Suburbicon (2017)


From director George Clooney, the small idyllic town of Suburbicon is the perfect place for Gardner Lodge (Academy Award® winner Matt Damon*) to make a home. But beneath this tranquil surface lies a disturbing reality, where nothing is as it seems. When a break-in leads to the shocking murder of his wife, Gardner must navigate the town’s underbelly of deceit and violence to protect his family from further harm. Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore** and Oscar Isaac also star in this darkly comedic, suspenseful thriller “full of twists and turns.”***

~ Suburbicon Official Movie Website

*Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Good Will Hunting, 1997.
**Best Actress, Still Alice, 2014.
***Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast


The last thing I read about this movie before I saw it was not a good review. However, I think it gave me more insight to the movie and led me to renting it.

Loved It! I was even able to reconcile the two seemingly obvious cliche lifestyles and the violence with the norm.

At first, everything seems normal, but at one point – a point of which I am not proud – the violence grabbed me by the head and I could not take my eyes away, eagerly waiting to see what was going to happen next! Wow!

Disturbingly beautiful performances by Damon and Moore.

Hate to sound politically incorrect, but at one point I had a hard time telling one female from another – they all start to look alike; I hate when that happens because it makes it hard to follow a story.

At one point, I literally cried.

Zippity-doo-da, zippity-yay…

The Martian (2015)

The Martian


During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

~ 20th Century Fox


Much better than I expected and a contributing factor to my liking of this movie were shirtless scenes of Mr. Matt Damon. I also appreciated the humor of his character, which from my perspective, was kind of in-your-face; especially when it came to dealing with the bureaucratic NASA.

The scariest part of this movie for me was when the astronauts are floating in space. I noticed in this movie that they didn’t even use tethers, which did not seem appropriate, but certainly doubled the suspense factor. You couldn’t pay me enough to go into space!

Interesting and good story.