Is it weird to say this movie was refreshing to see from Hollywood… MoreIs it weird to say this movie was refreshing to see from Hollywood while at the same time what nobody wants to see in an age full of sequels, prequels and remakes? 22 Jump Street is one giant, hilarious, relationship squabble and tongue-and-cheek look-back at the first film. There is no shame amongst the cast in getting paid more money to do the same exact thing a second time around. A few of the jokes were forced this time around and we don't quite get the same connection from Hill and Tatum with the bad guys or the college kids like we do d in the first. I think that's because the first film had better actors in those positions, but the main reason you see this flick is the Hill and Tatum bond. This entire film is one giant joke about the two of them being in a relationship. It works cause it's never taken seriously by the writers. There is also a bit more Ice Cube, which I never complain about and a few cameos from the first movie cast, but there's never a moment when Hill and Tatum aren't tearing it up on screen and having fun while doing it. You never get the feeling they're just trying to rush through the film even though they...and we...know how absurd it is.
A rare horror, scary movie on the list! I don't usually add too many… MoreA rare horror, scary movie on the list! I don't usually add too many of these to the ever-growing list mostly because they're always formulaic, predictable, and just not engrossing enough to watch enough of them to enjoy, but thankfully enough convincing had me watch The Conjuring.
These kinds of movies always need dark rooms, lights off, at night and preferably with someone kinds of atmosphere. Unfortunately, I started this movie in those exact conditions but had to finish the 2nd half in the exact opposite conditions. But I removed myself from those criteria and focused on the movie itself. Aside from some up-and-down performances from most of the actors and a few silly scenes of CGI and 'action', Conjuring definitely delivered on the creeps and scares. Thankfully, director James Wan and co. decided against gore and gruesomeness, which unfortunately, is where most of this genre falls into using.
The kids for the most part make a good horror flick, but this one centers more on the adults I feel. Big fan of Farmiga and Wilson. They pull off the couple who doesn't mess around even if some of their dialogue was sometimes heavy handed. Livingston and Taylor played the convincing husband and wife of the disturbed family without actually having to do much talking. Livingston's performance was a little stiff.
As far as the plot goes, the whole 'based off a true story' trope certainly adds a bit of suspense and chills, but I felt when Farmiga's character was describing why the evil spirits and demons were haunting this specific land/house was a bit over-the-top after she kept heaping on one murder after another.
Overall, you'll hold your breath more often than not and close an eye once or twice.
This stylistic shoot 'em up has very little to offer outside Arnold's… MoreThis stylistic shoot 'em up has very little to offer outside Arnold's usual command of the screen. Surprisingly, for as many notable actors who are in this flick, either they didn't get the memo or director David Ayer just flat out didn't care about using anyone's skills. The plot was disastrous. There isn't much to spoil here, but how the movie begins has zero affect on how the movie ends. None-what-so-ever. Nobody has any direction. No character has any worth or notable qualities worth rooting for. The action is bombastic and gruesome to a fault without consequence. It's disappointing to see Arnold in such a complex role never get the chance to lift off and flex his stuff.
What an extremely odd, suffocating and distinctly engrossing film of… MoreWhat an extremely odd, suffocating and distinctly engrossing film of science fiction. At all times during the movie you are wondering what is going on, but there is also a slight hint at what you THINK is going on. The performance by Scarlett Johansson has to give critics the opportunity to praise her abilities. So the premise is an alien living in human skin, but is she trying to conform to our world? Is she just an observer? Is there malice or intrigue behind her motives? Johansson does such a good job at conveying someone who is an outsider in our world for most of the time, but ever so suddenly finds a burst of conformity to socialize when needed. There will be theories for both the storyline and the characters, but this film should be classified under enjoy the journey instead of the end result.
A supremely different and exceptional post-apocalyptic thriller that… MoreA supremely different and exceptional post-apocalyptic thriller that takes place entirely on a train. It combines a few common themes we've seen from movies like The Hunger Games and 'leveling up' from the lower class progressing through each cart to the upper class. There's also just enough action to make Snowpiercer a viable entertainment flick. Pure science fiction. A failed global warming experiment has the remaining survivors of planet earth trapped on a train.
Chris Evans does a great job as the stoic and flawed leader who doesn't want to be a leader. I won't get too deep into the supporting cast, but they managed to book a handful of great stars to compliment Evans. This movie could have been entirely different and campy if they didn't have the talent players like Tilda Swinton and John Hurt and Octavia Spencer added.
The only downside might have been the need for Evans to pretty much spell out toward the end his whole back story instead of actually seeing it with pictures. There was a lot of dialogue that kept this movie from staying at a steady pace, but at two hours long, it felt already a tad over timed. A pretty good twist and some excellent visuals will definitely keep you glued to the screen.
Where Seth McFarlane hit at every corner with 'Ted", he certainly… MoreWhere Seth McFarlane hit at every corner with 'Ted", he certainly missed a few turns with this one. The entire time I had 'Family Guy in real life but in the West where everyone speaks normally cause it's not really IN the West but no one cares' kind of attitude while watching this. Ted at least made you feel like it was an actual movie separate from his Family Guy shenanigans. The cast is wonderful and there are some "ah ha" moments with cameos, but overall, everyone is underused with weirdly light dialogue for everyone except McFarlane.
Right from the top, if you are not a fan of Wes Anderson, first of all… MoreRight from the top, if you are not a fan of Wes Anderson, first of all shame on you. There is just the right amount of sly dark humor, witty dialogue and and actual thoughtful story will a bit of intrigue and mystery to keep your attention. The plethora of actors involved is also pretty great. Sure it's a movie where the main focus is on Ralph Fiennes and his lobby boy played terrifically by an unknown, but there's a hint of a few regulars Anderson has used before and more than just a cameo from many others to really keep the story interesting. Eccentric and conspicuous all the same, the Grand Budapest seemed like a wonderful fairytale for a fairytale.
Certainly we are not here to watch the next 'Godfather', but Neighbors… MoreCertainly we are not here to watch the next 'Godfather', but Neighbors in my opinion barely reaches the average bar for repugnant and overly gaudy films that have done it better in the past. It's actually one of the films Seth Rogen is in I would rather see more of Rose Byrne and Zac Efron. Considering Rogen is one of the writers, I can understand he likes saving most of the good material for him, but Byrne, Efron and even Dave Franco offer a lot more as a cast than Rogen does individually. Maybe that's just the feeling I had while watching it, but it felt like Rogen wanted to make this a one-man band when he should have used the entire cast more effectively.
There were certain parts I could tell were improvised, much like Rogen and his crew like to do and just pick the best lines to use in the films. There were also certain parts that felt like a Saturday Night Live sketch that definitely didn't work. At all. Now there were definitely parts that deserved recognition for first time on screen accomplishments, at least that I've seen.
Certainly a case the trailer revealed too much of the movie before I saw it and just didn't quite live up to the hype.
The storming of Normandy Beach 2.0! Tommy is back and delves deeper… MoreThe storming of Normandy Beach 2.0! Tommy is back and delves deeper into the science fiction scene than he did with Oblivion, which I thought was solid. What I believe elevates this film over his previous is the supporting actors around him. Emily Blunt is terrific. Not quite a show stealer from Cruise, but certainly on a level playing field with her badassery and toughness. She has a real no nonsense attitude, but still offers a soft side. Bill Paxton was given a few solid scenes to make light of the situation as the oddly comical sergeant and most of the other crew were mainly rag-tag personalities. As for Cruise, I think he perfectly played the part of unwilling scaredy cat turned ruthless war machine. We don't ever really get an idea of how many times he keeps resetting the same day (a-la Groundhog Day style) but you get the feeling it ends up being a ton.
I thought the aliens were inventive and different. The end result becomes somewhat of a slight disappointment due to the fact the day keeps resetting so the end should come as no surprise. The whole wash/rinse/repeat formula is perfect for this sci-fi escapade and Tom continues to crank out some of the best in this field.
Quite a paradigm shift for Jude Law in this safe-cracking caper flick.… MoreQuite a paradigm shift for Jude Law in this safe-cracking caper flick. Really, it's not even that. This is strictly a profile movie of one man's journey on how he tries to cope in the world after 12 years in prison. The opening scene should tell you everything you need to know about the route Dom Hemingway is heading down. Very provocative and racy dialogue along with some incredibly outrageous party scenes. Law clearly took this role for the sole purpose of yelling at the top of his lungs 90% of the time. He's visibly living vicariously as an actor through this role he's clearly having fun in doing. You don't quite know where he's going, what he's doing, or what the point is, but it's still a decent enough ride to sit through.