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

ReelReelReelReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Hot Fuzz (2007)

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

ReelReelReelHalf Reel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Baby’s Day Out (1994)

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

ReelReelReelReelHalf Reel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
American Ultra (2015)

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

ReelReelReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Self/less (2015)

Pixels (2015)

A few of the Pixels were dead in this film. To start off, I have a huge bias. I LOVE gaming. LOVE IT. I will probably only stop when my hands are too arthritic to pick up a controller. Even then, I’ll hope for robot hands to use instead or video games controlled by the mind. So I did enjoy quite a bit of this movie. I thought that Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage stole the show with their small parts, and in the lead I’d forget Sandler and say that Josh Gad is the new funny man. Kevin James was pretty forgettable and Michelle Monaghan was just pretty. Speaking of pretty, Ashley Benson… wow. I really liked the pixelated graphics of the bad guys. It was cool seeing Nintendo and Namco characters interacting. I guess I just though the plot was pretty strange and didn’t make a whole lot of sense and I hated all the politics in it. It just felt like they were trying to make some sort of stupid statement, but just ended up being lame instead. I can see the good in this film and I also can totally see why it drew some ire.

60/100

ReelReelReelHalf Reel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Pixels (2015)

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

The Four Horsemen are back… sort-of. I really missed Isla Fisher in this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I think Lizzy Caplan is stunning and a good actress… but she’s no fiery redhead. Let’s start off with the bad. I hate Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo. I don’t think they ever add to movies, they just take away. Eisenberg will never be cool or interesting. He just needs to go away. Ruffalo is just annoying and his personal public life has ruined him for me in movies, just when I was starting to like him a little bit from the Marvel movies. Woody Harrelson was great in this though, and I was happy to see Daniel Radcliffe back in the magical realm. One scene in particular in this movie stood out to me. It was when they are in the vault trying to steal this key card that is playing card shaped. The tricks they do were amazing. Other than that, this movie was pretty forgettable compared to the first movie. Maybe they should have just left it alone after that.

70/100

ReelReelReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Now You See Me 2 (2016)

Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

Wow. Well, I finally know something about Warcraft. I’ve played multiplayer role playing games online before but never this series. The story is pretty generic with humans fighting Orcs and wizards and stuff. I did think the production value of the film was great. The Orcs looked really cool and I loved the different types of magic. The female Orc played by Paula Patton was oddly strikingly beautiful. It was nice seeing Ben Foster around again. He had a pretty interesting character as a champion of the realm. The weapons and fighting were pretty epic. I’m not fully sure if this movie was based off the strategy game or the role playing game. If it was the RPG I wish they would have put some jokes in like players bickering over healing or somebody being a loot ninja and stealing all the spoils at the end of a dungeon. Oh well, one can dream. Still, I found this movie to be surprisingly good, but I had a low bar set for it when I went into it.

77/100

ReelReelReelReel

For more information about this film,
visit the idmb.com page:
Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)