Monday, June 29, 2015

American Hustle (2013)

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Robert De Niro

Irving Rosenfeld a con man that has been running small scams out of his office. Sydney Prosser walks into his office in need and to scam him. Irving Rosenfeld and his partner, Sydney Prosser, are busted by FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. They are forced to work for Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. The more people that they can help take down the better off they will be.

The story for the movie was pretty interesting. It felt like you were watching an old movie from the 70's, like those cheesy B detective movies. They filled the movie with big names and the look and feel of the 70's, but not too much else.

The movie is good, but I do not feel that it deserved all of the praise that it received from the award season. The look of the movie was really good, but some of the scenes looked too fake to me. it was sometimes a bit over the top in design. The wardrobe was spot on for the time period and the characters. The clothing was the best part of the movie.

The cast for the movie was really good, for the most part. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were wonderful in their roles, and, they look amazing. Christian Bale was bad for his role, unless that was how he was suppose to act. His character had a heart problem and a terrible hair piece. His acting really seemed pretty dry and tame to me, unless that was what he was going for. There was so little excitement or emotion in his character that anyone could have played the role.   Bradley Cooper was the worst in the entire movie. He was over acting so much of the time that his scenes in the movie were ridiculous. He was acting like an idiot during the end of the movie. Just being way too silly as a cop. His character was high on coke, but it still doesn't explain his behavior. I never understood the big deal about him perming his hair. It did nothing for the movie or the scene, but it was made such a deal. The rest of the cast was fine no problem at all.

This is a movie worth watching, but it is not a rewatcher at all. I was glad that I saw it once, but I will not do it again. Enjoy.

American Hustle (2013) Trailer

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Night at the Museum (2006)

Director: Shawn Levy

Stars: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Robin Williams, Charlie Murphy, Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Anne Meara, Brad Garrett, Owen Wilson

Larry Daley is an unemployed and divorced father that is about to lose his apartment. His son Nick is starting to completely lose faith in his father to turn his life around. Larry gets a job as a night guard at the Museum of Natural History. The three older guards are being retired, so Larry will have to look after the museum all by himself. The old guards to not tell him that after the museum closes everything in the place comes to life and you have to keep everything indoors. Larry brings his son after a few days so he can experienced it for himself. The old guards have a plan to upset the museum.

The special effects in this movie were great. To see a skeleton of a T-Rex running around in a building playing fetch like a dog. The story was a bit thin, but this movie was made for more looks than the content. It is a true family movie. It appeals to all ages. That being said, it is not one of the best movies.

The highlight of the whole movie was the supporting cast. Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney as two of the guards was a treat to see. They are both incredible actors that most younger people have no idea who they are. The rest of the cast played their parts well. The movie came together as a whole.

The movie looks good and, it is good for the whole family. It is just not a movie that you would want to watch over and over, unless you were a small child. That is just my opinion. This is a watchable movie. Enjoy.

Night at the Museum (2006) Trailer

American Sniper (2014)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Jonathan Groff

Chris Kyle was a man from Texas working on becoming a professional cowboy. After the terrorist attack in New York City happened, he joined the Navy Seals to help defend the country from terrorists. Kyle married and then was called for his first tour of duty in Iraq. After four tours in Iraq and being known as the best American Sniper ever, the pressure on his two different lives started to cross over one another. His military life was starting to effect his home life with his family. This is the story of Chris Kyle.

This is not a movie that I would normally watch, but I was so glad that I did. I knew several people that did tours over there, and I was so glad that the movie show how the soldiers are mentally and emotionally effected after serving a tour. The scene that you think he is watching footage from the war or a war movie, but it is all in his head. All of the noise and the screaming and gun fire trapped inside his head. I was so glad that was included in the movie. It is important for the rest of society to see what really happens to these men.

Clint Eastwood has done it again. I think I have said it before, but it is still true. He is a great actor, but who really knew how wonderful of a director that he would turn into later on in his career. He has an eye for a scene and capturing a moment like few could ever do.

Bradley Cooper out did himself. He is normally just good or average in movie, but never great. It took this role to place him in a higher category of actors. He really pulled it out for this role. You almost believe that he is this character. The rest of the supporting cast make the movie more solid and real. You could feel the emotions coming through from the actors.

This was a great biopic from Hollywood. I was very impressed with the acting and the movie itself. It is a very sad and tragic story, but the story also shows people who a war can affect the soldiers and their families. It does not show it all, but a glimpse into these lives. Enjoy.

American Sniper (2014) Trailer

Monday, June 22, 2015

Interstellar (2014)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, David Gyasi, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Matt Damon

On Earth, crop blight has caused civilization to regress into a failing agrarian society. A widowed former pilot, Cooper, runs a farm with his father-in-law, son and young daughter, Murphy, who believes her room is haunted by a poltergeist trying to communicate by throwing books off her shelf. Cooper concludes Murphy's "ghost" is an unknown intelligence using gravitational waves to send a set of binary coordinates in the dust. These direct them to a secret NASA installation. There, they meet one of Cooper's college professors, Dr. John Brand, who reveals that a wormhole, apparently created by an unknown alien intelligence, has opened near Saturn and leads to new planets in a distant galaxy. NASA had already sent through twelve astronauts led by Dr. Hugh Mann to identify habitable worlds. Three of the missions are sending back encouraging results; Miller, Edmunds and Mann, orbiting a supermassive black hole named Gargantua. Brand recruits Cooper to pilot the spacecraft Endurance to recover the scientists' data on the planets, while he continues to work on harnessing gravity for propulsion, to send humanity on space stations to one of the habitable worlds. As "Plan B", Endurance carries 5,000 frozen embryos to repopulate the race on a new world. Cooper's decision to accept devastates Murphy, and they part on bad terms.

First of all, the special effects in this movie were incredible. Everything looks as if all of the shots were filmed on location and not created on a computer. The special effects really helped create the story, and it made you believe that all of it was possible. Who knows, maybe it is happening right now.

The cast was great, but it might have been too much. To have so many big names in the movie with so many of the actors getting so little screen time, was it worth paying more money for actors with only for a few lines? They just could have gotten nobodies or B-rate actors to fill in the parts and saved money. It is just my opinion.

The story was interesting, and I think that it could be something that the government is working on. We have no idea what really goes on in the world. Just look at what is going on with our climate in the past few years. The movie could be letting us know what could come for this planet. It is a bit scary of an idea.

I don't know what the problem was for this movie for me. It had it all, but the pace for the movie was just too slow for me at times. It seemed throughout the entire movie the pace would increase then it would just start to slow down. The movie keep going like that which turned me off a bit. The movie is really good, but I do not think that it is one that I rewatch over and over again. Enjoy.
Interstellar (2014) Trailer

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

Director: Tom Six
Stars: Bree Olson, Eric Roberts, Tom Six, Robert LaSardo, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Laurence R. Harvey, Dieter Laser

Bill Boss is the prison warden of the largest prison in Texas. He has been having problems with a rising budget and the prisoners rioting. His assistant, Dwight, is obsessed with the Human Centipede movies that he works on convincing Bill to make one out of the prisoners. Bill gets off on torturing his prisoners in some of the most sadistic ways. The governor is breathing down his neck to turn the prison around on the given budget. They work on connecting 99 prisoners together to make the ultimate human centipede.

I have been looking forward to seeing this movie as soon as I heard about it. That being said. It was one of the worst movies that I have ever seen. The first one was pretty good with an interesting concept. The second was just balls to the wall dark and sick with a deep seated feeling that it really could be happening somewhere. Then there was the third one, I will explain below.

First of all, the acting was absolutely terrible. I have never more over acting in my life in a movie than this one. It was so over the top that the lines were almost funny. The amount of pointless dialogue in the movie was just too much. If they were to leave out half of the conversations in the movie the story would have been the same. All of this talking did not add anything to the movie at all. It just made the movie drag out way more than it should have. I wanted to fast forward through most of the talking in the movie. Second, the editing was just not there. Again, it mainly had to do with all of the useless talking in the movie. And lastly, where was the gore? there were some scenes, but nothing like the second one. The one was more sick and dirty, but not the whole gross out that I was expecting. It was just weak too much of the time.

The cast was bad. Eric Roberts will show up to the opening of an envelope. There were the two stars from the first two movie playing different parts in this one. It just was not worth the time to deal with the bad acting in the movie.

I would never watch this movie again. I was really looking forward to seeing it, and I was so disappointed in this movie. I say skip this movie completely, but I know some of you will still want to see it, because you watched the other two. I understand. I was the same way. Do not expect much at all. I watched it so you don't have to.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) Trailer

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blended (2014)

Director: Frank Coraci

Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Shaquille O'Neal, Alexis Arquette

Jim and Lauren go on a blind date that goes terribly wrong, and they never want to see each other again. They both take their family on vacation to South Africa, when his boss lets him have the vacation he planned for himself and Lauren's business partner. The two families start to hit it off after all of the fighting and arguing is finished.

This movie was so much better than I expected it to be. I am not an Adam Sandler fan at all, but the last few movies that he has done have been better than earlier in his career. I read that he mainly made the movie to go on vacation. The resort that it was filmed in would have been completely worth the price. The movie had a lot of meanish remarks thrown at each other by the main characters, but the comments were pretty funny most of the time.

The cast for the movie was great. The chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is always there. You can really tell that they are good friends. Kevin Nealon comes out of nowhere as a guest at the resort constantly groping his new way too young female companion. Shaquille O'Neal plays Sandler's employee's, but he is not in the movie that much at all. Terry Crews and those singers behind him got on my nerves a bit too much. It could have been left out of the movie all together, and the story would have been the same. The kids in the movie were just there. They really tried to add the feel of today's kids and how they act around their parents, but it can off more annoying than anything else.

Like I said, this is not a bad movie at all. If you are a big Sandler fan, than you will still like it , but the movie is more adult/family comedy than a frat boy movie. I say give it a chance. Enjoy.

Blended (2014) Trailer

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Trick (1999)

Director: Jim Fall

Stars: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Brad Beyer, Steve Hayes, Miss Coco Peru

Gabriel is an aspiring Broadway musical writer, and his best friend, Katherine, performs the songs for a group of fellow writers. One night Gabriel sees a go go boy, Mark, on the train home, and they decided to go back to Gabriel's apartment to hook-up. His roommate shows up with his girlfriend, and now the two guys hit the city looking for a place to have sex. While they are looking for a place, the two become closer than they thought they could.

This is one of the sweetest indie gay movies out there. The story is simple with several added characters popping up throughout the movie. Two guys trying to find a place to have sex in New York City, but they can't. You would think there would be tons of places to do the deed in the city, but you also have to think about safety issues and the fact the most of the population walks everywhere. They should have just did it inside a bathroom somewhere or a bathhouse. It is the city.

The cast was mostly newcomers, Christian Campbell and John Paul Pitoc portraying the main couple in question. They were both sweet with the added one was a muscle guy and the other a piano playing Broadway geek. You had these two characters become attracted to one another. The best was Tori Spelling playing a bad actress. She did a good job in the movie. I liked her role and how she portrayed the character. It was nice to see her in an indie movie with how well known she is. It showed that she is not too good for small roles.

Miss Coco Peru is the highlight of the entire movie. The scene is not that long, but it is one of those parts of a movie that just stays with you. It is very funny and campy. Nothing wrong at all with adding her character to any movie at all. I think it should be done more often.

I think this is a movie that you should give a shot, if you have never seen it. It is sweet with a bit of odd romance thrown in for the fun of it. For myself, this movie is a rewatcher. I have seen it several times. Enjoy.

Trick (1999) Trailer

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Session 9 (2001)

Director: Brad Anderson

Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III

The Danvers State Hospital has been closed since 1985. Gordon Fleming, the owner of a small asbestos removal company, is in a desperate financial bind and makes a bid to remove the decrepit hospital's asbestos. He is also a new father, and the stress of work and parenthood have been causing problems between him and his wife, Wendy. Mike is a law school dropout, who is educated on the asylum's history. Phil is filled with bitterness after losing his long-time girlfriend to Hank. Jeff, Gordon's nephew (Brendan Sexton III), is the youngest member, and suffers from severe nyctophobia. The problems that are between Phil and his wife spill out at the work site. Something in the building is changing who he is as a person.

This movie plays out like a haunting/possession horror movie, in theory. There are some dark creepy corners throughout most of the movie, but there really is not scare at all. The movie is mainly dealing with all of the egos and attitudes between all of the working crew. Somebody has something against another person, and then they get snappy with each other. It sometimes comes across as a bitch fest.

This is not really a horror movie, but like I said, there are some creepy scenes in the movie. Nothing to really scare you though. It is something to watch, if there is nothing else on. You may want to look for it, but do not put forth a lot of effort in finding a copy. Enjoy, if you must.

Session 9 (2001) Trailer

Friday, June 5, 2015

Left Behind (2014)

Director: Vic Armstrong

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, Chad Michael Murray, Martin Klebba

It's pilot Captain Steele's birthday, and his daughter, Hattie, has flown home from college for a surprise birthday party. He takes a flight out to London to spend some time with a stewardess on the flight. Hattie goes home to see her mother, who is now a very religious woman. Religion has slow torn the family apart. During the flight half of the passengers disappear, as well as on Earth. The Rapture has started. On the flight there is another plane without their pilots heading in their direction.

The first time they made this movie it was terrible. One this version they were smart. They threw some money at it, and it worked. This is not the best movie that you will see, but it was pretty good. I was really surprised by that.

The acting and the cast were pretty good. Nicolas Cage was almost the same as he is in most of his movies. The really sad part was the short screen time that they gave Lea Thompson. She had about ten lines in the whole movie. Poor girl. The look of the movie was good, but the special effects and stunts were hit and miss throughout the whole movie.

This is a good movie to watch. I know after I saw it, that it put the fear of God in me. I was just thinking go to church. Enjoy.

Left Behind (2014) Trailer

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Movie 43 (2013)

Director: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken

Stars: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Will Sasso, Odessa Rae, Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Kieran Culkin, Kate Bosworth, and more

The films are connected by a group of three teenagers searching for the most banned film in the world, Movie 43, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of civilization. Calvin Cutler and his friend J.J. make a video in the style of MTV's Jackass and upload it on YouTube where it instantly reaches over 1,000,000 views. This turns out to be an April Fool's prank from Calvin's younger brother Baxter, who cloned YouTube and hyper-inflated the views while working on his science project. Calvin and J.J. attempt to get revenge. They tell Baxter of a film that's so dangerous it will cause the annihilation of the world.

There are two different version of this movie. The first one which is described above and one where is a producer trying to get a movie made. The different short films have nothing to do with each other, at all. They are just random short films thrown together with a story line placed in between. Most of the films are pretty good, but one or two are just trying to hard. The movie is filled with a big named cast. There are some really good actors that starred in the movie.

This is not a bad movie to watch at all. It is very entertaining and pretty funny for the most part. I just wondered how they paid all of these big named actors to be in this movie. The budget was not that big for it. Enjoy.

Movie 43 (2013) Trailer

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Demonic (2015)

Director: Will Canon

Stars: Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan, Jesse Steccato

A violent slaughter occurs in an abandoned house in Louisiana where three college students are found dead. Detective Mark Lewis examines the crime scene and finds a shocked survivor, John before calling reinforcements. Several police cars then arrive at the house alongside an ambulance and a psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein. She talks to John, who tells her that a séance performed in the house called the attention of many spirits, including one he identified as his mother, and that two of the group members, consisting of his pregnant girlfriend and her ex boyfriend, are still missing.

The story for this movie was really interesting, and the ending was there to surprise. The problem with the movie was the movie itself. It just failed to deliver the goods. It was not scary at all. The acting was pretty bad in the movie. It was over acted, the whole movie. I thought that maybe it would be decent to watch, but the movie just ended up disappointing. Like in most horror movies now days, you want them all to be killed in a terrible way. You do not really care about the characters at all.

I say pass this movie by. The only really reason people went to see the movie were the other movie that were hits made by the same people. Skip it.

Demonic (2015) Trailer

Friday, May 29, 2015

Magic Mike (2012)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Gabriel Iglesias

Mike Lane is a 30 year old man living in Tampa, Florida. He is a roofer by day and a stripper by night, but his real passion is making one of a kind furniture. Adam starts working as a roofer with Mike, and he introduces him to the world of stripping, but he cannot handle everything that comes with the appeal of being wanted by every woman in the club. He makes some bad choices.

I was very surprised that this movie had a story to it. All you ever saw of this movie was scenes of the actors stripping, and that was it. There were some scenes of the guys stripping, but it was not the entire movie. I was very glad to discover that. The only bad part of the movie was the story. They could have been cops and the movie would have flowed about the same way.

The movie had a popular cast that was mostly ignored in the movie. You got so little time with all of the characters that it did not seem to be that important to spread the money on these names. You could have gotten hot nobodies and saved the money on the movie.

This movie played out as the early story of Channing Tatum, since he was a stripper before he came to acting. Matthew McConaughey played a douche bag that screwed people over, and only wanted to be ever bigger than the rest. Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer were the two main big names that were barely shown or talked about in the movie. Gabriel Iglesias was a nice addition to the cast, because I think he is funny, but he was not in this movie at all. He was a DJ/drug dealer.

This was not a bad movie to watch, but the hype for it made it seem to be more than it was. The story was barely interesting. It is not a bad movie to watch, but it is not one that I would rewatch. Enjoy.

Magic Mike (2012) Trailer