Someone I work with made mention of this movie at one point, and the name stuck in my head long enough to get added in the queue. The amusing part is that it stuck there as a recommendation to watch - but in actuality, I think they just mentioned it at some point and haven’t actually seen it. Either way, this puppy pitches itself as a modern noir, and like most hooks in detective flicks, there’s a missing girl on the line. This time around though, there’s no real detective in sight, just an infatuated neighbor and the promise of plenty of mystery. Get the tin foil hats and the aluminum badges, tonight we have to find out just what is Under the Silver Lake.Read More
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I'm drawn to movies like the entry for tonight. A concept that's outrageous, and yet also somehow makes a lot of sense, but by it's very nature makes you go "well this ought to be stupid fun." It happens a lot to me - and most of the time I wait for home release to watch these movies, because the situation here is that it's just cheaper for me, and although I find high probability in enjoyment, they never feel like the necessitate the extra travel and pay for a larger screen with better sound options. Still, this hurricane caper came of as pretty corny when I saw the trailer, so lets find out if this hurricane really blows.Read More
I wasn't super impressed with the last animated Batman movie that I checked out. Sure, it wasn't bad and it did have some bat-crap insane segments to it that I could appreciate, but there were moments when the quality just felt like it was subpar and I overall didn't think they really used the setting or concept to it's fullest. Well, of course they decided to make a Batman movie set just about in as old-timey not-London as it could possibly get. Color me interested, and remind your family to look at those MPAA ratings - it's time for the Bat to fight the Jack.Read More
Beaches, water, and slow motion. Get ready to keep picking those suits out of your butt crack, tonight's entry is a lovely little shore of action and mystery - or something like that. I'll be honest, I was never one to watch Baywatch, so the extent of my knowledge is pretty much all in that first sentence - not that no previous knowledge has ever hindered me from enjoying something before. Either way, it's time to figure out if it's worth the watch or something to keep at bay.Read More
We've had a good run of mindless fun here as of late. Plenty of movies that didn't require a whole lot of thinking, just to sit back and enjoy - some even that were improved by not thinking too much about it! Well, tonight's option is gonna flip that switch to get a little more out of that wrinkled blob in our skulls. Grab your sleuth hat and your crusader garb, it's time to find out just how belief-worthy Frailty is.Read More
I don't know about you, but I haven't really heard anyone go "Don't see Baby Driver, it's bad." I was actually pretty interested to see this when it was in theaters - just not enough so to spend the money and see it in theaters. Sometimes it's a bit hard to motivate yourself like that - but it got added to my rental queue as soon as possible so I could check it out. Promises of a good soundtrack and nice car-based action had the DvD spinning, but the ever-present question is if what's under the hood can back up the frame, or we are going to be left in the exhaust.Read More
Bright is another in a string of Netflix Originals that I've seen a trailer for and thought "Hey, I should check this out at some point." Then I did. It's a pretty simple thought process on that one, no recommendation or hidden gem digging or anything of that sort, but it seems nothing these days is without some form of story behind. For whatever reason, critical acclaim this thing did not get - in fact, as far as the critics are concerned there are better Stephen King adaptations than this movie. Let's dive in to see if they bright or dim.Read More
It's cold and snowy, so that signifies it's roughly the season of giving - as though that's something that should only happen one time of the year right? Followers of this site will already know that I'm not big on Christmas movies, but love doing side-line things that I pawn off as "holiday spirit" - like Die Hard. Well, this time around, we are gonna push our giving spirit by giving Ghost in the Shell a chance. I'm inclined to think I'll like this one - largely because it wasn't met with a whole lot of positive input from most the sources I would hear about it from which tells me chances are it'll be fun. Let's ignore out the outcries for a little bit and boot up our augments for some cybernetic fun and see if this one's the good cop or bad cop.Read More
A movie based on a novel that seems very similar to another movie that was far more low budget. Revenge movies have been a thing for a long time, and most the time I don't feel that it get's as convoluted as what I just said - usually it's pretty straight forward. The entire premise of a revenge movie is to just feed off a base emotion that we all have and can all get behind when it comes to fantasy offerings (such as movies) even if we wouldn't act upon such things in real life. Some of these things can be a little too much for the average viewer - for example I Spit on your Grave - but the more base ones leave nothing but some violence and potential language to stir the emotional uprisings. Tonight, we see if Death Sentence is a nice shiny polish on a story we've all seen before, or if it should have taken it's own title as advice.Read More
I've been playing a decent amount of that newer Ghost Recon game, and it may have influenced my choice of movie for the week. See, that game is all about taking down cartels, which is a similar pitch I've heard for Sicario. A buddy of mine actually reviewed it a while back and that also told me that it should be pretty good to boot. So, having my safety net of "This should be good" cast out in expectations, let's see if this movie can live up to it.Read More
Never stab the devil in the back
Well, did anyone really expect this movie? I mean, sure, John Wick was a hoot and action extravaganza, but it never really cried "I need a sequel!" It pretty well wrapped itself up right then and there. Well, let's buckle our seat belts and grab on to your dog's leash, because who the heck knows what kind of ride we are in for this time around.Read More
From all the reviews this thing got, it hardly sounds like it needs another put to the mix. Zootopia was, as far as everywhere I saw, pretty much universally agreed on as being a good - if not great - movie. Another ball park hit by the old Disney movie machine. To be honest, it's been on the "to watch" list for quite some time, and I just keep putting it off and putting it off - but tonight, that's no more. Put on your leopard print and gather the family, it's time to hop to it.Read More
Buddy cop flicks are fun, haven't seen one in a while. This one came highly praised by a YouTube reviewer that I follow, so I added to the old list of movies to watch. It's day has arrived, let's see if this 70-style detective picture has enough heart to keep my thoughts in line with that reviewer's opinion. Maybe this time nice guys won't finish last?Read More
Many may remember the concatenated review when this movie first hit theaters. If you haven't seen it, I'd still recommend you go and read that one instead of this one since this one will talk a bit about plot. Not that it matters too much, but really it's just so much more enjoyable if you go into the movie not knowing anything about it - why? Because it's a fresh little surprise. Brush up on your Russian, it's time to break some floors.Read More
I'd just like to go on the record and say I didn't do any research on this before watching it besides "will I need subtitles? No? Cool." I mean, science fiction! Something something Horus something something future something babies. I could make a comment here about it, but i think I'll make you read through it first to get to that comment.Read More
No one to trust. Everyone to hate.
I mean, most people already know if they will enjoy watching a Tarantino flick before they watch it. He has that particular style that bleeds into near any movie he's attached to. I'd say that this is at least in some extent true with The Hateful Eight, so the question becomes more if someone wants to sit through a near three hour long Tarantino drama. Well, I can't tell you for sure if you'll like it, but I can sure report what I thought of it.
Our plot here is one part who-done it and in a way a bit like a slasher movie. You see, this is a slow burn kind of plot - heck, you don't even really get to the main setting till about 40 minutes in! We start off with a horse carriage coming across a man standing in the snowy path in front of it. He declares who his is and his desire to hitch a ride with his three (dead) bounties, and the driver informs him that it isn't his call, but the man inside. The man inside would appear to be rather a bit untrusting - which is understandable considering his live bounty inside that he'd rather not share. Still, after having the man give up his weapons to the driver, he allows him to hitch a ride. The two exchange some banter, and we learn that they are both bounty hunters looking to cash in on their respective bounties in the next town.
It isn't long until they come across another man on the road - again without horse - looking to catch a ride. This time, it's a rather known southern rebel who claims to be the next-in-line for sheriff at the town they are heading to. He is allowed to catch a ride, but not trusting him at all the original passenger decides to re-arm his first hitchhiker - whom he does know to at least some extent - before letting him do so. We get some more exchanges passing out more information about the characters pasts, until they finally arrive at the midway point - the main setting of the movie. It is here the main story unfolds, and it is here we will spend most of our time.
Suffice it to say, there are plenty of little details sprinkled about the story (felt more so like a story thanks to "Chapter" text blocks intersecting portions of the movie) that end up being returned to at a latter point when the movie finally reveals everything that happened it previously left everyone guessing on. The characters, stuck in this environment and mostly all distrusting and with little knowledge of each other play off of each other rather well and the little stop-house ends up turning into a powder keg of paranoia threatening to explode into that typical Tarantino violence.
The main portion of the "who done it" comes from just plain trying to peace together what's all going on in the first place. One character will let on accusations or observations about something, while other characters may have something seemingly unrelated going on with each other. At first, it's all just a jumble of seemingly unrelated things that are to convenient to not be more than coincidences but by the end it all ends up laying itself out in a rather believable fashion - even with some things still feeling a bit like more than coincidence. A strange thing happens between two sections, where a narrator elaborates on something that the movie was apparently too busy to show previously after not existing for the entire movie until then by backtracking into the last chapter - and promptly isn't heard of again until pretty near the final act. I do suppose it works fine, but it would have been just as easy to show it the first time and not need to spoon feed the audience that particular part - especially after already leaving all sorts of bread crumbs throughout.
Actors do a splendid job here, as one would expect. It's a good thing they do, as well, as it's pretty near the only main draw to this movie in the first place. It's a bit of an issue when your playing out a big drama like this, so I won't particularly blame the movie itself, but it really is that slowly burning line of powder leading up to a keg - and despite those tensions rising, there isn't a whole lot that actually happens as it goes on. Still, the line delivery is great, and even though parts of the world cease to feel authentic each character is at least distinguishable from the rest at a glance and listen. It feels like there was care to give each character a personality, even if you don't care in the slightest about the character and whatever length of time they spend on screen.
Costumes play well into lending each character their own feel, and the set does a good job of setting the mood as well. There were moments when the imagery and music evoked images of The Thing as I watched, and although it may not have involved aliens it still provided an ample feel of isolation to make the tension easier to build. Outside of those few particular moments, I don't recall much of the soundtrack on display here, but that isn't a terrible thing considering that most the time my focus was on the characters and the story being told.
If you don't like Tarantino's movie DNA, then I can't say that this one will particularly be breaking any molds for people. It's a decent enough story that's told well and very well acted, but one can also expect that certain level of violence and language and subject matter than is oft displayed in one of his works. The ending wasn't entirely expected - at least not in the details - but it also felt that there was a bunch of the movie that probably could have been shaved down to get it a bit away from that 3 hour run time without causing a whole lot of damage.
Remember back in the day when spy movies used to be all the rage? The gadgets, the suits, the girls? Well, I feel like there hasn't been any real gripping spy flicks out there- I mean, the new bond movies aren't bad or anything, but they don't seem to really call out to my movie-going self to keep coming back for more. Maybe it's the removal of some of that cheese? Well, considering I hadn't heard anything negative about this particular British flavored flick, let's all get our silly attempts at talking with accents out of the way and see if this little drink ends up being a martini on the rocks or just a glass of crudely flavored water.Read More
Action movies are awesome. I love them, a lot of other people love them. With the recent hullabaloo about Fury Road, I was having a bit of a retrospective about "best action movies" I've ever scene with a pal, and after a moment of revving up my remember-er, amongst the slew of things that came to mind there was one scene that happened to pop into my mind. That scene is contained within this movie, and became a bit famous after it's release for being one giant, continual take. Turn on the stove, it's time to get boiled.Read More
So the first Sin City was pretty cool and fresh right? I mean, a couple of stories intertwined in a way - almost like the olden Horror anthology movies - with that Black and White palette with little splashes of color as it saw fit was pretty rad. So, now that it's been "done before," will it still hold up for the second time around?Read More
Ever find yourself thinking that kids suck? Ever think that kids were so much better and more respectful back in the day? Do you have anyone you'd like to instill a fear of children into? Well, this movie may tarnish your views of the happy-go-lucky younger folks, as this movie slowly turns your views from cute little spunky shenanigans into a weaponized militia of punks. Can this blast to the past show you a good time, or will you find your brain a battleground of chaos?Read More