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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While We’re Young (2015)

I feel as if I get older every time I see a Noah Baumbach film. I’m just not a fan. This was at least a better attempt than some of his other films. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts were actually not a bad couple together. I liked Adam Driver a lot better than Amanda Seyfried, but I think my interest in her is waning. The movie has a cute premise. An older couple gets Youth-inized by a young couple. Instead of being cranky and not doing anything, they go to dance parties and create art. The meditation scene was one of the better parts of the movie, I could have done without all the puking though. I just wish this film wouldn’t have had such a bummer ending. I guess I don’t know how I would have ended it, but I felt pretty empty after it was over, like I wasted my time and got a little older in the process.

62/100

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Self/less (2015)

Less is sometimes more. I’m still not sure why the slash is in the title, but I do pronounce it Self-slash-less, because it’s more fun that way. Ryan Reynolds does an okay job in this movie, Matthew Goode plays a creepy psycho as usual and nails it. Ben Kingsley is in for a short time and does okay with what he had to do. I was also happy to see Victor Garber again, hooray Alias! I feel like I can’t say much about the details of the film without giving a lot away. It has some interesting sci-fi moments and some decent action scenes. I was pretty underwhelmed by the ending, but it also made sense. It’s a good movie, just on the low end of good though.

70/100

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

I’d rather just ride a train. This movie had one giant pitfall to overcome. Can it be translated from it’s wonderful book form to a workable movie? The answer is no. The main reason for that is that the Girl on the Train book by Paula Hawkins is about a hero with a faulty alcoholic memory that is trying to solve a missing person case. This part is hard to do because so much of it is internal. Her trying to work things out in her sloshed mind. I think all the acting was well done, especially by Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Haley Bennett. I just had little hope for this being a good movie, after I broke my rule and read the book first. Oh well, I hope this at least gets more people to try the book, because it was awesome.

60/100

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Mr. Holmes (2015)

It’s retirement, dear Watson. This film was a really fun one to watch. Have you ever wondered what the heroes from our favorite books or movies do in their old age? Well wonder no more with this movie! Ian McKellen does a great job as Sherlock Holmes. He’s 93 in this movie and trying to work out the details of an old case. He has a lot of scenes with this young boy named Roger and they have excellent chemistry together. Laura Linney also plays a good part of Roger’s mother. There are a lot of flashbacks and memories to sift through, but it is a good experience overall. It still feels like the kind of Sherlock Holmes movie you would come to expect. Really interesting mysteries and good clues to follow. Some things get better with age.

81/100

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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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Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)

Maybe we shouldn’t have returned. This version of Sleepaway Camp was not very good. First of all it had a totally different feel compared to the other movies. It was just one giant anti-bullying movie. They took the bully thing way too far for way too long as well. You watch one kid just get almost tortured for the entire length of the film. It gets really uncomfortable and makes the movie more sad than scary. On the flip side, the boy being bullied is kind of a turd. There is no other way to describe him. He’s a jerk, he has a punchable face and he’s just as mean to people as people are mean to him. It creates this weird grey territory where you feel sorry for the boy, but also he doesn’t get too much sympathy from you. So the movie is pretty uncomfortable, has very few laughs and is missing some of the things that made Sleepaway Camp great (the anti-drug, anti-sex things, plus no nudity to be seen). I’d pass on this version, they can’t even turn this camp into being campy.

15/100

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