Archive for August, 2016

The Wood

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2016 by Mystery Man


When a reluctant bridegroom suddenly disappears on his wedding day, his best friends have only two hours to retrieve him from the home of his high school sweetheart, get him sober and cure him of his cold feet.

What people are saying:

“Choppy coming-of-age story.” 2 1/2 stars

“HATE movies where they “break the 4th wall” and talk to the camera narrating everything directly to you like you are there. It destroys the illusion and cheapens the experience. If you’re doing a good job, SHOWING INSTEAD OF TELLING, it doesn’t require narration. Regardless of the high reviews I couldn’t make it past first few minutes of exposition and found it unbearably tedious.” 1 star

“Overall it is a very light film that has a plot in a very basic sense but is really more of a nostalgic trip down the teenage years that is told with honesty and humour.The Wood was also a breath of fresh air.” 4 1/2 stars

“Three handsome men, an upcoming wedding, and flashbacks from childhood. I couldn’t ask for more, and don’t get me started on the soundtrack. This movie is a classic and no matter where or how you grew up, anyone can appreciate it. This is so much more than a “black” movie because it has everything a good movie should have–a great story line, phenomenal cast, and terrific ending. This is an “anybody” film, not just relegated to the African American community, because anybody can relate to these characters. Get some popcorn and chill, but beware of the vomit scene if seeing that kind of thing ruins your appetite. The rest of the film more than makes up for it though, just in case you do.” 5 stars

“What I love about this movie is that it shows the story of friends growing up and the bad things they get into during it before proceeding with a modern day wedding. They tell it so well that it’s like being at the wedding live watching a slideshow. There’s a lot a guy goes through in becoming a man and this movie shows a lot of it.” 5 stars

The Holiday

Posted in Chick Flicks, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2016 by Mystery Man


Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Londoner Iris (Kate Winslet) decide to swap homes. In the process, their trade paves the way for romances they never imagined possible.

What people are saying:

“Loved this film. Typical romantic comedy but got to see all the old guys- which is always special. Eli Wallach and Shelley Berman! What more could you ask for?” 5 stars

“There’s nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday — it’s as chilling as heart-warmers get.” 2 stars

“Watching Kate’s character hopelessly follow an obviously broken relationship was heartbreaking… But seeing her find love in an unexpected, yet genuine man gave me hope.” 4 stars

“Not too bad but a bit long. Sorry but Jack Black just doesn’t cut it as a serious actor in this one. Combination of poor dialogue and bad facial expressions by his character didn’t help. ” 3 stars

“I adore this movie and have watched it many times. The four leads, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law all play their parts perfectly. Yes, it is somewhat of a fantasy, but after all it is a romantic comedy. It has plenty of laughs but enough tears to hold the viewer’s attention. It is definitely a “chick flick,” so husbands and boyfriends hold your breath and endure. You will have the everlasting gratitude of your significant other.” 5 stars

Little Dead Rotting Hood

Posted in Horror, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2016 by Mystery Man


For years, the old woman in the woods has secretly kept the wolves of the forest at bay. But when the woman dies, the creatures suddenly attack the residents of a nearby small town. As more and more people turn up dead, the townsfolk discover something far more sinister than wolves lurking in the backwoods and fight to save their home from evil by waging a bloody battle against the ruthless creatures. But as the wolves begin to overpower the town, only the woman’s granddaughter may have the key to stopping the bloodbath before it’s too late.

What people are saying:

“I liked this movie quite a lot more than I expected. Being that its an Asylum film, my expectations were very low, so I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole thing, including the acting of some of the stars (two actors that I always really enjoy are in this film). I’m glad I took a chance and watched it. The CGI affects aren’t the best in the world, but ignoring that, its a decent film to watch with some popcorn and your favorite soda. I even hope they make a sequel. ” 4 stars

“Special effects were above average, Acting was really quite good, Plot was actually believable, Scenery was lovely, Gore level was acceptable, The few scenes of nudity actually fit in with the story line and were not just there for the sake of seeing a naked woman! A pleasant surprise from some of the rubbish and total crap that is floating around these days!” 4 stars

Not terrible but pretty cheesy, something u would definitely see on syfy channel.” 3 stars

i feel bad for Eric Balfour (as well as the guy who played his deputy). you can tell he is a decent actor, who just got involved in a super bad choice of a film. the film is not as deplorable as many of its’ “C” rated fellows (“C” meaning “worse than a B movie), since it wasn’t horrible in EVERY aspect of film, but still didn’t quite claw its way out of the category of “i have some money, & zero knowledge of how to make a movie; but i’ve always WANTED to make a movie, so i’ll just press record and see what happens…” A college class project at best.” 1 star

I thought the movie was …” Horrendously Terrible “!!! How can a girl …” ANY GIRL “!!! , continue an audible conversation with another , after having had half of her neck & throat ripped open??!! The so called werewolves are nothing more than ” Black ( C.G.I. ) Mutts ” !!! The transformations ” Full Of Cheese ” , it was just a complete waste of my money!! No Where Near being worthy of my esteemed movie collection!!! The last ” Wolfman ” was waaayy better !!!” 1 star

Trailer Thursday 8/25

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 25, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Many famous faces were born this week, Barbara Eden, Sean Connery, etc., but I figured since it has been awhile, give a little love to Gene Kelly.

Check out the trailer for Summer Stock


Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Honey Daniels holds down jobs as a bartender, a record store clerk and a dance teacher at a community center run by her mother in New York. Honey’s dream is to make it as a backup dancer in music videos.

When Honey visits a club where her rival Katrina works, the two are recorded as they try to out dance each other. When Honey and friend Gina leave the club, they encounter brothers Benny and Raymond street dancing with other kids from the neighborhood. Honey invites them to attend her classes at the community center, where they work together to inspire new dance moves. The video from the club catches the attention of music director Michael Ellis, who gives Honey a job as a backup dancer in Jadakiss’ new video. Unimpressed with his current choreographer, Michael decides to let Honey choreograph the video. Before long, Honey is asked to choreograph for Tweet, Sheek Louch, and Shawn Desman.

Honey’s new choreography career makes it tougher for her mother to maintain the dilapidated community center. Wanting to help, Honey finds an old store for sale and decides to turn it into a dance studio for the local kids. Honey’s parents want her to teach ballet classes and refuse to help with the new dance studio, but Honey puts down a deposit. Meanwhile, she convinces Michael to let her use the kids she teaches at the center as backup dancers in Ginuwine’s new video.

Honey makes plans to take Gina to Atlantic City for her birthday, but Michael convinces her to make an appearance at a black and white party instead, where he subsequently makes a drunken pass at her. She refuses his advances and leaves the party. Michael later fires Honey and the kids from Ginuwine’s new video, replacing her with Katrina and blackballing Honey from the business.

The kid dancers are heart broken about this turn of events. Benny starts working for street corner drug dealers and soon lands in juvy. When Honey visits him there, Benny refuses her help and insults her. As she leaves, Honey asks him how often his drug friends visit and he is visibly saddened by her question.

Depressed, Honey is relieved when Gina renews their friendship and helps Honey realize she can still make her dreams come true. Honey has been struggling to make the full down payment on the studio, and eventually comes up with the idea to hold a dance benefit at an abandoned church. Benny, released from juvy, brings his dance friends to help prep for the benefit.

Michael has been hired to manage a new video for Missy Elliott. He pushes Katrina as the choreographer, having her do a short routine for Missy. Missy is unimpressed and makes it clear that she will postpone the filming of her video until Michael fires Katrina and brings in Honey, whose work she has seen. Michael begs Honey to work for him and even offers to buy her the studio but she refuses, saying she will pay for the studio on her own.

Gina talks to the bank manager, who calls some local arts community donors to attend the benefit. The benefit is a full house, including Honey’s parents, Benny’s disapproving mother and Honey’s boyfriend Chaz. The audience is wildly enthusiastic about the performances. Benny’s mother sees the future he has as a choreographer, while Honey’s parents change their mind about forcing her to be a ballet teacher. Tweet is in the audience and joins Honey on stage to celebrate her victory. Missy Elliott arrives as the benefit finishes, wanting to finally meet Honey in person. As the credits roll, we watch a music video for Blaque, which has been choreographed by Honey on Missy Elliott’s recommendation.


Sometimes you just want a little Honey added to your tea, right? Ok, that was a bad excuse for a pun, but it got the title in, so that’s all that matters. Back in the day, this was one of my guilty pleasure films. Fast forward about 10 years and let’s see how it holds up, shall we?

What is this about?

Honey, a tough, sexy dancer from the inner city, becomes a successful music video choreographer, but her career is threatened when her mentor blackmails her into the following choice: either sleep with him … or be blackballed.

What did I like?

Shut up and dance. There are quite a few dance movies out there. Some are good, but most are unwatchable. You have to be the judge on this one, but the choreography is on point and really reflects what was going on at the time in the world of hip hop/r & b. Throw in some of the hot acts of the time and some sweaty, sexy dancers and  the viewer is captivated, whether they care about dancing or not. Smart move on the part of the director and overall good dancing from all involved.

Kids will be kids. Can you remember the last movie you saw that didn’t have a cute kid in it (not counting animation or porn)? I think for me it was Little Caesar. At any rate, these days kids make or break films, as it would seem. The pair of kids that Honey interacts with are no different. The one played by Lil Romeo (I guess he’s changed his name to just Romeo and, now that he’s retired, is going by his real name) even has his own storyline involving a gang. The younger of the two is the one to make the audience go “awww”, and it works.

A taste of Honey. These days, Jessica Alba just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t really know why because she doesn’t look much different than she did when she filmed this picture. That said, she was at her peak in this flick. Not only was he body toned to near perfection, but her acting chops didn’t seem as lifeless as in other films. What happened to her after this flick, I wonder? Maybe she just got the best direction of her career in a film she seems to be happier to forget. At any rate, she is a bright star shining in the sea of mediocrity that is the rest of this cast. Definitely, this is her film, and she owns it!

What didn’t I like?

Big. Remember the kid that was the young version of Tom Hanks in Big? Well, he resurfaced to play the sleazy antagonist of the film. Where should I begin with this guy? Perhaps I should bring up that he seems like he’s a prototype for Will Schuster from Glee with the hair. Second, his plan reminds me of Rob Lowe’s character from Wayne’s World but with a slight alteration. So, what I’m saying is that this guy just isn’t that great of a character, even for this film. I guess that is why they dug out some no-name guy to play him.

Cliche’ Stop me if you heard this before. Main character works their butt off for a better life and, through some twist of fate, manages to make it to the big time. After living with fame for a bit, they decide to give back to the community, but before that can happen, they run afoul of the person that brought them their fame, in turn making a villain who wants to destroy the rec center (or reasonable facsimile). Before this can happen, the entire neighborhood and some famous friends come together at the last minute to save it. That pretty much sums up this and about a dozen other similar flicks with the same cliché plot that we have all grown tired of.

What could have been. I always wondered why Jessica Alba was chosen as the role of an inner city dancer. Nothing against her, I think she was a dancer before she became an actress, now that I think about it, but she is a lone Latina in an African American neighborhood, plus her parents seem to be upper middle class, at least. Well, it turns out that this role was meant for Aaliyah, and the only reason we didn’t see her in it is because she died before filming started. Such a shame. I feel this would have been a different film with her in the role. Whether that is good or bad, I can’t tell you.

Final verdict on Honey? This is a nice little dance movie that showcases much of the urban music of the early 2000s, as well as some hot dancers and dance moves. Jessica Alba owns the screen when she is on it and the supporting cast tries to keep up, but they aren’t really given enough to make any sort of impact. The cliché plot just isn’t redeemable and seeing Alba show off some serious skin and show off how genuinely cute as a button she is/was can only go so far. Do I recommend this? Yes, but only as a weekend afternoon flick or as part of a dance film marathon.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Jane Got a Gun

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews, Westerns with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by Mystery Man


Jane Hammond has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond after being tormented by the Bishop Boys gang. She finds herself in the gang’s crosshairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless leader, John Bishop. With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost for help in defending her family against certain death. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.

What people are saying:

“A silly movie with a poor cast–Natalie Portman is not good in this “Western.” She and a former beau are able to hold off a dozen outlaws? Don’t waste your time.” 2 stars

“Hollywood has forgotten how to do a decent western. Sub par acting with a lame, contrived story.” 1 1/2 stars

“The movie had a lot of trouble being made from changing multiple directors, delays, and shifting around roles. Which becomes apparent throughout the movie. All the actors do a very good job to keep the movie relevant though. Even with good performances the movie never able to overcome its troubled past. ” 2 1/2 stars

“Not just confusing, predictable and mis-sold as a feminist film, the calamity that is Jane Got A Gun is hobbled by the dullest of plots.” 2 stars

“Slow and tedious with the worst sound editing I can ever recall. An hour and thirty-eight minutes that seems like a lifetime. Those shot in this western suffered less than we who watched it.” 1 star

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Posted in Classics, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by Mystery Man


When his spaceship crash-lands on Mars, astronaut Kit Draper must figure out how to survive on the barren, lifeless planet with only a monkey to keep him company. Eventually, he discovers that the dead planet may actually harbor life.

What people are saying:

“It’s exactly what the title says it is. So if you’re a fan of sci fi films shot in glorious technicolor, you should enjoy this throwback to a time when movies went to mars.” 3 stars

“I lasted about 30 minutes and had to shut it off. The monkey element was lame and the astronaut sucking air from rocks ended it for me. Maybe if I was 10 when this came out it might have had some appeal. Stick with Planet of the Vampires…” 2 stars

“Classic 1960’s sci-fi B movie, yes its low budget and the special effects aren’t that great but the this movie is 50 years old (not 40 years old as one review who cant count thinks) so what do you expect. Sit back and watch a slice of movie history.” 4 stars

“A space version of the movie “Castaway”. Imagine being on another planet by yourself or are you? A great movie to escape into, especially a space movie made in 1964.” 4 1/2 stars

“A film made by small children in a sand pit . Maybe one of them was luck enough to own a pet monkey which they brought along for kicks. Who knows or cares? Perhaps one day when the human race is no more and all that we achieved is buried and gone. Perhaps then… this film may be unearthed by some future beings or visitors from an alien world, and serve as the only reminder of a once noble race. Even then, i doubt, even if they had some sort of pay to view streamlining service, would they deign to offer this for public consumption.” 1 star

Trailer Thursday 8/18

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 18, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Down here in Baton Rouge, most of the city is still reeling from the massive rains and flooding that we were privy to this weekend. I count my blessings that I was unaffected by this, especially when I see that my previous addresses in the city were underwater by Saturday morning!

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to find a film about flooding. So, let’s take a look at the trailer for the 1976 film, Flood!

Trailer Thursday 8/11

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 11, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Remember how in almost every episode of MTV Cribs there would be someone who would have a room dedicated to a certain movie that they swore up and down was the greatest in the world, Scarface? Sometimes they would have multiple copies of the movie on DVD.

Well, how about we take a look at the trailer for this overrated film


Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2016 by Mystery Man


While investigating a deadly water-borne epidemic along the Nile River, adventurer Dirk Pitt uncovers a secret dating back to the U.S. Civil War and battles an evil industrialist bent on killing every living thing in the world’s oceans.

What people are saying:

“Sahara was a surprise find by my wife at a garage sale. Expecting the worst, it turned out to be about the best knock-off of a James Bond film that we have seen, so well done, and with its own plot (though with a few scenes right out of actual Bond films), that if someone had told us that it was put out by the Bond people to inject new blood into the mix, or to rejuvenate “the Franchise”, we might have believed them for a few moments.” 3 stars

“Despite the vast beauty of location settings in Morocco and Spain, the vast lack of chemistry between the two stars is appalling.” 2 1/2 stars

“This is a silly fun movie with a world class cast. Look it’s not a drama, so lighten up. McConaughey and Zahn are well matched. And in Wilson, Macy and the lovely Miss Cruz and you have fun. Good sound track beautiful locations. Give it a try. ” 4 stars

“Sahara was just like sex with a cactus, a terribly painful and scarring experience, but for some reason, I just couldn’t stop.” 1 1/2 stars

“Road to Morocco meets James Bond. A movie with fun written all over it. While an iron clad taking down a modern assault helicopter is a bit of a stretch (even for this movie), Sahara is a personal favorite that delivers on many levels: star power, love story and a happy ending. Two adventurers and a WHO doctor battle an evil warlord and corrupt solar power corporation on their way to finding an ancient civil war ironclad and source of a mysterious illness. Good cinematography, music and clever writing. Stand out performance by William Macy.” 3 1/2 stars

The River’s Edge

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , on August 9, 2016 by Mystery Man


Ben Cameron (Anthony Quinn) and wife Meg (Debra Paget) struggle to build their small ranch in New Mexico desert. Bad guy bank robber Nardo Denning (Ray Milland) arrives in New Mexico looking for his girlfriend and her husband. At gunpoint, Nardo forces the couple to guide him safely to Mexico with the stolen money. Meg has a past with Nardo which her husband does not know.

What people are saying:

“This melodrama is a bit campy, but the high production values and a good cast make it entertaining. There are plenty of dramatic scenarios.” 3 stars

“A simple production (mainly just a cast of three throughout in the western wilderness) turns out to be an entertaining chase movie, although the emphasis is more on the character relationships than the pursuit. Anthony Quinn is the only stand-out performance though.” 3 stars

“A somewhat pulpy crime classic featuring a very bad ass Ray Milland, a suitcase filled with cash, and quite an interesting – if quite well worn plot. This is as vibrantly shot as it is entertaining, with a decent level of pacing. And once the opening sequence begins you’d assume this is a full-on romantic flick, but it’s not. In fact this quite a surprisingly violent film at times, with real flashes of sharp bite that still hold up even today. There may not be a whole lot here in terms of depth, but as far as relatively tough, censor pushing Hollywood pictures go that passers the time without ever really dragging its feet then look no further.”

“Good thriller with a dark edge and reasonably datk for 1957.Milland is trying to get over the border with a case full of loot. He hijacks a wilderness guide and his wife with whom he has ad a fling. The rest of the story is an exciting but modest tale. Great perfomance from the psychopathic Milland with equally effective perfomances from Quinn and Paget. ” 3 1/2 stars

“Not a western but a well shot and performed drama set in the West. The story is rather ordinary but benefits from the role reversal of Milland, usually the hero and Quinn, often the heavy but in opposite roles here. Even at the relatively brief running time the script could have been tightened a bit but overall a good film. One caveat-it would take a great deal to make a woman as stunning as Debra Paget was in her prime look bad but the filmmakers almost achieve that feat. Saddled with unflattering makeup and frightening Lucille Ball red hair that never moves no matter what travail she is enduring her beauty is almost completely obscured.” 2 1/2 stars

Trailer Thursday 8/4

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 4, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

First and foremost, it needs to be noted that today is Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s birthday!!! Whether you’re a jazz fan or not, this man has influenced every artist past, present, and future, so taking a moment to honor his legacy is the least we can do.

That being said, here is a trailer for a French documentary on the life of “Pops”, Mr. Jazz: The Louis Armstrong Story. Watch and enjoy!