Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Boyhood is a meandering film with utterly terrible acting. In fact, it (the acting) was so bad I felt like I was watching a low-grade adult film half the time. The ironic part was that when the main characters were young they felt more believable. After awhile, I found myself asking: "What am I watching? What is this?"
The gimmick alone gives this movie a 5, but actual plot, casting and pace are horrible, cliché and downright boring. I was disappointed with a film that paid so much attention to things like using the same actors over a 12-year span would completely ignore casting. The two central characters look NOTHING alike. They honestly try to make you believe they are biological siblings despite having completely different skin-tones, hair color and basic physical features. You will look at them and say: What? These two had a blonde-haired, blue- eyed mom and an Ethan Hawke dad?
The main character mumbles for half the movie and is actually quite depressing. How he scores a gorgeous girlfriend for a couple segments is beyond me...
Watch once, but that's all you'll need.
For Love of the Game (1999)
Way too sappy
This movie didn't take long to get sappy and cheesy. It begins with a montage of Billy Chappel's (Kevin Cosner) life leading up to his final pitching performance in New York against the Yankees. Before the game, he finds out that the Tigers' beloved owner is selling the team and his girlfriend is moving to London. "There's a job there Billy. A good job. An editor's position." It gets worse. Before taking the field, he takes a whiff of his old glove and there it is, his first flashback to his childhood; playing ball in the back yard. As he's warming up in the bullpen before the game, his manager wants to start a young catcher, but Billy insists that his buddy Gus start instead. "If Gus doesn't play, I don't pitch." OK then. As the game rolls along, he flashes back to his romance with Kelly Preston and everything is just dandy. He's got a perfect game until, wait, what? The young prospect he met before the game that used to be his bat-boy comes to the plate... Only redeeming factor is the actual baseball action. Looks real enough and it was filmed in Yankee Stadium.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Shortest 3-hour film ever
This was an incredibly riveting movie. It was something like three hours long, but never seemed to drag on. The major criticism of this film is it's graphic vulgarity. Quite simply, it's crazy, raunchy and over-the- top. But if you come in preparing your eyes for total and utter craziness, it's not so bad.
Beyond all the constant drugs and sex, is a complex main character (Jordan Belford played by Leo) with as many flaws as talents. In the end, it was his innate ability to motivate and sell that brought him to the top, but his demons that brought him down. Isn't this true for anyone? We all have our talents, but we all have our struggles. And no matter how much money and power you have, you can be brought down by your weaknesses. In Belford's case, it was drug-abuse and confused moral compass that ultimately crumbled his empire.
From what I understand, much of what happened in The Wolf of Wall Street stays true to his memoir of the same title. However, it can be debated how much of the details in the memoir actually happened considering how much he was under the influence of powerful drugs during his "peak" years. What cannot be debated is the millions and millions of dollars he and his company, Stratton and Oakmont, swindled form the pockets of naive investors. This story line alone keeps the movie steering forward with details of drugs and sex splashed in mainly for entertainment.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
It's been awhile since I have contributed to this site, but after watching the last 45 minutes of Trouble With the Curve, I felt compelled to log on and tell the world about this movie, because that's what it is; a movie. This is not a film. It is a Disney flick all the way. I thought the beginning was OK and the baseball seemed semi-realistic. But when the final stanza rolled around, it became unrealistic, predictable and sappy. Perhaps part of my dislike for this movie comes from the fact that I know a thing or two about the ins and outs of scouting professional sports, but even an amateur would be able to tell the ending of Trouble With the Curve was unrealistic and clunky. Of course everything turned out happy and the "bad guys" get fired or fail miserably. Do yourself a favor, skip this movie, especially if you're a baseball fan. You'll become annoyed with the end and bored with the middle.
Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Liked it, but don't love it. Humor is graphic and main character is weak
I've tried really hard to "love" Orange is the New Black(ONB), but I just can't. Before I get too far, it should be noted that I haven't gotten through every episode available in Netflix, so my assessment could change. But for now, it's just a little better than decent to me. The aspect that turns me off the most about this program is the blatant cheating that goes on by the main character, Piper Chapman. You grow to like her character in the first 10 episodes or so, only to be completely crushed when she repeatedly (and graphically) cheats on her loving fiancé. She rationalizes this by calling it a survival tactic. I don't buy it. She's weak and unfaithful, and it bugs me. The humor is also a little too "out there" for me. I mean, does EVERY character need to engage is sexually explicit behavior? Also, the action can get a little far-fetched. In fact, there is little about ONB that could be considered "believable." I don't mind shows that stretch reality a little, but ONB goes too far sometimes in what they ask us to believe. Every, and I mean every, prison employee is corrupt in some manner. With all that said, ONB is original and well-acted for the most part. The storyline has depth and the characters are funny. This show delves into the back-story of even the most minor characters, adding an intriguing dimension. Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I guarantee that you're going to like it? Probably not.
No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
To say the acting in this movie was bad would be giving NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER a huge complement. It was just about the worst I have ever seen, and I don't think it's even close. If you want a few laughs, put this one on -- it's as bad as it gets. Interaction between characters was a joke.
The fight scenes were slow and predictable and contained no serious action or authenticity. But the the downright awful acting takes the cake. Just over-the-top terrible. Unbelievable.
Van Dam doesn't show up until the middle of the film and plays a bad guy...what?
4th and Forever (2011)
Really bad. Really fake.
Don't get fooled, this is not a genuine reality show. Interviews with the players are scripted and just sound awkward.
Most interactions off the field are simply laughable. Just wait for the scene when one of the players breaks up with his girlfriend. It's downright silly.
Also, I'm pretty sure the radio announcer for the games was put in post- production, making the play-by-play sound fabricated and hollow.
As I write this, I look up and see one of the players laughing when talking to his mom about a serious situation. Couldn't they just re-shoot the scene? Ridiculous.
The Terminator (1984)
Good, not great
This movie, like Die Hard, was one of the films I simply did not watch growing up. I was born in the era, but for some reason or another didn't find the urge to give in. That is until 2011.
Though I thought it was good, I'm not quite sure Terminator lived up to its reputation. I mean, the stop-motion special effects disappointed me and the lack of action in the beginning was a little off-putting. Also, the storyline seemed to stretch a little bit. But I guess that happens when you deal with a time travel in a movie. It takes a little extra concentration to get everything straight.
I did, however, enjoy most of the film. The action scenes were well-choreographed and the tension was high during the Terminators' ruthless massacre. The acting was above average and the dialog was nothing special, but good.
All-in-all, The Terminator wasn't a masterpiece but it was entertaining...and that's all you can ask for I guess. I hear the second installation released in 1991 is much better. And oh yeah, I've since seen Die Hard.
Die Hard (1988)
That was fun
I know, I know, it's crazy, but I just saw Die Hard for the first time yesterday...in the year 2011. I heard how awesome and action-packed it was, so I came in expecting a two-hour thrill ride. And that's exactly what I got. John McClane was a combination of McGyver and Rambo wrapped up in a muscular chain-smoking package. As for the plot, it was pretty good. It wasn't anything too heavy, or too simplistic. A group of bad guys infiltrate a high rise building where an exclusive party is being held, take hostage those inside, blow the brains out of the company's leader, make threats and basically buy time as the group's tech wizard breaks into the highly-secured and technologically advanced giant safe containing millions of dollars in bonds. Meanwhile, McLane -- a New York cop in LA visiting his wife -- sneaks around the building picking off one bad guy after another, eventually gaining communication with an unwitting cop on patrol named Al Powell. This connection to the outside world brings in the LAPD and eventually the FBI.
The only thing that annoyed me about this film was how the cops were portrayed. They were either too hard-headed (Chief Johnson played by Paul Gleason), too smart for patrol (Powell), or just plain old dumb (the dispatchers).
Unaccepted by me
There are a couple ways you can view Accepted:
A) A completely implausible raunchy comedy aimed at college-aged young adults looking for a few cheap laughs.
B) A satirical exploration of the higher education system in the United States.
Problem is, it tries to be both, and quite frankly, it falls short on both accounts.
First, I couldn't quite stretch my imagination far enough to buy into the idea of a bunch of college outcasts creating a bogus university from scratch. The sheer number of outlandish ideas this film asks you to believe is too vast to delve into. Second, this film is completely one-sided. It's a spit in the face of traditional higher education. Bartelby brings up some stimulating points during his final rah-rah speech in front of the approval board, but that does not change the fact that he committed a serious federal offense (fruad to the enth degree) and thought he could get away with it. And then, he does!!! It gets worse though. The accreditation board then approves the continuation of South Harmon Institute of Technology despite its complete lack of staff, facilities, formal guidance, etc.
And oh yeah, and he gets the girl in the end.