The Chocolate War


1988  R  1:40      Drama  John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith ,Wallace Langham, Adam Baldwin

based on the Roger Cormier book  I think I remember the book binding being blue or maybe the image having blue in it

 15-year-old freshman Jerome E. “Jerry” Renault  makes the football team at Trinity  a Catholic boys’ preparatory school.  However he struggles on the field during practice and cannot keep up with his teammates, and so is often berated by the strict coach.

Archie Costello, part of the (supposed) secret society  “The Vigils” compiles a list of socially ostracized students with the aid of Obie, The Vigils’ nerdish secretary. The outcasts will be assigned to perform assignments, more pranks as part of their Vigils initiations. Renault & Goober are on Archie’s list.

Meanwhile, Brother Leon is taking advantage of the Trinity School headmaster’s illness and convalescence. The corrupt Brother purchases outdated Mother’s Day candy, and plans to repackage it for the Trinity fundraiser; in which he hopes to sell 20,000 boxes at an increased prices instead of their usual 10,000. He hopes that the success of the Fundraiser will gain attention to be declared the new head of the school.

Unaware of the Vigils’ next prank assignment, Brother Leon enlists Archie’s aid in rallying fellow students to sell candy.

The prank is designed to disrupt the school’s annual fundraising chocolate sale, Archie enlists Renault  to not sell the chocolates for 10 days. Once the 10 days are up he’s supposed to sell them, but in this strict school, even though they say you don’t have to participate it’s best you do as you’ll be outcast and bullied.

I was supposed to read this Freshman or sophomore year in High School, but I find forcing someone into reading (or doing) something they have no interest in is counter productive. I would just read the questions we had to answer and try to find the answers.  I remembered a few things vaguely from the book one of which was the end (or close to). Now as this was out when I was in grade school maybe jr. high I don’t know how it was received, let alone what those who read the book thought of it.  I had been thinking of seeing if the library had a copy to read, however after watching this I think what little I remembered was better and am now leery to actually read the book, and thinking I was right not to read it.

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Jane Got a Gun


2015 1:38   action/drama/western Joel Edgerton Natalie Portman Ewan McGregor Noah Emmerich

Jane’s outlaw husband comes home injured after a run-in with his old gang. She enlists an ex-love for help.

From the moment I saw the title of the movie years ago… all I could hear is Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun”

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Red Sparrow


2018    R  2:20   Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons,Mary-Louise Parker ,Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling

Prima ballerina Dominique (I really liked that Red outfit) has a bad accident during her performance thanks to her partner. Once healed her Uncle has a helps her out with a job; a trial by fire if you will

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Colossal


2017  R 1:49  blu-ray rental  Comedy, drama action

Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens & Jason Sudekis

Out of work party girl Gloria is forced to move out of her flat in New York after her boyfriend kicks her out and she moves back to her hometown.  She crosses paths with an old school friend. After hanging out at the bar her friend owns News reports out of South Korea surface that Soul is being destroyed by a giant creature which Gloria comes to learn she is somehow connected to and why her seemingly non-essential existence has such an effect on the fate of the world.

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Amusement


20o7 R  1:25  Horror  Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick

I thought this was going to be some sort of demented amusement park or funhouse because of the title. 

Winnick plays Tabitha who is in a (near)O catatonic state while being interrogated by the police psychiatrist as to why she and her two childhood friends are being hunted by a serial killer.

Tragic secrets from their past are just dying to come out. Not to mention, this is the crap that happens when you don’t tell someone about that creepy kid, and his cruel ‘art’ for the science fair… its more along the lines of an express ticket to a padded cell (and the 10th level of hell I’ve created for people like this.) We see a few stories concerning the girls first, which lead up to the last. It’s almost like an anthology only its one whole movie with a little backstory.

Through the years the girls forget about the creep but apparently, he never does, making them his rats.

If you are in the mood for some dark horror *and maybe you could say morbid humor) then this is for you. I would make this part of a Halloween movie marathon as there’s a trick but its no avengers type treat.

 

 

 

 

The Belko Experiment


action/horror/Thriller   2017   R  1;28  Blu-ray

John Galagher Jr., Sean Gunn,Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Owain Yeoman, more

50 or so American co-workers are getting into work, some for some reason are turned away. Locked up in their company’s HQ in Bogota, Columbia they are ordered over the intercom to kill each other or be killed. Some are afraid, others think its a prank but there is one worker that is a bit restless.

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I,Tonya


2017         R        2hr       stars Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan

  Drama, comedy, based on true events

 

This biopic of Figure skater Tonya Harding and the 1994 Winter Olympics assault on Nancy Kerrigan.

I think this was during my senior year of high school or maybe the first winter I had infinite snow days.

This is supposed to be ‘based on irony-free wildly contradicting  totally true interviews with Tonya Harding, Jeff Gillooly (what a silly name that man has)  Continue reading