Monday, February 27, 2017

Boy Culture (2006)

Director: Q. Allan Brocka

Stars: Derek Magyar, George Jonson, Patrick Bauchau, Darryl Stephens

After ten years of sex-for-pay, "X," a wildly successful male escort, gets romantically entangled with his two hot roommates and a reclusive elderly client, Gregory. But before Gregory will agree to sex, he tells an unsettling love story spanning fifty years and dares "X" to try something he hasn't felt for years: emotion.

The main character, X, is one of the most emotional blocked person that I have seen in a movie. He knows what he want, but he does not want to admit it to himself. He is a good guy. He just keeps people at arm's reach. No closer. Normally in other movies, a character like this is really mean to everyone. X is just different. He is softer, because he wants to be liked by other people. The three roommates are great together, until sex and love enter in. The real problem with the characters is that most of them do not know how to be really honest with one another. None of them show their true feeling toward one another.

The acting in the movie is pretty good. I mean this is a gay indie movie, so there is not that much to expect. You just never really know. Derek Magyar was the really hot man in the movie. He was right for the part. George Jonson was the more annoying young roommate that was looking for love and a lot of sex. Patrick Bauchau has been in many movies during his career. He almost plays the same role in every movie. His voice seems to never change. Darryl Stephens is a good out gay actor that does not receive the work or the roles that he deserves, because he is an openly gay actor. Being gay still hurts a lot of actors to get bigger roles.

I like this movie, but it is a slow moving movie. The whole movie is conversations and that is it. If you are looking for a movie to watch where there is something going on through the whole movie, then you need to keep looking. It is worth watching once. You just may see yourself in the story as one of the characters. Enjoy.

Boy Culture (2006) Trailer

Ender's Game (2013)

Director: Gavin Hood

Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis

When hostile aliens called the Formics attack Earth, only the legendary heroics of Mazer Rackham manage to attain a victory. To prepare for the next attack, Col. Hyrum Graff and his cohorts initiate a military program to find the next Mazer. Recruit Ender Wiggin exhibits an unusual gift for the training, easily mastering all of the challenges thrown at him. Mazer Rackham, himself, takes Ender as a protégé to prepare him for the oncoming war.

This is a review of the movie and not of the book.

First of all, The was a visually stunning movie. The creation of the space ship and the costumes put you inside of the ship with those kids like you were going to help with all of this training. The inside training section of the ship was something that all ages would love to experience for themselves. The movie looked great. The story was good and a bit twisted. I will not explain it, since I do not want to give away the story.

The cast for the movie was good. I really did not have any complaint with the cast at all. Harrison Ford looks too rough to play these parts though. He is just getting to old for these roles. Asa Butterfield was really good in the movie. He was believable in his part. Ben Kingsley was good in the movie. His role was important, but not enough for the movie. There is more in the book. Viola Davis was not in the movie that much, but she was really good in her role as she is always is.

I was really surprised by how good this movie was. I normally stay away from movie about or dealing with children. It is just not my type of movie, but this one was different. This one was better than most movie with a similar theme. This movie is worth watching. The story is crazy, but it is very interesting. Enjoy.

Ender's Game (2013) Trailer

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bad Moms (2016)

Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Stars: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Hernandez

Amy has a seemingly perfect life a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a career. However, she's overworked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence that put them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

This movie received a lot of bad reviews. They said that it was not worth watching or, the movie was just not funny at all. I will have to disagree with all of that. This was a really funny movie about a somewhat reality for some women. There are women out there that are about to explode, but their husbands do not understand. I have known these women that try to be perfect and the ones that just say screw and do what they want. That is what this movie is really about, those worlds colliding.

I am sure there are tons of women out there that wish that they could live this movie. They would not have to worry about what other mothers and people think about what they are doing. They need to have that freedom. In today world, there is too many people out there that would try to stop women from really being free while taking care of their kids.

The cast for this movie is great. It was a bit hard to believe that Mila Kunis would have kids that age or at all. She just still looks so young, but she was great in the movie. I have seen Kathryn Hahn in other movies, but it took this movie for me to see how funny she is. She was the funniest one in the movie. Normally, Christina Applegate is the funny one in the movie, but in this movie she was the screwed up mean one. It was nice to see her playing different types of roles. The rest of the cast was great. They were all really funny.

This movie is pretty funny. This is a movie that I watch again. I just don't say that about any movie. It is well worth watching, so give this movie a chance. Enjoy.

Bad Moms (2016) Trailer

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Epic (2013)

Director: Chris Wedge

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell

Mary Katherine is a headstrong, spirited teenager who has a strained relationship with her father. She loses patience with her dad's tales of unseen people who live in the woods, but when she is magically transported to that mythic realm, she gains new perspective. M.K. joins a race of beings known as the Leafmen in their battle to protect their queen from their enemies, evil Mandrake and his crew of Boggans.

This is not a good animated feature in my book. I was just not that impressed with it at all. Now don't get me wrong, this movie looks great. The animation is wonderful and flawless. It was the story is what I was not that impressed with. There has already been a few cartoons like this made. Just look for yourself. It was not an original story at all.

The main problem for me was the music. I hate to watch a cartoon and there is modern pop music all through it. There is nothing worse than that. I know this was not created by Disney with original music created for the movie. It seemed like they just looked to see what songs they had to use, and they tried to write a script around the music or make it fit for the movie. It just does not go with the storyline at all. It just all seemed forced to make it work.

They have a good cast for the movie, but it is just voice over work. It does make a difference. Beyoncé Knowles was the problem with this movie for me. I know they really just wanted someone that could do the voice work and sing songs rather well. This is just my opinion, but I think she is the most overrated person in entertainment.

Young kids will like this movie, since that whom it was really made for. It was just not for me at all. The movie just tried way too hard to be new and trendy for kids. Watch this movie if you must. You may really like it. Enjoy. 

Epic (2013) Trailer

First Period (2013)

Director: Charlie Vaughn

Stars: Brandon Alexander III, Dudley Beene, Lauren Rose Lewis, Michael Turchin, Cassandra Peterson, Jack Plotnick, Judy Tenuta, Rebekah Kochan

New girl Cassie and outcast Maggie are easily the most awkward girls in high school. Together, they decide the way to win the hearts of the cute boys and popular girls is to come in first at the school talent show. But rivals Heather, Other Heather, and their popular boyfriends Brett and Dirk will stop at nothing to keep our heroes the laughing stock of the school. It's going to take makeovers, courage, and maybe even a little rapping to beat them in true 80's style.

First of all, this one of the funniest movie that I watched last year. The two main teenage girls in this movie are played by men. They are not playing drag queens or anything like that. They are portraying teenage girls in this movie. This has not been done in a movie, since John Waters had Divine play a woman in his films. Male actors are just too scared for this to happen more often. It worked so well in Waters' movies, and it was great in this movie as well. Cassie looked better as a teen girl. You could still tell. She was the most delusional character that I have seen in a movie. She made the movie so funny. Maggie looked like an ugly guy in lipstick. I loved how other kids saw her as a coat rack.

This movie is like a bad flashback to the early 80's teen comedies. The clothes are there, the attitude and separation of the classes and you have older actors playing teenagers. I miss those movies so much. I just wish that those movies were as funny as this one is. This movie captures everything that was good and bad about those movies. They just made this movie dirtier and more crude. I just love that.

The cast for this movie was not the best and brightest, but the most interesting and wonderful. Lance Bass' husband, Michael Turchin, is one of the hot teenage boys. Comedian Judy Tenuta is the fortune teller. She was not in the movie that long. Rebekah Kochan has been in other gay comedies, and she is always funny. The best in the movie is Cassandra Peterson. You know her mainly as Elvira. She is Cassie's mother in the movie. She scenes are really good.

If you can find a way to watch this movie, then you need to watch it. I had doubt for the movie, but it had me laughing right off the bat. This is one of the funniest movies that I have seen in a while. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.

First Period (2013) Trailer

The Descent (2005)

Director: Neil Marshall

Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

If you are claustrophobic, then this is the horror movie for you. The movie is mostly these women in tight close places inside a cave. There is no way in hell that I am going spelunking. I have seen video and read stories about people getting hurt or killed doing that. The thought of it gives me nightmares. Tight spaces do not bother me. It is the thought of falling or hurting myself, and I am in a cave. That will make matters worse. I say no thank you. I do not care, if there is a mound of gold at the bottom. I would rob the person that went down there when they can back up. It all frightens me.

Now, all of these women are stupid for doing this. You will see. Was there not a bar to go to or a spa? That sounds like a better girls weekend. Some of these women have issues, and you are going to trust these borderline messed up women to make sure that you are safe. I hope one of them decides that it is your day to die. Just think of that one. A group of will have drama come up, so you do not want to be down a deep ass cave when something comes up.

The movie is good. It makes you feel tight throated and cold. It is so easy to place yourself in this movie. It is filmed so well to make the viewer feel what these woman are feeling. Those humanoids that are hiding in the cave that will kill you and eat you that no one even knows about. They are scary. It is like being out in the middle of nowhere, and you stumble upon some creature that no one knows about. You are all alone in the woods to deal with it. Only this time you are deep down in a dark ass cave with only your strength to pull you up. I would be dead first.

The creation for these creatures in the movies are complete body suits, so you know that is hot and hard to deal with, but they look great. They look like something that is either from another world or hell. It is those razor teeth that is the worst part of them.

I liked this movie. This is one of those movies that the more you watch it, then the more you like it. Is it not funny how that happens? This is maybe even a movie that you would want to add to your collection. Enjoy.

The Descent (2005) Trailer

Concussion (2015)

Director: Peter Landesman

Stars: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Mike O'Malley, Paul Reiser

While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

I am not a football fan at all, so the knowledge of this movie was completely lost on me. I mean, I knew nothing about it. You would think that a football player getting hit over and over again in the head would do some damage on down the line. I think this idea would be common knowledge. I guess it was not known for a long time.

The movie was not bad, but it could have been so much better. This was a drama. The movie was not that dramatic at all. There were some scenes where characters' voices were raised and tempers flared, but not enough of them were included in the movie. Even the deaths in the movie were more calm with less emotion. You just wanted more from a drama based on reality.

The cast was really good. I am not a fan of Will Smith, but he was really good in this movie. He had the accent down. You would have thought he was from Africa. Alec Baldwin was great as he always is in dramatic roles. Albert Brooks proved again that he is great in dramas. He can do so much more than comedy. He needs more roles like this.

The worst part of this movie is the whole story behind it. The NFL wanted to deny that football players are perfectly safe after getting hit in the head time and time again during games and practices. It just showed how little the people that runs the NFL do not care about the players after all. They only care when they can play, but if they get hurt so bad that they can no longer play, then they no longer care about the players. It is all about money and nothing else. If you are no longer making them money, then you are done. It is really sad.

This was a pretty good movie to watch. It is a bit slow most of the time, so you really have to stay with the movie. This movie is worth watching once. I do not really see this movie being a person's favorite movie, but you just never know. Enjoy.

Concussion (2015) Trailer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds

On the frontier of California's turn-of-the-century petroleum boom, Daniel Plainview transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there's a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads with his son, H.W., to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday, Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value, love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son, is imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.

Daniel Plainview is an absolutely selfish man that only cares for money. Starting out watching this movie, you really do not know how to feel about the characters, until the movie really starts to get going then you discover that most of these characters are no good.

The cast for this movie was incredible. Daniel Day-Lewis never disappoints in any movie. He really does become the character. You no longer see him, you see that character. The rest of the cast works so well with one another. The entire casts makes the viewer seem like they are watching more of a documentary than a movie.

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the best directors these days. Most of his movies stand out and are rarely forgotten. He has an eye for the realness in how people really are, and not how we perceive them in our heads.

I liked this movie. It is well made and very interesting. The only thing about the movie is it is a bit slow, but most dramatic movies are slower movies. Most of Anderson's movies are slow, but you need to stay with them to really understand and like them. Enjoy.

There Will Be Blood (2007) Trailer

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Diary of the Dead (2007)

Director: George A. Romero

Stars: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts

While filming a horror movie of mummy in a forest, the students and their professor of the University of Pittsburgh hear on the TV the news that the dead are awaking and walking. Ridley and Francine decide to leave the group, while Jason heads to the dormitory of his girlfriend Debra Monahan. She does not succeed in contacting her family and they travel in Mary's van to the house of Debra's parents in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While driving her van, Mary sees a car accident and runs over a highway patrolman and three other zombies trying to escape from them. Later the religious Mary is depressed, questioning whether the victims were really dead, and tries to commit suicide, shooting herself with a pistol. Her friends take her to a hospital where they realize that the dead are indeed awaking and walking and they need to fight to survive while traveling to Debra's parents house.

This movie was Romero's effort into the found footage genre. The man makes great zombie movies, but I was wondering why he thought this was something that he needed to look into too. It was a movie tend, I know, but he is so much better than that. The found footage is for the newbie movie maker trying to get in the business, not the man that created the zombie movies.

I am not a fan of found footage movie, but this one being a Romero movie, I had to watch it. It is a movie worth watching, but it is like so many other zombie movie that are popping up all over the place. There is sadly not much difference in this movie that the other movies of the same type. The special effects in the movie were really good. There was blood everywhere with great attacks from zombies.

This is not a scary movie at all, but most of the found footage movies are never really scary. It is worth watching, but it is not a movie to really go out of your way to see. It is good, but not great at all. Enjoy.

Diary of the Dead (2007) Trailer

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Kim Hunter, Lady Chablis

John Kelso travels to Savannah, Ga. to cover the city's Christmas celebration amid a backdrop of eccentric characters. He becomes intrigued by a sultry singer, Mandy, and engrossed by a murder trial. Wealthy society figure Jim Williams is accused of shooting his male lover, and the question is whether it was in self-defense as he claims.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. I will say though, this was a really good adaptation from the movie to the book. It is not perfect, but it is pretty close. The book goes into a lot more detail about the characters.

I was so impressed with this movie and story. You have this real crime story of the murder of a younger man, and the main suspect was his boss and part time lover. You just cannot get a better story than that. It is just so juicy. The best part was the killer was this uppity white closeted millionaire.

You get introduced briefly to most of the characters that are in the book, and see how they are all intertwined with Williams and one another. This is the most interesting part of the whole movie are these different crazy characters that live in Savannah.

The cast for the movie was great. John Cusack made this character come to life. You start to believe that he was just a writer working for a magazine. Kevin Spacey had the accent down flat. He looked like a rich gay man that secretly felt like he could do whatever he wanted, because he had money. It was hard to think of Jack Thompson as anything but a Southern. He had the accent almost perfect. Watching this movie, it is hard to believe that he is from Australia. Jude Law was good in the movie, but it was a bit hard to see him as that character. The voice was off, and he looked too good. He was not the trashy young guy that you would picture playing the part. Alison Eastwood was fine in the movie. I really had no complaints. They could have gotten anyone for that part. Kim Hunter was a nice addition to the movie. You know she played Zhara, right? Lady Chablis played herself in the movie. She was the highlight of the whole movie. I'm sure it was easier to play yourself in a movie, but those were some of the best scenes in the entire movie. They were so funny. Her lines are the ones most remembered from the movie.

Clint Eastwood was perfect at directing this movie. I do not know of a scene that was wrong or messed up in any way. The cinematography mixed with the directing created some great moments in the movie. Wonderful camera work in this movie.

This is a great movie to watch. It is not dirty or filthy with tons of sex in it. It is not one of those movies. If you have not read the book or seen the movie, then you need to do both. They are bother great entertainment. You will not be disappointed at all. Enjoy.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) Trailer

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hurricane Bianca (2016)

Director: Matt Kugelman

Stars: Roy Haylock, Lola Botha, Rachel Dratch, Alan Cumming, Willam Belli, RuPaul, Shangela, Joslyn Fox, Alyssa Edwards, Margaret Cho

New York substitute science teacher/stand-up comic Richard Martinez - who isn't even remotely effective at either - finally lands a full-time position in Texas through the Teaching Ambassador Program, but his stint falls short when it's discovered he's gay. With only one friendly local behind him, Richard returns to the school as sassy Bianca Del Rio, an outspoken teacher who'll put the unruly students and hypocritical school staff in their proper places, instantly becoming the best teacher he's ever been and the school has ever seen.

I'm a fan of Bianca Del Rio. I love her stand-up shows, so I was excited about a movie coming out. Now I had my doubts, since movies like this are nothing but the stand-up act turned into a movie. This movie was no too far off from that. There is a lot of her stand-up show in the movie. It seems like they just wrote a story around what she does on stage. That is what this movie is, but it worked well enough for the movie.

The storyline was one that you kind of wish would really happen to some of these people. You want that evil teacher or school to be told and handled by someone that will put them in their place to stop all of their stupidity. You know the stupidity that I speak of that happens in small towns in the South. Some of us are all too familiar with it all. That is how this movie, revenge on those assholes that need and deserve it. It makes for a great story that has been told several times by other, but this movie was a great start for a new version of the story.

The cast was a wonderful surprise. Since Bianca Del Rio won RuPaul's Drag Race for her season, I was hoping that she won get some of the other Racers to be in the movie. She go the some of the best of them. She got some talent for this movie. Willam Belli, and Shangela are his best friends that help him overcome his troubles. Joslyn Fox is keeping it foxy behind the bar.  Alyssa Edwards is working the stage. They all were great in their roles. They were some of the best surprese in the movie. I was so glad to see them in a movie. RuPaul has a very small part in the movie, but he even was there to help out. Margaret Cho was in the movie for five seconds. Rachel Dratch was really funny as the "villain" of the movie. She is great. Anyone could have played Alan Cumming's role, but he was still good in the movie.

I was surprised by this movie. I thought it was going to be kind of bad, because these type of movie usually are. I was glad it turned out to be a pretty good movie. If you have not seen this movie yet, then do yourself a favor and watch this movie. It is worth watching. Enjoy.

Hurricane Bianca (2016) Trailer

Friday, February 17, 2017

Night of the Living Deb (2015)

Director: Kyle Rankin

Stars: Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Julie Brister, Chris Marquette, Ray Wise

Deb wakes up on the Fourth of July in the apartment of the most attractive man she has ever seen. An awkward walk of shame turns ugly when they discover the town has been overrun by a zombie virus, and the duo has to band together to survive.

I thought this was going to be one of the dumbest movies just trying to get some money off the tail end of the whole zombie tend, but I was really pleasantly surprised by how good this movie is. I know it is not one of the best movies out there, but when you are expecting the worst, it is nice when the movie is pretty good.

This was a pretty funny movie for what it is. The cast is what really made this movie. Maria Thayer, from Strangers with Candy, was so funny and weird in this movie. She was the type of woman that I would hang out with. The rest of the cast was fine, but I feel that this was a movie for her that did not do that well. She never really took off like I thought she would.

There are special effects in this movie, and they are not bad at all. They looked really good, but that was not what the movie was about. It was not a horror movie at all. It is just way too funny for that.

I liked this movie. It was so much better than I thought it would be. If you have not seen this movie, then you should give this movie a chance. It is worth it. Enjoy.

Night of the Living Deb (2015) Trailer