"Red 2" is a sequel that follows the formula of the first movie and… More"Red 2" is a sequel that follows the formula of the first movie and doesn't really add anything. It's basically another adventure, and another chance to see these characters. Which for what it is, is perfectly fine. This isn't one of those franchises with long lasting appeal, or something on an epic scale. It's an action comedy meant to entertain for 90 minutes, and that's what it does. The entire cast(except Freeman and Urban) are back for this go around. Frank(Bruce Willis) is living a simple life of trips to Costco with his girlfriend Sarah(Mary-Louis Parker) when he is thrust back into action to help stop the use of a weapon of mass destruction created by Anthony Hopkins. Again, everyone is trying to kill Frank and Marvin(John Malkovich), but no one is a very good shot. Willis seems to be going through motions, but Malkovich is awesome and crazy as ever. Parker is a little annoying here, which she can be in most her roles. The rest of the cast are all good, and the action is pretty good. This is "light" entertainment, meaning the day after you watch it, you'll probably just forget about it. It's not a bad movie, just not something that will stick with you or demand repeat viewings. If you enjoyed the first one, then you should like this.
I really like a good car chase movie. When done right, they can… More*1/2
I really like a good car chase movie. When done right, they can be some of the most exciting action sequences in film. Then you get a movie like "The Getaway" where it is a 90 minute long car chase, and it just doesn't work. It's a big mess actually. Ethan Hawke stars as a driver who has to drive a car around a city doing a lot of crazy stuff that a mysterious voice on the phone(Jon Voight) is telling him to do, since he has kidnapped Hawke's wife. Along the way Hawke picks up Selena Gomez and the 2 try to figure out how to save his wife, and why this is being done to him. This is a bad movie. The directing is horrible. The edit job on this is one of the worst I've ever seen. It goes back and forth from the regular camera to camera set up on the car to make it seem like a found footage type movie. Hawke does good, as he always does, but Voight is completely wasted and Gomez is very miscast. I saw just completely skip this and watch a "fast and furious" movie if you like fast cars. If you want a good thriller involving a car, check out the original "Hitcher" or even "Joy Ride". Otherwise you'll want to get away from "The Getaway"(lol, see how I did that:-p )
Re-watched this last week and I gotta say it holds up very well.… MoreRe-watched this last week and I gotta say it holds up very well. Still pretty funny, and definitely a good re-watch around Thanksgiving time.
Original review "Tower Heist" is kind of like a comedic version of the "Ocean's 11" movies. Alan Alda plays a millionaire who invests his workers pensions fraudulently, then loses it all. While awaiting his trial the workers, headed by Ben Stiller, decide to plan a heist and steal their money back from his penthouse apartment. The heist is very entertaining and pretty clever(although parts are predictable). The cast is very well rounded with Eddie Murphy, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sidibe all taking part in the heist and providing plenty of laughs and some memorable lines. While the movie probably won't be remembered as long as some of Stiller and Murphy's other notable movies( "Meet the Parents", "Nutty Professor"), it is still worth a watch, and I could see a sequel coming out down the line. Good fall comedy if you need a laugh or just need to kill an hour or so.
This year has been pretty great for animated movies, and it saved… MoreThis year has been pretty great for animated movies, and it saved probably the best for last in "Frozen". This is a real throwback Disney movie. One of those "love conquers all" stories with musical numbers and funny, memorable characters. I laughed so hard in this with the snowman and the reindeer, I had literal tears coming out. The songs are great, and it's just a movie that will be re-released overtime by Disney like it's other classics. It sits perfectly next to timeless greats like "Little Mermaid" or "Aladdin". I will say, if there is anything wrong with this, it's the lack of a truly good Disney villain. The villain is OK, but they are no Jabar or Ursalla. The animation is fantastic, especially the short before the movie with Mickey Mouse. We didn't catch this in 3D, but I can tell right now, I will be purchasing this is 3D on blu ray and will probably pop this bad boy in the first night. My wife loved it, my boy loved it, I think everyone had a great time with it. It's the type of movie that if you don't like, then I'd have to question if you have a heart or soul. Just a great movie that parents and kids will absolutely adore. Perfect theater movie for a fantastic time with the family. Also, I will say I hadn't seen very many previews at all for this and didn't really know much about it going in, and I think that is probably the best way to experience this if you can.
"Paranoia" is a technology corporation thriller, that lacks the… More*
"Paranoia" is a technology corporation thriller, that lacks the most important thing in a thriller, thrills. Liam Hemsworth stars as a down on his luck corporate guppie who finds himself in the cross hairs of a war between Tec companies headed by Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Now those two are usually awesome, and they each have good moments here. But really, they don't add much, if anything to it. Hemsworth is very wooden, and one of those actors where he is more eye candy for the girls than anything. Is it worth a watch? Eh, if it's a redbox rental or on Netflix, sure. But worth any substantial money? No, not really. This could have been worse, but really it should have been so much better.
This movie is awesome! One of the most fun movies I've seen all year.… MoreThis movie is awesome! One of the most fun movies I've seen all year. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington star as two undercover agents who rob a bank. After the robbery they learn that each isn't who they think they are, and that they have both been set up. Now, they gotta team up and learn to trust each other to find out the truth. There are a ton of twists and turns in this, some more predictable than others, but it's a very fun ride. Wahlberg and Washington have tremendous chemistry with each other, and Wahlberg hasn't been this good since "Departed". I laughed hard at some of his awesome one liners. The action is good and the supporting cast is decent. Bill Paxton is a great bad guy. This is one of those flicks that you just gotta sit down with a tub of popcorn and just be entertained. It's fun, and I hope they make another one, because this has potential to be like the new "Lethal Weapon" of this generation. Definitely check this one out!
9 times out of 10 sequels aren't as good as the original, or they lack… More9 times out of 10 sequels aren't as good as the original, or they lack the "special" qualities that a first movie had. "Catching Fire" is one of those rare ones that is better than the first. More action, more intrigue, a better plot, and performances that aren't as "wooden". Here Katniss(Jennifer Lawrence) is at odds with the president(Donald Sutherland). She basically lit a fire for revolution with her victory in the games and he wants to stop it. He arranges for her and Peeta(Josh Hutcherson) to return for another game, kind of an "All-Star Hunger Games", can they survive again? Or will the president get his wish and crush this revolution before it gets a chance to really catch fire(get the pun?:-) I thought this was much better at almost every level, and I enjoyed the first movie. Two things I liked a lot more, there was more government involvement and less shaky camera. I really didn't like the way the camera was always moving in the first film, and luckily that isn't back. Sutherland has a much bigger role and he is PERFECT as an evil president. Everyone else does good(Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a great addition). I will say the ending is such a cliffhanger I blurted out "what the F*** kind of ending is that?!" and got several laughs from the high schooler's in front of me. Good movie, and continues the foundation for what will hopefully finish up(2 more movies!) as a terrific franchise.
"The East" is a movie that has a very interesting concept, but… More**
"The East" is a movie that has a very interesting concept, but fails to live up to the potential it creates. It's about a movement called "The East" that basically terrorizes CEO's of companies that do harm to people and the environment. The don't kill them, but they do make them bathe in toxic water, fill their home with oil, etc. The cast is decent, nothing outstanding, but what you would expect in a lower budget type thriller that this is. Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgard headline. Marling as an undercover agent who infiltrates the group and Page and Skarsgard as the two main members. I really liked the idea of this movie, but I thought it spent too much time of the undercover agent/quasi love story. If it were more about the group and their actions, this could have been very special. But, it's not. In the end it's just another undercover agent who turns movie. It's slow, but does have a few very good moments. Worth a watch? Sure. But it's not something that is going to stand out, at least not for me.
When I saw "Hobbit" in the theater is was a family movie night… More****1/2
When I saw "Hobbit" in the theater is was a family movie night in Paris. I hadn't got much sleep, and was just tired as hell, and not in an ideal mood to watch a 3 hour movie. I think because of this it really soured my opinion of the movie, because I remember not caring a whole lot for it. Felt it was too long, and nowhere near the quality of the previous "Lord of the Rings" movies. So, I have the Extended Editions of the first trilogy on blu-ray(thanks to my amazing wifey!), and just had to make sure I got the extended cuts of this new trilogy(I'm OCD on my movie collection). So I picked up the 3D Blu Ray and figured I'd rewatch before the new one comes out. No matter what I thought of this first one, I knew I was going to watch the rest because I LOVED the original trilogy so much. Well, I'm glad I did, because I was very wrong on my initial feelings. This is a fantastic movie. Is it too long? Yup. As good as the first three? Nope. But it's still an amazing(and Unexpected) Journey of a movie. The effects, especially in 3D, are unbelievable. The action is great, and the music has been stuck in my head all week(luckily the soundtrack is on Spotify). There are still some things I don't like, like the sparrows not just flying them all to the castle at the end. Plus, just like "Fellowship of the Ring", I hate not having an ending, but I expected it this time around. This first installment of Bilbo Baggins journey to helps the dwarves reclaim their home is fantastic and now I cannot wait to see the second one! I'll just make sure it's on a day where I'm wide awake and ready.
Here's my original review, where I wasn't as harsh as I remembered being. Because for the longest time I told people I didn't think it was very good, but my review says otherwise...weird.
Two quick things, I watched this movie while I was pretty tired and had trouble getting into it(but I would have during any movie). Also, I watched this in Paris, IL, which is a cheap theater and doesn't offer the same quality as, say an AMC theater. Having said that, I thought this was a terrific movie, and one that I can't wait to watch in 3D when I'm in a much better movie viewing state of mind. This is a prequel to the amazing "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and it holds up good next to those three masterpieces. I don't think this is good as those three, but it doesn't diminish the legacy in any way, and actually sets up a trilogy that will be pretty awesome when it's all said and done. This is the story of Bilbo Baggins(Martin Freeman) embarking on an adventure with Gandolf(Ian McKellen) and a group of Dwarves to help them reclaim their land from a dragon named Smaug. Freeman is amazing as Bilbo, and probably my favorite Hobbit of all these middle earth movies. He's funny, and a guy you find yourself genuinely rooting for. Peter Jackson returns as the director and I think that is very much a good thing. This matches right up with the first three, even though it is a much lighter movie in tone. This is more kid friendly that the original trilogy, and that's good, as it will introduce a whole new crowd to these movies. Very good movie, that is a must watch this holiday season.
I can only remember 2 times in my life laughing so hard that I… More****
I can only remember 2 times in my life laughing so hard that I was crying. The first was when my brothers introduced me to Sealab 2021 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The second, was this past weekend when I was trying to tell Emily about a couple scenes in this. I couldn't speak and I couldn't control it. I'm sure it was quite the sight for her. This is one of the funniest movies of the year, and has numerous scenes that you will laugh uncontrollably at. But, more importantly this is the type of movie where you will talk about it a lot and laugh when doing so. Those type of comedies don't come along too often. I know this is a "Jackass Presents" movie, but it has much more in common with "Borat". Johnny Knoxville is disguised as Irving, basically a Bad Grandpa. He is on a road trip to get his grandson to his father, because Irving's wife recently died and he doesn't wanna be saddled down with a kid. Along the way the prank and do crazy stuff to unsuspecting people and get their real reactions. Mover help move a dead both, pooping on a wall, saggy balls, this movie has it all. I'd say the biggest different between this and "Borat" is, this doesn't mean to be mean spirited or shine a light on things like racism at all. This is just an old guy being ridiculous. It's genuinely hilarious and they need to make more of these. If you want to watch a true gut busting comedy, then check this out.