Monday, October 24, 2016

The Boy (2016)

Director: William Brent Bell

Stars: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle

Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta's worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

This movie received some really bad reviews. I did not understand why. It was so much better than I thought it was going to be. I was not expecting much at all from this movie. Most of the horror movies that have been coming out have been terrible. It was nice to see and watch a more original story for a horror movie.

I will not give away any of the details of the movie. I do not want to spoil the movie for any of you at all. The movie was really good. It is a bit slow at first, but it is one of those movies that you have to stick with till the end. It has a great ending which made for a great movie over all.

It is a better movie than all of the others have said it is. I was really surprised by how much that I liked it. You should give it a chance. You may really like it. Enjoy.

The Boy (2016) Trailer

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Director: David S. Goyer

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Parker Posey, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, John Michael Higgins

The war between humans and vampires continues, but the humans' best hope, human-vampire hybrid warrior Blade, has been framed for countless murders, turning popular sentiment against him. The vampire leader responsible for Blade's bad publicity is Danica Talos, who's determined to finally lead her bloodthirsty compatriots to victory. Now Blade must team up with a band of rogue vampire hunters to save humanity.

I really think that Ryan Reynolds is the main reason why this movie had any type of success. He was really funny and witty in this movie. Most of his lines were very sarcastic or crude. That really made the movie. Parker Posey is playing the role that she knows best, herself. They are both the highlights of the movie. The rest of the cast is the same as they were in the first two movie, the ones that were in them.

The action for this movie was so much better than it was in the first two movies. The stunts and the fights looked great. The special effects and what bloody scenes were in it looked really well done. I was really impressed with this one.

I really liked this one. It seemed like it took the third movie to finally get it right. It was a good movie. If you have never seen these movies, then you should at least watch this one. It was the best. Enjoy.

Blade: Trinity (2004)

The Revenant (2015)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

Inspired by true events, this movie is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

When this movie came out all you heard about it was the scene with the bear. The main character being attacked by a bear. Nothing else really about it. The scenes of the bear attack are very realistic. They are absolutely great. The cinematography and camera work was some of the best that I have seen. The backgrounds and the landscape shots are breathtaking. The movie was so well made. The production was top notch. Those are the good parts about the movie.

The bad part of the movie was the dialogue. Where in the hell was it? There are so many sections in the movie that where no one speaks. I know that do that to create more drama for the movie, but to be real, who walks around completely alone and does not say a word? Most people would at least talk to themselves, but I guess that is not enough drama for the movie. It is base on true events, right? Tom Hardy's accent was terrible. He needed to stop and just speak like he normally does. The pace for the movie was so slow too many times in the movie. You do not even need to pause it, if you have to get up and get something or go to the restroom. You will not miss that much.

I know this movie was the most highly praised movie for the year and the award season. It was the best movie with winning many awards. I do not think that this is a rewatcher. I really do not want to watch an man not die after going through all of these terrible situations. Enjoy.

The Revenant (2015)

The Darkness (2016)

Director: Greg McLean

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Paul Reiser

Peter Taylor, his wife Bronny and their two children return to Los Angeles after a fun-filled vacation to the Grand Canyon. Strange events soon start to plague the family, including young son Michael's increasingly erratic behavior. The Taylors learn that Michael brought back some mysterious rocks that he discovered inside a cave. Unfortunately, something followed them home as the clan now find themselves in a battle with a supernatural force that preys on their worst fears.

This movie had a small twist on the story of Native American gods haunting a little boy, instead of the devil doing it. Other than that, it was like many other movies where a young child is being possessed or haunted by something other worldly. This movie's story has been done too many times over and over. This one was better than most though. It was not that bad of a movie. It is not great at all.

I think how this movie made it was that Kevin Bacon was the star of the movie. The acting in the movie was pretty good. The special effects were decent. The images of the spirit gods looked pretty cool, and the black hands prints were flat out creepy.

This movie was really about that kids need to leave stuff alone and stay around their parents. If it wasn't for that, then none of this would have happened to them. There you go.

The movie is worth watching once, but I do not really see it as a rewatcher, but some of you may disagree. That is fair. Enjoy.

The Darkness (2016) Trailer

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Doom (2005)

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Stars: Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson, Richard Brake

A team of space marines known as the Rapid Response Tactical Squad, led by Sarge, is sent to a science facility on Mars after somebody reports a security breach. There, they learn that the alert came after a test subject, a mass murderer purposefully injected with alien DNA, broke free and began killing people. Dr. Grimm, who is related to team member Reaper, informs them all that the chromosome can mutate humans into monsters and is highly infectious.

There was such a little short story to this movie that it was not even funny. This movie is based on a video game, so what did you really expect from it. I was not expecting much at all. It was just some moving pictures flashing in front of my eyes. I mean it was not that bad, but all that it was is a shoot'em up movie. I know it is an action movie, but come on, they could have done better.

On an upside, the special effects in the movie were really good. The creatures and undead running around the place looked great. They were a bit scary, especially for small kids, but it is too violent for them. There are just so many gun shots and bullets flying all over the place that is a bit ridiculous. It is more of an action movie than anything else.

The movie looks really good, but it is really a story that has been told several times in slightly 
different ways. It has become an old story for movies. It is worth watching once, but I do not think that it is worth rewatching it, at all. Enjoy.

Doom (2005) Trailer

Friday, October 21, 2016

I Am Legend (2007)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Willow Smith

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague, The Infected, lurk in the shadows. They are watching Neville's every move and waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows 
he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time.

I did not have much hope in this movie at all. I knew it was a graphic comic, and this is a review of the movie. The movie was kind of boring. There were just too many scenes that they were trying to make scary or suspenseful that just fell flat. It just did not work like they wanted it to.

The most odd part of the movie was the Mutant victims of the plague "the zombies". They all looked alike. You would think that there would be some differences in each one of the creatures, since they were all once normal humans. The creators did not use any imagination in making these creatures. It would have made the movie better. That was one of my main complaints of the movie.

I am not a fan of Will Smith at all. He is basically the same in all that he does. He is the main one in the entire movie, until two more characters are introduced after half the movie is over. It seemed like it was just too late for it.

This movie was just a fail for me. It was just too slow and dull for over half of the movie. I know that there are many people that really did like this movie. It just was too much of the same thing. Enjoy.

I Am Legend (2007) Trailer

Purple Rain (1984)

Director: Albert Magnoli

Stars: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Clarence Williams III

The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with singer, Apollonia. But, another musician, Morris, looks to steal the Kid's spotlight and his girl.

This movie is known to be the launch that shot Prince up to super stardom. He was well known by most people, but after this movie came out everybody knew whom he was. He even won an Oscar for this movie. It was for Best Song, but still he got one.

This movie is known for the soundtrack. It was an awesome soundtrack. It was not one of those that has a few good songs on it. Every single song on there is great. It is one of the best soundtracks, period. To this day, it is a great soundtrack to listen to.

The movie itself is good. This is not a great change your life movie, but it is really cool. You get to see some great performances in the movie from Prince and the Revolution and Morris Day and The Time. There is also a performance from the new Prince created girl group Apollonia 6. There are several parts of the movie that is loosely based on Prince's own life.

I love this movie. It is just an 80's classic from some of the best time in music. If for some reason you have not seen this movie, then get out from that rock that you live under and go and watch this movie. What have you been waiting for. Enjoy.

Purple Rain (1984) Trailer

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Director: Richard Linklater

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane, Woody Harrelson

In the near future, as America virtually loses the war on drugs, Robert Arctor, a narcotics cop in Orange County, Calif., is undercover so deep that he has become an addict. He is wooing Donna, a dealer, to ferret out her supplier. At the same time, he receives orders to spy on his housemates, one of whom is suspected of being Donna's biggest customer.

Here is a movie that was created by a great director, Richard Linklater, who has made some great movies. This one was just not as good. The story was just too much dull pointless conversations that tried too hard to be over people's heads. It was like the story was trying to be better than most people, so only the very "in the know" people would get it. It was like talking down to a general audience. I am not a big fan of that, maybe when I was younger and did not know better.

Now the look of this movie is wonderful. The animation over the film worked out so well in making this movie something to really. It was just too bad that the story was not as interesting enough to hold a better audience. The movie was mainly something neat to have on in the room where you do not have to really pay that much attention to it. You can have other conversations while "watching" the movie.

This is another one of those movies that is worth watching once, just to see it. It is cool to watch, but it does not have a really good story to it. It was a bit too dull. It even had a great cast, but that just could not even save this one. Enjoy.

A Scanner Darkly (2006) Trailer

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris

Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann allied with Captain Barbossa in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones' locker, while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese Pirate Sao Feng. Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth, each must ultimately choose a side in a final, titanic battle, as not only their lives and fortunes, but the entire future of the freedom-loving Pirate way, hangs in the balance.

Here is the third installment of the franchise, and we get a movie that is worse and better in different ways than the previous movie. The story for this one is pretty weak. It just is barely there with any substance. Sparrow is trapped, and they are going to find him. Will is going to save his father. That is what the movie is really about, but there are some side stories that start to take over the movie. We get to see a war between the pirates and the English Navy.

What made this movie so good was the special effects. There were movie of them, and they were better and more elaborate than the one previous. The scenes with the whirlpool in the middle of the ocean was perfect. You get to see the creation of new member and the old member of Davey Jones. They still look so good. I mean this is what makes these movies so good. It is the special effects and the action scenes are so good.

This is still a great movie to add to the series of movies. They are still good for families to watch together. This is still another to add to your collection, if you have not already. Enjoy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Trailer

The Rite (2011)

Director: Mikael Håfström

Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer

Michael is the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. Despite witnessing some supernatural occurrences during the aforesaid exorcism.

For an movie about exorcism, it was not bad. Of course there are been one that blows the others away, but there are some other movies on the subject that are better. I was just glad that it did not take place in a farmhouse or an apartment building. It took place in Rome where it all began.

This movie plays like Hannibal Lector gets possessed. It really does. When he first meets Father Lucas, he is so laid back that it is a bit weird. Like he is a modern day new age priest that has been thrown aside from the church. When the action starts to get going, you almost lose interest in the story by then.

You do have this woman taking the same class as Michael, but all they are really think about is hooking up with one another. You can see the sexual tension between the two characters. It is a bit odd, since you are detailing with religion and possession. It should not had the tension in the movie.

It is a decent movie to watch, but it is one that I would not want to really rewatch. It just was not that interesting to me. It is worth watching once, but that is it. Enjoy.

The Rite (2011) Trailer

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Hollander, Stellan Skarsgård, Mackenzie Crook

As Will and Elizabeth prepare to exchange vows at the altar, their wedding plans hit rough waters with the arrival of sea-bound scallywag Jack Sparrow. It seems that Sparrow owes a substantial blood debt to half-octopus sea captain Davy Jones, and that the only way for the flamboyant sea rover to elude the wrath of his otherworldly pursuer is to seek the aid of mysterious and powerful voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, whose ability to resurrect the dead and gaze into the future may provide just the advantage needed to avoid a waterlogged fate in the locker of his legendary nemesis.

Here is the second chapter of the pirates movies. The first was really good, so you wonder if this one will be better. It really is not better, but the story is just continued with the second movie. The movie was just as good as the second one with some of the action amped up where it needs to be.

The production of this movie was wonderful. Disney does have really deep pockets, and they can afford to have the best in CGI and special effects that money can buy. The creation of Davey Jones and his crew was amazing. They looked so real. The detail and movement in all of those characters blended so well with the movie and the background. The head of Davey Jones was awesome. In every single scene, you can see each tentacle move. It is the small details that make this movie look so good.

The cast for this movie is still great. I was glad that each person came back to reprise their role for the movie. It would be stupid and crazy for them not to. It is money to play a role that you know.

The story is really simple, but you really watch these movies for the action and the feel of adventure you get from these movies. This movie is worth owing a copy of. I think it is that good. Enjoy. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) Trailer

Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)

Director: Rose Troche

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Julie Graham, Simon Callow, Tom Hollander, Hugo Weaving

Impish Darren urges lonely Leo to get a more active social life, as does neighbor Angie. When friend Adam gets Leo to join the therapy group run by New Age-styled guru Keith, Leo meets good-looking Irishman Brendan, who's just ending a lengthy relationship with his business partner, Sally. Sally just happens to be Leo's high-school sweetheart. It's not long before Leo and Brendan pair off. All the while, Darren is hooking up with his boyfriend Jeremy, the realtor, in places he is trying to sell.

There is so much going on in this movie, but it is not a bad thing at all. It does not make the story confusing in any way. All of the commotion keeps you interested in what is going on in the movie. You have three different situation happening in the story, but they are not separate from one another.
The main story is Leo in this ridiculous men's support group where he meets Brendan that is spit up with his wife, but not yet divorced from her. You can just in all of Brendan's looks and body language that he wants Leo. He wants Leo to his first man. There are just so many scenes where you can just tell what is going to happen just by a look. It was good work by the actors.

Tom Hollander and Hugo Weaving are playing lovers in this movie. They worked so well together that you could almost see the two of them as a real couple. I loved their scenes together. They were both so naughty, but you still rooted for them. There are still smaller stories that mix these two other stories with one another.

Some of the best scenes were dealing with the men's group. These men are just screwed up, since some of them are just discovering that they are gay for the first time. Groups like this are odd to begin with. They are made up of just absolutely lost men that do not know how to open up about their feeling and be honest about how they are. These men are nothing but screwed up. The group was needed to add some conflicts with the characters to bring some of them closer to one another.

The acting and the cast are great in this movie. I'm a fan of these actors. They hardly ever disappoint in a movie. It made this movie a hit for me. The story for the movie is good, and a story that can last a long life. If you have not seen this movie, then you need to do so. It is so worth it. Enjoy.

Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) Trailer
Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) Full Movie