Tuesday, August 12, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams




To say I am devastated by the loss of Robin Williams is an understatement. He was always a favorite of mine from my childhood with films like "Hook", "Aladdin" and "Toys" to when I discovered his stand up material and more serious films later on in life.

His performances had the energy and excitement of a child at times, so much so that it was hard to not love each and every one of them. It hurts me to know that the man who could always make me laugh was battling depression.

My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Netflix Recommendations (August 9th 2014)





It's time for another round of Netflix recommendations.



Get the Gringo- Just when people had written off Mel Gibson, he came back with this fantastic film. It tells the story of a career criminal who learns to survive in a Mexican prison with the aid of a young boy. It's a well rounded film with great actors and an entertaining script, and has a nice blend of action, comedy and drama.


Romancing the Stone- This is the film that Siskel and Ebert said was "The first 'Raiders of The Lost Ark' rip off that was actually good", and I agree 100%.  When a romance writer goes to South America to rescue her sister, she gets wrapped up in a wild adventure and runs into a ton of crazy characters. The chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas is outstanding and it makes the film that much more fun. If you're looking for some adventure you can't go wrong with Romancing The Stone.


Night of The Living Dead- The zombie film that invented the genre, Night of the Living Dead is not just a classic horror film, but is also considered one of the best. It's a tale of survival that focuses on a group of people trapped in a farm house that is surrounded by the undead. It's a basic story sure, but the characters are interesting and the story pulls you in from the start. Definitely a must see for horror fans or fans of Zombie films.


Jesse Stone: Night Passage-Despite being the second film in the series, this is the prequel film which begins the story of Jesse Stone.  Jesse is a L,A, cop who relocates to a small town, only to get immersed in one mystery after another. Don't let the fact that this is a made for TV movie fool you, it's well made and has a great cast and story.


The Cable Guy- When this film came out, it was almost universally panned by critics. Through the power of TV and home video it did find its audience. It's the story of a lonely, disturbed cable guy who only wants a new friend , but the one he finds rejects him which sends him over the edge. Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick and Leslie Mann are great in this film and really bring everything together. Sure it's a bit wacky at times, but that's what makes this film fun.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Food Fight (2012)


This review started as a challenge I gave to a friend. I asked her to bring me the worst movie she could find , and she came back with this. It's a movie I never heard of and made the mistake of not checking out before saying I'd watch it. Thus began the hour and a half descent into madness...


Plot:  Dex, a superdog sleuth, is the law of the land when the world's most recognized brands take on the forces of evil and the devilish Brand X.

To be perfectly honest, after about 15 minutes of this movie I didn't care what kind of story this film was trying to tell.. There really Isn't much of a story here, it's more like someone got high and walked into a grocery store and thought their hallucinations would make a good movie. There was little or no effort or thought put into this plot and it shows.

What did I hate about this movie? Since I don't want to keep you here too long, I'll limit myself. First the sound quality of the film varies drastically. Some actors sound like they were recorded with professional equipment, others sound like they were recorded in a bathroom or closet and it just sounds terrible.


The animation in the film is god awful, and the character designs look like they came from someones nightmares. The characters don't show any expression on their faces, instead resorting to using their arms to show their different emotions...which all look the same. Nothing looks like it was rendered correctly and there are scenes where things in the environment that are supposed to flow smoothly appear to move more like a thick sludge. Now I know you may say "well this film was started in 2002, you can't judge the animation so harshly!". Well that may be true, but Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were both released before this and look a lot better in every way. Hell the Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" music video had smoother animation and that was from 1985.


Another thing that really irritated me about this film is most of the characters were played as stereotypes. Seeing all these offensive characters became annoying after a while and were not funny at any point in the film. And really, who would expect a moose to be Italian?


The worst part about this film was the "jokes", which were not funny in the least. Then there were the puns, my god there were so many puns in this film. I don't mind puns when they work, and if clever they can be funny. In this movie though the puns didn't make any damn sense most of the time, and just added to the hellish experience of viewing this film.

There was one thing I liked about this film, and that was turning it off at the end.


I can not advise or recommend seeing this movie for any reason at all. It's not even a "so bad its good" movie, it's an abomination and is quite possibly the worst animated film ever made. I really can't blame the companies that declined to have their mascots involved in this terrible film, they should be applauded for avoiding this 65 million dollar bomb. Yes this film took a decade to finish and cost 65 MILLION dollars. Think of how many good movies could have been made with that cash.

Verdict : Avoid this movie at all costs...

 Trailer: (only added it for those who want to torture themselves for 2 minutes)



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Netflix Recommendations (July 27th 2014)

Here are some of my picks for whats currently streaming on Netflix.


Magnum P.I. - The TV show that made Tom Selleck a household name back in the early 80's still holds up really well. With an outstanding cast, interesting characters and stories, this show will no doubt entertain any fan of the mystery or action genre. What really makes this show though is Selleck's charm and presence. Many times during the show he'll break the 4th wall and look into the camera and smile, which only adds to the fun of the show.


What About Bob? - This classic from 1991 stars Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss as a patient and his doctor. As Bob gets closer to Dr. Leo Marvin's family, it begins to drive Leo over the edge. That is what makes this film hilarious to me, the fact that a psychiatrist drives himself insane because his patient begins to act normal and befriend his family in the process. It's a film that really showcases Murray and Dreyfuss's acting ability and is more than worth seeing. 


Machete Kills - The first Machete movie was an insane over the top action film, and I loved it for that. The sequel is more of the same to be honest, but for fans of the first that's all it needed to be. This time Machete is recruited to stop a psychotic revolutionary and a billionaire arms dealer. It was fun to watch and seeing Mel Gibson as the villain of the film only added to the insanity of the film. If you love you love action films mixed with a little comedy and a little crazy thrown in, you should check out Machete Kills 


Cop Land - A Gritty film about a controversial killing by a police officer, which a small town sheriff and Internal Affairs investigator suspect has ties to the mob. It's more of a slow burn film that takes a while to really get fired up, but its worth the time. It has a great story, fleshed out characters and so many fantastic actors. If you like heavier drama's you should check this out.


Honey I Shrunk The Kids - A family film about a scientist who spends his time building a shrinking machine trying to get it to work. By accident it does, and it shrinks not only his kids but the neighbors children as well. Its a fun movie which may have more special effects than story, but its still good enough to entertain viewers from the young, to the young at heart.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Curse of The Dragon Slayer AKA Saga: Curse of The Shadow (2013)


When I saw the cover art for "Curse of The Dragon Slayer", images popped in my head of every generic fantasy B movie I have seen over the years. At a closer look, the plot really didn't sound like it involved dragons at all, which usually is a bad sign considering the title. Despite the potential of wasting time on it, I gave it a watch and I have to say I was actually surprised with how good it turned out to be.


Plot Summary: Medieval knight Keltus and elfin bounty hunter Nemyt trail a sinister secret cult conspiring to unleash the god of the undead from the underworld.

I'll admit the generic sounding plot didn't help stop my initial fears about this movie, but my thoughts changed within the first few minutes of watching. Yes it is still a simple and straightforward story, and yes it has all the cliches you would expect from a fantasy film, but to be honest that's kinda what made it so fun. This film felt like a role playing game come to life and it embraced it and turned a simple by the book fantasy tale into a fun and exciting film.

The acting is hit or miss, but for the most part the actors did a great job of bringing their characters to life. While personally I found Richard McWilliams performance as Keltus felt bland at times,  Danielle Chuchran and Paul D. Hunt as Nemyt and Kullimon impressed me. They made their roles feel more unique and they stand out in a film with so many generic characters. The biggest issue I had was the actors playing the villains, none really stood out to me and just felt like that had no impact or importance in the film, so I didn't really care enough to remember them.


I loved how this film felt like you were watching a Role playing game unfold. It had the epic feeling to it that made it fun to follow each of the steps of the films heroes quest and you actually cared what happened to them. It's something I really feel is missing from most fantasy films these days, as they go the route of having more characters instead of focusing on a smaller number of them and actually making you get invested into them and their stories.


There was really only one thing I disliked about the film, but it didn't really hurt my enjoyment, and that was the generic side characters. They felt like the stereotypical characters you would find in a fantasy setting, but oddly I feel that actually helped the film make the 3 main characters more memorable and stand out that much more.


Overall if you're looking for a big budget blockbuster fantasy film, you can look somewhere else. Curse of The Dragon Slayer however is a well produced film when you consider the budget it had since it was a kickstarter funded project. I can honestly say I had more fun with this film than I did with the recent Hobbit films. So if you're looking for a film that captures the spirit of old Dungeons & Dragons games or just want a fun fantasy film to view, I think Curse of The Dragon Slayer is a very solid choice.

Verdict: An enjoyable fantasy film, well worth the time to view.

Trailer:


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Netflix Recommendations (June 12 2014)

Looking for something to watch? Here are some of my picks currently streaming on Netflix..

Documentary
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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy- An outstanding documentary that takes a look at the the Nightmare on Elm Street series, as well as how it helped build New Line Cinema into the power house studio it is today. With cast interviews and behind the scenes footage, Its a must watch for fans of the franchise and horror films in general.

Television

Star Trek: Enterprise - While I never was a big fan of Star Trek, this series actually grabbed my interest. It not only shows the human race's desire for adventure and exploration, it does so in a manner that is exciting and fun. With a great cast of actors lead by Scott Bakula and Jolene Blalock this one is worth giving a chance, even for general Sci Fi fans.

Action

Drunken Master- This is one that I've only recently viewed, but I have to say out of all the Jackie Chan films I've watched this might be my favorite. It has fast paced action and the humor you can expect from Chan's films, but also a great story with a ton of stand out characters. Definitely worth the time to view it.

Comedy

Sneakers- Don't let the unusual name mislead you, Sneakers is an espionage comedy about a group of security experts who are blackmailed into stealing an encoding device from Russian agents. It has great actors including Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and Ben Kingsley. It's mix of comedy, action and drama makes Sneakers fun and entertaining from beginning to end.

Drama 

Reign Over Me- This film tells the story of a man grieving the loss of his family from the 9/11 attacks and how reconnecting with his old college roommate starts the healing process. With outstanding performances by Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler this movie is both interesting and thought provoking and in my opinion it's definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Netflix 5 Star Challenge: Stitches


The tale of a clown killed by little kids, who then comes back from the grave to kill them as teens.