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I would put TROMA films but...I kinda put them in their own category.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Like Prometheus? You'll enjoy this like I did. Didn't like Prometheus? Don't see it
So, here it comes another Ridley Scott film that divides us. Like "Prometheus", it has become an either love it or hate it. "Prometheus" was not for everyone, it had a lot of ambiguity, it had a lot of questions that didn't seem to be answered. This movie, did answer some questions that were raised in "Prometheus" but it also left open for even more. The films are intelligent, no question, they are also pretty philosophical.
"Alien Covenant" does a few things I really like. First off, they brought back the horror element to the franchise. That was missing for too long. While yes, "Aliens" was fun, also the largest in scale. It is arguably the best in the franchise, though I prefer the original. Yes, not a popular opinion, but I do. This one has a lot of the feel of the original. It is suspenseful, very atmospheric. I also want to say the music score was chilling, probably my favorite part of the movie.
I would dive into the story line, but we all know it. A crew hears a signal, they go find out where it comes from and end up in a deserted planet. It has a very very similar story to the original. It almost felt like a throwback. That can annoy some movie goers hoping for something new, but I personally appreciated it.
"Alien Covenant" has a rather large ensemble cast. However, the big complaint I have is none of them really stood out, except Michael Fassbender as Walter and David. Yes, he plays two characters. He gives a fantastic performance. We get to know David from "Prometheus" a lot more. We grow a larger understanding of his motives. One of the best parts of "Prometheus" was the character David. We never fully understood what he was all about. Well, you certainly will in this one. I refuse to tell what that is.
"Alien Covenant" is a movie that had me think a lot. I saw a ton of movies this year and I enjoyed most, but I never felt compelled to write my thoughts about it the way I did this. I think it's because this is such a divisive movie. I will fully understand why people will not like it, but I personally did. Worth seeing, be prepared to have a long discussion with your friends.
I rate it an "A"
Hilarious! Also great tribute to old Troma Films.
From local Michigan Company, Silver Bullet Pictures, comes a over the top 80s style cheese in the tradition of "Troma" films comes the Sci-fi/Comedy/Horror, "Chubbies" a movie that was also featured in Motor City Nightmares. It is a well made piece and for a budget of only $8k and it's well worth a watch.
The film starts off on a planet called "Snerd" a place where sex is outlawed and where all the people on the planet look the same. Let me first go and say that the first 10 minutes or so of that movie, I was cringing at the bad set design of it, the first five minutes looked like it was shot in someone's garage, even for a micro-budget underground film, it could of been a lot better in that regard. Anyways, on Snerd there are these creatures called "chubbies" whom are on trial and a lawyer defending them who also got arrested for defying his superiors. They then crash into planet earth where the Chubbies go loose, going into people's anal cavities to turn them into weird purple creatures.
The movie mostly takes place inside a Bowling Alley, where all the employees want to throw a Halloween party but things go crazy once the chubbies run loose going after them one by one. The movie is loaded with off the wall humor, it's got depraved humor that one could recognize from Troma films (Toxic Avenger, Class of Nukem High), in fact, Lloyd Kaufman has a cameo in it. I won't give away too much of the story because I feel it's worth watching.
While all the scenes on Snerd look just amateur and shot in a student green screen classroom, the rest of the movie looked pretty good. The cinematography was well done, editing was smooth and the chubbies were done practically and looked pretty good. The movie also has great gore in it. Once they got to Earth I forgot it was an underground movie and was impressed. It has faily good acting, I think it was a bit over the top on purpose, but given the content of the movie, it should be over the top. I found myself laughing and being entertained throughout. The audio was actually one of the strong points of the movie as it was clean and crisp, which is a problem in a lot of shoe string budget movies.
Despite some not so well put together scenes, (Mainly on Snerd), the movie is well made and great for anyone who enjoys B-Movies such as "Toxic Avenger" "Class of Nuke Em High" or even "Nuns With Big Guns." I give "Chubbies" an "A-". I own it and I watched it more than once. It'd have an "A" if the Snerd Scenes were better put together. However, the rest of the movie was so well done, it was forgivable.
Trail of Blood On the Trail (2015)
An underground Gem that is better than the ratings claim.
Do you enjoy Zombies? Did you enjoy "Shaun of the Dead?' Do you enjoy practical effects? Then "Trail of Blood" on the trail is the movie for you! It is an underground gem that should get more releases to be totally honest. I caught a view of it at "Motor City Nightmares" earlier this year, the filmmakers, Jeremy and Kate were both running the screening, passing out T-shirts and getting people hyped for it. I was seeing it because I love films done by people who do it for a passion. Also I love self funded films, there is something special about them. There were two movies I was going to see that day, this and "Lucifer" I must say, I was excited for "Lucifer" more than this one. Simply because I am big into movies about satanic cults (Which turned out not to be the case for that movie), I ended up being very disappointed in "Lucifer" but very impressed and surprised by "Trail of Blood on the Trail" I found myself laughing throughout the movie and also being impressed on what the filmmakers pulled off with their shoestring budget, like the movie, "Found" it showed you don't need a Hollywood Budget to make an awesome product.
The movie is about a man who takes his girlfriend on a bike trail to lead to proposing to her at the end. However, things go south, little do the couple know, there are a swarm of Zombies lurking. While building up the epic climax in the tunnel, the movie is loaded with gags. The dialogue between the main characters are comedic, the man in the relationship is a total obnoxious jerk, the woman is irritable, there is a lot of bickering in this bike ride, between the rides, the film cuts to zombies going after other people on the trail and there are many hilarious gags, I won't give those away though but they're pretty hilarious. The movie leads up to a dark tunnel where the couple cuts through to end the trail however, a big gore fest begins. Some of it is funny, others are very intense.
The movie has great make up effects on the zombies as well as quality audio and color schemes. It was shot with a budget around the same price range as "Found" and it looked great, what also sold this movie to me was the dialogue, there was not one moment where I felt it was written by an amateur. The actors have also delivered them well, they got their comedic timing right, they were convincing in the intense scenes as well. This film was produced under the company called, "The Lavin Production Company" I look forward to seeing more from them. They did release a pretty awesome short that's worth checking out called, "Motel Mayhem" where you can choose how the characters die. Look that up on youtube, it's very clever.
"Trail of Blood on the Trail" was awesome and like, "Found" I am getting a DVD when it is available. Sadly, I am not sure where anyone can see it, I'd say go like the "Lavin Production Company " page to stay tuned for news, they'll have something I'm sure. Anyways, I give this movie an "A" check it out!
An underground gem!
This film holds no punches and also, gives no mercy. "Found" is an underground gem that is hard to find, only "found" when someone seeks it out. I was introduced to this film by a friend of mine, I was told of the story which I thought sounded interesting, he put it on and I must say I was sucked in immediately. This movie is what would happen if, "Super 8", "Stand By Me", "A Serbian Film" and "Frontieres" all had a baby. Sound weird? Well, that's the best way I can describe it.
The movie has a coming of age story about a boy named Marty who is obsessed with comics and horror film. Marty is a misfit, bullied in school, he is the weird kid who likes creepy things, he is picked on by students and raises concerns of teachers. Marty learns that his brother, Steve, is a serial killer, making his life a horror film. The movie is very dark, it gets darker as it gets to the end, it starts off as a coming of age story but then turns into a disgusting gore fest at the end. It's magnificent.
I want to point out how much I admire the effort of it's director, Scott Schirmer, who made this movie for only $8,000. It certainly is a noticeably shoe string budget movie, however, the story is so amazing and the acting is so good, it's easy to look past it. In all honesty, the movie looked great, the only "Noticeable" thing about how low the budget is was how sometimes the audio levels seemed uneven. However, it was forgivable. I was impressed at the amazing performances that Scott Schirmer got out of his actors and also the shots were great, locations and tones gave it the unsettling dark feeling.
The music score especially is amazing, it's eerie and gives off the tone of the movie. There really isn't anything bad I can say about "Found" as an aspiring filmmaker, I was floored, obsessed with this movie since I saw it. It proved you do not need a multi-million dollar budget to make an awesome movie. Scott Schirmer made a great piece for only $8k, imagine what he can do for $1 Million. I give this movie an A+
Best Bond ever? I'll say so myself.
Even better than Casino Royale. It gives James Bond even more depth than Daniel Craig already gave him not to mention Adele whom I don't like at all does an amazing opening song. Skyfall is to Daniel Craig was Goldfinger was to Sean Connery, any Bond fan is going to love it, any person who has taste is going to love it. It's an amazing movie from beginning to the very end. It has a classic Bond feel but still gives the audience surprises and provides something new. They're creating a new Bond universe.
The movie begins with Bond chasing a man who has a list of all the M-I6 agents of course like any Bond movie the beginning is action packed and builds up to an awesome title. Bond gets shot by a woman named Eve he was working for and leads everyone in MI-6 to believe that he is dead. He comes back (Sounds a little like You Only Live Twice doesn't it?) after someone blows up the embassy. It is learned that is lead by a vengeful man named Silva (Played by Javier Bardem) who has an agenda against M. Now, that is all I am going to tell you, basically I'm just telling you what the trailer has already said. There are many twists and turns that it needs to be seen. I hate giving spoilers.
Javier Bardem, easily the creepiest Bond villain he's cynical, flamboyant but not over the top like some of the past villains were. He's the Joker to the James Bond universe. Daniel Craig gives his strongest performance as James Bond, in fact the best acting any James Bond actor has ever given. He gives a darkness to that character, also complexity. They also get a little into James Bond's origins in the movie. It becomes like other Bond movies in the sense that Q (Played by Ben Winshaw) who also is quite hilarious and quirky. Though do not expect over the top gadgets.
Skyfall is literally one of the best movies of the year and also the best Bond movie of all time. I will argue that it is even better than Casino Royale. It's loaded with excitement, terrific performances and enough thrills to keep the audience busy for the two and a half hour ride. Enjoy! I give Skyfall and A.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
This won't be marked as "Helpful" by many because it's hard for me to explain how amazing it is.
It's beautiful, philosophical, and just brilliant. This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in theaters. Actually one of the greatest movies I have ever seen, yes the reviews are rather mixed but the ones who hated it did not understand it. At leas I don't think so, this is a love or hate movie, I loved it and I don't care. The movie was , emotional and just damn brilliant. Easily the best movie of the year.
How do I talk about this movie? how? I do not know how to, it's hard to describe it. It is something you have to see for yourself. It's basically about reincarnation and how what we do with our lives, affects the future and how everything is connected. It literally goes deep into the philosophy of human nature, if philosophy is your thing look no further. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer all did a phenomenal job on it.
The film is strange, quirky and yet beautiful, not to mention it was interesting seeing how the actors and actresses played all these multiple roles. It was also quite clever. The movie has action, romance and humor. It deals a lot about Karma, also explores on why we humans are the way we are, as I said, it goes into human nature.
I don't know how to write a helpful review on this movie, I also don not know how to describe it but it's stuck in my head and I can't stop thinking about it. The Matrix is my favorite movie of all time but Cloud Atlas I think is on par with it. It might be the best movie of the year for me, but also my favorite movie of all time. I give it an A+
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
This is not a Die Hard movie
Live Free or Die Hard is a disgrace to the name of Die Hard, it's one of the most unnecessary and also most uneventful action movies ever made. They literally take everything that made Die Hard good and disregarded it and made it like every other generic action movie. I loved the first and third movie, but this, I will argue and say it's the worst action movie to come around in 10 years, it's unforgivable.
The movie begins with John McClane who is talking to his daughter over the phone, you get an idea that all these years of fighting John McClane is burnt out, aged and tired. He is assigned to safely escort a hacker played by Justin Long who is probably one of the most annoying characters ever. He learns there's more to the job, there are terrorists out to kill him, because he's a skilled hacker. The villain has an agenda to breach and hold America hostage. The villain by the way is lame, uninteresting, unlike the other villains in the Die Hard movies, he's forgettable and rather poorly written. Also, John McClane makes an attempt to stop the guy. He does so with the annoying hacker. He also has a taxi cab fly and hit a helicopter. You know, stuff you'd only see in a Transporter movie.
I understand that Die Hard movies are loaded with impossible stuff, but this took it too far. A car hits a chopper, then John McClane drives a car into a building and then there is a scene where he is on a plane. Also, unlike the other Die Hard movies, the action was lame. Very uneventful, no intensity whatsoever. The first Did Hard movie (The best Action movie of all time) it held my interest, it was intense and suspenseful. This one, nothing, I actually daydreamed throughout the entire movie, I honestly didn't care, I wanted the movie to end. I am shocked at the rave reviews this movie got. I guess since the general public loves it, I must be wrong right? Well, I can go on and on about that topic but I choose not to.
Live Free or Die Hard is terrible. Len Wiseman as a director for it really didn't contribute, I feel his style works great for music videos but not so much for movies. I'd like to see him tackle maybe a fantasy movie in the likes of Dark Crystal or maybe Legend. Something with less action, he has an interesting visual idea but this movie, his style didn't work. I also mostly blame the writers for this. Anyways, Live Free or Die Hard is terrible, I will go off and say, I give it an F.
The Master (2012)
One of the best films of the year.
This movie is beautiful, complex, philosophical, haunting. PT Anderson proves himself again with this provocative drama. This movie is a serious film for serious film fans, the general public will reject it because it's not the fast paced they expect but the ones who enjoy film as an art is going to love this film and it's style. It's loaded with amazing performances, and I will say Oscar worthy and it's without question the most Oscar worthy film I seen all year. The Master is a great piece of film. It challenges it's audience while also holding their interest.
The movie is about a WWII veteran named Freddy Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) who is completely unstable, lost and above all, a drunk. He travels from place to place, why? Maybe to find himself, find hope, acceptance? Freddy goes into a ship and meets a charismatic man named Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymore Hoffman) who goes by the name "The Master" who runs a cult that is supposedly a "Self Help" supposedly cures everyone from pain, even diseases. Yes, it's similar to Scientology anyone who has been informed about the subject is going to see the connections. Anyways, Freddy accepts help (or attempted help) u Lancaster and his process. Of course we see that Lancaster like L.Ron Hubbard was a fraud, and if anyone challenges his teachings gets snapped at. Hoffman gives a very amazing performance and is very convincing. Phoenix gives the best performance I've seen all year and if he doesn't win an Oscar, then I will know how corrupt the Academy really is. I challenge all future movies to have a performance better than his.
The Master was shot in 70mm film and one can tell, the picture was clear and crisp and the colors were vibrant. This was a huge strength to the movie, the cinematography was nothing short of extraordinary. Actually the highlight of the whole movie really, the visuals told the story that PT Anderson was trying to tell. Sometimes there were moments of no dialog but there didn't need to be, the movie spoke for itself, loud and clear.
The Master was brilliant, it's one of the best films of the year. So far still though, The Dark Knight Rises is my favorite movie of the year for a lot of reasons but The Master is second. This movie is a must see, it's also one of the most memorable movies of the year. I will warn all, the pacing is slow, it's not going to be for everyone, but it's definitely for me. I rate The Master an A+.
One of the best action movies of the year if not THE best action movie of the year (SPOILERS BE WARNED)
If you read the comics, this movie is for you, no question asked! It's also so bad-ass from beginning to the end. Probably the coolest action I've seen all year! (Next to Dark Knight Rises of course). This movie does not hold back on the action or cool factor Here is how I'll sum it up, if Robocop, Die Hard, Blade Runner and The Matrix, all had morphed as one and became a whole, you would get Dredd. I mean this in a very positive way.
The movie sets in a very gritty and dire future where America is a mess, it takes place in this city called Mega City one, which is full of crime and chaos. The only law they have are cops called "Judges" who well, are Judges, Juries, and Executioners like the Preview states. The movie begins with Dredd chasing down these thugs in the highways of Megacity one, he catches them of course and sees they are on a substance called "Slo- mo" a drug that freezes time in the brain making it seem that the world slowed down around you. This is a clue to a big part of the movie, Dredd then meets a trainee called Cassandra Anderson who is a beautiful woman who is also psychic, she is assigned to go on a call with Dredd.There were three bodies found in the District called,"Peach Tree" which is ran by Crimelord named Mama. When Dredd and Anderson go into the district and arrest one of Mama's gang-members, Mama shuts down the entire building (Yes the building is a district) locks everyone in and refuses to open it until Dredd and Anderson are both dead. So, that should give you an idea on what's going on from there.
The movie is loaded with tension from beginning to end also, doesn't slack on the gore and gunfires. Dredd delivers throughout with great visuals, (Mind you, I saw it in 2D not 3D) when they show the effects of Slow-Mo it was such a beauty to the eye, it also showed how the people tripped out when they took it. Let us also mention there is a ton of intense gunfights, lots of gore as there should be in a movie like that. Lena Headey plays a very vicious and creepy villain, Mama is a very cool villain. The soundtrack is awesome as well, then again I love electronic music and that soundtrack really added to the atmosphere.
Dredd is a great popcorn, science-fiction action movie, although the movie could of been a little longer it still runs well. Karl Urban dominates the role of Dredd, giving a cross between Clint Eastwood and Robocop. The movie will not disappoint the fans of the comics and will satisfy the most hardened of action fans. It also is a huge surprise as I didn't expect it to be that great considering the Stallone movie that came before it but, thanks to this movie, we can all forget that movie ever happened. I give Dredd a B+. While I loved this movie, I don't know if I feel it should be in the A territory considering it's a cool R-rated action film. It's what it should be.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Epic ending to an amazing trilogy
How I rank it, it's as good as Batman Begins (If not better) but not as amazing as The Dark Knight. However, this is the best ending to a trilogy I think I have ever witnessed in my entire life. What a wonderful movie this is, I saw it 5 times and counting. I will admit I was iffy on how i felt the first time I saw it but after more views I grew to appreciate it. While it doesn't have the perfection that the flawless Dark Knight has, it still suffices and is one of the most powerful films I think I have seen recently. It has such a great ending, very emotional.
I am going to make this review short because I do not want to tell too much, it's a movie that I would never forgive myself if I provided any spoilers. First off, the movie does begin 8 years after the Dark Knight, Batman has been a fugitive and therefore missing. Bruce Wayne is beaten up and can barely walk because of all the beatings he took as Batman. He then learns of a man named Bane who is plotting to terrorize Gotham, one of the things that pushes him to put on the Batsuit again. In the film it's about him rising from his fall. I am not giving anymore details on the plot because again, I am not giving you, the reader any spoilers. I can't do it, it's simply the movie that needs to be witnessed and experienced. The movie is intense, Bane is a frightening villain, probably the scariest villain I have seen on the screen. He gave me chills throughout, he unlike, the Joker has an agenda and it's a sinister one.
Anyone who has ever read the comics would catch that it's a lot like the story, "Knightfall" and "No Man's Land" which are two stories that must be read by the way. The movie is loaded with amazing performances, I did mention Bane, Tom Hardy who gives a great, eerie performance. Anne Hathaway is another who stood out. Many whined before seeing it that she wasn't fit for Catwoman, funny, Anne looks like Salina Kyle and acts like her too. Anyone who criticizes her is simply wrong and should probably read a comic for a change. She had that role down to a T. She was sexy and mysterious like she should be. Another great performance that stood out is Michael Caine as Alfred. He was always good, however, he had to give his all in this role it was a performance that really stuck out. These are just a few examples that I can give out.
This movie is a prime example on why I hold Christopher Nolan on a pedestal. He can take a big idea and make it practical he doesn't need to go heavy on the CGI to make his films look visually amazing. He proved it many times with Inception, the flawless Dark Knight and Batman Begins. He is without question the greatest filmmaker in this new generation of filmmakers, he and Darren Aronofsky can do no wrong at this point. Nolan is the filmmaker that I hope to be one day. I hope to be able to do what he does. I have seen every Christopher Nolan movie now, he has made nothing but great movies, it's almost as if he's never seen a bad movie nor knows how to make one. All his movies have perfection all over them it's insane how good he is. He's made enough to prove himself if you ask me.
I have sang too much praise for The Dark Knight Rises, I will admit the movie does have some flaws here and there, one of them is I felt they needed to develop the character Catwoman a little more and serve her more of a purpose. That's just one, there are some plot holes in it but they're mild plot holes and I will admit there were times I could not understand what the characters were saying. Bane and Jim Gordon were two that I had a difficult time making out what they were saying that needed some work. It was a problem I had with them but it did not stop me from loving the movie. I can go on and on.
Christopher Nolan has made the perfect trilogy. The best I have seen since the original Star Wars trilogy. He has proved himself yet again that he is here to stay and is one of the best there is at this time, I love his Batman movies but also his other movies. I can't wait to see what else he has in line for us to watch. I look forward to seeing more works from him and I look forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises yet again.