Welcome movie lovers! Feind has another batch of flicks for you to check out or avoid like the plague! Time to check out some Blockbusters and Indies!
So once again I find myself behind on things but what else is new? Some of what I’ve watched recently has been disappointing and some were very much pleasant surprises. One addition I’ll mention here is that I recently watched the new Ghostbusters movie. I really only did so to see for myself if it was the total shit show I had heard it was from trusted friends. Well I refuse to give a full review of it because yes, it IS that bad. I loved the original Ghostbusters but as I’ve stated before I don’t mind remakes/redos just make a good movie, that’s all I ask. For a movie that is supposed to be a comedy I can tell you I think I smiled twice and slightly chuckled once but mostly I stared, mouth agape at just how extremely awful it was. All I could really think was thank goodness Harold Ramis died so he didn’t have to witness that complete and total shit show. So with that awfulness out of the way, let’s take a look at a few recent viewings that couldn’t possibly be as terrible as Ghostbusters was and Hey, I didn’t watch any animated Batman movies this time!
I should state up front that I’ve never been a huge TMNT fan, not because they suck necessarily but because when they first became popular I was already a teenager. I used to babysit my high school sweetheart’s nephew back then and he was a huge fan. That boy loved everything TMNT! I even took him to see the first attempts they made for the big screen which were truly terrible films but for a 6-7 year old boy they were pretty awesome. When TMNT came back to the big screen a couple years ago I expected another utter disaster of a film but while it wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination it really wasn’t that bad. I even found it to be kind of fun even though there were plenty of story problems plus Megan Fox is just f’ing HOT! So earlier this summer the follow up TMNT movie hit theaters and everyone seemed to be excited that Bebop and Rocksteady would be there. The trailers looked like it should be another surprisingly fun film so I gave it a chance just like the first one. That was my first mistake. Perhaps Out of the Shadows has appeal for 5 year olds and those who were five when TMNT first appeared but for anyone else this movie was pretty bad. Every character is like a bad caricature instead of the semi-serious tone that worked so well in the first film. Yes, some of the characters are ridiculous by nature but they don’t have to be handled as ridiculous yet they were. I won’t spoil any of it, not that it matters, but the only way this film will appeal to you is if you are a small child or have a ton of nostalgia for these characters. I found this second TMNT movie only slightly more watchable than the new Ghostbusters abomination. Watch at your own risk!
Another sequel? You betcha! Did this one fair better than TMNT? Yes, but only slightly. Now You See Me was a film that I really wasn’t very interested in when it came out but I heard good things about it so eventually I caught up with it. I found it to be fun and entertaining and I’ve actually watched it several times. There were some fairly cool story lines set up and the tricks were pretty damn cool! It seemed a little like a “lightning in a bottle” kind of movie in that a sequel would have a hard time matching it since the curtain had been pulled back, so to speak, in the first film. It would’ve taken one hell of a writing job to produce another interesting story in this world for a sequel. The writers of Now You See Me 2 were not able to meet that challenge sadly. The story and the tricks themselves are far less interesting this time around, I actually felt kind of bored watching it. I’m a big fan of Woody Harrelson but having him play both himself and his twin brother was pretty weak. The “twin” was a horrendous character that I just wanted to see have a steel beam slammed into his face. The tricks lacked any of the fun from the first film and some were just downright stupid. The plot twists and turns are forced and most you’ll figure out long before the “big reveals” and any others are just eye rollers making you say, “Really!?!” If you’re completely bored maybe you can watch this one but it’s really better if you just need a little help getting to sleep because a few minutes of this film and you’ll want nothing more than to drift off to lala land.
Can The Rock really do anything wrong these days? Okay Hercules sucked but not because The Rock was bad in it, it was simply not a very good movie. Kevin Hart can also be a little hit & miss with me since essentially he plays the same character in every movie. Anyway the trailers looked funny for this but I was skeptical. However, my lady friend wanted to see it so we watched it. Even though the trailers gave away the beginning and yes, Kevin Hart is just… well Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence was pretty fun and funny. In a slight role reversal The Rock plays an overweight high school geek who gets constantly bullied and Kevin Hart is the “Mr. Popular” jock but jump ahead a few years and Hart is bored with his dead end job and The Rock shows up all buff and on the run. Some films like this drift off into just plain dumb territory but this one stayed pretty fun from beginning to end. The chemistry between The Rock and Kevin Hart seemed genuine making the jokes work even better. There are some crazy plot twists and turns but all in the name of comedy. If you just want to turn your brain off for a little while maybe enjoying some snacks then this flick should fit the bill just fine. Oh and for you ladies… The Rock bares it all more than once for you!
After being persona non grata for probably longer than he deserved Mel Gibson is back. He was the only highlight a couple years ago in the last Expendables film (all terrible films IMO) and then did a smaller indie movie called Get The Gringo which was actually very good (you can catch it on Netflix if you happened to miss it). Now Mel is back in another smaller indie film that had a pretty small release with little fan fair, however, those that have seen it know it’s pretty damn good. The trailers for it made it look like more of an action packed thrill ride than it actually is though the action that is there is pretty damn good. In Blood Father Mel plays an ex-con just trying to live a quiet life as a tattoo artist while hoping to reconnect with his daughter who is a runaway. When she calls him out of the blue things go to hell pretty quickly. His daughter is on the run from a drug gang forcing her father (Gibson) to reach out to some old outlaw associates. They’re on the run but of course Mel isn’t someone to fuck with. The story here may be a simple one and not exactly something new but the performances, especially Gibson’s, make this one well worth watching. This isn’t a big budget action flick with things exploding all over the screen but the stunts and action are actually better than most big budget movies of this ilk. The focus is on the story and the relationship between a daughter and her estranged outlaw father making this one well worth seeking out. I highly recommend this film and I look forward to seeing Mel back in the director’s seat for the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Mel yet and that’s a good thing.
I sought this one out mainly out of curiosity. I saw Daniel Radcliffe (we all know him as Harry Potter) on some talk show promoting this film and it peaked my interest in it. Imperium is based on real events which was also intriguing. Radcliffe plays an FBI analyst on an anti-terror team more akin to doing computer research than field work when he is recruited by a superior to go undercover with white supremacists who are believed to be planning a major terror attack with hijacked radioactive materials. I was interested to see Radcliffe test his acting chops in this way and I’m happy to report Radcliffe is the best part of this movie. My only complaint about this movie which is a fairly minor one is that sometimes it has more of a TV movie feel than a big screen feel but it is a small budget indie film so that’s pretty easily forgiven. I’m always intrigued by stories like this especially when they’re based on real life. Imperium isn’t quite up to the level of a Donnie Brasco but Radcliffe’s performance certainly is. Personally I just don’t really understand white supremacists or that level of hate in general but I still enjoy seeing films like this about that issue. If you’ve never seen American History X I consider that a must see for a look at racism from inside the white supremacist/neo-nazi perspective. Imperium isn’t my top indie film of the year but it’s definitely an excellent film that I highly recommend. Seek it out and enjoy!
So there you have a fairly wide range of flicks to seek out and enjoy or avoid like the motherfucking plaque *Cough GHOSTBUSTERS Cough*. Want some entertaining laughs check out Central Intelligence, for some gritty action check out Blood Father and for some intense drama pick up Imperium. You can avoid TMNT: Out of the Shadows unless you have young kids or tons of nostalgia for TMNT and if you’re totally bored and it’s on TNT maybe give Now You See Me 2 a watch. That’s all I have for right now but I’ll be back with more very soon!
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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