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Off The Chain!
I love a good Indy flick and this one is no exception. I saw this movie at the LIFF (Louisiana International Film Festival) a month ago and out of all the Indy movies I've seen, this one is still playing in my head. Now, it wasn't straight up perfect, but it was very good. The cinematography was amateurish but the riveting moments and the genius of the movie more than made up for that. Now, when the plot of the movie was just starting to unfold I pretty much had an idea of what was going to happen and what the movie was about, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the movie, in fact it made me want to see how the writers and director would play the whole thing out, they did a superb job. The actors in this film did their thing as well. Whenever this movie gets to Redbox, Netflix, or however you do your movie rentals, get it. You won't be disappointed.
The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
What I Hoped It Would Be.
I mean what could I say? One of the best action movies I have ever seen. Just like the first Raid, this one is action packed with a decent story line, something you don't see very often. The fighting action in this movie is so good that gun play comes secondary and that takes some talent. When I heard The Raid: 2 was coming to theaters I couldn't wait to see it. At first it was only playing at certain theaters and I thought I was going to have to wait and watch it on DVD, but then it came to a theater near me and it was worth the $11.50 for tickets and $17.05 for popcorn and drinks because it met my expectations to the full. Perfectly choreographed fighting scenes, subtext with no voice overs, and lengthy. Absolutely perfect. When the third installment of the Raid comes out I will be watching it. If you're a fan of action movies don't pass this one up, but rent The Raid: Redemption first.
Good Job Ben.
I read some of the reviews of this movie on IMDb and Moviefone and they looked pretty good so I decided to see it. Then a part of me became skeptical because I thought it is was going to be one of those long boring movies what a lot of people give too much hype. After seeing the Oscars and watching Argo take home the award for best picture I decided to rent it anyway still with some hesitation. Let me tell you, I'm so glad I rented this movie. It had me on the edge of my seat and yelling at the screen at times. This was basically a perfect movie. It was well written, directed and produced.
Ben Afleck is doing a real good job directing and producing movies. Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and this one, they keep getting better and better. I hope he can keep up the good work. Pretty soon I'm going to put him up there with Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Spike Lee, and Steven Spielberg. LOL.
So if you're looking for a good edge of your seat movie, this one would be a perfect one. I recommend that you rent it at your earliest convenience.
A Little Better Than His Others.
Over the weekend my wife and I decided to see this film because she's a huge Tyler Perry fan and she's been wanting to see it badly. I really wasn't to enthused about seeing this movie because I am not a Tyler Perry fan.
First off, this movie was just as predictable as his others. Just like some other Tyler Perry movies my wife and I saw together, I was commentating some parts of the movie to her before it even happened. Now there was one part towards the end that did take me by surprise.
When ever I get the misfortune of watching a Tyler Perry film, I can sit through the entire movie and not crack one smile, but Vanessa Williams(Janice) and Renee Taylor(Chapman) had a couple of funny parts that did make me chuckle a bit.
With all that being said, this movie was a little better than his others. Now I still wouldn't pay to see it in a theater or buy it on DVD. I would just wait till it got to RedBox and pay $1.31.
I just got through seeing Flight. Well, it's like I always say 'making a movie is a form of art' and this one is definitely a masterpiece. First off, Let me say what a brilliant piece of work this is. I was going to put this movie off and wait until it got to DVD because I thought it was going to be one of those movies where all of the good stuff happens at the beginning of the film and the rest of the movie falls flat. I'm glad I took a chance and saw the last showing of this movie. This movie kept me involved from beginning to end! There was not one uninteresting part of this film.
The cast. Victoria Burrows couldn't have done a better job with the casting on this one. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, and Bruce Greenwood, Oh, and Kelly Reilly were just perfect for the parts they played. For instants, Whip(Denzel Washington) struggles with his demons throughout the film, it is done so perfectly intense you find yourself talking to him even if you normally don't talk to the screen while watching a movie. Don Cheadle's high profile lawyer part was excellent, John Goodman's I'll be there when you need me part, although he didn't appear in the movie much, was good too. Kelly Reilly as the junkie friend and Tamara Tunie as the Christian coworker were good as well.
Robert Zemeckis does have some pretty good movies under his belt, but this one is one of his best.
Alex Cross (2012)
Good, but still way below Morgan Freeman standards.
I just got through seeing Alex Cross. It was a good enough movie to pay the $5.75 matinée price. The movie had decent action scenes, which is totally out of the norm for Tyler Perry, that kept me entertained. The acting in this movie was pretty good and Tyler Perry himself did do a pretty good job with his part especially being that this is his first action roll. But with all that being said I still can see why Morgan Freeman turned the roll down. This movie was kind of predictable. I was telling my wife what was going to happen in the movie and I hadn't seen this movie before hand, done any research on this movie nor have I heard anyone talking about pieces of the movie. Now I've seen some of Tyler Perry's movies and those ones I have seen is what keeps me from watching his other movies, but this one, although he didn't make this one, is better than anything else he played in. Except Why Did I Get Married. So If you're not doing anything on a Sunday afternoon and want to see a little action and a little suspense it's O.K. to go and see this one.
The Hunger Games (2012)
Better Than What I Thought.
I just came from seeing this film. Well, what can I say? It was a good movie, although I did see two other older movies in it. I was told to read the book before I saw the movie and if I did that would make the movie even more better. Well, I didn't read the book at all but I still thought it was a good movie. What separated this movie from the other two movies similar to it was the make up of the storyline. Here you had a couple of other situations that took place in the film apart from the main storyline. The acting was pretty good too. Isabelle Fuhrman(Clove) did a pretty good job doing her part. It was almost like she was playing her role in Orphan again. The book has two sequels. So if they are planning on making them to this film I think I'll take a peek at them as well.
Good Deeds (2012)
A little better than his others.
I just got through seeing Good Deeds. It was a little better than the rest of his movies but not as good as Why Did I Get Married. This movie was better than his others because it didn't have that same old monotonous story line like his other movies. Even with that being said this movie was as predictable as a Scooby Doo cartoon. Now that can be said about all of Tyler Perry's movies. Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union, and Thandie Newton did do their thing in this movie but that still couldn't help it. I wish Tyler Perry could come up with more imaginative story lines and make movies where you would have to actually think and be surprised as to what will happen in the movie. I mean my 11 year old step daughter can write a more complex script.
You must learn.
At first I thought this was just going to be another documentary about some socialist minded paranoid complaining about something we already know about. I was wrong! I recently rented this movie again for my wife and step son to see. They were in amazement after seeing some of the stuff they saw. Even after seeing it a second time I was still in amazement. Normally I don't buy movies, but I'm seriously considering buying this one to show anyone I know who didn't see this movie. Michael Moore did an excellent job here in bringing out the truth. America is still one of the best countries in the world and I love her, so we have to wake up! If you are a true red blooded American you have to see this movie. Also, I definitely recommend "Fahrenheit 911", also by Michael Moore.
Red Tails (2012)
Steven Spielberg, Where were you?
I love war movies, I love history, I love airplanes, and I'm a brotha. So this should have been the perfect movie for me to see. Not quite. This story should have been told better than this. It wasn't so bad to where it stunk, it's just that it could have been better. You would think because George Lucas made this film it would have been "Fly". Not really. When I saw the trailer for this movie with George's name at the bottom of it, I was like, "I'm going to see this movie!!!" Then I started reading other reviews and I started getting second thoughts. So one Friday, when I'm off and everyone's at school or at work, I decided to see this film myself. Now it was O.K. for a movie to watch to pass the time. I'm still a George Lucas fan because of his Star Wars movies. Which were uniquely done and done perfectly. With that being said, I think if Steven Spielberg helped with Red Tails it would have been better because Steven Spielberg is an expert at WWII movies. So if you're not doing anything one day and you want to see a movie, this one wouldn't hurt. Just see the matinée. I mean, it was alright.