Movie Reviews with a Twist

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Here Comes the Boom

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Here Comes the Boom was a pleasant surprise. The trailer made the film appear to be ridiculous and as horrible as all the other Kevin James films. The film had a lot of heart, and not going to lie it made me tear up.

A basic background on the film, Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a High School science teacher who has loss his passion in teaching. He always relies on Marty Streb (Henry Winkler), the music teacher to do his extra work. When Scott finds out that the music program is going to be dismantled due to lack of funds, he feels he needs to do something. While teaching his citizenship class, he comes up with the brilliant idea of being a MMA fighter. Will he save the music program? You’ll have to watch to find out.

The movie reminded me of a comedic Rocky. This film was definitely a sleeper in the box office, but not one that should be missed.

I give this movie the rating of 5 Stars: One for the Books.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Hotel Transylvania

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Hotel Transylvania had a great spin on the classic movie monsters perspective. I am well aware this is an animated film, and its supposed to be kid friendly, but I would love to see this concept in live action.

The story goes Dracula (Adam Sandler) owns a vacation resort for monsters. His daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is coming of age, well adulthood for vampires mirroring teenage years for mortals. Mavis wants to see the world, and find true love. Dracula doesn’t want Mavis to leave the castle because he knows humans will not accept her. Enters Jonathan (Andy Samberg) a human who is backpacking through Europe, and stumbles upon Dracula’s castle. When entering the castle, his eye catches sight of Dracula’s daughter and they fall in love. Will Dracula accept their love, and will Jonathan be okay with monsters?

This film is one of the better-animated films, and I hope it is not ruined with a sequel. If you are a fan of animated films, don’t miss this one.

I give this movie the rating of 6 Stars: Can’t Look Away.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Seven Psychopaths

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Seven Psychopaths was a very interesting film. It was funny and quite clever. The movie reminded me of the film, Fight Club because the plot of the movie was told throughout the film. It was a very strategic comedic movie.

The storyline of the film goes a writer named Marty (Collin Farrell) is writing a film script entitled, Seven Psychopaths. To help him out, his psychotic friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) puts an ad out for these psychopaths. You are told and shown each psychopath’s story. Personally, I enjoyed the Mormon one (Christopher Walken).

The movie was very much a dark comedy, and could be grotesque to some people. I would call it an interesting take on the genre.

I give this movie the rating of 5 Stars: One for the Books.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Argo

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After watching this film, I knew right away this movie was going to get Oscar buzz. You could tell that the director, Ben Affleck did years of research before filming Argo. What was very intriguing was that the story was true and the idea to get the hostages out was very clever.

For those of you, whom have not seen or heard about Argo, the film is about the Iraqi crisis in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The United States embassy was taken over, and a few workers were able to escape who took refuge in the Canadian ambassador’s home. The CIA put Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck (on the assignment and came up with a brilliant idea. The idea was they were a film crew for an up and coming Sci-Fi movie, and they are on a scouting trip.  It was a very elaborate plan, and it had to appear as a real movie.

Argo is a must see, and truly deserved the Oscar for best picture, but Affleck as a director was robbed. Make sure you watch the credits because it shows the similarities of the actual mission and people. I hope Ben Affleck directs more films because he is very talented; he might make it to my director’s corner page one day.

I give this movie the rating of 6 Stars: Can’t Look Away.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Tower of Terror

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Tower of Terror is a sweet made for TV Disney movie about the popular ride at Hollywood studios. This movie is very cheesy, but oh so entertaining. You could probably find it on Netflix; it was a “Wonderful World of Disney” movie.

Buzzy Crocker (Steve Guttenberg) is a reporter who is known for his paranormal stories in the tabloids. They are all fake because his niece, Anna Patterson (Kirsten Dunst) is the creature in all the pictures. Buzzy stumbles upon an actual ghost story at the old tower hotel about a group of guest who were killed after the elevator was struck by lightning, and plummeted to the basement. Was it an accident or on purpose? Will Buzzy solve the mystery?

This movie is family friendly, but may be scary in some parts for young children. The movie isn’t that long, and if you are a fan of The Twilight Zone, I would check it out.

I give this movie the rating of 4 Stars: It has Potential.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

The Master

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This film was so bizarre and confusing I felt like I was being brainwashed. It was so out there, I thought when the award season strolled around the critics would eat it up. They didn’t…guess they were just as confused as I was.

From what I could figure out from the story, it was about the origins of scientology. The beliefs were very interesting, and they had a huge following. Also, they loved to be merry and party.

The acting was superb. Amy Adams, River Phoenix, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman all were well deserved of a nomination, but sadly no win. I wouldn’t recommend this film, unless you are wanting to watch a confusing movie.

I give this movie the rating of 1 Star: Snooze Fest.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Taken 2

 

 

 

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When a movie is given a sequel, often times I am skeptical of seeing it unless it is a franchise or a film adapted from a novel. Taken 2 was an exception. The first film was great, so why not try the sequel?

The premise is the same. Someone in Liam Nielsen’s family is taken, and his character Bryan Mills needs to find them. This time they are located in an Arab country, and almost the whole family gets taken.

Like the previous Taken movie, the storyline is okay, but compelling and its filled with a lot of action. For a sequel, it was fine, but you don’t need to rush to see it.

I give this movie the rating of 3 Stars: Take it or Leave it.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Pretty in Pink

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Pretty in Pink is one of John Hughes’s classics with one of his favorite actors, Molly Ringwald. I was fortunate enough to see this 80s classic for only a dollar on the big screen. Side note, all precedes benefited Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

For those who have not seen Pretty in Pink, it is the run of the mill wrong side of the tracks girl loves boy story. The boy, Blane (Andrew McCarthy) is the rich boy who loves her. Than, there is well not so much of a love triangle with Duckie (Jon Cryer).

This movie is very 80s, and is a John Hughes classic. Personally, I love that Molly Ringwald’s character makes her own clothes, and works in a record store. It is an 80s classic.

I give this movie the rating of 5 Stars: One for the Books.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

Hocus Pocus

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“I put a spell on you, and now you are mine.” Hocus Pocus is one of the best Halloween movies ever! If you have not seen it…WATCH IT!!!

The Sanderson sisters played be Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy come back to modern time (1990s) after a virgin (GOOD JOB DISNEY, WAY TO GET CHILDREN TO ASK QUESTIONS) lights the candle to bring the witches back to life. Now Max aka the virgin (Omri Katz) will have to try to save the town of Salem on Halloween night from getting taken over the Sanderson sisters’ spells. Will he be able to send the sisters back to where they came from?

Disney did a fine job on this film. I have watched this film every Halloween ever since I got the VHS, and now switched over to DVD. This movie has so many memorable lines, scenes, and songs. I will always remember how to say, “I would like a book” in French. This is the type of movie, you can watch any time of the year.

I give this movie the rating of 6 Stars: Can’t Look Away.

“Till next time, I’ll see you at the movies.”

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