Network (1976)

This movie didn’t make me mad as hell, I will take more of it! I really thought this movie was pretty cool. I love the behind the scenes looks at movies and television. Especially when it comes to the cut-throat world of ratings. This film had some wonderful acting, you could also tell that by the large amount of acting Oscars it received. Some of the monologues were fantastic and the writing was really smart, so smart that in the fugue of me being sick, a lot of the lines were admittedly going over my head. This also got a well deserved writing Oscar. If Rocky hadn’t been so amazing, this would have been a good Best Picture choice. Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Peter Finch were incredible. There were a few parts where I felt a bit bored and reached for my phone, but otherwise this is a really entertaining movie and it felt really poignant to today’s media and general environment of the world. Glad I sat down for this interesting newscast of a flick.

88/100

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The Gift (2015)

When Joel Edgerton gives you a gift, you better darn well accept it graciously! I really enjoyed this present of a movie. It does have a couple slow parts and one time I even asked myself when something thrilling was going to happen… but once it does it gets really interesting and twist-filled. I was pretty blown away that Edgerton did pretty much everything in this film. He directed, wrote it, acted and produced this movie. Jason Bateman did okay, but I think he was out-shined by his gorgeous counterpart Rebecca Hall (it’s okay though, she does it to everybody). I just really like how the movie builds up the tension until the final scene when you basically mutter… Oh crap. Check this one out if you enjoy a stalker-ish thrill-seeking adventure about long lost friendships.

82/100

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Final Destination 5 (2011)

Will this series be like dust in the wind and blow away forever? I don’t think so. I actually find these movies to be pretty fun. Sure, the acting in them is not very good, sometimes bordering on bad. I’ve always liked Nicholas D’Agosto. He did a good job in this, despite a few flat scenes. I never really liked his girlfriend in this, played by Emma Bell. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood was really good and incredibly cute, too bad her death was brutal. (Spoiler, some people die in this). The movie has an excellent twist, that I was able to guess right before it happened, but it did delight me quite a bit. Check this movie out to watch some nail-biting deaths where the lead-up to them is almost as wicked as the deaths themselves.

70/100

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

I don’t want to dog on this movie, this afternoon but I do have a few complaints about this movie. First and foremost it has some bad spots where it really drags on. I watched this right after the exorcist (which really moves at a good pace) and then this movie. They are both about the same length of time to watch, but Dog Day Afternoon felt like a MUCH longer movie. I also think the twist about his lover was a little weird, and was confusing at first. I’ll get to the good stuff now… Pacino was pretty amazing in this. I loved how he whipped up the crowds outside the bank. The crowd was it’s own character too in the movie. They made me laugh over and over. I also just loved the whole cast, especially the ladies inside the bank. The head teller was really great. The start of the movie is really strong, and the end is quite shocking. If you can make it through the sluggish middle you won’t regret watching this bungled heist. I should also note that John Cazale was really good too, he just has such a unique and strange look.

79/100

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The Exorcist (1973)

I may never eat pea soup again after seeing this movie. The Exorcist wasn’t exactly what I expected. I can’t believe I’ve gone this many years through my life without seeing it. I do think that more than anything this film really strikes a dark tone and shows how scary some of the demons of religion can bring forth. Cute little Linda Blair goes from a girl that you want to just pinch her cute little cheeks, to a cursing sputtering devil. The whole transformation was very entertaining to watch. I do think there were a few slow parts, but on the whole, this movie will probably remain a classic for a long time.

82/100

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Halloween (1978)

Put on your favorite William Shatner mask and pop some popcorn for this slasher classic. I remember this movie being a lot more scary, but it still is pretty good for how much it has aged. I love Michael Myers as the bad guy, he’s silent and deadly. The scene with him wearing the bed sheets as a ghost with the glasses is classic. Jamie Lee Curtis did excellent in this for it being her first feature film. The music of this movie is the real star, John Carpenter does a good job building tension with the music and even when to make the film entirely silent. It just makes you hold your breath in anticipation. Donald Pleasence is also great as the great Doctor Loomis, he is very convincing when he tells people that Myes is not to be trifled with. The timing of this film is also great, Halloween is my favorite holiday and nothing is scarier than a psycho killer loose on the streets while everyone is wearing a mask.

80/100

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The Lobster (2015)

This wasn’t the surf and turf of movies, but it did hold my attention. What I couldn’t stand was the ending of this film. There is nothing I hate more than something really abrupt and unfinished as an ending. I did think that this was some of Colin Farrell’s better acting and honestly the movie was pretty engaging until it all unravels at the end. I’ve decided that Lea Seydoux just has a resting angry face in all her movies, which really affects her acting. John C. Reilly was really good throughout this film. The whole thing is pretty weird, and I guess that’s why it is so mesmerizing. I’ll keep my eye on the directer Lanthimos, I feel like he might be getting close to making a great movie, he just needs to learn how to finish one. I can’t really recommend this movie though, so put that lobster bib away and maybe order the steak instead.

68/100

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