Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Capital Games (2013)

Director: Ilo Orleans

Stars: Rebekah Apodaca, Lena Ann Balambao, Cristo Cabrera

Take two ambitious men, one top LA advertising firm, add a competition for the same high ranking job. Tough ex-LAPD cop, Steve Miller quit police to work in the calm environment of a business office. Mark Richfield, the glamorous new kid in the office, soon wins favor with the big boss and co-workers causing Steve to cringe in jealousy. After a crazy night in the Santa Fe desert Steve becomes torn between passionate love and passionate hatred. Steve and Mark endure agonizing decisions that will affect their lives forever.

This was not a bad movie. It was one of those movies that if there was a little more money thrown at it, it would have been better. The story was one that had been told before in a way, but this time both of the men were straight. They just fell for each other and started making out and getting each other off. That happens all the time to two straight men that are all alone in the desert. They just have that sexual charge and fall in love with one another. Yeah, right. It did make for an interesting twist on a tired ass story.

The acting was decent for a low budget gay movie. I think that the movie needed more time to be looked at and made. Some scenes needed to be reshot and some lines needed to be rehearsed more. The physical interaction between the two men seemed realistic. They had a passion between them. It was the best acting in the whole movie. This was not a bad movie at all. It is worth watching. Enjoy.

Capital Games (2013) Trailer

Cake (2014)

Director: Daniel Barnz

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy

Claire Bennett is having visions of a member in her support group who killed herself. She was a woman who also suffers with chronic pain. Claire seeks out the widower of the woman to help her understand why.

For this being a small independent movie, it was pretty good. The story was simple and broken at the same time. I will explain. She was dealing with nothing but lose in her life. Her son was killed in the accident. Her marriage was falling apart, because of her intense physical pain. She was addicted to pain killers, and she lost some of her persona free will. The character was going through a lot, and it seem that the only person that wanted to help her was her house keeper. She was the only one there to take care of her. Much of the time she is thinking about killing herself. It is a sad story.

I never really thought that Jennifer Aniston could pull off a role like this, but to my surprise she did it. She is not the pretty one or anything like that in the movie. She has scars and looks bitter the whole time. I thought the whole cast was great in this movie.

This is a movie that you need to give it a chance. It is not the greatest movie that you will see, but it is worth watching at least once. Enjoy.

Cake (2014) Trailer

Beginners (2010)

Director: Mike Mills

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent

After his mother dies, Oliver is stunned when his father, Hal, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, comes out of the closet. When Hal passes away a few years later, Oliver grows depressed, struggling with his failing career as an artist while constantly remembering his childhood and time spent with his dad. Oliver's loneliness is eased when he meets actress Anna, but their relationship is threatened by their mutual fear of commitment.

This was an interesting story about different types of relationship and family. It was nice to see a story about a man coming out in his later years, instead of some twenty year old doing it. I'm getting sick of those movies. The reaction of his own son to his father coming out was one that I did not expect, but his son was an artist. It makes it all more liberal.

I was expecting a real emotional story when I heard about this movie. I thought it was going to be a sad happy movie. It was not either. It was just a movie with a story line. I did not get that emotional pull or feeling that I thought I was going to get from watching it. The movie seemed to start out that way. You see him cleaning out his father's house alone. That looked like the saddest and loneliest thing to do. They should have stayed with that emotion. I think were they really messed up was adding in the woman for a new relationship. It should have been a story about a son and his father and his father's male lover. That would have been a lot more emotional. That is the movie that I want to see.

This was not really a bad movie, but it was really slow and dragged too much of the time. That probably turned many off from the movie. It is worth watching once, but that is about all. Enjoy.

Beginners (2010) Trailer

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt, Bobby Lee, Danny Trejo, David Burtka

Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.

First of all, if I had a friend like Kumar, I would kill him. Just look at all of the movies and what happened to Harold because of Kumar. I would drop him from a plane. Just like in this movie, Kumar is the one responsible for setting a Christmas tree on fire. Who in the hell does that, and why was he not kicking his ass? High or not that would be an ass kicking. When you really look at the two characters, Harold is so uptight that when he does relax everything goes to hell. He just needs to calm down a bit.

Neil Patrick Harris made another cameo in this chapter of the movies. He and his real life husband, David Burtka, both play it straight as in their marriage is a sham to get more women. That was an interesting part in the movie. Of course, NPH had to do a musical number in the movie. He just cannot stop himself.

This was a good Christmas movie for stoners and high school and college guys. It hit about that intelligence level, but it is good though. If you are looking for cheap laughs at people that are high around Christmas time, this is a movie for you. Enjoy.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) Trailer

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

Director: Tristram Shapeero

Stars: Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen, Robin Williams, Jeffrey Tambor

Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

This movie could be a Christmas classic, if you family is really screwed up. Boyd distanced his family from his, because he did not get along with his own Dad. The whole family fights and lives in a dysfunctional nightmare of an existence. Boyd wanted nothing more than to be better than his own family, but not realizing that he is just as screwed up as they are. The characters are like members of so many families, but to have them live in the same house must be unbearable.

Most of the cast was great in the movie. Robin Williams landed the role as the drunk jerk of a father that had difficulty showing any real feeling for his family. He only told his friends how he felt. It was great to see Candice Bergen play a larger role in a movie again. She has been played down to very small supporting roles. I'm not the biggest fan of Joel McHale, but he was really good in the movie.

The movie is a ride to retrieve Christmas presents before Christmas morning, and all of the problems that happen along the way. This is not a bad movie at all. If you have members of your own family like the ones in the movie, you will really like this movie a lot. Enjoy.

A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Trailer

Howling II ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)

Director: Philippe Mora

Stars: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Sybil Danning

After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. After newscaster Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death, her brother Ben is approached by Stefan Crosscoe, a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries... To save mankind, Stefan and Ben must travel to Transylvania to battle and destroy Stirba, the immortal queen of all werewolves, before she is restored to her full powers.

The second movie in the Howling series is the most strange out of all of them. It is a bizarre movie. Let's look at this "gem" of a horror, okay. First of all, the wonderfully talented Christopher Lee is in it. He consider it to be his own "personal embarrassment!" As every role he plays. he was great in the movie. That was the plus side of the movie. Also, Sybil Danning showed us her body in this movie too. She is known as a B-movie actress that likes to show off her body in movies. That is the way it seems. The rest of the cast is pretty bad, but if you are looking for naked women in a movie, this is a movie for you.

They kind of tried to link this movie to the first one. The news reporter was killed, and her sister wants the answer to what happened to her. They travel to  Transylvania to kill the head werewolf. Is that not where Dracula is? They seem to have gotten some stuff mixed up. Like I said, they tried.

I have seen this movie several times, but that is not saying that this movie is good. It is a bad movie, but there is just something about it. You want to watch it over and over. This movie is a bit hard to find now. If you can find a copy to watch, you need to do so, then see what you think for yourself. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

We are Monster (2014)

Director: Antony Petrou

Stars: Leeshon Alexander, Aymen Hamdouchi, Gethin Anthony

On 8th February 2000 at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, Robert Stewart, a known violent racist was placed in a cell with Zahid Mubarek, a young Asian man due to be released in 6 weeks who had only been convicted of petty theft. Over this six week period, Stewart, with his unbalanced mind and deep seated racist tendencies is allowed, through indifference bordering on institutional culpability, to become the 'monster' he always wanted to be. Hours before Mubarek's release, Stewart murdered him in an unprovoked attack.

I know this movie sounds like it would be really good, but it sadly was not. I'm a huge fan of movies based on true stories. Most of the movie was based on monologues, where Robert was talking to his other self or his other personality, if you will. It was mainly words of hate along with showing images from his childhood and the abuse that he received from his parents. The scenes that showed his childhood were the best scenes from the movie. There were not that many of them, but they were really good.

This movie was slow and a bit dull. There was just too much talking that went nowhere. All it show was how much anger this young man had inside of him because of his parents. That is the sadness that is still happening today. I do not think the movie is really worth seeing, but it is your choice. If you think that it is worth it, you should watch it. Enjoy.

We are Monster (2014) Trailer

Repulsion (1965)

Director: Roman Polanski

Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser

In London, Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux shares an apartment with her older sister Helen, and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanor, which is almost like she walks around in a daze, rarely speaking up about anything. When she does speak up, it generally is about something against one of those few issues on which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. That specific issue may be more about men in general than just Michael's actions, as witnessed by Carol being agitated by hearing Helen and Michael's lovemaking, and she not being able to rebuff the advances effectively of a male suitor, Colin, who is infatuated with her. One of those other obsessive issues is noticing cracks and always wanting to fix them. While Helen and Michael leave on a vacation to Pisa, Italy, Carol chooses largely to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work.

This movie is a look into a young woman falling into madness. Roman Polanski takes the audience on this journey to show how this woman dealt with her own mental state of mind. Throughout the movie you see what she is seeing in her mind. These images will stay in your mind.

Polanski created a wonderful movie. His use of light and shadows created an intense feel to the movie. You just never knew what was about to happen in the shadows. The camera work was brilliant. There is a reason why Catherine Deneuve is known for this movie. She was great in it.

If you have never seen this haunting movie, you should do so. It is a bit slow in the beginning, but the movie picks up, so enjoy the ride. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sinister 2 (2015)

Director: Ciarán Foy

Stars: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, John Beasley

Courtney Collins is a protective mother. She and her 9-year-old twin sons find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity. Other children want the boys to stay in the house with them.

I'm just going to say it. This was not as good as the first one at all. Let me tell you why. In the first one, there was not really an explanation to the story or why this happened or how it got started. Leaving that information out made the movie a lot more scary and creepy. It did not hurt that it was the first time people were seeing that face. For the sequel, they really worked hard on trying to explain what was going on, instead of leaving us in the scary dark where we need to be.

This movie just did not live up to the first one. I did like the ghost children working on getting the two boys to stay with them. The showing of all of the children's movies was a great addition to the movie. That is what I really liked about the movie. The whole love scene that never happened, and the abusive husband was just a little too much for me to really care about.

This is not a bad movie to watch. I just did not think it was as good as the first one, but they never really are. This would be great to watch on a dark stormy night with a bunch of people. Enjoy.

Southpaw (2015)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent

Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis, a former fighter who trains the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.

This was a generic boxing movie. There was nothing really special about the movie or the story. It has been told too many times and better. This man becomes rich by punching people other men, because that was probably the only thing that he was good at in life. When you heard him speak, it sounds like he is half asleep. Just nothing there. The accident with his wife was a bit of a shocker, but the rest plays to a stereotypical boxing movie. He had it all and lost it all.

I think what really hurt this movie was the press that it got. All i read was about how Jake Gyllenhaal got into shape for this movie. That was all over social media, but really nothing else about the movie. It makes one think that most of the people that went to see the movie was going to look at him all shirtless and build on the big screen. The acting in the movie was good. It was just the storyline that was so weak.

This movie is worth watching once, but that is it. Jake Gyllenhaal looks like a dumb thug in this movie, so it is not that flattering at all. Give this movie a shot. You may like it more, who knows. Enjoy.

Southpaw (2015) Trailer

Steve Jobs (2015)

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

I was thinking that this movie would be about his life. You would think since it is a movie titled with a person's name. It is a look into his product release speaking engagements. I mean really. Does that even sound exciting or interesting? I was wanting a real look into his life, not some blimps of it through the movie. It was just not really worth it. It would seem that the audience would want to see more about the man that created all of these products. In the movie, they made Steve Jobs seem like an egotistical asshole that cared about nothing. I did not know him personally, so I do not know how he is.

The script was fine. I had no problems with it at all. The cast was something else. I do did not believe Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. There was just something that did not fit right. I do not know what it is, but nothing about him playing the character seemed correct. He is not a great actor by any means. Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak did not work either.  Now, Kate Winslet did a really good job in her role. I think she nailed it. Jeff Daniels was really good in it as well. These two were the best in the movie for me. The rest seemed to be a bit lost or over did it.

I did not see all of the hoopla over this movie. It was good to watch, but that was about it. I would not really want or desire to watch this movie again. It was worth watching once, and that is it. Enjoy.

Steve Jobs (2015) Trailer

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sweet Movie (1974)

Director : Dusan Makavejev

Stars : Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti, Anna Prucnal

The intercut story of two women: a nearly-mute beauty queen who descends into withdrawal and madness, and another who captains a ship laden with candy and sugar, luring men and boys aboard for sex, death, and revolutionary talk. The beauty queen passes from a wealthy husband whose honeymoon delight is to urinate on her, to a muscular keeper who punches her, stows her in a suitcase, and ships her to Paris, to a lip-synching rock idol with whom she has a love spasm, to an Austrian commune complete with a banquet of vomit, urine, feces, chopped dildos, and wet nurses. By then she's in a fetal position, until everyone's rescued by reminders that "it's just a movie."

The vast majority of people will find it offensive, disgusting, and vomit-inducing. I find it refreshing for that very fact. This movie is a vehicle designed to elicit base reactions from the audience. While the plot is not coherent, the acting not ultimately believable, and the cinematography shaky at best, nevertheless the complete package is more than the sum of its parts. Especially for American audiences, I dare anyone to watch the entire movie without at least one genuine reaction of revulsion. And that makes it almost unique.

If you can handle watching this movie, then I think that you should. I mean it really does have some shocking scenes in the movie. That is not lie at all. I even was surprised a bit. I think if you open your mind to the world of this movie then you just might understand it more. Enjoy.

Sweet Movie (1974) Trailer