Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Director: James Gunn

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell

Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed.

This sequel was still just as good as the first movie, well maybe even a little bit better. In this movie you get to see Peter's father and learn more about Peter's past. There you get to see Peter's father in action working on building this family bond back together, but his father has some other motive in mind. His father's name is Ego, so you can just guess how his attitude really is toward his own son. With a name like Ego, you know he is going to suck.

This sequel tried to be more of a comedy than an action adventure movie. There were a lot more jokes in this movie than you would think that there would be. Now with all of the added jokes in the movie did not make this movie really funny. That is why I said that they "tried". They did not succeed.

The entire cast came by for the sequel, so you do not have to get use to a new person, except for the addition to  Kurt Russell to the cast and a few minor characters. Russell was great in the movie. You do not see him much anymore, so you just kind of forget about him. Seeing him in this movie reminds you of how good of an actor he still is.

The best part of the entire movie were the special effects. I mean, come on, that is what you really watch this movie for. The effects and the creation of these different worlds and the ships are what really bring people into the theaters. It is really the best part. It seems that there are more and better effects in the sequel. Another reason to see the movie, is to see if the second movie looks better that the first one. You know it does.

The soundtrack for the movie is just as good, if not better than the first movie. I love it. This is one of those movies that need to be watched at least once, if not over and over again. This is a movie that you need to own for yourself. It is well worth buying. Enjoy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Trailer

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)

Director: Chris Angel

Stars: Tara Spencer-Nairn, Michael Trucco, Jason Thompson, John Novak

The Djinn unleashes his undying love and three wishes on a beautiful new victim named Lisa, whose crucial third wish is one that the Wishmaster cannot fulfill without leaving a trail of terror, devastation and blood in his wake. The evil brotherhood of the Djinns shall awaken from the flames of Hell. As the third wish is made, humankind had better be prepared for the apocalypse. Woken up once again, the repulsive Djinn returns to wreck the life of more innocent victims with his deadly fulfillments. In order to prevent the release of the evil brotherhood of the Djinns from Hell, Lisa must find a way to destroy the Djinn to stop the prophecy from being fulfilled.

They just saved the worst for last. It really does seem like they just pull these ideas out of their ass. This one even looks like a bad B-movie just by the sets alone. They did not try to hide what this movie is. I at least give them credit for that. They know this is not a good movie.

The cast is forgettable, but the actor playing the Djinn came back to make this movie. The acting is on the same quality as an 80's nudie comedy. It is just a miss fire all over the place. This movie at least has nudity and good gore to spark a light for those fans.

This is one of those movies that I say Skip it. It is just not worth wasting the time to sit through. There is far better B-movies out there to watch. Just read about some of them on here. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002) Trailer

Trolls (2016)

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Here is another creation from Dreamworks. They are trying to bring back the Troll dolls, but I do not think it worked that well. You still do not see those ugly dolls all over the shelves. They just bought the idea to bring the dolls back by making a movie about them. It failed. This movie is like most of the other Dreamworks animated movies. The movie is filled popular music with a story wrapped around it. They do that too much. Here is my breakdown of the movie.

First, the movie looks great. The animation is pretty flawless. I have no problem with that at all. The color usage makes every scene just pop right off the screen at you. It is a wonderful job on the creation of the different characters. They made each one of them unique so each would stand out.

The cast was just too much. Look above at all of the big names in this movie. Is all of that really needed? It is not like you are seeing their facial expressions and body language. It is just their voice. Why do they need to spend this kind of money just on voice work? It is because the story is not that great, so they shove all of these big names in a movie, and there you go. People will come to see it, then you have the terrible pop music that the movie is filled with. They could have gotten a better script, if they would have cut down on the music and the big Hollywood names. It might have even made for a better movie.

This is a good movie for kids, but I just do not know about the whole family. It is worth watching for your kids. You may even want to pick up a copy for your children. Enjoy.

Trolls (2016) Trailer

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cooties (2014)

Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Jorge Garcia

When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. Teachers are fighting to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.

This movie is either to scare small children or to make adults laugh. It really could be either one. You have small kids turning into zombies looking to kill one another and their teachers. Here is a movies where it is kids turning into zombies. Have we not had enough zombie movies? I blame it all on The Walking Dead. The popularity of that show has spawned a monster. Now there are tons of zombie movies out there, but now we have a movie where kids are turning into zombies. I know they have gone further down this road. It is just too much.

The movie itself is not terrible at all, but it is not great by a long shot. You have these teachers that are having to deal with the fact that these are children, but these children are wanting to kill them and eat them. You can see this dilemma in the teachers faces that they have to kill these kids. These are the same kids that they have been teaching. It makes for a decent movie. I just was not that big of a fan of the cast. Rainn Wilson is one of the worst actors out there. I am so glad that he is going away. Elijah Wood is pretty decent an actor, but you could never believe that he is a teacher. They should have looked at recasting the movie.

This is one of those movies that is worth watching once, but I just do not know about a rewatcher. I do not think that it is worth that much attention. Enjoy.

Cooties (2014) Trailer

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

Director: Beeban Kidron

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Jason London, Chris Penn, Melinda Dillon, Beth Grant, Alice Drummond, Michael Vartan, RuPaul, Julie Newmar, Naomi Campbell, Quentin Crisp, Candis Cayne, Robin Williams, The Lady Bunny

Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme and Noxeema Jackson impress regional judges in competition, securing berths in the Nationals in Los Angeles. When the two meet pathetic drag novice Chi-Chi Rodriguez, one of the losers that evening, the charmed Vida and Noxeema agree to take the hopeless youngster under their joined wing. Soon the three set off on a madcap road trip across America and struggle to make it to Los Angeles in time. They break down in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, just to change these people's lives forever.

This is one of the gayest movies of the 90's. It was Hollywood trying to create a more gay positive world showing how some gay people are. There were a lot of gat indie movies made in the 90's. Here is one of the bigger budget gay movies loaded with stars. This movie is just a movie. No gay people live like this at all, but you know that there were people that thought that this is how gay people live.
Gay movies were not welcomed in big Hollywood at the time this movie came out, so it was a surprise that a star studded gay movie was being made for the masses. I was living in a very small town at the time, and our cinema got the movie. It was that big of a movie.

Now, this movie hits most of the typical stereotypes of gay people that you could think of. Start off with tons a drag queens, and the ways that gay men act. Just look at how Robin Williams acts in the movie. He is overly gay, so that his small part in the movie would really stand out. It all should be offensive, but the movie is just so damn likeable. I am sure that a lot of members of the gay community were up in arms over the movie, saying that it misrepresents the community. It was a comedy and that is the only way that a gay movie could be made in Hollywood. It could never be serious.

Wesley Snipes was great. He seemed so comfortable and natural in this role. This was his best performance period in any movie that he has done. He nailed it as a sassy black drag queen. Flawless. Patrick Swayze was the lady in the movie. He was way too proper for the likes of drag pageants. He knew he was killing this role. John Leguizamo was there for the real comic relief. They all looked great in drag.

The rest cast for the movie was over board. I mean just look above at all of the big names that was in this movie. It shows how big this movie was at the time, so there were so many actors that wanted to be a part of this movie. Now, with so many names in a movie normally makes for a bad movie, but this movie was an exception. There were many of the cast that were just in the movie for a few seconds, but they still standout in the large cast. I will not go into each one of their performances, but they were all so good. I was not disappointed by any of them. Some of my favorite character actors were in this movie.

I love this movie, and I know that there will be some of you that hate this movie. This is one of those movies that is worth watching and even owning for your own. If you have never seen this movie, then you need to do so. You will like it. Enjoy.

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) Trailer

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001)

Director: Chris Angel

Stars: Jason Connery, A.J. Cook, Tobias Mehler

For the third time, the evil Wishmaster returns with more evil and grotesquery to wreck the life of more innocents. This time, his victim is a beautiful, innocent and studious teenage girl named Diana Collins who accidentally opened up the Djinn's tomb and released him. After gaining his freedom, the Djinn goes into a murderous frenzy though her college campus while trying to find Diana to fulfill her three wishes. While Diana is on the run, she must endeavor to prevent the Djinn from subjecting the entire world to Hell's wrath.

Here it is again, white people being nosey. Diana opens the tomb to release him, and now her life is in danger. She should have left it alone. Has she not seen a horror movie before. Leave things alone. The Djinn starts killing people looking for her. So don't be friends with stupid nosey people, like Diana. You will be killed because of her.

For some reason, this movie seemed to be trying to be all sexy and sensual, like Playboy after dark. You have these "sexy" woman working on seducing Diana's professor. The gore was not much to bother anyone. It was all a little weak, but what do you expect from a third in a series that was straight to video. No one really wanted to see this movie in a theater.

I would only watch this movie once. It is not worth watching over and over again. It is just not that good at all. It is even a different man playing the Djinn. That just makes it worse. I watched it, so you don't have to.
Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Eva Khatchadourian is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin. Pregnancy does not seem to agree with Eva, but what's worse, when she does give birth to a baby boy named Kevin, she can't seem to bond with him. When Kevin grows from a fussy, demanding toddler into a sociopathic teen, Eva is forced to deal with the aftermath of her son's horrific act.

When this movie came out I really wanted to see it, but that back fires too many times. The movie sucks too many times. This movie was better than I was hoping.

The story is what got my attention the most. There are so many stories of teenagers killing people or doing horrible acts, but you never hear the side of the families or the parents of the guilty child. This movie shows how the terrible acts that a child commits effects their parents. This is the first movie that I know of that really shows the aftermath. I was impressed.

What really drew me to the movie was the cast. Tilda Swinton was wonderful as she always is. She is one of the best actress out there, but she is not used that much. John C. Reilly went back to his indie roots and be a serious actor. He was not trying to be funny at all. Ezra Miller is a young actor that has really shown some great potential. I think he will go far. He is one of the few good new actors.

This is not a movie to ignore. There are some interesting scenes in the movie that may offend some viewers, but those are not my people. Watch this movie, if you can find a copy. I thought it was a great movie. Enjoy.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) Trailer

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Cave (2005)

Director: Bruce Hunt

Stars: Piper Perabo, Morris Chestnut, Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian

Decades after a rock church in communist Romania's Carpathians caved when an expedition caused a landslide and buried everyone, Dr. Nicolai's scientific team exploring the associated Templar Knights monster fighting-legend discovers a deep, flooded cave system and hires the brothers Jack and Tyler's brilliant divers team to explore it. Another explosion traps them, after finding a mysterious parasite turning all species carnivore, and later an independently evolved predator species. Jack may be infected and turning, but Tyler sticks with him, so the group splits, hunted by the monsters, which also fly.

This movie is kind of a horror movie. It was really an action movie with a monster in the sea killing people. That being said, it was not a bad movie at all. I just was not expecting so much action through the movie. I always want more horror. This movie just was not want you would want it to be.

The monsters in the movie are a bit cheesy, but at least they had them there. They did not use 
shadows and darkness in the water to create the monster. They just did not put much thought in creating the creature.

Here is another movie where you do not care if the characters live or die. They are all more annoying than anything else. You start to route for the killing of the cast. They are just too forceful and too self concerned. Too many characters in movie are like that now.

This is one of those movies that you could take it or leave it. It is not really worth running out to try to find a copy. It is a movie that you would just run into on cable. I mean watch this movie once, just to get an opinion of it. I watched it, so you don't have to.

The Cave (2005) Trailer

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Watchmen (2009)

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, only one of which has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world's future.

This movie is based on the great graphic novel by Alan Moore. It's widely considered to be the best graphic novel ever. Outside of the comic world, this novel and story are kind of unknown to the rest of the world. Needless to say, the movie was incredible.

The story was really interesting without being too detailed. Do you know what I mean? You know what is going on in the movie without having read the graphic novel or know anything the story or characters. That is always really helpful for the other people that have no idea about the movie. So the story and the characters are great.

The cast for the movie was perfect. I really had no problems with them at all. Jackie Earle Haley was fine in the movie. I prefer that he kept the mask on the entire time, so you keep that mystery about who he really is. When he takes the mask off in just a few scenes, it seems like it almost breaks who his character is and about. Billy Crudup was the most recognized character in the whole movie as Dr. Manhattan. His entire character was created by CGI for the entire movie. His character is nude through the whole movie, but you only get to see his blue penis a few times in the movie. It is not Crudup's penis. The rest of the characters and actors were great in the movie. It was just these two that really stood out.

The special effects were the real star of the movie. The movie looked great. The backdrops for each scene were wonderful. Dr. Manhatten was completely created for the movie instead of someone painted blue. They had to create his big blue penis for the movie. Even the costumes for the looked amazing. It was almost like they were channeling the 60's for the costumes. I loved it. Every time Rorschach came on the screen, you could not take your eyes off of his mask. It constantly changed to different ink blocks from a psyche study. They did a great job of creating this effect.

This is a great movie. It is one of those movies that you need to stay with and pay attention to. It is 
worth your time. Like I said, you do not have to know much about the story to be able to watch the movie. Enjoy.

Watchmen (2009) Trailer

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Slugs (1988)

Director: Juan Piquer Simón

Stars: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale

People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea after all.

When you think of slugs, you do not think about something that could kill you. They are just gross and slimy leaving trails all over the place. You do not think of these creatures having teeth and eating you. This movie places harmless little slugs as killers that will consume a human. Meat is on the menu for them tonight.

This movie is more funny than scary. Okay, there is nothing scary about this movie at all. The only thing that will happen is your skin my crawl, because of all of the slugs used in this movie. That will just creep you out more than anything else. They are just so slimy.

Slugs is one of those movies that does not take itself too seriously. This movie is more funny than anything else. All of these people are having tons of nude fun outdoors, then the slugs get to them and tear them apart. What woman buys produce and does not look to make sure that there are not any slugs in the lettuce? There is a woman in this movie that just doesn't seem to care. This poor area is just over run with these slimy little things.

This is a great campy movie to watch on a weekend night with a group of your friends. This movie is not serious in any way. It is just a fun movie to watch. It is a guilty pleasure. If you have not seen this movie, then by all means do it. It is worth your time. Enjoy.

Slugs (1988) Trailer
Slugs (1988) Full Movie

Play Dead (2001)

Director: Jeff Jenkins

Stars: Diva Zappa, Nathan Bexton, Sherrie Rose

Dale Spitler is that sweet stereotypical teenager on the cusp of coming out. He's a straight-A student and a member of the drama club. He has a part time job as a babysitter for precocious Dustine Murphy which allows her trailer-court-trashy mother, Darlene, to go out drinking. When he's not talking on the phone with friend Violet, he's fantasizing about Raymond, a boy from school, that he has a crush on. Dale hatches a desperate plot to seduce Ray and when Dale does get him to stop by we see just how hopeless Dale's fantasies are. We see that Ray is an uncouth entirely hetero jock who barely knows that Dale is alive. Violet soon calls Dale to tell him that she has accidentally killed Raymond in a traffic accident. She wants him to help dispose of the body, Dale realizes that he may now have his chance to get into Raymond's pants.

Yep, you guessed it. This movie is about a young guy wanting to make out with his high school crush, even though he just died. That is pretty sick, but this movie is trying hard to be a dark comedy. I think it really missed the mark, completely.

This movie seems like someone is trying to bring one of their fantasies to life. People, that should never be done. That is why we call them fantasies. This poor guy could end up being a serial killer one day. I mean, he is already hiding a body. Just think of what he could do next. Now this all just got disturbing.

This movie was rather dull with an odd story that I do not want to see in a movie again. I know it was suppose to be a funny movie. It was not at all. I did not find this movie funny at all. The "dead" guy was not even worth putting yourself through all of that. The main character sucked. I watched this, so you don't have to.

The Devil's Hand (2014)

Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Adelaide Kane, Thomas McDonell, Colm Meaney

When young girls start to go missing within a religious cult, older followers fear a long-told prophecy while the younger members suspect abusive elders are killing them off.

I was really surprised about this movie. I did not think it was going to be worth sitting through, but I was completely mistaken. This was a good horror movie. It is the first movie that I have seen where the victims were Mennonite females. That was an odd choose of victim. I liked it. The story gave us something different in a horror movie. We needed that so bad with all of the remakes and terrible movies being released.

I liked the cast in this movie a lot. Several of them you will know from other movies, but most of the actors are fresher faces. This movie did not even feel like a horror movie through most of the movie. It was more like a true crime drama. I think that is what made me like the movie so much.

The story was well created. You did not get bored at all watching the movie. It was the death scenes that really made the movie stand out. The deaths in the movie were bloody and intense. These poor girls were almost slaughtered in the movie. You see how these religious groups "cults" leaders are completely twisted and sick for wanting to control all of their followers.

This is one of those movies that just flew under the radar. I had never heard of this movie at all, or even read anything about it before watching it. This is one of those movies that need to be watched. If you have not seen it yet, then by all means watch it. I do not think that you will be disappointed at all. Enjoy.

The Devil's Hand (2014) Trailer