One of the better prison-movies I've seen
When I started watching it I thought it was just okay, I felt it kind of lacked in the likable characters department though...
BUT when you find out the reason the main-character committed this seemingly senseless crime it gets way more interesting and you actually slowly start to like and understand his character more...
The characters overall are despite initially seeming stereotypical they have layers on them and although some are just plain a-holes you get a sense of where they are coming from and what made them that way...
So yeah it's definitely worth a watch, if you're into prisonmovies well then it's a sure shot...
The leadactor shines throughout the whole movie and delivers a killer performance that packs a lot of punch...
If you like Kidulthood, Adulthood, Shifty or any hardcore prisonmovie of your choice you'll like it... Just give it a proper chance...
Hillbilly Highway (2012)
Not much of a plot but still somewhat amusing stoner-comedy
Not sure why but I found this movie kind of entertaining, it's definitely not a well-directed or well-written or well-performed movie but it's something about it's easygoingness that at least I couldn't help but to enjoy.
Let's face it this is not meant to compete with any potential academy award nominees, it's a stoner-comedy, in the fashion of Cheech and Chong or Friday, I think the movie is made by stoners for stoners.
Devin The Dude who has one of the lead is definitely a stoner with half of the songs in his more than 15 year old rapcarreer being directly about or referencing weed in his songs.
Although he's acting isn't "good" per se, he does come off as sort of likable.
The other dude Lil Duval (?) I thought that was G Baby from HARD BALL grown up but turned out it wasn't, boy could sho nuff frown like him though.
He was alright I guess but comes across as a cheaper version of Kevin Hart.
Eddie Griffin gets top billing on the DVDcover but he's only in it for 2 minutes, he plays a white redneck (yup) and his makeup is just awful and he fails at bringing the laughs unfortunately as well.
Keith David with his face on the cover and all is in it for 2 scenes.
Then you got a small cameo from Tiny Lister, and Erik Estrada (who I didn't even recognize) plays a smaller but "important" role (if you can call any role in this movie important lol).
To sum it all up, the plot is stupid but if you don't mind stupid plots and you're in for a stoner-comedy you could do worse.
Sex Drive (2008)
The one time you should stick with the theatrical version and NOT the unrated extended version
I always go for the unrated versions, director's cuts or extended versions when it comes to movies...
Not only because I wanna see more nudity or whatever but because in many cases it's the studio who wants to cut down certain scenes just to get a PG-13 rating etc or just plainly make the movie shorter...
So when the decision came if I was gonna watch the theatrical or unrated version of the movie the decision was simple...
First off the unrated version starts with a 2-3 minute-long PSA where the director and producer talks about how some unrated dvds don't deliver the goods but they promise they will in this one and they have a naked guy and girl showing their stuff to assure that...
Anyways I wouldn't have minded that if they knew where to start and when to stop, in the movie in numerous scenes they have greenscreened and pasted naked people (mainly women but some guys) into the movie for NO reason whatsoever then to show naked people...
And these scenes of course never makes sense because the people in the movie never react to these copied and pasted naked people, like usually when a naked person is walkind in the mall or juggling balls at the fair people would see that as odd...
There's also extended nudeshots, for almost a fullminute you get to see a shot of a 70-80 year old mans scrawny balls as he's telling some story, the women get the same treatment with their boobs doing most the acting.
Also you get to hear the filmcrew yelling cut or laughing when the guys improve in the unrated version, AND they dub a couple scenes and say dirtier things (with their lips not moving along with what their saying).
So yeah I'd STRONGLY suggest you watch the THEATRICAL VERSION instead, and I mean the movie is actually funny the characters are fun the plot is fun but yeah the ridicolousness that goes on in the unrated version is just lame IMO.
A hot looking mess
The visuals aren't too bad, it's got some nice-looking desert scenes and Wesley Snipes looks pretty bad ass in dreads and a cowboy-hat.
But and that's a big but (and not the ones Sir Mix A lot talked about that are good) the plot is just a straight up mess.
This movie was recorded based on IMDb's info in 2006 while he got arrested for tax-fraud, so I imagine that that put a major halt on the movie and also that major changes had to be done.
I suspect that the main idea was to have Wesley Snipes as the lead, while he sort of is, he's not in half the scenes of the movie, unfortunately cause Snipes is the only thing this movie has got going for it.
So I imagine that they had to rewrite the main bad guys scene and make him a much bigger role, at least I hope so I'd like to think that this crew could do better than this.
Anyways, I don't really understand the bad guy nor exactly what it is he's trying to do nor why, he's angry gotcha but still most the things he does does not involve Snipes at all, perhaps he's just a devious bloke who likes to do devious things? And what's up with the followers all having long blonde hair? And what's up with the bad guy with a bucket on his head? Or the guy with too lizard-tails in the back of his head? Or that guy who's head like like a sack of potatoes? Yeah I don't think we'll ever know the answer to these questions, and tbh we don't need to.
I hoped this would be sort of Blade in the wild west fighting Zombies as I LOVE the Blade-franchise (even Trinity, preferably the extended version with different ending though).
But it's really not, it's more the ridiculousness of the bad guys in Ghost Rider and uhm I don't know tbh it's just a movie that seemingly doesn't go anywhere half the time.
Oh and I wouldn't call the dead guys returning Zombies either I don't know what they are but they are not Zombies.
Do yourself a favor and skip this movie.
Filly Brown (2012)
It's not bad but I wouldn't say it's that great either
The leadactress who plays Filly Brown feels pretty natural and for a minute there I thought maybe she's a real rapper, I started doubting that though when they repeated the same verse on 3 or 4 songs (I lost count) and yeah that annoyed me.
Lou Diamond Philips, Chingo Bling, Noel G does a fine jobs as well but the script feels kinda forced, it should have prolly tried to make it more about Filly Browns struggle then the situations she gets caught up in (and yes there's a difference).
It should also been a little grittier, feels a little sugarcoated at times, and what's up with Filly Brown's friends? The only thing they seem to be up to in life is hoping that Filly will make it so they could become backupdancers for her or some crap, doesn't make sense to me.
It's better than a lot of other 8 MILE-wannabes like Anne B Real and When Thugz Cry that's for sure but no it's far from being as good as 8 MILE though IMO.
I give it a 5/10 which for me represents a okay movie, almost a additional .5 for Gina's performance.
Went from okay to not so good to worse to just plain bad
First off the lead characters are unlikeable, the guy especially, they give no sympathetic traits for the viewer to "root for them" although I think you are suppose to.
The acting is half-decent I guess if uninspired.
The plot is on paper I'm sure it sounded like a half-decent movie in there BUT the way it's constructed it just reveals the coming plot twists 30 minutes before they even are fully revealed! Sometimes earlier than that.
One subplot also leaves a bit of a sour taste in your mouth, at least it did me.
But overall this movie didn't have any effect on me, I wasn't thrilled, I wasn't intrigued and I just didn't care what happened to any of the characters in the end I just wanted it to be over already cause the further into the movie you go the less and less you like it, at least that is how it was for me.
The Power of Few (2013)
Good ending... Too bad about the rest of the movie
The ending was good, the person who played the little girl was great in her part but the rest of the cast was just okay.
It's like a bunch of shortstories with a tiny very tiny thread between them.
I wanted to see it cause of Christian Slater but his part was the worst of the bunch, in fact it was really bad and dull.
There's not much to say about this movie without spoiling stuff, I think if you are religious, catholic especially you are more likely to like it.
However I wouldn't really greatly recommend it to anyone, the first hour just isn't very good and when you reach the end although I felt it was a good end it also made me think that the first hour was kinda pointless and if they would have executed the idea in a different manner it mighta turned out to a decent movie.
A drama about 2 people crossing a war-zone that just happens to be between alien and man and not between 2 countries
This movie feels like it was a bit wrongly advertised and the name Monsters doesn't fit well at all.
This really isn't a monster/alien-movie, although there are aliens on earth while the story takes place there isn't really much alien-action going on in this movie.
It's more of a drama about 2 people crossing a war-zone that just happens to be between alien and man and not between 2 countries.
It takes like an hour before there's really any alien action going on, so if you're looking for some "human kicking alien butt" kinda movie I'd suggest looking elsewhere.
But for me I found the movie entertaining and good plus it takes an interesting approach to aliens "attacking" earth, perhaps even a more realistic one that what other movies before it has had to offer.
Although there are some plot holes that made me think why don't they do this or that it didn't throw me completely off-guard from enjoying the movie, and that is because the 2 actors in the lead did a good job and were interesting enough for me to keep my interest going.
I can't say that everyone will like it but I did.
Hang Loose (2012)
A little uneven, some bits I really liked some bits not so much
This movie was okay, at times it was funny at times just silly but there were other times I thought it was somewhat touching, it has potential but doesn't really deliver the goods.
In all honesty the plot felt like it borrowed heavily from Hangover 2 and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and while those 2 especially the latter IMO are good stuff this yeah just isn't as good.
The main character played by called Kevin played by Kevin Wu was pretty likable as a somewhat geeky stiff dude who just got dumped by his gf, Dante Basco who I usually likes comes off as a bit douchy at times but he redeems himself from that in the end he plays a guy called Dante (go figure).
Reading through the castlist I noticed that half the peoples characters name are the same as they are named IRL why that is I'm not sure but I imagine they kinda play themselves in some way? Even though yeah the plot can HARDLY be based on a true story.
The plot yeah... It hangs by a loose thread (pun intended) it's all about putting the characters in different funny situations, which sometimes is not as funny as I'm sure they intended it to be but it's never boring either.
There were some nice moments towards the end were I felt like it was somewhat moving actually, but yeah the overall experience is too uneven to say it's a very good movie or anything although I don't regret watching it.
And I do like to see Asian-Americans doing other movies than just martial arts based ones, for an Asian-American comedy I would recommend Ping Pong Playa instead though but this one's okay too.
I think you're supposed to be high when you're watching this
The plot is about as coherent as your average spoof-movie, Scary Movie and Not Another Teen Movie comes to mind especially.
And the characters are equally flat and meaningless, even if the character Riley manages to be somewhat likable, I think that's more due to casting then the writing of the character though.
I was expecting a slasher-comedy I got a mishmash of a whole lot of stuff that just seem to be coming up with new things as it goes along.
The plot, to say it's all over the place is a understatement, it goes from being about a serial-killer dressed in drags to mutant jockey puking acid that burns through steel (but not flesh or cotton or textures) to timetravelling to body swapping to a bear being abducted by aliens (maybe not in that order though).
I can't say it's not surprising though, it is, surprisingly I didn't hate it (although there were times when I was close to getting annoyed) the music-choices and cast think helped a great ordeal with that.
I wouldn't recommend it exactly to anyone who's looking for a coherent movie, but I'm guessing if you have to have ADD or is on drugs you might like it.