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Girls Trip

Posted in Chick Flicks, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When four lifelong friends-Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish-travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush

What people are saying:

Girls Trip is the rare R-rated comedy that pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect—and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by a brilliantly assembled cast” 4 stars

“The film is remarkable for its willingness and ability to flaunt its generic premise and go to far stranger, more empowering places than its simple setup might suggest.” 4 stars

“Have not seen Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith act in a while, maybe because they can’t. This movie was so awful. It was like see girls trying to be men and see who can swear the most, whose bodily features are bigger than the next, and last but not least….who can screw someone and have an affair…..this was going back in time where there was not a good black movie. They all run the same theme.” 1 star

“While somewhat slow to start, there are lots of laughs, but some of the comedy is on the raunchy side. If you can handle swearing & brief nudity you’ll enjoy this. The movie is about 4 friends who haven’t seen each other in 5 years getting together in New Orleans for a show, and having a ball partying. Lots of cameo’s & craziness too.” 3 1/2 stars

“This raunchy comedy with an astounding cast. Obvious storyline with gives sight to what friendships are all about. The antics are over the top but this group of great women lends authenticity to the types of relationships black women form. I hope a prequel and other sequels follow with guests stars for years to come” 5 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted in Drama, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Charlie is nervous about beginning his freshman year of high school. He is shy and slow to make friends: on the first day, he only connects with his English teacher.

Charlie befriends two seniors, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick. After a football game they take him to a high school dance and then a house party. Charlie unwittingly eats a cannabis brownie and becomes intoxicated. He admits to Sam that his best friend committed suicide the year before. He also discovers Patrick and Brad, a popular athlete, kissing in a room. Sam realizes that Charlie has no other friends, and makes Charlie part of their group. Charlie agrees to help Sam prepare for her SAT exams so she may enter Pennsylvania State University. On the way home from the party, the three drive through a tunnel and Sam stands up in the back of the pickup truck while listening to a song they call “The Tunnel Song” (“Heroes” by David Bowie).

During Christmas, the group organizes a Secret Santa. Though Sam was not Charlie’s Santa, she gives him a vintage typewriter. While discussing relationships, Charlie reveals he has never been kissed. Sam reveals that her first kiss was from her father’s boss when she was 11 years old. Sam adds that she wants Charlie’s first kiss to be from someone who loves him before kissing him.

Sam, Patrick and their friends regularly take part in acting out The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Charlie is asked to take part in the show when Sam’s college boyfriend, Craig, is unavailable. An impressed Mary Elizabeth, one of their friends, asks Charlie to the Sadie Hawkins dance. After the dance, Mary Elizabeth takes Charlie to her house and they kiss. She declares how glad she is to have him as her boyfriend.

Mary Elizabeth dominates the relationship, and Charlie grows irritated by her. At a party, they break up during a game of Truth or Dare when Charlie, without thinking, kisses Sam after being dared to kiss the most beautiful girl in the room. Sam is furious at Charlie. Charlie returns to isolation after Patrick tells him to stay away while things cool down. Charlie has flashbacks of the death of his Aunt Helen who died in a car accident when he was seven years old.

Patrick breaks up with Brad after Brad’s father catches them together. In the school cafeteria, Brad calls Patrick a “faggot” because Brad does not want his friends believing they are friends. Patrick attacks Brad, but Brad’s friends beat him up. Charlie intervenes, lunging at Brad’s friends, but blacks out. When he comes to, he finds he has bruised knuckles and the boys are on the floor in pain. Charlie helps Patrick to his feet and coldly warns Brad, “Touch my friends again, and I’ll blind you”. Patrick, Sam and Charlie reconcile. Patrick takes Charlie to a park and discusses how he witnessed Brad’s father beat him when he found Brad with Patrick. Patrick then states his wish that he could meet a nice guy, and kisses Charlie, but immediately apologizes. He hugs Charlie and Charlie hugs him back.

Sam receives her college acceptance letter from Pennsylvania State University, which states that she must leave immediately for a summer introductory program. Sam breaks up with Craig after learning he has been cheating on her. The night before she departs, Sam brings Charlie to her room, and after several confessions to each other, they kiss. When she starts touching Charlie on his thigh, he pulls away. The next morning, Charlie says goodbye to Sam and Patrick. Charlie is left emotionally shaken.

Charlie goes to his empty home, having severe flashbacks of his Aunt Helen and her death. Charlie calls his sister and blames himself for Helen’s death. His sister believes Charlie is suicidal and calls the police. Charlie passes out as they burst through the door, waking up in a hospital. A psychiatrist tells Charlie’s parents that he was sexually abused by his aunt. Charlie repressed the memories because he loved her.

Charlie undergoes therapy, recovers and returns home where he is visited by Sam and Patrick. Sam explains what college life is like, and how she has found “The Tunnel Song” Charlie was searching for. The three revisit the tunnel, where Charlie stands in the back of the truck. Charlie acknowledges that he feels alive and in this moment, “We are infinite”.

REVIEW:

I may be a bit long-winded when it comes to blogging and such, but in real life, I am more of a wallflower, so a film like The Perks of Being a Wallflower should be something near and dear to my heart. It would seem that this is based on an extremely popular book. I guess I need to get to reading that one of these days, perhaps.

What is this about?

In this engaging coming-of-age tale based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, a shy freshman struggling with depression deals with his best friend’s suicide and his first love — and finds help from two seniors who take an interest in him.

What did I like?

Get real. Think about every teen movie you’ve seen. Almost every single one of them focuses on the jocks, cheerleader, etc., and they all seem to be focused on sex, drugs, and/or drinking. Thankfully, this film gives a different take on things, showing that these students care about more important things, like relationships and their future. I don’t know about you, but those are a couple of things that were on my mine constantly during high school, especially my senior year!

Save it. The tone of this film doesn’t really change until the end, when one of the characters gets all dark thanks to some repressed memories that surface. For some people, they would have liked for this to have come up sooner, but for me, I was all up for saving something for the end. I mean, you don’t mix chocolate cake with your steak and potatoes now do you? No, you save dessert for the end!

Cast. The young cast is full of star just waiting to breakout, including the likes of Logan Lerman (best known from the Percy Jackson films), Mae Whitman, and Emma Watson (my, my…hasn’t Hermoine grown up?). However, it is lesser known Ezra Miller that is the true shining star and someone who hopefully we’ll be hearing big things from in the future. On the adult side of things, I do believe this is Paul Rudd’s best role since Clueless.

What didn’t I like?

WTF?!? Early on in the film, Logan Lerman’s character mentions that his best friend committed suicide. That is all we hear about it for the entire film. With all the problems this kid has, it seems as if that would have been brought up at least once or twice more, rather than just mentioned as an afterthought. I could be in the minority in thinking that way, but I felt that if they were going to bring it up, then they needed to either go somewhere with it in terms of relating it to the story, or not mention it at all.

Agenda. Given the era that this is based in, I understand that the public attitudes toward homosexuality weren’t the same as they are now (fight amongst yourselves about whether we have moved forward or backwards), but the way the film brought that to the forefront for a few scenes seemed to be pushing some sort of gay agenda. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with alternative lifestyles. To each their own, but there comes a point when it is just too much. Then again, maybe I’m still bitter about how Glee went from a funny dramedy to one that brought up gay every chance it got.

Family. Obviously, the focus is meant to be on Lerman’s friends, rather than family, but I can’t help but think they meant for them to have something more to do. Why else do you cast name actors like Kate Walsh, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lysnkey, and Dylan McDermott? Going even further, the flashbacks show something happened with the aunt, but it is never explicitly told to the audience. I’m thinking that should have been something that was brought up with all the family there in the mental institution.

For what it is, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a pretty decent and somewhat enjoyable film that will keep your attention. That being said, I cannot say that I will be going out of my to watch this again. I just wasn’t that into it, but that’s a personal preference. The next person may love it while someone else may despise every second. It is just a matter of personal taste. Would I recommend this, though? Yes, this is a really well-crafted film with few flaws. If you get the chance, check it out!

4 out of 5 stars

Legion

Posted in Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) falls to Earth in Los Angeles, cuts off his wings, and raids a Korean imports store for a cache of automatic weapons. Confronted by two LAPD officers, one becomes possessed and kills the other. Michael kills the possessed cop and steals his car.

At a roadside diner and garage near the edge of the Mojave Desert are the diner’s owner, Bob Hanson (Dennis Quaid), his son Jeep (Lucas Black), the short-order cook Percy (Charles S. Dutton) and a pregnant waitress, Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). Also present is a single father on his way to L.A., Kyle (Tyrese Gibson); an urban married couple, Howard and Sandra Anderson (Jon Tenney and Kate Walsh); and their rebellious and promiscuous teenage daughter, Audrey (Willa Holland).

Soon after, an old woman (Jeanette Miller) arrives and seems pleasant at first, but then begins taunting the diner’s patrons. When Howard tries to reason with her, she rips part of his throat open and climbs up the ceiling like an insect, hisses, revealing she is possessed. Kyle shoots and kills her with a pistol that he was hiding. They try to hurry an injured Howard away in Kyle’s car, but are forced to go back after passing through a swarm of horse flies.

Soon after, Michael arrives and arms the patrons as the entire sky plunges into blackness. Michael leads the patrons to fight off a large number of possessed people that arrive. They drag off Howard and cease their attack. He explains that God has lost faith in mankind and has sent down his angels to annihilate all humanity. He also reveals that Charlie’s baby is deemed to be the savior of mankind, and that it must stay alive if humanity is to have any hope of surviving. Michael also reveals that his original mission was to kill Charlie’s baby, but he disagreed with God’s orders, as he still has faith in the goodness of humanity.

The next morning Sandra discovers Howard crucified upside down behind the restaurant and covered with boils. She tries to rescue him but he violently explodes, killing Percy and driving Sandra insane. That night, a second wave of possessed attack, killing Kyle and pushing a panicked Charlie into labor. She delivers the baby as trumpets sound, signaling the approach of the Archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand), who is leading the attack on humanity. In a panic Sandra breaks her restraints and tries to give the baby to the possessed so Michael kills her.

Moments later, Gabriel is sent by God. When Gabriel reaches the diner he seriously injures Bob, and Michael gives Jeep the keys to the police cruiser he arrived in, urging them to escape. The hordes of possessed humans are unable to approach Charlie’s baby so Jeep, Audrey, Charlie, and her baby make their way to the cruiser. Gabriel and Michael fight, ending with Gabriel stabbing Michael through the chest with his mace. Michael dies and his body disappears. Bob lights a flame to the diner’s gas main, blowing up the diner and destroying himself and the remaining hordes of possessed.

Gabriel survives, and swoops down on the fleeing car. As he tries to reach Charlie, Audrey jumps on him and sacrifices herself after she yells at Jeep to slam on the brakes sending Gabriel through the front windshield as the car crashes. Charlie and Jeep survive with the baby, but Charlie indicates that Audrey did not survive the crash. Gabriel finally corners Jeep and Charlie in the nearby mountains. He is about to kill them when Michael appears from Heaven, an angel once more and stops Gabriel. Michael tells Gabriel that he (Michael) did what God needed, not what God wanted, thus giving humanity another chance. With his angelic powers back, Michael easily defeats Gabriel, but spares his life after which Gabriel leaves, defeated. Michael explains to Jeep that he is the child’s true protector then flies off. Charlie and Jeep make it to the top of the mountain and see a small town in the valley below.

Sometime later, Charlie, Jeep, and the baby are seen driving off into the distance with a car full of guns.

REVIEW:

There have been films about the apocalypse, more and more have been coming out recently. There have also been films about various angels and they’re displeasure with God and desire to be the ones he loves above all else. Also, there have been numerous films about possession and whatnot. Well, Legion combines these three elements, as well some kind of birth of a Savior plotline.

As you can tell by the poster, the major character of this film is the archangel Gabriel, who left Heaven because he didn’t want to follow a specific order given to him (we learn what the order is later on in the film). However, as much as you would think this guy is heavily featured, he isn’t. Basically, if you’ve seen the first 2, or maybe even the third, Terminator films, then you know that even though they are the main character, the flick revolves more around the people they are trying to save, serve, and protect (or kill in the case of The Terminator).

The trailers for this thing were quite misleading. They lead one to believe it was some sort of apocalyptic smackdown, but in fact this may as well have just been a horror flick using Armageddon as a backdrop. There was action, mostly involving guns, but between these scenes are forced to endure these scenes of intense drama that belong in Grey’s Anatomy or some other drama.

The effects were pretty good, but I was hoping for more possessed humans. All we got were the old lady and the ice cream man. All the rest were just human acting possessed with weird teeth. Also, Gabriel and Michael’s wings were pretty impressive, especially the way Gabriel used his as like some sort of shield.

Paul Bettany killed it as Michael, the archangel. I would have liked for him to show a bit more emotion, though. One thing that made no sense, though, was how he was able to sew his wounds up after he cut off is wings. There is no way he could have reached back there, but I guess some things just need to be overlooked.

Adrianne Palicki proves she can do more than be the sexy rebel girl on the TV series Friday Night Lights. If this is any indication of what she can do on the big screen, then we may very well be seeing more of her in the future.

Tyrese disappointed me. Not because he didn’t do a bang up job, but because his character was very stereotypical. The guy comes in driving an Escalade and listening to rap music, then we get the baby mama drama. Oh, and there’s the whole thing about him carrying a piece. It just seemed a bit wrong.

Kate Walsh annoyed the life out of me. I already don’t care for her, but you give her this role and it just makes it worse. I won’t say what happens to her, but let’s just say she gets what’s coming to her.

Dennis Quaid and Charles S. Dutton are their usual perfect on screen selves.

Lucas Black was a surprise. He seemed like the kind of loser who wanted to do right, and that is what he is, but he really made this character interesting and relatable to the audience, something the other actors didn’t do as well.

Legion has its hits and misses, but in the end it comes off as just an average film. It could have been so much better, had they gone in different directions, but since they didn’t, it never really takes off.  I can recommend this, but there is no reason to be in a big rush to see it.

3 out of 5 stars