First, about 5 years ago I watched the original Asian movie and it's… MoreFirst, about 5 years ago I watched the original Asian movie and it's one of the most twisted movies you can over watch. So naturally I had to see the American remake. Wanted to see it in the theater pretty bad, but it didn't play anywhere near us so I wasn't able to. I had a lot of concerns about this, because I didn't think Spike Lee(the director) had the balls to do what was done in the original. Well, I'm happy to say other than two scenes(which should have been in this), he does a very good job of remaking it, and has more balls than I previously thought. I'd say the ending is why this wasn't playing around me, because it's pretty controversial, especially for Americans. For those that don't know it's about a guy(Josh Brolin) who gets kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years, then is let go. He needs to figure out who imprisoned him, why he was imprisoned, and more importantly, why he was let go. Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson round out the cast. Copley is absolutely awesome as the villain. He is so damn creepy. Brolin does fantastic, I mean the whole cast is great really. The action is good. It's still pretty violent, and very twisted. This definitely isn't for everyone. Not by a long shot. But, if you want something dark and crazy, then this is your movie! Check it out.
So, I really wanted to like this movie because of the cast, but it's… MoreSo, I really wanted to like this movie because of the cast, but it's really a 3 scene movie. It's a story about a drug deal gone bad with a fantastic cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz. It's directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy is a great writer who wrote one of maybe 10 books I've read in the last 10 years, The Road(the movie for that wasn't very good by the way). So naturally I thought this is gonna be good. Well, it's not really. It's a lot of monologue type talking with not much going on. Then BAM there are three scenes that really stand out. One is the hottest, and weirdest Cameron Diaz scene ever, and the other two are death scenes. One of which will literally make you said "Holy S***!! that's awesome!" Is it worth watching? Yeah for those three scenes, but other than that, not really. Took me 3 nights to get through because I kept falling asleep. Maybe under different circumstances I would have liked it more, but I dunno if I'll ever go back and rewatch the entire thing or not. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you thought!
Here's a remake that is much better than the original. Now, it's been… MoreHere's a remake that is much better than the original. Now, it's been a LONG time since I've seen the 80s version with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The only thing I really remembered was Demi Moore(if you get what I'm sayin). Here, it's basically the same thing, just with a black cast, headed by Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart is absolutely hysterical, and Regina Hall plays off of him perfectly as his equally crazy girlfriend. Those two make this movie, the two leads are pretty borings. If this were just Hart and Hall, it would still have been a very funny movie. He has some great one liners, and the scene where they are having sex while she wears a chicken mask is awesome. Kevin Hart is on a tear lately and is one of the funniest actors today, and this movie just continues that streak. It may seem like a chick flick, but it's not, it's really just a reason to laugh at Kevin Hart for an hour and a half. If you like him, or his brand of humor, then you will like this. Great date movie.
Let me start by saying this movie is awesome!(that's a movie… More****1/2
Let me start by saying this movie is awesome!(that's a movie reference if you've seen it;-) As for animated films, this is the freshest, animated movie to come out in a long time. At some point the cartoons tend to all look similar. Here, everything being Legos, it looks new and different. Kind of like a new shiny toy. The story is pretty simple, but I don't want to say anything to give anything away. The less you know, the better/funnier it is. The jokes in this movie are hilarious, and the humor is dead on. Plus, the voice cast is amazing! Chris Pratt, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks among many others. Plus, it has Batman. So it has to be awesome, right? Anyway, this is a fantastic movie that kids, adults, and childlike adults will all enjoy. Go see it and try not to sing "Everything is Awesome" when it's over(that song will get burned into your head).
This was the only one of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture… MoreThis was the only one of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture that I hadn't seen. I'm glad I was able to catch it and not have to skip on it, because it's a very interesting story. It's based on the true story of a woman named Philomena(Judi Dench),who had her child taken away from her when she was young. Well, she was a teenager and the Irish Catholic community didn't agree with it, so they gave her son up for adoption. Now in her elder age she gets with a journalist(Steve Coogan) to track her son down and see what has become of him. From there, the movie takes some unexpected turns, and shines light on something in our world that I had never heard of being done. While the story is great the movie does drag a bit, but it's very entertaining all the way through. Coogan is fantastic, I don't think I've seen him in a drama before, but he has the chops for sure. Dench is good, not really award worthy good(in my opinion), but she still does better than most. Overall, I don't think this movie is for everyone, but it's something that people should take a chance on. I didn't expect to like it at all and was very surprised. Good movie.
"Nebraska" is one of two movies("Philomena" the other) that have best… More"Nebraska" is one of two movies("Philomena" the other) that have best picture Oscar nominations this year that I hadn't seen yet. After watching it, I can tell you it absolutely deserves it's nomination. This movie is hilarious, touching, heartbreaking, and has one of my favorite characters in all the movies to come out of 2013(Kate). The movie is pretty simple. An old man named Woody(Bruce Dern) gets some junk mail that says he has won a million dollars. He believes it to be true and sets out on a road trip with his son(Will Forte) to collect, even though everyone says it's a scam. Along the way they stop at Woody's hometown, are joined by his wife and other son, and that's where most the mo vie takes place. People come out of the woodworks at the first sign of money, but Woody is just a simple, old, man who just wants to buy a new truck. Bruce Dern is absolutely phenomenal here. There are so many scenes where he doesn't say a word, but his face and expressions tell the entire story. Towards the end of the movie he has a small conversation with his son about why he wants the money and it's so heartfelt and heartbreaking at the same time. But, the best character is Kate(June Squibb), Woody's loud mouthed, bitchy old wife. She is hysterical! She has some of the best lines I've heard in a long time. Squibb is up for best supporting actress at the Oscars, and god I hope she wins. She really makes this movie. Alexander Payne directed this and chose to have it in black and white, and really that may seem odd, but when you're done watching this, you just can't imagine seeing it in color. It's just perfect, and has a real "classic, old time" feel to it. I loved this movie, and when it comes out on DVD I hope it finds it's audience, because this is one of those movies that I think is gonna live for a long time. Good story, great performances, and just an overall great movie. Check it out!
Whenever someone would ask me about this movie(even though I… More***
Whenever someone would ask me about this movie(even though I hadn't seen it) I would describe it as "Hangover with old people". That isn't exactly wrong, but it's not right at all. What should be a stupid geriatric comedy with lots of Viagra jokes is actually a very funny, touching comedy. The stars really make this movie better than what it should have been. The premise is simple. 4 old friends(as in been friends for 60 years) reunite in Vegas for a bachelor party/wedding weekend. The friends are played by Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. These 4 are just awesome, even in their old age. They also have great chemistry. You can really believe that they have been friends all these years. The movie is sometimes silly and has the typical drama, but it works. It really does. Kind of like how I expected "Grudge Match" to be awful, this really goes above expectations. Good flick that I'm sure people of all ages(especially the older crowd) will enjoy. On a side note, I watched this using a new service called M-GO, and I gotta say it worked great! If you haven't tried it out(it's on roku's), give it a shot, gets the Everett seal of approval.
Before this I really didn't know a lot about Wikileaks. I remember it… MoreBefore this I really didn't know a lot about Wikileaks. I remember it being in the news, but honestly I didn't really care. This is the story(or at least Hollywood's version) of how it got started and essentially changed the way information is leaked to the masses. More than anything it's a portrait of Julian Assange(Benedict Cumberbatch) and how he is arrogant and pretty much an ass. More importantly the movie falls flat. It drags a lot and it's too jumbled up to be effective at anything it sets out to do. Cumberbatch is OK, but I've seen him in much better movies than this. Same with Daniel Bruhl, who was amazing in "Rush". It wants to be a techno thriller like "The Net", but ends up somewhere in the middle. I especially didn't care for the ending. The way it ends is just kind of like well that was stupid. SPOILER!
it's a little interview with Cumberbatch as Assange talking about a wikileaks movie(kind of), and it is just ridiculous. No one narrates the movie so it's not like a "this is my story", which honestly would have been better. But, I will say this, the movie does make me want to learn more about Wikileaks, so in that regard it is a success. I know there is a documentary out called "Wikileaks, we steal secrets", and after seeing this, I don't think I'm gonna put that off much longer. Anyway, I've seen much better and I'm not sure who this would be best suited for. You may like it, or you may hate it. Either way, let me know what you think about it. I thought(and hoped) for a better movie, but they can't all be winners now can they?