The age old story of going off the grid and finding yourself. That’s what Samuel is attempting to do here in C.O.G. Recently graduated from Yale, excellently educated and wary of religion, he and his friend decide to pack everything up and find out how the “real people” live and work. This lands him in Oregon after quite an interesting bus trip. Buses are always full of a variety of interesting folks if you’re ever looking for writing material.
This movie has been on my To-Watch list for a while ever since I saw the preview during a binge session of watching movie trailers on Youtube. You know how those go… Anyway, I have wanted to see it for a while so I was excited to check it out. Unfortunately that excitement didn’t last too long. It was a slow moving, pivoting film that I couldn’t quite get into. I haven’t read the essay it was based off by David Sedaris, but the film just didn’t do it for me.
It wasn’t a waste of time, like Lobster, however not the best use of my time. If you’re looking for a slowly progressing “self discovery” movie about a kid in Oregon’s apple country that feels more like a book, then I think I’ve found your film. But as for the rest of us, you won’t miss out on much if you pass on C.O.G.
GMBM Verdict : Maybe the book is better? Bad Movie.
Starring: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll
Rating R Released 2013
Adult Children of Divorce (A.C.O.D.)
In this generation, divorce has become so much of a norm that people get into relationships hardly expecting them to last very long, or even avoid them all together. This film goes over what it is like for a now grown adult dealing with having divorced parents from childhood.
A.C.O.D. starts off well and had my hopes somewhat high. However as the story progressed I just was not able to really get hooked into it. Intermittent chuckles throughout was enough for me not to switch movies but not enough to really enjoy the movie. No real ups and downs to grab the attention of the viewer, the story line seemed pretty even keel.
I will always give lowkey movies a shot, I love taking the risk to find hidden gems. However, this wasn’t one of those times. Sorry to be a downer with the review, but as they say, you are what you watch.
GMBM Verdict : Bad Movie Mr. Scott
Starring: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler
Rated R Released 2013
If you are looking for a supernatural thriller with some truly messed up ish going on about a girl and her family, this is the one. It is set in the pre-Internet 90’s (no that’s not the messed up part) around a flurry of satanic rituals in local communities (there it is).
The story had me on my toes switching between theory A and theory B all the way up to the end. Or should I say, the somewhat anticlimactic end… As with any thriller there are some frightening parts but unfortunately this felt too earthy and disappointing once the truth was revealed.
If you’ve really ran out of thrillers to watch, this can fill your time until you find a better one. But by no means should you expect much. As they say, low expectations is the key to happiness.
GMBM Verdict : Mehh, Bad Movie
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis
Rated R Released 2015