James Quillinan, known primarily for his expertise in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Conservatorships and related Litigation is also an avid movie-goer. His reviews started in the Law Office around 1998 when associates and clients began asking him about the movies he had seen. He began sending his reviews by email to a list of friends and movie fans which now has grown to include world-wide distribution.
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Monday, April 14, 2014
Under The Skin. A very strange and bizarre film that is moody, dark and disturbingly intriguing. A stunning young woman (Scarlett Johansson) appears on a dark evening in Scotland. She at times seems like an apparition. She travels the isolated highways and back streets of Edinburgh picking up single, unattached men who will not be missed when she lures them into a bizarre death that robs them of their humanity in inky blackness. During one of her harvesting ventures she meets a man to whom she is actually attracted. Their relationship ends badly and leads our fiendish woman into a forest and to a fate she never saw coming. The film combines a surreal feel, creepy violence, haunting music and a sci-fi mystery that will keep your attention but will ultimately leave you asking - why? Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language.
Draft Day. An unabashed two-hour commercial for The National Football League! The good news is, it is entertaining and just flies by. The film features the NFL Draft and follows the moves and shenanigans of general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) on draft day. His job is to save football in Cleveland. He makes a controversial trade for the number one pick. But as draft day evolves this is just the first step in a masterful plan. He cajoles other GMs and deals players and picks in search of the perfect team. All of this pressure is highlighted against a personal life that is proving more difficult to manage. The film’s fun is supplied by Denis Leary as the head coach and Jennifer Garner as the love interest. True Fans will give all of the non-sense a pass and enjoy the ride. Non-fans will enjoy a fast paced, feel good movie. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and sexual references. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
Joe. Nicolas Cage is amazing as ex-con Joe. He runs a hard-bitten crew poisoning unwanted trees in a shady deal with a lumber company. He lives hard and fast. He drinks way too much and hangs out in a back woods brothel. Yet, we see him as someone with a good heart trying to subdue the demons that get him into trouble. The rural Texas in which he thrives is full of vicious dogs, shady characters and some good folks too. Joe takes under his wing Gary (Tye Sheridan), a hard luck teenage boy whose father is a true monster. The film just builds up a threatening and bad mood that we know will not end well and it does not. The violence is dreadful as people’s vile nature is just too much for fearful, ignorant and desperate folks to overcome. Rated R for extreme violence, disturbing material, language and strong sexual content.