Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Innkeepers (2011)

Director: Ti West

Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis

During the last weekend of the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two of the employees decide to stay the weekend at the hotel and work while the owner is out of town. The Inn is said to be haunted by a woman whom died in one of the rooms. So why the two employees are there almost alone for the weekend, they are going to investigate the haunting to see if it is real.

There is not much going on in this movie. It is a very slow burner. Almost nothing but dialogue happens in the first half of the movie. The movie is pretty good though. I'm it is not so good that you would want to watch it all the time.

The movie takes you back to the good old ghost story haunted movies of the past. The movies that were not about all of the visual creatures and ghosts to scare you, but just a good lonely isolated setting where a person is most vulnerable. Sometimes that is all it takes to make a good scary movie. This one was almost there. There were very few of jump out and scare you scenes, but they were really good. They did their job of making you jump and look around the room.
The one nice part of the movie was seeing Kelly McGillis have a part in it. She was playing the once TV actress that turned to mystics and crystals. She looked liked she was pushing her 70's. She looked really old for her age. Remember her in Top Gun? She looks like an old lesbian, well I guess she is now.

This movie gives you something new to watch, but like I said you really need to stick with it. It is very slow. Enjoy.

The Innkeepers (2011) Trailer

SoulMaid (2007)

Director: Josef Steiff

Stars: Tom Bailey, Becca Connolly, Joe Schenck

Moses is a maid that works only in his briefs, and he only cleans with big square yellow sponges. Most of his customers are dirty or kinky men. One day he gets a vision about the sponges and how he can heal people's souls with them. Moses has a dream about the man of his dreams, then he meets David with working at a customer's house. The two men fall in love, until Moses starts receiving visits from a goddess named Glintentica. David and his roommate, Ruth work on trying to straight Moses out.

This movie was absolutely terrible. I mean bad as in why in the hell did they even bother making this movie. Homeless people could have used that money to eat and find shelter than wasted on this movie. I am always the one who will give independent LGBT movies a chance, but this one was not worth the wasted time. The story was dumb. The acting was ok, for what it was. It was boring and slow.
The roommate, Ruth, was playing a straight woman, but she was as straight as a hook. She did not even closely look the part to play a straight woman. She was nothing but butch lesbian. The guy playing Moses was in his underwear for most of the movie, so that make it seem that was what the movie was really about. Watch this furry guy walk around in his briefs a lot. The whole goddess thing was pulled right out of someone's ass. It made no sense at all. It made some drug trip movies look like perfect sense. Moses was going to build a religion and a following of this goddess using old yellow sponges to baptism the new members. Okay, what the hell ever.

Do not waste your time with this movie. I watched it so you don't have to.

SoulMaid (2007) Trailer

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly

Stars: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark

A seventeen year old Nell is the survivor of the family. She is being placed in an all girls half way house in New Orleans. She gets settled in and starts working as a housekeeper in a nearby hotel. Nell starts to notice that there are people watching her one day out with the other girls in the house. She starts to see images of her deceased father and hearing voices in the air. The demon has not fully left her body yet. Now she must look to others for help to get rid this demon for good.

The sequel more of a story line than the first one, and that is really saying something. The first movie being a found footage movie, but they decided to make an actual movie of the sequel. They did this with The Blair Witch Project, and that sequel had nothing to do with the first one. At least this sequel began not long after the first one ended. If there was a few changes man in this movie, then it could have been titled something else. This movie did not really need the first one for the audience be able to follow the story.

Again with this movie, it is not good or bad. It is just to watch. View it if you may, but this is not a movie you will regret not seeing. Enjoy.

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) Trailer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Last Exorcism (2010)

Director: Daniel Stamm

Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Caleb Landry Jones

The evangelical Reverend Cotton Marcus was raised by his father to be a minster and an exorcist, like his father. As an adult, Cotton does not believe in his practice or almost his faith. He sees it all as a job to make easy money. He receives a letter in the mail from Louis Sweetzer, a farmer in Ivanwood, LA. The man claims that his daughter, Nell, is possessed by a demon. Cotton is followed with a camera crew that is documenting his work as an exorcist, and showing the camera the tricks of the trade. This case will prove to be a problem for Cotton and for the family.

This is a found footage movie, and as you may know I am not the biggest fan of this type of movie. It looks like a low budget movie through most of it, not really found footage. The "camera crew" were suppose to be more professional, than a normal person picking up a video camera and start shooting.
The cast is small and the extras interviewed in the town really do look and act like people that they just walked up to and started talking. The main cast are some up and coming actors. The acting is very average, not good and not bad.

The movie itself is not really scary or frightening. They are some of those jump at you moments with the extremely high music to companion it or a fast turn of the camera. You are not going to be scared of be possessed or a demon follow you home from school or shopping. Did I just put that in your head? There is really nothing good or bad to say about the movie. It's something to watch and that was about all for me. Enjoy. 

The Last Exorcism (2010) Trailer

Sunday, September 14, 2014

13 Sins (2014)

Director: Daniel Stamm

Stars: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rutina Wesley, Ron Perlman

Elliot Brindle is salesman that is having one of the worst days of his life. His fiancé is expecting their first child. He is called into his boss' office and gets fired. He helps his brother live independently, so he does not have to be placed in a home. And to top everything off, his racist father is being evicted from his apartment, so he has to move in with him. His fiancé is black. Elliot receives a call on his cell phone with sitting in his car thinking about what to with his life and how to explain everything to his fiancé. The call was from a man offering him to compete in a contest by completing 13 different tasks. The tasks start out easy, and their become more difficult as the game goes along. The grand is over $6 million that he so desperately needs.

The movie is a remake of an Asian movie 13: Game of Death. I never saw the original, but I am sure it is more twisted and sick than this one. This movie has its moments though. There is a bit of gore and violence throughout the movie, so just letting you know this is not a scary movie at all. The storyline is something that has not really been told before (minus the original). For a more gore torture porn movie it had an interesting story. There is the devil or demon spirit tempting you to act out these horrific deeds for money. Something out there calling people that brings out the most selfish acts from a desperate man in much need for money. It is the old saying "The devil made me do it".
This was a good cast not a great one, though. Ron Perlman is the main reason I watched the movie. I'm a fan. He is the big star in the movie playing the lead detective on the case, not the main character though. Rutina Wesley, who played Tara in True Blood, was a really nice addition to the movie, but I'm so use to see her playing a vampire and lesbian that it was awkward seeing her in a different role. I know that sounds stupid.

This was a really good movie. It has a few twist and turns that are a bit surprising in the movie. I think you should give it a shot. Enjoy.

13 Sins (2014) Trailer

Saturday, September 13, 2014

J. Edgar (2011)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton, Judi Dench, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas

J. Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. During his career, Hoover keep a secret files on everyone that seemed important in the country. He did this with the help of his secretary, Helen Gandy, and his Assistant Director, Clyde Tolson. Hoover and Tolson became lifelong companions. Hoover spent his career obsessed with fighting the Communist in The United States, and he attached his name to crimes that someone else solved.

This is one of the more interesting biopic that has been made in a long time, in my opinion. The story itself it keep pretty simple. It starts out with Hoover's up bring, then it goes right to his more political/law enforcement career. Hoover's mother is seen some in the movie, but she had a huge influence on his life. He was nothing but a mamma's boy, but he was good about taking care of her till her death. They included all of the cases that Hoover claimed to solve, but he was just taking someone else's fame away. Hoover help the development of solving crimes and helping solve so many cases, but that is not the most interesting subjects about Hoover.
This movie was long, but in a strange way I wish it was longer. I just wanted the movie to include so much more than it did. There was only one scene of Hoover in a dress. It made it seem that he only cross dressed once. It was a habit that he greatly enjoyed. I wanted to see him in full on drag dancing around the room. I wanted a scene with Hoover and Tolson in bed having sex or at least making out like school girls, but no, there was only the forceful one kiss in the movie that started a fight between the two men. It has been said that they never had sex, but there is no way that happened. Just think about it. Two men always alone and attracted to each other, and they never had sex. That happens all the time, yeah right. The biggest part of Hoover's career was his secret filing cabinet that he kept in his office. That cabinet ruined so many people's lives and careers. Hoover had a personal vendetta against Communism, and he wanted any person that was even perceived to be "Red" taken down. That could have been a movie all of its own. It could be titled The Cabinet.
The cast was flawless, for the most part. Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover was just not so right. He did a good job in the role, but for some reason, he just did not fit the part for the character. Maybe it is just me, but I doubt it.

If this was one of those movie that you passed on, then give it a chance. It is a good movie, but not a lot of action or anything like that. A movie about an important man in history that was secretly gay and liked to wear women's clothes. Enjoy.
J. Edgar (2011) Trailer

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Coffee Date (2006)

Director: Stewart Wade

Stars: Jonathan Bray, Wilson Cruz, Jonathan Silverman, Sally Kirkland, Deborah Gibson, Elaine Hendrix, Jason Stuart

Todd(Jonathan Bray )is a simple movie loving neat man whom is now divorce. His brother, Barry(Jonathan Silverman), has been staying on his couch. Barry sets Todd up on a blind date with someone online. Todd goes to meet Kelly, but Kelly(Wilson Cruz) is a man. Despite the huge mistake, the two still seem to get along rather well. The two men become friends and start to hang out a lot, but it makes it more obvious to everyone around Todd that is really is gay. Well, the fact that everyone thinks that he is gay, and even his mother comes to town to comfort this new gay life is driving Todd crazy.

This is a cute movie that is pretty predictable as far as the story line. They is no real sex scene to be show, so do not watch the movie for that alone. The story is pretty simple with the normal token gay dialogue that you see in almost every single "coming out" movie. This is not one of those movies, and those lines is still in there. The acting is good not great by any mean. Comedian, Jason Stuart, was the best addition to the cast as Todd's coworker. He was a bit funny without trying to steal a scene. He just got it. Deborah "Debbie" Gibson playing Todd's real lust interest was a surprise to see her in a low budget indie movie, or was it? It is sad that the supporting cast for the movie was more famous than the main characters.

It is something to watch with a loved one and thank God that you are not single and having to deal with all of that crap. Enjoy!

Coffee Date (2006) Trailer

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

Director: Rob Zombie

Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe, Ken Foree, Priscilla Barnes, Danny Trejo, Brian Posehn

In Ruggsville, TX, Sheriff John Quincy Wydell, along with other law enforcement, attacked the home of the serial killers the Firefly family. Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from a tunnel underneath the house leaving the mother to face the Sheriff.  The oldest Tiny was wandering outside the house and escapes. Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly go to hide out at a deserted motel, and contacting Captain Spaulding to meet them there. They run into a touring band and decide to make them their last victims.

For his second offering, Rob Zombie took it all the way. The violence and the gore was amped up even more than it needed it to be, but it worked for the subject matter. With the film, House of 1,000 Corpses, it was more of a MTV movie than anything else. It was all about colors, textures and images. Zombie was really tipping his hat to the more 70's Grind house movies with Corpses. Rejects had a grimy dirtier feel to it. The entire look of the movie was beige and not in a boring way by any means. It was just mostly desert scenes, but the production for this movie was spot on. The movie looks great, but some of the scenes were a bit much. This one was one was more sexual perverse than the first. You almost feel dirty and naughty for even watching this movie.
The cast for this movie is surprising as always. You see actors from that past that audiences have almost forgotten. Do you remember Teri from the show Three's Company? You get to see her half nude in this movie. Then you have the comedian  Brian Posehn in it for a minute. I was so glad to see him in something. The rest of the cast are from horror movies from the past. So many faces you will recognized.

The movie itself is great with or without watching House of 1,000 Corpses. The main character spill over on to this movie without a hitch, but you do not need to necessarily have to watch the first one to enjoy this one. Enjoy.

The Devil's Rejects (2005) Trailer

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Director: Lee Daniels

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Clarence Williams III, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda

In the 1920's, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) was born the son of a sharecropper on the land of a white family. As he leaves the farm to live his life on his own, he becomes the valet at an upscale hotel in Washington D.C. While working at the hotel, he is noticed by someone from The White House. Cecil becomes one of the main butlers of The White House. Over the many decades, Cecil would serves under many U.S. Presidents. During those years of service, he witness the history of the American Civil Rights Movement while he works to remain silent on the issue. Cecil learns to cope with his wife, Gloria, drinking problem, and his son, Louis, working to help the black community without a regard to his own safe. Cecil keeps working and learns how to handle his changing family.

This movie was wonderful. It had every emotional string pulling you in every direction from beginning to end. Your emotions were all over the place while watching this movie. The storyline was simple and straight forward with a few sections branching off a bit but not unnecessarily.
The one complaint that I have read about the movie was Forest Whitaker performance. I saw nothing at all with the way he portrayed the character. Cecil was having to deal with what all he hear and remember to never repeat it. His wife was an alcoholic and sleeping with his best friend. If that does not keep a man humble, then he gets to blow up about all of the foolishness that he son gets involved in. The character had a difficult life, but he did what he had to do for his family. OK, there was something else that did bother me in the movie. The beginning was taken place on a sharecropper's farm, but it looked and acted like they were slaves. That part just did not set well, but it was a great opening.
The one part that I really did enjoy in the movie was seeing Oprah cooking in the kitchen like normal people do. Now when was the last time she did that for herself or anybody. She was incredible in this movie. She still the ability to turn out a role.
Do you see the list of actors above? They got way too many people to just play very small scenes in this movie, but yet the budget for the movie was not near as high as I thought it would be. When I was watching, I only knew of the main actors and that was all. I could not believe than I recognized almost every face and name. It was not a bad thing at all. All of the actors were wonderful in their roles. Lenny Kravitz impressed the hell out of me, again. He really can act. It seemed so natural, but then again look at who his mother was.

This maybe a movie some of you would want to own. I would think about it. It is a great movie with a great cast. Enjoy.

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Trailer

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hell House (2001)

Director: George Ratliff

Stars: Aria Adloo, Ashley Adloo, Amy Allred

In the Dallas, TX suburb of Cedar Hill, there is a church, Trinity Assemblies of God Church that holds an annual Hell House around Halloween. The Hell House is designed to teach young adults the different roads in life that will keep you far from living a clean life with Jesus. The temptations that youth have to face every single day of their life is displayed throughout the Hell House to help encourage a cleaner more spiritual way of living. At the end of the Hell House, there are different people from the church that you can speak with to help you have a better relationship with Jesus.

I swear I wrote every line of that above. It was not from their pamphlet. I was honestly making myself sick for a moment. These people that put this Hell House together every year are trying to help young people. I get that completely, but what in the hell are they thinking? Here is my view point of this attraction.

Instead of educating young people about God, Jesus, religion and sin, they try to shock them or scare them into following or believing in their religion. How is that a good thing? Our form of Christianity is so great that we have to scare you to death in order for you to believe in it. That is not Christian at all.
Included in their Hell House, there are scenes of the effects of drinking, drunk driving, abortions, and whatever else is a hot topic that is "destroying our youth". These are topics that youth need to educated on, but not the way these nut jobs do it. Examples: If you go to a rave then you are going to get raped. If you have premarital sex then you will get pregnant have to get an abortion and kill a living soul. They just take this stuff way to for. The one group or topic that they try and stay away from is.....drum roll, Please!......Homosexuality. That is because half of the men are closet cases themselves, and that just hits too close to home. These self righteous homophobic bigots.

It is something to watch if there is nothing else to like paint your cat toenails or make flower pots hangers. Enjoy.

Hell House (2001) Trailer

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Stars: David Kato, Christopher Senyonjo

In Uganda, a few years ago a new bill was presented to make homosexuality punishable by death. Even if you knew of someone that was homosexual, and you did not report them, you could serve three years in jail. David Kato was the first openly gay person in Uganda. Kato, along with other activists, worked hard to keeping this bill turning into law. They were working against the clock to make change and to save their lives. This was their story.

Living in the United States, we do not think about how bad life is for LGBT people, but with watching this documentary you get to discover stories from another country. These people are fighting for their lives period. They are not worried about who is going to make my cake for my wedding or marriage tax breaks. Watching  and listening to these people's stories should put perspective on how far the LGBT community worldwide has to go to receive equal human rights.
The people that are showcased in this documentary are some of the bravest that I have seen. They are risking their own lives to tell their own story about how their government and people  treat them. They are sending their message out into the world to hopefully receive help, prayers and to educated others.

This is a heartfelt and heart breaking documentary about gay people not living but surviving in Uganda. I do recommend watching this. It is sad that in so many parts of the world people have to live in fear for their lives. Enjoy.

Call Me Kuchu (2012) Trailer

Friday, August 29, 2014

The ABCs of Death (2012)

Director: Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis + more

Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González, Kyra Zagorsky + more

This movie is an a 26 chapter anthology of the different ways of death.  Taken from the children's book of ABC's, a list of some of the top contemporary directors from all over the world was given a letter to create a short film on a way to die. There are 26 different films included in this 2 hour movie.

There are a few of the segments that are watchable and some that are a bit boring. Some of the stories are downright sick and twisted. Included are some of the shorts that are so far out there that you wondering what in the hell they were even thinking about to get them in this subject matter.

X is for XXL is really gory, but a great way to look at being thin. D is for dogfight is shot so well and an incredible turn on a storyline. F is for Fart is just too damn weird. You will see. Like I said there is some really interesting pieces of film included. Some of the film makers take it a little too far in the messed up factor.

This was a movie that is well worth watching. Just letting you know that a lot of the material is subtitled, so if you hate reading a movie, than you need to skip this one. Other than that check it out. It is not scary or eerie one bit. Enjoy.

The ABCs of Death (2012) Trailer