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Psych: The Movie (2017)
Was a big fan of the series, but it appears the three year hiatus has thrown the Psych Gang off their game. The whole thing was disjointed, overacted, poorly written and the chemistry that existed during series was missing. The entire plot appeared "forced" as was the performance--especially Roday's.
The "development" of Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer is just an example of how the entire production was trying to hard to not repeat the TV series. During the show Henry was always the voice of reason, now he's turned San Franciscan hippy with no real explanation. There was no reason to change anything about Henry, but for some reason the producers of this movie felt it was necessary.
The "also starring" characters were confusing and poorly brought into the fold. There was just too much back-story missing about them, making the overall plot even harder to follow.
Overall the entire movie was just a mess. If the plan is to do at least five more of these, then the writers and producers need to go back and re-watch the series and rediscover what made it special, then incorporate it into the next movie. If there's any hope, the next one cannot be any worse than this one. At least I hope not!
Lastly, it was a shame Timothy Omundson wasn't involved, and hopefully he has recovered from his health issues and will return in future Psych movies! "Lassie" balanced the show and brought a Dirty Harry vs. Sledgehammer aspect to the show. Omundson was badly missed, his cameo was a nice salute to his character but he really needs to be more a part of the plot. Unfortunately that wasn't possible for this movie (and I am not even sure if he could save this wreck), but it will be a bad omen if he doesn't join in on future efforts!
LA to Vegas (2018)
Fly the Friendly Skies!
With all the crap that's on the TV these days 'LA to Vegas' is a refreshing change! The characters are entertaining and as someone who flies quite often I can relate to them. The scenarios may be a bit over the top but historically that's what has always made good comedy (was 'Seinfeld' that realistic?). Honestly I can't say there is a better sitcom at the moment, which doesn't mean 'LA to Vegas' is great but compared to its competition it's at the top of the list.
So it isn't a home run right out of the box but as someone has also noted, the first season of 'Seinfeld' was pretty slow. 'LA to Vegas' has potential and has already shown great promise in its cast and scripts. It's balanced and even the over-the-top characters such as Captain Dave are easy to connect with.
I am glad to see three more episodes have already been order (for a total of 15), I hope Fox realizes what a hit they have and supports more seasons. "LA to Vegas' deserves a chance to prove itself!
Honestly, if you really want to see a realistic Hollywood production about first responders, watch the old "Emergency" TV show from the 1970s. That show was lauded for its realism and how it portrayed the fledgling paramedic program in the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
On the other hand, this show (9-1-1-) has to be one of the biggest insults to first responders ever contrived. It couldn't be more ridiculous, and is about as well-acted as a Mexican soap opera! I doubt they have any technical advisers as a part of the production as so much was done wrongly. Fox needs to cancel this as quickly as possible as the backlash will be worst than Tide pod eaters or NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem! It insults the intelligence of anyone with more than half a brain...
By the way, IMDb, you really need to provide an option for zero stars; as shows like this don't even deserve a one-star rating!
White Gold (2017)
OK, But Not Great (And No Inbetweeners!)
The comparison with 'Alfie' was pretty accurate, Vince Swan (played by Ed Weswick) breaks the fourth wall continuously to keep the plot movie. It provides some of the character's insights, but it can be distracting as it is hard to feel any compassion for Swan who is pretty much a self-centered jerk to his wife and coworkers.
Secondly, there is the annoyance of the constant 80s music. Trust me, I love 80s music but it seems to be overused in this series. And it's not just background music, it blares at the end of every scene. Just look at the playlists on the official website, there are 15-20 songs per episodes. It's just too much, and appears to be added just to draw in more viewers.
Overall it's not a bad show, James Buckley and Joe Thomas recreate their 'Inbetweeners' roles and interactions which are about the best thing going. Linzey Cocker gives a pretty good performance as Swan's suffering wife.
Weswick's recent legal troubles (he was accused by three women of sexual assault in November 2017) put season two in question. BBC2's announcement of the second season was before this news broke. I am not sure if the show will survive without Weswick, it does center on him despite his character's unappealing antics. Why he couldn't have been just a con man is beyond me, extending his sleaziness to his personal life wasn't necessary unless the intent was to garner hatred towards him.
Obviously it's tough trying to follow up a great series such as 'Inbetweeners' and Damn Beesley didn't do so with 'White Gold,' but even mediocre BBC shows can be worth watching. This is one of them, just don't expect too much...
An Enjoyable Depiction of Western History
I have gotten addicted to this show, it has a great balance of historical information and re-enactments to be informative and entertaining. As mentioned, the first-person accounts make it more interesting than a pure documentary. The episode concerning Bass Reeves was extremely informative as he is an important person of that era but not well known (some claim he was the basis of the Lone Ranger series). I was also "satisfied" with the Wild Bill Hickok story (viewers will understand the pun!).
All in all, a highly enjoyable series on the old west! Definitely worth watching if you have any interest in that period.
This is yet another movie I never heard of that I suddenly discovered on a 14+ hour plane ride from Hong Kong to Dallas. The plot is fairly straightforward and the characters genuine. All of the actors do an excellent job of making you forget they are actors. The small turns and twists keep it engaging without getting too far-fetched. It had me engrossed all the way through the closing credits, and some aspects of it really hit home (Bruce Dern reminded me of my late father in many ways).
I doubt this film won any major awards but it should have. It was creative and endearing, and most importantly, a topic many of us can connect to. Make the effort to find this movie, it is touching and worth the time!
OK, so this genre has been schnitzeled already, and no one is expecting Academy Award performances here; but for an hour-and-a-half's worth of mindless enjoyment this movie does deliver! Not to regurgitate the entire plot as some people love to do in their "reviews," but much like very other zombie movie around (and there's tons of them) there's been some scientific blunder that unleashes the living dead on the world and our heroes have to save the day.
Actually, I kinda liked the fact that this particular movie bypassed the need to explain how events lead to the zombie apocalypse and instead just jumped into the action. It honestly doesn't matter and I appreciate that no time is wasted on it.
But I am curious as to how the zombies are exceptionally faster than they are in most other movies (i.e. 'Shaun of the Dead' which started the trend). I guess the producers decided they liked the faster zombies from 'Zombieland' instead. People actually argue the "authenticity" of this detail on the Internet. Seriously, get a life! As for 'Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,' it's definitely a Netflix or a 'watch-on-the-airplane' (like I did) type of movie; but it it is creative and original enough to grab your attention and make you laugh every now an then during its 90 minutes (give or take). Unlike all the lousy movies that depend too much on CGI to impress their audiences, this one uses the age-old approach of character development and interaction, and it works.
This movie may not win any major awards, but it will win your heart and that's all that matters anyway, isn't it?!?
The Weapon Hunter (2015)
Enthusiasm and Respect
With so many scripted "reality" shows concerning firearms, 'The Weapon Hunter' is a breath of fresh air! Paul Shull demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm and respect for these weapons and the people that used them (as well as collect and restore them). No politics or fake drama here, the focus is on the weaponry and how they made history.
Shull himself is also a great presenter, a down-to-the-earth guy whose passion and zest for military history is clearly evident, which makes the show even more enjoyable. His enthusiasm becomes the viewer's enthusiasm, and those who watch the show can experience what it is like to operate these weapons vicariously thru him.
Shull is also no prima donna, he is not only willing to get dirty or even risk life and limb; but is also not beyond embarrassing himself a little in the process if that is what it takes. However, what is really appealing is that Shull clearly makes weapons the star of the show, not himself.
The Smithsonian Channel has a real winner in 'The Weapon Hunter' and Shull, I eagerly look forward to the next season and many more beyond that!
The Baker (2007)
A Good Movie
I finally got to see this movie after trying to track it down for years. My problem was I searched on the film's UK name ("The Baker") and only just learned it was renamed for its US release. A quick search found that Amazon had it for rent, so I downloaded it for a plane ride home.
OK, maybe I had higher expectations after waiting all that time but I can only say this was a good movie and not a great one. It has several "issues" that I won't elaborate on as I still think it's worth watching.
The characters are interesting and the plot moves along, plus it had a lot of moments that made me smile but I will admit I never really laughed outright. It's that kind of film, enjoyable especially for Damian Lewis fans (I've always liked him since "Band of Brothers"). Kate Ashfiel does a good job, it took a little while to recognize her as Liz from "Shaun of the Dead" (she looks better with her short brunette hair) and Steve Speirs is great as Bryn. Several others put in outstanding performances that make it worth watching.
So, while not a "10," it's definitely a strong "8" and worth the time if you like movies of this genre.
Excellent Suspenseful WWI Drama!
Horror movie? Not really, more of a "suspense drama" with a little horror thrown in for good measure. Deathwatch is worth watching (if you can pardon the pun), I grabbed it based on the cover and at such a low price it was easily disposable if it turned out to be rotten. But quite the contrary, what we have is an excellently filmed suspenseful drama that captures the horror of the First World War.
Having trekked numerous WWI battlefields in Belgium and northern France, it captures what I could only imagine were the horrors (yes, I will overuse that word in this review) of that conflict. "Eerie" is an excellent description, not so much scary but definitely suspenseful. A superbly done film and one that is worth chasing down a copy. I am glad I grabbed it, as this is a movie worth owning (an accolade that isn't apply too often these days!)
'Hysterical' is, well...hysterical!
I remember when this movie first came out, my best friend from high school introduced me to it and we would quote it endlessly. Unfortunately, he passed away about almost 20 years ago (RIP, James!); but I will always remember how much fun we had re-enacting scenes from this film.
Luckily, someone was smart enough to release it on DVD; as my video tape was starting to wear out. I still find it intensely hilarious (make that hysterical!) and it's as fresh and funny as it was almost 30 years ago when it was released! See how many stars you can spot, and enjoy this Hudson Brothers' masterpiece! It lives up to the title, and is worth owning as every time you watch it you'll see something new!
Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
An Excellent but Deep Movie
Wow, there aren't any short reviews of this film on here, testimony to how it invokes quite a response (good or bad) out of people. There's something to be said about that.
But having said that, I thought it was a great film. Sure, it has its "issues;" but the premise is a good one, the acting smooth, it has some great special effects, and the plot keeps moving. Sure, it almost seems like it switches gears about halfway through, at which point the action picks up quite a bit; but throughout it is a very intellectually deep movie and anyone looking for thoughtless entertainment will be put off by it! But pay attention and you will be rewarded!
A Fun Movie
I have to agree with everything Merk said, the main objective of this movie seems to be to have fun and it did just that. You can't be too critical of a film that has such a noble goal, so don't dwell too deeply into the acting (which is pretty good considering) or the plot (ditto). Just sit back, relax and enjoy a really fun flick! My biggest concern is not that my 12-yr-old skateboard fanatic son will try to build his own boxboard after watching this movie, but that I will try to ride it down a hill myself! If you have kids, especially ones who are into skateboarding, go find Boxboarders and enjoy a family-friendly, entertaining movie!
Average at Best
OK, I won't even compare this movie with the 'original,' as there really is no connection between the two. Well, other than the one assassin and the fact that the FBI is the main government agency involved.
So, standing on its own, the best that could be said of 'Smokin' Aces II - Assassins' Ball' is that it is mildly entertaining if you like movies of this genre.
By that I mean lots of gunfire, blood, gore and a few hot women.
Otherwise, the script is weak, the plot weaker, and the acting...well, it can barely be called acting.
By itself, 'Smokin' Aces II' rates four stars at best. You can save yourself some money and wait until it hits the discount bins, you won't be missing anything by doing so. But do pick it up when it gets marked down, especially if you like these kind of brainless shoot-'em-up flicks!
In Bruges (2008)
There are many great reviews of this film, and all are justified. What drew our interest to it was we used to live in Belgium, and have been to Brugge (Flemish spelling) on several occasions. It is truly a beautiful town, and that is what makes this such a great movie, as it is the perfect backdrop for the plot. The acting is absolutely brilliant (kudos to Colin Farrell, most likely his best performance ever), the script well written and overall it is just what a movie should be, a balanced combination of humor, action and drama! This is far from a brainless action flick, this movie draws the viewer in and holds their attention the entire time. This is one to buy on DVD, as like I you will want to watch it every so often as it remains as fresh and entertaining as the first time!
A must for any/every ABC fan...
OK, so this isn't a 'movie' per say; but it is an excellent video on one of the best bands to come out of the post-punk 'New Romantic' era of the UK in the early 80s!
The members of ABC aren't actors but portray themselves well in Mantrap, and their performances alone are worth the trouble and effort to find a copy of this (I have a very old VHS version). ABC's music still beats a lot of contemporary artists' work and I find it timeless. Mantrap is a wonderful capture of the music of the era and definitely worth seeing!
A 10/10 for me, and I wish someone would put out a digitized copy!
"This was one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, losing a total box office revenue of 58.1 million US dollars (135 million was the original budget for the film)." That in itself should tell you everything you need to know about this film. If you haven't seen it, consider yourself lucky and go lock for something else at Blockbuster. If you happened across it on TV, then change the channel. If you are a glutton for punishment like I was, and like to see how you would do under torture, then go ahead and watch it; but I will warn you this movie makes 'Top Gun' look like 'The Right Stuff' in comparison.
Maybe if you are a 6-to-10-yr-old who is a fan of 'Transformers' or are a sexually-deprived individual who gets his excited by Jessica Biel, this film will have something that you are interested in. But if you are like the other 99.9% of the general population, this movie will have you either bored or confused. There are plot holes that you could drive a Mac truck through. It's only redeeming quality would be it must be a real good laugh if you've been drinking heavily prior to watching it; otherwise, it is well worth passing on.
You Just Gotta Laugh!
Yep, you can count me in with the number of people who think that '1941' was hilarious! I really cannot fathom anyone being so uptight about this movie, it is a lighthearted look at the craziness and crazes that were rampant after Pearl Harbor and I think Spielberg nailed it! Not only an excellent cast, but a wonderful action-packed comedy that never lets up. You could quote from this movie until the cows come home, the script was loaded with laughable lines. The comedic performances of the numerous stars involved were all top rate. And above it all, Spielberg kept the action true to the time! OK, maybe it is not the deepest of comedies but I rank it up there with 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack' when it comes to outstandingly funny movies. And I am glad I grabbed the director's cut DVD as it contains loads of scenes I had never seen before. It just makes a great movie even better! I honestly could give this movie a 10/10, and I don't know why I feel pressured to drop it down a rating as I do love it so. Maybe I am falling prey to the constant negativity associated with this movie; but all I have to do is watch it again (and it is the kind of movie you can watch over and over again), and once again I am a fan! Well done and worth your time if you know how to enjoy yourself!
Reunion at Fairborough (1985)
Still Great After All These Years...
Well, I was finally able to obtain a digital copy of this great movie (Google the title and you can as well), and I just watched it for the first time in probably 20+ years. I can tell you it is just as good today as it was the first time! Sure, it is set in the 80s and things have changed, and there are some goofy bits to it; but it is still an excellent movie! Mitchum cannot be any more natural in this role. As a matter of fact, I think I consider this to be his best work ever! Kerr is the same, it almost seems as those the two of them aren't really acting but as the characters they are playing. Buttons may have been a little over the top, as was the young lady who played Mitchum's granddaughter but I was stationed in the UK during the early 80s and she portrayed a typical CND'er of the time.
If you are a fan of this movie, make every effort to get a copy of it. As I said, it can be done and it is well worth the trouble. Why this hasn't been released on DVD is beyond me, it is simply a great movie!
Actually, I kinda liked it...
OK, my wife doesn't get the Geico commercials. She just doesn't see the humor in them. I, on the other hand, find them hilarious.
This show will garner the same response. I liked how it kept to the dry humor and urban sophistication of the commercials; but I am sure some will find it slow and unfunny. That's too bad, as TV could use a few more comedies that aren't gag-dependent. I enjoyed how no one questions the existence of cavemen in modern times, and how the are the target of prejudice but for no real reason. Each caveman is a unique character and functions in modern society better than the "saps" (homo sapiens).
I will be sad if this show doesn't survive, I for one will watch it ever week and if the series maintains the entertainment level of the first show than I am really looking forward to it. However, I get the feeling this one won't survive, which will be a shame...
OK, I will be honest, I have not seen the entire movie yet but from what I saw and the reviews I have read here, I thought I would toss in my comments.
First and foremost, the only reason I didn't see the whole movie was my kids were watching it fairly late at night and I had to get up early the next morning. But trust me, I stayed up as long as I could! 'Hoodwinked' had me hooked almost immediately. Sure, it may not be the high-tech CGI that we are getting so used to, but the "acting," script and characters far surpass all of that. For one, "Twitchy" is a riot, and has become the new nickname for my oldest son as they two are almost identical in character. Two, I love the "inside perspective" to the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, it makes the movie much more interesting to adults. Three, the humor is stupendous, and is funny to adults and children alike. Trust me, I've been to many a boring kids movie that had me snoozing ten minutes into the show ('Happy Feet' being a recent example, although the Robin Williams-voiced characters made it halfway entertaining). 'Hoodwinked' is on my "must-see-completely" list, and I strongly suspect it will be one of those movies I end up seeing several times just to catch all the nuances. Despite being a "budget" production in terms of the "gee-whiz" animation, the plot and characters make you quickly not care that it isn't a Pixar flick. I wish more family movies like this were available, it would get us into the theaters more often!
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Weak like Fahrenheit 9/11
I am very unfortunate as I am also named Michael Moore, and have lived with the stigma of sharing the name of a guy who makes very biased and poorly supported documentaries for several years now. I don't hate all of his movies, 'Canadian Bacon' was hilarious; but much like 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' 'Bowling for Columbine' shares the same media paranoia that Moore blames on all of the problems with America. It is not that I totally disagree with his points...the media is focused on sensationalism and I for one can no longer stand to watch either the local news or even Fox or CNN. But Moore's arguments have no sustaining points to them. An interview with Marilyn Manson showing what a loving and caring person he is doesn't offset Manson's lyrics or stage antics...he is a promoter of glorified death because it sells to all the Emos who feel they are "misunderstood." What a new phenomenon that is, anyone remember when rock & roll first emerged in the 50's and how it was seen as the catalyst to the end of civilization? Nope, not me as I wasn't born yet; but I have heard the stories.
Moore's antics at K-Mart are a joke as well, blaming the company for the mis-use of ammunition bought from one of its stores. What if the two killers at Columbine had used Wüsthof kitchen knives? Should Nike or whoever's shoes they wore be also to blame? The Columbine High School massacre was a senseless tragedy, but one carried out by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (and which wasn't the most deadliest school attack ever, the Bath School bombing gets that distinction). Harris and Klebold already have a track record and were well on their way to becoming professional criminals. Both were considered to have a lack of moral judgment and needed psychiatric help. However, Moore conveniently skips over these important facts and goes right to the tools they used to implement their hatred upon others. Also, what about Mark Manes and Robyn Anderson, who illegally sold and gave the firearms to Harris and Klebold? Why isn't their involvement documented by Moore? Bottom line, this is another sensationalized documentary from a guy who likes to see himself on the big screen. It is inaccurate and misleading in its presentations and Moore likes to misshape interpretations of events to support his beliefs. This only got worse in 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' Don't watch either on a full stomach.
I only wish someone would limit Moore's right to free speech as much as he would like to limit everyone else's right to bear arms!
Well, I am probably going to be made to walk the plank for saying this, but I saw this movie on the first day of its US release and after waiting anxiously over a year for it to come out, I was disappointed. Without spoiling it for those who haven't seen it, I can only compare it to the original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' which I felt developed and used the characters much better than the sequel. I was utterly disappointed at how the plot unfolds, and the changes in the personalities of some of the leading characters. And I was really let down at the ending, for reasons some of you will understand when you see this movie.
Maybe I was just expecting too much. Maybe it was "fresher" the first time out. Maybe there was an obvious point to this movie, which will be better known in 'Pirates 3' (At World's End) due out next year. I don't know, but overall I just sat there at the end of the movie going "What the heck??" I might just go back and see it again in a few days, maybe it will be better the second time around; but I am not getting my hopes up. 'Pirates 2' falls short of the original, not in the CGI (Davy Jones' crew equals the "dead" crew of Captain Barbossa in the first movie) but unlike the Indiana Jones trilogy, the sequel did not meet or exceed the original. I am very disappointed to admit that, but it is how I feel.
Undercover Brother (2002)
Sense of Humor Required...
OK, after reading a few of the other reviews, I feel the "point" of this movie was lost on some people. Much like 'Blazing Saddles,' the "prejudice" in this movie was meant as a joke. This movie makes fun of all races
black and/or white. If anyone is offended, then they aren't "getting it." So, this isn't the best comedy of all time, but it is very amusing and has a great soundtrack. There are a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle stabs at both blacks and whites, you really have to watch this movie a few times to catch it all. The plot isn't deep but at least it keeps moving, and the cast is pretty "solid" (to steal a term from the movie). All in all, I wasn't overly thrilled with this movie when I first saw it, but after seeing it again and a few times more, it has really grown on me. Maybe as I am a child of the 70's, and I still listen to a lot of Funk music from that era, that I can really appreciate this flick. Keep an open mind, try not to take any of it too seriously, and pay close attention to some of the less-obvious humor and I think you will clearly enjoy this movie.
Fat Albert (2004)
A treasure that I am sure my family and I will continue to watch and enjoy over the years!
I am glad to see the positive reviews many people have posted on here, simply because I just watched the DVD (again) and once again I am very impressed with this great movie. Without repeating what others have said, this movie did an excellent job in preserving the characters from the old cartoon while adding some modern touches. Sure, the plot (Doris' "problem") may be a little simplistic as was the solution, but that is not the beauty of this film. The charm comes from the characters, and they not only represented the cartoon well but also the original people they are based on. A great family film, and those are truly rare nowadays.
I am just a bit curious as why this got a PG rating, all the "profanity" was done by Mush Mouth (at least I think it was, I can't understand what he's saying either!). I don't know the criteria that gave this movie this rating, but rest assured you can safely watch it with your children. A treasure that I am sure my family and I will continue to watch and enjoy over the years!