Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Paperboy (2012)

Director: Lee Daniels

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray

Deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, Eldest son Ward Jansen is a star reporter for a Miami newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a racial murder case. Ward Jansen and Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story. Younger brother Jack Jansen has returned home after a failed stint at university as a star swimmer. To help give his life some direction, Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver. With the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.

This movie was based on a true story. That did not help this movie at all. The story was interesting with a great cast and a great director, but what went wrong with the movie? The acting and editing killed this movie. With such a good solid cast you would think that it would have been a good movie, but no, the acting was too over the top at times. Those scenes just took you out of the movie where you didn't even care anymore.

I think that the whole movie was cast wrong. I know that they were playing characters that were out of their box, but seriously, it just didn't work. Nicole Kidman is getting too old to play a white trash whore. Could you even think about looking at Matthew McConaughey's character and believe that he was into BBC? It just was not believable to the audience. They never mentioned his love for BBC the rest of the movie. That is just odd. It was the 60's in the South, and no one raised an eye about him being gay. Whatever. Macy Gray was one of the best in the movie, but I just did not understand why she was also the narrator of the movie. Zac Efron cannot act very well. He goes by his looks alone.

This movie was a bit choppy and tried way too hard to push the boundaries a bit. It was just lazy and too much sometimes. This was a movie to watch once and that is enough. There are just too many problems in the movie. Most of the people that watched it, only did to see Zac Efron in white briefs too many times. I watched it so you don't have to.

The Paperboy (2012) Trailer

The Fog (1980)

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook, Nancy Kyes

The centenary of the small seaside town of Antonio Bay, California is approaching. One hundred years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, they were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing her against the rocks. While the townsfolk prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founding fathers committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs.

This is one of the best ghost story movies of the classic 80's horror movies. John Carpenter and Debra Hill created another masterpiece after the huge success from Halloween. These two just kept on knocking out these great movies one after another, for a long time. The fog in this movie has hidden secrets with murder on its mind, but it is hard to get away from it. You are only safe during the day. The fog comes for you.

This movie had two of the members from Halloween in it, Jamie Lee Curtis and Nancy Kyes,  as well as a remarkable cast. There are some great names acting in this movie. This was the first movie that mother and daughter, Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, worked together as adults, but they did not share a scene together. The acting was well done in all cases. John Carpenter even does a cameo at the beginning of the movie, so does Debra Hill.

This is a creepy but not really scary movie. The fog is a bit scary, since you cannot see in the fog, so you never know what is hiding there. Remember that on the next foggy night. You should watch this movie on a night like that. It is a great horror movie. If you have never seen it, then what are you waiting for. Get a copy. Enjoy.

The Fog (1980) Trailer

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Imitation Game (2014)

Director: Morten Tyldum

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of gross indecency, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, follows a genius who under pressure helped to shorten the war and save thousands of lives.

This was a really good movie. The cast was wonderful. The story and the script keep me interested in keeping up with the story. The movie had it all for a good drama dealing with a real occurrence. The problem is that this movie is not a rewatcher at all. It was worth seeing once, but I do not know why on Earth you would sit through this movie over and over, unless you just love the story that much. There is not much happening in this movie.

The worst part of the movie is how Alan Turning was treated during this time. He help stop the war, but when they discovered that he was gay then he was nothing to them. He was arrested and punished for his sexuality.

I liked this movie, but I do not know that if I would watch it again. It is worth watching once, but nothing more than that. Give this one a chance. Enjoy.

The Imitation Game (2014) Trailer

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Director: David Wain

Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper

It's 1981 at Camp Firewood. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. Included in all of the action in the movie are a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved at the big talent show at the end of the day.

This is one of those movies that makes fun of other movies. It is a parody of sorts of all of the summer camp movies from the 70's and 80's. No one has really made a summer camp movie since then, so I was glad that there was a "parody" of those movies made. This movie included all of the plots and then some from all of these classic summer camp movies. One thing that you have to realize that all of the events in the movie takes place in one day, so the movie is just more out there when you add in that little bit of information.

This movie was a great sleeper hit. The comedic cast is one of the best for this day and age. It is the modern version of the comedian movies of the early 80's. You know the ones. They tried to recreate that feel of movies, but it did not reach most people, except in video stores. Most of the cast has become huge stars, while the rest kind of just stayed the same.

There is a lot going on in this movie, you have to remember that it all takes place in one day. That part of the movie just makes the movie seem even more ridiculous than it should be. This is not a jaw dropping out of your breathe movie. It is a really good movie, if you get the inside joke about it. It is there.

This is a movie that needs to be seen. Not everyone is going to like it, but at least give it a try. I think you will at least find it interesting if nothing else. Enjoy.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Trailer

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Master (2012)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of emotional breakdowns. He starts drifting around working odd jobs. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions, and he becomes deeply involved with them. He completely puts all of his trust into the cult leader.

This movie just was not worth watching at all. I enjoy movies that are about just a moment in time, but this movie was just going nowhere. Its pace is maddeningly slow, and it is too long. A good portion of the film is spent watching Phoenix walk back and forth between a window and a wall for reasons that remain rather opaque. Yes, it's that kind of movie.

I didn't care at all about Phoenix's character or Hoffman's, and despite the rave reviews, I think neither actor brought their A-game to this one. Their characters were one dimensional, unsympathetic, and unrelatable. They didn't feel like real people. They don't really change much over the course of the movie. They basically sucked as people. If these were real people, everyone else would keep their distance from them. The characters in the movie were the worst, but the movie is about a cult, so there you go. These people are just sad lost losers.

What irked me most, though, was that the movie really didn't have anything to say. It had no real insights into anything. It didn't make me think or challenge my mind in any way. The movie left you an empty canvas. It was just white and boring. Nothing there, except wondering where the ending is.

This was a pointless movie. The sad part was that I was really looking forward to watching, but now I am sorry that I did. I say just skip this movie all together. I watched it so you don't have to.

The Master (2012) Trailer

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

Director: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan

Stars: Butch Patrick, Hans Conried, Mel Blanc

Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through, but he only emerges in a world full of adventure.

This is one of the most odd animated movies that I have ever seen, well for kids that is. There is a message for kids displayed throughout the entire movie trying to teach children not to waste anything in their life.

If you can find a copy of this movie, then I think you should give it a chance. It is like watching the old Loony Tunes cartoons from when you were a kid, since it is some of the same people that created them. There is a lot of no sense in the entire movie. It is really slow to watch, just like a lot of movie from that period of time. Enjoy.

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) Trailer
The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) Full Movie

The Guilt Trip (2012)

Director: Anne Fletcher

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Kathy Najimy

Andy Brewster is an inventor, and he is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime. A quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. The two reconnect, bond and fight all the way to San Francisco where Andy has found his mother's first boyfriend.

This is the ultimate mother and son bonding movie. Barbra Streisand really acts like a normal single mother in this movie. Only in movies does she seem like a real person. In interviews, she always acts like an uppity robot that is concerned about every single move she make and word she says. She was great in this movie. You really thought she was this over baring mother that was more worried about her son than herself. Seth Rogan was just about the same as he is in every movie. Barbra Streisand was the true star of this movie.

The movie was good, but it was one of those movies that you have to stay with through the whole movie. It is worth it. The beginning may seem a bit dull and boring to some of you. I think it is well worth a watch. Enjoy.

The Guilt Trip (2012) Trailer

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Surveillance 24/7 (2007)

Director: Paul Oremland

Stars: Sean Brosnan, Simon Callow, Julian Date

A one night stand with a handsome stranger plunges a respected teacher into a plot of intrigue and espionage in this thriller set in London and shot from the perspective of surveillance cameras placed throughout the city. The morning after meeting a man in a bar and taking him back home for a passionate night, Adam is horrified to learn that his anonymous lover has been brutally murdered. Suddenly Adam is caught in the grip of a scandal that leads all the way to the Royal Family. Upon learning that the victim was in fact the heir to a sprawling media empire, the race is on for Adam to clear his name before he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

This movie was so boring that it was not even funny. If there was not any nudity in it, this movie could have been shown on LifeTime late at night, because no one would really want to watch it. The story itself was very interesting, but when it came to a Royal affair between two men, I was just over it. These type of gay movies are normally not good at all. They take a subject matter that has been made to death and substitute another man instead of a woman, and they think that they have a good movie. No, you don't.

If you feel the need to be very bored and desperate for something to watch, then by all means watch this crap. I was just over it not long after the beginning of it. I say skip it. I watched it so you don't have to.

It Follows (2014)

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake, but she is going on a date with Jay. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter with Jay, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors, that seem to be only a few steps behind.
Mostly of what I read about this movie, is how much people love it or how great it is. I'm sorry. I just do not see it. The movie was slow and a bit dragging, but the concept of the story was good. It just did not play out very well on the screen for me.

The whole idea of you have an evil spirit that follows you around to try and kill you, but you can pass it on to another person by being intimate with them is pretty crazy. The spirit can look like anyone that you know or don't know works well for a creepy story. It just was not scary at all. There were a few parts that were a bit creepy, but that was all. I just wanted more out of this movie.

This movie is maybe worth watching once, but that is all I would give it. I just did not understand all of the praise that this movie received. It was okay at best. If you need to watch it, then by all means do so. I warned you though. Enjoy.

It Follows (2014) Trailer

The Funhouse (1981)

Director: Tobe Hooper

Stars: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Jack McDermott, Cooper Huckabee

Two teenage couples decide to spend the night at a carnival, because they heard that other people they know did it. After the carnival shuts down, one of the workers, the mutated son of the owner, kills the fortune teller because she would not have sex with him. The teenagers witness it from above the room, and now have to escape the carnival before the mutant kills them.

First of all, who in the hell would think it would be a good idea to spend the night in a carnival? Some of those then were pretty scary. It is not like you can turn everything on and ride all the rides or cook all of the food that you want all night without anyone knowing about it. There would be nothing to do but sit in the darkness and smelling foulness, well that would be at the county fair here. These girls were pretty stupid for dating these losers. The girls even put out for the guys in the Funhouse. Isn't that the most romantic place to have sex? Only if you have a really weird specific fetish.

That fortune teller had the self respect of a trout. She knew what that looked like under that mask, and she till only asked for $100. I know that was a lot of money then, but still, I would have had to ask for at least $1000. She was absolutely nasty for that, so she should have been killed. Just my opinion. The look of the real face of the "monster" would completely make me freak out as well. Just think of having sex with someone with a bag over their head, and when they take it off you see a head and a face like that. You would go insane and crap yourself. Nasty.

This movie was directed by the great Tobe Hooper who brought us some of the best horror from the 70's and 80's. This movie was not as good as his others, but it is one of those movies that you kind of want to watch over and over. The cast for the movie was good for what the movie was.

I love this movie it is early 80's horror true. The story is decent and the make-up is good. The movie shows how stupid people thought that teenagers were then. They did nothing but get into trouble. I think you should give this movie a chance, if you have not seen it yet. Enjoy.

The Funhouse (1981) Trailer
The Funhouse (1981) Full Movie

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

King Corn (2007)

Director: Aaron Woolf

Stars: Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney, Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat, and how we farm.

These two guys take you on a journey to Iowa, so we can see how corn is grown and what happens to it. You get to see how one of the most harmful ingredients are made, high fructose corn syrup. That was pretty scary and mind blowing. You will learn a lot about corn crops and the food additives that are created.

This documentary was made well and very interesting to watch. You can find it streaming almost everywhere. If you have not seen this yet then do yourself a favor and watch it. Enjoy.

King Corn (2007) Trailer

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

Director: Colin Higgins

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Jim Nabors, Lois Nettleton, Theresa Merritt, Mary Jo Catlett

In Lanville County, Texas, the Chicken Ranch has for generations been known as the best whorehouse in Texas for its wholesome fun, strict moral code and cleanliness. Miss Mona Stangley currently runs the house. The Chicken Ranch has always had the unofficial blessing of the local authorities, who see the ranch providing an important community service, one which most in local authority have used at one time or another in their life. In fact, Miss Mona and Lanville County Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd have been in a relationship for years, Ed Earl who is Miss Mona's protector, albeit one with a hot temper and good ol' boy attitude that doesn't exactly match the needs of his law upholding position. A TV evangelist finds out about the whorehouse, and he wants to do an undercover show about it. Mona promised to close on the night the camera crew was suppose to come, but it was the yearly night for the football team to come visit.

This movie was one of the best more modern day movie musicals out there. The movie had it all a great cast, sex, nudity and Dolly Parton. It was also kind of funny. The main thing that hurt this movie was the title, the poster and the outfits that Dolly  wears are a bit small. It seems like it would be one those nudie comedies of the early 80's. You know the ones were the story is way too stupid, but most of the woman in the movie are topless and having lots of sex. This movie is nothing like that at all.

The cast was absolutely great. Dolly Parton proved again that she can act, and her singing voice is unstoppable. Burt Reynolds as a singer can go, but he did a good job of it. Dom DeLuise is almost always funny. Those were the days when he was in some of the best comedies. The cast made this movie, nothing else.

Now this being a musical, there was dancing scenes in this were the men are trying to be macho and 
dance at the same time. It just does not work at all. Even some of the dancing in the movie is terrible.

This is a great movie. Just because it has Dolly Parton in it does not mean that this a family movie. It is not. It is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again. If you have never seen this movie before, then go out and find a copy. Enjoy.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) Trailer