Riveroflifelisajoy’s Weblog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Archive for Movie Review

Thanks to the Legend of Bagger Vance….My son played with “POOL PUTTING GAME” from Marshalls!

We saw the movie “Legend of Bagger Vance.”   I had purchased a “pool” putter game about a month ago for my son.  But he did not touch it. 

 I tried to play it the other day…but I was ill.  But atleast I tried.  But after he saw the movie,  he changed.  Will Smith has a uncanny soft voice that paired with the beautiful cinematography…cast a lovely spell on me,  my mother and my son.

  The end of the movie moved me to tears…to believe for the impossible and hope to see those lost redeemed. 

 Excellent movie indeed!  Thanks  Will Smith,  it made my day.  Especially when my son went into the back yard early in the morning on Saturday and began teaching himself  how to get the golf ball into the 6 putter plates for an hour. 

He had hit the ball too much and the ball would jump OVER the putter plates.  Then he began to sense the “field” and the flow of the earth and feel his own heart beat in time and then he got his swing!!!! 

 He actually began to hit the ball into the putter plate with the proper angle, speed, and force. 

 The ball actually stayed inside and did not jump up and out like before.  I remembered Will Smith (as Bagger Vance) talking gently to  Matt Damon as Juna..explaining how to find himself in the “field.”  It was wonderful…beautiful,  and made me feel like I had been wanting to speak to my son about his goals and dreams for his life. 

 So I remembering the way Will’s voice soothingly, yet firmly directed him toward his winning shots in the game. 

So either my son ignored me, or he felt that he could relate to that movie.  Wonderful, thanks Will Smith for your great acting style. 

 And thanks Robert Redford for picking a movie to highlight the beauty of golf and the quiet spirit of each of its’ players!

post script….I only paid $5.00 dollars for the “pool putter game”—golf balls and all.–It was originally  $16.00!  WOW!

Till Next Blog….




 I found a very delightful movie that I want to share with you!  It is called,  EVANALMIGHTY! 

  The movie stars Steve Carell, comedian as Congressman Baxter, and Morgan Freeman as God!  What a powerhouse of acting indeed!   It was so adorable with the usage of the animals and the comedic interaction of Steve Carell and his dilemma with  God, Morgan Freeman,  requesting him to build the Ark. 

  Steve Carrell, as the Junior Congressman found himself surrounded by the number 614. 

 He saw it on his alarm clock, on his license plates and various places throughout his day.  He finally passed out while Congress was in session after  he said the pledge of alligence.    The pressure and the animals starting coming in twos! 

He, Baxter, the Junior Congressman finds himself overtaken by animals. specifically birds, while in his office.  The animals do not leave once other people come on the scene. 

 Everyone is eyeing him strangely and he tries to explain himself!  His wife begins to grow concerned when he awakes one morning and cannot seem to shave the over night beard shadow…which appears to be a weeks worth of growth. 

 Soon the animals are there in his yard…bears, wolves, chipmunks, lions,  oxen, cows, dogs, etc., etc., He begins to build the ark for the Lord and then finds his job, and family life are in jeopardy! 

 But in the end with all of the spectators watching the expected flood arrives, and everyone who did laugh at him found themselves in awe of him and could not believe their eyes! 

The Senior Congressman played by Roseanne Bar’s T.V. Husband,  John Goodman is the “villian” who cut corners on the building of a dam and then found the ark siiting outside the capitol buidling. 

 Steve Carell transitions  from a very clean upright newscaster turned congressman into a frantic, then committed man.  He wins in the end and you feel good for him and his victory!

 The movie was a delight.  Light politics,  family togetherness, ecological concerns were all a part of this lighthearted, look at the reason for the ark being built.

Rent it,  buy it.  Easy watching except for the stress of watching the dam break and other moments like that!  Good, clean fun!


American Gangster…. Wow! Movie Review!

All I can say is WOW!  I had written a post about my concept of an American Gangster some months ago and I was shocked to see it was very close in comparison to  the true story I had related in an earlier blog.  But anyway the movie was very unsettling.

  I could not relate to the logic that possessed Frank Lucas–played by Densel Washington.  The character of Frank Lucas was the most clear minded, scary character in a crime based movie I have ever seen. 

 He was cool,  calm, and collected….but also he was smart and determined.  From the movie bonus feature it was stated that Frank Lucas became  a millionaire a day drug dealer back in the seventies. 

He had no conscious about it either. Amazing and scary.  He killed people by his own hand, and he made money from selling herion that killed people too. 

 But he was given a second chance and an opportunity to tell about corruption in the law enforcement personnel.

  Very Scary, and very disturbing.  The movie was well acted by Densel Washington.  I was surprised to see Ruby Dee!  Very well acted.  Densel is always a Class Act—all by himself.

Check out this flict….again brutally disturbing and cold hearted at times.  But informative about the 70’s.  I was in junior highschool when this happened.

Just be prepared for the blatant murder and physical beatdowns that Densel does!  If you did not go to the movie theatre like I did not…rent it or buy it.  A must see thriller!



Will Smith: “I am Legend” –Disturbing and Gritty

My son wanted to see this movie for a long time.  I finally purchased it.  22 dollars.  See,  I cannot afford the high prices of cable.  So I buy my movies.  I listen to 1010 Wins and catch the news there on or in a newspaper.  Look….rent is $1600.00 per month.  I digress….endlessly. 

So back to Will Smith.  He looks great as always.  I thought he looked his peak in I Robot.  He was super hot in his black leather trench and black leather Converse sneakers. 

 He mentally and physically matured so much in that movie that I almost felt a bit bashfull watching that I Robot flict (you know….when he took a shower!–wOW!)  agAIN….I digress!

 Anyhow,  I watched “I Am Legend”  and I was a bit stressed out by the filming of the movie.  Because I cannot stand to watch back shots of an actor in a movie where it appears that danger is lurking around every corner.

  Thus I kept jumping,  and  hiding my eyes.  My son of course teased me and said, “Oh, Mommy PLease!” 

I loved his dog  Samantha.  She as a trained dog was great.  Will Smith had a gentle and relaxed way of handling the dog and the dog responded well within the scope of the movie. 

 I could not take it when the dog ran into the darkened warehouse and Will Smith ran in behind him in pursuit of the dog and the deer.  Ugh!  I could not sit still to watch this. 

 Mind you….I would not have acted so badly in the movie theatre….I only do this stuff at home!  The diseased grey folk that come out at night due to their weakened skin issues…were quite ugly ….but not as scary looking as I expected.  I just had a problem with the set up  filming. 

 I was a bit annoyed with the character that Will Smith played.  He was fine up until the dog became infected with that dreaded disease.  Once Will Smith had to “kill”  the dog he became careless,  or just did not care any more because he thought he was the last man on earth.

  His thoughtless actions brought him to what appeared to be the last woman on earth and her son.  However, he was injured because the leader of the grey folk had set Will Smith’s character up by placing a maniquin in a location far away from where Will Smith’s Character was used to seeing it. 

 Thus he went bonkers and began shooting his rifle, then he was picked up by the leg and fell on his own knife stabbing himself with it.  Then of course the hounds were let lose on Will Smith and his dog.

  The dog was injured and so was he.  Because he was so upset and out of his mind with loneliness and loss of his wife, child and now his dog,  Will Smith’s character went on a rampage. 

He just ramed hs SUV into the grey diseased folk,  nearly tossing himself and the Suv into the drink off of the dock.  The grey folk kind of helped out by jumping on the hood of his SUV which kept him from falling into the water.  However,  the grey folk and eventually turned the SUV over and he was on the verge of being dinner when a bight light shone and he was taken out of his car. 

He held conciousness long enough to give his address to the mystery person.  When he awoke he found the only other person that he thought to be alive.  However, he became a bit pissed off when he realized that the woman had made powered eggs and used bacon that he had been saving.  Question….how long can bacon stay good? 

Three years worth of saving?  Oh, maybe it was frozen?  Well, anyway,  Will Smith’s character began to annoy me at this point.  He was  unclear in his thinking,  angry,  frustrated, and scared.  Normal feelings right?  But for some reason,  he began to lose me my compassion. 

 My compassion went to the woman with the child.  She was quiet,  tranquil and had faith.  She believed that the impossible could be possible.  No fault to the writers of the flict. 

 But I did not feel sorry for Will Smith as he gave his life inorder to perserve life for the future generations.  I was thankful that the woman and her kid made it away from that place.  I was glad that the tension of the movie was complete and finished. 

There were several cartons….Japanese Animae….I guess after the movie was finished.  I did not like the dark quality.  My son loves Japanese Animae so he had no problem watching that.  Lots of blood, eating peoples intestines, and killing.  Not my cup of tea. 

Will Smith played a gritty role….he is excellent as always….Yep the Black Tom Cruise of the Cinema.  You go boy!!!!!

I had more feeling for his character in “Pursuit of Happiness”….The role Will Smith played in that movie drew my heart to him immediately.  Gone was the slick, mean, clean, fighting macine of I Robot, and in came the look of struggeling John Q Public…trying to go from “rags to riches”. 

I could totally relate to his struggles.  I loved his tender ways with his son.  But he also showed the side of a father coping with homelessness and pulling his child through that circumstance too. 

 The best and most touching part of The Pursuit of Happiness is of course when he accomplishes his goals and his awarded a job.  Smart yet humble man.  I cried each time I watched that movie. 

It made me feel as though there was hope for the rest of the struggeling single parents….or any struggleing person for that matter.

Will Smith, is great.  I watched his comedy in the early days of his career and now I get to see him mature as an actor and play roles that have never been played with such dignity and respect from the general public….white, or black. 

I am truly proud of him as an actor and as a humanbeing.  In light of Martin Luther King’s goal for all people to be given the opportunity…..Yes,  Will Smith,  Martin Luther King would be proud  too.  Keep up the good Work!