Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lake Placid

This is an old movie brought to Blue Ray.  It stars several great actors including Betty White, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, and the great Bill Pullman.  The movie is about a man-eating crocodile making his home in the beautiful tourist attraction of Lake Placid.
You must take a chance and watch this movie because there is great acting but also because the premise of the show is wonderful.    Check your brain at the door and enjoy every second of this movie. 

I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.

Orphan Black Season 2

This spectacular series has a huge following on BBC America.  Once you see this show you will never forget it. Tatiana Maslany stars as Sarah but has many roles in this provocative series that sucks you in and leaves you waiting for the next season.  I hope this show is renewed because it is an event to watch.  I urge everyone to take a look at Orphan Black Season 1 and 2.

I rate this show 4 out of 4 stars.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

When the first Planet of the Apes was released it starred James Franco and I didn’t really think too much of the title.  Once again it was a remake movie that I thought would fail.  I was completely surprised by this wonderful movie because it was filled with tons of action.  

In the first movie James Franco falls victim to a horrible disease and Caesar (Andy Serkis) finds himself alone and starts an all ape colony outside of San Francisco.  This movie begins by showing the ape colony 10 years into the future where the apes seldom have any contact with humans.  A group of humans wanders into the colony looking for a hydroelectric dam to aid them with their electrical issues.  The human group includes Malcom (Jason Clark) an architect, his nurse girlfriend (Keri Russell), and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee).  

You don’t need to see this movie in 3D to enjoy the special effects because both versions are spectacular.  The movie showed Caesar’s first born child and that child’s eventual understanding of everything his father has been teaching him.  Caesar’s story is a sad tale to tell.  The apes will soon be fighting a war against the humans in an effort to protect their territory and lifestyle.  

I thought everything in this movie was amazing to watch.  The acting by the whole cast and effects in the movie were fantastic especially the great Gary Oldman who is great in everything he does.    This movie was a pleasure to sit through and I enjoyed every second of it.  I will go to see it a second time to pick up on things I missed the first time. I will enjoy the second viewing just as much as the first.   

I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bad Words

Jason Bateman enters a national spelling bee competition via a large loophole because he is playing against young children.  He is quite evil as well.  He forms bonds that allow him to continue his evil ways.

I thought this movie was very funny.  Jason Bateman also wrote and directed the movie and I loved every second of it.  This is why I am giving this movie 3 out of 4 stars.

Deliver Us From Evil

Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is a New York City police detective who is investigating an incident at the zoo where a mother goes crazy and throws her toddler son into a ravine by the lions’ den.  Ralph and the other police officers are tasked with finding the mother who seemingly disappeared. 

Joel McHale plays Sarchie’s partner, Butler.  Butler and Ralph find the mother and she is arrested.  In the process of this investigation a bigger evil is discovered.  A priest (Edgar Ramirez) becomes involved in helping Ralph destroy the evilness that threatens Sarchie, his wife (Olivia Munn), and his daughter. 

Butler and Ralph together make a good buddy/cop dynamic and the movie contains many startling gotcha moments.    I liked the scenes between Olivia Munn and Eric Bana.  Ralph’s wife and daughter were kidnapped in the movie.  I thought the movie could have focused a little more on this part of the story.  But overall this is a 3 ½ out of 4 star movie.   


Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy) wrecks her car on the way to work.  She is then fired from her job by her boss who is played by Ben Falcone, Melissa’s real life husband.  She then goes home to find that her neighbor (Toni Colette) is having an affair with her husband.  She packs some clothes and walks down the block a few houses to her mother’s house who is played by Allison Janney. 
She asks to borrow her grandmother Pearl’s car (played by Susan Sarandon)  so she can get out of the small town she lives in.  Pearl agrees to let Tammy use her car as long as she can ride with her and they can go to Niagara Falls.  Along the way Pearl gets drunk and they meet up with a father and son in a bar.  Pearl hits it off with the father and Tammy is left to speak with the son.  They talk and then Tammy is left alone. 

The movie includes Kathy Bates as Pearl’s cousin, Dan Aykroyd as Tammy’s father, and Gary Cole as Earl the father met in the bar.   All of these people together make this move quite enjoyable as they interact with Tammy through her struggles to get by. 

I thought that Tammy was played well by Melissa McCarthy.  The story of her relationship with her grandmother, Susan Sarandon, worked well.  Melissa’s husband, Ben Falcone, did an OK job as director.  Once again, I just checked my mind at the door and enjoyed the movie even though it is mind numbingly simple. 

I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.         

An Awkward Moment

Three friends (Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan) suddenly find themselves wanting a serious relationship so they continue to look for that perfect women.  They still have not found them but they are waiting for them to come into their lives.

I thought that Efron, Teller, and Jordan were really solid in their performances.  Sometimes the movie is really funny and sometimes you are just sitting there wishing this movie was a 3 to a 3 ½ movie.  But it is only 2 stars and I was highly disappointed with it.