Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Date and Switch (2014)

Director: Chris Nelson

Stars: Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, Dakota Johnson, Gary Cole, Megan Mullally, Aziz Ansari, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zach Cregger

Michael and Matty are Seniors in high school. They have been best friends since they were eight. They are not the most popular kids in school. They are pretty much awkward geeks and stoners. The two plead to get laid by prom, so they made a pan of pot brownies for prom. Matty comes out as gay to Michael, and this sends Michael into to a downward spiral. He accepts Matty being gay, but he cannot handle any amount of change in his life. Michael screws everyone up, and he has to figure out how to fix it all back.

This is not the typical gay coming out of the closet movie at all. Michael the straight best friend is the one with all of the issues. He screws up everyone and everything because he cannot handle change, then cry for you. Michael was the one that was really in need of help in the movie. All of the other characters were pretty stable. Matty, the gay best friend, was not the typical movie gay character in  high school. He was a geek, not trendy at all and out of shape. They even gave Matty a normal boyfriend.

For this movie to barely even hit any radar at all, it was a pretty good movie. Not a lot of drama, but a good movie about friendship and how it can change and stay the same. Give this movie a chance. Enjoy.

Date and Switch (2014) Trailer

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Purge (2013)

Director: James DeMonaco

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Chris Mulkey, Tisha French

In the future, America will have twelve hours to purge all of the sins because all crimes will be legal. For those twelve hours anything goes, even murder, but there are no emergency services available. You are on your own, if you are poor or need any help.

James Sandin works for a company that sell and installs state of the art home protection system for the night of the purge. He has sold them to every home in the neighborhood making his family the most wealthiest. James Sandin, his wife Mary and their two children prepare the house for the shut down for the night. After the house is shut down, a man is near their home begging for help to be let inside. The youngest Charlie lets the man in the house, and then the man hides in their house. A group of young rich assholes have targeted that man for their purge that night, so they want him back. They will kill anyone who gets in their way. Now James has to protect his home and family against this group of killers.
A bunch of rich demented assholes pass a law that allows people once a year to do anything they want without punishment from the law. The rich are behind a metal protected fortress were they can be hurt nor their possessions. It sounds like the Asshole Bill. The scary thing about the whole idea is that it could possibility happen. Before you say, "That could never happen here in this country." Look at what bills and law big money have already passed that hurt mankind and the poor. There are a lot of crazy blood thirty rich people in this country. It is crazy to even think about.
That stupid kid. Why would you even give that weirdo kid the password to the security system? He screwed up everything. I would have thrown him out there for a trade. The stupid daughter with her nut job boyfriend. Kids just ruin everything, especially movie plots.

The movie itself is somewhat predictable. A dysfunctional wealthy family are going to be attacked by strangers. Pretty simple story, but there is more going on, and you will have to watch it to find out.

The movie is watchable, but that is all I will give it. It would be good to watch on a stormy night in a bad neighborhood or in the middle of nowhere in the country. Enjoy.
The Purge (2013) Trailer

Friday, April 11, 2014

White House Down (2013)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Michael Murphy

John Cain, Channing Tatum, is a Capitol policemen. He is divorced with a young daughter that is obsessed with The White House. John takes her along to a job interview for the Secret Service protecting President James Sawyer, Jamie Foxx. When John returns to his daughter after being turned down for the position, he takes his daughter on The White House tour where she ends up meeting The President. The White House is attacked and over run with paramilitary and Neo Nazis members. John Cain has been separated from his daughter while taking the tour. Cain has to find his daughter and the President in The White House, and save the country.

Even though in the same year there was another movie with the almost same story line, this movie can still stand on its own as a action movie. Again this movie was one of those I had no interest in watching, but I did and really enjoyed it.
The action and stunt scenes were great. The acting was just there. There were some really good actors in this movie, but any A-list actors could have played these roles. They did a really good job on the roles for what it was.

The special effects in this movie were just as good as in the other one, you know what I'm talking about. The bullets flying all over the place creating all of these holes in the walls and destroying all of the furniture in The White House. That was the saddest parts for me. All of the history being blown up by a bunch of selfish assholes whom only care about money and their needs.

This is a great action movie for adults to sit back and enjoy on a weekend night. You have it all in one movie action, gun fire, violence, but there is not sex in the movie at all. Enjoy.
White House Down (2013) Trailer

This Is It (2009)

Director: Kenny Ortega

Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova

In the Spring of 2009, Michael Jackson announced that he has been working on a concert to be performed in London. He was going to hold the shows for his fans.  Jackson was retiring from the music industry. The concert would be called "This is It". The documentary lets the fans see what the concert would have looked like and even the playlist. The concert was going to be a 3-D state of the art show for his final concert. Sadly enough, upon Michael Jackson's death, we did not get to see the show in completion, but this documentary lets the audience a behind the scenes look at what could have been.

This documentary shows some of the process of creating a show of this size.  The camera follows the dancers in rehearsal with Michael Jackson. The short films that were created to be shown to the intro or during some of the songs were going to be in 3-D. How cool would it have been to see that show. You know all of it would have been filmed and shown in theaters and sold on blue-ray. They were looking at possibly a few hundred million dollars made off of his farewell concert. The shows were heavily insured, so there was still a lot of money made off of the concert.

If you are a huge Michael Jackson fan than you need to watch this documentary, but then you should have already have seen it. Enjoy.

This Is It (2009) Trailer

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Angela Bassett, Cole Hauser, Ashley Judd

Mike Banning, Gerard Butler, was a Presidential guard, until a car accident killed the First Lady, Ashley Judd.  Sometime later Mike was working at the Treasury Department, since the President, Aaron Eckhart, could no longer face him after the death of his wife. The North Korean President is visiting The White House. The White House is under attack by a Korean terrorists group with a list of demands. The White house is cleared except for The President and heads of state. Mike Banning is in The White House trying to save The President and kill the terrorists before they start a war.

First of all I have to say, that I do not like action movie, but this one was well worth watching.  This movie was not one of those action movie that's like, Hey, let's throw some stupid comedy people in it and some over done one-liners. You get a story line. Not the best story, but it's solid. The movie is a scary look at what it would look like if The White House was taken over by terrorists.  The explosions and gun fire coming from the top of the building at the people below. That would just be too scary and horrible to even think about, but you get to see a simulation of what it could look like. The Nation under attack by greedy nut jobs that only care about themselves.
The cast was not the top of the acting pool (the other movie got some of them). This movie had a well acted cast from the top to the bottom. Morgan Freeman was in this one, so him and  Angela Bassett were some of the best talent in the movie. While watching the movie you could feel the stress and the tension from the actors. Good performances for an action movie.
Once again, how in the hell did they get all of this to work? Watching the movie with all of the action scenes I just could not imagine working on this movie. For every gunshot and explosion that occurred in the movie, each one of those pieces had to be digitally placed on the scene. Each bullet hole and furniture breaking had to be created.

This movie is really something to see for yourself, and no it will not change your life or anything like that. The movie does it job well at entertaining you. That all you can really ask for action movies. I have recommended this movie to others, and now I'm recommending it to you. Give it a chance. Enjoy. 
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Trailer

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)

Director: Stephan Elliott

Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Bill Hunter

After a show, Tick, Mitzi Del Bra, receives a call about a job offer to perform at a resort in Alice Springs, in the middle of the desert. Bernadette is in morning over trumpet, so Mitzi asks her to join the show. Mitzi has also asked Felicia to come with since his mother is paying for the bus and some of the trip. The two drag queens and one transsexual leave Sydney, and they drive across the Australian Outback to Alice Springs. On the way to the resort, they run into some friends, and unfortunately some hatred and bigotry.

What a great cast. Most of them were unheard of in the States, except for Terence Stamp. This movie was one of the greatest movies to come out of Australia, in my opinion. I still see these actors as these characters. They were all so good in their own role.

The title of the movie comes from the bus. They painted the bus this pepto pink and named it Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The inside of the bus looked like the dressing rooms of drag queens. The look of the movie was bright and colorful against the plain tan desert. The movie won an Oscar for Best Costume, and they deserved it. I have yet to see that kind of imagination go into the costumes in a movie. I would love to see someone walking down the street in one of those outfits.
One of the best scenes is  when that woman popping those STD covered ping pong balls shooting out of her cooter. That was so nasty, but so damn funny and unexpected. That was just too much. The performances in the movie were some of the highlights of the entire show. The movie is so good and popular that it was turned into a Broadway hit.

The soundtrack from the music is classic music from the 70's with some extra touches to create a great album. If you love this movie, then you need to add it to your movie collection. If you have never seen this before, then do yourself a favor and watch it. I don't think you will be disappointed. Enjoy. 

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994) Trailer

Jaws (1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

In the small coastal town of Amityville, a female body is found washed up on shore that has been attacked by a shark. Martin Brody is the new Chief of Police in town. This town completely relies on tourism and their beaches to be able to survive the rest of the year. Word gets out in town about the attack, so the mayor and the sheriff are looked at to take care of the problem now. They call in an expert, Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute, to help in finding and killing the shark. Another boy is killed in the water, and the local fishermen are going out to catch the shark for the reward money. Quint, a fishermen that has experience with hunting sharks, takes the challenge. The sheriff, Hooper, and Quint load up on Quint's boat to find the shark and kill it.

This was where Steven Spielberg was still hungry for making great movies. It was the middle of the 70's, and the films were still exceeding all expectations to the audience. This movie made people sacred to go in the ocean which probably made a lot of coastal people pretty mad.
Roy Scheider was placed on the horror map in defiantly with this movie. Every time you see him sitting in that chair on the beach that scene just pops in your head. Robert Shaw playing the old rough gritty fisherman. The look in his eyes tell a history of the character's life. Richard Dreyfuss was still early in his career played the part flawlessly. Murray Hamilton was a great self centered slick mayor. The entire cast was incredible.
The one part about the movie I just cannot agree with was that Bravo voted this movie as the scariest movie of all time. I do not find most of this movie scary, but it is scary if you live in a coastal area. It really could happen, and it has happened. There are so many more movies that are a lot scarier, I think. Jaws never haunted me in my dreams as a child or thought about the movie and got a little freaked out. That's my point.

 This is a movie to add to your movie collection, if you have not done it already. Jaws is some of the best in horror period. Enjoy this movie in the summer before you go on vacation to the beach. Enjoy.
Jaws (1975) Trailer