Cool Runnings

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A fictionalized account of the unlikely story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team, Cool Runnings follows their journey to the 1988 Olympics. When Derice Bannock’s (Leon) chances of qualifying for Jamaica’s track team are dashed, he looks for another sport. Derice persuades U.S. bobsledding gold medalist Irv Blitzer (John Candy), who now lives in Jamaica, to coach him and his friends as they attempt to become a world-class bobsled team.

What people are saying:

“The offbeat, fact-based saga is enlivened by the perfect balance of humor, emotion and insight and should be one of the true sleepers among fall box office releases.” 4 stars

“The offbeat, fact-based saga is enlivened by the perfect balance of humor, emotion and insight and should be one of the true sleepers among fall box office releases.” 4 stars

“In and of itself, it’s a harmless, family-friendly story with a few laughs here and there. As long as you realize that nothing – other than some Jamaicans went to Calgary in 1988 – happened in real life as it did in the movie (no bad guys in real life – the others teams were happy to help with sleds and advice; no scandal in 1972; there were five Jamaicans, not four; heck, the Jamaicans didn’t even qualify to be in the official competition in ’88). It’s historical fiction, a color-by-the-numbers feel-good movie. ” 3 stars

“It meant well, but unfortunately fails on every level. I think they were planning on the idea of Jamaicans competing in a sport that takes place on ice to be funny enough to carry it. It’s never funny. The whole first third of the movie never finds the right tone. It’s not even dumb funny. It doesn’t inspire, nor does it give you the feeling of anticipation before the competition. ” 1 star

Cool Runnings is a really great movie that I’m sad that I didn’t get to watch any of John Candy’s films when I was young until recently. It’s surprising that they doesn’t use a large amount of fish out of water jokes which is good, and when they use them, it’s really funny. The acting is really good, especially the late John Candy who hasn’t made a bad performance from the movies I see him in. The bobsled scenes are riveting to watch, and the characters are really good. The plot is actually a bit different from other kid sports films as it has some twists and turns which were unexpected. The writing is really good, even if it is a bit corny, and well directed. For sport fans, Cool Runnings is the perfect film for them which for non sport fans, they would still like it.” 4 1/2 stars

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Meet the Robinsons

Posted in Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Animation, Disney, Family with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson transports him into the future. Based on the book A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, Meet the Robinsons tells the story of a boy with a lifelong wish to belong, and shows what happens when he meets an incredible collection of characters who just might have the power to make his wildest fantasies come true.

What people are saying:

“…a snappy plot that demands close attention as it whizzes back and forth in the space-time continuum, touching on serious ideas and proposing some rather disturbing alternate realities. And the witty story twists are handled with rare subtlety and intelligence. In the end it may get a little weepy and inspirational. But it’s so charming that we don’t mind at all.” 4 stars

“…the movie possesses an unusually bright and colorful sense of style that immediately sets it apart from its increasingly plentiful brethren.” 4 stars

“Kids will no doubt be entertained but for everyone else this will just be a rather rough watch I think. Characters and plot are simple and the story is full of holes. More interested in trying to pound its message home then telling an interesting story. Too predictable and silly to be interesting so I can’t rank this as a “family” film really, give this to shut your kid up for 90 minutes while you take a breather.” 2 1/2 stars

“The Robinsons are amusing and likable enough for an hour and a half, but a lengthier exposure to any one of them would have any level-headed person desperately seeking out the number of a facility for the clinically insane. The film’s childishly envisioned ‘future’ will likely appeal only to those without a nostalgic attachment to better bygone eras, and will seem nightmarish to anyone else-especially being home to loonies like the Robinsons. On the plus side, the main antagonist’s background gives him more depth than that of the traditional born-to-be-wicked Disney villain, even if he remains ten times more pathetic than the worst of them. The film’s more emotional aspects, particularly at the start of the film, show potential, but as the story progresses, one has to decide whether or not that potential was entirely wasted.” 2 1/2 stars

“With a Mickey Mouse cartoon at the beginning and a quote from Walt Disney at the end, this shiny, dazzling movie will still charm you with its traditional Disney goodness. The voice talents are great, the textures rich, and the story solid and engaging. The Danny Elfman music is award-worthy. Youll want the t-rex, frogs, villain and Caffeine Patch Lady to have their own movies! There were kids from 4 to 14 in the theater when we thirty-somethings saw this movie; no one was bored, everyone laughed and rooted for the underdogs. If its in theaters when you read this, GO NOW, because its wonderful to see on the big screen” 4 stars

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When your dog, bird, or water-dwelling mammal disappears, who do you call? Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a low-rent private eye who specializes in recovering lost animals, so when Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins’ aquatic mascot, is kidnapped, team representative Melissa Robinson (Courtney Cox) puts Ace on the case. However, Snowflake isn’t the only Miami Dolphin who has gone missing; several key members of the team also disappear, including quarterback Dan Marino (who plays himself), who is spirited away while filming a TV commercial. With the Super Bowl only two weeks away, will Ace be able to find Snowflake and the missing athletes in time to salvage the big game?

What people are saying:

“Ace is not the typical movie goofball, smart aleck, or idiot savant; he’s a genuine weirdo who happens to be stunningly competent at his job. The same can be said for the film’s justly popular leading man.” 4 stars

“The reason why this silly comedy film works is because Jim Carrey is so charming and likable as Ace Ventura, and even when nothing makes any sense and it goes all over the place, you just go with him because he is so damn funny. “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” made me laugh quite a bit.” 3 stars

“Not amazing but definitely great. Ace Ventura is an insane character portrayed by Jim Carrey. Although a very silly movie and very stupid it’s something to turn your brain off yo and enjoy. Now the second one? Oh god. Now that one was just awful” 4 stars

“While story structure may not be easy to connect with and the a lot of its technical side is cliche-ridden, but Ace Ventura gets by on an outstanding and vibrant character performed memorably by Jim Carrey. Many quotable lines and full of humor to spare.” 3 stars

“This movie stars Jim Carrey in the titular role as a private investigator who is hired to find missing pets. When a simple pet case becomes a bigger conspiracy, Ace only has a few short weeks to solve the mystery before the big Superbowl. This movie holds a special place in a lot of people my age’s hearts because they grew up with it, loving Carrey’s over-the-top performance. I never saw this movie as a kid. Instead of Ace Ventura, my Jim Carrey memories include Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty. Honestly, this movie doesn’t do it for me. Jim Carrey has made a career of overacting, and, while this isn’t as bad as The Mask, it isn’t anything to write home about. The premise is innocent enough, but the sexual jokes just didn’t do anything for me save for the climactic crime-solving scene. I will say that it’s a harmless family movie that audiences will enjoy if only for nostalgia’s sake, but if you haven’t seen either Ace Ventura movie, you aren’t really missing much. Side note: I love seeing real celebrities play fictional versions of themselves, and Dan Marino in this movie is just fun.” 2 1/2 stars

Trailer Thursday 2/15

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on February 15, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

In case you weren’t aware, it is Black History Month and one of the most important and relevant films to African Americans to be released in quite some time is Black Panther. 

Like most of the world, i can’t wait to see this over the weekend!

The Great Wall

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China.

What people are saying:

“For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope” 2 stars

“Its epic imagery – the rows of soldiers, the rain of spears, the surging forces – is undercut by the Saturday-matinee cheesiness of the concept.” 2 stars

“This movie was far better than people gave it credit for. The wardrobe department did an awesome job, the battle drums were mesmerizing, the battle scenes were great too. The actors were really good and Tian Jing is a beautiful creature to watch. She was strong and bold, yet she had a softness about her that just makes you want to see more. I’d recommend this film, if for nothing more than the visual aspect. The CGI wasn’t over the top and didn’t carry the film as many try to do. ” 4 stars

“Yimou Zhang has made some stuff that I’ve really enjoyed in the past and the premise to ‘The Great Wall’ sounded just ridiculous enough that it could have been enjoyably fun, but what can I say about it other than it’s atrociously bad. Horribly cast, horribly written and horribly executed, I honestly don’t know what they could have been thinking. It’s not only about as generic and cheesy as you can get, but there’s also an absurd amount of things that make no sense at all — too many to list. At the very least you’d hope for some wicked action sequences, but they’re not particularly exciting, either. The only thing that is a plus point is the visuals (not including the CGI which is so-so, at best) that hints at Zhang’s flair.” 1 star

“Even beyond the racial awkwardness of the white saviour trope and the whitewashing that entails, this film is bad on its merits. Badly shot, badly edited, a bad script and story that just makes no sense. It’s a mess of a film with very few redeeming values and no fun to be had here. It’s not even so bad that it becomes unintentionally funny, it’s just bad.” 1 star

The Lego Batman Movie

Posted in Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO (R) Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure: “The LEGO (R) Batman Movie.” But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

What people are saying:

The LEGO Batman Movie isn’t the same experience as watching The LEGO Movie, but I also don’t think it’s trying to be. It’s trying to be a fun superhero movie with clever callbacks to previous Batman films (every single Batman movie all the way back to the 1940s serials are referenced) that can, at least, provide DC superhero fans with a taste of fun amidst all the doom and gloom. (That can either be a reference to ‘the real world’ or the current DC Cinematic Universe films, you can choose either one you want or both.) And at that, The LEGO Batman Movie succeeds” 5 stars

The Lego Batman Movie works precisely because it knows audiences are sick of its hero. It’s a reassessment, an intervention, an effort to try and remember what’s fun about him.” 4 stars

“After the endless outpouring of “this movie is just SOOO GREAT!!”, I finally got a chance to sit down and watch. It was incredibly disappointing. Way too many references being thrown around rapid-fire, the action was happening way too fast to catch what was going on related to the movie, let alone all the side references. Not especially fond of the choice of voice cast. Will Arnett was doing his best to hold the Kevin Conroy Batman voice and Ralph Fiennes made an excellent Alfred, the rest were forgettable. In fact, I had to use the pause button during the credits to figure out who the rest of the cast were. I got bored enough to fall asleep during the movie two or three times and didn’t feel compelled to wind back when I woke. I didn’t feel like I had missed anything. I think this movie has been classified as a “greatest movie ever” because the public was TOLD to think it was great. We really need to rein in pre-release movie hype.” 2 stars

“This is fun and all, but it suffers from the curse of all the best stuff being given away in the trailer. It also doesn’t have the novelty factor any more, since the animation isn’t anything we didn’t see in The Lego Movie. The jokes are funny, and as a Batman fan I enjoyed seeing a lighter side of that, but in hindsight I wish I had waited to rent it instead of paying to see it in theaters.” 3 stars

“This film was not part of DCEU, still it made an impact to my experience, the animation was so smooth and it moves in a fast then slow paste, the storyline was typical like the other Batman movies, characters like Robin and Batgirl had a silly of a backstory that are not align to the comics, the script was written like a child’s play conversation which makes it perfect for children, what is outstanding is the chemistry between heroes and villains and this is the first film written in a form like that, it was emotional, sympathetic, and inspiring, it is connected to the topic of self-worth, I know this is a spinoff film for kids but still it feels like it’s how the real world interacts with one another. We got tosee enough screentime of both Superheroes and Supervillains but in a one-to-one connection, this film has its touch and I had great experience watching it.” 4 1/2 stars

The Sixth Sense

Posted in Movie Reviews, Thrillers/Mystery with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this chilling psychological thriller, eight-year-old Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: He is visited by ghosts. A helpless and reluctant channel, Cole is terrified by threatening visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. Confused by his paranormal powers, Cole is too young to understand his purpose and too terrified to tell anyone about his torment, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the ominous truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, the consequence for client and therapist is a jolt that awakens them both to something harrowing — and unexplainable.

What people are saying:

“M. Night Shayamalan’s The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick” 3 1/2 stars

“M Night Shyamalan has fashioned a modern classic here, a chilly, intelligent, emotional ghost story that relies not on the obligatory gore and knifeplay for its many shocks but on glimpses of an afterlife that’s anything but angels and harps.” 5 stars

“Everyone raves about the twist ending in this movie and how it is so unpredictable. For me it was the exact opposite, the ending was exactly how I predicted it (Like all Shyamalan films). This didn’t detract from the story in any way, in fact I think it added to it. There are subtle yet obvious clues throughout which cause me to be surprised at all the people that couldn’t see the ending coming. All that aside, this is a fantastic movie and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers with “twist” endings.” 5 stars

“Refreshing to see a 2-HR movie for a change without 30 minutes of filler. Haley Joel Osmet was very good. Twist at end surprised me, which earns it points. See too many movies to be surprised very often. This was good, but not Best Picture fodder. It was not better than The Talented Mr. Riley. Guess it was the box office talking. Also not better than The Hurricane.”

“With fantastically scary moments and an amazingly well done double-twist ending, it’s hard to top the horror of Sixth Sense… regardless of your feeling for M. Night Shyamalan. Though many dislike his movies, this one is masterfully plotted, suspenseful and emotionally powerful. Perhaps most impressive about this 1990s horror classic is it’s thought provoking take on the afterlife, a realistic depth not typically seen in the genre. Well acted and intellectually scary, this is one horror film most will love.” 4 stars