January 2017

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007]

IMDb = 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes = 76 / 75
Personal = 5.6


Despite it's fairly good reviews, I found nothing entertaining about watching an overly long biopic about a worthless coward, filled with entirely unlikable characters.




Husk [2011]

IMDb = 5.1
Rotten Tomatoes = - / 26
Personal = 3.9


A car accident leaves a group of young adults stranded next to a corn field and then, one by one, they get turned into zombie scarecrows. OK, whatever.




Network [1976]

IMDb = 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes = 91 / 93
Personal = 10.0


My personal favorite film. No movie ever made – and possibly ever will be made – has this quality of dialogue. This satirical look at the TV industry in the 70's has become far less satirical and far more real and frightening as time goes by. Watch it!!




Taken [2008]

IMDb = 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes = 58 / 85
Personal = 8.2


“If you don't [let my daughter go], I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” What a way to start a intense action feast that doesn't quit. Check it out.




Taken 2 [2012]

IMDb = 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes = 21 / 53
Personal = 7.8


More of the same as the first one except this time, our main star and his wife are kidnapped and his daughter has to insure their escape. An exciting and worthy sequel.




Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight [1995]

IMDb = 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes = 35 / 65
Personal = 7.6


An entertaining and rather campy horror flick which is pretty much what you would expect as a Tale from the Crypt. Excellent and amusing performance by Billy Zane.




Taken 3 (aka Tak3n) [2014]

IMDb = 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes = 11 / 44
Personal = 7.2


We're all used to the Taken style at this point and this one offers no real surprises but Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker give excellent performances and overall it's certainly worth the ride.




Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015]

IMDb = 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes = 75 / 83
Personal = 7.9


Just what you'd expect from a high action Marvel Comic adventure. Very fun.





Contract Killers [2008]

IMDb = 4.7
Rotten Tomatoes = - / 13
Personal = 4.0


Spy wants to go straight. Uh, huh. A few good scenes is not enough to pull this mess from it's pit of simplistic contrivances.





Major League [1989]

IMDb = 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes = 83 / 84
Personal = 7.8


Classic baseball comedy. Hilarious and entertaining even if you don't like baseball.





Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker [2002]

IMDb = 5.1
Rotten Tomatoes = 0 / 34
Personal = 4.3


A rather lame addition to the Hellraiser universe. Although the concept for this one was interesting, they didn't pull it off very well at all.




Psycho II [1983]

IMDb = 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes = 59 / 53
Personal = 6.2


Released after 20 years in a psyche ward, Norman is all better now ..or is he? Although a rather mediocre example of not being able to run from your past, Anthony Perkins and Meg Tilly's performances are excellent.




Major League II [1994]

IMDb = 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes = 5 / 45
Personal = 6.0


I think the film got a bum rap, personally. Not as "laugh out loud" funny as the original but if you like the original, it's a worthy follow up good for a few laughs.




Prophecy [1995]

IMDb = 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes = 43 / 64
Personal = 6.5


Your basic horror movie with strong, religious figures and prophecies. Entertaining but no need to go out of your way to see it.





Mafia! [1998]

IMDb = 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes = 14 / 47
Personal = 5.1


Airplane style humor in this Godfather parody. Although there were a few “laugh out loud” moments, most of it was just silly ...and not in a particularly funny way.




Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog) [2005]

IMDb = 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes = 65 / 75
Personal = 5.0


Jet Li is a great martial artist but his portrayal of a man who's experiencing life and relationships for the first time, after having been kept in isolation most of his adult life, was just torturous. Although it got fairly good reviews, I found this film to be an extended exercise in patience.



The Abandoned [2006]

IMDb = 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes = 38 / 42
Personal = 4.9


Siblings revisit a childhood home in Russia. A couple good spooks but best to move on ...nothing to see here.





The Deaths of Ian Stone [2007]

IMDb = 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes = 57 / 34
Personal = 6.7


Story about a guy who is killed everyday and when he wakes up, he's in a new reality. This was actually a great film up until the secrets behind what's going on are revealed. Then you're left with “Oh ...um ...OK”.




Green Zone [2010]

IMDb = 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes = 53 / 57
Personal = 6.3


Everything about this movie – Matt Damon, the story, the directing, the setting, etc. - should work quite while. But for some reason, it doesn't quite hit the spot. Not bad but not very satisfying, either.




The Punisher [1989]

IMDb = 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes = 28 / 32
Personal = 3.5


Dolph Lungren as the Punisher. I think that's all that really needs to be said.





Maniac [2012]

IMDb = 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes = 49 / 44
Personal = 3.5


Elijah Wood is the only thing good about this dark, uncomfortable remake of the 1980 film of the same name. Apparently, someone didn't think the original was bad enough.




Somebody Help Me [2007]

IMDb = 4.3
Rotten Tomatoes = - / 62
Personal = 3.3


A story about incredibly stupid people doing incredibly stupid things. Even the officials and the psychos are stupid. What a stupid movie. ...and they made a sequel!!




V/H/S/2 [2013]

IMDb = 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes = 70 / 51
Personal = 8.0


A sequel that upstages the original ...a very rare thing. Five tales of horror all filmed with hand held cameras, spy cams, eye cams, dog cams, etc., the stories are original, horrific, gruesome, disturbing and quite memorable. Good fun!




Bullet to the Head [2012]

IMDb = 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes = 47 / 39
Personal = 6.2


If you like Sylvester Stallone, you'll probably like this hitman / cop buddy movie. I found it entertaining despite it being pretty run-of-the-mill.




Jamaica Inn [1939]

IMDb = 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes = 55 / 36
Personal = 5.9


This movie about pirates is one of Alfred Hitchcock's very early films. I think the main problem with it is that it is one of Alfred Hitchcock's very early films. More annoying than anything else.




Feast III: The Happy Finish [2009]

IMDb = 5.0
Rotten Tomatoes = - / 29
Personal = 5.0


Typical “Feast” movie with lots of campy gore and bloodshed. Biggest problem is that 50-60% of the movie was filmed in storm drains.  DARK!!




Ringu [1998]

IMDb = 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes = 97 / 81
Personal = 7.5


The Japanese film that inspired a franchise in both the U.S. and Japan. Watch a tape, die in 7 days. This Japanese version struck me as rather slow with only a few creepy moments. See the U.S. remake.




Monster Man [2003]

IMDb = 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes = 60 / 49
Personal = 4.0


A ridiculous movie about a psycho who uses a monster truck to terrorize a couple of morons. The guy on a slab near the end of the movie is the only thing that saved this film from being total crap.




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