The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

With war rumbling, Beatrice Prior looks for allies and answers in the second installment of the film series based on Veronica Roth’s popular science-fiction novels. “Tris” will have to be fast, though, because the Erudite leader is in hot pursuit.

What people are saying:

“Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent,  is far too long for the minimal plot it encapsulates, features little in the way of meaningful character development, and is riddled with instances of poorly conceived, contrived developments.” 3 stars

“It’s all a bit of an unengaging muddle, covered over with concrete grunge, clean white labs, and stagy special effects. ” 1 star

“I felt like I was watching a movie that was based on something totally different than the book. They changed so many things it might has well have been a completely original screenplay. I didn’t hate it but I just wish they’d stayed truer to the book. What’s the point in making a movie based on a novel and completely change it? Disappointing to say the least. ” 2 stars

“Very much enjoyed this film! The cinematography & editing was beautifully well done & the action sequences were cool! The acting performances from Shai Woodley & Kate Winslet were exceptionally brilliant!” 3 1/2 stars

“This film is the second and the flimsiest in the series and it’s a disappointment. The plot is preposterous and absurd and doesn’t make a whole lot so sense, and they think or don’t care that we would notice. I would have preferred Theo James in the lead; his story is so much more interesting than Woodley. The only reason for this movie being made was to string us along until the next film.” 2 stars

Trailer Thursday 2/2

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on February 2, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

With the big game coming up Sunday (Go Falcons!!!), I figured this week’s trailer should be football related. On Any Given Sunday, any team can win, as the saying goes!

Enjoy the trailer!

Anger Management

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

After a dispute on an airplane, gentle businessman Dave Buznik finds himself in anger management counseling. But when his therapist — who seems to have his own anger issues — moves into Dave’s house, he approaches the brink of insanity.

What people are saying:

“Unless you’re 15 at heart, you may need anger management yourself after sitting through this aggressively crass comedy, which alternates between mean-spirited slapstick and arbitrary uplift.” 2 stars

“Hysterical. Funny. Outrageous. If you dont laugh during this film you ought to stop watching comedies. The best Adam Sandler film yet. It makes me angry that anyone could doubt this film. And if you dont get that joke I dont know how I can help your movie tastes. Seriously, though its got a lot of laughs. ” 4 stars

“”Anger Management” had a lot of potential pinning Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson together, but it is ultimately crass and stupid, like most Sandler films. It does, however, have some very funny moments that help push the plot along.” 3 stars

“It’s one of Adam Sandler’s last decent comedies. Anger Management is a hit-or-miss type of comedy but it’s enough if you looking for time to kill.” 3 stars

“This movie was one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, it was just different. The twist ending really made me happy, because I got so upset when everyone was like, “CALM DOWN, SIR,” and he wasn’t doing anything. Looking back (and trying not to spoil anything), I realize they just wanted him to express himself because he was so quiet. Also, at times it made me laugh really hard. It was funny and even though it was sort of weird, I think it was worth it.  ” 3 stars

Small Soldiers

Posted in Action/Adventure, Animation, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The Commando Elite are toy action figures programmed to annihilate another toy group, the Gorgonites. But before the Elite have been tested, the son of a toy store owner opens them, causing the Elite to attack the children playing with them.

What people are saying:

“…this smells like a script slapped together around a toy-product launch.” 2 stars

“This film broke new ground in movie puppetry and special effects when it was made in 1998 and continues to influence directors working with practical effects. Equal parts cautionary tale and comedy, with a little bit of brilliance thrown in for good measure. Add in an all-star cast and an intelligently written script and you have one of the 90’s best movies.” 5 stars

“Too disturbing to really be a kid film, Small Soldier brings back childhood memory thanks to the Toy Story like storyline with an adult twist.” 3 stars

“After watching this, I am firmly convinced that somebody HIGH on drugs decided to write a screenplay combining war, science fiction, and Toy Story. Then somebody out of their mind said “This sounds like a GREAT idea! Let’s make this movie!”. This movie is indescribably weird. One of the bright spots in this movie is Tommy Lee Jones, who did a really good job with his military role.” 3 stars

“Another underrated gem in a career full of them by ever under-appreciated master filmmaker Joe Dante, he of Gremlins, Innerspace, The Burbs and Explorers to name but a few, in fact this is a sort of spiritual sequel to Gremlins, only with military microchipped toys terrorizing a small town instead. It’s frequently inventive, loads of fun and has great effects plus the sly, lightly subversive and biting edge that Dante brings to his movies (this is a hugely anti military/anti-corporation movie that even rips into it’s own Burger King promoted merchandising, biting the hand that feeds it as it were) It’s also surprisingly violent and gleefully anarchic. A great film!” 4 1/2 stars

Trailer Thurday 1/26

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on January 26, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Bringing this month of musicals to an end, is a very early musical that stars a very young Bing Crosby. Check out the trailer for Going Hollywood.

The Equalizer

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Thrillers/Mystery with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this action-thriller based on the hit 1980s TV series, former intelligence operative Robert McCall comes out of retirement to help a young prostitute, only to end up in the Russian Mafia’s crosshairs.

What people are saying:

“great, bloody action. it’s always fun to watch Washington get revenge Man-on-fire style. the villain did a great job, Washington did a great job, fight scenes were great, the music was horrible, the ending was too far fetched. over all it was fun entertaining film, but it was nothing g too special” 3 1/2 stars

“Extremely everything you think it will be; extremely violent, extremely clique, extremely predictably ……BUT extremely AWESOME! We loved it! I have noticed that the critics either love it of hate it and I agree that is how it will be with most people. So here goes my opinion. I think in places The Equilizer seems a bit slow at the beginning (better said, it is methodical), but when it takes off it is like a rocket. Make no mistakes this is a extremely violent, vulgar language revenge film . For those who care there is no nudity just a few racy pictures. To say too much about the plot would give too many spoilers. So I’ll just put it this way…If the movie “TAKEN” and the comic “The Punisher” had a child it would be The Equilizer.” 4 stars

“I really did not like this particular Denzel movie and I am a fan. the script was mediocre, the story line- predictable and altogether boring. I love action and it had a lot of it. I like Antoine Fuqua films however, this must have been part of his contract for X amount of films as this one was lackluster and pretty meaningless.” 2 stars

“oh snap! Liam Neeson can suck it Denzel is the man to be! this movie blew away my expectations. it was a little slow in the beginning but with enough pay off that I very much enjoyed it.” 4 stars

“Much more that simply an action film, I particularly liked the character development of Mr. Washington that encouraged viewing him as a real person, most likely an insomniac due to his regrets over performing his former duties as obviously a government agent of some type, who had gone back to a somewhat “normal” life, and was anything but a robotic killer bent upon avenging those abused by the Russian “mafia.” All told, it was a well-told tale and, though violent, occurred in the “formerly” violent world inhabited by his “former” self. A very good portrayal by a very good actor surrounded by all types of likewise good actors, and very well directed. ” 4 stars

Trailer Thursday 1/19

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on January 19, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Keeping with the theme of classis MGM Musicals for this month, let’s have a look at the popular French themed musical, Gigi.