Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Classics, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2016 by Mystery Man


Hard-nosed newspaperman Jim Gannon (Clark Gable) pretends to be a night-school student to woo journalism teacher Erica Stone (Doris Day) in this romantic comedy. Forced by his editor to do a story on journalism courses, Gannon attends a lecture and is taken with the lovely Erica. He assumes a new name, enrolls in her class and tries to romance her, but first he has to get Erica’s smarty-pants fiancé (Gig Young) out of the picture.

What people are saying:

“Oldie but a goody. A die hard newspaper editor and a news teacher clash together. Two opposite sides of the idea how a newspaper should be run.” 5 stars

“Clark Gable in the autumn of his career and Doris Day right in the middle of hers, it shouldn’t work, but it does. Special mention goes to the late great Gig Young. He steals the film for me.” 3 stars

“Great classic film, with true acting and honesty. I am in love with Gables false dull wit and charm. And this was hands down hilarious, but in scintillating witty way. Believable romance too, beautifully written. A great story that highlights the value of education and experience” 5 stars

“Doris Day hardly comes to mind when you think of Gable’s great on-screen loves, but somehow this really works. Gable is exceedingly believable. A few laughs along the way, and you can call this one a pretty good time.” 3 stars

“A fun movie, one of Clark Gable’s better later efforts. Doris Day is well cast and does a fine job. They work surprisingly well together. Gig Young steals the show though, in a supporting role. Very entertaining. ” 3 1/2 stars

Trailer Thursday 10/13

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on October 13, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

There was a time, in the not so distant past, where families would sit down and watch shows and movies on television, people weren’t scared of clowns, and society presidential candidates were actual worthy choices.

One of the better miniseries that came on the boob tube, and is generally attributed to everyone’s fear of clowns was Stephen King’s “It”

Check out the trailer for it…and let’s not mention the bastardized remake that is coming out soon!

The Big Short

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

In 2005, eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry discovers that the U.S. housing market is extremely unstable, being based on high-risk subprime loans. Anticipating that the market will collapse during the second quarter of 2007, as interest rates would rise on many adjustable-rate mortgages, he envisions an opportunity to profit. His plan is to create a credit-default swap market, allowing him to bet against the mortgage-backed securities that are based on the housing market. He proposes his idea to several major investment and commercial banks. These firms, believing that the housing market is secure, readily accept his proposal. Burry’s huge long-term bet, in excess of $1 billion, entails paying substantial “premiums” to the banks. This proviso incurs his clients’ ire because they believe that he was wasting their capital. Many demand that he reverse course and sell his swaps, but Burry, confident in his analysis, refuses. When the rate-hike arrives and begins triggering heavy mortgage failures, however, the freefall he anticipates did not occur. As he later discovers, the banks collude with a major bond-rating company to maintain high ratings on bonds that were essentially worthless. This ploy allows the banks to sell off their losing positions before the true value of the bonds became known. Pressed by his investors, Burry restricts withdrawals from his fund, again angering his investors. Eventually, as the housing market collapsed as he predicted, the value of his fund increases by a net of 489% with an overall profit of over $2.5 billion, but the backlash he received from his investors, coupled with his own sense of disgust for the industry, convinces him to close down his fund.

Salesperson Jared Vennett is one of the first to understand Burry’s analysis, learning about Burry’s actions from one of the bankers that sold Burry an early credit default swap. Vennett uses his quant to verify that Burry’s predictions are likely true and decides to put his own stake in the credit default swap market, earning a fee on selling the swaps to firms who understand that they will be profitable when the underlying mortgage bonds fail. A misplaced phone call alerts hedge fund manager Mark Baum to his plans, and Baum is convinced to buy credit default swaps from Vennett due to his own personal distaste with the big banks. Vennett explains that the impending market collapse is being further perpetuated by the packaging of poor, unsellable loans into CDOs large enough to be considered diversified and thus given AAA ratings. Baum sends some of his staff to investigate the housing market in Miami, and they discover that mortgage brokers make more money if they only sell risky mortgages to the Wall Street banks – and these mortgages are so easy to acquire that a speculative housing bubble has been created. In early 2007, the mortgages loans begin to default, but the prices of the corresponding bonds increase and their ratings remain the same. When Baum questions an acquaintance at Standard & Poor’s, he discovers there is conflict of interest and dishonesty amongst the credit rating agencies. When Baum’s employees question Vennett’s motives, Vennett maintains his position and invites Baum and his team to the American Securitization Forum in Las Vegas, where Baum interviews CDO manager Wing Chau, who creates CDOs on behalf of an investment bank while claiming to represent the interests of investors. Chau describes how synthetic CDOs make a chain of increasingly large bets on the faulty loans, involving twenty times as much money as the loans themselves. Baum realizes, much to his horror, that the scale of the fraud will cause a complete collapse of the global economy. Baum convinces his business partners to go through with more credit default swaps, profiting from the situation at the banks’ expense. Baum laments that the banks will not accept any of the blame for the crisis.

Eager young investors Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley accidentally discover a prospectus by Vennett, which convinces them to become involved in the credit default swaps, as it fits their strategy of buying cheap insurance with big potential payouts. Since they are below the capital threshold for an ISDA Master Agreement needed to pull off the trades necessary to profit from the situation, they enlist the aid of retired securities trader Ben Rickert. When the value of mortgage bonds and CDOs rise despite the rise in defaults, Geller suspects the banks of committing fraud and thinks they should buy more swaps. The three visit the Mortgage Securities Forum in Las Vegas, where they learn that the Securities Exchange Commission has no regulations to monitor the activity of mortgage-backed securities. They manage to successfully make an even higher-payout deal than the other hedge funds by shorting the higher rated mortgage securities, as they will become worthless if defaults rise above 8% and their real value is likely less than stated. Shipley and Geller are initially ecstatic, but Rickert is disgusted, since they’re essentially celebrating an impending economic collapse and soon-to-be-lost lives (40,000 for each 1% rise in the unemployment rate). The two are horrified, and take a much more emotional stake in the collapse by trying to tip off the press and their families about the upcoming disaster and the rampant fraud amongst the big banks. Ultimately, they profit immensely, but are left with their faith in the system broken.

A note is given that CDOs have come back into the current market, under a different name: “bespoke tranche opportunity”.


Anyone who lives in the US is more than aware of the housing market crash that happened not too long ago, especially if you were one of those that owned and/or bought a house during that time. While many of us claim to know about that time, I’m sure when pressed we couldn’t tell you anything about it, other than some suff happened with the economy. Perhaps, The Big Short will clear some things up for us all.

What is this about?

Before the housing and credit bubble of 2007 triggers an international economic meltdown, a handful of financial outsiders sees the crash coming and bets against the big banks in a daring play that could reap them huge profits

What did I like?

The Office. Steve Carrell has made a name for himself as a comedic actor, but he isn’t afraid to veer off into drama every now and then, and isn’t too bad when he does so. Taking the reigns as one of the lead protagonists of this film, he shows us a character filled with range and depth, someone not happy with the way things are headed financially. Some have said that this is perhaps the best performance of his career.

Pitt and the pendulum. I’ve read more than a few articles calling Brad Pitt the “best actor of our generation”. I don’t quite agree with that statement, but I will rank him in the top 10. When he first showed up in the film, I couldn’t even tell it was him. Maybe it was the beard, the haircut, or the increased girth he was sporting, but he was unrecognizable. This wasn’t Brad Pitt playing a character, but rather Pitt becoming someone else, and that isn’t even going into the way he portrayed this character of Ben Rickert.

Break the walls down. When covering such confusing subject matter, it doesn’t hurt to break the fourth wall. Obviously, this isn’t a film like Deadpool, where breaking the fourth wall is done with comedic effect, instead it is done to inform the viewer about what is going on. I found this to be a nice touch and break up the constant monotony of big words and rooms full of business men in dark suits.

What didn’t I like?

Truth of the matter. Brace yourselves, I am about to scare you to near death. This is a true story, only the names have been changed. Did you know any of this was going on? I sure didn’t! With that in mind, what’s going on as I type this? Something worse? It isn’t hard to imagine so, and that (coupled with this lesser of two evils election) scared the bejesus out of me!

Tone. I will never complain about comic relief, as long as it is the right place. However, this film seemed to not know what it wants to be, a serious drama or something lighter with comedic moments. A lot of films and tv shows (not on HBO) seem to have this problem these days and it is a disturbing trend. Stop blurring the lines and either be funny or serious!

Dramatization. Like all biopics and true stories, facts and names were changed to protect the people involved and to put butts in the seats. Watching this flick reminded more of those dramatizations shown in documentaries, news shows, and such. It didn’t feel much like a motion picture, but rather something that was made for the sole purpose of telling what happened. Only later was the “story” added and names changed. Now, that is my opinion, I could be totally wrong.

Final verdict on The Big Short? There is one thing that this film makes more than abundantly clear. We, as a country, society, and human beings are way too dependent on money. So much so that rather that taking care of people who lose their homes, jobs, etc., folks are seeking to make more money while shifting the blame to others and seeking a bailout of some sort. It is just sickening. That being said, this is a film that brings home the point of what went down in the housing crisis of 2007. It gives a face to the people who tried to stop it, as well as those who ignored all the signs (maybe someone should do this with global warming!) All in all, it isn’t too bad a flick. Do I recommend it? Yes, it is worth a viewing, but it isn’t one of those pictures that you’ll be wanting to watch over and over again, unless you have some sadistic plan to watch the world burn by causing another financial crisis.

4 out of 5 stars


Posted in Comedy, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by Mystery Man


Social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess ‘Shley and blonde fashionista Fawcett. When unassuming Tanner is outted, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: The Gay Best Friend. The clique queens immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and the true friends – including his own B.F.F. Brent – that he’s leaving behind.

What people are saying:

“It’s a frothy satire about adolescent social manners, a bit like “Clueless” or a tongue-in-cheek take on the 1980s-’90s “Degrassi” television series.” 4 stars

“Millennial nonsense. Hipster overload for the high school set. As an adult, and a gay adult, it took a week to get through it, cringing at every bastardized slaughter of the English language into text-speak drivel.” 2 stars

“G.B.F (Gay best friend) is witty, very good storyline,and acting was solid. This is a good intake on how to deal with ignorant people. Loved this film.” 5 stars

“Predictable and very stereotypical, but light hearted and easy to watch. Quite funny at times and even endearing. I probably wouldn’t watch it again but if you have time to waste, it’s not the worst movie to put on.” 3 stars

“No, this is not a phenomenal movie. It’s purposefully tacky, predictable, and overdone. However, in the end it proves to be quite sweet and sends out a good message.” 3 stars

Trailer Thursday 10/6

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on October 6, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Since it is October, this month’s trailers will be horror related. To start us off, and because someone left the door open at work yesterday and bunch of flies have infiltrated this office, let’s have a look at a young Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in The Fly.


Trailer Thursday 9/29

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on September 29, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

There is a lot of darkness going on in the world and in the movies these days, so how about something lighter (and foreign). Enjoy the trailer for this little film that won some awards when it was released, Amelie.

Drive Hard

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2016 by Mystery Man


Former racecar driver Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) traded the winner’s circle for a beginners driving instructor. But his life shifts into overdrive when mysterious out-of-towner Simon Keller (John Cusack) shows up for a driving lesson.

What people are saying:

“Big fan of John Cusack, but I can only assume producers had kidnapped his entire family, before making him take part in such a big stinking turd-bomb. Drive Hard… to avoid this movie at all costs!!! ” 1/2 star

“You probably won’t want to watch this but you should. The gunfire effects are somewhat cheesy, the image isn’t terribly high-def but the script crackles and the acting is great (everyone involved) and it’s solidly directed. Just watch it for a while and get past the low-budgetness. Worth your time. I think the negative reviewers may haven’t actually watched the film?” 4 star

“Painful to watch. Only one decent car chase and it wasn’t even with one of the classic cars. Thomas Jane’s character was such a wuss and John Cusack was just annoying the whole time. Total waste of time.” 2 stars

“light on crime, light on comedy. shame. could’ve been much better” 1 star

“I expected a routine action flick but got a funny caper film that I really enjoyed. I like John Cusack and think he is one of those fine actors who can speak volumes with his eyes and facial expressions. Thomas Jane was amusing although I hated the hair/wig/dead animal perched on his head. All in all, a satisfying movie.” 3 stars