MAYBE I DO
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Grace (Diane Keaton) and Sam (William H. Macy), two lonely people in unhappy marriages meet and spend a happy platonic relationship together one evening.
Howard (Richard Gere) and Monica (Susan Sarandon) have been spending evenings together having sex in fancy hotel rooms.
Michelle (Emma Watson) and Allen (Luke Rueny) are young lovers who have just had a spat.
What do these couples have in common?
Well, when they all in up in the same house for dinner one evening, you will find out.
“Maybe I Do” has one of the silliest, most ridiculous plots we have ever seen. It is contrived, outrageous, and hard to believe.
And yet, we found ourselves laughing hilariously at times.
Gere and Sarandon are still sexy “at their ages”.
Keaton and Macy are still as whimsical and lovable as ever.
Rueny and Watson are as attractive and cutesy as they can be.
So, if you want a few laughs watching watchable actors, and have nothing better to do during a season that is short on watchable movies, go see it.
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Hopefully, this Netflix documentary will move people to action.
Scientists and activists work together to study the effects that global warming is having on the world’s coral reefs.
Scuba divers with sophisticated cameras and equipment study the coral reefs in Australia, Hawaii and other locations around the world, discovering their deaths (they are living beings).
We witness the beauty of the reefs in all its splendid color and the variety of fish they attract.
The dedicated activists spend hours filming the rapid deterioration of the reefs due to climate change and the effect it has on the ecosystem.
Reefs die slow deaths, bleaching white before crumbling and dying.
Scientists around the world are sounding the alarm by filming the reefs and attempting to get the attention of world leaders and educating children.
Having snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, St. Thomas and St. John, and witnessing what is happening today in the Caribbean, the film had a strong impact on me.
THE MONSTER OF WALL STREET
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Another frightening documentary from Netflix, as it documents the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff.
Labeled a “financial psychopath”, this man bilked the public out of 64 billion dollars.
How he could have fooled so many people for so long is hard to believe, but the doc shows how he did it.
HATCHET WIELDING HITCHHIKER
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Amazing documentary about Kai, a free-spirited young man who carries his few possessions in a backpack as he hitchhikes across the country.
Kai takes a ride from a guy in a pickup back in 2013. They get in an accident. The driver attacks a woman and Kai hits him over the head three times with his hatchet.
Kai becomes a hero when a reporter interviews him. Newspaper, magazine and internet articles pick up on the story. The erratic spaceshot becomes a folk legend overnight He also becomes a loose cannon
Has the media created a monster?
The hero becomes a killer, and all hell breaks loose.
There’s a moral there someplace.
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS
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The great thing about Netflix is finding little gems about subjects you have never thought about.
This 40 minute documentary tells (shows is a better word) the story of an elderly South Indian couple who care for two baby elephants at an Elephant Rehabilitation Camp.
Many baby elephants get separated from their parents and cannot provide for themselves. Many come to the camp injured and/or sick.
The caretakers treat the elephants like they were their children and they become attached to each other. This beautifully filmed story will warm your heart.
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Jonah Hill plays Jewish podcaster Ezra Hill. Lauren London plays Black Muslim designer Amira Mohammed.
He jumps in her car thinking she is an Uber driver. After a very awkward moment, he invites her to lunch and they surprisingly hit it off.
The odd couple (Besides being black and white/Jew and Muslim/sophisticated and unsophisticated) discover that they have much in common and fall in love.
They plan “Meet the Parents” nights, which are total disasters.
Her parents (Eddie Murphy and Nia Long) are bullish in their Muslim culture and black heritage.
His parents (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny) try way too hard to be cool and hip. Everyone is a stereotype to the point of being ridiculous.
The two announce that they are going to marry. Jewish or Muslim wedding?
Her father does everything in his power to stop the wedding, eventually succeeding.
Will love conquer cultural differences?
What do you think?
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