Flash Movie Review: American Animals

AMONG THE VARIOUS GENRES OF books sitting on my bookshelves are some hidden treasures. Whether they are paperback or hardcover books, I consider them all part of my family; is it weird to think that way? It is hard for me to get rid of a book either by donating or giving it away. Once I am done reading it I put the book back on the shelf where it belongs, in alphabetical order. The only time I would consider donating a book is if I did not like anything about it. However, the chances of that happening are slim since I am careful on what I purchase in the first place. Rarely noticed by anyone who happens to be over to my place are several books that are especially valuable to me. I have older novels that are first editions; some from famous authors I have even studied in school. There are also books that were signed by their author. Maybe to someone else they would not care one way or the other; but for me, I tend to think of my books as my children.      THE EXPERIENCE OF HOLDING a book in my hands is something I still value and enjoy. I know there are audio and E-books, but they do not provide the same experience for me as reading from an actual book. Sitting curled up in a chair or reclining on a sofa, I love being able to disappear into the book’s story and forget about my surroundings. Because I put such a high value on the experience of reading; whenever I meet someone new and discover they do not do any reading for pleasure, I judge them with a more critical eye. During my school years when I was tutoring, I was a big proponent of reading; always telling my students about books and the benefits reading provides. Now I know everyone does not think the same way as I do about books and I am okay with it. Granted when I see someone bending back a page to mark where they stopped reading, I cringe inside. Or when they use the inside covers or back pages for jotting down random notes, I feel my heart being stabbed; it used to be hard for me to watch someone even doing such a despicable (oops, I am being judgmental) act. So, I want to let you know it took some effort on my part to contain myself once I found out what the friends in this dramatic crime film wanted to do.      ALL ONE NEEDED TO SEE the valuable book collection at the university’s library was to make an appointment. There was only one librarian in charge of the area and she appeared to be an easy target. This film festival winner starred Ann Dowd (Hereditary, Compliance) as Betty Jean Gooch, Evan Peters (X-Men franchise, American Horror Story-TV) as Warren Lipka, Blake Jenner (The Edge of Seventeen, Everybody Wants Some!!) as Chas Allen, Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) as Spencer Reinhard and Jared Abrahamson (Hello Destroyer, Travelers-TV) as Eric Borsuk. I had no idea this movie was based on a true story; I found it odd that they had the actual people being interviewed about what was taking place in the scenes. The story was off the wall; however, I found myself being drawn into the lunacy of the crime caper. For the time Ann was on screen I found her to be the most believable character; though I did feel the 4 actors portraying the friends gelled once the story got going. For this movie it took me a little time to get into it; but once I discovered the story involved valuable books, I wanted to see what was going to happen to them.


2 ½ stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 26, 2018, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I see a lot of myself in this post of yours. All I can say is, I hope the good guys win at the end of the movie! (One more book sin that could drive us crazy: marking up a book that someone else may read someday. That should be punishable by a year without cheesecake. Or good coffee. Maybe both!)

    • I am with you on the punishment for marking up a book. Of course, I cannot say anything about the ending. Thank you for your comments.

      • I thank you for writing reviews! They’re always interesting and I’m sure very helpful indeed to people who go to/watch movies.

  2. Cool. I saw the trailer on this and noticed Ann Dowd, who also plays in “The Handmaiden’s Tale” as Aunt Lydia. I too am a fan of books. My hubby bought out a book store when the owners retired, three years ago to resell (he made his living reselling unique items online). There were over 4,000 books and magazines. When he got a “real” job, he wanted me to pick up where he left off. Big Mistake!!! Of course, I’ve not read them all and some are just interesting. But, I have one book called “Lives of the Tudor Princesses” that is in rough shape but is soooo cool. Amazon had one on sale that was, get this, a photocopy of the original because as the listing said, “original is in too rough a shape to sell otherwise” and they were asking $250 for that! Mine is in rough shape also, but it’s manageable. A good many of the books are over 100 years old and some are kinda rough,but to hold them and wonder what their journey has been is what makes them. One I just love is Century Readings in English Literature. It’s dated 1925 about different authors, such as Chaucer and their stories. Fascinating. There are some old novels as far back as the 1800’s as well.

    • In my next life I need to be a relative of yours. What an unbelievable story and hearing about the books makes my heart yearn for a bookstore visit. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely experience.

      • Oh, if you love books, you’d be in hog heaven. It’s hard not to hang onto each and every one of them. Our garage is like a bookstore, with shelves loaded down. Boxes filled with books I’ve yet not touched.

  3. I thank you for writing reviews! They’re always interesting and I’m sure very helpful indeed to people who go to/watch movies.

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