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Co-written by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, the movie opens with Ned ignorantly selling marijuana to a cop at his weekend organic produce stand. After he gets released from eight months in prison, he gets dumped by his organic-farmer girlfriend Janet. She not only selfishly keeps his beloved dog "Willie Nelson" but had already started shacking up with a new hippie boyfriend Billy who actually sympathizes with Ned. Homeless and without any means to take care of himself, Ned looks to his thr...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
You can see where it's going to end up the instant you meet the family. So, in a nutshell... A family moves to an old house; father, daughter and stepmother (whom daughter initially hates). The father and stepmother are an estate agent/interior designer team who want to make money from the house. The daughter starts to see fairies, who cause mischief. This annoys the father, who keeps having his business disrupted. Gradually, the stepmother believes the daughter, and they become friends (all tog...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
From the outset, I don't understand why I'm meant to empathize with Cataleyna, her father was involved with a criminal, and it's not exactly made clear if he's innocent in any way, or why exactly he is to be killed, well he and his wife get shot up in front of her, yes the concept of seeing your parents get killed is awful, perfect revenge story material.. but something just doesn't feel right, her father isn't some innocent guy, honestly for all we know, he probably deserved to get killed.
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +2 votes | 0 comments
Hathaway begins the film as Emma in '88' and it's an exactly how I had pictured her from the novel. As Emma peers at Dexter through bottletop glasses she sees a spitting image of the man I had in my head. Edinburgh at dawn captures the opening chapter perfectly; if the frame were to freeze then I'd believe the production to be a success. It doesn't, and as Hathaway opens her mouth I wonder if she's ever made a good movie. Her hopeless Yorkshire accent aside, she looks inept and puts in an all ro...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
The biggest issue I take with Fright Night is the horrid CGI. Late in the movie, a character pulls back her face to reveal fangs. Besides that, she looked normal and was highly off-putting. Then she transforms into what can best be described as Mr. Potato Head on LSD. The same goes for Dandridge. An imposing and monstrously powerful predator, he's defanged upon vamping out and looks like a pale Sloth. When it comes to effectively rendering vampires, less has always been more since Lugosi's heyda...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
But then remakes suck, right? And so did this disgrace of a movie which started to suck right from the first scene where they show Conan being birthed right in the middle of a battle. And in this genre of movies, the plot is of little consequence as they always follow the revenge theory. Conan's father and tribe is slaughtered blah blah blah...Conan wants revenge blah blah blah....lots of people die in his quest for revenge blah blah blah. What made the 1982 version a classic was, besides Arnold...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
To give you a refresher on the plot, 30 Minutes or Less is about a lazy, careless pizza delivery boy named Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) who really has no interest in his responsibilities. The arrogant jerk, which Eisenberg seems to be a master at playing, has no real friends with the exception of his loyal Indian pal Chet (Aziz Ansari), a hard working, rule abiding teacher who just want to be successful. Their simplistic life of playing video games and drinking beer is soon interrupted, when an irresp...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
The gore traps look pretty grisly and can often catch you by unawares. Though some deaths aren't always playing on something that would be a relating experience to a general audience, since they have to tap into what hasn't been done beforehand. It creates some distancing from the screen, as the first and second film had more relating elements that made seemingly innocent areas now have a deadly shadow cast across in your mind: a kitchen, a bathroom, a stove, an elevator, crossing the street. Fo...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
Emma Stone gives her best performance to date(Like that's a surprise), it may be your standard white savior role, but she did a worthy job with the material she had to work with, she just doesn't go beyond it like the performers I mentioned above. Bryce Dallas Howard knows how to play a bitch well(No offense to her), she made you despise her and you wanted to see her get what was coming to her, so she fit her role well. Also be on the lookout for Sissy Spacek and Cicely Tyson, two legendary actr...
Published by Leonie Manning 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
I'm not sure that the idea that society has moved on is a good justification for such weaknesses. There are plenty of hard hitting issues in the world that still need looking at, even ones that still affect us today like they did in the 1960s. The original series of films might not be the most intelligent films ever made, but they did try to come up with some thought behind them, and were certainly, at least in the case of the first film, intelligently written.
Published by Leonie Manning 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +1 votes | 0 comments
One could imagine the early production meetings and director Lee Tamahori going "I'm going to make a movie set in 80s Iraq but it will be about the rise and fall of an 80s criminal!" He's clearly aware of the doubts about Yahia's veracity and seems quite content to make what is essentially an Arabic gangster thriller. If you want proof of this, the '91 Gulf war only gets a passing reference and it's literally that: a passing reference. Forget about politics. The movie has other things to deal wi...
Published by Leonie Manning 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
I've had disappointments in the past with films where the director filmed the screenplay he wrote; too many directors are more oriented to nice-looking visuals and so construct a weak story with flat characters just to make something that looks visually stunning. Joe Cornish is not one of them. The story by itself is pretty simple, although there are quite a few characters running around. If you don't like ensemble casts, you may find this annoying. But the characters are written and acted well,...
Published by Leonie Manning 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +3 votes | 0 comments
“In death, there is nothing to say.” This is the tagline of “Monsieur Lazhar,” a Canadian movie about loss and the struggle to free from such grief. The movie is set in a primary school in Montreal, Canada where students must face the trauma from their teacher’s suicide, while their new teacher Monsieur Lazhar is also carrying a painful past.
Published by Guimo Pantuhan 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +14 votes | 3 comments
The story line was simplistic enough for children to understand while also satisfying those adults who grew up on The Smurfs. I'm not much for spoiler alerts but in light of it being a children's film, one has to understand that life does go back to normal for The Smurfs by the end of the film. The Smurfs defeat the evil Gargamel and then they make it back to their world in the Smurf village.
Published by Leonie Manning 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
The Big Valley's Days of Wrath debuted on Monday night, January 8, 1968. Michael Strong guest stars as Cass Hyatt, a vengeful ex-con who kills Jarrod Barkley's new bride Beth. Regulars Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors and Barbara Stanwyck are also joined in the cast by Sandra Smith, Kevin Hagen, Peter Hobbs, Jon Lormer and Douglas Kennedy.
Published by William J. Felchner 62 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +4 votes | 0 comments
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