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The Spectacular Now (2013)
"If I were your father, I guess this would be the part where I give you a lecture about what you're doing with yourself."
"Well Dan, if you were my Dad, you wouldn't have."
This was a great little indie film. It was really charming and sweet and at the same time very powerful. The acting was also great all around. Miles Teller has got to be John Cusack's bastard child. Not only does he look just like him, but he acts just like him as well. It's like we got an all new 80's John Cusack back and i love that. Shailene Woodley was also great here. She is definitely one of today's young actresses to look out for in the future. I really liked this film and more people needs to watch it. It was great.
American Hustle (2013)
"This whole thing is racist. Abscam? "Arab-scam"? It's completely racist!"
"So what do you have to worry about, Sheikh? You're Mexican."
David O. Russell has always been a hit-or-miss director for me. I love Three Kings and The Fighter, while i think Silver Linings Playbook and I Heart Huckabees are very overrated. This film was kind of in the middle. There was a lot of things i liked about it, but overall it was kind of messy. The story here, like most con-movies stories, get's a little too convoluted and all over the place at times. Especially near the end when they pull out all their plot twists. The acting was also very varied. I really loved Bradley Cooper here. This has got to be his best performance to date next to The Place Beyond the Pines. He absolutely nailed it. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner were also good, but nothing special. Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence however i felt way overdid it. Bale was fine, but had way too much done to his looks. It was just really distracting to look at. And Lawrence was just really miscast. I'm sure David O'Russell was struggling to find a part for here after she won an Oscar for his last movie, but this was not the part for her. She was overacting to the extreme here. Overall, this was a fine movie, but i don't get all the award buzz it's been getting. I'm guessing that's all because of the director and cast and not really the quality of the film itself.
The Avengers (2012)
"I have an army."
"We have a Hulk."
This movie is just epic. By far the best super hero movie of all time. I can't wait for the sequel.
Out of the Furnace (2013)
"Am I supposed to be scared of him because he sucks on a lollipop?"
I don't know why this has been getting such bad reviews and all that. I really dug this film. Christian Bale gives yet another stunning and award worthy performance. Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson also gives great performances. I don't think i have seen Woody Harrelson this crazy since Natural Born Killers. He really does play one mean motherfucker here. The closest thing this movie reminded me of was the show Justified. Woody Harrelson's character would fit perfectly in on that show. One thing i think might be the reason so few people liked this movies is that it's one hell of a depressing film. It's not the all out revenge flick that most of it's promotion makes it out to be. That is just one small bit at the end of the film. Up until then it's just shit upon shit happening to Christian Bale. It is a tough watch at times. But i feel like the film does it in a very good and interesting way that kept me glued to the screen throughout it. This is definitely one of my favorite movies of the year.
Die Hard (1988)
"Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?"
There really is no Christmas without this film. It's still the best action movie of all time and still holds up perfectly. There really is nothing more i can say about this that i have not said a million times before. It's just a perfect movie.
"What did I tell you about using tongue?!"
"You told me to make it realistic."
"Yeah, realistic! Not fucking gay as shit!"
This is definitely a future Christmas classic for me. It's definitely one of the raunchier Christmas movies next to Bad Santa, but you can't only watch the over-the-top sugarcoated feel good Christmas movies every year. That's gonna be too much. Especially for a cynical guy as myself. But i really do like this movie a lot. It's not as good as the first Harold and Kumar movie, but still miles ahead of the garbage second movie. I also love the Elias Koteas cameo in the film. I really wish he had a bigger role. He is always great. This is a very funny movie for Christmas, but definitely not for kids. And watch it in 3D. That is really the only way to watch this.
Don Jon (2013)
"There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn."
I loved this movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt knocked it out of the park doing triple duty here. He is not only just the star of the movie, but also the writer and director. And considering it's his full length movie as a writer and director this is pretty damn impressive. The movie is not only really funny, but also makes some good points when it comes to porn and how people view it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also gave one of his best performances ever here. It's a totally different character to what he usually plays. The rest of the cast are also all great. Tony Danza was the big surprise of the movie though. After this i will definitely not just pass him off as just a sit-com actor. He pretty much stole every scene he was in. I really did love this movie and it's by far one of my favorites this year. I can't wait to see this again.
Rat Race (2001)
"I am Enrico Pollini. Now, I know what you are thinking... Enrico is a girl's name."
"No I wasn't."
"No pun intended."
"What pun was that?"
I love the concept of this movie, and most of the cast are all great, but this was just executed so poorly. Most of the jokes are all duds and the cast are all overacting to a ridicules degree. This is probably funny for kids, but nothing more.
"I am fire... I am death."
I did actually really like the first Hobbit movie, but this one, not so much. This really felt like it was just padded out with way too much unnecessary stuff just to give it an epic 3-hour run time. There was just a ton of boring scenes here that dragged on forever. Unlike Two Towers in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this one really felt like a movie with no beginning or end. It's like someone turned on a way too long movie in the middle of it and then turned it of before it ended. But it was not all bad though. Martin Freeman is still great as Bilbo Baggins. He is a joy to watch every time he's on screen. I really wish the movie had focused more on just him instead of all the random elfs and orcs and all that crap. Like i really care about a dwarf and an elf falling madly in love after talking for 5 minutes. It's just ridicules padding that we really didn't need. I also really like the end with Smaug, even though it didn't feel like a real conclusion of a movie. It ends it on a TV show style cliffhanger. This really was a disappointingly boring movie. Definitely the worst of the LotR/Hobbit films so far. They really should have just kept it two movies. The Hobbit is one book that is smaller than each individual LotR books, and it was great that way. It does not need Peter Jackson to try and improve on it by adding a bunch of useless crap so he can try to make it another epic trilogy. He really fucked it up this time.
The Mask (1994)
"Our love is like a red, red rose... and I am a little thorny."
Still one of Jim Carrey's best movies. It's a real shame he never made a sequel to it. This is one of those comedies i actually could see getting a sequel and still be as funny as the first one. Well, if it's done right and not like that horrible, horrible Son of the Mask film. Good god that one was awful.
Home Alone (1990)
"Can I sleep in your room? I don't want to sleep on the hide-a-bed with Fuller. If he has something to drink, he'll wet the bed."
"I wouldn't let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass."
As much as i love Elf, this is probably my favorite Christmas movie. I watched this all the time as a kid. Christmas or not. So this really gives me a great nostalgic feeling. Macaulay Culkin was a really good child actor. It's a shame he personal life wasn't all that good. I really love him in this film. But the best parts of the film is Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. They are hilarious together. I love this film.
"So, good news - I saw a dog today. Have you seen a dog? You probably have."
Christmas is close now so i decided to watch a couple of my favorite Christmas movies today. I love this movie. It's by far the best of the recent Christmas movies. I can't believe it's already 10 years old. Will Ferrell is absolutely hysterical in his role here. It's probably his best character next to Ron Burgundy. This is not just one of the funniest Christmas movies ever, it's one of the funniest movies even overall.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
"Shots fired at Fruitvale."
This a was a great film. This is just an awful tragedy that happened and one of the reasons American cops get's such a bad reputation. But i was afraid the movie would turn out a little too preachy or something. That has a tenancy to happen in movies like this. But here it was handled perfectly. Michael B. Jordan, who i had never really noticed before, gives by far one of the best performances i have seen all year. He was so real and grounded in his performance. The rest of the cast were also great. Octavia Spencer really goes for another Oscar win again here as well. Overall, one of the years best and most important films, and definitely one everyone should watch.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
"Put your hands up!"
"But i've got a gun."
"I don't care."
I loved this movie. I think it even beats The Avengers as my favorite film of 2012. I just loved every brilliant and hilarious second of it. Now coming from the write and director of In Bruges that is not a huge surprise as that movie was also brilliant. This film was not as good as In Bruge, but hardly anything is. Christopher Walken deserves an Academy Award for his performance here as well. He was perfect. This was his best role in ages. The rest of the cast was also flawless though, but he was the stand out.
Just Friends (2005)
"Yeah I slapped the ham to it about an hour ago."
"What ham did you slap, honey? Not the one I just bought."
This movie was still as mediocre as the last time i saw it. There really is nothing special about this. Not good, but still not bad enough to be memorable.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
"So when you say something negative and insult the other person... You're really just showing that other person what an unsure-of-yourself-type person that you really feel like you are."
I really liked this movie. It was a very sweet and good little indie drama comedy. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch had some very good chemistry and played off each other well. I really enjoyed watching their relationship go from co-workers to friends. There wasn't a lot of stuff that happened in the film, but that is what i liked. It felt like real people with real problems. I also really envy their job. Not having to talk to people all day. That is my dream job. I really enjoyed this film. One of the year's best for me.
Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)
"Ååå... Det var vondt det... Har aldri hatt så vondt før. Att det går ann å ha det så vondt a!"
This is still one of my favorite Norwegian movies and it's finally out on blu-ray. And it looks great. It's a classic stop motion movie from the 70's. The humor also still holds up. This is a very Norwegian movie though so i doubt a lot of people outside of Scandinavia will get it. But i love the film.
"You've got to learn to let go."
This has been the movie everyone has been talking about since it's release now and i have got to say i'm a little disappointed. I mean people have been putting it on top of their best of lists everywhere and it's the movie people constantly bring up in conversations and all that stuff. I guess that might have given me to big of expectations. Maybe if i saw it when it was first released without all the hype i might have liked it better, but i doubt that. I'm usually not that guy. But i'm not saying this is a bad movie. Far from it. It's just not the greatest thing to happen to cinema in ages. It was a very intense movie.
I really love those kind of movies, but i think it got a little ridicules at times. Like how much bad stuff can happen to one person in such a short amount of time. But then again i know nothing about astronauts and space and all that so maybe this is something that can happen. One other thing that kind of bugged me was that they cast two of the biggest actors in Hollywood for these roles. All i saw was George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in space. I didn't really see them as the characters they were supposed to be playing. Now i usually love both those actors, but i just felt this type of movie was all wrong for them. I think it would have worked a lot better if they were a couple of unknowns. But i guess that has more to do with my personal preferences than the movie itself. Overall, it was a good and tense movie, but don't get to invested in all the hype it's been getting. It's not the best film of the year.
Wild Hogs (2007)
"You're the sheriff, why don't you go out there?"
"I'm the sheriff of a town of 500 people. I got my qualification from a course on the internet. For my arms training, they just told me to play Doom!"
I know this movie get's a lot of hate, but i actually liked it. It wasn't hilarious or anything, but i thought it was fun. I really liked all the main guys. They played off each other well. William H. Macy stole the movie every time he was on screen though. Maybe it's because i just had really low expectations, but i liked this film.
"Sorry to hear about Fiona. She's a whore."
"Well, that's very sweet of you. Thanks."
This is one of my guilty pleasure comedies. I think i liked this the most of the bunch of collage comedies that came out around this time like American Pie, Van Wilder, Road Trip, etc. I have also always been a sucker for road trip movies anyway. It's so weird to watch this movie now though after i have become such a huge fan of Justified. Jacob Pitts is a total 180 as the goofy sidekick here compared to the bruiting tough guy he is on that show. He really is a good actor. The Scotty Doesn't Know song also get's stuck in my head all the time.
Wake of Death (2004)
"Hey Tony, I think he wants to call the police."
"Give him a fucking quarter then."
This is a great and underrated revenge thriller. This is definitely one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's better performances. He really shows he can act here. I really feel like this could have been a theatrical movie had just the editing been better. It goes really spastic some times. The child actors are also really bad here. But other than that i really think this is a great film.
The Proposal (2009)
"Why didn't you tell me you're some kind of Alaskan Kennedy?"
"We were in the middle of talking about you... for the last 3 years."
This was just another bland and predictable romantic comedy. I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't anything special either. Sandra Bullock was fun to watch as usual and Ryan Reynolds was, well, Ryan Reynolds. He is always playing the same character so i doubt he will surprise anyone here. I do have to wonder what is Mary Steenburgen's secret though. She really just looks better and better with age. Ted Danson is one lucky guy.
Bad Santa (2003)
"I just can't help it. There's something about the guy that makes me uneasy."
"Well sure. Santa fucking someone in the ass..."
I guess it's time to get in the Christmas spirit now. Eight Crazy Night certainly didn't fucking do it. I love this movie though. I's an example of a great Christmas movie purely for adults. Even though i remember seeing it when it came out and i was only 14 then and loved it then as well. This is probably Billy Bob Thornton's best role. It was the one he was born to be.
Zero Charisma (2013)
"I'm gonna seduce her with my high charisma."
"Now, Burt. She destroyed your village, remember? You wouldn't wanna seduce her."
"Oh, i think i would..."
This was a very good indie film. Finally a movie that actually got nerds right the way i know them. This is definitely not the same people you see on shows like The Big Bang Theory. This movie did a good job differentiating between the real geeks and the hipsters that like to pretend the enjoy stuff like tabletop gaming and stuff like that because, well, they are fucking hipsters. Sam Eidson, who played the main guy, was great. He was perfect as this weird and overly obsessive man child who always had to be right. I know a guy that is almost exactly like this as well. I have never seen him in anything before, but i really hope we get to see more of him in bigger movies as well. Overall, this was a very good film, but not great. The ending felt rushed and was a little weak. Not the scene at the house, but what happened after that. But it's well worth a watch if you are in to this sort of stuff.
Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
"Thanks for sharing the Holiday spirit, psycho."
I can honestly say that this is not just one of the worst Christmas movies i have ever seen, and not just one of the worst animated movies i have ever seen, it's hands down one of the worst movies i have ever seen. The voice acting was some of the worst i have ever heard. Just a lot of screeching and annoying "funny" voices. And when you have to listen to them do god awful musical numbers as well it just makes everything so much worse. And is this film supposed to be for children? There are so many childish, yet adult jokes in here. There are nudity, people flipping the bird, and the most delightful scene of a pulsating asshole shooting out poop. Yeah, that happens. Adam Sandler also somehow managed to cram more product placement into an animated film that he usually does in his live action movies. I can't think of a single positive thing about this film. It was just awful, disgusting, crude and worst of all, never even remotely funny.
"I take it I've told you about my condition."
"Only every time I see ya."
This is one of my all time favorite movies. It's such a unique and great take on the film noir genre. It's one of those movies that i notice something new in every time i watch it and it always keeps me interested. I really wish Christopher Nolan would do another small movie like this again that really just focuses on a great story than big spectacles and effects. I still love his big movies as well like Inception and two thirds of his Batman movies, but i don't think any of them ever topped this. The Prestige is his closest effort in terms of quality story vise since this. I want to see more of this from Nolan.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
"You bastard! You bastard!"
"I think he's saying go faster."
I had not seen this film since i was a little kid so when i saw it was on Netflix i just had to watch it. I remember loving it when i was younger, but i could not really remember a single scene from it. Just the bear attack at the end. This was really just a typical 80's family comedy. Just a lot of gags loosely tied together by a tiny plot. Some of them are funny, and some of them were duds. I can see why i loved it as a kid, but now it was more of a nostalgia trip for me than a good movie.
"Shot him again!"
"His soul's still dancing!"
After watching two just awful movies today i had to watch one i knew was good. This movie is so hilarious and insane. Nicolas Cage was absolutely perfect here. One of his craziest, yet best performances of his career. It really is a shame he was snubbed for an Academy Award nomination here. Nicolas Cage is a god damn national treasure. Pun intended. And this movie really proves that. The rest of the cast is good too, but they are all totally overshadowed by Cage. He really owns this film.
Broken City (2013)
"There are some wars you fight and some wars you walk away from. This isn't the fighting kind."
This was just a really boring, by-the-numbers political thriller. There was nothing special or memorable about it. No wonder everyone has already forgotten about this. I just saw it and i'm already starting to forget it. Everyone was on auto pilot here. Mark Wahlberg just looked so bored throughout this entire film. He just wanted to finish his scenes and go home because he knew no one would care anyway. This was really just a waste of time.
Identity Thief (2013)
"You know what, you're crazy!"
"Yep. Diagnosed and everything."
This was a terrible movie. Incredibly unfunny with no likable characters and a ridicules story. Melissa McCarthy plays a character that's an identity thief, one of the worst kinds of people i can think of, and we are supposed to sympathize for her. That's not gonna happen. She was just an awful person. I don't care how sad her back story is how many cringe worthy and out of place crying scenes you give her. It's just not gonna happen. This could have worked if they had done it as a dark comedy, but not as a buddy road trip movie. This movie just failed at everything it tried to do. It was an awful move and definitely one of the worst comedies i have ever seen.
"One of them coyotes, he made love to my skull. You know what that practice is commonly called?"
"I do... and I certainly hope he got both eyes, Roy."
I was surprised by how much i actually enjoyed this film. I had no hopes for it after watching the trailer and saw that is was pretty much a bad Men In Black knock off, an it certainly is, but i have to say i kind of liked it. I know i'm in the minority here based on all the bad reviews and low scores it's been getting everywhere. I know it's bad too, but there is just something about Jeff Bridges in this film that i could not get enough of. He was great here. Everyone else was mediocre at best, but he really killed it here. I wish the entire movie was just about him. Ryan Reynolds was just on auto pilot here doing the same old shtick he always does. His endless quest for a bankable franchise is not going well. This movie is pretty much only worth seeing for Jeff Bridges. And also James Hong with a banana gun.
"My contract guarantees me final cut on all of my pictures."
"It also states that Paramount doesn't have to release anything that might cause the studio embarrassment!"
"As opposed to those last five Martin and Lewis pictures you're so proud of?"
I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. I was really looking forward to it before it came out, but after all the negative reviews it got i didn't really bother with it then and kind of forgot about it after that. But i really should have given it a shot back then because i really liked it. Anthony Hopkins absolutely kills it as Alfred Hitchcock. He was totally unrecognizable here. I'm really surprised he was snubbed for an Academy Award nomination. Helen Mirren was equally great as Alma Reville and also deserved a nomination. I'm a huge fan of Psycho so that also helped my enjoyment of this film a lot. It is one of my favorite movies. And i think this film did it justice. Especially when casting the actors from the film. They all looked and acted pretty much spot on. James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins is one of the most perfect casting choices i have ever seen. This was a really underrated movie and should be watched by all fans of Psycho and Alfred Hitchcock.
"He's not dangerous."
"Sounds like a shitload of state troopers thinks differently."
This was a great movie. Matthew McConaughey really has done a 180 when it comes to his career. He went from a bad rom-com actor to a great character actor in just a couple of years. I can honestly say he is one of my favorite actors at the moment. This i think has to be his best performance and movie yet though. But it's not only him that was great here. Everyone was. Especially the main kid, Tye Sheridan. This is only his second movie to date, but damn he was good. This is definitely one of the best performances by a child actor i have seen. I really hope he get's an Academy Award nomination for his work here because he really deserves that. He was that good. This entire movie deserves a lot of Academy Award nominations. The only thing i guess i could complain a little about is that Michael Shannon's part was too small. He was barely in it and that is a shame when you got a great actor like him in a movie like this. But that is really the only flaw i can think of with this film. This was by far my favorite film of the year and i really regret not seeing it sooner.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
"The things I've sacrificed are social. You kind of have to give up something to have something great."
I like all the games this movie is about, but this was one of the least interesting documentaries i have seen in a while. There was really nothing going on here that was worthy of a full length documentary. All three games eventually became successes so there really isn't any reason to care about the people here because you know it will turn out fine for them in the end anyway. So whatever small conflicts there are in the film is nothing to care about. And besides that it was just kind of boring. The people making these games were just regular boring people. I really don't understand all the great reviews this has been getting. It was just boring.
"I admire you so much. The stand you're taking. You didn't take the easy way out. Not setting up one of your friends. I couldn't do what you did."
This was a good movie, but it wasn't anything special. It was also good to see Dwayne Johnson in a mostly dramatic role. Even if he was very miscast. He is way too big and pumped up to play just the average suburban dad. That role did not fit him at all. It reminded me of when Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to play the average joe in some of his movies. He did a good job though. Dwayne Johnson id probably the best actor among the current group of action stars we have. He should do more dramatic work.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
"I made this for you, Uncle Robbie."
"Aw, thanks, Freddy Kruger."
A very funny and sweet movie that still holds up today. One of the few romantic comedies i like. Sure there are a lot of awful and cringe worthy stuff in here like the rapping grandma, horribly stereotypical gay person and the tons of 80's references, but apart from that it's still a fun movie.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
"Why don't you and I play a game of fuck off. You go first."
This is one of the dumbest action movies i have ever seen, yet it took itself way too seriously. There was not a single fun moment in this. Oh, they did try to trow some jokes in there. It's just that Gerard Butler is such a fucking boring actor that when you give him John McClane like dialogue, he just completely butchers it. I don't think that man has ever told a joke in his life. And it's not just him. Everyone in this film threats it like it's their chance to win an Oscar. Melissa Leo was especially painful to watch here. And i usually love her. She tried so hard for a movie that didn't deserve it at all. It also had some of the most over-the-top evil villains and actually played them off as a serious threat to America. This movie also has the most obvious plot twist ever where a certain guy who works for the president turns out to actually be working for the bad guys. And you can guess who it is the second he appears on screen just from the actor they cast in the role alone. This movie was just hilariously dumb in all the wrong ways. Absolute garbage.
The Son of No One (2011)
"Tampered evidence is wasted evidence."
"Yeah... You realize it's not actually evidence until someone gives a fuck about this?"
This was just a really bland and forgettable cop drama. There was not a single original or new idea here. It's all been done before. I don't really have a lot to say about this because there is really nothing more to say. It's not a bad film, but it's far from a good one.
Running Scared (2006)
"Say hello to my little friend!"
"That's real fuckin' original. What are you, a fuckin' cartoon?"
In honor of Paul Walker i decided to watch this underrated little gem again. This was definitely Paul Walker's best film and by far his best performance. He was never a great actor, but here he really did give a great performance. Now i am gonna admit i was never the biggest fan of Paul Walker, be he always seemed like a really cool and nice guy. One of the few leading men in Hollywood that never let his fame go to his head. He was just a regular guy that got to star in movies. He always seemed to me like this generations Keanu Reeves. I also have to admit that i have always had a guilty pleasure for the Fast and the Furious movies. Those were always fun. Fast 7 is gonna be tough to watch now. I don't really know what else to say. Rest in peace Mr. Walker. You will be missed.
World War Z (2013)
"Most people don't believe something can happen until it already has. That's not stupidity or weakness, that's just human nature."
I'm getting really tired of zombies now. In movies, video games and TV shows. It's just way too much these days. It's just getting boring now. This was really no exception. I liked that it didn't go the usual zombie movie route of a small group of people trying to survive. It is some of that in this film, but the main story is about Brad Pitt trying to find patient zero and trying to get a cure. It was a little more interesting, but not much. I really didn't like the over-the-top CG zombie waves. It looked really ridicules. If they had kept this movie small and just focused on Brad Pitt trying to find a cure i think i would have liked it better. All the big action sequences just kind of felt tacked on in order to compete with the other big summer blockbusters. There was a sequence near the end of the film at a hospital that was very quiet and tense. That was by far the best part of the film. If the movie had more of that it could have been a great film, but in the end it just pretty much turned in to another bland and boring zombie film. Also, why was Matthew Fox basically just an extra in this film? He had liturally a blink and you'll miss him moment with no lines or anything. Is his career that bad now?
Enemies Closer (2013)
"Hey! I'm the guy with the gun!"
"And i'm the guy with the guy."
I'm a little disappointed with this film. After seeing the trailer i was really looking forward to it. Van Damme looked absolutely insane as the villain and i loved that. The only problem is that almost all of his good stuff was already in the trailer. The rest of the cast also did nothing. Tom Everett Scott, the main good guy, was one of the blandest actors i have ever seen. He was sleepwalking through the entire film. He was just awful. The one girl in the movie, Linzey Cocker, was not much better. Those two were supposed to have some kind of romantic connection, but they had some of the worst chemistry together i have ever seen. The girl also has one of the most obvious plot twist in movie history. If you have seen one movie like this before you know exactly where her character is going from the second she appears.
The only actor besides Van Damme that actually looked like he tried to do a good job was Orlando Jones. He did a good job. I also really didn't like the story. It's the same old cliche story we have seen a million times. This was pretty much Cliffhanger in the woods. Only with the added story of Orlando Jones wanting to kill Tom Everett Scott that went absolutely nowhere. Seriously, the second Van Damme get's taken out the movie ends. We get no conclusion for their story at all. I guess the director realized that people would lose all interest in the film after he was gone.
The movie was also way too dark. One rule of film making is don't set the entire film in the woods at night. It's impossible to see what the hell is going on a lot of the time. There was also no reason for this to take place at night. They already established at the beginning of the film that it takes place at a remote island that only get's visitors during the weekends. They could have easily set it during the day on a regular week day and not change the story one bit. But the movie is not all bad. It still has some pretty cool fight scenes. When you can see them at least. And it is kind of worth watching just for Van Damme's over the top performance alone. I did like his bad guy performance in The Expendables 2 better though. I was hoping for better when Van Damme finally worked with Peter Hyams, the director of Timecop and Sudden Death, again.
"No, not really."
This was another good Norwegian thriller. Aksel Hennie shows again that he is one of Norway's best leading men in movies here. This reminded me a lot of Headhunters as well. Maybe a little too much at times. This movie also had a few American actors in for the American roles it like Stephen Lang and Wes Bentley. That was very smart casting because most Norwegians are awful at speaking English. Especially when trying to do an American accent. I really hope this get's released in more countries because it was really good. It had me hooked from start to finish.
The Iceman (2012)
"I only feel alone around other people. Couldn't be truer."
This was a good movie. Michael Shannon really deserves more big roles like this. He is a great actor and really nailed this role. I was also very happy to see Winona Ryder in a big role in a movie again. Even if it was just the generic wife role. I wished she had more to do. Most of the cast was good, but i have to say David Schwimmer was very miscast. It is impossible to take him seriously as a mobster. I just could not do anything but laugh every time he was trying to act tough. He will always be Ross from Friends to me. I also don't know why James Franco was one of the top billed people on the poster. He is in the film for one small scene. It's barely even a cameo. That character really could have been played by anyone. I liked the story of the film as well, but it was kind of predictable. I guess since it's based on a true story they could not change it up too much. It was a very bland and usual mobster movie. The only thing that really saved it and the reason i will remember it is Michael Shannon.
Dead Man Down (2013)
"You coming for me?"
"No, I'm coming for her."
I really liked this film. It's been a while since i have seen a good thriller like this. Colin Farrell did a fine job in the lead, but he was nothing memorable. Noomi Rapace is who really kept me interested in the film. She was really good and i liked her character. However there is one part of her character i didn't really get. I really think they should have done a little more with her scar on her face. Everyone of the film comments on it and she is getting called a monster by kids and talks about how it has ruined her life, but you can barely see the scar. Even in close ups on her face it's barely visible. They really should have done more with it. But i guess the producers of the film didn't want to ruin Noomi Rapace's sex appeal. It's a small thing, but it really bugged me throughout the film. But other than that it really is a solid thriller and worth a watch.
Wall Street (1987)
"The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
What happened to Charlie Sheen? He was never a great actor, but he was very good when he wanted to. He was kind of like a low-grade Tom Cruise. Now he's just a lunatic that does nothing but terrible sit-coms. It's a shame.
"Well, Bernie was so nice, so accommodating, so willing to keep from hurting other people's feelings, he just couldn't tell anybody to piss off."
This was a good, but a bit boring movie. Jack Black probably gives his best performance so far here. Usually he just plays himself, but here he was an actual character. I hope we see more roles like this from him because he was good at it. Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey were also both very good. But that was really all this movie had going for it. The story was not really interesting enough for a movie. It had it's funny moments, but for the most of it i was just bored. It's worth watching to see Jack Black do something new, but that's really it.
"So Chick, how much is this gonna set us back?"
"Okay, 'cause we had had a slightly different figure in our heads. We were thinking of something a little closer to like half a K."
This was just as bad as i remembered it. I don't know why i gave it a second chance.
"I didn't have to go easy on you. A different binding agent, a stronger mix... I want you to remember that. I wanted to remind you to stay out of my way. In all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember the one man who beat you!"
While not as good as the first part, this was still a great Batman movie. Michael Emerson was perfect as The Joker. Probably my favorite Joker performance to date. Most people that play The Joker just goes all out all the time. That can get very tedious. Emerson however kept it much calmer for the most of it before going full out at the end. That made his Joker much creepier and scarier than most other Jokers. I really hope he get's the chance to play him again. This movie would have gotten a perfect score from me if it had ended when Joker's story line ended, but it didn't. For some reason they added this entire extra sub plot with Superman. I never really liked Superman. He is just too fantastic and perfect. The only thing good about that tacked on ending was the chance to get to see Batman pretty much beat the crap out of Superman. Even though it didn't really make sense. Superman wont even flinch when someone fires a machine gun at him, but getting electrocuted by a street lamp takes him out? Sure. Anyway, together these two film are definitely my favorite Batman film so far. I really doubt the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie is gonna live up to this. Especially after the incredibly boring Man of Steel movie.
"That a tickle?"
"That was a nerve bundle in your deltoid. Might not hurt, but you won't be moving that arm for a while."
I liked this much better than Under the Red Hood. Honestly, i think this is the best Batman film i have seen so far. Animated or live action. I never read the comic this is based on, but i heard it is pretty much the same word for word so i guess that is why this is so good. Frank Miller can be an excellent writer when he wants to. This has to be some of his best work next to Sin City. I'm gonna have to watch part 2 of this right away.
"He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse."
This was a very good movie. This is Chan-wook Park's first american movie and he did a damn good job. He is a brilliant visual director and that really showed here. This was a beautiful, but also very dark movie. All the actors were also great. Mia Wasikowska got a great career ahead of her if she keeps this up. This was an award worthy performance by her. Nicole Kidman was also very good, but they didn't really give her much to do i felt. There was one point in the film actually forgot she was in it. I wished they had fleshed her character out more and given her more to do. Matthew Goode stole the entire movie though. From the second he steps on screen he just captivates you. He gave a very creepy, yet charming performance and did it to perfection. This is definitely his best role to date.
I'm amazed there is no Oscar buzz for him. I guess it's just the same old story about it being released to early in the year. The Academy really needs to get some new members that can remember a movie that was released more than three months ago. It's all just a bunch of old guys payed off by the producers of the latest theatrical tear jerkers. It's the most predictable, yet still most recognizable award show for movies for some reason. Just because they are the oldest does not mean they are the best. I'm sorry that this review turned in to yet another rant about the Academy Awards, but i just can't help it. Anyway, this was a great psychological thriller and worth watching for Matthew Goode alone.
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