Monday, May 2, 2016

All Is Lost (2013)

Director: J.C. Chandor

Star: Robert Redford

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

This is not going to be a movie for everyone. There is only one character with so little dialogue. I mean there might have been six to ten lines of speaking at the most. The entire movie was the character working to save his sailboat from sinking.

With a simple story with very little happening in the movie, this was a good movie. This was a thrilling movie. You sit and think about what you would do if you were in that situation. For an independent movie, it was something to see. The movie was more of a mental and emotional rollercoaster going downhill. The movie was beautifully shot and directed.

Redford was really good in the role. The only problem that I had with the movie was his character. There was almost no emotions in his voice or his face. If I was going through something like that, there every animal in the water would know about what I was going through. His face showed almost nothing. He was not even yelling. I know there was no one to yell at, but that would not stop anyone 
from just yelling at the air. Just saying. It was odd.

I liked  this movie, but it is not one that I would watch again. I would not recommend this movie to many people. It is really for a small audience. If you are interested in the story, then you should give it a try. You may really love it. Enjoy.

All Is Lost (2013) Trailer

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Director: Andrew Jarecki

Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman

In the mid 1980's, the Friedmans, father and respected computer and music teacher Arnold Friedman, mother and housewife Elaine Friedman, and their three grown sons: David Friedman, Seth Friedman and Jesse Friedman, of Great Neck, Long Island, are seemingly your typical middle class American family. They all admit that the marriage was by no means close to being harmonious. Arnold and Elaine eventually got divorced, but the sons talk of their father, as being a good man. This false respectability masks the fact that Arnold was buying and distributing child pornography. Following a sting operation to confirm this fact, the authorities began to investigate Arnold for sexual abuse of the minor-aged male students of his computer classes, which he held in the basement of the family home. Based on interviews with the students, not only was Arnold charged with and ultimately convicted of multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of these children, so was his youngest son Jesse.

This is a disturbing documentary about a terrible subject. While watching it, you may keep thinking that this a normal American family, but they are far from normal. There is so much unhappiness in the house between all of the members of the family that you can feel it at times.

After watching the movie, you pretty much can figure out what really happened for yourself. This man destroyed his family by having kiddy porn in their home and molesting young boys in their basement. I really think he did it, but I also think that he molested his son, Jesse, as well. Jesse might have been forced to do it by his father. That is something that anyone would never want to remember. Let alone admit to in court in front of your family and the media.

This was put together well. It is worth watching, if you are into true crime. You get to watch a family fall apart in the process. It is a bit sad as well. This man was terrible. Enjoy.

Capturing the Friedmans (2003) Trailer

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Back on Board Greg Louganis (2014)

Director: Cheryl Furjanic

Stars: Greg Louganis, Ron O'Brien, Kyle David Pierce

Feature-length documentary about the greatest diver of all time. Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis has faced more than his share of challenges. In 2011, he is far from the public eye and struggling to pay his mortgage. Now, the openly gay, HIV+ world-class athlete returns to diving to mentor the USA Olympic hopefuls. This may be his best chance to regain the notoriety  and financial stability that he enjoyed at the height of his career.

This documentary takes the audience inside the personal life of Greg Louganis. You get to see what has happened since he came out as a gay man in his book. He opens up about being a middle aged gay man trying to rebuild his life and keep his house.

I really did enjoy watching this. I have been a fan of his since I was young. This is something easy to watch that will not disturb you in any way. Enjoy.

Back on Board Greg Louganis (2014) Trailer

The Judge (2014)

Director: David Dobkin

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died. Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family.

I thought this was going to try and be a more light hearted movie, since Robert Downey Jr. was in the starring role. He is always trying to be too funny in movies. He tried in this one as well, but it seemed to come from a different place, a more breaking the tension instead of "I'm the witty man". The rest of the cast was great in it. Robert Duvall was a class act as he always is. He fit that character better than anyone could. It was a little hard to believe Robert Downey Jr. and Vincent D'Onofrio as brothers, but it is the movies.

The story was well written and performed. This was a simple story with many layers, but not enough where you could become lost, not at all. You are taking a look into this family's life to see how they ended here in court fighting for their father, a former court judge.

This is a movie that did not do well, and it did receive bad rating from the critics, this time they were wrong. This is not the greatest movie, but it is really good. You get a peek into this family's life for a moment. They are dysfunctional, but that is what makes them good. Enjoy.

The Judge (2014) Trailer

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Delivery Man (2013)

Director: Ken Scott

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Bobby Moynihan

Amiable slacker David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) drives a delivery truck for his family's company and is content with a life of mediocrity. However, when he learns that he is the biological father of more than 500 offspring and many of them are suing to learn his identity, he decides to hold himself accountable for his actions. He finds some of his progeny and becomes involved in their lives; however, when David's girlfriend announces her pregnancy, she keeps her expectations low.

This movie might not have been a remake, but there is a movie that came out in 2011 that is almost the same. The movie titled Starbuck was made in New Zealand. It only took three years to remake a foreign movie. You would think that they would let more time pass.

I am not the biggest fan of Vince Vaughn, but he was good in this movie. It seems like, if he was not an actor, this is something that would really happen to him. He probably would never contact the kids though.

This was a pretty good movie, but it was not great. It is worth watching once. It has a good story to it that is really hard to believe something like this could ever happen. It might have though. Enjoy.

Delivery Man (2013) Trailer

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Mel Brooks

Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania.

I was worried about this one, since sequels are normally not near as good as the first one. You can always tell how much they have thrown together a story just to make another movie. This one was really good. I was so glad that it had all of the original characters with a few added new ones to expand and create the extension of the story.

This movie was pretty funny. Just look at the cast of the comedic talent that lent their voices for this movie. It is some of the best in the business, but the sad part is that most of them do not get much work except for voice over.

This was a really good movie that the kids would love. I think they would. It may even be one that 
you might even buy to keep. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Trailer

Friday, April 29, 2016

Grabbers (2012)

Director: Jon Wright

Stars: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey

Peace officer Lisa Nolan comes to Aran Island, Ireland, to take charge during a colleague's two-week holiday. Simultaneously, blood-thirsty, sea-dwelling aliens arrive at the quiet island to propagate. As dead whales wash up on shore and people start mysteriously disappearing, officers and a few locals slowly discover their peril along with one sure defense - high blood alcohol levels, which the aliens can't stomach. As a storm approaches, enabling hungry hatchlings access to the locals, an open bar kicks off a desperate bid for survival as inebriated police and friends stagger to remain cognizant long enough to thwart the alien invasion.

This was surprisingly a good movie. I thought it was going to be this cheesy as hell B-rate horror/sci-fi movie, like something you would see on the Sci-fi channel. This ended up being a good movie with an actual story.

Russell Tovey was the most well known member of the cast, at least in America. The entire cast of the movie was really well played. The grabbers looked like a rectum crossed with an octopus. It was a really cool and yet frightening creature. It was fast and sneaky when it found its prey. They did not look like they were cut out of cardboard and glued on to the scene. The CGI parts on this movie worked so well to completely create the movie and the story.

This is a good movie to check out. I know that it may sound a bit cheesy, but the movie is actually good. If you can find a copy, you should give it a try. I think that you will like it. Enjoy.

Grabbers (2012) Trailer
Grabbers (2012) Full Movie

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Director: John R. Cherry III

Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker, Billie Bird

Santa Claus is looking for his successor, and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell is just the man to help him out. Traveling to Florida to pass his mantle on to children's show host Joe Carruthers, Santa gets into unexpected trouble, and it's up to Ernest, along with a teen girl named Harmony, to assist Saint Nick with his important mission, or the future of Christmas could be in jeopardy.

This is an odd family Christmas movies starring Ernest. This one of the most popular movies that starred the Ernest character. In case you did not know, the character was from a series of 7-up commercials. This was the second movie of the Ernest character.

In the movie almost everything that Ernest touches, he completely messes it up or destroys it. The movie is filled with slapstick moments and gags for the kids. The story is pretty simple of how Ernest is working on breaking out Santa from a loonie bin to save Christmas.

This is a kind of funny movie. It was really made for kids and families. It has become a holiday classic for many people. I do not think this is a really funny movie. It is more silly than anything else. It is another movie to watch at Christmas. Enjoy.

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) Trailer

Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

Director: Joe Mantello

Stars: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, John Benjamin Hickey, Justin Kirk, John Glover, Randy Becker

Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using his sense of touch; Art and Perry, two "yuppies" who drive a Volvo and who celebrate their 14th anniversary together that summer; John, a dour expatriate Briton who loathes his twin brother James; Ramon, John's "companion," who is physically attracted to Bobby and immediately tries to seduce the blind man; James, a cheerful soul who is in the advanced stages of AIDS; and Buzz, a fan of traditional Broadway musicals who is dealing with his own HIV-positive status.

Jason Alexander was the star of this movie. They were hoping it would do well since he was in it and on a hit show. His acting in the movie was one of the worst that I have seen a straight man playing gay. Through most of the movie, all he did was shriek and scream like a little girl. His character played the victim throughout the whole movie. It was just too much to handle. The rest of the cast was really good. John Glover was good at playing two parts in the movie, a set of twins. The story was well written and easy to follow.

The other small problem with the movie is that I do not think that most of these characters would not be friends with one another. The personalities are so different in a way that I think that they would just fight more until that got even older.

This is not a movie for everyone. Most gay men will like this movie, but there will be a lot that will not at all. I think that it is a movie well worth watching at least once. It is not the best gay movie out there, but it is not the worst either. Enjoy. 

Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) Trailer

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Freaks of Nature (2015)

Director: Robbie Pickering

Stars: Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Denis Leary, Vanessa Hudgens, Keegan-Michael Key, Bob Odenkirk, Joan Cusack, Patton Oswalt

Three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual. The vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it's humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat - and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers - one human, one vampire, and one zombie - to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this "normal" little town.

This movie takes a look at the teenage vampire movies and all of the tons of zombie movies that have been made. They twist it all together and add in some teen drama, then work on making the movie kind of funny. They are making light of all of that stuff and throwing into one movie. It did work though.

This is another movie for kids in high school. The craziest part about the whole movie is that it does have a message hidden inside. This movie is a screwed up way to teach diversity to teenagers and teach them how to work together to get something done. That is the real message behind this movie. I hope they get it, but then again it will go over their heads.

The special effects and the action in the movie was very well done for this type of movie. It is not a movie for the whole family, but teens and up would really like it. The movie answers that question of what would happen, if they all meet, and this movie tries to answer that question.

This is not that bad of a movie. It is worth watching at least once. I do not see it being a rewatcher, but some people will. Enjoy.

Freaks of Nature (2015) Trailer

Monday, April 25, 2016

I Give It a Year (2013)

Director: Dan Mazer

Stars: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Alex Macqueen, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Anna Faris, Simon Baker

After a quick courtship, two lovers hastily decide to tie the knot. As their first year of marriage unfolds, temptation and incompatibility put their relationship in jeopardy. Everyone is wondering and betting, if they will make it through their first year of marriage.

This is an interesting movie. It is not really funny or humorous at all. You have a chuckle here and there, but nothing that will bring down the house. There are some scenes in the movie where it appears like they are really trying to be uncomfortably funny in several scenes. It mostly came off stupid and annoying.

The acting in the movie was done well. The story was the part that was just kind of there. It is about seeing if a married couple will last their first year of marriage. That is kind of a messed up story, but I guess it worked out somehow. It was just not a story that I was a big fan of. The movie needed to be more serious or completely funny, not trying to fit both styles in the movie. It just did not work for me.

This is a movie that is worth watching once, but it is not really worth watching over again. It is not a 
rewatcher at all. I recommend watching it to see how you feel about the movie. You might have liked it more than me. Enjoy.

I Give It a Year (2013)Trailer

Leave It on the Floor (2011)

Director: Sheldon Larry

Stars: Ephraim Sykes, Andre Myers, Phillip Evelyn

A journey into the world of voguing. In downtown Los Angeles, hunky and homeless Brad falls in with the members of the House of Eminence, ruled by aging diva Queef Latina. She keeps a loving watchful eye over her family of misfits. When two of her crew fall for Brad, the Queef is royally unamused.

The movie was trying to be a newer movie version of Paris is Burning. It is not, not even close. There is a weak story about one young man being thrown out of his mother's house, and then he meets a young man that is into voguing competitions. The some of the members of the house does not like the new guy trying to live there. It ends up being dull drama in the movie. You just see it coming. The worst part of the movie is that it also wants to be a musical. It is just not working.

This is a movie that I would never watch again. It was just bad. There was nothing remotely even interesting to it. It was trying to be to movie version of a great documentary. Some people just cannot leave well enough alone. The only good part of the movie was that Lady Red Couture was in it. This is one of those movies that I say skip it. It just is not worth the time to watch. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Leave It on the Floor (2011) Trailer