A Bill Maher documentary somewhat about his spiritual journey, but mostly him mocking religion, but I say that in a good way. I'm not a fan of Maher as he seems to take pleasure in belittling people for his own comedic benefit. However in this documentary he preaches uncertainly and to always ask questions, which is a good way to live your life in all aspects. Unlike most films or people who mock religion, Maher is reasonably knowledgeable in the area and questions religious leaders about what their own books preach. This is amusing when the leaders have to either admit it doesn't make sense or use illogical reasoning. If religion interests you at all, this is a must watch. The only thing I didn't like about this is the one-siding editing when talking to religious leaders. Maher will ask them a question that they no doubt can answer, but the camera cuts to them looking confused, and then on to the next question. He even inserts subtitles into the conversation of whitty comments he wasn't able to think up at the time. I felt this cheapened the film as Maher is throwing out commentary that the other person isn't aware of. Other than that, it was very entertaining.
A classic John Wayne film from the 50s based on a true story. During the mid 1800s near the Mexican border there is an on-going rivalry between Americans and the Native Indian Comanche tribe. In the latest act of vengeance, the Comanche lure the men out of town to investigate stolen cattle. This is a ploy to murder and abduct some women and children. Ethan, a war veteran takes a small group to track the Comanche, seek revenge and return home with the women and children that are missing. Despite being out numbered and endlessly wandering the American plains, Ethan is determined to bring justice, even if it takes years. I was amazed at the production value and high definition of a movie from the 50s. Reading reviews on this, people seem to either love it or hate it. There are many subtle elements going on with the story, such as why Ethan dedicating years to finding his niece he barely knows. It does seem like a film that needs multiple viewings to take in all the minor details put in deliberately, as well as being an entertaining story. This is regularly rated in the list of Top 100 movies of all time. However those not into westerns will surely see this as another Cowboys & Indians movie where they just chase each other on horses. After watching this, it made me reminisce about Red Dead Redemption. I might use this as an excuse to catch up on the westerns I've been meaning to see.
A movie that everybody has probably already seen. I'm a fan of Seth MacFarlane and his style of comedy, but when this came out, it was spammed everywhere and everyone was so pushy to get you to see it. So I intentionally didn't see it out of principle. Essentially this is a rom-com, but comedy men will like. It follows the standard structure of partners on the verge of breaking up, it happens, they both regret it, and then desperately race across the city to get back together. However this time there's a novelty talking teddy bear thrown into the mix, which seems to be a reincarnation of Brian Griffin from the Family Guy. I found that the jokes were about 50/50 hit and miss. Obviously a lot of laugh out loud moments, but there were just too many toilet jokes that didn't feel right for the movie. For a comedy, it's one of the better ones in recent years, but as a movie, I would rate it just above average.