Two Minute Movie Review: Uncertain (2017)

Uncertain (2017)

The other night, while looking at the new streaming releases on Rotten Tomatoes (a great source for something to watch), I came across a documentary called Uncertain. Here’s my one two-minute review.

Title: Uncertain
Directors: Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands

Genre: Documentary

Why I watched it:
It had really good reviews, and was 100% fresh.  Plus, I wanted to see how a town of 94 compares to the metropolis of Burton, TX, with a massive population of 300.

Interesting fact:
Uncertain got its name because the original surveyors were’s sure if it was in Texas or Louisiana.

Review:
I’ve watched some terrible movies lately.  I was due for a good one, and this was it.  Great character study of some interesting people living on the edge of Texas and the edge of society.  It’s sad, in a way, and hopeful in a way.  Like life.

Something I liked about it:
Mr. Ed, the hog with the horse’s head, though I support the killing of feral hogs, by any means necessary.  Wayne is an interesting dude, who seems remorseful about his past.  Henry reminds me of a number of men I knew growing up.  Zack’s theology and views on waffles are both spot-on.

Something I didn’t like about it:
That Salvinia, which is destroying Caddo Lake.  Duckweed is a pain in the ass in my ponds; I can’t imagine how hard it would be to deal with Salvinia in an entire lake.  40 square miles in 3 months!

Rating: ★★★★

Wally’s take:
He slept through it. Like a dummy.

Uncertain City Limits

More:
Rotten Tomatoes

Two Minute Movie Review: Lavender (2017)

Lavender (2016)

Last night, while stream surfing, I (unfortunately) came across a movie called Lavender. Here’s my two-minute review.

Title: Lavender
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Stars: Abbie CornishDermot Mulroney

Genre: Horror (sort of)

Why I watched it:
Same as before. I like horror and science fiction, and there haven’t been many good new releases lately.  This was not one of them.

Interesting fact:
One of Cassidy’s Webkinz was named Redneval. That’s lavender backwards.

Review:
It stared out with a good, creepy vibe.  There was a farm, some nice cinematography.  Then I lost the plot and focused on trying to stay awake.  During the movie, I figured it was a The Girl on a Train thing.  I don’t even know if it was or not.  It was on my TV screen until the end, and I don’t know (or care) how it ended.  There was a flat tire and some jacks.  Somebody said something about cows.  Unless you have insomnia, you can skip this one.

Something I liked about it:
It’s set on a farm.  I love good rural literature.

Something I didn’t like about it::
It was boring.  Really boring.

Rating: ★

Wally’s take:
He slept through the whole thing.

More:
Wikipedia
Rotten Tomatoes

Every Night About 2:00 My Love for You Comes Tumbling Down

The Age Of Reason – Reason (1969)

I want to tell all you people
I dropped a penny in the well hoping that you would come back soon
I couldn’t believe what I heard
Fortune teller told me
My love for you was doomed
I hope her reading was wrong
I hope she was wrong ’cause you been gone too long from home
Hey gong gong gong gong gong gong yeah

 

Somewhere along the way, I picked up The Age of Reason’s 1969 LP, Reason.

I don’t know much about this band,  but according to Second Hand Songs it was a:

Rock band from Virginia featuring Tommy Dildy, Bill Manning, Billy Windsor & Terry Gorka.  Not to be confused with The Age of Reason from the Bronx.

A little Google-fu led to some references to this band (or maybe a related one) as The Reasons Why.  Tommy Dildy seems to be in a current band called The Fabulous Hubcaps.  I’m pretty sure this is the same guy, because his bio page mentions a rare LP and playing in Georgetown in the 60s.  Reason was released by Georgetowne Records.

What I do know is that they did a killer version of Ike Turner‘s rocking standard, I’m Blue.  A whole lot of people did this song, and a whole lot of people did it well.  But no one did it any better than The Age of Reason.

They also covered Bob Dylan’s This Wheel’s on Fire, but not nearly as well.  The rest of the record has some bright spots, but the cover of I’m Blue is by far the best thing on the record.