Being John Malkovich (1999)

Malkovich is a stitch! This was my first time seeing this film and I must say I was impressed! The movie itself is very odd. John Cusack works on the seventh and a half floor in an office building as a filer. He used to be a failed puppeteer. He discovers a secret door behind a filing cabinet that lets you into John Malkovich’s mind for 15 minutes and then dumps you onto the side of the road near the Jersey Turnpike. Cameron Diaz plays Cusack’s animal obsessed wife. She blew me away in this because her hair and makeup was so bad that I didn’t even know it was her until halfway through the film. She did a good job acting in this as well, I guess when she doesn’t have to be the “pretty girl” her acting talent has to step up. Catherine Keener is amazing in this as well, she plays the movie’s sexy temptress. John Malkovich plays himself and does an excellent job, this is my favorite movie of his. The movie just has such a weird sci-fi element to it that it should keep your attention. I loved it!

89/100

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

The film left me feeling a little sleepy at times, but I’m sick so maybe that’s just the meds that I am on. Johnny Depp was a very good Ichabod Crane. He was a little silly but I liked that he was really into the science of crimes. A CSI of ye olden times one might say. Christina Ricci was stunning as Katrina Van Tassel. She looks excellent with the Tim Burton white make-up, blonde hair and the corsets of the times. The film has a good mix of horror and creeping terror. The grey color of everything made things feel really creepy. The beheadings were also gruesomely fun. Ray Park as the Headless Horseman did a very good job wielding his ax and sword. Christopher Walken played the Horseman with his head still attached. This movie does drag along at times, which will make you sleepy, but the creepiness won’t leave you with a hollow feeling either. A good flick for Halloween.

73/100

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Batman Forever (1995)

Batman meets the Sandlot. For…ev…er. Ok, maybe it’s not that cool but it’s still a pretty fun Batman film. Out of the early films this is my second favorite one. The original with Michael Keaton is still my favorite. Val Kilmer is actually a decent Batman and Bruce Wayne. This movie is Nicole Kidman’s most beautiful role. Drew Barrymore had a cute little cameo. Jim Carrey shines in the role as the Riddler. He adds so much entertainment value to the film. I think Tommy Lee Jones went a little over the top as Two-Face, and Chris O’Donnell is just as whiny as ever. The writing is pretty bad and the sets, costumes and just about everything is iffy… and yet, it’s still a fun movie with a good soundtrack. It’s worth seeing at least once if you like Batman.

70/100

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Con Air (1997)

Buckle up and put the bunny back in the box! This high flying thriller is pretty awesomely bad. Nicolas Cage probably sports one of Hollywood’s worst Southern accents and his lines aren’t written that well either. This sometimes adds to the comedy of the film. The movie also has a great crew of bad guys like Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Dave Chappelle, Colm Meaney and best of all John Malkovich. Malkovich steals the show with his overly crazy antics and maniacal look. The movie seems a little long for an action flick but it does have some neat moments. The body getting dropped from the plane with a message is very iconic. Monica Potter needs to be mentioned as well, she is a Southern Goddess in this film. It’s a fun way to waste time, just don’t expect this movie to win any artistic awards.

75/100

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Cuban Fury (2014)

Nick Frost’s version of Run Fatboy Run, takes on the world of Salsa dancing. It has some really funny moments and some head scratching moments too. I don’t know how much actual Salsa dancing Frost did, but if that was him doing those moves, bravo. The dancing was excellent in the film. I also loved the dance fight between Frost and O’Dowd. Rashida Jones was the object of obsession between the two men and I could see why, she was gorgeous in this film. The music was fun and lively and like I said there were some genuinely funny moments, it just wasn’t great all the time. If you like dancing movies, this one is pretty good.

77/100

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

What an interesting movie. I love how the story is told by older Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) talking to a complete stranger Stellan Skarsgard. I love their back and forth talks and how Skarsgard goes off on his own tangents that seem to mirror what Gainsbourg is talking about at the time, comparing hunting men on a train to reading a river while fly fishing. Stacy Martin plays the younger Joe character and man, what a debut. She’s lovely and incredible. Uma Thurman’s part in this first section of the movie is my favorite though, it was hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.

80/100

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Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

My life isn’t better for seeing this film, but I did enjoy the cast’s chemistry. Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde played off each other well. Michelle Monaghan played the perfect psycho wife that every man fears. The movie has a slow start but once the pills start flowing the film gets a lot more funny. Jane Fonda was an interesting narrator and had a weird and silly cameo right at the end. Sam Rockwell really rocked it though, I always enjoy his films and he didn’t disappoint in this one either. The part where he vandalizes the town as a ninja with ninja stars is epic. I would recommend you seeing this one, especially if you like drug-induced comedies.

85/100

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