Archive for April, 2018

Bad Asses on the Bayou

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , on April 28, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Frank Vega and Bernie Pope return, this time to Louisiana in an attempt to find a kidnapped friend

What people are saying:

“”We need your help. This is a small town, we don’t get to many of these types of crime around here.” “This isn’t LA, this is Baton Rouge.” Frank Vega (Trejo) and Bernie Pope (Glover) have been invited to the wedding of the daughter of an old friend. What starts off has a happy occasion changes when she is kidnapped. When the cops aren’t doing enough Frank and Bernie take matters into their own hands and as usual, will stop at nothing to fix things. This is a series that I can’t believe is still going. I’m not saying they are bad movies, just more unnecessary. Trejo has a huge cult following and Glover seems to have fallen a long way since Lethal Weapon, but they both fit will together. As far as the movie goes, it’s basically the same thing as the other two. Two old guys fighting for what is right and a decent blend of humor and action. Overall, if you liked the first two you will like this one. Generic but somewhat entertaining.” 3 stars

“Coasts on the limited demands of Redbox renters looking for something to fall asleep with on a Friday night. ” 1 star

“This isn’t a typical action movie, it’s much more of a comedy movie, so if you’re looking for action – go elsewhere. The one liners that get tossed about are funny and yes the acting could use a bit more…but overall enjoyed the movie and definitely did a lot of laughing through it. Glover and Trego never fail to hit the punch line in this movie. I pulled it up on netflix for a ‘look-see’ if it would be any good or not, and once the show started, it had us watching and laughing throughout. I imagine some of the bad reviews are from people that wanted a serious action film and this one is no where close, it’s actually a bit fake in one scene when there’s a lot of shooting going on, but again it fits the comedy part of the show.” 3 stars

“I love Glover and Trejo but this is too much; poor everything, direction, plot. dialogue, all stink worse than a Louisiana refinery leak. Obviously some Baton Rouge oil zillionaires wanted to showcase their town so they financed this miserable excuse for a film. Guess Glover and Trejo couldn’t pass up on the easy paycheck. But you should waste your time on something more productive, like watching artificial grass grow.” 1/2 star

“I love the Bad Ass and Bad Asses movies and when I found out that there was a third coming out I was happy. After the first scene, Bad Asses 3: On The Bayou had me smiling from ear to ear. Danny Trejo and Danny Glover are a classic team, they are funny together as ass whooping crotchety old men. The writing is really well done; this film has the same flow of over the top action, comedy, and overacting fun. Yes this film is predictable and the C.G. is very cheesy but it’s a low beget and it adds to the charm. It’s unfortunate that these movies are forgettable and a lot of people shy away on this movies because they are not familiar with the franchise or because it’s independent. This film has heart which some big movies don’t have. If you haven’t seen the last two films (Bad Ass and Bad Asses) you most likely won’t enjoy this film. These movies are not to be taken too seriously, sit back, have some fun and laughs. They leave it open for a fourth movie but I think they should have capped the franchise off with this film. Either way you can count on me reviewing the fourth film if so. Bad Asses 3 is another good reason not to always reject independent sequels. Cheers and remember life won’t suck as long as there is a good movie to watch.” 4 stars

Advertisements

Trailer Thursday 4/26

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on April 26, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

This week, let’s go back to the era of swashbuckling action flicks. One of the lesser known flick from this age was The Adventures of Captain Fabian.

Check out the trailer!

Invitation to the Dance

Posted in Classics, Movie Reviews, Musicals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Gene Kelly brings his remarkable talents as star, director and choreographer to this glittering gala of music, dance and pantomime – and the result is a lush, one-of-a-kind musical flight of fancy. The film has three episodes, each with its own distinct period and mood. In Circus, a clown (Kelly) in a small carnival troupe is hopelessly in love with the show’s high-wire walker. Ring Around the Rosy is a satiric tale about a bracelet which travels from the wrist of one fickle lover to another. Sinbad the Sailor blends live action and animation as Kelly dances his way into an Arabian Nights world after rubbing Aladdin’s Lamp. Showcasing talents from ballet companies of New York, Paris, London and Rome, this imaginative tour de force is a must-see for dance lovers everywhere!

What people are saying:

“When watching a Gene Kelly musical one could have the feeling that the musical numbers were interrupted by the story, not the other way round. Here Kelly finds a project with a scope big enough to fit his whole ego, finally doing away with all the story (in the way of words, at least) and leaving us with all the dancing. This criminally unseen impressionistic film opens quite a window into the imagination of one of Old Hollywood’s most prolific artists – and not quite unlike Singin’ in the Rain“, he made a movie looking at the core of what it was about to make an MGM musical: it was about being artsy, it was about being kitschy, about working with archetypes and especially about wearing tights and trying to melt icebergs by smiling at the camera.” 4 stars

“this was Kelly’s pet project- a film with dance, and only dance. No dialogue, only mime, movement and music. However to his disappointment, MGM shelved its release and when it was the film was released badly- it was too arty farty to be popular with the audiences at that time. Well, I love this film. It’s adventurous and interesting, and it’s worth a watch to appreciate all the work Kelly’s put into this work, which showcases some of the greatest dancers across many styles. So go watch this under-rated film and you will be in awe of all the talent shown before your eyes!” 4 1/2 stars

“No wonder INVITATION TO THE DANCE found no audience at the box office. The first two musical sequences, “Circus” and “Ring Around the Rosy” are monumental bores dragged down by pedestrian stories and, in the second one, inept use of camera trickery to speed up the action. But the third, “Sinbad the Sailor,” makes expert use of the Rimsky-Korsakov ballet score and makes dazzling use of animated effects, especially for the dancing between Kelly and a couple of Arabian guards which are highly original, intricate and amusing examples of combining live action with animation. It’s the kind of originality sadly missing in the previously mentioned stories. The “Sinbad” highlight almost makes up for the rest of the film with its own brand of originality–but alas, the first two sequences are enough to turn many viewers away from watching the final segment. Summing up: Easy to see why this one failed miserably to attract a target audience with either high or low brow tastes.” 1 star

“this movie is probably one of the most boring pictures I ever saw. it has got nothing to tell, except for the three little stories that are brutally forced into a concept without inspiration, but filled with unusable ideas. oh yeah, Kelly was a genius alright, but this is a perfect example of how geniuses can BEEP the BEEP up. the stories are already known to the general audience, so what I was searching for, was a novelty about them all. I was bitter when I found out Kelly only repeated himself. the story with the clown made me wonder if I washed my feet today… too bad, this truly is a movie to see while washing your feet, so you can do something useful when the torment begins. second part, the ‘crime’: really stupid and boring, it made me compare the good with the bad, and this seemed to be the ugly. the third part made me realize Kelly repeats himself over and over again, like a little child with a doll or when a kid becomes a teenager. too bad for the whole idea, this movie didn’t reach adulthood for me, it should have stayed in Kelly’s brain.” 1 star

“A series of short skits with Kelly dancing. The first is Circus which is done in a minstrel/vaudeville style. Kelly plays a mime/clown, he acts on the stage and dances in the street with a group. There are only 3 actors listed in this part and they are on stage with him, there is no talking in this part only dancing. The dancing goes from Kelly’s style to ballet with the other two actors. The story is about a guy, Kelly’s clown, falling in love with the girl who is in love with the other guy. It shows how some people will do silly and dangerous to get the person we love, in this case the clown tries to do the high wire act to impress the girl, he falls and dies. The second skit is titled Ring Around the Rosy. It involves 8 actors/dancers with Kelly and the other two from Circus. This is a more present day setting going from parties to clubs. Again no talking during the entire skit, just music. It is a series of performances of mainly couples dancing about love and love lost and temptation. The third skit is titled Sinbad the Sailor and to be obvious it has a Middle Eastern theme. After the initial scenes Kelly and a boy go on a series of animated adventures the most visually striking is when he dances with 2 guards. This is Kellys version of Fantasia and fits into the film as art movement of the early 50’s. It is interesting to view as a history of film as it is very much like watching a play on film. The animation is not as stimulating compared with Disney but it is innovative none the less.” 3 1/2 stars

Trailer Thursday 4/19

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on April 19, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Among the first movies i saw in the theater, The Last Dragon seems to be the one that is the biggest cult hit, though many people forget this film exists until its anniversary (it turned 33 in March).

Watch and enjoy the trailer

Batman: Assault on Arkham

Posted in Action/Adventure, Animation, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Being locked away in Arkham has little effect on Joker and his latest desire to detonate a dirty bomb within Gotham. The clock begins to tick and a deadly triangle unfolds as Amanda Waller unleashes Task Force X to save the day…while Batman has his own plans for salvation.

What people are saying:

“…gleefully immoral” heist film which, having “no real [plot] arc to speak of”, relies on its violent action and clever character dynamics within the Suicide Squad to carry it. Due to its villainous protagonists, dark comedy, and sexual content, Mendelson considers the production of Assault on Arkham an experimental decision by DC, and a successful experiment as it tells a style of comic book story that would never get approval as a live-action project” 4 1/2 stars

“DC Entertainment thrills with one of its boldest and mature films yet while finally figuring out the secret to telling engaging and fun adventures of DC Comic characters beyond Batman and the Justice League.” 4 stars

“The versions of the characters are well done and the voice-work is as good as always for DC comics animation, the story has a good set-up and some nice twists and turns, but it feels like more could have been done with the characters and the small moments of development some have don’t quite work. Also the whole thing is over-the-top in its machismo, at times to the point of parody.” 3 stars

“A little dumb and rushed at times, Batman: Assault on Arkham seems to be fan service for both the comic book fans and for the teenage boys watching it. Some of the charters are completely useless, like that communist that even got his own title card and everything that dies in less than half an hour into the film. And the plot has to revolve around batman not the side-characters this film was made to showcase, the dubbing of the animation can be terrible at worst and bad at best. But with that said the fight scenes are cool and the story is creative. all in all this is an OK movie worth checking out.” 3 1/2 stars

“The animation team at DC did a good job with this feature. It is like a darker, adult version of the Batman universe more akin to Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Trilogy. I really liked how they merged the elements of the superhero genre with the tropes of a heist film (with the various surprises and complications, switched allegiances, Deadshot as the jaded leader who has done missions hundreds of times, Captain Boomerang being the rebellious new guy, Harley Quinn as the crazy, untrustworthy one who could easily FUBAR the mission, King Shark as the muscle, etc.). It also included plenty of great action and numerous cool little node to the “Arkham” games. The voice casting is almost spot-on, too, with the only exception being Matthew Gray Gubler sounding a little off as the Riddler. I just had a couple of minor issues with the film, though; they detract from the overall movie, but do not derail it from being entertaining. First, I think they over-sexualized Harley Quinn (even more so than the “Arkham” series the movie is based on) with no compelling reasoning behind this move. Secondly, while it gets course-corrected in the last ten minutes of the film, the climax ends up devolving into a retread of the main “breakout” plot of the first “Arkham Asylum,” which was disappointing after all of the other elements in the film (including the interesting plot, for the most part) were so new and shocking compared the previous animated DC films.” 4 1/2 stars

Inside Out

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews, Pixar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

What people are saying:

“Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics” 4 1/2 stars

“It’s full of colour and lovable characters and held together by an immaculately polished screenplay that is every bit as funny as it is moving. It also features some of the best voice performances you’ll hear all year.” 5 stars

“It’s a well-written story, and another Pixar movie well-done. That said, this is not a movie for very young children because they won’t appreciate or understand the plots or what adolescents might go through. As I watched this over the July 4th weekend, there were a couple of families with very young children walking out, which I’m not totally surprised. But it’s a story that all parents and grown-ups can relate to, that childhood is not always sunny and rosy. It is thus that Sadness is as important as the part that Joy plays, that our childhood will always be multi-colored. In time, some of our childhood memory, like Bing Bong, will fade away and disappear, which goes hand in hand with sadness, but they are the foundation that new life and memory will be built on. And our life will grow richer and more complex as a result. If you feel part sad, but mostly happy, the movie has done its job.” 5 stars

“Given the rave reviews in the press when “Inside Out” released you’d have thought that watching this film would cure cancer or something equally marvelous. Having watched it from my viewpoint the results are less than impressive and surprising for a Pixar product. The animation is as spectacular as you’d expect from the Pixar studios and does not disappoint. The premise was promising but the script and execution didn’t do much for me, I thought it was kind of dull. The “A” list voice actor cast give it their all and the pacing is fairly manic which you’d expect for a kid’s film but I was happy to see the credits roll. This imaginary journey into the mind of tween girl dealing with her emotions will appeal to kids of that age group, and some adults but I doubt it will hold the attention of smaller children.” 3 stars

“A brilliantly written, funny, emotional and insightful comedy that deals with the workings of the human psyche. When a script is this well written and so intelligently executed then it really does give you hope for the future of the film industry. More of this please!” 5 stars

Trailer Thursday 4/12

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on April 12, 2018 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

The other day i was at the beach and this couple threw some bread to the seagulls. Next thing i know, they were all over the place. The scene reminded me of the trailer i wish to share with you, The Birds