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Trailer Thursday 3/31

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on March 31, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

This week, we are going back to the Blaxploitation era for a film that is often overshadowed by its contemporaries, particularly the Shaft franchise, Dolemite.

Words can’t explain this film, so just check out the trailer (and enjoy the rhyming and jive talking)


Posted in Comedy, Drama, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Malcolm Adekanbi (Shameik Moore) is a high school senior. He and his best friends, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), are described by the narrator as “geeks”. They live in a neighborhood of Inglewood, California called “The Bottoms,” where there is much crime and violence. Malcolm is confident he will be admitted to his dream school, Harvard University, on the strength of his SAT scores and straight-A grades, but his school counselor calls Malcolm arrogant for thinking that Harvard would find his grades impressive, since their school is in a run-down L.A. suburb. He suggests Malcolm take the process more seriously, starting with his upcoming interview with businessman Austin Jacoby (Roger Guenveur Smith), a Harvard alumnus.

While biking home, Malcolm is stopped by a drug dealer named Dom (A$AP Rocky) who instructs Malcolm to invite a girl named Nakia (Zoë Kravitz) to his birthday party. Once there, Malcolm relays Dom’s request and gives her advice on her math homework. Finding him charming, Nakia tells Malcolm to tell Dom that she will only accept his invitation if Malcolm is going. Despite his initial reluctance, Jib and Diggy talk Malcolm into going to the party and taking them with him.

During the party, Dom and his crew meet in a back room to buy high-grade, powdered molly. Suddenly, the transaction is interrupted by rival gang members. Dom hides behind the bar where he finds Malcolm’s backpack, which he fills with drugs and a gun. Then he finds Malcolm, gives him the pack, and shoos away from the club just as the police are sweeping in.

Nakia drives Malcolm home. Malcolm offers to help her study for her GED test, and she says she’ll think about it. The next morning the gun in Malcolm’s backpack sets off the school metal detector, but the security guard knows Malcolm’s good reputation, lets him go and assumes that the metal detector is malfunctioning. At his locker, Malcolm looks in his backpack and discovers the drugs, gun, and an iPhone. He deduces that Dom slipped them into his bag during the shootout. Immediately, an unknown man calls the iPhone. The man reveals that he knows Malcom’s identity and whereabouts, and demands that Malcolm turn over the drugs to him after school that day. After school, Malcolm begins to undertake the handover as instructed, but is interrupted by another call, this time from Dom, who is in custody. Dom warns Malcolm that he’s being lured into a trap, and advises him to flee. He texts Malcolm an address and tells him to ask for AJ.

Malcolm, Jib, and Diggy flee to the address that Dom sent them. They find themselves at the doors of a mansion, greeted by young man named Jaleel (Quincy Brown) and his sister Lily (Chanel Iman). Since their father, AJ, won’t be home until later, Jaleel invites the three inside. Jaleel takes Jib and Diggy out to get food while Malcolm stays with Lily, who seduces Malcolm and offers to take his virginity. Lily finds the molly in his backpack and gives herself a heavy dose. She straddles Malcolm and vomits on his face. Malcolm then gets a phone call reminding him of his alumni interview. Lily offers to drive him there, though she is still high and drives recklessly through the streets until she passes out. As Malcolm desperately tries to wake her Lily springs up, yelling that she has to pee. She runs out of the car and squats to pee on a bush in front of a coffee shop while bystanders stare and record the incident. Malcolm takes her car and drives to the meeting himself.

Malcolm arrives at the office of Austin Jacoby for his interview. While waiting for Jacoby, he notices photos of Dom, Lily, and Jaleel in the man’s office. Realizing Austin Jacoby is AJ, Malcolm relays Dom’s instructions to deliver the drugs to him, but Jacoby denies any knowledge. Jacoby suggests that since Dom can no longer sell the drugs, it is now Malcolm’s responsibility to do so. Jacoby implies that if Malcolm succeeds, he will see to it that Harvard admits Malcolm. He then reschedules the interview, with the implication that if Malcolm has not sold the drugs by then, Harvard will be the least of his worries.

With no other options, Malcolm, Jib, and Diggy seek help from a college student, Will Sherwood (Blake Anderson), whom they met at band camp years ago, a stoner and a master hacker. Will helps the three set up a black-market online store to sell the drugs through bitcoin transactions, which are virtually untraceable. Before long, Will’s viral marketing campaign has turned the trio’s website into the go-to source for L.A. college students. He manages to link their store to a meme from the footage of Lily peeing in public.

Malcolm helps Nakia study and she opens up to him about the stress of dealing with guys like Dom. Malcolm pushes her away, accusing her of being sent there by Dom to gather info on the drugs. Offended, Nakia leaves and says Malcolm is just like all the other guys after all. The next day, he consults with Will to figure out how to extract cash from the bitcoins they’ve amassed, and he tells Malcolm that he will arrange a meeting with a money-laundering gangster named Fidel (Kap-G). The meeting goes as planned, and Malcolm leaves with a bag full of cash.

While returning with the bag of cash, Malcolm is assaulted by the school bully who quickly overpowers him and takes the bag of money. Malcolm, desperate, decides to defend himself by pulling a gun, getting the money back, and earning the bully’s respect.

Malcolm returns to Jacoby’s office and reveals that he linked the bitcoin account to Jacoby’s personal accounts. He has brought with him the bag with cash worth 10% of the earnings. Malcolm has programmed a fail-safe, if anything happens to him the money will automatically be transferred to Jacoby’s account on its own. Malcolm then insists that Jacoby get him into Harvard or lose everything to the government.

Malcolm types his college application essay. He describes two students – Student A is a music geek that plays in a punk band and gets straight As, while Student B suffers in the hood and makes money in immoral ways. He asks, “Which student do you think I am?” Malcolm waits for Nakia at the prom, but she does not show. Nakia waits for Malcolm at his home and thanks him for helping her pass her GED, gives him a pass to Six Flags, and kisses him on the cheek.

Malcolm enters his room to find a large envelope from Harvard on his bed. He opens it and looks to the audience for a moment before smiling


Throwback to the 90s for a little while with me, will you? Remember the outlandish outfits and haircuts we all had? The Afro-centric culture that wanted so bad to take over? Don’t even get me started on the pop/rock scene. How about the notion that everything was “dope”, “fly”, or “fresh”? Well, Dope sort of takes that idea, but is that what the title really means?

What is this about?

In the tough neighborhood of the Bottoms, high school senior Malcolm sports his own funky style while working hard to gain admission to a top college. But his clean-cut perspective take an unexpected turn when a local drug dealer befriends him.

What did I like?

Music appreciation. Young people today just don’t seem to have any kind of respect for music that hasn’t come out in the last year or two, unless they are hipsters, then they just appreciate it “ironically”, as they say. The central characters of this film have their heads on their shoulders. Not only do they love 90s rap/hip-hop, affectionately referred to as the “Golden Age”, but they know why they like it, as compared to this filth that poisons the airwaves today. The soundtrack reflects a similar taste in music, consisting of mostly old-school hip-hop, but mixing in some rock, punk, funk, etc.

Fresh faces. If you look at the cast of this film, the only name you recognize is Zoe Kravitz. She’s a bit of an up and comer, but far from being a big star. The rest of this cast is new to the scene, including A$AP Rocky, who is mostly known to those in the current hip-hop scene. In case you haven’t noticed this year, but celebrities are dropping like flies. Soon, this epidemic, for lack of a better term, is going to reach the likes of Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, etc., and they will need to be replaced. This is why it is good to develop fresh faces. I need to some more work from this cast, but they could very well be the future of Hollywood if they play their cards right. I mean they carry this film with no name recognition. Imagine what they’ll be able to do when they do make a name for themselves!

N word. If you’ve made it this far in life without knowing the repercussions, history, and bad feelings behind the “N” word, then I truly feel sorry for you and the educational system in which you were brought up in. That being said, there is a dialogue about why certain people can use is and others can’t. Personally, I’ve always wondered why there has seemed to be a double standard. For instance, if a white guy says the word on their radio show, they’d be suspended/fired, but any other race, except maybe Asian, were to say it, and society goes about their day. Weird, huh? Well, listen to the truth being laid out about halfway in this film. Trust me, it doesn’t get too deep, there is a comedic resolution. This isn’t Dear White People or a Spike Lee joint, after all.

What didn’t I like?

Long in the tooth. Clocking at nearly 2 hrs, this isn’t an overly long film. The tone is one that bounces back and forth from comedy to drama, which works given the source material. However, it is the way the film comes to a conclusion that bothers me. I felt as if 5-10 minutes could have been cut out or perhaps the speech he gives that seemed like it came from a Spike Lee movie could have been placed nearer the conclusion, because it felt like that was the end, making the rest of the film just feel added on.

Metal detector. I have had the “privilege” of visiting to a couple of schools with metal detectors and, from what I’ve seen, they don’t care who you are when that thing goes off, they carry you to some back room somewhere. This is why it is so perplexing that they just let these kids go through with that thing going off everyday. Once or twice is ok, because that could just be a glitch, but when it becomes an everyday habit, something needs to be done. What if he had actually wanted to do something with those guns, I mean he was being bullied and having his shoes stolen, after all.

Are you gonna go my way? Zoe Kravitz’ character felt to me like the token hot chick in the neighborhood, which she was. I don’t think she has ever looked this good, almost like her mom (Lisa Bonet) in her prime. That said, when they give her character some…um…character, it opens up many possibilities for where she can go. Sadly, the filmmakers decide to have our leading man insult her and cause her to blow up on him and we don’t see her again until the end of the film. I felt as if we could have done with more of her. The audience deserves to see where her story was headed, rather than assume certain things happened to her while she was taking her GED.

Final thoughts on Dope? There are some interesting themes here. Take for instance the plight of the African-American geek growing up in the bad neighborhood, aspiring to escape to Harvard. For about the first 10-15 minutes of this film, or however long it takes for Forrest Whitaker to start narrating, one would think this is set in the 90s. For a minute or two, I questioned whether this should be set in that time period, then I see how it all plays into the plot. Back to the themes, the drug running and corrupt man in power, I forgot what his job exactly was, also was intriguing. With that said, every now and then it shows that this is an independent film, which is sure to turn some people away. Not may people are looking to watch a film that has its nose up in the air and talking down to them. So, do i recommend this? I feel like i should say yes, but I don’t think I can do that. I’m not saying one shouldn’t watch, either, though.

3 out of 5 stars

Three Coins in the Fountain

Posted in Classics, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2016 by Mystery Man


Three American working women pin their hopes for love on wishes they make as they toss coins into the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome. Their wishes come true … but only after a series of dramatic misunderstandings on their quest for true romance.

What people are saying:

“Great cinematography, great music, and three fun and at the same time quite touching stories. Well acted by a group of dependable stars [including the always great Clifton Webb]. Maybe not one of the ‘great’ movies of the 1950’s, but certainly of of the most entertaining. Presented in beautiful widescreen by Fox with plenty of extras.” 5 stars

“The shes are secretaries Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and relentlessly cute Maggie McNamara, setting their caps respectively at, improbably, Clifton Webb, tiresomely, Rossano Brazzi, and more believably, Louis Jourdan. Sort of How to Marry a Millionaire, but not funny. And in italy.

The real stars of this comic melodrama, however, are a beautifully filmed Rome and the flogged-to-death title tune.” 2 stars

“Honestly…you just cant take this film seriously. Its the story of three women who have no other goal in life than to get married and move to Italy in order to do so. Aside from the shallow characters and ridiculous plot, the cinematography was good. However, it does not compensate for the rest of the movie. I suggest renting this film for how absolutely laughable it is, its scenery, and the opening song. ” 1 star

“If you know how to kick back, relax, suspend reality, and just enjoy a beautiful, romantic (albeit highly unrealistic) trip to another country brimming with history and culture, then you will enjoy this film. Yet if you are cynical, aged before your time, or too young to appreciate much, then you might want to skip this film. Look, the movie is really a showcase of Italy, with a sweet romantic story line that has a touch of the “fairytale” to it. (Secretaries living in posh villas and dating princes or famous literary authors? More imaginative than realistic for the most part.) So if you prefer movies that drag you through the harsh realities of life, this one might be too much for you. But if you can just use your imagination like you once did when you were young, and escape to another world that is more like a dream, then let it carry you away – and enjoy the view! It is Rome, after all” 4 stars

“Wow, the best thing about this movie is the scenery and (I would have to agree with another poster) the Frank Sinatra ‘theme’ song. The story, although appropriate to the 1950’s, is a bit too backward thinking for my 21st century mind. Three women who only want love and marriage make a wish in the Trevi fountain. The movie displays the role of women in the pursuit of different forms of love; young, forbidden, undying, eternal, and deceitful. Great film for it’s time but not now. Still if you like old fims and the actual pictures of Rome are nice (some are canned stills) and the womens fashions are great” 3 stars


Posted in Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is an obese, upper-class lawyer living with his wife Heidi (Lucinda Jenney) and their daughter Linda (Bethany Joy Lenz). Billy recently defended an underworld crime boss named Richie “The Hammer” Ginelli (Joe Mantegna) in court. The town he lives in is hosting a carnival, run by gypsies that the townspeople hold obvious prejudice against.

One night, while Billy is driving, Heidi performs a blowjob on him. Distracted, Billy accidentally runs over Suzanne Lempke (Irma St. Paule), an elderly gypsy woman, as she leaves a local pharmacy. Since Judge Cary Rossington (John Horton) is a personal friend of his, he soft-pedals the case, and no charges are filed against him. Outraged by the injustice, Suzanne’s 108-year-old father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine) curses Billy by touching his face and saying the word “thinner”. Billy begins to lose weight rapidly, regardless of how much he eats. Heidi, fearing the weight loss may be due to cancer, brings in Dr. Mike Houston (Sam Freed), with whom Billy suspects his wife is having an affair.

It is revealed that the man also cursed Judge Cary and Police Chief Duncan Hopely (Daniel von Bargen), who helped him avoid punishment in court. Cary, whose curse was “Lizard”, is now growing scales all over his body. Duncan, whose curse was “leper” becomes mutated with large boils and eventually commits suicide. Billy continues losing weight and calculates that he only has a few weeks to live. Billy looks for the gypsy carnival, to get Lempke to remove the curse, but they have gone.

When Heidi continually mentions Dr. Houston, who is repeatedly visiting their home, Billy is convinced of her affair. He lashes out at her and blames her for the accident. He finds the gypsy camp and tries to reason with Lempke, but instead angers him into increasing the curse’s effects. Gina, Lempke’s great-granddaughter (Kari Wuhrer), uses her slingshot to shoot a large ball bearing which goes directly through Billy’s hand. Billy is then forced to leave. After being informed of Cary’s suicide, Billy enlists Richie Ginelli’s help. Richie pays Frank Spurton (Josh Holland), a local man, to track down the gypsy camp. He then kills their dogs, and leaves a message demanding Billy’s curse be removed. In retaliation, Gina and her husband Gabe kill Frank. Richie brings a gun to the camp and begins shooting, then pushes Gabe out into the open to be accidentally shot and killed by his fellow gypsies. The next day, Richie and Billy kidnap Gina and force her to tell Lempke to meet them.

At the meeting, Lempke finds Billy emaciated and near death. To prevent further attacks on his people, he decides to lift the curse. Lempke explains that the curse cannot removed, only transferred to another person. Chanting a spell, he mixes Billy’s blood into a strawberry pie. Lempke states that after being consumed by an unsuspecting person, the pie causes painful but rapid death, and the curse will be lifted. He urges Billy to eat the pie himself and die with dignity, but Billy ignores him. He calls Linda, telling her to spend the night at her friend’s house, so that he and Heidi have the evening to themselves. He arrives home and presents to Heidi the strawberry pie, which happens to be her favorite flavor. She delightedly eats a piece, while Billy heads to bed, exhausted.

The next morning, Billy finds Heidi’s desiccated corpse next to him. He is gleeful to be free of the curse and of his disloyal wife. However, when he goes downstairs, he finds to his horror that Linda, who came home after he went to bed, had eaten some of the pie for breakfast. Wracked with guilt, he prepares to eat the rest of the pie. However, He is interrupted by Dr. Houston who is at the door. Seeing Billy, the doctor grows uncomfortable and struggles to explain his early and unannounced presence. Billy invites Houston in for a piece of pie, and closes the door with a smirk.


In today’s society, there is tremendous pressure to be thinner. Strange, if you think about it, though, because while Hollywood, magazines, and Michelle Obama may want us all to be anorexic looking, it seems as if most men are attracted to curvier women and many women fall for guys that have some muscles on them (not just bones). None of this has anything to do with Stephen King’s Thinner, but I couldn’t think of a better intro.

What is this about?

When an obese attorney accidentally runs over a gypsy woman, the victim’s father puts a curse on him that causes him to drop 40 pounds a week.

What did I like?

Weight concern. Many of my friends are losing weight these days. At least, if you go by the pictures they post daily on social media, that is what we would be meant to believe. I ma proud of them for doing it the right way. If ay of them ended up dropping 40 lbs in a week, there would be cause for concern, as this film steps into the realm of reality, as it were, to point out. No one should lose that amount of weight in the short of time, unless they have a tapeworm, disease, or some other kind of affliction. It just isn’t humanly possible.

Little town. Small towns are great for films like thins because you can focus on one family and occasionally see the other handful of people in town. In this case we see the judge, his wife, chief of police, and some people in a restaurant and that’s all. Compare that to if this took place in some place like New York, Chicago, L.A., or Seattle. We wouldn’t get to know the family as well as we could because there would be so much other clutter with trying to introduce us to everyone and their mother’s uncle’s cousin’s teacher’s mailman’s barber’s daughter’s beautician!

What didn’t I like?

Likability. One thing that I’ve noticed in my years of watching films (in any genre or era) is that there needs to be a likable hero or villain. For instance, in the first Thor, Loki is relatable and charismatic, despite his intentions, whereas Thor comes off as this cocky pretty boy for a good portion of the picture. In the case of this film, there isn’t one likable character, except maybe the daughter, and she only has 3 small scenes, barely enough to be called a character in this flick. I could list how they are all deplorable human beings, but that would take too much time. I’ll say this, Joe Mantegna plays a gangster accused of and shown to be ruthless and sadistic, and yet he is far from the worst character!

Fat suit. I’m a little torn on this. The film starts with the star, Robert John Burke, in a fat suit, because his character is supposed to be obese. Much like Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, I believe the fakeness of this was done on purpose, because we know things are going to change as the film progresses. However, once Burke starts shrinking, we still see the attempt to make it look like he has sagging skin, but it looks more like churros growing from his neck. Speaking of food, why on Earth would they spend a good 5 minutes with him shoving food in his mouth in every scene? That was unnecessary!

Easy as pie. Not to spoil anything, but in the end the daughter has a piece of pie, and that’s almost the last thing we see before the credits roll. Given the nature of the pie, it seems as if something should or should not have happened to her, but nothing is said, mentioned, or shown, leaving us to wonder and theorize, I suppose.

Stephen King’s Thinner is not one of his best works, not is it one of his more popular adaptations. That being said, I can see why people like and hate this film. For me, I fall in the middle. There is potential with the gypsy curse and all, but everything around it, the characters, lack of interest, etc., made this a rather boring outing. Do I recommend it? No, try another King adaptation like It.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Drumline: A New Beat

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2016 by Mystery Man

Drumline A New Beat


The story follows Danielle (Dani) Raymond (Alexandra Shipp), an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Atlanta so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drum line. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drum line in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree (Jeff Pierre), her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven (Jordan Calloway), and the school’s crosstown rivals.


In the marching band world, Drumline is both revered and reviled for what it did as far as bringing a legitimate marching band film to the mainstream, that is to say, one where the band isn’t full of stereotypical nerds, dweebs, and dorks being pushed around by the football team. No one really asked for a sequel, especially all these years later, and yet VH1 decided to give us Drumline: A New Beat.

What is this about?

A feisty girl defies her parents, classmates and rivals in her quest to lead her school’s drumline and help it reclaim its former distinction.

What did I like?

Honor thy elders. In sequels and reboots we are often privy to these small references to a character from the original. I believe the term they use for that is “fan service”. At first, I was expecting some of that in this film, but lo and behold we get two of the stars from the original, Leonard Roberts and Nick Cannon, to reprise their roles. Also, there is a mention of Orlando Jones’ character, Dr. Lee, as well, which was probably the best part of going back in time that this film could have done, save for the pictures and video we in Roberts’ office.

Familiar scenery. I was just up at my alma mater this weekend and, while much has changed, much is still the same. Take for instance, my dorm. It has now been refurbished into the administration/registrar/scholarship/financial aid office. I doubt anyone will be sneaking girls in through the window now! The football field is still the same, just a newer scoreboard and different turf. The same kind of thing can be said for the fictional Atlanta A & T. Many of the familiar settings can be seen, such as the football field (still no visitors bleachers), the band room (same murals), but we also get new scenery, such as the diner, so a mix of old and new. That’s how it’s done!

Shot out of a cannon. The original film would never have been anything without Nick Cannon. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny him that honor. With that in mind, it only makes sense to bring him back for the sequel. I’m just glad they didn’t try to change and “mature” his character and make our lead his daughter of some sort. Then again, that may have been a better angle for her, but I’ll get to that shortly.

What didn’t I like?

Carbon copy. I noticed this in this rash of sequels coming out many years after their predecessors, they all want to introduce new audiences to what made them great, but forget they need to move the franchise forward. Much of that is the problem here. If you just read the plot synopsis and compare it to the original, the only real difference is the leads have been gender swapped. All the major points from the first film are in this one, as well…daddy issues, fight at the game, relationship problems, friends hooking up, etc. The only thins missing was the rival band trying to steal Dani away, which would have made for a nice subplot, since the directors are brother and have their own issues.

Misogynist punishment. At the first game, it is learned that one of the senior drummers made sure that Dani didn’t get on the line, because he didn’t want “a bitch” on the Senate. If that wasn’t bad enough, he keeps saying stuff like all throughout the movie, even talking behind Roberts’ back (within earshot, mind you). Nothing happens to him, though. As a matter of fact, after the final performance of the film, he gets a big hug from his section leader and Roberts. WTF?!? The closest thing this guy got to a punishment was being shown up by Nick Cannon a la what Dr. Lee did to him in the first film. In most any other band, this guy would have been kicked out, or at least demoted, for such nonsense, but I guess this kind of thing can just slide with this band, or the band that they are based off of.

Low budget. When I was in college, I remember chatting with a girl who was in the original film. She went to Grambling St. University and said that they got paid for those scenes they were in. This time around, I guess they weren’t allowed to use real schools. Even the Georgia Dome appeared to be off limits. I can say that the Southern Classic, or whatever it is called, actually started happening after the first film, hence the change in name for this one…trademark/copyright reasons, I suppose. VH1 just doesn’t have the budget to pay for all this stuff the way a movie studio would.

Final verdict on Drumline: A New Beat? Well, everything that you would want to see in this film is there. High octane performances, over the top choreography, studio musicians playing music for bands that would never sound that good in a billion years, etc. Unfortunately, this film falls into the TV trap of today. What I mean by that is pretty people and their problems. The drama in this film did not need to take up most of its runtime, and then it was resolved almost as fast as a 50s sitcom! In good conscience, I cannot recommend this. Don’t waste your time, instead go back and watch the original with Nick Cannon. It is much more enjoyable!

2 3/4 out of 5 stars

Mad Max: Fury Road

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2016 by Mystery Man


The desert wastelands inhabited by the Road Warrior are still rife with motorized gangs in this fourth chapter of the Mad Max legend. When Max encounters a group of refugees fleeing for their lives, he joins them and their fiery leader, Furiosa.

What people are saying:

“Maybe a better name for it would have been Imperator Furiosa: Fury Road (ft. Mad Max) since Charlize Theron’s character is so prominent in the story line, but it is a great movie and it does feel like it takes place in the classic Mad Max universe. The Rat-Rod style vehicles are so much more over the top in this movie that Max Rockatansky’s V8 Interceptor seems tame in comparison this time. The characters are rich and unique in their deeds and their looks much to my delight. This movie has the best use of chrome paint in much the same way the James Bond film Goldfinger had the best use of gold paint. One critic stated that you will like Mad Max: Fury Road when you see it, but it isn’t until after you let it sink in for a while after you’ve seen it that you start to really love it.” 5 stars

“A movie without a plot or any reason for anything. Basically it’s a car chase across the desert that goes on way to long, then after they finally get away, they decide to go back and have another car chase through the desert that goes on way too long all over again. If you like mindless car chases that just keep on going and going, then you’ll enjoy this. But for us, it never really changed after ten minutes and then it just became repetitive without any purpose.” 2 stars

“This movie was ok it could have been a good comeback for the mad max movies but The story was boring and Tom Hardy never gave max if you want watch a good mad max watch The road warrior or Mad max.” 3 stars

“I didn’t want to like this film. The very first original Mad Max is and always will be my favorite. That said I can see what the people who love this film are talking about. It’s an epic almost operatic car chase film. None of the MM sequels really felt connected to the original MM but this one does a good job of continuing with and improving upon The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunder Dome. In a way this film feels a bit like 300, it has a certain hellish Greek orgy of death feel to it. It’s the kind of movie I want to turn away from, the kind of movie I’d like to say sucked but it sucked me in and for that I’ll forever be ashamed.” 3 stars

“I’ve never seen the original movies and won free passes to an advanced screening of Mad Max: Fury Road, and I thought it was amazing! The effects were stunning, the costumes outstanding, everything was fantastic. I loved how fast paced it was, held my interest the whole time, only glanced at my watch once. That’s how I judge a movie, how many times I look at my watch. It was right under two hours, but it was so fast paced, not boring at all!!! There are a ton of CGI effects, that’s what makes it great, the 3D was awesome, like you could reach out and touch stuff flying at you. I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the original and it looked boring to me. This was way more action packed, fast paced, I hope George Miller makes another new Mad Max movie.” 5 stars

Trailer Thursday 3/24

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on March 24, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Since Sunday is Easter, I figured the perfect choice for this week’s trailer would be the classic musical, Easter Parade.