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Against The Dark

I like it when actors try new things and try a different genre of film. It can change things up and add a fresh and exciting new dynamic to their repertoire. That said the last thing I ever expected or thought I wanted to see was Steven Seagal playing a vampire hunter. That is just what we got in Against The Dark, where Seagal plays the leader of a vampire hunter team clearing out a section of a city and searching for survivors. Was this film as bad as it sounds on paper? Lets find out.

The story was pretty standard fare for an action horror film. It didn't really do anything good or bad, but stuck to the middle of the road. My main issues with the plot was it was all over the place, instead of focusing on one set of characters, it constantly switched between the two. In addition to that the plot was predictable and you could see twists coming a mile away.

The action was alright for what it was, but it had its share of problems too. My big issue with it was that it was shown at a…

My favorite Christmas movies

The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year, it always has been. Naturally being a film lover, there are Christmas films that I love watching every year. There is a little something for everyone here, from young to the young at heart. Here is a list of  my favorite Christmas movies.

TheMuppet Christmas Carol- A Christmas Carol is a classic tale which has been made into a film several times. Of all the various films, the Muppet's take on it is by far my favorite. It was entertaining for the younger crowd and even older viewers can find something they like about it. With Michael Caine, you had a great actor in the starring role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Take that and add the Muppet gang to it with their musical scenes and humor, and you have a wonderful holiday film. 

Ernest Saves Christmas- While it may not be a great film, it is among my favorite to watch during the holidays. The film has a decent story, that is really lifted up by Jim Varney's performance as the i…

Trailer reactions and thoughts for Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow and 300: Rise of an Empire

When I heard there was a new Godzilla movie in production, I got excited. After a moment of excitement, I was then filled with dread as I remembered the horrible American Godzilla film from 1998. Now that I have seen this teaser trailer for the new film, I am once again excited! 
It seems that they learned their lessons from the '98 film and went with a design for Godzilla that closely resembles the classic look.The film looks to be more like Cloverfield and less Pacific Rim, but that might not be a bad thing. This film seems to have a more human element and that alone hints that there is a compelling story which I feel the original Godzilla films from Japan had. All in all, I can't wait for this to hit theaters and this is already one of my most anticipated films of the year.

Edge of Tomorrow:

Tom Cruise in a Sci Fi movie has never really worked for me and this trailer did feel like a bit of a mess, but I am interested in seeing this film since it seems to have an…

That's My Boy

When I heard there was a new Adam Sandler film coming out, I wrote it off immediately as crap. Then I heard Andy Samberg was in the movie and I thought there might be a chance, a long shot that this could be the movie that's different from other Sandler films. I then totally forgot about the movie until one day I see it's on Showtime and decided to give it a shot and watch it. Was it the total train wreck that you would expect from not only Adam Sandler, but his Happy Madison film company? I would say yes and no. 

The story itself had potential and for the most part it succeeded and was entertaining. It took the unusual premise for a comedy of having its main character be involved in a student/ teacher affair. It did make light of the idea by using the "guy point of view" where having sex with a teacher is a dream come true and an accomplishment. The rest of the film deals with Sandler and Samberg's  characters dealing with their fractured relationship. I will s…

The Philadelphia Experiment

The Philadelphia Experiment is a 1984 science fiction film Starring Michael Paré  and  Nancy Allen, that tells the story of a top secret experiment to cloak naval ships from enemy radars. On the day of the experiment in 1943, something goes horribly wrong and two sailors travel through a wormhole and are sent 40 years into the future to 1984. They arrive at the same point in time where a similar experiment is being conducted and it creates a rift which is pulling in energy and causes a town to vanish. Can they find out not only what caused them to go into the future, but also find a way back and set everything back as it was meant to be?

The story behind this films plot is actually interesting as its a huge myth that some people say has happened, and the navy insists that it never did. They took the conspiracy theory and made it work in the interest of good story telling. The fact that they turned the supposed experiment into an interesting science fiction story is great, and it turned…

The Quest

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in "The Quest", a 1996 martial arts film about Christopher Dubois and his journey of self-discovery. The film follows Chris from the streets, barely getting by and taking care of a group kids, to being sold into the seedy world of fighting competition. Chris learns about a fighting tournament and enlists the help of the man that betrayed him to get the tournament's prize: a dragon statue made of solid gold. The film also stars Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn and Jack McGee.

The film's story was overall a good one, but it did suffer from some pacing issues in my opinion. It felt like there was so much crammed into the  first half hour, then it slows down, then it picks back up only to slow down again. It's never bad enough to where you get a feeling of being bored, but it could have been better. Another issue with the story is...well this is practically "Bloodsport" . Sure there are some changes, but overall I got the fe…

World War Z

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that zombies are all the rage these days. With the popularity of the genre coming back and the success of The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time before some big screen films were made. So when I heard that there was going to be a film adaptation of the outstanding book "World War Z", I was ecstatic. So was this the outstanding big budget Zombie film we've been waiting for, or was it just garbage?

The plot, to be perfectly honest was the weakest point of this film for me. Now it wasn't just the story itself, but the way they handled the main character: Gerry Lane. I guess no one on the writing team got the memo, but in order to get invested in a character they need to be interesting and in a zombie film they need to be in some kind of danger. That wasn't the case here, where the character survives event after event and walks away. Aside from that its a decent story, despite having almost nothing to do w…

Masters of The Universe

What happens when a cartoon is popular? It gets a film adaptation! What happens when that film is made by Canon films? You get a film adaptation that is mid to low budget and is loosely tied to its source material. Such is the case with Masters of The Universe, a 1987 film starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella. It took the popular He-Man and The Masters of The Universe property and took it to Hollywood. Was the resulting film an action filled adventure film? Yes, but was it a good or bad movie?

The film stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, the defender of Eternia and arch-nemesis of Skeletor. Skeletor has trapped the sorceress of Grayskull and wants to gain all of her power when the great eye of the galaxy opens. Our heroes He-Man, Man at Arms and Teela are forced to escape to earth and regroup for another assault only to have lost their way home, the cosmic key. Can they find the key before Skeletor's forces do and get back to Eternia in time to stop him?

The plot is pretty stan…

More fun Halloween movies!

Last year I did 2 posts on fun movies to watch on Halloween, so I decided to make it a tradition. Last year I focused more on horror films and decided this year would add a few more family friendly movies into the mix. There is something for everyone, so lets get started with this years list!

Ernest Scared Stupid - It may be a horror comedy geared more towards kids, but Ernest Scared Stupid has some qualities that appeal to the young and the old. The jokes are corny, the monsters are laughable and the lead actor is a goofball that looks like he had fun making this movie.

The Witches - Based on the book by Roald Dahl, this film scared me as a kid due to its character design of the witches natural forms. Since it was brought to us by Jim Henson studios, that's no surprise. Now though I can appreciate this film for its story telling and visual style and its great in both aspects. Its visuals may scare some of the younger kiddies, but with great storytelling and acting, its a good fil…


When an alien crash lands in a small town and starts turning the locals into zombies and mutants, its up to Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks to stop them. Slither is a black horror comedy and parody / tribute to old 50's and 60's science fiction and horror films brought to us by writer and director James Gunn. The film also stars Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier and Gregg Henry.

The plot to this movie is really as simple as it gets, but the fact that it was a mix of a parody and tribute to classic alien invasion films made it work. It may have its slow bits at times, but it wasn't anything that brings the movie to a complete stop. Despite its pacing issues, overall it was an entertaining story for what it was and was fun to see the story unfold. 

The acting in the film was great all around in my opinion. I always love Nathan Fillion in pretty much any role, and he was outstanding here as Bill Pardy. His style of acting worked well here in this setting and he delivered a b…