Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
The Stepfather (2009)
I'd Rather Watch Terry O Quinn
Okay, so I decided to watch the original 1987 version and then check out the 2009 version and compare the two. One thing definitely comes off right away: The Stepfather is just a douchebag
See, the part of the movie that I should be able to sit through the most is The Stepfather. He is supposed to be creepy but in a way that is trying to come off as genuine to the audience so that we can see how the Mom and other children fall for him--and why one of the children is suspicious. This is the gaping hole in the film that never closes right. We never see him being sociable so that we can say "Wow, he's charming even for a homicidal maniac" What's worse is that an hour into the film and I was just checking the time thinking "If I don't care about him or like him this film won't work" And it doesn't
So Michael's girlfriend (of the suspicious kid) shows a lot of skin and it's a bore. I mean, yeah for adolescents or old men with beer guts, it might stand up and salute but otherwise, it's just the same old adolescent girl showing skin that we probably won't care about in 10 years time
The Mom. She's too trusting knowing that his past is untraceable and she doesn't seem to mind. She's just vapid until the end and even then you don't care about her character because she like the 2 children are forgettable...but she's in more scenes but still I just remember not caring for her much
The fact that we see a lot of Michael and his suspicions while it never really focuses a lot on the interplay between him and The Stepfather...it seems forced at times which it's supposed to but it doesn't even gel right when it's forced
I don't even remember the names of the little kids, as far as I'm concerned they wasted money on that part of the budget because those two other kids are so forgettable.
As with most remakes, they should've left well enough alone but Hollywood is always looking for another cash cow
This one sucked...terribly
A&E would've done it better
So, I decided to watch Sal because I was looking for gay themed films and this one popped up. Big mistake, it dramatizes the last day of his life but the key word is drama, why not put something interesting for us to hold our attention? Speaking of attention, I was so bored by the 30 minute mark that I ended up surfing the web and I am sure I missed nothing important
For a film about the last day of an American icon, they should've taken some dramatic license or something. It really made me feel like I was REALLY watching someone's last day, bogged mundane and all the minutiae.
In other words, I can't finish this film anymore than I finished the 3 rd and 4th season of In The House...it was just too painful for me to continue watching, it's boredom level is Prometheus...and that movie was flippin' boring!
Watership Down (1978)
A Stellar Adaptation of the Novel
This movie was adapted from the Richard Adams' novel of the same name. Released in 1978, this shows a group of rabbits lead by Fiver and Hazel who leave their warren after Fiver has a vision of imminent danger. Joined by Bigwick, and a group of other rabbits they journey many miles to find the place where they hope to be safe.
However, getting there is half the battle. They must be aware of the predators, rats, traps, other rabbits namely General Woundroot and many other perils as their journey.
The movie sets itself up very well, one cares about the characters and the action and pacing is pretty even. The voice actors seemed like they were just perfect for their parts and you really are rooting for our heroes through all the danger they face.
I would probably recommend this for an older child of 12-14 rather than a 7 year old because it is graphic, but I feel it is done well.
All in all a fine adaptation of a worthy book
California Dreams (1992)
So, TNBC decided to make a show about a bunch of California teens forming a band...which I am sure this wasn't the first (Osmonds and Jakcksons, Beatles all had cartoons) and this was when NBC was hot with Saved By The Bell and wanted to clone it and fill their lineup.
When I was in about 9th Grade (early 2000s), this show replaced City Guys on the lineup in the morning and as I watched this more and more I began to hate it. A bunch of kids with a bunch of the same problems we saw on Saved By the Bell, and wasn't fresh and original. I also hated that the only black main character on the show was a bumbling idiot; maybe that changed in later seasons but I hated it so much I'd rather not see Tony's character Now I believe City Guys came AFTER this show ended so maybe they learned a bit from this show when forming City Guys. It lasted 5 seasons so it had to have enough of a fan base to actually continue that long, but for me it was a huge miss. I may decide to watch the full show and change my mind about it, but as of now I give it a 1 of 10. Namely because I couldn't get into the show and it irked me that this show replaced one of my favorites
In the House (1995)
Dated, but still hilarious!
I remember watching this on TV when I was a kid. I rediscovered this show and Debbie Allen, known better for being behind the camera returns as Jackie, the mother of Austin and Tiffany. Marion, a football player whose career was cut short by an injury.
Debbie Allen is the hilarious Jackie, whose one liners make the show's first two seasons (I am watching this on Youtube) a breeze to watch.
Austin is the cutesy nerd who predictably is the butt of all his sister Tiffany's jokes. Tiffany, a teenager whose body is more developed than her mother would like.
Much of the humor comes from some of the crazy situations of Marion and his friends, his womanizing, Jackie's ex husband and her daughter's skimpy clothes, and other situations as they arise
I feel this show is pretty watchable standard fare
Its Subtlety is its Strength
Although it has a gay love subplot in it, it is not your standard gay fare. That is why I like and still watch Shelter The action and pace are good, and we get a good glimpse of the family dynamic. The Father is disabled, his sister is basically unfit putting her needs above the needs of her son and calling Zack to babysit as if he is the Father. He works at a dead end diner and has an on and off girlfriend named Torie.
Zack falls in love with Shawn, his best friend's brother and has to figure out his path in life. Should he go with his dreams or stay stuck? What is his future? This film is brilliant in its simplicity and while it may be a low rent film, it pays off in a way that most big budget films rarely do Enjoy!
Speaks Daggers Uses Them
Bamboozled is the story of Pierre Delacroix, a Harvard educated writer who is ripped for his Cosbyesque ideas that lead to cancellation. Michael Dunwitty claiming to be "blacker than you Delacroix" and can "Say the word n*@&a, I have a black wife and have 2 biracial kids"
So he goes in the opposite direction and revives a minstrel show, thinking it will be so offensive that it will be canceled. Much to his chagrin the minstrel show Delacroix puts up is actually a hit. The movie starts from there, as it is mired in controversy and has reactions from both sides of the spectrum (extreme love to extreme hate) references to black power make their way into the movie
Biting satire about how America doesn't really want to see intelligent black characters on TV.
An Evangelical Mean Girls, but Not Quite
Mary, is a good Christian girl whose friends are Hillary Faye (Alpha Christian and leader of a group called the Christian Jewels) Veronica, a Vietnamese girl adopted by a black couple and Tia is a girl who wants to be in the clique but is mostly ignored When her boyfriend Dean comes out to her, she has sex with him to save him from gaydom. That's where her life begins to go topsy turvy, she is later befriended by a Jewish student and "resident heathen" Cassandra Edelstein and Roland, Hillary Faye's brother who is wheelchair bound.
With the layers of her world coming undone, she struggles with the world she grew up in vs. the world she is trying to adjust to I wanted to call this an Evangelical Mean Girls, which is the spirit of the film. However, it is also something all its own with that similar undercurrent.
Silence Speaks Volumes
In this film, it uses a lot of silent pauses to tell us some deafening truths, to reveal things we otherwise couldn't hear with speech In three "Acts" we learn about Chiron, who speaks very little and his first line is "What's a faggot?" He is a shy boy being chased by a band of boys from his school when Juan, a local dealer takes him under his wing As a teenager, he continues to have a connection with Juan and his girlfriend Teresa, played so well and ably by Jenelle Monae (sp?) and still, silence speaks to us in moments where we think we know what's going on Third Act is an interesting one as it doesn't unfold the way we normally see movies like these unfold, and it's a great thing. We've seen it end one way and one way only, but in its reality, we see it more of a beginning.
I enjoyed this film and hope to see more from the writer and director. It is a powerful film that only gives us the glimpse of real life without being ham handed and overly zealous. It is not pretentious, it knows what it is and keeps true to home. For that, I give Moonlight a 10.
Awesome Adaptation Without The Fillers
DBZ Kai was something I had to watch and after hearing it was an edited version of the original DBZ I was like "Ok, let me see what it is" And I have to say I am glad for it. I can see all the major arcs in condensed form (159 episodes without all the filler episodes that brought the original Z to 291 episodes. While I enjoyed watching Z, the filler episodes and long drawn out fights really made me think of some of those as background noise
It basically has all the good parts, and I enjoy watching it because it's like getting the best of the show. Some of the colors have been softened and I do believe the voice cast has changed partway but I haven't noticed a huge difference so far (80 episodes in)
I hope you truly enjoy this version of DBZ as it is the best and most concise version of the series
Holding Trevor (2007)
Just Pure Awful
I tried to care about these characters, even when two of them have tragic events in their lives.
The only thing it seems to get right is dealing with a heroin addict and hoping that your denial is reality.
Other than that, this film is pretty clumsy, the other gay guy has a music scene that doesn't fit the film and I don't remember if he even mentions his musical abilities or anything before that point.
It just seems thrown together, no sense of pacing and at the end it left me just with scrunched eyes and wondering "Did anyone proofread this before they shot it? OR point out things that didn't make sense"
The Single Moms Club (2014)
Single Mom's Club is Okay, Not Great
I give this movie a 6 because while the material definitely has great potential, this fell flat by relying on stereotypes.
Jan is a rich woman who has time for only her job, detached, blunt as a spoon Rich Corporate Climber
Lytia The poor black version of Jan Sassy Black Woman
Hillary the softer side of Jan, stay at home Mom who married into money and now that she has little of it she now has an existential crisis. Former Rich Girl
May Similar to Hillary except that she's probably more successful of the Moms because she has a career she actually likes as a writer. Her husband isn't in the picture because of a drug addiction. Professional Black Woman
Esperanza is like Hillary except for having a boyfriend she doesn't want to have around her daughter because her ex will cut off his voluntary support Latina bombshell
So when I first looked at this I thought it would be really good because when folks pool their resources they become stronger. It was a bit of a letdown because this is something I've seen before, just multiplied with a more diverse cast. I like how they actually let the bigger stereotypes go with Lytia, she could've been drawn a lot worse. Of course they meet men throughout the film that they eventually end up with because it guarantees a happy ending. I think it would've been good to see some of the women remain single because it doesn't always end up that way
So a 6/10 because while it does do stereotypes and some of the humor is corny, this is by no means the worst I've seen.
The Fosters (2013)
Watching First Season, Not Sure What To Think
I wanted to watch another queer themed show besides Queer as Folk, and I decided to watch The Fosters. The Fosters co-creator is Peter Paige who played Emmett in QAF, so much for no more QAF connection I like the show, the acting is pretty good, and it only seems as if bad things happen to Callie while disaster is averted for everyone else. Marianna is always in odd situations due to wanting to please people, including one who knows a secret about her. So far, the main thing that is really in the forefront is forbidden love and Callie's brother Jude and his obvious crush on his friend Connor.
The parenting style comes across as "This could've been worse, don't let it happen again" and nothing else. It almost seems to me to be a Cosby Show featuring Lena and Stef For now, I see it tackling adoption and foster care system and the craziness of the foster care system. I don't see much growth in Callie and she seems like from some of the reviews I've read to be stuck as the same girl she was in the Pilot. Who is that you ask? A girl who needs rescuing who messes up everything good in her life because she believes she doesn't deserve it and nothing good is permanent I hope I'm wrong...but i don't think I'm wrong by much I thought it would teach us about the parents as well. Lena is a great character so far, she is the heart and her job is definitely one where heart is an asset even if they may make hard decisions based on it Stefanie however, I really can't force myself to like her. Even when she was put in a situation where you knew she could die, I knew that wouldn't happen because well...the script and Universe necessitate her presence.
So I like watching it and I'll give it a chance
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Robert Thorn and family are now gone as Damien is now being raised by his Uncle Richard (the brother of Robert) and wife Anne with his cousin Mark.
Sent off to a military academy where they have family ties, Damien starts to notice strange things happening to him and others. First, he stares at a kid who later goes haywire. Next, he knows all the dates his history teacher gives him the names of events to and from there it gets stranger and stranger as he now comes into his power.
What I liked about the first film was the journey. Robert didn't believe that his son could be of all the AntiChrist. He followed a trail that closed behind him until the final scene and finish Richard however, shows the business side of the Thorn family as well as people trying to warn Richard that the fate of his brother could be his soon. It's a race against time to find if he could succeed where his brother failed.
With a lot of great scenery, brightness, good acting, I actually like their voices for the era they're filming in (late 1970s) and the story as well as the music which was a strong feature of the first. This one ramps up the kills which are inventive and strange enough to warrant attention. The sequel does seem to leave out some of the calculated trail of the first then speeds up to catch up. I give this film an 8 because it's well done, sleek and modern for its time while also having a bit of nostalgia It's a great film to get lost in if you want to be delighted and terrified at the same time
The Brothers (2001)
One of My Favorite Films
The Brothers is a classic tale of boys becoming men.
Morris Chesnut is Jackson Smith, a successful pediatrician and leading man of the crew who gets involved with Denise (Gabrielle Union) his Mom is played by Jennifer Lewis and sister is Tatiana Ali best known as Ashley from Prince of Bel-Air Shemar Moore is Terry White, womanizer and we're lead to believe he's a ladies man...which by his looks, we don't doubt. He's getting engaged to Bebe, a woman who's at the gun range 3x/wk D.L. Hughley is Derrick West who has allowed his wife to control the terms of their relationship instead of it being a partnership. He also wants to get a need fulfilled by his wife that she won't fill Bill Bellamy is Brian Palmer a womanizer in the other direction of Terry. No charm, no guile no wit...he gives up on dating black women and is trying to get through to his mother (who was on Scrubs as Nurse Laverne) So the 4 come together every week to play basketball and air out their life issues with candor and a lot of laughs! This movie is well done, and true to life as I've seen it. Great writing, storytelling is on point and the depth of the characters...at least the ones we're supposed to care about stands out among other films Great film I rate it a 9 out of 10
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Tyler Perry's First Movie
Diary of A Mad Black Woman is the story of Helen, married to an attorney Charles, her high school sweetheart. They both came from nothing and have built a great life for themselves. There is one dark secret: Their marriage is in trouble.
After finding out Charles has been unfaithful on their anniversary and dragged out of the house, she has to come home again. Enter Madea, the two go on a journey with Madea in a way guiding Helen. She builds her life on her own terms and meets Orlando (played by the beautiful and hunkalicious Shemar Moore) and begins a relationship with him.
But tragedy ins't far off when Charles is shot by a vengeful client and she decides to care for him.
Torn between two men, two choices, one path for Helen.
Written with a delicate yet powerful touch, this movie definitely shows Tyler Perry as a great storyteller and while Madea can be a bit much, those who have seen the play have a sense of deja vu.
Queer as Folk (2000)
Showing LGBTs as regular, yet distinct people
Queer as Folk is a wonderful show that has an ensemble cast but its leads are Michael Novotny and Brian Kinney. The two have been best friends since they were 14, Michael is a bit of a naive & big hearted while Brian is more cold and cunning.
They are flanked by: Emmett, as flamboyant as they come Ted, an accountant that could pass for straight. Justin, whom Brian takes a liking to in the Pilot. Debbie, Michael's Mom is like their Den Mother Uncle Vic, who is like the Gay Sage Lindsay and Mel are the parents of Brian's child Gus, and later they welcome daughter to their family
This show is about boys becoming men and navigating gay life from HIV, one night stands, infidelities, conversion or ex gay therapy, parenting, promiscuity, aging, prostitution, conservatism, subcultures, drugs, gay bashings, socioeconomic differences, relationships changing, politics...in other words, a lot of the same things that we all go through
I enjoy the show because it shows gay people as 3 dimensional, flawed people that we are. It also showed that gays aren't like everyone else and don't need to be in order to have our rights granted to us. That some of us want kids and a husband, while some don't care for it.
I do wish some of the secondary characters would've stayed around more and they could've been integrated in the script and stories, I like some of the grittiness because it really made me care for the characters and all the situations they found themselves in. It was a groundbreaking show for its time and I'm glad that the showrunners made this all its own.
The UK version is great too, not better but different
Kingdom Come (2001)
When the Patriarch Bud keels over at the breakfast table in the middle of one of his saved, sanctified & filled with the Holy Ghost sister Marguerite (Loretta Devine) the family comes together dealing with their own baggage on top of it Jr & Sherese (Anthony Anderson and Jada Pinkett--at the time) deal with going bankrupt after Jr foolishly created a machine that cleans parking lots. He also has 3 kids who are terrors.
Ray Bud & Lucille Slocumb (LL Cool J & Vivica Fox) contend with Lucille being unable to bring a baby to term despite their best efforts, and due to the funeral he says to his wife in one of my favorite lines "When I die don't say anything Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you" Marguerite and Royce (Darius McCrary) deal with an antagonistic relationship and Royce going down the wrong path and is on the way to a cell next to his brother LeVar All of this self examination of their feelings toward the Dearly Departed (which was the play this film was based on) and each other come into the forefront. Also featuring Cedric The Entertainer as Rev Lee Hoooker and Masasa Moyo who is a Harpo Marx character that as Daddy Bud puts it "in love with the refrigerator" 3 church ladies that act as a Greek Chorus and characters that are true to life. It is a delightful romp through a family as they deal with the day all families will contend with, the death of a patriarch So strap in for the ride and enjoy the music written and produced Kirk Franklin and delightful voices of Tamar Braxton, Tamela Mann and a nice song at the end of the movie as they say their final goodbyes
Boat Trip (2002)
So Bad It Can't Possibly Be Good
The first time I wanted to watch this movie I ended up watching Empire instead. I knew this wasn't going to be a good movie anyway so the reprieve was good.
Cue the night I want to watch this movie and see just how bad this thing is. Well, Vivica Fox plays Felicia and every time I see her I want to say "Bye Felicia". Jerry played by Cuba Gooding Jr is a happy go lucky kind of guy who's in love with Felicia, who dumps him. Hector, Jerry's best friend is a womanizer and stereotypical male chauvinist . He disrespects a travel agent whose boss (and boyfriend) puts them on a gay cruise. These guys are slow on the uptake as it looks like someone grabbed everyone dressed outrageously at Gay Pride showed up on that Cruise So Jerry finds the one woman on the cruise, likes her (she is a dance instructor) and a flare Hector gets a hold of downs a helicopter of a bunch of gorgeous bikini models. The farce continues as they pretend to be gay and experience that all gay guys aren't bad...yet the stereotypes inherent in this movie are stifling as I don't know many gay men like any on that boat...I guess that's what it was supposed to be...so exaggerated it was unreal As it moves along, Felicia goes to the island where the boat is, and catches Jerry in a drag dance to "I'm coming out" So as all of it sorts out, it's a happy ending for all involved...except the viewer Terrible movie, I can't believe I wanted to see it, but I asked for it...
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Saw it as a TV Movie
I decided to take a look at this movie again because I saw it as a kid on TV. I started to watch it and thought some of the humor was pretty funny.
So a pawn shop guy gets a statue and a medallion, of course the guy who brings it in says "Don't touch the Medallion" so what does Pawn Shop guy do: EXACTLY THAT! There are 2 showdowns with the Leprechaun and the Shop Owner, with the Leprechaun victorious at their last meeting. Their meetings happen because 1. He's the shop owner and 2. There's one piece of gold missing. Then there's the convenient thing where the shop owner was looking up Leprechaun lore on the computer, that plays into the next section At the casino, Scott--our hero--is having a losing streak, then goes to pawn the watch and finds the dead shop owner dead. The next thing Scott does is accidentally going up to the computer and unpausing it at the time that the gold shilling is told to have magic powers: Granting a wish. He makes his wish: A winning streak.
That's where it all gets complicated. The gold coin shifts hands so many times and the Leprechaun keeps killing until the final showdown; which has something to do with Scott not feeling quite like himself.
All in all, it's a farce, a decent but predictable farce.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
This Should Have A Different Title
Jack Ryan is a CIA Analyst who often gets caught up in a lot of situations because he's too good at his job. Well, while this carries the Jack Ryan mantle, the style is your standard action movie.
Jack Ryan is no action hero, he just tries to predict what is likeliest to happen and go from there.
This movie might have been better as a Robert Ludlum like title "The Name Object" as he always used those for his titles.
Very sleek and I did like some of the action but again tossing Jack Ryan on it probably killed any hope of reviving the character...especially after the bomb The Sum of All Fears was (I'm reading the book soon)
On my list of Top 10 Underwhelming films
So, Weyland Corporation outfits a ship for LV 223 which is where they trace "The Engineers" whom Weyland wants his agenda filled but Shaw wants to know "how did we get here" There are few twists and turns, but not enough to keep me interested. I had to force myself to watch it and wondered "How in the flip did that come about?" There is a part that seems like it could be semi exciting but it suffers from the same things that Matrix Revolutions did: Being so bogged down in its philosophical bearings that it refuses to be exciting.
I was so disappointed with this...One piece of advice: The trailer is so much better that watchmojo.com placed it high on their "Top 10 trailers better than the movie" I'll just let that sink in for a moment
I like dystopian films where there is a hero in the midst taking on a dangerous regime, and in this case it is literally a segregationist regime (like apartheid South Africa) where the rich are in Elysium, and the poor are relegated to the planet where they have little access to food, health care or even basic hygiene.
I personally found this a very fitting metaphor for the kind of thing that income inequality leads to and is spot on when it comes to the kind of world we can be living in when people just don't care anymore. It's a libertarian paradise! I
I enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Kept falling asleep
I do see the promise of the script.
Major hero, a Mom who thinks everyone who disagrees with her his a Communist (sound familiar anyone?) and a recurring dream keep Raymond Shaw and Marco on their toes as they try to figure out what is going on.
I liked the pacing, though a little slow (and maybe it was because I watched this late) but I watched it at least 3 times before I just gave it up and watched the 2004 version.
I know that this is a great movie and for the time, it was stellar. The story is very good, it wasn't my cup of tea but if you like it by all means have at it
Romancing the Stone (1984)
One Stop Shop for Escapism
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) gives us a preview of one of the books she's finishing and has to get to her publisher the next day, which she wakes up late for. When she returns, her room is rifled through for a package her late brother in law mailed to her. She gets a call from her sister Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor)to come to Columbia namely Cartagena to get the map to her as she has been kidnapped.
After the bus she's on (leading here AWAY from Cartagena) crashes, enter Jack T Colton who saves her from Colonel Zolo, a corrupt cop who is also the man that murdered Joan's brother in law. We are lead through mazes of jungle, shootouts with police, Mounties, the kidnapper's cousin (Danny DeVito) all trying to get their hands on the map.
The end is a spectacle and polishes the film very well. I enjoyed the rising action, the height of the action and the falling action (literary terms) that gave us the film that is Romancing the Stone The music is mostly derived from one score by film veteran Alan Silvestri and the soundtrack is great. However, it is easy to get some of the music titles mixed up If you want a great romantic dramedy adventure film, Romancing the Stone is a great one stop shop!