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Avoid this boring dog. One set, no script no ending.
This is a boring movie that tries to be edgy by being shot in a plane and referencing black ops and military contractors and America under attack to get some street cred. It's a horrible plot vehicle that has been used in other movies ad nauseaum... you wake up not knowing how you got there, with a room full of other people from varied backgrounds try to figure out why they are there... SAW did this idea in an interesting fashion... every movie -after- SAW did it in a boring ripoff fashion and this dog is no exception.
There is one set.. it's an airplane interior and the acting is mediocre at best. It leaves a lot to the viewer's imagination because the writer had no imagination. I will concede this movie was made cheaply but I hope copies of it can be burned just as cheaply.
PLOT: Wake up on an airplane with 6 other people and don't know how you got there... pointless banal dialogue and no ending was written for this movie. I won't give a spoiler but let's just say you can end this movie at any point and you will have created an ending as satisfying as the director gives you...
British terrorism unit tries to track down bombers in London. Well done.
What came first the chicken or the egg? What came first brutal oppression by western powers or Islamic suicide bombers? It takes two to tango and this movie delves into the murky line that is blurred by career politicians controlling a populace via fear of a bogeyman and very real bombings and murders taking civilian lives. I've seen a lot of junk movies covering terrorism that are nothing more than propaganda and what I loved about this movie is not only the fantastic action scenes but the even handed treatment of terrorism, and where it originates from. Several scenes cover the topics of misguided Arabs youth looking for a violent solution to western oppression. At the same time the idea of a terrorist cell is covered in a realistic manner.
In the middle of all this mess is our hero trying to track down terrorists and render them harmless with extreme prejudice. The plot is fast paced and full of great action and the script is intelligent and realistic, much more true to life than many of the pieces of trash I've suffered through from Hollywood that are nothing more than government propaganda so a population can feel good about being at war with innocent people while decrying their resistance as the reason for invasion.
The Runaways (2010)
A massively missed opportunity barely watchable.
I love Joan Jett, I had the Runaways bootleg live album, one of the first albums I ever bought, back in the days of Vinyl and real rock and roll. While the Runaways birthed Joan Jett and The Blackhearts this movie doesn't really touch on that until the last 30 seconds of the movie and of course, that's the most interesting part of the story. This movie would have been better if they got rid of the fat chick from Arrested Development, who had no place in the movie at all. There's so many amazing stories from being on the road, but this movie is flat, and boring, and confusingly, about a bunch of underage chicks on the road in a rock band.. I mean.. come ON. This script is tame, and as such retarded since it doesn't emphasize the most interesting thing about the Runaways, Joan Jett, or Lita Ford for crissakes! Don't do a movie about rock and roll if you don't have the balls to show the scenes of what it's all about. I will say the casting for Lita and Joan Jett was pretty darn good and OK for Cherry.
Ghost Town (2008)
Watchable cutesy romantic comedy, smarter than most but not LOL
This is a good date movie, and that's pretty much why it sucks too. The comedy is a consistent cute, sort of just enough to make you smile and get half a chuckle, but never really over the top hilarious. This is very obvious target marketing at work to give a couple something to watch so they can chit chat lightly after and then go have dinner. The entire movie is held up by the lead character.. it's basically him muttering over the heads of whoever is in the room in an amusing manner.
PLOT: ghosts are trapped on earth, wishing they could let their loved ones get on with their lives but it's unfinished business and they need some help. They get help from one of the living in an unusual and cutesy awww isn't that sweet manner. Our lead character is a dentist and his love interest has a connection to the ghosts as well. This is cotton candy for a first date or something, it's not a legitimate movie, it's a vehicle to sell a ticket and get someone to say.. yeh, it's OK, and the girl chimes in "I thought it was funny".. and off you go.. they could have done a lot better, but that's target marketing for ya.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Deliciously Sociopathic and Very Intelligent.
There's a lot of movies out there that try to be clever clever with their plot twists and it becomes very obvious that the people who wrote those twists must be shooting at a dart board in between doing lines and heavy drinking.
This is not that sort of movie. This script is smart, tight and very interesting to see unfold.
The plot vehicle of the schizophrenic sociopath being represented as a second actor is very effective, and the plot itself plays out very much like a chess match in high speed. Our character thinks 3 or 4 sometimes 5 moves ahead. I've seen lots of movies try to attempt what this movie achieves... and it's gold.
PLOT: The man of the year in an Oregon town has a little bit of a dark secret.. he has an addiction that he can't seem to give up, mainly due to his other personality egging him on.. he likes to... well..that would be telling now wouldn't it? Let's just say that his addiction is deadly, and he wants to stop.. his cry for help is answered, but does he really want to stop? He's not sure. Two side plots keep the action clicking along and the whole movie seems to pass very quickly as a result. This is one of the only movies you are going to see Dane Cook not looking and acting like he is bisexual overdosing on lip gloss and sad attempts to be cute to 13 year old girls.. his character is actually watchable for a change in Dane's usual acting style, what a relief that is. Demi Moore plays a cop and she looks as good as she did in St. Elmo's fire, and that's after kids.. she has one hell of a surgeon and a line on some good botox I guess, but however she does it, she still looks great and her role suits her.
If you love this movie as much as I did you will probably also like American Psycho and Clay Pigeons that carry some similar themes.
Drenched in LA style-think, tries to come off as NJ, fails, but still very interesting.
This is a VERY messed up movie, and the script is VERY LA.. about midway through the movie I realized they were trying to pretend they were New Jersey inhabitants... /facepalm for that fail. If you ignore that stupid detail the movie is a number of different stories tied to together by one dinner table/family in search of "Happiness" in relationships, but since they are so very very messed up in the head, they tend to attract what they are.
Some of the thematic elements are going to sicken or disturb sensitive viewers, so don't watch it if you are easily offended.. there's nothing visually graphic, but the topics are a bit icky.
I especially enjoyed Jon Lovitz's speech at the restaurant.. that was pretty epic. This is a drama, not an action flick, and it's not a good date movie since it covers the failure of relationships.
Brilliant, borrows from other space movie themes, but the final product is gold.
This is a movie with basically one set, and one main actor with the voice of Kevin Spacey as a computer that will remind anyone that saw 2001 a Space Odyssey of a sane version of HAL. The moon is now used to harvest Helium 3, it's mainly automated, with one man overseeing the operation with the assistance of the base computer/robot. Themes you will notice borrowed come from Outland, Blade Runner, 2001, but they manage to put a spin on the plot that is unique and that keeps it interesting.
This is a psychological drama, it is not an action movie, it is not a date movie, this is the sort of movie you probably will get the most out of if you watch it in the dark by yourself without interruptions. The mood needs to build in order to get the full effect of the script. Suffice it to say that all is not what it seems on base, and our main character starts to feel a bit stranded on the moon, wondering what will become of him. He gets help from the most unexpected of places, but is it too late? You can't really describe this movie without giving away essential plot elements that are better left discovered by the viewer by watching it... which is what you should do, this is a great movie.
Great looking people in a terrible, terrible movie.
This is a reasonably slick looking movie that falls flat on it's stupid face, as the movie starts it seems to hold promise, we obviously know there's a deception of some kind going on, but it's not quite clear what kind of setup it will be. By the time you see the end scene you will want to take whatever media the movie is on and smash it to bits for being so incredibly and utterly, ridiculously, pathetically STUPID.
Whoever wrote this script was borrowing heavily from a MUCH better movie. SKIP this movie, go watch the movie it ripped off:
The Spanish Prisoner.
PLOT: a charismatic new friend introduces a bored/boring accountant to some women that would normally be out of his league, it all seems to good to be true, then comes the gotchya. Unfortunately you will see it coming a mile away, and the end of the movie is so stupid, and so terrible you will really regret watching this dog. If they cut this movie in half and decided to re-shoot it with a believable ending, it might have been a 5, but this movie is a solid 1 because of the low IQ of the plot.
The Spanish Prisoner with Steve Martin is a thousand times better than this stupid dog, that ripped of that script and added some scantily clad women as window dressing and a completely unrealistic "love" interest.
Some fun laughs, some decent gore, zombies that run and an amusement park scene.
This movie is a reasonable amount of fun, I was put off a bit by Jesse Eisenberg acting like a complete ripoff of Michael Cera in this movie for an obvious attempt at some coat tail fame. However, the Michael Cera style of comedic delivery is still fun even when it's a ripoff. This movie has Jesse and Woody teamed up to try and survive. This is generally a dorky comedy with a reasonable level of intellect and creativity. They could have been a bit more edgy but as far as marketability to the unjaded non-sentient masses this movie should be a big homerun.
We've seen the plot several times before - Zombie Apocalypse.. this is a lighter/funnier but equally gory handling of the topic.
Loses a point for being a Michael Cera comedy style ripoff.
Black Dynamite (2009)
A less entertaining version of Undercover Brother- poor quality production, tame direction.
This movie had a lot of potential I think we will need to wait until Tarantino does this genre before we get a really good one. This movie tackles the task of making fun of blaxploitation films of the 60s and 70s without actually winding up being that funny. It uses some skin, but is way too sanitized in the T&A department- they really missed the boat on what exploitation is all about: decadence and lots of hedonism, to the max. The bell bottom pants were not authentic, there were many scenes that were OK but, they were just OK, not great. The main actor is perfect for the role, he does all the kung fu kicks, etc required and has the good ol super-afro with handlebar mustache, even sequin outfits at times.
The problem with this movie is it is presenting something inherently offensive to blacks and trying to make it palatable and humorous.. why bother? That's what was fun about it in the first place!!!!! What we are left with is a sanitized attempt at tongue and cheek which winds up being a tongue in a cotton mouth of dryness, tameness and overall unfunny script.
A director with some balls needs to take on this sort of script and give us the laughs AND what we came for- some good old blacksploitation 70s funkiness that has an AUTHENTIC feel, instead of some loser in LA's ripoff hack job.
Go see UNDERCOVER BROTHER first, it's a lot funnier. If you want the real deal of what this is making fun of, check out the SuperFly TNT series and Dolemite.