Not Quite Enough
There is a lot of stuff packed in Flower's short run time. Some funny, some sad, and some crazy. I think overall, this is why it didn't quite work for me. I did enjoy parts of Flower. There was some good substance. However, some of it was a little too unrealistic for my standards.
Very Ho Hum
I thought Lost Girls had a chance to tell a pretty in depth story about a true life unsolved serial killer case. However, I only got a R rated Lifetime movie with some fucks and shits to make it a little edgy. Unfortunate. The potential was there. Just didn't do it for me.
Not For The Kiddies
Like many others I was highly anticipating Jennifer Kent's follow up of her 2014 freak out, The Babadook. Simply put, The Nightingale will be a near impossible watch for some. It is brutal, graphic and depressing. The disgusting treatment of Australia's indigenous people is on full display and am glad it was shown. I didn't really have any background on it and based on comments of the movie, Kent wanted it to be as accurate as possible. The Nightingale really has standout acting across ...
I really loved Jojo Rabbit. It may seem weird to say that about a film dealing with Nazi's. However, Taika Waititi manages to really weave a superb movie. The film is full of great performances and manages to capture a lot of emotion. Highly recommended.
American Factory was the 2020 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary. It is a really intriguing look at what happens when a Chinese billionaire buys an abandoned General Motors factory and gives 2,000 Americans jobs. In the beginning morale is sky high with both the Americans and the Chinese workers that come together. Eventually, the culture clash threatens the harmony. This is one of the better docs I have seen in a while and should be viewed by all.
Who Did It?
A massive shooting at a police funeral prompts an ex-cop who is now a member of a known militia group to find answers. The less you know about Sparrow Creek, the better. I really enjoyed this. In its 88 minute running time, you get a solid thriller.
Joaquin Doesn't Play
You Were Never Really Here will be a tough watch for some. Interestingly enough, I thought of a very young Joaquin Phoenix in a film with Nic Cage, 1999's 8mm. Both of these movies deal with grimy subjects. In my opinion, they don't get talked about more because of the subject matter. I actually wish YWNRH was a little bit longer. I think there were a few things that could have been looked into a little bit more and this would have been knocked out of ...
Some Very Stupid Shit
After seeing Bone Tomahawk, I was really excited to see Brawl in Cell Block 99. While I do love me a good Grindhouse movie, this is not it. I just couldn't buy into Vaughn's character or any of the fight scenes. Like so many films, the potential was there. Executing the landing and sticking it? Did not happen.
Road Games is pretty bad. There isn't really a lot of redeeming qualities here. The lone exception is Joséphine de La Baume. What a beauty! I guess it is also good to see Scream Queen Barbara Crampton as well. Other than that, it sucked.
This One Shook Some Peeps
Holy Shit, is all I can say. I'm still processing this one. mother! is not for the faint of heart, I guess. Some people really were disgusted with some of the scenes of the film. People have to understand that the movie experience is different for all. You might not like it, but maybe you should do a little research before you go 0 to 100.
Worthy, But Not The Masterpiece Everyone Says It Is
I liked Parasite. I didn't love it. It's a solid film, that I won't deny. However, is it worthy of four Oscars? It can be debated, that is certain. Maybe I will like it more on a second viewing. Parasite is definitely a slow burn. Will you like the pain it leaves once you feel the fire?
It Fell Short
I didn't go gaga over A Prayer Before Dawn, but I didn't really hate it either. Based on the true life story and novel of Billy Moore, he is arrested and put in a prison known as The Bangkok Hilton. At times I thought this might establish itself and grab me. However, the film was a little choppy at times and didn't quite get over the hump.
Wish It Got More Love
The Farewell is an inside look at a Chinese family and their matriarch. It's a wonderful drama / comedy that the whole family could watch and get something out of. I wish the film garnered more attention as films like this need to be made.
A Pretty Interesting Curveball
Gaspar Noe films are the epitome of divisiveness. His style is certainly not for all. Truthfully, the guy really doesn't give a shit if you dig his stuff or not. I actually enjoyed Climax. It might be a weird word choice, but a movie that doesn't have any established stars, with the exception of Sophia Botella was pretty interesting. The dancing is top notch, the soundtrack great and when the shit goes down? I doubt anyone was ready.
Why Shia Had Hardships
If you struggle with kids trying to get love from their parents, Honey Boy is not your film. However, if you can get past some of that intensity, you will find that this piece of work packs a big punch in its 94 minute run time. Shia LeBouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges and FKA Twigs really crush their performances.
Worth the Time
I enjoyed Pilgrim. It's campy and over the top at times, but I think this is part of the charm for me. Pilgrim is part of Hulu's anthology series: Into the Dark. This is something that they have given us since 2019. I need to watch more of them. This one is a spin on the obvious, Thanksgiving
It Had Me For A While
There were moments of The Art of Self-Defense that had me rolling. Unfortunately, as the film progresses, it starts to lose the mojo and really just limped to the finish line. Performance wise, Eisenberg and Nivola really own it. The film just gets a little too silly for my liking.
It's A Below Average Film
This was a really long and drawn out film. I found Destroyer to be pretty cookie cutter. I guess I am in the minority with Nicole Kidman's performance. She is usually very solid and I give her a lot of credit for many of her other roles. I just did not feel engaged.
A Proper Winner
The Gentlemen. A return to the old Guy Ritchie roots. It's easily the best film he's made since Snatch. I can't wait to get my own copy of this film. I'll be picking up little things every time. The characters are amazing, the acting is next level and pretty safe to say I don't know if I have seen a movie with cunt uttered this many times. Call me a 13 year old, but I laughed every time.
A Massive Winner
The fact that I am watching this in 2020 is shameful. How did this fly under my radar? I really loved The Florida Project. The acting is phenomenal. You just can't get small kids to steal scenes the way the children did in this film. Willem Dafoe is a rock as he always is. This one will have you running the full gambit of emotions.
You are an upper class doctor at a hospital. You help people daily, saving them. Then one day, the unthinkable occurs. Your son is savagely beaten outside of a nightclub. What do you do? How do you respond? How far are you willing to go for the one that had so much to look forward to in life, but now lies comatose in a hospital bed? Are you able to forgive?
A Truly Unbelievable Documentary
I can't say enough about Dead Man's Line. This Documentary about a man over the edge, in the late 70's in Indiana will leave you fascinated. I really can't believe how law enforcement and the media handled this. Not to mention, the general public were able to integrate with the situation as it unfolded. It seems so unreal to be true. Dead Man's Line is really next level stuff.
Recognizable Names Doesn't Equal Quality
I'll just say it. I was completely underwhelmed with Widows. This was Steve McQueen's follow up to 12 Years as a Slave? I'm not sure what happened, but I was not impressed. He's lucky that Daniel Kaluuya stole every scene he was in or the film would have been much worse. I also liked Cynthia Erivo here, although she doesn't get enough screen time. Carrie Coon is totally wasted. Hopefully, she got a decent check and enjoyed the craft services.
I Laughed & I Also Checked My Watch
Bridesmaids is funny. It has some legitimate laugh out loud moments. There is absolutely no denying that. However, I felt that in between those times, there were parts that could have been left on the cutting room floor. The ladies are hilarious and their characters likeable. Mr. policeman is a cool guy. Ted is a prick. For me, Bridesmaids would have been so much better at about 1hr and 40 minutes. I don't understand why a comedy needs to run longer than that.
An Underrated Nugget
This was a pleasant surprise. Sweet Virginia takes a tiny town in Alaska, throws about six characters in a blender and hits the mix button. It's a nice, slow burn and reminded me a tad of something Tyler Sheridan might do. The standouts are Bernthal and Abbott. It goes without saying that Drake's 0 to 100 was written especially for him. His character is a guy you do not want to come across anytime or anywhere.
Worthy of All the Accolades
When you think of the words that get tossed around about Moonlight, "moving" and "powerful" are two that I frequently heard. However, they really do describe the film. While very heartbreaking at times, Moonlight is able to take the very small amount of dialogue and transform it to the beauty of expression. Across the board, the acting is on point in this one.
Honestly, for the accolades Eight Grade received, I'm still trying to figure out what made it stand out. Was it awful? No, far from it. However, it didn't stand out to me as an excellent piece of work. It's another coming of age film, that I found a little depressing.
O'Connell Is A Beast
Jack O' Connell brings all the hate and rage as Eric Love into prison with him in Starred Up. He eventually crosses paths with his father (Ben Mendelsohn), a major shot caller in lock up. Will he be able to control his demons and make it?
A Smooth Drive
A very satisfying and fitting ending for the Jesse Pinkman arc. El Camino is full of some of the great things that made Breaking Bad so epic. Aaron Paul shows us why he was such a gift in this universe. The Cinematography is nails. And the other actors kill it.
It Chapter II is the finale of Pennywise and The Losers. Unfortunately, coming in at a very bloated run time of nearly three hours, it misses the mark. Chapter II is a roller coaster of unevenness, a bad script mixed with some terrible and not scary CGI. In its defense, the first 50 minutes or so are actually the better part of the film. Then it simply was all over for my liking. This is another case of the sequel not showing up. It Chapter ...
You Could Do Worse On a Thursday Afternoon
A tradition like no other... no, it's not The Masters but Ready or Not is the newest film to give us the hunt for man. Well, in this case woman. Honestly, it was a little overrated for me. The performances were fine. However, there wasn't a lot we haven't seen before. Perhaps, a slight wrinkle in the fabric. Overall just slightly above average.
It Had The Potential
Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal on paper would seem to be a slam dunk, right? Well, parts of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark had me pretty giddy. Most of the film is shot with practical effects and let me tell you, they were pretty fucking amazing. However, this is a PG-13 movie, and there are limits to what the guys pushed for. I know there is a specific audience they are shooting at, but I feel this film is kind of caught in a ...
QT Still Knows How To Bring It
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has everything you would want in a Tarantino film. Top tier acting, a sharp script and a warp back to the late 60's in typical QT detail. The opportunity to be go back to this era and visit the Manson Ranch was one of the big moments for me of the film. It was creepy and fun, and could very well have played a larger part in the movie. It's not my favorite Tarantino movie, but it proves to me, once ...
I'll Drink To This
Leaps and bounds ahead of the above average, but unimpressive John Wick 2, Parabellum delivers on all levels. The subtle nods to action films (I won't spill the beans) that came years before this one. The casting of seasoned action dynamo's ( Cecep Arif Rahman and Yayan Ruhian) from The Raid and The Raid Redemption. And getting Mark Dacascos and Tiger Hu Chen in on the fun? Shit, I'll take that all damn day. By the way, pretty sure Keanu and Halle drink from the same ...
Tangerines, a very tasty fruit
Tangerines was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2015 Oscars. I can see why. This film, from Estonia, packed a lot of emotional depth in its 1 hour and 27 minute run time. Tangerines is a nice compact piece of cinema, with solid character development and a look at part of the world that many more should know about.
Godzilla, The GOAT
Let's keep it 100, there is ZERO doubt, or question on this, none. Godzilla is the greatest big screen Kaiju ever. You can't keep Gojira down, no matter what. Anything put in the big guys way has been put in check. He's been doin it and doin it well since 1954 and has 35 films under his belt. Who can get with that? ...
It Didn't Deliver
The potential for this film was pretty solid. However, there really were moments where I found myself asking about the supposed portrayal of The Aryan Brotherhood allowing themselves a Mexican homie. Or how it really seemed pretty happy go lucky in that prison. Animal Factory was just not believable enough or convincing enough to push it into something worthy.
When Cameron Was Good
James Cameron made something here that was so unique and so ahead of its time that it just baffles me how far he has fallen off. Sure Ahnuld doesn't say much in The Terminator. However, does he really have to speak? He wrecks shit and the dynamic between Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn is great. I love Lance Henrickson and Paul Winfield in this as well. I have seen this movie so many times that I just can't not watch it when it is available ...
I Lost Count Of The Pain Delivered
You don't need to worry about much of a plot in this one. Just know that if you enjoy guns, broken bones, and enough blood to supply 20 years of all genres of film, The Night Comes For Us is right in your lane. Damn, son!!!! This shit was crazy!!!
QT is a G
Quentin Tarantino's 2nd film that really vaulted him into the top tier of Hollywood Directors. The dialogue in this movie is so on point, that I could just listen to the film and enjoy it immensely. Of course, that's not to say Pulp Fiction is something you have to see to believe.
I Was Underwhelmed
Maybe my minute brain just doesn't get Jordan Peele's creativity. Maybe, I'm just a simpleton. However, I don't really get the love for Us. I liked that he went to a true horror flick and there were some pretty cool nods to things I grew up to. However, I just felt the payoff was not that interesting. Am I the only one that thought The Teathered sounded like the vampires in 30 Days of Night?
A Plesant Find
The Survivalist is a British post-apocalyptic film that focuses on a lack of food instead of zombies. This movie is not going to be for everyone. The pacing is slow and deliberate in parts and there is many times where The Survivalist is missing dialogue. However, there is a method to all of this. Bleak, intense, scary and certainly not for the average movie goer, The Survivalist is worth the price of admission.
An Enjoyable Sequel
Despite some warts here and there, Glass is a worthy sequel to Split. For me, McAvoy once again is a delight to watch. Jackson, when he gets going adds some pizzazz, and really Willis is the character that intrigued me most. Getting Sarah Paulson was a nice score. I'm glad that Night put this together. I was entertained.
What's In The Box?
While some watchers are finding it impossible for people to compare Bird Box to A Quiet Place,it also has some shades of Blindness in it as well. I found Bird Box entertaining with some thrilling moments as well as a couple where you are likely to roll your eyes. Based on what I ahve been told, the book has a darker tone, and I would have preferred to see that version during my watch of it.
A Head Scratcher
Mile 22 really is a strange film. On one hand, you have some very slick action sequences. Iko Uwais kicking ass and some pretty worthy shootouts make this film worth a second watch. That being said, the dialogue is horrible. I seriously don't understand why Wahlberg was so over the top angry. He's for the most part in movies, pretty decent. I really hated him in this one. For me, Uwais is the standout. It's nice to see Cohan in something different than ...
I'll Watch The Sequel
It's not great by any means, but it is far superior than the woeful Batman v Superman. Margot Robbie is standout as Harley Quinn. Will Smith is not bad as Deadshot, and the rest of the cast: Kinnaman, Hernandez et all make up a nice ensemble.
In my opinion, Deadpool 2 exceeds the original. This film ramps up the merc with a mouth and his wit tenfold. I gotta say, Ryan Reynolds kills this role. He is so dialed in. You can really see the love he has for Wade Wilson. It truly shows. This film has some amazing cameos. You have to keep your eyes peeled. The stingers are legendary. Deadpool 2 had it all for me.
A Beautiful Film
The Shape of Water is one of those films that has to be seen on the big screen. It has to be one of the most visually amazing that I have seen for quite some time. I'm not sure if any other director than Guillermo del Toro could have brought this to life the way he did. It's better the less you know about The Shape of Water. Go and see for yourself.
If you like prison films that are gritty, Shot Caller will be right up your alley. It really is interesting to see how you can take a pretty boy like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister from HBO's Game of Thrones) and turn him into a vicious Aryan here in Shot Caller. This film really flew under the radar. It's got excellent performances and pacing. It should be viewed as soon as possible.
It Was Alright
It Comes At Night is one of those films that got a lot of buzz in 2017. It's not a horror film, but more of a thriller. A family of three seclude themselves in a forest cabin following what appears to be a major event that has killed off many. Life is basic and simple. Survive and hope. One day, things change. What happens next? ...
When watching Thor: Ragnarok, you could have easily titled it Guardians of Ragnarok. A lot of elements from the Guardians films are here. That doesn't mean the film is not good. It's quite the opposite. It's the best of the Thor films and you can tell that Taiki Waititi's imprint is on this. There were a couple of moments where it was a little silly, but it is a pretty damn good ride, nonetheless.
Much more enjoyable and fun than the dull and dreary Batman v Superman. That's pretty easy to do, but this film is actually pretty fun. The action is good, the team and actors in the movie mesh well. I guess the big gripe is Cyborg's suit. Whoever ok'd that needs their head examined.
Best Spidey Since Spider-Man II
It's been a while since they got a Spider-Man movie right. Spider-Man: Homecoming is easily the best the series has to offer in years. Tom Holland is excellent as The Wall Crawler. The film captures the teenager fighting to balance being a super hero and a 15 year old. A very enjoyable summer popcorn flick.
Remake Of A Masterpiece
Secret in their Eyes is a remake of the 2009 Argentinian thriller El secreto de sus ojos. That, is a damn near perfect film. It's in my Top 20 of all times and for good reason. The performances and script are second to none. If you haven't seen it yet, I implore you to go and watch it now ...
What Could Have Been...
The third installment of Matt Reeves' Apes world had so much going for it. However, with about 45 minutes left, the film loses it's identity and falls for some of the cliches and predictability I was hoping that it would skip. An excellent film was left being just a good one.
Good Film Carried By Strong Performances
It's pretty much a forgone conclusion that Dallas Buyers Club is memorable for the story it tells, but more so by the strong performances in the film. Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor. Jared Leto, Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Anyway, you get the point. Watch the film and you will see why. Meeting McConaughey's Ron Woodruff, you can't help but want to kick his ass. By the end of the movie, you end up appreciating what he did for so many people that suffered.
Excellent Film With Tough Subject Matter
We Need to Talk About Kevin is definitely not one of the feel good movies from 2011. It is a very tough look of a mother and child and how they basically drifted apart not long after Kevin enters the world. There really isn't much more to say other than the performances are amazing by the big three (Swinton, Miller and Reilly) As a parent, you never want to have to deal with the hellish aftermath of this film. Many questions, so little answers.
Vastly Inferior Sequel
I wasn't expecting much from ABC's of Death 2. Sure, there were some moments of witty, disturbing fun. However, for the most part this follow up anthology of horror shorts based on letters of the alphabet are not good or simply didn't translate well. I'll give 2.5 a shot because I believe in the Horror genre. Hopefully, it delivers for me.
A Massive Letdown
It's had to explain how I truly feel about this film. Alien: Covenant had some strong points. Production was beautiful. You get a really good looking world as well as some great looking shots of outer space and different looking space craft. Michael Fassbender is amazing once again as David, a survivor of Prometheus and as Walter, the synthetic for the Covenant. Katherine Waterston, as the Covenant's 2nd in command, Daniels gives you a new school Ripley that is likable and fun to root for.
Life is another entry into the "What's in outer space," genre. Although it doesn't really bring anything new to the table, it is a sleek and enjoyable thriller with a likable cast.
A six man team aboard the International Space Station discover a highly evolved life form on Mars. The species is studied at length until things take a drastic turn.
I Enjoyed It But.....
When a film like Jordan Peele's Get Out is revered as it has been, you have to go into it hoping that you won't be underwhelmed. Was I? No, I wouldn't say that. I don't know if I can say it will make my Top 10 year end list. That's not to say that Get Out isn't good, it is. The political statement will piss off many. However, too bad. It's very clever, funny and the satire has a nice bite to it. I'm really surprised Mr. Peele's movie hasn't garnered ...
Has Some Moments
There are a lot of individuals that praise this films merits. For me, I found the film to be slightly above average. While the concept was interesting, I just couldn't get passed how dumb Aaron (Patrick Brice) came across. Josef (Mark Duplass) is an odd duck to say the least. Duplass shows some chops here and is much different than his character in The League. Overall, Creep was just alright to me.
A Nod To My Youth
In the frigid New England winter, a married couple relocate following the death of their son into a house unbeknownst to them that has some specific needs every 30 years.
We Are Still Here is an old school throw back to scary films I watched growing up. It actually had a lot of Italian elements to it. While I would say this film is closer to a 6.5, some of the acting was hard to ...
Lost In Translation?
The Life and Death of a Porno Gang is not a good film. It focuses on a traveling group of porn performers who continually are getting kicked out of every city they act in due to obscenity. Eventually the head of the gang meets a mysterious figure who convinces him that the way to making the big dollars and having a satisfying directing career is to make snuff films ...
Empty The Clip, Repeat. Empty The Clip, Repeat
The original John Wick was a surprise like for me. It was one of those films I wasn't expecting much out of, but ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It was pretty obvious that the sequel was going to be made and here we are with John Wick: Chapter 2. It just didn't do it for me ...
He's Back With Plenty In The Tank
This is it. This is what everyone has waited for. The R rated Wolverine film, Logan. Does Hollywood finally get it right and deliver the goods? For the most part, the answer is definitely.
Logan is much different from the man we knew in the previous films. He now makes his living staying completely out of the limelight driving around a limousine, drinking heavily, and living in a dump with Professor X and Caliban. A ...
Depp Delivers The Goods
I have to be honest. I'm a little tired of Johnny Depp. The roles he has taken lately are really not very interesting to me at all. Remember Mortdecai, The Lone Ranger and Transcendence? Honestly, the films sucked and he just seems to can't wait to make Pirates of the Caribbean 12. I can say for certain, that Black Mass is a film that gets him back in my good graces ...
Shyamalan Is Back!
In Split, James McAvoy kidnaps three young girls and holds them hostage. What are his plans? I'm not going to say very much about this film. It's better to go in an just enjoy the world the M. Night Shyamalan creates with Split. McAvoy nails his multiple roles. Easily the star of the film, he's awesome. The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy is a young star in the making. She also brings the goods. As far as creepy thrillers go, this is an early 2017 gem where so many movies are garbage.
Sometimes, you just can't top the source material. Who am I kidding? This happens 98.647% of the time. In an effort to make the film long enough, The Killing Joke fills the first 25 minutes with crap. I say this as a huge fanboy of the Alan Moore's epic graphic novel and it's tough to get past the beginning. The remaining portion is enjoyable, but I just couldn't get past the beginning. Did I hate it? No, but it left much to be desired.
I've Seen Worse
Cop Car is an above average thriller in which Kevin Bacon gets the spotlight running around fictitious Quinlan County in Colorado. He has to fix a dicey situation as a squad car was taken by two 10 year old boys. They stumble upon it unoccupied and start driving the car on the back roads not knowing that it contains something Bacon needs ...
An Excellent Drama
Eilis - pronounced Ay-Lish (Ronan) longs for a better life. Sponsored by a Catholic Priest in the US, she immigrates to the United States from Ireland. As she first tries to adapt to her new surroundings, she finds the conditions almost unbearable as she misses her loved ones that she left behind and the unfamiliarity of being alone in a whole new world. Things eventually change when she meets Tony (Cohen) and they quickly fall in love. While she finally begins to enjoy her new life, she is forced to return ...
An Interesting Project About Christianity
Silence is Martin Scorsese's newest film about two Jesuit Priests (Garfield and Driver) who go in search of their mentor (Neeson) in 17th century Japan. While they are there, they find pockets of native Japanese who are also Christians and embrace the chance to learn and share experiences with them. It is an ultimately very dangerous mission with the shogunate hunting them down and trying to snuff out their spread of religion at all costs.
Blue Ruin is a superb independent film. The greatness in it lies in the ability to have little dialogue, the amazing cinematography and the ability for scenes to be stretched with Director Jeremy Saulnier's ability to keep things taught with tension and twists. The film is another that is best kept to minimal discussion. Let's just say I found it to be far superior to Green Room. Look for the subtle details. It will make you enjoy this intelligent film even more so.
You'll Mull This One Over For A Bit
Bizarre. That pretty much sums up my thoughts about Baskin. After watching it, I wasn't quite sure what the hell I had just saw. However, after getting some time to sit on it, this is what I can come up with.
Five Turkish cops are on duty in a restaurant. They are all sharing stories, the mood is very light. That all changes when they get a call to back up a unit in a ...
Marion and Brad Sitting In A Tree
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as spies in Robert Zemeckis' new film.
Max and Marianne meet in Morocco and are tasked to carry out a mission. Sensing that their chemistry is amazing, the couple decide to move back to England and get married. It is there, that their love is tested ...
Not A Very Good Film
When three excellent directors are at the helm, it's not too much to think that you are going to be getting a solid piece of work. Unfortunately, Three... Extremes stumbles to something below average.
Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, Takashi Miike, three of the best doing it in Asia come together to give us separate snippets of their twisted minds. There are portions that work. However, most of the movie fails to impress.
I think after seeing 31, it's safe to say that Rob Zombie should give up making films. 31, quite simply, is not good. The acting is terrible. As usual, his wife, Sheri leads the way. She never has shown any believable moments as a "leading lady." His script is crap. What happened to the creepy, twisted world of House of 1000 Corpses? That movie seems like it was made so long ago. I always think that Rob may dust himself off and make ...
Star Trek Beyond
The third installment of the Star Trek series brings Justin Lin aboard to direct, Idris Elba as the baddie and a whole lot of forced jokes that are quite frankly, not that good.
Star Trek: Beyond isn't the great film that Trekkies and critics have been portraying it as. The writing and script is sub-par and as I mentioned earlier, the amount of attempted humor they try to shove down your throat fails at ...
A struggling punk rock group unknowingly ends up taking a gig in a Neo-Nazi compound. After their set, a horrible act is witnessed and the band finds themselves trapped fighting for their lives.
Green Room has a few moving parts that separate it as a standard thriller. In my opinion, the latter part of the film stumbles a bit, but it doesn't take away some fun and suspenseful moments. While it doesn't ...
Kevin Smith's latest films (Red State, Cop Out, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) haven't exactly lit the world on fire. He still has a rabid fan base, and still continues to make his movies. I think it's pretty easy to say that Tusk will have a lot of people talking. Some positive, some negative ...
The Purge: Election Year
In the third film, the annual purge has some new wrinkles put into effect. Any and all individuals will be subject for termination. The rules of saving the elite and wealthy are tossed out the window.
Frank Grillo (Leo) returns as Elizabeth Mitchell's (Senator Charlie Roan) head of security. They find themselves on the run as events transpire and all hell breaks loose.
I started The Intern with really no intentions of paying it any mind. However, it actually grabbed a hold of me and I found the film to be charming, for the most part.
Ben (DeNiro) plays a man who becomes a senior intern for Jules (Hathaway), a tough online business owner. After being quite frosty to him, Jules and Ben form a great friendship and eventually become the individuals that are needed in ...
I'm not a huge comedy guy. I bet if you go through my history, there are probably less than 30 comedies I've seen / reviewed. Trainwreck, with Amy Shumer and Bill Hader is a worthy one. Shumer plays a boozing one night stand machine that just cant seem to have a meaningful relationship. Eventually, she meets Hader,
her total opposite and as they spend time, could it be that she wants to get serious?
Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his new girlfriend are invited to dinner at his old home by his ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and new husband. The dinner invitation seems innocent enough, many of their old friends are there to join the fun. However, as the night progresses, Will can't help but think that Eden, David and a few of their new circle have ulterior motives. Is he losing his mind? ...
A search and rescue mission for a local woman takes a sheriff (Kurt Russell), his deputy (Richard Jenkins), the missing woman's husband (Patrick Wilson) and a gunslinger (Matthew Fox) on a suicide mission against a group of cannibalistic cave dwellers.
Bone Tomahawk is a vastly underrated film. The pacing is excellent and the cinematography is great. However, what makes this movie stand out is the writing. You get a feel for the ...
Sometimes, when you see and hear buzz of independent film, you get lucky. They can turn out to be hidden treasure. Other times, you wish you had your time back. This was a massive swing and a miss for me. Bobcat Goldthwait's hyped thriller was a complete disaster. There is really nothing remotely interesting about Willow Creek. Literally nothing of consequence occurs until the last 25 minutes of the film. By that time, I was hoping for it to end so I could queue ...
Up in the Air
Ryan Bingham (Clooney) is married to his job. He flies around the country playing the role as a corporate downsizer. His work is tough, but he assists long term employees into the unemployment line as best he can. Traveling 290 days of the year, he feels at ease on the job. However, he starts to question things when he has to spend time at home in his bare apartment, spending time with Alex (Farmiga) and when his company brings in Natalie (Kendrick) to give the job he's ...
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
On the big screen, if you compare what Marvel has done against what DC has done, it's strictly a no contest. Marvel has a commanding presence with their motion pictures and now Netflix. If you exclude the The Nolan Trilogy, DC Comics have been pedestrian at best to make any relevant strides in their comic to film adaptations ...
What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows, quite simply, was an absolute major find for me. A good friend had recommended this on several occasions. Eventually, I decided to pull the trigger. I couldn't have been more thankful.
WWDITS focuses on a group of vampires in New Zealand. They basically discuss their daily lives and interactions with each other and how they interact with the public. The film is quite funny ...
Ok, so this is basically, one of those Ahnuld guilty pleasure films I decided to watch again after many years. The results? Well, the film doesn't make me want to add it to my personal collection anytime soon.
The plot is authentic as cows jumping over the moon. A fireman (Ahnuld) does everything in his power to track down a Colombian terrorist (Cliff Curtis) who's responsible for murdering his family. Yes, you ...
Marvel continues to churn out their successful run of films. Deadpool was a huge success and it seemed that audiences fell in love with the very popular anti-hero.
Ryan Reynolds dons the latex of "The Merc With A Mouth," and he is pretty much spot on perfection. As far as the storyline goes, it's simple stuff and there isn't really anything Earth shattering going on.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
13 Hours details the moments before, during and after the ISIS lead attack of the American embassy in Benghazi and a CIA comound on 9/11/2012. Four Americans lost their lives and a small amount of contractors ended up holding off a large number Islamic Terrorists before aid arrived.
13 Hours is an interesting film. Specifically, since it is directed by Mr. Hollywood, Michael Bay. He pulls off a pretty good breakdown of ...
22 Jump Street
I watched this with pretty much zero hope that it would give me anything worthwhile. I can safely say, 22 Jump Street is a pretty amusing sequel.
Hill and Tatum go back undercover, this time as college students. "WyFy" is a new drug that kids are using at an alarming rate and the duo have to find out who is making it. While investigating the case, the partners begin to question if ...
An expert trapper / hunter is left to die in harsh winter conditions. Using his knowledge of his craft, he heals up and seeks vengeance.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's follow up to the Oscar decorated Birdman has him directing Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The Revenant is a cerebral and at times brutal film. It's also garnered a lot of Oscar attention, with 12 nominations. I thought the film was very good ...
The Seven Five
The Seven Five (Named for the police precinct) takes a look at rampant police corruption that took place in the 80's in New York City. Two particular cops are the focal point and showcases their involvement in crimes ranging from theft all to the way to cocaine use and trafficking.
I should say I wasn't surprised when I watched this documentary. However, the blatant and absolute disregard to protect and serve here ...
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight is ironically Quentin Tarantino's eighth film. In my mind, he is arguably, the best writer and director of cinema of my generation. I love his work. So, how does The Hateful Eight rank up there with his previous films? Let's break it down.
I'm going to keep this review as brief and spoiler free as possible. As you may or may not know, the original script ...
Cartel Land gives a no BS look at the war on drugs along the border in Arizona and in Michoacán. It's realism will give individuals who don't have a clue of what goes on in this battle a moment to ponder just how intense and possibly, hopeless it can be.
Cartel Land focuses on Tim "Nailer" Foley, the leader of Arizona Border Recon as well as Dr José Mireles, a Michoacán-based physician who leads ...
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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is an Aussie entry into the zombie genre. It definitely had the potential to be something better than it turned out to be, but stumbles a bit over it's ability to be too silly at times.
It's the zombie apocalypse and our hero, Barry is hell bent on finding his sister who's been kidnapped by a mad scientist and his goons. Along the way, he meets some good blokes who ...
Sylvester Stallone returns for the 7th time as Rocky Balboa in Creed. For the first time, however, Stallone turns over the writing duties to Fruitvale Stations' Ryan Coogler. If you are worried about the film being a misfire, don't be. You could argue that it is the best in the series.
Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed. However, wishing to carve out his own success, he does not use the famous ...
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Gary Johnston is a major Broadway star. He is recruited by Team America: World Police, an elite counter terrorism unit, for a top secret mission. It will take all of Gary's resolve to to complete the daunting task at hand, deal with loss and falling in love.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone take a small break from their South Park universe in this 2004 film. The results are mostly positive. While I wasn't sure what ...
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You can chop it up (no pun intended) any way you like. Sicario grabs you by the lapels in the first ten seconds of the film and never lets go. It is a 100% knuckle biting thriller that focuses on the drug war south of the border. Fueled by an Oscar worthy performance by Benicio Del Toro, you simply can't find many movies better than this. Another major plus for Sicario is the cinematography. The film contains several beautifully shot scenes which were simply stunning. I would have to go back ...
Bridge of Spies
You would think that the stars would align if you took a movie with Spielberg, The Coen Brothers and Tom Hanks and put it on the big screen. Bridge of Spies had so much potential, yet falls short of the awesomeness it was trying to achieve.
Bridge of Spies documents the downing of Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy plane and his exchange with American held Russian Spy, Rudolf Abel. My big problem with the ...
Spectre is the twenty fourth James Bond film, and Daniel Craig's fourth as 007. I'm just going to say it, Spectre is a stumble by Sam Mendes and company. It's unfortunate, as I hate it when Bond films aren't good. I've been watching him forever and Spectre just looks like Craig is bored and going through the motions. However, the let down and major crime is that Christoph Waltz is so underused. How do you let an actor of his caliber get minimal screen-time? Ralph ...
I saw Steve Jobs not because I was interested in the man. I'm a big fan of Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender. Boyle makes great films, and Fassbender is a great actor.
Steve Jobs follows some of his inventions and failures as well as his documented temper and genius. Fassbender plays Jobs with perfection, While Kate Winslet as his assistant Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogan as Steve Woziack and Jeff Daniels as John ...
The Green Inferno
An absolute total and complete waste of time. Eli Roth misses the mark by a mile in his attempt to re-create the cannibal-horror films of the late 70's and 80's.
Originally, The Green Inferno was shelved because of extensive violence, gore and a NC-17 rating. It was then trimmed slightly so it could be released. I have to say, I don't even know what the big hubbub is about. I have ...
There really isn't much you can say about Everest. While we have some star power in the film (Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes) it's the mountain and the effects that make this movie.
Everest is based off of John Krakauer's 1997 novel Into Thin Air, the 1996 climb in which a massive storm claimed the lives of eight climbers and stranded others. While Krakauer is in the film (played ...
Straight Outta Compton
F Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton is the biopic about the pioneers of west coast gangsta rap, NWA. SOC follows the rise and fall of the rap group and gives an extremely accurate portrayal of the groups history. While all the actors represent the musicians with excellent portrayals, it is Jason Mitchell who plays Eazy-E and O'Shea Jackson Jr (Ice-Cube's son) who plays Ice Cube that really deliver the goods. Paul Giamatti gives a nice spin as the groups manager, Jerry Heller. Straight Outta Compton was a nice ...
Ant-Man was one of the true surprises of the summer. This second tier super hero, to me, was an individual that really wouldn't make an interesting film. I'm so glad I was wrong. Ant-Man is a far superior film than the bloated and boring Avengers: Age of Ultron on so many levels. Paul Rudd really shines as Scott Lang. Michael Douglas is solid as Lang's mentor Hank Pym. My only real complaint is that I wish that Marvel had the stones to tell the Hank ...
Tycoon follows a shady kingpin, Platon Makovski in post-Communist Russia. The film is supposedly based on notorious Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky. In all honesty, Tycoon was a little hard to follow at times. Moments of seriousness were trumped by some clumsy parts of comedy that didn't seem to work with the overall theme of the film. The movie spans some 15 years as Platon and his tightly knit crew grow from a small-time unit into a full fledged organization flowing with riches beyond their wildest dreams ...
The Invisible War
Simply put, The Invisible War is an utterly disturbing look of rampant sexual assault that continues to rear its ugly face in the United States military. This documentary shows women and men who have been violated and have had their lives destroyed. The country they have sworn to protect betrayed them by refusing to acknowledge their reports or simply saying they had it coming to them. It really is disgusting to think that this rampant and continual cycle of violence is allowed to continue. Many of the ...
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are a happily married couple with a newborn daughter. Their relationship changes when Zac Efron and his fraternity brothers move in next door. Initially, the couple tries to make nice with the frat and the college guys seem fine with it. However, after a particular situation occurs, Efron and his brothers vow to make life miserable for their neighbors ...
Tricked: The Documentary
This is a pretty straight forward documentary. It focuses on the working parts: The women involved, the pimps, the cops and the johns. Overall, the film shows mostly the perspective of the first three. The johns, considering they are a major factor in the equation, only get a sprinkle of the filmmaker's time. While Tricked runs a brisk 79 minutes. I would have like to have seen a few different perspectives from the women and the johns. The sex trade can be a brutal way ...
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A somewhat shy student (Miles Teller) attends a prestigious music school as a drummer. There, under the direction of an unmerciful instructor (JK Simmons) his sanity and tolerance is put to the test.
What can you say? JK Simmons brings his "A" game here and absolutely crushes it as Terrance Fletcher. You literally want to kill the guy. There were some shades of him as Vern Schillinger in HBO's OZ sprinkled in his performance. Miles ...
In this film, based on a true story, Bernie (Jack Black) shows up in a small Texas town. He takes a job as an assistant funeral director and eventually befriends the entire community. His relationship with an old widowed battle axe (Shirley McClain) seems to loosen up her defenses and soon they become inseparable ...
Vin Diesel returns as Richard B. Riddick. The galaxy's most notorious escaped convict / murderer. In the third film, he finds himself tricked, abandoned and left for dead on a bleak planet. After figuring out the lay of the land, he finds a homing beacon and activates it. Two groups of bounty hunters come looking for him with different agendas. What happens next? ...
Let's face it everyone, Jurassic World is about going back to the big screen to see the dinosaurs. Yes, the current IT man Chris Pratt stars. Yes, it has cutie Bryce Dallas Howard. Yes, it even has Vincent D' Onofrio. The man is riding a giant tidal wave of resurgence right now. With all that though, they dwarf in comparison to the Velociraptors, the Gallimimus, the Stegosaurus and the new Indominus Rex.
A family, is coping with the loss of their son / brother who died overseas. They get an unexpected visit from a friend who served with him. At first, he seems to be a welcome addition. But soon, things start to get a little strange. Is David, really the person he says he is? ...
The Last Stand
Ahnuld is back as small town sheriff Ray Owens. He doesn't realize it, but his town is the crossing point for a notorious drug lord and henchmen. He's going to have to get his deputies ready. Otherwise, it's curtains for Arnie and his town.
I like a good action flick as much as the next guy. I understand that you have to suspend some realism, but The Last Stand was way ...
Love & Basketball
I saw Love & Basketball back in 2000 when it first came out. Fast forward 15 years later, and I decided to revisit it again. It still holds up.
Quincy and Monica have known each other since they were kids. As it progresses, it shows them become lovers and follows their lives into college and adults. As you would expect, there are highs and lows.
James McAvoy plays a Scottish, Bi-polar, drug addicted cop who is trying to solve the hate crime murder of a Japanese man. During the process, he is also gunning for a promotion, going up against some of his co-workers. As clues come up empty in his case and his self destructive ways become more and more frequent, can he pull off solving the murder? ...
Joint Security Area
Joint Security Area is a Korean film from 2000. Multiple murders take place at the DMZ that separates North and South Korea. An investigation is launched by the Swiss to avert a potential disaster.
As the Swiss Major (She is also Korean) digs into the facts and evidence, she sees that there are inconsistencies between the survivors and the witnesses for both the North and the South. Why is this ...
The To Do List
I get that Aubrey Plaza is popular. She's funny, smart and sexy. You would think that putting these characteristics together would make The To Do List a memorable experience. Sadly, that's not the case.
Plaza plays Brandy Klark. She is basically, the smartest girl in her graduating class. The problem is, that with all of her skills as a brainiac, she neglects having fun along the way. So, she ...
I had my worries about Entourage. Back when it was a big hit for HBO, it was funny, smart and clever. Of course, with a lot of shows, they tend to run longer then they should. Instead of going out on top, they hang around for that extra payday, like a washed up prize fighter. Entourage returns this time, to the big screen, and the results are the same. A lot of filler, not a lot of fun.
Mad Max: Fury Road
There isn't any other way to state this. George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is probably the best action film in recent memory. It is literally that good. I'm elated that he got this film completed and was able to get it done for us to see, It is an absolute thing of beauty, and MUST be seen on the big screen to appreciate the massive scope and scale of the film. Fury Road also has some layers to it, and isn't your typical action piece. Trust ...
I don't know if i can sum up this amazing 30 minute short without spoiling it. So, I'll just give you the 2.5 second version Kung Fury, the Miami Cop travels back into time to kill Hitler and his Nazi's. It's awesome. It's hilarious. It has anything and everything you could possibly ask for. If you like throwbacks to the 80's and Kung-Fu and all other sorts of baddassness, then this is your movie. Props to David Sandberg and his team for putting together ...
The Snitch Cartel
El cartel de los sapos aka The Snitch Cartel was Columbia's 2012 official entry into the Best Foreign Language race for the Academy Awards. It is the story behind Andres Lopez Lopez, who at the time was a top member of Columbia's Cali Cartel and then went on to prominence with the Cartel Norte del Valle ...
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Well, I suppose it couldn't last forever. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the first misstep for me in today's Marvel cinematic universe. I could go over a few things in detail, but I'll keep it short. The script is choppy. What is the plot and story-line besides Ultron wants to take over the world? Additionally, do you have to fill every single Marvel film with 20+ jokes? 18 of them aren't even that funny. It's just starting to run a little stale for me ...
I vividly remember hearing about this film when it was first announced. I also recall my dismay of Tyler Perry being cast in the titular role. Perry, quite simply is not Alex Cross. James Patterson's infamous super sleuth is a smooth operator. I just don't buy Perry in the role ...
After a crowd control mission in Belfast quickly turns bad, a young British soldier must find his way to safety before being another casualty in the ongoing violence between Great Britain and Ireland. As he navigates the dangers, will any aid come? If it does, how will he know who is friend and who is foe? ...
These Final Hours
My TwitchFilm Newsletter has been pretty good to me over the years. It's given me a lot of exposure to cinema from around the world that I would never have had the chance to see. It delivered again today, with These Final Hours.
A meteor has hit Earth, starting a chain reaction that will kill everyone on the planet. A man, operating on a HAM frequency explains that Australia has 12 hours ...
I'm going to be straight up about one of Cronenberg's early efforts. Made in 1979, it doesn't hold up well, and honestly, isn't really that good.
A man struggles to raise his daughter amid a rash of murders that plague the family. He believes that a psychologist's unconventional methods with his cult like followers have something to do with it. Adding to that, a group of mutant children hinder his efforts.
Wraps Up On A Positive Note
Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins, Smaug, The Arkenstone, The Necklace of Girion, Azog the Defiler. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies answers what happens to these characters and items in the final film of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.
Does the movie wrap everything up in a pretty bow for the fans? I say it doesn't, and we will have to wait for the extended edition to hit Blu-Ray to do that. It's unfortunate, because ...
Spidey, He Hasn't Been Good In a While
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker is struggling with his role as super hero, his ability to love Gwen and keep her out of danger. His foes are aplenty, with Electro, The Green Goblin and Rhino all gunning for him. How will he be able to keep New York safe with these baddies out there as well as keep the love of his life out of danger? ...
Good, But I Wanted More
In Bennett Miller's film based on true events, Steve Carrell's John du Pont wants to train Olympic Wrestlers at his state of the art training facility in Pennsylvania. He first recruits Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to be his stud. Eventually, Mark's popular brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo) comes into the fold to coach and everything seems to be perfect in du Pont's mind. However, all is not what it seems ...
Very Solid and Spooky
A widow is working hard to raise her 1st grade son, and has her hands full. The boy has a fear of the dark, thinks monsters are in his bedroom and is constantly in trouble at school for bringing crafted weapons with him for protection. Mom is at her wits end, is kept up all night and can barely make it through work because of sleep deprivation. One night she decides to let the little guy pick out a bedtime story. That is when The Babadook really cranks it up.
By now, everyone has heard of Chris Kyle. "The Legend," as he was known from the soldiers he was assigned to protect is the most lethal sniper in US history with 160 kills.
A lot has been said about this film. That it's Merica' propaganda, that it has taken a lot of liberties with actual events and the like. I guess, I didn't think it was that blatant in the "RAH RAH USA, USA" department ...
I caught this film earlier today on Cinemax. It was nothing special at all. A newlywed couple go on a honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. While there, they are taken to an underground club where they drink and are drugged. They don't remember anything about the night before, return to their lives and the couple find out that they are expecting a child. What turns out to be a happy moment, is soon changed to times of horror as the couple have many bizarre things occur.
A respected Samurai Lord invites the Shogun to his land to pay respect and host a tournament of skill. There, he is subjected to a plot by a witch and another honor less Samurai. For actions he takes, he is offered the chance to reclaim his houses honor by committing seppuku. His remaining Samurai are banished, becoming masterless Ronin, but plot revenge to give their master back his respect in death ...
This film is the story of Oscar Grant III, a bay area youth who was murdered by a BART officer on New Years Eve in 2008.
The movie shows Oscar (a strong performance by Michael B. Jordan) who is no angel, trying to get his life straightened out for his daughter and girlfriend. He wants to leave the dope game behind and go legit, but finds it hard for ends to be made ...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Part I of The Mockingjay is basically a table setting of melodrama that will set up the inevitable clash between the Capital and the remaining Districts, which are being led by Katniss and District 12.
Following the destruction of the Games by Katniss, she begrudgingly becomes the face of the Districts and their battle against President Snow and the Capital. It's something she simply feels she can't do due to what you could call ...
Here Comes the Devil
This is a pretty straight forward film with no real surprises. Basically, a family goes to a a mountainous region in Mexico for some family time. Eventually the children of the family become lost for a night. The police find the kids and return them the next day. The parents are overjoyed, but soon realize that their pride and joy are not what they seem ...
Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a perennial loser in Los Angeles looking for a job. He says the right things, but something about him is just off. He finally finds something he excels at and from there, Nightcrawler takes you on a ride. And oh what a ride it is. I can't imagine that Gyllenhaal doesn't get an Oscar nod for his performance in this film. He oozes such creepo factor that you realize that this guy has really established himself as someone in ...
Nick and Amy Dunne are the perfect couple. Successful, good looking, they have everything. However, soon things unravel and Amy goes missing. Nick becomes the prime suspect. Did he do it? Oh what a twisted web David Fincher weaves. Gone Girl is full of excellent acting from top to bottom. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens and Tyler Perry. They get the meaty portions of the screentime. It should be pointed out that that the females, in my opinion are ...
The Town that Dreaded Sundown
I don't know how you would classify The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Is it a reboot? Is it a remake? Whatever it is, it takes place inn present day Texarkana. I have never seen the original, but the film does a clever job of sprinkling in parts of the 1976 film into this one. Without giving too much away, Jami is chosen as the individual to speak for the killer in this film. He seems to want the town to atone for something that took ...
Denzel Washington plays a man with a certain set of skills who has disappeared into society. He's left behind his former job as a trained assassin and is now working at the local wannabee Home Depot. He soon gets wrapped up with the Russian Mob and the old lifestyle is forced out of him. For the most part, The Equalizer is a by the book action flick. There are some cliched moments and parts where you have to suspend the fact that certain things are really going ...
The Second Time Around
Stay safe. Two words that are uttered during the eve of The Purge: Anarchy from various characters. Are you going to stay home and sit it out? Or do you plan on taking part in your given rights by the New Founding Fathers to cleanse? In this sequel to the 2013 movie, Anarchy focuses on 5 individuals with various subplots. Eventually, they band together. Will they survive the night? Or will they become notches in someone's belt? I felt the sequel was a lot better than the original. The fact that ...
A feral woman is found in the wild by a sicko lawyer. He brings her home and chains her up in his dungeon and introduces her to his family. The sh*t then hits the fan. I may have liked this film more to maybe give it an extra star if I saw an uncut version. However, I watched what Netflix provided, and there was a lot of gaps in the film that caused it to miss important back story. I don't think it would ...
The Raid 2
It was difficult to think that Gareth Evans's follow up to 2011's The Raid would be as good as the original material. As the case with many films, the sequel does not meet the expectations. Sure, there are some unreal fight scenes that are very enjoyable. It's cool to think about initially, but as the The Raid 2 continues, it gets to the point of no return. Sequences push the brink of being realistic, the script is full of a lot of fat and you get to ...
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise plays a Major summoned to London to lead troops on the front line against a race of aliens known as Mimics. When he tries to blackmail the general out of his orders, he is knocked out, stripped of his rank and labeled a deserter. He is then thrown into the heart of combat anyway, where he gets caught in a time loop. He uses his knowledge of what he has learned in combat to lead his charge against the aliens.
Neill Blomkamp's follow up to his amazing 2009 District 9 has it's flaws, but it is still an enjoyable sci-fi film that is better than most. It's 2154, the wealthy and elite inhabit a man made space station known as Elysium. The remaining poor and underprivileged are forced to live on an Earth that is overpopulated, over polluted and strictly monitored by droids. When Matt Damon's character comes down with a lethal dose of radiation, he takes a suicide mission to attempt to get to Elysium to not ...
You're Next is getting a lot of big buzz. Since its world premiere at TIFF 2011, I have been hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't love this slasher. It's a safe bet that a lot of people will tout the film as this years "It" horror movie. I, sadly have to disagree. A wealthy couple invites their kids to celebrate their wedding anniversary with their significant others. Once there, the shit hits the fan and they are brutally picked off one by one. You're ...
I'm not going to spend too long with my thoughts on Kick-Ass 2. I thought its predecessor was a pleasant surprise. I was a little apprehensive when the sequel was announced, but I gave it a shot. To say that it is a massive disappointment is an understatement. Jeff Wadlow's script off of Mark Millar's comic book is horrible and his direction isn't much better. The film really lacked a lot of the fun that made the original so successful. I have strong reservations that ...
Only God Forgives
Nicholas Winding Refn's follow up to Drive has been the subject of a lot of chatter. Some of it good, some of it bad. I guess for me, the film falls into the slightly above average category. In the majority of the film, Refn relies on visual imagery to set the mood and tone throughout the brisk 90 minute run time. I felt that it was a major plus. There are some great shots of Bangkok. The mood is very dark, cool stuff ...
Despicable Me 2
This film is exactly what I thought it would be. A dumb, cliched riddled unnecessary filled sequel that Hollywood churns out for lemmings around the world. Gru is now a family man, caring for the girls and looking for love. He ends up getting recruiting by Lucy (Kristen Wiig) and the Anti-Villain League to stop a new bad guy who Gru believes to be deceased criminal El Macho. While all of this silliness is going on, Gru also has his hands full with El Macho's son. He's ...
Star Trek Into Darkness
After an attack on Star fleet Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are on the hunt for John Harrison, one of their own. He's a bad dude, but why did he do the unthinkable? The decision behind his violence is a little weak, but on the way, we are treated to beautiful battle sequences and some fantastic effects. The ensemble cast is fun to watch and are given their respective moments to shine. I also appreciated the little nods to previous Star Trek lore and the ...
Iron Man 3
After the disappointment that Iron Man 2 was, I simply expected that Iron Man 3 would be better. At times it was. If you like eye popping visuals, Robert Downey Jr reprising his role as the smug billionaire Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow looking sexy then this is the film for you. You will eat this up for its 130 minute running time. However, if you want more substance than that and a faithful adaptation of what went down in the comic books, then steer clear of ...
The Lords of Salem
Rob Zombie hasn't made a good film since The Devil's Rejects. That was almost 8 years. It's sad to say, that the streak continues. The Lords of Salem is awful. The film suffers from a lack of clear direction. Considering that Zombie had complete control of this piece is alarming. Casting his wife, Sheri Moon zombie is also a bad idea. I don't mind her as a supporting character, but she doesn't have the chops to hold down the lead role. Finding a ...
The Place Beyond the Pines
A revered stunt motorcycle rider (Gosling) in Schenectady, NY tries to make things right with a local girl (Mendes) after he finds out that he is the father of her little boy. He resorts to robbing banks with a friend (Mendelsohn), a decision that puts him on a crash course with an ambitious cop (Cooper) wanting to do the right thing in a department filled with corruption. This encounter changes both of their lives and their futures forever. TPBTP is an interesting Drama filled with some memorable moments ...
Killing Them Softly
I am just going to throw this out there. Why is there so much hate for this film? Is America that stupid and brain dead that they have to watch drivel like Twilight or Not Another Teen Movie 22 in order to find movies that are good? By no means is this an instant classic but, it is filled with solid acting, interesting characters and some amazing cinematography. The premise is basic, it's not hard to follow and I appreciate a film that's made like this ...
5 friends go to a cabin in the woods to help one of the group get over personal issues. Once they arrive, they soon find out that a very sinister form of evil is awaiting them, and it will stop at nothing until they all become victims of its beastly embrace. Call Evil Dead what you want Re-make, Re-imagining, whatever. Great horror films don't come across very often, and when they do, you have to go out and support them. Evil Dead falls into this category. Fede Alvarez's ...
Lincoln has all the elements of being a great film. A list actor and director? Check. Accomplished supporting cast (I mean everyone is in this)? Check. Interesting historical figure? Check. A film I'll be talking about in twenty years? Not so much. While Lincoln is superbly acted, I didn't feel that the basic story captured my attention. Make no mistake, the signing of the 13th Amendment and subsequent surrender of the South in the Civil War was a momentous occasion ...
Quentin Tarantino returns with his 8th film. He has never disappointed me with anything he has been associated with, and while this falls short of being another masterpiece, Django Unchained is still pretty damn good. At this point, pretty much everyone knows the story. Jaime Foxx's Django is a slave that is freed by Christoph Waltz's Dr King Shultz. Shultz is a bounty hunter and needs Django to assist him in identifying some targets for a job. If he agrees to do so, Shultz will help ...
A Serbian Film
This is another one of those films laced with controversy that you have heard everything about, but aren't sure whether or not you should watch it. Recently, a group of us gave it a go, and it is as advertised.
Milos is a former star who is retired. He loves his wife and young son, but relishes his glory days and has the itch to do another film for a big payday ...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I am going to get right to the point with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As many times as I saw the trailer, and as many times as I saw the Dwarves before the film came out, I thought this film was going to be a massive disappointment. I am glad to report that Peter Jackson shut my mouth and really came through with an excellent film. I enjoyed pretty much everything about the movie. The action scenes were amazing, the Dwarves looked a lot better on ...
Skyfall is the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise and the third film where Daniel Craig stars as 007. In this one, Bond is involved in a plot that goes terribly wrong and ends up blowing MI6 agents covers all over the world. On top of that, MI6 is attacked, forcing M to relocate. It's no secret that Javier Bardem who plays Silva is the lead baddie in Skyfall and he again comes through in spades. Let's not get carried away though folks, it's not an ...
The Bay begins with a young local journalist giving a Skype interview about the events that took place in the fictional town of Claridge, MD on July 4th, 2009. Showing footage from the town as it actually happened, it's video evidence that the government didn't want you to see. The film shows you what occurred when the people are a subjected to contaminated water through both drinking and exposure. It's only a matter of time before Claridge is in a state of emergency and the inhabitants meet a ...
Ralph is a long time video game baddie who longs to feel what it's like to be like his rival - Fix-It Felix. One day he decides to fulfill his dream and concocts a plan to make it happen. However, along the way it goes haywire and he creates some big problems. I was hoping that Wreck-It Ralph would come through, but it fell short of my expectations. I did very much enjoy taking a walk down memory lane and being reunited with some good times as ...
Ethan Hawke plays a fading true crime author looking for one more big book. He moves his family into a home where the last occupants were brutally murdered. While there, he finds an 8mm film projector and some home movies. After viewing them, he realizes that his project may be tied into the work of a serial killer. Sinister is a great horror flick with more than enough chills and creep factor to keep even the most seasoned horror fan on his feet. It's a winner ...
End of Watch
Jake Gyllenhall and Michael Pena are a couple of cops that patrol South Central, Los Angeles. After a traffic stop in which they seize a sizable amount of cash and guns, they follow up with a search of a house. This find unearths something far more then they anticipated and ends up getting them in the crosshairs of a major drug cartel. End of Watch has a lot going for it, with great acting across the board, sharp writing and most importantly, the ability to make you ...
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Tsui Hark's Flying Sword of Dragon Gate is part sequel / re-make of 1992's Dragon Inn. To be truthful, the plot for this film is to much to go into. Jet Li's Zhao teams up with a rebel Ming general and three woman who are more than capable of handling themselves. They head to a desert outpost to do battle with an evil eunuch and his troops. On top of this is a hunt for a stockpile of gold that can only be uncovered after a desert ...
Argo is based on the real true life declassified story of Tony Mendez, a CIA specialist who was sent to Iran to retrieve 6 Americans who have been hiding in the home of the Canadian Ambassador during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. I have to be honest, Argo is good film but not the crowning achievement that it's being made out to be. The film to me, doesn't have any real standout points. I just feel all the love it's getting is because the US needs a boost ...
Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene in the 4th installment of the Underworld series. Aftr being in a cryogenic state for 12 years, Selene awakens to find out that humans have been hunting both Lycans and Vampires alike to the point of extinction. She also finds out that she has a daughter that is a Lycan-Vampire hybrid. What ensues is the normal stuff in the films lots of shooting and nice scenes of Beckinsale running around in leather. I'm not sure how much more in the tank this ...
The Bondurant brothers run a productive Moonshine business in Virginia during prohibition. Soon, a corrupt government agent from Chicago strolls into town and wants a cut of the action. Of course that just won't do, and the standoff is on. Which side will emerge from the battle victorious? I had very high expectations from Lawless, but they were quelled slightly after viewing the film. There are moments where you have to suspend all types of realism to accept what happens along the way. However ...
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
These films aren't great by any means. However, they do have their moments and are better then a lot of stuff that is put out. I've never read the books, but the movies always seem to convey a message that is applicable to our youth that's positive, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. In the third film Greg sneaks into a country club to be with Holly. It goes from there with Greg and Rowley getting into spots they wonder how they are going to ...
JW is a student at university. He poses as an elitist, but is really just an average joe. In order to keep up with his fake lifestyle, he gets involved with the drug trade and all the trouble that comes along with it. Snabba Cash is a decent film that could have been a lot better. I felt the film paced a little too slow for my liking, and I never felt any real connection to any of the characters. It did do enough to ...
Act of Valor
A pretty good action flick that is doomed by unfortunate wooden delivery by the Navy SEALS that headline the film. I know they aren't professionals in front of the camera, but the story that they showed in this film was pretty damn cool nonetheless. Act of Valor has legit action sequences but it's a film that you are only going to rememeber as "The one with the real Navy SEALS." Is that a bad thing? I salute them for the sacrifices they make every day, and I ...
The Amazing Spider-Man
Seeing the trailers for this film, I couldn't help but wonder how this was going to turn out. Although Spidey isn't my favorite Marvel character, I enjoyed the film. Andrew Garfield makes a really good Peter Parker. He and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy have solid chemistry. I loved that the real web shooters were in the film. Even though the CGI for The Lizard wasn't 100% everytime in the film, he is one of my favorite villians of the wall-crawler and I'm glad he got his ...
Chris has a major problem. He owes a lot of money to a heavy hitter and is going to end up dead unless he finds a way to pay off the debt. He comes up with a plan with his dad to have Joe Cooper, (Matthew McConaughey who is superb) a contract killer, who is also a detective to kill his mother so Chris's innocent sister can collect the life insurance policy. Can it all be so simple? They can only wish. Killer Joe will not ...
This film somehow got buried when it came out last year. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what it was trying to prove given that its predecessor is a pretty damn good film. For the most part, this is very much the same film The locale has changed (Las Vegas), Colin Farrell is Jerry this go around, taking over for Chris Sarandon, but he still is on the prowl for fresh meat in Sin City. David Tennant is great as Peter Vincent and steals scenes when he ...
A lot of people thought that Ridley Scott was biting off more than he could chew when it was announced he was going to helm Prometheus, a pre-quel to his 1979 classic, Alien. It was a worthy effort, but the fact is that this film falls well short of fulfilling the expectations of what I was hoping it would do. While there are elements of what makes the first two Alien films sprinkled here, Prometheus tries to hard for it's own good to be clever and that is ...
Wes Anderson is back with his newest film about two love struck pre-teens in 1960. It's a fun film, but not great and while it lacks drop dead laugh out loud moments, there are enough chuckles to make the 94 minutes go by easy enough. As the kids, I hope that Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman aren't just one time Hollywood kids who slide into obscurity. They are very good in the film. With the big names in the film, you'd think they would be dwarfed, but ...
For the 1992 International Expo, 4 plainclothes cops known as Unit 7 are taken to task to rid the city's barrios of drugs, prostitution and any other crime they can. It starts out simple enough, but when one of the cops takes some of the action for himself, the crew become immersed in the crime they were hired to get rid of. Unit 7 doesn't boast a lot of action, but it is a well acted film with some cool actual archived footage for historical effect. I know ...
For a movie that is full of pretty solid talent, Rampart is one of those films that ticks you off. You have high hopes when a cast like this gets assembled, but then it is ruined by a rotten script, pacing that sucks and something that is just all over the place. Harrelson is fine as the terrible human being with a badge, Dave Brown. The supporting cast is good as well. Rampart is just one of those films that doesn't get any help from the man ...
Loki returns as the lead heavy with an alien army hell bent on destroying Earth. Col. Nick Fury assembles a team of mighty heroes to stop them. The problem is, they have big egos and can't get along. Are they going to be able to band together and do what Fury hopes they will do?At this writing, The Avengers has made over 1 billion dollars in two weeks. It's easy to see why. Joss Whedon does an excellent job of juggling all the heroes in ...
War of the Arrows
During Ja In's wedding, the Manchu's lay siege slaying many and enslaving her and some of her people. Her brother, Nam Yi, the greatest archer in Korea will stop at nothing to get her back. This movie had some great action sequences, and it is safe to say that the archery sequences won't be duplicated anytime soon. One thing to note, is the similarities to Apocalypto. The movie is heavily influenced by Mel Gibson's 2006 film. It's not a bad thing,but there are times that you ...
If you follow cinema, you have heard of this film. Numerous critics and moviegoers have hailed it as the second coming of action films. The one that is going to make you forget all about other previous martial arts movies. Well, it started here locally, and I can safely say that it delivers on all the buzz that I had been hearing about. The premise is very simple, A SWAT team, led by a charismatic Sergeant, a veteran Lieutenant and a cast of rookies infiltrates a drug ...