Ted 2 (2015)

I’d rather listen to a TED talk on a subject I’m totally disinterested in. This overly long comedy had a couple good laughs and cameos but then it falls off the path and goes off the rails. Mainly this movie has an identity disorder. It’s a family drama about a bad marriage and trying to pay bills and have children. Then it becomes a courtroom drama about person-hood… yeah a civil rights case. Then a romance film… what it’s sadly missing is COMEDY. Also, what is Seth MacFarlane’s deal with having random fistfights in the background and breaking into show tunes? Just seems like a non-animated version of family guy. You’ll probably hear all the voices from the show if you shut you eyes. My final beef with this movie was the hatred toward Comic Convention goers. They kept getting bullied and pushed around by the characters. Seth MacFarlane would be the first person to decry being a bully, but apparently nerds at a Con are okay targets to him. This movie is trash, toss that teddy in the Goodwill pile.

10/100

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The Conversation (1974)

I’ve overheard better conversations. I do think that the acting and sound editing were really good in this movie. It came out the same year as the Godfather – Part II, so it didn’t have much of a chance of winning best picture. I did like how paranoid Gene Hackman was in the film. Harrison Ford was an interesting mean guy, not exactly sure if I can call him bad. The idea of listening in on people was probably scarier back in the 70’s, today it seems like everyone just figures they are probably being listened to… it’s sadly a normal part of life. John Cazale apparently ruled the 70’s. I think I’ve seen like 5 movies from him already. I wish there would have been a bit more Robert Duvall, but his part was pretty important.

78/100

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City of God (2003)

Dios Mio… This movie was pretty crazy. It starts off with a crazy chase after a chicken and then ends in almost a crossfire between a gang and police. The movie spans over many, many years. You get to watch kids grow up in the slums to become gangsters in their own territories. One boy breaks away from that stuff and becomes a famous photographer. The movie is incredibly interesting, but as far as entertainment value goes, I probably wouldn’t re-watch this movie again. It’s way, way too long and it isn’t so compelling I’d sit through it all again. I’m definitely glad I saw it once, but I think I’ll leave God to watch over the city, I’ll just be watching something else.

82/100

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C.H.U.D. (1984)

C.H.U.D. was kind of a dud. It seemed like it had a high chance of being entertaining, but instead, I felt bored most of the time. I do think the creature design was pretty cool. I loved the creatures glowing eyes and fish mouths. I also love the idea of radioactive monsters in the sewers of New York. It’s like a group of killer Ninja Turtles. I just felt like the movie dragged on and on. Plus the twist at the end was actually pretty dumb. I do like that they filmed some of this in actual sewer tunnels in N.Y.C. I’m sure there is actually creepy stuff going on down there.

50/100

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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Archery, boating and killing. These are some of the merit badges you can get at this camp. Sleepaway camp (the original) is pretty good, but not nearly as good as numbers 2 & 3. It didn’t have as much horrible bullying as Return to Sleepaway camp, but it did have the bully motif. I really like the actor who played Angela. She had a perfect blank stare that would make you laugh and be uncomfortable at the same time. I liked the special effects. The effects in 80’s horror films are some of my favorites. I also love the camping atmosphere. It isn’t as good as Friday the 13th, but I still liked it. I just wish it was a little more lighthearted like the next two sequels. I don’t mind a scare, but a campy camp film is better than s’mores.

57/100

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