The Jerk (1979)

Would I sound like a jerk if I said, I think Dumb and Dumber stole their idea from this movie? I saw a lot of similarities between the two films. Steve Martin was great in this movie. He played the perfect amount of dumb and it had some really classic scenes like the sniper shooting at him and him running out of the house covering his sensitive areas by two dogs that he picked up off the ground. The movie does get a little slapstick at times, but it has some pretty good writing and some excellent acting from Martin’s part. Bernadette Peters is adorable, and has such a cutesy voice. It’s not a perfect movie, but I won’t be a jerk and say it’s bad either. If you like a goofier movie, you’ll love this… if not, I’d avoid it.

78/100

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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

It’s no secret that I like movies from Studio Ghibli. This one based off the book “The Borrowers” is pretty excellent. Arrietty is probably one of the cutest little characters I’ve seen in a film. The whole movie is just very easy to watch and enjoyable. Also, the animation is really, really well done. I loved the voice work of all the actors especially Will Arnett as “Pod”. Seeing the world from the perspective of the Borrowers was really interesting. I loved how they walked along nails in boards like a bridge and used staples as ladder rungs. A beautiful and fun movie with a great soundtrack. A world so small, gives you big feels.

86/100

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The Martian (2015)

Shoot for Mars and even if you miss you land among the stars… and this movie had many stars in it. I was surprised how good the casting was in this film. Even though, initially, I thought with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain being in a space movie was too similar to Interstellar. This movie really wasn’t like Interstellar at all, and it was stellar. I was cringing at first because I hate movies where someone is trying to survive and is suffering. I usually hate disaster movies because of this. This movie starts a little bit like that, and I was preparing to hate this, but then it throws in some hope and good humor and becomes easily watchable. Matt Damon does great as the first human Space Pirate and the rest of the cast is awesome as well. I especially want to point out Chiwetel Ejiofor as being fantastic. I want to read the book that this is based off of now. Check this one out, it deserves all the hype that it had. I just wish it would have been about a half an hour shorter… but that was my only gripe.

88/100

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Spectre (2015)

As a spectator for this spectacle I would say that it has all the right stuff for a good action movie. A crazy opening scene with explosions and a fistfight in a helicopter midair. Beautiful women who are also deadly. Guns, guns and more guns. Some women who hate guns… then again, this movie has some trouble being great. It seems like each Daniel Craig James Bond film gets worse and worse. This one has a pretty thin plot and some of the worst sexuality of the Bond films. I told my wife I’ve seen steamier scenes in Disney movies. The movie isn’t all bad, I love Christoph Waltz being his normal role of the congenial bad guy. Lea Seydoux is as hot as a fresh french crepe… and it has Ralph Fiennes with an actual nose on his face. I guess I miss the good old days of the funny bad guys with the hokey gadgets and the smokin’ hot beauties on Bond’s arm. Now these movies take themselves too seriously and are a little too P.C. If you want to see a better spy movie this year that is more true to the James Bond films, see The Kingsman: Secret Service. Spectre was okay, and sometimes good at parts but it left me neither shaken, nor stirred.

70/100

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PCU (1994)

I mostly try to stay politically correct in my reviews, but PCU was bad ass. Well, okay, I might be overstating it, but I did like this movie. The scene with them throwing meat at the protesters for veganism really cracked me up. I think it did a good job showing how crazy all the campus groups can be, whether you are part of the stoner crowd or part of the stuffy Republican group. Each group has its leaders and weak links to society. Jeremy Piven was great as the lead and Jon Favreau looked like he was just playing as himself. Megan Ward was incredibly cute. I don’t think this will ever be a classic but maybe a cult classic. This is one University you might want to attend.

75/100

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The Intern (2015)

A good, mostly clean, comedy never gets too old and Robert De Niro isn’t too old to intern at a tech company. This movie has some really nice moments. It does seem like it steals from the Devil Wears Prada (especially, funny enough, Anne Hathaway’s part) but that’s not a bad thing. Rene Russo was also an unexpected but welcome addition to the cast. The movie doesn’t really paint a favorable light to stay-at-home dads, but luckily the film doesn’t focus too much on that. I was surprised at a few story-line threads in this movie that start going somewhere and then die off without any sort of warning. The ending of this movie too left me a little disappointed. Still, it was mostly cute and a nice way to spend a cold afternoon.

85/100

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Uncle, uncle! I finally saw this movie, it took some arm twisting but I’m glad I finally saw it. I’m not sure why but I love Armie Hammer. He’s in some pretty iffy movies but he’s just a fun actor to watch. Henry Cavill was also pretty smooth in this spy movie about the Russians and Americans doing a joint mission. Hugh Grant had a small part but it was nice to see him again and Alicia Vikander is one of my new dream girls. She’s gorgeous and pretty great at acting. This movie isn’t great throughout, but it has some really good James Bond-esque moments. If you like spy movies this one is a pretty good one to check out, if you don’t even like to spy on your neighbor’s then you could probably skip this one.

80/100

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