dinner a big fat 0!

Memory Man – David Baldacci

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by David Baldacci (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Apr 16, 2017  


If you like a crime drama that builds slowly, teasing you all the way, only giving you enough details to guess who done it, Memory Man by David Baldacci is a story you should read.
The elements of the plot were familiar, with cops and killers, but the characters were special, each in their own way. Amos Decker is not a super cop, but he has a super brain – from an injury, that makes him more of a super freak. His condition gives him an almost perfect memory, which is a help and hindrance to him in solving a mass murder case.
It took me a while to get into the story, but once I was hooked I enjoyed the ride and raced to the end. A great read!

Personal-A Jack Reacher Novel

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by Lee Child (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Mar 27, 2017  
I’ve read a few of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher novels now, and I have to say Personal was probably my favorite. I found a little more dry (Reacher) humor in this one, and a lot less of Child’s sometimes painfully slow narrative.
I liked the characters and the plot moved well, with a couple of twists to keep you guessing right until the end. For me, it was a fun read!

The Hero of Hacksaw Ridge

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Heartbreak, Sorrow, Fear, Awe, Amazement. Those are five emotions that come to mind as I watched the first battle scene on Hacksaw Ridge, on the island of Okinawa. I actually caught myself wincing a few times – watching explosions, bullets ripping into flesh, and the resulting carnage. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It’s a war movie that makes Saving Private Ryan seem tame.

With war movies such as Braveheart, The Patriot, and We Were Soldiers to his credit, Mel Gibson took it up another notch with Hacksaw. It was not based on a true story, it IS a true story of man whose religious beliefs would not let him take the life of another. He joins the military to become a medic and save lives, not take them. The ignorance of others leads to him being labelled a coward and they try to force him out of the army.

If Webster’s dictionary is looking for a picture of someone to post under their definition of a Hero, Desmond Doss’ likeness should be it. The man went above and way beyond what many others could even conceive. Doss was the first non-combatant to receive the medal of honor for his efforts. He alone, saved 75 soldiers on Hacksaw Ridge and was severely wounded himself.

I don’t think Cathryn could have handled this movie, so I saw it solo. It’s easily the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. 10 out of 10.

Calculating The Accountant

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Ben Affleck really can play a bad guy. Or is he a good guy in The Accountant? It all depends on your moral values. The movie starts out a bit slow, but the writer is showing us the back story, and how it will come into play throughout the movie.

If you really pay attention in those early scenes you might pick up on clues to a couple of neat twists that come to light at the end of the movie. The movie keeps you guessing about a lot of things – how can a special needs child evolve into a clever accountant for one.

Action is added to the intrigue and drama, and Affleck fills his roll superbly. His character is complicated to say the least. Can a hit man really be a good person? Watch the movie and decide for yourself.

Cathryn and I both loved the movie and rate it 10 out of 10.

Sully – American Hero

imagesIf you’re looking for a movie that’s not produced by Disney, but has no vulgarity, violence, or sex, Sully is the perfect film to see. Director Clint Eastwood brings a story to the big screen that we already know the ending to, but shows us just how human a true hero can be. As we already know, the Hudson River in New York becomes a landing strip for US Airways flight 1549, after a flock of geese takes out both of its engines.

Captain Chesly “Sully” Sullenburger shows us early in the movie exactly why he chose to land on the Hudson River. The script goes deeper though, showing us the FAA investigation into the accident, and how they try to blame someone other than the circumstances at hand.

Eastwood shows the human side of the Miracle on the Hudson, examining the public’s view of Sully as a hero, and the captain’s own inner battle with the effects of PTSD. Tom Hanks plays Sully’s part well, trying to keep things real, while all around him things are surreal. Aaron Eckhart plays the co-pilot, offering a solid supporting role both in the cockpit, and during the investigation.

Cathryn is not into airplane movies, and gave the movie an 8. Even though I already knew the ending, I still enjoyed the movie and give it a 10.