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Blood Father
Blood Father (2016)
8 months ago via Movies on Android phone

Mel Gibson going nuts on camera is a great sign that you're about to watch something special. He plays a particularly unsavory character that runs a tattoo parlor out of the back of his trailer in the middle of nowhere. Mel is busy minding his P's and Q's when suddenly his daughter contacts him out of nowhere. She's in trouble! We've found the plot! How incredibly exciting.

Well, the action scenes are exciting. There are quite a few scenes that are essentially cut and pasted from other action films but Mel's rage puts each scene over the top. It's fantastic. I just wish everyone else in the film put in the same effort that he did. It was kind of a bummer to see him absolutely lose his mind and then the camera cuts to everyone else in the room and they're pretty much just chilling.

I don't believe Blood Father is at all close to as good as the hype that surrounds it. For whatever reason it's already becoming a cult hit. I mean it's not bad but if you want to watch Mel in a better hidden action film, go watch Get The Gringo. If nothing else is on though, feel free to give Blood Father a chance but don't get your hopes up too high about it.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

How do you stay excited for a film when you already know the ending? Rogue One tried its best at keeping us entertained throughout and for the most part was successful. There were more than enough moments to keep the hardcore Star Wars fan thoroughly entertained while introducing new characters that will no doubt become a major part of modern Star Wars culture. The problem with the new characters though is partly due to the fact you already know their fates before sitting down to watch the movie, and that you really did not have enough time to truly get to know them and care as much for them as you would Luke, Leia or Anakin.

This is not to say that they were not memorable and a valuable entry into the Star Wars universe. Most of them absolutely were, and I just wish that a few of the others had a much bigger part to play in how the story unfolded. This is not the fault of the cast as I had no problem with any of the performances, except for those special few that I cannot talk about without getting into spoiler territory. You will be pleased to know that Vader's scenes were fantastic and gave us moments to remember for a long, long time. In this galaxy.

So overall how was Rogue One? I think it was an excellent entry into the Star Wars franchise with impressive visuals and an even better soundtrack. It's almost impossible for a Star Wars film to have a bad soundtrack, like I can't even think of a single bad bit of music in any of the films. They're just perfect in that regard. Besides a beautiful musical score, there were scores of throwbacks to the original trilogy that every Star Wars fan will appreciate and some may even greatly surprise you. Whatever could that mean? Go watch Rogue One and find out, as you will not be disappointed by this latest Star Wars adventure.

The Lady In The Van
9 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is another one of those films that I talk about that most of you will never watch. Maggie Smith plays an incredibly interesting character who lives in a van on Alan Bennett's property and stays there for fifteen long years. What I really like about this film is that there is no real protagonist or antagonist and Maggie Smith's character doesn't have all that many redeeming qualities, yet for whatever reason she still makes you care deeply about her character and her relationship with the writer of this story, Alan Bennett. This won't be for everyone as I know quite a few of you will likely feel bored as this slower sort of film is clearly meant for an older audience, but if you feel up to the challenge then by all means give this film a chance.

Eddie The Eagle
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Even if you don't know the story of the world's most popular ski jumper, you will still enjoy the movie. Eddie the Eagle is pure lighthearted fun and features Hugh Jackman being ridiculous which is always nice. The soundtrack is perfect and gets you in the mood to try out for the Olympics before the Doritos take over. Go watch Eddie the Eagle and have a good time.

No Country for Old Men
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

For once, a movie that everyone said was great turned out to be even better than I expected it to be. I was completely fooled multiple times by the direction the story took, and while this was a slow paced movie at times, it was over before I knew it. The two hours flew by and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend this to everyone and I can't wait for you all to experience Javier Bardem's performance. Wow.