My pen name is Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski. Or His Dudeness, Dudder or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. Thats what you call me. As you might imagine, I am a big fan of The Big Lebowski. As far as reviews are concerned, I try to write thorough, well written reviews. I put a lot off time in my reviews. I view cinema as an art form. I love all types of films. My personal DVD collection is over 1250 films and growing. Some people say I have an obsession with film, I say I have a passion. I love all genres of film.I am also a diehard fan of horror movies. I also tend to re review films as I watch them, and I hate reviewing comedies. I've been reviewing films since 2008 and I am also hoping to become a full time film critic, and I have started to create a blog to become a professional blogger. As far as reviews are concerned, I am mostly influenced by Peter Travers and Richard Roeper as well as author Chuck Palahniuk.
Hope you enjoy my reviews, I put in a lot of time for each one. Cinema is my passion, Heavy Metal is my lifestyle.
How I rate films:
Half a Star: 1 on 10
1 Star: 2 on 10
1 and a half stars:3 on 10
2 Stars: 4 on 10
2 and a half Star: 5 on 10
3 Stars: 6 on 10
3 and half Stars: 7 on 10
4 Stars: 8 on 10
4 and a half stars: 9 on 10
5 Stars: 10 on 10
I don't care if you agree or disagree with my reviews, just don't message me with insults in regard to my reviews. If you don't have anything smart to say, keep it to yourself.
Derivative, 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 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 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.
Effective Pixar animated short, Luxo Jr. paved the way for the studio to be able to create some full length feature films that would put the studio on the map. If you enjoy their full length features, this is well worth seeing as; this is where things started to take off for Pixar. The short has a relatively simple plot, and it works well enough to appeal to anyone of all ages. Above all, Luxo Jr. Warrants a merit in sheer creativity as it would break new ground in computer animation. The short film would feature lamps, of one that would feature later in the now famous Pixar logo. Although a two minute affair, Luxo Jr. Is enjoyable for what it is, and it's a testament to the sheer creativity that would go in the making of full length feature films from the studio. If you enjoy Pixar's full length's, then you ought to check this short out, as this is where things really fell into place after years of experimenting with other projects. Luxo Jr. Is a simple affair, but one that stands out due to the fact that it paved the way for what you could do in terms of computer animated effects and other possibilities. Pixar hit on a great formula, and with that at their disposal, they would later release their debut full length feature film Toy Story in 1995, and they would reinvent the way films would be made. Luxo Jr. Isn't special in terms of story, but it does stand out in terms of creativity, and with that being said, Pixar would later prove themselves time and time again with each new animated feature film.
Good Thrillers are often hard to come by, but with Blue Ruin we have a very solid genre film that boasts a well thought out storyline, one that will keep the viewer on the edge of his seat with every scene. Add to that some terrific performances as well, and you have a memorable film that manages to be a very good thriller in a genre that seems to try too hard these days. For me, I felt that at times Blue Ruin was reminiscent of some of the Coen Brother's films, and it feels like that in a few scenes. What I liked the most about the film was that the plot was pretty basic, but it kept a steady pace throughout and it was never boring as it kept you involved due to the effective performances from its cast. Blue Ruin features astute direction from director Jeremy Saulnier who manages to craft something very good here. Blue Ruin is wonderful filmmaking, and it's a thriller that does something quite different and it works well enough to entertain viewers. As a thriller, it's quite entertaining in the long run and it works well enough to grab your attention. As a revenge film, Blue Ruin is a wonderful take on the genre, one that reflects new ideas and stellar direction and acting. If you're looking for a tense, thrilling drama, Blue Ruin is that film for you. I really enjoyed the film, and felt it was a well crafted affair from start to finish. Although not a film to break new ground, Blue Ruin is a well crafted picture that manages to be quite good for what it is.
Quentin Tarantino's short film My Best Friend's Birthday was an exercise for the director to learn how to make a film. With that being said, is the film good? Well, it's decent and it has its moments, but problem is, is that only 36 minutes of the film survived a fire, therefore we never get to see how it turns out. I think it's a great because, the film started to take off before the run time ran out. Oh well. As an experiment, I guess it's ok in the broad sense of the word, and luckily for everyone who appreciates Quentin Tarantino's work, he would later make far better films, with his masterpiece, Pulp Fiction being released in 1994. My Best Friend's Birthday does feature something that would be prominent in every one of Tarantino's big budget films, effective, sharp edged dialogue between the characters. Although here, it clearly needs a lot of polish, we get the idea, and Quentin Tarantino would later hone his skills with Reservoir Dogs, the screenplay for True Romance and of course his second feature film Pulp Fiction. I would say that this film is more for the diehard Quentin Tarantino fan if they want to see where he started out from. Although severely flawed, we get to see a few trademarks that would later shape his filmmaking career. As a way for Tarantino to learn how to make a film, My Best Friend's Birthday is a decent attempt, but like I said, he would later master his craft and become one of the most important filmmakers working in the industry today.
Pixar films are wonderful, imaginative funny and memorable. More importantly, they can appeal to any age group. With this stunning documentary, we get the entire picture of the famous animation studio. We see the studio's humble beginnings to their in the world film. Every key player is interviewed here, and each gives terrific insight into Pixar's history. The film features snippet of interviews previously shown in Pixar: 25 Magic Moments, but it also features new interviews and much more in depth content into Pixar's history. This is a standout documentary, one that is very entertaining from start to finish and is really a well made documentary. Pixar have broken new ground in the way films are made. Pixar's story is one that was driven by motivation to do incredible things and they've succeeded in more ways than one. Their films are enjoyed by many, and each new feature that they have created has been better than the last one. Already films like Toy Story and The Incredibles are considered modern classics. The Pixar Story is an engaging documentary that is a must watch for fans of the studios films, and it offers plenty of insight into the creative progress on each film as well. This is a documentary that is well put together, one that is entertaining from start to finish and it presents the viewer with plenty of great insight into this incredible studio that have striven to make some astounding and pleasant feature films that anyone can enjoy. If you want to know much more about Pixar, The Pixar Story is a no brainer to watch. Like I said, it's well put together, thorough and in depth with its information. Well worth your time if you're a Pixar fan.
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing is a pretty good affair in terms of a short documentary as it tells the story of the man behind Apple. What we have here is a short that chronicles the life of Steve Jobs and his rise to be one of the most influential people in the tech industry. Although not a groundbreaking documentary by any means, as the short gives us info that those familiar with Job' story already know, but to those who want to know about Jobs, but don't really know his story, One Last Thing is well worth seeing. The film at times may be light on content, but it does paint a vague portrait of Steve Jobs and gives you enough insight into the man and his legacy. For its short run time of 60 minutes, One Last Thing is a pretty good effort and manages to be entertaining, but at times it could have been better as well. However, the film is well worth seeing if you're interested in the subject and it works quite well for what it tries to accomplish. Apple computers are one of the most financially successful companies and Steve Jobs created something unique and this short gives an insight into his story. Although not truly in depth, the documentary manages to give you enough facts to know more about jobs and his contribution to the tech industry. For what it is, it manages to tell an impressive and interesting story about the man who changed the way we do things, and if you're looking to know about Steve Jobs, this is quite entertaining for what it is, but at the same time a more thorough documentary about Steve Jobs would be great. But for now, this one does the trick.
Driving Miss Daisy, I thought was a pretty good film, but was nowhere near the grand scale it has been described as. I'm not saying that it's a bad affair, but I feel it's a bit overrated as well. Morgan Freeman has made far better films than this, but here he delivers a very good performance, but compared to other pictures he's done, this one just doesn't stand out. The film is good for what it is, but I don't feel that it's a classic either. The story is good, charming and fun, and it boasts some engaging performances, but at times you feel that the film could have been much more as well. The film feels like it tries too hard at grabbing your attention and it should be effortless in doing so. Miss Daisy is good, but I simply didn't see how great it is. I personally feel there are far better films out there. Luckily the film is entertaining for what it is, but I would call this film a film that only warrants one viewing because I feel that it's necessarily a film that doesn't need to be seen time and time again. Driving Miss Daisy is entertaining and good for what it is, but it doesn't stand out as powerful picture and a film classic by any means. The cast do a fine job in their roles, but I felt that the story could have been polished a bit, and it should have had the potential of being a truly great film. The film is unfortunately a prime example of typical Oscar bate, only designed to appeal to the Academy, but when you actually watch it, you wonder why this film is so good. I mean this picture is entertaining, well acted and good, but it's nowhere near as good as everyone has claimed it to be.