Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jaws 2 (1978)

Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Four years later and the little coastal town of Amity is working on bouncing back from being known as shark city. The mayor is welcoming a developer that is going to build a new beach side resort in the town. Two divers are attack one night by a shark in the same area where Sheriff Brody killed the shark years earlier. Another shark is lose in the waters near Amity Island, and the town is at risk of losing a future resort, so Brody works on finding and killing the shark.

This one was not as scary as the first one, since that scare of the water had already been created. It was still scary to younger kids that did not know any better. The movie is good, but not as good as the first one of course, but it was still worth the watch. They never really explain how this could have to the same area twice. You get a stalking and hunting human eating machine that hits the same area. There are two different great white sharks just like each other. Like the first movie, this one beach areas as well.
The main element that the movie was missing was Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss. They were still working on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The director for the sequel was good, but it could have almost been a TV Movie of the Week instead of a major movie production. It was a good movie though. It was a little too much like the first, but what can you really do extra with a horror movie about a shark. They did what they could. Richard Dreyfuss' character was really missed. I would have loved to see him come back and fight a shark one last time. Instead, we get Joseph Mascolo playing the investor for the new resort. You remember him from the daytime soap Days of Our Lives playing Stefano DiMera. The rest of the cast comes back to replay their role which makes for an easier transition to the sequel. Instead of making the sequel in another town that is experiencing the same problem further down the coast. That would have made these movies last forever.

Not a scary movie at all, but it is still a fun movie to watch. It is pretty much safe for most ages to watch. I think it a good enough movie to add to a private collection. Enjoy.

Jaws 2 (1978) Trailer

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Apparition (2012)

Director: Todd Lincoln

Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton

When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force. After witnessing the apparition, the couple go to a hotel, but they're attacked there as well. As they flee, they receive a call from Patrick and meet him. Patrick explains that the initial experiment enabled a malevolent spirit entity to enter their world, but that he has built a room surrounded by a negative current that he believes protects him from the spirit. They return to Kelly and Ben's house to try a new experiment to contain the entity. During the experiment, the house begins to shake and break apart, then abruptly stops. While Kelly and Ben are outside, Patrick is pulled into the darkness and vanishes.

This is the most not scary movie I have ever sat through. I have seen creeper kids movies than this one. It feels like it is trying to be like an actual movie version of a Paranormal Activity movie. What is the deal with these movies that have decent cast with really weak stories? There are just too many of these types of movies being made. I guess they were hoping that having Tom Felton in the movie banking on the Harry Potter crowd would help in launching the movie. It did not help at all. Warner Brothers just sneaked this movie in to select theaters in hopes of a bigger audience, but it still flopped.

Watch this movie if there is nothing else to watch or if you need background noise while you are cleaning the house or working on other projects. This is not a movie to really sit down and pay attention to. It just was not worth that much time spent. 

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Stars: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind

Henry Altmann owns a law firm with his brother, Aaron Altmann. Henry is having a really bad day, but for Henry everyday is a really bad day. He is an angry man that hates and complains about almost everything in life. Henry goes to his doctor's appointment, but his normal doctor is out of town, so Dr. Sharon Gill is taken over for the day. Sharon is having a really bad day of her own, since she is covering for the doctor that she is having an affair with. Henry learns from Dr. Gill that he has a brain aneurysm at the base of his brain stem. She gets so angry from Henry yelling at her that she tells him that he only has 90 minutes to life. Henry leaves the clinic to start living what he believes is left of his life. Dr. Gill feels so guilty about blowing up at Henry that she leaves work to go and find him to tell him the truth. Henry works on trying to fix his family's problem in a short amount of time.

The story was pretty interesting, but the movie was just watchable, and that is about it. It had the cast and the movie looked good and it was shot well. The movie just does not leave any type of a lasting emotional feel with you at all. There were a few moments that the movie tried to become more heartfelt, but the rest of the movie almost stopped you from caring about those scenes.

I barely even remember hearing about this movie when it came out. If you do not like to hear a lot of profanity, then you should not watch this movie at all. Enjoy.  

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Trailer

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Director: RZA

Stars: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu

In 19th century China, a series of lone warriors who are forced to unite to defeat a common foe and save their home of Jungle Village. The village blacksmith creates deadly weapons for the clans, intending to use his payments to purchase the freedom of his lover Lady Silk, and leave the village. The region's governor tasks the Lion Clan's leader Gold Lion with protecting a large shipment of gold that must pass through the village. Gold is betrayed by his lieutenants Silver Lion and Bronze Lion, who plan to steal the gold. They use the chaos ensuing from a fight with the Hyena Clan to allow their co-conspirator Poison Dagger, the governor's aide, to assassinate Gold, after which Silver becomes the Lions' leader. Gold's son Zen-Yi learns of his father's murder and sets off to the village to seek revenge, or whatever.

This movie was not good at all. Most of the movie is narrated. Most of the cast is filled with men in bad costumes with the worst wigs that I have ever seen. I have no idea how in the hell he got Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu to do this movie. The movie went nowhere.
Quentin Tarantino was only the producer of  the movie, nothing more. The movie was written by RZA and Eli Roth, which only gives you one person that knows what they are doing and has experience. This was RZA first time at directing, since he is mainly known as a member of the Wu Tang Clan. Like so many "famous" people they think there is nothing that they cannot do or create. They are wrong so much of the time. I guess he was wanting to bring back the martial art movie from the 60's and 70's with a mix of Kill Bill Asian style. RZA wrote all of the music for the movie which made the movie even more bizarre. You are watching a modern kung fu movie with rap blasting in the background of most of the fighting scenes. It was very annoying.

This a movie to completely skip, unless the description about appeals to you, and I'm sure it will to some. I still say skip it and watch an older kung fu movie. They at least knew what they were doing.

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Trailer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer

Six months after winning the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta are going on a victory tour to all of the different districts to support of the capital and the games. President Snow is still upset with the two winners, so he starts working on plans for the next games. For the 75th Anniversary of the Hunger Games, all of the still living champions will be the new contests for the games. Katniss and Peeta will have to turn around and compete in the games again along with all of the other survivors in the different districts.

The first half of the movie was dealing with Katniss and Peeta going on this tour as the champions to all of the districts claiming that the games are all good and reasonable. That does not last that long, since Katniss' family was threaten to be killed by President Snow if She did not make him believe in the love between her and Peeta. She breaks down on the tour in front of people leaving herself being blamed for the up and coming revolt of the districts. She is screwed. The last half is close to a rehash of the last part of the first movie. It all deals with the survival of the game. Of course there are some differences, but it is close to the same.
The sets and the costumes for this movie surpassed the first one. For this chapter, the outfits for the Capital scenes were so over the top it was hard to believe. Some of the outfits were nothing short of pure art in all the ways. The changing from the wedding dress to the mockingbird dress was absolutely incredible. The creativity of the production and wardrobe staff were some of the best I have ever seen in a movie. It really help with making the audience believe that this world really did exist on some plane of time.

This story has been told many different time. Just look at Star Wars, just think about it. It is a great movie with some more story line added, but not too much to bring more depth to the movies. If you are a fan of the movies, than I think this will be a nice added addition to your collection. Enjoy.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Trailer

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Uninvited (2009)

Director: Charles Guard and Thomas Guard

Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Jesse Moss

Anna is a teenage girl that was just release from a stay in a mental institution for attempting suicide. She is rejoining her Alex, father and her father's new girlfriend, her deceased mother's nurse, Rachael. They are living in a very large house isolated on a lake. Anna and Alex believe that Rachael is trying to make Anna look even more crazy than she is, so Rachael can marry the girl's father and have him and the money all to herself. There is a problem with the sisters that everyone is having trouble dealing with.

This movie was more of a thriller than a horror movie. It was pretty weak movie. Here is why. The cast was pretty bland. They got Elizabeth Banks to do it for sex appeal? The production of the movie was great, but it just was not enough to save the script. The story has been done so many times and better, but they added that the daughter could see ghosts. That was the only real addition to the story which could have turned the story around. It watched like the Sixth Sense meets The Stepfather. You combine those two stories and you have this movie.

This movie was something to watch during the Halloween season, but I would not watch it again. I don't think. Watch it if you must.

The Uninvited (2009) Trailer

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

In 1999, Joe and Sandy Brody work at the Janjira nuclear plant in Japan. A mysterious earthquake caused a complete collapse of the plant and the town around it. Sandra was killed leaving Joe and their son Ford to move on with their lives. Ford grew up and became a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, and his father is still in Japan working on finding out how the collapse really happened. Joe is arrested for trespassing, so Ford flies to Japan to get his father. They both discover that where the reactor was located a giant egg has been studied. A creature wakes from the egg and destroying everything in its path. There is another one of these creatures that has woke in the western desert of the United States. The only thing that can fight these creatures has appeared out of the Pacific Ocean. Godzilla is the only hope that people have to save them from these monsters.

I heard so many complaints about this movie, so many that people almost talked me into not even watching it. Most of these people were not hard core Godzilla fans either, so there you go.

I thought the story line for the movie was not that bad considering it is a Godzilla movie. You have the discovery of gigantic monsters that have hatched and are looking for a place to lay even more eggs to take over the world, but Godzilla rises up out of the ocean to defeat these creatures. You still have the classic Godzilla story line that has lasted for many decades.
The real main flaw that I saw with the movie was the damn pulling of the hearts strings. That is really getting annoying in movies. The whole the family has to find each other by the end of the movie and no one dies or really gets hurts. Oh come on, it's a sci-fi movie. The family lovey dovey embracing needs to go. I get that people really need that to happen in a movie, but no. The other part that really bothered me in the movie was all of the military scenes. You see the military really thinking that they can fight these huge never before seen monsters that are attacking the city. It was just a uber macho attitude that we can fight and defeat anything because we are the military and we are men, so nothing can stand in our way. You see the military hurting and killing people instead of even effecting not one bit of damage to the monsters. You watch Godzilla come into the scene and take over. The military decide to stat shooting at him as well. So stupid.

We finally got a good looking Godzilla. He looked closer to the ones in the earlier movies than the last movie, the one in New York. Not like some big man holding long wooden doles moving the legs. It was instead a big rubbery looking creature with a man's arm up the neck. Ha!  Seeing Godzilla walking through the city with mostly at first images of the spikes on his back was an incredible sight to be seen. The other creatures looked a bit too much like the ones in Pacific Rim, but they were still really cool for the movie.

I think this is a movie to buy if you are a Godzilla fan. It has it all without being too cheesy, but that is just my opinion. Please enjoy!

Godzilla (2014) Trailer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

Director: Bradley Parker

Stars: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley

A couple of American tourists, Chris, Natalie and Amanda, are in Kiev, Ukraine meeting up with Chris' brother Paul. Chris is looking to visit Moscow, so he can propose to Natalie. Paul meets this man Uri that offers extreme tour guides. Uri offers to take the group to Pripyat, a deserted town outside of Chernobyl. Uri claims that it is safe and the radiation levels are very low, so the group takes the tour. While they are walking through the buildings and grounds taking pictures, they soon discover that they are not alone. Something is in the area stalking them, and now they have to get back alive.

This movie was more like a found footage than all of the others. The cast is just there, nothing good nothing bad about them, except for who in the hell acts like that in real life. Let me think, nobody, except for extreme douchebags. The story was pretty good. It was not overly complex or difficult, but it was at least interesting.
The main problem of the movie was where in the hell were the monsters or ghosts. That is what I really wanted to see, not some noises and a quick camera swing shot. That was just been done way too much, and I am just so over it. The background and setting for the movie was great. For all of the terrible and tragic occurs that happened in Chernobyl, it would make for a great horror movie or ghost story, but oh no they dropped the bomb on that one. They had something that could have made for a good movie, but they decided on the old found footage trendy crap. 

The movie looks really cool and the scenes are spot on. You even feel the isolation and creepiness of being in an area like that alone, but that is where it all stops. The bears and the dog scenes are the most entertaining part of the movie for me, so watch it if you must or if there is nothing else on to watch. Enjoy.

Chernobyl Diaries (2012) Trailer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Hunger Games (2012)

Director: Gary Ross

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson

The totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Two young people are picked from each district to compete in a mandatory battle for survival. All of the contests are placed in a controlled environment to fight to the death, and only one person can win. From district 12, Prim was chosen, but her older sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her sister's place. The male that was chosen was Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), whom has a crush on Katniss, but she is in love with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). The Hunger Games are televised in all of the districts and the Capital. Katniss and Peeta have to help each other survive during the games.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. I really had no idea or thought to ever watch this movie at all, but friends were telling me that it was good and read the books. I broke down and watch this movie one night, and to my surprise, I really did like the movie a lot. The story line was simple but interesting. You have the formation of a twisted separate society that only the poor working class and the wealthy exist, but they do not have anything to do with one another. In the mix, kids under 18 are picked to fight to the death  for the entertainment of the more wealthy to watch on TV or in a studio audience. While all of this is going on, there is a bit of a love triangle. With all of this going on you still get a well made movie.
The cast was a great mixture of seasoned talent to younger still up and coming actors. The biggest surprise was seeing Stanley Tucci as the host of the show. I think he has always been an under rated actor. He has been in so many movies, and he always puts out a good performance. Donald Sutherland never disappoints when in a movie, so there is no touching him. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson proved in this movie that they can act. Both of their performances were solid. They are not the best, but they were great in this movie. The biggest shock is Lenny Kravitz. I mean who knew that he was a good actor. Like I have said before, he gets it from his mother.

The one scary item about the movie is how close we are to this situation really happening. Look at what is on TV now. TV is almost all reality shows with more starting up every year. People almost worship the "reality" stars on the shows. These idiots are becoming "celebrities" in the American eye. With this obsession, how far will the viewing public want to go for entertainment. Do not look at the people making and producing the shows to make any changes. They do not care and they look to see what people want to see and what will sell. It is scary that it could happen one day, if we do not watch out.

Great movie for almost all ages, well that could understand what the hell is going on in the movie. If you have been staying away from this movie like I was, then stop. It was well worth the watch and a very entertaining movie. Enjoy.

The Hunger Games (2012) Trailer

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz

Dracula has lost his wife by the hands of humans, so he is raising their daughter alone. He created an intense barrier around his castle to make sure that humans could not find the location of the castle. Every year on his daughter, Mavis' birthday, Dracula invites all of the monsters over for a party and retreat. It is the one time that they all do not have to worry about humans, and they can be themselves. It's Mavis' 116th Birthday, and she wants to go out into the village to finally get to see how humans live. He lets her got, but the village is fake. A human teenager out backpacking follows a group of zombies to the secret passage to Dracula's castle. Jonathan, the teenager, has to be made up as a monster to hide in the crowd, but Mavis has a crush on him.

This was one of the few non-Disney animated movies in the past year that was really well made. I am not an Adam Sandler fan at all, but it seems the older that he gets his movies are better. He has shown that he can do more than stupid voices and act like an idiot adult child. With this movie you have an all star studded cast, just look at all of the big names above. With the movie being animated, you do not have to deal with someone trying to upstage anyone else.

This was a great movie with great characters. It is almost basically a Halloween movie for kids, well kind of. It was a fun movie to watch, and if this would have come out when I was a kid, I would have been completely overjoyed. You have an animated movie with all of the monsters in it, all of them. I was expecting this movie to be really cheesy and stupid, so it took me sometime to watch it. It took the magic of the Halloween season to stop and watch it, and I am so glad I did. From the look and the quality of the animation to the actors and the script, this was a kids movie worth watching. Enjoy.

Hotel Transylvania (2012) Trailer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart, Famke Janssen, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit, James Marsden, Michael Lerner, Gregg Lowe, Mark Camacho

About 50 or so years in the future, Sentinals were killing not only killing mutants, but they were killing humans as well. With only a few mutants left to fight the Sentinal war, they have to find a way to stop them. The Sentinals are absolutly unstopable. Kitty Pride sends Wolverine back to the early 70's to stop Mystique from trying to kill Boliver Trask, the man whom created the Sentinals. First Wolverine has to track down Charles Xavier and convince him to help find Erik and Mystique. If Mystique is caught then Boliver Trask can use her DNA to make a powerful robot.

Since the third installment of the X-Men movie completely almost destroyed the entire series, they had to come up with a way to redeem themselves with going back in the future to rewrite the story. They killed off some of the main characters in the third, but they are back in this movie to continue the movies, or at least be able to make one more movie.
In this what will probably be the last of the X-Men movies, we finally get to see the Sentinals in a movie. The Sentinals were such a big part in the comic books, cartoons and even the video games. When  the movie started, I hated how the Sentinals looked. They looked like giant horned demons. It was pretty crappy, but as you get into the movie you get to see how they started which was pretty close to how they have appeared in other media formats. The story line worked well for the movie.

The movie mainly spotlighted Wolverine over all of the other characters. It was almost like Wolverine 3 with added X-Men to fill in the gaps. I know Wolverine has become the most sought out character of all of the X-Men so far, there were so many more added to this movie that only got a speck of scene time.
Here goes the list: Wolverine, Charles Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Iceman, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Prude, Bishop, Quicksilver, Colossus, Blink, Sunspot, Warpath, Jean Gray, Havok, Toad, Cyclops, and a few other that are just shown for a split sec.
All of these characters in one movie with so little time in the movie. Most of them could have been omitted completely and the story line would not have changed a bit. Most of the movie dealt with the past, so you get a combination of the X-Men from the other movies and characters from First Class. I would have liked it more if some of the other characters would have been featured more, but sadly they were only in the movie for a few minutes.

Don't get me wrong, I really did like the movie. The story was great and the action scenes were top notch. It just should have been longer, and that is saying something. This is a movie to own. Enjoy.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Trailer

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Stan Lee

Steve Rogers has been spending his time getting use to the modern world. Director Nick Fury has been killed by the Winter Soldier, a mysterious powerful assassin. Before Nick Fury dies, he tells Steve Rogers that SHIELD has been taken over by enemies and not to trust anyone. Rogers and Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow, have become fugitives of SHIELD, and they are now being tracked down.  Rogers has a new friend, The Falcon, that will help stop the partial destruction of mankind.

For the sequel of Captain America, we finally got a new "superhero". They introduced a mechanical Falcon. They completely changed The Falcon' background story. There is not even a bit of his original story in the movie at all, but the military background well also for people that are not familiar with the character. He looks really cool flying around in the movie The best was bring in the Winter Soldier for this movie. He is the best and most painful enemy for Captain America to have to confront. It was his best friend, whom he thought was dead, but the wonderful military had him to brainwash and to become an incredible killer.
I was really surprised to see Robert Redford as a bad guy in this movie. You never think of Robert Redford as the villain in a movie ever, but it worked so well in this movie and the character. A super rich older white man with power wants to kill people that he feels will never amount to anything. There are so many people just like that living in this country now it's scary. The rest of the cast was spot on. I had not complaints at all. You really did believe in the characters are the performances.
Adding Black Widow to this movie was one of the best choices, I think. She was not put in the movie as a potential love interest or to try and fight him. She was becoming his friend and trying to get him to go on dates. She wants him to fit in to the modern world.  The writing and acting for Black Widow was some of the best in the movie. Scarlett Johansson was not trying to play a heroic superhero or anything close to that. She was a friend to Rogers and someone that can help save his ass. I really do like the combo of the two characters, and I hope that it is carried over to the next Captain America movie.

The movie was packed with action through almost the entire movie with always something happening, but it was not in a bad way at all. The pace of the movie did slow down during the scenes with conversation, but it would really pick up for the action. The action and the stunts sold this movie. They were incredible. This movie blew me away. Buy a copy. You will want to rewatch it. Enjoy.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Trailer