Charisma Carpenter stars in the Asylum knockoff film Bound. The… MoreCharisma Carpenter stars in the Asylum knockoff film Bound. The acting is exceptionally bad and the story is garbage. But by far the worst thing about the film is the directing, which makes the sets look cheap and eroticism tawdry. Clearly derivative of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bound is lazy and uninspired.
Dan Aykroyd and John Landis get the band back together for the reunion… MoreDan Aykroyd and John Landis get the band back together for the reunion film Blues Brothers 2000. Less of a sequel and more of a remake, the story is beat for beat the same as the original. Which shows a complete lack of originality and creativity, making the film utterly pointless. But beyond that, the tone is inconsistent and is full of cartoonishness and fantasy themes that don't work. A spectacular mess, Blues Brothers 2000 has no idea what it's doing.
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are Jake and Elwood Blues, two blues… MoreJohn Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are Jake and Elwood Blues, two blues musicians on a mission from God in the hilarious comedy The Blues Brothers. Directed and co-written by John Landis, this popular Saturday Night Live sketch gets turned into a full length film. A virtual musical extravaganza, there are featured cameos from James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles; all in fun, energetic musical numbers. Some of the comedy's a little corny, but Belushi and Aykroyd's charisma is just too irresistible. Wildly entertaining and full of laughs, The Blues Brothers is a classic '80s comedy with soul.
Joe Friday is on the case in the buddy cop comedy Dragnet. Adapted… MoreJoe Friday is on the case in the buddy cop comedy Dragnet. Adapted from the '50s television show, straight-laced LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday is teamed up with a free-spirited partner and is tasked with investigating a series of robberies by a crime gang calling themselves the P.A.G.A.N.s. Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks make a good comedy duo and deliver solid performances. And, the film does a nice job at homaging the original show while keeping to a modern setting. However, the plot is pretty ridiculous and the villain is extremely cartoonish. Dragnet has some nostalgic charm to it, but overall it ends up being a rather mediocre slapstick comedy.
James Belushi stars in the hilarious goofball comedy K-9. Desperate… MoreJames Belushi stars in the hilarious goofball comedy K-9. Desperate to catch LA's top drug trafficker, reckless detective Michael Dooley requisitions a drug sniffing dog to help him crack the case; but Dooley soon finds that working with the dog isn't as easy as he'd thought. Belushi is incredible funny and does a great job at playing off of Jerry Lee (the German Shepherd who's the real star of the film). But the plot is rather weak, and the characters are mostly one-dimensional stereotypes (especially the villain). Yet the comedy is golden, delivering a lot of laughs. Irresistibly fun, K-9 is an entertaining family film that all ages can enjoy.
Incredibly funny, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is full of laughs… MoreIncredibly funny, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is full of laughs but goes a little overboard with the parodies. Basically a riff on the Lethal Weapon series, the story follows a pair of LA police detectives who stumble upon a drug running scheme. Featuring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Kathy Ireland, Tim Curry, and William Shatner, the film has an impressive cast. However, the jokes are rather dated; spoofing the pop-culture of the early '90s. Still, some of the satire is pretty clever and a lot of fun. Though it's uneven and a few of the skits don't work, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is outlandishly entertaining.
A clever satire about reality TV, Showtime is a lot of fun and full of… MoreA clever satire about reality TV, Showtime is a lot of fun and full of laughs. To avoid a lawsuit for shooting a journalist's camera detective Mitch Preston is forced to star in a reality cop show and is teamed up with a wisecracking patrolman who sees the show as his big chance to become an actor. Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, and Rene Rossu lead the cast and deliver strong performance. And William Shatner has a wonderfully hilarious cameo in which he spoofs his TJ. Hooker persona. However, the villain is rather weak and his scheme is kind of cliché. Still, all around Showtime is a tremendously entertaining film that's pretty funny.
"You thought this was gonna be a street fight? You're goddamn right… More"You thought this was gonna be a street fight? You're goddamn right it is!" Exciting and action-packed, Furious Seven delivers an over-the-top, supercharged adventure. When rogue mercenary Deckard Shaw comes after Dominic Toretto and his crew they seek the help of a shadow government agency in order to get the upper hand. Jason Statham and Kurt Russell join the series and deliver strong performances. And the action scenes are insane, featuring some unbelievable stunts work. Additionally, the film does a good job at handling the death of Paul Walker, and gives his character a nice send off. Furious Seven is a little silly and goes off the rails at times, but it's still wildly entertaining and incredibly fun.
Foxcatcher is an extraordinary tale of ambition gone awry. Based on… MoreFoxcatcher is an extraordinary tale of ambition gone awry. Based on true events, the story follows eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont as he attempts to recruit Olympic Wrestling Championship duo Mark and David Schultz, and turn his Foxcatcher estate into the premiere training facility for American Olympic Wrestling. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo all give incredible performances and really transform into their characters. And director Bennett Miller does an impressive job at creating an atmospheric tone, and bringing tension and suspense to the film. Additionally, the use of music and cinematography are brilliantly done, and help add to the tone of foreboding. Remarkably compelling, Foxcatcher is a dramatic and well-crafted film.
American Sniper is a gripping and compelling war film about the life… MoreAmerican Sniper is a gripping and compelling war film about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Based on his autobiography, the story follows Kyle as he joins up with the Navy and serves four tours in Iraq, becoming the deadliest sniper in American history. Additionally, the film tackles some controversial issues, including the effects that war has on a person and how it changes their mentality. Bradley Cooper gives an incredible performance as Kyle that's subtle and nuanced. And director Clint Eastwood does a great job at creating a gritty tone that's suspenseful and intense. An extraordinary film, American Sniper delivers a thought-provoking look at the struggles that soldiers face on and off the battlefield.