Here is a very interesting and unique movie that isn't for everyone.… MoreHere is a very interesting and unique movie that isn't for everyone. Actually, I'd be willing to be most people will turn it off, hate it, or just be like "This movie sucked". But, those people sometimes get caught up in the "norm" with movies, and can't enjoy a simple, yet challenging movie. This movie is a one man show. Tom Hardy plays Locke, a construction manager who leaves works, and is driving to a destination that will change his life forever. The entire movie takes place in the car, and is just Tom Hardy talking on the phone. But the conflicts between his work and personal life is riveting. I don't want to say too much, because it's a movie that is best to just unfold without any prior knowledge. It's not a movie with car crashes, or shootouts. Just a drama about a man whose life is changing. Hardy is memorizing in this, and I'd say not many actors could have pulled this off. I was glued to the screen for the 85 minutes(it's not a long movie at all). Kind of reminded me of a movie 2 years ago called "Magin Cell". Just a real life drama, that is filled with tension and great dramatic performances. The only thing I didn't like about this was the ending. But even if the destination wasn't the best, the ride was fantastic. Great movie, that deserves a look, even though most won't care for it. I can hear my mom saying it now, "The movie sucked, it didn't have any zombies".
Let me start this with saying that I'm a big Melissa McCarthy fan. I… MoreLet me start this with saying that I'm a big Melissa McCarthy fan. I really liked "Identity Thief" and "The Heat". But, when I saw the previews for this I just didn't think it looked that funny, and I was right. Now, I imagine there are a lot of people(especially women) that thought this was funny and good. Awesome, I'm glad you liked it. However, to me it just was very uneven and seemed like McCarthy was trying too hard, and missing the mark. Compare this to her performance in "The Heat". She's effortless in that, but here she's basically a caricature of her characters. But, she doesn't have anyone to bounce off of like Sandra Bullock or Jason Bateman, and I think that's where the movie is really lacking. She is the type of comedic actress, that really needs someone strong to bounce off of. Susan Sarandon plays her Grandma(the movie is pretty much a road trip movie), but her character isn't the straight man that McCarthy needs. I got bored with it by the end, and when it starts to dig into the drama, I just zoned out completely. Have I seen worse movies? Oh yeah, a lot of em. But, this could have been better with a lot of tweaks. Hopefully McCarthy's next movie is better, because movies like this will eventually kill her career.
Elizabeth Banks is one of those actresses that is just likeable. She… MoreElizabeth Banks is one of those actresses that is just likeable. She has that quality where you just watch her movies, and like her. Here she is the star as a news anchor who has a one night stand, then her car is towed. She has to travel through the worst parts of town to get to the biggest job opportunity of her life. Are there cliches? Yup, through the whole thing. But it's funny, and one of those good nature comedies that in a few years will be on FOX and you'll chill out to watch because you didn't love it, but liked it. Banks is great, and the rest of the cast do good. It tries to be outrageous, but it's very tame compared to most comedies these days. Really reminded me of "Adventures in Babysitting" only without the kids, or babysitting. If that makes any sense. Anyway, worth a watch!
So a few months ago I got a copy of this and before I watched it I… MoreSo a few months ago I got a copy of this and before I watched it I realized I didn't remember the first movie. So I went back and re-watched and hated it. But me being a big movie whore, still had to go and watch the sequel. What a waste. This movie is boring and a real poor man's Tyler Perry movie. It's not funny at all, and the drama is so melodramatic that I didn't care for anyone in this. Here's a movie that needed Kevin Hart to add some real comedic spice. Instead you get some crap about a bunch of friends spending Christmas together, and one has cancer. Just not a good movie, even Emily was bored to tears with it. If you enjoyed the original, then I'm sure you were all gung ho for this. Good for you, I'm glad someone liked it. But for me, this just wasn't good at all. I'll probably still see a third one(if they make it), but it'll help me sleep more than anything.
I had very low expectations for this movie. All the reviews were bad,… MoreI had very low expectations for this movie. All the reviews were bad, and it generally just didn't look that good. As a story, it's a very uneven dramedy about relationships. When it's funny, it's really funny. But when it focuses on the drama, it stutters. Having said that the cast is fantastic. Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller are all 3 actors with very bright futures. Especially Teller, the guy is hilarious in everything. This is one of those movie where in 10 years people will be like "damn! they were in a movie together like that?!" It sure won't be remembered for much else. Emily watched the whole thing and thought it was ok. If she likes it, I'm sure all the women will too. Guys, there's at least 1 scene at a party that makes the whole thing worth it. Check it out sometime.
When I saw the trailer for this I had some pretty high hopes. Cool… MoreWhen I saw the trailer for this I had some pretty high hopes. Cool sounds story, war, and an amazing cast. Matt Damon, George Clooney, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Bill Murray. How could it go wrong? Well it does. It's boring, and it doesn't really get you to care about the characters. When something big happens to them it's meet with more of a "meh" than anything. I mean, this could have been a real emotional and fantastic film. However, it's just an ok movie that's good for a one time watch. But, during that watch you'll pay more attention to your phone than the movie because it just doesn't grab you.
2014 may be Kevin Hart's year when it comes to comedy. He has been… More2014 may be Kevin Hart's year when it comes to comedy. He has been fantastic. Between "Grudge Match"(which was technically a Dec '13), "About Last Night" and now "Ride Along" the guy is on a tear. He is hilarious, and probably the most consistently funny comedian working today. Even if he plays the same character in all his movies, it's a very funny character. He and Ice Cube play off each other very well, and I'm sure there will be some sequels. Hopefully they will be just as funny, which I'm sure they will be. This is one of the funniest buddy cop movies to come out in a while, that at times is cliched, but Hart makes it work. If you don't like Hart,. then this isn't for you. But if you are a Kevin Hart fan, then I don't know how you can't like this movie. May not be something that will be considered a classic or anything, but definitely still worth a watch for some laughs.
Even though it's a chick comedy, I thought it looked pretty funny from… MoreEven though it's a chick comedy, I thought it looked pretty funny from the previews. Emily and I almost went to the movies to see it if I remember right. However, after watching it at home, I'm glad we saved the money. It's about a woman(Leslie Mann) who finds out her husband is cheating and becomes friends with his mistresses(Kate Upton and Cameron Diaz), and they plot some revenge. The biggest problem, is it doesn't go far enough as it should have. Felt like it was holding back on some of the comedy. Mann is usually fantastic in all her movies, but here she is more annoying than likeable. Diaz is kind of bland and Upton is just "meh". There are a few funny moments, but nothing too great that wasn't shown in the trailer. Even Emily was just like "eh, that was just ok" when it was over(and she loves chick movies!) I'm sure there are a lot of women that will enjoy it, and good for them. But, guys just pass, it's not worth the time/money really. Just watch the trailer and leave it at that.
Got a chance to go see an advance screening of this(I love free… MoreGot a chance to go see an advance screening of this(I love free advance screenings!), and it's right up there with "22 Jump Street" as the best comedy of 2014(so far). I'm a big fan of "New Girl", and just seeing Daman Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson on the poster made me say "I'm in!" The premise is real simple. A couple of losers go to a party dressed up as cops. Their costumes are authentic so people really think they are real cops. So they decide to pretend to be cops and take it as far as it can go, and hijinks ensue. My wife and I both laughed a lot, and there are a couple quotes that I'll be quoting for a while. Really enjoyed this movie, and hopefully these guys continue to make movies together. This comes out in the middle of August, and if you love to laugh and want a good R comedy, then check it out!
This franchise is awesome. It started out so damn campy/cheesy in the… MoreThis franchise is awesome. It started out so damn campy/cheesy in the 60's and had a bad remake in '01. Now with "Rise" and "Dawn" this is a serious, dark, and absolutely amazing series of films. This picks up 10 years after "Rise" and the human race has pretty much been wiped out by the virus that began to spread in the first film. The apes led by Ceasar(Andy Serkis) has their own little colony in the woods outside of San Francisco, when one day a group of survivors come across them. From there it's a conflict of trust, and human nature rearing it's ugly head. It's a very thought provoking movie, but with apes riding a horse shooting a machine gun. I mean how badass is that?! I read somewhere that this was the best special effects movie ever(all the apes are cgi). Honestly, that's not far off. Those apes are amazing, and everything looks so real that it's crazy. This will definitely win for special effects at the Oscars next year. If not, that's a shame! Fantastic popcorn movie, that continues the rebirth of this terrific franchise, and leaves you excited for the next installment. If you aren't on board with these movies, it's time you jumped(or swung) on, because you're missing out.