Craigslist Joe, Joseph Garner, 2012
This movie follows a young man that travels around the country for 30 days living only on the help and generosity of others that he finds through the website Craigslist. A very inspiring documentary that shows the trusting and giving nature of most humans.
Nightwatch, Ole Bornedal, 1997
This movie got me! I did not see the twist in who the killer is coming! It was great at setting up creepy scenes as the movie is mostly portrayed in a morgue. The night watchman is slowly set up by someone to look like he is killing prostitutes. It’s up to him and along with help from his friends to figure out who the killer really is and prove his innocence.
Casino Jack, George Hickenlooper, 2010
Kevin Spacey, had to watch it. This role left me feeling like it was a precursor to his role in House of Cards. He plays a man that is very manipulated, driven by money and power, and does whatever it takes to get what he whats. Also like Frank in House of Cards, his character finds out that everyone is not under his control, and their actions effect his.
Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg, 2012
This movie presented a unique view on some 1st world obsessions: fame, fortune, and beauty. Set in the future, celebrity obsessed fans are able to have illnesses contracted by their favorite celebrity injected directly into their body, for a high price of course. This allows fans to feel a closer than ever connection to the people they place on the highest pedestals of beauty and perfection. When one celebrity is sabotaged with a virus, a worker from a clinic also contracts the deadly virus after injecting the celebrity’s then unknown toxic blood into his own. He finds himself in dangerous situations as his own blood becomes coveted by powerful people after the celebrity “dies” from the virus. The celebrity’s family begs for the workers help to find a cure after he finds out she isn’t really dead, but is actually slowly dying now out of the public eye. He does all that can to help, but is slowed down by his increasingly worse health, as well as the powerful people trying to get to him. Eventually he is captured by these people and locked up to be recorded dying, so that the celebrity’s fans can see how she died as her death is clouded in mystery. The worker manages to make his escape, making his way back to the celebrity and her family. He has figured out those who held him captive also created the deadly virus, and he comes up with a genius plan to work out a deal with them in order to save himself, and in a twisted way, the beautiful celebrity.
Hellboy, 2004, Guillermo del Toro
I feel really lame that I’ve never seen this before because it was really good! Great story line, I liked the opening where it’s tied to the Nazis, then the transition to modern day times. The ongoing love story between Hellboy and Liz is lovely, and it ends beautifully. Anxious to watch the next one!
Police Academy, 1984, Hugh Wilson
I watched this mainly so I could get to the next few in the series to see Bobcat Goldthwait, recommended by a friend. It’s fairly comical in that 80’s sort of sense. Doesn’t have as much of that “stupid” feel to it that a show like Super Troopers does (not that I don’t like Super Troopers but that’s a very modern type of comedy). It’s genuine in it’s comic appeal. I would recommend it if you like cops & comedies. On to the next one.
Citizen Gangster, 2011, Nathan Morlando
Overall this was not a bad gangster movie. I LOVE Kevin Durand so if he wasn’t in it I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much! Scott Speedman did well at portraying a man down to few options, who would rather feel a thrill while being unresponsible, then carry on unhappilly for the rest of his life. The ending was a little less then satisfying to me (aka boring) but considering it was based off a true story I can’t really complain about the director showing what actually happened.
Inglourious Basterds, 2009, Quentin Tarantino
Another great one by Tarantino. This movie is wonderfully sarcastic at times. It gives a satisfying alternate ending to World War 2. Cristoph Waltz was brilliant of course. He plays an officer with a holier than thou intelligent attitude, and intimidates anyone around him. He is not easily fooled, and holds the ability to ruin the plans of the Basterds. The Basterds come together with revenge filled Shosanna to give the Nazi’s a night they won’t forget.
Super, 2010, James Gunn
If you don’t like Rainn Wilson, just don’t even watch this. He plays this shy guy that decides to become a super hero in order to fight crime, and ultimately get his wife back from a druggie pimp that has “kidnapped” her. Part of the humor is that he is legitemately nuts. He has visions/hallucinations of Jesus, and even sees god slice open his brain with anime like tentacles and touch his brain. Ellen Page is very cute as the sidekick Boltie, although rather extreme herself. Overall it was amusing with a bit of cute thrown in.
Man of Steel, 2013, Zack Snyder
I had no idea what to expect out of this movie. I was aprehensive because the only trailer I had seen was of Clark in a boat and it looked pretty lame. But it turned out not to be lame at all!
The back story is what made this movie. I have not read any of the Superman comics, but I did grow up watching smallville, and I was always curious about the place Superman came from. The opening scene of this movie was fantastic, as it starts out on Krypton and shows what is happening on the planet and why Kal is sent to Earth in the first place. The audience can really connect with Kal-El’s parents and break through some of the mystery surrounding Kal’s introduction to Earth.
I’m a fan of flash back scenes in movies if it’s done right, and Synder hit it on the head. Some of the flash back scenes were absolutely perfect in their timing and impact. They transitioned beautifully between Clark’s current life and his younger years, giving you a glimpse into how he became the man he was meant to me and what he had to go through to get there.
The only complaint I have about the movie is the last fighting scene between Superman and Zod, as it goes on and on and on. I sat through it the first time, but the second time I lost interest quickly and just wanted it to end. Other than that, it was very well done and I would recommend seeing it if you are even slightly a Superman fan. Henry Cavill is beautiful to watch on screen as well, and Michael Shannon always plays a great bad guy.