Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 10 Best Movies of 2012

This is my list of the years 10 best films.

10. The Dark Knight Rises
9. Prometheus
8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
7. The Avengers
6. Flight
5. Looper
4. Cabin in the Woods
3. Argo
2. Django Unchained
1. Silver Linings Playbook
Happy New Year and as always Happy Viewing!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Django Unchained review

Loud, gory, and bloody awesome! Django Unchained will not disappoint. Now for some it may be a "bit much" but if you don't mind lots of blood, guns, and racial slurs it's some fun, classic Quentin Tarantino. Starring Jaime Foxx as a gun-toting ex-slave and Christoph Waltz who plays the part beautifully as his bounty hunter partner. This movie is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and promises an original story, lots of violence, and even some laughs. Oscar worthy. I myself am a big Tarantino fan and loved Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Inglorious Bastards and I loved Django Unchained just as much. The movie is about a slave named Django (Foxx) who is freed by a bounty hunter posing as a dentist, Dr. King Schultz  (Waltz) because he needs information on three criminals known as the Brittle Brothers. Django gives it to him and they become bounty hunting partners until spring, when Schultz takes him to free his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a plantation owner, Calvin Candie. (Leonardo DiCaprio) Gun fights, blood, and just awesome acting from Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson ensue. Some great shots in this movie and very worthy of awards. Even Tarantino himself shows up for a short scene. My opinion? Watch it! I give Django Unchained 4.8 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook and email me at
Django Unchained Character Poster – Jamie Foxx

Thursday, December 27, 2012

#tbt Fight Club review

Honestly, this movie's gonna be hard to review. I'm not saying that in a bad way but it's so complex, awesome, and trippy that you can't really look at it like every other movie. Fight Club, directed by David Fincher, starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter is actually really good. It's about an office drone (Norton), who, after befriending a stranger named Tyler Durden, (Pitt) get's his life turned upside down. He and Tyler create Fight Club, an underground boxing club, and start getting more and more members until it reaches epic proportions, and becomes almost like a cult. But towards the end you figure out that things may have not been as they seem. I particularly liked this movie because it kinda blew your mind, (pardon my cliche) it made you question who you were. It also never bored you, it made sit on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next, it was awesome. Watch this movie. I will most likely review Django Unchained tomorrow or Saturday so keep watch. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook Happy Viewing!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Jack Reacher review

Car chases, pretty women, fights, guns, and one cool hero. Jack Reacher holds all the elements of a classic action hero with some twists and turns. This movie is not only cool and fun to watch but surprisingly relevant. There have been some awful, scary, and senseless mass shootings in the past year and this story focus's on a "random" public shooting. The alleged killer, James Barr, is brought into custody but soon put into a coma by some prison gangsters. The attorney defending Barr, Helen Rodin, and ex-Military Police drifter, Jack Reacher, put their heads, and fists, together to find out what really happened. Throughout the film corruption is uncovered, Jack Reacher is accused of murder, and things are not what they seem. With a fairly satisfying ending and the (possible but slightly unlikely) promise of a sequel, Jack Reacher's worth a try. Based on the 2005 novel by Lee Child (which I have read, by the way) starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog, and Robert Duvall. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. I give Jack Reacher 3.7 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook

Thursday, December 20, 2012

#tbt A Few Good Men review

For today's Throwback Thursday review I've decided to review the 1992 court-based drama directed by Rob Reiner, starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollack, and Jack Nicholson. A great movie with a great cast, A Few Good Men is a movie that you tend not to forget. Jack Nicholson delivers a unforgettable performance as Colonel Nathan Jessup with his memorable line "You can't handle the truth!". Basically the movie's about A Navy lawyer, Kaffee (Cruise), who is defending two soldiers accused of killing a fellow soldier. Through sheer cleverness and two terrific lawers at his side (Moore and Pollack) Kaffee gives this case a chance it didn't seem to have. A riveting movie that I think was robbed of an Oscar, it's something you sure should watch. Maybe even more than once. Happy Viewing! Speaking of Tom Cruise I plan on reviewing Jack Reacher today or tomorrow so keep watch. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

#tbt Adaptation review

For this week's Throwback Thursday review, I'll be reviewing the 2002 dramedy Adaptation starring Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Tilda Swinton. This movie is, in a nutshell, about itself. You see, Charlie Kaufman, who wrote this and the hilarious Being John Malkovich, had writers block when trying to adapt the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean into a movie so he made a movie about the experience and added some theatrical elements like a twin brother of his and a drug trade in Florida. This movie starts out normally with Charlie Kaufman (Cage) hating on himself and trying to adapt his book into a movie. Soon enough you meet Charlie's twin brother Donald Kaufman (also Cage) who lives with Charlie and is writing a script of his own. Soon, the movie takes an unexpected twist when Charlie and Donald trail Susan Orlean (Streep) and find out more than they bargained for. The end is emotional with a funny twist. One thing i liked about this movie is it makes fun of itself with out over doing it. Poignant and fresh, Adaptation is good, not amazing, but good. Happy Viewing! Watch out for my Hobbit review tomorrow or Saturday! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Life of Pi review

Whoops sorry this review is so late! I saw Life of Pi Sunday night and just didn't get a chance to do a review. Here it is.
I walked into the movie theater expecting a boring movie with little to no substance that wouldn't live up to the book. I was dead wrong. The movie (while not being THAT great) was pretty damn good. It had lots of emotion and great acting, despite Suraj Sharma being pretty much the sole actor, (and of course a Bengal tiger) a riveting plot and mind-blowing effects. Life of Pi is about a boy who's family is moving themselves along with their zoo from India to Canada by a cargo ship, the Tsimtsum. The ship sinks and the sole survivors are Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Throughout Pi's long time at sea he encounters a carnivorous island, dehydration, storms of epic proportions, and of course, the tiger. At first you may blow this movie off, but believe me it's not as bad as one might think. Now the movie itself was fine, no Oscars here, but it was generally good. But the special effects and production design was just incredible. Even just the scenes where Pi was alone on the calm water were great. Even some shots alone were enough to see it. One shot is of Pi floating beneath the surface of the ocean looking above at the sinking ship. This shot was mind-boggling in how good it was. I also recommend seeing this in 3D, it's worth the extra four bucks. Even if the plot of this movie isn't your thing, see it for the cinematography. I give it 3.9 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and Like me on Facebook.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

#tbt Donnie Darko review

For today's Throwback Thursday review, I am reviewing the 2001 drama/mind fuck/thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Drew Barrymore, and Patrick Swayze. Overall? This movie is great. Very weird but great. It is a great portrayal of a troubled kid but with enough other elements to keep you glued to the T.V. It's about Donnie Darko, a teen with psychological issues, who after a freak incident, befriends a giant talking rabbit who manipulates him to commit crimes and sleepwalk. Donnie starts to see things and finds in old book about time travel that explains his visions. All of this leads up to the climax where everything is explained... and things are changed. The acting and plot to this movie are really superb. It's definitely a really good movie. But keep in mind, it's not for everyone. I hope to do a review of something soon, (Red Dawn, Life of Pi?) but until then, Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph review

Yesterday I saw the animated action-comedy Wreck-It Ralph. I wasn't particularly excited to see this movie at first considering it was just a "kids" movie that got decent reviews but I have to admit, it surprised me. Wreck-It Ralph is about video game characters that come to life after the arcade closes. specifically one character Ralph, who works in the game Fix-It Felix Jr. In this game Ralph is a bad guy who everyone hates.     So, Ralph gets sick of this and goes "game jumping" where he goes to another game to win a medal. After a lot of stuff happens, Ralph ends up in a candy-themed racing game called "Sugar Rush" where he meets glitch character Vannelope who needs his help. Things turn out to be more than meets the eye and Ralph goes on an ad venture of a lifetime involving cyber-bugs and an evil character named Turbo. Wreck-It Ralph is enjoyable whether you are five years old or twenty-five years old. The animation is especially cool and it's fun to see nods to old and new video games. Wreck-It Ralph may not win any Oscars (although with the slim pickings for Best Animated Feature, it may) but it doesn't disappoint. I give it 3.9 out of 5 stars. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook. Happy Viewing.