Archive for January, 2018

Chappie

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

What people are saying:

Chappie boasts more of the big ideas and visual panache that director Neill Blomkamp has become known for — and, sadly, more of the narrative shortcomings” 3 stars

“It is rare that I find a movie so bad that I turn it off in the first 20 minutes, but this movie had no redeeming qualities at all. The acting was terrible. Middle school students could’ve written a more interesting plot line. There are just too many things wrong with this movie in just the first 20 minutes to even list them here. I don’t normally write reviews like this but this movie was so bad, it’s insulting that they’d expect consumers to pay for this.” 1 star

“There’s material in Chappie for a worthwhile motion picture but too little is explored by Blomkamp to make this worth a trip to a theater.” 3 stars

District 9 redux. This movie could have been about 1/3 shorter, and without all of the faux, hip-hop, “Souse Offrika” gangsta stuff, mon. Plot line was just fair. Hugh Jackman was really slumming and phoning it in during this movie, as was Sigourney Weaver. Dev Patel was just okay. No more Neill Blomkamp movies until he grows up.” 2 stars

“Neill Blomkamp always does a good job blending sci-fi elements with social commentary in all of the films he has made so far. I feel that Chappie does this well for the most part. I enjoyed the action scenes in this movie and for the most part, had a good time with it. That being said, it is definitely the weakest of Blomkamp’s entries so far. It lacks focus at times and has some ridiculous plot elements. I also thought the inclusion of Die Antwoord in this movie was completely uncalled for and their performances did not come off as authentic. Their delivery of dialogue came off as a bit silly at times, but to be fair, this is probably why they don’t typically act in movies. I still think this is ultimately a fun, fast-paced, and creative movie that definitely has some big ideas. I feel it had the potential to be a great one, but instead, it is a good movie that I would still say is very underrated.” 3 1/2 stars

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Sing

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

What people are saying:

Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted – albeit familiar – storyline that lives up to its title.” 3 1/2 stars

“The plot may be shopworn, with not much aimed at adults, but the film’s message that collaboration can reap greater rewards than competition is appropriate for all ages.” 5 stars

“Totally blown away. I was not expecting much, but was surprised by how well this movie was done. Animation: some of the best. Good use of lighting, shadow, fur effects. The body language and facial expressions totally fit. This could have been a mediocre movie, but you can tell they put lots of work into this film. Engrossing. Not a film you could read a newspaper while getting the gist of it, like some films. There are many movies I can like, yet never care to watch again; but, this one I could watch again. I would recommend you see this at least once.” 5 stars

“What an absolutely charming film! I was surprised to find some of the better known names who lent their voices to these characters….would never have guessed that Buster Moon was Matt McConaughey, for example – his normal Texas twang was nowhere to be found, and that was a charming surprise! But the animation was wonderful and I was totally engaged from beginning to end. Not for kids only!” 4 stars

“It’s cold outside, it’s Sunday night, we’ve got popcorn, me and my two boys are curled up on the sofa. As film nerd Dad it basically doesn’t get any better than this, and it definitely doesn’t when you’ve got a real gem of a film like this one. The songs are great, the gags are good and the story is moving with some wonderful characters. None of the actors feel like their phoning it in with the voice work, hell this is probably McConaughey’s best work since ‘True Detective’. This really is great, had both of my boys up on their feet dancing and singing along by the end and one of them is currently in a plaster cast! Had me with a huge grin on my face. Bravo, Garth Jennings.” 4 stars

Trailer Thurday 1/25

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on January 25, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

The Oscar nominations were released this week and many fans are outraged over the omission/snub of one of last year’s big hits. I haven’t seen this yet, but i do want to share the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie

Trailer Thursday 1/18

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on January 18, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Down here in Louisiana, we are currently experiencing the effects of a winter storm…quite tame by storm standards, but us southerners aren’t prepared for such things, even if the same thing happened a few years back. *SIGH*

This week’s trailer is sure to heat things up, once you see the gorgeous Bo Derek in this trailer for 10

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The pop culture phenomenon SHARKNADO blows into town this summer… and this time, the shark-infested storms pick up wind as the world braces for the inevitable – a global shark takeover. Will our chainsaw-wielding hero Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and partner in crime April Wexler (Tara Reid) save the world from this jaw snapping-nado…again?

What people are saying:

“The basic premise has remained resolutely the same: scenes of C-grade actors getting chomped to bits by D-grade CGI sharks mixed together with enough jokey references to other, generally better movies to allow film buffs to distract themselves.” 1 1/2 stars

“Somehow, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming pulls the franchise back from the brink and returns it to what it’s supposed to be: fun to watch.” 4 stars

“Long time Sharknado fan. Give to Ian for committing to his character. But each one gets worse than the last. Robot April is beyond silly, right wing leaning comments, the utter lack of chemistry between the family members, and cringe worthy one liners. One saving grace are the landmarks becoming weapons. At least that was well done. Loved Sharknado 1-2. Somebody should’ve suggested stopping after Sharknado 3-4.” 1 1/2 stars

“A welcome surprise after the previous 2; It manages to be much better paced, and, similarly to the second one, it embraces total constant absurdity and manages to be one of the more entertaining of the series.” 3 stars

“This movie continues further into be so horrible, ridiculous, and stupid that is entertaining, enjoyable, creative, and glorious. Not the best, but great. Sharknado was originally a cheesy shark movie with a tornado, but this franchise has gone berserk. All hell breaks lose in this movie, but I love how this ends and cant wait for Sharknado 6, this movie honestly seems like a set up for sharknado the final chapter or something. This movie was hilarious and great with all it’s bad movie elements, but it is obvious they acknowledge that and go for it. I still like the story somewhat and the characters even though it is mostly ridiculous.” 3 stars

Uncle Buck

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), six-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and their teen-aged sister, Tia (Jean Kelly) are left in the care of Buck. Surprisingly, the very inept Uncle Buck entertains the younger children who come to love him and earns the respect of Tia when he rescues her from her worthless boyfriend. However, in doing so, Buck nearly loses his long-time girlfriend Chanice (Amy Madigan).

What people are saying:

“…an agreeable comedy that benefits substantially from Hughes’ undeniable gift for seamlessly blending laughs with drama.” 3 1/2 stars

“This is a straight foreword John Candy 80’s comedy. If you are a fan of Candy and his silly antics you will love this movie. The acting is fantastic. The story is not entirely believable but where it strays off that road it is for the sake of laughs. ‘Uncle Buck’ is a touching comedy/drama speckled with laugh-out-loud scenes and covered in tongue-in-cheek humor about parenting. If you are looking for a lighthearted feel good comedy that is mostly wholesome check this out” 4 stars

“It’s a goofy movie, but also extraordinarily sly, unafraid to permit generous screentime to bizarre jokes and situations of slack guardian supervision.” 4 stars

“As only John Candy could, this movie takes you from laughing out loud to crying through the poignant scene. The screenwrite then brings you back from the abyss with a final round of robust laughter. I can’t imagine anyone watching this movie without immediately looking up every movie John Candy ever performed in. He was truly a master!” 5 stars

“Irresponsible, cigar smoking, gambling black sheep uncle Buck is his brother’s last resort to look after his teenage daughter and two younger children. Buck starts out not being liked but by the end he’s a stand up guy. This comedy isn’t very interesting and is a result of a thin storyline and thin screenplay. The writer’s had a good idea but that’s about it.” 1 star

Trailer Thursday 1/11

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on January 11, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

This week’s trailer is something a little different. I came across this movie poster before the holidays and was intrigued. The movie doesn’t look that interesting to me, save for the scantily clad women, but maybe some of you will have an appreciation for it