I Watched It For You ~ Pride and Glory

Pride and Glory
A corruption scandal fractures a family of New York City cops when detective Ray Tierney is tasked with investigating a police precinct run by his older brother. As if that weren’t enough, Ray’s fellow officer and friend might be dirty, too. (Netflix) Could have been very good, but ends up as a mixed-bag. It’s well made, but it felt like a lot of scenes could have been cut. You might like it if you’re a fan of this genre. My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars.
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I Watched It For You ~ Grand Piano

Grand Piano
A pianist returning to the stage five years after a public meltdown learns that a sniper will shoot him and his wife if he plays just one wrong note. My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars. I’m a big fan of movie plots like this in which the main character(s) are trapped in some kind of outrageous circumstance and must figure out what to do in order to survive. Some of these movies already appear here on my Underrated Movies list — movies like Buried, Unknown, The Exam, The Last of Sheila. I do like the fact that Grand Piano takes a chance with this extraordinary premise. It was slickly done, with very good production values, but ultimately the whole “conversation on the cell phone” thing was too preposterous for me (and I can forgive a lot… if a movie hooks me first). Throw in some extraneous, annoying characters that really didn’t need to be included, and you have a mixed-bag. If you like these kinds of plots, you may want to take a chance on it (it’s on Netflix Instant right now), but I say you can skip it.
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I Watched It For You ~ Little Fish

The Immigrant
After years of trying to redeem herself in her mother’s eyes, former junkie Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) is going to do something for herself: start her own business. But that isn’t easy with the unexpected return of her ex-boyfriend (Dustin Nguyen). The criminal dreams of her brother (Martin Henderson) and the emotional troubles of a family friend (Hugo Weaving) don’t help, to say nothing of her dealings with a local crime boss (Sam Neill). My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars. A couple of good scenes sprinkled into mostly watching people recovering from drug addiction. Try it if you like, but I say you can skip it.
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