Movies: Reminiscence, The Protege, The Lost Leonardo

Movie 1: Reminiscence

This most unusual film seems to showcase a wide range of genres: sex, drugs, strong language, violence, and mystery. Critics are all over the board trying to make sense of it all. It’s a neo-noir thriller which we thoroughly enjoyed.

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Movie 2: The Protege

Don’t miss this one if you are in the mood for a bit more bad language, creative slaughtering and brief nudity. The leading lady is an assassin. Another film just under 2 hours. Nonetheless it’s intriguing and unique. Samuel L. Jackson is always fun.

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Movie 3: The Lost Leonardo

This is a fascinating insider documentary based on real events. It’s ultimately a global topic of power, politics and greed. It’s also quite intriguing! There is no shortage of opinions, expense, and mystery.

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Movies: Respect, Flag Day, Free Guy

Movie 1: Respect

If you are a fan of Aretha Franklin, this is a NOT TO BE MISSED film! It covers most of her career and many of her challenges and barriers in life, good, bad and quite a bit more. Jennifer Hudson practically morphs into Aretha! DO NOT MISS IT!!

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Movie 2: Flag Day

Based on true events, this drama, thriller, mystery is simply remarkable film making. Sean Penn is both the director and actor along with his daughter Dylan Penn. Some critics have not been kind to this film. We felt it was one of the best father/daughter films in a while. Dylan Penn makes a stunning debut. Do see it!

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Movie 3: Free Guy

We didn’t have high expectations for this video game film. It turned out to be a clever, funny movie. It was quite inventive with unique concepts. The critics get picky about a few petty ideas, pay no attention. We found it fresh and enjoyable.

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Movies: Old, Joe Bell, Jungle Cruise

Movie 1: Old

This thriller is about a family on a secluded tropical beach vacation. It’s the latest film by M. Night Shayamalan. It’s not very intelligent science fiction that’s haunting. Be warned, there is violence, nudity and such.

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Movie 2: Joe Bell

Finally a true story willing to confront audiences with tough real life issues.  Mark Wahlberg delivers a stunning father figure as the bereaved father of his son Joe Bell.  His character decides to journey across the country to protest bullying.  Sad but powerful!

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Movie 3: Jungle Cruise

This latest Disney release is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  It takes the theme park ride to a new level.  Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are perfectly cast.  It has a great balance of comedy, fantasy and adventure.  The two hour production flies by!

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Movies: Below Zero (Bajocero), Penguin Bloom, Black Beach

Movie 1: Below Zero (Bojocero)

It’s an interesting concept. Prisoners are transported to a new location. An older rogue cop wanted revenge on one of the prisoners for a previous assault. There are moments of inspiration, but nothing really notable. Spanish, dubbed in English.

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Movie 2: Penguin Bloom

It’s based on the book by the same name. It’s the true Australian story of a mother of two young sons who breaks her back in an accident. Her family cares for her when suddenly a wild magpie bird becomes the newest family member.

It’s concurrently painful and joyful to watch. Some scenes are uplifting, others range from depression to perseverance. It’s ultimately about love and healing.

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Movie 3: Black Beach

First…this Spanish film is confusing, somewhat slow but gets better with time. US oil company intrigue in an impoverished African country. The acting is moderate, the script drags a bit too much. Its very much a melodrama with a bit too much violence. Overall…just ho hum. Spanish dubbed in English.

 

Movies: Cut Throat City, Outside the Wire, The Vanished

Movie 1: Cut Throat City

This crime action drama is based on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it caused. It says a lot about racism, gentrification and drug trafficking. We are sorry to say the message goes off the rails by the end of the film.

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Movie 2 : Outside the Wire

This action war thriller is set in the near future. It’s fast paced, often confusing and confounding at the same time. Drone pilots threaten the planet. The concept is both intriguing and thought provoking but that’s about all.

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Movie 3: The Vanished

Oy! It’s an intriguing concept. Overall it’s a thriller film. It’s also all over the place with plot twists, suspense and frankly implausibility. It’s sad because with just a bit more attention the film might have flowed better.

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It’s the 500th Post!

Congratulations and our thanks to Jim and John for 500 great posts on movies, world travel, food and fun.

Jim and John taking a moment of rest.


Hi there! This is the very first guest-post on this site. I’m the Admin of JimJohn.net and I have followed along on this fun journey for nearly five years. I represent all of Jim and John’s readers when I say that we really appreciate this fine website and all of John and Jim’s hard work. (I should also mention that they don’t know that I am posting this.)

Jim and John’s most recent post was their 500th post.

They have reviewed nearly a thousand movies for us. They brought many great films to our attention and saved us ten buck on many others, if you know what I mean.

Through their great photography, they have taken us along with them as they’ve traveled the world. Dozens of foreign countries – and Wisconsin!

They’ve shown us the highlights of some of the world’s best museums and historical sites, enriching our knowledge of art and history.

They have shared great meals with us, in the widest variety of locations and culinary styles.

They’ve shared their lives with us on this site and have become cherished friends to us all.

For all of this, we thank them both for their dedication and their focus on bringing us meaningful, interesting, entertaining information a couple of times each week. We look forward to each and every post.


I hope that all of you following this blog will take a moment right now and post your own thoughts in the comments section below.

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JimJohn.net’s 2020 Oscar Picks

Good day to all our family and friends.  This coming Sunday, February 9 is this year’s 92nd Academy Awards, 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Below are our PICKS for all the Oscar nominations.  It reflects our predictions for this years categories.

Feel free to print this e-mail or use the following link to a printable voting sheet that you can use on Oscar Night.

Here’s a BIG SHOUT OUT to our blog host JOHN for his efforts on our behalf. 

We would love to hear back from you about your experiences this year.  Last year we set a new personal record of seeing 243 movies.  Here is hoping to break that record this year!

Best wishes and thanks to all our friends and family.  J&J

2020 Oscars

John & Jim

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood X
Parasite

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917 X
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker X
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy X

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood X

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story X
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood X
Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women X
The Two Popes

Best Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women X
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Original Score

Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917 X
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman X
“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen II
“Stand Up,” Harriet

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 X
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v. Ferrari
Joker
1917 X
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link X
Toy Story 4

Best Animated Short

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love X
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Best Live Action Short

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria X
A Sister

Documentary Feature

American Factory X
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman X
Walk, Run, Cha-Cha

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite X

Best Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917 X
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit X
Joker
Parasite

Best Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 X
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame X
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell X
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917