Rating: 340 Degrees (Out of 360)
All right! Let's get us some Will Smith, doing a great job of doing 'Sad Will.' I really like Will's style, speech cadence and mannerisms. He just has a way of drawing me in, that said, this movie was nearly half Edward Norton (the first half of the movie anyway) and I enjoy his screen presents as well.
This movie has a sad and depressing setup, and ultimately is a movie showing how to accept the bad and pull things together and move forward. I don't like this type of movie has a general rule. I like to be lifted beyond everyday type of plots, particularly, these sad stories, but the twist with the 3 'ghosts' was intriguing.
I don't like to write any spoilers, but the ghosts played a neat role in that they were hired to help/fool Will Smith's character, but wound up helping the character's whom performed the hiring. This was a very fun spin on how they were used and portrayed.
Definitely see it, it does deal with a father (and mother) loosing their 6 year old daughter, so if this kind of story is too depressing, obviously skip it, but the acting is great and the twist with the 'ghosts' is great also.
Rating: 180 Degrees (out of 360)
I'm late in righting this review, so this will be very basic ...
High budget allowed for good special effects and great cinematic scenes, but the story was crap, the acting was crap and why ... just why spend so much money on something that was just simply not good. Anyway, a fan of the game may enjoy the visuals, but that's all it had going for it.
Rating: 250 Degrees (Out of 360)
I saw this movie nearly a year ago at the time of this writing. So, as this is a catch up blog, I'll keep it very short. I love superhero movies and this one is fun, but ultimately brings nothing new to the table. I like how the characters were used and the powers were fun, but again, just a simple rehash of everything we've already seen.
If your a fan, check it out.
Rating: 300 Degrees (Out of 360)
Free running (Parkour), fun action, cool costumes and interesting Indiana Jonesesque storyline, made for a fun movie. Now don't get me wrong, I am a fan of the game, so with that in mind this felt more like a movie inspired by as a posed to based on the game ... and I'm totally ok with that. Not every adaption has to be beet for beet the same (this includes books - I actually never directly compare a movie to the book either).
So, with that said, I liked this one. I think that Michael Fassbender is fun to watch and really owns this character. Some phone in 'video game' movies but he just owned it. I do wish there was more time spent in the past and I think that he didn't really even accomplish all that much when he was there.
Regardless this was fun, and I do recommend seeing this one. Cheers, till next time.
Rating: 300 Degrees (Out of 360)
This movie was so much fun! I happened to see this one with the wife and we're both on board with Chris Pratt and his movie hot streak. Keep banging good ones out because most stars like this will burn out, or create a couple consecutive duds and be regulated back to TV acting or bit roles.
I digress. this movie really spells out how desperate and crazy isolation can make you. I really enjoy the elements of humor and hopelessness that get portrayed. I like how the main contention between Chris's Character and Jennifer's character comes full circle near the end of the movie.
The only point I'll make that really took me out of the movie a bit was that (unlike The Martian) everything that could go wrong went wrong. I mean, I don't mind some cinematic tension, but this had too many consecutive problems which inevitably leads to too many 'saves'. Regardless of this issue, I really like the direction they went for the ending (I'll add one question *spoiler* after the trailer below.
Bottom line, go see it. It was fun, the emotion seemed good and Jennifer Lawrence didn't seem to be 'phoning' it in like she kind of did in X-Men Apocalypse.
If they chose to live out their lives together on that ship: 1: medical tech should have keep them alive, if they were about 30 and the ship would fly another 90 years, that's only 120. For this future tech, they should have been old, but alive. 2: Why didn't they have children? They were young and in love, and then lived out their lives.
Hmm... anyway the ending was still sweet and beautiful, but still.
Rating: 310 Degrees (Out of 360)
What a surprise. After watching this trailer, I expected cliché jokes, and phoned in performances, and boy was I wrong. Bryan Cranston is great. He plays an old school dad with a college age daughter who falls for the rich silicon valley guy (Franco).
Firstly, all the characters felt genuine in their portrayals in this movie. No one was phoning it in and the chemistry was just right between Franco and Cranston. Over the top eccentricity of Franco's rich character was actually fun (were as from the preview I thought would be annoying). The story is fine and the potty humor was well timed.
This is one of the better laugh out loud comedy's of the year. So, I highly recommend see this one.
Rating: 220 Degrees (Out of 360)
Another 'kids' movie I got to take the whole crew to. I really like these outings and love watching my littles enjoy the heck out of the movie. This one left me wanting a bit more or maybe just something a bit different? The format of the show was not inline with the typical reality TV format, so I was expecting more first round funny bits and second or third round performance change ups, but this was not that.
This was set up with a line around the block reduced to the final line up upon the first casting call (without an audience) and then the show was actually just the final set with no rounds of elimination. I say 'meh' to this. I can actually get into a movie with songs (this was not really a musical) and that was really what made this one stand out a bit. The fun songs and great performers were the best selling part of this movie.
See it with little ones for sure, but really wasn't a super hook for me.
Rating: 330 Degrees (out of 360)
Fresh Star Wars, ahh, it's like the first stretch off the plane after an international flight. It's so much fun to see the ships, the cameos and the expanded mythos, but with new characters and new leyer of grit.
I must admit, I'm a huge Donny Yen fan, so I certainly have a soft spot for a psudo foce sensative that can kick major ass with force like precicion from a genuine martial arts master. Donny is really hitting American audiences late in the game, but I'm proud that he has made it to Star Wars levels of popularity.
Aside from that, It's crazy odd that all of the Star Wars Heroins are similar looking ladies. All commanding the screen quite well, but also, all petite bernettes that could get confused together from movie to movie for the casual veiwer.
Anyway, the space battles are a great showing that this franchise still has 'it' (Force Unleashed didn't show this off) and that the CG can almost get reproducing a realistic human done perfectly.
See this one. It's great for the first time veiwed becasue it's a closed story line that leaves you wanting more ... and obviously you can role into watching 'A New Hope' and get the more you desire.
Rating: 210 degrees (Out of 360)
Ugg. This is one of those movies with a great premise, very good actiing, pacing and effective music ... but ...
Before I get to the 'but', I really liked this movie. I really felt for Amy Adam's charactor, she was smart and really lead this one with a strong performance. I have been following her carreer and have seen several of her movies simply because she's there. Jeremy Renner's charm worked well. The concept of communication with the aliens was performed well and I really like the development of this and how they worked as a collaboration with the rest of the world.
Now the 'but' ... (however, avoiding spoilers will make this vague, but so be it)
The hook, the entire reason the climax gets resolved is flawed. In fact, its so lame (dumb really) I would have easily given this movie a 320 rating, but I can't get over the lameness of the hook and the subsequent flaws in Amy's ability to exploit this hook.
Most of it is good and worth your time, but for the sci-fi geek in me, I have to penalize this move harshly.
Rating: 300 Degrees (Out of 360)
Woohoo, this was fun. The wife and I happened to be near an IMAX theater, so we splurged and went all in for 3-D IMAX, scored good seats and floated into the movie.
This movie puts an awesome franchise in new territory with the advent of magic. I though the magic to be fun and visually stimulating, but formulaic. Magic in movies has been so hot for so many years (Harry Potter, LOTR, Hobbit etc.) that I would have liked to see a larger variety of magic. Benedict learns about 3 spells, 1 for attack, 1 for defense and 1 for travel. Obviously, with this being an origin story, he doesn't need to learn the spell himself, but others could demo.
I digress, the visuals were well crafted and mind bending, but somewhat similar to Inception, so not completely unique. I really liked one of the cameos ... Aladdin's carpet made it to live action! No, his cape was a lot of fun and made for some good comic relief without Strange needing an actual sidekick.
Overall, I really liked this one. And as much as I like the ensemble movies, getting a good origin movie shows Marvel can come full circle and introduce us to new characters without the formula becoming too stale. I'll be seeing it again ...
Rating: 200 Degrees (Out of 360)
This movie felt very out of place in todays market. I actually enjoyed much of the movie, a majority of the jokes landed for me, but ultimately this exact movie could have been made 10 or 15 years ago and it would have felt fresh.
There is one issue that I keep thinking about though. Gal Gadot's character is very flat. She seems like she's simply reading the lines and not really living the character. I bring this up because it's hard to tell if this is her skill level, or if she's just phoning this one in. If it's skill, then I'm seriously worried the Wonder Woman movie will suffer, but if she's phoning it in; I don't think she's earned enough respect to start letting her acting skill slip ...
Regardless, this movie is fun yet out of place for 2016. I don't think it's a waste of time, but see it only for free ...
Rating: 250 Degrees (Out of 360)
Tom Cruise is an odd bird. And I'm not talking about crazy Oprah stuff, I'm talking about his tenacity regarding being 50 and doing his own action stunts. This movie didn't have a ton of stunts, and was quite predictable but on the plus side, he ran at full sprint for maybe 4-5 minutes of screen time in this go around.
This felt a bit like a Taken sequel, but with less martial arts. Reacher is out to protect his daughter (maybe) and this turns into a show of the 15 year old shows off some useful skills and so they take her with to the danger areas.
I find this whole style of plot to be a bit boring and predictable, but I did enjoy a lot of this movie. I really think Cobie Smulders was shining in this one. It's just so crazy that a type cast role like Robin in How I Met Your Mother can be over turned with action roles in both the MCU and in this movie. She's great.
I do recommend seeing this movie. I think this would appeal to even the casual action movie fan.
Rating: 250 Degrees (Out of 360)
Gosh, I don't like westerns as a rule, but I really wanted to like this one. The main actors I like; Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. But elements of these characters really and genuinely felt phoned in. The plot is obviously reused from the past movies of the same name, but this is even a source for the satire The 3 Amigos.
Regardless, the plot is nothing new. A bad guy rides in, offers to buy ( very cheap) or chase you away from your property, the town pools their money and hires the 7 gun slingers to defend them. They are fucking amazing folks, so they kill everyone, but some heroes die, but the heroes win, so the best you have is acting. Acting is laughable because its a western. See this if you like this kind of flics otherwise skip it ...
Rating: 210 Degrees (Out of 360)
So ... I just headed to see this one because the show time fit my schedule. I had never heard of the toy line. Anyway, with that said, I found myself mildly entertained. The hero in the Gyver suit was a bit flat as an actor. His ability for parkour, gymnastics and martial arts came out of no where. He simply had old school Kung Fu playing in the background and now he's a super star.
The villain was lame and very predictable. The main villain has a stupid looking tuning fork hand which is slow and oddly effective for this superhero that can run at super speed. The sidekick robot had a few funny lines but it felt forced the whole time.
Ultimately, skip this unless you have younger kids that like this sort of thing. It could make for a fun family movie, but it brings absolutely nothing new to the table.
Rating: 270 Degrees (Out of 360)
I liked how they made John Wick autistic for this movie. This movie comes off the heals of Ben's cameo in Suicide Squad and he doesn't really shake his Batman "one man army" feel.
With that said, I did enjoy the premise. They sprinkled just enough flash backs to his childhood to let the audience accept his skills and precision. I also like the concept of making Rain Man apply his unique brain to a character that is actually a brilliant accountant, but was raised by a grueling father that helped him overcome many of his triggers.
Overall, I recommend this movie. Of course, they leave it open for a sequel, but this was satisfying as a 1 off, so it was a complete story.
Rating: 200 Degrees (out of 360)
Many could give this thriller a higher rating, and I only saw this because I'm a fan of Emily Blunt. The movie was simply not my cup-o-tea. The depressing nature of the alcoholism, blackouts and other issues (spoilers), I found this movie to be a bit too real, with nothing adding any levity. It was indeed well acted and I maintain that Emily remains a good actress, but the subject matter was a bit much.
Because this movie is so easily spoiled, I wont go into it much more. Though I should have skipped it, if this is your style, it's setup well and well acted.
Rating: 275 Degrees (Out of 360)
This was one of those movies I went in cold. I hadn't seen a trailer or heard anything, but it was Tuesday and not much else playing.
I really like most of the cast in other movies and SNL, so I did hope this would be good. The jokes were ok. I certainty liked the premise and this really shows how a group of dumb asses can pull off a crime back before the internet.
The real saving grace of this movie was the pacing. It moves quickly enough scene to scene that if you feel it's a bit weak you can rest assured the next scene is on the way without lingering on a failing bit. But, on the contrary, they had a few bits that were great (mostly, Jason Sudeikis scenes) that leave you wanting more.
If you like these actors, then this movie wont disappoint, but if you're on the fence and hoping this movie would redeem your actor ... umm, not so much. Likely wait for redbox.
Rating: 320 Degrees (Out of 360)
This movie took me by surprise. Initially, I set out to go to a fun family movie with the wife and kiddos, and not really thinking I would like this one as much as I did.
Andy Samberg really came through. I'm a huge fan of Brooklyn 99 and this portrayal of the stork, Junior, is very similar to his Jake Peralta character I've loved over the last 2 plus seasons of Brooklyn 99. The jokes come fast and often. The dialog is great, but you have to appreciate Samberg to enjoy this one.
The animation style is average and there's no sing-a-long moments, and there are periotic seemingly random bits of though as we see what's transpiring within the varying character's minds (a la Family Guy style).
This movie scores well with me namely because I am a big Samberg fan and he shines through. As a plus, my kids we engaged and my wife likes this style as well. A huge win for the family overall. See it, so we can get more like it in the future.
Rating: 270 Degrees (Out of 360)
Tina Fey ... you had me at 'you betcha'
She has impressed me with her acting ability. I now see movies (like this one) because she's in it and as a plus in it as a leading role. Her character in this is great. A desk jockey moved to report live in the war zone. We see some great scenes showing how Americans are escorted for safety to different party destinations. We see how women are degraded and how well Tina takes it.
In this she starts out very selfless and this winds up being her saving grace as those more greedy get injured stealing a story. There's a love interest that doesn't get cliché. The story is well told and keeps you in the moment. I recommend seeing this one.
Rating: 230 Degrees (out of 360)
So, as I add content to my site, I'm starting to back date some of these entries. I saw Triple 9 when it first came out in theater quite a few months ago and I had no idea at the time I would be writing down my thoughts on movies in 7 months time. So, often times I would have a couple drinks and relax and enjoy the movie. So, with this disclaimer, here is my review of a movie I vaguely remember seeing!
Hmm, this was a fairly straight forward plot with predictable twists. The action was actually very fun and at the end I found myself glad to have spent the time to see this movie. I also learned that a triple 9 (IE 999) call over the police band is the code for a cop whos been shot. So, I can't remember any of the specific details, just my general impression of the movie, so this is the end of the review. If you like crime action movies, you will like this one. It's not my favorite genre but I recall being pleasantly surprised at how satisfied I was at the end.
Rating: 90 Degrees (Out of 360)
Ugh. This movie was boring from the get-go. The jokes were flat and the final bit was dull. I found that every character, Clooney, Brolin all the stars were not enough to pull this boring plot up to a descent movie.
For me the Coen brothers work about half the time. This was a flop though. Not much more to say, skip it, don't waste your time.
Rating: 360 Degrees (the ultimate perfect score!)
Wow! This movie knocked my socks off. I think this is quite nearly the best movie of the year. From the opening credits with the studio credit jokes, to nailing the costumes.
With the way they interwove the plot and back story into the main fight scene, the movie was full of action but had surprisingly few fight scenes.
I really liked the interplay with Colossus and the 4th wall breaks that occur that point to the lack of other X-Men in this movie. The only detractor was the lack of balls Wade has when trying to reconnect with his love after the accident. This is the ultimate reason for Deadpool to peruse the main villain.
Regaurdless, I think they absolutely perfected how to grab the audience and take them for the perfect rated 'R' superhero joy ride! See it! Buy it! See it again!
Rating: 315 Degrees (Out of 360)
Yet another family event. I took my 2 little bears to this one. Aside from the theater thermostat being set to arctic, I had a good time.
The visuals were amazing. The story was crazy (Kubos's grandpa wants to steal is last remaining eye. Yes the eye in his head, to blind him from seeing humanity). The monkey and beetle were a good team and played well off each other.
The magic and music were great. The instrument Kubo played to channel his magic made the movie fun and helped with the momentum. I did find the overall spiritualness to be a bit pushy, and my 5 year old was asking tons of questions about talking to dead relatives.
The stop motion animation was fun, but distracting at times because action scenes were seamless, but general talking seemed a bit choppy. Regardless, the story was solid, there was enough humor but not an over the top comedy and the voice acting and music score were well edited. See it for sure, plus the kids will like it too.
Rating: 210 Degrees (Out of 360)
Back in collage, we used to play a Jason Statham drinking game. Every time he took his shirt off you either took a shot or killed your beer. Oh man, this movie would have sent our whole crew under the table ...
This movie felt anachronistic of the classic 90's action movies. The choreography was actually ok, but Jason was invincible. He was a 1 man army that could plow through 20 guys and not get hurt, heck, he wouldn't even really get hit.
The set up and fight scenes were trite, but what do you expect from a 90 minute movie with tons of separate and distinct fight scenes. The over arching plot is very week. Que Jessica Alba. She was blackmailed into seducing Statham, but her wooden acting chops couldn't even fool Statham's character. He knew right away she was not who she seemed. But he fell for her anyway, huh? Ya, literally in 24 hours he is head over heals enough to risk murdering 3 targets and his own life, let alone attempting to rescue her independently of the demands.
The 1 saving grace is that the trailer shows you what to expect. I just can't believe Statham's big enough to drive this movie to a theatrical release. I'm not saying the movie is out right bad, but it is exactly what youo think it will be. If you like the mindless action of the 90's then wait till it's free, a la Netflix, otherwise skip it, unless you want to get hammered playing a Statham drinking game :)
Rating: 280 Degrees (Out of 360)
Seth Rogan's vision of producing an R rated adult animated comedy with the production budget of a typical Pixar movie has finally been realized. And, after this grand passion project, how was it? It was ok. Yep, just ok.
I laughed quite a lot but it was always a soft chuckle and not the hearty laugh that leaves the back of your head sore. The jokes and puns were in abundance but only about half hit the mark.
I really liked the overarching themes. They had fun with classic stereotypes with all of the minority groups and included some really fun commentary on 'religious' dogma.
Over all, there was simply too much cussing, but the dumb puns were there to soften the language and try for a cheap laugh.
This is worth seeing, but I'm not convinced you need to see it on the big screen.