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The best movie I'd ever been introduced to
This movie bears some similarity to Tommy 1975 where music is the main ingredient, it did have dialog though revealed through the music.
Interstella 5555 is the story of an abduction of a blue skinned alien band that is kidnapped, memories and self identity stripped and made over as human. As one of their own named Shep does everything he can to rescue them the rabbit hole is revealed to go a lot deeper than even the band, branded the Crescendolls had ever thought. As they come to a realization of who they really are--thanks in part to Shep, they have to find out what happened to them and see if a way home is possible.
If you are into sci-fi, you're a treat, if you like Daft Punk, you're in for a treat, if you like good solid entertainment, you are in for a great treat as well. All in all, it's like The Bourne Identity with an alien race and the soundtrack is killer! Hope you enjoy it!
Star Trek (2009)
Even if you are not a trekkie, it's still enjoyable
This film is definitely one that is worthy of the press it received. The characters are all well developed and I love it that they did that for ALL the characters and not just Spock and Kirk.
A lightning storm in space causes the crew of the USS Kelvin to stop and send the information they're getting to Earth. Upon the revelation of this massive ship, the USS Kelvin is attacked, The Captain is going aboard the ship in a shuttle and is killed by Nero. George Kirk now assumes command and orders an evacuation but--he can't get out because autopilot has been disengaged so he has to fight them off. As Mrs Kirk is leaving in the shuttle and seconds before he collides into the Romulan vessel the two name their son Jim.
Years later, Jim is in a bar fight and Captain Pike tells him of the noble sacrifice his father made so that he could be born and live his life. Pike convinces Kirk to join Starfleet (and a bad beating which happened prior to Pike's intervention)
Kirk is in school 'studying' for the Kobyashi Maru which is a no win scenario when he hears of a transmission that 47 Klingon warbirds were destroyed. Kirk passes the test but is brought before the academic review board when the board receives a transmission that Vulcan has sent a distress signal and are experiencing seismic activities. 7 vessels show up but the Enterprise is late because of a small misstep. Kirk convinces Captain Pike and Commander Spock that this has something to do with the warbirds that were destroyed and the lightning storm that happened the day he was born. The Enterprise shows up and is attacked while the Captain is shuttling over, he assigns Sulu, Kirk and Crewman Olson to disable the drill that is drilling a hole into Vulcan that will make the implode the planet. They are successful and now Spock goes down to get his parents. His mother dies when the transporter can't lock onto her signal awhile the planet disintegrates.
Kirk makes more of a stir and is marooned when he defies the now Captain Spock's orders to go to the Lawrencian star system and join the fleet. Kirk meets Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and is told he has to get command of the ship, this is where we meet Scotty. The two are told of the fact that Spock in the future was involved in a plan to save the Romulan planet but was late to the draw and Nero the villain of the film captured Nimoy Spock and marooned him on the same planet so that he can watch Vulcan be destroyed--powerless to stop it.
Scotty and Kirk are beamed upon the Enterprise and Kirk makes Spock see that he is emotionally compromised and can't command the ship. Course: Earth. They go to Earth, disable the drill and use a ship piloted by Nimoy Spock to collide into the Romulan vessel and red matter that was used to destroy Vulcan ignites pulling the vessel in on itself. Kirk offers to help but the Romulans say no. The ship is destroyed but the Enterprise is jeopardized, they eject the warp core and detonate it which pushes the ship from danger. Now the adventures begin ==================================
This one was amazing! I loved the fact that the film took a different direction from the events of the series thereby creating another reality so to speak. It was well done and as a trekkie, I love the fact that anyone could understand it even if they were not a fan of the original series. This was a job well done!
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Good take on the original but doesn't stack up
Okay let's start with the casting of Freddy: I think it was a nice choice because he had the sinister quality of Freddy that was missing as the sequels wore on--he was more comical, and nothing to really be afraid of, even comedians used him as fodder in their routines. The casting of the teens was OK and only Nancy and Quinten actually looked like teens (maybe due to the specific laws about child actors and the length of shooting they may have declined to use actual teens which I can understand why) So the casting seemed okay, the story was good. I liked how they investigated the allegations and the Freddy story which I found was freely given in the original and how they thought Freddy was an innocent man taking revenge on the children who lied about his connection with the children. When it was found out that they were telling the truth it confirms his evilness.
The connection the kids shared was great and this part they expanded on was great about how all the children but them were dead and always in their sleep.
Now, getting to the point: I wanted my $10 back. It seemed to turn into a shot for shot of original with the exceptions listed above. The whole Tina on the ceiling happened and the line: How's this for a wet dream (when Nancy was swimming in what appeared to be blood which seemed to borrow from the third installment of the series but it was sticky tar instead of liquid though it started out as sticky kind of tar at first) was originally used when Johnny Depp's character was killed in the original movie.
And of course in the original Nancy's mother is pulled into the door but in this version she's killed and pulled through a mirror.
Did I like it? It kept me riveted. Did I want to recommend it? No The acting was cool but I think while it strayed a little away from the original it should have departed completely away from it as far as the murders (Christina) and the ending. I do applaud the writers for making the new material and expanding on it which isn't easy in an established series when it's being overhauled but I have to say that it was okay
A great movie but not without its flaws
Kevin Franklin (Sinbad) is a big man with big dreams but try telling that to his car that backfires so often that he probably doesn't go through the drive thru at McDonald's (his favorite place to eat). Growing up as an orphan money centric Kevin has tried to get it any way he can, by selling baseball cards, watching tapes on home based businesses and finally borrowing 5k from Happy, the local loan shark. When it comes time to collect none of these business opportunities have paid off in the least so he has two options. The two mobsters kill him or he can have another day of life and an opportunity to pay 50k he naturally takes the latter and decides to skip town which is when he runs into Gary Young (Phil Hartmann) who is looking for his uptight conservative Derek Bond (Ron Glass who's well known for his role in Barney Miller) and he pretends to be the real Derek Bond with hilarious results especially when trying to "remember" the childhood he had with Gary at Camp Maple Ridge and the lyrics to Goodnight Irene First: A presentation in which he BS's his way through with hilarity, trying to figure out the details of Derek Bond before a garden party that he livens up after a mishap with an ice cream machine and a wine tasting that would otherwise be uptight and conservative. As he bumbles through the time at the Youngs he realizes that their family though a shining example of the nuclear family with a successful Mom (owner of a yogurt franchise) and Dad (who works for a rival frozen desert company in town) but the kids are not exactly the Leave It To Beaver kids.
The oldest girl has a thing for dead guys and depressing poetry wearing black all the time and has a boyfriend named Steve but he prefers ST3 he is simply the son of a Congressman who thinks he's a white boy who grew up in the hood around black people (those who have are often called white chocolate). The daughter is just--trying to find her voice as well but not in the best of ways, Kevin teaches her to embrace life and living things and to not let a guy like ST3 take advantage of her and Kevin teaches ST3 a lesson: Don't leave a chicken dinner for a chicken McNugget (this other girl he was with at a shop Kevin went to) by getting pretty creative. His Son Jason is obsessed with pleasing his dad who wants him to become an all star basketball player, Kevin teaches him confidence by teaming up with him to be victorious over a bunch of teenagers who hog the basketball court and wins their clothes. The youngest girl is ignored so he basically watches cartoons with her throughout his time at the Young Family Gary, the Father is pitted against his wife by being given a Beaver Meadows account that is going into a frozen yogurt business and he has a conflict of interest. When mentioning this to his boss, Mr Pike, Pike simply says that he knows that Gary is best for this eventually Kevin steps in saying that he needs to stand up to his boss and can it which he does, Gary then resolves to work as in home counsel for his wife.
As all this is going on, the thugs are homing in on Kevin until their search leads them to the Young Residence with the real Derek Bond who then states that he is the real Derek Bond and that this man is an impostor. Then things make sense for Gary and the family after Kevin is taken away and the family then decides to go after him when the real Derek Bond berates Kevin as a two bit crook. Final chase happens between Kevin and the mobsters and they acquire a scratch off which can be worth a cool million, they then part ways with Kevin and let him go.
One year later, Kevin is rich with that Porsche thanks to a Handbook for House-guests he published. Now that the Youngs know who he is and that he was being himself, they forge a continuing friendship with Kevin and his friend Larry, and the movie closes with food themed Christmas Classics showcasing the voice talents of Phil Hartmann and Sinbad This movie is wonderful for both their comic stylings. Phil Hartmann is a great reactor and his delivery is amazing. The garden party scene really does fit in with his style as well,it's a good movie that really makes him shine while also making his co stars shine too. It's more of a farce comedy that I give 6 out of 10 stars, a nice family comedy and all around fun. It has its shortcomings but I really don't see them when I look at its message, I'd say it's more like a tale of friendship and it's power to change people for the better.
And that is my review
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Wonderful action packed film with a message
Riggs and Murtaugh are back and better than ever in this sequel that stacks up as worthy to the original! Mel Gibson and Danny Glover along with a squad are in pursuit of diplomats that are using their ties to engage in illegal activity through the streets of LA with shots being fired and explosions happening with the squad members in pursuit. First, they chase a red BMW that contains Kugerands (the criminal escapes via helicopter) and then Murtaugh receives a warning to lay off the lead he discovered. After the warning to lay off they must protect Leo Getz (played wonderfully by Joe Pesci) and it is now revealed that he was in league with the same South Africans they were chasing--money laundering was the name of the game. When one of the South Africans disguised as a waiter attempts to kill Leo, they are once again in pursuit and find a stilt house. A car chase ensues and the squad shows up to the house of Arjen Rudd, who hides behind his diplomatic status to evade capture. Riggs and Murtaugh are now in hot water as the State Department is breathing down the captain's neck and they have to issue a formal apology. After Arjen sees Riggs just about everywhere and Murtaugh raises a ruckus stating: Free South Africa; Riggs comes in, beats up some of the thugs but not before grabbing a vital clue: Alba Varden Thursday. The diplomats turn the heat up when they start killing cops on the case and even Murtaugh is targeted again with a bomb on the toilet. Riggs after all the commotion is gradually taken up with a young lady named Rika Van Den Haas (all the murders happen on the same day) and they have a night together--only to end with Riggs' trailer shot up and Riggs being the gentleman and taking her home--only to be killed by her colleagues and Boss and Riggs being kidnapped and thrown in a river with a straight jacket on. After dislocating his shoulder, he gets up and kills the two South Africans that dumped him in the river. However, before he was thrown in the river, he was told by Pieter, the muscle of the operation that he was the one that killed Riggs' wife Victoria. Now, it's personal and they take out all the South Africans one by one--until only Rudd is standing who shoots Riggs up and shouts: Diplomatic Immunity. Murtaugh does his trademark neck crack and shoots Rudd dead after stating: Just been revoked ================ I am not sure how accurate the accents are, or how apartheid was and neither am interested in "understanding" apartheid. It was a racist system that made the majority subject to a minority race. As a work of fiction, I am soo glad that this was written to show the ugliness of apartheid as well as balancing humor in its action. Top notch film!
Because I Said So (2007)
Wonderful script written from the woman's POV
I rented this from the local library and decided to watch the little featurette from the Special Features portion of the DVD and then I watched the movie.
AWESOME! This is one of Diane Keaton's best. She plays Daphne the overprotective and meddling mother to three daughters--rather her youngest, Milly. When she places a personal ad after her youngest's boyfriend left her for her ex boyfriend, she decides to meet the dates before she introduces them to Milly. Daphne then introduces Milly to Tom, but independently because Johnny took a card from the table advertising Milly's catering business Afterwards, Lauren Graham's Maggie character hears that one of her patients (the one she's been treating for suicidal thoughts) were one of the men that was rejected to meet her sister only after hearing "Because I said so that's why" and confronts her mother. Well, the lid stays on until about the last half hour of the movie when it's revealed by Tom's mother that they met via the Internet and Milly reveals that she's been dating two men.
The end I feel is realistic and this is one piece of work, as Daphne not only tries to find out how to let go as well as events in her life lead her to learn how to live her own life. As a man, I loooved this because it had that women's p.o.v but didn't put down the man entirely but dealt with us as we are--flawed, insecure and sometimes just plain mean, 10 out of 10
Dirty Laundry (2006)
Dirty Laundry...Everybody's got some
Dirty Laundry Patrick Davis has made a wonderful life for himself. All the way from Paris, GA he has an apartment in NYC with his partner and has refined his tastes a little. So what happens when you're forced to confront everything you've buried in the hamper of your life? Well, return to the source and deal with it. With the aid of little Gabriel, Patrick returns to his Paris, GA home to find his mother (Evelyn Davis) and sort out the mess that apparently started before he left town. We find out two things: Patrick is his middle name and his real first name is Sheldon. Patrick has a sister Jackie who seems to be not only his confidant but also the one who is best with the kids (in a few scenes she gets the kids and takes them elsewhere while the adults talk--rather fight).
We're introduced to Aunt Lettuce aka "Lettie" who is the loud, hypocritical stereotype during choir rehearsal as the lead singer who showboats her talent she drops by to see Patrick but runs into his Mother (her sister)Patrick tries to adjust to his life in the small, rural town of Paris when he's woken up on a Sunday morning (his 'rest day') and told by his Mother: IN this house, we do church on Sunday. We see Aunt Lettuce again and how she married money, a little argument between Evelyn and Lettuce goes on in church. Upon returning, Patrick murmurs about how Sunday brunch was dignified with Egg White Omeletes and a glass of champagne on the pier at a restaurant he'd frequent in NYC with his partner Ryan as opposed to getting Sunday dinner at a chicken shack with biscuits and various side dishes.
While Patrick is whispering about how dignified Sunday brunch is we see that Ryan has made his way down to Paris, GA and he blurts out one thing to Sheldon/Patrick "Baby", Evelyn is angered about that but also that he was ashamed of his family. Evelyn says: How dare you bring your partner in my house, a white boy...and On a Sunday too? Everyone is initially shocked but they don't focus on him being gay (which I think is interesting but unrealistic because my experience shows me that it tends to be a big deal when they first find out you're gay) but on the fact that he was embarrassed by his family. In the front room, Ryan remarks on how good the simple food is while Evelyn asks him to excuse them while Evelyn and Eugene (local butcher shop manager) tell him about how ashamed he is at his family, Sheldon says: You wanna know why I left? Because I didn't want to wake up and realize that I had become YOU! and storms off The brothers make up after a BBQ (and Mother Davis and Abigail Eugene's wife also have a funny argument I don't know where that falls into the sequence, you have to admit the egg jokes Mother Davis makes are hilarious!) and tings are on the road to recovery. Ryan shines in a scene where he encourages "Pudge" to think Diva and she aces a dance tryout, and in a pie eating contest (at a church picnic) when he and Sheldon/Patrick blurt out the fact that they are lovers (albeit inadvertently and to hilarious reactions of Lettuce, Clarine and a group of church gossips) and they both talk about what they are going to do with their kid.
When dinner rolls around which is supposed to celebrate Sheldon leaving the next day, Aunt Lettuce comes in with her 4 sons (who all look like they'd be in their element in jail--just an observation) Lettuce makes a mockery of the family and how twisted she feels it is hence "airing out the Dirty Laundry" although Evelyn points out that her parents were mean to her and Lettuce was mean to Evelyn and in turn, she was mean to her kids it is in Evelyn's words: That Lion King (expletive)...The Circle..The Circle of Life..." Evelyn then corrects Lettuce saying that if she calls her fat again she's going to "go upside your big hat wearing head with a biscuit". Obviously drunk, but being as blunt as she can be, she accepts the fact that her son is gay and accepts Ryan because she loves her baby boy. Patrick manages to tell the family that they are going to stay in Paris--for a while anyway. The scene ends with Evelyn drunk and passed out
Next scene opens up with Gabe, Patrick and Ryan as a family,then the scene ends with a wonderful quote by James Baldwin I love this movie! I really enjoyed it, although the job storyline wasn't resolved, I believe that it was a part of the exposition that didn't really need to be resolved, because life's issues aren't always resolved by its parties.
Hope this helped you out and enjoy the movie as I have countless times!
Excellent Movie, More of An Expose Than Propaganda
Spain, Kenya, Tanzania, Israel, United States, Chechnya. They all have in common that they have joined a fraternity of nations that have been touched by Muhmmadans (radical Islamicists that want to impose Sharia Law on all societies) First they take examples from 9-11, Britain, Morocco, Kenya, Chechnya and connect the dots. All nations are dealing with this and average citizens don't connect the dots as they don't see these separate fronts as a global conflict with Muhammadans.
I don't know what order they go in but I will do my best to explain what is contained: They go through: Arab media and TV, America and The West blaming Imperialism for the attacks when it is rooted in the Qur'an to kill all unbelievers, Whalid Shoebat and Nonie Darwish are two people who have grown up in Islam and Shoebat is a former PLO terrorist, Darwish is the daughter of an Egyptian Army lieutenant general, who, when assassinated by the Israeli army, was called a "shahid" by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, although Darwish blames "the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth" for the assassination of her Father (Wikipedia) These two understand what the real problem is. The culture of Hatred which breeds hatred of Jews and Christians as well as the West and since it is commanded in their Qur'an and mandated by Allah, this is a duty with the highest reward. Most Americans have never seen or read a Qur'an so they believe anything told to them by the mainstream media Now, they also go into Arabic television where children express wanting to be a Shahid or a martyr (I find this problematic because a martyr dies for what they believe instead of killing in the process too) anyway, children no older than 6 are taught to recite jihadist poetry and plan to attack the West, Israel and America.
They tell us also that in The UK, it is extremely problematic as well as in the US because it is in our backyard, then they are sent to Islamic countries to be trained and then sent back into the land to attack wherever they choose. This is the best postmodern warfare because you use the geography of the land to attack your enemy as pointed out by a woman in the film. Since Islam transcends racial, language and culture barriers we need to understand that this is a global problem. A quote from Brigette Gabriel They are using our laws against us and they know it.
They go into those who pretend to be moderate and yet support terrorism. They go into many areas including how it is related to Nazism and how it is in fact more dangerous since it is now a religious spin as well. It is worth it to see this film for the real scoop on what Islam stands for at its heart. This is more of an expose and not propaganda
Meet the Browns (2008)
Not What I Expected, More or Less Okay
I give this film a 7 because as a fan of the plays, I really didn't get much of the story. Now, I watched it on YOUTUBE but the fact is that I've already seen this material so it's really like 'Great, you put a compilation of what you've already done just established more in the film' I feel that the family could have been highlighted a little more because of the fact of the Title Meet The Browns. I do feel as if this is not the worst that he's ever done, but it is one of the ones I would put down there with Diary Of A Mad Black Woman the Play.
As far as Brown, I don't think that he should be in movies. I talked to one of my directors a while ago and she said that there is a world of difference between a movie actor and a stage actor. I am not in film but I do know that in a play there is a certain suspension of reality that is expected but in a movie, it is expected to be as real as possible while being fictional enough to entertain you. This movie kinda flirts between the two, Any of the playgoers you may see some of the interplay between the plays Meet The Browns and What's Done In The Dark. This is really not what I expected, also Angela Basset does a great job that I almost believe that she's a young woman though I think they should have cast a younger actress, I think that Kimberly Elise could have played this part very convincingly The film opens up with Brenda getting her 3 kids off to work and her sidekick Cheryl making sure the bus doesn't leave without her. She makes it. Then Brenda opens some mail to see that a Father she never knew died and that she's unemployed--talk about a bad day. She comes to her son's basketball game and he shows some promise (Michael) so much so that a recruiter tries to get Brenda to sign him up, she flat out refuses.
She tries to bounce back when her lights get cut off and at one point a daycare woman played by the great Irma P Hall says 'I'm not gonna take your child in if you don't pay' but she makes a change of heart when she realizes what kind of woman she is.
Needless to say she gets down to GA and gets a house. Now, there is a lot of wackiness but if you've seen the play you know what it is ad nauseum. So, the new part is the HO scene (Youtube: Meet The Browns 5). Funeral, Brown acts a fool, etc. then the house and it looks like it should be torn down, She goes back to Chicago and then suffers seeing her child get into selling dope when his Father doesn't want anything to do with him. He gets shot and is okay and ends up being a great basketball player while attending college.
Back in GA, the house is now great and something comes to light about Rick Fox--he was a gambler and may only want to have Michael around for a pay load so he can pay them off, this is revealed to be unfounded as Rick paid them off. They make up and it's roses in GA, however, the one point that's left open is: Did Brenda get a job or does she depend on her child now? I mean, I wondered about this but Michael did say that he is going to take care of his Mom and Sisters I just thought that Brenda would get herself a good job in GA.
This was my perspective on the movie. Overall it was nice but Tyler Perry needs to stop using the old material from his plays as he did with WHY DID I GET MARRIED AND DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN AS WELL AS MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION. Those were excellent and it didn't depend so much on the plays for its material.
The Fighting Temptations (2003)
cute and nice
Not one of his absolute best but a nice one. I would have to say that the church plays a great part of black culture and this is more of a movie with Christian themes as opposed to a Christian movie. WIth that said, this is a nice movie and while I think the 'bootyologist' scene was a bit much, it is in fact a bit Seinfeldian but it is a convo I think that is tailored for blacks. I would also say that this is a movie that is with a tradition of going to the hometown in order to recover a bit of yourself you lost in the city and a lost love you always wanted as in the case of Darrin and Lily who wanted to marry Michael Jackson but ended up with Darrin at the end was a pretty nice tie in. This is not a preachy movie while keeping up some Christian themes and the soundtrack is amazing as well. I would recommend it to anyone who like Gospel as well as a cute film, I would be a little hesitant to say it's a chick flick, but it would be considered one though it is from a man's point of view.