Monday, October 13, 2014

Movie Review: Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)
Directed By: David Fincher  
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Summary: When a man's wife goes missing he becomes the prime suspect in the case and the question is: Did he kill his wife? Or not?

My Thoughts: This was a great fucking movie. I love a thriller, BUT THIS...THIS WAS JUST...I cannot even describe how great this movie was, but for the purpose of this review, I will. 
First off, I have never read the book that this movie is based off of, so I wasn't really expecting everything that was going to happen. This movie was like a roller coaster, going from a low, down point, to high, intense action and then to a median that's okay, then HIGH AS A FUCKING KITE WITH ACTION. You're tossed and turned into whatever is being thrown at the characters and believe me, it's good stuff.

The great part is that every second isn't just BOOM! Suspense. BOOM! There's some down time to keep you into the movie and I find that utterly satisfying. It was well done and a great thriller, which you don't see all the time. Well, you don't see it at theaters all the time. It was graphically pleasing as well as pleasing story-wise. I loved the way they changed the days. For example, as the days go by text would appear in the corner saying: Three Days Gone or something along those lines. Call me weird, but I liked that. 

One thing I have to mention is Rosamund Pike. Someone give this woman an Oscar right now because her performance was stunning. Don't get me wrong, Ben Affleck was great, but this was a bit same-ole-same-ole for me. She had me all over the place. At one point I hated her guts and the next I was rooting for me. Another interesting factor was Tyler Perry. He was surprisingly refreshing in this movie. He was funny and believable and I have a bit more respect for him. AS AN ACTOR, NOT A DIRECTOR BECAUSE I DETEST HIS MOVIES. Just a personal opinion, sorry.

Well, anyways, Gone Girl....Grab your friends, your family (younger people should probably stay away though) and go check out Gone Girl in theaters.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Movie Review: Girl Most Likely (2013)

Girl Most Likely (2013)
Starring: Matt Dillon, Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss, Natasha Lyonne
Summary: A washed up playwright is trying to get her life together. (But it's Kristen Wiig, I mean, that's all that needs to be said.)

My Thoughts: This movie is a delight! I'd been waiting to see this movie for a while and soon after so much time of me waiting for it to appear on Netflix, I forgot about it and then there it is! It popped out of no where and it was just wonderful! The writing is quirky, yet powerful and the characters were just so relatable and they grew on me even though I knew basically nothing about them except well, Kristen Wiig's character because she's the main character.

Another aspect to this movie I liked was the story. It did had a lot going on and I liked the characters much more than I cared for the story. They were all so out of the box and outgoing that it made the movie all the more enjoyable. It was also great to see Darren Criss in something not Glee-related. Although he did sing, but I don't think it would be a real movie with him in it if he DIDN'T sing. 

So, overrall, great movie. Fresh and definitely worth watching! This movie is smart and left me with a smile once I was done, so I highly recommend it for a nice night in.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Movie Review: Torment (2014)

Torment (2014)
Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Robin Dunne, Peter DaCunha
Summary: Newlyweds Cory and Sarah Morgan take Cory's 7-year old son Liam up to the country for some much needed family time. When it appears as if Liam has run away, psychological suspense becomes straight-out horror, as Sarah and Cory must now confront a sadistic cult-like family who have been hiding in the house all along and have taken Liam for themselves.

My Thoughts: Torment was a long awaited movie for me. For the past couple of years I had been watching trailers, reading blog posts and waiting for this movie to come out. I forgot about it for a while and I check Netflix and look here, THERE'S TORMENT.

I watch the movie and during the first half hour, I'm into it and ready to see what is going to unfold because I honestly love home invasion movies. I do and after that, it was just shit. It had the potential to be something great, but it let me down. The directors of this movie should lower me down into my grave just to let me down one more time.

 It wasn't all that I was expecting it to be horror-wise, nor plot wise. It was very complex and not done very well at all. In the first couple of minutes, we see blood and murder and all that of one family and then we cut to the story of another family and apparently these people want their son for their own and you don't even get any of this until the last few seconds of the movie! The story was done terribly and it just was not as good as I expected it to be. For me the story is the part of a movie that keeps me interested and if it doesn't have a good storyline, there better be great, not good, but great acting. This movie had neither. The acting was mediocre, so again, I WAS LET DOWN. 

So, in conclusion, this was a bad movie, just bad and the directors of this movie should lower me down into my grave just to let me down one more time.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anime Review: Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)

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Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Aired From: Oct 9, 2011 to Apr 15, 2012 
Produced By: FUNimation

Summary: High school teenager, Yukiteru Amano, (Yuki) finds himself in possession of a phone that can tell the future from his thoughts and what he sees. Soon, he meets a girl, Yuno Gasai, who also has a phone with a similar future telling ability. She also happens to be his stalker and soon the two are plunged into a survival game with other diary users in a fight to the death where the winner will take over and become God.

My Thoughts: Mirai Nikki is brilliant! It's a wonderful mix between romance, psychological thriller and horror and it plays out very well on screen. I want to give this anime 5 out of 5, but there were a lot of problems going on with the story. 

At first, you believe that this is just a romance with a bit of a thriller, but it slowly picks up with a bit of horror and the pacing of it was very slow, but not unenjoyable. You're on the edge of your seat for a long time, but it is good because if the pacing was picked up more, it would've felt forced. There were surprises after surprises and even though the story got out of hand at times, it was entertaining. But it was ridiculously over the top and I had to stop watching it for a while and come back to it.

The art was nothing special, but the animation was fluid and smooth. I really enjoyed seeing all the movement in the show because it was so damn smooth. And the intro, the intro was great! I don't usually watch the intro to animes if I don't have to, but this one was different. The song and the art was interesting to say the least. 

However, the best part about the show was the characters. This is where the show is the strongest. All the characters are so different and unique and the way they grow as the show goes on is great! However, the best part...THE BEST PART Of the show was the lead protagonist, Yuno Gasai. She's cute, she's smart, she's deadly. Yuno is mentally insane and it's horrible, but you're drawn to her character because she's just so adorable. One minute she is telling Yuki how cute he is and the next she's slitting someone's throat. Sometimes you want her to do something crazy and the next your jaw is on the floor because of what she's done next.

Therefore, Mirai Nikki is great and I highly recommend it if you want a change of pace on anime. If you don't like over the top anime, this one just isn't for you though.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Movie Review: As Above, So Below (2014)


As Above, So Below (2014)
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin Hodge
Summary: A group of people go down into the Parisian Catacombs looking for treasure and soon realize there's more to it than just tunnels.

My Thoughts: As Above, So Below starts off creative and different and interesting and soon enough becomes a bore. I was counting the minutes until it would be over for a while. Then in the last twenty minutes of the movie, you get interested. The most terrible part about it though is that there's really nothing keeping me interested. In most horror movies, there's at least either acting or a great back story to keep me interested. There was really shitty explanation on what was going on and there was barely any acting at all. I wasn't connected to the characters at all nor did I give a damn about what would happen to them. 

The movie did go into great detail about what the treasure was and what they were after, but I was just so uninterested and bored I paid no attention. The way they played it out was just bad. Very bad. But while watching it, the underlying meaning and symbols perked me up again. I mean, can someone say DANTE'S INFERNO?!

When the end of the movie finally came and the credits rolled, I didn't know what to think about the film. Should I be depressed that I spent money to see this film or should I wonder about what I just watched? I did the latter and after contemplating those last twenty minutes, I thought about how those were the only minutes of the movie I enjoyed. I was left a bit unsatisfied as well, but maybe because they're making room for As Above, So Below 2? 

I'd be really depressed if they did make a sequel, but who knows? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
Summary: Jesse and his friends start experiencing weird things after one of his neighbors die. Soon, they realize a demon has marked Jesse and it is only a matter of time before it takes over him. 

My Thoughts: This was a different kind of Paranormal Activity and this one just happens to now be my favorite one. Reasons for that being that it wasn't like the other movies. It was marketed differently, it was written a bit differently, but the story was similar. A ghost/spirit possesses someone and people are trying to figure out what's going on, but this movie was funny and had some really original ideas.One of these ideas would be how the ghost communicates with the people with protecting Jesse or answering questions asked by Jesse and his friend by a children's toy. Going into it, I thought, " This better apply somehow to the story or I'm going ballistic. I don't care. It just better tie SOMETHING together." It didn't whatsoever, but I'm okay with that. Some people found that aspect stupid, I found it innovative.

Besides the fresh ideas and easygoing plot, what really made movie work was the character development. After meeting Jesse and his friends, I saw a friendship I had with my friends. I felt for them and I had a bond with them. I was interested not in finding out the outcome of the curse and what this movie had to do with the franchise anymore, I was focused on what the hell Jesse and Hector were going to do. 

What I did not like was how the story was so condensed. The characters are supposed to be silly, yes, but the story was all over the place and hard to follow, making it silly. Silly characters can be put in a serious situation, but when they're put in a silly situation to boot, that's a bad mix coming up. The character development and their actions kind of made up for it though.

Otherwise, great movie if you know what you're going into and are just watching for fun. I'm so glad I didn't pay 10 bucks to go see it even though it wasn't that bad. But wasn't that bad means it wasn't that good either.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Movie Review: 13 Sin (2014)

13 Sin (2014)
Starring: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rustina Wesley
Summary: When a man in a terrible financial situation gets a mysterious phone call promising monetary compesation for doing challenges, his life is turned upside down as the challenges begin to get more and more deadly.

My Thoughts: This movie was recommended to me by a family member and I had seen the trailer and it looked interesting, but I did not expect it to be as good as it was. This movie was really, really good and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was even a bit comical at times, but that was thanks to the main character, Elliot. Elliot has just lost his job and is in debt from his mentally handicapped brother's medical bills and his upcoming wedding and Mark Webber really brings out the personality in this character and shines in this flick. In movies like these when the main character is on the phone for a majority of the movie, (And there are a lot, Cellular and Phone Booth to name a couple), you really don't get a sense of the character and their personality. Here, you see that Elliot is sarcastic and sensitive at first, he's funny, but knows his limits and he has a hell of a lot of humanity. Psychological thrillers don't rely on the character development, but plot development, but this case in particular relies on a balanced mixture of both and does this very well.

Throughout the movie, I felt actions were a bit rushed, however. I know that there are time limits on the challenges and that everything happened in about two to three days, but I still felt things were happening way too fast. This wasn't a major issue, but it bothered me a little becuase it was always one thing after the next nonstop. 

I had fun watching this in alone when I was bored, but it would be fun to watch with a couple of friends and a bucket of popcorn late at night, but I wouldn't recommend this for someone looking for something out of the park crazy to watch. This movie was just a good flick I happened to come across on Netflix. 

So, check it out if this is down your lane.