Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

It wasn’t hell getting through this, but I felt like I had died inside once it was over. The movie has some great cheesy moments (the reason I watched it) but the overuse of stock footage of slow motion animals was almost too much. It has some awesome music throughout the film. The acting is cheese at its best. Especially the long haired dude with the crazy eyes. I also was pretty surprised of the reporter girl who felt like she could sneak into an islander tribe with her pale white skin and just get nude and put a grass skirt on to be among the dark skin islanders. They seemed to buy it though, so let’s call that a win? The movie is weird for sure, but it is written by the same guy who did Troll 2. Check it out if you like bad acting and good music and gore. Everything else is as bad as rotten zombie flesh though.

32/100

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La La Land (2016)

Sometimes I think actors must live in a constant state of La la land-ness to live in Hollywood. I guess if you are making money it’s nice, but the struggle doesn’t seem worth it. This movie was cute for the most part, but honestly it didn’t stay with me. I watched this a few days ago and normally review films right away… but I got busy and now I’m struggling to even remember this movie. Ryan Gosling was cool in this and Emma Stone is always cute, but I’ve seen way better musicals. The ending was also quite deflating. Maybe the movie wanted you to feel like you were handed a best picture Oscar and then have it taken away.

76/100

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Amy (2015)

Poor Amy. I remember seeing some kind of spoof comedy where it shows Amy Winehouse as a cave-woman. She was swigging from a bottle and taking pills I think and then belching. At the time, I thought it was hilarious. I mean, what a hot mess right? After watching this film, I feel bad that I took glee in someone’s problems. She seemed like a nice girl that just wanted to write music and perform in small spaces. She didn’t want to be an international superstar. The problem was, she was immensely talented and her handlers wanted to make more and more money… pushing her to the extreme. A tragic movie, and pretty well made. The music was all really good and it made me remember that even though celebrities have interesting lives that we like to make fun of… they are people too. Don’t say no, no, no to this film.

73/100

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Youth (2015)

I feel young again after watching this film. I thought that Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel did a great job playing two friends who are both creative-types staying at a Swiss health resort. There are many other crazy characters including Caine’s daughter, played by Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano as an actor staying at the resort. The biggest surprise was seeing Jane Fonda in this film. I wasn’t expecting to see her. I can’t describe to you why this movie is really good… I’m leaning toward good chemistry with the actors and nice writing, though. This isn’t normally a film I would like, since not much actually happens in it. It’s one of those “day in the life” films and I usually hate those. This movie is quite charming, and after seeing the codgers Caine and Keitel… it makes you feel good to be young. (or I guess if you are older reading this, you’ll sympathize with them). Check this out for an interesting experience.

80/100

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

This film had attitude. I loved it. I must admit, I have a secret love for rap, at least really excellent rap. This movie takes you down the winding path of the group N.W.A. You get to see the triumphs and pitfalls of the music industry. You get to see Paul Giamatti, the whitest guy I know, handle a group of hardcore men from Compton. Which he doesn’t do a good job, plus who needs that guy anyway? I love, love and love the music in this film. It makes me want to go out and buy the soundtrack. All the actors did a great job, but I loved young Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Eazy E also had a really hard role to play, but Jason Mitchell handled it perfectly. Okay, I’m straight outta things to say so I’ll just say, see this movie if you enjoy the music or just like a good music biography of an interesting time in the United States.

90/100

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Dope (2015)

This film is… well, dope! It was a real surprise to me. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, but it took me back to the 90’s with Malcom’s love for 90’s Hip-hop and the whole 90’s style. His friends were really funny, especially the girl, who kept getting confused as being a boy. The situations that the group get into were really funny and I learned more about bitcoin in this movie than I’ve known my whole life. I also learned a bit more about drugs than I thought I’d ever learn. The movie is just very entertaining for being a movie almost about drugs, but also how a straight A student with a future at Harvard can get roped into some crazy stuff by growing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. I loved the ending and just once again loved the refreshing tone of the film. Totally worth watching, it’s not whack at all.

85/100

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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

When I have a fever and I’m in bed on a Saturday night, I don’t think I’ll turn to this movie. This movie isn’t bad, in fact it has some wonderful music and some great dance scenes… it just has a darker story than I would like. Travolta is the King of cool in this film. I love how he takes such pains to keep his hair nice and he spends more time in his closet looking for his clothes than the kids from Narnia. There is a lot of teen pregnancy and suicide themes which hit me out of left field. I guess I never imagined with the happy dancing movie poster that this film would have that, but I guess every character needs to overcome obstacles. So, I wouldn’t give this dance movie the grand prize but it does get a nice second place trophy.

76/100

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