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noreenpoole1221
scott Poole 8 days ago

Hey i'm sure that saw that FLIXSTER will be changing on september 30th and because of that the weekend of september 19th i will be shutting my page down and i will be reviewing movies on facebook and moviepilot.com i want to say that it was fun review movies on here with you i know we agreed together on a few movies like the 2 hunger games movies the avengers the dark knight rises skyfall sliver linings playbook the 2 hobbit movies iron man 3 star trek into darkness man of steel the conjuring the wolverine gravity non stop captain america 2 the winter solder godzilla x-men days of future past edge of tomorrow dawn of the planet of the apes and guardians of the galaxy and there were movies that you did not like and but i did enjoy like underworld 4 battleship the 2 amazing spider-man movies resident evil 5 taken 2 the twilight movies a good day to die hard robocop 2014 and transformers 4 i hope that you have a page where i can stay in touch with you

Dannyrovira
Danny Rovira 20 days ago

Hi JD, i heard about Flixster closing down, which is too bad. If you what to catch my movie reviews else where, i have two pages on Facebook that are open for anybody, they are "DANNY'S MOVIE REVIEWS" and "DANNY'S HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS." Hope you check them out.

noreenpoole1221
scott Poole 35 days ago

my brother was a ninja turtles fan after seeing the first live action movie from 1990 and I read yesterday that Michael bay will not do transformers 5 I know he was not going to do transformers 2 3 and 4 but he did any way so we shall see if he does it or not

About JD

Favorite Movies:
Gladiator, Gone With the Wind, Marvel's The Avengers, Blade Runner, Inception, Good Will Hunting, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Midnight in Paris, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Batman, Batman Returns, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Serenity, The Hunger Games, 50/50, X-Men: First Class, Pan's Labyrinth, Brazil, Thor, The Cabin in the Woods, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Fighter, Groundhog Day, Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Chronicle, Moneyball, Amadeus, 21 Jump Street, Bridesmaids, Drive, Chinatown, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, L.A. Confidential, Patton, The Great Escape, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Shakespeare in Love, Much Ado About Nothing, The Artist, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Attack the Block, 3:10 to Yuma, The King's Speech, The Ghost Writer, Million Dollar Baby, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Friends With Benefits, High Fidelity, The Social Network, Gattaca, Captain America: The First Avenger, Superman, Superman Returns, Source Code, Phone Booth, Scream, Scream 2, Red Eye, Buried, Paul, The Negotiator, Dial M for Murder, Scent of a Woman, Alien, Aliens, Prometheus, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, The Crow, Platoon, Titanic, Little Miss Sunshine, The Graduate, Easy A, Super 8, The Departed, Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III - The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek - First Contact, Star Trek, Hugo, The Muppets, Spirited Away, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, Fantasia, The Lion King, Tangled, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Over the Hedge, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Moonrise Kingdom, The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, The Godfather, Part III, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Memento, Fatal Attraction, A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, My Week with Marilyn, Citizen Kane, Psycho, North by Northwest, Rudy, 127 Hours, No Country for Old Men, Edward Scissorhands, Red, Avatar, True Grit, True Grit, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Raid: Redemption, The Usual Suspects, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, American Gangster, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, The Secret of NIMH, Grosse Pointe Blank, Henry V, Hamlet, Dead Again, How to Train Your Dragon, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Arthur Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Kick-Ass, Unstoppable, Inglourious Basterds, A Beautiful Mind, Role Models, Ted, The Abyss, Taxi Driver, Watchmen, I Love You, Man, Megamind, Stranger Than Fiction, Old School, Wedding Crashers, Wanted, Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Seven (Se7en), Knocked Up, Superbad, Little Shop of Horrors, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, True Romance, Mrs. Doubtfire, Burn After Reading, Aladdin, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, ParaNorman, Finding Nemo, Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Inside Man, Catch Me If You Can, Disturbia, Coach Carter, Rocky, Sleepy Hollow, The Breakfast Club, Friday, Casino Royale, Total Recall, Looper, Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Unforgiven, Die Hard, Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, Léon: The Professional, The Fugitive, Air Force One, Scarface, Margin Call, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Desperado, Maverick, The Patriot, Lethal Weapon, Adventureland, Zombieland, Dogma, Clerks, Clerks II, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation, The Wedding Singer, The Aviator, Donnie Brasco, Minority Report, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai, Back to the Future, The Prestige, Time After Time, GoodFellas, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Training Day, Fargo, Fight Club, American History X, Rounders, The Illusionist, As Good As It Gets, Trading Places, Coming to America, Men in Black, Horrible Bosses, Shrek, Shrek 2, The Descendants, Up in the Air, Ocean's Eleven, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fearless, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, The Untouchables, The Shawshank Redemption, Raging Bull, Wall Street, The Devil Wears Prada, Mystic River, Croupier, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror), Death Proof, Bridge to Terabithia, X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny, School of Rock, Walk the Line, Rushmore, Caddyshack, Mean Girls, Julie & Julia, Pretty Woman, Charade, Straw Dogs, Thank You For Smoking, The Ides of March, Face/Off, The Client, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Chicago, Miller's Crossing, Dave, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Gremlins, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Predator, Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys), State of Play, Big Trouble in Little China, In the Line of Fire, A Fish Called Wanda, Point Break, The Santa Clause, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Wizard of Oz, 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men), Dawn of the Dead, Spartacus, Rope, Strangers on a Train, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, Rear Window, The Birds, Miracle, Friday Night Lights, Warrior, Mission: Impossible III, The Girl Next Door
Favorite Actors:
Russell Crowe, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Christopher Nolan, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Woody Harrelson, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Edward Norton, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Jim Carrey, Donald Sutherland, John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Meryl Streep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Tom Welling, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Amy Adams, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Viggo Mortensen, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, Clive Owen, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Cheech Marin, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Garner, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, James Franco, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Thomas Jane, Burt Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Seth MacFarlane, Michael Keaton, Kevin Spacey, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Chris Pine, Cillian Murphy, Don Cheadle, Justin Long, Nicolas Cage, George Clooney, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Anton Yelchin, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Ewan McGregor, Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Sean Bean, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Geoffrey Rush, Forest Whitaker, Jodie Foster, Chris Evans, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Charlton Heston, Terrence Howard, David Yates, Jason Mewes, Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Brad Bird, Peter Jackson, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Ryan Gosling, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore, Eddie Murphy, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Kenneth Branagh, James Stewart, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Gere, Wes Craven, Meg Ryan, Ryan Phillippe, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Brolin, Judd Apatow, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Joan Fontaine, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Gene Wilder, Jason Lee, Jason Bateman, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, F Murray Abraham, Rooney Mara
Bio:
Hey I'm JD and I love watching movies. I'm pretty much into every kind of movie I like classics, Action, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Western, Musical and even sometimes Romance. Top 10 favorite movies of 2013 1. Gravity 2. Prisoners 3. Saving Mr. Banks 4. Before Midnight 5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 6. The Wolf of Wall Street 7. The Conjuring 8. Elysium 9. 12 Years a Slave 10. Frozen Top 10 favorite movies of 2012 1. The Avengers 2. Django Unchained 3. Silver Linnings Playbook 4. Argo 5. The Cabin in the Woods 6. Lincoln 7. Wreck-it Ralph 8. ParaNorman 9. Looper 10. Skyfall Top 10 favorite movies of 2011 1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 3. 50/50 4. Hugo 5. Midnight In Paris 6. Drive 7. The Adventures Of Tin Tin 8. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol 9. X-Men First Class 10. Thor Top 10 favorite movies of 2010 1. Inception 2. Toy Story 3 3. The Fighter 4. The Social Network 5. The Town 6. Tangled 7. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 8. The Kings Speech 9. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 10. Kickass Top 10 favorite movies of 2009 1. Inglourious Basterds 2. Star Trek 3. Watchmen 4. Adventureland 5. Zombieland 6. Sherlock Holmes 7. Avatar 8. Julie & Julia 9. The Hangover 10. Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince Top 10 favorite movies of 2008 1. The Dark Knight 2. Iron Man 3. Tropic Thunder 4. Wall-E 5. Wanted 6. Kung Fu Panda 7. The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian 8. Horton Hears A Who 9. The Incredible Hulk 10. Step Brothers Top 10 favorite movies 2007 1. Gone Baby Gone 2. 3:10 To Yuma 3. No Country For Old Men 4. Knocked Up 5. Hot Fuzz 6. American Gangster 7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street 8. Live Free Or Die Hard 9. Ratatouille 10. Superbad

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  • The Expendables 3

    The Expendables 3 (2014)

    August 13, 2014

    I don't even know where to begin with this one, so..... Here's my review of The Expendables 3. Like most people I loved watching 80's action movies, I actually consider some of them as my personal favorites, like The Terminator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Robocop, First Blood, Commando and Predator. You see those movies are not only awesome action movies, but there all very memorable, well acted, well directed, intense, adrenaline fueled, fun and entertaining movies. I love 80's action movies and back in 2010 when the first Expendables movie was coming out I was really excited because I was excited to see all my favorite action heroes be in a movie together. Unfortunately though, the movie was bad, it was really bad. The first Expendables movie was a really lame action flick, with bad one-liners and probably one of the lamest characters in a film franchise. I was incredibly disappointed with the first Expendables film, but I was curious to see what they were going to do with the second film. I'll admit the second film had much better action in it, but the one-liners were still annoying and the characters were even lamer in this film. The second one wasn't worse than the first film, but it still wasn't great, so I lost all hope in these Expendables movies. Now here I am reviewing the third film, which once again brings back the all-star cast and even more cameos. The only thing this movie did different was instead of being an R rated action movie like the previous two films, it's a PG-13 action movie, which I have no problem with as long as the movie is good. Was this movie good? Nope! This movie is just as shitty as the first movie; it's actually even shittier than the first film. I know some people thought this movie might be a step up from the first Expendables movie because Sylvester Stallone is not directing the film and they put more action stars in this movie, like Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and one of my favorite actors, Harrison Ford. Honestly none of those actors helped this movie one bit, both Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas were equally shitty in this film and Mel Gibson plays probably one of the dumbest villains in an action movie. Speaking of villains why is Mel Gibson playing a villain in this film? If these Expendables movies are paying homage to 80's action movies then shouldn't Mel Gibson be playing a hero because he's usually a hero in most of his films, especially his films in the 80's? If they really want to homage to 80's action movies, then they should probably get an actor who played a villain in a famous 80's action film, like Alan Rickman, or Rutger Hauer, or even Kurtwood Smith. Mel Gibson was a terrible choice and plus the villain he played in this movie was a shitty villain. The rest of the cast returns in this film, so Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews are all back and they all once again have terrible chemistry with each other and all they done in this movie is shoot people and say bad one-liners. Also to top it all off this movie has a few more Expendables members, who are played by some random actors that we don't care about. But all said and done people watch these stupid movies for one reason and one reason only and that is for the action, so how was the action in this Expendables film? It was really bad! The action was never top notch in the previous films, but there was always at least one action scene that was entertaining, however in this movie there isn't a single fun action scene. Now the PG-13 rating isn't the reason why the action was bad, the action was bad because the director of this movie has no idea how to film proper action scenes. Patrick Hughes directed this film and after seeing his so called skills in this movie I don't think this guy should direct another action movie again because he clearly has no idea what he is doing. Dave Callaham and Sylvester Stallone wrote this film and just like the director they clearly had no idea what they were doing either, I felt like they were just writing down some random shit and just throwing in random 80's one-liners. Plus the dozens of plot holes in this movie were way too obvious, so that again is all due to bad writing. So, The Expendables 3 had bad writing, bad direction, bad acting, bad characters, a bad villain and one of the worst action scenes in a movie this year. So what were the good things in this flick? Well...... Harrison Ford was decent in the movie and that's about it. So if you enjoyed these terrible Expendables movies, then you might get a kick out of this one, but if not, then you'll probably be bored as shit watching it and wishing you were watching Guardians of the Galaxy instead. So avoid this film if you can and watch something better this weekend.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

    August 13, 2014

    I'm just going to start off by saying that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were never that great, so for all those people saying that this movie right here ruined the entire movie franchise, I think you need to take a better look at the original films because if you watch them closely there just as cheesy, dull and sloppily executed as this new Ninja Turtles movie. Now I don't want to give this new Ninja Turtles movie a positive review because the movie was god awful, I'm just saying that the other films weren't any better. The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that came out in 1990 was an okay movie, I guess. The one-liners were lame and the acting was shit, but Jim Henson's designs on the turtles were very well made. Jim Henson may have not directed the film, but he designed most of the costumes and puppets, which were hands down the best part of the film. The action was okay, but a bit dated and the movies score was well composed, but the soundtrack is too cheesy. The first film wasn't a complete piece of shit, but the movie still wasn't that great. The second and third films were both torturous to watch; between their lame stories and sloppy direction, I have no idea how I made it through both of those movies, but I did and they both sucked. Now as for the comic books, I never read them and as for the cartoon series, I watched a bit of it, but it just wasn't my type of thing. So as you can clearly tell I was going into this new Ninja Turtles movie with really low expectations and assuming it was going to suck. So did the movie suck? Hell yeah it did! This new adaptation of the Ninja Turtles is not only the worst thing out of the franchise, but it's also the most boring. As much as I didn't like the original films they at least had some enjoyment out of them, however brief it was. With this new movie it was just a straight up CG fest with loads of mindless action until the end credits. After watching this movie I still feel like I haven't seen the movie yet because the movie didn't even feel like an actual movie, it felt like a really long trailer. The story was changed a bit in this version and it makes even less sense than the original story. The characters in this film were all forgettable, especially the ninja turtles, which was stupid because there the characters were suppose to be rutting for. Neither one of the ninja turtles said or did anything funny or interesting. The leader Leonardo was probably the blandest character in the film, the tough guy Raphael was probably the most forgettable in the film, the nerd Donatello was probably the most annoying character in the film and the funny guy Michelangelo was probably the least funniest character in the film. Plus the CG on the turtles looked like crap; I know everyone likes to use CG in their films now, but sometimes CG looks very fake and kind of ugly at times. In this movie the CG was both fake and ugly, the characters all looked ugly and the CG on them looked like crap, especially on Splinter. Now as for the acting, it was of course terrible, but who are we kidding when you have a movie that stars Megan Fox you should know already the movie is going to have bad acting in it. So yeah, Megan Fox plays the lead character April O'Neal, who's pretty much an attractive female reporter who likes to scream a lot and be the damsel in distress. Now as poorly written as that character is the character can still work if you have a good actress playing her. Megan Fox is obviously a terrible actress and of course played a terrible part in this movie. I don't why they casted Megan Fox as April O'Neal, of all the choices of actresses they could have chosen they had to choose Megan Fox. They couldn't have chosen Anna Kendrick, or Shailene Woodley, or Emma Stone, or Christina Hendricks, or even Emma Watson to play April O'Neal. Megan Fox didn't fully ruin this movie, but she was still terrible and I think they should have casted a more talented actress. Speaking of things that ruined this movie, I should talk about the rest of the cast members. Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Johnny Knoxville and Noel Fisher play the four ninja turtles in the film and they were awful. Did they try at least? Sure, but that wasn't enough. This movie had such a terrible script it didn't even matter how good or bad the actor was because the movie would still be let down, but as for the acting goes, it was pretty bad in this movie. Will Arnett was pointlessly in this movie and he was only in the movie to make bad jokes and hit on Megan Fox, which is actually the same thing Michelangelo did in the film. William Fichtner is one of the bad guys in the film and to be honest I thought he was going to be Shredder, but he actually wasn't he was just some scientist guy that helps out Shredder. Shredder in this movie is some guy in a big robot suit that has barely any dialogue or motivation. Seriously this characters plan makes no sense at all, basically he's just there to be diabolical and beat up the ninja turtles. I don't know who the actor was who played Shredder because he never shows his face, but his acting was pretty terrible same with William Fichtner. Everybody's performance was terrible in this movie and some of the reason why they all sucked in this movie was because some people in this movie can't act worth of shit, but the main reason why was because of the movies script. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a horrible script that was filled bad jokes, generic dialogue, bland characters and a predictable plot. Michael Bay only produced this movie, but you would think he actually directed the movie as well because this entire movie feels like a Michael Bay movie. Jonathan Liebesman directed this film and if you look at his career you would see he hasn't made a single good movie yet and unfortunately Teenage Mutant Turtles now adds to his list of bad movies. Jonathan Liebesman isn't the worst directed I've seen, but he really needs to learn how to execute his films properly and direct his actors better because in this movie both the acting and execution were horribly done. The action was also very generic and just filled with bad CG. You see when you watch a Ninja Turtles movie the action is suppose to be fun not loud, ugly and all over the place. It takes a certain director to direct good action scenes and when it came to this movie the action scenes weren't that good. Everything in this movie wasn't really good and I'm just tired of seeing these Michael Bay type movies, once again I know Michael Bay didn't direct this movie, but I know he had a lot of say in the creative process, so I know a lot of this movies failure was due to Michael Bay. I really hate Michael Bay and I really hope his movies start becoming flops in the box office, it didn't happen with Transformers: Age of Extinction and it didn't happen with this movie either, so I'll just keep hoping someday it will happen. Until then I'm just going to keep bashing his movies and warn people to stay away from them. So for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I highly recommend that people should stay as far away as possible from this movie.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood (2014)

    August 13, 2014

    This movie Boyhood is unlike any movie I have ever seen and I am so glad I got to finally watch it because this movie was just amazing. Richard Linklater, who I'm a huge fan of, wrote and directed this movie and this movie is about a boy named Mason and this entire movie is about his young years. This movie is filmed over the course of 12 years meaning this movie literally took 12 years to make and the movie itself is through the course of 12 years of the character Mason's life. I think what they did with this movie was just incredible, not only was the commitment from the entire cast and crew impressive, but how this film was shot and told was just breathtaking. How, Richard Linklater directed this film was not only clever, but it was just epic. Sure some parts in the movie get jumbled a bit, but when you really pay attention the film isn't that hard to follow. I always thought the Before trilogy were Richard Linklater's masterpieces, but after watching this movie I think that's going to change because this film was original in every way. The performances all these cast members give were all top notch. I usually don't like Patricia Arquette in movies, but she really showed me how good of an actress she can be and I think she proves it in this movie. Ethan Hawke was always good in the Before trilogy and I still think he was better in the Before than he was in this movie, but still his performance in this movie was really good and I enjoyed his character very much. Now as for the main character Mason, who's played by Ellar Coltrane, I thought he was fantastic in this film. I enjoyed seeing his character grow up and I enjoyed watching all the things he experiences. Richard Linklater's daughter Lorelei Linklater was in the movie as well and she's another person we get to see grow up and experience new things, which was also interesting. I thought Lorelei Linklater was a good actress in this film and I look forward to seeing her do more movies. Now, of course what made this movie amazing was Richard Linklater himself. Between his flawless direction and captivating writing this movie was a flat out masterpiece. This movie is the most realistic movie you will ever watch, some people might not be able to get into it and the only people who won't be able to get into it are people who can't appreciate top notch filmmaking because this movie right here is top notch filmmaking. Boyhood is a brilliant film that has to be seen because there will never be a film like it, so give it a watch.

  • Get On Up

    Get On Up (2014)

    August 13, 2014

    When this movie came out I didn't know what to expect from it, so I didn't see it right away, but I finally watched it and I think as a film it works very well. Get on Up is the biopic of the music legend James Brown. This movie explores the life of James Brown, through his entire music career, his family life and his childhood. Like most celebrities James Brown had a very interesting life and it was even more interesting watching it on the big screen. Now I know for a fact that this movie would've failed if it wasn't for its director, Tate Taylor. If no one knows who Tate Taylor is, he's the guy who wrote and directed the movie The Help, which was also a pretty decent movie. With this movie, Tate Taylor did something very unique and he made it very captivating and stylistic. When you watch Christopher Nolan films you've seen a bunch of times a story that is not told in precise order, like The Prestige, Memento and Batman Begins. Now Christopher Nolan is probably one of the few directors who can make that kind of style work for his movies. Now when this movie, Get on Up started I thought it was going to be a lame movie that was trying to be artistic, but as the film kept going it kept getting more and more interesting and more and more creative. I don't know if Tate Taylor could do this type of style for all his films, but for this one I thought he did a good job. This films style was really unique and it was also really well structured and executed. The editing was another thing in this film that was really well done, each transition to each scene was very well edited and all the editing was very smooth and never choppy. As for the performances in the movie, most of them were really good. Chad Boseman plays the lead of James Brown and he was fantastic in his role, I know the Oscars aren't for a while, but I hope he gets a nomination for his performance because he was incredible. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, two actresses from The Help are both in this film and they were both great in this film as well. Nelson Ellis was great in his performance and Dan Aykroyd was also great, which was a relief because I'm tired of seeing Dan Aykroyd playing in terrible movies, so it was good seeing him play in a good movie again. The music throughout this film was also very well done, if you love James Brown, then you're probably going to love the music in this movie. The score was done very well and the cinematography was good enough for this movie. So what were things that I didn't like in this movie? Well, for one thing this movie went kind of melodramatic at times, which is understandable because it is a biopic, but I wanted this movie to be different, which it was, but I didn't like the melodrama in this movie. This movie also has the typical biopic clichés, like the abusive parents, the selfish main character, the drug addictions and the prison scenes. Some of these clichés didn't really bother me, but some were kind of annoying and I can tell this movie was trying to be really clever and original, but sometimes it just put these random clichés in, which weren't necessary. That being said I still really enjoyed this movie and I'm glad I saw it and I would recommend it to people. The music is really powerful, the acting is strong, the story is interesting and the direction was fantastic.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

    August 04, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy was exactly the movie I wanted it to be, which was a fun space adventure, with witty writing, memorable characters, fun action and a great visual style. Now a lot of people will be going into this movie not knowing a lot about the source material, which is fine because I'm one of those people too. I know a lot about comic books and I love comic books, but I never read any Guardians of the Galaxy comic books. I knew a little bit about the Guardians of the Galaxy, but not really enough to fully judge this movie as a good or bad adaptation. So I don't know if this film was an accurate adaptation to the comic books, I'm just judging this movie as an actual movie. So was Guardians of the Galaxy a good movie? YEAH IT WAS!!!! The movie, Guardians of the Galaxy was not only a lot of fun, but it was really smart too. If you're a fan of Firefly, Star Trek, or The Avengers, then you'll probably love this movie because it's pretty much a mixture between all three of those TV shows and movies. James Gunn wrote and directed this film and he did a perfect job, I didn't have any problems with the script and I thought his direction was very creative and well structured. Even though I don't know much about the Guardians of the Galaxy, I think James Gunn knew the source material very well because how he wrote these characters and how he executed the film so well, I think I can just tell he knew the comic books and he knew how to make the perfect Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Now I'm not going to say that this movie was perfect because it definitely wasn't, but as a superhero movie and a fun action flick, I think it did its job perfectly. Are there flaws with this movie? Sure! Do I care about the flaws? Not really! This movie was a fun action movie that had probably the most likeable characters in any movie this year. The main character Peter Quill/Star Lord is played by Chris Pratt and he was awesome in his role. Chris Pratt brought a lot of humor and likeability to his character and I enjoyed every minute of him on screen. Zoe Saldana plays the character Gamora, who's a servant of Thanos, but then joins the Guardians of the Galaxy. The character Gamora is a really honorable, loyal and adventurous character, so Zoe Saldana was a perfect choice to play that part. Her performance in the film was great, she was great in the action scenes and even she brought quite a bit of humor to the film. The character Drax the Destroyer is played by Dave Bautista and right away when I heard Dave Bautista was playing in this movie, I thought he would've sucked and I was afraid that he was going to bring the movie down. Thankfully that wasn't the case because Dave Bautista was surprisingly good in his role. His acting wasn't top notch, but he was trying and I still bought him in his role. I can tell Dave Bautista gave it his all in this movie and it shows because he did a pretty good job, I thought he fit pretty well with everyone else. Now as for the character Groot, who's a talking tree that can only say "I am Groot", was also a surprising character that worked very well in this movie. Groot was voiced by Vin Diesel, who was a perfect choice because as much as I don't like Vin Diesel I think he still does a good job with voice work and in this movie he was great. Now lastly to the character who stole every scene he was in, which was Rocket Raccoon. Rocket Raccoon is a talking Raccoon, whose partners with Groot and they're both bounty hunters. Bradley Cooper does the voice of Rocket Raccoon and he did a fabulous job, seriously if you go into this movie not knowing already that Bradley Cooper does the voice of Rocket Raccoon then you won't recognize him because he gets into his character so well you just don't realize that's Bradley Cooper playing that part. I thought hands down that Rocket Raccoon stole the entire movie because his character was just so funny, energetic, likeable and clever all at the same time. I think that's what made me love this movie so much; these characters were just so likeable and so much fun to watch that you couldn't help but love this movie. The actors all did a fantastic job playing their roles, their chemistry with each other worked very well and all of them supplied a lot of humor to the film. The supporting cast was also great and there were a lot of talented people in this movie, like Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker and Djimon Hounsou were all in this movie and they were great. I never thought I would see Glen Close in a superhero movie, but it just goes to show you. James Gunn just made all these characters work and he made these actors all play such great parts, which is all thanks to his flawless direction and top notch writing. Even the cameos were great in this film, actors like, Josh Brolin, Nathan Fillon, Alexis Denisof and even the director himself James Gunn all played smart parts in this film and they were all very fun to see as small cameos. I know I'm only naming the positive things about this movie, but I don't care because everything just worked for me. Like I said there are flaws in this film and there are going to be some things that people will not like in this movie, but I enjoyed everything. The action was well directed and a lot of fun to watch; the visuals were top notch; The CG looked fantastic, especially on the characters Groot and Rocket Raccoon. The make-up design was really well done, the production design was creative and the soundtrack was both hilarious and kickass. I don't know what else to say about this movie without spoiling everything, so I'm just going to finish off by saying that this movie was fantastic. If you love science-fiction and you love superhero movies, then this movie will be a lot of fun to watch. I would recommend this movie to everyone, even though everyone might not enjoy it, I know for sure they'll enjoy at least some aspects of the film. I loved this movie and I think people should give it a watch.

  • Hercules

    Hercules (2014)

    July 27, 2014

    Now this movie Hercules is a movie I was getting ready to hate on because to be honest it looked really stupid, plus it was directed by Brett Ratner. Surprisingly though, I didn't hate this movie as much as I thought I would, actually to be honest I didn't really hate this movie at all. Now don't get me wrong this movie isn't a great movie, it's actually pretty stupid at times, but the movie knows it's stupid, it's just a fun movie you can sit back and have fun with. Hercules is just a summer pop corn flick that's entertaining for a onetime watch. Brett Ratner is a very sloppy director and it really shows in this movie because this movie had horrible execution and bad camera angles. Now what made up for this movies bad direction were its visuals. The CG in this movie looked really good and the designs of some of the set pieces looked good too. The production design was well laid out and I can tell they actually put some effort into that. The action was another thing that made this movie fun. Were all the action scenes perfectly choreographed? No! Were all the fight scenes epic? No! But the movie was very adventurous and the fight scenes may have not as been as epic as other fight scenes in other action movies, but they still worked for this movie. Dwayne Johnson also looked like he was having fun in this movie, which was entertaining to watch. He wasn't top notch in this movie, but I thought he was fine and it was entertaining to see him play Hercules. The supporting cast was even fine, like Ian McShane, John Hurt and Rufus Sewell were all decent in their roles. I think the best way to go into this movie is to go in it with low expectations because if you think the movie will be shit, the movie might surprise you, but if you think this movie is going to be the next 300, then you might be disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie because I was expecting to hate it, but I actually ended up having fun with it. Like I said the movie is pretty stupid and it's really badly directed, but it's still a fun pop corn flick. Some people will definitely not get into it, but at least everyone can admit that this movie was way better than The Legend of Hercules because that was absolute shit. So if you like fun pop corn action movies, then check out this movie, but if not you can skip it.

  • Sex Tape

    Sex Tape (2014)

    July 27, 2014

    The movie Sex Tape looked like a terrible comedic film and I was expecting a terrible comedic film when I went and saw it, but after I was done watching the movie I realized this movie isn't just a terrible comedy, it's a really stupid and contrived comedy. I thought after the movie Tammy this year was done with its shitty raunchy comedies, but apparently not. Sex Tape, a movie that's about a couple who wants to spice up their marriage and they way they do that is by filming each other while having sex. Now when they make their sex tape they accidently send it to every person they know, so in a panic the couple tries to find out where every copy of their tape went so they can find it and destroy it so nobody can watch it. This movie is basically like Road Trip meets Bad Teacher and since I'm not a fan of either of those films I knew already this movie would suck. All this film had to do is make me laugh, that's it. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are the two leading roles and they have both played in funny comedies before, so surely they can make this movie funny right? Wrong! Both Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel were terrible in this film. They had terrible chemistry with each other and neither one of them said anything funny or did anything funny. Sure, Cameron Diaz looks very attractive in this movie, which was great to see, but that's not enough to make up for this terrible movie. Even supporting cast members, like Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe couldn't even save this movie. Every single joke in this movie failed; there wasn't a single thing that I found funny in this movie. Jake Kasdan, who directed Bad Teacher, directed this film and he blew it. I think he's capable of directing good movies, but when it comes to comedy, I think he should stop making those. I can tell he's trying to appeal to the teenage demographic and who knows some teenagers might like this movie, I don't know why, but who knows. I didn't like this movie at all and I don't think anyone should blow their money on this shitty comedy.

  • The Purge: Anarchy

    The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

    July 27, 2014

    The Purge was a movie that came out last year and it was a horror movie with a unique premise. The premise of the movie was every year they have a thing called the purge, which takes place around the world for one night and for this one night all crimes are legal. Now in the first movie it's about a family, who gets there home invaded during the purge and that's it. Everybody who saw the movie was really disappointed because they thought with an interesting premise like that the movie would explore a lot, but it didn't. So when people saw the previous for this movie, people got excited again because they thought that this movie would be different and was this movie different? Yes, it was! This movie actually shows people surviving the purge, it's not just a lame home invasion movie because it's an actual movie about survival. This movie also puts in some interesting main characters that are actually entertaining to watch. Frank Grillo plays the lead guy in this movie and he was a total badass in this movie, sure his performance was good, but I really liked that this is the character everyone roots for because he's just so determined and he's a lot of fun to watch. The other characters were really interesting too because they weren't your typical dumb horror movie characters, they were actually pretty logical people and they did whatever it takes to survive. I thought all these main characters made a good team and it was fun watching them all kick some ass. Now this movie may seem like a horror movie and it kind of is, but I consider it more of an action movie. It has some scary scenes in the movie, but it's mostly an action movie, which was fine. James DeMonaco did a poor job with the first purge movie, but this one was good. It's not going to be anyone's favorite movie of the year, but it's a fun action/horror movie that has some interesting characters, decent writing and some pretty intense scenes. Not everyone is going to enjoy it, but some people might like it and I'm one of those people. It's nothing amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it and I was glad to see that it was way better than the first movie. So if you want to watch an entertaining movie, then I would recommend this movie.

  • Planes: Fire And Rescue

    Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

    July 27, 2014

    When I saw the previous for this movie I thought only one thing, "DID THEY REALLY HAVE TO MAKE A SEQUEL TO PLANES". Come on, I think everyone knows when the movie Planes came out, it was just a cash grab film because the movie Cars & Cars 2 were so popular. To be honest I really don't like the Cars movies, I know there are a lot of people who are fans of those movies, which is fine, but I just can't get into those movies. Now when Planes came out last year, I knew the movie would be terrible because the animation looked cheap and the jokes seemed very childish. I did end up watching the movie and it was just as I thought it was; which is a stupid kid's movie that has no original plot or characters. Unfortunately the movie actually made money and since the budget for the film was so cheap it made all of its money back and then some, so I guess that meant for them to make a sequel. Now is Planes: Fire and Rescue a bad movie? Of course it is! Is it worse than the first Planes movie? Well..... Kind of! The first Planes movie was awful and this movie was just as awful, but when I was watching this movie I was so darn bored that I was counting down the minutes until it was over. I didn't do that when I saw the first Planes movie, sure I hated every minute of it, but I was never bored. When I watching this Planes movie I was so bored and I didn't enjoy a single thing about the movie. Maybe in the first Planes movie there was a little bit of entertainment, not a lot, but a little bit. In Planes: Fire and Rescue, there was nothing fun or enjoyable about the movie. The characters were the most clichéd and generic characters you will ever watch. The story is filled with I don't know how many clichés and almost every joke that was used in this film was a stupid car or plane pun that wasn't in the slightest bit funny. The animation still looks really cheap looking and Dane Cook returns as the lead character and once again Dane Cook proves that he can't act, even in an animated movie. I don't know what else to say about this movie other than skip this movie and see something better.

  • Lucy

    Lucy (2014)

    July 27, 2014

    The movie Lucy has the same premise as the 2011 film Limitless, which means it's about a person who takes a drug and the drug they take makes them use 100 percent of their brains capacity. In Limitless actor, Bradley Cooper played the lead role as the guy who takes the drug to make him smarter. In this movie Scarlett Johansson plays the leading female that takes a drug to make her smarter, but in this movie she is forced to do it and also in this movie when you use 100 percent of your brain you not only become smarter, but apparently you become indestructible. You see in the movie Limitless, as flawed as that movie was, it still made sense because when he took this drug to make him that smart, he just became really smart nothing else, he didn't become a superhero. In this movie Lucy when she takes this drug she becomes like a god and she can control everything, which was incredibly unrealistic. Most of the science they were talking about in the movie was total bullshit. I can tell they were trying to make it all logical, but it didn't work because anyone who knows anything about science or physics they would know most of the crap they were saying in this movie was bullshit. This movie Lucy is like Transcendence, meaning the movie was trying so hard to be smart, but it ended up being really stupid. I know a lot of people can just ignore all the logic and stupidity in this movie and just have fun with it, but personally I couldn't get into this movie. It was a pseudo-intelligent film, with bad writing, boring action scenes and an uninteresting protagonist. Seriously the main character Lucy was a hard character to cheer for because not only was she just boring to watch, but since she could control everything and not a single person stood a chance against her, I found that to be really boring because the whole movie was just her throwing people around. When you have a main character you have to make them go through difficult challenges and make them rise up because that's what makes the main character all the more interesting and all the more likeable. In the movie Lucy, she doesn't really face any challenges and she never finds anything difficult, which honestly was really boring to watch. Scarlett Johansson is a talented actress and I do like her and I can tell she was trying her hardest, but her character was just so poorly development and so uninteresting, I don't think there could've been a single actress that could've played the part well. This is mostly all because of Luc Besson, who wrote and directed this movie. Sure, Luc Besson has made some good movies before, like Leon: The Professional, Taken and The Fifth Element are good movies, but I have to admit he's been really lacking for a while. In his early career he wrote and directed a lot of fun action movies, but nowadays he makes really goofy action movies that are not only forgettable, but really pointless. This movie Lucy falls under that category of goofy and pointless because this movie didn't really have a point and I bet in a few years from now I don't think anybody is going to remember this movie. Why should they? This entire movie is filled with boring characters and bad writing. Both Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman couldn't save this movie. Lucy is a mess of a movie and as much as I thought the movie Limitless was overrated, I still found that movie more entertaining. So I would not recommend the movie Lucy, even as an action movie it still doesn't hold up.

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