Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Boy Review: Keeps you guessing

The Hit:

"The Boy" stars Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as a nanny named Greta Evans in this horror/thriller. She is an American woman who takes a job in an English town after leaving home for personal reasons. Little does she know she'll be babysitting not a human boy, but a doll. At first, she's stunned and thinks it's some kind of joke. The parents are serious though and don't like how she is acting so she quickly realizes it's serious. They leave on a trip but before they do the mother says sorry to Greta on their way out.

Soon after, Greta notices weird and odd things about the doll. It moves on its own accord but only when no one is around. She later tests it by marking where he is and when she leaves for something and returns he is in a different spot. Greta is creeped out at this point and the only other living person she has contact with is this guy who delivers groceries on certain days named Malcolm (Rupert Evans). He doesn't believe her at first but  Greta does her test and then he is in full support. 

Is it a ghost out for revenge? I would say yes. The doll is only a memory of the parent's son who passed away twenty years ago. Unable to let go, they treat the doll as their child. Sounds crazy, but what can you do? Greta has rules she has to follow or else the doll (named Brahms) will not treat her so nice. He scares Greta on more than one occasion until she realizes she has to follow the rules. When she does, her life is merry. Greta and Malcolm join forces but Brahms' rules state that no stranger should be in the house so crazy things happen. 

Not knowing exactly what the doll was kept me interested. The ending has a big twist and reveals the true nature of the doll and made this movie tie in loose ends which I like trying to solve. Lauren Cohan played a great part. I wouldn't say The Boy is really scary but it was good enough to see at least once. Is the doll possessed or is it something else entirely? Take a gander and find out…

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Dirty Grandpa Review: Lives up to its dirty reputation

The Hit:

Despite the really crappy rating Dirty Grandpa got on Rotten Tomatoes and other sites I decided to still go support Robert De Niro as the grandpa and his his grandson Jason played by Zac Efron. I loved Zac Efron in "Neighbors" so I went in expecting the same level of comedy that made me laugh in that flick. Dirty Grandpa was by no means as good as neighbors but I was still okay to make it through it all, I got plenty of laughs throughout. 

The movie was rated R for a reason and if you don't like crude humor then this movie is not for you. There is a lot of language not meant for kids among other things. The reason I bring that up is because a mother and her two daughters who both looked under ten were in the theater and I was disgusted. Do not be that parent! This movie is for adults who are mature to see this so get a baby sitter for heaven's sake. 

Dirty Grandpa takes place at the funeral of Dick Kelly's (Robert De Niro) wife. The family is sad but also happy because grandson Jason is getting married soon. Dick needs a ride to Florida for a tradition he and his departed wife had so he chooses Jason to be his driver. Jason's wedding is in a week and his fiance Meredith (Julianne Hough) is not happy but lets Jason go. Dick wants to relive a younger age and persuades Jason to go to Daytona and let loose. 

At one point Jason gets mad because things have gone too far only to have his grandpa open his eyes. Dick believes that marrying Meredith is a huge mistake and an old classmate named Shadia (Zoey Deutch) starts to win over Jason's heart and makes him realize what he's missing out on. 

Aubrey Plaza plays Lenore and she is Dick's love interest. The two are funny when talking dirty to each other — it was certainly something I never imagined Robert De Niro saying. What I didn't like was that the ending was sort of rushed. Dirty Granpa was surely a dirty movie and if that's what you are looking for then you won't be disappointed. 

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Forest Review: Good for any early year scare

The Hit

The Forest is based on a real location in Japan where residents and visitors go with suicidal thoughts and end their lives. This forest is called Aokigahara and lies at Mount Fuji's base.

Natalie Dormer (known mostly for her role as Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones) plays identical twin sisters Sara Price and the lost sister, Jess. Kind of confusing but it's something we've seen before. Sara is worried about her sister, who is teaching English in Japan and when she hears news of her getting lost in a forest, Sara travels to Japan to find her. 

The Forest is filled with many deaths and residents know that if you are in there for more than two days, you've got to assume that person has committed suicide. Sara feels like she is linked to her sister and believes she is still alive so she goes in hoping to bring her back home. Accompanied by two others in her search, the spirits roaming around them play with their heads and things get dangerous towards the end of the day. Before nightfall, the guide tells Sara it is better to go back to the hotel and try again tomorrow because during the night things get really scary, especially if you don't have your mind right. She refuses and decides to stay. At that point, The Forest turns into a typical horror flick and Sara risks losing her mind and even death.

The rest of the movie is all about Sara's survival and finding her sister Jess at all costs. Sara battles the supernatural while also battling her own mind. The end has a certain twist that I kind of saw coming but wasn't totally sure about. The Forest isn't a bad movie at any rate. I got scared a couple times, so if you feel like watching a scary flick out of season, then give this one a go.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Revenant Review: Dicaprio lives up to the hype

The Hit:

Give this man an Oscar already before he puts his life on the line even further. The things Leonardo Dicaprio had to do as Hugh Glass to survive in this adventure was truly challenging. Leonardo did extremely well acting in this role. Not only does he do over the top stunts in sheer cold weather but he does an amazing job bringing this character to life as well. 

Aside from Leo's great acting, John Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy) made you really hate him and was the antagonist you didn't want having a happy end. There were other actors who did phenomenal, but those two stood out the most.

Without any spoilers, the trailers show you the gist of what the story is about: John kills Hugh's son and Hugh is out for vengeance. The only thing is, he can't do anything about it because he's left for dead with his body practically torn to shreds from a bear attack. He slowly heals and with the help of a certain Native American along the way, Hugh recovers just to an extent to get revenge.

The Revenant is based in the 1800s during a fur expedition gone wrong after a Native American raid to steal fur and kill the trappers. Soon, it  becomes a race for survival back to the outpost. The Revenant was a good movie in most areas. I loved the acting first and foremost and I enjoyed the shooting throughout — the bear scene was gruesome and everything else that Hugh Glass had to do to survive was just amazing too. 

That being said, The Revenant dragged out too long, but that is basically my only thing negative to say about it. I would say this movie is worth watching once and that's it. Leonardo again, did an amazing job and did not disappoint. I would encourage you to watch The Revenant in theaters to get the most out of the cinematography and sound if you plan on seeing it

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Hateful Eight Review: A rambling storyline hangs Tarantino's latest western

The Hit

Quentin Tarantino rides into another western with Hateful Eight and this one falls short of the storyline I was expecting.

The things I didn't like, right off the bat: one was the length of the movie itself, it was too long and dragged out. I wasn't as invested as I was with Django Unchained, which had me entertained throughout. Hateful Eight failed to capture my full attention.

What I did like was the musical score, the 70 mm shooting to portray that old style of filming, the carnage and how far fetched it was from being real. It's quite funny, gory, and some parts made me cringe. Action is what I'm into and I sure got that out of Hateful Eight. 

As seen in movie trailers there is a bounty hunter named John Ruth (Kurt Russell) set on taking his prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to hang in a town called Red Rock. He meets Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) along the way and also the new sheriff of Red Rock, Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). Because a snow storm is on their tails, the group is forced to stop at a cabin called Minnie's Haberdashery to wait for the storm to pass. That's when the real story begins. 

In this classic murder mystery/whodunit there are alliances and rivals as well as the typical racism and foul language you expect in a Quentin Tarantino movie. The twists  and turns keep you guessing who the real enemy is but that's what defines Tarantino flicks. I won't say this is his best, but if you like him and his work then go for it, other wise just wait for the DVD/Bluray release.

The Verdict
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)