Silence of the Lambs is an iconic movie. I think you’d probably be hard pressed to find anyone who has never heard of it. The other movies/books associated with it are likely a little lesser known but I imagine that most everyone knows about Hannibal Lecter and the phrase “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
If you’re one of the rare folks that has no idea what the heck I’m talking about then I would recommend watching the movie when you have the time. I personally didn’t find it as compelling as everyone else did. I suppose it’s probably because I waited so long to watch it. Having never seen it but listening to everyone rave about it for years, I had an idea of what I thought I would encounter. I always end up a little disappointed when I do this. It’s a pattern with me. I just need to stop watching old movies I guess.
Take a listen to our latest podcast episode. We go into a lot more detail about the movie and Teresa’s reasons why she picked it.
This week we watched and reviewed Dirty Grandpa. Half the reason I'm writing this post is simply to have something else out there in the world where a person could look something up about the movie other than the miles of sameness available online. In attempting to research this movie I found almost nothing.
After seeing the movie, I'm not surprised. It follows the adventures that occur after a recently widowed Grandfather (Robert DiNero) forces his Grandson (Zac Efron) to road trip after the death of his wife. The road trip off course includes many crazy situations that would never occur in real life. The supporting cast definitely helps the narrative and without them the movie would have been worse than it already is.
It's not that it's a bad movie. I've definitely seen worse. It just wasn't as funny as I wanted it to be. Most of the laugh out loud moments for me centered around Jason Mantzoukas's character Pam and his drug trade. That and the scene on the beach with a mostly naked Efron and an awful little kid.
Overall the movie is exactly what you expect it will be. People behaving badly, becoming intoxicate, arguing with each other, realizing something profound about themselves, and then making life changing decisions. You aren't going to love it but you likely won't hate it either. Teresa had some issues with Aubrey Plaza's character that she gets into during the episode as well.
Have a listen to the Dirty Grandpa episode. Do you have any embarrassing grandparent stories to share?
I originally saw Joy shortly after it came out. I spent the majority of the movie trying to keep myself from screaming at the TV. The film portrays Joy's family as some of the most wretched, selfish, and rude people I've seen in a while. It wasn't just on or two of them either. It was the majority of them. Knowing that this was based on a true story made it moderately worse. I've since read that a lot of the way her family behaved was creative license, but one wonders how much truth there was in it.
Joy is the story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop. It follows her struggle as a single mom through the invention and implementation and sales of her first major product. The real life Joy has gone on to invent multiple household products and holds a ton of patents.
As for Jennifer Lawrence, I wouldn't necessarily say that this was her best role. She spent a lot of time staring into space and taking the abuse that her family doled out on her. That doesn't really make for a amazing biopic.
If I'm being honest? Our review is probably more entertaining than the movie itself. Take a listen to the latest episode. As always you can find us on all your favorite podcasting sites and apps. Just search for Ctrl+C or visit us on our website below or in the menu at the top.