Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

I was expecting this to be horrible, but it ended up being quite boss. I really enjoyed this film, even more so than the original. I thought that a kidnapping was more fun than a murder plot and Chris Pine really made this film great. I was hoping for Christoph Waltz would have had a larger role along with Kevin Spacey too, but I’ll take what I can get. Jamie Foxx had a much better role and Jennifer Aniston proves that she is the most talented cast member of Friends. I still think Charlie Day is extremely annoying but Sudeikis makes up for him. Poor Jason Bateman plays the same role in every film, I hope someday he can branch out. My lungs are burning from laughter intake and I’ve given my stomach muscles a workout from all the hardy har hars. I personally would be okay with them making another one of these as they seem to keep getting better.

85/100

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Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

I wouldn’t say this was to funny but it was okay. I think the film had a consistent amount of laughs, but I never laughed so hard that tears started running down my face like some comedies have. Lloyd and Harry both look a lot older 20 years later but Rachel Melvin gives the movie a more youthful look. It’s pretty crazy it took this long for a sequel and maybe it wasn’t needed, but I felt like this movie was a reminder of a funny movie back in the 90’s that had great music and good laughs. There were a lot of good nostalgic mentions to the first films like spraying the breath freshener the wrong way, the Mutt Cutt’s van and Jim Carrey fighting ninjas for the girl he loves. The movie left me a bit sad because these comedians are getting quite old and I’m hoping that if they make a third one, it can be a reboot with some younger actors. I’d be interested in seeing that… or they could just leave the series alone and put it to rest. Either way, if you have a lot of good memories of Dumb and Dumber, this film will take you down a trip to memory lane.

70/100

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

The future with bubble jets included. The sequel to the very funny Hot Tub Time Machine is here and even though this one wasn’t as funny as the first, I had quite a few laughs along the way. I liked that they are following the lead of Back to the Future and going to the future this time. Some notably funny scenes were the Choozy Doozy scene and Adam Scott being operated on after a drug overdose. The movie starts off slow but really ramps up toward the end. Rob Corddry was born to play the role of Lou and I didn’t really know Gillian Jacobs before this film, but I need to start following her career a little more closely. Very funny and worth watching, I would suggest watching the first one as you will see a lot of not-so-subtle nods to the first film in this movie. Take a dip one more time.

81/100

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Tammy (2014)

This movie needs to turn in its badge and paper bag gun. Tammy was kind of a disappointing mess. It was having more of an identity crisis than its main character Tammy, played by Melissa McCarthy. Was it a crime film, a comedy, a buddy film, a road trip movie, a romance perhaps? It tried to be all these things and never really reached what it was supposed to be. So even though MCCarthy’s life was a mess, she looked neat and tidy compared to the plot. Susan Sarandon was the worst part of this film. She was trying to be Bad Grandma, like the semi-successful Bad Grandpa, and she couldn’t pull it off. She was a dry humored boring alcoholic and I wasn’t sure why she was in this film, or Dan Aykroyd for that matter, or Mark Duplass, or Allison Janney or Kathy Bates or Toni Collette… really, how the heck did this bad film get such a good cast? Just like dogs and cats, it will remain a mystery.

54/100

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First Blood (1982)

This may be the blood that came first, but that doesn’t mean it was interesting. This is a weird first installment of a series. Now, granted I’m sure the series has evolved a lot since this film, but I guess I had no idea how Rambo started. It’s a pretty uncomfortable and weird movie to watch. You mainly see a poor veteran getting harassed by cops and then he starts fighting them out in the woods. I wasn’t expecting the police to be the bad guys and Rambo isn’t the killing machine you think of him as, in fact he doesn’t personally kill anyone in this film. It also feels quite dated, but I did like some of his traps and survival methods. I guess I just feel uncomfortable cheering against police and seeing vets disrespected in the same movie. I’d pass on this one.

62/100

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when you put it like that it sounds insane… I found this movie to be quite enjoyable. I had a lot of trepidation about this film when I heard Michael Bay was involved, because I was pretty sure that he was trying to kill off every beloved childhood franchise that was dear to me… luckily, he didn’t have as much input for this film and Jonathan Liebesman and his writers did a very good job! So I was expecting to give this movie next to no points at all and now I’m giving it five reels for the sheer surprise the film put me through. Now, I did have some complaints… I still think Megan Fox was a weird choice for April O’Neil, but man she is pretty, and really this wasn’t the worst I’ve seen her do in a film, she wasn’t that bad.
Next was the design of the turtles, I hated how their faces looked but the CGI for them was really well done and I liked how strong and powerful they looked. Raphael was always my favorite turtle and he was AWESOME in this. I also enjoyed seeing William Fichtner in the role of a bad guy. He’s great at that! I laughed a lot and even though the plot wasn’t really anything new I thought it was fun and easy to follow. That fight scene sliding down the snowy hill on the truck was an awesome action scene. Don’t let people hating on this dissuade you, if you like the Ninja Turtles this was a fun ride… it was WAY better than all of the Transformers movies combined.

90/100

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Spielberg gave the world something extra special with E.T. I’ll admit, I adored this movie when I was younger, now that I’m older and more grumpy this film has lost a little of its magic, but not all of it. It is still a very heartwarming tale of friendship and has some pretty good special effects for the time. John Williams music really adds to the experience and little Drew Barrymore is cute as a button. Sadly I found the young boy who plays Elliot to be way too screechy (which Spielberg tends to make his child actors do) and some of the acting is pretty bad at times. Still, I tried to push that all away and remember my fond childhood memories of feeding aliens fall colored candies and taking a bike ride through the air cascading a perfect silhouette over the moon.

83/100

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