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Warm Bodies Review

I just got back from a pre-release screening of the new movie, Warm Bodies, based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine. The movie stars Nicholas Hoult as zombie, R, and Teresa Palmer as human, Julie.

I went into this movie with pretty high expectations, and it fell a tiny under them. This has some very funny moments it it. The only thing I found to complain about was that it gave away most of the funny moments in the trailer. Which leads to my next point, my favorite funniest moment; Julie leaves and R runs into Rob Corddry’s character, M, who tries to console R.

The acting was great, Nicholas Hoult, did an amazing job with the way he played his character’s inability to talk fluidly, and with the way he was able to reacted perfectly with his voice over. Teresa Palmer also did an amazing job with the way she played her character’s hesitance toward being friends with a zombie.

Over all this is the best “zombie romantic-comedy” ever made.

7 and a half out of 10 stars.

Wreck-It Ralph Review

Today I got to watch the new animated movie, Wreck-It Ralph. Written by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, and directed by Rich Moore. The movie stars John C. Riley as “bad guy”, Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as “glitch” Vanellope.

I went into this with very high expectations, and it went above and beyond. This movie was filled with many very funny moments, as well some pretty heart wrenching moments, and also some pretty awesome video game character cameos. The only thing I found to complain about was that a majority of the movie took place in the video game ‘Sugar Rush’ because I thought Ralph was going to go into many different games. There were several very funny moments in this with my favorite being when the ‘bad guys’ had their group therapy. There were some very heart wrenching moments in this but the most heart wrenching to me was when Ralph destroyed Vanellope’s kart in order to save her. There were also a lot of very cool video game characters in this with one of my favorite being Ryu and Ken from ‘Street Fighter’ talking about getting a drink.

One thing I really liked about this was the way they played a first-person-shooter game with the player being a kind of “Mars rover” type machine, and Ralph was able to interact with the player.

The voice acting was great. John C. Riley did an amazing job being able to play Ralph’s over whelmed attitude to the violent video game, ‘Hero’s Duty’. Sarah Silverman did a great job playing a very likable little kid.

There was also another AMAZING short before the movie played called ‘Paperman’. It involves a chance encounter between a man and woman, and their journey to find each other again.

9 out of 10 stars

Fun Size Reivew

I just got back from watching the new comedy, Fun Size. Written directed by Max Werner, and directed by Josh Schwartz. The movie stars Victoria Justice as, Wren.

I went into this movie with pretty high expectations, and it went well above them. This movie was loaded with really great funny moments. The only thing I found to complain about was that I didn’t really buy Chelsea Handler being Victoria Justice’s mom; there just wasn’t that much genetic resemblance there. This was loaded with a ton of really great and funny moments with my favorite being in the beginning when Wren shows off some of her dancing skills.

Two things that I really liked about this was that there were many didn’t plot lines in it, but it never felt like it was over crowed with them. They did an amazing job balancing out each different plot while keeping the audience well informed and intrigued in what was going on. The other thing I liked was that even though the character of Albert didn’t talk he was still a very likable character.

One thing I found… weird was that right before the movie started they showed the music video for Carly Rae Jepson’s new song “This Kiss.”

The acting was great, Victoria Justice did an amazing job playing a character dealing with the frustration of searching everywhere looking for her brother while also wanted to be liked by the popular boy.

8 out of 10 stars

Paranormal Activity 4 Review

Last week I got to watch the new entry in the Paranormal Activity series, Paranormal Activity 4. Written by Christopher Landon, and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The movie stars Kathryn Newton as Alex.

I went into this with pretty low expectations, and it went just above them. There were a lot of funny moments, as well as some pretty scary/jump moments. There were a few things that I found to complain about; it wasn’t as scary as the other movies, it didn’t really add anything to the mythology, and that one of the major plot point was very confusing and wasn’t explained at all. There were also a lot of funny moments with my favorite being Robbie’s(the blonde neighbor kid) very expensive spoon.

A couple of things that I really liked about this was that it was shot through webcams and cell phone, and the use of the Xbox Kinect and night vision on the camera.

The action was good for the kind of movie it was; all of the actors were able to play the being terrified without it “looking” like acting.

7 out of 10 stars

*STAY DURING THE CREDITS*

Alex Cross Review

I recently got to watch an advance screening of Alex Cross. Based on the book, Cross by James Patterson, written by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson, and directed by Rob Cohen. The movie stars Tyler Perry as detective, Alex Cross, and Matthew Fox as serial killer, Picasso.

I went into this movie with pretty high expectations, and it fell just a little bit under them. This movie had some really cool action scenes as well as a few funny moments. The only thing I found to complain about this is that it felt really short. There was some pretty cool action scenes in this with my favorite being Picasso’s introduction scene where he show off his MMA skills. There were also a few funny moments, and one I really liked was when Cross’s mother got mad at him and he immediately obeyed her command.

The acting in this was pretty good. Both Tyler Perry, and Matthew Fox both did great jobs playing characters they are not usually known for playing.

6 and a half out of 10 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

So last night I got to see the midnight release of, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Based on the book of the same name written by Stephen Chbosky, who is also the writer and director of the movie. The movie stars, Logan Lerman as freshman, Charlie, and Emma Watson as senior, Sam.

I went into this movie with extremely high expectations, and it met every single one of them. The movie stuck very very close to the book, and there were only a couple of scenes that were left out; a few of them were probably left out for pacing purposes and others just because they seemed unnecessary, but there was on scene left out clearly to avoid an R rating. There were a ton of funny moments in this with one of my favorite being during a Christmas party where Charlie got all of his friends presents, and he to his drug dealer friend bubbles which made him say, “He knows me.”

A couple things that I really liked about the movie was that the book is told in letters, but in the movie they showed what Charlie was thinking and the images he would see in his head which they didn’t really do in the book. Another thing I like was that some of the letter dialogue was taken directly of the book which I think was the only way to go with it. The other thing I liked was that the book took place in the years 1991-1992, and I thought they were just going to make this contemporary and I am so glad that they didn’t.

I didn’t really find anything to complain about while watching this; I think it’s one of the best, if not the best book adaptations I have ever seen.

The acting was amazing. Logan Lerman did an amazing job playing his characters naive-ness while also trying to hide a dark secret. Also I want to be a screenwriter and this movie made me realize Logan Lerman is the perfect person for the lead role in a screenplay I just finished; there was a party near the end of the movie where Charlie gives a very heartfelt speech to Sam, and it was the same voice I heard in my head when writing my screenplay. Emma Watson also did an amazing job playing a character we haven’t really seen her play before, and also she didn’t a great American accent.

9 and a half out of 10 stars

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Last night I got to go to the midnight release of, The Amazing Spider-Man. Written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves, and directed by Marc Webb. Based on the comic book created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and is also a rebook to the 2002 film, ‘Spider-Man’. The movie stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Emma Stone as, Gwen Stacy.

I went in to this movie with high expectations, and it did not disappoint. There were some very funny moments as well as some very cool action sequences. I didn’t really find anything to complain about while watching this. There were several very funny moments in this but my favorite part was a montage the morning after Peter was bitten by the spider. There were also a lot of really great action sequences, but my favorite one being when The Lizard is throwing cars off a bridge, and Peter using his webs to catch them before they go into the water.

One thing I really liked about this movie was that Spider-Man’s costume was a realistic design, unlike 2002’s ‘Spider-Man’ which looked almost impossible for a teenage boy to make.

The acting was great, Andrew Garfield did an amazing job playing the troubled and very smart mouthed, Peter Parker, and Emma Stone did a great job as well with the way she played her character’s internal struggle with knowing Peter’s secret.

8 out of 10 stars

*STAY DURING THE CREDITS*

Ted Review

A couple of days ago I got to see the new comedy, Ted. Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild, and directed by Seth MacFarlane. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as, John Bennett, Seth MacFarlane as teddy bear, Ted, and Mila Kunis as. Lori Collins.

I went into this movie with pretty medium expectations, and it quickly surpassed them. The only thing I found to complain about was that Ted’s voice a little too much like the voice of Peter Griffin from Family Guy, who is also voiced by Farlane. Which leads me to my next point, my most favorite funny moment was when Ted said, “I do not sound that much like Peter Griffin. Another thing that I really liked about this was that a lot of the voice actors from Family Guy have roles in this movie; Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Ralph Garman ect.

The acting in this was great, Mark Wahlberg did an amazing job with how he played with his characters unwillingness to grow up, and Mila Kunis also did a great job with the way she played her character’s frustration over John’s unwillingness to grow up.

8 out of 10 stars

Rock of Ages Review

About 2 weeks ago I saw the comedy/musical, Rock of Ages. Written by Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, and Allen Loeb based on the Broadway musical of the same name. The movie stars Diego Boneta as wannabe musician, Drew Boley, and Julianne Hough as wannabe singer, Sherrie Christian.

I went in to this movie with pretty medium expectations and it met every single one of them and then some. There was a lot of great musical numbers and very funny moments. The only thing I found to complain about was that Tom Cruise was billed as basically starring in this as Stacee Jaxx, but in the end he didn’t have that much screen time. There was a lot of great musical numbers, but my favorite one was a mash-up of ‘We Built This City’, and ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’. There was many great funny moments in this with my favorite being when Drew plays the beginning of a song he wrote about Sherrie, and it being Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.

The acting in this was great. Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough did an amazing job playing little town people trying to make it in Hollywood, and everyone who sang had really great voices. Also Tom Cruise did an amazing job playing the very eccentric Stacee Jaxx.

7 out of 10 stars

Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer Review

At the TromaDance New Mexico Film Festival I had the great privilege of seeing, Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer. Written by Richard Taylor, Zack Beins, and Tim Johnson, and directed by Richard Taylor and Zack Beins. The movie stars Mark Shonsey as, Atom.

I went into this with the expectation of it being just a very fun and silly movie, and it was everything I hoped it would be. So basically what this movie it about is Atom is on a bowling team called The Amazing Zombie Killers, and he gets hit in the head multiple times and starts to see everyone around him as zombies.

There were a ton of great funny moments as well as some awesome and hilarious death scenes. One of my favorite funny moments in this was when Atom started to chase some Jehovah Witnesses after seen them as zombies, and one of the Jehovah Witnesses says, “Why is this man chasing us?” And that brings me to my next point; my favorite death scene which was when Atom shoved his bowling ball through one of the Jehovah Witnesses’s stomach.

One thing I really really liked about the movie was the opening credits because it reminded very much of 90s’ MTV, and it at great song called “Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer” by Radioactive Chicken Heads. If you want to hear the song click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltn2i1J6QJA

All of the actors in this did a great job with being very serious, but you could really tell that they were having a really fun time with it.

8 out of 10 stars

Scary or Die Review

So I was lucky enough to be able to attend the TromaDance New Mexico Film Festival and I watched a very cool horror anthology movie called, Scary or Die. The basic premise of the movie is that someone is watching some scary videos on a website called, ScaryorDie.com. There are 5 stories in this, and they are.

1. The Crossing

2. Tae-Jung’s Lament

3. Re-Membered

4. Clowned

5. Lover Come Back

The Crossing- This was my brother’s least favorite of the stories because of it being “really racist.” But I thought it was really cool because it was about “Illegal Mexican zombies.”

Tae-Jung’s Lament- This was my brother’s favorite one, and it was really good because it had a twist ending you won’t really be expecting.

Re-Membered- This one was pretty good and very suspenseful, but it kind of fell flat in the area of explaining was was really happening in this story.

Clowned- This one was my favorite because it was kind of about “Zombie Clowns.” And it also starred Corbin Bleu from High School Musical.

Lover Come Back- This one was definitely the weak point in the movie mainly because it was very very short, and it seemed like it was a YouTube video.

Overall a very good horror anthology movie that can be enjoyed on any night.

7 out of 10 stars

Dark Shadows Review

I just got back from watching the new movie, Dark Shadows. Written by Seth Grahame-Smith and directed by Tim Burton. Based on a television series of the same name created by Dan Curtis. The movie stars Johnny Depp as, Vampire, Barnabas Collins.

I went into this movie with kind of high expectations, and it met every single one of them. This movie was loaded with many great and funny moments. The only thing I found to complain about was that one of the moments with Chloë Grace Moretz’s character, Carolyn Collins, seemed very rushed. There were a ton of funny moments in this with my favorite being when Barnabas told Carolyn to make use of her birthing hips because she was 15 and didn’t have a husband.

The acting was great. Johnny Deep did an amazing job playing an 18th century man out of touch with the 20th century world.

7 out of 10 stars

The Avengers Review

I recently got to watch the new Marvel movie, The Avengers. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The movie stars Chris Evans as, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downy Jr. as, Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as, Thor, and Mark Ruffalo as, Bruce Banner/The Hulk.

I went into this movie with extremely high expectations and it surpassed all of them. This was loaded with very funny moments that had the whole theater laughing as well as some very awesome action sequences. This was one of those movies in which I didn’t find anything to complain about. This had a ton of great action scenes with my favorite being when Iron Man helps Captain America fight Loki mainly because it was a classic Iron Man moment. This had a lot of very funny moments so much in fact that I cannot single one out as being my favorite, but one notable moment would be a confrontation between Loki and The Hulk. One thing I really liked about this was that it did an amazing job giving each hero an appropriate amount of screen time.

The acting in this was amazing, every single actor was able to bring back their characters we’ve all come to know. Mark Ruffalo also did an amazing job playing a man trying to keep his cool.

A perfect 10 out of 10 stars.

The Five Year Engagement Review

Sorry, this is a bit late, but about a week ago on my birthday, May 2, to be exact I got to watch the movie, The Five Year Engagement. Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, and directed by Nicholas Stoller. The movie stars Jason Segel as, Tom Solomon, and Emily Blunt as, Violet Barnes.

I went into this movie with pretty high expectations, and it sadly fell just a little under them. This had quite a few very funny moments as well pretty cringe worthy moments. The only thing I found to complain about was that it could have had a little more comedic moments. This had some pretty funny moments with my favorite being when Tom’s friend is afraid to leave his daughter alone with Tom out of fear that he’d going to kill her, due to Tom’s appearance. There were a lot of cringe worthy moments in this that might make you say, “No” aloud in the theater. I’m not going to reveal one of those moments in order to not spoil the movie.

The acting was very good. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt were both able to play people who were very much in love with each other, while at the same time being able to convincingly play the moments when their characters are in over their head.

7 out of 10 stars.

American Reunion Review

So I just got back from watching an advanced screening of, American Reunion. The movie was written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, based on character created by Adam Herz.

I went into this movie with pretty high expectations with a slight fear that it would fall below them, and I am very very glad that my fear didn’t come true. This thing was jam packed with a lot of extremely funny moments in this which was able to stay very true to original trilogy. There was also very heartfelt story line in this which I found very delightful due to the fact that all of the other movies in the American Pie trilogy had very heartfelt story lines. There were a ton of extremely funny moments in this, and I could not find one to call my favorite, but one worth mentioning was when Stifler got revenge on some douche bag kids.

The acting in this was great all of the actors were able bring life back to their characters we’ve all come to know and love while being able to show how they have aged.

Stay during the credits to see a very funny scene involving Jim’s Dad and Stifler’s Mom, and also pictures from all three films.

Another great piece of the pie.

9 out of 10 stars

 

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