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Identity Thief
6 years ago via Flixster
½

The cast is too talented to have let something like this happen. But here they are. The film has good intentions, but it doesn't seem to know what it wants to be as the tone of the film shifts quite frequently. And this shift in plot and narrative work their way back to the characters, forcing us to always remain at arms length and never really become attached or concerned with them. There were plot points that could have been exploited, and others that could have been omitted in order to remedy this situation.

Often throughout the film I was on the cusp of laughing at the jokes or being pulled along by the characters, but then would be immediately cut loose. It feels like the film went to production one script revision too soon.

In the end it feels like a modern retelling of De Sica's 1948 Neorealist film The Bicycle Thieves. Just with a traditional Hollywood ending and little to no exploration of the human condition.

Green Lantern
Green Lantern (2011)
6 years ago via Flixster
½

They say that if you've seen one superhero movie, you've seen them all. That's not entirely true, but if every superhero movie were like Green Lantern, then it would be true. Green Lantern is your typical superhero movie, so if you've seen quite a few superhero movies (like I have), you'll know what's ahead. This is the problem with Green Lantern, it's too predictable and does nothing new to make it stand out from the crowd.

That's not necessarily a bad thing though, but it's not a good thing either. There are 3 good things in this movie. One, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond is delightfully hammy and fun to watch. Two, the SFX are cool and what they do with the Green Lantern ring is also cool, and Parallax's design suits its evilness.

Third, the fight between Hal and Parallax is the best scene in the movie. Other than those things, it's average. If you've never seen a superhero movie and/or are a Green Lantern fan, this movie is worth seeing. Everyone else should see X-Men: First Class.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages (2012)
6 years ago via Flixster

This mess of a flick has come about in this current craze for musicals, which I refuse to be a part of (evidence to the contrary will be eliminated). Relative unknowns Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough headline this film with stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Malin Akerman and more dancing, singing, drinking, awkwardly licking each others faces and terrible 80's hair-styling around them.

Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) is just a small town girl, living in a lonely world who took a midnight train going anywhere while Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) is just a city boy ... you get the idea. They're young, they're attractive and they're talented singers with ambition but are overlooked. Sound familiar? They meet, they fall in love, they fight and sing and dance their way through it all. Fans of the 70's and 80's will at least enjoy the music and jokes thrown in at the expense of that era and the change of the music scene. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand provide "comic relief" as the two drunken bar-owners/workers who have a torrid love affair to REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling".

The one saving grace to this film, and it pains me to say this, is Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx. An out of control, drunken rock star seemingly on his way out. He brought the most interesting moments and insights into his character and his chemistry and interaction with Constance Sack (Malin Akerman) was amusing to watch. Sadly his character wasn't in the film as much as he could have been. I think Stacee Jaxx as the main character and storyline would have been more intriguing and enjoyable than the plain young songbirds trying to make it big in a big city. Whenever the other stars are around, especially Cruise, you tend to forget about these two underdogs.

As Above, So Below
7 years ago via Flixster

First of all, I gotta say - if you don't like found footage movies, then don't go to this one. Because it baffles the life out of me why people go to movies they know they won't like, just so they can complain on the Internet about them later.

I am a found footage fanatic, so of course the idea of this movie appealed to me.

It is intense and active from the moment GO, with some scenes to catch your breath in between. I give it props for not following the same formula other found footage movies have, plus it has a deliciously original plot which is icing on the cake.

The main character is a strong female protagonist, so she will not appeal to anyone who buys into bro culture. She is well educated, brave, knows martial arts, and can take care of herself. She flies in the face of every shaky-kneed horror heroine who was only cast to play the part of the victim. So there are a lot of people who are going to hate this movie because she's considered "too brave," "too smart," "too capable" to be realistic. Well, if you've got a low opinion of women to begin with, I suppose I can see how this movie can be offensive. LOLZ.

Besides, part of her charm is that she if sees a sign that says "don't enter" and she goes in anyway like a ferret up a drain pipe. Awesome. Thank god we don't have yet another female character that plays by the rules. Now THAT is clichéd, but certainly not this movie.

V/H/S: Viral
V/H/S: Viral (2014)
7 years ago via Flixster

I have been a fan of the VHS movies, they redeem what found-footage is made for. However, V/H/S: Viral is a downside to the franchise and that is why. Firstly, the major storyline is not clear, in the first VHS movie, it is a mob finding tapes, VHS2 it is investigators finding tapes, neat and tidy. But here, it is just not clear it makes it messy. There are two skits in specific that are really good, with a fun premise, but they are for the most of it dull, Dante the Great was really good, it could turn into a feature film.

However, even with the 20 give or take minute runtime, it feels slow and dull yet interesting and frightening. This threequal has more shakiness, it is obviously not action it is gimmick which very disappointing compared to its predecessors. Overall, you can easily skip this movie, it is a disappointment, watch the first two and skip the third. Hope this was informative.