Gacy House, 8213 (2010) 
- Positives: At least their focus supposed to be a paranormal
investigation of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Use of cameras, and
other (few) paranormal equipment, room to room searching.
- Negatives: Where do I start. Where half of them acted professional,
the other half acted like childish cowards. A sold claim of true story
especially that they were viciously attacked and all found dead, if
this were true to would have made national news headlines. Major
paranormal groups like PRS, Ghost Adventures or TAPS would have filmed
investigations them selves, if they did I never heard about it. Very
little use of real paranormal equipment. A ton of cameras, probably
just for movie propping, and 1 or 2 things like EMF detector and/or K2
meter. Each team member would have had each piece of proper equipment.
Over all it sucked and lie as a true story and an insult for a real
investigation. A total rip of Blair Witch meets Paranormal Activity. It
was a claimed true story and compared to Blair Witch and Paranormal
Activity. Although the Gacy person and murders were true, this movie
and so called investigation as a joke. It lacked a Ton.
Get On Up (2014) 
seemed to be an accurate biopic, produced by Mick Jagger. Of course who
doesnt know James Brown's music but I HONESTLY KNEW NOTHING about his
personal and young life. Its really shocking. Didnt know Little Richard
was a major influence. The man came literally from nothing, horrible
parents and began his music life in jail. Its worth watching if your
into history like me and enjoy music history.
Godzilla (2014) [3.5] (Spoilers)
Seemed they attempted to represent his size and look from 1954, roar
was a bit off but definitely loud. His bad breath looked better than
original. Also seems script had him tail the other monsters rather than
humans and bldgs. Script for his origin stayed but also modernizing
with atomic and nuclear locations/knowledge. Both 1998 and 2014
versions of U.S. Military helped were a plus. The bridge attacks on
Godzilla remind you of the 1998 bldg hits.
Negatives: Spite Godzilla
faces off other monsters (which is actually new since being the 60th
annv of original, he was by himself) the creatures seem like a rip or
copy of Cloverfield. The humans reaction to ending was strange. But its
a repeat of what original Godzilla's always did.
Godzilla vs Monster Zero (1965) 
Notes: This 6th film in
the Godzila series was known by a few others names (Invasion of Astro
Monster, King Ghidorah, War of the Monsters)
Positives: Flaky but
interesting alien planet contact story (you wonder where "V" got its
story from)...Godzilla does not like to be controlled but when Ghidorah
takes off in first fight, Gz delivers a strange dance or frustrated
temper-tantrum "get back here!"
Negatives: The golden era of
science fiction may have had interesting aliens and names but there
costumes were pizz poor flaky/ugly. In the previous movie which
involved a 3 way fight then 3-1 monster fight saw Goz, Rodan standing
around watching Ghidorah take off losing and Mothra returning home...In
this film, the aliens find Gz and Rodan in the same area (under
water:Gz, incased in mountain rock face; Rodan), no explanation. The
aliens take Gz and Rodan via a flying force field to their
planet....Even though they said they couldnt fight Ghidorah on their
planet, why couldnt they in case him in the force field lke Gz/Rodan. A
sorta repeated ending for this film.
Graduate, The (1967) [3.5]
Positives: I beginning to understand why certain movie's were voted
into the 100 list. It's amazing how many movies copied (barrowed)
lines/scenes, so in a way it's out of respect or admiration for a film.
I remember the ending of Waynes World 2 and they copied pretty much the
entire wedding scene in the Graduate. But man, when I read the plot for
this. I had to see it. This married woman literally just pushed him and
he replied with no choice. I could partially relate. Great script.
Negatives: Possibly its era, backgrounds would have been better suited
in 1980's or 1990's. It would down right ridiculous for Ann Brancroft
to be throwing herself at young Dustin Hoffman, get a life although
thats the story. And it's scripted for him to just give in?
Grease (1978) [3.5]
Filled with almost all star cast and if not helped push rising stars,
the movie lived up to its era that it represented. Alot of great music
from the cast as well as background music from Rock-n-Roll era.
As popular as the particular love songs are and do respect their aspect
for the plot/script/story as well great singing by the female cast I
have bever been a huge fan of love story type movies.
Greased Lighting (1977) 
True story of Wendell Scott, the first black NASCAR driver. Always
loved Richard Pryor movies. Shows how NASCAR evolved from Moonshiners
out running the law.
Negatives: Late in the film, does show a
montage of his years in competing in NASCAR but does not how Scott's
problems getting into NASCAR just as he had problems with
racism/acceptance in local races. Apparently Wendell Scott competed
with NASCAR legends such Richard Petty. I assume names were changed.
Also, is it me or I dont see blacks in even NASCAR racing today.
Green Lantern (2011) 
- Positives: They really
dove deep into comic history (Notes: Which I though was rare although
like Transformers was mix of comic and cartoon history).
A lot of outer space adventure, story and characters which were very
good. Not a selfish one super hero view although it was supposed to be,
good script did not stay or end up like that.
- Negatives: Only a few
things I found very different rather than negative: How Hal Jordon is
found by alien is slightly different and the enemy character
Parallax in the comics was a Green Lantern turned into god figure where
the movie it as a large cosmic alien sorta. I personally never really
the Green Lantern character but had great respect for him. Know origin
from cartoons rather than comics. That's why I probably wouldn't watch
Hansel & Gretel (2013) 
Positives: There are been
several goods movies out lately, this among them. The movie's script
really took the classic fairy tale literally from a beginning and
turned it into a "Witchbusters". Very impressed with witch make up,
script, scenes, actors. Spite that Gretel was far more adult with foul
language she sold it.
Negatives: Again and
Again Im not a fan of children being in horror type films, although
they were not infants it does follow original fairy tale quite
literally which is great but Im that actors should start as adults not
Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
Positives: Good story, characters, background, CGI.
Negatives: Many movies in history have sequals with part numbers but
this is a strange title. It sorta makes sense after watching to lead
movie/part. I was never a big fan of magic story type movies. Honestly
had to push myself to even watching all of them on dvd.
Will check out and rate final chapter "Deathly Hallows Part 2".
Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows Part 2 
Positives: Interesting story and climactic finish.
Negatives: Only their
futures I questioned. Harry was so popular he should have become a
teacher at Hogwarts. And among the
male/female relationships who ended up with who I disagree with.
Help, The (2011) [3.5]
Postitives: Script, Actors, Scenes. Seems its supposed to be based on actual true accounts. I
would say the toilets in the lawn was poetic justice and laugh your a**
off even compared
to the sick pie matter. This would be a female ROOTS
Negatives: Ironically difficult to watch for harsh racism and needed for equality between employer/employee
Horrible Bosses (2011)
[2: Needed Improvement]
Positives: Cross The
Hangover (backwards) with 9-5. Fair to I guess cool ending.
Negatives: Since I never
worked in offices I can't for sure if bosses would be really like that,
but we have all had our share of bad employers,
but being a movie it was probably exaggerated a bit. Took half
the movie for real comedy to start.
Ides of March, The (2011) 
Positives: Actors, Story, Scenes
Probably needed more major actors besides George Clooney, Marisa Tomei
and Phillip Hoffman. Though a dry dialogue, story has alot of elements
that current "dirty politics"
aka scandals have surfaced in past 15 years.
Inglorious Basterds 
Positives: Although VERY fictional I can why it was Oscar
nominated. Though very graphic and respectfully so, as well as an
ingenious idea of how WWII could have ended rather than D-Day
Negatives: It is was'nt
for some boring dialogue it would give it a 3.5
Insidious  (2010)
Positives: If you like movies on haunted houses, noises, stuff moving,
paranormal groups, psychics, etc. Different excuse other than
possession, as well as
not bad demon/ghost appearances.
Negatives: This is
several rips on past movies with the above items listed. Also a poor
excuse of a paranormal groups and equipment. Also very poor title.
(2014)  Interstellar
A cross between 2001 A Space Odyssey and Buck Rogers in the 25th
Century...Story/plot take a very LONG and vague time to understood but
it's moments work. The computer robot IS VERY INTERESTING AND
DIFFERENT. Especially when travels.
Negatives: HOLY, 3 hours and 1
minute! That has to be the longest sci fi film in history. The plot
that Earth is coming to an end IS VERY VAGUE WHY. The family material
is difficult to watch, doubt any real parent would do what he did
although how it turns out in the end is a supposed to plot.
Interview, The (2014) [3.5]
UNBELIEVABLY FUNNY!!!I If you liked The Hangover and American Pie
films, you will love this! Some scenes were very graphic (actually as
seem to go as far as bloody as a horror film) but are ironically funny)
I have to assume that Kim Jong Un does not speak fluent English as film
portrays (but never heard him speak either)...Also not as funny as film
portrays since the real life one is angry at this film. One definite
thing, you have to assume that NK government and its guards are not as
lenient when it comes to searching and listening/watching people inside
their own bldgs.
Into The Storm (2014) [3.5]
much more extreme if not nerve wrecking jump off your seat remake of
1996 Twister. Seems more accurate to damage and wind speed that real
twisters would probably produce. Apparently some NON CGI elements are
true, due to the tank type vehicle does exist (can be found on
Negatives: As accurate as this seems to real tornadoes
spite the obvious CGI effects, the tank's spikes into ground will not
hold especially with the tornadoe picking up trucks, airplanes, bldgs,
etc. There are several fictional/probable elements that people could
not survive such disasters that are shown in this film even though real
life tornadoe survivors do.
Iron Lady, The (2011) 
I have always been a fan of biographical movies. Was definitely
interested in this one, due to growing in the 1980's she had just been
elected to Prime Minister.
The movie contains key moments of UK
history WWII, economical problems, riots, her problem as a woman in
climbing the political ranks. Although Meryl Streep I guess
good portrayal: Leonardo Deparpio and her proved anyone can play anyone
with Hollywood makeup. One thing during the 1980's was although
Margaret Thatcher was Prime
Minister, it seemed either the news or the country made Queen Elizbeth II more important.
most part of it was the music, like most anyone movie a little music or
major can work if done/used rightly proportional. But in this, it
Especially during dialogue which hindered.
I Spit On Your Grave (2010) 
Comments (Difficult to simply rate with positive/negative): A remake of
a controversial 1978 movie I only knew by rep due to its brutual rape
scene. Of course Im no fan of such horrible matter especially when
afternoon soap operas show such matter also. I said to my wife why dont
we just skip to the revenge chapters. We decided to watch and if it
gets to upsetting we will fast forward.
Well the girl being by herself in the middle of redneck woods, being a
toothpick and vaguely flirting with locals. Things like that you bring
the attention. Although she was'nt, women who wear skirts, make up and
"flirt" expect a male to just stand there and take that. Thankfully Im
Anyway, the infamous attack scene, well Ive seen worse in The Accused
and a few others. Being a slasher film fan Im into killer and revenge
scenes. But were very well created. It stuns me how any female can
psychologically and physically can place themselves in such a
The revenge scenes are truly awesome. You definitely need a stomach for
it. But for its controversial rape scene: Death Wish 1 & 2, The
Accused, Casualties of War and a few others were definitely far worse
than this was described as.
J. Edgar (2011) 
Positives: If you don't know the history of FBI or Hoover (although most know by name/rep) definitely a movie to watch.
After watching I read wikipedia for movie's accuracy. It was announced Hoover's history of being "gay"and "cross dresser"
were questionable, movie did push this but not enough to be overly disgusting. My wife and I are fans of much of today's law
enforcement shows such as Law and Order SVU and past shows like NYPD Blue, etc. So its very interesting if not stunning
to learn Hoover literally invented "finger printing and forensics".
Negatives: As much as I respect actor Leonardo Decaprio, I don't think he was the right choice for Hoover. He proves
that with a ton of make up anyone can look "large". There is nothing online (maybe by witnesses or other books, but I found
nothing online claiming that Hoover personally was onsite or made "collar" of historical criminals.
and Jill (2011) 
Positives: Script, Scenes
Negatives: Im sorry and as much as I tried to appreciate
Adam Sandler he did a poor twin female (sister). A ton of cameos. Adam
as the brother is only thing actually worked.
Something told I
wouldn't like this but from the second I realize he was portraying his
own twin sister, although a comical script, this one just plain (blows
Jaws [3.5] (1975)
Positives: Script, scenes, actors. Sells to the end as they Schieder,
Dreyfuss and Shaw board the boat. When the making of documentary was
released, its truly amazing to learn the shark was fake and production
really believed the movie would be a flat failure. The shark you swear
was real! Alot of great script lines; "Your gonna need a bigger boat."
Negatives: Opening of girl being yanked down like a yo-yo by a 25 foot
shark, giant mouth and sharp teeth was so lame but then vaguely shown
in pieces during Dreyfuss' coroner scene?
Jaws 2  (1978)
Positives: I guess shark scenes and Roy Schieder.
Negatives: Too many people scenes than shark attack scenes. Ending
killing shark scene was lame. Shieder should have been burned if not
eletricuted himself being so close to shark bit the power line.
Jaws 3 [3.5] (1983)
Positives: Not the matter of attempt at 3D but it did apparently help
in body part shots. Alot of profile actors. Ending was sorta cool.
Negatives: Having killer shark in sea world type location was ok at
best. Mention of baby shark?
Jaws: The Revenge  (1987)
Positives: Profile actors, return of wife character Ellen Brody and her
kids dealing with shark helped sell. Only shark chase at ending using
instrument to give shark a headache was cool.
Negatives: Most of movie bad story, mention of Martin Brody dieing of
heart attack sucked. Although the gun shot flash back from first Jaws
was cool and wife's idea to ram shark with boat seemed to sell. But the
shark stood up in the air in the ocean????
JESSABELL (2014) 
Story, scenes-depictions of voodoo were interesting, Louisiana Bayou
scenes, Shocking scenes & tragic scenes, especially opening scene-
OMG! Ending is strange, who got out of the lake?
title sounds like "Jezebel" another word for whore or tramp which isnt
the case in this. Scenes that involve the attacks seem to copy a Freddy
Krueger suicide basis.
Note: This was alot more interesting to watch than Oujia (2014)
Karate Kid [3.5] (1984)
Positives: All actors, characters were great. Pat Morita sold as the
wise old Karate teacher. Movie sells all the way to end when Daniel's
Negatives: It's obvious all enjoys the story of the comeback kid from
being bullied (but not me since I am a survivor of bullies). Ending was
so phony. Why would tournament final opponent Johnny, who is announced
as two time champion, walk into a telegraphed kick by Daniel who is
standing on one leg.
Karate Kid  (1989)
Positives: Interesting, far more and vicious opponents for both Daniel
and Mr. Miyagi. Like how Terry Silver and bad student Mike played a
fight with each other in one scene.
Negatives: Several actually, very little tournament scenes, only at end
but story/script and antagonist characters kept pushing for Daniel to
fight in tournament. We learned rules for tournament changed that
Daniel only had to fight and defend title in final match. That would be
infair to likes of first movie antagonist Johnny. Mr. Mayagi who kept
replying Karate for defense only refused to retrain Daniel, gives in
when he realizes is former rival Creese returned with backup. Mayagi
takes them all out but Daniel does not get involved in confrontation.
Seems Daniel would lose to a much more powerful fighter in Mike Barnes
than Johnny ever was. The outside interference should have disqualified
Barnes. Barnes just stands there was Daniel begins showing
strange training moves. Such a powerful and badass opponent would have
figured out all that. First movie to not have a love interest, it's
vaguely teased (he hangs out with a girl but she rebuttals to have a
Killer Elite  (2011)
Positives: After reading that this was a remake of the Sam
Peckinpah 1975 movie, I could see Peckinpah's style in it
(fighting, car chasing, etc).
Negatives: Even the
critics, such as Rotten Tomatoes, gave negatives reviews. Plot, story
and major actors needed improvements. Even Robert Deniro
couldn't save it.
Kong  (1933)
- Positives: For it's time, (I wouldn't have known this thanks to
disc 2) the almost new stop animation of turned out pretty good, but
still not too giant. The backgrounds were also pretty good. Fay Wray
was a good screamer, probably the inventor of it. In disc 2 of the
special edition dvd they show a newly created stop
animation lost scene "the spider pit scene". Very well done.
- Negatives: Not a very good story, a movie director or producer
is pretty much
ordering a crew of roughnecks around on their own ship and they almost
accept it. Were they top actors for the time, but if that were the case
it would have taken away from the ape star. Although the 1976 remake
proved that wrong.
Last Exorcism Part II, The (2013) 
Positives: Seemed to be a sequal, of course part 2, also seemed
to copy or rip on Exorcist II (which was no where no a critical hit).
This girl seemed survive/escape part 1 and attempt to forget thru
therapy, group home and alledged friends. But things like this are
never go away let alone forgotten. Infact as a copy of Exorcist II, the
demon returns. So it's interesting to watch people try to help her, and
for her to accept help.
Negatives: I knew almost immediately it was a copy or rip on
Exorcist II but didnt mind. You might think a remake. But the only real
problem I found was "HOW" the (spoiler), demon eventually got a hold of
her. The ending also has a strange apocolyptic end.
Lawless (2012): 
Actors, Script, Set Designs. This was apparently based on true story.
It was said NASCAR originated from moonshiners souping
up their vehicles running from the law.
Although it was continously claimed true fact, the patriarch character
Forrest was practically invincible. Being shot several times, throat
slit, falls in a frozen link drunk, he still kept getting up? Maybe
so...But difficult to believe. As corrupt as law officials can be and
know if even protect locals. Who would they actually shoot or protect, their own versus the money of
Logan's Run (1976) 
Actors casted are great for this one especially Michael York. Movie
critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert said it had a vaguely similar plot
to Planet of the Apes...Very true...Instead of apes it was computers.
The guns used were interesting, not typical phasers. The old man and
vine covered Washington D.C. apocalyptic setting really sold for
backgrounds in the ending.
Negatives: (SPOILERS) Putting aside the
plot that computers took over, made a dystopian/uptopia and demand
everyone die at 30...The roles Logan and Frances are, are called
"Sandmen"? WTF does that even mean, never explained...But their job is
to prevent people escaping the entertainment of dieing which is an
alledged lie of coming back. The entertainment of those dieing reaching
the age of 30 is called 'Carousel', THIS THING OR EVENT IS DOWN RIGHT
WEIRD, its literally a WTF scene?