Sense8 Television Review

Netflix_Sense8_promo_artWow, Netflix sure has a way of bringing unique, thought provoking stories to the small screen. So many shows have come out recently that have blown me away. First, Daredevil was epic, then Grace and Frankie was better than expected and now Sense8 has done it again…for the most part. The thought-child of the Wachowski’s and J. Michael Straczynski, Sense8 is a sci-fi drama that tells the tale of 8 people who can all sense and communicate with one another from across the world. Continue reading

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HULLY GULLY (Film Review)

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HULLY GULLY, a film by director Pablo D’Stair, takes a look at a normal, everyday couple and the examines their relationship. The representation of a modern couple is pretty common, but with D’Stair’s style, it comes out different than the run of the mill films that are commonplace. Continue reading

Scrooged (Film Review)

Scrooged_film_posterAh, good old Scrooged, aka Bill Murray’s Christmas movie. There is nothing in this world like Scrooged, obviously it’s an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, but it does so in a way that hadn’t really been done before or since. The film follows Frank Cross, a TV executive that cares so little for his employees that he will fire them in an instant. He hates Christmas and spending time with his brother. It looks as if he will forever be this way until he is visited one night by the ghost of his mentor telling him to change his ways. From there he interacts with the three ghosts of past, present and future.

The movie is hilarious, with many nearly all the jokes still landing after the 20+ years it’s been out. Many of the set pieces and references are a bit old, but the comedy is still very much intact. It also has more heart than imagined. The cast is fantastic, with small roles from Bill Murray’s brothers and a few big names sprinkled throughout. Bill Murray is strong in his role as Frank Cross and Bobcat Goldthwait is just as great as a former employee who gets fired in the first few minutes of the movie. I feel like I’m in the minority in terms of my love of Bobcat Goldthwait’s comedy. He was hilarious in this and the Police Academy movies and directed great films like World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America. This might be my favorite role of his, it’s pretty minor and very dark, but it’s still hilarious.

The other supporting cast, like Karen Allen and John Glover are perfect in their roles. John Glover plays the corporate douche amazingly and Karen Allen plays Frank Cross’s former love with heart, making the viewer hope they can push their issues aside and be together. (Though, that is pretty predictable). Everything about this movie is wonderful, from the comedy to the acting. It’s silly, emotional and leaves you excited for the next viewing. For me, it’s a must watch every Christmas.

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Contraband (Film Review) [31 of 200]

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A retired smuggler must get back into the game to save his wife, kids and brother-in-law after his brother-in-law screws up on a run. In order to save his family, Marky Mark must round-up a funky bunch in order to get enough money to pay the bad guy off. Too bad this bad guy is really impatient and keeps bothering our heroes wife.

Pros

Mark Wahlberg is a pretty intense guy and this movie shows that. It’s not his best performance, but it is a bright spot in this film. Everyone else give just OK performances. The story is decent, not really good, but not terrible either. Actually it sort of sounds like a Nic Cage movie.

Cons

I remember watching the trailer and thinking it was going to be a pure action movie. It’s not. What it is, is a slow-moving thriller that takes way too long to get good. The last 20-30 minutes was good, but everything prior was boring, to the point where I quit watching it and started up again after an hour-long break. There is a bit of action, but nothing too big. Honestly, with a few tweaks, and less language, this movie could easily have been PG-13.

00002Fun Fact: This was director, Baltasar Kormákur’s first “Hollywood” movie.

No review today…but here’s why!

OK, so you’re probably wondering why I’m having a lot less reviews these past few days. Trust me, I’m just as bummed that I’m not pumping out as many reviews. I wish I were able to, but at the moment I’ve been up to my neck in homework and the show House of Cards. I’ve reviewed the first half of that show and I’m nearly done. Once I am finished, I will probably start watching movies again. Sadly, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be pretty busy with school this semester. I’m actually taking homework heavy classes this semester, which isn’t too fun.

In the next few days you might see reviews of The Decoy Bride, Contraband, Sleeping Dogs (The Zodiac Tournament DLC) and some other stuff that I haven’t seen yet.

 

Introducing a New Way to Review…

 

I’m not quite sure why I titled the post this, but oh well, I’m keeping it. Now most of you have probably seen that my reviews have been non-existent the past few day. My excuse, my laptop has allowed me to finally play some computer games and I’m currently in love with Crusader Kings II. Also, I start classes next week and I want to do a few more other fun things before I’m busy. Enough ketchup…get it, ketchup/catch up? I’m sorry, I don’t know why I just typed that.

Now I created this post for one reason, well maybe two reasons, but the main reason is to tell you about my new review format. Now movies watched on Netflix Instant or DVD will be quick reviews, meaning I will only provide in-depth review for movie seen in the theater, as well as self-published novels. This will help me tremendously since I may only have an hour or two to review a movie or two. The format will be:

Plot

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Pros

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Cons

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Score

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They will make for quicker reads that will help you to decided if the movie you want to watch is worth it. I will make some exceptions if the movie really deserves it, but most reviews will look like this.

Now for another thing, the old 0 to 10 score is gone. Wave goodbye to that and hello to the new score. 0 to 5 is nothing new, but it will allow for a more accurate review. The most difficult part of reviewing, I felt was arguing with myself if a work deserved 6.5 or a 7. Now I feel it should be easier to determine the score now. Yay for me.

Now for one last thing, I have decided to make a new goal for myself. By the end of this year, I would like to have a 366 post total. I am currently at 178 or something, so it shouldn’t be too hard, but I can never be sure. A post a day might not be reasonable with school coming up, but I might try. Anyways, thanks for reading and have a great day. 🙂