Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Odd Thomas (2013)

Director: Stephen Sommers

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Leonor Varela, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy and the local sheriff, Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs. evil 
to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.

This is a review of the movie. It has nothing to do with the books. Even though, the book was adapted well for the movie. This is what I call a teenage movie. It has it all drama, fear, action and a little bit of romance to boot.

There seem to be many movies like this that have come out in the past few years. There are not the same at all, but they watch the same. They have the same speed and flow. That is not a bad thing at all. It is just getting a bit old already, and we are wanting more from the movies.

The story for the movie is interesting, and it does not bore you at all. It does get a bit slow at times, but they are short moments in the movie. It is a movie to give it a watch to see what you think of it. You may just really like the movie. It is a favorite among many people. Enjoy.

Odd Thomas (2013) Trailer

Pain & Gain (2013)

Director: Michael Bay

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare

Danny Lupo, manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul and Adrian as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. But when Kershaw makes it out alive, authorities are reluctant to believe his story.

I know this is based on a true story, but what was up with these characters. They sucked for the most part. I hope the real life people were not like this. These guys were douchbags. I use to know guys like this. All they cared about was their looks and being the most trendy person that they could be. They worried more about their bodies and who they were hanging around with than anything else. I'm sure that you are getting the picture.

The actors did a great job bringing these characters to life. It almost seems that they are like their characters in a small way. I mean personality wise. The movie had a great cast, but it just was not enough to make the movie though.

For me, the movie just kind of sat there, you know what I mean. It was not terrible, but it was not that good either. There were some really funny scenes in the more, but it was not enough to save the movie. This is a Michael Bay movie, but the budget was not hundreds of millions of dollars. This is not what we are use to from Michael Bay. There was not all of the explosions, and he was not trying to level a major city. There was some action in the movie, but the real surprise was that there were parts of the movie that were funny.

This is a movie worth watching once, but I would not think about watching it again. It was just not worth it for me. Watch it for a quick cheap laugh, not for the boring story. Enjoy.

Pain & Gain (2013) Trailer

Monday, July 11, 2016

One Dark Night (1982)

Director: Tom McLoughlin

Stars: Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Adam West

A strange man named Karl Rhamarevich dies shortly after discovering a way to become even more powerful in death through telekinesis. On the night of his burial in a crypt, Julie is to spend the night there as part of an initiation rite, supervised by two other girls. The crypt becomes a scene of horror as Raymar returns to life and deploys his horrifying telekinetic powers, with coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decaying bodies on Raymar's command. As part of an initiation into a club called the Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum. The bodies soon begin to menace the three girls trapped inside.

This is a great cheesy horror movie from the early 80's. This is not a bloody or gory movie at all. It mostly deals with a lot of darkness and shadows. There are a few jump out at you scenes, but there is nothing scary about this movie at all. If you really think about how creepy it would be to locked up inside a mausoleum over night, it would be really scary. It would bother the hell out of me, personally.

They got Adam West to be in this movie, because he wanted a role and no one would cast him. They still looked at him as Batman. You have the great Meg Tilly, who will more on to star in some great movies, then disappear. The rest of the cast is just there, but I loved the girl that keep a toothbrush in her mouth.

This is a fun horror movie to watch with a group of friends. I never said this movie was great, but it is good to watch. Enjoy.

One Dark Night (1982) Trailer

Joy (2015)

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci, Donna Mills

Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.

I did not understand what all of the hypes was for this movie. It is not a bad movie at all, but it was not one of the best from that year. It was not even close. This was an average movie with a great cast. Nothing more or less.

This movie is based on a true story, so why is it so forgettable? It is one of those movies that you do not much of a desire to watch again. The cast is what sold the movie to the audience. It was not the movie. The cast was wonderful, and the acting was solid. The movie, itself, was the main problem with the movie. It just drug itself out too long, and it was boring. It just laid there like a dead fish. That that interesting.

I would not recommend this movie to anyone. It was worth watching once, just barely. There is no chance for me to watch this movie again. The sad part is that I really wanted to see this movie. It seemed interesting. I love biopics. Just not this one. I watched, so you don't have to.

Joy (2015) Trailer

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Director: Frank Capra

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrificed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls is he had never lived.

The story is so simple, but it is complex at the same time. If you put yourself in the story, you are looking back to see if you life really did matter to anyone else, then you might just get a different perspective on your life. I really does make you think about a lot of things.

The cast for this movie was flawless. You just could not imagine anyone else playing these roles. These characters are so stuck in our heads that the idea of this movie being remade and recast is the most offensive idea that one could think of. James Stewart and Donna Reed were perfect in the movie. This is a movie that never needs to be touch.

This is the most beloved Christmas movie since it was released in theaters. This movie is watched every single Christmas by tons of families all over the world. Many feel that it just does not feel like Christmas until you watch this movie. I would have to agree with them. Enjoy.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Trailer
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Full Movie

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Director: James Wan

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe

In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.

This was a really good movie. It started out where the first one left off, but then it turned and switched to a case in London. I was a bit disappointed that this one was not the Amityville case. It was still an interesting story.

It was a pretty scary movie for most. There were some scenes that made me jump and jerk in my seat. The special effects were great. The special effects completed the look and the feel of the movie. People and things were being thrown all over the rooms. It looked really cool to watch.

The acting for this movie was great. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson were great in returning to these roles. The rest of the cast was made up of many newer people to the movies, but their performances were great.

Now, this movie does not have anything to do with the first story. You get to learn more about the Warrens in this movie. It shows them more at home and their daughter. D not go into this movie comparing it to the first one, because you may not like it then.

I thought this was a great movie. It was well worth going to the theater to see firsthand. I have recommended this movie to many people. They have all loved it as well. Enjoy.

The Conjuring 2 (2016) Trailer

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Woman in Black (2012)

Director: James Watkins

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds

Arthur Kipps, a lawyer, is recently widowed and grieving the loss of his wife when he is sent to a remote village to put a deceased eccentric's affairs in order. Soon after his arrival, it becomes clear that the villagers are hiding a terrible secret. Kipps discovers that his late client's house is haunted by the spirit of a woman who is trying to find someone and something she lost, and that no one, not even the children, is safe from her terrible wrath.

This was a good movie, but it was just the wrong time and audience for it. This is a slow movie that would fit more in the 1950's more than modern day. There is a lot of silence and dark shadows all though the movie. It is filled with suspense, not horror. There are not any really scary parts to the movie at all, but it is still a creepy movie.

At first, it was difficult to see Daniel Radcliffe playing a father, but he is of age. We are just used to seeing him as a young wizard by this time. He was great in the role. This was the first movie where he proved that he had become an adult actor. The cast for this movie was pretty small. It really seemed that the house was the real main character of the whole movie. The size of the house with all of the dark creepy shadows that were discovered inside of it made the story more intense.

I thought this was a great movie. It just should have been shown decades ago. It is more of a period piece than a Civil War movie. It is a movie that is worth watching several times. When you really start to pay attention to the house more, you will see how great it really is. Enjoy.

The Woman in Black (2012) Trailer

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Monster Man (2003)

Director: Michael Davis

Stars: Eric Jungmann, Justin Urich, Aimee Brooks

Pals Adam and Harley take a break from their road trip and stop at a country bar. Harley accidentally mocks the locals, and, as the two leave, they're chased by a freakish man in a monster truck. The buddies drive for their lives but make time to pick up cute hitcher Sarah. As the crazed driver runs down whoever gets in his way, the three seek refuge in a backwoods diner. Unfortunately, it serves human flesh, and the madness and gore continue.

This movie was like a trying to be funny buddy road movie with a horror killer stalker side to it. The pairing of the two guys is a bit much. I do not think they would be friends at all. Adam is way too uptight to deal at all with the crap that Harley pulls on him. Those are two personalities that would do nothing but crash in a horrible way. Adam would end up in jail for murdering him one day.

The actual plot of the movie was not bad at all. I just wish it would have been more serious. It would have been better , if it was this sick and twisted sexual and torturous trap for these young guys, but it was more worried about the Harley character being a jackass. He was the biggest jackass, and the other guy was just too much to deal with. They both sucked, and neither one of them would have driven that car.

This is not a good movie nor a bad one either. It is just kind of there. It was maybe worth seeing once, but it was mostly to make fun of it. This is not really a movie to seek out. The acting is bad in this one. Watch it once, but do not go out of your way for it. Enjoy.

Monster Man (2003) Trailer

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pompeii (2014)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Harris

Milo is a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

When I want to watch a disaster movie, then that is what I want to see. I could care less for a fake tie in romance story to just draw in more women to watch it. That is a really sad reason to just try to work in a fake love story just to get that demographic to watch it. It is kind of a low blow, but that is Hollywood for you. I just want to see total chaos and nothing else. We do not know much about what happened there on that day, so they just started to make up stories surrounding a large erupting volcano for people to try and run from.

The cast could have been anyone that you would have wanted to see killed by rock and lava. It really would not have matter who was in the movie. You just wanted to see what the destruction of Pompeii would have looked like through all of these eyes. Which I will say that they did a great job of recreating the look of the city and its fall. You could feel the doom and the feel of being trapped with nowhere to go. I mean how in the hell are you going to run from a volcano shooting flaming rocks and lava all over the place. When those flaming rocks make contact, they are going to explode. All of that still make for a visually exciting movie.

The only real problem with this movie was the bad romantic made up story that went through it. It just should have been a disaster movie and that's all. It is worth watching once or maybe twice or more. Enjoy.

Pompeii (2014) Trailer

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ride Along 2 (2016)

Director: Tim Story

Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, Bruce McGill, Sherri Shepherd

As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.

Here is a sequel to a movie that really did not need one or even deserve one. I know movies like this are made for the masses. It is made for married or coupled middle-aged males that are from the suburbs. That is the target audience, which there are tons and tons of them. A movie like this will always do well. It is good for a good cheap laugh.

The problem that I had for the movie was the cast. I have no problem at all with Ice Cube. I like him in movies for the most part. Kevin Hart is the problem that I have with this movie. I will never understand why he is in movies. That high pitched woman's screech that he has would hurt a deaf man. He acts the same in every single role that he is in. It is like they just write the part around his stand-up act. Then you have Ken Jeong in another movie. Where in the hell did he really come from. He sucks just as well. It is like they went to a frat house to see who should be in the movie, or they were the ones that screened it. I just do not get it at all.

This movie was just not worth wasting the time watching it, but that is my opinion. I am not a fan of these types of movies at all. They are just not that good to me at all. I know there will be a lot of people that will love this movie, and that is great. We all have different taste. Enjoy.

Ride Along 2 (2016) Trailer

Paper Towns (2015)

Director: Jake Schreier

Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith

Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship and true love.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. This movie was about young love and obsession. I mean this poor young man was in love with the same girl his whole life, but never really did he do anything about it. He just stared at her from afar. On the day that she wanted he to go and mess some stuff up, he has no problem being her little tag along. Then when she just ups and disappears leaving these odd clues all over town, he just grabs his nerdy friends, and they all go look for her many hours away. He is kind of a sad teenager, but many young people are like that.

The story for the movie needed some work, but it really did have promise. The acting and some of the cast was the biggest problem of the movie. It was just flat. Cara Delevingne was just there in her part. It was just something that did not set well with me as her as the character. I thought it should have been someone prettier with a bit of a dark mean streak to her. She was more plain Jane than anything else. The rest of the cast was just dull and there.

This was not a movie that I could have ever looked back on my life and understood what the characters were going though. I just could not relate at all. It is a movie that is worth watching once, but that is all that I would give it. Enjoy.

Paper Towns (2015) Trailer

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spiderman) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.

I was worried about this movie. I saw the trailer and it looked great, but it just had so many major characters in it that I thought it may tank instead. The addition to all of the added characters actually added to the story. It showed who took which side adding to who their real alliance was with. That made for an interesting tiny story, even though there was not much detail at all to that section. It was just presented into the movie.

I think the best part is all of the extra characters that were added to this movie. I mean most of them are from the other Marvel movies. I was surprised that they included Ant-Man in the movie. It was one the last Marvel movies that was released, besides Deadpool. The biggest surprise was Spiderman. I know that they are rebooting the movie series for the third time, but I have been reading that it was going to be played by a young black actor. This guy was really young and white, so I do not know what they are doing with all of that. I was really excited about the Black Panther. When I saw the first preview for the movie and they showed him for just a few seconds, it made me want to see this movie even more. He is one of my favorite characters. They did a great job of representing this character in the movie. I cannot wait to see the movie though.
The action battle scene in the movie was incredible. To see all of these characters going at it against one another was brilliant. You know that they do not want to hurt one another, but they each have chosen a side to fight for. I was just glad that they made the scene longer than you would think. It created the detail that you would want to see for this epic battle hero against hero. It was awesome.

This is a movie that I think you should own. It is well worth the money. I have seen it in 3-D and 2-D, and it was worth it both times. It is a really cool movie either way. I will be adding it to my collection. Enjoy.
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Trailer