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Knock Knock (2015)
Could have been good.... but was not
I will keep this review short. I wanted to like this movie. I like Keanu. And honestly i don't expect his acting to be Oscar worthy.
With this movie, I kept expecting some twist that shows the girls were getting revenge for something in the past, or at least some small glimpse that Keanu's character maybe wasn't the good family man portrayed in the opening. BUT you never get that. You never have a reason to think he deserves what is happening. He does make a bad decision, but he putt himself in a bad position by being a nice guy. He was honestly trying to be nice and help the girls. And honestly, the girls are never really shown to have any motive. They are just crazy.
Aside from that, there were to many decisions that make absolutely no sense. For example, later on in movie, it is revealed that some how they have been spying on the family because they know conversations that were had. But...... how were they spying? How would they have ever had the opportunity to access the house to install cameras or mics? Their proof to the world that he is a bad guy was a facebook video of him tied up and being forced to have sex. They completely destroyed and vandalized the house, leaving tons of proof that they were there. They framed him for the murder of his friend, and god knows what they did with body. But they left him tied up.... so how would he have killed him? And last, he is left tied up and buried in the backyard! All the proof needed to show he was forced to do stuff and assaulted. Unless every cop, every friend, every family member are all complete morons and think he stabbed himself in shoulder, tied himself up, then buried himself.
It just feels like Eli Roth did not pay any attention to what he was doing, or worse, thought we were to dumb to spot stuff.
Don't compare, This movie stands on its own.
I went a saw this movie on Friday. And from the very beginning it gets right to the story, action, and humor. And it doesn't really slow down til the end, at about 90 minutes. The "plot" is explained early on, so you know what is happening and why. However the "plot" isn't the reason for the movie. The point of this movie is simply the chemistry between the characters; the humor; and killing zombies. Jesse Eisenberg is good. He is great at a kind of awkward character/ comedy role. Woody Harrelson is perfect for this role. I am so happy to see him in a movie again. I think he is very funny, when in the right role. Emma Stone, whom I think is hot, is good in her role. Abigail Breslin, again good in her role. Interested to see if she can transition from a child actor, to a grown up actor.
The movie really isn't intended to be a horror film. So don't go in expecting a dark humor/ horrow movie. It is basically a straight forward comedy, just having fun, not meant to be taken the least bit seriously.
You will laugh at Harrelson's twinkie obsession!!!
And I don't want to ruin anything. But I will say that there is a cameo appearance that steals the show. The whole audience was laughing so hard at this part, it was hard to hear some of the movie for a couple minutes.
This was one of the first movies I have seen in along time, where after it was over, most of the theater clapped.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Had Low Expectations. Loved The Movie!
OK, I had almost every GI Joe toy growing up. I also watched the cartoon. Being a young kid during the 80's was awesome. As far as I am concerned, the toys and the cartoons from that era are the best. However, after first seeing the preview for GI Joe, and seeing that they now wore mech suits...... I had very low expectations for the movie. Just figured they were trying yet another way to milk money off of the remainder of 80's cartoons/ re-imaging.
However, I have to say, even though there was a little cheesiness to it, I really enjoyed this movie. This movie is based off a toy/cartoon/comic book. It isn't like other comics that could be deep, or thought provoking. It was always mainly about action, cool weapons, good guys and bad guys, getting caught and then escaping. This movie is just that. A action movie from start to finish. Has enough of a storyline to make it from beginning to end, but is mainly about the action. It doesn't give you a lot of back story to the characters. You do get a couple flashbacks, just so you know who people are, and how they are connected. But this isn't really an origins movie. I think some people were expecting some kind of epic movie experience. This movie is not that! This is a popcorn/ summer action movie/ and a way to relive some childhood memories for those of us who grew up watching the cartoon, or playing with the toys.
For those of you complaining about plot holes, and/or unbelievable science......... come on!!! What about the original cartoons was so believable??? This is fantasy!!!
I will admit though, although I did like the movie, some of the special effects were not that good. There were a few times during the movie where I saw something that just looked too fake, and I was like ... "that is just cheesy". But overall, it was a fun movie. Definitely not one I regret going to see.
Need sense of humor, strong stomach, and take it for what it is.....
OK, I wanted to see this, but didn't think it would be as good as "Borat". Then a day before I saw it A bunch of negative reviews came up on IMDb, so I was worried.
I am glad I went to see this movie. Granted it wasn't as good as "Borat". However, it was worth watching. Within the first 15 minutes I was laughing so hard I was crying. It did have some jokes that didn't work. Some parts were close to passing movie standards and actually being pornographic. There was some offensive stuff. And of course there was A lot of homosexual reference, and full male frontal nudity. Just suck it up, be secure enough in your own sexuality to watch this, and enjoy. (Sacha Baron Cohen, is secure enough........ he has a hot wife, Isla Fisher)
The Dark Knight (2008)
My Anticipation wasn't Disappointed....
First of all, let me say that I really liked "Begins" and have been waiting for this since I left the theater for "Begins". So I have been anticipating this movie for along time. And most times when you anticipate a film and have such high hopes for it, you end up being let down... at least a little. Not so with the "Dark Knight". If possible, this movie was actually better then I had hoped for.
Also, even if you are not a comic book person, or even a cartoon person, or have never even had a interest in Batman at all..... you can enjoy this movie. It is not just a comic movie used to cash in on the characters popularity, and use over the top CGI. Nolan's vision of Batman (Starting in Batman Begins)is a realistic incarnation. Realistic characters and situations, etc. The Dark Knight has a deep story that is being told. It is more than a comic book movie. It could honestly stand on its own as a crime saga/ mafia type movie. You have a Batman who walks the line of right and wrong and starts to cross the line several times. A Batman who has anger and hate and wants justice, regardless of how. And a Bruce Wayne who is outwardly rich and a cocky person. But who is inwardly unsure of what he is doing, and if he wants to continue doing it.
Then you have The Joker. (Thank you Heath, for this performance, and this interpretation of one of our favorite villains) We finally have a Joker who is evil. He really isn't out for money, or revenge, or power. He basically just wants chaos. He wants destruction and anarchy. He is a dark character. He constantly forces people to chose for themselves in bad situations, and basically chose between their life or another's. He isn't over the top and comical and somewhat cheesy. He is twisted, evil, very smart, and one step ahead.... yet with a very dark humor.
Then there is Two Face. Character was played perfectly. Basically a very good person who also wants justice, and at times walks the line between right and wrong. A character who is tortured at a great lose, and seeks revenge, and is guided by hate and chance. >>>>>SPOILER<<<<< I only wish he wouldn't have died in this movie. I really expected his character to be left open at the end, for a possible 3rd installment. But I understand how his death fit into this films story. >>>>>End Spoilers<<<<<
All together this film was great. Acting, script, music score, locations, lack of CGI, etc.
The Happening (2008)
Smart Idea.......... Terrible Delivery
I was hoping for a good movie. I was hoping for a good movie from M. Night Shyamalan, who I know is capable of a great movie, but in whom I have been disappointed with lately. I loved "The Sixth Sense", and thought "Signs" was pretty good. As of right now, I am not sure if "The Happening" or "Lady In The Water" is my least favorite. And unlike his other movies, M. Night Shyamalan doesn't have a role in "The Happening", which makes me wonder if even he was disappointed with this movie.
The idea was good and original, and I honestly feel like it could have been a great movie. There are many things that this film presents to the viewer to make them think, and in the end form their own opinion. Ideas that are indeed scary, and not that far fetched. Things that are hard to imagine, but not really that unrealistic..... which makes the "Ideas" in the movie truly scary!!! However, in my opinion, the movie didn't capitalize on its own ideas. And the movie didn't even come close to capturing the tension and terror that would go along with its own idea/ story.
(Start Spoilers) Basically after years of abusing our planet with pollution, etc, ... nature takes the offense. Basically the movie talks about how plants can produce toxins to defend against threats. Plants finally determine that humans are the environments biggest threat and starts to produce a toxin that targets the humans. The story goes on to explain that humans have a genetic chemical/ programing that makes us want to live and survive. However the toxins that the plants are producing, alter that "programming", so instead of wanting to live..... we are programed to want to die. So once exposed to the toxins, we become confused and end with us committing suicide. (End Spoilers)
Like I said, really creative (but not unrealistic) idea. Something that would be devastating and truly scary!!!
But unfortunately, other than the basic idea, this movie has nothing. It is not scary. It seemed undeveloped. The movie seemed very stretched out, for the content that was made for it. (In current form, would have made a better 1hour episode for Twilight Zone or something like that.) The acting was horrible. I get that they were trying to be "real people" in a "real situation" and not actors in a movie. But even cutting some slack for that reason, I didn't buy them in their roles.
Sorry, I wanted to love this. But in all honesty, this movie was painful for me to sit through.
The Kite Runner (2007)
My Review Wont Do This Movie Justice....
I have never read the book, but had always heard good things about it. So when the movie came out I considered going to see it, but never did. Now it has come out on DVD and I have thought of renting for a few weeks now. Last night I finally picked it up. I am very glad that I did.
Cinematography was incredible in this movie. The scenery, etc,... all made you feel like you were in Kabul. The acting was all very good, although I am sure some of the emotions were lost in the translation. And the story itself was good and pure and uplifting. Yes the story was very sad, but at the same time uplifting.
And I will be honest, as a white American,... made me see aside of Kabul and Afghanistan that I never picture in my mind when I think about it. Showed me a Afghanistan before the Taliban. Showed me a place that was beautiful. Showed me a place with good hearted people. I community that was like a family, aside from a few bullies.
Anyways, I recommend this movie to everyone. It is one of the best I have ever seen.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Perfect!!! And a Surprise.....
First of all, I am not sure if I have ever given any movie a 10. But I am giving it to this movie. I rented this movie the other night for my wife and I to watch, on my night off. I was kind of hesitant to rent it, cause I didn't really know much about it. I remembered seeing a few previews when it was in theaters here, but it didn't receive a lot of buzz. (And honestly, it didn't stay very long in the theaters here.) But I rented it,... and I am very pleased that I did. This was an incredible movie. It is smart, realistic, and makes you think... even after it is over.
This isn't a "polished" typical Hollywood movie. It feels real. The actors seem real in their roles, and not like actors. The plot is realistic. And the emotions this film portray are real.
And as a person who went through A lot as a child, and saw A lot,...... the child abuse/ neglect that this movie presents us with... is very realistic and emotional. And my eyes did get watery during this movie, due to the choices and situations that were there to be made.
This movie doesn't try to paint a black and white picture of what the director feels is wrong and right. It simply paints a picture and leaves the judgment up to you. Who were really the bad guys? Were the bad guys really bad? Were their intentions right? Or was Casey Afflecks character right in the decision he makes at the end of the movie?
And the ending was perfect. Left you thinking and debating in your own mind. What would you have done? What emotions was his character facing? Did he regret his decision?
Give this movie a shot!!! Definitely wont regret it.
Im Sorry..... but, I Hated It!!!
(((Parts might contain Spoilers)))
I will be honest, I didn't really want to see this movie in the first place...... but my wife and some of her family did, so I went along.
The first 20 minutes or so of the movie were so slow, it was hard to sit still. Then it picks up for a little bit when the Monster attacks. Then it just ends, and you don't know what ever happened.
My problem is that, I hated the shaky camera gimmick!!! Granted, it did make me a little dizzy.... but more than that, I just didn't like the way it worked in this movie. You did kind of feel like you were really there,.. but I would have traded that for the chance to actually see what was going on, or actually see the Monster. Another problem for me was that there was no character development. I really didn't know any more about the characters at the end of the movie than I did at the beginning,... and as a result..... didn't really care about what happened to them. ALSO.... the guy "filming" all of this, and doing a lot of talking.... think his name was Chud. He was the most annoying character ever. And hearing him talk constantly through the whole movie was painful!!! After all his screaming and stupidity, the best part of the movie was him finally dieing.
The characters were bland and boring; the story was very weak... and not much to it; the Monster and the little creatures from it, were lame and fake looking... from what little you see clearly;..... The only good part was the effects of the destruction of NYC.
We went to a late Sunday night showing, so there were only maybe 40 people there. By halfway through, I had counted about 9 people who got up and left. Before it was over, I would say maybe another 4 or five left. Which I have never seen that many people leave one movie. After it "ends", there was nothing but silence. Finally you could hear people complaining, and a couple boo's. Although there were a few who liked it.
It is up to you, if you want to go see it. But if you must, try to wait for DVD.
Johnny Depp can do anything....
My wife and I went to see this yesterday. I really wanted to see this, although I wasn't sure what to expect. My wife on the other hand, tried hard to convince me to see another movie. I won and we watched "Sweeney Todd". I really liked it, and my wife was very happy that I made her watch it.
The movie is centered around Depps' character (Sweeney Todd). It is the story of how he had a beautiful wife and daughter, and was the town barber. However a corrupt judge had seen Todd's wife and wanted her for himself. So he has Todd charged with false charges and sent of to prison. While he is gone to prison, the judge attempts constantly to win her affection. Finally he gets her to a party and rapes her. She then poisons herself. The judge adopts the daughter as his own, and pretty much keeps her a prisoner in his house.
The movie centers around Sweeney Todd coming back to that town and finding out what has happened to his wife and daughter. He sets out for revenge. He decides he wants to open his barber shop back up and get the judge in the chair for a shave, so he can kill him. However, after killing another man who tries to blackmail him,... and a little later, a failed attempt on the judge,............ he pretty much goes completely crazy and decides that no body is innocent and that everyone deserves to die.
He is helped throughout the movie by a woman who back pies (the worst pies in all of London). A woman who knows his real identity, and apparently had a crush on him along time ago, before he went off to prison. Together, he kills the people off one by one....... and she gets rid of the evidence and at the same time starts making some of the best meat pies in all of London.
I am not a big fan of musicals,.... but this didn't bother me. The songs in this did a good job of telling the story. Plus, they weren't the usually musical songs....... they were dark, with some humor.
Altogether, I was very impressed with this movie. Johnny Depp did a great job singing and acting. But really, the whole cast was great.
One of My New Favorites!!!
My wife and I just rented this, and both of us love it!!!
It is not like anything that I have ever seen before. It is a fairytale/fantasy, but with action and comedy.
It is about a town that has a wall that runs along one side of it. It has an hole in the wall that is constantly guarded because it leads to another world/land. One boy from this town wants to get past the wall to find a star that fell from the sky,... in order to win the love of a girl he wants to marry. He finally finds away to the other side of the wall and finds the star. The other side of the wall is a land of magic and witches, of 2 headed miniature elephants, of flying pirate ships, of kings, etc.
The main story is about trying to return the star back to his town and to the girl that he thought he loved, within a week...... before she would marry another man.
............. I will say this. Although I loved the whole movie,... Robert DeNiro stole his screens. I never thought I would see him like this. You will see what I mean.
This reminds me of horror movies of the past. It is not like horror movies now days, that are almost all similar and made from the same mold. And to me that was refreshing and entertaining.
First of all, this is a B movie, not attempting to be mainstream. So if you cant enjoy a B movie, you wont enjoy this. However, if you can appreciate a B movie, and are tired of all the other horror movies that are out right now,... you will love this.
It is a horror movie, but with plenty of humor and great one liners.
I don't really know how to describe this film without giving away spoilers....... and I really don't want to give any spoilers. So, just give it a shot........ and if you don't love it, I promise that it will at least entertain you.
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Not as bad as others say....... (in my opinion)
I was skeptical about seeing this movie at first. There were so many horrible reviews on here about it. But I can honestly say that I am glad that I finally rented "The Heartbreak Kid". I find this film to be funny and entertaining. Definitely not a deep movie, or anything that you are going to take some life lesson from. But it is a good, mindless escape. Something that at the end of a bad day of work, you can relax and have a few laughs. This is not Stillers best movie, and definitely not the best comedy. But it is not horrible.
It starts off with Eddie (Stiller) who is afraid of serious commitment. He has gone through half his life never getting too serious with a woman because he starts picking out all of their flaws. Then finally after watching his ex-girlfriend (of 5 years) get married to another man,...... and constant presure from his dad and best friend....... he decides to get serious. He meets a beautiful blonde who seems perfect. And after 6 weeks of dating he finds out that she has to move away for her "job". He decides to marry her so that she wont have to move. As soon as the wedding is over, on the way to their honeymoon destination, things start to change. His wife who has not had sex with him yet (because she didn't want to ruin the relationship), ends up being a sexual freak. As the film goes on, more and more of her flaws show. Things come out about her, that Stiller never knew......... (she doesn't really have a job; did drugs; etc). And you feel sorry for Stiller cause his new wife is crazy!!!
The film goes on, and on the honeymoon, Stiller meets another woman who he really connects with. Then the movie focuses on Stiller trying to get close to this new Woman and get away from his wife.
The negatives of the movie are.......... as the film goes on Stiller goes from being a good guy who got himself in a bad situation,.... to a deceptive jerk. Also, the first half of the movie was funnier than the last half. And the ending wasn't that good. Kind of took it over the top at the end.
One of the funniest parts, is when Stiller has to make it back into the US from Mexico.
I Am Legend (2007)
Alright movie...... Could have been better
Okay, I would really like to give this movie 6 1/2, but thats not an option. And since Will Smith did a really good job,... I will bump it to a 7.
The best part of the movie is Will Smiths acting. I cant complain about that. He was very solid in this, and not over the top like in some past movies. He definitely carried this movie through til the end. His interaction with his dog, etc..... was very convincing and you could imagine how he felt and what state of mind he was in.
Also, the idea behind this movie is really good. (yes I know it is a remake) My problem is that this movie had a lot of potential,... but in my opinion it didn't capitalize on it. And also, where as most movies drag on for like 15 minutes after they should have ended,........ I really felt like this movie would have been better if it had maybe ran a little longer.
Really wish it would have shown a little more of the "dark seekers". Maybe shown some flashbacks of the virus taking over, and people de-evolving into these creatures. Maybe a little more interaction between Smith and the main "dark seeker".
But mainly I was disappointed with the ending. I thought it was starting to build towards something,..... but it never did.
Saw III (2006)
Just saw SAW 3.......
I just went and watched Saw 3, and I still am not sure what I think. And honestly, I don't know if that is a good or bad thing.
Now if anyone has read my other posts, they might remember that I wasn't a huge Saw fan. The first Saw was very original, and was very creative....... BUT, the acting ruined the movie for me. Then came Saw2. I really liked this one! Better acting, still a good storyline, and more tension. (Probably my favorite in the current trilogy.)
Now its Saw 3. The acting, in my own opinion, was some where between the 1st and 2nd. There really wasn't as much suspense or tension in the third installment. And some of the storyline makes sense, but at the same time kind of contradicts other parts of the story. And the ending really kind of pisses me off.
The ending........ although kind of interesting, really pointless. They leave the story wide open, kind of like an ending for Saw 3..... but than the beginning of a new Saw movie tacked on the end. However, there is no one left to carry on the "game" in a Saw 4. No Jigsaw, and no apprentice.... I am sure that they can make a Saw 4, but I think that it wouldn't not be worthy of the Saw franchise.... without Jigsaw.
AND, if they never make a Saw4, that makes the ending to Saw 3 totally pointless.
Laughed til I Cried!!!
I went to see this movie today with my wife. I had high expectations,... but this movie was funnier than I had thought. I will not give away any secrets or spoil the movie for you,... so I cant really say to much about it. This movie is shot to look like a documentary, which adds to the humor. And as far as the people in the movie,... I really cant tell if they were actors or real people..... although judging from the peoples reactions, a lot of them were real people. This movie is hilarious,... but very crude!!! And even though most of the movie had me laughing til I cried,... a couple parts did offend me. BUT to me that is the beauty of this movie,... it picks on all stereotypes and cultures, without prejudice.
And let me say one last thing,..... I have only known of this actor from the "Ali G Show", which I couldn't stand. However his Borat character is great, and perfect for a movie role.
Nacho Libre (2006)
First of all, I love all types of movies. I love good clean humor comedies, as well as raunchy comedies (Wedding Crashers, etc). When I rented this movie I knew this would be a clean/ family friendly comedy. I expected some cheesy kid humor thrown in, since this is a NicK production. With all that said..... This movie was painfully hard to watch,.. and painfully unfunny. After 36 minutes of watching I had already pressed the info button on my DVD player to see how long it had been. (only 36 minutes!!! my god, I thought it had at least been an hour or longer.) I honestly don't know what to say about this film. It wasn't the slightest bit intelligent. Not really much of a meaning or moral behind it. And not very funny at all. (A couple times I smiled,.. but not one single audible laugh!!! And folks, I laughed at the movie "Elf", so it doesn't take much to make me chuckle at least a little.) And, although I expected the cheesy humor, the on-going "fart" joke got really old.
This movie was a big waste of time.
The King (2005)
I just rented this movie lately, not really knowing what to expect. The movies I wanted to rent were already gone, so that meant just picking a couple random movies... and pray they are decent. My wife and I watched this and were pleasantly surprised! This movie was great. In a world of constantly recycled movie plots, this one was actually original. And to top it off, it was very entertaining. This movie has a very subtle suspense/ tension feeling to it. It makes you want to keep watching to see what is going to happen. And when something does happen, you really didn't expect it.
I don't really want to give out any details on this movie, or spoil it for anyone. All I will say is that this movie is a very good rental. Do yourself a favor and go rent this.
Very simply, this movie sucked! It was one of the biggest wastes of time and money I have experienced lately! From The previews it looked creepy, but god was I wrong!\
The acting is terrible. The execution of the story is awful. There really was no suspense. Really no gore. I feel like the movie was rushed, and didn't really go in depth enough with some of the background stories.
There was way to much humor! Most of the movie the crowd was complaining about the movie sucking. The rest of the time they spent laughing! (Like when the puppet rode out on the tricycle.) Leaving the movie, I heard more complaining than I have heard from a movie audience..........ever.
Now I will say that I like the idea behind this movie. If it had a different cast and better directing and a better script........this could have been a entertaining and creepy movie. However, as is, it is simply a movie to rent........and that is only if you are curious about the movie, and not really in search of a good movie to rent.
I will also admit that I enjoyed the very end of the movie. Definitely a good ending! (Last 10 minutes or so.)
The Grudge (2004)
Best Scary Movie In Awhile!!!
I have read bad reviews of this movie, and I don't understand it. This was probably one of the scariest movies I have seen in awhile! It is probably the best horror movie released in awhile, in my opinion. My problem is that most horror movies add to much humor to ease the tension..........but most, recently, add way to much and the movie becomes more of a comedy. >>>>>>For Example<<<<<< "Saw" ,which I just saw yesterday, was a waste of money and time. Very humorous movie, which it wasn't meant to be.
"The Grudge" was suspenseful (although I will admit.....predictable). Almost every person in the theater jumped several times throughout the movie. Lots of screams were heard from the audience. And my hand held on to the arm rest a few times.
And as far as the ending goes.......... (although I have read complaints about it) ............ I loved it! It was an eerie ending. It wasn't a happy, the day has been saved, BS endings!!! It was a realistic ending, well as realistic as can be for this type of movie.
I will admit that this film wasn't flawless. And there were a few things that didn't really make sense. BUT, all in all, this was a great movie.