Movie Review – The Fate of the Furious

I’ve been waiting on pins and needle for this movie. Let me start off with the fact that I’m probably one of the biggest fans of this franchise. I’ve seen everyone of them on opening day, and had vowed my undying devotion to them. Yet, I may have to withdraw my pledge of allegiance.

To me, it fell flat when compared with the other movies. In no way did it give me the same feelings as the rest of them. I gave it a lot of thought and came up with a bright side: I think if you don’t compare it with the rest of the franchise, it was okay.

There were a lot of cool action sequences and great effects. In my opinion, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson stole the show. Both of them brought an incredible amount of humor to the movie. I didn’t realize that Statham could do humor so well. He’s really funny and hot – emphasis on “hot.”

Dwayne Johnson and Statham also had some great screen time together. The bantering that goes on between them is outstanding. I laughed out loud quite a few times. So there’s the bright side. Now what irked me….

I felt like Charlize Theron didn’t quite pull off the villain of the movie. She didn’t have the grit that was needed. I don’t think this was her fault because she is a great actress; it was in the writing. They really should have given a better back story for her. Throughout the entire movie I’m asking myself, who is she? How did she get all of this money, the amazing technology? I spent too much time during the movie wondering why. I know that suspense makes a movie, but it just felt like plot holes to me.

The other thing that seriously bothered me was Vin Diesel. I’ve secretly been in love with his character since 2001 when Dominic Toretto first appeared, sitting in his family’s bar, looking all sexy and bad. That guy wasn’t present in this film. He seemed like he was being forced to just get through the movie.

I’m so terribly curious about his performance. I just want to call him up and ask the questions I’ve come up with. Was his performance – or lack of performance – due to missing Paul Walker? (I miss him terribly.) It pains me, knowing we won’t see his beautiful smile ever again in the movies. Did he not like what he was given to work with? I know that there was tension on the set amongst the actors, but was it so bad that it affected his acting? Vin, please call me: we need to talk. I love you, but you really let me down.

Trainwreck – movie review

trainwreckGrade: A+

This movie just made my top three funniest movies ever! I laughed the entire time. Do you guys know how hard it is to take notes while wiping tears from your eyes? I’m going back to see it tomorrow just so I can catch the things I missed while working.

I usually get to the theater an hour before the show starts and was surprised to see the theater full already. It was packed. The movie began and it was a continual roar from the audience for the next two hours.

So I found out that Amy Schumer wrote this. I knew she was funny but I had no idea what she was capable of. Her writing and acting are stupendous. She’s one of my new favorites to watch. It wasn’t just her that was super funny. LeBron James. He’s a scene stealer. I laughed so hard during some of his scenes that I actually snorted. Who knew?

The whole cast seemed to be friends that had super charged chemistry. It just worked. This was the first movie ever that I laughed during a funeral scene. As did the rest of the audience, so I’m not heartless, or maybe I am but so was everyone else.

I really recommend seeing this movie. You’ll have a great time during the movie and a great time afterward talking about the funny lines. Hurry up, go!

Entourage – movie review

EntourageI had absolutely no idea what Entourage was about. When I went to go see this movie I had just learned that there was a show of Entourage on television. What I’m getting at is I was a Entourage virgin and now I’m a fanatic. This movie was incredible. Today I will be working at getting every episode made and doing a marathon this weekend.

The point to my ramblings above is that even a person that hasn’t watched the show can enjoy the movie.

All of the characters had a depth that movies haven’t been giving us lately. One guy in particular stole the show. Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold was mesmerizing. When he was on screen, I was drooling. The presence that he has is the best I’ve ever seen in a movie. I might just become obsessed with this guy.

Insidious: Chapter 3 – movie review

insidious-3Insidious: Chapter 3 was ahhh-mazing. I’m a horror movie fanatic, and this trilogy (so far?) is by far my favorite. It’s the only series, or even stand alone movie, that has something happening non-stop. There’s no dead spots, no pun intended, and you’re essentially on the edge of your seat the whole time. I jumped multiple times, one time in particular I might have uttered a few dirty words.

All of the actors in this movie I think were spot on. Lin Shaye was great, as always. Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott played a great father daughter team as well, accentuating each other nicely. This Insidious was the only one of the three to not feature James Wan’s directing skills. I was a little worried about that, however Leigh Whannell did an outstanding job. He had some pretty big shoes to fill and I’d say he stepped up pretty nicely.

I highly recommend this series of movies, or just this movie, to anyone who loves a good horror flick. And I mean a genuinely good horror flick. You’ll leave the theater wanting more for sure and may even be left with a few spooky dreams. I honestly hope they continue making these movies, as they’re just too good to not keep going. Good job guys, A+!

Poltergeist – movie review

poltergeistGrade: D+

They let me down. I had high hopes for Poltergeist. I figured this one would step away from the original enough to not cause us to compare them. I was wrong. Some of the same lines were used and they didn’t come out strong enough.

The acting fell flat. I almost got the feeling that Sam Rockwell didn’t want to be in the movie. He seemed like he was really forcing his lines out, which really sucks because I love him.

I don’t know, but maybe I’m being too critical because I was raised fearing the original Poltergeist. This one hasn’t got anything on the original.

I watched this in 3D and wasn’t impressed with the effects at all. I absolutely think it wasn’t worth the extra ticket price.

D-Train – movie review

d-traine Grade: B

The D Train was not at all what I was expecting. When I saw Jack Black was starring, I assumed it was going to be a raw comedy. There was comedy but there is also a darker side that showcases the downward spiral of one man’s obsession.

There is one scene in particular that my jaw dropped to the floor. I didn’t see where the movie was going and when it went there, it went! I can honestly say they had my attention at that point.

Jack Black did a great job. His character went through some major development. It is his story and he told it really well.

James Marsden was awesome to look at as usual. The character he played was a perfect fit for him.

All in all, the movie impressed me and made me respect Jack Black just a little bit more. If you’re looking for a dark comedy, look no further than The D Train.

True Story – movie review

true-storyGrade: A

I was super excited to see this movie. I had been wondering how James Franco and Jonah Hill could pull of a dramatic role. They both left me in awe. I’m not sure which one impressed me more.

The movie revolved around the growth of Franco and Hill’s “relationship”. The way that they played off each other, and the unfolding of an interesting story was appealing to the eye. They made you speechless while still giving you everything you needed to figure it out, just on the sly.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of either actor. I loved every aspect of True Story, and I honestly hope you do too.

Unfriended – movie review

unfriendedGrade: F

Unfriended made me furious, I actually felt my blood pressure rising. There was not one redeeming quality about the movie. The ending was atrocious, with absolutely no wrap up. The entire premise was annoying.

If acting was a thing in this movie, they all forgot how to do it. Usually you have one to two people you root for in a movie; not this one; not even a little. I actually wanted them all to perish.

My warning to all our followers out there is this: DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

FYI, the audience score at RottenTomatoes is 50% — meaning half the people who see this movie agree with me.

It Follows – movie review

it-followsGrade: C

Let me start by saying I’ve read fantastic reviews about It Follows, saying it’s the scariest movie of 2015. What I wonder is, what in the world were they thinking? Was the last horror movie they saw back in the 70’s? The movie drug on so slowly and there was absolutely no mystery. You pretty much know everything in the first 15 minutes, wheres the fun in that?

I will say that the acting was done well. They worked together nicely, it was just the movie that was seriously lacking. In all honesty I jumped more in the 4 minute preview to Insidious: Chapter 3 than I did in this whole movie. I read trivia saying the director got the idea for It Follows from a recurring nightmare he had. He probably should have left that as a nightmare.

If you’re a serious horror fanatic, I don’t recommend this movie to you because you’ll be bored to tears. If horror movies really scare you, than maybe this one is for you. I hope it does something for someone out there, because it just didn’t meet my high standards.

Furious 7

Grade: A+

furious7I have been waiting on pins and needles for this movie. I am undeniably Paul Walker’s biggest fan. (Based on an extensive poll I conducted during lunch today with my daughter.) I had absolutely no idea how they were going to proceed with his last film. They didn’t disappoint me. It was tastefully done, they didn’t go cheesy.

Throughout the entire film I was worried that the movie was going to take a turn that was going to devastate me. I won’t lie and say that I didn’t cry, I did. It was touching. At the end of the movie the screen flashed, “For Paul.” The theater erupted into a furious applause. I felt a wonderful sense of pride for a truly talented actor. Paul will be forever missed.

I have to do a special shout out to Tyrese Gibson, that dude is hysterical! He has such a presence that you can’t help but cackle at what and how he says things. He brought another special layer to this movie. I was appreciative of the fact that there was a bunch of humor thrown in. It helped pull the movie together.

I can’t decide who gets the bad ass award. Jason Statham, The Rock, Vin Diesel or Michelle Rodriguez? They all kicked some serious arse. All the fight scenes were incredible. No complaints in that department.

The cars. Oh man, the cars. They are racing down the sides of mountains, parachuting out of planes and crashing through skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi. Enough said, that stuff was off the charts.

If there were a grade better than an A, this movie would get it! Thank you movie makers. You made this fan super happy.