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The Tommy Wi-Show (2011)
Tommy Wiseau is the lead actor from the delightfully terrible movie The Room. This show features Tommy being abducted by a mean and cynical alien appropriately called "Alien". The two have an entertaining love-hate relationship and Tommy always is beamed up to play video games (which he SUCKS at) during his busy life and is secretly taped. This somehow will lead to the end of the world and his eventual death. It is never specified. He also cannot walk for days after playing these games, as he is poisoned by the aliens to prevent him from escaping.
Get the gist of this show yet? It's amazingly absurd, and that's the point. Hopefully they make more episodes of this. It's a hella fun to watch.
The Mighty (1998)
One of the most underrated movies of all time. Poignant, funny and sad. All around great.
The Mighty is a relatively simple film. It involves the strong friendship between a small boy with Morquio syndrome and a large boy who had a killer for a father. Together the two grow in friendship and empathy for one another.
I could go on and on for the specifics of the plot but I don't really need to. The plot is simple but complex. Here that is a good thing. It's about two misfits that go through good and bad times. This film is truly marvelous. It's a rare film that can touch your heart in a way that most cannot. Really The Mighty is just about life and what you make it.
The Mighty is based off one of my favorite books: "Freak the Mighty" by Rodman Philbrick which got an adequate sequel, Max the Mighty. I honestly think the movie is superior to the book. The film has a fantastic script and an amazing cast. What really surprised me was Sharon Stone's performance. She really can act and it's a shame that she isn't in more films like this.
Anyway, just find a copy of this film and check it out. It's a truly great movie. Every time I see it I laugh, I cry and I learn what it means to live. I think that this and 2004's Man on Fire are two of the most underrated movies of all time. This film is truly great and one of my favorite movies. Just find it and watch it.
Alien Apocalypse (2005)
Surprisingly a ton of fun. Perhaps the best Sci-Fi original movie.
Okay, first of all, this movie isn't good. The script is nothing special, the acting is pretty horrid (with the exception of the two leads), the effects are pretty atrocious, the weapons silly and the direction poor.
But hey, it's a Sci-Fi original movie. And a pretty damn good one at that. It must be expected that this film will have plenty of flaws about it just because it is a Sci-Fi channel movie. After all, this is the same studio responsible for Sharknado, Sharktopus, Boa Vs. Python, Lake Placid 2, Lake Placid 3 and more atrocious films. However, they have made decent movies before. Kaw wasn't terrible, The Insatiable was pretty creative and Sabretooth is a guilty pleasure of mine. There have only been a few of these Sci-Fi Channel original movies that have been decent. I mean, they're all so horrid only a few are remotely enjoyable. I think all of these movies were filmed in Bulgaria (which is only famous for producing bad movies), so all of them have bad acting because the actors are foreign and don't know English so their lines had to be dubbed over in post-production. This explains most of the bad acting in this movie. The effects are obviously bad because of the small budget but as bad as they are, trust me, they could have been WAY worse or even CGI, which is as bad as it gets when Sci-Fi gets involved.
The plot of this film is fairly unique, and Bruce Campbell absolutely steals the show. It's certainly fun to watch and even though it is no masterpiece, this film works as a fun way to spend an evening mainly because it doesn't take itself too seriously but also wants to tell an entertaining and enjoyable story. It's worth a watch, or maybe even a few. Like I said, just don't expect a masterpiece like The Godfather or Citizen Kane. For what Alien Apocalypse is, a Sci-Fi Channel original movie, it's not half bad.
One of the finest action films I have ever seen and possibly the only reboot that works
Not many action films get good reviews, much less a reboot. So, I am quite surprised that I liked this one. I also don't usually like comic book adaptations either, as they usually suck. Without further ordue, let's talk about Judge Dredd.
Originally the main character of a British comic strip known as 2000 AD, which focused on a lone futuristic cop who has to try and restore order to a violent, vast metropolis known as Mega City One after nuclear fallout caused the rest of the world to become desert. It was dark, gritty and the kids loved it. So, naturally, there was talk to do a movie. A film remained in the works for a while until it was finally approved for production. That movie turned out to be Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd, one of the many films Stallone did in the 1990s when his career was in a slump.
As you can imagine, the film was absolute garbage. One of the worst superhero movies ever made. There were a number of problems, such as the fact that it focused too much on the visuals rather than getting us introduced to the setting and its characters. It also had Rob Schneider, which kills any movie. Stallone also clearly didn't understand the character and he even admitted that the film was bad. Judge Dredd became a punchline in Hollywood. Nothing more. Even though the fans of the comic were disappointed that they hadn't got a film close to the comics. This dilemma was kind of like the original Batman serials compared with the darker 1989 Batman or The Dark Knight. Years went by with fans asking for another film closer to the source material but the studios saying no, unsure if the film would return a profit.
Well, eventually after years of development, Dredd was greenlighted. Sadly, it lost money at the box office, as expected for years, but it was well-received and thought of by fans and Dredd's creator as a great adaptation of the character and his story. Essentially the film's premise is simplistic. The viewer is introduced to Mega City One, which has like, 800 million people and huge government housing projects called Mega Blocks, which basically contain entire cities worth of populations. One of these Mega Blocks, called Peach Trees, is taken over by this drug lord named Madeline Madrigal (Ma-Ma) who reveals a new drug known as Slo-Mo, which does just as the name suggests. Makes viewers perceive time much slower. Judge Dredd is called to investigate this gang killing in the Mega Block and he is also told to take the rookie Judge, Cassandra Anderson (who also has psychic abilities), in with him for evaluation. They arrest one of her enforcers named Kay and Ma-Ma orders the judges killed.
The plot is so simple it is almost ridiculous. But Dredd works. The 1995 movie was too focused on the expanse of Mega City one and the Cursed Earth and didn't tell us anything about either. Even though Dredd almost entirely takes place in the 200-story Mega Block, it manages to tell us more about Mega City One and the people in it than the 1995 movie. But how was the film as a whole? I loved it. This is by far one of the grittiest action movies ever made and quite possibly the most gritty comic book movie. Whereas the first Dredd movie was trying to be more of a kid's film, Dredd is not. This one is purely for adults. It's ultraviolent, but the violence isn't exploitative, it's realistic. In this film, you see flares going into people's mouths, bullets penetrating through people's cheeks, heads explode, people being blown apart by miniguns, eyes gouged out, people skinned alive, arms get blown off, people are thrown off buildings and windpipes crushed. So, if blood bothers you, stay away from this film. But if you want a realistic and bleak action film, check this one out. The cast is superb. Karl Urban is the perfect Judge Dredd, and he proves a capable, believable actor for such a difficult part. Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson provides a relatable character that we can see an arc develop from. I thought that Lena Headey killed it as Ma-Ma, and I wish I could have seen more of her as the villain, perhaps with some more development also. The script is great, and although there are some pretty cheesy lines on paper, the actors are so great that they come off extremely badass and memorable. As for the effects, I normally don't love 3D effects, but I was surprised to see that they truly worked in this film. I have only seen two 3D movies that worked. Dredd and Gravity. Also, Dredd uses the slo-mo to a great advantage by making it look like a drug trip. The slo-mo scenes are truly great and only enhance the feel of the movie. I wish this film had won some Oscars, because even though it probably didn't fit the Academy's standards, this film deserved more exposure. Hopefully they make a sequel.
This film is great. I would suggest that you give it a watch at the very least. Truly underrated.
After Earth (2013)
So-so sci-fi, but deserves better than it got
A lot of people are calling this the "worst sci-fi film of all time". No, that title will belong to Battlefield Earth. Like Battlefield Earth, many note its (nonexistent) apparent Scientology themes.
I actually saw this film on a date (and I know what you're thinking, why would you take her to see After Earth?!?) Well, after I read the reviews, I was thinking the same thing, actually. But she had picked it out and that was that. So, I grudgingly went to see a film by a director who hasn't made ANYTHING good since 1998, and an actor who is arguably the worst child actor ever. I highly doubt that a casting was ever held for Kitai, since the Smith family basically created this movie. Aside from Jaden Smith's performance completely hindering the potential with this film, I couldn't help but enjoy it.
Yeah, I enjoyed this film. For a number of reasons. For one, I can't watch a film that I know could never happen and be invested, because I know it isn't real. Somehow I got interested in this film by suspending my disbelief, which I don't think has ever happened to me before. Also there are some fable-like themes that other reviewers have noticed, such as Kitai's leap from a high cliff being a leap of faith and his name being Japanese for "hope." Some elements are overly hammy and silly, though. The scene where Kitai remembers why his sister died felt thrown in, although the scene where he imagines her with him is pretty powerful. Also the concept of fear giving you away is original but also kind of silly.
Bottom line: It's his best film since The Sixth Sense and I at least had fun watching it. It's a pretty innocent film, so why hate so much on it? It's a popcorn flick, so don't get too harsh. It's not perfect, but few movies are, so let's enjoy it for what it is. Overall, I thought it was a nice surprise for my evening, and I wasn't bored for a second. The plot is unique, the creatures original, the technology intriguing and the family dynamics compelling. Even our own planet has been made to look like a hostile, unwelcoming jungle. It's never explicitly described what exactly we did to cause the air to become toxic, but it's hinted that we polluted Earth beyond repair, forcing us to leave and new organisms to adapt to survive the impossible conditions.
If you go into this film expecting an evening of pleasant entertainment with some pretty decent action and CGI, you'll enjoy it. But if you come in expecting to hate it or expecting to love it like The Godfather, you will be disappointed.
The Internship (2013)
It's not perfect, but it's an above-average buddy comedy
Know what I love to do that I haven't done in a while? That's right! I sense a rant coming on!
Okay, so it isn't actually a rant per se. More of a review since I did have a soft spot for tonight's film, called "The Internship".
Although it's quite possibly the most derivative comedy I've ever seen, it did keep my attention and the ending made up for its flaws. Even though it was predictable, drawn out, overly sappy and sub par in almost every way, there was a certain charm to the film that contained just enough jokes to keep you laughing and just enough moments to tug at the old heartstrings. My only two real complaints about this besides a stunning lack of originality is the random Flashdance references that were not entirely accurate and the random, out of place strip club scene.
While I'm glad that I didn't see this one at the theater, I am glad that I saw it. It's certainly not the worst comedy I've ever seen (Jack and Jill) but it also isn't the best (The 'burbs or A Fish Called Wanda). At the very least, this film is adequate but if you can get past the fact that it's essentially just a two hour Google commercial, it's worth a watch and sure to get you some laughs, despite the fact that many jokes are tasteless and drawn out. It certainly is better than anything Sandler has done since Click (and sure as hell better than Grown Ups or Jack and Jill) so for that I will give it credit for not relying on gross-out gags and sickening "morals".
At the very least, the Internship is a return to the basics. Some will call it a nostalgia trip, myself included, to a time when Sandler films were actually good and films, although predictable, left you feeling good. This film left me with mixed feelings, owing mainly to the repetitive plot, product placement and script bogged down with drawn out jokes and stereotypes (particularly the scumbag villain). But all that is forgivable because in the end it is a simple tale about friendship and the American Dream, largely benefiting between the chemistry of the two leads. There was a poignant scene where the kids talked about how they felt hopeless and after the film ended I realized that I may have been too harsh on the first half because the second half completed the story arc and proved that if you believe in yourself, anything can happen. This is essentially a subtle modern fable disguised as a sub-par comedy. Fables teach.
Bravo, Vince Vaughn.
GRAVITY is amazing! Don't listen to the haters!
What can I say what people haven't said already? This film certainly lives up to the hype!! What I cannot grasp is how there are people who actually do not like this film. They argue that it is only good for the effects. These people are surprisingly common. Trust me, DO NOT LISTEN. They just want to tear down something that so many people love because they are wannabe critics.
You really have to see this one in 3D or the front row of IMAX in order to get the full experience, but you feel like you are IN space while watching it, especially in 3D. This film is absolutely unbelievable. The effects are breathtaking, the music shatteringly climactic, and the acting compelling. I just can't say more about this film other than the fact that it takes a simple tale of survival and adds so much drama and action to it.
If you want character development that is said through long-winded dialogue and takes the whole film, watch the Godfather. This film is able to show us who these people are and get us to care enough that we do not want to see them die an excruciating death in the airless vacuum of outer space without spending time telling us what we already know. Yeah, I know character development is important, but we already have this development and any more would just hinder the film's pacing.
While it is true that George Clooney pretty much just plays suave George Clooney in a spacesuit, a lot of these moronic "critics" argue that George Clooney's character was "too calm". In case they didn't know, NASA only selects the very best people to be astronauts. Look up how astronauts actually react in a crisis. They stay calm so they can figure a way out of it. Ryan Stone was NOT an astronaut. She was a medical engineer that invented a scanning device used on the Hubble Space Telescope. It is stated clearly in the film that this was her first time in space and she had only been there for a week, so naturally she would be freaking out. Sorry, but these people find stuff to criticize and they cannot do it right.
Of course, I would have done certain things differently, such as having the entire movie take place in the vacuum rather than space stations, but I suppose things had to keep moving for the sake of fluent pacing. Not that I blame the filmmakers for this, but the film could have been a lot more terrifying than it turned out to be. The film seemed to run on more things going wrong at an alarming rate rather than the slow, terrifyingly impending doom I was expecting. Again, not that this is a bad thing, I just see a different way to make a space film darker and more unforgiving and hope to do this someday.
This is a film so complex and breathtaking that it must be seen to be believed. The details are intricate and loving. Every time I learn more about this film, I find something new to adore. The fact that the writers were inspired by Spielberg masterpieces like Duel and Jaws to create a compelling film that took place in a single location or the fact that the entire film was intricately choreographed since the actors were literally acting in front of a green screen just makes me wonder how complex it must have been to make this film. And do you know what that tells me? That tells me that the filmmakers CARED. They actually wanted to work hard to do a risky gamble of a film just because they wanted to do something that had not been done before to fulfill their visions. I can't imagine pitching this to a studio, which just gives me more respect for how this film was put together. The 3D is stunning and surprisingly doesn't exploit the use of 3D technology. This is coming from the guy who hates anything 3D. Let's face it. It was a stupid, cheap gimmick back then and it's a stupid, expensive gimmick now. But not for Gravity. This film uses 3D as a tool to get you invested and make you feel like you are there. Most 3D films just sell themselves out for cheap shots of things coming at the camera obnoxiously to constantly remind you that the film is in 3D. Not Gravity. This film is far too classy for that.
Alfonso Cuaron once said that most movies can be seen with your eyes cosed and you will hear the entire film. This is one of the major reasons he wanted to see a picture like Gravity, to show people how it felt to see the very first movie in a nickelodeon, that movies don't have to be just passable entertainment. Movies can be an experience that requires many of the senses to truly respect and understand. This film is living proof that cinema isn't dead. If future films are as great as Gravity, there is a hell of a lot more to look forward to! Time Magazine once said that Gravity shows us the glory of cinema's future. Since the only good films to come out in the last decade or so are children's films or films that were based on true events or books, films didn't take a lot of creativity to come up with, so I wholly agree with Time. Gravity is a film that dared to show us something we had never seen before. Even if no more films come out that dare to do something different and put effort into something that isn't a boring remake or derivative drama, I can just keep watching Gravity with hope restored that filmmakers in the future still care.
And that's just fine with me.
GO SEE IT.
Awful, but at least more effort was put in than 4.
What can I really say about this film? The kid is stupid (he didn't even know he had to pay at a hardware store) and annoying, the entire plot revolves around ghosts (?) and overall the film was pretty much painful to watch. Luckily I had friends there so we could play MST3K and ridicule the film's stupidity. This film is only really fun if you are drunk or prepared to laugh at it. I would go into a rant about how awful this flick is, but it's so forgettable and ridiculous that I don't have much to say. What I will say, though, is that it at least is a better effort than 4, but it's still a God-awful movie and one that deserves to be quickly forgotten and buried in an unmarked grave.
...Stick with the first three.
Scream 4 (2011)
It's no doubt that the Scream franchise is iconic horror. The harrowing twelve minute opening of the original film still sends shivers up and down my spine, and that is something few scary films ever do. It would seem that the Scream films didn't get worse over time, but rather just showed their age. Scream was original and intense. Scream 2 was almost as original and intense. It featured a better pace, more suspects and overall was a worthy follow-up. I may have been one of the few who actually liked Scream 3. It seems like really good movies like Jurassic Park 3, Jaws 2 and Scream 3 are always underrated. I liked how Scream 3 gave us more insight to Maureen's life and the history of the murders. In my opinion, Scream 3 had the best Ghostface as well.
So, what's wrong with Scream 4?
Well, not much. Scream 4 is still a Scream film, which means that you're in for a ton of fun. Laughs and gore galore combined with some pretty decent suspense to boot. That being said, in my opinion, Scream 4 is inferior to its predecessors. Scream 4 is all about the clichés of remakes. Nobody really asked for them and to be honest, nobody even knows why they're around. The script writes itself when you are spoofing an entire genre of needless remakes. However, it seems like Scream 4 almost becomes a remake. All of the new characters, in some way shape or form, are clones of the original characters. Scream 4 is technically a remake, not a sequel. This is clever, but it does lead to another downgrade. In Scream 4, instead of trying to develop new characters with unique personalities, like Williamson does so well, he pretty much creates annoying characters who are hopelessly dependent on their original counterparts. It's quite sad because the previous characters in the original trilogy were all so memorable. I feel like rather than working to its advantage and only furthering the satire on remakes, making Scream 4 into a remake itself only hurts the film rather than makes it better. The killers have an interesting motive and I'd be lying if I said that Emma Roberts didn't do a pretty good job as the sociopathic Jill, but these killers are hammy as hell. Their motive is downright terrible and they are not even close to realistic killers. I thought Charlie would be so desperate for acceptance that he would kill, but Jill? Come on.
The only characters in this film that I found enjoyable were Kirby and Olivia, and they were both killed off! (Well, technically all of the new characters were killed off, but that only furthers my point that the remake theme hurt the film). But I think my biggest problem with the film is how far it strays from he darker themes of the original trilogy. The killers in Scream 4 are horrible, and the fans of this film are likewise. A generation of teenagers who are only familiar with garbage like "Paranormal Activity" are exposed to this and don't realize the importance of the original films. Due to the fact that Scream 4 is technically a remake, it is beloved by this crowd. And whereas the fans of the original trilogy had respect for the films and their importance, these fans are much more obnoxious. They make up bogus theories and worship characters that are bland. One of my least favorite of these theories actually suggests that Jill survived, despite being shot IN THE HEART. Yeah. I'm a teenager myself yet I know that Scream 4 is not better than the original trilogy, but try telling that to these people. This brings me to another point. The killers in this film suck. Plain and simple. I mean, they suck. But again, try telling this to the teenagers. There was a poll on the Scream Wiki about the best killer, and 291 people voted for JILL. Yeah! Billy was second, with 91 votes. These people actually suggest that these lame villains with a horrendous motive are actually better than Billy and Stu. WOW. Again, this fan base is out of control in how little they understand why the original films are so great.
In short, Scream 4 didn't really need to be made. Scream 3 was a pretty decent conclusion to a dying concept for some cash. Unlike the previous films, Scream 4 feels entirely made for profit. It seems like it wasn't done to further the themes of the trilogy but rather spoof the remakes as an easy way to make money. This isn't without saying that this is still a great film. It's a Scream film, and despite being inferior to the previous films, mainly due to a forgettable cast (with a few exceptions), it is still really good. It's got some funny moments and also some frightening ones. It's not as good as the others, but it is still good. I still bought it, and I'll watch it occasionally with the others. Why keep kicking a dead horse?
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
The best of all John Hughes's films. A classic comedy.
Sadly, John Hughes has been typecast as a "teen angst" filmmaker, with the overrated 16 Candles and Pretty in Pink. Among the best of his films are Home Alone and The Breakfast Club, but they still make John Hughes look like an immature stereotype. Sadly, the "brat pack" films were what defined comedies of the 1980s, while films like A Fish Called Wanda, Clue and this one, remained underlooked.
At some point in his career, Hughes must have realized that he was better than the films he was confined to, so he decided to make an adult-oriented film. That turned out to be, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
What a fantastic movie this is! Spawning so many inferior imitators and numerous clichés, this movie was and still is comic gold. The scene at the hotel, going the wrong way down the interstate and, of course, the car rental scene, have become staples in American culture.
Hilarious comedy, superb drama and ground truth - few movies would even dare to try and combine these themes. Planes, trains and automobiles does, and it succeeds brilliantly. Martin and Candy deliver stellar performances that work at all of these levels. Definitely one of the best movies ever, and vastly underrated. The real strength of the movie is that just below the surface, the chemistry of the two leads. The two can be hilarious and heartwarming at the same time, and some parts are genuinely hilarious, others genuinely tragic. The ending of this film brought tears to my eyes. PTAA is a drama and a comedy, but the drama is so subtle that you don't notice it at first. Unlike other "dramadies" which smother the film in drama and ultimately fall flat on their face, PTAA is the real deal.
I could go and sum up the entire film for you, but I can't do that. This is a film that must be experienced. And since everyone else has either ratted out the ending or described the plot to a T, there's no need for my involvement, so that's that. John Candy gives his best performance here (and his personal favorite), going from gut busting hilarity to somber loneliness the next scene. It's truly an amazing performance. Steve Martin gives another great performance, as a man so consumed with cheap success that he lets it control his life.
The fact that this film takes place at Thanksgiving is no coincidence. The whole movie is about not taking your life for granted, as Martin's character is doing. Candy's character has little yet he is one of the happiest people you'll ever meet. At the end of the film, Martin's character learns that he has to appreciate what he has before it is gone, and Del even remarks "You're a lucky guy, Neal.", to which Martin responds "I know."
PTAA is a simply hilarious comedy as well as a superb drama. Might I also add that the film's soundtrack is marvelous, and only helps this film to succeed brilliantly. Definitely one of the best movies ever, and vastly underrated.