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Extremely thought provoking and easily the best animated film of the year. Disney strikes again

Hardcore Henry

Kudos for something different in the action genre

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Finale was pretty boring and the franchise was on a roll with the first 2 films only


Marvel is just too good right now, DC step it up!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Highly impressive young cast with a fanatic script makes a movie of the year nominee for me!

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

Pixar does it again!

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

I prefer Ghost Protocol over Rogue Nation but this film was still great!


Highly entertaining and impressive!

Ted 2
Ted 2(2015)

Exceeded my expectations!

Ex Machina
Ex Machina(2015)

This is one of the best films of 2015 thus far and a in depth look at the inevitable

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The intrigue is slowly leaving the franchise im happy there is just one more film left and then its done.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Well we have a slight improvement in my eyes. Picking up after the last film Spider-Man has embraced his super-hero self, but is haunted by fears that his relationship with Gwen Stacey is dangerous. At the same time, a series of villains from his past and present threaten New York and his future. As one of the top five most iconic characters in comics there is a lot of material and fandom to build upon. This series of Spider-Man movies continues to keep closer ties to the original mythology from the comics and remain true to the nature of the characters. A lot more time is spent showing the upbeat, humorous side of the character which, as much as I liked his portrayal, was not a part of Tobey Maguire's interpretation. Thankfully, this time around the character feels more put together than The Amazing Spider-Man. This was a much better showcase of the rebooted concept for the character than the previous film to me.

Andrew Garfield continues to be a point of contention for me in this series of Spider-Man films. He kind of fits the role, but still doesn't exactly feel right its hard to explain. Garfield is great as the smart alec Spider-Man, but never really hits the right notes during the dramatic parts. His wavering on being Spider-Man feels a bit more glossed over here and overcome a bit too easily. There are many things that are a huge improvement in the reboot, but Garfield has yet to truly put his stamp on the character he feels replaceable to me, still. Perhaps the great success of director Marc Webb is continuing to refine the experience of a Spider-Man movie. By that, I mean this film does a great job of creating an atmosphere where the viewer really gets an idea of what it would feel like to swing on the webs through the city. Also, I must give him credit for continuing to use different villains than the first series instead of just rehashing the same villains that have come before. That being said, it feels like Webb and the new series are still finding themselves, particularly technically, where it felt more CGI heavy than a lot of the character movies Marvel is putting out at this point. The already thin line between live action and animated movies continues to blur more and more. The 3-D in the movie did well on certain parts to enhance the viewing experience.

The action in the movie is fun, but felt a bit abbreviated, as none of the action scenes felt overly long at times. While there were large action set pieces, there is something about keeping Spider-Man always in New York that makes it feel small in comparison to a lot of what Marvel is doing cinematically. This is another area where Raimi's series has remained superior, but you can definitely see Webb's growth from film to film. It will be interesting to see if he lasts past part three; he might have just started to really hit his stride by then hopefully. Real quick lets talk about the villains for a second. Heading into the film we knew there were going to be three villains Electro, the Rhino, and Green Goblin, but we weren't sure of how they fit together. After how notoriously poor the same situation was handled in Spider-Man 3, this was obviously a point of concern. Thankfully it is far more restrained in terms of their usage, and instead the film primarily focuses on one (Electro) with the others serving mostly as support. In a strange way it doesn't really feel like the villains are the driving force of the movie, but they did set the stage for where the series is heading next hinting at several characters who are likely to show up sometime in the near future. There is a lot of fun action and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does establish a lot of the pathos for the character going forward, but it never really felt like Spider-Man was ever in real danger kind of like Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. The film feels more like transitional piece to a bigger puzzle, to get the character set up for future films going forward rather than a stand alone character film. Perhaps Sony should be applauded for their long-term thinking, but it is hard to see the sacrifices without seeing the end results of the series as a whole.


They have it all on Elysium; ahh I was slightly let down by this movie but, hey it is very difficult to make another terrific movie after Neill Blomkamp debuted with a masterpiece in District 9

American Sniper

Bradley Cooper was great but I feel slightly underwhelmed by the film

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

Movie of the year in my opinion. It's dark, eerie, and just outright fantastic. When will David Fincher miss???

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Wow leave it to Michael bay to F*** up a beloved series again!

Guardians of the Galaxy

I failed to see the hype in this movie. I don't think this is one of marvels best I rank it at the very bottom along with the Thor films.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Well it was much better than I thought it would be even though that's not saying much. When are they going to stop making these??? I know the action junkies would be upset

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street is right on par with the first installment I cant wait to whats in store for them next.


Maleficent Shows me that Disney is having a cold streak at the moment!

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I am thoroughly impressed with How To Train Your Dragon 2. I honestly didn't think it would be equal to its predecessor but boy was I wrong. Dream Works isn't afraid to explore dark themes unlike Disney which you always get a happy ending with so kudos to Dream Works and they have a slight edge over Disney at this point.


Divergent tried not to be a cheesy teen film but that's what it was in my opinion, based on a wildly popular series of young adult novels by Veronica Roth, is clearly being positioned as the next cinematic phenomenon along the lines as Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games. Of course for each of those series, there have been several that have stalled at the box office. Just ask the makers of The Golden Compass, Beautiful Creatures, Eragon, Vampire Academy or Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The lesson here is that what works on the page doesn't necessarily work on the screen. And, in fact, the uninitiated will need to read Roth's book to understand what's so great about Divergent, because the movie is aggressively mediocre.

The story takes place in Chicago during a dystopian future. You know, one of those "after the war" things. Everyone has been placed into one of five "factions" according to their personality type. There's Amity (for peaceful people), Candor (honest folk), Erudite (those with high intelligence), Dauntless (brave risk-takers who also keep everyone safe), and Abnegation (those who care for others, particularly the poor and sick). Shailene Woodley plays Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a young woman in the Abnegation faction. During a ceremony meant to solidify her place permanently, she decides to switch over to the Dauntless, much to the shock of her parents. At first, it seems like fun and thrills, but the training is tough, and Tris eventually discovers that there's a conspiracy to kill Divergents people who don't easily fit into any one faction. No one knows that she is one of them. Kate Winslet plays Jeanine, the leader of the Erudite, who is leading the conspiracy and is therefore a serious threat to Tris.

Divergent starts off very intriguingly, as it sets up the rules of the factions and finds Tris discovering that she is a special and rare case. The movie begins to go astray, however, after she switches groups. There's a potentially compelling subplot related to how her parents feel about her switching and running off with the Dauntless. That idea is abandoned in favor of 45 minutes of repetitive scenes in which Tris goes through one training exercise after another. Such moments are meant to show how she toughens up, but we get the point long before the film stops making it. After the training, Tris has to endure a series of tests designed to make her confront her darkest fears. She does this about four times, which again is overkill. When the tests are done, Divergent launches into a ton of exposition about one faction trying to eliminate another, as well as a half-baked, completely obligatory romance between Tris and one of the Dauntless leaders, Four. Because this is setting up things that will happen in the sequels rather than in this movie, it's all rather tedious.

To its credit, Divergent is a showcase for strong female characters. Shailene Woodley is excellent as Tris, projecting a combination of fierceness and sensitivity that makes her a likeable heroine, even when the plot is just marking time. Kate Winslet is good, as well. Her subtle, controlled performance as Jeanine makes me wish she'd play more evil characters. She is effectively menacing without ever overdoing it. Ashley Judd gets in a few strong moments as a woman with secrets of her own, as does Zoe Kravitz, who plays a fellow Dauntless recruit with a streak of subversiveness. The woman fare nicely in Divergent. The male characters, for a change, are the ones who are bland and underwritten.
To be fair, the potential is here for any Divergent sequels to be an improvement over the original. Now that the groundwork has been laid, it's possible this series will go to thrilling places. But make no mistake: this movie is nothing but groundwork, which makes it a dull watch and not worth the price of admission.


(Quick Review)

Another classic case of a good premise with the lack of decent execution. Will and Evelyn Castor are computer scientists who are working on a piece of artificial intelligence that will transcend humanity and help heal the world. Following a lecture, Will is shot by a member of an anti-technology terrorist group with a poisoned bullet that proves fatal. Acting in desperation Evelyn and friend Max implement a plan to move Will's consciousness into their AI machine to keep him alive. Seemingly successful, an investigation from fellow scientist Joseph and FBI agent Buchanan seem to suggest that the AI is not Will, but simply using his stock memories to give that impression. Starting with endless flat dialogue full of nonsensical techno-babble, the film skips to the Transcendence in quick time. There's little time to flesh out the characters and the urgency is placed on humanities fear of new technologies. It plays out a little like the birth of Skynet from The Terminator, with lashings of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Depp's performance, almost entirely a disembodied head and voice on a monitor, drives the messy narrative, while the likes of Hall, Bettany, Freeman and Kate Mara are wasted, reacting to his evolution and rarely actually being anything other than walking exposition talking heads. Some of the ideas, such as technology vs. humanity, the overwhelming fear of new ideas and what it means to be human are touched upon and raise some really interesting theories. But these are glossed over to fire the story toward its inevitable final battle between the technophobic humans and the sentient super-computer, but then it even balks at delivering this. While it may look beautiful and makes some interesting points, it never has the strength of character to follow through on some of its threats. By the time the end of technology finally happens it isn't with a big dramatic explosion, but rather a small whimper. There is some bright moments of direction from Pfister who clearly has the right eye, even if his script-management leaves a lot to be desired.

Under the Skin

Under the Skin is one of the oddest films that I have seen in recent memory. This movie will divide audiences. Some will love it, others will hate it. I've read reviews saying it's a near masterpiece, one of the best films of the year. Others say it's pretentious, dull, and overly indulgent. I must admit I have not yet reached a solid conclusion on how I feel about this movie. Ask again a few weeks from now, and I may be in the same position. There is no denying it is an original, fascinating piece of film making. But I say that with a level of detachment. For all the qualities it has, I view it as though it were sitting inside of a display case, only allowing me to engage from a distance. The story involves an alien assuming the likeness of a human. The opening sets the tone. Circular lights begin to form on a black screen, moving together in strange patterns. A woman's voice is heard mumbling sounds, like the person speaking them is doing so for the first time. We quickly realize this is the alien "being" starting to take shape, forming a female identity.

With few words, this woman goes out into the world (Scotland to be exact) with a purpose. Her mission is to drive around in a white van, pick up lonely male targets using her looks and charm, take them to an abandoned apartment, and lead them into what I can only describe as The Black Room of Death. Accompanied by a mop up crew of motorcycle riders, the woman appears transfixed on taking down the male population, one by one. Why? It's never explained which was a big problem to me, but the imagery showing the process is terrifying. It would be futile for me to describe it; you'd have to see it yourself to get the full effect. What is Glazer trying to say here? Many themes can be articulated ideas regarding beauty, sex and gender roles, the objectification of the female body, etc. Yes, Johansson is nude much of the time, but not in a titillating fashion. Nearly everyone who falls for her is punished for it. It's said that many of the men she picked up were not actors, but actual people who did not know they were being filmed. There is a kind of spontaneity with that approach. The hunter/prey dynamic has a twist here: instead of Buffalo Bill prowling the night for women to kidnap, it's the other way around. Glazer has set the story in a dreary environment, where everything seems constantly wet and miserable. His visuals jump back and forth between the realistic and the nightmarish, and often he lingers on a shot far longer than need be.

Johansson's performance is a difficult one to tackle. She's required to see the world as though everything is brand new. Scene after scene shows her staring off with her big round eyes, displaying confusion and wonderment. But when a target is within reach, she switches back to her alluring huntress persona. My questions aren't with her acting, but with the context of how her character operates within this universe. If we are to assume this is the first time the alien is interacting with humans, how is she so aware of basic social functions? She capably drives a van through traffic, can converse with other humans in a relatively normal way, and uses sexual attraction as a weapon. The alien could have chosen any human likeness, but by some stroke of luck chose the body of one of the most beautiful women in the world? Maybe I'm thinking about this the wrong way.

This isn't a horror film, but it's quite unnerving. The music by Mica Levi doesn't sound like music, and I mean that as a compliment. It's a constant, subtle rumble of noises and effects. Blended with Glazer's deliberately slow pacing and dark photography, we find ourselves squirming in our seats, thinking that something will jump out and scare us. Fortunately, Glazer has different goals in mind. Even more impressive is that he is able to maintain this tone throughout the entire run time. For all its qualities "Under the Skin" ultimately frustrates. It plays like an experimental art project pushed past its natural breaking point. Form is content; Glazer offers a lot of meticulous, slow scenes of the star driving across the country, close-ups on her hollow face, and haunting excursions into the void where the protagonist traps her men. Once the initial fascination wears off, there are basically two choices: be wowed by the art, by the strong mastery of craft, or hope for something more. Cold and distancing, Under the Skin plays like a movie with a lot on its mind, leaving little room for some basic cinematic concepts. There's got to be something deeper, more tangible and human about a film for it to resonate as much more than an intriguing experiment. By the time the movie tries to move in that direction, it's too late. In other words, there isn't enough to make this film a masterpiece in my opinion.

Moonrise Kingdom

Odd, peculiar, and something that you don't normally see is how I would describe this film but somehow it works. Set in 1965, on a small island off the coast of New England, this is the story of Sam, a 12 year-old Khaki Scout who abandons his troop to run away with his pubescent crush, Suzy. Sam is an orphan who may have problems with mental stability, whereas Suzy comes from an unhappy home. She resents her mother Laura for carrying on an affair with the island's police chief, Captain Sharp. Her father Walt is always busy working or being generally distracted. Her little brothers are pests. When the two kids run off into the wilderness, Sharp heads up a search party. Assisting him is Sam's bumbling scout leader, Scout Master Ward, and the entire scout troop. Meanwhile, a major storm looms off the coast making it imperative that Sam and Suzy are found as quickly as possible.

Jared Gilman and Kara Heyward are really good finds. Despite their youthful age, they know exactly how to nail Anderson's fondness for exaggerated characters. The kids could come off as a bit precious, yet the young actors find real humanity in them. If you ever felt inwardly tormented as a 12 year-old, you'll relate to Sam and Suzy. A terrific ensemble cast provides backup, with Norton getting laughs as the scout leader who really tries hard to take no nonsense, and Tilda Swinton getting even more laughs as a Social Services worker named...Social Services. She devotes herself to finding Sam so that she can send him to juvenile detention, which puts in motion the third-act events that show Moonrise Kingdom's compassionate heart.

Anderson balances broad comedy with occasionally surreal quirk, while still holding the emotional center. The film is largely told through the eyes of the kids, so the delightfully silly little touches are indicative of how they see the world. When you get right down to it, these young folks are wiser and more grounded than the adults around them are. They see through the folly of their "role models." Telling a story about children appears to have freed him somewhat. The movie has moments of action, and even some special effects. Everything adds up to create a cinematic rush that simulates what Sam and Suzy are feeling inside. While Moonrise Kingdom bears its maker's unmistakable stamp, it also feels new and fresh, very much unlike anything else. The beauty of a picture like this is that you can't anticipate where it's going to go. There are surprises every few minutes sometimes a plot twist, other times an unexpectedly absurd bit of comedy, still other times a creative visualization of an idea. Even the end credits are compellingly presented. At a time when even fun movies often feel rubber-stamped, it's so refreshing to see one that catches you off guard, making you smile with its exuberant energy. Moonrise Kingdom celebrates crazy young love in an odd sense of style.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

Well this definitely a better sci-fi flick than last years Oblivion starring Tom Cruise.You enjoyed it when they called it Groundhog Day. You may even have found it exciting and intriguing in Source Code. So why not take the same premise and do it again right? This time around our protagonist is Major William Cage, who had to make a choice how he would fight back after a deadly alien attack has taken over continental Europe. The aliens, known as mimics have been unstoppable until their defeat at the Battle of Verdun, where Sgt. Rita Vrataski was the hero of the day. Now commanding General Brigham sees the tide turning and he has a new role for Cage who has essentially been doing PR for the war effort. He's going to be with the troops when they invade and provide morale boosting reports. Cage is always ready to rally the troops as long as his own neck isn't on the line refuses, not quite understanding the chain of command.

He is sent into combat barely trained and, of course, dies. However, something has happened to him during an encounter with one of the aliens that causes him to go back to the moment when he becomes a private. This happens again and again, ending each time with his death and a reboot. From here on out you know where the story is going: Cage and his eventual ally Vrataski will keep trying and failing but learning something more that they can use on their next go round. It's an exciting and entertaining movie because we get caught up with the problem solving, and because Cruise plays against his usual action hero persona. In a sense, the story is about Cage slowly learning that if they are going to defeat the aliens, his role is crucial and he can't opt out. There's also some leavening humor, particularly from Paxton as the sarcastic sergeant. When Cruise returns and starts anticipating what he will do and say, the scenes work because of Paxton's reactions.

As for the war itself, the aliens are a neat special effect but we learn nothing about them or their motives. They may as well be an unending stream of enemies generated in a video game. There's plenty of action, even if the payoff seems akin to the one in Cruise's last SF film, last summer's Oblivion. Fair to say, this is the much better film. If there's a tinge of regret it's that none of these films take the concept of a time loop very far. The late Ken Grimwood's World Fantasy Award winning novel, Replay, is about a man who dies in his forties and then wakes up in his college dorm room in his twenties with his memories intact. Having an opportunity to relive a life or completely change it proves to be both more ambitious and more poignant. It's not merely the one day do-over that the characters in Edge of Tomorrow and the earlier films get. That said, Edge of Tomorrow is a thoughtful, action-packed, and occasionally amusing take on the premise melded into the alien invasion story. For summer entertainment, it will more than do for anyone despite the ending being underwhelming.

The Breakfast Club

(Quick Review)

This is one of the best teen flicks you will ever see. The Breakfast Club presents teenagers from all corners of the social spectrum trapped together, who only reach an understanding of one another during an 8 hour Saturday detention. The criminal, Jock, Prom Queen, Weirdo, and Geek establish in just a few hours that their social standings in high school aren't as rigid and unyielding as they initially thought. Situated in the largest high school library that I have ever seen, the students are supervised by the anally- retentive teacher. He manifests all of the blatant and frequently damaging stereotypes which adults project onto teenagers. The performances from all five delinquents culminate in an exuberant weed smoking session followed by a touching denouncement, establishing their similarities as human beings and teenagers. Their gradual revelations ground commonalities and begin to break down each of their personal barriers. The film produces moments of charm, when princess Claire gives the weirdo a makeover, when brainy Brian reveals his attempted suicide, and when the theatrical Bender re-enacts a typical family scene. After struggling with social standings, divisive homes and the fear held by us all: that we'll become exactly like their parents they turn to the question of whether this bizarre Saturday experience can unite them when they return to school on Monday morning. The Breakfast Club may not offer its audiences anything ground breaking or new, but it does remind us of our own High School experiences and of the pressures put on by ourselves and adults into maintaining an "image". Stereotypical characters break stereotypical boundaries confirming what we've all known and experienced before, being a teenager seems unfair at times.

3 Days To Kill

This is definitely one of the most bland action thrillers ever!. Kevin Costner stars as Ethan Renner, a CIA agent who's just about had enough with being a trained killer for the U.S. government. For those in this field who know him well, his desire to leave the agency isn't taken seriously in the slightest. That's because he's seen as a lifer in these circles, and they appear to think he's going to be just another international spy who can't get enough of the international intrigue that the spy game provides. The only things that are currently stopping him from winning his family back is hurt feelings, a lack of trust and the hunt for a world renowned terrorist simply known as "The Wolf." His employers know that he wants to get out, but they also know he's the only man for this assignment. It's the reason behind Vivi arriving in France so she can give him an offer that he can't refuse.

The mysterious blonde operative manages to track him down before he completely bolts, and convinces him to stay with the company for just a little bit longer. With all that he has on his table, Renner sees himself stretching himself out as he attempts to continue to partake in the job that splintered his family while bringing that very same family back together while still hiding the kind of job that he has been doing for as long as he could remember. The plot in 3 Days to Kill sounds extremely familiar if you've seen your share of action film about spies. There's the guy taking one last mission, being the only man for the job and trying to keep it all from his loved ones. As far as the quality of the film goes, 3 Days to Kill is a bad movie with a bunch of stuff we've seen before. Everything that you think will be wrong with something like this is wrong with here, but this is the kind of bad that you can legitimately find some honest entertainment value in at times.

The movie felt too long and poorly paced, I found myself forgetting what the movie was about at times. That's partially because of the lengthy feel to it, but it's mainly because of the fact that the movie itself appears to be all over the place. One minute Renner is after "The Wolf" and the next minute "The Wolf" is completely forgotten, and we're onto something else for what seems like forever. It's a strange way to make a movie, but that's generally what you get from anything associated with Luc Besson these days. With all that being said, 3 Days to Kill could have been a whole lot worse. There isn't much to see here it's a horrible film. If you feel like watching it, save your money and watch it if and when it comes on T.V. or something. There's a good chance that you'll probably laugh at how bad this film was during many of the scenes.


In GODZILLA WE TRUST. The opening sequence focuses on an American family living in Japan. Joe Brody is an engineer working at a local nuclear power plant, where his wife Sandra is also employed. Just as the original 1954 film used a real life incident a hydrogen bomb test that affected the crew of a fishing boat as the starting point, the start of this film echoes the 2011 nuclear disaster in Ōkuma, in which an earthquake caused a series of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In trying to determine whether or not there's good judgment in the exploitation of this correlation, it is important to note that the original film followed through on its allegory to make a point, this one seems more interested in employing allegory as a means to create an homage to the 1954 film than in using it to comment upon the real world counterpart, but it works.

The story picks up 15 years later in the present day. Joe's son Ford, a solider in the Army, has just returned to San Francisco to his wife Elle and son after a tour overseas. Joe is in Tokyo and has been arrested while trying to investigate the nuclear disaster site. Ford goes to bail out his dad from jail. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that we have an actual emotional investment in their story, which is one of terrifying trauma and unassailable loss. That this story is satisfying even with the anticipation of at least one giant monster turning up at any moment is even more impressive. The rest of the major cast is an assemblage of stock characters. Ken Watanabe plays the scientist who believes Godzilla is misunderstood (Which he definitely is!), and David Strathairn plays an admiral who oversees the less than genius idea of luring the monsters through major metropolitan areas to the Pacific Ocean with a nuclear bomb. Everyone seems shocked that the creatures are attracted to the bomb despite the fact that it has been firmly established that they feed on nuclear energy.

The human element is still present once Godzilla arrives, but now those humans are on autopilot, with Ford joining the bomb transportation team in order to get home. The film turns its attention to monster based destruction and, eventually, fighting. Director Gareth Edwards continues to tease us with how much of the enormous amazing beast we see and, more importantly, how and when we see the devastation it and its enemies cause. If the first act was grounded in its human story, the chaos that follows is seen almost exclusively from a human eye line. Edwards' camera stays primarily on solid ground looking up at the monsters, such as a scene where gamblers in Las Vegas see the roof of a casino fall in upon them before the film cuts ahead in time to a group of firefighters who witness the end result of the destruction through what used to be the side of a building. Godzilla's first appearance comes in the midst of a tsunami and Edwards follows one family's rush for safety as the water floods behind them. Yes it's kind of disappointing that the latter half of the film can't maintain the emotional core of the prior, but even so, Godzilla remains a human story of a more general variety. The movie received a major round of applause after it was over kudos to Gareth Edwards. A job well done!


(Quick Review)

Dare I say comedy of the year so far!!!. Kelly and Mac Radner are new parents and have just moved into their dream home and neighborhood. But things quickly turn when the new neighbors, a fraternity, move in and start to do what one might expect of the group; namely, lots of big parties and playing loud music at odd hours of the night. The fraternity is led by Teddy, the president, and Pete, the vice president, who immediately understand that the couple next door might present a problem. So they decide to try and get on their good side early. Of course, Kelly and Mac are trying to do the same thing to hopefully make the new neighbors welcome, but also to make sure that they understand they want the noise to be kept down. I'm really impressed by Zac Efron because he's slowly breaking out of his safe, teenage image and this film certainly pushes its R-rating limits. His comedic timing and cockiness are a perfect fit for the leader of the hooligans next door. He plays up the physical aspect many know him for by often appearing shirtless while frequently acting like an idiot that has continually has had things handed to him. The dynamic between Teddy and Pete is one of the most interesting aspects, as they are both leaders in the same fraternity, yet completely different in their aspirations and school life. Pete is the smart, focused one while Teddy is much too preoccupied with getting back at the Radners or throwing epic parties. Once the feud starts, things quickly escalate and this is where the comedy hits its stride and rarely relents. Like much of the packed Paramount Theater audience, dialogue and potential follow up jokes were missed because we were busy laughing at the initial gag hey perhaps the strongest praise a comedy could get it right???

Devil's Due
Devil's Due(2014)

It's extremely difficult to make a solid horror film nowadays. The movie follows Zach and Samantha McCall as two newlyweds heading to Santa Domingo for their honeymoon. Of course the over sensitive husband wants to document their entire lives as they begin their journey on becoming a family. They are given a gift of an adventure cam so they can continue to document things without the need of holding a handheld camera. After what seems to be a wonderful vacation the two are approached by a taxi driver who leads them for one last hurrah to celebrate their trip. You find out this becomes the biggest mistake of their young marriage. When they return home Samantha finds out she's pregnant and things to start to become a little strange for the two. Not only is the pregnancy itself of concern but Zach feels as if his new family may also be being watched. You soon find out that Samantha's behavior has changed drastically and she has become the vessel to a child no woman would want to carry.

Cinema (and certainly the horror genre) has become over saturated with the cheaper film making process known as 'found-footage. It's a struggle to see how the increasingly convenient camerawork that continues to capture poorly shot scenes and set pieces can still be taken seriously. Scenes that frame a conversation that moves the plot forward with an eye rolling revelation are the most bothersome, especially when wondering, "Why would you be recording this?" Then there is the irritating money shots while characters fight for their lives. Of course we need to see it, but again, in the back of your mind you're always thinking, Surely it'd be easier to survive or escape if they'd only throw the camera. While its first half promises to take an alternative route to what we've become accustomed to in this sub genre while sticking to the rule of an excited, expectant couple wanting treasured memories, it's not long before those aforementioned questions begin to rear their ugly head. It descends into a muddled supernatural mess by throwing in CCTV from supermarkets, car parks, strangers' camcorders, police interviews, and most bizarrely the mysterious cult keeping tabs on the couple to assure another little Satan is delivered safely. Conducive in its linear approach to a narrative we can simply understand, it fails in its delivery significantly. Leaving you to pose another question. Whose supposed to be putting all this crap together???

The two leads give strong, committed performances, Miller in particular. They are the film's only saving grace, but, when the script progresses from their obvious love of one another to wanting to secure jump scares alongside special effects, Devil's Due loses that impressive emotional impact initially built up early on. None more so than, when at a family gathering, the camera is unbelievably given to children running around the house playing hide and seek. From then on, it no longer feels interested in building up to a terrifying tale. This is, or rather supposedly is, a horror film. It becomes increasingly obvious it's more concerned in impressing with stunt work or set pieces, with the pyrotechnic-filled conclusion sign posted well in advance. We're then treated to an unnecessary post credit sequence offering something glaringly obvious. Devil's Due, like most found footage entries, falls flat in its cringe worthy execution and refuses to stand out from the crowd. The only thing it does deliver, aside from disappointment, is predictability.

Need For Speed

And the poor track record for video game adaption's continues. Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall who is a auto mechanic and street racer. We learn early on that Tobey is the son of a famous racer whose recent passing still lingers with him. With his garage in financial straits, Tobey and his friends accept an offer from ex NASCAR driver Dino Brewster to help rebuild one of his cars. Dino's car is sold to the boss of Julia. Julia is one of those hotshot female characters who are supposedly written to be "one of the guys supposedly" but when the going gets tough, she reverts into the helpless damsel in distress. Before the transaction is made, Tobey and Dino get into a clash of egos, trying to see who's the better driver. They decide to take it out on the road, and their recklessness leads right to terrible results, with Tobey losing everything and Dino driving away scotch free and clean.

All this is just a set up for the main plot thread. Years later Tobey returns and decides to exact his revenge on Dino. How does he do this? By jumping into a car, driving from New York to San Francisco, entering the underground race known as the Deleon, and beating Dino in it to receive his sweet revenge. How exactly does winning this race lift years of torment and anger off Tobey's shoulders? I honestly don't have a real clue. Luckily for Tobey, Julia somehow finds herself his passenger on the trip. To call this preposterous would be putting it mildly. Nearly every action disregards realism. All the characters good or bad drive so wildly, with no thought about the danger they are putting themselves and others in. The only lives Tobey and his friends care about are their own; innocent bystanders are shrugged off with little remorse at all. Police cruisers are simple nuisances to them, nothing a crazy car stunt can't handle. Tobey creates such chaos on his way to California we wonder how the heck he can make it there with his car intact. One scene, involving refueling without stopping comes off as laughable to me.

Dominic Cooper grimaces intensely as Dino, a man so evil he borders on psychopathic. Tobey's friend Benny has the convenient role of the lookout, with a surprising amount of access to any aircraft (civilian or military) he so desires which I found implausible. Need For Speed is about as logical as a 25 hour day, and that doesn't even make sense. Not much does here the car stunts have an authenticity about them, but they quickly grow tiresome. The stakes don't have any tangible urgency; I didn't care enough about these characters or what happened to them. Even if this was simply meant to be a high end car commercial for the exotic vehicles. Sadly Need For Speed wont do anything to change the perception on video game adaption films.

300: Rise of an Empire

(Quick Summary)

If you're into blood, gore, and violence this flick will do the trick for you. The original 300 was a divisive film containing hyper violence with a little bit of historical accuracy. Still, it was also wildly entertaining and, visually, one of the first to follow in the wake of the Sin City graphic novel framing and design mold. The eight year gap between Zack Snyder's guts and gore extravaganza which made an international star of Gerard Butler and a sequel suggests some head scratching as to how to revive a story when practically all your muscled heroes perished in the first installment. The solution is to shift sideways to a concurrent sea battle, where a swivel eyed Eva Green wages war on Greek general Sullivan Stapleton. Despite hyperbolic acting, this is a dull witted combination of ancient Greece and modern CGI and the 3D element means that everyone bleeds as if entirely made of arteries. Trust me this film is nothing like it's superior predecessor and I barely made it through the entire film.

The Raid 2
The Raid 2(2014)

Here we have a sequel that is on a bigger scale trumping it's predecessor tremendously. Some of my reactions during the film were OMG OMG Holy S#$% I cant believe I just saw that. The Raid 2 takes place just a couple of hours after the events of the first film. SWAT team officer Rama, having made it out of the tower block alive, goes undercover to infiltrate the Jakarta crime syndicate and uncover the corruption within his own police force. Rama makes a huge sacrifice by going undercover in a notorious prison to get close to Ucok who is the only son of Bangun, the feared mob boss in control of all criminal activity in Jakarta. Rama proves his worth to Ucok during an utterly staggering prison riot. Around 30 prisoners start the riot and are soon joined by an army of riot police in a muddied prison yard that will leave you amazed at how these guys had the energy to film in such conditions and it most likely be the biggest mud spectacle you will ever see.

Having protected Ucok during the riots, Rama is taken under the wing of mob boss Bangun and this is where the story really kicks into gear. The Raid had a simple premise with a SWAT team fighting for their lives in a tower block full of criminals. It was simple yet effective despite the lack of a real plot. What Evans has managed to do so well with The Raid 2 is to still keep it simple but set it in a much wider environment. The undercover element is simple to follow but the greater array of characters in the criminal underworld will keep you guessing at who will double cross who. The performances are really spot on from all involved. Iko Uwais as Rama and Arifin Putra as Ucok in particular are the highlights of the entire movie. The main selling point of The Raid 2 is obviously going to be the action set pieces and its many fight scenes. I thought The Raid was spectacular but trust me when I say, you haven't seen anything yet. Gareth Evans action epic speeds through a marathon two hour and twenty eight minute run time with some quite glorious action sequences and fight scenes. The most impressive is a car chase to rival any car chase that you have seen before, featuring three cars and a motorbike. Doesn't sound too great but when you consider one car contains Rama fighting four men, it just gets a whole lot better. The car chase is just the start of the final act that will keep you well and truly on the edge of your seat. The final 45 minutes sees Rama battle Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man, those are really their names in the movie, in an absolutely incredible fight scene before a final showdown in a kitchen with The Assassin.

Rama VS The Assassin is just a ridiculously entertaining fight scene that had me saying OOOOH AHHHH and it had me in disbelief at what I was seeing. What makes this particular fight more impressive is that it is just between two guys. Even though there are fight scenes featuring around 40-50 men, Rama VS The Assassin is the one that entertained me the most, particularly when it reaches its climax. I cannot give enough praise to work that goes on behind the scenes of each action sequence. The meticulous planning and the choreography for each fight scene is just unbelievable. It must be so satisfying to see all the hours of hard work ultimately pay off and to see audiences around the world loving each and every second of it. If The Raid took action movies to new heights then The Raid 2 soars above it, looking down on it from action movie royalty. It is surely only a matter of time before Hollywood sees sense and puts a talent like Gareth Evans at the helm of a big budget action blockbuster. Before any of that though, the final act of the trilogy beckons and I simply cannot wait. May I dare say its time to start mentioning Iko Uwais with the likes of Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Tony Jaa that's how skilled he is.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

A sequel that I didn't expect to be better than its predecessor and I stand corrected. The movie opens where the previous left off, with Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone co-anchoring the news together in New York. Soon things change, and Ron finds himself propelled away from his job and family that now includes a son. Ron is approached by Dylan Baker, who's recruiting for the world's first twenty four hour news station, and offers Ron and his news team a spot. At first the film aimlessly wanders for a bit, but then it throws a whole lot of craziness at the wall as we watch everything not stick and slide down into almost obscurity. What mainly doesn't work is how the film takes Burgundy and crew out of the fantasy element that made them rock stars and instead delivers them into a more realistic setting, where their childlike, goofy behavior is not accepted. When Burgundy goes to his meet his new girlfriend's family, his behavior is so racially uncomfortable and the family is so straight laced that the jokes come off stiff and out of place I have a sense of humor, but just didn't find that to be funny. Throughout the film, our returning characters are looked at as ineffectual, and instead of the humor playing off their brazen attitude, it attempts to make light of them by making them out of place and uncomfortable. Jokes are recycled in a motif all too common for comedy sequels, where the filmmakers think the only way to repeat success is to do the same thing once again. The jokes feel as rehashed and tired as they come off.

In the wake of this lackadaisical effort, fan service approach is the team that surrounds and supports Ron Burgundy. Champ Kind, Brian Fantana, and Brick Tamland are more or less pushed to the sides, and when they are featured, it's really only to support Burgundy in the moment. Except for a Wayne's World 2 inspired love story, the news team isn't really a team, but a group meeting. Disappointingly, this also means that Christina Applegate doesn't get much screen time either, and when she does it's to also be a support structure for a self destructing Ron Burgundy, who only seems to be self destructing because he's being treated like a fish out of water. Applegate originally provided the perfect juxtaposition to Burgundy's narcissistic antics, and not only reinforced the film's theme of gender equality, but reinforced her place as a great comedic actress. This time around, Veronica Corningstone has been neutered of her comedic placement.

With a running time of practically two hours, there's bound to be something funny that pops up, and there is. Unfortunately, by the time we reach what appears to be the now obligatory news station fight, the movie's worked so hard to place the absurdity of the first film in an environment that's all too self conscious that the absurdity of the fight itself doesn't work. These people don't belong in this world and therefore their existence is as out of context as it is a pure grab to have a bunch of celebrity cameos as a climax. The commentary on modern day, twenty four hour news is a nice touch, but it ultimately only stands out because of how it really has nothing to do with what's taking place on the screen most of the time. As the man says the first time Burgundy essentially begins his path of reporting puppy dogs and American pride, "This goes against everything we stand for." If you need a film to pass time I guess this could possibly do the trick. It just feels lazy and uninspired compared to the original and sadly that's exactly what I expected.

Blue Is The Warmest Color

I never thought in my wildest dreams that this movie would get so graphic. Adèle is in high school, studying literature. After a day of studying a portion of a French novel dealing with love and women and having love pass you by in an instant, Adèle passes a couple on the street. One of the pair is a woman with blue hair. The moment strikes Adèle immediately. They exchange glances, but she cannot get that blue haired woman out of her thoughts. Adèle's exploration into her sexuality and who she is begins that night, when she's taken aback by her dream of that woman. Thoughts start reeling in Adèle's mind about who she is. She takes chances with a classmate, trying to steal a kiss in the bathroom, only to have it backfire on her. Adèle is lost accompanying one of her friends out to a male gay bar, she follows a group of girls to a lesbian bar. Searching and searching for this woman who will not leave her mind, Adèle spots her. Her name is Emma, and she is in college for painting. A friendship eventually develops that becomes so much more.

There are so many coming of age films out there, but Blue Is The Warmest Color has to be one of the only relatively mainstream ones about a girl finding love in a lesbian relationship. The film is really honest and raw. When Emma shows up at Adèle's school and they walk away together, it stirs up some hate towards Adèle for hanging out with a quote on quote "dyke" and the name calling and threats begin. Adèle being who she is, it rolls off her back, and does not deter her from falling in love, Adèle is enraptured with Emma, almost to the point of obsession. She lives and breathes Emma with an unhealthy dependence on attention from her. It almost becomes dangerous. Jealousy fuels the fire, leading to some unwise and childish behaviors from Adèle. The film has a run time of three hours, but it certainly did not feel like it. While every scene is not necessary for the main story line, each fleshes out the character of Adèle fully. We know her insecurities, her dislikes, her dreams, and her goals. Both Léa Seydoux and Adèle are phenomenal. She is mesmerizing, her eyes, her lips, and especially her hair captivated me personally. It takes a lot as an actress to give everything you have to a character, and I believe that both actresses did just that. It is on their faces and they wear they hearts on their sleeves.

Okay no review of this film would be complete without mentioning the sex scenes. Blue Is The Warmest Color is rated NC-17 for a reason. These are graphic, long sex scenes, especially the first one. They leave nothing to the imagination, the actresses go for it entirely. I read that they used prosthetic genitalia, and if so, those are really good prostheses. I would recommend not seeing this with your parents or with a conservative friend. I guarantee you that there were a couple of walk outs in the theater. Those scenes are very long (like ten or fifteen minutes long), and I wonder what the motive was???. It certainly does not make the viewers think the characters are more in love. Abdellatif Kechiche may have wanted to push the boundaries o the maximum limit, but it was unnecessary even though I really didn't mind. Even if this were a straight couple having graphic sex for a long period of time, I would still question the director's motives. Aside from the sex scenes, Blue Is The Warmest Color is a complete love story with a beginning, middle, and end. It is also about self-discovery, growing up, and regret. It is a creative take on the love story that takes risks and aims to be a topic of conversation after you have viewed the film.


An elderly man with tons of determination. Woody Grant, is a senior citizen who's seen the joyous times of his life pass by as he appears to be quietly withering away in the town of Billings, Montana. As of right now, he doesn't have much going for him, and he probably needs something to do just to give him something to do. At home, he has a wife, but she's not exactly the most calm person in the world and she has a mouth that would put even the most foul-mouthed sailors to shame with her raw takes on people (which are hilarious), life and an assortment of other things. So with that being the way that his daily life has turned out, the old man finds out that he may have struck it rich when he gets a letter saying that he's won a million dollars. This revelation has opened his eyes and is bringing him a large amount of joy that he hasn't experienced in seemingly forever, but he just has to find a way to get to Lincoln, Nebraska so he can get his hands on it. Since he doesn't have a car or any money to catch a plane, train or bus, getting there is going to be difficult.

While he's found himself in an interesting predicament, there's a younger man who lives in the same town with the Grant family blood running through his veins. His name is David, and he's one of the two sons that Woody had with his wife Kate. He has his own life, and it contains a few potentially life changing dilemmas that he has to deal with on his own. He loves his father, but he's probably the last person that wants to take on the responsibilities that Woody is offering at that particular time.That's mainly due to the difficulties of his personal life, but it may also have something to do with the way he and his father view the world. Woody is an idealist who's full of hope due to this winning ticket that he has, while David is more of a realist who simply tries to see everything for what it is. So, of course they butt heads a bit when it comes to the winning ticket that Woody currently has in his possession. David's cynical and honest view on life and the ticket doesn't sway Woody from moving on with his goal, and neither does anything else. All of the family members want him to just let it go, but Woody is determined to get what's rightfully his with or without their support. David senses his father's dedication to getting his one million dollar prize, and with the hopes of satisfying his desire, he reluctantly agrees to drive his pops to Nebraska to settle this once and for all.

The casting of Bruce Dern is very good I see why Oscar nominations were due for this film, including Will Forte, director Alexander Payne, scriptwriter Bob Nelson, cinematographer Phedon Papamichael and composer Bob Orton. The scenery of the Midwest becomes part of this family as though they have always been there in each straight line of the road. Music eases into the scenes and becomes one with everyone present. This is what America is about. People, places, and trying to blend the past with what is current, as in an auto body shop, once owned by someone Woody knew. Now, the mechanics speak Spanish and they have no idea who Woody is talking about. Hand-in-hand with the past and then hand-in-hand with the future, life goes on. I believe Nebraska deserves it's high praise for its modest approach to the father/son dynamic and its quietly moving sensibility.

On The Job
On The Job(2013)

(Quick Summary)

On the Job is a Filipino thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials. Tatang and Daniel are only two of a very vast network of assassins, who are not only protected by their government, but how high the conspiracy goes is the stuff of legends. For thirteen years, Tatang has done horrible things, bribed the guards, escorted to their target by the middleman kills them, then gets escorted back to prison, tipping the guards with alcohol and chocolates. Thelma who hires the contract killers prefers prisoners, because they do what they are told and free men create problems. Daniel on the other hand has a few more years left, and is eager to step up. With no real options Tatang begins Daniel's apprenticeship. His first real assignment was very sloppy, but effective. His second wasnt good. The hit was a top government official and he didn't finish it off. Later we meet Lt. Francis Coronel, Jr. who is a very ambitious and a very well-connected investigator who takes this lucrative investigation. But the deeper he digs the dirtier he looks. Soon enough everyone is in a single web, and everyone loses!. The film is a very compelling look at the Filipino underworld, with some great character development. The principles explain why they do what they do it is not just a plain shoot em up. The dialogue was a confusing mix of Filipino with English mixed in at times, but the visuals eventually compensated for the language confusion. Story wise you needed to pay attention, hang on, and figure out what was going to happen next. That is not saying that the film did not have it's fair share of senseless violence. Most of the hits were spectacularly gory, some of the kills put me in a state of awe. This film had a good mix of a solid story, great characterizations, and uber violence makes is a must see for anybody who enjoys gangster flicks.

Back to the Future

A fun adventurous movie indeed. In 1985 after a series of unlikely events, Marty McFly accidentally transports himself back thirty years to 1955 in Doc's plutonium powered time machine. Looking destined to be stuck in the past forever, Marty convinces the Doc from 1955 to help him in getting back to the future. But when Marty accidentally changes the course of history by interrupting the events which lead to his parents falling in love, his whole future may no longer exist if he doesn't correct things. With a race against time, Marty must help his parents to fall in love before the clock hits 10.04 pm. Back to the Future is such a good movie because it delivers throughout with comedy, action, adventure, sci-fi, a little romance and the ability to merge all of these elements while telling a brilliantly concocted story. Unlike many movies, it has no hidden message or over the top humor, or even the feeling that it's a vehicle for just one star. It's just a good family friendly movie which merges many genres so that it appeals to a wide audience from all ages.

One of the best things about "Back to the Future" is that it is so imaginative, often in a humorous but slightly real way. From the time travelling DeLorean through to Marty basically inventing the skateboard when he hits 1955, there are so many moments which are ingeniously inspired. It gives the movie such a wonderful layer of excitement waiting for the next moment to crop up. Something as simple as the scene where Marty pretending to be Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan is equally inspired as he tries to convince his future father to take his future mother out. It really is packed with all these moments which blend nicely into the story line, effortlessly and not in a way that they feel like set pieces. Alongside Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd there are more than adequate performances from what are basically a supporting cast despite the importance of their characters. Thomas F. Wilson is fantastic in the slightly over the top bully Biff, as is Crispin Glover who ramps up the nervousness of his character George McFly. Lea Thompson is beautiful and funny as Lorraine as is Claudia Wells as Marty's girlfriend Jennifer. Back to the Future really does have such a wonderful array of characters which provide depth to the movie when it comes to the performances.

Back to the Future is easily coveted as one of the most entertaining movies to have come out of the 80's and has stood the test of time outstandingly. It is a whole combination of things from the comedy, the story line, the performances and the ingenuity of it which makes it such a wonderful movie full of fun from start to finish. It has a exuberant amount of energy about it which never drops right up until the credits roll. Plus the pairing of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is inspired, working brilliantly together in one of the best cinematic pairings.

Ghost Team One

(Quick Summary)

Sergio and Brad are horny young nerds who decide to become ghost hunting documentations after a ghost (and a very beautiful woman) make their presence felt during a raucous house party The premise is very simple for Santos and Villarreal they are two very funny guys, both individually and as a unit to riff on a lot of the ideas we've seen in straight faced thrillers. Fortunately they're also assisted by two very funny women and a colorfully unpredictable roommate who is very hilarious. The plot involves the spirit of a horny Vietnamese girl who causes paranormal problems whenever something sexual is taking place. For the first hour of Ghost Team One, mostly everything works. The young actors know their comedy and play to their strengths, some of the funniest moments are provided through quick punch lines and quicker editing, and there's a strong effort to create a comedic story within a horror concept and for the most part I believe they succeeded. If you don't take this film too serious I believe you would receive some decent laughs.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese impressive track record continues. At the age of twenty five Jordan Belfort moved to New York to pursue the fortune that suited his aspiration. Hired by a prominent Wall Street brokerage firm, Jordan soon loses his job on the infamous Black Monday as his new employer tanks. Recovering quickly he finds a job out on Long Island selling penny stocks which are businesses that aren't big enough to be listed on the NASDAQ and trade for only a couple cents a share. Jordan soon becomes an expert at stuffing bad deals down the gullible throats of the average working class person who's just trying to get rich quick. After meeting Donnie Azoff at a diner one morning and befriending him, the two rent out an old garage and start their own brokerage firm. At first the two sell more penny stocks to naive investors who simply don't know any better. Then Jordan changes the name of the company to Stratton Oakmont to attract more lucrative and wealthy investors, and with his fantastic off the charts sales skills the firm swiftly grows into a large operation with real offices and several dozens of employees. Before they know it Stratton Oakmont was making more money than they knew what to do with, and thus begins the immense levels of depravity. From Quaaludes to hookers to midget tossing, the management of Stratton Oakmont had no problem with spending their newly earned wealth on every car, yacht, beach house, and mountain of cocaine they could set their eyes on.

As the film goes along we watch on as Belfort and his partners descend into further circles of self gratification. Only three days after his divorce is finalized, Jordan has his beautiful new girlfriend Naomi move into his new Manhattan penthouse with him. As Stratton Oakmont's parties begin to grow out of hand, with sex and drugs rampant, the authorities begin to close in on Jordan from all sides. The FBI and Agent Patrick Denham begin tracking him, and the Securities and Exchange Commission start poking around his offices. Belfort is forced to launder his money and hide it in a Swiss bank account. Some people may not know that The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort's fortunes and crimes of the 1990's. His brutally honest memoir, which the film is based on, recount his years of drug abuse, sex, and greed with detail and have been laid out with minor changes in this film. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the depraved years of Belfort's life with an excellent performance that both entices us with his natural charm and disgusts us with the shock of his actions. As the film progresses, Belfort descends to new levels and we begin to fear not only for his own safety, but also for that of those around him.

Martin Scorsese and his entire crew have put in some tremendous effort on this film, making it one of his best pieces in years. The score is, as always for Scorsese; pitch perfect, the casting spot-on, and the camerawork terrific. Different editing styles and physical camera lenses were used for scenes before and after Jordan and his friends got high to distinguish between environments. This also seeks to enhance the narrative, as Jordan can't really recall everything that happened when he was on some of his Quaalude binges. Embedded in The Wolf of Wall Street are many scenes of hilarity, over-indulgence and a deeper tragedy. Through its laughs and raunchiness the film makes a scary commentary on contemporary America that feels extremely relevant to the consumer excess and the materialistic ways of the popular media. Working from Terrence Winter's bold script, Martin Scorsese has crafted one of the most enjoyable films in quite some time. In a way The Wolf of Wall street somewhat reminds me of Goodfellas and how we see the rise of a particular individual then inevitably we see his ultimate demise unfold right before our eyes.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

(Quick Summary)

Asa Butterfield plays the main character, Ender Wiggin with two facial expressions: serious and more serious. Ender has grown up in a volatile future, where human civilization is under threat by invaders. Years ago, an alien race known as Formics savagely attacked Earth. Humanity was able to ward them off, but at great loss. To prevent the devastation from happening again, a Battle School was created to train soldiers with the sole purpose of fighting the Formics. Kids in their early teens are chosen, then molded through tough militarization and influential propaganda. Being picked to train is a right of passage for these young people, even though they're made to be child soldiers. Here is one of the more interesting elements at play: the morality of kids participating in the military. But we never delve deeply into that discussion. Instead, the narrative simply focuses on the trainees as they move up in the ranks. The majority of the film involves Ender either participating in a training exercise, or talking about a training exercise. Whatever momentum is built dissipates rapidly as we watch the trainees enter the practice facility an endless number of times. The repetitiveness kills whatever anticipation there is, so much so that a scene not involving some type of training comes as a relief to viewers. When we finally get to see the preparation put into use, it's done in a backhanded way sort of, ultimately feeling like a cop out. Most of Ender's Game can be described as such. It promises to go in a certain direction, but in the third act veers off the rails with plot twists that don't feel organic, or even sensible. It's a film that tries so hard to be something important but never gets there. Rather, it buries itself under its own themes and ends up becoming insufferable. Everyone is so stern I couldn't connect with any of them. I've read that the source material was well received, and gained a number of sequels. Maybe it would be best to leave the rest of this story on the page instead of the big screen because the debut didn't translate very well.

Lone Survivor

A entertaining war flick indeed. Lone Survivor tells the harrowing true story of a team of Navy SEALs sent on a dangerous mission to capture a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. As you can probably imagine from the film's title, it doesn't have the happiest of outcomes. Don't tell that to Berg however, as he seems intent on having us believe that everything will turn out fine. He employs his unique style of directing here, which makes him both an inspired and unusual fit for this story. Specifically, he's an expert at handling tender emotional moments but he struggles somewhat with creating the tension required for an action film. You quickly get the sense that he loves his characters dearly, not wanting to make their imminent danger feel to be too predictable. This is perfectly exposed in the way he opens the film with real life footage, sentimental correspondence with loved ones, male bonding. He puts all his heart and soul into scenes like these, much more than when he's required to stage the big action sequences.

As much as Berg would like to ignore it however, this is first and foremost a war movie and this particular story requires some big action scenes of course. To his credit, he does direct the shootouts pretty well. Still, that lack of tension is a problem when the men aren't engaged in combat enough. Berg loves his wide shot vistas (especially with a sunrise or sunset in the background) but it ends up feeling too glossy and pretty for this material at times. The film definitely needed some more grit considering the bleakness being depicted.

Even with all of these issues, Berg's elegant direction keeps this film at a fairly high quality. Kudos to Mark Wahlberg as well, who admirably carries the tail end of this film and delivers its powerful conclusion. This film may not be the best war film you will ever see, but due to it's great performances from the main cast makes this an entertaining and decent war film. This is a remarkable true story that deserves to be seen by all.


Witness the future before your eyes. Theodore Twombly is alone, reeling from a divorce, and working a job that has him paying witness every day to the kind of love he once shared with someone (he writes for a company called "" which makes poetic letters for one lover to give to the other based on provided information), he goes home to an empty apartment every night, plays a video game or two, then goes to bed before repeating the process over again in the morning. However, hope soon comes in the form of Samantha a sentient artificial intelligence he downloads and soon falls in love with thanks to her bubbly personality and exuberant energy.

While Theodore and his arc serve as the plot's main driving forces, it's Samantha that serves as the film's heart and soul. Jubilant and ecstatic about being alive yet terrified at the rate she is evolving with new data and connections constantly feeding her infinite potential for knowledge, she is the epitome of both a living, loving consciousness and a hyper-advanced piece of machinery. This operates as the main point of the story. The film is less concerned about how the two lovers are unable to physically be in the presence of one another (although the issues are touched on) and more about how the two will continue said relationship as new aspects of how Samantha really works are revealed through her journey of constantly discovering and coming to terms with tons of new experiences that have her questioning the very nature of her existence.

I believe Her continues Spike Jonze's hot streak of masterfully utilizing out-there science fiction concepts to carefully examine basic truths about human behavior. Both his most accessible and possibly most personal to date, it simultaneously analyzes our relationship to technology and the nature of love in the modern age. Bursting with implications and moments that ring true and hit home, it engages intellectually and emotionally as few films recently have. I believe this film is a must see for everyone it's masterfully crafted with beautiful scenery everywhere you turn and I really think you will see something like this in the not too distant future.

Grudge Match
Grudge Match(2013)

(Quick Summary)

Robert De Niro plays Kid, a one time prizefighter who hasn't touched the gloves in over thirty years but who managed to parlay his moment in the spotlight into a semi successful post boxing career owning a steakhouse and car dealership while occasionally making personal appearances in some semblance of low level glory. Razor played by Sylvester Stallone hasn't had nearly as successful a post boxing life and lives a blue collar existence in Pittsburgh having been recently laid off from yet another job. There's an obvious air that indicates that these two are far more than simply old time rivals, a rivalry that gets brought back to life when promoter Dante Slate played by Kevin Hart gets the two to lend their skills to a video game project. Kid infiltrates Razor's motion capture session and the two end up in an altercation that goes viral. Seeing an opportunity, Slate gets the two to agree to Grudg match, an old school rematch between the two that is largely based upon a conflict that never really feels real or gains any traction even when the inevitable woman that came between them enters the picture. Grudge Match is inconsistent in tone riddled with cliche dialogue. To his credit De Niro seems to know that he's landed himself in a bad movie here and rarely seems invested at time, while Stallone didn't seem convincing at all.

12 Years a Slave

A graphic depiction of slavery. In school I believe we all learned about slavery in our U.S. History class. We read the textbooks, we wrote reports on it. Besides the Holocaust, it is one of the worst crimes against humanity in recorded history, and it happened in this very country. Yes, we've been taught the horrors that came from selling black people to southern plantation owners, but there is something different between reading about it in a book and seeing it happen in a movie. Director Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave is a brutal showing of this time period. He does not hold back at all he reveals all the cruelty, nastiness, and evil this institution held back in that time. This is one of the more difficult viewing experiences of the year, but it is also one of the best to ever be shown.

McQueen focuses his camera closely on his material, and does not turn away. One of his biggest strengths is in forcing an audience to look at something they may not be comfortable with, and sitting on it for unbearable lengths of time. In one memorable scene, a slave gets hung by a noose with his toes barely touching the ground to give him the ability to breathe. McQueen lets his camera run on this sight for minutes on end. As a result we find ourselves squirming in our seats in disbelief at whats taking place, hoping to see this person relieved of their torment whether through rescue or even death. This is only one of the countless examples of the viciousness inflicted on these people. As I watched it, I couldn't help but think that despite the terrible sequences we're exposed to here, it doesn't come close to the kind of nightmares that actually happened in real life.

While many bad things occur, what keeps us watching is the struggle of the main character to hold on to any glimmer of hope. Solomon Northup was a free man, an accomplished violinist living with his family in upstate New York in the 1800's. Solomon was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and given the name "Platt" and sold into slavery in the Deep South. From there Solomon had to fight to survive. He is faced with a number of moral issues, should he keep his head down and not say anything, or should he run and try to escape? Is he willing to do anything to stay alive, even if it means inflicting pain on other slaves at the order of his white masters?

Of all the characters, the most despicable is Michael Fassbender's Edwin Epps. Fassbender delivers a terrific performance as the hard going, hate-filled slave owner. Epps controls his slaves with savagery finding any excuse to use his whip on them. A slave not picking enough weight in cotton is reason enough for a lashing with a 100 scars. He is set up as a barometer to test Solomon's resolve. Solomon is a strong and smart man, but faced against such a wicked and evil person as Epps, we question if Solomon's endurance can last under such immense strain and pressure.

12 Years A Slave is an incredible story of a man who clung to the hope of returning to his family, and used it to push away the horrible world he was forced into. This is not an easy film to sit through by any means, but it is necessary to see. Many people may believe that because slavery ended generations ago, it is no longer an issue. That couldn't be further from the truth. The ramifications of the time are still being felt today. It was the darkest period of this country's history and it will never be forgotten in this country's history.

Runner Runner

(Quick Summary)

Justin Timberlake plays Richie Furst a poor college student who gambles his savings away in an online poker game. He has the smarts to figure out he was cheated and decides to track down the owner of the poker site, Ivan Block who is played by Ben Affleck. When he finds Block in Costa Rica, his fortune takes a turn for the better and he starts working for Block and living the high life. What follows on from there is anyone's guess as Runner Runner starts falling apart in rapid fashion. Besides Anthony Mackie who was the best performer, nobody else seemed that interested in putting in any kind of decent performance, with the exception of maybe a few seconds from Ben Affleck in the latter half of the film. Other than the story and acting problems, this movie is incredibly hard to connect with. It's very one dimensional and very dull there's nothing that would really catch your interest in this film.


"1,2,3,4...1,2,3,4" One of the coolest low budget films you will ever see. The world of Ink is the world of dreams and nightmares. Each night the Storytellers bring dreams to people and the Incubi bring nightmares. One night a young girl named Emma is sleeping under the watchful eye of one of the storytellers. A large deformed hideous man come in taps her on the head and proceeds to take Emma off into his world. The initial battle during between Ink and the Storytellers is one of the more visually cool battles. Jamin Winans manages to combine a raw fighting style, some extremely interesting special affects and a camera style that still allows you to see everything while bringing you right into the action. This initial battle amazed me the first time I saw it.

While we follow Ink in his quest to bring young Emma to the Incubi, we are introduced to her father who is on the verge of making a huge deal for the company he works for. John has thrown himself into his work after first losing his wife to an accident and then lost custody to his wife's parents. John is good at his job but it is all he has in his life. Even when Emma's grandfather shows up telling John that she is in a coma all John does is yell that he has no daughter. Throughout the rest of the movie we are shown how John's world and the dream world where Emma is now stuck merge together. While Emma's story is told in a direct path John's is told through dreams and nightmares. We are introduced to different Storytellers, Incubi and regular people and Jamin Winans does a beautiful job of creating multiple worlds all at the same time with what feels real with fully fleshed out secondary characters even though we do not spend too much time with them.

Ink does what many movies fail to do it combines beautiful special effects with a large world and a very personal story of redemption into something that really is special. It is not a huge blockbuster movie with millions of dollars behind it but it is something much more wonderful. It has everything that the big budget movies do such as special effects and great action, but more importantly it is a movie with heart. I believe this movie is a cult classic and not to many people know about it, but if you decided to give this movie a go you would not be disappointed at all. Ink most likely has the best special effects that I have ever seen in a low budget film they're simply amazing!

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

With a terrific premise this easily makes this my favorite Jim Carey film to date. This is the story of Joel and Clementine. They are the classic mismatched couple. He's reserved, she's wild and outrageous. The two of them have gone through a bad breakup and Clementine has gone and had all memories of Joel removed from her brain because she can no longer stand him. The procedure is done by a local doctor who specializes in the removal of painful memories. When Joel finds this out he decides to erase her back, mainly out of bitterness. But then in the middle of the procedure he changes his mind and does everything he can think of to hold onto the memories of Clementine even as they are being completely deleted from his head.

The casting in the film is interesting Jim Carrey plays the quiet and reserved character of Joel and conceals his manic tendencies flawlessly. Kate Winslet on the other hand is allowed to run wild with the unconventional character of Clementine. It works wonderfully and the two have a very real and earned chemistry. It's important to the story that we can not only see them work together but we can see why they broke apart and it's all there up on the screen. They are backed up by a very solid cast Kirsten Dunst is the slightly flakey secretary with a crush on the doctor in charge of the procedure. Tom Wilkinson in the doctor role is nicely understated and much more vulnerable than these sorts of roles tend to be. Elijah Wood's role as a mischievous little scumbag plays nicely against his innocent look. The only cast member really doing his standard routine is Mark Ruffalo playing the slightly awkward sort of character he that he has played on a few occasions.

This movie easily could have leapt into the realm of sci-fi movies like Total Recall with elaborate devices and what is reality type twists. But rather than walk that very well used path, Kaufman and Gondry take the low-tech approach. The machine used to wipe Joel's memory looks like somebody put it together in a garage it wasn't very high tech looking at all. And while the story does toy with reality from Joel's perspective it's never played as a trick on the audience. Joel's mind (where a large part of the film is set) is mainly just him wandering through his own memories rather than some sort of elaborate fantasy world. In fact Gondry uses the simplest possible visuals to relay ideas rather than dipping into the well of crazy images. It keeps the concept from taking over the story and allows it to be all about the characters. It also touches lightly on the question of whether or not we, and the connections we have with people, are more than just the sum of our memories. It's a rather deep concept and the movie does have its point of view on the matter but this point is not constantly in your face. In fact it's never even spoken about directly by the characters, but it's a notion that underlies much of the movie.

It can take a little time to really accept the movie on its own terms just because it bucks so many of the ideas the audience would already have about a movie dealing with memory loss. Also it does take some time for the story to really kick in and feel like it's going somewhere, though by the end it is clear why the movie had to start the way it does. This makes the first 20 minutes or so work in hindsight if not completely successful upon the initial viewing. The film comes together as a delightful way to tell a love story with a sci-fi twist.


(Quick Summary)

The life and times of a gangster. As a teenager Henry Hill idolized the gangsters he watched in his neighborhood and it was only time he became one of them. Joining forces with Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito, Henry works his way up the ranks as they pull of various impressive robberies over time. But following the robbery to beat all robberies the glamorous life that Henry Hill and his wife Karen lead starts to tarnish as he gets into drug dealing and Jimmy and Tommy become more and more dangerous as they have their sights set on greatness within the family. Goodfellas is an epic movie spanning three decades as it covers the life of former American gangster Henry Hill adapting the story from Nicholas Pileggi's book "Wiseguy". In many ways Goodfellas is a movie of chapters as it covers the various parts of Hill's life starting with him as a teenager who idolized the mobsters that hung out on the street corners of his neighborhood. It's a wonderful opening building up this glamorized view of being a gangster as Henry watches them go about their business doing what they like with no cares in the world. And then getting drawn into the life as he worked at the Cab Stand run by one of the gangsters, learning how to score and make money here and there as he did more and more work for them. Goodfellas is a great gangster movie, a great movie in general. From the story line which covers the life of Henry, the action and drama which punctuates the story, the soundtrack and camera angles plus the direction and performances there is nothing to fault. And for a movie which comes in at nearly 2 and half hours packs a lot more in than you expect without feeling either rushed or padded out. But it is the fact that it is such a memorable movie for all the right reasons that it entertains from start to finish makes it one of the greatest gangster films of all time.


A job well done by Disney. Frozen is the story of Anna who is the younger sister of Elsa the Princess of Arendelle, she possesses the magical power to create ice and snow. After an accident one day that leads to Anna having memory of her sister's ability erased, Elsa is hidden away in the castle where she can protect the people of Arendelle from being hurt by her magical powers. A couple of years after the tragic death of Anna and Elsa's parents, people from all over travel to see Elsa's coronation upon which the gates of the kingdom will be freely opened. Things seem to be going well for the time being until a disagreement arises surrounding Anna's potential engagement to Prince Hans leading to Elsa's powers being unleashed and her fleeing to the mountains. Elsa's magical powers have caused an eternal winter in the kingdom. Anna, along with mountain man Kristoff both set out after her sister to try and restore order to the kingdom.

Frozen is part animated fantasy and part musical, doing a pretty good job of balancing the two into one cohesive whole as opposed to it feeling like two different kinds of movies fighting to be the film's identity. There's nothing worse in a musical than when you roll your eyes because a song pops up to disrupt the flow of things but thankfully Frozen does not have that problem. The film is benefitted hugely by being well written and voice acted leads in Anna and Elsa. As much as it concentrates on emotion and strong themes of family bonds and loneliness, the film is not above playful silliness when it wants to. This mainly comes in the form of Kristoff's faithful reindeer Sven and particularly in Olaf, a childlike and perpetually happy bucktoothed snowman brought to life by Elsa's magical powers. Arguably the film uses Olaf as a cutesy safety net to fall back on and on occasion just feels like the requisite childlike character for the younger viewers to latch onto. However, he's always entertaining whenever he appears on screen as he enthusiastically comments on anything and everything that happens along the journey; his song "In Summer," about him wondering what happens when a snowman goes out in the sun, is one of the film's bright spots.

Frozen is a beautifully constructed mixture of gorgeous visuals, well rounded characters, consistently witty jokes and songs that perfectly compliment the story. On the face of it that story is simplistic but screenwriter Jennifer Lee imbues it with a graceful touch so that it becomes much more than meets the eye. It has worthwhile things to say about family, loyalty and acceptance of oneself and others while at the same time functioning just as well on a purely enjoyable. What a fantastic return to form by Disney which we all know and love. I can't wait to see what they produce next.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Good ol fashion boxing back in the day. In 1964 we meet a bloated looking LaMotta practicing his words in the dressing room before he goes out to entertain the people of a club. But things quickly switch back to 1941 and the fight against Jimmy Reeves in Cleveland which ended in crowd violence when LaMotta got robbed by the horrible judges. What follows on from there is a look at LaMotta's life his relationship with his brother Joey who is also his manager and his relationship with Vickie who he's attracted to despite already being married. The constant theme of Raging Bull is LaMotta's destructive tendencies both in and outside of the ring. Outside we watch him become paranoid that Vickie is cheating on him this then leads to violent outbursts both physically beating Vickie and also Joey. But we also see his destructive power in the ring as well, purposefully disfiguring another boxer because Vickie had mentioned he was good looking and in doing so provoking LaMotta's jealousy.

Martin Scorsese never really glorifies LaMotta and bravely delivers one of the most truthful in depth biopics you will ever see. You get a very clear picture of how violent LaMotta could be both inside and out of the ring. But while never glorifying LaMotta Scorsese also gives us a picture of a boxer with great heart. The scenes in the ring are fearsome with destructive power as we watch him destroy his opponents, taking the punches and then exploding in their faces. Speaking of the boxing scenes there is no denying that Scorsese gets across the destructive power and when you see blood spurt from a face following a punch it grabs your complete attention you may even oooh and ahhh. The boxing scenes are like art, beautifully constructed so you can feel the atmosphere, the smoke from the crowds, the steam rising off of bodies as blood drips from wounds all the time delivering the ferocity of punches flying straight at you in a tirade of quick blows. Scorsese has basically constructed some of the best boxing scenes you will ever watch, stylish, atmospheric and brutal.

Raging Bull has three stars Joe Pesci as Joey LaMotta, Cathy Moriarty as Vickie LaMotta and Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta. Both Joe and Cathy deliver top performances in my opinion, with Joe himself shedding the pounds to play the role it is Robert De Niro's selfless performance which makes it great. There is of course the physical side, the fact in the scenes which take us back to the early 1940's he looks young and lean in peak shape, but then he piles on the pounds like around 60 pounds in weight to play LaMotta when he retired and just the realism of De Niro's body looking bloated makes it convincing. Then there is the depth of character, the anger and the paranoia, the ability to suddenly snap which he also gets across which is so impressive. It is such a full on performance from De Niro that it never feels like you are watching an actor but a man whose own self destructive nature will be his ultimate downfall.

Raging Bull is easily one of the greatest boxing movies ever made. You could also go as far as saying it is one of the great biopics because it's truly in depth, not the pretty storylines which usually dominate the biopic genre. As such it may not be what you expect, but it will impress and leave you with plenty of memories, be it De Niro's performance or the stunning cinematography all in classic black and white. This is a classic that everyone should see.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

(Quick Summary)

I never thought a movie with a repetitive scene can be so entertaining. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens who is an Air Force pilot who has been tasked with the mission to find out the identity of a bomber responsible for a train rail explosion in Chicago hours before. This isn't just any normal mission, however; instead of just trying to investigate facts, the Government has found a way to transport Stevens into the body of a man who died on that very train by using a source code. This code puts Stevens in the body of a history teacher for the last eight minutes of his life, inside the train with the ability to search it himself. Although his mission is clear cut, there's a slight problem Stevens begins to have feelings for Christina who happened to be a good friend of his surrogate. Soon enough not only is he trying to find the identity of the bomber, but he's also looking for a way to save Christina and stop the bomb himself. His superiors are not okay with this, but when love's involved you shouldn't stop that. Source Code is a mystery with a science fiction edge, and you'll find yourself drawn into the mission. Even though it's the same setting done many times over I don't think it will bother you too much, there are enough quirks and differences to keep it interesting, especially when Stevens veers off the game plan and starts trying to save people. I would highly recommend this film to anyone.


Bigger and more cooler than the original in my opinion. No cat and mouse game just an all out battle humans v.s. aliens Round 1 fight!. James Cameron completely changes the style up. Where Alien was largely a dark horror flick packed with LOTS of suspense, Aliens is an action adventure, loaded with thrills and wrapped in fun. At the end of the first film, Lt. Ellen Ripley was the only survivor of an attack upon her interstellar cargo ship by an alien creature. She ended up getting into an escape module, getting out of the main spacecraft, placing herself into hibernation, and more or less hoping for the best outcome possible. Fifty seven years later she's finally picked up. Naturally the company she works for is peeved that she blew up an expensive space freighter and is none too willing to believe her story about monsters (They think she's cuckoo). She then gets stripped of her command, demoted, and humiliated. Things are rough for her.

The movie starts with a thrill a minute and works its way up. There's never really a dull moment. The only slight blemish on the film is the crew of Colonial Marines that Ripley has to deal with. They are an embarrassment to an otherwise intelligent script, a group of hotshots who are arrogant, immature, wisecracking show-offs with an attitude. Their presence is meant to add color and excitement to the story, but they are just plain silly to me. No serious military unit would put up with their antics for a minute. Ripley is clearly the only capable character in the bunch, and before long she takes over like Sly Stones Rambo. Maybe it's no coincidence that director Cameron was the screenwriter for Rambo II a year earlier (did some research). Ripley gets the green light to act heroically and, as usual to roam around in her underwear :).

James adds a few surprises to Aliens to make it as different as possible from it's predecessor, but basically it's the same idea. Just more ugly aliens everywhere, some of the best monsters ever designed, and followed by more action. It was the right route to take. We had already been served up the suspense of wondering what the alien creature was all about in the first story, so what was left was fighting a battle royal with a whole army of them. That was the biggest issue I had with Alien I didn't get to see enough of him I was craving more of the ugly guy, but thanks to the amazing James Cameron that issue was an after thought in this installment. Due to it's high octane action and multiple aliens that makes this film one of the coolest sci-fi flicks I have ever seen.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This is one of my most anticipated films of the entire year with the return of Ms. Katniss Everdeen did it deliver with higher expectations?!. After defying and challenging the rules, and becoming the first ever double winners of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have unwittingly sown the seeds of revolution within the twelve sectors of futuristic dictatorship Panem. With the Quarter Quell, the 75th anniversary of the games and the end of the rebellion which birthed them, President Snow adds a new rule on the fly to the upcoming games in attempt to kill miss Everdeen who he views as the figurehead of the new rebellion which he is trying to avoid (he wants no part of that because he knows the outcome, we all do!). The latest contestants are to be picked from previous victors, and Katniss and Peeta are forced to once again fight for their lives in a bigger and hazardous competition.

There's a new director, but the style and feel of the original carries over to this installment. With the world building of the first movie out of the way, Catching Fire wastes no time in upping the stakes of the story, which it does very well. Only hinted at before, the rebellion takes center stage here informing much of the plot with the story becoming one about not just a single person's survival, but the survival of an entire nation. It is quite slow to start, getting all the pieces in place. Once The Hunger Games are announced, the story picks up, but slips into familiar territory, rehashing the training scenes and public interviews from the first film. It is a nice way of introducing new characters, such as trident wielding Finnick Odair and Johanna (a feisty crazy girl who's upset about being placed in the competition once again), but its nothing we haven't seen already. The games itself are where the thick of the movie lies, and once that countdown clock with a pulse beating after every number as well as my heart pounding with the pulse (I was that into it!) finally reaches zero Catching Fire kicks into the highest gear and never looks back.

It feels sci-fi ish this time round by featuring poisonous fog, transparent force fields, and genetically engineered baboon monkeys all coming together to wipe out the contestants in any given fashion. The action scenes come heavy and fast, and while it repeats the same problem of making many of the participants in the games an unknown extra who seems to be an after thought there is real weight to what takes place. The shedding of blood is minimum, but Catching Fire is much darker than it's predecessor and not afraid to psychically and mentally torture the characters. One scene of Katniss forced to endure the recorded cries of her sister is especially powerful I felt her suffering. On top of the games, there is an added mystery involving some of the other contestants that is slowly laid out to us as the movie goes along before being all wrapped up in a game changing finale that promises a nice break and a welcoming into a new formula for the final two installments, Mockingjay parts one and two.

Jennifer Lawrence continues to excel in the role of Katniss. She posses a very strong demeanor ready to do what it takes to survive, but there are cracks beginning to show in her armor, letting out her softer side. She is still a cool kick ass warriorette (yes I just made that up), but seeing a more human side to her makes her grow as a character. The rest of the cast do a decent job of trying to keep up with her, but they feel shelved whenever it is miss Everdeens time to shine.

I'm happy to say that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire definitely delivers basically on almost every level. It is extremely rare in this day and age that we actually see sequels that really and truly improve upon their predecessors , but this film is an exception and is a worthy successor to the original, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a thrilling and wonderful piece of entertainment and it ups the ante considerably. When the movie came to an end everybody in the theater clapped for this flick. I'm so upset because I have to wait another year to see miss Katniss Everdeen lead the revolution for district twelve, I would urge everyone to see this I believe you won't be disappointed.

Delivery Man
Delivery Man(2013)

(Quick Summary)

I'm not rating this flick as a comedy because if I did it would have failed miserably, but instead I viewed it as a drama. Delivery Man is a film about a guy who donated sperm anonymously to a fertility clinic because he was desperate to gain money in his younger years, and decades later he discovers he's the biological dad to a horde of kids. He has 533 children and 143 of them have filed suit in an effort to find out who their biological father is. His goofy buddy Brett who is a sleep deprived single parent and lawyer decides to take the case and hands David a stack of files revealing who his offspring are. Curious enough, David stalks and pops up on these young men and women. His roster of children includes an NBA player, a junkie, a street musician, a lifeguard, and a aspiring actor. David does good deeds for each of them, offers good counsel, and realizes he's not such a hapless loser after all. Vince Vaughn wasn't really funny at all I only giggled like two or three times. The only reason I somewhat liked this movie is because it contained a lot of heartfelt moments that I honestly did not expect and I just so happen to be a sucker for that. Is this one of the best films of 2013 of course not, but it was feasible enough to pass the time.


Boredom can cause one to do a lot of things for example I decided to view a film that I already had no interest in, but I decided to give it a go with low expectations. The story is about Brent Magna who is a former race car driver and he comes home one day to find his wife Leanne has been kidnapped, and in order to get her back he needs to do exactly as a voice on a phone tells him, which is drive a car really fast and crash into everything.The movie opens with a montage sequence that introduces us to the premise in less than five minutes, and looks like it was shot as the introduction to a T.V. show. The camera never stays still, cutting every three to five seconds. The close-ups and odd camera angles, coupled with the short cuts, come out to look very bad, the whole movie could take place in the same room and up and down the same stretch of road for all we know.

It seems like the whole movie's purpose is to make the audience think it is being wowed, from the story to the way the movie is presented. The cinematography and the editing are designed to work as an afterthought. With the camera angles being tight and the editing quick and choppy at best. When Magna is being chased by cops for driving through a crowded park and destroying an outdoor shopping bazaar, all we see is shaky shots of cars, Magna jerking the wheel, and a car flipping over while crashing into something. We aren't experiencing the thrill of the chase, the build-up to the crash is never given. And because of that, the movie is never exciting, thrilling, or tense. When the camera finally does take a moment to calm down and relax, it's to give the audience the best shot and sequence of the film. As Magna chases down a car the movie cuts to a single take from a camera planted on the very front of the car. The shot is quiet and the zigzagging in and out of traffic feels very real, but what feels like a build-up to something shocking and spectacular leads to nothing but a cutaway to the rest of the chase that ends in them simply stopping.

Getaway seems like its just a hideous car wreck that keeps playing out over and over again, kicking off a new chase every few minutes to engage the "excitement." If watching a demolition derby at Ludicrous Speed sounds fun to you, please understand this is still absolutely nothing like that. Just imagine trying to keep up with the drifts, skids, collisions, and explosions it can be overwhelming. You'll be interested for the first five minutes or so, but after that expect a huge sigh of regret once you realize those five minutes are going to be replayed for the remaining eighty five.

I actually like Selena Gomez, but she couldn't do anything to help the movie at all. Probably and most likely due to a weak script, the dialogue between her and Ethan Hawke got extremely boring and dull for most of the movie. I struggled to find any good points in the movie except the vehicle that Ethan Hawke drove during the film which was a mustang if I'm not mistaken. I wouldn't recommend this flick to anyone unless you're a major fan of "car chases and getaways" there would be an over abundance of that waiting for you.

Red 2
Red 2(2013)

I really wasn't to fond of the first one, but I thought hey maybe they can improve. Frank Moses a CIA operative has settled down to a life of home making with his girl Sarah, but the reappearance of his drug addled pal Marvin pulls him back into action. The publication on a Wikileaks-type website of information about a deadly cold war weapon called Nightshade draws Frank, Sarah and Marvin to Paris, where old flame Katja helps them tangle with bon viveur and old adversary The Frog. The arrival of gun-toting hit woman Victoria then moves the action to London, where mad scientist Bailey has been incarcerated for thirty two years. Sprung from an asylum, Bailey leads his team to a showdown in Moscow with hit-man Han.

What unfolds is a crazy whirlwind adventure through a host of cinematic locations Tokyo, London, Moscow, Paris... New Jersey to be exact. I found out the film is adapted from a Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's recent DC Comics series. Frank, Sarah and Marvin set out to track down a powerful bomb. Created by Bailey who is played by Anthony Hopkins, a crazed genius with prodigious weapon making talents, the bomb has, as Frank says, the "capability to change the balance of international power".

There's only a few things to like about the film. There's a spectacular car chase through Paris. The fight scenes which include thousands of rounds being fired off are really entertaining. And the film's dark humor generally plays well at certain points, especially in the hands of Helen Mirren. Some of the brightest moments contained Han played by Byung-hun Lee I thought his scenes were awesome from the shootouts to the fight scenes they were all great. Helen Mirren was also a bright spot in the film due to her humor and her top notch skills with an automated weapon. Some of the pacing of this flick doesn't work, jokes fall flat a little too often, and sometimes scenes seem so jarringly out of place from what just happened seconds before that I'm still wondering if the filmmakers believed that simply seeing John Malkovich in boots, a silly hat and shorts could somehow swipe your short-term memory clean of things you'd just seen minutes ago. One minute there in a building then literally 3 seconds later they're in a helicopter??? It got of hand a few times.

Red 2 felt like a forced entry, and as an action film it's pretty much forgettable. The direction of the film is often scattered all over the place. Bruce Willis didn't really seem to be enthused about returning for this sequel, and to know another installment is on the way screams ''Cash Grab'' in my opinion. If you did enjoy the original I believe you will find a few things to enjoy, but just don't expect it top it's predecessor.

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

Donnie Yen is back as Kung Fu Master Ip Man. This time out he opens up a karate school and quickly gains a small following. But the Kung Fu Masters who run the city will only let him teach as long he pays them tribute. Ip Man says forget that I'm not doing it and Master Hong gets an attitude with him. Eventually he sees Ip's not a bad guy and they become friends later on. Twister who is a boastful British boxer comes to town and challenges Hong to a fight and winds up beating him to death in the ring (like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV). We all kind of figured this would happen, Ip Man challenges Twister to a fight and gets some good old fashioned revenge for his fallen friend.

The fight scenes were well choreographed with a sense of clarity, focus, imagination and momentum that will make you feel equally thrilled and excited with each fight. One particularly brilliant sequence occurs when Ip Man fights against Master Hung, and the two of them end up standing on broken halves of a table that's balance on some chairs I was amazed by that scene. The actors who play the British officers give such wooden performances that it seems as if they're not even trying to act. Everything leads up to the inevitable showdown between Ip Man and Twister in the lengthy well shot Last Man Standing match. There's a clever scene following the match at the end that reminds you that the legendary Ip Man would eventually become Bruce Lee's master. Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster is very entertaining and thrilling in its fantastically choreographed fight sequences, but less engaging and interesting during its contrived moments of drama.

Ip Man 2 doesn't quite live up to the high standards set by its predecessor, it's still one hell of an entertaining Kung Fu flick. The story is much simpler this time around maybe you could say it's a bit too simple compared to the nuanced first film. I thought it was kind of cool that the flick started off like your average My Kung Fu is Better Than Yours movie before morphing into another version of Rocky IV somewhat even right down to the heartfelt speech to the crowd at the end. Hey if you've got to steal from somewhere why not steal from the best. If you're a fan of martial arts films then I believe you will enjoy this just don't expect too much.

We Are What We Are

This film had a serious tone but lacked execution. Frank Parker and his family have been holding on to beliefs and rituals that took place long before any of them existed. Frank truly believes in what it is that he and his family do, and he intends to keep the laws and attitudes that he's grown up under connected to the Parker heritage even after he leaves this Earth. Rose and Iris who are his daughters, aren't necessarily into following these rituals as much as he is. Now they do adhere to the customs of their culture just like they're told, but they still wonder what life is like in the forever changing world that exist outside of their own. The young girls do carry along with them a suffocating atmosphere in their hearts and minds that's just as bleak as the small town that they've grown up in. They want to do more than what they've been allowed to do, but they also feel that it's best for them to be what they were raised to be, even if they don't fully understand it yet.

For the Parkers living with their traditions is just one aspect of their living arrangement. Due to the fact that what they do is not what anyone would consider to be legal at all, they are forced to keep up their lifestyle as a major secret, since what they do may end up getting them into serious trouble with the law. If they manage to get themselves and their beliefs found out, it's possible that none of them will be able to see the light of day again.

The pace of this film is very slow, but I can manage to live with that if the story and events that are being told have some type of punch to it while I'm waiting for the emotion of the flick to start taking over. The problem with that when talking about this movie is that the story is very flat and uninteresting while you wait for everything to unfold. Building a movie of any kind this way makes it very dull as it fails to intrigue the interest of some of the people who choose to watch it with the hopes of being entertained in any way. That's my big issue with We Are What We Are when I look at it from start to finish. It's not even about this movie being bad it's simply uneventful and contains very few qualities worth noting or remembering. From that perspective, you're going to have a hard time building a respectable amount of viewers that will come back to the film or mention to others who may want to watch a rare flick.

This flick and its inability to captivate and spark any type of mental stimulation is what decreases its value. You're just sitting there waiting for something to happen and you find that that's all you're doing through most of it. Building some kind of suspense in the characters would have done that even if the tone and pace remained the same. A part of that could have been done by using more emotional characters which really would of helped big time. Including characters like that to use could have distracted some viewers like me from seeing the film as having a repetitious feel to it through most of the film. That could have possibly fascinated the audience members enough to make them want to pay attention, but to think about the films messages as well regardless of what side of the fence they stand on. That's how you would pull them in, and that's how you get them to think and talk about it afterward. These are all of the qualities that movies usually need to succeed, and they're also all of the qualities that this movie lacked for the most part. I wouldn't recommend to this film to anyone unless you were extremely bored.

Monsters University

Mike and J.P. are back again which is a good thing because I like these guys. Ever since Mike Wazowski visited the Scream Floor of Monsters Inc. on a elementary school field trip he has been obsessed with growing up to be a scarer. Everything is going according to plan as he enrolls into the Scare Program at Monsters University. He's got the brains, but lacks something, he's just doesn't posses that scare trait that he needs. James P. Sullivan comes from a long history of scarers. He's very arrogant in his talents that he overlooks the fact that he still needs to study for his first semester Scream Final. Mike and Sully are too busy competing against each other that they fail and are kicked out of the program.

Mike is determined that he is destined to be a scarer, he has one more chance to get back into the Scare Program and that is the annual Greek Council Scare Games that pit the University's major fraternities and sororities against themselves for bragging rights and the Scare Cup. The main issue for Mike is that he is not in a fraternity, so he pledges the least scary one on campus, Oozma Kappa just to qualify, but the team is short one player. With his back against the wall, he reluctantly accepts Sully onto the team. Can Mike and Sully win the Scare Games and stay on campus, or will Dean Hardscrabble permanently kick them out of school? When Monster's Inc. came out back in 2001, I instantly liked Mike and Sully. The original had a lot of heart and some fantastic crafted characters. The prequel falls a little short on the emotions and heart that the first one contained. One major difference in the twelve years between films is the computer technology used to create them. Monsters University looks exquisite. All the different textures, skins, scales, feathers, and hairs look way better than the original. The color palette of the movie is filled with bright vibrant colors as the hundreds of monsters at any given time on screen are fluidly animated.

Monsters University is a great perfectly pitched family movie, and another Disney Pixar work of art. To say it has something for all ages seems to be cliche, but it is truly difficult to imagine anyone not enjoying themselves or finding plenty to appreciate here, providing they do not go in expecting a re-tread of the original. Pixar may have had a handful of uncharacteristic misfires in recent years, but Monsters University is a confident, high energy return to form, a nice demonstration of the studios standing as the go to guys for terrific sequels and quite simply some of the best fun I've had watching a movie as of late. You can't go wrong with Monsters University.


Wow this is easily the greatest horror film I've seen and without a doubt one of the greatest films to ever grace cinema. In Phoenix, Arizona Janet Leigh plays Marion Crane, a secretary having an affair with a dude named Sam Loomis(Yes John Carpenter did use this same exact name in Halloween. Crane wants more from their relationship, but they depart without resolving their future. Crane returns to her job in a real estate office and encounters a cowboy buying a home for his soon to be wed daughter. She eventually pockets the 40 grand used for this transaction and leaves with it to marry Loomis, but her boss notices her at a traffic light in the city after she asked him for the afternoon off due to a headache. This awkward moment triggers her paranoia and she flees to my home state California.

She is stopped by a police officer that suspects something unusual about her. Languishing in guilt and confusion, she later exchanges her car at a used car lot and settles for the evening in the infamous Bates Hotel, where she encounters the even more infamous Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins in one of the staple performances in Hollywood history I finally learned why. There she is murdered midway through the film in arguably the most analyzed scene in film history: the ever so popular "shower scene" An investigation unfolds after Crane's death that is conducted by a detective, Milton Arbogast, he is hired by her former boss to retrieve the 40 grand. Eventually the detective is murdered as well. Crane's sister, Lila and Loomis resume the search for the missing Crane. What they unearth is a complex web of murders taking place within the Bates household full of psychoanalytical angst and shattered identities.

One of the unique qualities of Psycho is that the violence of the narrative is also perpetrated on the viewer. The fact that Crane's murder occurs halfway through the film is a powerful and innovative narrative tool that attacks the viewer's expectations about protagonists. Quite simply they are not supposed to die halfway through the movie! Of course this aspect of the film is part of what makes the legendary shower scene so tragic. Viewed alone the scene is powerful, but for some it may not live up to its hype. But viewed in the context of the film's whole the scene is intensely shocking. The first half of the film is partially designed to lure the viewer into identifying with Crane. Hitchcock admitted this twist was one of the central points of interest he identified with in Robert Bloch's pulp novel of the same name, which served as the story's original source.

The creation of Norman Bates, a kind reserved mama's boy like man who seemingly couldn't hurt a fly was a startling new monster. Sure Bates wasn't the first cinematic psychopath. But after Norman Bates monsters rapidly morphed into real humans. They were no longer exotic others such as vampires, werewolves, or aliens from outer space, they were normal people on the surface bubbling with psychotic serious issues underneath and capable of horrific violence in the blink of an eye.

In many ways Psycho actually laid the groundwork for the modern slasher film. The film also defined the slasher as a young, confused male full of psychological trauma. Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees are direct products of Norman Bates if you really stop and think about it. The film also stamped the genre with another notable trend the killer's only motivation is psychological. The randomness in which these killers murder can only be understood through a psychoanalytical lens.

When Psycho was first released reactions were mixed. Psycho was radically different. Nevertheless the film earned $15 million in its first year alone, which immediately became his most successful film to date after doing some research. And then there is Janet Leigh's performance, also Anthony Perkins's stellar performance, and the crisp editing. And the wonderful set design of the Bates Motel and the house behind it. The list goes on. My definition of a great film is simple, the film may not be the best in any one category example (directing, acting, sound, etc.), but it certainly ranks very high in every category. Psycho is perhaps the greatest example of this definition and is now one of my all time favorite movies after my first viewing of this brilliant masterpiece.

Coming to America

Ahh Eddie Murphy in his prime. Coming to America is the story of a young African Prince Akeem who travels to America to find a woman he can eventually fall in love with, thus avoiding an arranged marriage to a woman raised to obey his every single command. He is accompanied to the United States of America with his friend Semmi and together the two men give up their money and possessions to live a life of near poverty in Queens, New York. They work at a local fast food restaurant called McDowell's which is an exact copy of McDonald's, and is where Akeem meets the daughter of the shop's owner and slowly falls in love with her over time.

Unlike many of Eddie Murphy's later role, his performance as the Prince with a strong moral core is actually surprisingly grounded. He instead leaves the over the top extravagance to Arsenio Hall's Semmi character. So good is the chemistry between the two of them, it's astounding that they never capitalized with future films together. They each play numerous roles throughout Coming to America, allowing them to stretch their comic range, and the barber's scene in particular is the stand out with them portraying old men who constantly argue about boxing and who is the greatest ever. These days the barber shop would've received it's own spin-off, but instead their scenes remain fresh and hilarious even many of years after Coming to America was released. It is a shame then that Eddie Murphy would go on to use the same idea in many of his future movies, but never to the same effect. Like so many comedies the more you see it the more you come to love it and Coming to America has almost reached high level status among people born in the 1980's. Yet there are problems, as Landis fails to capitalize on the over abundance of talent in front of him, instead phoning in directorial duties. The stale plot never offers anything new or original, which restricts Coming to America from really taking flight as it could have. Luckily there's more than enough individual laughs to make it more than worthwhile.

The actual plot of Coming to America is completely predictable throughout. Yet it's kept going with excellent performances from Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones (playing Akeem's father) and there are more than enough laughs to make this an enduring classic from an era that produced so many. By far the comedy is at it's strongest and right from the start it scores one laugh after another. The amusing scenes of Prince Akeem being waited on hand and foot to the point that he has women to wash him in the bath (The royal penis is clean your heinous) is just hilarious to me and it probably was a real fantasy of Eddie Murphy's hey who knows. And it doesn't stop there because pretty much every scene and every line of dialogue has a pay off be it the decision to head to Queens as what better place to find a queen through to the whole series of jokes about Daryll being the heir to the Soul Glo fortune. In a way it probably helps that with Murphy teamed up with Arsenio Hall the jokes are shared more equally as does the fact that in Akeem Murphy has to tone down his loud comedy and keep it simple, allowing others to deliver those expected loud expletive filled jokes. Coming to America may just be one of the best comedy films of all time, and has more than enough to keep you entertained throughout trust me.

Dawn of the Dead

I must admit I really expected more from this flick. Many people consider Dawn of the Dead to be one of the greatest horror films of all time. As much as I appreciate and respect it as a whole, and as fun as it is at certain times, it's also a bit too long for a film of its genre. I gave it a fair chance, but found myself counting many scenes that could have been cut, or at least shortened. I respect the movie, but I actually like and prefer Zack Snyder's remake personally. Plus it featured fast zombies which I noticed some people actually had a problem with that. One of the best video games I've ever played was Left 4 Dead 2 and it contained fast zombies and I had no problem with it what so ever. Dawn of the Dead will hit you with a series of ever more grisly events, decapitations, shootings, knifings, and flesh tearings that make Romero's special effects man, Tom Savini, the real star of the film. The actors are as woodenly uninteresting as the characters they play. Romero's script is boring when not incoherent. The plot isn't worth a detailed description because I barely knew what was going on most of the time. The characters pretty much just traveled place to place by helicopter before seeking refuge in a mall. Enough said those carnivorous corpses that stalked through the Night return in massive numbers to threaten extinction of the entire US population.

Captain Phillips

"Don't worry everything is gonna be okay" intense and exhilarating I had to find out for myself and that I did. Richard Phillips is a middle aged captain who takes an enormous container ship from southern Oman down along the coast of Somalia and then next is Kenya. Phillips is brief with his crew members and given the high number of pirate attacks of late he is extremely aware of security matters. It's clear Phillips just wants to get this job done as swiftly as possible, collect his check and go home. On the beach in the pirate city of Eyl, Somalia, voyages of a different sort are being put together by shouting, rifle holding young African men recruiting crews to hijack large vessels out at sea and bring back money as well as hostages who might be exchanged for very large ransoms. Mostly skinny dudes in their teens and 20's eagerly volunteer for serious action.

The alert Captain Phillips notices the two boats gaining up on him just as he's conducting an attack preparation drill. As the ship moves very slowly and has limited maneuverability there's not much the crew can do but slowly shift course and fire big water hoses at the pirates. Discouraged by rough seas one boat turns back, but the other one perseveres allowing four pirates to climb aboard using a ladder they hook to the ship's side. Then a game of cat and mouse begins in which the crew hides in the engine room while Phillips, who is called Irish by the super skinny ringleader Muse tries to stall for time. Whenever they sense any games are being played, the pirates start ranting and raving obviously they don't like games and soon enough Phillips offers them the $30,000 in cash he has on hand to see if they would settle for that. But the short tempered of the group Najee knows better insisting they hold out for millions since all these ships are insured for just such an incident. As Muse and the youngest pirate, Bilal are injured and a big U.S. Navy vessel is moving in the pirates shortly take off with their most valuable asset which happens to be Captain Phillips, in an orange lifeboat in which they hope to reach the Somali coast within 36 hours. As tempers continue to appear and conditions become suffocating in this little small lifeboat, the American military goes into full throttle mode, dispatching more boats as well as Navy Seals to the scene to try to rescue Phillips.

The presentation of the four pirates who speak in their local language as well as in some English is interesting. These are young men who didn't know one another before being selected for the mission, and they spend a lot of time criticizing and yelling at one another. Muse frequently assures Phillips they don't mean to harm him no matter how frequently the wild Najee shouts and waves a gun in his face while Bilal is mostly hobbled with his injury and Elmi seems frightened driving no matter what craft he's in. The film rips right along and never let's go of its grip. Performance wise Tom Hanks delivers yet another terrific performance as Richard Phillips. His work is subtle and he has a crew to protect. There's no room to lose his cool under duress. In the final fifteen minutes his emotions come pouring out. Hanks handles this transition with relative ease. He is well matched by newcomer Barkhad Abdi, who is very natural on camera that you swear they must have gone and hired a real Somali pirate for the role. Abdi is a force to be reckoned with in this movie, projecting a scary mixture of anger and determination. He gives one of the best debut performances you will ever see. As exciting as it is, Captain Phillips is ultimately about much more than thrills. The suspense comes from the ideas that run underneath the plot. There are people in the world who crave things most of us take for granted. Some of them will resort to extreme measures to get those things. This outstanding film drives that idea home with tons of power.


Complexity wrapped up in black and white I never imagined that to look so good. For the most part I believe people who don't like this film just don't understand it. This flick is about mathematician Max Cohen who is focused on numbers as well as studies them, He believes there are patterns in all living systems, and he hopes to unlock the secrets of one of the world's largest systems the stock market, made up of people all over the world crunching numbers, exchanging money a global organism. Also working to unlock patterns is Lenny Meyer who is a Jewish theologian looking to find a hidden numerical code in the Torah. Meanwhile, Max is pursued by a mysterious woman, Marcy Dawson who seems to think she can gain financial success from his genius.

That's the basic now explaining what happens from there is way more difficult. Max often experiences headaches, blacks out a few times, and as his mental state decreases it becomes extremely hard to separate the real world from hallucinating and being a victim of his own mind. The movie is shot in grainy high contrast classic black and white by Aronofsky's cinematographer Matthew Libatique who turns New York City into a black and white paranoia town (well at least it seems that way to Max). The effect is claustrophobic and bleak, Aronofsky gives us a front row seat in his character's psyche so deeply that sometimes we're anxious to get out because it gets really hectic at times.

Aronofsky has tuned up his storytelling and visual style, but as always his more outlandish creative flourishes are best when anchored by a central human interest. As a viewer we're not always sure what is happening to Max exactly, but the director and lead actor earn our sympathy, making him a shy and weakened man. Max next door neighbor Devi is introduced to give us a sense of interpersonal connection just out of Max's reach. Then we retreat with him back into his tight spaced laboratory of wires, screens, processors, and computer printouts. Think how much better things might have been for him were it not for the numbers constantly haunting and plaguing him. Pi was a pleasant surprise for me I didn't think I would like it so much, but it really exceeded my expectations and is one of the coolest and stylish movies I've ever seen.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

Peeping tom alert! Hey if I had an opportunity to look at a woman dancing around in her bra and panties I would do it to ^_^. L. B. Jefferies who is a photographer confined to a wheelchair after breaking his leg he receives a call from his editor. Jeff tries to talk his way into an assignment, but he still has a week before his cast comes off. He has kept himself entertained at the bay window of his apartment. New York is under a heat wave, and Jeff's neighbors in the building across the courtyard keep their blinds raised 24 hours a day.

Stella a smart mouth talking nurse from the insurance company visits Jeff. She warns Jeff, I can smell trouble right here in this apartment. First you smash your leg. Then you get to lookin out the window. See things you shouldn't see. Trouble. Jeff agrees there is about to be trouble. His fashion model girlfriend wants him to marry her, but he'd rather fly off to Pakistan than confine himself to Park Avenue. He has decided to break up with her. Jeff wakes up from a nap to find girlfriend Lisa Carol Fremont staring into his eyes. She then prepares dinner. He introduces her to the characters across the courtyard. Miss Torso is a ballet dancer (The lady in her bra and panties :) ), Miss Lonelyheart is a sad single woman, and Mr. Thorwald who is a jewelry salesman berated by his wife. Jeff tells Lisa he doesn't want to get married. When he proposes they keep things "status quo" for now which was his choice.

Jeff all of a sudden hears a scream outside his window. A thunderstorm wakes him later that night, and he observes suspicious behavior from Mr. Thorwald. Jeff notices mysterious departures, a knife, a saw and a rope, long distance phone calls, and Mrs. Thorwald nowhere to be seen. Using a zoom lens for an even closer inspection, Jeff believes foul play is taking place. Stella then believes something is odd as well. She decides to investigate Thorwald's building, while Jeff can do little more than watch. When Thorwald learns he's being watched, he decides to pay his neighbors a visit. The cool thing is how the premise of Rear Window represents the very idea of watching movies. Hitchcock turns the camera towards the audience, and examines the reasons why people have a strange curiosity toward others. The center figure, the photographer Jeff throughout the plot is constantly peering and spying on others. With his binoculars and high zoom camera, he can see just about anybody in his sights in perfect detail. This voyeurism is wrong and creepy to the majority of people, but how different is it compared to someone watching a movie? When we watch a film we are seeing complete strangers during a certain timeframe of their own lives. What is it that makes us interested in seeing these stories?

Hitchcock doesn't only tell one story, he tells multiple stories each with its own arc. Like when Jeff looks around to the other apartment windows and sees everyone else, the characters presented are just as fleshed out as those in the main plot thread. We have the dancing Miss Torso and her hope that her lover will soon return home, or the piano dude who struggles with writing his next piece. The older couple that sleeps on the fire escape (Kind of odd to me but to each his own) also makes an impression, as well as the newlyweds who handle their business behind closed shades. Miss Lonelyhearts has the saddest story, stuck home alone with a desire to find her one true love. And of course Lars Thorwald, the suspicious looking man whose wife mysteriously disappears. These are all presented visually and with little dialogue, and yet by the end we clearly understand how each of the stories are resolved, a credit to the superior editing and direction. This film proved it can withstand the test of time and is definitely a certified classic.


Carl Fredricksen is an awkward and quiet boy. He meets Ellie, a girl who shares his fascination with explorer Charles Muntz. Following Muntz's adventures, the two grow up and end up falling in love, dreaming of traveling and exploring South America, just like the famed adventurer. Alas, Muntz is disgraced after the skeleton of a heretofore unknown animal is proven to be a fake. And Carl and Ellie grow old together, always forced to reign in their dreams to a more manageable life. Ellie gets sick and passes away. Carl is left alone and angry. Russell is a Cub Scout like wilderness explorer. He needs to get one more badge before he can graduate to a new level of explorer. Carl's house is under siege by a construction company currently developing all around it. In a fit of rage, and using the dream that he and Ellie shared for so long, Carl ties a large number of balloons to his house, and tries to pilot it to the waterfalls that he and his wife so often dreamed about.

I think Up does a good job of making you understand Carl's feelings and where he is in his life. He's not just another cranky old guy. You see first hand how he got there and you feel sad for him. To see him try to accomplish this goal that he and his wife dreamed of is so very moving. The sidekicks Dug and Kevin, a dog and a bird, respectively are wonderfully interesting and amusing characters. There is also emotion in their story. In fact Up is probably Pixar's most adult movie in terms of themes (they actually showed blood). No matter what the subject matter, no matter the story, it's a movie worth watching if produced by Pixar. Up is a movie that entertains and delights, but has a very strong, and a very real heart beating just under the surface.

The narrative became weak at times, but the film also has a way of touching something deep in our mind like the fear of growing old, the sadness of dreams that are never realized, and the joy of using our ingenuity and our imagination to achieve peace and happiness. The occasional weak links in the script are wiped out by the general good feelings and sense of wonder. The highlight of this good vibe is one long sequence, early on, as we view the life adventure of Ellie and Carl told solely and magically with images and music. The wonderful Pixar animation serves the story rather than distracting from it.


Definitely worthy of the title sci-fi classic. The crew of the Nostromo are almost home. Deep in hyper sleep in the folds of space with a very large cargo, they stumble upon an S.O.S. transmission from an unknown vessel. With research they discover that they are not alone in the universe and this new guest on their ship isn't all that friendly. Now Captain Dallas and his second in command Ripley have to face an enemy that no one understands. No one knows how to kill. No one can catch. Can the small crew of a commercial vessel survive against a creature that may be the perfect killer?

Alien is a hellish ride of atmospheric tension, low key energy, isolation, and simplicity. Ridley Scott uses the mechanical and dark settings of the ship to craft such a claustrophobia and lonely feeling that by the time the Alien actually pops up we are already freaked out and sympathetic for the crew. Although we have no true single protagonist from the start we are forced to really trust the ensemble initially, there is very little back story for any of them. Minor details are spilled through their interactions, but it's the interactions and good acting jobs that make them real. Although we essentially know nothing about any of them, you will find yourself caring for their survival.

The Alien is shown in many forms none of which appear cheesy or corny despite the film's age due to spectacular special effects and well used shots to slowly unveil the creature. It's a vicious and artistic value to unveiling the Alien that makes the film work. Don't let the age of the film fool you it still stands strong to this very day as one of the greatest science fiction films crafted. It's got a masterfully well paced build that unveils the horror of its space isolation to full potential and with amazing special effects and a vision of pure genius from director Ridley Scott, Alien deserves the praise it receives and rightfully so, but I just wished we got to see the Alien slightly more that's my only minor issue.

New Police Story (San ging chaat goo si)

I've been a fan of Jackie Chan since I first saw him in Rumble In The Bronx. Jackie plays a police inspector after a group of extreme sports playing spoiled brats who rob banks as a diversion just so they have the chance to kill cops. While the plot may be a bit wild, it is refreshing to see such a dark and serious story behind the frequent bouts of explosive action. Of course most people don't watch Jackie Chan movies for the plot so some may be put off by the fact that the movie tries to focus on character development and a few twists and turns in the story line. There's a little more to it than just one action sequence after another. Jackie opens himself up emotionally as a ruthless street gang takes out his entire squad. Ripping its story line from the headlines, the gang is a group of cop killers who think what they're doing is all a game, and go on to create an internet game around the murders. The killings are harsh, and Jackie's emotional breakdown is pulled off perfectly as he portrays a broken man stuck inside an alcohol bottle, There are only a few brawls involving Jackie himself, and only one that actually gets the typical amount of screen time. That's a spectacular struggle inside a Lego store. That sets the stage for a few other incredible action spots, including a wild out of control bus segment that goes through an entire shopping district. Jackie is over 50 years old and still pulls off his own stunts, and it's an obvious difference from so many American films. Even with the action, the story is never dull or forced. It gives stronger emotion to the fighting, while properly developing the characters instead of tossing them out there to be generic cop. The story is told in flashback the returning to present day. While it's not complicated, it at least adds an extra layer and keeps it from becoming too straightforward. This is easily one of my favorite Jackie Chan movies and if you're a fan of his you will without a doubt enjoy this flick as well.

Escape Plan
Escape Plan(2013)

Its good to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger collaborate(two of the greatest action stars ever). Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin a security expert who gets paid to break out of prisons for the federal government. Seriously, He gets more than he bargained for when he gets thrown in The Tomb which is an isolated top of the line facility that houses prisoners the government wants off the grid. The prison is run by the slimy warden who intends to keep Breslin there for good. Ray is a loner, but he eventually bonds with another prisoner and the two plot an escape. The scenes of Sylvester Stallone planning his escape are really well done. The hot box scenes in particular are pretty sweet. I also highly enjoyed the way Sly thought about the structure of the prison and the accompanying three-dimensional blueprints of what is going on in his mind while he was planning the escape were a nice touch.

And the escape scenes themself are cool. By the time Arnie grabs the machine gun and starts spraying down guards, I was pretty excited.Of course, you can't really have a great prison movie without a terrific jerk of a warden. And Jim Caviezel gives us a decent performance in his role. Both Stallone and Schwarzenegger are on their A-Game. They're truly acting here and not relying so much on a heavy dose of action. Stallone gives one of his best performances. He underplays the role nicely. No one gives the man the credit he deserves when it comes to his acting, and here again he delivers and it will probably fall under most people's radar.

Schwarzenegger has the role of the guy who can get you anything in prison. And it fits him it was a smart move to have the picture essentially be a Stallone flick co-starring Schwarzenegger because it takes a lot of pressure of Arnold's shoulders. I don't know if I've ever seen him this relaxed and assured in a film. And the chemistry between the two is effortless. Escape Plan is a definite high point in both of its stars latter day film careers. The plot may not be realistic, but it is a fun one and the production team made the most out of the material provided. Escape Plan is not going to change action movies, but it's a decent entry. The leading stars provide good performances with surprising effectiveness.


A shocking bold representation of madness and female paranoia, Repulsion stars Catherine Deneuve {She was absolutely beautiful} as Carol a timid sexually repressed Belgian girl living in London with her self absorbed sister. She was too shy to look people in the eye she goes through the paces of her manicurist job with her head bowed, lunches alone on fish and chips, and hasn't had a clue of what to say when a man approaches her. When her sister takes off for an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend Deneuve is left alone. Paralyzed with fear, she avoids going to work and holes up in the apartment where a skinned cooked rabbit which was left behind by the sister and her boyfriend rots away on a plate.

She then goes mad at a rapid pace, and when a potential suitor arrives at her apartment she beats him with a candlestick and dumps him in a tub full of water. A horny landlord gets it worse then the previous guy. He suggests waiving the rent in exchange for sexual favors, Carol takes him out with the blade of a razor. Polanski's direction is tight and controlled and manages to place us inside Carol's head as she comes to see any man as a potential threat. She was haunted by nightmares of rape and violation seems like every night, she hallucinates arms coming out of the two walls of her hallway.

Performance wise, Catherine Deneuve is perfectly cast as Carol. She has this certain fragility to her physicality that makes her character both believable and somehow sympathetic despite her actions almost like you want to give her a hug and let her cry on your shoulder even though you might wind up with a razor in your neck if you let her. The rest of the cast is fine, and letting Deneuve's emotional and psychological unraveling remain the focus of the picture. Polanski wasn't the first director to terrorize an actor for the sake of a performance Repulsion is a frightening, fiercely entertaining experience that holds up after many years.


Straight classic! And a inspiration to horror films that came after it. After brutally murdering his sister at the age of just 6, Michael Myers finds himself institutionalized where psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis tries to understand what caused the troubled child to act in such an evil manner. Fifteen years later Michael escapes from the institution and heads back to the family home in Haddonfield where he starts stalking the teenage girls in the neighborhood especially Laurie Strode. Horror flicks these days are notoriously visual as well as often violent and this is where Halloween divides the viewers. I like the fact that most of the frights are caused by a heightened sense of tension allowing you to use your imagination to scare yourself. The gore is minimal and will most likely turn modern day horror fans off who yearn for the torture porn.

Then of course there is the acting which I must honestly admit is not high standard, but seriously what do you expect from what was a low budget horror movie made in the late 70's. Halloween is very suspenseful and haunting than it is violent of course. Every aspect of the production is haunting, for example the infamous and iconic music that we all know and love. A lot of directors spend all of their energy on creating special effects or going over the top with blood and guts. While I can't dismiss their films I find them unsatisfying at times. When I am watching a horror film I want my entire mood to be altered by the experience. I want to feel the fear, the chills, the anxiety. I want to feel my heart beating because I don't know what's coming next. Too many directors believe that awesome killing and technology can take the place of the emotional experience, but for me a true horror film... A true masterpiece of a horror film is a film that toys with the emotions of the audience to such a degree that it messes with one's psyche.

What this all boils down to is that yes, compared to many modern horror movies Halloween does feel dated and the lack of over the top visual gore will no doubt get some young horror fans wondering what all the fuss is about. But for me it still remains one of the best horror movies to have been made because scene after scene it builds up a huge amount of tension to the point that you are literally on the edge of your seat when something unexpected happens which scares the crap out of you. Me and my sis grew up loving this film even though it was way older then us, but we still had major respect for it. It's without a doubt the best movie from the Halloween franchise which sadly went on for far too long and personally much better than The Exorcist by leaps and bounds.

2 Guns
2 Guns(2013)

Mark and Denzel would make a nice duo right? Denzel Washington plays undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench, and Mark Wahlberg is naval intelligence officer Marcus Stig Stigman. As we meet them, they are working together to rob a bank each unaware of the other's true occupation. They are actually investigating one another in connection with some stolen mob money, and the bank heist is part of that. Soon enough, it becomes clear that they are both being set up by a drug kingpin, a corrupt Navy official, and a crooked CIA agent. Now realizing that they're fighting on the same side Trench and Stig collaborate to outsmart everyone else.

2 Guns has one of the most incoherent plots of the year. We barely understand why Trench and Stig are robbing the bank when the film begins a never ending series of seemingly double crosses. 2 Guns wants to keep you from guessing what will happen next, but it does this by confusing you rather than through clever plotting. It's really not too much to ask that a movie make its story where the viewer is able to follow. Seeing Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg share a screen should be awesome. Neither actor has a well defined character to play we really don't know much about them. Bickering is used here as a substitute for actual dialogue.

The actors are decent, they just aren't given much of substance to work with. That's a shame because we know they do substance very well. Director Baltasar Kormakur stages a few decent action scenes although investment in them is minimized by the occasional lack of understanding as to why they're taking place. It's hard to find much that would make me recommend this film. 2 Guns left me feeling slightly confused. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg will eventually go on to make much better action pictures. I expected a little more from this movie.

The Lone Ranger

Set in 1869, a Native American warrior, Tonto, teams up a lawyer named John Reid who is seeking revenge on the outlaw Butch Cavendish for murdering his brother. The Lone Ranger" is a film that suffers from a simple excess. For starters, it runs nearly two and a half hours long, which becomes a problem when you begin to realize that there's too much in the way of plot, yet not enough in regards to what matters. Throughout the film's excessive runtime, there are countless scenes that have you wishing that the story would move on, but all it ends up doing is moving on to another subplot or character that doesn't need to be there.

In the first act the train escape is fast-paced, engaging, and gets the viewers caught up in what will happen next. After that it becomes more of a slump as you slowly lose energy through the bloated run time, only to come round full circle for another big action scene on a train. At this point we should be fully invested in the characters on some level, but due to a lack of character development. It's not long before the tediousness begins to wear you down, and that pertains not only to the climax, but almost the entire film. This film is from director Gore Verbinski, who produced three Pirates of the Caribbean films. The director knows something about epic spectacles I'm assuming, but this time he went a little overboard. He wanted to make this story into something good, but that's not really a template that this kind of story fits into. If he had toned it down a little bit, and done some major editing, it could have worked possibly. There's a decent story in here somewhere, but it's suffocated under layers and layers of garbage.

Blue Caprice
Blue Caprice(2013)

Blue Caprice is pretty much the point of view of Lee who is a teen brought up in the Caribbean, Lee is essentially abandoned by his single mother and finds family in John, an American spending time on a holiday with his children. From the beginning, it is clear John is full of anger which is mostly directed at his ex-wife who has full custody of their kids. He has a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder, and vents about all the people that have done him harm, and how the world is against him. Lee who is very impressionable is almost instantly spellbound by John with dreams of having a life in the U.S., and listens to John's wayward lectures about life. These lectures are really poor rants which soon turn into play-by-play revenge fantasies on anyone who either has slighted him or isn't on his side.

Very soon after their arrival in Tacoma, Washington, it is clear that John has no real prospects. His kids have gone back to his ex, their whereabouts unknown, and a restraining order prevents him from finding them. The two rely on the kindness of John's friends as they basically couch surf the entire time. Meanwhile, Lee's indoctrination continues with a ferocious energy as John molds him into a misanthropic weapon through guilt and harsh psychological games. Murder becomes a way for Lee to show gratitude towards John and all he has done for him it is a way of earning the father he sees in John.

It is hard not to have sympathy for Lee since he is clearly brainwashed, which is a surprising accomplishment for a film covering this type of subject matter. This film is about poor leadership and poor fathering. Humanizing the culpability of these horrific events cannot be easy, but Blue Caprice captures the extreme lengths one goes through as he struggles to belong. As far as acting Tequan Richmond in particular gives the best performance without a question. Most of his on screen time is absent of dialogue meaning that he was constantly having to communicate with just body language. In the case of Lee Malvo, his brooding silence becomes ever so much more terrifying because we are only able to guess at his motives only catching faint glimpses of the wheels turning in his head. It is this sense of unknowing that makes Tequan's performance so chilling and captivating. As admirable as the directors style is Blue Caprice doesn't offer the sense of closure or new information that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined directorial exercise. Their emotional problems and psychological ills were never fully examined in the flick.

The Crow
The Crow(1994)

Eric Draven and his fiancee were brutally murdered on Devil's Night, by Top Dollar's henchman, Tin-tin, Funboy, T-Bird and Skank, he rises from the dead. His soul was carried by a crow for a year, Eric has unfinished business and now wants vengeance for his and his fiancee's death and sets about seeking out Tin-tin, Funboy, T-Bird and Skank. The gothic style impacts the action which it has to be said is quite brutal at times. The glimpse we get of when Eric and Shelley are murdered is graphic as are the beatings which Eric dishes out on each of those involved when he returns. Brandon Lee without a doubt was the Crow. He created in the character a nice blend of rage, grief, sadness, and dark humor. His stunt work is great. Among comic book movies The Crow is a hidden gem. It's not flawless and it doesn't always hit the right beat and the injection of spectacle near the end might be a bit misguided, but The Crow holds it's own against many other movies.


Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot with a substance abuse problem. After a wild night in a hotel room with a flight attendant, Whip shows up for duty loaded on alcohol and cocaine. Soon after takeoff there's a malfunction that sends the plane into a nosedive from 30,000 feet. The co-pilot, Ken Evans begins praying. Whip meanwhile, tries to pull the plane out of its downward spiral by rolling it over. Flying it upside down does indeed help him regain some stabilization enough that he can crash land it into a field. All but six of the people on board survive.

Behind the scenes, investigators find evidence that he had substances in his system at the time. An attorney for the pilots' union, Hugh Lang is brought in to defend Whip during an investigation hearing and to protect the airline from potential passenger lawsuits. Whip knows that he saved many lives with his actions. He also knows that what he did was reckless, heroic outcome or not, and he will therefore face jail time if the truth comes out. Initially, he decides that he's not going to drink anymore. He begins a romance with a recovering heroin addict named Nicole. He seeks the validation of Evans and another surviving crew member. Sobriety doesn't come easily, and soon he's calling on his dealer for more cocaine.

Written by John Gatins, Flight authentically captures the track that addiction puts people on. We watch with a mixture of sadness and disgust as Whip denies the severity of his problem, tries to will it away, attempts to convince others it doesn't exist, and eventually is smacked in the face by the reality of it. Once he realizes the enormous toll his use has taken, there are damages that can no longer be undone. Denzel Washington effectively brings the character's shame to life, creating a man whose pain is always right under the surface. As the crash investigation goes on and the screws turn tighter on Whip, Washington adds new layers to his performance; he becomes a man in full fledged panic mode trying to come to terms with the demons that may ruin him personally and professionally. Admitting his problem is a threat to him, but having it exposed is just as much of a threat. Every drop of pain the character feels is made real by his sensitive portrayal. The plane crash scenario gives the story an especially gripping twist. The crash sequence is extremely intense, yet it also perfectly sets up the denial that all addicts experience. Whip correctly states that few, if any, other pilots could have pulled that little maneuver off. He saved lives.

He also did it while he was wasted. Is he a good man who did a bad thing, or a bad man who managed to do something heroic? Flight leaves that for you to decide. One of the most devious aspects of addiction is that it turns its victims into Someone Else. They get lost and need to find their way back. Whip Whitaker is deeply lost. While in the cockpit he avoids the dreaded crash and burn. In his life the outcome is a lot less certain.

White House Down

Channing Tatum plays John Cale, a Capitol policeman who aspires to join the Secret Service. On the day of his job interview, he takes his politically-obsessed daughter Emily along with him for the White House tour. Cale doesn't get the job, but while he's there a paramilitary group storms the building and tries to take President James Sawyer hostage. They get Emily instead. Cale knows he will have to use his skills to keep the president safe and rescue his little girl.

The director Roland Emmerich has destroyed the White House twice before most famously in Independence Day in which aliens pulled off the job in five seconds. This time it takes more than two hours of gunfire and grenade hurling, which by Emmerich's standards is low key. It seems like Emmerich revels in the outlandish spectacle of the event, filming from a bird's eye to properly convey the non sense on display. For all its welcome silliness, The final act is so bloated with a plot that you almost forget anything that happened in the earlier sequences.

White House Down certainly could use a shot of substance. There's definitely a lot going on so it's never exactly boring, and some of the peripheral stuff isn't bad. Basically you either have fun at a mindless movie like this or you don't. I personally did not. Of course this movie draws comparisons to Olympus Has Fallen and rightfully so, but at least Olympus Has Fallen knew what kind of movie it wanted to be, and it stuck with that approach. White House Down wants to be every kind of movie. That prevents it from being fully satisfying on any level.


Resolution opens with Michael receiving a distressing email containing unsettling footage of his old friend Chris, heavily drugged up, showing signs of self destruction. Following a map included in the email, Michael finds Chris squatting in a run down, empty house in the middle of an Indian reservation. He handcuffs Chris to a pipe in the house imposing a week long intervention in a last ditch effort to save his friend from the black hole that is addiction.

In between helping Chris to confront and wrestle with his inner demons, Michael explores the surrounding area and encounters a bizarre assortment of cult members, violent drug dealers, the threatening Native American owners of the house he and Chris are residing in, a mentally ill girl who watches him in his sleep, and a French researcher who shares a darkly cryptic message. Michael also slowly begins to uncover a mysterious story, told in segments in the form of VHS tapes, film reels, cave paintings, and vinyl records he finds littered throughout the reservation. He then discovers that the subjects of the eerie tale being told through these old dusty artifacts are some how he and Chris.

There are key moments where innovative ideas are supposed to be represented on screen, but these moments lose their potency due to uninteresting camerawork, unconvincing acting, and amateurish directorial choices. For example, throughout the film, Chris is meant to be battling a fatal addiction that is harming his body. He vocalizes his pain often, but what we are shown does not convey the agony he speaks of. At worst he appears as if he's fighting off a killer hangover not life threatening withdrawals.

Though Resolution does provide a few scary moments and some thought provoking imagery it frequently stumbles on its numerous missteps in execution. It aims to be a knockout, but hits more like a jab. Resolution has some flaws it's important that films like it get made and that filmmakers like Moorehead and Benson continue to aim high and take chances in the near future.

Resolution is admirably ambitious and inspired work, but its inconsistent execution, unbalanced storytelling, unconvincing performances, and one of the weakest endings you'll ever see hold Resolution back from being an above average horror flick.


Gravity is a remarkable technical accomplishment, the kind of boundary pushing F/X showcase that James Cameron seems to exclusively specialize in these days. Cuarón's famously epic tracking shots move here on all axes. The first of them, a 17-minute single take in which the camera captures a small spacecraft drifting into view and then plunges in close to observe its crew at work, is one of the great feats of modern special effects. More than any other CGI event movie in recent memory, this one immerses its audience in the reality of its world, seducing viewers like myself into believing they're seeing real, corporeal bodies with heft and dimension caught in the orbit. If nothing else, Gravity makes the case for throwing immense resources at true visionaries the blockbuster craftsman as adventurer, Cuarón expertly blends the epic with the intimate. For every stunning 3-D set piece involving a dangerous hailstorm of metallic debris, there's a moment of small tenderness like Clooney framing Bullock in a mirror on his wrist as they bob their way toward safety.

The script, penned by the director and his son, is the chief culprit: Cuarón's camera may seem weightless as it floats through the digital cosmos, but the clunky dialogue weighs Gravity down slightly to me. Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey a milestone impossible not to think of when watching ships and humans dance through space like a ballet one could take it as a pure sensory experience. But Cuarón obliterates the dreadful quiet with lots of stilted banter between his stars, forcing a simple existential survival story to double as a parable about overcoming trauma. Much of that burden lies on Bullock's shoulders While Clooney gets by on personality flashing pearly whites through the glass of a space helmet. Cuarón saddles her character with a pained backstory, meant to lend the events a psychological bent. All it really does is give the characters too much to chat about.

This is one of Bullock's best performances, without a doubt reserve her a seat down front now at this year's Oscars. It's one of the most dazzling looking films you'll ever have the opportunity to see, especially if you see it in 3-D, or better yet, in 3-D and IMAX believe every bit of the hype. It's a masterful achievement of technique and craftsmanship, creating what has to be the most realistic "in space" experience ever for any motion picture. I was fortunate enough to see this in IMAX 3-D and it's a triumph compromised just slightly by the tidiness of its dramatic trajectory. Still prepare to be amazed.

Curse of Chucky

Nica lives at home with her protective mother trying to avoid reminders of her physical disability and heart troubles. When Good Guy doll Chucky is delivered to the house one afternoon, Nica disregards the strange arrival only to find her mother dead the next day. Reuniting with sister Barb after a long absence, Nica is forced to consider a move, with a house sale potentially on the horizon. Barb's daughter Alice eventually discovers Chucky, immediately bonding with the doll, who unleashes his malevolent wrath once the sun goes down, picking off family members one at a time. Nica, researching the murderous appetites of Chucky, discovers a connection to serial killer Charles Lee Ray, setting out to warn everyone of the doll's demonic presence before the killer has a chance to finish what he started.

Curse of Chucky made some direct connections to the original 1988 film that tinker with course correcting the ongoing narrative, returning Chucky to his intimidating, sinister ways. Unfortunately, Mancini doesn't have much of the budget to work with, keeping Curse contained solely to Nica's house, only leaving the premises in the finale, while the red-headed maniac doesn't truly begin his reign of terror until midway through the flick, leaving the set-up useless to fans who've stuck with the franchise for 25 years. It's not as though Mancini is delivering blisteringly clever material to hold attention. Instead, he dishes up one dimensional characters with thin motivations, while keeping the doll close to Alice to reheat the child in peril routine.

Curse of Chucky has its one speed of survival for much of the film, though it soon embarks on a series of twists that tie into the entire franchise, not just Child's Play. There's a thrill in seeing a few familiar faces, but these are only a few blips of life in an otherwise struggling movie. Die hard fans might be more welcoming to certain scripted detours, but Curse of Chucky feels like a cheap experiment to see if the faithful will follow the series now that theatrical demand has passed on.


Dredd is about an attempt by law enforcement officers to infiltrate a high rise building that has been co-opted by gangsters, they must fight their way to the top, and take out the chief bad guys. Dredd has an associate, rookie judge Cassandra Anderson, a blond who forgets her helmet. She is being assessed for a pass or fail grade by Dredd. Her test scores were judged "marginal," but she has been accorded an opportunity in the field because of her impressive psychic abilities.

She's unprepared for Dredd's brutality, but she adjusts pretty quickly. She also plays mind games with a prisoner they take during their initial raid of the Peach Tree high rise. Kay knows something about Ma-Ma that she doesn't want him to tell anyone, and Anderson goes screwing around in his mind out to find out what it is. It turns out that Peach Tree is ground zero for the manufacture and distribution of a new drug, Slo-Mo, and there's nothing Ma-Ma won't do to protect that secret. Trapping two judges in the building and hunting them down.

The action scenes are really graphic and with a slightly artistic slow motion theme Dredd is impressive visual wise, with the digital rendering of Mega City One it offered some satisfying visual eye candy. If there's a disappointment, I would say it's the villain. Ma Ma isn't a very impressive foil for the great Judge Dredd, even when she calls for back up. The final confrontation seems more like an afterthought than an important moment in the story.

Unlike many post apocalyptic settings, the one presented in Dredd offers just enough glimpses of a dystopian future without overselling the dark ugly miseries of this future. The background is strong enough to make some of the movie's more outlandish elements seem credible. Honestly not much of what Dredd has to offer is brand new or groundbreaking, but some familiar elements that it generates are paced well. Dredd is suspenseful with sufficient action and it will definitely please most viewers.


Frankenweenie starts with a crude science fiction film within a film made by New Holland resident Victor Frankenstein, a lonely, slightly odd kid obsessed with movie making and his pet dog best friend Sparky. When Sparky is struck and killed by a car, Victor is inconsolable, until a science class lesson about electricity's effect on dead nerves and muscles sends him running back to his work space to expose Sparky's corpse to lightning. Soon the dog is jumping around again, with bolts in his neck and stitching just barely holding his body together.

Victor's classmates eventually figure out he brought his dog back to life, and they all raid the cemetery for their own dead pets. The resulting monster mash-up at the ending is predictable, but still enjoyable. A good Godzilla camera joke is always welcome. With Frankenweenie Burton is playing with various animation techniques, playing with our shared knowledge of film history, playing with the idea that "Lassie" and "Frankenstein" can be stitched together. Frankenweenie is far from his best, but it is a timely reassurance that the old Tim Burton is still hanging around and may be able to work his magic again.

And while the stop motion is fluid, the puppets are kind of inexpressive, with fixed faces and huge unblinking eyes that play well in a comedic manner, but rarely convey a sense of emotion or involvement. Only Sparky himself is fully emotive. Frankenweenie is pretty gruesome when you actually stop and think about what it is that you're watching, the film maintains a dark tone throughout. It'll work for kids and adults without patronizing either.

Children of Men

20 years into the future, 2027 to be exact, people haven't been able to breed new life in 18 years, and with the death of the youngest living human, an 18-year-old named "Baby Diego," the world is looking even bleaker. Suicides are increasing with heavily advertised drugs offering an over the counter way of making it easier to die.

Despite nearly dying in a terrorist bombing, government worker Theo Faron isn't worried about what's going on around him, until his ex-wife Julian shows up after years to ask him a favor. She's now leading a rebel group called the Fishes who need to get a young immigrant girl named Kee to the Human Project, an organization trying to solve the issue of the world's infertility. The appropriately named girl has a secret one that could possibly change the face of this dire global situation, and Theo finds himself having to guide her to the British coast. Even after being abducted by his ex-wife, Theo seems relatively unaffected as they ride calmly through the countryside giving them a chance to reconnect, a brief moment of optimism that's cut short as Theo and Kee end up on the run, not only from the police, but also the rebels.

This incredible premise and vision is only partially what makes "Children of Men" so spectacular, the other part being Clive Owen himself. This very well could be Owen's best film as he plays a real person suffering from a great loss, but trying to endure and remain positive. Owen does a heck of a job acting as the viewer's eyes, the camera staying on him the entire film so we can see how the horrors of this world ultimately affect him. As grim as the future may be, the film allows for a few moments of humor in order to make light of a serious situation, much of it coming from Owen's cynical delivery and his interactions with Kee, played with suitable naivety by newcomer Claire-Hope Ashitey. Most of the film's more entertaining moments involve Michael Caine as Theo's weed smoking hippy friend Jasper who has a much more cordial view about the situation of the country.

When Theo and Kee arrive at a refugee camp with the help of Jasper's police friend Syd. It's not the best place for them to be, especially when the rebel uprising shows up, followed by the army turning the entire camp into a full upscale war zone. As Theo desperately tries to find Kee after being separated from her, the camera stays on him for an incredible extended long shot that puts the viewer into the middle of the warfare {like a first person video game}, as Theo tries to avoid being killed in the ensuing firefight. When someone nearby gets shot, splattering blood on the camera lens, it only takes you out of the moment for a split second. The impact of this climactic sequence makes you realize that you're watching something that's never been accomplished on a film, and it's something that's likely to be studied by film school students well past the year in which the film is set.

If the future depicted in "Children of Men" bears any resemblance to reality, things aren't getting any better. Despite that sad worldview, Cuarón uses this dark ideal future to show that however bad the world may get, there's always hope plus optimism on the horizon. As a whole the experience is effective at leaving you emotionally drained and breathless at the same time.


Jason Statham plays a homeless alcoholic former British Special Forces soldier who's fleeing a court martial for a violent incident back in Afghanistan. The film opens with glimpses of that earlier event much of it seen through surveillance drones. Then it cuts to London {which is very beautiful at night} today still seen via surveillance footage. Everybody's watching that's how it seems.

Redemption is only partly a Statham movie. Yes our hero Joey Smith will eventually rise from a hard time and start breaking bones, and yes triads and perverts and workaday goons will all eventually feel his neck snapping wrath. But the film is less a kick ass action flick and more a moral fable. Early on Smith breaks into a posh apartment only to discover that the owner is in New York for the summer. So he treats himself to the man's pad, clothes, and bank account. It's a ridiculous setup, and the movie knows it. Joey begins working as the muscle for a Triad boss, which leads him to do some bad things like taking money from struggling families and prostitutes, and in one chilling scene, even overseeing the arrival of a shipment of human slaves.

Statham keeps things somewhat interesting. He doesn't speak for the film's first fifteen minutes, and when he does, he doesn't make speeches. He endures his usual beat downs, which we endure with him because we know at some point, he's going to kick some a$$. Redemption is just terrible enough to make us remember some of Stathams other movies and the fact he will be a villain in Fast & Furious 7. This film never had any going on from the very beginning.


Chris Hemsworth plays the English bounder James Hunt, a dashing head of blond hair whose daring do and high class accent turn women into puddles. Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda, an analytical Austrian lacking what you might call people skills. Whereas Hunt is a classic, carousing, big ego racer, Lauda is a methodical tactician. The film, based on the lives of the two famous racers, captures the climax of their collision in the 1976 world championship that came down to the final race and that also featured a crash that left Lauda's face terribly burned.

The racing scenes are beautifully shot which intensifies the action and danger of the race. Formula One racing is dangerous and the shots throughout the film depict the danger and risk in a frame by frame fashion. Personally my favorite shots were the ones shot in the rain. The perspective of the drivers shows their limited visibility through first-person camera angles as water splashes against the cameras around every turn and cars begin to lose traction. Many of the scenes had that Hollywood touch that makes them a little too loud to be real, which makes it a fun ride and probably embellishes the sport to entertain the audience.

Without Thor's hammer, Hemsworth looks pretty good in a role perfectly suited to his talents and natural bravado. Bruhl, though, is even more compelling. The German-born actor who makes Lauda, with a clipped Austrian accent, endearing in his obsessive pursuit. There are other good supporting performances, but the film belongs to Hemsworth and Bruhl as they weave through a tumultuous racing season.

All in all Rush is somewhat of a missed opportunity in my opinion. The movie is filled with strong performances. It has a stylish, atmospheric look that is well suited to the subject matter. There's a ton of ambition on display. What's the problem then? And yet, there were times I yawned too much, feeling restless. Or looked at my smartphone. Or found my mind wandering on random things. For as technically well made as Rush is, it's also kind of boring. Look closer, though, and you see that it's all quite underwhelming without a strong center or a reason to really care about Hunt and Lauda. The best biopics make the viewer understand why the subject is important to them, even if it's not. They find a universality in the topic that sucks you in. Rush never does that. Formula One fans will love it others may end up shrugging their shoulders just like I did.

The Internship

The Internship; Billy and Nick lose their jobs selling watches when their boss informs them that watches have become obsolete in a world where kids use their smart phones to check the time. Billy and Nick are old fashioned salesmen whose livelihood is threatened by a shrinking economy and a brand new technological universe. For reasons that are never made entirely convincing, they decide to apply to an internship program which may lead to permanent jobs at Google. There they find themselves competing with a bunch of much younger applicants who are far more technically savvy than these two "dinosaurs" as their retiring boss calls them. But when they land at Google headquarters for the summer, their worldliness appeals to their geeky young competitors, so we surmise that the two generations may be able to help each other.

In one scene, Vaughn's Billy tries to impress his young colleagues by talking about going "on the line" rather than online, but that's one of the only effective jokes about old school salesmen trying to master a whole new terminology. All the applicants are divided into teams, and Nick and Billy join a group of computer nerds to compete for a handful of jobs, but they have to match wits with much more savvy techies. Although the odds are against them, it isn't hard to guess the outcome of the contest.

Predictability is not the only problem with the script, which was written by Vaughn and Jared Stern. The two stars present an amusing physical contrast, but their characters aren't very sharply differentiated. Both of them are fast-talking confident hustlers. It would have been more satisfying if they had more distinctive personalities between them. The same lack of differentiation applies to the nerdy members of their team. They're all sheltered whiz kids with few social skills. We would all love richer characterizations.

The actors do what they can to supply laughter which proved to be difficult courtesy of a weak script. The Internship is lazy formulaic writing that really hurts the film. There are plenty of films out there competing for your money so they can make you laugh The Internship won't even come close to being worth your time even on a boring day.

The Kings of Summer

The Kings of Summer is the story of a couple of high school friends, Joe and Patrick who feel misunderstood by their families and run away from home one summer to build a house in the woods and live by themselves. They're also joined by a third boy Biaggio, who isn't quite a friend but somehow enters their two-man circle in ways unclear. While their parents desperately look for them our woodland pioneers are faced with problems both mundane and profound whether it's how to hunt your food in a suburban forest that houses mostly rodents and snakes, or how to deal when the girl you like hooks up with your best friend.

Visually the film is lovely. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has a flair for seemingly offhand imagery a face fragmented in a glass door panel, a cathedral like wall of greenery in a forest clearing. And the stylized cutting often keeps us on edge, too. Early on, a hammer raised in slow-motion juxtaposed with a flashback to a smiling girl effectively hints at the violent, uncomfortable emotions held in check by the characters, and it does so better than any actual onscreen incident or dialogue exchange does.

The Kings of Summer never reconciles its two extremes of broad comedy and delicate drama. One fears that Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta are using comedy as a way to avoid addressing why these kids feel so alienated from their families and their lives. It's easy to make Joe and Patrick seem out of step with the rest of their world if you make everyone else a caricature. Maybe the filmmakers want to mimic an adolescent mind set in which everyone else besides the subject is a freak or insane or cruel, but here it comes off as opportunistic at best and insensitive at worst.

It's not the cast, or the witty script, that truly makes The Kings of Summer work. This is a slice of pure life-affirming fun. The comedy really works, the drama lands hard and the third act emotional developments hit the heart like an arrow from cupid. The Kings of Summer delivers on absolutely every single level.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

Jake Gyllenhaal is a troubled Midwestern teenager plagued by incessant sleepwalking, family drama and visions of a menacing 6-foot-tall, doomsday prophesying rabbit. Donnie Darko is a unique delight a fast-paced, surreal oddity likely to leave audiences with lots of questions.Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie Darko, a high-school teenager with mental problems and a supposedly schizophrenic side. He often talks to imaginary friends, and the latest is some person dressed in a bunny suit and an insect mask named Frank. Donnie's home life is normal for the most part. His parents are not the typical kind who argue and bicker at every convenience so that we are reminded they are a dysfunctional family. When Donnie curses at his sister their mother simply says "please stop" while the father grins. Meanwhile, every night Donnie sleepwalks and often leaves the house, ending up in hilly streets or golf courses. He takes medication, and sees a therapist who frequently hypnotizes him. Then a strange event takes place. A fallen airplane engine crashes through Donnie's room. The plane in question minus an engine is never found. The event changes everybody. But Donnie sees this as some sign, as evidenced by Frank who tells him he has 28 days before the world will end in some sort of apocalypse. But is the bunny foretelling the future or the past? Who will listen to Donnie?

Jake does give a fine performance, along with some low angle stares. It is a restrained performance of a teenager looking for answers and questioning authority. Gyllenhaal's Donnie character is nicely balanced between angry arguments with the family and quiet, reflective moments with his therapist. Also worth noting is his unusual smile when waking up in strange places it adds to the film's hypnotic vibe. Donnie Darko has a questionable climax but I think it is in keeping with the movie's theme of how unexplained events can change a person, if not a whole family, even a small town. Donnie Darko is on to something he is searching for meaning in life and in the universe {he has an interest in time travel}. His girlfriend is searching for peace and beauty in the world. It is rare in movies today to see young people engaged in such rational thoughts. What a suspenseful intelligent movie now I actually see why it warrants cult following status.

Trouble with the Curve

Slowed by age and failing eyesight, crack baseball scout Gus Lobel takes his grown daughter along as he checks out the final prospect of his career. Along the way, the two renew their bond, and she catches the eye of a young player-turned-scout. Eastwood is a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves. He's a widower with a wry sense of humor, smart mouth, failing eyesight, a bladder problem, a heart of gold, an estranged highflying lawyer for a daughter (Amy Adams) and an outspoken contempt for number crunching, computer reliant front office suits. He also has a habit, like John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, of talking to his wife's gravestone, though, unlike Wayne, he ends his visits by singing to her.

The role suits Clint like a catcher's glove that's been passed down to him from Gary Cooper via Henry Fonda. John Goodman, who once impersonated Babe Ruth on screen, plays his best friend and boardroom apologist. The movie celebrates a triumph of knowledge and intuitive experience over computers, which is fine by me, though it could have been written by one.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Guillermo del Toro brings the audience a unique take on the monster film with this sci-fi production. Charlie Hunnam stars as a washed-out controller and pilot of a series of robots called Jaegers, which are constructed after Earth is invaded by a species of giant monsters also known as the Kaijus. Rinko Kikuchi co-stars as a trainee whom Hunnam is psychically and mentally paired with in order to pilot the last ray of hope which is a decommissioned Jaeger assigned to stop the Kaijus from ending the world.

Pacific Rim is one of those films that doesn't require great acting or a decent plot what it may lack in that category it will definitely make up for it with the amounts of action it produces. The monsters were well crafted and the futuristic look of Hong Kong was extremely detailed. The visuals were so beautiful looking which they contained bright and vibrant colors with a dark background I wish I seen it in IMAX 3D. Pacific Rim is what a summer blockbuster should be it did not disappoint.


A last minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realizes she's been betrayed and that her own life is no longer safe. Now to outwit her enemies, she'll simply have to outlast them. Haywire follows freelance covert ops agent Mallory Kane. Kane is hired by her handlers to perform various assignments that are unauthorized by the U.S. government. The story centers around a hostage rescue mission in Barcelona that goes according to plan. Reluctantly, Mallory accepts another job, just weeks after the Barcelona mission, that ships her to Dublin. This effortless mission quickly goes awry, leading Mallory to discover that the she has been double crossed by the very people she works for. Mallory is thrust into a personal vendetta to bring justice to those who betrayed her.

Carano succeeds by being allowed to focus her time and energy into moving fluidly through her environment and fighting her way out of it. Also while she's not called upon to move through any great emotional range the script moves her through some predictable action movie beats, including a half hearted attempt at a broken heart she hits her internal marks with more believability than you might expect from a pro fighter. She's surrounded by an impressive crew of men who do their best to halt or kill her. Carano's the real star of the cast of course and she brings the perfect tone of predatory nuance to the role. She's not just good for an athlete she's a good performer.

The bulk of the film revolves around Mallory's attempt to figure out just who double crossed her and why. You know soon enough that the end is coming, but the film seems unsure of what to do about it. Basically any given moment looks good and feels fine and the surrounding five minutes would probably make you feel like you were watching a good film. Haywire is okay at best. You can't really hate it, but then you can't do much else with it either.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

Rancher Dan Evans agrees to help transport captured outlaw Ben Wade to the nearest rail station, where they'll board a train to court. But all the while, Wade's henchmen are plotting their next move. This movie is strongly directed and never anything other than watchable galloping along at a heart racing rate and not losing momentum even after a detour to exchange gunshots with some Apaches and a grisly encounter with some old enemies of Wade's among a gang of workers clearing land for the allimportant railroad. It is the railroad, that is itself both a force for good and bad.

The heartless rail company wants to buy Wade's poor scrap of land, which is why the banks are trying to force him out, but it is the train the implacable iron horse, invulnerable to the desperadoes attacks on which the embattled forces of good are relying to bring Wade to justice and, arguably, to bring civilization and the rule of law out to the west.

Traditionally the western is a genre in which elemental human drama of good versus evil can be staged in the vast arena of the frontier. For all this, 3.10 To Yuma is an enjoyable yarn and Fonda in particular strengthens the movie some, as the grizzled warrior and survivor of many such battles in the unending war of the American west. I highly recommend this movie to all.


In the rural New England town of Brockton, Massachusetts, neighbors and friends the Dovers and the Birches gather for Thanksgiving dinner, but by the end of the night, their celebration turns to panic when the families two youngest daughters go missing. As the hours pass and the girls don't turn up it becomes terrifyingly apparent they've been kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller Dover decides to take the law into his own hands, running up against dedicated Detective Loki. But even as Loki is diligently working against the clock to solve the case, Keller will stop at nothing to get their prime suspect to talk before its too late.

Wow Hugh Jackman gave an outstanding performance playing a man who questioned his beliefs so effortlessly. It is a performance void of vanity or the desire to be loved by the audience, and moment to moment it is exhilarating to watch. In just a handful of scenes each, Maria Bello and Viola Davis show the full weight of motherly grief. Melissa Leo given a role fully abundant with opportunities to ham it up, instead plays things with the sober conviction of a disappointed life.

Prisoners is a sensationally effective thriller with a complex moral center while powered by an unusually rich twisty script by Aaron Guzikowski and career top performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. This tale of two Pennsylvania families searching for their kidnapped daughters sustains an high amount of tension for two and a half hours of screen time which is very difficult to do.

American Psycho

With a chiseled chin and physique, Patrick Bateman is a well groomed man and also the ideal serial killer. Bateman takes pathological pride in his business card and his CD collection all while plotting his next victim's murder. It's hard being Patrick Bateman. Strive as he might to do the right thing, it's not clear anyone's taking any notice. 'I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?' he says to a bartender, but she doesn't even blink. And there are already enough unblinking Manhattan people filling his steel fridge. Writer/director Mary Harron has sensibly excised the gratuitous gore.

A provocative socio-psychological satire balanced tantalizingly on the cusp of chilly horror and outrageous comedy. Bateman may be the (barely) human face of a particularly '80s brand of narcissism and materialist feeling empty inside, but he's also a spoilt guy without cause or taste. And while the production relies on '80s period trappings for much of its humor, Bateman's hollow obsession with body and status are hardly bygone phenomena. The film is very creepy and unsettling, but at the same time entertaining. Christian Bale nails Bateman with a crazy insane dead eyed and deadpan performance that will make you feel uncomfortable throughout the film.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This horror classic is a gruesome reminder that a movie doesn't need to be complicated to scare the daylights out of viewers. Sally and her wheelchair bound brother along with their friends travel to a vandalized graveyard to see if their grandfather's remains are intact. En route, they come upon chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface, and it's a fight to the bloody death between good and evil.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is considered a classic by horror movie aficionados, and it's easy to see why, no one had ever created anything quite like it. Some called it a brilliant commentary. Others called it the most offensive movie ever made. Regardless, it struck a chord with audiences back in 1974, and it still manages to capture our attention today.

Despite this terrifying premise, the blood and guts is kept to a minimum for an R-rated movie. When someone is stabbed we don't actually see the knife going into the flesh or the bloody organs that lie beneath. The audience is left to fill in these blanks on their own. Yet the movie still manages to be extremely scary. The chase scenes are especially intense, and the scene is which Sally attends the family dinner is horrifying because we can see her pure terror as the camera zooms in on the blood vessels popping out of her eyes. Overall, this is a very disturbing movie can you imagine a huge guy running full speed chasing you with a chainsaw that's a horrific sight. This movie easily beats out the The Exorcist by a landslide and in my opinion a top three horror film of all time.


Searching for a missing student two private investigators break into his house and find a collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance. You can credit the found footage horror anthology V/H/S/2 for its technological innovation somewhat, if for little else. The Blair Witch Project told its story with one or two hand held video cameras. The Paranormal Activity series has used laptops and household surveillance systems. V/H/S/2 offers the zombie-cam {the helmet camera of a bicyclist who is attacked by the undead then becomes one of them and goes on a killing rampage} and the terrier dog camera placed on the back of a family dog.

V/H/S was a good concept that was wasted due to substandard execution. V/H/S/2 corrects some of its predecessor's mistakes. Two shorts in the sequel maintain a high level of quality as they offer up flesh crawling scares. For this film's most disturbing segment "Safe Haven" It follows a team of journalists on a futile attempt to escape the brainwashing tactics of a bloodthirsty, ritualistic cult leader this particular segment creeps me out like no other. V/H/S/2 still doesn't really work as a whole, but it sure does improve on quality that was lacking from its predecessor.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

A bigger, better Terminator is gunning for a shape shifting T-1000 who's out to kill John Connor, the son of Sarah, the original Terminator's nemesis. Continuing the story of the first film, Terminator 2: Judgment day finds The Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, sent back in time from the future again, but this time switching sides to become the protector of the human race's future hope John Connor. Meanwhile Connor's mother, who tries to spread the knowledge of an apocalyptic future that she acquires in the first film, is deemed insane and confined to an institution. The action is almost nonstop with shopping mall shootouts, truck/motorcycle chases, and various other action set pieces produced throughout the film.

This is the film that made CGI effects the standard and as such, can be considered a major influence of all big budget action effects movies. Its greatest technical achievement is the shape-shifting T1000 character who pursues John Connor and makes it necessary for The Terminator to act as protector. The film continually ratchets up the tension to the next level as the T1000 comes closer and closer to destroying young John, making Terminator 2 a thoroughly exciting thrill ride basically from start to finish.

While playing the character with the same serious expression as in the original, Arnold obviously relishes the chance to be the good guy in this one, and the script provides him with plenty of silly one liners to provide the otherwise dark film some levity. Linda Hamilton turns in a frantic performance as a desperate mother locked away because everyone thinks she's insane. Terminator 2: Judgment day is another classic produced from James Cameron without a doubt.

The Man With the Iron Fists

This martial arts thriller relates the saga of a Chinese blacksmith caught up in a battle between clans. Forced to defend his own village, the blacksmith channels primeval forces that make him invincible. Man with the Iron Fists is a RZA product for better and for worse. The musician/filmmaker's knowledge of the genre helps. His script is full of colorful characters and ideas while his direction of the martial arts sequences draws upon the canon of films that made the genre so popular offering some admirable action excitement. However, those same characters are far more interesting in concept than actual characterization and the RZA's narration during the movie was just plain awful.

The movie takes itself way too seriously for what it is and attempts a few twists, all of which fall utterly flat as the truth tends to confuse more than surprise. Instead of character development or foreshadowing we're given heavy handed exposition drops and awkward flashback sequences that feel totally out of place with the other portions of the film this problem extends to other areas and Man with the Iron Fists feels in total like a mismatched piece of work. The hip-hop soundtrack I felt it was good with the action sequences for the first half of the movie. The dialogue is problematic between overly dramatic martial arts and modern slang terminology. It seems like the movie can't decide exactly what it wants to be and that confusion is pretty much apparent as you watch it.

In conclusion Man with the Iron Fists is only for those who love their martial arts flicks no matter how cheesy or silly they may be or those who love the mix of Asian and hip-hop culture. I like the RZA when he's in the Wu Tang clan I just wish this movie turned out better.

Army of Darkness

Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient Necronomicon, or Book of the Dead, transports department store clerk Ash and his 1973 Oldsmobile into the Dark Ages. There, he faces legions of undead beasts in a battle for his life. Sam Raimi had a bit more money to play with the fun is only enhanced by a little extra cash, and Campbell is, though it seems hard to believe, is even more willing to play the fool, a heroic one at that. While Evil Dead attempted to be a serious horror film, and the sequel merged over into sillier thrills, Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness capitalizes on pure cheesiness. It takes every element that was terrifying in the original and turns it into pure comedy. And what a good decision as Army of Darkness has since gained a cult classic status and an unbelievable following. Hilarious and unexpectedly adventurous.

S-Mart department store clerk Ash (Bruce Campbell) is being dragged to his death after getting transported through time to 1300 A.D. with his car and a shotgun. He narrates the events that led up to his capture by Lord Arthur, which include the battling of possessed demons from the first two movies Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. The Necronomicon, the book of the dead, is responsible for his arrival in medieval times, and he must seek it out once again to return him back to the present. Along the way he'll have to unite Arthur and his nemesis Henry the Red to defend a kingdom against an undead army of darkness.

Considering that the second film in the Evil Dead trilogy is actually a remake of the first, the events that are recapped at the opening of Army of Darkness hardly matter. The entirety of this film is directed in a humorous type of way and for the first time is completely intentionally cheesy. Spotlighting on Ash's signature bad one-line insults, Army of Darkness never surrenders a chance to crack a joke.

Army of Darkness includes stop motion animation, makeup effects and dated CG account for much of the film's splendid nonsense, and equally striking prosthetics, gunpowder making training montages, and crazy medieval battles account for the rest of this unpredictable horror adventure. Army of Darkness is viewed by many as the king of cult classic laugh a minute rare horror comedies.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

When doctor Indiana Jones the professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist and adventurer is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime. Raiders of the lost ark has some suspect plot points and they are easily ignored I mean hey it was released back in 1981 so I won't knock them for that. Executive producer George Lucas gets the credit for the film's great idea in 1936, a heroic archaeologist braves dangers to seek out hidden treasures and protect them from hands of bad individuals. Beyond the notion of the globe trotting professor adventure , Lucas concept was to breathe new life into an old theatrical form the cliffhanger serial, with its roller coaster structure constantly building up thrills. Lucas shares story credit with Philip Kaufman, with the screenplay credited to Lawrence Kasdan.

Spielberg lends his expertise to witty and inventive action sequences, scored to perfection by movie music mister John Williams. The chases and brawls with their attendant stunts, photography, and editing are the measure of all action films since in their clarity and high energy. The film also created a winning formula that lent itself to three sequels a mission of great import to retrieve an artifact of cultural significance and supernatural power. The journey is amazing, with Jones proving his mettle, but in the end meeting profound forces with awe and humility. The religious overtones archetypal play of shadow and light, and brushes with mortality are yet more canny choices on the part of pop masters Spielberg and Lucas. They know filmgoers sit down wanting to get carried away, to invest themselves in a story not only to suspend disbelief, but to believe. Reality can wait for two hours as you kick back, relax, and enjoy an adventure.

After Earth
After Earth(2013)

After a crash landing a father and son explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier. In After Earth it's hard to find things it does well other then some nice visuals and having the beautiful Zöe Kravitz in it, it's impossible to find a reason to recommend the film to anyone which feels overlong at 100 minutes as it goes through a tiresome adventure quest that sends a boy out into the wilderness on his own in a hostile environment prowled by bad CGI animals. When it comes to bringing animals to life on a computer someone should have gave Ang Lee{Life of Pi} a phone call.

This time around M. Night Shyamalan's trademark third act twist is missing in action as is anything resembling decent storytelling. The characters are emotionally stale Will Smith doesn't even have chemistry with his own son, trust me the average viewer won't even care about them. The pacing is poor and uneven. The movie was so bad that one of Shyamalan's third act surprises would have been welcome, but sadly the director is stuck in Last Airbender mode and that's a terrible thing.

The Bling Ring

In the fame obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a disturbing crime spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group who were fixated on the glamorous life tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes and the gang became known in the media as "The Bling Ring". The problem with The Bling Ring is that it feels as soulless as its young protagonists there is no character development every character feels dull, and of course there's little sympathy to be found either for the story's rich victims like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan I find it extremely odd that they have so much money, but yet they don't have the time to get a security system installed to monitor their homes while gone. You will learn very little about the group's motives and yearnings and why they like most people are drunk on the scent of celebrity perfume (very obsessed with their every single move), and why we have allowed it to be a main staple of our culture now a days.


After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale agent launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. Within the first five minutes of Robert Rodriguez's Machete, his cheeky, freewheeling return to exploitation homage, there's a car crash, a mutilation, a decapitation, a baker's dozen deaths by blade, a naked lady, and a Steven Seagal sighting which was very fitting. Then the film ramps right up to a booming title sequence that promises the most random cast in recent memory Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Seagal , Robert De Niro, and Danny Trejo the leading man which he did well at that position. Though the film can't reasonably maintain this fast insane pace it sure does try. Forget outstanding storytelling, this is a movie that hits hard from first to last with no questions asked or logic followed.


Hired to steal a rare VHS tape from a secluded house, a group of petty crooks breaks in and discovers a corpse surrounded by TVs and stacks of tapes. Now they must watch each horrific and bizarre video as they search for the correct one. The idea of a horror anthology isn't a bad one. There could of been something really worth while here unfortunately there's only bits and pieces of quality within the different segments and nothing works as a whole. I felt like I was getting glimpses of what could be a good horror story surrounded by a bunch of junk that didn't scare, thrill, or even make me feel entusiatic about what's coming next. It has flashes of good material, but don't expect much and prepare to be disappointed with this shaky cam mess.


Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. Scott Derrickson did his best to make viewers believe that Ethan Hawke's vanity and greed would lead him to put his family in a bad situation along with his drinking problem, his obsessive myopia, and his possible hallucinations, there are shades of Jack Torrance in The Shining. As usual with ghost stories or stories of the occult the fear dissipates a little once the mythology comes into focus, and they've tossed in a boy with night terrors just to crank it up a little more plus add some plot twist here and there. The forecast for the atmosphere was definitely eerie and Sinister moves with a full throttle intensity and residual creepiness even though there were some clichés of course, but this still managed to be one of the best horror films I've seen in the last two years.

The East
The East(2013)

Sarah Moss is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group's charismatic leader finding her life and her priorities drastically changed. Although the premise is a bit far-fetched, The East has some sequences of sustained suspense which is good, such as the group's elaborate plan to invade a pharmaceutical company and inject their own toxic meds into everyone's champagne. As the stakes rise and a death occurs the movie becomes increasingly gripping. But in the final five minutes the story takes a disappointing turn that ultimately leaves you frustrated to a certain extent. The movie already contained poor pacing throughout so I hoped the ending would be satisfying unfortunately that didn't happen.

The Last Stand

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a border town sheriff who's taken up his post after tragic events brought an end to his tenure with the LAPD. But his quiet life is interrupted when a drug boss escapes FBI custody and flees straight toward his town. Vintage Arnold with funny one liners and all this movie is full of intense bloody action and exciting car chases. The film never takes itself too serious which is a good thing and its surprisingly funny throughout. Arnold's acting was solid in terms of the action scenes they were good.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Stranded in a cabin in the woods Ash and his girlfriend accidentally invoke a spell that causes the Evil Dead to rise and kill! As a lone man pitted against hordes of walking corpses can Ash survive until the safety of sunrise? This is pretty much like the first evil dead, but thanks to director Sam Raimi this version incorporates more gore, dark humor, and slapstick humor creating a nice balance between the three . Overall this is a gory, cheap horror movie that won't appeal to everybody but to those that get it, it will be a hugely enjoyable gory film with a great sense of humor. Director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell truly make the film work better than the material would suggest it should and it is no wonder that this is such a timeless cult horror classic. I personally prefer the first evil dead, but this one is right up there with it.


For three long years Sam Bell has dutifully harvested Helium 3 for Lunar a company that claims it holds the key to solving humankind's energy crisis. As Sam's contract comes to an end the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. His work on the Selene moon base has been enlightening the solitude helping him to reflect on the past and overcome some serious anger issues, but the isolation is starting to make Sam uneasy. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly bad it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straight forward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Moon is like a beautiful homage to 2001 space odyssey it's also mind blowing with a script that you would think it came out of the twilight zone followed by exquisite cinematography make it a terrific sci-fi movie.

The Terminator

In the post-apocalyptic future, tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead the human insurgents. Meanwhile, the rebels dispatch a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. The Terminator is one of those films that no matter if you've seen it or not, you've heard of it you even know at least one or two lines without seeing it! This is the movie that made James Cameron a name in Hollywood he didn't have much money, but he had a good script, a great crew on his side to make one of cinema's greatest movies of all time while also setting the bar high for other sci-fi films.


Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union moves closer to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered the masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime fighting legion a disbanded group of retired superheroes only one of whom has true powers Rorschach glimpses a wide ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity. It feels like this movie has no pulse, no energy, and you feel as if the movie is too long (which it is 2hr and 43mins damn!) when they play music in different scenes its horrible particularly the porn scene I don't know what that was about. Jackie Earle Haley was the stand out performer as Rorschach he kept my attention throughout the whole movie playing a psychopathic and paranoid role with such ease, but I feel like this movie should have been way better then it actualy was it showed potential.


When an army of zombies invades a small little town it's up to an odd local boy with a knack for communicating with the dead to save the day, but judgmental adults prove to be even more of a conflict than just zombies. This movie has a style and approach of its own which just doesn't go for its story or the fact that this being more of a decent horror flick somewhat, but also really for its comedy and characters. The characters look great in stop motion and very much alive along with the story having a fresh take involving zombies make this a great movie for all ages.


Wall-E. In a future world where humans have destroyed Earth ecologically and evacuated the planet, only dutiful robot WALL-E is left to clean up the mess. But with the arrival of a female probe named EVE, a smitten WALL-E experiences love for the first time WOW this movie is everything we've come to expect from Pixar it's colorful, vibrant, imaginative, exciting, captivating, beautiful, and most importantly a film with interesting characters. The film has very little dialogue, but it's still smart and surprisingly subtle. Does WALL-E have a message? Oh yeah, but it's an important message and it is delivered flawlessly.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

Nicholas Angel is a big city cop who can't be stopped, but he's making everyone else on the force look bad. When he is reassigned to a small quiet town he struggles with this new seemingly idyllic world and his bumbling partner Danny Butterman, but their dull existence is interrupted by several grisly and suspicious accidents, and the crime fighting duo turn up the heat and hand out high octane, car chasing, gun fighting, big city justice. Edgar Wright , Simon Pegg , and Nick Frost are a terrific trio there is no weak entry in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy I just prefer Shaun of the Dead.

Reservoir Dogs

Four Perfect Killers and One Perfect Crime. They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. I wonder who? Tarantino's first big movie which instantly turned into a cult classic and highly regarded for its raw power, breathtaking ferocity, nice style of direction, and great cast make it a must see for everyone who loves Tarantino's films.

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

When movie actress Chris MacNeil begins to suspect that an evil spirit is possessing her young daughter Regan she calls in two priests to try and exorcise the demon against frightening and horrible odds. The Exorcist remains near or at the top of everyone's scariest movie ever list. There have been plenty of movies about exorcisms since, but none of them top Linda Blair turning her head 180 degrees, projectile vomiting, and the grotesque makeup effects that transformed young Blair into a foul mouthed demon from hell. This movie is very iconic and influential one of the best horror films of all time to most. Personally it didn't scare me, but I did find it interesting and creepy the only negative is that the film moves as if two turtles were racing without building up any strong supense I struggled to sit through it at times. I still respect it's pop cultural impact

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

Two passionate magicians, Robert Angier a charismatic showman, and Alfred Borden, a gifted illusionist, are friends and partners until one night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now the bitterest of enemies they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. As their rivalry escalates into a total obsession full of deceit and sabotage, they risk everything to become the greatest magician of all time. Christopher Nolan continues to prove why he is one of the top directors that we have today. The rivalry between the two magicians was fierce and intense to the point somebody's life would have to be ruined they both strived to take magic to an unprecedented new level at any cost, The Prestige is clever and complex while challenging the viewer to pay close attention because you will encounter twists along the way.


50/50. Adam discovers he has cancer. As his best friend Kyle tries to help out his girlfriend Rachael proves to be a less than ideal life partner for this crisis that Adam is dealing with. All the while Adam's overprotective mother Diane tries to overcome her son's continued attempts to keep her out of his life. As Adam begins to discover how hard it is to deal with his unfortunate situation, and to maintain various relationships in his life, he begins seeing a counselor who might prove to be just as helpful personally as she is professionally. The objective of the film is to remind us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers in life and I feel like they succeeded in doing that Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a nice chemistry together. This movie provided me with a decent amount of laughs while also making me feel sympathy for the main character if you have a heart most likely you will enjoy this movie.

The Hangover Part II

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The Hangover Part II has the same exact premise as the first. This time around it doesn't mesh or work a tired money grab is basically what this is. The jokes are unfunny to the point they may make you cringe the writers found dick references to be the bread and butter of the jokes hahaha yeah very funny


R.I.P.D..Two cops are dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking bad spirits who are cleverly disguised as regular people. His mission? You may ask is to arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding on planet earth. I only chuckled like one or two times there were plenty of negatives from the poor CGI, unfunny moments, uninspiring script, and lackluster performances from every actor that's just to name a few I won't pile on any longer. Whoever mentioned this shit in the same breath with MIB is sick.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

A guy doesn't like his job and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world at large. He's become so desperate to relate to others that he's taken to visiting support groups for patients with terminal diseases so that he'll have people to talk to. One day on a business flight, he discovers Tyler Durden a charming iconoclast who sells soap. Tyler doesn't put much stock in the materialistic world, and he believes that one can learn a great deal through pain, misfortune, and chaos. Tyler cheerfully challenges his new friend to a fight then he finds that bare-knuckle brawling makes him feel more alive than he has in years, and soon the two become friends and roommates, meeting informally to fight once a week. As more men join in, the "fight club" becomes an underground sensation.David Fincher did an awesome job directing this movie in particular he captured the emotions of aggression and just feeling like an outcast to society therefore you find something to make you feel at ease. The cinematography was nice and the music worked perfectly when it was incorporated with occasional scenes. What a horrible dark nightmare I just witnessed.

The World's End

"Earth is a detriment to our galaxy"

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They're convinced to stage an encore by Gary King who is a 40-year-old man trapped at the end of his teens he drags his pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub. They soon realize that reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. Simon Pegg provided me with the majority of the laughs followed by a alcoholics fantasy (drinking and then seeing weird things happening) type script make this a very entertaining film.


"Argo fuck yourself"

Argo. When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors armed militants conduct thorough searches of local homes, and kill anyone suspected of harboring the Americans. Ben Affleck is swiftly becoming a nice director with two back to back hits with The Town and now with Argo.The pace of the movie continued to pick up speed seems like with every second and the tension was definitely there you can truly feel it by the last act as you root for each character to make it out alive.


Fargo. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of stupid would-be kidnappers, Carl and Gaear have been hired by Jerry Lundegaard a car salesman under the thumb of his wealthy overbearing boss and father-in-law, Wade. Jerry's raised some money illegally through a scam he's run on General Motors and he's about to get caught. When Wade fucks up a business deal that could save his son-in-law's hide, the desperate Jerry hires Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom. The performances were eccentric and terrific with the perfect amount of suspense blended with humor the Coen brother's deliver a classic!

You're Next
You're Next(2013)

You're Next. A gang of masked murderers approach the Davison family reunion the hapless victims seem trapped. Until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of them all. The only knock on the film is with the acting I do feel that it was subpar but, that didn't really matter the film was bloody bloody gore gore just how I like my horror movies. With the direction of the movie scenes became more intense I liked that. This is for sure a breath of fresh air to the home invasion genre and most likely one of the best horror films of the year.

Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2(2013)

Kick-Ass 2 did pretty much what it was set out to do which was kick ass unfortunately that was it. It failed to recapture the charm, humor, and memorable moments of the first film Jeff Wadlow butchered this movie it wasn't a smash at the box office and I don't know if there will be a 3rd movie since this one did so poorly

Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses. A workplace comedy about three frustrated employees who come up with a plan to kill their bosses only to find their plot turning into a disaster. The movie didn't become funny until an hour and twenty minutes in that just doesn't work for a comedy. Charlie Day's character was annoying, Jamie Foxx in particular was a nice addition to the movie and of course Jennifer Aniston was sexy as hell like she usually is so that was a plus.

Saving Private Ryan

A realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. After leading a company of Rangers in the battle for Omaha beach on D-Day, Captain John Miller is sent on a mission to find Private James Ryan and bring him home safely. Ryan's 3 brothers have all been killed in action and the Brass want him returned to his family safe and sound. Steven Spielberg provided a brutal, graphic, poignant, and captivating piece of art the performances were terrific. This movie is like an expansion pack to call of duty for the video game generation.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman: Under the Red Hood

A new villain who seems to know Batman's every move sets out to clean up the streets of Gotham for good and kill batman in the process. Batman protects the people of Gotham from the criminals. But lately another crook has been prowling the streets, and his methods are more frightening than normal. The Joker resurfaces to taunt his old nemesis by digging up some skeletons that were best left unmentioned. The animation is decent along with the voice acting but, for the joker I felt he wasn't portrayed correctly and the addition of Nightwing was unnecessary he became annoying at times.

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy. The writer & director enlarges the Bourne world created by Robert Ludlum with a different story that introduces us to a new guy Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) whose life or death stakes have been caused by the events of the first three flicks. Sadly this film didn't make the cut for me due to the fact it had way too much dialogue. If some of the film was cut down it might have turned out better it had terrible pacing. The acting was okay but, at the end of the day I didn't expect this movie to top Matt Damon's Bourne films it was nowhere near as intense as it's predecessors.


"Get out of the water!!!"

After a girl was murdered in the water police chief Brody suspects the worst, but the mayor is mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday he refuses to put the island on a business hiatus shark alert. After the shark grubs on a few more victims the mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the creature responsible. They're happy with the shark they find then the greedy mayor reopens the beaches regardless of the warning from the visiting ichthyologist. Another fatality later Brody joins forces with crazy old Quint which is the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White only because the price is right. The three ride off on Quint's boat soon coming face to teeth with the beast. This movie showcased what Steven Spielberg could do by creating terrific action and suspense. To many Jaws will forever live in infamy as one the greatest films ever made and to this day has scared thousands of people out of the water.

The Evil Dead

Evil Dead is about five vacationing college kids Ash and his girlfriend Linda along with their classmates make a unplanned stopover in an abandoned mountain cabin surrounded by woods that you cant get out of. They come across a old looking occult tome filled with hieroglyphics and macabre illustrations a dagger fashioned from human bones, and a reel to reel tape recorder. The taped message dictated by a professor of archaeology describes the contents of the Sumerian "Book of the Dead" full of incantations used to bring otherworldly demons to life basically giving them a license to possess the living. Sam Raimi was superb with his cinematography as the movie went along I felt like every scene became more and more unsettling with the right atmosphere. My craving for gore and blood was fed and sprinkled with a little comedy, even though the acting was mediocre that didn't take anything away from the film. Forget about the low budget production value which Sam Raimi managed to work wonders with, I actually see why this movie has a cult following and is referred to as a classic horror masterpiece.

Star Trek Into Darkness

J.J. Abrams strikes back! Once again Abrams returns to direct this second installment. The crew of the Enterprise engages in an epic battle of good versus evil after being summoned home they discover Starfleet in ruins. They go into a war zone to find the powerful villain responsible for the damage. The visuals are simply fantastic and one uping it's predecessor you will notice that right away. The cast was terrific especially Zachary Quinto as Spock articulate and intelligent. J.J. Abrams said he wanted to make a Star Trek movie for everyone not just for it's hardcore fans and I feel he was very successful in doing that.

Inglourious Basterds

We got a German here who wants to die for his country! Oblige him!

Inglourious Basterds quick glance; A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. His mission is to strike fear into the heart of Adolf Hitler by brutally murdering as many goose steppers as possible, or die trying. In order to accomplish that goal, Lt. Raine recruits a ruthless team of cold-blooded killers known as "The Basterds" which includes b.ball bat wielding Sgt. Donnie Donowitz and steely psychopath Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz, among others.

The cast is terrific I mean let's be honest have you ever seen a Quentin Tarantino movie with a terrible cast and bad acting? {Uhhh no} in particular I feel that Brad Pitt was the stand out performer he was entertaining all the way through. The only negative I really have is that the movie contained excessive dialogue with limited action. All in all it's still a decent and feasible film but, I definitely wouldn't rank it high up there with the greats by Tarantino i.e. Kill Bill vol 1&2, Pulp Fiction, and Django Unchained

Now You See Me

Now You See Me has a intriguing premise but, it never really takes off. Basic synopsis Four magicians are brought together by an unknown benefactor and, one year later they perform in Las Vegas as "The Four Horsemen" For the finale of their show a member of the audience is invited to help them in their next trick: robbing a bank.

Magic never looked so bad (especially when its infused with CGI) and I'm personally a fan of it. People said that this movie had a lot of twist and that it was unpredictable it just didn't add up with a number of plot holes. The cast was average and they didn't really showcase Dave Franco's character that much. I ponder the thought will the sequel be any better? Or will it be just another quick cash grab.

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is absolutely not for the faint of heart. Stanley Kubrick is superb at making thought provoking films this is most likely his most controversial film to date. The movie centers around Alex the leader of his droogs {crew} and one night they get drunk by drinking milk plus then they paint the town of London with ultra-violence. Some scenes can make you feel uneasy due to them being extremely graphic, sick, and twisted. I would say this movie is a dark portrait set in a alternative universe.

Ong Bak 3
Ong Bak 3(2011)

The final entry shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath with the first 2. It's more spiritual and cultural then martial arts


Feels like I just took speed. Crank is high octane and fast paced fun

X-Men: First Class

Wow X-Men: First Class is stylish and sophisticated. The acting was great with the cast being well rounded. When it comes to prequels this is as good as it gets and easily the best entry in the x men franchise.

The Bourne Ultimatum

The way The Bourne Ultimatum was directed was fantastic, fast paced, and uptempo definitely a great entry in a great franchise

X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Last Stand is bad on so many levels from the acting to the plot and etc. Weakest installment of the franchise hands down

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

1..2.. Freddy's coming for you Wes Craven's New Nightmare is the only film in the franchise to take its self seriously even though it is more suspense then horror. The comedy is gone for a more menacing feel which is a good thing. Heather Langenkamps acting has really improved over the original film still the movie is lacking a satisfying amount of gore but, hey this is still better then all the other entries including the original

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street is badly acted and plain out over-hyped it had so much potential with the premise. Fred did have charisma and a comedic charm but they didn't show enough of him, you mainly watched horrible screenplay for most of the time plus it lacked enough gore. Bright side well at least its better then the sequels that followed. Face it you people love this movie due to nostalgia

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick is a visionary! He graced us with this thought provoking work of art and one of the most influential films of all time that can not be understated. Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite really had my mind going this flick is no doubt ahead of it's time; 1968?? really?!

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

127 hours has a great performance by my guy James Franco but, I don't think Danny Boyle was the right man for this film he did his very best to keep you locked in for an hour and thirty four minutes and that proved to be a tough task.....

Kung Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle was either hit or miss. For me it definitely missed it was corny not really funny. The martial arts sequences were cool that's the only positive

Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler's debut is outstanding with terrific performances. As a bay area native this particular story resonates with me a young African american male trying to turn his life around for the better, but dies due to a senseless act you will feel nothing but sorrow

We're The Millers

We're The Millers actually surprised me I didn't really expect much. When I got a chance to see it I laughed throughout the movie the jokes were there it even included heart felt moments plus Jennifer Aniston stripping was a bonus nawimsayin'

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance plus the addition of Sam L. Jackson proved to be a formidable installment. It couldn't top the original that's extremely hard to do. At times the dialogue did tend to go for a long span of time that was the only negative.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

May Die Hard live in infamy as arguably one of the greatest action movies ever!!

Ong Bak 2
Ong Bak 2(2009)

Sure Ong bak 2 didn't have a good story, but that really wasn't required for this flick. Tony Jaa was back to opening cans of whoop ass we all enjoy that and the choreo was nice as usual

The Hangover Part III

Epic conclusion? I think not The Hangover Part III only gave me a few laughs courtesy of mr. K.Jeong the main trio was weak at least I can have a sigh of relief that the franchise is now over

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Star Trek; I have no knowledge of it at all I wanted to see it because J.J. Abrams directed it and boy disappointment did not exist in this film from stunning imagery to decent action and the performance by Zachary Quinto as Spock make this a must see for all whether you're new to Star Trek or not

House of Flying Daggers

House Of Flying Daggers boast dazzling and stunning set pieces along with good acting and an okay story are the essentials you need for a great film. The only knock I had with this film is the love conflicts towards the end it slowed the movie down.

Ip Man
Ip Man(2010)

Ip Man is 1 of the dopest martial arts films I've ever seen. I ooooh and ahhhhed countless times

Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's Thirteen is definitely the stand out film of the franchise. When I say that I mean it's the weakest of all three to the point I question why was this installment made I literally forced myself to watch this. It's so stale the chemistry seems to have vanished into thin air. I won't go any further then that nuff' said

Money Talks
Money Talks(1997)

Chris Tucker in the 90's is hilarious!


Insidious provided thrills, suspense, and a creepy atmosphere those are the basics you need to make a decent horror flick. Towards the end the movie did lose control and become outlandish, but ultimately that didn't deter the movie from being good

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

Ong Bak showed that Tony Jaa had arrived as a terrific martial artist

The Conjuring

The Conjuring's third act was practically the best part of the entire movie the rest was pretty much a no go

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan captured the true essence of batman in this ambitious film

Ocean's Twelve

Most would say this installment is illogical. I think it's fast paced, somewhat stylish, and just pure fun from start to finish

How to Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon was the defining moment when Dreamworks said move over Disney we're a force to be reckoned with

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

"English Motherfucker do you speak it? WHAT DOES MARSELLUS WALLACE LOOK LIKE" this flick is highly quotable Samuel L. killed it in this movie

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

Borefest- the definition is Man of steel super hero fans will be very disappointed in this film. The first act of the movie I could barely even watch without thinking about doing acid, yeah it was that bad most of the movie had way to many unnecessary long boring dialogue scenes my gosh dude

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster started off very well then as time went on with the story the film completely lost steam the story is so sporadic it cant keep you engaged long enough the only positives were the exquisite fight scenes & cinematography

Scary Movie 5

This is actually better then the last two installments if that's saying something

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

WWZ had its moments but, all in all I've seen this before and actually done better

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kfp2 is just as good as its predecessor surprisingly; to some it may be even better with that being said it is a enjoyable film

The Purge
The Purge(2013)

The purge had potential it was a fresh new idea which that doesn't come around to often in hollywood now a days. It started off well then towards the middle it completely fizzled out until the end. Hopefully they improve on the sequel but that's TBD

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Life of Pi was a nice visual treat to look at along side with some great acting make this a great movie. {a Bengal tiger was featured} so it won me over right there


Oblivion is very generic it's pretty much all visuals with no story or at least a convoluted one; Tom cruise couldn't even save this film

Olympus Has Fallen

Not bad at all if anything it payed homage to die hard, and not rip it completely off

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

The cast is nice other then that the story was so stupid and freakin implausible that its not even funny. If you leave your mind at the front door then you might actually enjoy it


Rio is very good looking and humorous at times but, somewhat cheesy and corny too. It passes being good enough for the kiddies out there

Live Free or Die Hard

Crazy how computers have so much power in this day and age. This movie had fast paced action for 2 hrs! definitely worth a watch

Wreck-it Ralph

It was so nice to see characters I grew up seeing and playing followed by nice animation and a script to back it up

Fast & Furious 6

F&F 6 had great driving sequences, but I felt there was a over abundance of balls to the wall action and cheesy dialogue sadly. All in all it was alright

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

Visually eye soothing and I was engaged in all stories this is a fantastic comic book adaptation

DCU: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Wow the animation is fantastic and the story was just as great it was dark and rough with nice action scenes. Overall this movie deserves to make it to the silver screen if put into the right hands DC shouldn't let marvel have all the fun

This Is the End

A nice cast assembled and a peculiar script make for a satisfying film, I had expectations and they were met!!


Average film; is Statham a one trick pony? J-lo was eye candy in this flick other then that this movie is ok to watch if you need time to pass

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Better!! Then the original and you know it!!

A Good Day To Die Hard

This is the 1st die hard film I've seen and it's {ehhh} not bad or good

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

Inconsistent somewhat funny it is still a watchable film

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)

This melodrama is pretty good in the end she got what she deserved

American Reunion

It only provides a few laughs. . It sucks to know another installment is on the way

Dragonball Evolution

A disgrace to such a great amazing series that l grew up watching

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

The worse Iron man to date. . Tony has anxiety issues really?! His suit kept malfunctioning, the mandarin was weak! please just stop at 3 there's no reason to go beyond that

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

It has its flaws, but its still okay

Video Girl
Video Girl(2011)

An in depth look at the life of a video girl which begins to spiral out of control. . she forgets who she was and where she came from all for a fast pace lifestyle

Django Unchained

"The D is silent hillbilly", I can not say anything bad about this movie

Stephen King's It

Aren't you going to say hello? Lol

The Italian Job

Usually remakes aren't that good, but this one is okay!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Great performances across the board

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Other then the great drifting sequences and Tokyo being naturally exquisite this film really sucks from the acting to the script. The worst in the franchise yeah even more then 2 fast 2 furious

The Town
The Town(2010)

The town is a good ol fashion heist movie with a nice script, and props have to be given to mr. Affleck

Sling Blade
Sling Blade(1996)

Billy bob Thornton did a stellar job with this movie!


Red is pale and stale too much dialogue. . Hopefully the sequel is better


I'm not a fan of Seth when it comes to family guy in particular, but this film was solid l just hope they don't return with a lackluster sequel oh no!!!!!


The rock gave a nice performance, decent movie overall

Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee is legendary!! What can l say

Grandma's Boy

J.p. robot voice Mmmmmm I really like this movie


I thought this would be over the top funny... Boy was I wrong!!!

The Call
The Call(2013)

The ending was bleh, but overall the film is okay at best

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

My expectations were low, but like the asian guy in the sunkist commercial says hash tag #Surprisingly GOOD!!

Here Comes the Boom

Nothing special, it's decent

Bad Santa
Bad Santa(2003)

Rude and crude but extremely hilarious

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Beautiful imagery, funny at times, nice cast, and this movies pays homage to retro video games KO

The Dark Knight

The very best of the series