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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Free the Nipple
½

The cause is a no-brainier. Topless equality and the desexualization of breasts in our culture should absolutely be a thing. Unfortunately, the movie that goes along with it is really bad. It's poorly acted, poorly written, and an overall jumbled mess that too often rings false. It's really disappointing. There's a really compelling documentary in here somewhere, but this movie is completely skippable.

True Story
True Story(2015)

Despite having a totally compelling story to two engaging actors to bring it to life, it's amazing how much gets in the way of that. It's over-directed with an abundance of style and technique without any of it being particularly interesting or well done. Scenes feel scattered and repetitious.

They seem to have no problem altering so much of the story, especially for a film that centers on commitment to the "truth". Bafflingly, they even ignore the early 2000s setting. While it's never explicitly stated, the prevalence of modern technology is unnecessarily distracting.

It's also disappointing to see recently Oscar-nominee, Felicity Jones, saddled with such an underwritten, dull role, especially considering that it's the only substantial female role in the film. It's also a shame that her big climatic scene feels forced and unnecessary and utilizes anachronistic technology.

Despite everything working against it, the story remains compelling and engaging. Jonah Hill holds his own with a competent performance. The real star, however is James Franco, who is as good as he's ever been. His chilling calmness will stick with me for a while. It's easy to forget what a great actor Franco can be, but he is the best I've seen him in a while. Easily an award-worthy performance.

I want to love this film, because what works is incredible, but there's so much that doesn't need to be here, I can't help but be a little disappointed with what made it to the screen.

Seven Psychopaths

This would actually make a pretty interesting double feature with "Adaptation", a film that I love. Both are self-referential movies featuring screenwriters trying to write the film they're in. I'm thinking that, much like Adaptation, I will grow to love this film with repeat viewings, but I won't know until I watch it again.

There is a lot to like here. I was consistently laughing out loud. Though, the film can get really dark, much like Martin McDonagh's previous film, In Bruges (another great film), so I definitely can't say it's for everyone. Also, the performances are fantastic across the board. McDonagh's always able to drag out Colin Farrell's best performances. Sam Rockwell is absolutely perfect. This also may be one of Christopher Walken's best performances in a long, long time. He's funny, threatening, and sympothetic. Don't be tricked into thinking his days of serious acting are behind him. The man can still deliver.

The story itself did seem a little overlong and a little hard to follow at times, but I'm willing to forgive that, for now at least, because there's so much good here. I'm interested in finding out what sticks out more upon repeat viewings, the good or the bad. But I will revisit it at some point. I'm certainly not done with "Seven Psychopaths".

Celeste and Jesse Forever
½

I really liked this movie, though I'm not sure that I loved it. It balances it's humor and drama very well. I found myself laughing a lot. The performances are pretty great all around, aside from maybe Emma Roberts who always seems to be trying a little too hard to play rebellious/alt girls. I just really like Rashida Jones in general. She's such a naturalistic performer, and her chemistry with Andy Samberg is definitely believable. When all's said and done, I'd probably recommend renting Celeste and Jesse Forever, but it's probably not the first movie I'd grab to watch again any time soon. It's good, it's just missing...something, and I'm not quite sure what it is.

Hysteria
Hysteria(2012)

A cute little film about the invention of the vibrator in 1880s England as a medical device used to treat hysteria in women. Don't expect anything to heavy. It's a pretty lightweight film and surprisingly tame given the subject matter. Less a history lesson and more Victorian Era romantic comedy. Nothing too special, but it works well enough.

Animal Crackers
½

A middle of the road Marx Brothers movie. Not the best, not the worst. Only their second feature film, you could tell that they were still not quite sure how to transfer their comedy to film. One of the big problems is just how many times there isn't a brother on screen. The other actors are stiff, their timing is very weak, and they almost seem to be struggling to remember their lines. Sure, the brothers are fun, especially when they share the screen. There are a few noteworthy bits including the famous, "Shot an elephant in my pajamas..." line. When it hits, it's fun, but it doesn't get to the level of Duck Soup or A Night at the Opera, nor is it as forgettable as Room Service or Monkey Business. Glad to say I've seen it, and glad to say their films got better.

Time After Time
½

Malcolm McDowell stars as H.G. Wells. He builds a working time machine. Jack the Ripper steals it and escapes to San Francisco in 1979 and Wells chases after him in an attempt to bring him to justice. If this plot intrigues you at all, then it's probably worth a watch. McDowell is great as Wells. The movie is fun, if a bit dated. It runs a little longer than it needs to at almost 2 hours, but it's enjoyable enough.

HappyThankYouMorePlease
½

After seeing and loving Josh Radnor's second film, "Liberal Arts", I had to check out his debut. I'll admit, maybe my expectations were a bit high going in, and for a change, my expectations were met, if not exceeded. Another great film. I will officially see anything else Josh Radnor makes. He's just so damn likable, and his films are so damn likable. I don't even care if both films cover a similar theme of coming of age in your late-twenties/early thirties. It's a theme I can connect with and one he does well. This is just a really solid movie. I think I give "Liberal Arts" the slight edge, and it might just be because it focuses on less stories, but he's two for two in my book. Hell, I may even give "How I Met Your Mother" another chance.

The Man Who Laughs
½

I think "The Man Who Laughs" is best known now for serving as the inspiration of The Joker, which of course was one of the reasons I really wanted to see it. While I can't say I was completely blown away by this film, it is really solid. It manages to be unsettling, sad, and surprisingly sweet. The main character, Gwynplaine, seems tailor made for Lon Chaney, and in fact, it was. However Chaney was under contract at MGM and couldn't do the film. Instead, Conrad Veidt plays the disfigured protagonist, and he is perfect. With an unsettling smile permanently on his face, he does so much with just his eyes...his sad, sad eyes. He really did a fantastic job making Gwynplaine an incredibly sympathetic and quite literal "sad clown".

The rest of the cast is quite good too. Mary Philbin is well cast as the blind love interest of Gwynplaine, a role similar to the one she played a few years earlier in "The Phantom of the Opera". I guess she just had a penchant for the unlovables. Also really effective is Brandon Hurst as the scheming Barkilphedro. The man just unnerves you every minute he's on screen.

The film looks great, too. You can really see the groundwork for a lot of the early Universal horror films here. The nightmarish sets really set the tone for the film. If you love films like "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" and you've never seen "The Man Who Laughs" you might want to check it out.

I can't say I love this film as much as I thought I might, but it is very good, and I'm glad I saw it.

Stoker
Stoker(2013)
½

This movie has a lot of really great things going for it. The directing and cinematography is masterful. The sound design is deeply affecting. The performances are mostly great, especially from star Mia Wasikowska. But, for some reason, the movie just doesn't completely come together. This reason is the script. First of all, the dialogue, at times, sounds like it's badly translated from another language. The story itself is, at times, engrossing and yet baffling. Just when you think you've figured out this movie, characters act on unknown motives leaving a few too many unanswered question, and not in a good way. It's not a film I care enough about to spend a long time pondering about it in the lobby. It seems to be a sub-par script elevated by the film's stars in its director, Park Chan-wook, in his first English-language feature. While, it may be a flawed film, when it hits, it does hit hard. If you have some interest in it, give it a try, but if you don't think it's for you, you're probably right.

Defending Your Life
½

A really enjoyable movie. Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep are perfect together. Rip Torn is fantastic as Brooks' defender. Really, if I had to choose one flaw, I'd say the score was a little overbearing at times. The better a movie is, the more nitpicky the complaint. It's just a really solid movie that just makes you feel good inside.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I know I'm being a little hard on this without good reason, so I'll try to take a moment to rationalize my thoughts. If this came out while I was in high school and I had never read the book, this movie just my be a top-tier movie. I would have absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, neither of those are true. High school is in my past and I love this book. It's not fair that I judge it compared to the book, though, and I know that, but how can I not? It's not even a bad adaptation. Quite the opposite, in fact. It's hits mostly right notes. It's well acted and well directed. Seeing the author Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed this film adaption, it may even be a safe guess to say that it's pretty close to the author's vision. I guess that the author's vision just isn't my vision, and, again, I suppose that's not a fault of the film.

While Logan Lerman and Emma Watson do fine jobs, strike that, better than fine, they're not the Charlie and Sam that were in my head. I know that shouldn't be so much of an issue, but it feels like it. It's hard when you feel so much like the main character that you want him to be exactly as you envision. Even watching this film, I know there's still parts of me that are just too close to Charlie, especially when I was that age. It's borderline uncomfortably relatable. Dammit, I know that I would have handled so many of the situations he goes through in pretty much the same way, and, in a way, I still wish I had a Sam and Patrick when I was a high school freshman. Hell, I want them to be my friends now. None of this is really related to this film, though. This is just where my connection to it is coming from.

Credit where credit is due, though. Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth is absolutely fantastic throughout. You couldn't have gotten a better actress for that role. More importantly though, Ezra Miller as Patrick is absolutely perfect. I'd watch a whole film of just him playing Patrick. I've never seen him in anything else, but now I want to see everything he's in. I really hope this isn't a one-shot for him, because he is a wonderful actor and completely nails this role to a mind-blowing level.

The one flaw that I think the film has that isn't just based on the fact that it's different than what was in my head is Charlie's subplot with his aunt. It felt very shoehorned in here and the ending just doesn't pack the emotional punch it did in the book (stop comparing things to the book). I think it's just rushed into the short format of film. It really isn't given time to breathe or develop and seems like you would forget it's even a plot point throughout if you weren't already aware how important it is. However, I don't know if I would have wanted to see the film with it taken out completely either. It seems almost a no-win situation, so I suppose I can't take off too many points here.

I'll stress again, this is not a bad adaptation, but it benefits greatly from such strong source material. If anything, I'm sure to some teens, this film will define them and help them feel like they are not alone. I hope that it leads them to seek out the novel. I won't fault them for loving the film because I've been in their shoes, and when you don't feel accepted, this movie accepts you. I can't complain about that.

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

This movie, man. This movie. First of all, it exists! It was written, directed, acted in, distributed, and maybe even promoted. I don't know. I really don't. I don't know if there's a single frame i this movie that makes sense. It's bad. Really, awfully, terribly bad. It's worth watching if you want to see just how bizarrely terrible it can be. I don't know, man. I don't know why I watched it. I didn't hate it. I can say that much. But it's a fucking terrible movie by all accounts. I really don't know why I didn't hate it. I'm just so baffled. I think my brain is broken.

Spring Breakers

As the credits began to role, a guy in back of me yelled out, "Are you fucking kidding me?!" That's the kind of review I like. Clear, concise and to the point. I suppose I have to elaborate further...

Spring Breakers is the newest in the terrible tradition of movies that exist because a teen star wants to shatter their wholesome image (apparently those leaked cell phone pics from Vanessa Hudgens from a few years back weren't enough). And like the majority of those film, it's nowhere near "good", but everyone seems to think they need the stepping stone. I mean, it's no Showgirls. Showgirls is at least entertaining. Spring Breakers on the other hand, is a mind-numbingly dull film. It's badly shot, badly acted, badly written, badly edited. If this were a drinking game, we'd all be dead by now. It's about as interesting as reading someone else's Facebook status updates about being on Spring Break, but then again, that's probably overselling this movie.

It stars two Disney Channel stars making bad career choices. Selena Gomez plays the archetypal "good girl" named Faith (of course, because subtly isn't in this film's vocabulary). She gets to leave the film halfway through though, and for that, she's luckier than anyone who keeps watching and I envied her greatly. It also stars Vanessa Hudgens as Latina bad girl. She's joined by blonde bad girl and pink-haired bad girl. If they had character names, I didn't catch them. If they had any other sort of character traits, those were lost as well. Rounding out the cast is James Franco who plays a mentally-challenged "rapper" by way of Matthew McConaughey. Not starring in this movie are character development, interesting plots, or anything to remotely care about.

I have a theory that director Harmony Korine made a mistake and only shot about 40 minutes of footage, and, instead of re-shooting, decided to stretch it out to a 92 minute (My god! Is that it?!) run time. Maybe he just spent too much of the budget of green filters. I suppose we'll never know.

I just can't stress enough how supremely boring this film is. The characters, the dialogue, the over-repeated scenes, the lack of plot. Hell, I don't even know if I can call the nudity in the film gratuitous, because it was so uninteresting. Multiple "characters" in voice over repeat the line "Spring break forever" throughout the course of this film. It feel like it went on for at least that. I guess the joke's on me though. I gave them my $7.50. I sat and watched the whole thing. After it was over, I went to McDonald's and spent the same money on some McNuggets and a drink, and that had a stronger story and better characters, so the night wasn't a total waste.

Why didn't I learn my lesson with Cosmopolis? Just because a teen star teams up with an interesting director doesn't mean the film will be any better than taking sleeping pills and staring at a blank computer screen until you fall asleep.

Mission: Impossible
½

Feels pretty dated at this point, so maybe I just waited too long to see it. Wasn't quite as thrilling as I would have hoped. Very middle-ground. Not necessarily bad. There's some good stuff in here, just not enough to hold my attention. Still, good enough that I'll continue with the series eventually. I hear they get better.

Mad Dog and Glory

You get Bill Murray as a mobster moonlighting as a comedian. You get Robert De Niro as a sensitive cop. They play their parts well, which I feel should go without saying given the caliber of actor here. They just have nothing to do. Despite it's best efforts, Mad Dog and Glory is a mostly boring film with a few sparse moments of real entertainment. It's too bad. It could have really been good, but it moves at such a slow pace. I suppose there's a reason this movie is mostly forgotten now.

Smashed
Smashed(2012)
½

A really well made film about a woman overcoming alcoholism. It's a shame it went under the radar last year. Had the preview not popped up on another DVD I was watching, I may have missed it completely, which would have been a shame. There's so much to love about this movie. It feels really set in reality. The characters feel like human beings. The acting is pretty fantastic all around, especially from the star, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is someone I've been a fan of for a while, but this may be the best she's ever been. She is just perfect in this film. I don't want to list every actor by name, because yes, they're all great, but it's also nice to see Nick Offerman is a very toned down role that's just the complete opposite of Ron Swanson. The man is a great actor. The film keeps it's pace moving and always keeps you interested in the protagonist. You're really rooting for her, and really, what more could you want from a movie like this?

My Neighbor Totoro

Maybe a little light on plot to sustain for the full running time, but a skillfully made film that's beautiful to look at, pretty adorable, and surprisingly mature. Never talks down to children and, in fact, the stakes get quite real, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't get a tad bit dusty a few times. It really does capture a real feeling of what it is to be a child while incorporating some mature themes that never seem gratuitous or glossed over. It feels they exist in the way they would for children of those ages. I do wonder what I would have thought it had I seen it when I was closer to the protagonists' ages, if I would have appreciated it as much or possibly more. I also want to add that the character of Mei might just be one of the most accurate portrayals of a four year old I've seen in any film, let alone an animated movie.

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)
½

As a re-imagining, "Evil Dead" doesn't work, but as a stand-alone horror movie, "Evil Dead" still doesn't work. It's takes what you love about the original movies and takes out the fun, the interesting characters, and anything to care about, but adds a shit ton of new gore, so if that's you're thing, by all means, go for it. I think gore without substance is just the worst kind of horror movie, because it's lazy, even more so than a jump-scare horror movie. Just torturing bland, underwritten characters and throwing blood at the screen is uninteresting, and I don't need to watch it.

The new "Evil Dead" especially doesn't work in a post-"Cabin in the Woods" world. That movie already skewered the genre perfectly while adding to it. To go back now and watch a "cabin in the woods" horror movie that takes itself far too seriously is near impossible unless they're bringing something new or interesting to the table.

I don't want to compare it too much to the original, because if there's one thing this movie isn't trying to do, it's be original, but the biggest problem here is every single character is just the worst person. They either make terrible decisions and die quickly, or make terrible decisions, and refuse to fucking die despite all logic, movie or otherwise. It's one of those horror movies where the entire movie could be avoided if, just once, a single character made a single rational decision like a human would. Nope. Instead we get ex-druggie-turned-possessed girl, useless brother, terrible nurse, unnecessary girlfriend, and Shitty Jesus.

Really, this could just be Shitty Jesus's movie. While Jesus teaches the word of God, Shitty Jesus finds a book made of human flesh, covered in blood with notes telling you not to read it, and reads it. While Jesus dies for his followers sins, Shitty Jesus makes terrible decision upon terrible decision and all his friends die horribly and he can't understand why. Instead of dying, Shitty Jesus will NOT FUCKING DIE no matter how many nails you throw at him. Instead of resurrecting and allowing people to get into heaven, Shitty Jesus resurrects and releases unexplained demon girl. Thanks Shitty Jesus for beating the odds and making every single terrible decision you could make and then blaming your friends. You're a real pal!

Well, at least it's shot OK and the effects are decent despite some of the worst movie physics I've seen in a long, long time. Other than that, it's needless, lazy, and overall unnecessary. Maybe someday the king will return and everything will be groovy again.

The Sapphires
½

Movies like this I feel the need to talk about more because, unfortunately, it's probably going to go unnoticed. It's an Australian export loosely based on a group of Australian Aboriginal girls who perform soul music for the troops during the Vietnam war. It's relentlessly likable and charming without sacrificing an strong, emotional core. There is not a single bad performance in the film. The biggest, if not only, name stateside is Chris O'Dowd who plays their drunken but caring manager. It's the perfect roll for his talents, so kudos to whoever cast this movie. He's probably best known to American audiences as Kristen Wiig's Irish police boyfriend in Bridesmaids, but I've been a fan of his since The IT Crowd. I'm happy to see that he's finally getting some recognition over here, but he's still very much a "that guy". It's a shame this isn't a bigger film, because this could have been a star-making performance. Unfortunately, being a small Australian release with a spring release date and no big names, you sadly won't hear from it come awards season outside of possibly the Independent Spirit awards, if that. It's too bad, because it's a movie that I'm sure most people, save for hardened cynics, will really enjoy.

I also want to mention Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell, the four actresses that make up The Sapphires. They are fantastic actors and fantastic singer and, aside from Mailman, are all fairly new actresses. The deserve the lion's share of the credit. I really hope to see more from all four of them.

On top the the acting, the film is also very well directed and strongly written. I couldn't find many flaws on either of those grounds. Especially the actual scenes of attack and peril were greatly effective. To make this even more worth noting, while some movies use the term "based on a true story" as loosely as possibly, one of the co-writers of this film is a man named Tony Briggs, who's mother, Laurel Robertson, was one of the members of the singing group this film is based on. I think that helps lend to the very personal tone of this film.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)

I know there's an audience for this movie. I'm not part of that audience. To me, it's like sitting and watching people I don't know sing karaoke. In fact, sometimes that's more interesting. It's not that this movie is bad, per se. It's just dull. The characters are mostly uninteresting and bland. The jokes, when there are jokes, are easy and lazy. The plot is just an excuse for the music. And the music...well, it's there. It's an homage to all your favorite 80s bands taking place in a universe where none of them exist.

Now, you may be asking, "Do they sing that one song from the 80s?" Yes. Yes they do. "How about...?" You bet! All your local radio station favorites are in this movie. Every song that would be featured on a Time Life compilation entitled, "The 80s" are present. There's really no reason to talk about the plot or the characters. All of that is secondary. The question is: do you want to spend two hours watching Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand, and a handful of "oh he's in this too?"s, "isn't that what's-his-face?"s, and "I have no idea who that is"s sing the radio hits of the likes of Guns N Roses, Journey, Whitesnake, and more? If you do, then go for it. If you don't think you're interested in this movie, then you aren't. Don't bother. There's nothing else here for you.

Maybe I don't need to talk this much about this movie. Chances are, if you wanted to see this movie, you have, and if you didn't, you don't need to. For me, it was late and this is what popped on HBO, so I thought, "Why not?". I didn't like it. I didn't hate it. It is what it is and what it is is not something I really needed to watch.

Curfew
Curfew(2012)
½

A striking opening shot of a bloody hand reaching for a ringing phone sets the tone for this morbidly funny short film with a surprisingly sweet core. Writer, direct, and star Shawn Christensen does a fantastic job balancing it's supremely dark sense of humor with this fantastic human connection between a man ready to give up on life and his niece he was never able to know. Both he and the adorable and talented Fatima Ptacek deliver really engaging performances. I really hope to see more from the two of them, especially Ptacek, who I can see doing some really great things. Apparently, she's also currently the voice of Dora the Explorer, so I guess her career's not doing too bad.

Buzkashi Boys

A well-shot, well acted short out of Afghanistan about two young boys, one a blacksmith's son, the other living on the streets, as they deal with fate, ambition, fear, courage, fun, and sadness. Well there are things to like about this film, ultimately, it doesn't really offer any new insight into the genre aside from maybe the location. It's a fairly standard coming of age film that, ultimately, feels a little disjointed when it seems to abandon many of the themes it sets up. Still, credit to the young actors, Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz, for their very strong and honest performances.

Asad
Asad(2012)

Set in Somalia and starring Somalian refugees, yet doesn't feel quite as sentimental as you'd expect. It feels a bit disconnected from it subject and isn't so much a complete story as much as a series of small events. Certainly the weakest of the 2013 Oscar nominated live action shorts. Harun Mohammed is good as the titular Asad, and you want to root for his strong will, but the film doesn't really give you too much to root for. Ultimately, it just drags for the short run time and doesn't really leave you feeling much of anything.

Much Ado About Nothing
½

A fantastic adaption that manages to stay true to Shakespeare's writing while adding some fantastic visual choices from Joss Whedon. His sense of humor shines through without ever taking away from a great source material. It goes to show the Whedon knows a lot of supremely talented actors and knows how to use them. The cast is fantastic and perfectly cast in their rolls. It also features the most engaging portrayals of Claudio and Hero I've ever seen. Finally, an adaptation that actually allows them to be interest characters rather than giving all the focus to Benedict and Beatrice.

Really, everyone's great, and Whedon does a really good job transporting the story to a modern setting while still using the original text. It never feels out of place. Everything just works, and Whedon show a strong understanding of the material without being too precious with it. He understands the ridiculousness of everything and has fun with it. One of my faovirte things I heard was from Fran Kranz (Claudio) who said that Whedon wanted to make sure the character were drinking throughout the entire movie because that's the only way the plot makes any sense.

Sure, the film has a few flaws, mostly having to do with the 12 day shooting schedule and lack of a large budget, but the end product totally makes up for those. Joss Whedon does Shakespeare well. Maybe another adaption could pop up once Avengers 2 is complete...or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

John Dies at the End

Gloriously weird. It makes no excuses and offers no reason for its existence. You're either in for the ride or you're not. The cast completely commits and director Don Coscarelli was a perfect choice for this adaptation of Cracked writer David Wong's novel.

It's problem really may be that it's just too weird to sustain interest throughout. While there's a lot of interesting ideas, it just drags at points. It probably could have lost 15-20 minutes and just tightened up it's "plot" a little. Ultimately, you just stop caring about the "why" after a while when you know that the answer is "no real reason". When you stop worrying about the mystery aspect, all you really have is the weird, strange, demented world where this movie exists. That's almost but not quite enough.

Wrong
Wrong(2013)

In director Quentin Dupieux's previous film, "Rubber", he opens with a monologue stating that that film was dedicated to the "No Reason" principal that movies follow. Things just happen. Why? No reason. I feel like, to truly appreciate his follow-up, "Wrong", you need to be aware of his love and respect for absurdity. While "Rubber" is very self-referential, constantly winking to the camera, "Wrong" drops you into this world and never looks back. In that way, I'd say "Wrong" is actually the more successful film of the two. You just have to jump on board and embrace this world where things are just...for lack of a better word...wrong.

I don't know many people that are as successful with flat out absurdity as Dupieux, and I love him for it. From the palm tree that just turns into a pine tree over night, to the office where it never stops raining inside, to a man who take it upon himself to paint your car while your away, there is just so much in this movie that just...happens, and nobody seems to mind.

The actors, for the most part, play it completely straight, which is the only way to do this kind of film successfully. Much of this film's success is on the shoulders of its star Jack Plotnik, who is just perfect. He has this quite genuine look of confusion and sadness on his face throughout the entire film that just works. It's almost as if he is the one character that just wants to live in a normal world and just can't understand why nothing makes sense. It's amazing to me that Plotnik isn't a bigger star, but at least Dupieux knows how to utilize his talents.

The big stand-out performance, though, comes from one of my favorite character actors, William Fichtner, who plays Master Chang, a pet enthusiast and author with a ponytail, an acid burn, and a vaguely Indian accent. Every moment he's on screen is pure gold. I've never seen him more committed to a role that made less sense. His entire character had me dying with laughter.

"Wrong" is not a film for everyone. In fact, it's not a film for most people. Much like "Rubber", you really have to embrace the absurdity of the plot and the characters. Sure, it's not completely successful. It drags in parts and has you yearning to get back to the craziness. However, Dupieux has set his niche and has managed to outdo himself from his previous film, a film that I actually loved. I can't wait to rewatch this film and try to pick out all the subtle off-kilter things he's thrown in here. I also can't wait to see what he does next.

This is 40
This is 40(2012)
½

In director Judd Apatow's fourth film, he revisits his surrogate family from Knocked Up to watch them deal with turning 40. The result is just an OK film. It certainly isn't bad. I enjoyed watching these characters. I found myself laughing hard at points. This film's real problem is that there really isn't a cohesive plot. What there is is a run-time of over two two hours and not really a lot connecting it from scene to scene aside from a few story points and the general ideas of family and growing older.

Maybe a movie just isn't the right format for the story that Apatow wants to tell. It's becoming very clear that he has no intention of ever telling a tight 90 minute story. He seems to enjoy just hanging around the worlds of his films and milking everything out of them even if they just end up being more a collection of sketches than a linear story line.

With some tighter editing and some added stories, this could actually make for a really well done television show. I would absolutely watch a "This Is 40" show. There, Apatow would really have the opportunity to let situations breathe and characters explore what they are going through. He could definitely have a solid ten episodes with this. As it stands now, however, the film is somewhat enjoyable, yet muddled, meandering, and very uneven. Its success level for me falls somewhere between the first half of Funny People, which I loved, and the second half of Funny People, which I'll admit was a bit of a mess.

As I said, though, I did enjoy parts of this film. Most of the performances are good or better. I especially enjoyed Albert Brooks and John Lithgow as the main characters' fathers. Both heavyweights deliver two different heartfelt and funny characters that are equally effective. I also enjoyed Apatow just throwing in up and comers that he likes for a scene or two, including funny stuff from Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Lena Dunham, and Annie Mumolo. Hell, even Megan Fox is fine in her usual "hot girl" role. Yes, I do like Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann together, and even Apatow's kids get some good moments, though I probably could have done with a little less shrillness from Maude, the older one, though I suppose it wasn't too far off from most 14 year old girls.

Ultimately, This Is 40 is watchable and at times pretty enjoyable. It's just quite a bit longer than it needs to be and a little bit too disjointed. It's worth a watch for Apatow fan, epescially as a rental. Not his best effort, but at least more consistent than his last film.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

I love it when a movie surprises the hell out of me. I can't say I was really excited for Iron Man 3. I really liked the first Iron Man, was really disappointed by the second, and like but wasn't gaga over The Avengers. But, here it is, the Iron Man sequel I didn't know I was waiting for. I haven't liked the character of Tony Stark this much since 2008. The franchise has been rejuvenated and redeemed since the last sequel, due in part to the welcome addition of director Shane Black. Black understand both the thrilling action and solid sense of humor needed for a successful Iron Man movie.

This is also the first movie in this Avengers universe that doesn't exist to set anything up. This isn't an origin story. This doesn't spend half the movie trying to set up The Avengers. This is the next step. It takes into account the events of the universe, but allows for a brand new story where everything has evolved: the problems, the characters, the technology, and the threats. All of these are pretty successful. It's great to see Tony deal with the mental repercussions of fighting with the Avengers. It's nice to see characters like Happy and especially Pepper Potts actually have something to do.

We also have some new villains, villains that are done so well. It's an amazing trick a movie can pull when you truly feel that, despite the fact you know that your main character can't lose, he is in very real danger. The threats feel real. Tony feels damaged. Aside from the meta-fact that you know they're not going to kill Iron Man, you do think, at times, that you just don't know what the outcome will be.

The action here is fantastic. There are scenes that put my heart in my throat. Arguably, I found the action in this movie even more entertaining and compelling than any of the action in The Avengers. The humor is also very strong. They are able to balance Tony in a way that Iron Man 2 just couldn't. While he just comes across as a dick in that movie, here he juggles his snark and one-liners with actual human emotion and his trademark reluctant heart of gold.

I have to say though, aside from Robert Downey Jr. being solid as usual, I have to say my favorite actor may have been Ben Kingsley. I love absolutely everything about him in this movie and the plot allows him to really spread his wings and deliver a wonderfully layered, both threatening and fun performance. His scenes are among the best in the movie.

Sure, Iron Man 3 isn't a perfect movie. It doesn't need to be 130 minutes. I'm not saying it needs to be 90, but do all superhero movies now have to be over 2 hours? It drags at points. but most of its flaws are forgivable. Really, my biggest question in this post-Avengers world is, why can't he just call for help? Why does he have to be the army of Tony again? I suppose he does have more help than ever here and it's what comic books have been doing for decade. Under that logic, every book should be an Avengers or Justice League story, and you can't have that, so I suppose I can look past it.

I don't know that I loved it, but I did really like it. I was pleasantly surprised. All the action and humor that I could want out of an Iron Man movie and it makes me excited to see how the other post-Avengers movies go.

Oh, and I feel like I shouldn't have to say this after 5 years, but seeing as I was the only one in my theater who stuck around through the credits, I'll say it. Make sure you stick around. The post credit scene is actually quite enjoyable, and you won't be disappointed.

The Angels' Share
½

A mostly enjoyable tale of redemption and whiskey with just a dash of a heist movie from the writer and director of "Looking for Eric", a film I saw a few years back and really loved. This film shares a similar tone but isn't quite as effective. There are moments of pure fun and the characters are easy to care about. The cast features many first time and up and coming actors including star, Paul Brannigan, and they actually do carry the film fairly competently. The problem is that the film is just a little too slick. It's ending is a little too clean. It sets up conflict that it never fully resolves. But the flaws are not enough to make it a bad film. If you were to rent it, you'd get your money's worth.

If....
If....(1968)
½

"If...." is a film that I feel I enjoyed quite a bit of, but found myself just not understanding it more often than not. I don't know if it's partly to do with not being an English schoolboy in the late 60s or the film itself not really following a through story line, mixing fantasy and reality and never letting the viewer know which is which. But I certainly can't blame this film for not engaging me totally, because I know that the potential is there, and some people will and do absolutely love this film.

I found it at its best during the scenes just featuring the main "crusaders", played by Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, and Richard Warwick. The chemistry together is fantastic and their characters are the most engaging. When they weren't on screen, though, my interest scattered. Sometimes I was really interested, other times completely confused, and a few times downright bored, though those cases were rare.

This film is notable for being the role that got Malcolm McDowell the lead in A Clockwork Orange. Before this, he had done a handful of TV roles and was cut out of another movie. Watching him here is a real pleasure. He has such a commanding presence on screen. He's the one you remember long after the credits roll.

Definitely not your standard film fare, and certainly not appealing to everyone, "If...." does feature some strong performances and some interesting satire, but not coherent enough for me to want to revisit any time soon.

King of Hearts
½

What a joyous, hilarious, wonderfully effective, brilliant satire! Set during WWI, a Scottish soldier, played masterfully by Alan Bates, is sent to a French town to disarm a German bomb only to find that the town is now being run by the residents of the local insane asylum. They believe him to be their "King of Hearts" and will do anything to make their king happy.

Not a dull moment in the whole film. The cast of characters, both sane and insane, are wonderfully ridiculous and so much fun. The underlining message of who really is insane, those who want war or those who want love and joy, is delivered fantastically. Hits all the right beats and even manages to deliver some truly poignant moments through all the silliness. A surprise and a delight!

Hyde Park on Hudson

"Hyde Park on Hudson" really is two stories, neither of which shed much light on Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man much more interesting than this movie cares to talk about. Half the movie is deleted scenes from "The King's Speech" with actors who aren't quite Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. The other half is the story of Daisy, Roosevelt's fifth cousin/mistress.

The film is mostly Daisy's story. The problem there is that Daisy is such a dull character. He relationship with FDR is dull, aside from an icky handjob in a field, the one moment that earned this film its R rating. Her motivations are dull. Worst of all, her omnipresent voice over narration that runs constantly throughout the course of the film is dull. It's as if somebody is narrating a not so interesting book as you drift to sleep. Really, it's just lazy writing.

The stuff with the king and queen of England seems never seems all that important. It's played a lot more jokey than it should be, and they never quite develop as characters. Also, like I alluded to before, it's really hard to watch their performances without comparing them to those in "The King's Speech". It frankly is just a much weaker, less interesting portray of stuttering King George.

As far as Bill Murray's portrayal of FDR, the one this I was really excited to see, it's...OK. I mean, it's fine. It's nothing spectacular. I don't know that Murray ever really captures FDR, most of the time just resorting to a slow whisper. He certainly tries, but it's just very inconsistent.

Really, as a whole, the acting in this film is just passable. The film, while it looks pretty, is tonally all over the place, never quite sure how sweet or sentimental or poignant or sad it really wants to be. It tries to hit every note, but it's all slightly off-key. You're not going to gain any new insight into FDR or life during the depression or the events leading up to the US's involvement in WWII. You're not going to get an interesting love story or really any interesting relationships between any characters. You're not going to get any award-caliber performances. I won't go as far as to say I hated this movie. I didn't. It's just a very bland film that isn't really with the 90 minutes you're going to put into it.

Star Trek Into Darkness
½

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is an above average summer action movie, which is actually a bit of a downfall from the first one. Sure, it's great to look at and the actors all came to play, but I just found myself not caring as much the second time around. There was just some of the magic that the first one had missing from here. The plot is a little more standard if not a bit of a rehash. It covers much of the same territories, Kirk's cockiness and dislike for protocol, Spock's battle between his logical Vulcan side and emotional human side. It just wasn't as interesting this time around. The whole thing felt a bit repetitive.

One thing that I was really excited about going in was Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain. I certainly won't hold anything against Cumberbatch. He's tries his best. He is menacing and compelling, but it feels like that's mostly to do with the actor. The character himself seems a bit unwritten, never quite reaching a threat level high enough to care much about. His strength and wit are alluded to, but he seems all too easy to take down. He's a stronger villain than Eric Bana's Nero, but I still don't think the franchise has come across a worthy adversary. It's a shame, because there was just so much potential here.

Now, "Star Trek..." isn't all bad. The action scenes are mostly well done, and the characters still have some shining moments despite a lot of retreaded ground. There's just some life missing from the sequel. It's almost as if the writers were too busy throwing in references to the old series that, instead of saying, "Hey, look at this new and inventive storyline," they said, "Hey, remember when this happens in the original?" There's even a strong parallel to "Wrath of Khan" that I really wanted to like, but it just felt too shoehorned in, too neatly orchestrated, that it really lacked any sort of emotional punch and just felt like an easy thing to do. I mean, why bother rebooting the series the way they did in the last film if they're just going to rehash old story lines? Maybe I'm asking too much, but I just want to see a little more originality and a little less lazy fan service. If you're excited to see it, by all means, check it out and come to your own conclusions. However, if you're not sure about it, there's a good chance it's not for you.

One stray though: Kirk really is just the worst thing to ever happen to Christopher Pike. He really is just one big bad luck charm.

The Kings of Summer

While it may not be a perfect movie, "The Kings of Summer" may go down as a quintessential coming of age film. It's a bit of Superbad, a bit of Stand By Me, and, most importantly, a bit of originality. It manages to feel new while still feeling like a warm, familiar classic. It is the first feature film of both writer Chris Galletta and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Both men turn what could easily be a cheesy rehash into something fresh, funny, and surprisingly honest.

I don't know where they found the three main actors, Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias, but they are fantastic discoveries. They truly carry this film. At first glance, Nick Robinson's Joe comes across as the timid outcast archetype that seems so prevalent in teen movies, but breaks past that and delivers a raw, honest, and somewhat dangerous performance. Gabriel Basso's Patrick, the product of two well-meaning, but completely overbearing and completely ridiculous parents, plays off of Robinson well. You actually believe they're friends. The joke, the have fun, the help each other, they get into fights, but in the end, they really do care about each other. But the biggest gem here is Moises Arias's Biaggio, who just may be my favorite lovable weirdo since McLovin. There's something so sweet yet so completely off-kilter about him. Always unpredictable and consistently hilarious, almost everything that comes out of his mouth is gold - "I met a dog the other day who taught me how to die." I absolutely loved his character and look forward to seeing some big things out of him, out of all the kids really.

The cast is rounded out by some fantastic comedic actors including Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, and, most importantly, NIck Offerman delivering a fantastic performance as Joe's widowed father. I know I've been using this word a lot, but it really is just an honest portrayal of a guy that does care about his family, but just can't seem to get control of his own life, constantly pushing others away. Oh, and of course, it is Nick Offerman, so it's also very funny.

I think my biggest problems with the film may stem a bit from the writer and director being new at this. Maybe a few characters, including the main love interest of Kelly, seem a bit underwritten, and the dialogue can be clunky at times. There's a few points where the film drags a bit too long. Roberts seems more interested in just trying to shoot what looks cool without focusing on moving the story along (the man sure loves slow motion and wildlife). But, when a film like this accomplishes as much as it does, you can look past the little flaws. This will be a film that teens will adore, and let them. But it's not just for them. Really, anybody can sit down and enjoy this movie. Most people should be able to relate to at least some of it. I'm just glad movies like this are still being made.

Frances Ha
Frances Ha(2013)

"Frances Ha" as a film is actually quite comparable to the character of Frances. It's messy, it's a little unfocused, it's far from perfect, it struggles to find its footing, but, at the same time, it's fun, it's charming, it's really likable, and you find yourself rooting for it, forgiving it for its flaws.

Don't come here looking for a film that's going to break any new ground. You know this story. A twenty something hasn't quite figured out life and keeps pushing through the myriads of problems that come her way on the road to self-discovery and self-acceptance. At times, it even feels like a college thesis. It's got a heavy DIY feel. The dialogue's a bit overwritten and some of the line reading is very unnatural.

So, despite all of that, why do I enjoy this movie so much? Well, I suppose the lion's share of the credit goes to co-writer and star Greta Gerwig, who just has such a real, interesting presence on screen that I never wanted to stop watching her. The something really fun and likable about her, even when she's making obviously bad decisions. I just wanted her to succeed. She made a fan out of me.

It certainly is a film for other twenty-something lost souls trying to figure out life. It's a film for the art student, the filmmaker, the dancer, the scatterbrained, the wallflower, the introvert, and the outcast. To others, Frances may be a frustrating character. If you can't relate to her or empathize with her at all, you may be really annoyed with Frances and her journey. But, for the rest of us, there's just a lot that will ring true. This film is flawed. Frances is flawed. And those of us who will enjoy the film most? Well, we're flawed, too.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I feel a little weird ranking it right now. I definitely need to see it again. I really should have watched it before going to a big screening of it, because I missed so much, but I actually did enjoy what I was seeing, so here we go.

So much love for RIff Raff!

Psycho
Psycho(1960)
½

I mean, I don't really need to discuss this too much. I finally saw it and I agree with most of the acclaim. Hitchcock deserves the title of Master of Suspense. The performances are great all around, especially from Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. Anthony Perkins is just downright perfect casting. It could probably stand to lose 10 or 15 minutes, but other than that, I'm glad I saw it. It now stands as my second favorite Hitchcock movie, behind North by Northwest.

An American Werewolf in London

I went into this movie really expecting to love it, but it less me down immensely. It doesn't hold up at all. The writing is clunky. The acting is stilted. The pacing is excruciatingly slow. The characters are unbelievable and unlikable. There is no tension, no scares. Just about every joke falls flat. It really is just a mess of a movie.

I mean, yes, the transformation scene holds up. It's the only good this this movie has going for it. If I was rating just that ~3 minute sequence, I'd praise this movie, but there's still another 90+ minutes to sit through.

This is one of those movie that could really benefit from a good remake. If you got someone who is really great at blending horror and comedy and also doesn't shy away from practical effects. A short list of directors I think could make this movie fantastic include Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, & Edgar Wright among others.

As it stands know, I'm extremely disappointed.

Falling Down
Falling Down(1993)
½

You know, sometimes I forget that Joel Shumacher has made some movies that didn't star Batman and neon. Some of them are pretty damn good. This is one of them, featuring an absolutely brilliant performance from Michael Douglas.

Captain America: The First Avenger

A solid lead-in into The Avengers. The deck is stacked with great actors, great characters, and a great story. Easy to root for. Great cinematography, great score, and probably Joe Johnston's best movie to date.

Friends With Kids
½

Fairly predictable, but still well done. Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt are pretty great together. Just don't be fooled by the fact that it seems to star half the cast of "Bridesmaids". Yes, there are some really funny moments. but it doesn't shy away from the drama. It's not "Bridesmaids"

Wanderlust
Wanderlust(2012)

Not my favorite of David Wain's movies, but still pretty funny. The third act kind of falls apart in my opinion. I didn't agree with some of the turns it makes. But overall, a fairly enjoyable comedy.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
½

It's a lot of the same in this sequel. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are still good in their respective roles. The character of Irene Adler is still completely wasted and useless, even more so here. The problem is the brought in Holme's biggest foe, Professor James Moriarty, but still failed to tell an interesting story. Director Guy Ritchie still seems to focus more on the action and visual, sacrificing an interesting mystery. The movie just keeps moving forward without ever really caring about how or why things are happening. Despite what would seem like larger stakes than the first movie, there just seems to be less for Holmes to do, almost seeming lost in the plot. There's some good, interesting things going on here, but they just seem lost. It's not a bad movie, and if you enjoyed the first, by all means, give this one a try. It's just a shame it's not a better film.

The Fugitive
The Fugitive(1993)

Fun throughout. You suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride. Also, one of Tommy Lee Jones's best roles to date.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)
½

Sequel better than original! Alfred Molina is a great villain

The Truman Show
½

A much more effective movie now. Little by little, it's less of a fantasy. One of Jim Carrey's best performances

Spaceballs
Spaceballs(1987)
½

One of Mel Brooks best!

Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck(1989)
½

One of my favorite John Candy roles. The exchange between Candy and Macaulay Culkin is priceless.

Superbad
Superbad(2007)

If I had to choose one, this would be the teen movie of the decade

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Simply a classic. After more than 25 years, it's still you can still relate to it. I suggest anybody in high school check out this movie. If anything, you can see a young Sean Penn, a young Forest Whitaker, and a young *shudder* Nicolas Cage.

The Breakfast Club
½

One of the greatest teen movies ever made. It's almost perfect.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
½

One of the greatest teen comedies of all time. Many repeat viewings.

Mrs. Doubtfire

My favorite Robin Williams movie

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Mindless and absolutely hilarious. You can't not laugh at this movie.

Andre
Andre(1994)

Loved this movie as a kid

Kinsey
Kinsey(2004)
½

A great movie about a really interesting man. Liam Neeson is amazing, as usual. I highly recommend it.

Being John Malkovich

An amazing ride. Such an original, creative movie. The movie that made me respect John Cusack as an actor

Super Mario Bros.

Really? Did people think this was a good idea?

Bicentennial Man
½

Could have been a really good movie, it is overlong and you soon lose interest

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

An absolute classic. One of the greatest movie ever made about relationships.

Kung Fu Panda

Cute, fun family comedy. Great animation, great humor, and a surprisingly good martial arts movie.

The Birds
The Birds(1963)

Doesn't really hold up well. The special effects took me out of the movie a little.

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)
½

Your average "technology is bad" action movie

Tropic Thunder
½

RDJ is on a role. Don't try and stop it. Just accept it and have a great time.

The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
½

The entire Naked Gun series is absolutely hilarious. Great for when you just want to laugh

Night of the Living Dead
½

A classic in both horror and independent film making. Starts slow, but the payoff is great.

Rugrats in Paris - The Movie
½

Great children's comedy. Slightly better than the first movie, but anyone who grew up with the Rugrats will not be disappointed.

National Lampoon's European Vacation
½

Fun movie that delivers solid laughs. Third best of the series, but still miles ahead of Vegas Vacation.

May
May(2003)

A very strange movie, though Angela Bettis is perfectly cast. If you like offbeat movies, check it out.

The Producers

Disappointment. Just a boring remake. Skip it and just watch the original.

The Tuxedo
The Tuxedo(2002)

Completely forgettable. Really, you just shouldn't waste your time on it.

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal(2001)
½

Better than it deserves to be. Not a classic, but a decent rental.

The Italian Job
½

Sometimes you just need an action movie for the sake of an action movie, and The Italian Job delivers on the level. It's a fun time.

Around the World in 80 Days
½

Dumb and forgettable. There really is no reason anyone should see this movie. Just allow it to fall into oblivion.

Mystery Men
Mystery Men(1999)
½

Underrated movie in the comedy world. Everybody is great and commits to the movie. I really enjoyed it.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

Just didn't live up to the hype for me. Solid performances. I just didn't like the story. Overall, a disappointment.

Along Came Polly

Bland comedy that comepletely wastes the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alec Baldwin. Don't bother with it.

Final Destination 3
½

Sure it's a dumb horror movie, the dumbest of the series, but why should that stop you from having a good time? I suggest the Choose Your Own adventure type option on the DVD.

Lilo & Stitch

Probably the last good traditionally animated Disney movie. A fun time. Too bad Disney over marketed it is killed its spirit.

The Dark Crystal

Cult classic that I just don't understand. File it with Labyrinth under movies that just aren't made for me.

Airplane!
Airplane!(1980)

An absolute classic. I could watch this movie 100 times and it would still be funny and I'd still be catching things that I missed the first 99 times. If you like comedy, watch this movie

Scary Movie 4
½

Worst of the series the the beginning of the downward freefall. Only one solid laugh in the whole movie. The rest is almost unbearable

Dude, Where's My Car?
½

Dumb, quick teen comedy. Nowhere near a good movie, but you do find yourself laughing a few times.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Pointless with few laughs. Still not the worst movie. Not even the worst Jim Carrey-less sequel.

Elizabethtown

Just an over long, really boring movie. It was a plot that I though Garden State did a lot better. A big disappointment, considering Cameron Crowe has written a couple of my favorite movies.

Airheads
Airheads(1994)

Decent comedy, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Rent
Rent(2005)
½

I really enjoyed this movie more than I though I would. It does run a bit long, but I definitely enjoyed at least 2/3 of it and where singing the songs in my head for weeks to follow.

Reservoir Dogs

One of the movies I absolutely love as both a movie fan and as an aspiring filmmaker. It contains some of the greatest dialogue and solid performances from the entire cast. I love this movie.

Encino Man
Encino Man(1992)
½

What can you say? You get what you pay for. It's a Pauly Shore comedy with a young Brendan Fraser. It's the kind of movie you put on at 2AM when you can't fall asleep.

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves!
½

Decent family movie, though nowhere near as good or memorable as the original.

Paycheck
Paycheck(2003)
½

The title of the movie says it all. It's nothing but a paycheck.

The Incredible Hulk

Hulk done right. Decent story with really great visuals and great action. So many little nods to the TV series that just make you smile if you can pick them out. Only a few problems. A couple a character, especially William Hurt, seem to have a bad case of line-reading in certain scenes. Also, the plot does jump ahead quickly and you don't get to see as far into Bruce Banner's psyche as you might like to. I hope for a director's cut on DVD.

Mystery Train

I do love a movie that can successfully take a few plots and bring them all together. It's an interesting movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's also worth seeing Steve Buscemi in an earlier role.

Four Rooms
Four Rooms(1996)

Half a decent movie. It's manic, scattered, and a real mess, but it did hold my attention. The first two stories start off slow, but by the time you get to Robert Rodreiguez's story, you start to enjoy it a little. Then comes Quentin Tarantino is his most self-indulgent role to date. Worth it if your a fan of Rodriguez, Tarantino, or Tim Roth. Good luck trying to figure it out.

Futurama: Bender's Big Score
½

Good way to open up the series of Futurama movies. It's not as funny as the second movie, but it is a good effort. Fans of Futurama are likely not to be disappointed.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
½

Leaps and bounds above the original, and I loved the original. Ron Perlman continue to deliver a great character who is ironically the most human character in this movie. Great laughs, great visuals, and great action. It's almost Pan's Labyrinth dumbed down to a comic book movie level, and I have no problem with that.

Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs

More fun than the first Futurama movie. It delivers some nice laughs and is everything to love about the show.

Secret Admirer

Formulaic but fun 80s teen comedy with a plot you've seen a million times before.

This Is Not a Film
½

Decent movie that comes off as half ripoff/half homage to Woody Allen's earlier work circa Annie Hall. Not the greatest movie, but somewhat delightful.

Margot at the Wedding

I don't know what the writer/director was trying to do here, and I think the problem is, neither did he. It's a very depressing drama that wants to be a comedy and you just feel uncomfortable watching it all unfold. The only high point is Jennifer Jason Leigh who is great as usual

Beerfest
Beerfest(2006)

Awful Awful Awful
One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time
I was very disappointed with Broken Lizards considering I really enjoyed Club Dread and I've been wanting to see Super Troopers.
This is just a terrible movie.

Bring It On
Bring It On(2000)
½

Guilty pleasure if there ever was one

A Night at the Roxbury

Not as good as the 5 minute sketches.

Stranger Than Fiction
½

My favorite Will Ferrell movie. A great cast and a great story.

Transporter 2

Not as good as the first one

Daredevil
Daredevil(2003)
½

Surprisingly good. Nice amount of action and I didn't hate Ben Affleck

Bubble Boy
Bubble Boy(2001)
½

I liked it more than I thought I would. Definitely worth watching.

Not Another Teen Movie
½

Funny. A decent parody of the Teen Movie genre.

Casper
Casper(1995)

I love this movie. It's got a gothic beauty to it. Christina Ricci is great as always. Completely underrated.

Little Nicky
Little Nicky(2000)

Not as bad as it should be, but not one of his best.

The Santa Clause
½

The only one worth watching of the series. It's got some heart to it.

Dogma
Dogma(1999)
½

One of Kevin Smith's best. A great, funny take on religion.

Big Fat Liar
Big Fat Liar(2002)
½

A fun movie for kids.

Johnny English

It's not bad, just not one of his best.

The Rundown
The Rundown(2003)
½

Decent, but forgettable.

Labyrinth
Labyrinth(1986)
½

Just one messed up movie. You have to be under the influence to enjoy.

The Wedding Singer
½

I liked it more than I thought I would. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are great together.

Mr. Deeds
Mr. Deeds(2002)

I think it's one of the best Adam Sandler movies. Winona Ryder and Kathy Bates are great, but John Tuturro steals every scene he's in.

Bean
Bean(1997)
½

Rowan Atkinson's Bean character is always hilarious and the movie is no exception.

Jingle All the Way
½

A guilty pleasure I watch it every year around Christmas time. I still laugh.

Hellboy
Hellboy(2004)

An underrated movie. Ron Perlman is a perfect Hellboy.

Big
Big(1988)
½

One of Tom Hanks' best roles. A nice, feel good movie.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

What can you really expect from a Spongebob movie. It's an extended episode with David Hasselhoff. Still worth it if you like Spongebob, but stay away if you don't.

Addams Family Values

I just love the Addams Family movies. If not just for the fact the Christina Ricci is an amazing Wednesday.

Home Alone 3
Home Alone 3(1997)

Decent family movie, but shouldn't have the name "Home Alone" anywhere near it.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Just plain stupid, and it cracks me up every time.

Eurotrip
Eurotrip(2003)
½

It's your basic teen comedy with a few moment of hilarity.

The Emperor's New Groove
½

It shouldn't be funny, but it is. I liked it.

Almost Famous

I love this movie. Kate Hudson is absolutely amazing. Her best role to date.

Super Size Me
½

A well-done documentary. Kept me off fast food for months.

Dumbo
Dumbo(1941)
½

Completely messed up. Some may find it cute while others are left disturbed. Clearly a different Disney era.

Rat Race
Rat Race(2001)
½

Funny and ridiculous. Don't take it too seriously.

The Flintstones
½

John Goodman is a good Fred, but Rosie O'Donnell is completely miscast.

Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy(1997)
½

My least favorite Kevin Smith movie. Just seemed to drag.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

Absolutely hilarious. A great movie for anybody with a job.

Hercules
Hercules(1997)
½

Funny, but destroys the myth. Tons of injokes. James Woods is perfectly cast.

Daddy Day Care

Another in a string of sub par Eddie Murphy movies.

The Forgotten
½

Just didn't like. I felt cheated.

Garden State
Garden State(2004)
½

Zach Braff is great. Natalie Portman is at her best

Kindergarten Cop

Might be one of Arnold's worst movies, yet one of the most quotable. It's a horrible combination.

Scream
Scream(1996)
½

A great premise. A smart take on the slasher genre.

Mallrats
Mallrats(1995)

Great movie for mallrats, and that might be it.

American Beauty

Absolutely amazing. Left me with a smile on my face.

Scream 3
Scream 3(2000)
½

The best of the trilogy. A fitting end.

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
½

Good if you disregard that the Alien and Predator movies that preceded it were ever made.

Across the Universe
½

Breathtaking. Left me singing Beatles songs for months. Amazing visuals.

Scream 2
Scream 2(1997)

A sequel that comes close to the original. Still a great premise.

Garfield - The Movie

One of the worst. It is impossible to sit through this terrible movie.

Thirteen
Thirteen(2003)
½

I brutally honest movie

Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt(2001)
½

Funnier than I thought it would be. The role definitely suits David Spade.

The Santa Clause 2

Painful. Terrible sequel to a good movie.

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
½

If you want to hear Lindsay Lohan cover David Bowie, be my guest

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice(1988)
½

One of my all-time favorites

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus(1993)
½

A Halloween treat. Fun to watch

Fantastic Four

Possibly the worst superhero movie I've ever seen

Walk the Line

One of the best biopics I've seen

True Lies
True Lies(1994)
½

My favorite Schwarzengger movie

Mars Attacks!

Haven't seen it in years, but used to love it

Firewall
Firewall(2006)

Terrible. Absolutely terrible.

The Cable Guy
½

Funnier than it's made out to be

Red Eye
Red Eye(2005)

Ending ruins what could have been a great movie

Space Jam
Space Jam(1996)
½

Great original idea

Aladdin
Aladdin(1992)

One of the best Disney animations. The Genie is a great character.

Zoolander
Zoolander(2001)
½

Underrated. Absolutely hilarious

Grease
Grease(1978)
½

Incredibly cheesy

Dr. Dolittle
Dr. Dolittle(1998)
½

It gets worse with each viewing

Freaky Friday
½

Jamie Lee Curtis was terrible. Lindsay Lohan was tolerable.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)
½

Underrated. Great family movie

American Pie 2

It's exactly what you would expect

300
300(2007)
½

Great the first time, but not a repeat viewing

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

So much better than the original. One of Disney's best.

Batman Begins
½

Best Batman movie since Batman (1989)