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Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Fun satirical look at Hollywood in the 50's
Has well as the Cohen brothers as directors can do it, they both have a unique style of filmmaking, that works and sometimes doesn't.
I like the way the film half the time never takes itself too seriously, the film had great ensemble cast, each one do shine in there own way, but the one who really holds it together is Josh Brolin, who plays the studio head. This film also showed the enjoyment of making movies of yesterday, and that the films of that decade made some people. Actors like Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes are not in it for very long, but do shine when there both are on camera, every moment of the cast milk it for all it's worth.
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
It's up there with The Room(2003)
You know what to expect going in a film titled Dirty Grandpa, the title speaks for itself. The movie is bad, but it has fun with it's badness, the filmmakers knew this and they let the audience know it also. I could easily go along if the movie was has funny, which I gotta say it wasn't. There where some moments where I slightly laughed a little, but the film itself feels like it's making itself up as it goes on.
The raunchy gags are just thrown in your face, there is no timing to any of it, that is what made it not real funny for me. Robert De Niro seems to be having the best time being this foul, sex crazed old guy. But Zac Efron playing the straight guy just wasn't very convincing, his role in Neighbors(2014) worked better cause he didn't have to try so hard. The jokes fall flat, there are gags with hardly any pay offs. Julianne Hough is just wasted here, Audrey Plaza is the biggest fail here, I was expecting so much more from her, instead she comes across like she got drunk before filming her scenes, seems like she doesn't really understand the crude jokes she says. De Niro is alright, but he deserves a better than this.
But I gotta say, it's worth checking out, Dirty Grandpa is one of those films you gotta see to believe.
The Finest Hours (2016)
If you liked The Perfect Storm, then give The Finest Hours a look.
Takes place in the early 1950's where a giant storm dominates the seas by breaking a tanker truck in half, with only a few hours left to survive, the crew id does what they can survive. A rescue ship is sent to try and get to them, but the question is will they ?
I love the early 50's look, it captures it so perfectly. Everybody gives a good performance, almost nobody stands out. The storms scenes are also well shot, you'll feel caught up in the storm also. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's easy to compare this to The Perfect storm(2000), it has the same feel to it. I hope you won't be disappointed by this.
Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
It's like if Dr.Who put together his own team of Avengers
Rip Hunter from the 22 century travels back in time to put together a group of super power beings to stop an evil powerful immortal named Vandal Savage, but will this team learn to work together before it's too late?
It's a cool concept even though the team up is not based on a comic book like The Avengers and Justice League, although these characters in the show are well known in the DC universe. Sometimes I feel like I'm watching a mixture of Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy. The cast do play off each other perfectly, I can tell by watching this that they all are having fun working on this. Even Brandon Routh as The Atom, he basically looks like The Incredible Shrinking Iron Man. Dialog can get clunky in spots, but it is a fun show regardless. I hope it gets better has it goes on.
The Boy (2016)
The Boy is an entertaining jump scare ride.
Greta(Lauren Cohan) gets a job in England has an nanny for a rich family, only to discover there kid is not what to be expected, it is in the form of a doll, Greta thinks they are crazy but goes along with it. The family gives her a set of rules to follow for there son the doll. And when the family leaves, Greta fails to follow the rules, then odd things start to happen, which will get you thinking is Greta going crazy or is the doll really alive?
I know this premise is nothing new, a haunted doll movie. But does deliver the jump scares. The scenes in the house does give a good haunted house like feel to it. Lauren Cohan is quite good here, I thought I wasn't going to like her character at first, but has it went on she kind of grew on me. Scenes with the doll are quite menacing, I felt quite jumpy just looking at it. Ruppert Evans is also good too as the delivery guy. It does have a twist at the end, the would make Alfred Hitchcock smile.
The Forest (2016)
Not terrible, but could have been better
Natalie Dormer plays a woman who is searching for her twin sister(also Dormer) who has gone missing in Japan, last seen in a forest where everybody seems to die, but she is determined to find her no matter what, but will she find her, or will the forest drive her insane?
The film does have some good scares, and Natalie Dormer does give it her all here. But the story itself feels to cut down, and actors like Taylor Kinney who play it so bland, he just does not have much to work with. The movie tries to hard and it shows, the ending does not leave much to be explained. All in all, it could have been better. Just don't leave much to enjoy all of it.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Quentin Tarantino at his best
I never saw Django Unchained, but I didn't want to miss The Hateful Eight. The title is a play on the western The Magnificent Seven. It was a western and also a murder mystery. Has the story slowly evolves, and the twist and turns. I don't want to tell you anymore, it's one off those movies you half to see to believe.
Quentin Tarantino really shines here, with such clever dialog, and beautiful western setting. The actors really come alive, Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson shine incredibly, so do Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tim Roth are also good. If you don't like violence, then you should probably stay away. But I was entertained by this. Tarantino pays homage to his film Reservoir Dogs in spots.
About what you'd expect
These films based on cartoons are not works of art, but they never try to be. For anybody that loves an Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon, we'll probably enjoy this like you where entertained by the first three. The Chipmunks have a misadventure like road trip. I don't want to give to much away. This is just a fun ride, nothing more, it just a film to sit and watch and forget about your problems.
Now Jason Lee as Dave looks like he only got five hours of sleep, kind of have the feel he doesn't want to be there. Tony Hale has some the funniest moments has a marshal chasing the chipmunks, he has a Steve Martin like thing going for him. It's a cartoon movie nothing more, I like it more than Yoga Bear and Scooby Doo.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a perfect team
Two sisters(Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) who lead very different lives, are very surprised when there parents(James Brolin and Diane Wiest) decide to sell there house, in which they grew up in. Both of them decide to go out with a bang, by throwing a wild party. But will it be a good or bad thing for both of them?
Sisters is one of those films that is not great, but never tries to be, when you think it's gonna go in a different direction, it quickly pulls itself back. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have such comedic chemistry, it feels less like a movie and more like a friendly get to together. The raunchy jokes are funny, and never go too far. The rest of the cast are pretty memorable, nobody stands out. If you are looking for something fun but not great then Sisters is that film for you.
Star Wars: A New Beginning
After months of waiting, The Force Awakens is finally here. It was beyond good, everything you'll love about a Star Wars film is here. It does not go overboard with CGI effects like prequels did. The effects here are practical like they in the originals. It does have an awesome light-saber duel, would not be a Star Wars film if they did not.
The new cast are pretty enjoyable, John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey have great chemistry, they have a Han and Leia like thing going. Harrison Ford returning as Han Solo is like he never left after 32 years. Carrie Fisher as Leia is also great, so are Chewie, R2d2, and C3PO, and new robot BB8. It ends with you wanting more, like Empire Strikes Back did. At times there homages to the first Star Wars film, but it's pretty much it's own film.