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My name is Callan, and I love movies. I watch WAY too many of them. I'm not a professional critic, nor do I try to act like one. I'll never be considered the world's greatest reviewer, I simply try to write my thoughts down and have fun with reviewing. I enjoy any genre when it comes to movies except for musicals. I'm very picky on them. Favorite genre's are Horror & Action. If you are picky on feeble stuff like grammar, don't bother me, and simply click the NOT useful button. if you have a significant problem with a review, simply send me a private message or email me. There is no need to cry over spilled milk. Or better yet... You can click the NOT useful button. I'm always looking to meet new people, especially movie lovers. Don't be afraid to send me a message, if you simply want to chat
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Favorite Movies (In no order what so ever)
Halloween (Original: 1978)
American Pie II
Into The Wild
Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic
All The Right Moves
Evil Dead (Original: 1981)
Evil Dead (Remake: 2013)
Evil Dead II
Army Of Darkness
The Protector (Tony Jaa)
Die Hard III: With A Vengeance
Opera (Dario Argento)
Prince of Darkness
The Caine Mutiny
Trust (Clive Owen)
Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion
Return Of The Living Dead
Running Scared (Paul Walker)
Saving Private Ryan
Back To The Future
Eyes Wide Shut
New Police Story
Until Death (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Nowhere To Run (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Wake Of Death (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Weekend At Bernie's
Bean: The Movie
The Girl Next Door (Elisha Cuthbert)
Jet Li's The Master
Secret Of My Success
The Sure Thing
Armour Of God
Zombie (Lucio Fulci)
Night Of The Living Dead (original)
Midnight In Paris
From Russia With Love
About A Boy
Born on The Fourth Of July
The Bourne Identity
Fist Of Legend
Casino Royale (Daniel Craig)
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Leaving Las Vegas
Jackie Chan's Who Am I
Halloween II (1981)
Pirates Of The Caribbean (The first one ONLY! The sequels suck)
Friday The 13th (Original)
Friday The 13th V: New Beginning
Friday The 13th VI: Jason Lives
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Rambo: First Blood
Magic Of Belle Isle
Fear Strikes Out
Mission Impossible III
Mission Impossible IV
Lionheart (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Can't Hardly Wait
Nightmare On Elm Street (Original)
Nightmare On Elm Street III: Dream Warriors
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Dawn Of The Dead (Original)
Dawn Of The Dead (Remake)
Death Warrant (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Once Upon A Time In America
It's A Wonderful Life
The Karate Kid (Original)
The Last Samurai
The Last Stand
Lethal Weapon III
Lethal Weapon IV
The Island (Michael Bay)
Dumb & Dumber
Escape From Alcatraz
Kill Bill Part 2
(Adding more later!)
Movies I Hate (In No order)
Zero Dark Thirty (Sorry. It bored me)
Beware Children At Play
Jason Goes To Hell
Shaolin Temple II
Jack & Jill
(More coming soon)
Favorite T.V Shows
Saved By The Bell
Saved By The Bell: The College Years
Two And A Half Men (Charlie Sheen only)
How I Met Your Mother
Garfield And Friends
Archie's Weird Mysteries
The Twilight Zone
Favorite Actors & Actresses (In No order)
Sean William Scott
Michael J. Fox
(I'll add more soon!)
Nightmares become real.
A boy, Billy Palmer, is in a coma after a controversial incident with his baseball team. Soon after, things start to spiral out of control. The weird, yet harmless, Wendell, has a bunch of tarantula's invade his classroom. Xander finds himself dealing with creepy clowns and being nude in class. Willow bombs on stage, while Buffy has to deal with being a vampire and her absent father. Dreams are turning into reality and the key to stopping all of it may be waking up Billy Palmer.
I honestly thought "Angel" was my favorite episode from season one. It turns out that's not the case. This one is just as good. Not only is it innovative and brilliant, but scary as well. Dreams are supposed to be dreams, that's it. You wake up from a bad dream and usually everything is fine. Dreams are turned into reality in this episode and it made for riveting storytelling. Right off the bat we are treated to a very suspenseful scene, a vampire closing in on Buffy. Everything just clicked in this episode for many reasons. It was great to see Buffy so vulnerable and petrified. It added another dimension to Buffy's character and I was impressed by the range of SMG. She absolutely nailed her performance in this episode, I was wowed by her. Wait until you see the scene with Buffy and her Dad. I won't spoil it, but it's potent beyond belief and had me teary eyed. SMG was getting better and better with each episode. There are other memorable moments. The creepy clown gave me the willies and I felt the buried alive scene was pretty suspenseful as well. This episode isn't afraid to push the envelope. Xander, Giles and Willow's plights are tame compared to Buffy. That doesn't mean they weren't great stories because they were. Even Cordelia is a tad sympathetic in this one.... Just a tad. It's an amazing episode
Josie isn't all that
A group of bikers kidnaps a young woman, Josie, from a diner and murder her. Years have passed when Josie's father finds a magic crystal that brings her daughter back to life. An arrogant jerk named Matt is the object of Josie's affection, as is anyone else that gets in her way of vengeance. I saw this years ago and seemed to enjoy it. I was young and stupid, so that probably explains my bizarre taste. It was a bit of a bland day today and I decided to view this after years of not seeing it. What a mistake this turned out to be! Not only was day bland enough, but it made it even more blasé. Everything about this movie screams amateurish, from the acting, the set pieces, and the effects. Ever seen an evil fish bite chunks of someone's face off? We also see somebody's hand get chewed up by a chain... Not only is this a horrible movie, but dull as dishwater, with characters you couldn't give a damn about. We aren't given a full explanation about why Josie is re-animated so perfectly. The storytelling is quite vague and somewhat uninspired, despite attempts at creativity. Check out that anti-climatic ending as well. I'm a bad movie lover, but I got nothing out of this movie. This movie is in obscurity and deserves to stay there.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
That's more like it!
After being somewhat disappointed with X-Men: First Class, my expectations for this movie were normal. I expected an entertaining movie, but nothing more. I didn't expect such an ambitious and emotional installment. Right from the outset, I knew I was in for a wild ride, I just had that feeling. My gut instinct doesn't usually lie and it didn't this time around. Before I praise this movie thoroughly, I'll get one flaw out-of-the-way. If you're a huge X-Men fan, I don't recommend that you watch all the movies before this one. The continuity errors will drive you crazy. If you manage to brush that aside and block it out, more than likely you'll have a blast with this movie. With this sequel, everybody has so much more to lose. The stakes definitely feel way higher than before and I felt it emotionally. The post-apocalyptic atmosphere in the future is appropriately grim and extremely well done. I was also impressed with how they made 1973 look. I felt it mirrored the time period precisely. If you're craving action, this movie won't disappoint you. It's filled with tons of action for all the adrenaline junkies out there. Another thing I really liked was the presence of mutant killing machines. It made the odds seem insurmountable for the gang. The performances are excellent. Hugh Jackman is awesome as always. It was great to see Patrick Stewart in the franchise again. McAvoy & Fassbender are even more comfortable in their roles this time around. They were great as young Charles & Erik respectively. I felt they played off one another perfectly. Jennifer Lawrence is terrific as Mystique. Ian McKellen doesn't have as much to do, but it was nice to see him play a good guy. Halle Berry is completely wasted as Storm. She barely has any dialog and her screen time isn't that great either. Peter Dinklage added an interesting element to his part. Anna Paquin has a brief scene near the end. Page, Hoult, and Ashmore do what they have to do well. I won't spoil it, but there is a couple of cameo's at the end of the movie that made me grin. X-Men fans will definitely be pleased with the cameos. I liked the way they ended the movie. They tacked on a happy ending, but made sure it wasn't too contrived.
X-Men: Apocalypse is due next for this franchise. It will be interesting to see what direction they take. I was floored by this movie and I didn't expect to be. Not only is it filled with breathtaking action, it manages to be successfully ambitious at the same time. I really don't see how you can dislike this movie. It has a bit of everything and it's a must see! I'm glad I saw this in the theater
Simply atrocious in all facets.
Billy is dead and gone, but his younger brother Ricky (Eric Freeman) is eerily following in his footsteps. As Billy tells his story, we see how Billy became slowly unhinged and very unstable, killing whoever steps in his path. He escapes from the mental hospital to not only avenge Billy's death, but get his hands on the pretentious Mother Superior that caused Billy's terrible descent into madness. I love bad movies. It isn't that hard for me to garner cheesy enjoyment from them if done right. This movie isn't enjoyably bad, it's just bad. This almost feels like a pseudo documentary at times. A large part of this movie is flashback footage from the first movie. I didn't really see how that was a necessity and it just ended up looking cheap and lazy, lacking its own identity. After 40 minutes of pointless flashback footage, we do get some original footage, but Ricky's story isn't all that engaging. The first movie was a good psychological story and a solid horror film that wasn't afraid to cross boundaries. They could have really done something special with Ricky's storyline. In lieu of making a memorable storyline, they decided to pi******#@s all over it. A lot of it is trivial scenes that involve Ricky's upbringing and the torment he's gone through. From the very first line that was uttered. "F off, Doc", I knew I was in trouble. There are so many scenes that are laughable that I don't know where to begin. How about the "It's garbage day" line from Eric Freeman. We also get a scene with Ricky and his girlfriend watching Silent Night, Deadly Night in a movie theater (!) that failed miserably by trying to be clever. The finale is admittedly hilarious, with Ricky goes on a shooting rampage, randomly shooting anything in sight, and a decent battle with Ricky and Mother Superior. Don't expect much gore, it's pretty dry. Aside from some gory clips from the first, highlights involve death by electrocution and an umbrella. The acting is embarrassing. Eric Freeman is not only an amateur, but thoroughly unlikable. Billy was a sympathetic figure that made you feel sorry for his plight. This clown is a vile human being that I had no sympathy for. His character casts aspersions on people for his problems and has a phony tough guy routine to boot. I could have easily done without the faux evil laughter as well.
This movie is a piece of garbage that should have never been made. I've never seen the 3 STV sequels, but I'm not looking forward to them. The original is a good horror movie that is unfairly misjudged. This sequel is a piece of crap that is all over the place and has no idea what it wants to be. Save your time and see the original instead.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
A very worthy sequel that delivers thrills and chills in spades
After surviving the traumatic ordeal from the first movie, the Lambert's are hoping for a fresh start. Renai (Byrne) is interrogated by a detective over the supernatural events that took place in the first movie. Renai moves the family into her Mother's (Hershey) house, hoping to leave the past behind. Renai suspects that her husband Josh isn't himself. Renai is haunted by a malignant supernatural force, Josh is battling demons of his own. With the help of Elise's partners, Specs & Tucker, Renai must save her husband before it's too late.
As a fan of the original, I didn't really see the need for a sequel. It ended things too darkly for a sequel to be necessary. That being said, I was still somewhat psyched to see it. Much to my surprise, this sequel was very entertaining in many ways. It stays true to the terrific atmosphere that served the first movie so well. This is old-fashioned suspense at it's finest, and who better than James Wan at the helm? The man is a true visionary, and knows how to make you squirm in your seat. He uses great tactics such as doors slamming, eerie sounds, and some terrific mind games. James always had a trick up his sleeve, and forces you to use your imagination. One thing this sequel has going for it more than the first are the ghosts themselves. The mother of Parker Crane (The Lady in White) (Very well played by Danielle Bisutti) gave me the willies and was one of the reasons I had trouble going to sleep after I watched this movie. James Wan did risk making the ghosts over exposed, but he knows just the right times to use them. I'm not scared easily, but this movie definitely made me uncomfortable to go to sleep after I finished watching it. On the downside of things, this sequel does go the typical sequel route. It has to be bigger and badder, much less subtle than the original. Also, I thought the finale ran a little too long. It tried to throw in too much at once and I felt it lessened the impact a bit. It got a bit too simple and lazy, unrealistically tidy as well. The ending paves way for another sequel. To be perfectly honest with you, I'm not sure I like where this series is heading if the ending is any indication. The acting is exceptional. Patrick Wilson's plight is one of the reasons this sequel was as efficient as it was. His character is forced to delve much deeper than the original, having much more to play with. I enjoyed his storyline a lot. I loved how he pulled a Jack Nicholson from the Shining in the finale as well. Rose Byrne is fabulous and a very strong heroine. I was on her side the whole way. Lin Shaye and Barbara Hershey don't have as much to do, but shined when they were on screen.
This sequel exceeded my expectations and then some. It isn't quite as good as the first, story isn't strong enough. As far as scares are concerned, this sequel outdoes it. Despite some hiccups here and there, this sequel is well worth the watch. You'll find many things to like if you're a horror fan
She Cried No (1996)
Quite powerful for a MFTV movie
Melissa, A freshman (Cameron Bure) befriends a very popular fraternity member, Scott (Paul Gosselaar) . Pretty soon after, she is peer pressured into fitting in and goes to a fraternity party with him. She has too much to drink and goes upstairs. She is raped against her will, but nobody believes Melissa. Unwilling to put it behind her, she fights to make sure people are aware of what kind of guy Scott is. You never know what you're getting with MFTV movies. Sometimes you get mediocre movies, other times you get some gems. This one easily falls into the gem category. Like most of the people in this world, I was interested in this movie because I was a huge Saved by The Bell & Full House fan. I expected a decent movie at best and what I got was more than that. This is a genuinely solid movie that is very well made for a television movie. It is far from original, but it's done very effectively. It gets the message across loud and clear and that is the most vital thing of all. Rape is an awful thing that still happens to this day. It is very realistic look at how rape can destroy someone mentally. My only carp with this movie is that I didn't think they went as far as they could with it. The acting is very good. This was a bit of a crucial time for both of the teen idols at this juncture. Both were only a year or two removed from their respective TV shows and I thought Paul Gosselaar & Cameron Bure were superb. Zack Morris was one of my childhood heroes, so Paul Gosselaar is special to me. He is able to shed his "Zack Morris" image very efficiently here. Think of Zack, only without Zack's decency and heart. He still has that charismatic swagger, but in a very negative way. He plays a thoroughly repugnant character that I detested. I thought he nailed the part, you'll hate him. Cameron Bure plays our vulnerable heroine. She is extremely sympathetic and had me on her side the entire way. It was a heavy part for her and she did wonderful. You won't be thinking DJ at all in this one. The ending knocks you on your ass with how potent it is. Scott's punishment is just as bad as prison itself. In a way, Scott is imprisoned for the rest of his life and you don't need to be behind bars to be imprisoned. His prison is the shame he will feel until the day he dies. He'll never be looked at the same and will be shunned by society. I don't wanna spoil any more, as I've said enough already.
As long as you remember that this was made for television, I can't see how you won't be impressed by this movie. It's flawed, but the pros far outweigh the cons. It's a thought-provoking film that elicits many emotions. Every once in a while I need a movie to make me think after it's over. This movie did just that. It's on You Tube. I highly recommend you put aside an hour-half to watch it.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
Lane Meyer (Cusack) fails to get over that his girlfriend Beth dumped him. After contemplating suicide, he meets a beautiful young french woman, Monique. For some reason, John Cusack dislikes this movie. Not sure I understand the reasoning, but I think this is one of his best movies and one of the most iconic. I prefer The Sure Thing, but this one is great. It has some terrific black humor that has the ability to make anyone laugh. Cusack gives one of his most memorable performances. Kim Darby is great as Cusack's Mom. Diane Franklin is enjoyable as Monique. If you're a Cusack fan like I am, go and see this one as soon as you can
Three's Company: Helen's Job (1977)
When Stanley denies Helen's request for a raise in her allowance, Helen thinks heavily about getting a job to spite Stanley. When she talks to Janet & Chrissy about it, she begins to think twice about the job. Janet ends up talking her into it, but Jack thinks it's a bad idea. It behooves Stanley to tell Helen that she doesn't think she'll wind up doing it. Helen goes through with it and gets a job. She comes home a mess and wants to quit immediately, but knows she'll be giving Stanley the satisfaction. Jack tries to save the day, but makes matters worse. Stanley is at his chauvinistic best in this one! He provides quite a few moments of hilarity with his antics. I don't think you'd ever see something like this made today, because we are in a world of equality and rightfully so. It brings up things like "Homemaker" and things like that, which is taboo at this day and age. It really showed how men viewed some women. We also get the reliably classic gag of "gay innuendo's" from Stanley. It's just a really funny episode that can make any Three's Company fan laugh
"Stanley: I didn't think you guys ran, I thought you all flew"
"Stanley: Jack, would you just stay out of this? I've got enough trouble arguing with one woman"
A relatively poor sequel that is void of tension and suspense
The Freeling family has survived the intense ordeal of the supernatural from the first movie. They move into Grandma-Jesshouse, hoping to wipe the slate clean with everything and start fresh. When Grandma-Jess abruptly passes away, things begin to go downhill. Carol's abductor from the first movie shows up as a ghostly apparition (Reverend Kane) He's a religious nut that is responsible for many deaths. With the help of a mysterious Indian Shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson) The Freeling's are forced to battle evil once more.
I saw this years ago and remember being thoroughly underwhelmed by it. It turns out that this was the case on my second viewing as well. The first movie wasn't perfect, but it was an extremely well crafted film that knew how to entertain. Steven Spielberg's presence is sorely lacking in this one and everybody just seems to go through the motions. With all due respect to director Brian Gibson, he doesn't have the flare or vision of Spielberg. Like a lot of sequels that are here to make cash, it feels awfully contrived. The emotion I felt from the family is nowhere to be found in this movie. One of the reasons the first movie worked so well is the cohesiveness of the family. It felt genuine and I believed them. The cast tries their hardest in this movie to make it feel real, but I wasn't buying into it this time. Spielberg is fantastic with family drama in his movies and Gibson isn't able to pull that off. We get some lame boo scares that pale in comparison to the first and there is no tension to be found. It lacks humor, something the original did very well as well. I know those that are reading this may be getting annoyed at me comparing this sequel to the original with so many things, but I can't help it. Any praise for this film? A few things. I did like the continuity from the first movie. The effects certainly hold up well. I won't spoil it, but wait until you see the braces moment involving Robbie, and the tequila worm. The acting is great, definitely not their fault. JoBeth Williams is solid as the mother, putting her all into the part. Craig Nelson is excellent, too. I didn't like how his character shrugged everything off for a while. He was in no position to disbelieve things after the first movie, didn't make much sense. I also felt they didn't go far enough with his possession storyline. That was really dark and had the ability to be something memorable. It's too bad it was so half-assed. Heather O'Rourke is one of the best child actors I've ever seen. She came through like a champ for her age. Zelda Rubenstein's presence wasn't needed in this movie. She gets on my nerves to begin with and her small part felt inconsequential. Julian Beck is one of the scariest horror villains in history. If this movie wasn't so disappointing, I truly believe Julian would get the credit he deserves. You won't find many things creepier than Reverend Kane. Will Sampson is OK. Geraldine Fitzgerald has a mere cameo, but added class to it. The storytelling is very jumbled at the end and left me feeling very confused at some of the events that transpired.
This movie isn't horrible, but it lacks the spectacle of the original. I haven't seen Poltergeist III in many years, but I remember it being worse than this movie. This is worth a look if you've seen the first movie, but you're better off sticking with the original. This movie had potential, but failed to capitalize on it in a big way
The Rebound (2009)
A bit immature, but not bad
A housewife (Zeta-Jones) is horrified to learn that her repugnant husband has cheated on her during her son's birthday party. After the divorce, Sandy and her kids relocate into the city. Things start off well when Sandy gets a job. She even hires a male nanny (Justin Bartha), whose life is in disarray as well. Things begin to get complicated when Sandy gets feelings for the nanny and her work hours get bigger. I remember seeing this on the DVD shelf at my old DVD rental store often, but I never went through with it. I'm not opposed to watching STD movies, I've seen tons of them. I'm not really sure what it was, but I never went through with renting it. Now that my video store is obsolete, I decided to finally give in and check this out. I thought it was a perfectly acceptable romantic comedy that gave me a few laughs and some smiles. This movie is unabashedly raunchy and isn't afraid to show it. Sandy's character curses like a sailor at times in front of her kids. There is also talk of "Penis", "transvestite" , among other things. We get childish fart and pooping gags as well. As likable as this movie can be at times, I wasn't fully invested in the somewhat "controversial" relationship between the two leads. It comes across as very awkward and clumsy. Zeta-Jones is beautiful and does fine as the brazen mom, but I felt emotionally distant when it came to her character. Justin Bartha has some natural charisma, but he isn't quite talented enough to pull his role off. I felt he was a tad too gullible as well.
For what it was, I thought it was a decent way to pass the time. I did laugh and that's all I can really ask for. Unfortunately, the lack of chemistry between the two leads and the awkward love story hampers it. It's still well worth a watch