Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Black Rock (2012)

Director: Katie Aselton

Stars: Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth

Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival, when they encounter a group of violent war veterans.

This movie was a bit weak. I mean, the story has been told too many times. In this one it was all one girl's fault. She had to get drunk and start leading this drunk guy on way too much. She was trying to hook up with him in the woods, but when he was going for it, she changes her mind. Straight drunk men do not like that. It brings out the mean anger in them, so he gets forceful. She accidentally kills him. Dumb girl. Now they have to hide from his crazy friends cause they want them dead. I would have thrown her to them.

This movie is not long, but you can always tell what is going to happen. I may be worth watching once, but that would be it. It is not really that good. Watch if you must.

Black Rock (2012) Trailer

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot

It's been nearly two years since Superman's colossal battle with Zod devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne. Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

I do not know why people did not like this movie. It was so great. The action and the story was spot on. I was so glad that they included so much of the comic book story into the movie. It was a lot of information to shove into one movie, and I understand why people had a problem with that. People were expecting this knock down drag out fight for the whole movie. I guess they needed to see a more like a Mortal Kombat type of movie with these two super heroes trying to kill one another. That would have been a good movie as well, but they are working on setting up the Justice League movie that comes out in a couple of years.

The cast was the odd part of the whole movie. I was so glad to see Henry Cavill back as Superman. I think he is the best to play the role. He looks like a real man, the ultimate man. He didn't shave his chest for the role. He is a manly man. Ben Affleck playing Batman was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think he is a great actor, and he looks like a wealthy man to play Bruce Wayne. He did shave his chest for the role. How sad. Gal Gadot was the new comer to play Wonder Woman. I am a huge Wonder Woman fan, and I think that they did a great job casting her for the role. She was awesome. The costume was on point, and they made her even more badass than I thought that they would. She was kicking ass in the end of the movie. Love it.

Here is the bad of the movie. Why in the hell did they cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? They could have gotten a hobo to do a better job. He is the worst actor that there is. He was playing an annoying child, not an adult at all. He was playing himself, I think. He is the same in almost every single thing that he is in. Just a waste of time. They should have gotten a nobody and given them a chance. It would have been cheaper.

I loved this movie. It was filled with action and emotion. It had it all. I will never understand why people just flat out hated it. This is a movie to add to your collection. I know I will when it comes out. Enjoy.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Trailer

Lovelace (2013)

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Chloë Sevigny, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts

In 1972, before the internet and before the porn explosion-Deep Throat was a phenomenon. It was the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl next door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.

I only knew very little about Linda Lovelace from what I had saw on the old talk shows. I was shocked to see how she was treated by her first husband, but he was a coke head and a drunk. That was pretty common in the 70's in the porn industry. Drugs were all over the place in Southern California. She was in the porn industry for such a short time period, but she made the biggest impact out of all of them.

Deep Throat made Linda Lovelace a star all over the world. This one porn made history, and it took her to the top. She had a hard life dealing with her fame and the abuse that she went though that period of time. This is defiantly worth watching. It is sad at times, but it is always entertaining. If you can find it watch it. You may learn something interesting. Enjoy.

Lovelace (2013) Trailer

Monday, May 30, 2016

Audition (1999)

Director: Takashi Miike

Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki

A widowed TV producer is encouraged by his teenage son to remarry before he gets too old. Unable to find anyone suitable, he decides to hold auditions for a false movie in order to test out potential wives. He thinks he may have found the one he is looking for when he auditions a former ballerina, but she seems too good to be true and an investigation into her past reveals a horrific secret.

This is a horror masterpiece. The concept of the movie is scary. The acting was the best part of the movie. Eihi Shiina performance made this movie. The look on her face while she was torturing this man told her whole story. She was enjoying what she was doing so much. There was glee in her eyes. She would change the position of her body to make her work more comfortable for her. It was pretty twisted.

This movie starts out like nothing big is going to really happen, but you really have to stay with it. It will really make you think about the people that you meet, especially if they are strange to you. If you have not seen this movie, then you need to go out and do so. It is well worth it. Enjoy.

Audition (1999) Trailer

Love Is Strange (2014)

Director: Ira Sachs

Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Jason Stuart, Cheyenne Jackson

After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and become victims of the relentless New York City real estate market. They temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their temperamental teenage son , with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

The saddest part about this whole movie is that I am sure that this happened to many couples after marriage equality was passed. Gay couples wanted to go out and get married finally, but they are so many that had to pay a price for doing so. That is the sad part of the story.

This is not a comedy at all. You watch a newly married older gay couple being separated for the first time in a long time. They are both having to adjust to different living arrangements, so that they can spend the rest of their days together.

I really did like this movie. There is not a lot that goes on in the movie at all. It is a simple movie with an important story to tell the masses. It is not really a rewatcher, but it is well worth watching once. Tell others about it. Enjoy.

Love Is Strange (2014) Trailer

Another (2014)

Director: Jason Bognacki

Stars: David Landry, Maria Olsen, Lillian Pennypacker

A beautiful young woman is driven into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences when she learns she may be the devil's kin.

What in the hell was this movie? I thought this was going to be a spooky movie about witches or at least try to. It was not even close. It was closer to soft core porn. This could have been shown on the Playboy Channel or some other after dark station. It was naked women posing as witches.

The sad part of this movie is that it is newer, but it looks as thou it was made in the 90's. Do not waste your time watching this movie. Watch paint dry instead. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Another (2014) Trailer

Tarzan (2013)

Director: Reinhard Klooss

Stars: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Joe Cappelletti

Tarzan and Jane face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies.

The only reason that I can think that this movie was make was for looks and for money. There was not too much of a story that was even the slightest a bit realistic. I know it is a cartoon, but it was just too much for a bad animated feature movie. It could have been neat, if the movie was made better. 
They find a part in the world that has been taken over with alien life forms. It looked pretty cool, but the reason behind it will not set well with parents. They strongly mentioned that the alien plants were the creation of all life on this planet. That was pretty surprising to see in a kids movies. I was shocked.

The animation in the movie was great and terrible. The back drop scenes of the jungle were amazing. It almost looks so real. I loved it. The worst was the people and the animals. The animals looked like play form figures that were just stuck on the scene. The people were more Sims characters. They looked so bad, and they were always smiling regardless of what was going on.

I would only let very small children watch this movie. There are about the only ones that will like it. Older kids will make fun of it. It is not the great Disney version at all. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Tarzan (2013) Trailer

If I Stay (2014)

Director: R.J. Cutler

Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

This is a review on the movie and not the book. I have not read the book, yet. The story is really sad and sweet. The look and feel of the movie was great. The characters seem to really connect to one another. There is a special chemistry that bonds them together.

The main problems that I had with the movie was that it is a bit too slow during some parts of it. It is 
like they were trying to desperately draws the audience into the movie. Like they did not have the audience were they wanted them, so they added these scenes making it move slowly. It might have had the opposite effect on many viewers. Lastly, I do not know why Chloë Grace Moretz is even in movies. She is pretty bad in movie. She was not that bad in this movie, but anyone else could have played that part better.

I know there are so many people that will love this movie despite of what I have said about it, and that is perfectly fine. It is worth watching once. I know that this movie will be over watched by many young girls. Enjoy.

If I Stay (2014) Trailer

Dorian Blues (2004)

Director: Tennyson Bardwell

Stars: Michael McMillian, Lea Coco, Steve Fletcher

Anxiety is the main course for young Dorian Lagatos but these are not your average adolescence blues. Not only is he going through high school purgatory but also struggling to move out of the shadow of his star athlete brother while dueling with his domineering, homophobic father. Dorian, a self-described "stereotypical gay," is so horrified by his father's reaction he enlists his brother to help him "think straight". Acceptance, however, may lie only at the end of his journey through boozy counselors, swing-dancing strippers and sudden emotional discoveries.

This movie takes an interesting look at coming out as gay and all of the problems that come with it, while growing up in a conservative household. It takes a funny look at a serious subject. The main character, Dorian, goes off to college to fall for a guy to only think that it will last forever. It is what he has seen in his suburban up bring. This movie takes on these issues and many more in a humorous way.

This movie is well worth giving it a chance. I thought it was going to be another dull coming out story. I was wrong. It was pretty funny to see how other people deal with this problem. Check it out. Enjoy.

Dorian Blues (2004) Trailer

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, Famke Janssen

Fifteen years after Hansel and Gretel defeated the wicked witch who planned to have them for her dinner, the siblings have come of age as skilled bounty hunters. Hell-bent on retribution, they have dedicated their lives to hunting down and destroying every witch still lurking in the dark forests of their homeland. As the notorious blood moon approaches, the siblings face a great evil, one that could hold the secret to their terrifying past.

This movie is based on the famous children's story of Hansel and Gretel, but now they are grown up and killing witches. When I first heard about this movie, I have absolutely no interest at all in watching it. It took me a few years to watch it. I can honestly say that it is not a bad movie at all. It does try to be scary, but it really fails at that. There is nothing scary about this movie at all.

This is more of an action and adventure movie than anything else. There are some great stunts in this movie. The fight scenes are very crafted to really make it all seem real. The makeup work for the witches are incredible. They do look a bit cheesy at times, but the overall effect seals the deal. They looked creepy and great for the movie.

The cast for this movie was well played. They got good people, but not great actors to play the roles. Famke Janssen was the best in the movie. She is a beautiful woman that seems like behind her eyes there is pure evil with a pleasant smile in the front. I really did like her for the role.

I would recommend this movie to all. It kind of has it all. You have fantasy and a bit of horror for the whole family. It is not gross or dirty at all. Enjoy.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Trailer

Beatific Vision (2008)

Director: Sountru

Stars: Joe Higachi, Norm Munoz, Marianne Shine

This gay comedy begins on a downbeat with the death of Chad, Michael's lover for more than a decade, but Chad isn't truly gone. He returns in the form of an angel with a warning about Michael's future. Soon, Michael's life is further complicated by an enamored psychiatrist, a new love interest, and his female best friend. Chad has crossed to the other side, and he uses his new found knowledge to lead a number of characters in the right direction.

This movie is not that good at all. Written it sounds like it would not be that bad of a movie, but the actuality of it is not good at all. The ghost narrative through the movie was more annoying than sweet and sincere. It really took you out of the movie really fast. It seemed more like a joke, or the more was going to be a comedy instead of a drama about a lost love. I mean, his ex was speaking to him from beyond the grave in order to play matchmaker. I don't think so.

This is not a movie to really look for. It is just not worth it. I know there are several reviews out there praising this movie, but I just did not see it at all. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Beatific Vision (2008) Trailer

Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Director: Adam Green

Stars: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt, Kane Hodder

Writer/director Adam Green sets out to make a documentary exploring this tantalizing premise after being contacted by a mysterious man named William Dekker. Dekker claims he can prove that “monsters are real” and insists these grotesque creatures are forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids inhabiting a vast, underground metropolis of the damned. Determined to expose the truth, Green embarks on a bone-chilling odyssey and gets more than he bargains for.

What in the world was this? I thought was going to be a documentary, but it was making fun of them, in a way. When I saw Ray Wise playing a character, then I knew it was all going to be fake. They should have pick an actor that well known. They had all of the other cast playing themselves, so I just did not understand what the point of this movie was. It did not make that much sense to me at all.

The idea of this movie was pretty interesting. The makeup work is really well made. It just was not worth watching. It was barely entertaining. It seemed more like they were making light of the people in the world that may "discovery" something strange or unusual out there in the world. It may even make these people be less willing to say anything to people. Movies really do effect people and their actions to some degree, if they may not be stable to start with.

This may be something that you will want to watch, but I would not watch this again at all. It was barely worth watching once. It was just kind of pointless and annoying. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Digging Up the Marrow (2014) Trailer