Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tootsie (1982)

Director: Sydney Pollack

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, George Gaynes, Geena Davis

New York actor Michael Dorsey is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent can no longer find work for him. After a soap opera audition goes poorly, Michael reinvents himself as actress Dorothy Michaels and wins the part. What was supposed to be a short-lived role turns into a long-term contract, but when Michael falls for his cast mate Julie, complications develop that could wreck everything.

One of the best movies of the early 80's. It seems like all major male actors have to play a man in drag for some reason or play a gay role. I have heard like a lot, but when you look back on some actors careers, you can see that there may be some truth to it. Just look at this movie. You have Dustin Hoffman playing a straight man that starts going drag for work on a soap opera. He falls for a woman while he is in drag, but she does not know that he is a man. The story just by itself, does not sound the best. The great part of all of this is that this is a great movie. I loved it when I saw it as a kid, and I still love it.

The cast was the best part of the movie. There are some of the best comedic talent in the acting  then. Sydney Pollack directed the movie, but he is also in the movie showing off his talent as a comic. He has really good timing. Bill Murray is not in the movie that much, and he is not showing his talent at all. He is very toned down, but it still works. Geena Davis had a small role in the movie, but no one really knew who she was yet. She was just getting started. Teri Garr does no wrong in my book. I have always been a fan of her. She is just so funny without trying to be funny. She makes it look effortlessly. The main for the movie is wonderful. 
There are no complaints at all with the cast or the movie.

The theme song for the movie is still one of my favorite songs, "It Might Be You" sung by Stephen Bishop. It is a wonderful song. It is really sweet with a hint of sadness.

Dustin Hoffman did not really consider this movie to be a comedy, and I would have to agree with him. There are several serious parts to the movie dealing with relationships and how woman are treated in the world and the workplace. There are several different levels to this movie. With all of that being said, there are still some funny moments in the movie.

If you have not seen this movie yet, then what are you waiting for. It is a great movie for the whole family. Watch this movie. You will not regret it. Enjoy.

Tootsie (1982) Trailer

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Predator (1987)

Director: John McTiernan

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura

A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.

Here is a B movie that is loaded with some big named actors that turned this movie into a major big budget sci-fi action movie. The story has been played out in many sci-fi and horror movies. This movie had a lot more action going on in it, than any B-movie out there. It was the Predator itself that really made the movie.

The special effects for the movie and the look of the Predator was the best part of the movie. The Predator was the ultimate warrior able to make itself invisible. He has a heat sensor to be able to find his prey. Here is this alien in the jungle fighting for its life when these big bulky military men defending themselves against the alien. The killings in the movie were really good. You have blood and gore spilling out of the bodies. Now, the killings did not look like they do in movies today. They are a lot worst now, but for the time all of the blood and gore looked great for the movie, for the time.

The cast for the movie was what made the movie. These were the days when Arnold Schwarzenegger was in a movie, it was one of the biggest movies of the year. This movie was included as one of those movies. Carl Weathers was well known for the Rocky movies, so you have another popular built actor. There is also a well known wrestler making his movie debut. Jesse Ventura proved that he could act in movies like this. I mean, you will never see him in a dramatic role ever. The rest of the cast was well known in smaller parts in large movies. The cast worked well for the movie.

Watching this movie, you see how many men it takes to fight this one alien. These men have a ridiculous amount of ammo, so it takes a lot to kill this predator, I guess. I liked the movie, but for me, it is not one of those movies that I could watch a lot. If it is coming on cable, and there is nothing else on, I may watch it. Enjoy.

Predator (1987) Trailer

Monday, November 13, 2017

King Kong (1976)

Director: John Guillermin

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Ed Lauter

When a research ship is sent to explore an island thought to be rich in oil, paleontologist Jack Prescott sneaks aboard, having heard strange rumors about the island. En route, the crew rescues Dwan, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. When they arrive, they find native people living in fear of a monster called Kong. The natives kidnap Dwan and sacrifice her to what turns out to be an enormous ape. Dwan is eventually rescued, and the ape captured for a gala exhibit.

This is my favorite version of King Kong, and it is the first version of the movie that I saw. That really does explain that doesn't it. It is not the best version out there, but it is not the worst either. That was the Peter Jackson movie. I was a kid when I saw this movie on television, when they had the movie of the week on one of the networks. I miss those.

The special effects in this movie are not the best, but for the time they were pretty good. I mean King Kong looked so real. I wanted him to be real, when I was a kid. You wanted him as a pet. The whole movie looked as if it was filmed on location on some island in the middle of nowhere. It was mostly filmed on sets. They created those sets so well. You just fell for it. You believed all of what they showed you in this movie.

The cast for the movie was great. Jeff Bridges was just coming into his own. This movie put him on the map, even though he does come from a famous family. Charles Grodin has always been a good solid actor, no matter the role it is. He can do it all comedy and drama. He was easy to hate in this movie. He really became that greedy money hungry businessman. Jessica Lange was just young a beautiful. This was her first major movie role. She is portraying the ultimate beauty.

I will admit that I cried at the end of the movie. I was a small child, and I did not want to see this creature die. Oh you know what happens at the end of the movie. I love this version of the movie the best. It is so well worth watching. If for some reason, you have not seen this movie, then you really need to do so. Enjoy.

King Kong (1976) Trailer

Thursday, November 9, 2017

In & Out (1997)

Director: Frank Oz

Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Gregory Jbara, Lauren Ambrose, Dan Hedaya, June Squibb, Alice Drummond

Upon winning an Academy Award, actor Cameron Drake honors his high school teacher, Howard Brackett, who he announces, before millions of viewers, is gay. This comes as news to Brackett's parents, his principal and especially his fiancée. As a media blitz descends upon on his small Indiana town, Brackett attempts to convince everyone that he's your average straight American male.

This movie was Hollywood's first attempt to make a star studded big budget gay comedy. There had been so many indie gay movies made that were well received and respect, so the big boys wanted to go the same. Big Hollywood wanted to be praised, so that they would not look like bigots any more.
You can find almost every gay stereotype in this movie. They are not trying to hide any of it at all. It is all being thrown in your face. Like, all gay men watch and worship Broadway shows and musicals. All gay men are effeminate and are more like women. Gay men cannot control themselves when it comes to dancing. They just have to dance. It is all really stupid. There are just too many negative images and stereotypes of gay men in the movie.

When this movie came out, gay men were not happy at all with how they were presented in a major motion picture. The gay community had be complaining about wanting Hollywood to make a movie about gay men with a positive image, but this is what we got. They made a movie dealing with a middle aged man finally coming out to his small community and his family, not by choice. The movie came off more as a joke and a slap in the face to gay men, then Hollywood showing their support for the gay community.

Now the cast for this movie was incredible. I mean just look above at all of the well known big names in this movie. It was filled with nothing but talent. These actors are supporters of the gay community, so it just made sense that they would be a part of this movie.

Here is the real surprise is that I like the movie. I will watch it when it is one. I know all of the over the top gay puns thrown in the movie, but it still has some sort of an odd appeal to it no matter what. This movie was made fun of in another gay movie. This movie was hated when it came out, and it still is. It is the straight audience that does not necessarily know how offensive the movie can come off to a gay audience.

This is still a good movie, if you just ignore all of the negativity that has always surrounded the movie. If you have never seen the movie, then do so, and let me know what you thought of it. Enjoy.

In & Out (1997) Trailer

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

Director: Justin Lin

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war.

Here we have another Star Trek movie. This is the third movie in the new series of films, so people are just wondering if this one still holds up to the first two movie. I just have to say that it does. This movie was just as exciting as the first two movie, and the look and the special effects just keep s getting better. Of course the craft and technology of movie special effects gets better each year, the look of the effects are still wonderful.

The story was not the best, I know. This is a Sci-fi and a Star Trek movie, so are you really going to expect the most amazing story every single time? It is too hard to create over several different movie. There are always some movies in a series that are better than the others. That does not make the least liked movies bad movies. It is just that the others are better than the others. There is nothing bad about that at all. This is still a good movie.

The cast for the movie still did a great job of keeping the same respect of their characters in this movie. They keep it all the same. The sad part is the loss of one of the cast members. Anton Yelchin played Chekov in the movie. He sadly has passed away, so there will be a place to fill for the next movie. Hopefully there will not any more tragedy before the next movie is finished.

I will have to say that I really did like watching this movie. The action was so intense at times that you really got into watching this movie. You felt like you were a part of the story and the movie. The movie looked wonderful. All of the effects blended well with the rest of the movie. This movie is well worth watching, if you have not had the chance to watch it. Enjoy.

Star Trek: Beyond (2016) Trailer

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Don't Breathe (2016)

Director: Fede Alvarez

Stars: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette

Rocky, Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he's an easy target, the trio invades the man's secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.

Here is a more original horror movie, but there is still a problem with the movie. I liked this story about these young adults breaking into the wrong house. They just wanted this one last job, but their greed makes them pick the one house that they should have left alone. There was not one other occupied house in the whole neighborhood, except this one middle aged blind man that has a safe filled with money. These Billy bad asses are the ones that are going to take it, because they are better than all of the others burglars in the area. Yeah right.

Here is the problem with the movie. They characters are unlikable. The older man that owns the house is a really bad man. You still have the three burglars that are breaking into this old man's house. They are pretty bad people as well. So you have all of the characters in this movie that suck. None of these people deserve happiness, so they is no one in the movie to root for. They are bad guys. They are just making all of the characters suck in horror movie. I am just getting tired of that.

Now the movie was good. I am not saying it was bad at all. The story was newer and better than we have seen in a while. While watching the movie I did feel like you needed to hold your breath in some of the scenes. When really get into the movie, you may feel more short of breath. There are some close scenes in this movie. You know that I do not like to give away any details.

I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. Like I said, the story was better than we have seen in a long time. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.

Don't Breathe (2016) Trailer

Friday, October 20, 2017

The World According to Garp (1982)

Director: George Roy Hill

Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Jessica Tandy, Swoosie Kurtz, Peter Michael Goetz

A nurse during World War II, Jenny Fields conceives with a dying pilot and bears a boy named T.S. Garp whom she raises alone. When Garp grows up, he has some success writing fiction, but not nearly so much as his mother has with feminist-themed nonfiction. Rich and famous, she starts a center for troubled women, and while Garp marries and has children, he remains a constant, if somewhat critical, observer of the strange community that forms around Jenny.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. Saying that, this is a good example of how to turn a book into a movie.

Here is one of those off the wall odd movies that came out in the early 80's. This movie is claimed to be more of a comedy, but with the subject matter and there are several part of the movie that show it is really nothing more than a drama. It is not both at all in my opinion. There are intense dramatic scenes throughout this movie that will lift you up them completely break your heart at the next turn. Here is a small rollercoaster ride of a movie.

This story is an unusual one starting with the way Garp was conceived and throughout his entire life. Nothing seemed easy for him or his mother, but they had nothing but interesting occurrences happen to them while meeting some of the most interesting people. Their lives were not dull at all.

The cast was the most important of the whole movie. For the time, this movie boost an impressive cast. Robin Williams prove that not only was he funny that he can be a serious acting, but sadly they did not give him much of a chance. Mary Beth Hurt nailed all of the anger and tears that she had to produce for the movie. She is not a well known name at all, but her performance in this movie made her shine for a moment. Glenn Close was brilliant as the mother. It seemed like she was too young to play the part, but she pushed through and made it her own. John Lithgow was the real star of the movie, in my opinion. When I think about this movie, his character is the one that comes to mind. He was so great at playing a transgender person. Those were the days where people really did not know anything about it.

If you have never seen this movie, then what are you waiting for. It is such a good movie. You will like it. Enjoy.

The World According to Garp (1982) Trailer

Final Destination 2 (2003)

Director: David R. Ellis

Stars: A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, Tony Todd, Michael Landes

Kimberly has a premonition of a horrible highway accident killing multiple people, including her and her friends. She blocks the cars behind her on the ramp from joining traffic, and as a police trooper arrives the accident actually happens. Now, Death is stalking this group of mistaken survivors, and one by one they are dying as they were supposed to on the highway.

This one really freaked me out. It is dealing with a major interstate multicar accident involving a semi truck hauling large timbers. The way they filmed this whole scene and how the accidents were shown did nothing but terrify me while watching the beginning of this movie. Yes, it was just the beginning of the movie. It was the first movie where the start of the movie scared the hell out of me.

First of all, the deaths in this one were so much better than the first one. They went a little over the top. There was blood and gore all over the place in this movie. For the second chapter, they up the gore for this one. It made the movie better for horror fans all around. Some of the death scenes will make you a bit more cautious and careful when you are out and about.

The one part of the movie that I was really glad about was that it was not filled with teenage characters. That is just getting old so fast. I know that they are the dumb ones to kill in horror movies, but it just is not as scary as it use to be. We just expect it now. It is when there are mothers and older people dying. That is when you know that no one is safe anymore. That is truly scary.

I really did like this movie, and like I said, this one really did freak me out. You should watch this movie, if you have not yet. Enjoy.

Final Destination 2 (2003) Trailer

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Rose (1979)

Director: Mark Rydell

Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, David Keith, Doris Roberts

Rose is a passionate 1960s rock star who pours herself into every performance despite her demanding manager, Rudge, who encourages her to tour excessively. While singing is her greatest love, the rock 'n' roll lifestyle takes its toll as Rose succumbs to drug and alcohol abuse. Only Rose's kind-hearted boyfriend, Dyer, tries to save her from falling victim to her own success in this drama loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin.

This is one of the best dramas out there, in my opinion. This movie looks at how one woman rose to fame, and how drugs and alcohol started to ruin her life with everyone around her watched the fall.  This is the only movie that closely looks at the life of Janis Joplin. You would think that she would have had tons of offers to make a movie about her life. She was such a huge rock star. Janis got one of the best unofficial biopics ever made.

Janis Joplin lived a crazy life filled with music, magic and drugs and alcohol. She lived a very colorful and tragic life, and this movie covers some of it. It is more of the later years of her life. There really needs to be a movie of her whole life. Just saying.

The cast was wonderful in this movie. I think that this is one of Bette Midler's best performances. I mean just watch the movie to see her blow this part out of the water. Her acting and singing in this movie is amazing. You believe as if she has personally been through this before in her life. It is only a role, but it is a role that she knows something about or has been around before. The rest of the cast was just a good. There was really nothing wrong with any of these performances. There was nothing but great acting in this movie.

This movie is nothing but amazing. I have no idea how many times that I have seen this movie in my life. It is one of my favorite movies. There is truly nothing wrong with this movie at all. If you have never seen this movie, then you really need to. It is so worth watching, and even owning a copy of your own. Enjoy.

The Rose (1979) Trailer

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Blackburn Asylum (2015)

Director: Lauro Chartrand

Stars: Sarah Lind, Zack Peladeau, Emilie Ullerup

A forest fire and rock-slide trap five bickering college friends in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside the torched ruins of Blackburn Asylum they must fight to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.

This was not too bad of a horror movie. It has the same set up as so many others out there. You have some "trapped" nosey younger people that go looking around abandon buildings in the woods. There get into trouble then one by one they are killed leaving one lone survivor to tell their tale. That is how so many movies are, and this one is just like so many others out there. There are sections of this movie that come from several other movies, then it is all slammed together to create this one.

The ghost that are killing these people look as if they came straight out of the Wrong Turn movies. It is like a ghost story of the Wrong Turn movies. Those guys burned to death, and now they are haunting an abandoned asylum instead of the woods. That could work as a story for a horror movie right there. I think that they got the idea for this movie from the Wrong Turn ones. They just really look the same.

The look of these ghosts that are killing these people are great. They do look frightening. If you saw these people in the woods or in a building somewhere, you would crap yourself, and you know it. The make-up and the special effects in the movie are pretty good. It is all gory as hell. The look of this movie is really good. The acting is the worst part of the whole movie. These people could not act their way out of a box.

This is a movie worth watching, but I am just warning you that it is not a great movie, but it is worth watching at least once. Enjoy.

The Blackburn Asylum (2015) Trailer

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Brad Pitt

Meek housewife Thelma joins her friend Louise, an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.

This is a great movie about two best friends that became fearless after killing a man. I think that would do it. The man really did deserve it though. He was a rapist ass that only cared about himself. You know I'm right. There is nothing bad about this movie. It is one of those films that still hold up today. You do not have any trendiness at all in the movie.

The storyline was pretty solid. You have Louise that knows where she is going and has a more simple life. Thelma has an ass for a husband, and all she wants to do is break free. She is the trouble part of the movie. You all have that one friend that just does not know how to act right at all. That is Thelma. She thinks the best in all people and never thinks about it. She screws it all up. She is the dumb one.

The cast is what made this movie so good. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis do seem like best friends in the movie. The chemistry between these two women comes through in the movie. Separately both actors are great, so this movie is one of those that knocks it out of the park. The acting is natural in this movie. It is that good. Brad Pitt was not a household name, yet it was coming. This is the movie that started to put him out there for the world and for the women to see.

I love this movie. I do not see one thing wrong with it at all. This is a timeless movie for almost all ages now. I just do not think that smaller kids are going to want to watch a movie about two woman on a crazy murder road trip, but you just never know. Enjoy.

Thelma & Louise (1991) Trailer

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Soul to Take (2010)

Director: Wes Craven

Stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey

In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer. Adam "Bug" Heller was supposed to die on the last night the Riverton Ripper wrecked havoc on that terrifying night. Unaware of terrifying crimes being committed to the seven children, he has been plagued by nightmares of their murders while not aware if they hold true or if he is simply imagining the images that haunt him. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that's returned, he must face an evil that won't rest...until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

Let's just face it not every movie is a homerun. Even if the director is great that does not guarantee a great movie in everyone's eyes. Wes Craven has made some of the best and some not so good horror, but we watch them anyway just because he made it. This is one of those average horror movies that he made. He wrote and directed the movie.

The story for this movie was pretty good and somewhat original. You have seven kids born at the same time that a serial killer said he would come back and kill. I mean the man died, but he comes back to kill those kids right after they all turned 16. That has got to suck to be hunted down right after your sweet sixteen. That is really a messed up way and time to die. It made for a pretty good story though.

This movie seems like it could have been made in the mid 90's. It has that darker feel to the movie. The cast looked mostly more like teenagers than in their mid twenties. Craven really made a good solid horror movie that we have been missing for a long time, but the movie just did not do that well. 
You would think just by Wes Craven's name on the movie would make it a big hit. The movie just came out then went away. I had even forgotten that the movie had even come out.

I know that I am being a bit vague in this review, but just let me tell you that this movie is good. It is not the best horror movie or best Craven movie. It is worth watching at least once. Enjoy.

My Soul to Take (2010) Trailer