Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Helicopter Mom (2014)

Director: Salomé Breziner

Stars: Nia Vardalos, Jason Dolley, Mark Boone Junior, Skyler Samuels, Lisa Loeb

Even with good intentions and an abundance of love, parents can sometimes become smothering. Such is the case with Maggie, who decides that she will not only accept her son Lloyd as gay, she will encourage it. In fact, Maggie becomes so convinced that Lloyd is indeed gay that she "outs" him to his entire high school. Like any good helicopter mom Maggie hovers over every aspect of her son's life. She takes control of his social life, sets him up on dates with boys whom she has approved, and files for a gay student college scholarship. There's just one wrench in her grand plans: Lloyd doesn't even know whether he's gay or not, and he's just asked a cute girl to prom.

There are more mothers out there that act like this than you think. It is pretty sad that some mothers do not have a life of their own, so they just hover and control their children's lives. In the movie, this woman is hoping that her teenage son is gay, but the problem is that he does not even know if he is gay, straight or just bi. His mother does what she can to "help" him out with dating. I mean this mother is way too much, but at the same time, she is really cool. You do not dislike her in the movie at all. In an odd way, you would want your own mother to be little like this.

I think that the cast did a really good job in the movie. Nia Vardalos was great in the movie, so was the rest of the cast. The cast was not the problem in the movie at all. I think that the story and the writing was the real problem here. The story has been done way too many times that people really just do not care about it anymore. It is done. This show and story are over.

There were way too many gay stereotypes in this movie with the son just acting more normal than a typical young gay character. He was not written to be too flamboyant, but they did throw around all of the gay cliché. That was a bit annoying.

The movie was a flop with lots of bad reviews. I did not think that the movie was that bad, but it was not good either. It was just a watchable movie, and that is about it. I think it is worth watching once, but I just do not know about it being a rewatcher. Enjoy.

Helicopter Mom (2014)

Dead Birds (2004)

Director: Alex Turner

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Fugit, Nicki Aycox, Isaiah Washington, Mark Boone Junior

In Civil War-era Alabama, a band of outlaws takes refuge at an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank that held a cache of Confederate gold. Led by William, the group includes Sam, Todd, Annabelle, Clyde and Joseph. They intend to flee to Mexico, but nightfall and a thunderstorm force the robbers to remain in place. As the night wears on, each member of the group begins to have visions of the atrocities that occurred within the house. As supernatural forces begin to manifest themselves, the six turn on one another.

Was this movie made for the Sci-Fi Channel? Because it really seemed like it was. This movie was the combo of a western and a horror movie. That makes sense, no it really does, not. What in the hell were they thinking? Has all of the walking dead/zombie fest kept spilling over, so that everyone thinks that they can create something profitable? Movie makers have become that desperate today to make a movie.

Bank robbers in a haunted house does not even sound like a good movie, especially if it takes place not long after the Civil War. People believed in ghosts and spirits hovering around more than they do now. They were more simple thinking, and they did believe what they saw. This movie was just not to par at all. The cast could not even save this movie. They were all just okay in the movie. It is like they knew the movie was bad.

This is a movie that needs to be forgotten. It is not worth watching at all. It is awful to sit though. I recommend this movie for a nap, since that is what happened the first time I tried watching it. I watched, so you don't have to. 

Dead Birds (2004) Trailer

Surviving Christmas (2004)

Director: Mike Mitchell

Stars: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara

A wealthy executive, Drew Latham, has no close relationships and becomes nostalgic for his childhood home as Christmas approaches. When he visits the house and finds another family living there, he offers the residents, Tom Valco and his wife, Christine, a large sum of money to pretend they are his parents. Soon Drew tests the couple's patience, and, when their daughter, Alicia, arrives, things get increasingly tense.

I was at least hoping that this movie would be decent, since Ben Affleck was starring in this movie. I was really wrong. This was just an odd movie that made me feel so uncomfortable watching it. I felt sorry for the cast. It just seemed like they all just lost a bet to be in this movie.

The story itself is mainly about a sad man that could not handle being alone for Christmas, so he just decides to spend the holidays with a strange family to regain that childhood feeling. That is something that only a sad lonely loser would do. It is a bit creepy as well. I mean just have the family tied to chairs and give him a weapon of some sorts, and you have a thriller/horror movie on your hands. It did not take much to change that movie. The movie tries to be funny and awkward with throwing in a loving heartfelt story. It is just too late in the movie for that.

The worst part of the whole movie is that the cast was really good in a terrible movie. Well, Ben Affleck was not bad in it. He was playing a bad character. Christina Applegate is funny as hell, and she can make a great character. James Gandolfini was really good in the movie. There is nothing wrong at all with Catherine O'Hara. She is one of the best out there.

The story for the movie was the real problem of the movie. It was just a hard movie to watch. Just not worth it at all, not even for a bad Christmas movie. It is the same quality as a made for TV Christmas movie. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Surviving Christmas (2004) Trailer

Monday, May 22, 2017

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Director: Tom Savini

Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, Bill Moseley, William Butler

For reasons unknown, the recently deceased are rising from the grave as flesh-hungry zombies. Fleeing from the undead horde, a small group of survivors, including Barbara, Ben and Harry, sequester themselves in a remote farmhouse. With the zombies outside the house multiplying, tensions flare, as the group argues over the best way to escape their increasingly dire situation before they are overrun completely.

This is one of the best remakes ever. George Romero's movie was amazing and groundbreaking for horror movies. The movie make-up expert Tom Savini directed this wonderful remake of the horror classic. This is one of the best remakes ever. Yes, it needs to be said again. Like I always say, if you are going to do a remake, you need to make it better and over the top of the original.

The cast was better for this movie. They seemed more real and active. Barbara in this movie was a bad ass bitch that got herself together and was able to kick ass. She was awesome in the movie. We get Tony Todd playing one of the main roles in the movie. This is the one that launches his into horror movie, and he never really gets out of them. We are glad for it. He was great in the movie. The whole cast really was. I liked this cast a lot. The characters were tougher for the most part.

The zombies or living dead were still the slow walking rotting people, but they looked great and real. I mean, since a great make-up man was directing the movie, you know the special effects make-up is going to be great. He is not going to let any bad work slide.

This movie did not do that well at all when it was released. It just shows the taste in the masses, it's bad. This is a great movie. It still stands up today with all of the fast moving and running zombies in movies today. This remake is better than all of those newer movies. Watch this movie, if you have not seen it. It is so well worth it. Enjoy.

Night of the Living Dead (1990) Trailer

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director: Bill Condon

Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

The story is the same as the animated version. Most of the lines are the same. They did add a few new songs and change a few things, but for the most part it is the same as the animated. That is what I am going to talk about in the review the movie itself.

The cast for the movie was great. I had really no complaints. Everyone did a really good job. Emma Watson was great as Belle. She had the role nail down flat. She has the pose and beauty that it takes to play such a well known and popular Disney princess. I was just really surprised by how much talent was used in the movie. There are some great names used for the movie.

Almost all of the movie was touch with special effects of some sort. It was mostly computer based effects, but they were all over the place. I do not think that there was a scene that effects were not used. Here is the good part is that it all blended together so well together that it made the movie look great, for the most part.

The only real problem that I had with the movie was the Beast. The entire character was computer animated. I think that the face was all wrong. It was so flat and lifeless for most of the movie. He kind of smiled at times, but it was when he yelled or roared is when his face was the most animated. In the scenes when they showed him walking, he looked like a bad old video game character. His body was so stiff in the scenes. His shoulders did not move that, if at all. The character so just too stiff, while all of the other animated characters were so fluid and full of life. That is what so off putting about the whole movie. The extra music bothered me a bit as well.

This was a good movie, but it was not as great as the hype that was thrown on this movie. There are a lot of harsh reviews of this movie. It is not that bad though. It is well worth watching for adults, and I think kids will still love it. Enjoy. 

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Trailer

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Saw the Light (2015)

Director: Marc Abraham

Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones, David Krumholtz

The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

This is a decent biopic on Hank Williams. He was only in the public eye for a short time. He left us with a legacy of music to remember. This just was not a very entertaining movie. That is the real problem with the movie. It is just so flat. Let me explain.

First of all, there is not a whole lot going on in this movie. It is pretty boring at times. There is a lot of drinking, conversation and fighting. Most of the conversations were not that interesting at all. The dialogue is partly what makes this movie so flat. There is so little drama in this movie that you could barely call it a drama. They could have made the fights and drinking more dramatic, but no, they just made it all safe for cable.

The acting in the movie is not great or bad. It is mostly just in the middle or better. I was just really surprised by how good Tom Hiddleston was in the movie. When I saw that he was playing the lead role, I thought it was going to be a disaster, but he had the part down. He looked like Hank a bit, and he even sounded like him. Elizabeth Olsen was good at being a southern bitch. The best acting role in the movie was Cherry Jones as his mother. I am a fan of her, so she did out shine the rest of the cast to me.

This movie was a big flop, but it was not a bad movie. It was just slow and dull. It could be one of those movies that could put you to sleep, so be warned. Enjoy.

I Saw the Light (2015) Trailer

Creep (2014)

Director: Patrick Brice

Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

When a videographer answers an advert of the website Craigslist for a one-day job in a remote mountain town to video the last messages of a dying man. The job takes a strange turn when the last messages get darker and darker. The videographer continues to see the job through, but when it is time to leave he is unable to find his keys, and when he receives a strange phone call he finds his client is not at all what he initially seemed to be.

I had no opinion at all on this movie going into it. The title was misleading a bit. I mean, this man is "creepy". There is no doubt in that at all. When he puts on that werewolf mask, and he jumps out at the guy in the woods. That is just not cool at all. The videographer was an idiot. He accepted a job off of Craig's list, and he did not tell anyone that he was going to a cabin to meet someone that he has never met before. That is just a dumb move right there.

The movie is not that great. The story is interesting, but the speed of the movie was slow and dull too many times, but the movie is not that long. The movie is only a bit over an hour long, so there is not too long just to watch once. The ending is worth waiting to the end.

This movie was okay. It was not great at all. It is a decent watch, and that is all. Like I said, the story is there, but the movie fell a bit flat. this movie will destroy the idea of  accepted a job off of Craig's list. Watch it, and see what you think of it for yourself. Enjoy.

Creep (2014) Trailer

Friday, May 19, 2017

XX (2017)

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic

Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha

Filmmakers Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama present four horrific tales of terror. In "The Box," a boy starts to display strange behavior after looking inside a mysterious gift box. In "The Birthday Party," a woman refuses to let an untimely death ruin her son's bash. In "Don't Fall," an innocent camping trip turns deadly, and in "Her Only Living Son," a mother must deal with the child from hell.

Here is a new horror anthology, but this time it was created by women, not men. You get a different look into these short horror stories, since the genre has mainly been dominated by men since it started. This movie show their view point on the subject. The stories were female based.

1. The Box could have been made into a full movie. The story was interesting, but they did not give too much away. It keeps you guessing.

2. The Birthday Party was the best out of all of the stories. There were some shots in the short that was some of the best images that I have seen. There are pretty twisted as well. I really did like the story a lot. There should have just been a full movie of this one too.

3. Don't Fall was not bad. Since it was a short film, there was just not enough there to make it work, like it needed. It was just another "monster" story. It could have been better.

4. Her Only Living Son is one of the better ones.

I just did not want to give anything away from any of the stories. The sequences that are filmed in between the stories was the best of the whole movie. They were these creepy stop motion animation pieces that looked like they were made by some screwed up little girl.

I think this movie is well worth watching. I know it has gotten some really bad reviews, but just give it a chance. I think you will like some of the stories. Enjoy.

XX (2017) Trailer

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

Director: Lee Frost

Stars: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Rick Baker

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row.

This is one of those cheesy movies from the 70's that was really just made for laugh. I doubt this movie was made to be serious. This movie was almost funny. It was the 70's, and there were many movies dealing with race issues. This is just another movie about a racist white man that is now stuck with a black man, but they just somehow learn to get along. That was the idea, but it all just came off cheesy as hell.

The best part of the movie was the two headed gorilla. That scene where the gorilla goes into the grocery store sitting there eating bananas, because that is what a two headed gorilla is going to do. Special effects master Rick Baker played the gorilla. Knowing that he was in the movie, you would think that the special effects in the movie would have been better. When it showed the two headed man, you could really tell that the white man was just standing behind the black man.

The dialogue for the movie was pretty good and hatefully mean in the movie. The head just give it to one another just as soon as they got connected to each other. It is still a decent movie to watch and laugh at. It is just a cheesy movie to sit and watch late at night. Enjoy.

The Thing with Two Heads (1972) Trailer

Land of Smiles (2017)

Director: Bradley Stryker

Stars: Alexandra Turshen, Keenan Henson, Caitlin Stryker, Bradley Stryker

A Young Backpacker is lured through the third world paradise of Thailand searching for her kidnapped best friend and unknowingly she becomes the object of a sociopath's obsession.

This movie was a complete rip off of the movie Turistas and other movies like it. I mean it is not shot by shot, but it is one of those American vacations alone in another country and get caught up in something bad. There has been so many of these movies made that it is just not that shocking any more at all. I think that people have learned their lesson about traveling.

The acting in this movie was average for a horror movie. The young women in the movie were just dumb idiots looking to have a good time. The guys were these moocher douche bags that wanted to get laid. All of this is happening in Thailand, but you hardly see any locals around at all. It was just weird.

The worst part of the movie was that stupid clown. I was so hoping this movie was going to be filled with tons of clowns all over the place killing people, but oh no, it was just one idiot that was in a clown suit threatening these people. The clown costume looked frightening, if you are afraid of clowns. It was the voice that was coming out of the clown that made it so comical. I wanted this clown to show some blood and gore, but it was all just scary mask and threats. It was weak.

This movie was may be worth watching once, but I do not see this movie being a rewatcher at all. It just is not worth it at all. After watching once, you will be done with it. It is just like watching so many other movies. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Land of Smiles (2017) Trailer

100 Bloody Acres (2012)

Directors: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Stars: Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian

The use of dead car crash victims in the Morgan Brothers' "Blood and Bone" fertiliser has been a huge boon to business. But it's been months since their last find and an important new customer is waiting on a delivery. When Reg Morgan, the junior partner in the business, comes across three young people stranded on a remote country road, he sees a radical solution to their supply problems, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother, Lindsay. But things don't quite go to plan when Reg starts forming an attachment with one of their captives, Sophie. Reg must now make a decision: go through with the plan and finally win Lindsay's approval, or save the kids and destroy everything the brothers have worked for. They're not psycho killers... they're just small business operators.

This movie is a comedy/horror. The only problem about the movie is that it is not funny or scary. There is nothing really scary in the movie at all. There are no jumps or scares in the movie. It is not even funny either. There are some funny scenes in the movie, but they are not laugh out loud funny, like you would think. The "funny" scenes are more slap stick than filled with funny conversations. I am not saying this is a bad movie, not at all. I really did like this movie.

The story is a little out there to some degree, but the two main characters make up for the story. To see Lindsey attack and dominate Reg throughout most of the movie was worth the trip. Reg just did not really have a backbone of his own, until some girl helped him find his balls.

The special effects in the movie was pretty damn good. Most of the horror movies from Australia have been really good. They go this distance when they make a horror movie. A lot of American horror movies just do not show all of the gore that you really want to see. The Aussies just go there. You get to see more blood and torture in their movies. I love that. Like with this movie, the story might have been a little weak, but the gore made up for what the story was lacking.

This was a really good movie. I was really surprised by how good the movie was. It may be a bit hard to find a copy to watch, but if you can then watch it. It was worth the watch. Enjoy.

100 Bloody Acres (2012) Trailer

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Director: Allan Moyle

Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross, Ellen Greene, Seth Green, Ahmet Zappa

In Arizona, an introverted and insightful teenager, Mark Hunter, finds an outlet for his viewpoints through a shortwave radio. Broadcasting as "Hard Harry," Hunter uses his pirate radio show to rant against the injustices and hypocrisies taking place in the area, and in society in general. Hunter conceals his off-air identity, but a determined student discovers the truth, while Principal Creswood seeks to shut down Hunter once and for all.

This is one of the best teenage movies for the 90's, hands down. When this movie came out, it seemed like a social bomb was set loose in society. Teenagers in small towns and in the smaller suburbs became exposed to music and ideas that were not well known to the public. Many people that watched this movie for the first time had their mind's opened. They heard and learn about new ideas and concepts. The words were coming from actors portraying teenagers themselves. So these new ideas came from people that they can relate to and identify with as their peers. That really meant a lot to the audience.

The cast ended up being part of what made this movie great. Christian Slater was early in his career playing the young hot sexy man that was a good bad guy in movies. He was at his best when he was younger. Samantha Mathis was just starting in the movies, and she was becoming an adult at the time. She was so good and cool in this movie that you wanted to be her friend.  Annie Ross is so good at playing the bitch or the uptight woman. You just wanted to beat her in this movie. Ellen Greene is just a peach. She was good in this movie, but it was Little shop where she was just grand. The rest of the teenagers in the movie were great. Seth Green was in this movie for a minute.

The best part of the whole movie, and I mean it this time, was the sound track. It is one of the best soundtracks that I have heard. Concrete Blonde covering Leonard Cohen's Everybody knows. It was the best. It is something that you need to check out.

This movie helped changed how some people thought about their life and their environment. It is a must see. If you have not see it, then you need to stop everything and watch it. It is a movie that is even worth adding to your personal collection. Enjoy.

Pump Up the Volume (1990) Trailer