Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Boulevard (2014)

Director: Dito Montiel

Stars: Robin Williams, Roberto Aguire, Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk

Nolan Mack is sixty. Married to Joy, a charming and intelligent woman, friend to Winston, a bright literature professor, and well-regarded in the bank where he works, Noland leads a quiet uneventful life. But is he happy, as his superior at the bank once asks him...? One night, as he drives back home, he nearly runs into a gay hooker. Sorry for what might have happened, Nolan starts a conversation with the young man named Leo and ends up in a hotel room. Not for paid sex as Leo expects though. In fact, the polished old man has fallen in love with the raw prostitute. For, having been gay since the age of twelve, Nolan has never been able to express his sexual orientation and Leo happens to crystallize all his feelings and desires.

This was a surprising good movie. It had a great story that is real today. There are still so many people that live hidden in the closet today. They are still too scare to come out, or they just have too much to risk. The trouble is still real. This movie plays out just one of the thousands of stories from closeted people. It showed how it can and will one day screw up your life.

This movie has a good cast. I love that Robin Williams played these type of roles before his death. He got more into small more dramatic movie that had meaning. He could have done nothing but the big budget movies that he has done a lot of in his career. He is so much more than just a funny man.

This was an interesting movie. I would recommend people to watch it at least once. I really do not think that it is a rewatcher, but it is worth watching once. Enjoy.
Boulevard (2014) Trailer

The Veil (2016)

Director: Phil Joanou

Stars: Jessica Alba, Lily Rabe, Thomas Jane

After being the lone survivor of a mass cult suicide twenty-five years earlier, Sarah returns to the site of the cult with a film crew to find answers, but some of the tortured souls aren't done with her yet.

The setting for this movie was really dark and creepy. It gives you that feeling of do not go near that area. The look of the house and the property made for a good solid horror movie. You were almost looking for someone to bust out of the house from some hidden door. The movie just is not that exciting, I'm afraid.

The movie is good and it has the look and feel of a good horror movie. The cast was good in it. The story and back story was interesting. It just had too much talking for me to get into the story. I needed to buy it. The pace was a bit too slow at times. The whole movie was a bit too much like Jonestown.

It is not a bad horror movie at all. It is worth watching, but I just wanted a little bit more out of it. Enjoy. 

The Veil (2016) Trailer

Monday, September 26, 2016

Zoombies (2016)

Director: Glenn Miller

Stars: Ione Butler, Andrew Asper, LaLa Nestor

When a strange virus quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead, those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city.

This was a bad, bad, bad movie. I watched it just to see how they were going to create this. Most of the movie was made up of stock footage with CGI animals. The animals looked terrible. It was like they barely even tried to make it look good at all. It looked like the entire movie was filmed at a local park in L.A. Nothing like at zoo at all. I do not even think that there is an empty zoo that could be used for filming a movie. It just all looked so bad.

The acting in the movie was decent. That little girl was the worst. She was so loud and upbeat that it just made me sick. There was not nudity in the movie at all. Usually with bad movies, there is nudity. That is why they get watched in the first place. There was none in this movie at all. It was a pretty clean movie.

This is not a movie that I would recommend at all. It was terrible. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Zoombies (2016) Trailer

31 (2016)

Director: Rob Zombie

Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Meg Foster, Sheri Moon Zombie, Elizabeth Daily

The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped & held hostage in an isolated compound known as "Murderworld". On Halloween, they are thrown into a sadistic game called "31" where they must survive 12 hours against a gang of maniacs dressed like clowns. However, the clowns aren't the only ones they need to worry about. There is a grand scheme of satanic rituals & a much more sadistic plot awakens. It's time to play 31.

It seems like every single movie that Rob Zombie makes, it is worse than the one before. That last movie was unwatchable, so I had very little hopes in this movie. If you have not seen this movie yet, trust me, you have seen it. This movie was a mixture of Hostel, Saw and other movies. It seems like he took several different stories, ripped out sections of them all, and pieced the sections together until it made a movie. We have seen it all before many times over.

The early pictures from this movie was showing clowns as the killers. I thought that would be great to see, since it has never been done properly. The "clowns" in this movie were some of the most stupid that I have seen. I was waiting for them to start playing bad metal rap music. That was what it all seemed like. The "victims" in the movie were nothing but trash. You want to have someone to root for in a movie. I didn't care if they all died. I didn't like any of them. They were also the ugliest cast of actors that I have since in a movie, since the movie Gummo.

Why in the hell was there a little person dressed like little Hitler in this movie. It made no sense at all. I understand what he was trying to do. He wanted that oddness and that shock humor added to the movie. In my opinion, it just came off as stupid with no point to it at all. It seemed forced than natural.

Sheri Moon Zombie acts the same or similar in every role. This is why she mainly old does her husband's movies. She kind of sucks, but she had no problem being naked. Elizabeth Daily or E.G. Daily as I know her was a wonderful surprise to see in this movie. That was the best part of the movie for me. I remember her from the late 80's. She was in some movies then, and she was a singer. The rest of the cast was okay.

This movie was a complete miss for me in my point of view. It was the same movie over and over again. It looks like he is just making the same movie just making a few changes. I just was not impressed at all. I would skip this movie. I may just have become desensitized to all of the violence, but this movie just sat there for me. I watched it, so you don't have to.

31 (2016) Trailer

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K.

Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine's narcissistic hang-ups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone's lives, especially her own.

This movie proved that Woody Allen still has it. He can still make a good solid movie. You would think with his age. He created a movie on which people had and would stories about. People love to heard about an uppity socialite woman fall on her face back to reality without any money. Other woman love that stuff. This was a movie made more for woman than anyone else.

The cast for the movie was so good. You can never go wrong with having Cate Blanchett play the lead in a movie. She is always wonderful in every role. The rest of the cast were perfect for the movie. Andrew Dice Clay was in it. I was just glad that he was still working. That someone still hired him to be in a movie. I was surprised to see him in this.

The story and the movie was a little slow. You had to keep up with the movie. That was the only down fall of the movie. There was just not a lot going on.

This is a movie were you need to sit and watch it. You need to be in the mood for this movie. This is more of a woman's movie than anything else. It is a movie worth watching once, but I do not know about a second time. Enjoy. 

Blue Jasmine (2013) Trailer

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Director: Josh Boone

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe

Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. Now that being said, this was actually a really good movie. You could predict almost every single moment in the movie, for the most part. I will not spoil anything for anyone. I was a bit embarrassed that I liked this movie. It is something that I normally would not watch at all. It is not my type of movie. I try not to watch anything with a teenage theme. This movie was something else though. It was sweet story, and the script was well written.

The cast was the best part of the movie. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were complete nobodies to me, but they were both great in their role. The way they look at one another you believed that something was happening between them. One of the main reasons for me to watch the movie was that Laura Dern played her mother in it. I love her. She is one of the best actresses.

This movie is really sweet, but it is also sad. I'm just warning you of that. It is worth watching. I want to read the book now. This is a movie to give a chance and watch it. You just may be surprise that you liked it. Enjoy.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Trailer

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

Director: Paul McGuigan

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

This was just more "stream punk" telling of the story of Frankenstein's Monster through the eyes Igor. It made for an interesting story, but the transition from page to film just did not work that well. This was a bit of a boring movie. It looks great. The detail in each scene is flawless along with the back ground images. It all look so great. I just do not know what could have made this movie better. The only thing that I could think of was if they showed the Monster more and did more with that. It seemed like the movie was more about the conversations between Victor and Igor. That does not make for a good movie.

The cast was really good in the movie. There was no problem with that at all. It was just the movie itself that was just a bit boring. The movie is worth watching once, but I do not know about watching it a second time. I do not know if it is worth it. Enjoy.

Victor Frankenstein (2015) Trailer

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Director: Lasse Hallström

Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Tighe, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover

Centred around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie's severe mental condition. It is in this awkward and extremely one sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town's slowly dying convenience store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert's life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this guardian angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle.

This was still in the land of the independent movies of the 90's. I miss those years so much. This was one of those buried treasures of film that came out. It was not a big hit, but it has lived and been referenced for years afterward.

What is really eating him? He is trapped in a small town that has nothing to offer with no chance in site of ever getting out or life changing. He is trapped by his family. It takes all of them to take care of the house and their mother. It is one of the saddest situations to be in. You feel like you have no options in life, so you just feel hopeless. This is where the character is mentally and emotionally. You are making the best of a bad situation.

The cast for the movie was the best. This was when Johnny Depp was doing good indie and smaller movies, not the big budget crap that he does now. He was a better actor then. People that that something was really wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio when this movie came out. He was that good in the movie. Juliette Lewis was in her hay day then, hitting nothing but good movies.

This is one of my favorite movies. I have watched it so many times it is ridiculous. If for some reason you have not watched this movie, then you really need to watch it. It is a wonderful movie loaded with great one liners. Enjoy.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Trailer

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

Director: Shawn Levy

Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide-driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

I really did not have any opinion of this movie at all. It was good, but it was not as funny as I wanted it to be. There were some really funny scenes, but the rest was still good and watchable. It is a good story about a modern family. It was well written with an incredible cast. You know some of these characters.

Jason Bateman and Tina Fey were great as brother and sister, but I wanted more mean verbal play from each one of them. They were great in the movie I just wanted more. It was the same with Jane Fonda. I wanted to see her more in the movie. She was great in the movie. Connie Britton was forgettable. Anyone could have played that role. I think she is way over rated. Timothy Olyphant's character was sweet and such a wonderful surprise. I just was not expecting this in the movie.

This movie is worth watching. It is not the best, but is it pretty funny. The title alone made me want to watch it. I loved the title. Give this movie a chance, if you have not seen it. Enjoy.

This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Trailer

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Lorax (2012)

Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Betty White, Rob Riggle

In the walled city of Thneed-Ville, where everything is artificial and even the air is a commodity, a boy named Ted hopes to win the heart of his dream girl, Audrey. When he learns of her wish to see a real tree, Ted seeks out the Once-ler, a ruined old businessman outside of town in a stark wasteland. Upon hearing of how the hermit gave into his greed for profits and devastated the land over the protests of the Lorax, Ted is inspired to undo the disaster. However, the greedy Mayor of Thneed-Ville, Aloysius O'Hare, has made his fortune exploiting the environmental collapse and is determined to stop the boy from undermining his business.

This movie was a big change from the cartoon and the book. There was so much more added to make it longer without just showing the same scenes over and over again. The story that they created worked so well for the movie. When it was all said and done, they made a really good children's movie out of it. They even were able to include a better moral in the movie than what was in the book. I was uneasy about this movie, but they really did knock it out of the park. They did not try and dumb down the audience in any way.

The voice talent was a picking of younger popular talent with some amazing actors creating the voices and personalities for these characters. You know that I'm talking about Danny DeVito. Everyone knows his voice when it is spoken.

This was a wonderfully bright well created animated movie for children and adults alike. If you have kids, this is a movie that needs to be added to your collection. I think this is a rewatcher. I like it more than I thought I would. Enjoy.

The Lorax (2012) Trailer

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

Director: John Lee

Stars: Paul Reubens, Jordan Black, Doug Cox, Joe Manganiello, Lynne Marie Stewart, David Arquette

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

This movie had the same feeling in the beginning as the first Pee Wee movie. You still feel like you are entering into a grown up child's dream world where everything is better in the end. It is more fun. After all of these years, Paul Reubens still has it. He can still put on this character and make you believe in him. It is magic.

The story was simple and basic. Pee Wee goes on a holiday for the first time, but didn't he go cross country to find his bike? I thought so. They just need a story, so it work for the first movie. They were hoping another cross country trip would work for another movie. It did. It just need something more. You still get to meet a few of the old characters and several new one to add to the mix of colors and personalities. The odd part was Joe Manganiello playing himself and wanting nothing but to play with Pee Wee at his own birthday party in California. It was an odd part of the story.

If you are a fan of Pee Wee, then you have to see this movie. You will love it. It is almost like watching it all for the first time again. Enjoy.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) Trailer

Gothic (1986)

Director: Ken Russell

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson

Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic Frankenstein. Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord Byron's country estate. Personal horrors are revealed and the madness of the evening runs from sexual fantasy to fiercest nightmare. Mary finds herself drawn into the sick world of her lover Shelley and cousin Claire as Byron leads them all down the dark paths of their souls.

This was a slow and boring horror movie. It really does watch like a light Playboy horror movie. The sets and the decoration in the movie are top notch. It is a set decorators period piece dream. The movie had a great cast. It was just the speed of the movie that always just took me out of the story. I love this story by the way. I just think it has been done so much better, since this one was made.

I just think this story has been done better. This is one of those movies that was lightly advertised when it came out, so I was interested in it, but it just sat there on the shelf. If you are interested in watching this movie, then you should. I warned you though. It is a slow movie. Enjoy.

Gothic (1986) Trailer