Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sound of Music (1965)

Director: Robert Wise

Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

This is one of the most beloved musicals that as ever been made. This movie is based on a true story of the Von Trapp family. They made the story of the singing family's escape from the Nazis a movie filled with happiness and song and dance. I mean the Nazis were after them. There is nothing to be light about in any way. The Nazis loved to kill people for really no reason at all, so it is odd that this movie was not made into a drama instead, since the story itself is so serious.

I am not a huge fan of musicals, but this is a really good movie. The movie has a mood through most of the movie that keeps the viewer happier and feeling lighter. That is the main reason why the movie is so popular. Fans of all ages know the songs from the movie. This is one of the most clean cut family movie that Hollywood has ever made. Decades after the movie was made and released the Von Trapp family was still talked about on television.

The cast for the movie was brilliant. Julie Andrews out shined the rest of the cast. When you speak of the movie, the first thing that pops in your mind is the image of Julie Andrews. She was the star of the movie and the face of the movie. This is how it will always be throughout time. Christopher Plummer was wonderful in the movie. He turned out to be an incredible actor in the future. Eleanor Parker was great in the film. It is Julie Andrews that overshadowed both of them in the movie.

The sets and the back drops of the movie were the best. The look of the house was breathtakingly beautiful. That is a house that I would want to live in. Every part of the movie look just right to put you inside that movie to make you believe it was actually happening before your eyes.

This is one of those movie that everyone needs to watch at least once in your life. It is also a movie that you may want to add to your own private collection. It is worth it. Enjoy.
The Sound of Music (1965) Trailer

Friday, April 21, 2017

Watch Out (2008)

Director: Steve Balderson

Stars: Matt Riddlehoover, Amy Kelly, Peter Stickles

Jonathan Barrows is a narcissistic man sexually fascinated with his own body, and he finds himself heading down a path of disturbed behavior.

That is what this movie is really about. I am so not kidding. Jonathan Barrows is completely in love with himself. His own body image is the only thing or person that sexually turns him on. He had sex with a blow up sex doll that has a picture of his own face. He does not claim to be gay or straight. He is just in love with his own face and body. A woman does try to pick him up in a bar, but he just looks at her and makes fun of her to her face. That scene was a bit funny. Too bad that was all of it.

This movie was not funny or really dramatic in any way. The movie was just dull and boring. The scene where he was having sex with the blow up doll was the most interesting part of the whole movie. It was not even the fact that you get to see him have sex with this doll. It is the fact that his own face is taped to the doll. It just makes for an odd scene.

You do get to see this man naked in this movie, but not only do you get to see him naked. You get to see this man with an erection, and you get to see him cum. It looked real enough to me. I was really shocked to see it.

This is not a good movie at all. It is just barely watchable once. The only real reason that I could think to watch this movie is to see this guy hard and cumming in the bathroom. Other than that, I would just stay away from this movie. Save the time and do something else. I watched it, so you don't have to. 
Watch Out (2008) Trailer

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Director: Ryan Coogler

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant.

This is based on a true story.

I used to live in Fruitvale seven years before this happened. When this murder/death happened, that was when I realized that there was a BART station in Fruitvale. I had no idea after living there.
This is a great movie. I knew what the movie was about before I even watched it, and I was still emotional watching this movie. This is a tragic story of a life of a life that could have been prevented, if people were doing their job correctly. The cops that were involved in this murder had no business harassing these men in the first place. I have rode the BART a lot, and I do not remember seeing that many cops around ever. It was New Year's Eve, so there would be more cops at the stations in the Oakland area. There is a lot of gang activity in the Oakland area, but these cops just went overboard on a fight that was over. They are not going to rat on the other group. The cops were just wasting their time and effort.

Oscar Grant lost his life, and it was unnecessary. These cops did not follow procedures. This all could have been prevented, if they would have done their job correctly. This is one of those movies that people need to see. It is an emotional movie. I will not lie about that. This is a movie that will not disappoint you at all. Enjoy.

Fruitvale Station (2013) Trailer

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

Directors: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell

Stars: Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan

Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.

This movie started out so strange and a bit uninteresting. It was just a guy that was terrified that someone was going to kill him in his apartment. This goes on for a while, until he decides to leave the house and wash a few clothes. I was just lost, but luckily the movie changed directions. The movie got better from the middle to the end.

This movie seemed like it was made for Simon Pegg. There are several scenes in this movie that is similar to some of his other well known movies. Some of the dialogue in the movie was funny, but it seemed like the same jokes and reactions that we have seen before in other movies. The scenes in the laundry mat are pretty funny.

This is a movie worth watching once, but I just do not know if the movie is a rewatcher or not. It really maybe to some of you out there. It is just my opinion. There will be many of you that will like this movie. Enjoy.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012) Trailer

Anaconda (1997)

Director: Luis Llosa

Stars: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, Danny Trejo

Filmmaker Terri Flores is traveling deep in the Amazon jungle looking for a forgotten tribe. Terri and her crew, which includes an anthropologist and a cameraman, come across Paul, who is stranded on the riverbank. He offers to help them find the tribe, but his secretive behavior puts everyone on edge. They realize too late that he's using them to find a legendary anaconda that's worth a fortune, if they can catch it.

For one thing, they were crazy as hell for being out there. Why could they just leave forgotten tribes in the rainforest alone. They do not want to be found. They just pick up this strange old man on the river that is hunting for the largest snake alive. If you knew that this man was looking for a gigantic snake, why in the hell would you let him on your boat? You know he is still going to be looking for it. These people were dumb.

Second, I hate snakes, and this movie did not scare me one bit. There is nothing scary about this entire movie, except for the fact that it was made and there were sequels of this movie. That is the scariest part.

The cast for the movie was not that bad. There are some really good actors in this movie. It was not their fault at all that this movie was bad. It just seemed like all of them lost a bet to be in this movie. It does not seem like a type of script that an actor could be easily sold on. People on a boat being tracked down by a gigantic anaconda. It sounds like a Sci-Fi Channel movie. Not a movie that is going to be in theaters. The cast was good for a bad movie. I mean is just the realness of it.

The snake itself look really bad. I know this the early time of CGI in movie, but I think that could have done better by making the snake by hand, instead of dreaming it up on a computer. It just did not look good at all. The death scenes could have even been greater. You have this snake tracking people down, but there is not a really gross scene of a person being slowly eaten by this snake or their remains being hacked back up by the snake. That would have made this movie so much better.

This movie could have been so much better than what they gave us. It is one of these movies that is worth watching once just so you can say that you saw it. That is all. It is not worth watching more than once. Enjoy. 

Anaconda (1997) Trailer

Risen (2016)

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth

Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Yahshua in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Most people at least know the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ or they have heard of it before at some point. For those of you that do not know, it is the reason Christians celebrate Easter. The movie tells the story of the people that crucified Jesus and His follows that stood beside Him through all of the judgment and His death.

There are some great performances in this movie. Joseph Fiennes was great as Clavius. You could see his character's inter turmoil that was really starting to come through toward the end of the movie. Tom Felton is such a good bad guy. It is like he was just drawn to play bad characters throughout his career.

The sets for the movie literally look like the movie was filmed in Jerusalem. Every building looked authentic. The look of this entire movie was really impressive. The only down fall of the movie was the pace. It was slow too many times. It seemed like the movie was taking forever to get done. I was hoping that there would be some excitement in the movie, but there was not that much at all. This movie was telling the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There needed to be more in this movie. Just saying.

The movie is worth watching, but it just the speed of the movie that really hurts it. Watch the movie to see what you think of it. Enjoy.

Risen (2016) Trailer

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Finding Dory (2016)

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver

Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

Here is the long awaited sequel to the hit movie Finding Nemo. It took several years for Finding Dorey to finally come out in theaters. The movie paid off, and it was well worth the wait. The movie was still full of life and fun as you now get to follow everyone's favorite fish Dorey to find where her family is.

You still have all of the characters that you love from Nemo included with this movie with some new additions for Dory. Thankfully, each character is given somewhat of an opportunity to succeed in the face of animosity and this, combined with the joyous cameos of Cockney Sea lions, a short-sighted Whale shark and kids favorite Crush, do provide moments of fun for the kids. My personal favorite ion the movie is Hank, the octopus. I thought he had a great mean dry sense of humor. I thought that he was just a great addition to the story.

The animation for this Pixar movie was just as good or better than all of the other movies that they have made. All of the backgrounds and the characters looked amazing. there was absolutly nothing at all wrong with this movie at all.

Like I said, this is a great movie for the entire family. I loved this movie. Not as much as Finding Nemo, but it is pretty close though. If you have not watched this movie yet, then what are you waiting for. It is really good. Enjoy.

Finding Dory (2016) Trailer

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Director: Roman Polanski

Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Sharon Tate

The elderly bat researcher, professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, go to a remote Transylvanian village looking for vampires. Alfred falls in love with the inn-keeper's young daughter Sarah. However, she has been spotted by the mysterious count Krolock who lives in a dark and creepy castle outside the village.

This is a parody movie, before they even existed. The movie was loosely making fun of the Hammer horror movies of the 60s. There were tons of Hammer movies coming out of the movie studio in England. The Hammer movies had a large following in the UK and the USA, so it was just timing for someone to make light of the movies this studio releases.

The cast was the best part of the movie. First of all, Roman Polanski starred in the movie as well as directed the movie. He has casted himself in several of his own movies. It is rather common. This was Sharon Tate's first credit movie role. This was just the start of her movie career.

This is not a movie for everyone. You really have to like the old vampire movies to love this movie. Watching the older vampire movies will help you understand this movie better.

This is one of those movie that you really need to give it a try. You may really like this movie. It is also one of those movies that you may have to watch twice. I know it is a lot, but it will be really worth it. Enjoy.

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) Trailer

Monday, April 10, 2017

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Director: Jay Roach

Stars: Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine, Fred Savage

Teaming up with the mysterious yet peculiar Goldmember, Dr. Evil hatches a time-traveling scheme to take over the world, one that involves the kidnapping of Nigel Powers, Austin's beloved father and England's most renowned spy. As he chases the villains through time, Austin visits 1975 and joins forces with his old flame, Foxxy Cleopatra, a streetwise but stylish detective. Together Austin and Foxxy must find a way to save Nigel and stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem.

This was the last movie in the Austin Powers trilogy. It was also the worst of the three movie. This movie just tried way too hard to be as funny as the first two movies. The movie had its moments, don't get me wrong. It just was too much. The movie just tried too hard to be funny.

Most of the characters are back for another movie. Goldmember is the new bad guy in this movie that loves himself and gold. It is not that original at all, but this movie is just another parody of a James Bond movie. Mike Myers portrays this character as long as three other characters. The other new character in the movie is Foxxy Cleopatra which is played by Beyoncé. I do not understand why in the hell they casted her for the role. By this time I was already getting tired of seeing her all over the place. The same part is that it just got worse after this movie. They could have gotten tons of other better and more talented singers for the role, but they stuck with who was hot and trendy. It was cute to see Fred Savage as number three.

This is one of those movies that is worth watching to just finish the trilogy or if you are just going to watch all three movie in one day. By itself, it is just an average comedy. It is not the best or the worst. Enjoy.

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Trailer

Elysium (2013)

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Diego Luna

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

First of all, The special effects in this movie were pretty amazing. The look of the Earth and how L.A. looks all in rubble seems like it is real. It is like the city has been at war.  The space station seemed like a far off paradise that everyone would want to go to and live. The living quarters were modern and elegant. All of the interiors were beautiful. The "outdoors" was like walking into Eden. It was all so beautiful. Now those were the best parts of the movie for me.

The story is sadly something that different governments and upper society would love to happen. Just look at what they are doing to the classes here in America. The super rich want nothing at all to do with the other two classes beneath them. The rich just want and need to others to work for them to make them more money. Does that not sound like something that is really going on? On the space station, they had the technology to heal people in a scanning machine. Just so the wealthy survive longer than the rest.

The cast for the movie was not bad at all. Matt Damon was fine in the movie. It is not really a hard role for him to play. There is not that much emotion involved in the role, but there is tons of action in it though. The action and fighting scenes in the movie were pretty good. Jodie Foster was the real problem of the movie. What was that terrible ascent that she was putting on for this movie. It was so annoying, and it was completely unnecessary.

The story just hits too close to home for me. It is something that we may have to deal in the future. You just never know what the super wealthy have in mind. This is a movie that may be worth watching once, but in my opinion, that would be all. It was just an average movie with great special effects. Enjoy.

Elysium (2013) Trailer

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Stars: Tab Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Lainie Kazan, John Waters, George Takei, Robert Osborne

In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood's most sought-after star and America's boy next door. Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses he is romantically linked to. Nothing, it seems, can damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter's secret is out. In Tab Hunter Confidential we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood's roller coaster.

This is a Hollywood biography/documentary that I have been waiting for. Tab Hunter was the American golden boy. He had it all. Men and women fell in love with his handsome face, fit built body with a golden tan and his short golden blond hair. Everyone wanted him physically. Not only did he have the looks, he also had the talent to back it up. They just did not know what to do with gay actors in those days. I mean over half of the male actors in those days were gay. Hunter was just not that secretive about whom he was dating back them. It really hurt his career.

This documentary takes a look at Tab Hunter's entire life. The documentary is so well made and interesting. Hunter tells about his life and career in Hollywood. There are a ton of other actors interviewed that were friends with him and/or worked with him.

The worst part of this movie is what was left out of it. It was left out of the book as well. I wanted the dirt. I want to hear about who did what and who they did it with. I wanted to hear about some juicy story or a romp in the bed with someone. He was so nice about every single person that he spoke of. I am such he is one of the nicest and private men, but I still wanted to hear about something.

This documentary is well worth watching to learn about one of the golden boy of Hollywood that ended up gay like all of the others. If you can find a way to watch it, and you are a fan of old Hollywood, then watch it. I don't think that you will be disappointed. Enjoy.

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Trailer

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Suicide Squad (2016)

Director: David Ayer

Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Scott Eastwood

Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker launches an evil agenda of his own.

This was one of the most anticipated movie of 2016. It was going to be the new movie from DC comics that did not deal with the Justice League movie that they were working on. The movie was going to be about some of the supervillains called the Suicide Squad. This series was really only known by comic book collectors and such, but some of the characters were commonly known about by others.

This movie was one of the biggest let downs that I have seen in a long time. I was looking forward to seeing this movie, when I first heard that they were working on it. The stills were released for Jared Leto as the Joker. He was not the best looking Joker, but I was hoping that it would change in time. Then the whole line up was released and who was playing who. When I heard that Will Smith was going to be one of the villains, I was almost done with this movie. Not a fan of his at all.

This movie starts off by telling the history of each member of the Suicide Squad, which lets the audience know how they got to be who they are. Not everyone knows the ends and outs of comic book characters, so they had to do this, but this part of the movie did take up a large chuck of the movie. The rest of the movie is made up of fighting and bad one liners. Not really worth the time wasted.

Here is what I thought of the characters.  Will Smith was Deadshot. He was forgettable. They tried to give him some one liners that just fell flat. Jay Hernandez was El Diablo. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was Killer Croc. El Diablo and Killer Croc were the coolest of all of the characters in the movie, yet it seemed like they were both just thrown in the background in most of the scenes. It was really a shame. They both needed a lot more time in the movie. Now, I am not going to go through all of the characters in the movie, but I am saving the two worst for last.

Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn. This is the main character that they focused on in most of the movie. They were really trying to make that character pop off the screen. I am a fan of the Harley Quinn character, but when did she become a high school hooker? That is how she is dressed and painted up. The smeared make-up on her face and dressed like she went to Hot Topic to get her clothes. The whole character creation was a complete wreck. It was more like a pissed off 15 year old girl than a younger woman.

The Joker was just bad. I mean really. He looked like a bad white ghetto trash rapper. The look and the clothes reeked of it. The covers on his teeth and all of the jewelry made him look more like a screwed up pimp more than the supervillain. If you are a fan of the Joker, this has got to be the worst possible way for him to be represented. Jared Leto is a good actor. This was just the worst Joker that I have ever seen. Caesar Romero, from the original series, was better as the Joker. They need to stop making these movies for trendy little idiots.

This movie is worth watching once, but that is it. The movie runs like there is a race to the end of it. There is just too much going on with very little being said. Lots of action, but there is not really much of a story to be told. They really did need to take more time on this movie to make it better. Enjoy.

Suicide Squad (2016) Trailer