Irrational Man (2015)

I feel a little irrational that I keep watching Woody Allen movies. I know that some people adore him, but I just don’t think he’s my style. I am starting to notice that maybe Emma Stone needs to watch her back with Woody. She seems to be in all his movies now, and he has her only in outfits where her beautiful legs are seen. So, I’m thinking he’s just being a perv with her, but I guess work is work right Emma? I found this story a little gag-inducing. I know that girls fall in love with their professors but Emma Stone with a fat Joaquin Phoenix? Nope. He’s also a hot mess and she’s very put together, and although women also like a project sometimes… uh, nope. I just didn’t buy the relationship and the whole story just felt really uncomfortable. I think the parts where Phoenix was alone were the best parts of the movie. The ending was also not very satisfying. A waste of time if I say so myself. I can rationally state that.

56/100

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Southpaw (2015)

Once I realized that this movie was the same as all other boxing movies… it went south quickly. Jake Gyllenhaal had an excellent performance and Forest Whitaker was also quite excellent. Aside from the acting and maybe the crazy workouts Jake had to do to get ready for this role, this could have been just any other boxing movie. It doesn’t hold a candle to any of the Rocky films. The Boxer Hope wasn’t really a person to look up to… he drinks, does drugs and curses. He’s a good family man for the most part, but he’s kind of just a dumb boxing thug. Rachel McAdams isn’t in this long enough to comment on her acting, she did seem sweet though, which she normally doesn’t play parts like that. I’d hang up the gloves and not make any more boxing movies, I just don’t see another good one coming out that doesn’t just copy old ones before it.

53/100

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Joy (2015)

This movie didn’t bring me any… Yes, Lawrence did do a good performance and David O. Russell got his tag-along cast together to make another Oscar-esque film. I just didn’t fall in love with this movie. It just has a depressing tone from nearly the start to finish. I felt bad for Joy when things were tough, and I was starting to like her a lot when she was doing well. The bad part is, for most of the movie things are going horrible for her and her new invention the self-wringing mop. I liked seeing what QVC looks like behind the scenes and Bradley Cooper was great in his smaller part, but it just made me cringe what Joy had to go through just to push a stupid mop on to the market… but thank goodness for girl power right? I’m happy I saw it, but it really does have a deceptive title. It’s one of those one and done movies. I do think I might buy her mop the next time I need one though!

52/100

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Ghostbusters (2016)

This was kind of a bust (and no, that wasn’t a boob joke). Let me start off that I tried to go into this film with a clear mind and an open heart. I was going to give it a chance. I really am a huge fan of the first original Ghostbusters and I thought even the sequel was pretty good. This movie on the other hand, felt like Bridesmaids in coveralls. If you read my other reviews on this site, my obvious disdain for almost everything Melissa McCarthy has done is pretty apparent. She doesn’t fail to disappoint either. Once again she is the overeating, farting gross person that she normally is (and to anything thinking this is bad because she is a woman, I think male characters like this are equally bad). I don’t watch SNL but I know Kate McKinnon is pretty popular from that, and so she has received a lot of praise from this movie. I’ll admit she has some good parts, but by no means does she steal the show. That title goes to Chris Hemsworth. Yes, they paint his as a bumbling male idiot (are you surprised?) but he pulls it off very well, and without spoiling anything, he plays sort of a different role later, and is awesome at that part too. I would be okay if this movie would just cross their streams and finish this series off.

55/100

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

This movie was just draggin’ on and on… So, Disney did a remake. This was of a movie from the 70’s about a boy and his dragon. The problem is, this remake doesn’t really follow the older movie. It’s not a musical, it’s missing a lot of the fun parts (the movie was way too serious) and why the heck is the dragon mostly dog-looking with the face of a dog and green fur instead of scales? Are scales too scary now? Also, the boy is now a wildling living out in the woods, instead of an abused adopted orphan. Not that this really matters, but I guess all young boys have caveman hair so they didn’t have to hire a stylist? This movie just isn’t worth watching, it’s long and doesn’t have very many fun parts. The original isn’t great, but at least it was a little fun. Most of the points go to Bryce Dallas Howard for being such a knockout beauty.

57/100

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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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