Movie Review – Schindler’s List

Movie Review - Schindler's ListI honestly don’t know how to review this movie; everything that could be said has been said. I have nothing new to add nor take away.

So, I’ll just express my feelings I had after watching this masterpiece.

I watched Schindler’s List a few years after it came out, and some studio executive thought it would be festive to show the movie on television during the Easter weekend. I’m not kidding…Easter weekend.

After watching it the first time, I swore I would never watch it again. I had a real love-hate relationship with this movie. I loved that there were such good people living on planet Earth. There have been many Oskar Schindlers, who have seemingly popped out of nowhere, only to so something magnificent for the human race. Like Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, the Dali Lama, and Princess Diana, to name a few.

The ‘hate’ part of the relationship, of course, is seeing pure evil, not just in the form of Hitler, but so many other megalomaniacs who dared to impose their will on the rest of the world.

Have we learned anything from these events? Probably not. There are holocausts taking place right now in various hot spots all over the world. Just look at the mess in Syria.

After writing my quiz on Oskar Schindler, I felt that I needed to know more about this man. So it was back to Netflix to rewatch the movie. I now realize that this movie was not about the Hitler Regime, but about the microcosm of Oskar Schindler’s world during the war.

It would be tough to chose the best movie between Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. One was from the view of the Holocaust victims, and the other was from the view of our boys sent over to help free those victims. Basically it’s the same movie, just a few years apart.

Grade: A+

About The Peetimes: This being a 3 hour movie, I felt that 5 Peetimes were in order. It was not a challenge to get 5, since there were some protracted scenes that could be easily summed up in the synopsis. Some of these are also Alert Peetimes for sensitive viewers.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Schindler’s List. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Quiz – Mike Morales as the Spider-verse’s New Spider-Man

This quiz deals with the history of Marvel comic’s “other” Spider-Man — Miles Morales (showcased in Into the Spider-verse), and how he became a superhero. If you’ve been a life-long fan of Morales, you won’t find this quiz too difficult.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Until I started researching Morales, I had no idea how convoluted the comic book universe really is, or how one character can be connected to so many other superheros. It’s truly dazzling.

Quiz – Schindler’s List

With the re-showing of Schindler’s List coming out soon, I wanted to do a little refresher course to reacquaint ourselves before the movie release. I would rate the difficulty of this quiz at average to hard. Good Luck.

Schindler’s list

I tried to choose questions that would engage the user to want to know more about this very dark time on planet Earth. Sadly, it’s true; those who don’t study history are bound to repeat it, and even then, there’s always enough idiots who do read history, but who go out there and muck it anyway.

Quiz – Steve Carell

An actor of Steve Carell’s caliber is a rarity. He has three movies releasing just in time for awards season, any of which could earn him an award. Of the three movies: Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen, and Vice, I’ll put my money on Marwin.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell didn't start out as a leading man, but over a few short years he established himself as a force to be reckoned with. He has 3 dramas, with him as the leading man, coming out over the holiday season. Let's take a look at Steve's movie career and refresh our memories.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed taking as much as I like making.

Quiz – Nicole Kidman

With two extraordinary movies coming out so close to the beginning of the awards season, Nicole Kidman is one of the leading actresses in the race for a Best Actress Oscar.

Nicole Kidman

Quiz – The Wizard of Oz

The Holiday Season isn’t complete without at least one viewing of the timeless classic, The Wizard of Oz.

I’ve kept the difficulty of the questions in the average range, or at least tried to do so. Even if you don’t know the answer to every question, you’ll learn some interesting trivia in the explanation. Most of all I hope to entertain and enlighten you with this quiz. Have some fun with this and I hope you have as much fun taking it as I had making it…..Really, I mean that.

Quiz: The Wizard of Oz

According to the IMDB list of top 250 movies, The Wizard of Oz comes in at #1. How much do you remember about this movie classic? Warning! You're going to be challenged on this one.

Quiz – Mary Poppins

These questions are taken from the 1964 Disney movie of Mary Poppins. I’ve made this quiz fairly easy, keeping in mind that the movie is over a half a century old. Best of luck!

Mary Poppins

It's been over 50 years since the original movie, Mary Poppins was released, so keeping that in mind I've made this quiz fairly simple. Best of luck.

With The Return of Mary Poppins this Christmas, expectations are high — Emily Blunt will probably rock the role. We can’t wait!

Movie Review – Boy Erased

Movie Review - Boy ErasedI’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while now, but as I found out today, it was worth the wait.

Boy Erased is an award winning movie, period. My prediction is that this flick will need a mighty big mantle to display all the bling it’ll garner during the Awards Season.

The acting really didn’t seem like acting, as much as it seemed more like real people talking to other real people. Having grown up in Oklahoma, I have a very good sense of how a small town Christian community operates. Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman were spot-on in their interpretation of their characters, right down to the clothes they wore and the way they did their hair. Kudos to the makeup and wardrobe department for their efforts in making the characters all the more real. Lucas Hedges gave another spectacular performance equal to, or maybe ever better, than his role in Manchester by the Sea. Yeah, I think he may need a bigger mantle.

With a subject matter so polarizing, I wasn’t sure how the material would be presented, but Joel Edgerton did a brilliant job showing us the emotional side of this societal dilemma, without resorting to Hollywood theatrics. Well done, Joel.

I rate my movies based on the target audience, but I honestly feel the target audience for Boy Erased is everyone — regardless of race, age, religion, or, of course, sexual preference. This is our world today; we can all learn something from this extraordinary experience.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: This was a steady drama all the way through. There weren’t many slow spot that usually makes for a good Peetime. The 2 that I did get were definitely squeezed in between ‘must see’ moments.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Boy Erased. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Movie Review – Widows

 

Movie Review - WidowsWidows is a tightly wound drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat with perfect pacing, incredible acting and spot-on directing. I want to give kudos to Joe Walker for the amazing way this movie was edited. In the opening scene, he takes us from a sexy bedroom scene to a chaotic police shoot out, and back to the bedroom, then one more shot of the chaos. And all of this flowed almost naturally. I never felt confused — and if you ask my children, confusion is a-natural state for me.

The acting was awesome. It would be hard to pick one stand-out performance, since everyone did exactly what they’re supposed to do — wow us with a perfect interpretation of their character.

With Gillian Flynn’s outstanding screenplay, I was never bored. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Flynn would throw a curve ball that seemed to take the movie in a whole different direction. That’s superior writing! The production value of Widows is so polished you can almost see your reflection in it. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a truly flawless movie. Hollywood isn’t making a lot of those anymore.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: The pacing of the movie made it easy to find 2 good Peetimes in the early and middle part of the story. However, due to the length of the movie I added a 3rd just for emergencies.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Widows. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Quiz – Learn About Marvel Studio’s Great Stan Lee

We just heard (11/12/18) about the sad passing of legendary Marvel Comics superhero creator/movie co-producer Stan Lee, at the impressive age of 95.

Mr. Lee had so many influential superhero characters to his name: it’s impossible for anyone not to have been touched in some way by Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, the X-Men, or any of the other flawed, fascinating characters he created for the Marvel Universe. Whereas DC penned impossible paragon superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, Lee’s Marvel creations had real-world problems, handling mature themes about friendship, love, family, alienation, and sacrifice.

Take this quiz to learn more about this outgoing, imaginative superhero genius and his achievements:

Stan Lee

RunPee sends loving wishes to Stan Lee’s family and hopes they can feel peace through this trying time. Mr.  Lee leaves behind a legacy previously unheard of in cinema — making a linked series of 20+ award-winning blockbuster movies — not to mention a  lifetime of extraordinary comic book creation.  Thank you for being our Guardian of the Galaxy. Rest In Peace, somewhere in the universe.