For today's Throwback Thursday review, I've decided to review the awesome 2003 Quentin Tarantino revenge flick, Kill Bill Vol. 1. So how do I start? How about I start at how awesome this movie is. It's about a character known only as The Bride played by Uma Thurman, whose ex-lover and boss named Bill, shoots her down on her wedding rehearsal. Bill and his squad of assassins known as the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad crash the wedding and kill everyone inside, so they think. When Bill puts a bullet in The Bride's head, he only puts her in a coma for four years. When she wakes up she goes on a warpath of revenge against everyone on the squad, starting with O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green. The whole movie is her going after and killing those two in some really awesome fight sequences. A lot of the fighting and styles Quentin Tarantino used are paying homage to old kung-fu movies and samurai movies. All of this plus some trademark Tarantino dialouge adds to a bloody fun, really good movie! I hope you liked today's review, I may review Kill Bill Vol. 2 next week if enough people want me too. Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
On October 12, 2012; two movies came out: Argo and Seven Psychopaths. They both got terrific reviews. Yet, only one (Argo) got an Oscar nod. Argo was good, but if it were up to me I'd give Seven Psychopaths at least a Best Original Screenplay nomination. It did win some BAFTA's at least. Anyway I loved Martin McDonagh's movie about a struggling screenwriter and his ridiculous adventure. It's about a screenwriter named Marty whose trying to write a movie called Seven Psychopaths, his crazy friend Billy who kidnaps dogs for a living, a very religious friend named Hans who loves his very sick wife and helps Billy with the dog kidnapping. Oh yeah, and there's this actually insane mobster, played wonderfully by Woody Harrelson, whose dog is stolen by Billy and Hans. A whole crazy amount of twists and turns follow creating one terrific movie! The end if the movie is one of the most hilarious and satisfying movie endings I've seen in a long time. If you love funny movies, action movies, over-the-top violence movies, or just movies in general, watch Seven Psychopaths you won't be disappointed. Happy Viewing! Don't forget to Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Let's get something straight. I thought Melissa McCarthy was great in Identity Thief. She was fresh and funny. The movie as a whole? Not so much. Identity Thief is about a working-class dad named Sandy Patterson played by Jason Bateman who gets his identity stolen by a Florida criminal played by Melissa McCarthy. Bateman's character goes down to Florida to get the thief and bring her back to his hometown in Colorado for justice. That's the movie. It had it's laughs but mainly it was far fetched and cheesy. It had a weird side plot about drug dealers and Robert Patrick played this strange bounty hunter-ish guy who seemed unnecessary. I have to say I had higher hopes for this movie. Now it's not awful and McCarthy manages to bring in a few laughs, even Jason Bateman does an okay job, but the rest of the movie just falls flat. It's just not that good. If it were, say, a television show, it would be great, but as a movie it isn't very good. If you're going to see a movie this weekend I recommend you see the great thriller Side Effects, or the Oscar nominated revenge move Django Unchained. My opinion? Skip Identity Thief. I give it 2.9 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies.
The Die Hard series are a great bunch of movies, the original can't be topped and even the fourth film was quite good. Unfortunately, the fifth installment in the series leaves a lot to be desired. It stars Bruce Willis of course as the awesome cop John McClane and Jai Courtney as his (annoying) son. It's about McClane's son getting arrested in Moscow for the attempted assassination of a Russian politician. John goes to Russia to help him out and gets more than he bargained for. It turns out his son Jack is working for the CIA to help stop a nuclear weapons heist. Long story short, father and son team up, blow a lot of things up and shot a lot of Russian bad guys. The movie wasn't very good, but it could have been! Bruce Willis does a fine job as the ass-kicking McClane but he is lacking in a bit of his signature awesomeness. He's more worried about connecting with his son and whining about how he wasn't there for his kids enough. This isn't the McClane we know and love! Now it's not Willis's fault, it's script writer Skip Woods. The script is bad. The dialogue is mediocre and the plot is so full of explosions there's no room for John McClane's usual wise-cracking remarks and awesomeness. I'm not saying it's the worst movie ever but I am saying it's the worst Die Hard ever. The last 25 minutes are exciting though and Willis does get to say his signature catchphrase, but hey, better luck next time. I give A Good Day to Die Hard 3 out of 5 stars. Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This may have been one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. I'm not saying it's bad because it wasn't. I am saying it was incredibly strange. A Clockwork Orange stars Malcolm McDowell as Alex, a delinquent in future Britain Alex is in a gang who go around at night beating up homeless people, raping, and drinking drugged milk. As I said, strange. Alex gets caught murdering a woman and is sent to prison. After a couple years there, the government selects Alex for a special treatment to cure him of his violent urges. After they brainwash him and he is now "cured" a serious of weird and crazy events happen to Alex. In the end things don't go exactly as planned. A Clockwork Orange is based on the novel by Anthony Burgess but, I've never read it so I can' say how it compares. The movie itself was good with a plot you can easily follow and interesting characters. It was well made especially for a film made in the early '70's. It is a Stanley Kubrick movie so it has to be pretty good. It's a good movie but it is just really strange. So I'd recommend it but It's not for the faint of heart. Happy Throwback Thursday and Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Lies, pills, and a lot of plot twists. This is Side Effects starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum; directed by Steven Soderbergh. So fist off let me say, Side Effects was great. I really liked this movie. If you're looking for something to see, see this. It's about a woman named Emily Taylor (Mara), whose husband just got out of jail for insider trading. She gets depressed and goes to a doctor named Jonathan Banks (Law). Now I really can't say a hell of a lot more without giving away major spoilers but let's just say things happen, the plot gets twisted, the movie gets good. Jude Law is absolutely terrific as the psychiatrist and Rooney Mara plays her part well. Catherine Zeta-Jones is in one of the best roles I've seen her in in a while, much better than she was in Broken City! This is Steven Soderbergh's best film since Contagion or Solaris, it may even be his best film yet. The best movie so far of the year. See it. I give Side Effects 4.4 out of 5 stars. Happy Viewing. Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facbook.com/WhitsMovies.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Once a upon a time in Nazi-occupied France.... A great movie was formed! Inglorious Basterds is a terrific movie starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, and Eli Roth and Directed by Quentin Tarantino. An original script, a great cast, (Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for his performance as the sadistic Hans Landa) and an amazing director at the helm, it's no surprise how good this movie was. It's about a group of mostly American soldiers who team up to (bloodily) take down Hitler and kill some Nazis. It's also about an escaped Jewish girl, Shosanna, who hatches a plan to burn the Fuhrer and his goons to the ground. The movie is exciting, well written, and yes, even funny at times. Brad Pitt is really good as Lt. Aldo Raine, but Christoph Waltz is the real star here, he earned that Oscar 100%. It may not be Quentin Tarantino's best movie (Pulp Fiction holds that spot) but it's a close second. Anyway, it's great, see it. Happy Viewing! Follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The best Jason Statham movie I've ever seen. Although that's not saying a ton considering some of his movies like the awful Crank 2: High Voltage and the first Expendables movie. (Yuck!) But I'm not saying Parker was bad because it was actually pretty good. Basically it's about a Robin Hood-esque thief who is almost killed by his fellow thieves after a disagreement. He wants one thing. Revenge and his share of the cash. The result is some awesome stuff. The plot was interesting, the main character was fairly likable, there was some cool action scenes, and the main girl was quite pretty, (Jennifer Lopez has aged very well). Jason Statham is notorious for pumping out forgettable action movies with similar or dumb plots, but this movie was more than watchable, it was good! January releases are known for being bad but this movie was the first actually good movie of the year. Sure some parts were dumb action, but other parts were well written and acted. I never thought of Mr. Statham as a "good" actor, and while he was no Daniel Day-Lewis, he was much more than mediocre. The movie kept you on your seat and had a satisfying ending unlike some of the better reviewed movies this year like Lincoln or Arbitrage. So my consensus is see this if you wanna have a good time and see Jason Statham in something else than his usual. I give Parker 3.6 out of 5 stars! Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhitsMovies! Happy Viewing!