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Stark Raving Mad
14 months ago via Movies on Android phone

Spoiler filled review

Bank Robbers come in many different shapes and sizes. Attitudes, Personalities and even Seann William Scott styles. Keep this in mind. The beginning scene had me into this movie from the get go. I mean, anyone that flips off a wild-eyed lion to his face has the respect of me to give them my attention for at least 30 minutes.

This movie is what would happen to Ferris Bueller if he had gone down the wrong path and became a bank Robber. There are any similarities between the two movies. Obviously Ben (Seann William Scott) would be playing Ferris. The man with all the answers. Constantly talking to the audience in a fashion that made me want to smack the remote out of his hand and yell out ‚??Stop pausing the movie! And stop talking‚??!!‚??. Playing the part of Cameron is no other than the lousy sidekick Ricky (Timm Sharp). Loser-ville is where he resides but in great fashion comes through one time in an awesome speech that reveals a ‚??Title Drop!‚?? Who was Ferris‚??s arch nemesis? Principal Rooney. Played by the part by Gregory (Lou Diamond Phillips). Always into Ben‚??s business and never trusting what he is saying. Yeah, it‚??s a stretch but hey I‚??m trying to make a connection here! Wait, go back to Gregory. Oh, Lou Diamond Phillips why did you agree to this part? I thought he looked ridiculous and I never bought the fact he was a bad guy. Was he supposed to be asian? It just came off crummy. I think it was the white wig of intimidation.

With any bank robber movie you gotta have good crew. Kinda like The Movie Crew ‚?Ę but with less drugs, Epilepsy, and Asian-ness. The introduction to these characters drove me crazy. Again with the Remote Ben! Give it! I thought they all fit together pretty chaotically well. I was trying to figure out what the nerdy Jeffrey (Patrick Breen) had to bring to the table and I was right‚?¶ Not much. I swear this guy could play the part of the Taxi-Robot from the original Total Recall movie. ‚??Next Stop, Straight to DVD!‚??. Jake reminded of someone who would show up In a Kevin Smith movie. I don‚??t know if it was the acting or the weed but that was my impression. Betty was a Margaret Cho character that didn‚??t have the ‚??funny‚?? of you guessed it, Margaret Cho. Put them together with a dash of Chinese Delivery Guy and you got a pretty decent group. Even though real life would have eaten their lunch, we‚??re talking movies here.

Most of everything I took with a grain of salt. Everything except for 2 FBI agents taking down 2 crime gangs that were having a stand down. It just didn‚??t seem believable. Maybe because the old ‚??Kids In The Hall‚?? star Dave Foley was acting like an FBI agent? Or maybe it was just me. I didn‚??t buy it.

The movie ends with a style that heavily reminded me of ‚??Risky Business‚?? for some reason. I think it was the whole Narration over the stylized music and the relieving feeling of ‚??everything‚??s gonna be all right‚??. But mostly it had to be the music. Speaking of the soundtrack‚?¶ I‚??m not a fan of club music but in this movie the music played a part in the storyline making the music play an important role.

When the movie is finished it all comes down to whether I liked it or not. There wasn‚??t anything special about this movie. I never laughed out loud but I did chuckle to myself a couple of times. There were some funny moments but they were subtle and I really don‚??t know if it was on purpose. It had Nothing great, and nothing horrible. Although It had an ending I‚??m fine with, I couldn‚??t help but feel that it was thrown together or rushed to a finish. It wouldn‚??t be a bad thing to watch this if it was given to you‚?¶ or watched it streaming on Netflix like I did.

Comic Book Movie Bonus: Patrick Breen: Men In Black. Not much of a bonus but hey you get what you get!

Nudity Bonus: Natassia Malthe - Stacie (17:00)(A)

The Lake House
14 months ago via Movies on Android phone

Spoiler filled review

Imagine a love story with a sci-fi twist. Can you do that? Yeah, just try. But the thing you have to ask yourself is what came first the chicken or the egg. In the case of The Lake House the question is more like; which came first, the writing of the first letter or the construction of a house? The only major problem I had with this movie was the fact that It didn‚(TM)t have a constructed (time travel) origin point. And yes, it can be very confusing and mind bending when you think about the whole time travel thing but I think it is a huge hole that was never explained. Examples: Back To the Future was when Marty had to take the Delorean after Doc‚(TM)s death. During The Time Traveler‚(TM)s Wife it was when he met his love interest when she was a little girl. Let me explain a bit more In detail. The time traveling letter‚(TM)s (sounds silly when I write it) seem to begin when she (Sandra Bullock) puts her letter in the magical mailbox to the next tenant to the Lake house of which she is moving out. But that is not the ‚origin point‚? seeing how she states in her letter that the box in the attic is not hers and she didn‚(TM)t know how the dog prints got out front. Then maybe you could argue that it really began when they met in 2004 at her birthday party. Nope, he already knew about her that‚(TM)s why he went. Well, what about the accident outside Daily Plaza? Nope, he went there because she said that‚(TM)s where she was on Valentine ‚(TM)s Day 2006. When the house was built? Nope, time travel wasn‚(TM)t witnessed until 2004. When his mother died? Same answer. When his father died? No. He already had met future girl. So, I would challenge anyone to explain to me the actual origin point of this act of phenomena. You can‚(TM)t because they didn‚(TM)t bother to provide one. The only thing that I can come up with is that regarding the first letter the PS was added magically when he opened it up and started reading it. If that was the case it would have been nice to show it on screen. It seems small but it nagged at me during most of the movie.
Aside from that small brain bug I can‚(TM)t really see much wrong with the movie. The acting by Reeves/Bullock was fantastic and I couldn‚(TM)t see anyone else playing the parts. Now the two actors I could have seen missing from the movie was 1) Mona (Stalker Assistant) that annoyed me with her horrible acting and 2) his brother Henry. Henry was just really uncomfortable. He seemed as if he was going to burst into tears every time he spoke. Not that he showed it in his eyes but more so in love.

A couple of plot holes I noticed during what I had thought was a well written movie. When Kate sent the scarf and proved to Alex that a winter storm was coming. He was like ‚yeah right, snow‚?. When in fact during the beginning of the movie there was snow all over the place and people had mentioned many times how cold it was. So, he was like ‚yeah right, snow‚? to something that had been happening anyway? What?! Also, why didn‚(TM)t Kate just look him up in the future at any point throughout the entire movie? I mean, she had no problem looking up his father and even finding a photography book on him. Why couldn‚(TM)t she had done the same for Alex? Oh, because the movie would have been 45 minutes long. Whoops. Sorry David Auburn (screenwriter).

The soundtrack was decent in the fact that it didn‚(TM)t take away from the movie. In fact, I thought throwing in a little bit of Paul McCartney actually added to the tone of this movie. The small things are what makes or breaks a movie with me. As if you haven‚(TM)t figured that out by now. But with these small faux pas I am very surprised at my score. Well, not really because I enjoyed this movie. I would suggest it to anybody‚¶ if they said that they were going to watch it anyway. By the way, I gotta say what I novel concept. A time traveling Mailbox. H.G. Wells passed over a gold mine!

Comic Book Movie Bonus: Keanu Reeves: Constantine - Christopher Plummer: Priest - Ebon Moss-Bachrach: American Splendor