Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Theory of Everything is Brilliant!

The Theory of Everything
Released: November 17, 2014

Drama, limited release
Not Rated; 2 hrs 3 mins

Directed: James Marsh

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

When I rented this from the Box, I knew I would have a hard time watching this flick. Seeing someone in a wheelchair, dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, is painful to take in. I knew little of Stephen Hawking other than he is a brilliant man. I wanted this flick to be a documentary of his life and I didn't get it. What I got was a sensitive, brilliant, story of a genius, his wife, and family during a difficult time in the 60's. Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones, is equally as brilliant, with Redmayne, who won the Oscar for best actor. Critics need to understand that Hawking's story is still fluid and its hard to bring this man's contribution to mankind in two hours. We know Hawking is a smart man, but Marsh wants us to focus on Jane's relationship with Hawking and how she coped with his disease. Marsh accomplishes his goal in a tantalizing fashion. If released again in the theater, I would see it...again! The Theory of Everything is convincing and desirable portrait of a genius!

Depp Strikes Mortdecai

Released: January 23, 2015

Rated R: Comedy, Adventure, Action
1 hr  49 minutes

Directed: David Koepp

Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Ewan McGregor

 After watching the disaster 'Get Hard' and 10 hours of the Marx Brothers, I plugged this flick called Mortdecai. Let me say upfront, I was privy to the glamorous reviews Mortdecai received...yes I'm being facetious! My friends at Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, and critics all around the world aren't kind to Mr. Koepp, Depp, and the rest. A play on Sherlock Holmes, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau/Pink Panther fame, and Benny Hill. When Depp hit the screen, the first person that came to mind was Peter Sellers...and I thought this flick was funny! Of course after watching the debacle of Ferrell/Hart anything flick would be a hoot!

Mortdecai, played by Depp, is an art thief who has fallen on hard times and owes the Queen millions in back taxes. His wife, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, are forced to sell their fortunes to pay back the debt, but Mortdecai refuses. A famous painting comes up missing and a Scotland Yard Detective, played by Ewan McGregor, solicits Mortdecai to find the painting.

The best actor on the flick is Paul Bettany, who plays Jack, Depp's bodyguard, side kick, and British gigolo to all beautiful women! Bettany is your typical GI Joe Doll and Stretch Armstrong...takes a beating but not by the bad guys, by Mortdecai himself! Shot three times during the flick, he remains loyal to his boss and saves the day at the end. Toss the horrid reviews aside, spend two hours and see if you get a good laugh...could be could watch 'Get Hard'.....

Get Soft!

 Get Hard
Released: March 27, 2015

Starring: Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell
Rated R: Comedy, 1hr 39 Mins.

What do you expect from two funny men? This plot was made for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, but all we get is a juvenile mess with stereotypical play on race, rape and sex. You go into this one wanting to laugh your ass of, but zero execution by Ferrell. Ferrell appears bored and  resigning to the fact his career has succumb to an abyss of failure.

Are the days of Anchor Man gone? Kevin Hart tries to hold this homophobic dump together, but receives no help from Ferrell. I made the mistake of Redboxing this one instead of waiting for R1G14F and I regret it. This flick is just plain stupid! After watching this horrid wretch, I plugged into 10 hours of the Marx Brothers...that Harpo is a hoot!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Inside Out is IN!!!

Released: June 19, 2015

Rated PG-Animation/Family

Directed: Cynthia Slavens

Cast: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

Is this flick an animation...a cartoon? Yes! Pixar flick again, all characters look the same...Yes! Brilliant plot, funny, and a down right good time by one and all...YES! Inside Out is a great movie. Kids, adults, cats and dogs...chicken and hogs alike will love this flick! Go see it and STICK AROUND FOR THE ENDING CREDITS! This movie is a keeper! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Jurassic Mess....

Jurassic World
Release Date: June 12, 2015
PG, Adventure, Action
Director: Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio, CGI Monsters!

Houston, we have a mess! We have seen this before, right? Has it been that long for a remake of Jurassic Park? People of the world must have an appetite for rogue, computer generated dinosaurs to eat other computer generated carnivores and yes people who are not computer generated!  This two hour mixture of Indiana Jones, Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, Godzilla, and Aliens versus predators is a complete befuddlement and I was left asking why? The Plot...the park opens, the dinosaur gets loose, he eats people and is killed at the end....park closes, law suits are filed, survivors go on talk shows, yada yada yada. We knew this going in and yet the theater is packed...with screaming kids who are terrified and old men intoxicated and snoring throughout. The cast is awful! They don't mesh and the attempt of humor in the beginning fall on deaf ears. I didn't care if they all got wiped out, the cast sleep walks through their lines, but yet demands attention! Yes, the first hour was a snooze fest...awful in fact I almost left to sneak into Insidious 3...but I stayed...The second half, AWESOME! Completely unpredictable and a saving grace of the $5.75 ticket price in fact! I was waiting for it and I was fooled big time! Brilliant in fact was the plot that I could have done without the ending, which was predictable as get out...and yes...another sequel coming soon....No matter what the reviews, you will see I did...and enjoy I did...Go see it at a matinee.... 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I Think I Peed in My Pants!

Released: June 5, 2015
Rated R; Action/Adventure

Director: Paul Feig

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent, Morena Baccarin, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale

This is the first flick in a long time I was laughing in the lobby! I saw the movie poster and I literally could not stop laughing. I will say upfront the casting director, Zsolt Csutak, deserves a freaking Oscar for compiling this cast for "Spy." Folks, this flick is freaking hilarious! McCarthy is a genius in the role of a desk jockey CIA agent burning the ear off of head agent Bradley Fine, played by Jude law. The object is to keep a nuclear bomb out of the hands of the bad guys and it goes UP and DOWN and UP from there! What a ride! You get no more from me! Go to the theater, pay the money, buy the corn and the poison, and be ready to laugh your ass off! 

Is It Following You...

It Follows

Released: March 15, 2015
R | 1 hr 40 min
Drama, Horror

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Within 30 seconds of this flick starting, I knew we were in trouble! I felt like Michael Myers was sitting behind me ready to chop my head off! "It Follows" is masterful in scaring the crap out of you, but not in the Jason Voorhees way! Be careful who you sleep with because it's not AIDS or a STD that follows, it's a creepy curse that follows you and it wants to kill you! Jay, played by the exquisite Maika Monroe, has sex and receives the curse from her donor. The curse follows her wanting to kill and if successful, will follow and kill the donors before her! Every scene is intense, plotting, and the music by Rich Vreeland reminds me of the old horror flicks past. The ending will leave you wanting more and we can only hope!  Rent this NOW and see it with a friend...but NO SEX..It Follows!