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BEST MUSICAL......Westside Story
BEST DRAMA........Shawshank Redemption
BEST SCI FI.........Original Day The Earth Stood Still
BEST ROMANCE....Somewhere In Time
BEST CHILD.........Peter Pan
Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
No Frozen & No Masterpiece
This was a huge disappointment from my perspective. It lacked any substance of storyline and fell short on keeping the audience (Kids) interested for the hour and a half. Really boring at points. The only redeeming aspect of this animated film for families was the very impressive look of the film. Great scenery and camera shots putting the viewer right in the cockpit of the planes. This film will fad in time and will only be considered so-so for most viewers. Kids deserve better than this and the level of quality should be more interesting of characters. Disney deserves better material and clever comedy to entertain an audience. Family films coming up short this summer sadly.
How Bad Can A Film Be? This Bad!
There is always a bottom of the barrel and this scraps the bottom of the bottom. When comedy is achieved funny comes through but sadly when it doesn't the movie goer finally gets up looking for the exit in hopes of finding any other film in the multiplex. Fifteen minutes was painful enough.
Bad jokes and bad script make this a competitor for worst film of the year or possibly the worst since "Heaven's Gate." In the movie industry after a Big Grand slam Homer your next movie has the fans anticipating great things but when this movie hit foul ball after foul ball it simply seemed empty of fresh humor or even oldie but goody tried & true humor. Hollywood is throwing money around all too often and insulting the adult movie goer's intelligence with films like this that don't deserve our money. Please say there are better films ahead this summer or it's going to be dismal season as I see it.
Something Rotten In Denmark
I find it hard to trust the 1st dozen or so reviews on some films found at this sight. Of course I could be mistaken but, I saw this film and found it to be full of nonsense and trite cliché dialog. With the mega cast that participated in the making of this film I expected a much better and more interesting story to be explored in this sequel classic.
As I watched the various characters enter the beginning scenes I felt they were very cardboard like. The few comedic scenes seemed almost too childish even for children. As to the animation, it was not to my liking. It seemed that it was taken from generic Saturday morning cartoons. It was bland and even boring to a degree.
Lastly I noticed that production costs of this animated film were surprisingly much more than I expected it to be. Nearly a million bucks a minute. I felt that for that kind of mega bucks this should have been a higher quality of product. The next few weeks will show weather the movie goers buy and or embrace this less than stellar movie.
Not every children's Animated film can be a "Frozen" or a "Finding Nemo" but they should at least aim for that quality and level of product.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
A Rare Gem of a Film
Every once in a while a few special people in the movie industry make a film that is unique in several ways that it is a stand out one of a kind film. "Grand Budapest Hotel" is such a film. It takes the viewer on a one of a kind adventure. Great casting makes it even better. So many characters developing a mixed bag of surprises. This film delivers a most unusual story but with a wit and humor not seen in recent years. This movie should be on the minds of Academy Awards pickers next spring for sure.R. Finnes turns in a robust performance through out the entire movie with his portrayal of a slime ball but creative head proprietor of this hotel. Go see it and enjoy a special film of a rare type that seems to be increasing in popularity with movie goers. It could be the sleeper of this year.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
A major production full of "FX & CGI" Lacking Real substance.
This could have been a very intriguing film but all the special effects have become so common place that the average movie goer has become numb to the big screen blasts of fx's and the rest. This was a very long movie that had several scenes of mundane dialog having little do with entertaining the viewer. Was this film bad? No, but there were all too many times that I wondered if the story board people realized just how boring the scenes had become.
The characters and plot just fell so short of taking the viewer on an adventure worthy of the comic book. If there should be a 3rd in this series please get the writers of the comic books to put forth a really exciting story. Lastly let the special effects be the secondary hook and let the story be worthy.
The Nut Job (2014)
A Forgettable Movie Lacking Any New Storyline
Most of the three stars are devoted to the impressive animation found in the only redeeming quality of this children's film. The kids will overlook much of what is not going on but parents will notice that older kids will fidget around and become restless mid way through this mediocre film.
All in all most children will accept it on it's own simple storyline terms. Much of the time I was wondering when the story was going to draw me in at least a bit to where I cared about the characters. One quality element in this movie was the relationship of two animals that bond and show kids that friendships are a "work in progress" in life and to not give up on a friend in spite of that friend's flaws. Well, parents, there's always Disney to appreciate. Go rent Bambi, Lady & the Tramp or (my favorite) Peter Pan.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Less Is More
A gigantic film with a lot of great performances to an excess. Blatant nudity and overkill foul language. Look folks, I'm no prude but when a film is drowning in "F" bombs and ranting of expletive swearing I get tired of it simply put. Even Clark Gable would yell.. "Enough!!"
Please give the movie goer the benefit of an intermission or at least warn us that the film is going to stretch my bladder to it's extreme limits or ban extra large pop drinks. At over three hours long (don't forget the 8-10 minutes of ads & trailers) there was a constant line of viewers going and coming including yours truly during this marathon film.
One more detail to share. Less is more means that this could have been a great film if the editing left about 30 plus minutes on the floor. Several scenes were over done and dragged the viewer along for the redundant ride.
Good But Not Great
Jason is his usual self. He is solid in his performance but the issue is a predictably inadequate script. Better yet, a dreadful script. Fans of Jason Statham have seen him in mostly worthy films having the right combo of action and scripted dialog but I sat finding either useless dialog and or ridiculous scenes that made no sense. The bad guy in this case failed miserably to develop his character where we, the viewer, could care less whether he lived or met his demise by a slug. I had great expectations for the film. The trailer gave us the highlights of what was to be a thriller and then dumped the viewer a dud of an ending. Let's hope Jason's next film delivers if a script comes with the whole package. I see other reviews contrary to mine and wonder...Did we see the same movie?
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Twelve Years Stolen
A bit slow to start and yet a movie with a delivery unlike any other. The story seems to be simple and yet it pulls at your conscience. The outstanding performance of almost all the cast makes this a truly deep and realistic portrayal of the injustices that were an everyday way of life in the slavery states during the PreCivil War era.
I found the dialog all too often difficult to comprehend. Thus, I was lost and frustrated by the script that tried too hard to give the viewer a much too lengthy and confusing scene with language that made little sense to the average viewer. I still found this film full of earthy realism and a true sense of hopelessness for the black man in an era full of racism.
The Fifth Estate (2013)
Not so Clear To Understand
I truly went to the theater expecting a quality film but was less than satisfied. Complex scenes. Many difficult exchanges of dialog and an ever so frustrating case of a multitude of much too quick flashes of computer crap. Stick to the true story would help. The confusion was so common that I looked at my wife wishing we had a "DVR" so as to rewind to repeat the scenes. I came to the end of the film just as confused with any sense of appreciation of what I just sat through. There way too many loose ends and questions that left me in deep irritation with the conclusion. I can not recommend this movie. I did come away with a somewhat bit of praise for the lead actors and their attempt to make the best of a lacking film filled with flaws. I sadly can not endorse the film for it's many flaws.