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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City of God (2003)

Dios Mio… This movie was pretty crazy. It starts off with a crazy chase after a chicken and then ends in almost a crossfire between a gang and police. The movie spans over many, many years. You get to watch kids grow up in the slums to become gangsters in their own territories. One boy breaks away from that stuff and becomes a famous photographer. The movie is incredibly interesting, but as far as entertainment value goes, I probably wouldn’t re-watch this movie again. It’s way, way too long and it isn’t so compelling I’d sit through it all again. I’m definitely glad I saw it once, but I think I’ll leave God to watch over the city, I’ll just be watching something else.

82/100

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Blazing Saddles (1974)

I like Mel Brooks, comedies and Mel Brooks. Why did I say Mel Brooks twice? I just love Mel Brooks. This movie is always fun to watch. First of all, I don’t think this film could have been made today, it probably would have been boycotted due to all the non-political correctness. The movie really does do a good job making fun of everybody and has some really classic scenes. Cleavon Little was awesome as the Sheriff and I love how he teams up with Gene Wilder later on in the movie. Madeline Kahn’s rendition of “I’m Tired” will not only make you laugh but oddly get stuck in your head. The wild west is a really good setting for a comedy and I hope to see more western comedies in the future.

85/100

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

This film was an assault on the senses, but in a good way. I loved all the characters in this film. Except of the secretary that kept wailing about it being safe and wanting to run out of the building during a stand-off. Still, this film had some really good music and some excellent action. I loved how the good guys and bad guys had to outlast this killer gang that is trying to storm their abandoned police station. It’s really quite engrossing and good entertainment. The final scene in the basement will always stand out to me as he has the hallway rigged with a pretty neat explosive. Check this one out if you love a good siege.

82/100

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Cop Car (2015)

They copped out a bit with some of the story, but I enjoyed this tense film about two kids who steal a cop car from a shady Policeman. Kevin Bacon does a good job of trying to remain calm while his whole corrupt world is falling apart around him. The kids were both pretty great, although I’m still not a huge fan of child actors. They sure had me nervous while they were playing with guns and defibrillators. I had a few laughs and I loved watching the kids walk through a field just cursing and doing what boys do, exploring the open wilderness with a friend. I really wish this movie would have answered some of my questions like what the heck Sheriff Bacon was up to and why he had all that crazy stuff in the trunk. Oh well, the film had my attention arrested so I won’t file any charges.

70/100

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The Guest (2014)

I’ll leave a light on for this guest. I really enjoyed this movie. Yes, it does have some TERRIBLE moments in acting and a few redeeming moments of acting as well… but man, this movie was a lot of fun. I love how Dan Stevens balanced the line of being a really good and caring guy and a cold blooded killer. Maika Monroe once again gets on my radar and I think that she needs to be in more films. There are a lot of scenes that get your blood pumping and I feel like this movie (besides the bad acting I mentioned) is a real sleeper hit. The final scene at the school dance reminds me of Carrie but with a little more suspense. I loved the Halloween theme with all the fog and with the haunting music of the playlist that Maika makes earlier in the film. Excellent scene and a fun movie. Make room for this guest.

83/100

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District 9 (2009)

I’d give this district a 9 and not a 10. It’s nearly perfect but just misses the mark. This movie starts off really interesting with a documentary-style opening. It also is an alien movie not set in New York or Washington D.C. It’s actually in South Africa. This film has some of the best computer animation I’ve ever seen. It all looks really real. The humor is really spot on and Neill Blomkamp’s direction is just gorgeous. The movie does feel a bit long, but honestly when you see people getting liquified by a lightning gun made by aliens you just have to like it. This is one of those movies you don’t hear a ton of people talk about, but it is just a pleasure to see. I wish this was as popular as a Marvel movie. This film also makes me oddly hungry for shrimp… not sure why.

91/100

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