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Hustle & Flow (2005)
Hustle and Flow is a very compelling and very satisfying urban drama. This movie has it all. Good performances, a solid script, enjoyable music, and just the right amount of humor peppered throughout.
DJay is a pimp and a drug dealer who begins to have a mid-life crisis. He's got his three Ho's, one is a stripper, one is pregnant, and the other is a country runaway. After hearing about a local rapper whose gone on to bigger and better things, Djay begins to reconnect with an old friend and his love of music.
In the process he changes his attitudes, & his views on life...channeling his newfound creative energy into his music.
Terrence Howard as DJay gives an incredibly subtly yet powerful performance. This one drug dealing hustler that you will hate to love. But you will love him nonetheless. And that my friends...is what good acting is all about.
All the supporting roles are fleshed out nicely and very well acted by the rest of the ensemble cast.
This is a powerful and rewarding movie. Hustle on down and pick yourself up a copy. You wont regret it.
My Date with Drew (2004)
My Sad Pathetic Life.......
If I was broke and struggling to survive, as the "filmakers" in this little documentary claim to be doing.....I would be focusing my energies on my career & my life goals instead of asking my parents to send me checks so that I could eat, running around with a borrowed video camera that had to be returned in 30 days, and trying sooo desperately to get a date with my very famous childhood crush. And not even a real date really, more like a lunch a or dinner outing with somebody whose engaged and will always be completely out of any reach for most real men.
However , we aren't really talking about a real man in "My Date with Drew". We are talking about a hyperactive, struggling, quite possibly gay, Jewish 27 year old nobody who really needs to get a life. So maybe there's hope after all for all you losers out there. That is the real message of this film.
Whew ...I needed to get that off my chest. Having said that , there is no denying that "My Date with Drew" is a somewhat charming documentary about the underdog in all of us.
The movie itself isn't that great & isn't all that entertaining....but it does have a satisfying conclusion....even if it's not the one you'd originally expect.
Brian, the guy who desperately wants to meet Drew comes off as lovable......but also as a HUGE dork who ultimately should be focused on getting his S*** together instead of chasing around his childhood crush.
Hopefully Brian made some money off this project or otherwise this guy is headed for trouble! This movie isn't the worst. It's worth a one time viewing but thats about it.
A Lot Like Love (2005)
This reviewers take on "A Lot Like Love" is pretty mixed. First of all, this movie is not really a comedy. Besides the scene where Amanda Peet walks right into a glass sliding door (hilarious) the movie really isn't that funny at all. The movie is much more of a drama. I would say that about 80% of this movie is a drama and about 20% is comedy. The movie is marketed as a romantic comedy, so many viewers may feel a bit disenchanted when the film proves otherwise.
As a drama, the movie itself is not all that bad. It tends to lag and drag and is all too predictable, however there is no denying the charm of Kutcher and Peet. While their chemistry isn't the greatest, it is still very prevalent throughout the film. The film revolves around a series of encounters with Kutcher and Peet throughout the years. They always seem to be drawn to one another but previous commitments and/or plans always seem them to pull them apart until the next chance encounter. Basically, the film comes down to a question of "will they ever be together for good"? What do you think? No surprise there! However, the journey getting there plays out a little too long in this reviewers opinion.
The soundtrack is good, & the acting and performances of the two leads are credible. All in all...worth a one time viewing if you've got the time. One very annoying thing about this film are Amanda Peet's BAD BAD wigs through the first half. I'm sorry, but with the film's budget you'd think they could do better! Rent.... do not buy. You more than likely will not watch this movie more than once.
Not very "Bewitching"
After having read so many negative reviews and comments on the new "Bewitched" .....I went into this film expecting the worst.
The good news: It wasn't as bad as I thought. The bad news: Overall, it's still not that good of a film.
The biggest problem with "Bewitched" is Nora Ephrons ludicrous script. It goes in so many directions that it never really finds its footing. The script and the direction of the movie fail to capture the audiences belief and their imagination....which is what a film based on "magic" and such a beloved series should do first and foremost.
Kidman is the only saving grace of this film. But she can only do so much. Charming in the role....she just doesn't have anything solid to work with.
Will Ferrell is terribly unfunny. We all know how hilarious he can be given the proper material......so chalk that one up to the movies script as well.
By far the best performance of the film falls directly on the lap of Steve Carrell, who as Uncle Arthur is dead-on in his recreation and portrayal of the character originally played by the late Paul Lynde.
The movie has it's small moments, but mostly they are few and far between.
"Bewitched" is worth seeing once.......but ultimately will go down as another failed adaptation that probably shouldn't have been made in the first place.
The Dentist (1996)
As Dr. Alan Feinstone, Corbin Bernsen turns a marvelously deranged performance in "The Dentist".
With his already obsessive compulsive tendencies in high gear, the IRS hounding him, and a very suspicious acting wife; Dr. Alan Feinstone is losing his sanity more and more each day.
When the Doc indeed does realize that his wife is having an affair with the local pool boy, it sets off a string of events that lead to torture, murder, ant total mayhem! "The Dentist" is a solid film! Bernsen makes the character of Dr. Feinstone relatable and hateable at the same time. Even though he is completely out of his gourd, the audience will still feel sympathy towards him. That my friends.....is damn good acting.
A nice solid cast of supporting actors round out this gem of a film. Excellent direction, good killings and gore, and effective pacing will keep you entertained throughout the movies run.
Mediocre at best...
Tim Burton's remaking of "Charlie in the Chocolate Factory" is mediocre at best. The special effects are decent, but Depp is the real problem here. His Willy Wonka is NOT an improvement on Gene Wilder's, and he doesn't really bring anything that special to the character or the film.
If anything, he looks to young to play the part and comes off as rather creepy. And Burton's Oompa Loompas are a joke.
Kids may enjoy it, but as a "remake" that improves on the original, this film fails.
Overall, the movie looks beautiful but the original 1973 version is much better and more "magical". I did however thoroughly enjoy the "squirrel scene". That was the best part of the movie in this reviewers opinion.
Average movie that's worth a one time viewing (whereas the original can be watched repeatedly and still manages to entertain) Recommend for kids only. Adults should stick to the original.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
The family that slays together.....stays together
"The Devils Rejects", Rob Zombies follow up to his directorial debut "House of 1000 Corpses" is a gritty, unflinching horror exploitation film. The movie is filmed perfectly, has some outstanding acting and memorable characters, and completely succeeds at entertaining and creeping out its audience during its run time.
A marvelous and original idea. The performances are all great, and contain many memorable cameos from many 80's TV and movie stars. Such cameos include PJ SOLES (Halloween, Carrie, Rock N Roll High School) Elizabeth Daly -credited as EG DALY (Valley Girl, Pee Wees Big Adventure) and Priscilla Barnes (Threes Company).
Thanks Rob, for giving us horror fans a film that we can embrace and that you can most definitely be proud of.
5 good reasons to see this film:
1.A menage a trois with a corpse!
2.Bathing in blood!
5.Prosthetic penises shooting semen and blood!
Aww yes....this a twisted little foreign film.
With barely any dialogue and a killer soundtrack- "Nekromantik" is a one of a kind life altering disgusto-thon.
There is no way this reviewer (in good faith) could NOT recommend this vile love story to the most serious of horror & gore fans!
"Nekromantik" must be seen to be believed.
My Little Eye (2002)
Watch in the dark!!
Why hadn't I ever heard of this film? "My Little Eye" begs to be seen. It's movies like this that make researching films on the internet all the worth while.
This is an atmospheric, creepy, and effective movie! The less said about this spookfest the better. It has a "Big Brother" (as in the TV show) element to it, except the contestants must stay in the house for 6 months without leaving (except to go out front), and some of the guests have secrets in their past that began to play out in front of them.
The filming, direction, and cinematography of "My Little Eye" are all superb. The angles, split screens, sound effects, and night vision cameras all serve to build up a tense but satisfying conclusion. Cant recommend this one enough if you like to be scared or freaked out.
A wonderful film to watch with the lights off and the volume cranked up.
A diamond in the rough.......
For horror/thriller fans that have never seen or heard of "Nursie", this review will start off by saying that this little film is an underseen gem! When Dr. Zack (C. Thomas Howell) crashes his car into a cow during a storm in the Louisianna bayou, he awakens shortly after wards to find out that he his at the "Twilight Gardens"; a retirement home run by Nurse Ada (Savannah Smith Boucher). Ada's big & fat dimwitted brother Raymond (David Parker) also assists with the daily duties and is at Ada's every beck and call.
Zack wants to leave, but the storm is still raging, the phone is out, and he is feeling a but groggy after the accident. He also meets Mary Claire (Frieda Jane), the beautiful young terrified niece of Nurse Ada, as well as Ada's patients...which she refers to as her "girls". The "girls" consist of seniors who all seem to be scared to death of their loving caretaker.
Zack soon comes to realize that he is being held captive by Ada, and that everyone else living there (except Raymond) is being held against their will as well. Zack tries to leave, but he is always unsuccessful and punished for each attempt after wards.
Ya see..Ada plans on keeping the doctor and starting up a romance with him as well. He also comes in quite useful for signing medical documents and forms that help to keep giving Ada the control over her patients that she has grown so accustomed to.
There is a lot more going on in "Nursie" than what I have just described above. This movie is a very effective thrill ride. The direction and writing are consistently sharp.
There are a few flaws in "Nursie", and the film stumbles at certain points, but overall it is well done.
What makes "Nursie" a little better than most of what is being made these days for us horror enthusiasts are the fantastic performances by C. Thomas Howell, Savannah Smith Boucher, and David Parker. All three are exceptionally good, but Boucher is a standout as the crazy and deranged Nurse Ada. She is just fantastic in the role and runs with it all the way, creating a truly believable and creepy character in Nurse Ada.
"Nursie" is somewhat similar in theme to "Misery", but it develops it's own footing early on.
Overall, this is a good movie! Recommended!