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What was Christopher Guest thinking! Talk about ruin your legacy. This is almost as bad as the 2nd Blues Brothers movie and that is really saying something!
I am not exaggerating when I say I didn't laugh once, not even a snicker.
I am sure they filmed this the same way as the other movies where the actors have license to stray from the script but really, this was the best they could come up with in the editing room from what I am sure would have been dozens of hours of footage?
Where are the funny lines? the creativity we saw in those excellent movies like Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. Perhaps after 22yrs Guest just isn't up to it but it's not just the writing. Funny people like Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Ed Begley Jr, Jane Lynch, Don Lake, Fred Willard not a funny line between them!
So disappointing. Other reviewers are correct when they say it is almost Best In Show 2 with a similar style and story line but at least Best In Show had some belly aching moments.
Perhaps there weren't many topics left after covering amateur theater, folk music, the Hollywood scene, dog shows and heavy metal bands. Mascots and that whole industry is probably apt but there is just nothing funny about this movie at all.
Retire Mr. Guest. Go and sit on a beach somewhere and enjoy life. Please don't do any more damage to your awesome list of truly funny films.
Mind boggling how two seasoned professionals could make such rubbish. I was totally bored after 10mins and it didn't improve.
Just a plain uneventful story, no laughs at all, wow what a stinker! Obviously Poehler and Fey will get the green light on any project, but this? What were they thinking! This is a TV movie at best and certainly not a motion picture.
They called on all their SNL buddies to play minor roles and the whole film revolves around a party but Animal House this ain't! I didn't even snicker!
The moral of the story is....is? um....not sure..This will bomb at the cinema and I think Poehler and Fey will struggle to convince the suits to fund the next attempt, if there ever is one.
Stick to short TV shows.
And The Oscar Goes To.......
Yes it is a tad slow and yes the entire film takes place backstage in a small Broadway theater BUT this is a must see movie.
OK so you have heard of all the hype about Michael Keaton's performance and yes it is brilliant. Why else would he win the Golden Globe for Best Actor and he must surely be a dead cert for the Oscar....HOWEVER...there is much more to this gem of a film.
Ed Norton is brilliant as is Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and the entire supporting cast. The direction is remarkable with some shots feeling like they go on and on forever.
If you like fast paced action movies with changing scenery avoid this at all costs. If you are impressed by truly great acting and want to see a refreshing and unique looking film see it three times like I have.
Loved it and once it's out on DVD I will be adding it to my prized collection of cinematic classics.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Unfunniest comedy of all time!
It's very rare I hit the eject button on a DVD before it ends but I just had to with this totally unfunny effort from NZ.
It's a refreshing idea but this is amateur hour and looks like a film made by a bunch of film students. I didn't laugh once, not even a giggle.
95% of it is filmed inside a dark house which just adds to the dreariness of it all. It's slow and I can't see it going into cinema release in the states. I have liked a few oddball comedies from NZ but I will remember this one for all the wrong reasons. Just awful!
I am stunned at the great reviews it has received on here and I suspect they were written by people who worked on the project.
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
I had an awful feeling this would be average and boy was I right! What made the first movie so lovable was it's fresh idea, the script was very good and the performances by Carrey and Daniels outstanding.
It has been a long time between drinks and in that time the Farrelly Brothers have come up with every poo, fart and dick joke possible. The novelty has well and truly worn thin.
I laughed twice from memory and by no means were they the gut wrenching belly laughs I experienced in the first movie.
The storyline is bland, cheating wife and lover try and scam unsuspecting husband out of millions and if it wasn't for these bumbling fools getting in the way they would have gotten away with it...yawn...
Instead of relying on the same old laughs, the same formula I would have loved to have seen some fresh ideas but sadly they were nowhere to be seen.
I hope they don't tarnish the original by doing a 3rd.
Taken 3 (2014)
Quick We Need a 3rd!
It takes a long time to write an outstanding script. Re-writes, improved endings, introduction of new characters. Years go by, re-write 17 is completed and finally it's time to present.
At the other end of the spectrum you have scripts and in turn movies that wreak of something that was slapped together in 5mins to get it out in the market to hopefully take advantage of the success of the first version.
I present....Taken 3.
The first movie was actually quite good. I nice idea, a role perfect for Liam Neeson, a well executed and very watchable film. The 2nd...hmmmm not sure why they bothered but this offering, the 3rd is just plain dreadful.
The same tired regurgitated stereotypical Russian mafia types, the same fights, groping to see who can pick up the weapon first, car chases, silly cops.....time to have a nap!
I can guarantee you there will not be a Taken 4.
Into the Storm (2014)
Not So Hot Air!
If you rent this DVD for $2 (please don't buy it!) just fast fwd to about 1hr in. There is about 30secs of pretty amazing effects at an airport with planes being dragged off by this almighty storm. The rest of it is utter crap!
This has every cliché you could fit into a storm or disaster movie.
1. Father tries to improve crappy relationship with son and it takes a natural disaster to make it happen.
2. Dorky guy loves hot girl and it takes a natural disaster to put them together.
3. Add some oddball sideline characters for light comedy relief.
There are heaps more but I am sure you get the idea. The CGI effects are impressive but like me you will find yourself just grabbing the remote and forwarding to them. The acting is dreadful, story line so bland and unimaginative. This really is a D grade movie at best.
The Imitation Game (2014)
I always enjoying watching quality cinema but one bugbear before I start this review. Do movies really have someone who works on continuity? Whoever that person was for this film should be blacklisted! Just an annoyance of mine that simple errors are not picked up.
In this film there were a few extremely obvious examples of continuity that were not picked up. It staggers me how this can happen during the editing process. In one shot where the main character is belted in the face and has blood streaming from his face he has an obvious blood stain just under his lip.
In the next shot it is gone. There is another shot where he has a tear rolling down his cheek. In the next shot it isn't there (annoying!!).
Apart from that gripe, this is quality cinema and enjoyable to say the least. I really love films based on true stories and when they come with slick directing and a stellar performance by Benedict Cumberbach (is that his real name??) it isn't hard to give the movie top marks.
It is a fascinating story, one most people wouldn't know about. Just how much of the film is accurate is debatable but it rockets along at a steady pace, doesn't lag at any point and I am certain will feature heavily come awards time.
Sex Tape (2014)
Erase it Immediately
Seriously how do these movies get the green light?
To me it looks like this was presented to the studio as a 1 page synopsis which would have read something like "married couple who used to once have raunchy hot sex have had kids and their sex life has become non-existent. To spice things up they film themselves having sex and to their shock and horror the tape is accidentally released to friends, family and work colleagues" The End.
So many of these C grade films get made on the strength of a premise (i.e. Horrible Bosses, Bad Neighbors etc..) but lack any depth. I mean I wasn't expecting anything deep and meaningful, how could you when the title of the movie is Sex Tape!
After 20mins the whole premise for the entire movie is done and dusted. This is well documented in the promotional ads for the film anyway so the viewer already is aware of what is going to happen. The remaining 85% of the film is just unbelievably flaky as the two main characters attempt to erase or get back copies of the sex tape.
So boring. Why does Diaz bother doing this garbage? Surely she doesn't need the money? She is actually a very skilled actor which she proves in The Counselor but damn does she make some duds. Recent films like Annie, The Other Woman, Knight and Day and now Sex Tape were all just dreadful.
Her manager (does she have one?) needs to convince her to lay low for a while and not just sign the dotted line on anything thrown at her!
Under the Skin (2013)
In my 30 years watching movies I have hit the eject button before the movie has ended twice. Make it three times as I add this movie to that very short rare list.
This is the dullest film ever made. I usually like films from Scotland but Trainspotting this ain't! They probably had access to Scarlett Johansson for three days. Her fee...hmmm $2mil? Total gross takings $2mil - what a flop!
She looks grossly overweight as well so it's not even worth the $2 for some eye candy.
Terrible terrible film - avoid at all cost.
The Double (2013)
Dark, Mooody and oh so so so SO BORING!
Don't get me wrong I like a visually adventurous film. It's great to watch something refreshing but it still has to be entertaining I mean we watch movies for entertainment right?
This is just dull. Slow as a drunk snail. Dark, depressing, meaningless it doesn't go anywhere do anything stand for something say much at all. It's hard to follow, uninteresting and dis-jointed.
The three people I watched it with fell asleep but I am brave. I will watch every movie to the end. It's almost like a challenge. This was a real stretch.
I see it took a massive $200,000 at the box office including a spectacular $14,000 opening weekend. Good luck Mr. Ayoade getting the green light on your next project!
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
From the little I know about Wes Anderson I can only imagine he is a perfectionist. How else could you explain such a masterpiece as The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Visually stunning, witty, seamless direction, Fast-paced and with stellar performances this is cinematic excellence.
The cameos come thick and fast as do the one liners and how Ralph Fiennes didn't win an Oscar is a mystery!
This is a movie I could watch 5 times and never get bored. It will go down in the archives as an absolute classic!
I really enjoy Anderson's style. I loved the Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom but for me this is by far his best work. 10/10
April Rain (2014)
There wasn't a 0 on here so I couldn't give this movie the score I wanted. Also calling it a "movie" doesn't feel right.
Jeeeeeeezus! I have watched films that have bad acting or the script is crap, the directing poor but to have all three in the one project that takes the cake!
Oh I forgot the casting! that's a 4 out of 4!
Really, what is wrong with the industry where total crap like this gets made? I agree with David this quite possibly could be the worst film ever made. You usually know a movie is going to be bad when the opening credits roll.
This has every bad cliché known to man. The acting is so bad I constantly had to put my jaw back in place. The direction abysmal, the script ridiculously bad.
Rent this thing if you can find it and use it as an example of how NOT to make motion pictures.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Suffers from the same disease a lot of films these days suffer from - good idea poorly executed.
It would have been an exciting prospect securing Robin Williams for the role. Mila Kunis probably signed on to work with him but the script they have to work with is all potatoes and no meat.
Weird casting Peter Dinklage as the brother!
The story goes nowhere, ending is lame, the moral of the story is.....? It's like going to a Japanese restaurant eating a 4 course meal and still feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
RIP Robin Williams - one of the greats.
I didn't laugh ONCE during this. Not once, not even a snicker. It's well made as in it looks good, some interesting direction especially in the party scenes but there is just nothing else.
I kept waiting for something to happen. I can see how this would have been green lighted. Possibly sold on the synopsis alone "hey I have this great idea about a fraternity that moves next door to a married couple with a kid". Script is written in 3 weeks shopped around and sold.
It just goes nowhere! Fizzles out to a boring ending, no laughs, just 90 mins of absolute fluff!
Pacific Rim (2013)
Aussie Accent Atrocious
NOTE TO PRODUCERS - Surely you could have chosen REAL Aussie actors to portray the Father and Son roles??? It was so embarrassing to hear an American and an Englishman attempt the Aussie accent. Why bother when out of the tens of thousands of quality Australian actors out there you could have found the talent needed.
The movie itself is way too busy for my liking. At times you just cannot tell what is happening, who is hitting who.
It also wreaks a bit of Top Gun with the handsome hero and jerk like fellow pilot.
I wasn't impressed with this film at all.
The Dictator (2012)
I think Sacha Baron Cohen should stick to the style he used in Borat and Bruno as they were FAR funnier than this effort.To me that's where his skill lies and he has cornered the market on his own unique genre so why change. It would be like watching Michael Moore try and make a fictional action thriller.
The jokes in this film just don't work and why Ben Kingsley agreed to play such a lame role is puzzling. He must have bought another holiday home on the French coast.
The whole film has a kind of Ricky Gervais vibe to it whereby someone genuinely funny at what they do tries to branch out and do something for the mass market. They are out of their depth and I believe Baron Cohen is with this piece of work.
He has borrowed so many boring over-used story lines like the whole double identity leader scenario PAleeez! and the fact that love conquers all in the end was just commercial bile to this viewer.
There are no big laughs like there were in Borat and Bruno and even his attempt to shock the audience with full frontal nudity brings on a yawn of familiarity.
On the surface I can see where the original idea would have brought about some excitement but the end result is an average un-funny movie that no doubt will bomb at the box office and be out on DVD next month.
Piranha 3DD (2012)
Worst Film of the past decade
I thought the first film was actually well done. It was slick, well directed, the acting was acceptable but this...this pile of horse sh.t was just pathetic.
You can tell John Gulager directed it as it has no fluency and feels totally disjointed. The movie has a distinct feel it was a total rush job to get it out to market before the novelty of the first one wore off. And sorry but how did Gulager get this gig? The first one had some clever rip-offs, clever lines, some over the top performances from Jerry O'Connell and Elizabeth Shue did a top job as the the local police officer. This film has nothing.
The performance, probably due to Gulager's lack of skill as a Director, were woeful, there is no clever dialogue, David Hasselhoff is totally wasted (as in they didn't make use of having him, not he was off his face!).
Gary Busey is in it for 3mins as is Christopher Lloyd. The most interesting part of the film were the out-takes at the end and by watching those (most of which didn't make the final cut) you can see what a total butchered, slapped together abortion of a film it ended up being.
It's a total stinker, probably the worst, sloppiest piece of crap I have seen in 10yrs.