VANGUARD is the best comedy of the year. There is only one problem. It's not supposed to be a comedy. From the amateurish CGI lion, to the car chase scenes filmed at 30 miles per hour and then sped up on film, to the early 1990's-looking graphics superimposed onto large computer monitors, it looks like the effects budget for this movie was somewhere around $36.25 (plus tax). But the good news is the bad effects make for some great laughs. Aside from the effects (and some truly atrocious, yet refreshingly hilarious, acting by...
I knew nothing about this real-life story going into this movie. Now that I have seen it, I want to find all of the information I can about it. This is a fascinating story, told in a creative, entertaining, and dramatic way. You wouldn't think that a film about a trial over stolen art would be overly exciting, but this movie is filled with action, suspense, intrigue, and drama from the opening scene to the chaotic climax. There wasn't a single moment where I was bored or my mind slipped out of the story. It is...
The Last Vermeer New
Imagine a movie that opens with the first four minutes being barely more than two establishing shots. One, a shot of the outside of the main character's house, and one, through the window, of the main character while he talks on the phone, (with no audible dialogue for us to hear). Between those two shots is another, long establishing shot of a close up of the main character before 20 seconds of "action", which is him dialing and talking on the phone. Did that paragraph bore you? If so, imagine how much more boring it would...
The Nest New
Do you remember the Disney Freaky Friday films and all of the other body-switch movies that have come out over the last 40 years? Well, don't mistake this one for the slightly dramatic, but mostly comedic Lindsey Lohan-led plotline. This one is a straight up, gory, slasher flick. Sure it has several comedic moments with Vince Vaughn pretending to be a teenage girl, but this is a horror flick before anything else. And here is the good news, as far as slasher flicks go, this one is better than most. Yes, it still has stupid people...
If you like quirky, awkward, and funny, this is the perfect movie for you. It is a fantastic and hilarious look into the relationship between two lifelong friends. This is a film that is the exception to the, (my), rule that the same person should not write, direct, and star in the same film, because there is nobody to tell them "no", and the story gets lost. Well, in this case they did a masterful job of staying on track and telling the story in the most effective and compelling way. The two...
The Climb New
2020 has been a weird year. With the theaters being closed most of the year there have been a lot less movies released, especially movies for kids. Maybe that is one of the reasons why WOLFWALKERS feels so special. Or maybe it is really special and would stand out in a normal year, too. Either way, this is a film that is very much worth seeing. It is one that almost the whole family can and will enjoy. One of the best aspects of this movie is the animation. I don't know...
I didn't really know what to expect going into this movie, but I know that I expected more than what I got. That isn't to say that this is a bad film, it just doesn't have a gripping, edge-of-your-seat plot to keep you engaged for almost two hours. This movie relies much more on emotion than action. It's odd in a way because the reality is that only three big things happen in the first 45 minutes, but it doesn't feel like the movie is dragging. Yes, it does feel like a slow-moving story, but...
LET HIM GO New
If you grew up watching movies from the 1980's then you know that John Hughes was the master of the teen comedy. He captured the reality and true essence of teens growing up in the time before cell phones and the internet. Now comes a guy named Jeffrey Roda, with very few credits to his name, but he's essentially given us a 1980's, Junior High version of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Really. The whole movie centers around a group of Junior High kids waiting outside of a nightclub for what seems like two or three hours, and...
18 TO PARTY New
It must be near the end of October. Why? Because even in the middle of a pandemic Hollywood still manages to push out bad horror flicks. (That, and I looked at the calendar just before I wrote this). While this is not your typical, do-something-stupid, make-all-the-wrong-choices, the-person-acting-like-a-jerk-is-about-to-die horror flick, it tries to be smart and moody, but it just falls flat. What makes this one worse than most is that it is nearly a full hour longer than the average horror flick. Most of them clock in at 80 or 90 minutes. Sometimes...
THE EMPTY MAN Hot
Sacha Baron Cohen is a man of many talents. He is incredibly funny, he seems to always be topical, and he's an equal opportunity offender. This film is filled with all of those elements. While this sequel isn't as good as the original, it has several moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. It also has many cringeworthy moments as well. And then there are all of the completely offensive moments. Here's the deal: If you are a Trump supporter that doesn't like people making fun of him or his administration, you should just skip...