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Not Since You (2009)
not that bad
Well...I watched this one night and it wasn't that bad.
I like Desmond Harrington, after seeing him in that scary movie, "The Hole," with Keira Knightley.
I liked the story line okay, but man...the character of Howard was SO ANNOYING. Geez....at some point, I kept thinking it would pop up he was on coke or something..non-stop chatter and PUSHY. But, he was just annoying...no drug excuse.
Everyone was attractive, which is typical. Even the one who wasn't supposed to be was cute.
The character of Ryan was annoying as well. Christian Kane played the part, but he was so needy and insecure. Made me want his wife to go back to Sam. Sheesh.
Other than those things, the only other thing was this steel guitar music that popped up...reminded me of Brokeback Mountain. Which isn't a bad thing...just odd for a movie about a reunion of old college friends from New York. Yes, this takes place in Georgia, but still. Odd.
Worth a late night viewing, not fantastic, not horrible. At least Barry Corbin is in it as Uncle Dennis. He is always great.
Could the writers at least try?
I love these type of stories, sci-fi, fake disaster movies(not based on real disasters) etc.
First off. No school sends a group of kids on a field trip to a freaking hospital with ONE TEACHER. You have to have at least one back-up teacher in case a child becomes lost or ill. Seriously? Absolutely ridiculous. A field trip to an infectious disease hospital? Really? Yes, it is a regular hospital as well, but has an infectious disease focus.
The nurses/attendants who go in with the Dr. who has been quarantined......they have paper masks on. Paper masks. Their eyes not covered. The very ill Dr. has fluids leaking out all over her face, she became extremely ill within 16 hours, they have NO clue what the illness is, and they go in wearing freaking paper masks? After being suspicious/worried enough to quarantine her? Geez...the stupidity. Or maybe they thought the pollen count was high in the quarantine room.
So far VERY disappointing. Maybe because there is so much going on right now in politics that is amazingly stupid, the writers think the public will take this show on face value....as somewhat realistic. Nope. Watch with low expectations. Very low.
Oh, and very tacky making Patient Zero Syrian....just playing in to the paranoia of refugees or foreigners. Would have been better to make Patient Zero a journalist who had been traveling somewhere, who came into contact with something, rather than a possible refugee. Nothing like stoking those fires.
Lost Boy (2015)
With Lifetime and Hallmark movies there seems to be a trend. The mother is passive and has one or two children that talk to her horribly and she puts up with it. Why can't a mom just say, "I know you are you are pi--ed off that I have spent time blah-blah, but you know what? You are almost grown and acting like a spoiled brat isn't helping anyone."
Trust me, real moms have periods of time when their kids are being rude, where we are blunt and open with a situation/feelings. Showing moms in movies like this, is frustrating and makes the moms in the movies unrealistically ignorant and like doormats.
Another thing, there is technology now, that is IMPORTANT to use to verify a sibling/son. Hello, DNA test. Stupid not to have a test done, with the tests protected, not left on a freaking counter. "I trust this is my son." Please. And, trusting a total stranger, alone with your younger kid is RIDICULOUS. Would you do that with a person you met on the internet? If so, you are RIDICULOUS too.
So, am ready for these channels to grow up and get more real. Yes that is expecting a lot from fluff movies.
I watched because I love Virginia Madsen and she isn't in as many movies as she should be.
As for the typical move-on dad with a younger, pregnant wife....gag. The angry, bitter daughter? Grow up. The poor younger kid with a manipulative new brother? Sounds familiar.
So, watch with a grain of salt, a big one.
The Collapsed (2011)
Not a great film
I am HUGE fan of movies. All kinds...blockbusters, indie, horror, romantic comedies and the odd, rare, low budget sleeper. I have friends in the industry, working for large companies and small, as well as friends/family in the music industry. I love film...period. Always have, so writing a review that is so negative is rare. I can usually find SOMETHING good in a movie. Something.
This didn't fall into any of the above "good" categories. I recorded it, liking the description. I knew nothing about it ahead of time, never heard of it, so went in with no set opinions or expectations.
I understand with low budget, you sometimes don't get to pick and choose actors. Maybe you use some actors that are more like family than true actors...whatever, I don't care as long as they seem to fit the role.
The lead/actor playing the father, was terrible. He was loud, hard to understand and at one point he is telling his son how he "knew" about hunting/living in the woods etc, was from a "family tradition." Seriously? This guy was NOT comfortable carrying a rifle, was so loud, the deer in the next state could have heard him and he gave off no confidence in what he was saying. I laughed at those lines. His son, who was in "awe" of his dad for knowing things, obviously had not watched any type of hunting/survival movie...ever, to realize his dad didn't know anything, much less staying quiet when supposed predators were after you.
I didn't care about the characters...they weren't likable. Not even the mom and daughter/sister. The son was SUPER loud...which would have attracted any wacko human or predator out there!! What was with the yelling? Geez!!
I won't spoil the "surprise" ending, but if you really want to watch this....or attempt to, record it and zoom through it to see the end.
Again, I LOVE movies...all kinds, but this one...geez. Oh, and the music? The music was terrible. I kept it muted for the most part, also to keep from listening to the dad and son yelling at each other while attempting to stay hidden in the woods.
Maybe the writer/director would have had a better chance at a decent film had he hired or found other actors. I know in Texas, you can find folks that work day jobs, but know how to hunt all over the place, that would have been way more convincing than the guy playing the dad in this.
Not to mention...the women going to the bathroom and checking themselves out in the mirrors? How ridiculous is that? I don't know one woman who would vainly look in the mirror if the world is falling apart. I could understand looking in the mirror to get blood off their faces, or if something was in their eyes, or staring blankly in dismay etc., but to primp? Nope.
Gonna go re-watch Alien to get this film out of my head.
Love on the Sidelines (2016)
Supposed to be a Valentine type movie. I would think some chemistry or something with the leads.
Rather dry or something. Lacking any kind of emotion/chemistry etc. for the two leads. When they argued that was the only time any feeling showed.
Emily is super cute, watched her in Walking Dead, but this was pretty bland.
I don't know...just no passion or spark on screen with these two. Maybe if she had a male lead that looked as if he really cared...didn't get much out of John Reardon
Yes, I know it is just a Hallmark movie, but come on, a tad effort from the casting director please. I liked Elise Gatien who played Ava, the jock's sister. She was warmer than the two leads.
No Good Deed (2014)
Aimee Lagos is the writer and director of this film. A woman. I am so ready for more women directors and writers in this world, however, this was SO annoying and disappointing.
The beginning was typical of many other criminal movies. Main bad guy is handcuffed in front, not his hands in back or with a chain to his feet, despite being VERY violent with multiple murders under his belt.
He is an extremely violent prisoner, yet, because of his magical narcissism, everyone just fell under his well spoken spell. Then of course, he kills the guards in the van and escapes.
Typical actions follow, until his car crashes and he comes to the house he was heading for.
THIS IS WHEN IT GETS ANNOYING!!!!!
He knocks on a woman's door. She has small children. She is supposedly an ex prosecutor for the DA, focus in homicide/domestic abuse.
Seriously. She LETS HIM IN. INTO HER HOME. A stranger. If this isn't STUPID ENOUGH, she proceeds to talk about her life and job as if she is talking to a life long friend. A total stranger..."come on in, I have small children, but I am going to trust you, because you are charming and handsome."
What????? I know NO WOMAN out of hundreds who would do this. NONE.
She allows him free reign in her home. With a small daughter running around and then in bed....despite him being a TOTAL STRANGER. Who does this? And if there are women reading this who would have let him in, DON'T DO IT, IT IS STUPID.
NO ONE unless they are STUPID. Yet, she is an attorney....specializing in HOMICIDE IN CASES OF DOMESTIC ABUSE. Where the con artist ex spouses are as she puts it, aren't smart.
If she had been in the DA'S office as a prosecutor, how was she totally unfamiliar with this Colin guy? No, you can't keep up with all the bad guys in the county, but he had killed multiple people, usually to do with WOMEN.
So, then, her slutty realtor friend comes over, who almost instantly comes on to the stranger. WHO DOES THAT?????? At their age too? These aren't 18 yr. old young party girls. The friend proceeds to tell this stranger she would rather sleep around than get married, that it isn't her style to settle down. What? Within the first few minutes of meeting him.
Again, a STUPID thing to do.
My problem is that these women are stupid and don't really fit into what I would think most women would be like. I don't open the door to strangers and in NO WAY would I let one in, ESPECIALLY if I had small children in the house. You freaking call 911 if you are worried for the person at the door....and DON'T OPEN IT.
I am so disappointed that the writer/director chose to write this crap. Yes, crap. I love movies, and my first thought was that a man who didn't like women, had written this, sorry, not trying to be mean, but when I saw a woman had...was just disgusted.
Maybe Aimee Lagos thinks that once a woman has a baby and moves to the suburbs she forgets herself and becomes stupid? Or that women, other than herself are walking around asking to be victims?
I hope the next film she writes is not so trite and predictable. And, that she actually writes about strong women, who in no way would have done the stupid things these characters did, no matter how charming and handsome the bad guys are.
I gave it a 2 only for the actors, they were fine. I couldn't go higher because of the writing.
Christmas Land (2015)
OK, I watch Christmas movies. I work from home and having movies randomly off and on behind me is fine. Most of the time I have sci fi or action etc. movies playing behind me.
This movie...the acting was fine, the actors fine. But where on this planet or at least in the U.S. does one sell a property without an appraisal, a survey, a title/lien search and commitment, legal representation on either side or a realtor to go over the contract etc? And, WHO pays CASH to a man who had all ready lied? No receipt for the money, no legal, "hey thanks for paying me $450,000 in cash and the other money I shafted you for, receipt." So, it is sad enough that these movies hardly ever have people of color in them...ANY color other than white...and formulaic story lines, but get with a little legal reality. Geez!!! So annoying.
OK, Christmas rant is over.
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
This is a sad movie, quite realistic.
The flashbacks to Michael's childhood are so intense. So realistic to the rage a child feels when an adult has the power to control everything and the helplessness the child feels over his/her own life.
Everyone has bad childhood memories..bullying, something embarrassing in school, a plethora of situations to look back on and cringe or feel old anger/frustration. However, an abused person, who is still coming to terms as an adult with emotional abuse or physical abuse, it is just heart wrenching. Ryan did a great job as Michael. And the father, played by Willem Dafoe was easy to dislike/hate.
I would not be so quick to forgive the father. He may have lost his wife in a car accident, but he really lost her years and years earlier with his cruelty and abuse. He got off way too easily.
If this is part biographical, I wonder if the writer/author actually forgave the abuser in his life. I know forgiveness is supposed to be the key to moving on, but you can forgive for past abuse, but you don't have to like the person or want to be around them ever again.
All in all a good movie, good story.
Just thinking about everyone walking on eggshells around the father, all the way through, made me want to yell at them all that he is an ahole, stop worrying about his lame self and get him out of their lives. But, it didn't happen. All was smiles in the end. Hmmm.
You're Not You (2014)
Emmy and Hillary
I didn't know anything going in about this movie. I had watched a scary movie that wasn't very good, and chose this to see something different.
I was really taken aback at how incredible this movie was. Hillary as a very ill woman was amazing. The gradual decline in her character's health was subtle and SO believable. Heart breaking. Emmy had a wonderful chemistry with Hillary in their roles and it pulled you in. Josh Duhamel was believable in the role of Hillary's husband and him having a difficult time being there throughout the illness was understandable, but written/played without the audience being set up to hate him.
Yes, it is a tear jerker, and yes it has women leads, but this made it even more wonderful, to the haters out there. Please take the time to watch this wonderful film.
Triple Dog (2010)
wow, not great
I have watched a LOT of movies in my life. Good movies, great movies, bad movies, HORRIBLE movies...I love movies.
This movie? Sucked. Why? Well the girls all had pretty terrible personalities...not anything to care about. Shallow, bitchy, shallow and oh, did I mention SHALLOW???
Supposedly the main character is the birthday girl, but a character named Chapin steals the movie and not in a good way at ALL. She is over the top, looks WAY too young for the part, too small and cute to be as mean as she is supposed to be. When she slaps the one girl called Liza it is NOT believable in the least. The Liza girl is bigger and looks tougher/older. Maybe the casting person should have switched the actresses for their roles. Bullies aren't usually petite and have little blonde locks.
As a woman who used to be a teen girl, these girls were not WORTHY of any second glances from any decent person... male or female. Just a waste of space, the movie, the characters and there you go.
Don't bother watching unless you are really looking for a bad movie to watch.
I'd much rather watch or have in the background, ANY SciFi channel monster movie..including Sharknado and Big Ass Spider. BIG A Spider is quite good and funny. Those characters were way more likable than these girls.
Hope this helps.