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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Irrational Man (2015)

I feel a little irrational that I keep watching Woody Allen movies. I know that some people adore him, but I just don’t think he’s my style. I am starting to notice that maybe Emma Stone needs to watch her back with Woody. She seems to be in all his movies now, and he has her only in outfits where her beautiful legs are seen. So, I’m thinking he’s just being a perv with her, but I guess work is work right Emma? I found this story a little gag-inducing. I know that girls fall in love with their professors but Emma Stone with a fat Joaquin Phoenix? Nope. He’s also a hot mess and she’s very put together, and although women also like a project sometimes… uh, nope. I just didn’t buy the relationship and the whole story just felt really uncomfortable. I think the parts where Phoenix was alone were the best parts of the movie. The ending was also not very satisfying. A waste of time if I say so myself. I can rationally state that.

56/100

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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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The Fly (1958)

I don’t necessarily see what all the buzz is about. This movie does have some good acting with Vincent Price and Patricia Owens. It has quite the little mystery going too at the start, with a man squashed in a compressor… but then there are some long boring segments that do indeed fill in the backstory, but I was starting to lose interest faster than a fly without sugar. I do think some of the special effects were nice, especially when it came to the fly. The final sequence with the web was pretty horrifying even by today’s standards. I just think the slow pacing of the film made me daydream about watching something a little more action oriented. I’m spoiled I know.

67/100

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The Voices (2015)

I heard voices too while watching this film and I loved what they had to say. This movie is about a loser (Ryan Reynolds) who happens to have a bad mental illness. He hears voices, especially from his pets. His cat tells him to kill people while his dog (as most good doggies do) tells him that he can still be a good human. This movie has a great balance of being hilarious, scary and sad. You feel bad for Reynolds, but you also fear for any woman that comes near him. Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton were both funny and gorgeous as the trophy women in Reynolds sick life. I hadn’t heard of this movie before watching it, but I’m really glad I did. This is one of those hidden gem films, who knows if it becomes a cult classic some day.

83/100

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Chinatown (1974)

You’ll never know what will happen in Chinatown and this movie had me guessing. I loved the whole noir feel to it and Jack Nicholson did a fantastic job. There is that one part with his nose that made me look away from the screen, yikes. Faye Dunaway was also very alluring throughout the film. The movie does take a lot of twists and turns but it stays pretty entertaining throughout. There are a few slow parts that hurt the film, but then it pulls you right back in. Some famous scenes and lines from this film. One of Roman Polanski’s better films for sure.

82/100

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True Story (2015)

It’s true that this has a pretty good story, the most amazing thing was that this was a true crime story that had two comedians in the leads. I thought that Franco did great as the alleged killer and Jonah Hill was great as the disgraced journalist. There is a good amount of tension throughout the movie and it has you throwing out a lot of guesses. I’d really like to read the book that this movie was based on. It isn’t Gone Girl but it is a pretty nice crime drama, that will also make you want to watch a bit of Investigation Discovery afterward. Check this one out if you want to Dial M for Murder.

78/100

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