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Lo imposible (2012)
a touching story
I thought this movie was really good and was surprised to learn it didn't get nominated for best picture. It is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The movie says it is a true story and if all of it is true and not embellished for Hollywood, it really seems impossible. It's about a couple and their 3 kids whom are in the tsunami in Thailand and their survival. First, I thought the special effects showing the rushing water and waves hitting were really good. I have no idea how they made it look so realistic. I don't know how anyone could not have drowned being in the rushing water with objects flying around.
Then the rest of the movie is about the family coming together and finding each other in chaos. I thought it was an emotional story and written well. Much better than most movies now days.
FINAL VERDCIT: Definitely check it out.
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
this is what you call bad
This movie was so bad, even a lot worse than the first one. At least the first one was OK and had its moments, but this movie all the jokes just fell flat and where just silly and sometimes disgusting. When a movie starts with a deer spraying urine all over someone, you know that the movie just doesn't have much. Then of course there was the gross scene of the guy fixing the ice cream machine and chocolate ice cream leaking out. And what's funny about a dad breaking his own son's leg. The only amusing thing was the car wash scene with the hot chicks and guys wearing short shorts. But even that was too much.
FINAL VERDICT: Watch at your own risk, but best to avoid.
After Earth (2013)
the dialog may have been bad....
but this isn't the worst movie ever. Given the negativity associated with this movie, I was expecting something terrible, but it wasn't that bad. The special effects were OK, but of course the animals looked fake and the story was OK. Whenever Jaden Smith talked, it was pretty bad; he can't act. Even Will Smith was awful while talking, he's not made to play a stern, no nonsense guy.
The plot is soldiers in training are going to another planet to train to kill Ursas, alien monsters. They crash land on earth with only a father and son surviving, the dad happens to be a general and can ghost, meaning he has no fear of the Ursa. He's too hurt so the kid must retrieve the emergency beacon. What I don't get is why are there giant eagles and crazy baboons on earth now. That was silly. As mentioned, Jaden Smith is not believable as any character and it is easy to predict what will happen.
FINAL VERDICT: Not horrible, not what I call good, just so-so. This would be OK for background noise while you're doing something else.
did magic make the laughs disappear?
This movie was more of a let down than anything else. Considering all the big stars in this, I was expecting to laugh a lot, but they must have disappeared. It really wasn't that funny.
First I love Steve Carroll but his monotone voice in this just wasn't funny. It was more annoying than anything. In this movie, he plays famous Las Vegas magician, Burt Wonderstone. He does a show with life long best friend, Anton, but the 2 have been bickering for a while. They have a big blow up and Burt can't do the show without Anton. So, he's out of a job, money, but meets his favorite magician Rance Holloway while working in a nursing home. So of course, Burt changes his ways and comes out on top with a new audience disappearing act with Anton. He also finally shows up stunt magician, Steve Gray.
But the main problem with the movie is it just didn't make me laugh, Sure you would think Jim Carrey would be hilarious as a magician doing crazy things, like lay down on fire, hold his urine for a week,etc... but it was amusing but not funny.
FINAL VERDICT: Skip it, it doesn't live up to expectations.
Iron Man Three (2013)
one of the better super hero films
I thought this movie was OK and it kept me entertained. I think I liked it better than the other Iron Man movies. In the movie, there is terrorist, the Mandarian, whom is waging war against the USA. He wants to get at the President. Tony Stark tells the Mandarian to bring it on. So his house gets attacked and he's on the hunt to figure out what is going on with mysterious explosions. Eventually we find out there is new technology that allows people to build up heat and they can shoot fireballs and melt things. Tony finally tracks down the Mandarian, and it turns out he is more of a joke. The real evil guy has of course kidnapped Pepper and Tony must find a way to destroy these heat retaining people.
FINAL VERDICT: It was OK for a super hero film. Worth checking out on cable.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
who thinks this was good? Not me
After finally watching this over hyped film, I don't get why people think it is really good. I thought it was barely watchable because it was so boring. I don't get all the award nomination nor how Jennifer Lawerence could win an Oscar for this role. There was nothing outstanding about her character, Tiffany, to warrant a stand out role. And the worst part was the lack of chemistry between Bradly Cooper and Jennifer Lawerence. First he looks 20 years older than her, and why would a depressed widow want to hook up with a bipolar manic who has melt downs. Simple, it wouldn't happen.
The movie is about released mental patient, Pat, goes home and is obsessed with his estranged wife. He has mental break downs and meats Tiffany whom knows his wife. He agrees to be in a dance contest with her if she will give the wife a letter. And that's the story. Nothing much happens.
FINAL VERDICT: A big waste of time and it certainly wasn't one of the best films of the year. Skip it.
Tom Cruise just doesn't have "IT" anymore
I've really lost interest in Tom Cruise. His movies just aren't that good anymore and he does way to many sequels, ie..Mission Impossible. The idea behind this sci-fi movie didn't seem very unique. Basically, you have Jack whom is left on earth with Victoria and they are in charge to defend these water tower type things from alien scavs. Other humans have gone to live on one of Saturn's moons. They talk to this woman whom is supposedly in a space station and is overseeing their job. One day Jack finds a woman, Julia, in space capsule and he knows her. Then that's when the plot just gets too crazy and it makes no sense. Some how, Jack is a clone and the scavs are humans and aliens are steeling earth's resources, and no one is on Saturn's moon. All of it got too convoluted for me.
FINAL VERDICT: Skip it, the plot and the actors aren't up to par.
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
more action, more Bruce, makes for a good day
I liked this movie more than I thought I would. Sure the plot is crazy, but Bruce Willis just makes a good action star, and I found the movie entertaining because of him.
John Mcclane goes to Russia to help get his son, Jack, out of jail. What he doesn't know is that Jack works for the CIA and is on a mission to free another prisoner. So John shows up, the CIA organizes the escape, and chaos ensues. Next thing you know John is central in trying to protect the guy the CIA believes has info on Cheranobyl. The bad continue to chase them through out the film, and you know a twist is going to come into play. Whom is really the bad guy? Then you have the ending with the helicopter, everything being blown up, driving a truck out the back of the copter, etc... in true Die Hard fashion.
FINAL VERDICT: If you are an action fan, then I recommend this movie. You'll get some entertainment out of it.
Volturi = worst villains in movie history
I finally got to see the last installment of this franchise and watched them all on cable; I certainly wouldn't spend money to see these films. The movie begins after the birth of Renesmee; Belle and Edward are hot for each other and Jacob creepily has the hots for the baby since he imprinted on her. The Volturi are coming after them because they fear the child is a danger to the life of vampires and can't be controlled, plus it's bad in the vampire world to turn a child. Now does that sound real exciting? So Bella, Edward and the family are going to disappear, then perhaps what is the most perverted scene in a pg13 film, when Jacob strips to turn into a wolf in front of Bella's dad. Jacob does this to keep the family from running away, real sensible, right? So, some vamp tattles on the Cullen family to the Volturi; meanwhile the Cullens gather vampire friends from around the worth to vouch on their behalf that the child isn't a threat. They are afraid the Volturi won't believe that the child is half human and half vamp, which would mean she wasn't a threat, makes perfect sense? Anyways there is a so called "confortation" which may or may not happen, the end.
FINAL VERDICT: Simply awful. The plots to these film are just not good.
Warm Bodies (2013)
a zombie movie with a crazy plot
This is the craziest zombie movie of them all. First just forget everything you think you know about zombies because this movie throws all that out the door. R is a zombie that can think and he eats the brains of Julie's boyfriend, hence getting all his memories, that's one of the new zombie twist. So when R has a chance to attack Julie, he recognizes her and begins talking and gets her to safety. How is this possible? Well it seems the zombies are coming back to life, of course this is never explained. They are the walking dead, but come back to life, really far fetched. Of course, Julie's dad doesn't understand the blossoming love between her and R, but it's easy for her friend to accept. And the bad guys in this are the bonies. Zombies that have ripped all their flesh off and look like skeletons.
FINAL VERDICT: This movie makes up a lot of new rules about zombies. The plot is too much to take, skip it.