Saturday, March 30, 2013

Movie Review: Dark Floors

Ever watch a movie and when it's over you wish you could get that time back? In February 2008 Dark Floors was released.

Pete Riski directed this fantasy/horror surrounding a handful of unfortunate souls trapped between two worlds.

The cast that plays the unfortunate souls are, Noah Huntley as Ben, Skye Bennett as Sarah, Donminique McElligott as Emily, William Hope as Jon, Leon Herbert as Rick Ronald Pickup as Tobias, Philp Brethorton as Walter and lead monster Lordi as Mr. Lordi (all the monsters Kita, Amen, Ox and Awa are in band called Lordi).

While Ben is at the hospital seeking treatment for his daughter Sarah, all would seem normal. Not happy with the news Ben just wants to take Sarah home. Ben, Sarah and the nurse Emily board the elevator with a few other people, so Emily and Ben can continue talking. A sudden stop, a flicker of lights and when the doors open... they soon realize this isn't the floor anyone would want off at.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

Can Jeremy Irons save a movie just by being in it? This question was raised because of a movie released in February 2013.

Richard LaGravenese directed Beautiful Creatures, a fantasy/romance... drama.

A few great faces can be found in the cast line-up like, Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravewood, Emma Thompson as Sarafine/Mrs. Lincoln, Viola Davis as Amma. Other cast members are Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate, Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes, Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes and Rachel Brosnahan as Genevieve Duchannes.

A young couple, Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes, fall in love and find they have a lot to overcome. Lena's family thinks Ethan's no good for her, the whole small town hates Lena's family and her next birthday may come with a curse. Wait, I forgot to mention, Lena's a witch. The curse will decide what her nature will be, will she be a good or bad witch. Now there's some obstacles to test any relationship.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

Do you expect payment after doing a job for someone? In February 2013 a man named James did some work and not only was he not payed... he was almost killed.

Director Walter Hill gives us a 92 minute action/crime/thriller called Bullet to the Head.

Familiar and up-coming faces fill the line up in this film: Sylvester Stallone as James Bonomo, Sung Kang as Taylor Kwan, Sarah Shahi as Lisa Bonomo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Robert Nikomo, Jason Momoa as Keegan, and Christian Slater as Marcus Baptiste.

In the movie, James Bonomo (Stallone) does some... dirty work for someone with a few rules in place; half the money up front and don't trust anyone. Bonomo goes to work. When it comes time for payment things go south, no money and dead partner south. Now the questions are raised, why did he get double crossed?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Movie Review: Sinister

Could you live in a house knowing something horrific happened to the last residents, and could you still call it home? In October 2012 Ethan Hawke showed us he could, and director Scott Derrickson takes us on a horror filled journey to find out what sinister things really happened in that house.

A solid cast is put together for this mystery/thriller. Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt, Juliet Rylance as Tracy, Michael Hall D'Addario as Trevor, Claire Foley as Ashley, James Ransone as Deputy and a quick apperence by Fred Dalton Thompson as the Sheriff. Last to the cast, the boogie man himself, Nicholas King as Bughuul.

True crimes writer Ellison is looking to get back in the spotlight of best selling authors. So he packs up the family and moves them to a small town where the blood of the victims is not fresh, but their pain can still be

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Movie Review: This is 40

Have you ever seen a movie so depressing it's good? In December 2012 a film called This is 40 became another welcome addition to that list. This film was a spin off from a movie called Knocked Up. We follow Pete and Debbie from supporting casts to leading roles.

Director Judd Apatow gave us a deeper insight into the lives of Pete played by Paul Rudd and Debbie played by Leslie Mann. A married couple with kids, lives, work and the approaching age of 40.

Other faces you'll see working in this comedy are Maude Apatow as Sadie, Iris Apatow as Charlotte and Megan Fox as Desi. With appearances from two people I'm always happy to see, Albert Brooks as Larry and John Lithgow as Oliver.

Life is hard, sometimes dirty, fun and beautiful. A true rollercoaster that the cast betrays wonderfully. This

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Beaten, mistreated then ripped away from the one you love, knowing your other half is still going through all that, now alone. What lengths are you willing to go through to get back to them? In December 2012 we got a new western filled with adventure and drama that answered those questions.

Director Quentin Tarantino showed us what a man named Django (the D is silent as he later informed us) played by Jamie Fox would do... anything necessary.

Tarantino brings together, yet again, another star filled cast like Christoph Waltz as Dr. Schultz, Leonardo DiCaprio  (personally not a fan, but was really good) as Calvin Candie. Love interest Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Schaft, a face always great to see is Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen and a quick surprise by Don Johnson as Big Daddy.

For a 165 minutes we strap on some spurs and go stomping through the wild west with the newly freed slave

Monday, March 18, 2013

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo may not have been expecting this journey, but the rest of us have been. If you're like me you have been rocking back and fourth in your chair waiting impatiently to hear those two little words... "my precious". Ok so it's a little creepy, but we all waited and in December 2012 director Peter Jackson gave us The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Yet again we have the pleasure of watching a star studded cast with the likes of Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ken Scott as Balin. Returning roles starred Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blacnchett as the lovely Galadriel, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Andy Serkis is bringing precious back (hidin joke... can you find it?) as Gollum, Elijah Woods as Frodo and the great Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo Baggins.

Grab your walking stick because for a 169 minutes you're going to tag along with Bilbo on this

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Movie Review: Leprechaun

What would you do if you found a pot of gold? I feel safe to say after a little looking around and not finding the owner of said pot of gold, most of us would take it and run. After watching this January 1993 film release, I'd say leave it alone and run.

Director Mark Jones showed us a darker version of how some of us may have envisioned leprechauns. Myself, I always pictured a wee little fella decked out in bright green doing a merry little (no pun intended... ok, yes, there was) jig around a pot of gold, and got his feelings hurt when you took his gold.

The story these four souls have to tell is a bit more than a little (that never gets old) scary.

Making up the cast of this comedy/horror/fantasy that's rated PG 13 is Warwick Davis as The Leprechaun,

Friday, March 15, 2013

Movie Review: Wreck It Ralph

Can a bad guy become a good guy? That's the answer Ralph is searching for in this film that was released in November 2012.

Director Rich Moore grabbed up a lot of my favorite childhood video game characters and showed us what happens in the arcades after the lights go out.

A great cast lends their voices to bring the films characters to life. Starting the lineup is John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, Sarah Silverman as cute little Vanellope. Jack McBrayer as Felix, and Jane Lynch plays a kick butt soldier named Calhoun. King Candy is played by Alan Tudyk and there are a couple of surprise voices like Ed O'Neill as Mr. Litwak and Dennis Haysbert as General Hologram.

Wreck-it Ralph is a great animation/comedy/adventure that has some rude humor/violence but ends up with a
PG rating.

For 108 minutes you will feel like a kid in a candy store. The visuals in the film were amazing and the scenery

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Movie Review: A Haunted House

What would your breaking point be if you had a haunted house? This film, which was released in January 2013, shows us what one couple is willing to endure.

Director Michael Tiddes worked with a great cast of people. The Couple, and owners of the house, are played by Marlon Wayans as Malcolm and Essence Atkins as Kisha. Marlene Forte plays Rosa the maid, Nick Swardson is Chip the psychic, David Koechner as Dan the security man. Since you seem to always need a priest in these movies in comes Cedric the Entertainer as Father Williams.

With camcorder in hand we get to follow Malcolm and Kisah on a 86 minute ghost hunt. She believes, he doesn't, then guess what... he believes and starts calling for help. With simple and limited scenes they brought a high quality film with great special effects. The gags and jokes were non-stop, making this one a haunting you can laugh at.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

This review will cover the modern retelling of a classic tale. It's like Romeo and Juliet crawled out of the ground. It was released in February 2013.

Director Jonathan Levine takes us on a journey with this comedy/horror/romance called Warm Bodies. A sometimes slow journey. We are talking about zombies so I wasn't really surprised, yet with the slow paced film that dragged a dead leg for 98 minutes... it was good. Times are changing, love has to be found in new places. Why not see if love can be found with a zombie. Worst case when you look longingly into your zombies milky white eyes and say with a tear in your eye "you have my heart." They really could have.. cause they're eating you! Next stop? Your brains... Anyway...

The young lovers are played by Nicholas Hoult as R and Teresa Palmer as Julie. We continue around the

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Movie review: The Man with the Iron Fists

First off with only a 95 minute running time this film should have been longer. The credits came way to soon. RZA who is known for his musical contributions with the Wu Tang Clan. Shows us just how many hats a man can wear as he directed, wrote the storyline and starred in this astonishing film that was released in November 2012.

The Man with the Iron Fists features an impressive cast. Along with RZA as the village blacksmith you also have Rick Yune as Zen Yi, The X - Blade, Russel Crowe playing a man named Jack Knife, Lucy Liu as Madam Blossom, Dave Bautista brings his fighting skills as The Brass Body. Byron Mann leads his soldiers as The Sliver Lion, Daniel Wu gives us a mystery character known as Poison Dagger and the love interest is played by Jamie Chung as Lady Silk.

So for an hour and thirty five minutes you'll be taken back to the days of "old school" Kung Fu movies. I grew up watching them with my dad back in the day. Except for the high budget that brings great scenes,

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Movie Review: Hansel and Gretel : Witch Hunters

Today we're gonna review the new Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Which was released in January 2013.

This action/fantasy/horror had a great line up of people working on it like Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton who play our heoric brother and sister duo Hansel and Gretel. Famke Janssen brings her dark side to the table as Muriel, and Peter Stormare plays a lawman as Sheriff Berringer.

At the reigns of this fast paced film that had a running time of 88 minutes was director Tommy Wirkola.

It would be safe to assume in almost an hour and a half you would be ready for a movie to end, yet I was not. A high production value made for great scenes, awesome special effects and a good script, with a storyline that answered my life long question of, "What did happen to the kids that narrowly escaped a hungry wicked witch?" They grew closer to each other as any of us would after surviving a near death