One-liners are the best part of this movie. If you liked the first Red, you’ll like this one. The same characters are back and the action scenes are even more over the top. I like the new character of Han played by Byng-hun Lee, who is a hit man out to kill Frank Moses, played by Bruce Willis. He adds some fun to this movie as well as John Malkovich’s character, Marvin, whose one-liners steal the show. The dialogue between the characters is swifter and right on the money. This is not a Bruce Willis movie because the other actors show up ready to go toe to toe: Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byng-hun Lee. Action, fun, and a pretty good second film.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I have to admit, I didn't expect to like this movie as much as I did. I’d heard it was funny, so decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t sure what to think when it’s about a drug dealer who needs to assemble a fake family so he can blend in while he transports a giant shipment of marijuana into the United States from Mexico. And it sounded like a goofy setup with his “wife” being a stripper and his “kids” being a girl off the street and a geeky neighbor of his. But I was laughing the whole time! And for a fairly long movie, the time just flew. I liked every person in each of their roles, and overall, it was a bunch of scenes and lines that seemed to hit just the right note of being funny and clever instead of stupid and idiotic. It was nice seeing them all get closer and almost like a real family on their trip when they all started out alone and not really having anyone, too. There was language and sexual situations and gross things, like a lot of movies, but none of it ever really felt “that” out of place for some reason. I liked it more than I feel like I should have – but it was really funny!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Blackfish is a film trying to shed some light on the lives of killer whales that have been captured and forced to participate in shows at marine parks like SeaWorld. Most of the story is discussing the actions of a whale named Tilikum that has been involved in three deaths (and is still performing). It really made me think about the morality of keeping such creatures in the conditions they’re forced to suffer through their entire lives, day in and day out. Compared to the ocean, no tank would ever be large enough to justify keeping these animals in their pens with little or no stimulation, besides taking them from the lives they were born to live. These whales are torn from their families, separated from their groups that have their own languages, and either put with whales that have completely different “languages” or kept in isolation until their turn to perform in shows – all for our entertainment and so the businesses can make money! It doesn’t seem right.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
WHAT A HORRIBLE MOVIE!!! Just a bunch of over the top, gross out humor - not sure if there was even a story or plot! They were trying WAY too hard!! I watched this one because I liked the first one and was expecting more of the same with this – boy was I wrong!!! It didn’t even feel like a movie – just a bunch of scenes put together that were way too long to begin with. I guess the “story” was Adam Sandler’s character and his family moving back to where he grew up so his kids could experience a childhood like he had, but there wasn’t even much of that – just ridiculous scenes and stupid, unrealistic situations back to back to back! And Rob Schneider wasn’t in this one – he must have read the script! You know it’s pretty bad if he turned it down. It was juvenile! It was stupid! IT WAS JUST A ROTTEN MOVIE!!!
Monday, November 4, 2013
This is one of those movies that is charmingly quirky. The feel of movie reminded me of Juno and Dan in Real Life, which I liked. The opening scene starts off with Duncan, played by Liam James sitting in the back of a station wagon. You can already tell he’s the type of boy that is not a go getter and that truth is proven when his mom’s boyfriend, Trent, played by Steve Carrell, asks him what number he thinks he is. Duncan says a “6” and Trent says “no, you’re a 3”. That line sets up the movie for which way it’s going to go. Duncan is 14 and forced to spend the summer with his mom and her boyfriend who can’t seem to quit picking on him. Duncan ends up finding his escape at the local water park and learns what it means to stand up for yourself and find your own voice. The movie is off the beaten path but it was enjoyable. There wasn’t any new broken ground here – just a nice story of relationships.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Heat is the story of a cocky, tightly wound FBI agent played by Sandra Bullock who partners up with her complete opposite – a foul-mouthed, inner city Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy – to bring down a drug smuggling ring. It’s a comedy, so don’t be expecting anything too serious with this one. Melissa McCarthy was pretty funny and I almost always like Sandra Bullock - I thought they made a good team once they both let their guards down and worked together. There was a LOT of language - F-bombs almost every other word - literally! There were also some really funny scenes, though, too. It was TOTALLY unrealistic and ridiculous in a lot of ways. Depending on what mood you're in, it was also VERY rude, crude, obnoxious and not a classic movie by any means. I must have been in the mood for that, because I did enjoy it! Doesn't really feel like I should have, but you need a movie like that sometimes that isn't just completely all around stupid, and walks the line right on the edge of being that way, but not quite!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Iron Man 3 is full of over-the-top explosive action and storylines. Robert Downey Jr., is back as Tony Stark – and he’s having a little trouble dealing with life. Last time we saw Tony, he was saving the world from aliens in the Avengers movie. Since then, he’s been trying to come to terms with his humanity and the ultimate question, does the suit make the man or the man make the suit? In this movie, we see Tony grappling with who he is in the way of being Iron Man and exactly what is important in his life. With that being said, Iron Man doesn’t take a back seat to anyone. Tony’s life is on the line when a terrorist by the name of "The Mandarin," played by Ben Kingsley, goes on a murderous rampage and Tony is in his cross hairs. But all is not what it seems and the person you expect to be the true villain is there in all this twisted glory. Some people didn’t like the storyline and to a point, (2 hours and 11 minutes) it was a little much at times but that didn’t take away from the fact that Robert Downey Jr., is a great Iron Man and that he does make the suit. The ending of the movie leaves you hanging as Tony decides about his future and all I can hope for is that Iron Man returns for many more adventures.