Aug 16, 2017

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

Despite a confusing story, the twists and turns eventually come together into a satisfying plot. Great supporting roles from Luis Guzman and Richard Harris.

Rating: C+

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Started out weak, however once Wick arrived in Rome, things started to flow. Bodies began piling up. The viewer must overlook, of course, the extreme number of head shots inflicted at the hands of John. He of course is never on the receiving end of any. Also, how does one man get hit by a car so many times and simply shake it off? It’s not high cinema, but it’s fun.

Rating: C+

Mud (2012)

The two young leads are going places. Authentic performances in a film that had more to say than anticipated. 

Rating: C+

Joy (2015)

Big fan of David O. Russell here. He makes the most of what he has to work with here, and much of it works. It’s a character driven movie that gives you more of an appreciation for those inventing and bringing products to market. Nothing blows you away, but it’s a solid film.

Rating: C+

Be Cool (2005)

I guess I was entertained. The movie rolled by in front of me and I watched. I didn't laugh, because nothing was really funny. I wasn't scared, because nothing was scary. I wasn't excited, because nothing was overly violent or dramatic. It was simply a story and I watched. I have no idea what this movie was trying to be, if anything at all.

Rating: D

In The High Country (2013)

Some cool scenery and editing work. Beautiful countryside. Not much beyond that.

Rating: C

Paper Heart (2009)

A quirky, original romantic comedy mockumentary. I think that covers all the bases. The movie itself is fairly entertaining, but it's the special features that actually tie everything together. Some of the funniest and most revealing moments are from the cutting room floor.

Rating: C

Aug 15, 2017

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

A decent remake of the classic Western.

Rating: C+

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

I really enjoyed this one. I've got to hand it to Nicholson for taking challenging and age appropriate roles since 1997 when he did As Good As It Gets. About Schmidt was another great performance. I would rate these as three of his best films to date. Diane Keeton was wonderful too.

Well written and acted. 1-2 scenes were absolutely perfect. Nancy Meyers, the writer/director, has single handedly kept Diane Keeton in business, what with Baby Boom, Father of the Bride I & II, and now this.

Rating: B

The Hacker Wars (2014)

Curious about Anonymous and hacktivism? This jittery doc will give you a crash course. It’s a nice companion piece to Citizenfour and the one on Wikileaks.

Rating: C

The Last Kiss (2006)

An interesting look into relationships, how difficult it is to maintain one, and the things we do to both sabotage and save them. Really good cast and script. The film carries a pleasant mood about it, despite the heavy material.

Rating: C+

The Intern (2015)

The beginning was overly cutesy. Too eager to please in a way that’s pleasing to nobody. Anne Hathoway is generally unlikable, in my opinion, and this character didn’t do her any favors. Thankfully they fell into a more relaxed rhythm and fun office dynamic. Didn’t hurt to cast two of the three Workaholics dudes either. They make everything better. It’s a known fact.

Rating: C

The Animal (2001)

This went downhill very quick. Started dozing off midway.

Rating: D-

2 Guns (2013)

I liked the first half more than I thought I would. It was the second half that delivered what I anticipated—sloppy writing and too many explosions.

Rating: C-

Edge Of Darkness (2010)

I had to see Mel Gibson's return to the screen after 8 years, even if it was a by-the-book revenge flick. Mel's acting was solid. Script was ok. Violence and action were so-so. No real surprises here.

Rating: C

May 17, 2017

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

I really enjoyed the unique animation style mixed with origami. The story was rich with Japanese culture. Well-made and enjoyable to watch.

Rating: B-

Babylon A.D. (2008)

The Transporter meets Children of Men, only without the tight editing and script. Someone bit off more than they could chew here. Direction was scattershot, dialogue was woeful, acting was sub par, and the screenplay needed a few more revisions. Too much movie trying to be squeezed into a 90 minute package.

Rating: D

Cooties (2014)

I loved the opening credit montage. Perfect PSA for why meat is disgusting. The movie itself hovers just above a B rated zombie flick. There are occasional funny lines that help make the 90 minutes somewhat palatable.

Rating: C-

Silverado (1985)

It took me over 30 years to finally see this classic Western. Impressive cast. They checked all the boxes and the good guys won.

Rating: B-

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

It’s impossible for me to root for the guys hunting whales, so no tears were shed when they met their fate. Mostly ho hum until it became a survival story, even if it did become grim rather quickly. Moral of the story—always stay on the island.

Rating: C-