Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sordid Lives (2000)

Director: Del Shores

Stars: Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, Olivia Newton-John, Kirk Geiger, Newell Alexander, Sarah Hunley, Beau Bridges, Earl Houston Bullock, Beth Grant, Leslie Jordan

In Texas, a family is getting ready for a funeral. Sissy's sister died because she tripped on a pair of wooden legs owned by G.W. Nethercott. They were having an affair at a local motel. G.W.'s wife, Noleta, comes over to Sissy for comfort and food. Sissy's nieces, LaVonda and Latrelle, have come over to fight about what their momma is going to buried in. There brother, Brother Boy, is in the local mental hospital because he is a cross dresser. Latrelle's son, Ty, is an actor living in Hollywood. He is having trouble dealing with his gayness. This family is getting ready for a meltdown before the funeral.

This a play by Del Shores. This is a funny movie. I have never seen the play, but I have heard it is great. It seemed like it was shot in a week and maybe it was. For such a loved play you would think that the movie would have been bigger, but it was not. When it came out, I did not know of anyone else that had even heard of it.

The cast for this movie was wonderful. My favorite in the movie was Beth Grant. Is there nothing she is not good at. I love her. I think she is one of the most entertaining women in the business. Now the one badness in the movie was Olivia Newton-John's accent. It was terrible. She sounded like herself with a cold. She could not do a Southern or Texan accent for nothing. There is a difference in the two. All of the scenes with Ty in Hollywood could have been completely left out for me. It seemed to take you out of the movie. The drama with the family and the funeral was the best parts of the movie.

I loved this movie, and if you watched it you will too. If you can find a copy by all means do it. Enjoy.

Sordid Lives (2000) Trailer
Sordid Lives (2000) Full Movie

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hatchet III (2013)

Director: BJ McDonnell

Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen, Sid Haig

Marybeth shows up at the police station covered in blood with part of a human in her hand, saying that she killed Victory Crowley. She gets arrested, and reporter that has been working on the Victory Crowley case post her bail. Rescue squad and ambulances have gone out to collect the bodies, but the medical teams are disappearing. The sheriff and a SWAT team goes out into the swamp to find out what is going on. Victory Crowley has come back to hunt down anyone that comes to his swamp. Marybeth is still the key to end the haunting of the swamp.

In the third and hopefully the last installment of these movies, there was not much of a story line at all. Now, don't get me wrong. The movie was good and entertaining, but it was the same thing as the last one. I was not expecting a lot, but I just wanted movie from the last one. The blood and gore was definitely there which was great to see. I mean there was more body parts being torn off and ripped up than in both of the other two movies. The gore was not a letdown at all.

For this movie, they pulled even more past horror actors out of the bag. Zach Galligan, from the Waxwork movies and Gremlins, was the sheriff. It had been a long time since I had really seen him in anything. Caroline Williams was in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Leprechaun 3. For the third time, Parry Shen was in this movie. It was not really surprising to see him in the movie, but it is just odd that he did all three movies. Every time he played a different character.

I still liked this movie even though it was the worst of the three. It is still worth watching just to find out how the trilogy ends. Enjoy.

Hatchet III (2013) Trailer

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone

Now that the districts have been almost completely destroyed, Katniss Everdeen is in the underground bunker where President Alma Coin has her headquarters. The revolution needs Katniss to be the Mockingjay, the face of the Revolution. Katniss goes out to some of the districts with a camera crew to make propaganda for the other districts and the Capital to see. The Capital is using Peeta to try to convince Katniss in stopping the war against the Capital.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. The look of the movie is so much different than the previous movies. Even though there were darker dirtier scenes in the other movies, many of the scenes were brighter and colorful with beauty all around. This movie was mostly all different colors of gray. That was the main color palette with a little black thrown in for added plainness. With all of that said the look of the movie was flawless. The color of the movie was bland, but it really set all of the scenes for the movie. You could tell just by the color usage that there was not really going to be much of an uplifting scenes.

I was surprised by the added cast in this movie. The normal cast has been doing a really good job in their roles. To see Julianne Moore in this movie was a shocker. I think she is great in every movie she is in. I was just surprised to see her in this movie. I hate to say it, but she seemed a bit flat in this role, but I have not read the books, so I do not know how the character is supposed to act. I just like seeing her in bigger crazier roles.

I am ready for Part 2 to come out. This was a really good movie. I was not disappointed at all in this movie. There are a lot of haters out there about the movies, but I just ignore them. I think you should watch this one, if you liked the other ones. Enjoy.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Trailer

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph

Hiro is a thirteen year old genius that is more concentrated on robot battles than thinking about going to college with his older brother, Tadashi. After going with his brother to his lab on campus, he decided to enrolled into college. At a Science Expo, Hiro demonstrates his new invention, the Microbot. This small robot can link to others like it by the power of the mind. A fire breaks out in the Expo after the show.  Tadashi runs in the building to save his professor just as there is an explosion. Hiro discovers Tadashi project, Baymax, a Health robot. There is one microbot that was not destroyed, but it shows Hiro where all of the others are. The microbots were stolen by a masked man that is looking for revenge. Hiro and his brother friends work on tiring to stop him.

Ignore what the other reviews say about this movie. This is a Disney movie made mainly for kids, not adults. This was a great movie for the whole family. It have comedy, drama, sadness and a lot of action. What more would you want in a movie. The animation is top notch. The flow of the movie is smooth, not choppy or too quick. The only odd part about the movie was that the character seemed very white, but the movie was in China or somewhere in the area.

Baymax was the best character. You just wanted to grab him and hug him. He was the funniest part of the whole movie. Almost every single scene that shown the character was funny. The rest of the character were funny as well, but Baymax was the best.

I thought this movie was great. I was not disappointed in it at all. It was so much better than I thought it would be. If you have not seen this movie, then I think you should give it a chance. Enjoy.

Big Hero 6 (2014) Trailer

Mask (1985)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Stars: Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott, Estelle Getty, Laura Dern, Dennis Burkley, Lawrence Monoson

Rocky Dennis developed the disease craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, an extremely rare, sclerotic bone disorder. The condition usually results in neurological disorders and death during childhood. He is getting ready for his first year at a new high school. His mother, Rusty, is a no nonsense woman that does not put up with anyone. She hangs out with a motorcycle gang that thinks the world of her son Rocky. Rusty has a drug problem that she is trying to handle. This is the story of the end of Rocky's life.

The performances in this movie are top notch. Eric Stoltz was still building his career, but the make-up did not help the audience to recognize him at all. The performance was impressive for his age. Sam Elliott is always good at every role he takes, but in this movie he really seem to fit the part. I saw this movies as a kid and thought that is how most bikers look like. I was so wrong. And of course the star of the movie, Cher. She captured that role like no one else could. You really did believe that you were almost watching real footage. You believed in the characters.
Rocky Dennis

The make-up work applied to Eric Stoltz for the role was really close to how Rocky Dennis looked like. It is a sad story of how he had to live, and how he was treated and looked at by other people. A mother should never have to experience something like this. The story is so sad, but it shows how he tried not to let his disease get him down. The people in his life loved him regardless.

Everything about this movie is pretty much great. I love this movie for the story and the performances. If you just got out from under a rock and have not watched this movie, then by all means go out and do so. You will not regret watching this movie. Enjoy.

Mask (1985) Trailer

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Sum of Us (1994)

Director: Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling
Stars: Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy

Jeff is a young gay man and a plumber living at home with his father, Harry. His father is completely excepting of Jeff being gay, but he just wishes that Jeff would find a nice guy to settle down with. One night at the local bar, Jeff runs into Greg, a local garden. Jeff is really into to Greg, but when he brings Greg home and he meets his dad things go wrong. Greg cannot handle the way Jeff and his dad's relationship is so honest and open, so Greg leaves. Harry starts to date only to find a woman that he sees a future with, but he has a stroke leaving him disable. Jeff has to start taking care of his dad around the clock.

This is a gay movie, but how the movie was made it is more about the relationship between a father and son. It is not a normal relationship being as open and honest that it is. It's the type of relationship that people should long for. This is truly a beautiful movie in every single way. Some of the dialogue seems a bit force and too sudden, but it still works for the movie.

The reason that Russell Crowe did this movie is because he had just starred in Romper Stomper, a Neo-Nazi skinhead movie. His next move was to star in a gay movie, since he received a lot of hate from the previous movie. He went further in the movie than I thought he would. It was almost a gay sex scene, but all that was shown was the two characters making out.

The movie had a great story about relationship. no matter the sex or the age. The is a movie for anyone to watch. You do not have to be gay to watch this movie and still get the message. If you find it on or rent a copy, then I think you should watch it. You will not regret watching this movie at all. Enjoy. 

The Sum of Us (1994) Trailer
The Sum of Us (1994) Full Movie

Longtime Companion (1989)

Director: Norman René
Stars: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins, Campbell Scott, John Dossett, Mary-Louise Parker, Bruce Davison, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Schoeffling

In 1981, a group of friends vacationing on Fire Island for the weekend read an article in The New York Times about a virus that is attacking gay men in large cities. The article said the disease was a Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder. As the years pass, several of the friends in the group die of complication of the disease as well as people around them. They work on figuring out how to handle losing their friends mentally and emotionally.

This movie takes a look at early days of the AIDS epidemic focusing on a group of friends. This is a movie that younger people need to watch to show how people treated victims of AIDS. This was a terrible time to be gay and sexually active period. There were so many closeted gay me in this country that no one was safe from the disease.

This movie gives a face to the AIDS epidemic, so that it is just not something you read about from the past. It is a disease that people are still fighting, but the fight is better today than it used to be. This is not a happy movie to watch at all. There is really nothing light and funny about it. it is a very serious movie, but a great movie to watch.  Enjoy.

Longtime Companion (1989) Trailer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hell Baby (2013)

Director: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Stars: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Alex Berg, Keegan-Michael Key, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Michael Ian Black, Rob Huebel, Dave Holmes

Jack and Vanessa buy a fixer' up house in the Garden District in New Orleans. She is expecting twins any day now. They are the white couples that have moved into a mostly black neighbor. Their new house has a history of having tons of murders happening there. Strange events start to happen in their new home. Vanessa becomes possessed by a demon, and she starts to take it out on her husband. In the middle of all of this, their neighbor across the street, F'resnel, just comes into their house whenever he wants to. Vanessa's sister comes over to smudge the house. Two priest from Italy are in town looking for this evil.

I kind of made this movie sound better than it really is. This is not a good movie, not even in the sense of being a good bad movie. Those are my favorite, but this is not one of them at all. This movie is loosely a parody of the It's Alive movie. That was not even that great of a movie, but I guess they thought that they could make it funny. They were wrong.

They tried way too hard to make this movie funny to the point of the movie just came off lame. The puking scene was the worst part of the movie. It was so unnecessary, and the scene was way too long. The whole movie was the same joke over and over again. The bad part is that Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon were the writers and directors of this movie. They are normally really funny and talented, but their parts that they wrote for themselves were kind of stupid. I hated that. I was so excited to see them in the movie. The rest of the cast were in almost every Comedy Central show in the 90's.

I would not waste the time in watching this movie. It is one that needs to be skipped, unless you are really desperate to watch something new and there is nothing else on, at all. I watched it so you don't have to.

Hell Baby (2013) Trailer

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Director: Cameron Crowe

Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, John Michael Higgins

Benjamin Mee has lost his wife. His two children are working on dealing with the loss, but the son, Dylan, has been expelled from school. Ben decides that his family needs a new start with a big change. He takes his youngest child, Rosie with him to look for a new house. The house that they pick has a closed but working zoo attached to it. The zoo comes with a small staff to help run the property. He is worried about passing the zoo inspection, but everyone helps out to make sure everything is working well. He is hoping the process of getting the zoo ready to open that his family will grow closer and stronger.

This movie was so much better than I thought it would be. The characters or the movie does not take itself too seriously at all. The movie is light an entertaining. What else could you ask for. Cameron Crowe pulled out another good movie. He just has a way of making these simple stories seem so much larger and grander than they are. He makes you believe in the story and the characters. The movie starts out a bit slow, but as the movies moves along you become more interested in the story. Once the movies gets going it does not seem to last too long.

The acting in the movie is normal. No one is over the top or anything like that or even close to it. There are mostly normal conversations going on through the movie. The acting is good though, just not great. Matt Damon is a little believable as a dad, and someone who works with his hands. Scarlett Johansson is more believable in her role than most of the others. seeing the two of them as a couple is the most weird part of the whole movie.

There is nothing dirty or anything like that in the movie at all, so it is good for the whole family. I think it is. If you find the movie on, then give it a watch. I do not think that you will be disappointed. Enjoy.

We Bought a Zoo (2011) Trailer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Stars: Warwick Davis, Brent Jasmer, Jessica Collins

The Leprechaun has kidnapped the Dominian princess, Princess Zarina, so he can make himself the King. A spaceship of marines interfere with the leprechaun's plans. The commander of the ship is Dr. Mittenhand, who is part man and part machine. The doctor finds the princess and wants to work on experiments on her. The leprechaun starts to kill the marines one by one, and everyone on the ship is 
tracking him down to kill him.

You got it right Leprechaun in space. This was the most coming out of nowhere story line that I have ever seen. It has absolutely nothing to do with the series, except for that the leprechaun is in it. Nothing more. He is in space now trying to marry this princess. Where in the hell did that come from?

The story is really bad. The acting is nothing short of a joke. The major or whatever he was with the metal plate on his head, he went from being his normal self to being a drag queen. He was dressed as the ugliest woman during the whole scene. It just made no sense at all. The marines were beyond stupid in the movie. Now, I have seen marines portrayed as really dumb, but here they too it a bit far. The Dr. Mittenhand character was the worst of all of them. It was a terrible make-up and concept creation. He was all child molesty looking.

This is a movie to completely pass by. Don't even stop and say "hello", it will stop you and make you watch it. It is pretty desperate for a movie. I watched it so you don't have to. 

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) Full Movie

Into the Storm (2014)

Director: Steven Quale

Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress

In Silverton, OK, they are getting ready for their high school graduation. There is also a storm chaser team in the area working on completing a documentary in hopes of getting the limelight. A storm comes to town that produces a super tornado with several other tornadoes. People in the town have to head for safety, before the storm hits them. All of the people at the school are sitting in the path of the tornado.

They really tried to included a few sub stories in the movie. Some of them kind of worked, while the other were just a waste of time. If they really wanted more drama and relationship time, then the movie would have been even longer. You have the storm chasers trying to get a large tornado on film, and one of the crew is just wanting to get back to her daughter.  Donnie skips filming the graduation ceremony to help a girl in class that he really likes film some footage. Think if they would have added maybe  twenty more minutes to the movie, then the extra story lines would have worked out better.

Most people have seen the movie Twister, and most would think that this was a remake or just another big budget knock off. You would be partially right. The main difference is this movie is one hundred times more intense and power than the other movie. There was stuff flying all over this movie. You start off with one tornado, then it moves to many tornadoes tearing up the land. The biggest and baddest tornado forms to destroy everything in its path. It was crazy to watch. This is a movie that would be amazing to see in 4D. I could not even imagine how intense that would be.

Like I said, there really is not much of a story to this movie, but they did try to include something of substance. This is a good visual movie. I recommend watching it, just for the fact of all of the craziness going on. Enjoy.

Into the Storm (2014) Trailer

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Stars: Warwick Davis, John Gatins, Lee Armstrong, Caroline Williams, John DeMita
A decrepit man enters into a pawn shop to sell a statue of a leprechaun that he claims will bring good luck to the own. The shop owner removes the medallion from the neck of the statue, and the leprechaun wakes up to find his gold. Scot was on his way to L.A. for school, but he is sidetracked by this girl Tammy. He ends up losing all of his money at a casino. He goes to the pawn shop to get more money, when he finds the store owner dead. He finds one of the coins next to the body, and his lucky changes because of the coin. He gets whatever his wishes, but there is a lame magician that wants the coin along with the woman that was dealing at Scot's table. The two try to get the coin away from Scot, while the leprechaun is looking for his last piece of gold. He kills all in his way to get the gold coin.

This one is pretty silly. You have the leprechaun driving and chasing people in a go-cart. Really? It looks like a child in make-up, and no, it is not a little people joke. Pull back your claws. The movie was pretty bad. The background for the casino scenes looked like casino night at the projects. It was all plain and boring. It looked like the movie was shot at Bob's Casino. Just awful.

The acting was what you would think it would be. It was overdone, silly and mediocre. The death scene were really trying to be imaginative. There were some nice effects for a low budget horror movie.

This movie was made to be more funny than anything else. It is the third in the series. It is what it is. It is not a great movie, but it is better than the ones to come. Enjoy?

Leprechaun 3 (1995) Trailer