Movie Review : Rear Window

I just saw this movie for the first time and it is fantastic.

Rear Window revolves around a man who is stuck in a wheel chair due to a broken leg and becomes bored so tries to fill his void by staring out his window into his neighbors’ windows. He thinks it is fun to watch people go through their everyday lives until he begins to suspect one of his neighbors is a murderer. James Stewart is great in this film and so is Grace Kelly. Hitchcock did an amazing job with this film. Despite the fact that this film is very dated it still holds up today. It is very suspenseful and you want to keep watching to see what happens.

My rating is 5 out of 5.

Movie Review : Big Driver

This movie is made for tv so I was pretty skeptical of how creepy and good it was going to be. It didn’t disappoint.

It is your typical revenge story though, a woman gets brutally attacked by a truck driver who is known as Big Driver around his parts and after surviving the attack she wants revenge on him. Pretty cliché. But it was still entertaining. A few parts were intense and unsettling even for a basic cable film but if you think about it we have The Walking Dead and American Horror Story on basic cable so it’s really not a surprise at what they can show on tv anymore. It had a bit of a twist as well as really good character development. Maria Bello’s performance was great and Olympia Dukakis was also great.

My rating is 5 out of 5. It’s a very well done revenge thriller.

Ghostbusters on Blu Ray

I recently posted about how much I love Ghostbusters and how much of a great movie it is. Now let’s talk about it on being on Blu Ray.

This is probably one of the best transfers to blu ray of an older movie that I have seen. The picture looks great and it sounds fantastic. I have always loved the music in the movie and so I loved hearing it like it was brand new.

Growing up I watched this movie on VHS and then the transfer to Dvd was great but to Blu ray the transfer is amazing. It felt like I was watching a whole new movie.

I have yet to watch Ghostbusters 2 on blu ray though, hopefully I will get to it in this next week.

MiniSeries Review: The Stand

I have seen a few Stephen King adaptations but I haven’t seen anything quite like this.

Four days and four parts later I have seen The Stand, a very well written story about what people would be like in a post apocalyptic world with great characters and weird yet intriguing plot lines. Stephen King is a fantastic writer and while I have not read the book for this miniseries (I want to do that now though) I still think this story is amazing. It covers everything from the typical leader guy who wants to put the world back together no matter what it takes to the crazy guy who now that everybody is dead he wants to blow everything up. Theres also even a demon-like character who has his own group of survives who are bent on running the world to now be filled with evil. So besides the story being so interesting and intriguing it really makes you think about what would you would do if this kind of thing really did happen.

I really enjoyed all four parts of this miniseries and I think really any Stephen King fan will enjoy this as well.

Movie Reviews

Enough Said

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini provide the perfect blend of comedy and romance. This film is very entertaining, I enjoyed every minute of it.
My rating is 5 out of 5.

Bad Words

Jason Bateman gives a great comedic performance. The film could have survived just on comedy if it really wanted to but a somewhat touching yet a little over the top dramatic backstory of Bateman’s character just had to be added.
My rating is 4 out of 5.

The Heat

This is a very funny take on friendships and being a woman of the law. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock make a good team. It’s not as funny as Bridemaids but it comes very close.
My rating is 4 out of 5.

Secret Window

A good, creepy story where Johnny Depp proved himself to do very well in a story that doesn’t involve him wearing a lot of makeup. Although there were a few characters who were just lousy and were obviously there to carry the story along. Also the ending was very predictable.
My rating is 2 out of 5.

Series Review: Breaking Bad

So yeah this show is pretty awesome. It’s got great performances and a very great storyline that keeps you going at every turn. There is probably only one weak episode throughout the entire series but even that episode wasn’t that bad it just wasn’t great.

To be honest I watched about half of the first episode about a year ago and it didn’t seem very interesting. But I gave it another chance about a month or so ago and I am glad I did. Bryan Cranston is fantastic in the role of Walter White. I have always remembered him as the goofy dad from Malcolm in the Middle as I am sure most people have. But while watching this he brought this character to life so well that it’s actually hard to picture him as the goofy dad now. Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn delievered amazing performances too. At first I didn’t think that fondly of them but throughout certain episodes they really proved themselves as actors and I began to think they were a perfect fit for the characters they were given. I also loved how so many of the episodes were directed. I only hope that someday I can direct films or tv shows as well as they were directed here with some of the shots they were able to accomplish.

Now when I grade movies or shows I grade them based on the quality but there are some exceptions that maybe the movie or show isn’t that good to someone else but the experience of watching it was amazing that it makes it always enjoyable anytime you watch it. It’s one of those experiences that makes you appreciate the art of filmmaking and the people who take time out of their lives to make it amazing. This show is everything and more that is good about television shows.

My rating is 5 out of 5.

Movie Review : The Hundred Foot Journey

I ate before watching this movie but the food throughout the entire movie made me hungry again.

The Hundred Foot Journey is about a young man who with his family moves to France so he can find success in becoming a chef. While there they open a restaurant right across the street from a very fancy French restaurant. Over time the two restaurants clash and eventually become intertwined in each others lives.

It’s been awhile since I have seen a good drama that was able to have a great effect on me. Besides leaving me hungry when I left the theater, I left feeling good about my choices. At times I question my future and even some people doubt me when I tell them about wanting to make movies and wanting to become a success. This film taught me not to give up no matter what, it doesn’t matter where you come from or how you do things you can make it wherever you want to go. This film delivers great performances from Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal. This film is worth it for a movie lover or even just a lover of different cultures and their foods.

My rating is 5 out of 5.

Movie Review : You’re Next

As I said in my last post Netflix added some new movies this past weekend and they added this movie.

You’re Next is about a family getting together in a very nice vacation home in the woods. Soon after they arrive and sit down for dinner a group of men in animal masks begin to attack them and start picking them off one by one.

The film stars Sharni Vinson, Aj Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran and Barbara Crampton. The entire film from start to finish is very intense. The camera shots were effective in capturing the intensity. This is definitely a slasher flick and it knows that. It tries to add a little bit of dark humor but sometimes it doesn’t work. The score is really well done, the whole film kind of feels like it’s straight out of the 80’s and the score definitely adds that feel even more.

My rating is 5 out of 5.

Movie Review : Dead Silence

So Netflix added some movies this weekend one of which was this one which I have wanted to see for awhile now and I was not disappointed.

Dead Silence is about a man, Jamie, who recieves a mysterious creepy looking doll at his front doorstep. Shortly after it arrives his wife is killed and this leads him to going back to his hometown, where he knows the doll came from, to figure out who sent it and why they sent it to him. He soon uncovers a local legend of a woman named Mary Shaw who loved dolls and is now apparently a ghost coming after Jamie and various other people in the town. The legend states that if you scream when you see her she will kill you. He now must figure out how to stop her before she kills him.

The film stars Ryan Kwanten, Judith Roberts, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg and Bob Gunton. This film was actually very effective when it comes to the scares because of the fact when something is about to happen or somebody might be getting killed everything goes silent. Everything in the room, if there is a ticking clock it goes quiet. To me complete silence is incredibly creepy, something could just strike at any second without that music that sometimes warns us and basically yells at us when somebody gets attacked. James Wan is a amazing director with his brilliant shots and Leigh Whannell provides a great script that makes for a good scary time. The film also leaves you with this unsettling feeling as it ends with a completely unexpected freaky twist.

My rating is 5 out of 5.
By the way this has been on my mind since I started watching the movie, does the doll remind anyone else of Slappy from Goosebumps.

Movie Review: Oz The Great and Powerful

This film turned out way better then I expected.

Oz The Great and Powerful is about Oscar Diggs who is a circus magician who isn’t the most trustworthy man behind the curtain. When a tornado hits the city he is in, Kansas, he is hurled away to a mysterious land. As he arrives he is told of a prophecy about a magician arriving to help them. He then convinces the local natives that he is the man they have been waiting for to defeat their wicked witch. However he isn’t actually the magician he says is. The adventure then begins as Oscar must prove that he is in fact the great and powerful Oz before it’s too late.

The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bill Cobbs and Tony Cox. James Franco was perfect for the role of Oscar Diggs. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams were also fantastic. Sam Raimi did a wonderful job directing. This film was extremely well done. The special effects and the color of each object throughout the land of Oz stood out so much and enhanced each scene. They even helped set the tone for certain scenes. Everything about this film was absolutely amazing.

My rating is 5 out of 5.