2 Hours of Dull Horror & Pet Sematary Review

Ok this is a slight rant/review…

I’ve been watching a number of movies lately.

And a good portion of them I wonder, didn’t we see this already? And then someone reminds me…Um, no, these just got released today, it’s new. Continue reading “2 Hours of Dull Horror & Pet Sematary Review”

Snoozer with A 22% Rating at Best – Movie Review: Landing Lake

The online reviews gave this movie a 66% but it was more like a 22% – 222-22-22.

Now if you live elsewhere you might read that as WHAT?

But its sort of an inside joke because in Chicago we have a lawyer who frequently airs his commercial and his tagline is Glen something is the lawyer for you – call 222-22-22.

Anyway – movie wasn’t that great – just finished in fact. Very low budget.

Why did I get such a small, practically unknown movie? Well, some times they tend to be really good hidden finds and others time not so much. Plus when all the bigger budget movies are not that great either – you have no choice but to work your selection downward.

Mid 90s Movie Done Right By Jonah Hill

The guy at Family Video said this movie was not good and that Jonah Hill is not a good director and this was his first movie attempting to do so.

But normally our opinion is always of the opposite so I figured I would rent it because it should be good.

Movie called Mid 90s and it took me back to the days except I wasn’t a skateboarder.

A young boy who looked to be the age of 10 to 13 had the crappiest older brother who would beat him for going into his room, manipulate him into stealing money from their mom.

The mom wasn’t much better because different guys visited the home. And sure she was looking for happiness but it didn’t help with the family image in the home.

Since the older brother would beat his younger brother, the younger brother found street guys that seemed cool because they skateboard.

They drank, smoked and cursed. The mom didn’t like the influence but being around them made this younger kid stronger, build confidence and become tough. Eventually even standing up to his own brother.

All the kids had different backgrounds: broken home, family pressure to excel, witnessed a close siblings death, and one had it appears only a fourth grade education or spoke like it despite being a a young adult.

This movie is slightly a tear jerker. Follows the main character, the young boy with an abusive brother, his journey in finding his way, fitting in and experiencing different situations he would have never had the exposure too.

I think we all go through that and even though it showed a struggle, a breakdown in their tight knit relationship in the end they all only had each other and I thought this movie was done very well.

Planted Handbags to Lure Girls to Prevent Loneliness – Movie Review: Greta

Ok, so this movie was weird but kept you guessing on what would happen next.

An older woman who suffered from pure craziness and the fact that she was lonely decided to plant handbags on a train hoping someone would find it and return it to the address left on her driver’s license.

The main victim/character of this story didn’t think much of it and began hanging out with her and considering her to be a friend. Her roommate thought she was being naive and needed to be careful.

Well of course the friend was right because one day while over the older woman’s house to eat dinner she spotted behind a cabinet a row full of handbags and they were all exactly the same with her driver’s license planted inside and numbers on stickies to the back of them.

Needless to say she wanted nothing more to do with her and tried to break it off but the older woman was hell bent on keeping her in her life.

She stalked her, showed up at her job, spit out chewing gum in the girls hair. That would have been the last straw for me!

Calling the cops didn’t work. In fact the police officer said if you ignore her she will leave you alone. Eye Roll!!

The girl went missing and was drugged and locked in a room that another woman stayed who was also captured by this older woman.

Luckily someone had a brain, the girls roommate. Because the detective the father hired didn’t last 5 minutes before he was shot after snooping around and attempting to save the girl.

The roommate found her way to the older woman’s place because she found the handbag she planted and spiked her drink.

After this ending I was quite relieved because some of the dumb missteps that happened in this movie had us both screaming at the t.v.

A movie Filled with Wigs & Fraud & Complete Ridiculousness: Movie Review – J.T. Leroy

OMG this is one of the silliest movies ever.

Based on a true story. A woman book author wrote a story about a fictional character who’s life was based on her actual life events.

She decided to have her sister-in-law pretend to be the male character of the book, J.T. Leroy. This was helping the author create fan fare, new circles of friends with celebrities and a way to promote her band she had with her husband.

Unfortunately, she picked the wrong woman to be J.T. The wigs were never convincing when she wore them in public and in fact they were women wigs with long tresses.

And worst of all, an actress set to play the mother of J.T. in a movie had a liking for Kristen Stewart who played J.T. But turns out she really didn’t like her not to mention she realized J.T. was actually a girl when she tried to hook up with her, but all she wanted was rights to the movie.

J.T. couldn’t manage to keep her emotions out of it, her speaking voice was inconsistent with how the author spoke over the phone as J.T., and J.T. didn’t show a consistent look in public revealing him to be a woman, a fraud.

The author and the J.T. character eventually got caught as people saw her in public and put the pictures together.

This encouraged the author to come out and tell her story as J.T. instead of hiding behind someone else.

In the end Kristen Stewart, who played J.T. moved to NY to become a writer and the book author regained her following. Funny quote in movie was the author told Kristen Stewart, just because you played a writer doesn’t mean you are one. I suppose she is right although earlier in the movie she encouraged her to step out her comfort zone and to be different.

Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

If you get the chance to watch I highly recommend.

This came out quite some time ago to limited theaters and I believe it was only playing for 2 days and I wasn’t able to buy tickets.

But I learned it was available on DVD and my whole Saturday I looked forward to watching. This movie really gives you a glimpse of what the soldiers went through at the time of World War I.

Now when the movie first came on I actually did not multi-task. I sat my computer down and sat straight up in my chair to listen. Now the other reason for that is because they interviewed the survivors who’s voices had aged so you really had to have the volume up to hear what they were saying as I believe some had accents.

My first reaction while watching was Hey, where’ the color? But it did come just a bit later in the movie which is very cool to see – gives a different perspective.

All the men in the video were dressed the same, some had different fabric for their suits or coats but they were all dark-colored dressed. But one of the other key takeaways was that the advertising back then was quite persuasive in luring or asking men aged 18-35 to join the army and their moms and wives encouraging it.

I’m not sure how much of that rang true to how the population felt but I think even if I was born during that time having seen the convincing posters I might think hmm, I should join the army and fight for my country.

People signed up in droves and according to the men they interviewed who gave the history of their encounter – they wanted to join, and that it was a good thing because it taught them how to be a man, how to cook unlike having your mother do everything for you.

I suppose they were right, but seemed like the least route to take when you are very young and you may not return to experience the rest of your life.

These men trained daily, sometimes it looked to be a bit brutal but was exciting for them because they didn’t really know what to expect.

Until they were all shipped one by one each day to Europe and that’s when reality set in – the reality of what they were facing and was required to do.

These guys ate very small portions of food, some of which were canned with no different flavor options. They had to wear the same uniform clean or dirty. Experienced having lice, slept in mud mush water and even caught gangrene on their foot.

They risked their lives and were so brave with getting across the deep barbed wire trench to capture enemy soldiers.

Worst part of it all was them experiencing so many deaths that they had to walk over and on their bodies to move around. And when the war was won they returned with nobody showing appreciation, not offering a job nor understanding what they went through.

I suppose it is still that way until we don’t have any freedom then maybe we would quickly appreciate what they did for us.

Movie Review: The Perfection to a Limbless Body

Another evening with nothing to do and Netflix is on the schedule to watch.

I didn’t see many good options floating around the millions of categories they have listed.

And that is when I found The Perfection.

The movie starts out a tad creepy with a squeamish woman gazing at another lady being honored for her music playing abilities.

When everyone breaks away to mingle from the speech given, this squeamish woman approaches the other lady to share her admiration.

Next thing you know, the two slept together and took a trip to another country. Except the woman with such great ability to play her instrument was served a spike drink that left her with hallucinations causing her to chop her arm off.

Come to find out – both women were taught by the same gentlemen who had given a speech the evening before and unfortunately raped them anytime they missed a musical note.

The squeamish woman’s reason for spiking the drink of the other woman was because she wanted her to see what was really happening and that she needed to break free from their teacher.

So they created this quite convincing plan that left me thinking huh – I didn’t know they were working together this whole time. And their form of payback was quite gruesome, leaving the man with all limbs chopped off, breathing in a respirator.

Movie Review: Runaway Bride-esque “Isn’t it Romantic”!

This movie was quite funny. Although lately, I think it has become a little tough to top some of the funnier Rom-Com’s from the 90’s, but this was slightly different.

So the scene started off with Rebel being a little girl enjoying romantic comedy movies. And the movie she was watching which is my favorite too, Pretty Woman.

I mean don’t you just love that song and movie too? Well, I was the only one in the room grooving to it, lol. Continue reading “Movie Review: Runaway Bride-esque “Isn’t it Romantic”!”

Movie Review: Fighting with Family

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This was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but in a good way.

First off, two siblings, brother and sister grew up in a wrestling family, the WWE kind. The parents were not famous but they were avid partakers in the sport. So much so, they started their own small wresting company locally in Norwich, England.

It was both the siblings dream, especially the brother to be a professional wrestler for WWE. Unfortunately, during a try out, his kind intention to ensure his sister looked great while he took some of the hits left him with a rejection and his dreams shattered.

He tried endlessly to resubmit tapes in hopes to be considered until he was given a final no. All while he had a new born and girlfriend he was barely paying attention to.

His sister was of course sad he didn’t get picked and in fact felt challenged with continuing in the training program she left and returned home. But with the advice of her brother and parents she returned to the training program and beat out everyone to be the youngest champion.

The whole time we were rooting for her to win, make her family proud and most of all for her brother to get out of his slump.

In the end they all did and they were all happy for the sister/daughter to do well. In fact they were making handmade dolls and posters to sell locally. of her to raise income.

This is based on a true story. Well worth the watch if you haven’t. There were some funny moments but mainly a movie about an underdog coming out on top.

Netflix Movie Review: Annoyed Kind of Night – The Silence

Can you guess my mood by looking at this photo?

Well, if not here’s an idea – ANNOYED. I watched The Silence on Netflix. Thought it might be good because I am familiar with Stanley Tucci from other roles.

I don’t really think it was. I feel like there were things missing from the story especially the ending. I must admit like most movies we had to watch over 2 days because the movie seemed longer than it needed to be and we were ready for bed. Continue reading “Netflix Movie Review: Annoyed Kind of Night – The Silence”

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