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Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance

2011Spirit of Vengeance

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, they make a part 2. I’d call it a sequel but I have a uncomfortable feeling that with the way they ended this movie there just might be a third train wreck coming to a theater near you.

Spirit of Vengeance takes place in Eastern Europe. Johnny Blaze (Cage) is called upon help protect a boy from the devil.

This movie is crap. Pure and simple. I am not sure why any fool even put money on this script, unless is was Cage and he had the cash just lying around gathering dust.

Cage did, yet again, prove that he can be the best whacked out dude on fire with his Tasmanian devil-like wails and screams as he rides his flaming bike. His acting was on par with the last ghastly Ghost Rider movie. Should we have expected anything different?

Seriously Nic, pull your head out.. you can do so much better!! Sweet Jeebus!

The boy, Danny (Fergus Riordan), he was alright. I haven’t seen him in anything else that I can think of so that’s all I can say.

Roark, (Ciarán Hinds), the devil is the devil…

As for the rest of the actors.. BLECH. I could have done without them… all of them.

I would not recommend this movie unless you are a die hard Cage fan. And seeing how I am, I took one for the team and watched this nightmare. As I am sure I will if there is another one.. ugh.

Two great big steaming piles of poo for this flick.

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Trespass

2011Trespass

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato

Trespass, my first movie for 2012… what a bomb.

This time it wasn’t just a crappy script, it was also crappy acting. I felt like they had pulled the gunmen off the street and said ‘here, act’ and let them do whatever. Horrible, horrible, horrible. And what gunman brings his coked up girlfriend along to a home invasion? I mean really, who does that?!

Nicole Kidman’s performance was almost unbearable. I have never seen her acting so… half-assed. Usually if her movies suck it’s because of a bad script or bad directing, this time, there was that and bad acting. What came over her?! Bad Nicole! Bad, bad, bad!

Nic Cage… Well, you either love him or you hate him. I personally love him. He’s pretty consistent in his rolls so I know what to expect going in. I think the last time he really rocked the silver screen was in 2009 in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans. Now that was the Nic Cage we all would love to see every time.

Anyway, unless you want to watch a movie with crappy acting and approximately 85 minutes of continual screaming I don’t recommend Trespass… at all… nope… thumbs are way down…

There aren’t even any good explosions…

Super 8

2011Super 8

Starring: Elle Fanning, Joel Chandler, Riley Griffiths, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Set in a small Ohio town in the summer of 1979, Super 8 tells the story of a group of kids trying to finish making a movie but end up witnessing a horrific train crash. Soon after there are unexplained events, people go missing and the military comes in and takes over.

Super 8, for the most part, centers around a group of friends trying to finish a movie project. Joe (Joel Courtney), best friends with movie maker Charles (Riley Griffiths), is trying to cope with the recent loss of his mother due to a factory accident. He dives in full force to help Charles finish his movie. Meanwhile, Charles has enlisted the reset of the gang to help and has even talked Alice (Elle Fanning), ever boys crush, into helping.

Gathered for a late night shoot at an old train depot, Charles spots a train in the distance. He yells for everyone to get ready, he doesn’t want to lose this shot. As they are shooting Joe sees something in the distance on the tracks. Everybody, RUN!

Cue military, strange events, curious friends, upset town (it’s the Soviets!!), and a Sheriff that doesn’t know what to do and isn’t getting any answers from anyone.

Now, I’ve left A LOT out and I did it on purpose. There is so much to this movie it’s hard not to give it away. Super 8 definitely has mystery, thrills, laughs, scares, etc. I really enjoyed it. I even jumped a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s because it was so loud or because I was actually startled!

Abrams and Spielberg did an excellent job on Super 8. I’m extremely impressed and would definitely recommend Super 8.

Hanna

2011Hanna

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana

I’m not sure how I feel about Hanna. The movie had a lot of action but the storyline wasn’t that good. The directing of Hanna was great which made up for what the storyline lacked.

Hanna (Ronan), trained as an assassin by her father (Bana), is sent on a mission by her father that leads her to trek across Europe. All the while having to elude agents sent out after her by one intelligence agent with an agenda of her own (Blanchett).

As Hanna nears her missions end she starts finding out who she really is…

I have to say, Hanna can really kick some tail.

I’m a little confused about the DNA part, considering all they really showed was images of a rat/mouse. I can’t see how a human would get super powers from a rodent.  Can anyone explain this? Did I miss something?

All in all, I found myself indifferent to this movie. Hanna maybe to great to some, but to me… Meh.

I’ll give it one thumb up for directing.

The Lincoln Lawyer

2011

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe

Welcome to the show Mr. McConaughey! Excellent movie. One the best non-chick flicks I’ve seen him in to date. Matthew has stepped up, put away his pretty boy persona and let it be known that he can play with the big boys.

Matthew plays sleaze-bag defense lawyer Mick Haller who has now taken on a wealthy client, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), accused of rape.

As Mick gathers all the evidence he realizes that his case with Roulet may be connected to one of his old cases. All hell starts breaking loose from there.

This is where the movie really starts to rock. Definitely a must see.

McConaughey and William H Macy, who plays Frank Levin the PI, have got great chemistry. I really don’t have much of an opinion on Phillippe, but he and McConaughey were really workin’ it on screen. I’m hoping they’ll do another film together.

And how cool would it be to have your office in the back of a big ‘ol Lincoln?! Awesome!!

Absolutely giving this some thumbs up.

Limitless

2011Limitless

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Limitless had the potential to be a great movie… a fantastic movie, but in the end it was just OK.

The plot:

“An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination.” imdb.com

Where the movie falls short… SPOILERS!!!

So, here we have Eddie (Cooper) trying his hand at writing. Obviously it’s not going so well, he looks like a bum and hasn’t written a page. Starving artist? Yes.

His hot girlfriend Lindy (Cornish) has now dumped him because of his bum-like status.  After 10 years, he runs into his ex brother-in-law Vernon (Whitworth) on the sidewalk.Vernon all dressed to the nines in his drug dealer wear. Vernon and Eddie to go have a drink.

Good ‘ol Vernon is a pharmaceutical rep (heh), now he’s got the handle on some powerful mind drug. You’ll be using 100% of your brain. “Here Eddie, take one… on me.” Seriously, you run into someone you haven’t seen in 10 years and they are dressed like a friggin’ drug dealing pimp and you take a so-called FDA approved pill in a clear baggie from them? COME THE HELL ON!

I did like, in a way, how they showed the drug working. All the light and such. That was rather unique. What I could have done without is when Eddie sat down to actually write his book all those stupid lit up letters falling from above. A bit overkill for my taste.

Next day, Eddie’s back to bum status. Back to good ‘ol Vernon. “Yo man, we gotta talk” “Sure, sure.. Go get some grub then we’ll talk.” Eddie comes back to find Vernon dead on the couch. Imagine that, the ‘pharmaceutical rep’ is dead. Hmm, maybe he was a drug dealer. Duh!

After Eddie calls the police and hides in a corner waiting he decides he should ransack Vernon’s apartment just in case whoever killed Vernon didn’t find those magical pills. Yo Eddie! Look in the oven, dude!
The police arrive just after Eddie finds the pills. They knock about four times and yell their identification and to open up. Now, I’ve watched a ton of cop shows and they should have busted down the door by now. Especially for a murder call. What were they waiting for, the maid to let them in? And engraved invitation??

Here we have our ziplock baggie of pills. It’s half full. He takes one per day, then after a certain point he’s hit a ceiling and starts taking two per day.  That little baggie should have been empty way before he became mister millionaire financial man that could buy his own lab and have his own pills made in 6 months time. Unless, of course, my timeline is WAY off. Even if he took one a day from the time he said “you have 6 months” there is no way those would last. Please, tell me if I’m wrong.

Speaking of two million dollars… If you make that in next to no time wouldn’t the feds be breathing down your neck almost instantly? Surely you draw some sort of attention to yourself other than that of some big whig business hot shot Van Loon (De Niro) guy.

AND… What about those thugs chasing Eddie? Not the Russian guys, Eddie was just stupid with them. I mean the ones that ended up wanting the NZT. How did they get on to Eddie in the first place? Did they see him with Vernon? I never caught that, they were just suddenly after Eddie.

Also, who killed the blonde bimbo? Last I heard Eddie couldn’t remember anything and then nothing was ever shown/mentioned again. Did I miss a subtle clue? Or is this just an open ended hole in their plot?

Finally, drinking a little of the dead Russian’s blood to get just enough NZT to kill the other two Russian’s? Seriously? Besides the fact that that was truly disgusting, I find it extremely hard to believe that it would even be possible to get enough NZT to do any good to anyone bigger than a gnats ass… Especially since Eddie has been a long time user of double dosage.

Well, there you have it. Please feel free to comment, I always like hearing from my readers!

I am Number Four

2011

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant and Dianna Agron

I liked this movie. It was just enough Sci-Fi that it didn’t bore my pants off.

Action, there was action! I liked the way the Aliens used guns and not shooting whatnot from tentacles or sparks from the antennae on their heads or something equally lame. I really hate that stuff. It seems so low budget 1970 to me.

Oh, and why do the Aliens always have to have the scrappiest teeth? Seriously??

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone fighting, but there was some butt kickin’ going on by Number Four! I would not want to be on the receiving end of his swirly blue hand.

The writers even tossed in a little romance, but not enough to make you want to gag. Just enough to let you know that Number Four is a teenager and he’s got emotions.

I would definitely recommend this movie for a night of entertainment.

P.S. Number 6… She friggin’ rocks!