Are You Here (2013)

Are you here? The movie asks this, as the credits roll down the screen. It isn’t a bad movie, but for a comedy it was lacking some serious laughs. Amy Poehler was atrocious in this film, while Galifianakis and Wilson try to pull off convincing drama. They don’t exactly pull it off, but they don’t ruin the film either. Honestly, Laura Ramsey was the most redeeming part of the film. She was a good little actress and brought an ethereal beauty to the film. It was also fun seeing Melissa Rauch from The Big Bang Theory in a little cameo, playing a mouthy prostitute. I enjoyed this movie enough, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Like I said, Ramsey is the only reason I sort of liked this film.

72/100

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Heat (1995)

What should have fired me up, left me cold. Heat had some good moments, especially when Pacino and DeNiro were face to face but then the rest of the movie happens. This movie is almost 3 hours long and you will feel it. The movie just goes on and on, when you just want it to stop. Every once in a while a nice scene is peppered in and then you deal with Natalie Portman, stealing the show again with her drama that she brings to every film unnecessarily (See Thor 2). The whole Val Kilmer plot should still be on the cutting room floor… and really, please do a special cut that only makes this an hour and a half. I could see myself giving this a perfect score with a much shorter film to deal with.

65/100

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Berkeley (2005)

You don’t have to go to a fancy college to understand that this movie has nothing new to offer the film world. Berkeley follows just about every Vietnam-era, anti-war film. Boy goes to college, boy becomes Marxist, boy protests, boy gets in over his head… then boy gets hippy girl. Nothing new here, move on. It’s honestly hard to find anything good about this movie. The main character was annoying and Nick Roth who played this character, really brought nothing to the role. At least Laura Jordan and Sarah Carter were cute hippy chicks. Henry Winkler, you can do much better than this. Stay away from dumb projects like this film. Avoid this like the draft.

42/100

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Brick Mansions (2014)

This movie should just be called “Parkour”. That’s the main reason to see this film. It’s not a bad movie. It is perfectly fine. I liked Luc Besson’s writing (for the most part) and the action sequences were filmed in a very interesting way. The problem was that after you see the cool parkour parts done by the inventor of parkour himself, David Belle, you won’t see a whole lot of other interesting things. Still, if you like the art of parkour this film has some really good examples of it from the man who invented it. That deserves a look. This was also Paul Walker’s last full film. He was pretty good in this, I just wish it ended up being a little better.

67/100

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Communion (1989)

No this isn’t about eating wafers with wine, this is about aliens. Christopher Walken is a total spaz in this film, which makes it very entertaining. I felt like this movie had one of the better “abduction” scenes out of any alien film I’ve seen. Sure the soundtrack is very 80’s, but hey, at least this came out in the 80’s! The aliens were really strange and honestly the design of them were pretty neat. It has some nightmare fuel moments in a few of the scenes but there were a few problems. Walken’s son in the film seemed like he was acting unscripted and his wife was one of the worst actresses I’ve seen in a while. I really enjoyed it though and can look past that. If you love alien abductions, check this out.

77/100

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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Clooney needs to make films like this from dusk til dawn. This is probably his best movie. He makes a good criminal and his pompous attitude fits right in. I’d take one of these Clooney movies over 1000 Gravity-like movies with Clooney in it. Tarantino is still a bad actor (although a great director) but he does add some campiness to the film. Harvey Keitel is an awesome shotgun wielding Pastor. Salma Hayek and Danny Trejo make beautiful vampires. The script is perfectly written and the action scenes are really cool. This puts Twilight to shame. The last third of the movie gets insane and although I didn’t love the ending, it didn’t kill the movie. A great Robert Rodriguez/Tarantino project.

87/100

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

It’s no secret that many people love this movie. I know why. It is a very gritty film and is very well cast. I could list off a multitude of actors that impressed me, but just look at the all-star cast list and just know that they all did very well. My main problem with this film was that sometimes it was hard to follow. There was a ton of name dropping throughout the movie and I felt like I was spending most of the time piecing together who they were talking about. It’s not a huge thing, but it does take away from the enjoyment. All I know is, I can see why this movies was well received. The good guys are really good, the bad guys are really bad. The women are 1950’s classy and gorgeous. Oh and it just reeks of political drama that will have you hooked, just bring out your detectives flip-pad to take down notes when the name dropping begins.

84/100

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