Hot Fuzz (2007)

Fuzz never felt so good. I feel like with me, this movie is underrated. I hardly ever feel like watching it. I think I understand now. It’s not as fun as Shaun of the Dead, it has a slower build-up to its awesome climax… but once that fuse is lit, this movie explodes into some awesome action. I think I just need to remind myself that the wait is worth it and when the sea mine blows, this movie will blow you away. Timothy Dalton steals the show for sure, but I love Nick Frost. Simon Pegg is pretty unlikable, but I understand the need for his character. There are other good cameos too that build the movie up. It has a good sense of mystery and some action that will make you want to go to the pub for a pint afterwards! A must watch for Edgar Wright fans.

90/100

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Baby’s Day Out (1994)

This baby had a fun time, but I felt like I was stuck in traffic. I remember watching this way back in ’94 and thought it was hilarious. On my revisiting, it wasn’t that funny. It was like a Home Alone clone, but just not as good. The best part of the whole movie was when Joe Mantegna had the only tree in his forest burnt down. Baby Bink was absolutely adorable and Cynthia Nixon and Lara Flynn Boyle were also quite adorable. I’m also a fan of Joe Pantoliano from the Sopranos, he did a pretty good job. I just wish the film wasn’t totally based on dumb physical comedy. It hasn’t aged very well, lets hope the baby did.

67/100

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The Walk (2015)

This is a walk I’d rather not take, but I’m glad Philippe Petit did. He seems to have made the Twin Towers of New York famous for not just being the target of a gigantic tragedy. I thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was incredibly adorable in this film, yes, his accent wasn’t spot-on all the time… but I loved him nonetheless. Charlotte Le Bon was gorgeous and interesting to watch. I also liked seeing Ben Kinsley in this as well, he’s in a lot of films but he adds a lot. The movie is very entertaining with an Ocean’s Eleven style set-up and the final scenes will scare the crap out of you if you have acrophobia like I do. I also just felt like it was a touching tribute to the World Trade Center that focuses on life instead of death. I love Zemeckis as a director and I’m glad he’s still working hard in Hollywood.

91/100

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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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Vacation (2015)

This is not my idea of a vacation. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I thought the movie was too raunchy. I don’t ever feel like the National Lampoon Vacation movies were incredibly raunchy but this one just went too far into that direction. Ed Helms did an okay job as Rusty, but why not just get the actual actor who played Rusty? He’s a big-time actor in the Big Bang Theory… maybe they couldn’t afford him. Also why did they change the sister’s actress as well? Is Juliet Lewis still alive? They kept the parents the same though, and it was great seeing them. I couldn’t stand the children in this movie. One was way too mean and the other was way too nerdy, effeminate and ugly. I did laugh at a few parts in this film, but it had a lot of missed opportunities and was really predictable. I like seeing Chris Hemsworth try comedy. I hope he does it more.

65/100

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American Ultra (2015)

American Ultra violence, just the way an action movie should be. I love movies like this and the Kingsman and Kick-Ass. They don’t require a lot of thinking and you get to see some pretty bloody attacks in neat battle scenes. Sure, I wouldn’t pick Jesse Eisenberg to be a CIA badass, but maybe that’s the point of the film. Kristen Stewart was mostly petty likable and I love Bill Pullman. I wish Bill would have had a bigger part, but it’s good to know he’s still alive and kickin’. I could have done without John Leguizamo. His character was pretty stupid and then finally there’s Topher Grace, wow, what a choice the the film’s villain. I must say I kind of loved how bold that choice was. I had a ton of fun in this movie, is it sort of a brain-dead stoner kicks the rogue agency’s butt movie? Yes, but that is what made it a blast.

88/100

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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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