Monday, April 27, 2015

Almost Normal (2005)

Director: Marc Moody

Stars: J. Andrew Keitch, Joan Lauckner, Tim Hammer, Nils Haaland

Brad Jenkins is a gay single college professor who is about to turn 40 in a few days. His parents wedding anniversary is on the same day as his birthday. His best friend Julie is lecturing him on his mid-life crisis. He wrecks his car that night to only wake up in an alternate reality where gay is the norm and straight is bad. He is back in high school where all of his real high school dreams are true, but there are other problems that he needs to deal with.

The idea of a grown gay man getting to go back in time back to high school, and he gets asked out by the hottest most sought out guy in school. You two become "the" couple in school, but you still have the mindset of a 40 year old man. There are people that would kill for that story line.

The main characters are really cute and all, but the acting is just not there at all. They actors in the movie do a decent job for the fact that this was a low budget indie movie with a limited audience. I can understand for those reasons. The movie does play out like an more adult After School Special movie that you would run home to watch. Those days are gone. The script would have some people a bit lost where this movie was going. Other reviews really point to that fact, and I can understand that. 

The movie adds a bit too much for what could have been a more simple story and a better movie.

This movie is not an Oscar winner or anything like that. It will not change your life, but it is a good movie to watch. Just give the movie a chance. You may end up liking it. Enjoy.

Almost Normal (2005) Trailer
Almost Normal (2005) Full Movie

House at the End of the Street (2012)

Director: Mark Tonderai

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot

Sarah and her daughter Elissa just moved into the house of their dreams in an upscale rural area. In the house next to them, there is a young college student, Ryan, that lives in his parents' house. His parents were killed by his sister that ran off. Elissa becomes way to interested and nosey with the subject of Ryan. Against her mother wishes, she starts to see him regularly. Most of the town does not like Ryan because of the occurrence that happened there with his family. There is something else going on inside Ryan's house that he is hiding from everyone.

This is another girl gets involved with local screwed up bad boy that no one likes in town. She is too much of a rocker to deal with the local jock rich kids that everyone likes, but those guys are the douche bags in the town. This story has been told so many times in different variations.

It really does seem that too many of those rich jock types in small towns are the worst people that you will ever meet on a personal level. The whole town loves them and they do no wrong, but they are usually the ones the cause so much trouble in real life as well in the movies. They are the assholes in life. Their families are always the first to defend their honor and never believe that their child could ever cause any harm. Look at the many young rape cases. Just a rant. It deals with the movie though.

This movie was worth watching, but it is not a rewatcher at all. Once you find out the entire plot, the movie becomes a bit lack luster. The cast was really good. It is still odd to see Elisabeth Shue in movies as a mother. She still looks great, and she will always be the girl from Adventures in Babysitting. Enjoy.

House at the End of the Street (2012) Trailer

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dracula Untold (2014)

Director: Gary Shore

Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance

Vlad and his family rule over their small kingdom in the mountains. The Turk warlord comes to demand a thousand boys and Vlad's son to create a powerful army. Vlad seeks out the power to be able to beat the Turk's army and save his land. While in the mountains, he comes upon a cave with bats pouring out of it. In the cave, Vlad meets the Master Vampire that gives him the power and strength that he desires to defeat the Turks. The one problem is that he has to become a vampire and live forever.

This is the, if you must say, the prequel to all of the Dracula movies that have ever been make. Only one other movie has ever discussed what happened before with Vlad and that was Copula's version. This one goes into a lot more details than the other movie. You get to see the battle and the actual transformation from human to vampire. You also get to see the Master Vampire for the first time in a movie. That I thought was a rare scene.
Even though there is a lot going on at times in this movie, the movie is a bit boring. There, I said it. The story seemed like it was taken out of the center of an old book, and not a rather good one. The story just drug out too long for me. I wanted either the movie to be very gothic and romantic or scary and bloody as hell. It was really neither. It almost tried to be both. It was not what I had hoped it would be.

It is a movie worth watching, I guess. It is not the best not the worst Dracula movie out there. It gives you the information on how he became that way, if it is worth it to you. It will give you something to watch. Enjoy?

Dracula Untold (2014) Trailer

National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982)

Director: Michael Miller

Stars: Gerrit Graham, Michael Lerner, Misty Rowe, Stephen Furst, Zane Buzby, Anne Ramsey, Chuck Berry

In 1972 the senior class played a really cruel joke on a fellow classmate, Walter Baylor, that sent him to an insane asylum. It's the class of 72's ten year class reunion at Lizzie Borden High. Everyone has shown up to the party. A doctor from the asylum shows up to announce that Walter Baylor has escaped and it at the school looking for revenge.

This was one of the early Lampoon movies that did not stand the test of time. The movie is making light of the horror reunion movies from the 70's and early 80's. The cast is from up and coming actors from the day that never really went anywhere. Stephen Furst was in Animal House, but kind of disappeared that decade. The rest of the cast will be recognizable, if you watched a lot of movies from the 80's. The cast was still good. Zane Buzby, who played Delores, was the funniest part in the whole movie. Her scenes are the best out of all of them. Part of the movie seem a bit cheesy, but her scenes make up for the whole movie.

The characters in the movie are great. Each one having nothing to do with the other. It seems like none of these people would have been friends at all at any point in time. Every personally is well developed for each person. You get the feeling that you may know some of these silly people. The wonderful John Hughes wrote the screenplay for the movie, so there you go. That is why the character develop is there for a silly movie. He knows how to write a movie.

This is not a movie that you will find playing on cable networks, but if you can find it on or a copy, then give it a chance. It is a movies worth watching, maybe even a few times. Enjoy.

National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982) Trailer
National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982) Full Movie

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Wolfman (2010)

Director: Joe Johnston

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Rick Baker, Hugo Weaving

Lawrence Talbot's father sent him from the Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor to an insane asylum, then he goes to America to become a stage actor. When his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns to his father's estate to learn that his brother's mauled body has been found. Reunited with his estranged father, Lawrence sets out to find his brother's killer, and he is attacked out in the woods. Someone or something with brute strength and insatiable blood lust has been killing the villagers, and a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline comes to investigate. Lawrence Talbot comes to find out the secrets of his family.

This was a great remake of one of the best Monster movies. They have tried a few times to make a decent Wolfman movie, but most of the time it ends up a bit lame with the makeup or the story plot. They change the story  for this movie, but not in a way to make the movie worse or to turn people off from watching it. The changes did not make much of a difference to take away from the characters. I thought it made the movie more interesting. It added to the plot.
The cast was really good. Anthony Hopkins shined as the bad father who ruined his family's life with his troubles. The rest of the cast was really good, but I think that anyone could have played these characters. You believed them to be real, but some of them were almost forgettable. Hugo Weaving as the inspector did not stand out at all. He is a really good actor, but his role was played down a bit too much. That was a bit disappointing.

The makeup for this movie was a mixture of real and computer. It was the right amount to make it work for the movie and look convincing. Rick Baker did what he does best, make monsters. He and his crew created the perfect look for a new version of the Wolfman. He took the original features and made them more terrifying to the viewer. He made the monster look real. Rick Baker even played one of the victims in the movie.

I loved this movie. I'm a huge fan of the Universal Monsters. This movie kept the creatures alive and well for the future generations to enjoy. Watch this movie if you have not done so. Enjoy.

The Wolfman (2010) Trailer

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Exists (2014)

Director: Eduardo Sánchez

Stars: Samuel Davis, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Jeff Schwan, Denise Williamson

Five friends decide to go on a summer trip in the Texas Big Thicket, Two of the guys uncle have a cabin there deep in the woods. On their way, they hit something that has come out of the woods. The road is blocked off, so they leave the SUV behind and hike the rest of the way to the cabin. On the first night there they start hearing something outside the cabin. It is a Bigfoot. They now have to find a way to get out of the area unharmed.

The characters in the movie are terrible. For starters, we the brothers that did not tell the rest of the bunch until later that no one knows that they are even there, because they stole the key to the cabin from their uncle. That shows what douche bags they are. The rest were just a pick of the idiot friends that they had.

The movie is pretty cool for a bigfoot and found footage movie. The found footage aspect of the movie could have been there or not. It made no difference at all. The scene with bigfoot were pretty damn cool. It was not like most movie where you see something that is about a mile away, and all you can see is a blurry blackish spot. Bigfoot is running after people. You see bigfoot in this movie up close. You can almost smell it. The costume looks good but not great.

This movie was pretty fun to watch with several great scenes. This movie was so much better than I that it would be. I do not think that you will be disappointed. Enjoy. 

Exists (2014) Trailer

Monday, April 20, 2015

Stonewall (1995)

Director: Nigel Finch

Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Duane Boutte, Bruce MacVittie, Luis Guzmán, Candis Cayne

It's 1969, and group of drag queens are headed to the Stonewall Inn for a drink when they run into Matty Dean, a young guy that just got into the city. He follows them into the bar only to be attacked by a cop for taking up for his new friends, when the bar gets an unknown inspection. The drag queen that Matty Dean was standing up for, La Miranda, takes a liking to him and offers him a place to stay. Matty meets Ethan, who is handing out fliers near the bar for meeting of the Homophile movement. Ethan and Matty become too close which leaves La Miranda heartbroken over him.

This movie deals with real issues that happened in 1969. The Stonewall Inn Riots happened when the gay community of New York City was tired of how police were treating them in public and in private. The movie has moments throughout of people that lived throughout that time period and talk about what it was like during the riots. This is the only movie that deals with the topic of the gay riots. It seemed okay, since all of the other people got their turn at rioting, so now it was the gays turn at it.

Guillermo Díaz was terrific at the role of La Miranda. All through the 90's he was one of the indie kings. He did so many great movies, and this one placed him at his acting best. You really did believe that he was this drag queen and not an actor. Frederick Weller was an actor I had never seen or heard of before, but for this role, he really took the part to heart. The rest of the cast was very well performed.

The soundtrack for this movie is made up of girl group songs. The Shangri-Las – "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", The Butterflies – "Gee Baby Gee", The Shangri-Las – "Sophisticated Boom", The Shirelles – "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", The Shangri-Las – "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)", and The Ad Libs – "Boy from New York City" just to name a few. It is a soundtrack to check out.

This is a great movie that will probably want to watch over and over again. The acting and the story work so well together in the backdrop of some actual events. The music will keep you singing. Enjoy.

Stonewall (1995) Trailer

Noah (2014)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte

In the beginning of humans on this planet, there was the descendant of Adam's son Seth, Noah. The world was being destroyed by Tubal-cain who had made himself king of the world. Noah kept his family isolated from all others. He started to receive messages from God to save the animals on the land. God was planning on judging the land with a flood to make the world clean again. Noah and his family started to build an arc to hold two of each animal on Earth. Tubal-cain found out and sent his people to take over the arc for their King to saves from God wrath.

We all know the story of Noah and the arc, and that he brought the animals on two by two. It is a great children's Bible story. Now when it comes to the movie, there are some added touches that work for the movie, but did they really need to do that. The story itself is pretty simple and to the point, Noah and his family build an arc for animals and themselves to care for them.

The Watches were an interesting added part to the story of which I must have forgotten about. I was watching this movie saying that I don't remember any rock monsters in the Bible. Then they explain that they are fallen angles that got trapped in the Earth and punished by God. It really freaked me out. They had to add a battle seen in the movie that looks a lot like the some of the fighting scenes from the Lord of the Ring movies. Some of those motions were very much the same. I think all of this could have been left out of the movie, and it still would have been good.

The cast was well played. Russell Crowe was good as he always is. I think he is a good actor but not a great by far.  Jennifer Connelly has actually showed some aging in this movie. It was so weird to see her looking older. For the longest time, I believed her to be a vampire, because she seems to never age and looks amazing. Anthony Hopkins as Noah's grandfather,  Methuselah. I forgot about that little fact. I really like the way they portrayed the character. He was wise and kind with lots of care for his family. Emma Watson was not in the movie that much, but her performance shine out to be noticed.
I thought this was a good movie, but it just does  not seem like a movie you would want to watch over and over. It is worth seeing though. The special effects are amazing. Most of the animals look real, but better yet, the arc looks real. Give it a shot. Enjoy.

Noah (2014) Trailer

Outing Riley (2004)

Director: Pete Jones

Stars: Pete Jones, Nathan Fillion, Stoney Westmoreland, Dev Kennedy, Julie Pearl, Michael McDonald

Bobby is a 30 year old gay man living in Chicago with his boyfriend Andy. He comes from a large Irish Catholic family, and their father just passed away. Bobby is the youngest son of five siblings with the only girl being the youngest child in the family. The sister, Maggie is the only member of the family that knows that Bobby is gay. He plans on telling his other brothers on their annual weekend fishing trip. Maggie has threaten to out him to their brothers, if he does not do it. Andy is tired of living in a shadow when it comes to his family. Bobby has to come out or lose his boyfriend.

Pete Jones was the winner of the first Project Greenlight . For this movie is did the triple threat as in writer, director and starred in the movie. It is something that normally does not work, but this time it did. He made a light warm-hearted gay movie about family and acceptance. The story was great, the cast worked so well for the movie. The movie was really funny. Dialogue was on point with good dry puns and one liners.

Nathan Fillion was great as the buddy brother that loved to smoke pot. He is normally good in all that he does. Michael McDonald was the one surprise in the movie. He is known for his run on MadTV for all of the funny characters that he portrayed. In this movie, he was not funny at all. He had a more serious role as the boyfriend. He was good in the movie, but I was just waiting for him to be funny.

This movie was about being gay in a big religious family, and how difficult it can be. Not everything works out like it is suppose to in family, but he makes the best of it. It was nice to see a family of sidling that got along with each other instead of fighting. This is a movie I think you should defiantly check out. It is touchy at times and really funny. It will not change your life, but it will put a smile on your face. Enjoy.

Outing Riley (2004) Trailer

Final Prayer (2013)

Director: Elliot Goldner

Stars: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle

A few investigators from the Vatican are sent to a small town in England to report of supposed unusual happenings inside an old church. The current priest believes that the building is haunted by spirits, but the team thinks that the priest making everything up to draw attention. After recording some strange happening in the building at night, the team starts to research the entire area. They find that the ancient history of the land is older than Christianity.

I'm just going to be honest about this movie. It is boring, boring, boring, boring. I read other reviews on this movie about how creepy and scary it it. They must be five or watching a whole other movie. The story has been done too many times and by better people. There was just too much talk about the "actors" wearing head cameras to document everything. Who the hell care. Most of the dialogue in the movie was pretty dull. It was like listening to an old man and middle-age geek talk about anything. As I said, boring.

People say ignore the fact that it is a found footage movie, but how can you. It looks like all of the other bad ones out there. Nothing really going on in the movies till the very end. You are just sitting there watching a lot of video footage with nothing going on until it gets close to the movie. Something happens then, but after sitting for so long with nothing to keep you interested, you don't even care what happens any more.

The one interesting question that I have never heard brought up is How do they get this footage? In all of these found footage movies that is the one topic that is left out. Like in this movie, how did they get it? Make you wonder. Skip this movie. Do yourself a favor. I watched it so you don't have to.

Final Prayer (2013) Trailer

Red State (2011)

Director: Kevin Smith

Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Nicholas Braun, Ronnie Connell, Kyle Gallner

Jarod convinces his two best friends, Travis and Billy-Ray, to have sex with a 38 year old woman near town. One their way, they side swipe a parked car on the side of the road. In the parked car the sheriff was having sex with another man. The boys get to the trailer to find the woman wanting the boys to have a few beers first. They are drugged and find themselves in the complex of the fundamentalist Five Points Trinity Church of the Pastor Abin Cooper. They believe in killing sinners to please God. The boys are there to be sacrificed before God and the church members, who are mostly related to one another. The AFT are tipped off about the church and attack the church with gunfire.

I hope you do not know people this crazy, if you do then run away from them. This church in this movie is really crazy. They make the Westboro nut jobs look sane and friendly. Killing people for God is never the way to heaven, you would be surprised to know how many people would believe in it.

The movie itself is pretty good. It was a shock to see Kevin Smith tackle another movie dealing with religion, since he got slapped so hard over Dogma. This movie looks at the Christians extremist that are plaguing this country. They know not of love, but only hate fills their stupid heads. Smith created the film in a way not to glorify these people, but he showed how their thinking process works, and how the children are told to learn nothing else.

Many people did not like this movie at all. Art needs to reflect what is happening in our society. Kevin Smith really tried to take us there in this twist look at small town religion. I thought it was a good look into what is really going on in many small towns in America. People are losing their minds and excepting  this type of behavior as something to lean toward. If you know of or belong to a church with an arsenal anywhere, then get the hell away from them. They are a cult sweetie, nothing more.

You have probably hear bad reviews about this movie, but I think you should still give it a chance. The same thing happened to me. Hear nothing really great about the movie, so I stayed away from it, and It was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Enjoy.

Red State (2011) Trailer

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

Director: Adam Robitel

Stars: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Ryan Cutrona

Mia Medina is working on a video thesis on the effects of Alzheimer's disease. Sarah Logan has been taking care of her mother, Deborah, that is battling the disease, so she takes the offer to partake in the study. They really need the money that Mia is offering. During their stay at the house, Deborah starts to act out in different ways, and Sarah uncovers a family secret about her mother with the help of their neighbor, Harris.

I know this is a found footage movie or whatever in the hell they are calling them now, but this one was pretty good. That is really saying something since I am not a fan of these movies at all. I still give them a shot, cause you never know. You may find a good movie.

The movies starts out kind of sad. This poor woman is dealing with the most cruel disease, Alzheimer's disease. Her daughter has put her life on hold to care for her mother. I'm telling you nothing happy at all for the beginning of the movie. As it movie gets going it is so much better. It is not like most found footage movies where everything happens at the very end of the movie. This one gives you teases through the whole movie. You always have this feeling of that is nasty or what is going to happen. It is not boring at all.

I think you should give this movie a chance. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. The cast is small, so there is not a lot of names to get up with or anything like that. The story is very interesting, and there some really gross scenes included. Enjoy.

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Trailer