Movie Review – Gotti

This movie was a muddled mess. This biographic piece couldn’t quite pick up steam or really even figure out what it wanted to be. I was waiting for the big moment but there was none. It was just two hours of a lot of names thrown at you, never fully explaining anything. On a positive note, John Travolta was great. He did an amazing job, his mannerisms and speech was spot on. They also did a really good job of setting the ambiance of the time. I was a little disappointed that I pretty much knew all of what happened. I thought for sure there would be some new information given that the public didn’t already know. If you owned a television and watched the news at all during his reign, then you know exactly what is in this movie. You’re better off saving your money and waiting for the DVD.

Grade: C

Movie Review – Hereditary

Hereditary wasn’t terrible. I was really on the fence about seeing this movie. The trailers made it look really good but I’ve been burned by that so many times I’ve lost count.

I’m not a fan of A24 — the company that released the movie. I haven’t liked a single one of their movies. So I felt almost compelled to see this movie and prove myself wrong. Maybe they can make a movie I like?

They pretty much made me eat my words on this movie. It was decent. The acting was great, the story was really intense and the mood almost makes you shiver. I felt it could have been slightly shorter, but I see why they did it. They were creating the right mood. It worked. I don’t know if everyone will like this movie, but it was worth the price of my ticket.

Movie Grade: B-

Movie Review – Action Point

I’m a huge Johnny Knoxville fan; I’ve seen every one of his movies at least five times. It kills me to say this, but I probably won’t watch this one again. It lacked in a way that I can’t quite define. I wasn’t all hyped up after this one, and felt a little blah during it.

Don’t get me wrong, there were a few funny moments in it that made me laugh out loud. It just wasn’t up to par with the rest of them. If you are expecting Bad Grandpa, leave that thought at the ticket window. I was kind of thinking that’s what we were going to get here, but it was very far from that.

I’d recommend it for a night in with your friends when the DVD comes out.

Grade: C

Movie review: Bad Samaritan

What an awesome movie! I hadn’t even heard of it when I was told this was my movie for the week, so I wasn’t really expecting much. This movie grabs you and just plain leaves you breathless. What a roller coaster of a ride. I would absolutely recommend this movie. The moral dilemma that takes place in the beginning is the first obstacle, then they don’t stop coming until the end.

When reviewing a movie I don’t normally talk about the writing, but I’m going to this time. It was spot on. There were so many moments that struck me as cool, and I realized the writer nailed it. Obviously, the directing and acting were great also, but I could trace the greatness all the way back to the beginning, to the writing stage. I’d like to meet the screenplay guy. His mind must work on a different plane than most because this was original, thought provoking, and fun right up to the final scene.

Great movie!

Grade: A+

Movie Review – Traffik

From the trailers that I had been seeing, I was really hyped for this movie. Yet again, I was disappointed. The plot is a good one. It could have been a really great movie, but they flopped on the ending. There was so much build up and tension that when the finale hit, I was thinking it would go crazy. Nope; it’s almost as if they were told they had a day to wrap up and finished too quickly. The ending didn’t compete with the rest of the movie.

I’m wondering if they edited the cr@p out of this movie. It seems like there was so much more but it didn’t make it to the final cut. I wouldn’t say that there were major plot holes, but a lot of loose strings. The first 80 minutes I’d give an A, but the last five minutes were rushed and not polished.

It’s an okay movie, but I’d probably wait for the DVD; it’s not worth the price of a movie night out.

Grade: C-

Movie Review – Truth or Dare

I’m impressed. It’s so hard to come across a good horror/scary film anymore that I’ve kind of given up. I went in with really low expectations and walked out really satisfied.

This storyline was a solid foundation paired up with some great actors and directing. It’s new and fresh. The many layers of the movie were well executed and had meaning behind it. Each of the characters had their own problems that were dealt with during the game of Truth Or Dare. I think that’s why I liked it so much.

This wasn’t a case of kids getting slashed up, there were actually reasons behind it. Thinking about it now, there’s a message behind the movie. You could basically sum it up by saying, “Live right or die.” Your dark secrets will come out eventually.

This is a fun movie, grab your Friday the 13th date and head to the theater. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Grade: A-

Movie review: Sherlock Gnomes

Let’s start off by saying this — the trailers I saw made this movie look like it was going to be hilarious. I was bit by the deceiving trailer bug again. Yeah, there were funny parts, but not as many as I was expecting.

I paid attention to the adults and the children in the theater, and there wasn’t the roaring laughter and excitement that I was expecting either. These movies are usually really good about throwing in stuff that just tickle our little ones, and then they also throw in the stuff that us adults get. Sherlock Gnomes only had a few.

The story itself was cute. I loved the way it looked, and really enjoyed the soundtrack. I’m a huge fan of Elton John and his music was really prominent in it. Other than that, I feel like it was an okay movie.

Grade: B-

Movie review: Unsane

Luckily, before watching Unsane, I looked it up on IMDB. I discovered that the entire movie was shot with an IPhone camera. I was really curious to see how the movie ‘looked.’ It was hard to get used to, and it kind of threw me off. For the first hour of the movie I really was disappointed, and not at all into it.

The story took a while to shape up. Once it did, I was really interested in what in the world was going on. They did a great job of keeping you in the dark. There were a few times that I thought I had it figured out and then poof, I was wrong again.

I’m really on the fence about this movie. I didn’t really like it but I didn’t hate it. I think the bad and the good evened out, and therefore I’ll give it a C. I’ll give you a heads up that you should really pay attention to everything going on. There were a few things that I look back on, and had the light bulb go off after it was over.

Grade: C-

Movie review: I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine was an amazing movie. It was gut wrenching, sad, happy, moving, and powerful — all at the same time. I’ve always liked the song, but now I have a deeper understanding of where it came from.

The childhood Bart went through was devastating to me, as a mother and grandmother. I cried the entire movie. My heart went out to him on so many levels that I gave up controlling my tears. His story was a sad one, but through the power of God and his beliefs, he turned his pain into something beautiful. I need time to digest the movie and the feelings that it stirred up. I can guarantee you this though: if you watch the film, it will deeply move you.

Grade: A+

Movie review: The Strangers: Prey at Night

The Strangers: Prey At Night…where to begin? Let’s start off on a positive note. I’m fairly convinced the makers of this movie fully intended on wanting you to hate the lead female role. Boy,oh boy, they nailed that one. Her character made my blood pressure rise. I was rooting for The Strangers to take care of her quickly. I’m not going to spoil it and tell you if I was given what I was hoping for.

What I really want to know is why in the world were The Strangers doing this? Back story, much? Nope, not here. You should just prepare yourself to wonder why throughout the entire movie. Perhaps the makers are just going off on what society is showing us lately. People will do what they want just because. No reasons or motives anymore, just plain self entitlement at its finest.

Here’s another thought that puzzled me. When the potential victims are literally holding a gun on the bad guy, and has the opportunity to unload on the freak, why, oh why, do they stand there like an idiot? If it were me, I would have killed them, buried the body, and left town, by the time it took them to cry and look helpless. You were holding a gun!

Let’s wrap this up. I did not, in any way, shape, or form, enjoy this movie. When I got home, I ran my nails down a chalkboard so I could relax.

 

Grade: D-