Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)

As cool as a black cutoff t-shirt. Samurai Cop 2 was a Kickstarter dream to make a sequel to a horrible movie made in the 90’s. This movie takes the funny route for the most part. It really embraces the smarmy Joe Marshall and then brings back a lot of old and beloved faces from the original movie. Add a list of adult film stars and some purposeful bad writing and some troma-esque gore and you have this fun movie. I like this a lot better than the original because they just took the funny parts a lot further. I almost want to watch this again to see if I missed any jokes while I was laughing at others. Watch this if you love a really dumb action movie like Tropic Thunder (which I loved).

77/100

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Mistress America (2015)

Finally Noah Baumbach a movie that is watchable! Yes, it’s still not perfect, but I did enjoy this movie. Greta Gerwig was adorable as ever and I really enjoyed Lola Kirke’s performance. The rest of the supporting cast was also good in its own way. Still, the Baumbach curse remains… he still can’t make a movie that isn’t just another “day in the life” kind of film. I really hate that genre of films. It’s like the reality TV form of movies. The writing is good though with a frenetic pace that will leave you breathless. I also laughed at several scenes, so good job on the comedy bits. Hopefully this is an upward trend for a writer/director I’ve come to love to hate.

77/100

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Run All Night (2015)

Also known as “Taken 17”. Yes, Liam Neeson is back as the guy with a particular set of skills and despite the actor’s hatred toward firearms he sure seemed to enjoy using them throughout the film. The movie is good, it has a lot of good action scenes in it, but honestly I think Neeson has poisoned the well with me. He’s too political and his movies are all the same (even though the formula works and probably makes money). Ed Harris was an awesome villain and honestly at times, I wanted him to succeed in his efforts. I’ll probably confuse this one for a Taken film in the future, so at least I’ll have this review as a reference to remind myself that it was a little different.

70/100

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La La Land (2016)

Sometimes I think actors must live in a constant state of La la land-ness to live in Hollywood. I guess if you are making money it’s nice, but the struggle doesn’t seem worth it. This movie was cute for the most part, but honestly it didn’t stay with me. I watched this a few days ago and normally review films right away… but I got busy and now I’m struggling to even remember this movie. Ryan Gosling was cool in this and Emma Stone is always cute, but I’ve seen way better musicals. The ending was also quite deflating. Maybe the movie wanted you to feel like you were handed a best picture Oscar and then have it taken away.

76/100

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Amy (2015)

Poor Amy. I remember seeing some kind of spoof comedy where it shows Amy Winehouse as a cave-woman. She was swigging from a bottle and taking pills I think and then belching. At the time, I thought it was hilarious. I mean, what a hot mess right? After watching this film, I feel bad that I took glee in someone’s problems. She seemed like a nice girl that just wanted to write music and perform in small spaces. She didn’t want to be an international superstar. The problem was, she was immensely talented and her handlers wanted to make more and more money… pushing her to the extreme. A tragic movie, and pretty well made. The music was all really good and it made me remember that even though celebrities have interesting lives that we like to make fun of… they are people too. Don’t say no, no, no to this film.

73/100

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The Jungle Book (2016)

As I wade through the jungle of live-action remakes from Disney I come to a conclusion. This was a money-grab all the way. The film is hardly different at all compared to the 1967 animated version. One difference is notable, there is a single live-action person in the movie played by a young boy named Neel Sethi. He’s quite young, so I shouldn’t be too hard on him, but honestly I wish Mowgli would have just been animated. The acting would have been better, and a great voice actor doing that role could have done it justice. The animation is awesome in this film and I must say I loved Bill Murray and Christopher Walken in this. Idris Elba also has an amazing voice. I’m afraid these movies are going to just keep being made as they make money. It’s just so terribly lazy of Disney to do. How about create something new instead of just stealing Star Wars, Marvel franchises and making semi-live-action remakes of all your animated classics?

75/100

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Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

Not to be confused with Shaun of the Dead, although I’ve heard Shaun the Sheep has a Halloween special. This movie was incredibly cute and charming. I do wish it had some voice acting in it. It had a lot of drawing, gesturing and odd mumbling instead of speaking. It reminded me of an old Lego video game where they didn’t speak. I really liked all the characters. The sheep were cool, I loved the dog and farmer and the pigs were really awesome. The animation was really, really good, plus it has a pretty touching story… not so touching that you cry though, so it’s perfect. I’d watch more of Shaun, maybe this Halloween I’ll review his holiday movie.

77/100

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