A Reason to Believe (1995)

This movie may sound like a Christmas film with its title but it’s actually about campus date-rape. Yes, the film does delve into feminist theory but it does a pretty good job of showing both sides of the issue on this touchy subject. I mainly watched this movie for Holly Marie Combs from Charmed (she’s one of my favorites) but I really did like Allison Smith from the West Wing as the lead character. The main frat guys are incredibly unlikable and you’ll find yourself getting pretty mad at several of the characters in this film. Some of the acting is spotty and it does reek of 90’s-ness (bad baggy clothing and all). It does have a good moral and it keeps you watching as you aren’t sure whether people are going to believe the main character or not.

65/100

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The Voices (2015)

I heard voices too while watching this film and I loved what they had to say. This movie is about a loser (Ryan Reynolds) who happens to have a bad mental illness. He hears voices, especially from his pets. His cat tells him to kill people while his dog (as most good doggies do) tells him that he can still be a good human. This movie has a great balance of being hilarious, scary and sad. You feel bad for Reynolds, but you also fear for any woman that comes near him. Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton were both funny and gorgeous as the trophy women in Reynolds sick life. I hadn’t heard of this movie before watching it, but I’m really glad I did. This is one of those hidden gem films, who knows if it becomes a cult classic some day.

83/100

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City Slickers (1991)

I really like this movie. It’s a solid classic. It’s not the most amazing movie in the world but it has a great amount of humor and some heartwarming moments. I think Billy Crystal has great comedic timing and is just the perfect about of snarky. Jack Palance is awesome in this and is a perfect cowboy. It was weird seeing little tiny Jake Gyllenhaal as Crystal’s son. Daniel Stern stole the whole show in my opinion. The part where he goes crazy with the gun and then silently sits in his tent is epic. I love the little calf ‘Norman’. He’s so cute! I just think this movie is very low key and fun. I should check out the sequel next.

79/100

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Normally you’d have to put a gun to my head to watch a 3 hour long Vietnam War movie, but this was pretty good. I would say my biggest problem with the film was the extremely lengthy Wedding scene at the beginning. I didn’t time it, but it felt like it was almost 40 minutes long and it was a lot of shouting, yelling and cheering with bad sound quality so all the lines were pretty much getting lost. Once it got to the war parts the movie gets a lot better. There are a lot of really hard scenes to watch but the acting coming from De Niro and Walken is top notch.It was also interesting seeing Meryl Streep so young in this movie, she was pretty adorable and put on a good performance. I don’t know if I’ll ever watch this movie again, but I am glad I saw it once.

82/100

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Mama mia! This movie was also really good, and I may be unpopular with this opinion, but the sequel wasn’t as good as the original. I did love that they went back in time and gave us a glimpse of the Godfather in the past. De Niro was excellent as Don Vito. Al Pacino and Diane Keaton had some powerful scenes together. I finally recognized Robert Duvall in this movie (he needed to lose his hair to be recognizable). I like all the filming and the story, but something felt missing in this sequel. I can’t put my finger on it, but unlike the last film, this one felt longer and I kept checking the time to see when it was over. It was just less enjoyable. I also thought John Cazale stepped out and did a fantastic job in this movie. Both Godfather film’s are excellent but I think the first will always be the Don of the two.

92/100

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The Godfather (1972)

This movie was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I don’t know why it took me this long to see this classic film, but I finally did. Luckily it doesn’t have to sleep with the fishes. This movie is a horse head above the rest. I really enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching all the characters develop (or die). After watching shows like the Sopranos, I’ve felt like old mobster movies have lost their shine, this movie still holds strong even to this day. It’s filmed wonderfully, has great music and I just love all the characters and drama that goes on. It’s the quintessential film on crime. So even if it’s the day of your daughter’s wedding, you should probably not turn this film down.

97/100

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Zoolander 2 (2016)

Twolander isn’t as bad as everyone advertises, but fashion modeling is very objective I would think Tyra Banks would say. Yeah, this movie isn’t perfect, but I remember laughing quite a bit throughout the film. Maybe I was laughing at the sheer stupidity, but still it has some good parts. I would say the parts with Kiefer Sutherland were the best and I will always love everything Justin Theroux does. Cruz was really hot in this film and Ferrell had some funny parts too. I do think the main two protagonists (Stiller and Wilson) were the weakest parts of the film. I also didn’t like the inclusion of Zoolander’s son. He was a pretty bad actor. The surprise of Benedict Cumberbatch is as funny as it is frightening.

68/100

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