Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

This is an interview where I wouldn’t accept the invitation. These Vamps are not the wussy sparkly kind that you see today. These will burn in sunlight and drain you like a juice box. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt work excellently with each other. Kirsten Dunst steals the show as the bloodthirsty killer girl with killer curls. Christian Slater doesn’t have a huge role, but an important one. Plus I think he’s awesome. It was nice to see Thandie Newton in this, I’ve always liked her and although Banderas had a limited role in this movie, he did a great job. The movie flows really well and you start to really like the characters. Anne Rice is an excellent writer, so it was nice she did the screenplay for this movie. A classic 90’s Vampire film.

81/100

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The Big Short (2015)

My attention span is pretty short when people discuss financial matters to me. The whole process is set-up to be so convoluted and confusing. This movie is about all that stuff and yet they did a great job explaining it all. My favorite part was when they would break away and say “and now Margot Robbie will explain this, while taking a bubble bath”. The whole thing sounds ridiculous, but it actually helps. The humor is pretty good in this film, despite the whole story being a total tragedy. I feel like among this star-studded cast Ryan Gosling was my absolute favorite, with Christian Bale a close second. Yes, this movie is about banking and mortgages and money… but the film is on the money for keeping you engaged in the story. It did lose me a little bit towards the end, but this was still a very solid, fun movie to watch.

89/100

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Fury (2014)

Tanks for the memories David Ayer. This film was really good, and I’m not a fan of war movies. It’s not that I’m for or against it, I just don’t like the genre. This movie did a great job of showing how brutal war is, you actually see a side of someones face that got scraped off inside then tank. The deaths in the movie are BRUTAL. This movie also had Shia LaBeouf be semi-likable which is a tough accomplishment. I loved Logan Lerman’s character and Alicia von Rittberg might be my new favorite German actress.
The battles were really cool and the final act of the film was very reminiscent of 300. Brad Pitt loves killing Nazi’s and I’m okay for him to continue that hobby because he does a great job of it.

80/100

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Se7en (1995)

I wish I was a sloth so I could sit and watch this all day. I’m envious at how good this movie was. I do think that both actors took great pride in their work. Brad Pitt wasn’t as dolled up in this, maybe so the girls wouldn’t lust over him the whole time. I’m a total glutton for these kind of crime/thrillers. When they are made poorly though, they will feel the wrath of my keyboard strokes. Would it be greedy of me to want a movie called Eight? Yeah, probably… Still, a man can dream!

98/100

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12 Monkeys (1995)

At least there wasn’t a barrel full of them, 12 we can handle. I think that this film is quite intriguing. The time travel gets you a little confused sometimes but the acting is superb. I especially like Brad Pitt’s craziness, Madeline Stowe’s performance was very strong. She’s also a real looker. Bruce Willis had to go through a lot in the film. It isn’t all good all the time though, sometimes it feels overly long, but the surprise at the end makes up for it a little bit. I really liked the ending.

78/100

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Fight Club (1999)

The first rule of this review is that you DO talk about this review. This movie is excellent. It’s dark, edgy and entertaining. The problem is, once you have seen it… repeat viewings lose their luster. Once you know this movie’s secret, that’s all you can think about. It kind of distracts you like with the Sixth Sense. I would say the first time I saw this, it gets a 99. Once you aren’t surprised anymore it’s an 89. Pitt and Norton are amazing. Excellent directing from Fincher. Bless Chuck Palahniuk for the cool story.

89/100

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

For a movie clocking over two hours long, it didn’t feel like it went on for 12 years to me as an audience member. The movie was quite captivating at times and extremely hard to watch. Steve McQueens direction was superb and Chiwetel Ejiofor was fantastic in the lead role. I would say that this may be one of the best films out there that deals with the subject of Slavery. The problem is, I watch movies for entertainment and not a message… and by now most people know that slavery is horrendous and it shouldn’t be done… message received. So, if you need reminding on how bad it all went and how bad the perpetrators were… this is a gem of a film. If you want  solid non-cringeworthy entertainment, try something else.

78/100

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