I am an independent filmmaker. I try and get some of the noise out of my head and onto a screen so others can see what I see when I daydream or am lost in thought.
I enjoy all types of films and love to talk about them to whoever will listen.
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I'm stealing an idea from a friend and defining what the star system ratings mean.
Here is how my ratings work:
1/2 star - One of the worst films ever. If you see this then it's as good as dead to me.
1 star - Terrible. Not worth watching once.
1 1/2 stars - Really bad with maybe a scene or two that was good.
2 stars - A weak movie but maybe watchable if you are at a friends house and they are watching it.
2 1/2 stars - Not strong but worth watching on tv.
3 stars - A good movie that is worth renting.
3 1/2 stars - A very good movie that I suggest you see in the near future.
4 stars - Excellent! These are the good ones folks, check them out.
4 1/2 stars - A great movie that is few and far between. You should just buy this flick and thank me later.
5 stars - The Masterpiece. Buy it and call it a favorite right now because this is a rare gem worth owning and telling people about as soon as you can.
A compelling documentary that gives a full look at the story of the West Memphis 3. As with the other documentary films about the subject I must warn you that it's not for the faint of heart. It deals with the murders of three young boys and crime scene photos are shown and they are graphic. The bulk of the focus of this film in particular is on the innocence of the three young men accused and jailed for the crime. We take a look at the whole case and where it went very wrong from the beginning. It's a chilling tale of a witch hunt that landed these teens in prison for nearly two decades. I highly recommend if you liked the work done in the Paradise Lost series of documentary films that brought world wide attention to this case.
A well shot and produced doc with a fascinating story. It's hard to wrap your mind around something like this story playing out when we've lived so long in a world connected online. I doubt we will be able to have a story such as this happen again.
I sat down and watched this one with the wife and we both really enjoyed it. It's not breaking any new ground in story telling but the characters are likable and there are some really funny moments. Kevin James does a really good job playing a teacher who seems to have lost his excitement for his job and we get to see him regain it. I like that his character is a likable guy and someone that you could look up to because he's a good guy and not just because he's the main character. We don't have those in comedies very often anymore. I also like that this is a film I would be fine with letting my kids watch. The fighting isn't too violent and there are no crude moments to be found.I recommend this one.
As a fan of the original Alex Cross movies (Kiss the Girls & Along Came a Spider) I was both excited and hesitant for this new incarnation. It got terrible reviews and left the theater very quickly before I could see it. After taking it in on DVD I must say that it isn't at all as bad as people said it was. I thought Tyler Perry did a great job in the role and the story was compelling. I even liked Mathew Fox as the villain. It's not the greatest movie ever but it's one I would easily watch again and will buy to add to the collection.
A plain jane action film wrapped with a dusty Die Hard wrapper. Willis comes off older in this film than I've ever seen him and that's not a good thing when you want me to believe that he's still John McClane. There are a lot of plot holes in this flick and over the top action sequences that really took me out of the movie. Is it terrible? No. It's just not Die Hard. I would have liked it more if it was about a young CIA agent fighting bad guys and you took Willis out all together.