Friday, September 15, 2017

No Curse for Logan

Stephen Soderbergh copies his success with Ocean series with a flick called Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum and his bunch of misfits. Labeled as a comedy/crime/action flick, it's all and more! I was a fan of Ocean's 11, but it ended there so I knew ahead Logan's Lucky would turn out the same and it did. The Logan family has been cursed for generations and after Jimmy Logan, played by Tatum, loses his job and comes up with a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Using the secret code word, "Cauliflower" informs his brother Clyde, played by Adam Driver, to set the plan in motion. Driver is OUTSTANDING in his role and had me laughing from the beginning, along with his one missing hand he lost in the war. WAY too many moving parts for the FEDS not to find out who did the robbery, right? Ha, gotta see this flick, it's entertaining, well acted, and well done! Mucho 4 for Logan's Luck!

DUN-GOOD!

Just when you think you've seen all the war movies, then comes Dunkirk. In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk and were slowly evacuated from the beach. Over 330,000 troops were saved using naval and civilian vessels. Director Christopher Nolan brings the hurt of war to the forefront. No major leads in this show, all deserve the lead! This flick is no joke, action packed, from the opening scene until the screen went dark. No love stories, no foo-foo scenes, no twists or plots. Straight forward and to the point which kept me on the edge of my couch. I paused it to go to the potty so I wouldn't miss a lick! Pay the money to see Dunkirk, purchase it for your war collection and put it on the shelve...top shelve! A well deserved...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"IT"s Disappointing

Do you hate clowns? This flick will add to your misery of clowns although not in a scary, delusional way. Stephen King's "IT" moves from the book and the 1990 TV mini series to the big screen. This flick has already made over $150 million dollars on a budget of $38 million, kudo's to the marketing. Clowns are bad enough, but a demon clown terrorizing a small town in Maine, priceless right? I haven't read the book nor have I seen the mini series starring Richard Thomas of The Waltons Fame, the late John Ritter, Tim Reid, and Annette O'Toole. Following the book the premise is the same in this newest flick directed by Andy Muschietti, is described as "Chapter One" meaning more to come later in 2018. RT and most critics love this flick, I, not one of them. I will tell you why later.

 The plot is set in 1988 where a young boy named Georgie goes missing after losing his makeshift paper boat to a storm drain. Lurking in the drain is a freaky clown named Pennywise who convinces the young lad to give up his right arm in exchange for the boat only to be pulled into the drain by Pennywise, played by Bill SkarsgĂ„rd, a Swedish model by choice.

Pennywise has been creating havoc on Derry Town every 27 years, killing children and such, and shows itself to IT's victims in the appearance of what they fear. Pennywise then goes into hibernation. Georgie's brother Bill, played by Jaeden Wesley Lieberher who has a stuttering problem and his gang of friends, go into the gutter of Derry looking for Georgie and Pennywise. Of course, "The Losers Club", locate Pennywise and their fears and, well, you know the rest is history.


"IT" isn't scary, not even remotely. Excluding the excellent acting by the "Losers Club", I found myself laughing at Pennywise pretty much the entire time his big, fat head hit the screen. All I could think of is, "WOW, this clown looks like the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland!" His movement as he attacks IT's victims is hilarious. Pennywise's scoots around like the groundhog in "Caddyshack". There is nothing about "IT" that resembles anything close to being a horror flick! I give this flick two & half stars for two reasons: The story is emotional between the club and the acting is well done. Wait for "IT" on Red Box.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Comedy Legend, Actor, Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

One of the greats passed away today! Jerome Levitch or better known as Jerry Lewis passed at age 91 at home in Las Vegas. Lewis was a comedic genius and filmaker, also creating the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Labor Day for many years. Partnering with singer/actor Dean Martin, Lewis on several films, he was best know for his “The Nutty Professor” in (1963) which was his biggest success ever, grossing $19 million. Lewis smoked nearly four packs of cigarettes a day which lead to double bypass surgery in 1982. Lewis also had painkiller dependency due to ulcers.

In 1944 Lewis married former band singer Patti Palmer, with whom he had six sons, Gary, Ronnie, Scott, Anthony, Christopher and Joseph, who died in 2009.

Lewis is survived by his second wife, SanDee Pitnick.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Actor John Heard Dead at 72

Actor John Heard was found dead Friday in a hotel located in Palo Alto, California. Heard was recovering from minor back surgery. Best known for the Home Alone movies, also starred in “Big,” “Awakenings,” “The Pelican Brief” and “The Sopranos.”

Monday, July 17, 2017

George Romero Dead at Age 77

Zombie apocalypse writer and film maker George Romero has died. Best known for the flick 'Night of the Living Dead' in 1968, Romero died of lung cancer yesterday, July 16, 2017 in Canada. Romero's career spanned six decades with 'Dawn...' and 'Day of the Living Dead' along with 'Creepshow' and 'The Crazies'.

Martin Landau Dies

Martin Landau has died. Won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in'Ed Wood'. You may remember him from the 'Mission Impossible' TV show from the 60's and the flick 'North by Northwest'. Landau's most recent role where he played Bob Ryan, an aging movie producer in the HBO series "Entourage." He was married to Barbara Bain (D), actress in her own right. Landau was 89. For more info on Martin's stellar career....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TOP GUN II-The Later Years Coming Soon!

It's been 30 years and finally, finally word comes that all movie fans have been waiting for! "Top Gun II, The Later Years" will be a reality according to TC himself. Pick A Flick has obtained the plot for this wonderful sequel set to be released in time for Summer of 2018! If you don't want to know the plot, please look away or stop reading. The scene is set in the later years, on Venice Beach, California and we find the Top Gun pilots Maverick, played by TC, Iceman, Cougar and Wolfman close to the volleyball court. No the former pilots/VB players aren't playing volleyball, they are entangled in game of shuffleboard. Having lost in checkers, TC is trying to redeem himself and beat Iceman but is too tired to continue.

A few minutes later, a young man walks up and introduces himself as Goose Jr., son of Lt. Nick Goose Sr. who died in the first flick. Goose Jr. has a problem and only TC can fix it or so it seems. You see Goose Jr. is trying to become a pilot, but he sucks at volleyball and flying. Seeking Maverick's help, he begs for him to teach him how to hit a volleyball and to fly a jet! Iceman, who is nodding off in a lounge chair, wakes up and reminds Maverick he is the only Top Gun and that he, TC, is his wing man.

Maverick gets pissed, grabs his walker, and tries to hit Iceman. Maverick falls down on the shuffleboard court, then falls asleep. A pouting Goose Jr. walks away, but Iceman grumbles that only one person can help him. No, its not Viper...its not Jester...they are both pushing up daisies. It's Charlie!!! Thats right, Kelly McGillis is back as "Charlie" and we mean she is "Charlie". No longer Charlotte Blackwood, Charlie is transgender! We cant wait for the sequel and will post more information about it as we get it.............................

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!



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Davis Knocks a Home Run!

2016

Drama, 133 minutes

Director: Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovon Apepo, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson

Right off the bat, no pun intended, but the casting for Fences is outstanding! Give Washington credit for picking the best cast, which is why I listed everyone billed in the cast...well most of them. Give Washington credit for directing even though he missed out on the Oscar for his directing talent. Fences isn't about baseball, it's about keeping people inside, locked up, and domestic drama! Cory, played by Jovon Apepo, has a promising career in football and is recruited, however Pops won't let him go. Pops wasn't given a chance to play ball because of the color of his skin and he won't let his son go through the same pain. Cory later joins the Marines, foregoing his career in sports. Later Pops has an affair and fathers another child which brings me to the real star of this flick. Viola Davis who plays Rose is a proud, determined black woman who steals the cinema screen with her stellar performance. Hell, I wanted to reach into the TV and slap Pops myself! Rose is certainly the backbone of this family and dedicated to the core, no matter what Pops does. No doubt Davis should win the Oscar for Best Supporting Female. Great movie, highly recommend for a Saturday night popcorn feast!

Nice Kitty!

2016
120 minutes
Drama

Director: Garth Davis

Dav Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

A sweet, heart warming flick about a orphan returning to his birth land to find his long, lost family. Yet another true story about determination,  restlessness, and emotional strife. "Saroo" played by Dav Patel is lost at a train station after he takes a nap. After Saroo wakes up he searches for his brother, which we learn later is killed by a train. Saroo is later adopted by "Sue" played by Nicole Kidman and her hubby "John" played by Dave Wenham. Of course Saroo grows up and decides to find his mother and brother back in India. A definite chick flick so be prepared for the tears. One note, Kidman doesn't deserve a nomination for Oscar. This flick has her gorgeous presence for only 30 minutes. The Oscar should go to Viola Davis for "Fences".

Thursday, February 23, 2017

La La Meh....

2016, Comedy, Drama, Musical, A long 128 minutes

 Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

 Director: Damien Chazelle

Someone missed the boat on this flick, it may have been me to be quite honest. I accept my role as a total dumbass when it comes to comedy, drama, and musicals all in one flick. I loved Xanadu and Grease back in the day, which was rated awful by Rotten maters...and they loved La La Land! Emma Stone plays an inspiring actress and Gosling plays a washed up soul piano player. The two meet, dance, sing, and talk...dance, and sing....and talk...for two hours. The theme is follow your dreams to the fullest, it just takes so long to get there. J.K. Simmons has a cameo appearance and John Legend is flat, unappealing, and of course plays a singer. This is a decent movie, don't get me wrong. The songs are good, the plot intriguing, it takes forever to get the main theme...at the end and the best part of this flick. Now, where is my VHS of Xanadu!




Visit Manchester!

2016, Drama, 135 Minutes

Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

By far, from beginning to end, the MOST depressing movie of all the Oscar nominated flicks. Casey Affleck taps his Oscar Winning performance (he should win) as Lee Chandler. Chandler, divorced, a drunk, and broke learns of his brother's death and receives guardianship of his nephew played by Lucas Hedges. Numerous flashbacks throughout help tell the story of Chandler's demise as a man and father. EVERYONE in this flick struggles to adjust to the passing that guilt and emotional overload most with some laughter and humor mixed in. Grief is felt through Affleck's performance in Manchester by the Sea...just like real life. Dynamite movie, a must see, take a friend, and hug them afterward!

Don't Hide These Figures!

2017, Drama 127 minutes

Tarjai Henson, Octaiva Spencer, Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner

Director: Ted Melfi

In an untold and true story of brilliant African American women working in an all white, mostly men, world of NASA. This movie had me at hello! This film has all the facts of the 60's. "Colored" toilets, "colored" fountains, and even "colored" coffee pots! You feel the pain of racism in this flick and equally get pissed that brilliant, black minds have to face this type of racism, especially at NASA.  Tarjai Henson plays Katherine G. Johnson, a genius in the field of mathematics saves the space agency and the launch of John Glenn into orbit. Henson is fabulous and deserves the Oscar hands down. No one even comes close. Octavia Spencer is very good in her role as a "computer " and later receives promotion when a IBM computer is brought in to test Johnson and the rest of the brilliant minds of NASA. Jim Parsons is mediocre in his performance as Paul Stafford, Johnson's boss. Costner is Al Harrison, NASA's boss man, and renews his role from JFK. Sounds and looks like Jim Garrison from said movie, in fact he bores me in this film. A keeper and a winner no doubt.!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Hacksaw Ridge is Gripping!


2016 Action, War, History, True Story, Oscar Nomination for Best Picture

Director: Mel Gibson

Andrew Garfield, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner III

Mel Gibson's love of war, family, faith, and death is highlighted in this terrific film about Desmond Doss who saved 75 men on the battlefield. A true story of Doss as a combat medic who refused to carry a gun or fire a shot. The battlefield scenes are horrific, painful and violent, but its needed to tell the heroic job Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, did during the war. I can't think of anyone else better than Garfield to play Doss. The blanket party he gets in basic training is classic! Doss is the first conscientious objector to be awarded the medal of honor!   If you don't understand war and the toll it takes, you have to watch this film. Gibson deserves the nomination for best director as well as Garfield for best actor.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lego Batman Movie is Exhausting...

2017, Animation, Adventure, Action , A long 1 hr 44 mins.

Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson

Director: Chris McKay

I felt like I ran a marathon after this movie! And my fat ass doesn't run! This is a noisy movie so sit in the back of the theater. Not sure why "The Lego Batman" flick is getting the accolades, but I was ready for this one to be over. Obviously a predictable ending and of course Batman and friends are saving Gotham City from all of the villains, including the Joker, Riddler, and a cameo by Superman who shuns Batman by not inviting him to a super hero party. The start of the flick starts off promising with Batman, voiced over by Will Arnett, narrating the opening credits, which are slightly humorous.  Batman must deal with his inner feelings over the years being the solo crime fighter. New police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, daughter of Retired Commish James Gordon, voiced over by Rosario Dawson, carries this flick. I admit Chris McKay made Barbara Gordon into a hottie of a lego babe! That sounded so weird.... Anyway, this flick is way too hurried, is loud, and stuck in the proverbial black hole in the sky that ends this dull sequel. Ok for home use, but don't waste $10 bucks!




"Arrival is the Clear Oscar Winner!


2016; Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi   2hrs. 

Director: Denis Villeneuve 

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker

Not really into alien movies, in fact I can't stand them because most are cast as villains. Not so fast says Denis Villeneuve. A masterful piece of directing in a non-linear story line. DON'T go to the bathroom or get popcorn, in fact just buy or rent this thriller and watch it at home. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner turn in a brilliant performance with Forrest Whitaker a bore in the background. 

The synopsis is simple. Aliens arrive on earth and the world powers take them as a threat. Who wouldn't. I mean 12 giant cucumber like space ships just evaded earth. It takes Adams (a linguist) and Renner (a math wizard) to interact and find out why they are here. Not your normal looking aliens either. Can't say anymore without giving the middle and ending away. SEE this movie. A front runner for Best Picture at the Oscars! 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hell or High Water Hits the Mark

2016

Director:

David Mackenzie

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges


Two brothers protect their late mother's farm by robbing the mortgage company who holds the lien, then laundering the money at casinos. They have a deadline to pay off the debt before the bank repossess the property because oil has been discovered. Jeff Bridges is a old school, past his time Texas Ranger seeking justice against the brothers. Jeff Bridges is brilliant in this film, who refuses to give up in catching the bad guy. The second half of this movie is flat out amazing. Intense, sad, and set for a sequel. Rotten Maters has this film at 98%, which Pik a Flick agrees! Go or rent this thriller.