Friday, August 26, 2016

Neighbors (2014)

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco

New parents Mac and Kelly move to the suburbs when they welcome an infant daughter into their lives. All goes well with the couple, until the Delta Psi Beta fraternity moves in next door. Mac and Kelly don't want to seem uncool, and they try their best to get along with frat president Teddy and the rest of the guys. However, when the couple finally call the cops during a particularly raucous frat party, a full-scale war erupts.

This movie was exactly what I thought it was going to be. Let's see and show how uncool these new parents are compared to these stupid frat morons. For one thing, a fraternity would not be allowed to move into a house in an area that is not zoned for it. There are laws against that kind of thing.

If you are a fan of cheap jokes and being petty to each other, then this is a movie for you. This movie is filled with bad quality and bad taste. The jokes are bad because the writing is bad. It watches like this is what a bunch of high school jocks want to see in a movie. It was written for that type of audience.

The cast was the biggest problem in the movie. I guess Rose Byrne needed the money for something, because she is always good in movies. She can act. Seth Rogen is almost the same in every single movie. It is like he is always portraying the same character. It just gets more annoying more than anything else. Dave Franco is still not that good of an actor. He is another one that thinks he is really funny, but he just is not. He is better than his brother at times.

Now the real reason that anyone else watched this movie was that Zac Efron was in it. When they were making this movie, all over the internet were pictures of him wearing an unbuttoned-shirt or shirtless. There was so little said about the actual movie. It was all about his body. That is why he has the career that he does. It is not his talent. If he was chunky and ugly, he would be working retail.

This movie is barely worth watching once. It is painful to sit though. I know there will be several people that will disagree with, and that is perfectly fine. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Neighbors (2014) Trailer

Shock to the System (2006)

Director: Ron Oliver

Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Michael Woods, Daryl Shuttleworth, Morgan Fairchild, Nelson Wong

Because of a feature article on him in the Advocate, Albany based Donald Strachey has gained some notoriety as a gay private detective. His latest client, Paul Hale, a scared young man, provides Donald with a $5,000 retainer to find "someone", that person unspecified before Paul is scared off. Soon thereafter, Paul is found dead. The official cause of death is deemed suicide by the coroner's office, but Donald wants to do right by Paul by finding who killed him as the police unofficially believe he was murdered. Another person who believes Paul was murdered is his mother, Phyllis Hale. Donald learns that homophobic Mrs. Hale sent Paul to the Phoenix Foundation, run by Dr. Trevor Cornell and his wife Lynn Cornell and for which Paul was the poster child. The Foundation is there to help people turn from gay to straight. Donald believes Paul's death has something to do with the Foundation.

Now this being the second movie of the Donald Strachey series, we get to see his take on conversation therapy and another couple of murder victims. It is a bit hard to believe that those type of places were even in business. That there are these idiots that really think that you can turn gay people straight. That is still the most stupid idiotic thing that has ever been said. Who really thinks that it could really happen? Who is that lame?

The production of this movie was up. The cast was better and a hotter. In this movie, you get to see male frontal nudity. That is mainly something you only get to see in a gay movie. Isn't that a downright shame.

The best part of the movie, besides the nudity, is that you get to see Morgan Fairchild in another gay movie. I mean her fan base is mostly gay men now. He acting is what it always was, good bad. Her face looks as though it is going to start to crack or completely break apart if she moves to fast or smiles too much. That face is tight. We still love her though.

Like I have said before, I love these movies. I could never give them a bad review. It is just so hard to find good detective movies any more. Enjoy.

Shock to the System (2006) Trailer

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Red Dawn (2012)

Director: Dan Bradley

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home.

Now this remake movie is still as unrealistic as the original one from the 80's. It seems that they were just making a movie to make North Korea look like that they really want to come and invade the USA. It does not take much at all to put these type of images in the minds of Americans. All it really takes is a movie, and that is what they made. They made another terrorist attack scare movie direct from Hollywood. It is pretty sick.

If you ignore all of that, and you just watch the movie to believe that all of it is possible, then the movie is really good. The thought of cities in this country being taken over, and there is nothing that can be done about it. That is a really scary thought. You see it on the big screen, and that image is implanted into your mind.

The acting in the movie is good. The cast was really well placed. The main question that I have about the movie is why?. Why in the hell did we need a remake of this movie. Are they just putting titles of 80's movies in a hat and just drawing one out to be remade? That is what it seems like they are doing. This movie was one that was forgotten about in the 80's. It was a forgotten movie.

I still think that this movie was made to be just another scare tactic to keep us in fear. It was not like it was an important movie from the 80's at all. It is something to watch. Enjoy.

Red Dawn (2012) Trailer

Blade (1998)

Director: Stephen Norrington

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Donal Logue, Traci Lords

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.

Here is the true first rated R comic book movie. People thought it was the Deadpool movie, but they were sadly incorrect. Blade was mainly just known as a horror vampire movie, but not really a comic book movie, since it was not a widely known popular comic book series.

The movie is good and fun to watch. There is just something about the movie that just did not set well with me, and no, it was not because it was a black superhero comic movie. You racists. LOL. It is Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff. I think that is what it is. They are both really bad actors in this movie. Stephen Dorff has always been a bad actor. He just goes over the top with all of his roles. He does not even talk. He just yells and scream out his lines. It was really obvious ion this movie. Wesley Snipes spoke all of his lines in a low gravely whisper that you could barely hear and understand at times. You just had to turn up the volume on the television.

For the first of a trilogy, this was not a bad movie. It is worth watching, especially if you are a big comic book fan. It is worth watching at least once. Enjoy.

Blade (1998) Trailer

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

Director: Breck Eisner

Stars: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

If you just watch this movie for what it is, then it is an enjoyable movie to watch. If you really sit and think about it, then you will hate the cheese factor to it. This is still a Vin Diesel, so you cannot expect too much from it.

This movie had some great special effects with the transforming of the witches and the powers that are throw all over the place. It looks really cool to watch. The real bad part of the movie was the acting. I do not mean all of it in the movie. I mean Vin Diesel. Oh, come on now. You know he acts almost the same in almost every single movie that he is in. He cannot act at all. That is why he is in the movies that he is in. They are movies that require no thought at all. Vin Diesel has the most monotone voice that he sounds more like a serial killer than an actor. The rest of the cast was decent. It was nothing to write home about.

If you are a fan of fantasy movie, then you will like this modern day look at witch hunting. The movie is filled with special effects and action. For the rest of you, the movie is worth watching once, but not more than that. Enjoy.

The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Trailer

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Stars: Tom Baril, Dennis Barrie, Jonathan Becker, Debbie Harry

An examination of the life and work of the revered and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

This documentary was an interesting look into the photographer's life. The movie takes a deep look at what Mapplethorpe was known for, and it was his controversial nude and sexual shots that he took of friends and lovers. They even cover the court case of his work trying to be banned because of some pieces being to sexually explicit.

You get to hear from people in the art world that worked with him and others that knew him personally. The one person that I thought would be interviewed was Patti Smith. It showed the photos taken of her, and they talked about their relationship. That was it though. I was disappointed in that.

If you are a fan of his work, then this is something you should watch. It was very interesting and informative. Enjoy.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) Trailer

Monday, August 22, 2016

Third Man Out (2005)

Director: Ron Oliver

Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Jack Wetherall, Woody Jeffreys, Sean Young

Donald Strachey's claim to fame is being the only openly gay private investigator in the Albany area. He is married to Tim Callahan, the aide to Democratic senator, Dianne Glassman. Because of the expensive house renovations Donald and Tim are going through, Donald reluctantly takes the case of John Rutka, a gay advocate, who is hated by homophobes for being so vocally gay, and by many gays, such as Donald and Tim, because he, through his website, outs gays who want to stay in the closet. The higher the profile of his targets, the better he feels he is advancing the gay cause. John was shot in his own home by an unknown assailant, while his boyfriend Eddie Santon was home with him. John wants Donald to find out and nab who shot him, before the perpetrator finishes the job. They believe that the shooter is probably working for one of the many he is investigating as possibly being gay.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. It took a pay satellite channel to bring us a more positive gay storyline that is not filled with sex and camp. That all is beginning to get old. We finally got an honest good gay lead role on a network that is not sleeping with every man that he sees or doing tons of drugs or being the stereotypical sissy character. He is a man that is "married" to another man.

The story is somewhat controversial, about outing closeted gay men. I am on the fence about the subject, but how it is played out in the movie, it seems to be more worthy than you would think. There really is a person that has a website that out politicians. The story is partly true.

The acting is fair. It is not good by any means. This is what many gay actors go to keep on working. There are not too many roles out there for gay actors. They take what they can get. If they are not that great at their craft, then they just have to turn to indie gay movies to keep working. It is sad really.

I really did like this movie. I am a fan of old detective movie, and this movie tips its hat to that era. It has a great story with a gay positive feeling throughout the whole story. Enjoy.

Third Man Out (2005) Trailer

Humpday (2009)

Director: Lynn Shelton

Stars: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore

When Andrew unexpectedly shows up on Ben's doorstep late one night, the two old college friends immediately fall into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. To save Ben from domestication, Andrew invites Ben to a party at a sex-positive commune. Everyone their plans on making erotic art films for the local amateur porn festival and Andrew wants in. They run out of booze and ideas, save for one: Andrew should have sex with Ben, on camera. It's not gay; it's beyond gay. It's not porn; it's an art project. The next day, they find themselves unable to back down from the dare. And there's nothing standing in their way - except Ben's wife Anna, heterosexuality, and certain mechanical questions.

I thought this was going to be a gay comedy, but it is more about how our sexuality is set deep inside us that it is not a choice at all. No matter what the idiots say. These two men are wanting to make this movie, but they are not physically willing to have sex with another man. The mind id there, but the penis is not. They would have to do what straight gay porn performers do and pop a pill to get it up.

They are not doing this to become famous or to get a lot of computer traffic. They want to make art. I respect the filmmaker for that. They do not want the film to be sleazy in any way. They just want to make a film that makes people think about sexuality. In turn that is what this movie will do, when you see these two men talk about having sex with each other.

This movie seemed like a throwback to the great indie movies of the 90's. There was a great simple story that was filled with deep conversations from start to finish. The whole movie had meaning and life. I would recommend this movie to the ones with deep thoughts. You will totally get it. Enjoy.

Humpday (2009) Trailer

Four Christmases (2008)

Director: Seth Gordon

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Katy Mixon

When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad and Kate must spend Christmas Day trudging around to a quartet of family get-togethers. While Brad counts the hours till he can escape the onslaught of crazy relatives, Kate begins to wonder about her own choices and ponders whether her family members are so crazy after all.

This was a weaker Christmas movie, but it was worth watching once. I mean who does not issues with some family member that you only have to deal with on the holidays? It is something that so many of us have to deal with every year. This couple has been escaping it until now when it all goes wrong. Here is the odd part of the movie is that the couple really did not know one another very well. They had been together for three years, and they did not much about each other's childhood and background. That just seemed really odd to me. How in the hell does stuff like that not come up in a conversation in three years. It is not very grounded for a story.

The best part of the movie was the cast. there are some great actors in this movie. I mean some great talent to be in this movie. They could have made a better movie with a cast like this. The other part was the movie was not that long at all. They squeeze all of these characters in four different households in less than an hour and a half. It was just too short of a movie with all of these people being thrown at you at such a quick pace.

This movie is barely a Christmas movie. It just happens at Christmastime. It really could have taken place anytime of the year. I do not think this is really a Christmas movie. It is more just about dealing with family members. It is not a movie to add to your holiday movie watching. Enjoy.

Four Christmases (2008) Trailer

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Director: Sam Raimi

Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver, Reggie Lee

Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt.

This was a really good movie. I just did not think that Sam Raimi could pull off a horror movie that would exactly have some type of substance to it, but he did it. He pulled out a great movie with a great story and special effects. It was a team effort to make this movie. There is no way just one man could have done all of this by himself, but he was the leader of the team.

The cast for the movie was not bad at all. Justin Long was trying to be funny in the beginning of the movie to lighten the mood. It worked, but you good also look at it as his character was just insensitive to his girlfriend's feeling. Lorna Raver was the best in the movie and the real star in the movie. She was so good and so creepy and dirty in this movie. Her actions were the ones that really did freak you out through the whole movie.

The special effects were what really made this movie. Raimi pulled out all of the punches when making this movie. You see a few scenes that seem to give a nod to the Evil Dead movies. It is there, but you may have to look for it. I am not going to give anything away, just in case you have not seen this movie yet. There are some gross yucky scenes in this movie that make it well worth watching.

The only bad part about the movie is that, if the character was thinking, then she could have ended the whole thing quickly. She just was not thinking at all. Any way this was a really good movie. If by some chance you have not watched this movie, then I have no idea what you are waiting for. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.

Drag Me to Hell (2009) Trailer

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Jungle Book (2016)

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling

The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.

This is a review on the movie and not the book. This movie mainly only contained the characters and the settings of the book, because the rest of the book was just not in the movie at all. Disney basically took their animated movie and turned it into a live action movie with a ton of CGI special effects. Disney succeeded in making a visually entertaining movie, but they fail at telling the complete story. That is what I was hoping to see.

The movie itself was great to watch on a visual level. The matching up and overlaying of all of the different pieces of each scene was flawless. You could not really see a different in any of it. It just look like this kid was walking around in the jungle talking to these animals. There was nothing but top notch special effects through the whole movie.

The voice over work was well done. It was fun trying to figure out who was doing the voices while watching the movie. The little boy could have been played by any kid with a darker skin tone. He did look a lot like the character in the cartoon, but I guess that was what they were really going for.

The sad part is that with all of the money that was put into the movie and all of the work on the special effects, it was still an average movie. It has just been made too many times for it to be really exciting to see for a newer audience. It would take a lot more to wow this younger generation. I am sure there was a lot of older people that liked it more than their children.

I love Disney, and I am a huge fan of all of it. This was just not a movie that cared for at all. I was not even interested in seeing it when the trailer came out. It is another movie that looks really good and is well made, but there just is not story that anyone would want to care for. I know many people will still go and watch it, and many of you will like it. Enjoy.

The Jungle Book (2016) Trailer

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Possession of Michael King (2014)

Director: David Jung

Stars: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko

Michael King doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. He makes himself the center of the experiment, allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him. In the hopes that when they fail, so he'll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

This was another pointless found footage horror movie. If I would have known this at the beginning, I would not have watched this movie at all. It was a waste of time. The story was a joke. He did not believe in anything, so he let it all in, mostly evil. He was just too smart and good to believe in a high power, so he was shown how stupid he really was.

How many times are we going to watch the same movie over and over again with a different cast. It is getting so old. This is a movie to completely pass by. Do not stop for any reason. I watched it, so you don't have to.

The Possession of Michael King (2014) Trailer