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.

The Longest Ride – movie review

Grade: B

The Longest Ride was all in all a pretty good movie. I felt good watching it, I even caught myself smiling throughout the whole thing. It’s a very feel good kind of movie, a real “All American” love story. They took two extremely different things, being bull-riding and art, and mixed the two worlds very tastefully. If you’re looking to sit back with your loved one and watch a touching, heart warming movie- this is it.

Nicholas Sparks is very good at what he does. All of his books are amazing, and I’ve read quite a few over the years. Now, this movie has nothing on The Notebook, who could touch that? But I would say its definitely one of his top 5 movies. (He’s released 11) The way he brings all these different elements into a simple love story is exhilarating, time and time again.
This movie is absolutely perfect for a date night. You will leave the theater smiling and happy, young and in love. Isn’t that the best way? It was very refreshing and I’m very happy I decided to see this movie, it lived up to all the standards I had set for it.longest-ride

Brotherly Love – movie review

brotherly-loveGrade: C

Brotherly Love was an unremarkable movie — not bad, just entirely forgettable. It skimmed over what could have been a really good story.

I found a bunch of plot holes, if it weren’t for those it would have been better. Also, there needed to be more back story. You were introduced to a lot of characters but were in the dark about what made them each tick.

On a positive note the acting was terrific. The actors did a great job of making you care about their characters.

The movie had potential to be excellent if they could have added about twenty more minutes of explanations.

Get Hard – movie review

Grade: B+

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell were both awesome! I was really impressed with how well they played off of each other.

This is easily my second favorite Will Ferrell movie, after Step Brother of course. His character was so funny that I missed a bunch of the movie by laughing so hard. Kevin Hart brought his A game too.

This was a fun movie to watch, if you go see it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Do You Believe? – movie review

do-you-believemovGrade: A

I’ll admit that I was of the mind set that I was going to hate this movie and be bored beyond tears. As it happens I was moved to tears.

I’m not a religious person. I didn’t find God in this movie but what I found was the hope for humanity. There are some wonderful people in this world, and there are also some terrible people in this world. If the wonderful people could somehow help and guide the misguided, there’s your answer. I know I have the power in myself to help a struggling person. So do you. If we would all adopt this beautiful mind set, this world could be better. My faith is in that.

Giving a grade to this movie is proving difficult. I have some friends that I know would walk out. They would give it an F. This review being my personal opinion I’ve decided to give it an A. I walked out with a new hope. That is exactly what the movie was trying for and it succeeded.

The DUFF – movie review

the-DUFFGrade: A

The Duff blew me away. It was really well done and had a great message. Mae Whitman was especially good. Just watching her facial expressions made me laugh.

While I was watching this movie I was thinking to myself that you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to high school. The social aspect alone would be enough to drive me crazy. I had forgotten about all the drama that takes place throughout the year. The Duff addressed those issues and hit it out of the park. I think all freshman need to watch this movie and learn the tremendous values that it displays.

I would recommend this movie to anyone. It was a really fun movie that will make you laugh wholeheartedly.