Mediocre romantic comedy, I Love Trouble is a film that had the… MoreMediocre romantic comedy, I Love Trouble is a film that had the potential of being much better than what it turned out to be. The film suffers from a wooden script, and in turn, the film becomes, tedious and dull to the point that you lose interest in what you're watching. I wanted the film, and felt it should really have stood out, but there weren't any good enough moment to let the film really shine through. I felt it was just a poorly constructed effort, one that didn't try to entertain, and considering what it tried to do with its story, it's surprising that the filmmakers couldn't deliver anything remotely interesting. I felt that this film was a wasted opportunity, one that should have been much better than this. As it is it, it's just not entertaining and it has plenty of clichéd fiddled moments that brings down the film a bit. This could have been quite interesting if more effort would have been put into the film's story in order to make it less formulaic. Unfortunately, it's just another rom-com that never does anything with its ideas and cast. If you're expecting something that will entertain you, you'll be disappointed as the film just doesn't have anything going for it to warrant a viewing. Like I said, if the film would have had a few rewrites, maybe its ideas could really have worked, but this is a film that is ordinary, as if it was made with the same old genre ideas to create something that doesn't do anything worth seeing.
This is a bland, poorly constructed film considering its star power.… MoreThis is a bland, poorly constructed film considering its star power. The Expendables 3 lacks anything remotely good about it, and relies on the same old formula in order to create its thrills. The film didn't grab my attention like the previous two, and to be honest, I thought it was a waste of time. The film really could have been something great, considering some of the action stars attached to the project, but in the long run, it's just a formulaic and uninteresting action film to watch. I felt this was a waste of time, one that doesn't do anything interesting with its stars, as the script is so poorly put together; it's as if, the filmmakers didn't care this time around. The first two were pleasant popcorn action films, far from being great films, but they were watchable time wasters with lots of well constructed action. The Expendables 3 feels tiresome, and it's just a lack of effort and will surely disappoint fans of the first two films. Don't go into this one expecting a fun popcorn film as it's just a tiresome action film with nothing new to offer its fans. Aside from a few new names attached to its cast, The Expendables 3 just doesn't have anything refreshing or interesting to offer up in the genre. If you're looking for something entertaining, you'll be disappointed. As it is, it's the worst of the three films, and with that being said, let's hope it's also the final entry. Stick with the first two, and skip this one, it's not worth your time.
Brilliant follow-up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this manages to… MoreBrilliant follow-up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this manages to be a superb sequel as it builds up on the story established in the first film. Sequels are quite hit and miss, as they have some tremendous competition from a strong first film. Well with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we get a well acted film, one that elevated by a smartly crafted script that boasts a highly engaging and well thought out plot. There were quite a few things that stood out for me was yet again another captivating performance from motion caption actor Andy Serkis in the role of Caesar, as well strong performance from Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman. I have to say Jason Clarke is terrific talent, and in the last few years he has made terrific films, with that being said, his is bound to get recognized as a superb actor, and with every role he performs, he exceeds by expectations. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a terrific, near perfect follow up to Rupert Wyatt's original, and it's a film that boasts some well thought out action scenes, great character development and emotional storytelling into one movie. Dawn of the Plane of the Apes is easily one of 2014's finest films, not only does it possess action, thrills and wonderful performances, but has a unique human emotion, which is one of the film's strong points. The film manages to captivate from start to finish and it is a film that simply sucks in, because the concept presented here is quite impressive, and it's a sequel that manages to be just as good as the original. Once the film concludes, new, interesting possibilities of where the series can go will surely make for a third, thrilling and superb third film. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an exciting, superbly entertaining picture that delivers from start to finish. Not only is action packed, it's well thought out with wonderful characters and boasts some striking visuals that enhances this highly memorable movie going experience.
When you think of classic 80's teen films, The Breakfast Club, Weird… MoreWhen you think of classic 80's teen films, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink and all other John Hughes films quickly come to mind. But like the horror genre, there has been other great films overshadowed by the more popular films. I think that this is the case with Three O'clock High. This is a superb Teen comedy that has had the misfortunate of being a forgotten gem of the genre. This is a well acted film, one that has impressive performances from its lead actors, and the film also some well written characters as well. Three O'clock High is a real treat, and everything about the film is very well done in such a way that it capture the feel of high school, along with its dilemmas. The film features an astounding soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, whose music greatly enhances some key scenes, which is only perfected by Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld. Sonnefeld's camerawork is terrific here, and the way that he has lensed the film adds something quite unique to the atmosphere of the film. Three O'clock High is a terrific picture, one that deserves to be rediscovered. I think it's a great shame that the film got overshadowed by other genre film, but hopefully you can rediscover this hidden gem. This is a very funny film, one that uses its cast quite well, and if you enjoy this genre, you're definitely going to love this film. With some wonderful performances by Casey Siemaszko and Richard Tyson, you have a highly entertaining comedy that is never boring, and even if it's not perfect, you can forget its flaws, and enjoy this film for what it is, a forgotten teen comedy that is well worth a second look. If you've enjoyed all of the films by John Hughes, but want a film of the same decade, that has effective comedy, teen angst and other issues, Three O'clock High is well worth seeing, and is is one of the best forgotten 80's comedies that I have seen.
Prime example of a film that should have been much better than what is… MorePrime example of a film that should have been much better than what is presented on-screen. The film tries to be far too ambitious than what it actually is, and in the long run, it loses track of its ideas and it ends up being a ridiculous mediocre outing. The film could have been quite good considering some of its ideas, but overall, it never becomes anything watchable and the cast here just deliver bland, over the top performances which make you lose interest. I really wanted to enjoy the film, and I went into this one with an open mind, unfortunately, this film was a letdown. The concept had the potential of being a great film going affair, but this was a poorly executed movie that quickly loses its spark of energy, and it tends to rely more on its visuals to make things engaging for the viewer. The power of a good film lies in its ability to tell a great story, but with Constantine, we don't have that vibe whatsoever, and it just ends up being a waste of time. I really wanted to enjoy it, but couldn't as there were too many lacking ideas in the film to really make it a watchable affair. Constantine is a mediocre film, a visual feat that is hollow in its story, yet tries too hard at grabbing your attention with a good sense of visuals, which is pretty much what this delivers in. Constantine is a mediocre film that is more ridiculous than anything, and it should have been much better than this.
Well executed thriller with horror and drama elements, Dressed to Kill… MoreWell executed thriller with horror and drama elements, Dressed to Kill is an engaging film with a good cast of actors and well thought out characters. I felt that the film was expertly directed by Brian De Palma who always seems to make some standout, taught, riveting pictures. Well, that is very much the case. Dressed to Kill is a well made movie, one that boasts an impressive story, which grabs your attention from start to finish. Fans of De Palma's work will surely enjoy this, and if you're looking for a tense, memorable thriller, Dressed to Kill is worth your time. While using a straight to the point approach to the way he tells history, De Palma manages to make a very good film, a film that succeeds at delivering thrills right from the moment it starts. As a thriller, Dressed to Kill is a fine example of one that gets it right, it steadily unfold before your eyes, an unravels its plot in a way that keeps you interested and add to that a great cast, and you have a film that is quite memorable in the long run. De Palma's work, I find is quite unique, and his style is mesmerizing and he has brought something quite worthwhile in the cinema. Dressed to Kill is among his best films, a well acted film that boasts some thrilling moments. The film is a genre classic, one that is a well crafted thriller and even with its weaker moments, still has enough good elements to make this a highly entertaining film.
Awful film that relies on a poorly written script and bland… MoreAwful film that relies on a poorly written script and bland performances 3 Days to Kill is a film that isn't worth your time because it lacks anything really engaging and to be honest, the cast is quite awful in their performances to the point where you interest in the film. Costner has done some tremendous work throughout his career, but here, he is absolutely wasted here and delivers a bland, uninteresting performance. 3 Days to Kill could really have been a great film, if the right screenwriter would have come across the project. Unfortunately, the lack of story doesn't elevate the story, and it's a film that doesn't do anything worthwhile to appeal to genre fans. The film doesn't do anything to appeal to viewers and with that being said, it's a picture that fails due to a lack of effective storytelling and memorable performances. The film as a whole isn't good, and it's a poorly made film with no effort put into it. Therefore, the film just isn't worth your time, and it's a film that fails to grab your attention as well. 3 Days to Kill could have been a good effort if there would have been enough effort put into the script. Unfortunately, the film loses it's quite quickly and it becomes a dull, tedious film before things take off, and when it does it's simply too late and it's a pointless film in general as it never becomes anything really interesting for the viewer. I think it's a shame because the film wasted some effective talent on such a poorly constructed script and in the right hands; maybe this film could have been a great effort.
Derivative, formulaic and clichéd action film, Bullet to the Head is a… MoreDerivative, formulaic and clichéd action film, Bullet to the Head is a bland movie that fails to grab your attention due to a lack of originality, good performances and well executed action scenes. This is a bad film, one that is not worth your time and it's a pointless affair that just doesn't offer anything of note. Walter Hill direction is incoherent, and it's a shame because he has made some great films throughout his career, but this is among his worst yet. If you're expecting something great here, you'll be greatly disappointed as the film is pretty stupid in the way it tackles its action scenes. The film, like I said, just doesn't deliver and recycles old ideas from previous action films to create something "new". The film is boring, uninteresting fails to grab your attention. This is a pointless waste of time, a film that is so sloppily written and thought out that it's not worth your time. Sylvester Stallone has made far better films than this, and here he delivers a painfully dull performance that simply doesn't do anything to keep you interested. Bullet to the Head is a wasted opportunity to make something quite interesting and worth your time, but instead it just takes bits and pieces to create something that in the end is not worth watching because the film lacks a good story, effective action and more importantly good performances and interesting characters. This is a forgettable affair that ranks among Sly's worst movies, and it's a film that not worth your time. Walter Hill has made better films, and Bullet to the Head is easily a forgettable film in his long and distinguished filmography.
Decent thriller that could have been much better if the script would… MoreDecent thriller that could have been much better if the script would have been better fleshed out, Jade is one of those films which has good ideas and plenty of potential in being a good film, but it never becomes anything truly riveting or memorable. Jade could have been quite good if the film's script would have been better though out, and it's a shame that this is such a tiresome, lazy affair. The cast are fairly ridiculous in their roles and in turn, it doesn't do much to make this film really standout. Jade plays out like a low budget film and it has that feel to it as well. If you're looking for something good here, then you'll be disappointed as the film never becomes anything truly entertaining. Overall it is amusing, but it could have been much better as well, and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of good storytelling. The Exorcist director William Friedkin directs and he makes one of his least accessible works here. Jade is amusing at best for its camp value and to me it felt like a cheap wanabe Basic Instinct film, but it failed due to a lack of original ideas and good performances. If you enjoy low budget affairs, then Jade is worth seeing, but even then don't go into this one expecting a highly entertaining film, it's one of those films that tries to be something great, but never gets there due to too many script limitations. Jade is worth seeing only once and doesn't demand multiple viewing due to its sheer ridiculous acting and lack of immersive storytelling.
No other recent horror film has had the disturbing quality that… MoreNo other recent horror film has had the disturbing quality that Deadgirl possesses. This film concept is one of the most shocking and depraved ideas that I have seen in a genre film, and it's a refreshing take on the genre. This is a well acted and directed film, one that is a riveting, thrilling picture a film that boasts powerful atmosphere and tense moments that make the film quite unforgettable. The cast are quite good in their performances and the film's story is well thought out, and steadily manages to unfold in order to create the maximum terror effect. The subject itself is one that stretches the limits of shock and terror and it's a film that will surely make an impact on you whether you like it or not. Deadgirl is an expertly executed experiment in thought provoking horror, a film that dares you not to look away and will make you think about what you have just seen. It's always a good thing when a horror film pushes the limits and takes no prisoners in the way the material shocks it viewers. With that being said, Deadgirl will surely raise eyebrows. Deadgirl is a well crafted horror yarn, one that is entertaining from start to finish, as well as being very disturbing in the way it uses its ideas. For what it is, Deadgirl succeeds at being a truly shocking horror film that would stick with you. The film may not be perfect, but it works on many levels and for what it is, it's well worth seeing if you want a superbly crafted horror yarn that is one of the most original genre films in years.