I thought The Expendables 2 would be an appropriate Throwback Thursday review considering almost the whole cast is a throwback of '80's action movie stars. Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, even Bruce Willis star in this trigger-happy explosion-sploitation movie. Basically the plot (but seriously, who the hell is seeing this movie for the plot) is about a team of mercenary's who carry out missions for people. Bruce Willis' character is mad at Sylvester Stallone's character and has them seize five tons of plutonium but it falls into the wrong hands, they lose a soldier, and go to take it back/get revenge yadda, yadda, yadda, some explosions, catchphrases, and a whole lot of bullets then this movie is over. Okay so the movie wasn't that bad. It was entertaining and it was fun to see Jason Statham kick ass. the editing in this movie is pretty cool too, a huge step from the cheesy looking '80's. The movie's plot was sorta weak and the acting could be a tad better but hell, if you want an explosion-y action movie that's fun to watch with friends, this is a good choice. Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook. Happy Viewing!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Incredible. Silver Linings Playbook was this and so much more. With some incredible performances by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and a great supporting cast of Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker. This may be the best movie of the year, no joke. In this masterpiece, Pat played by Bradley Cooper, is a man with some issues getting released from a mental hospital after assaulting his wife's lover and figuring his life out. Tiffany played by Jennifer Lawrence plays a widowed dancer who has issues of her own and some thing for Pat. I don't really wanna give much away, but basically Pat still "loves" his wife Nikki who cheated on him even though she has a restraining order on him and wants to get back together with her. Tiffany is willing to help Pat, for a price and through the experience Pat and Tiffany grow closer. Robert De Niro plays Pat's Philadelphia Eagles loving father who just wants good luck. Overall this movie was terrific. Bradley Cooper kills it in this role. Jennifer Lawrence is Oscar-worthy and as beautiful as ever. The whole movie rocks. Do yourself a favor, GO SEE IT! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Whit's Movie Reviews.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Best performance in years. Denzel Washington killed it in Flight. In the movie he plays a troubled, alcoholic pilot who, through a series of maneuvers, crashes the plane in an open field. Doing this while drunk and high on cocaine. After the accident Denzel or his character, William "Whip" Whitaker, is hailed as a hero, but word gets out that he had alcohol in his bloodstream at the time of the crash and has to get a lawyer and go through several complicated processes to prove the plane crash was a technical error and had nothing to do with him being intoxicated. The movie was good but Denzel Washington blew me away doing his best performance I've ever seen him in. I predict for him to win Best Actor or at least get a nomination in this years Oscars. Do yourself a favor, go see Flight. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
For this weeks Throwback Thursday, I've decided in honor of it's 20th anniversary, to review the Quentin Tarantino classic, Reservoir Dogs starring Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, and others. This movie is about a group of criminals who try to pull off a diamond heist until everything goes wrong. I may consider this as one of my favorite movies. Tim Roth is great as the always bloody Mr. Orange or Freddy Newandyke and Steve Buscemi is memorable as Mr. Pink. This movie, although short and bloody, is enjoyable and very memorable. My verdict? Watch it ASAP. Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Action, babes, and a great plot. These are the elements that made such good Bond films like Dr. No and Casino Royale. Skyfall brought it all back in this terrific sequel. Daniel Craig has never been more suave and badass. In this 23rd James Bond movie shows us the classic MI6 agent vulnerable and aged after a mission in Turkey gone wrong. Despite his many psychological and physical problems, M, played beautifully by Judi Dench, sends him on a tough mission that takes him to Shanghai than an deserted island. The new villain also played well by Javier Bardiem, is an ex-MI6 agent who has a bone to pick with the agency. The whole movie is directed well by Academy Award Winning Director Sam Mendes and the movie just fits well. With an emotional ending and a promise of a sequel, Skyfall doesn't disappoint. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Watch out for a new #tbt review on Thursday and also follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Whit's Movie Reviews, and as always, Happy Viewing!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
For today's Throwback Thursday review I am reviewing the 1998 Coen brothers comedy The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's not my favorite ever, (Looper, Reservoir Dogs, or The Shawshank Redemption take that title) but it sure is good. It's about Jeff Lebowski, or The Dude, as he's called, an unemployed stoner and bowler who through mistaken identity gets his rug peed on which spawns other hilarious events. He ends up trying to figure out a kidnapping, gets his car stolen, and goes to In-and-Out Burger. This movie is very funny and a classic Coen brothers movie. I would recommend it to almost anyone. This movie is on Netflix Instant if you'd like to watch it. I hope to review Skyfall or Flight tomorrow or possibly a double review. You can also follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies. Happy Viewing!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Ah, Throwback Thursday time again. This Thursday I am reviewing the Gothic thriller The Raven starring John Cusack as legendary poet Edgar Allen Poe. In this movie A series of murders are committed that are based on Poe's macabre poems and stories. Basically a murder is committed and the detective realizes it's based on an Edgar Poe story, finds Poe to help with the case, more murders happen, Poe's fiancee is kidnapped by the killer, and a dangerous game of cat and mouse ensues. I liked this movie but I didn't love it and I certainly didn't hate it. John Cusack is good as the alcoholic poet and it isn't boring. It does however have a slightly depressing ending so be prepared for that. Watch this movie if you are looking for some easy suspense but not a thought provoking masterpiece. Keep watch because I may review a movie today or tomorrow. Happy Viewing!