Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Seven Five Will Piss You Off!

The Seven Five

 2015 Rated R 104 minutes

Director: Tiller Russell Michael Dowd, Ken Eurell, Chickie

Being in law enforcement I could careless about watching thug cops being featured in a documentary. My love of film and docs overruled my hatred for bad cops so I decided to revisit this flick from 2015 called “The Seven Five” named for the 75th precinct in New York City. Michael Dowd is the feature of this flick, chronicling his years as a New York City beat cop. He was convicted and spent 12 years in federal prison for Racketeering and distributing narcotics. Russell allows Dowd and his cronies to get under your skin thus accomplishing the mission of a true documentary. Well Done Russell!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Get Out!

2017
Comedy, Horror, Suspense, MYSTERY!!!
Rated R (violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references)
Director: Jordan Peele
Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford,

Um, when a brother tells you to get out, you get out! THIS flick is the front runner for best picture! Trust me I will not spoil this flick for you other than give you the premise. Chris Washington, played by Daniel Kaluuya (EXCELLENT) is the boyfriend of Rose Armitage played by Allision Williams (EXCELLENT). HELL EVERYONE IS EXCELLENT! Time to the meet the parents at the ole homestead. Obviously a tense encounter because of the interracial relationship, but wait, Armitage's family is so accommodating...ok, no more!!! GO see this flick in the theater! Take you BFF, girl friend, boy friend, or significant other! AND DON"T go to the bathroom!





Cheesy Puff Alert for Affleck!

2016

Rated R

Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons, Bag of Cheesy Puffs!

128 LONG Minutes

First of all kudo's go to the screenwriters for adaptation and the plot for "The Accountant." I fell for the story line hook, line and sinker. A violent, yet mainstream thriller starring Ben Affleck, JK Simmons, and Anna Kendrick. More on her later. Affleck plays a math wiz...yes a math wiz with autism who becomes an accountant and an assassin! Affleck is hired by a huge bio robotics company owned by a Lamar Blackburn played by John Lithgow who sleep walks through this movie, picks up a paycheck, and laughs to the bank. Of course Affleck finds inconsistencies in the books, originally discovered by Dana Cummings played by Kendrick. SHE is awful, flat out awful in this movie. Stick to dancing or whatever it is you do. Kendrick brings nothing to screen in this flick. JK Simmons plays a Treasury boss trying to located Affleck and solicits the help of Marybeth Medina played by Cynthia Addi-Robinson. She is very nice to look at..........Anyway, I kept waiting for Simmons to pop out of the office saying this flick was a bad Farmer's Insurance commercial. This flick is filled with flashbacks from Affleck's childhood, which are bad, however you never see the autism effect him in adult hood. Folks this is a long, long movie! I ate through two bags of cheesy puffs. The fans love this flick, the rest not so much. Wait for Red Box or catch it at the dollar theater! Two stars is being kind....



Monday, February 27, 2017

"Split" Decision!

2017

116 Minutes, Drama, Horror

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Damn horror flicks in February! Two hours of intense, suspense, and cannibalism! Ok, it's not that bad and in fact "Split" fails to mustard the 75% of Rotten Maters reviewers. Were they watching the same flick as me? What better way to kidnap three cute girls in a car but to spray them with sleepy spray, woohoo! The fact is the audience already knows what happens before it happens. A crazy dude with multiple personalities, 23 to be exact, attempts to inflict pain and misery to the teenagers. Hell, anyone could escape from this bozo and at any time during this flick. Of course, Shyamalan can't allow this because the flick would be over in 10 minutes. Anyway you know the plot....The psycho, played by James McAvoy, kills two of the girls, his therapist (who he sees throughout the flick), and tries to kill Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. She pops him twice with a shotgun, she escapes, he survives and we must wait for "Split 2" in the very near future. Save us the trouble Shyamalan and don't bother! Oh, and "Jason" wants his money back!

Price Waterhouse Coopers Screw Up Oscar Ending or Did They....

In a major gaff, Price Waterhouse Coopers botched the last award given in thy goodnight...the Oscar for Best Picture. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were the presenters for the Oscar and for most, the golden statute was set for La La Land, the favorite. Beatty opened the envelope, look confused and disoriented and even showed the card to Dunaway. Dunaway wavered slightly, but announced La La Land had won the Oscar, like most predicted. Everyone associated with the film arrived on stage, snatched the Oscar, and began with acceptance speeches. A stage director with a headset on rushed over to Beatty and handed him a second, red envelope. In the card was the real winner, "Moonlight" with Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Producers boldly on the card! La La Land Producer Jordan Horowitz is informed of the major gaff and informs the stunned audience that Moonlight actually won the Oscar for Best Picture. An obviously pissed Horowitz snatches the card from Beatty fumbling hands and presents it to the crowd, corroborating the mistake. Kudos for Horowitz for taking charge and in a modest gesture handed the Oscar over to the Producers of Moonlight. 

Are Beatty and Dunaway cupable in this colossal mistake? Of course they are, just like PwC. Two veteran, albeit brain dead, actors can't adlib without direction or cue cards? Beatty opens the envelope, realizes the error, shows it to Dunaway, and says NOTHING! On top of that, after seeing Emma Stone's name for best actress, Dunaway JUST assumes La La Land is the winner. Most are backing Beatty and Dunaway, but folks these are actors, veterans of the screen. Stop the action, ask for help, or call Kimmel over and show him the card, he is the flippen host! I would have ripped the card from Beatty's cold, dead hands too!  


This will go down as the biggest goof in live television and for the Oscars. Long live Steve Harvey!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Prediction for the Oscars Tonight!

2017 Prediction for the Oscars Tonight!

Best Picture: Moonlight
Winner: Moonlight!



Best Director: Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
Winner:Damien Chazelle for La La Land



Writing for Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Winner: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight 



Writing for Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Winner:Kenneth Lonergran for Manchester by the Sea 



Best Actor: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Winner: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea



Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land
Winner:Emma Stone for La La Land





Best Supporting Actor: Dav Patel for Lion 
Winner: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight







Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences
Winner:Viola Davis for Fences



Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Winner:Hacksaw Ridge




Documentary Feature: I'm not your Negro

Winner: OJ Made in America 






Cinematographer: La La Land
Winner:Linus Sandgren for La La Land


Sound Editing/Mixing: Arrival  
Winner: Arrival  and  Hacksaw Ridge 





Short Film: Piper
Winner:Piper







Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Winner: The Salesman








Animated Feature Film: Moana
Winner: Zootopia





Live Action Short Film: Sing

Winner:Sing




Documentary Short Subject: Watana My Homeland

Winner:The White Helmets 






Production Design: La La Land
Winner: La La Land 






Visual Effect: The Jungle Book
Winner: The Jungle Book






Custom Design: La La Land
Winner: Colleen Atwood  for FantasticBeasts 



Makeup and Hair:  Star Trek Beyond
Winner:Suicide Squad 




Best Original Song:  City of Stars from La La Land
Winner: City of Stars from La La Land





Best Original Score: La La Land
Winner: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

Moonlight Night!

2016

Drama, 110 Minutes

Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Travente Rhodes

Director: Barry Jenkins

An elegant flick about race, drugs, love, and defining one's own sexuality. A brilliant cast to bring the message across through isolation and humanity. Dang, that sounded good didn't it? Seriously one the best flicks for 2016 and I wouldn't be surprised if it won picture of the year at the Oscars! This is a must see film!