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The Secret life of Walter Mitty (2013)


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This is hands down the most beautiful movie I’ve seen this year. It made me laugh and feel warm on the inside and it managed to do something to me that no other movie (with the exception of Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (2001)) has done with its ending… namely feeling tingly all over of joy ’cause of an ending that is pure perfection.

Visually this is just stunning, I loved the Greenland and Iceland sequences. Especially the longboard part … to top it off it has a perfect soundtrack (added to my spotify playlist for sure). It’s my favorite Ben Stiller movie by far and it has a very high rewatchability factor too. It’s like on the level of 2-3 times a year which is very high for me at least as I watch a lot. I like Kristen Wiig in this one ’cause she’s not an annoying character this time (wasn’t a big fan of Bridesmaids). The eHarmony calls were good fun too… Some good cameos in this movie too.

This is a feelgood movie everyone should have on their must see list. It’s definitely the movie I’m the most happy about buying in 2014 and top of my fave-list this year thus far.

Other movies directed by Ben Stiller worth seeing would be Tropic Thunder (2008), Zoolander (2001), Reality Bites (1994) and The Cable Guy (1996). I’m a bit excited about the upcoming Zoolander sequel, not even in the works yet tho…

..I rate this move 10/10 stars..


We’re the Millers (2013)


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It’s been a few months since I bought this movie, no clue while I waited so long watching it. I think it’s got something about awkward scenes and this one has a few (it just makes me uncomfortable)… even so, I was pretty much laughing my arse off throughout the movie. The Orca was just hillarious… scene after scene so good… and Jennifer’s repairshop strip scene *jaw droppingly epic*. I’m a fan of Molly C. Quinn (Castle) so that’s an added bonus even tho it’s just a small cameo.

I also enjoyed seeing Matthew Willig as that tall scary looking fellow working for the Mexicans. Not quite the charming fellow I knew from NCIS but he’s always a delight to see in movies, scary or not. Overall I knew a few faces in the movie by name but there seem to be a lot of people I couldn’t quite place (my memory just isn’t what it used to). Simply said, what I’ll remember the most about this movie is gonna be Jennifer, the spider scene and the Orca… and yes I’d watch this movie again and again for sure ’cause it’s that type of movie. Conclusion, I don’t regret buying it before watching it…

As I check out the director (Rawson Marshall Thurber) resume I notice there is a sequel rumored. I’d watch that for sure :) Rawson previously did Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008).

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..

Oh, and do check out the bloopers during the end credits. Hillarious !


Rapture-Palooza (2013)


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As I clicked not interested on Netflix I noticed that Anna Kendrick was in the movie so I ended up pressing play instead just after. At the start it actaully looked like it might end up on my favorite movies of the year list but the anti-christ part ruined it. I was laughing my arse off ’cause of the “Suffer” yelling locust and falling molten lava stone and blood rain there in the start, enjoying Anna’s character (and that dude from Bones)… then Craig Robinson (Anti-Christ) showed up and the story took a turn towards yawnfest valley… It all got saved because of the hillarious lawn moving dead guy and the pot smoking wraiths. I’d totally watch this again at some point tho I’d appreciate a fan edit without Satan and just focus on the rapture.

On a personal note I don’t find it believeable that people would make mayhem on earth after they remove all the religious people. I think it would be a blissful existence without them to be honest. No judgement, no wars, no biggotry… just pure be who you are, love and peace… Heaven on earth.

The director, Paul Middleditch, previously did Separation City (2009) and A Cold Summer (2003). A more interesting thing is that this is written by Chris Matheson whome wrote the Bill & Ted movies.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


The Machine (2013)


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Let me start by saying I chose to watch this movie because of the cover. To whomever designed it, kudoes… it’s freaking stunning. I didn’t recognize the woman of the cover but when the movie started I was glad to see Caity Lotz (Black Canary in the tv-series Arrow). She’s been in a few movies I’ve seen lately, I like her. Her character in this is pretty cool as well. She’s a good fit to put it mildly. Stunning and deadly yet adorably innocent.

Then there is Toby Stephens (Captain Flint in the new tv-series Black Sails), I like him too. It’s great to find new faces on the big screen tho Toby’s been around for a while. I just haven’t really noticed-noticed him before Black Sails came along, even tho he was in the tv-series Vexed which I loved.

Sure, I loved Caity and Toby in this but the one I’m really gonna remember tho is Pooneh Hajimohammadi whome I’ve never seen before ever. She plays Suri and she’s freakin’ breathtaking. That character deserves a movie on it’s own… oh, and about this movie universe. I found it pretty interesting, in fact I wouldn’t mind if they made more movies from it (beginning with Suri). Sometimes you just come over science fiction and fantasy movies where you wish they built more on the movie universe they already created. It feels like such a waste to make a movie and then throw it all out (which is why I love sequels in most cases).

The Machine might not be the most interesting movie I’ve seen ever but I still enjoyed the characters and atmosphere of it. Not a movie I’d watch over and over but I’d probably watch it again at some point. The director Caradog W. James hasn’t really made anything else but I hope to see more from him in the future.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Scary Movie 5 (2013)


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I can’t remember any other series that gets better for each movie but this (number 5) is the best out of all of the spoofers made thus far… in my opinon at least. I’m not sure if it’s spoofing The Grudge or The Ring but I liked the Paranormal activity spoof way better than A hounted house (which wasn’t funny at all). The little kids were funny, especially the rabid one (felt like a Croods spoof). The Black Swan spoof wasn’t all that funny but the rest made up for it, I haven’t laughed this much of a scary movie flick ever. The Snoop seqments was good, actually better than good. My favorite part was the Cabin in the woods part, I just about pissed myself laughing.

For a while there I thought Ashley Tisdale was Brittany Murphy (may she rest in peace, I miss her), it kind of weirded me out. Nice to see Lindsay Lohan even tho it’s a tiny cameo. Oh, and the Heather Locklear ballet birth segment just about cracked me up as well… I also could swear I heard Morgan Freeman narrate the movie but it wasn’t. I guess they use soundalikes too now, it kind of gave it that extra piff tho so kudos for that.

The movie is directed by Malcolm D. Lee who previously did Undercover Brother (2002) and The Best Man  (1999). It’s also directed by David Zucker who did Police Squad! (1982) and Scary Movie 3 and 4 besides this one.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

Oh, and I’d totally watch this one again at some point…


Scary Movie 3 (2003)


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Finally got to see the third movie (wasn’t available at Netflix when I had my Scary movie week). It’s actually not bad for a spoof movie, nothing like A haunted house, thank God. Sure, there are some stupid humor but some days I like stupid and today was one of those days. Scary movie 3 spoofs movies like Signs, 8 mile and the Ring.

The only stupid thing about this movie is the lighthouse matrix 3 scene. I would have edited it out cause it wasn’t even funny. Hell, even in matrix i thought it was a yawnfest… Same goes for the MJ sequence… never really saw the fun of it. Loved the Simon Cowell part tho… and quite a few funny parts in this so I enjoyed it a little.

Director David Zucker previously did Top Secret!  (1984), Ruthless people (1986) and lots of other spoof movies.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..


The Final Countdown (1980)


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It’s been a few decades since I watched this the last time. I knew it as USS Nimitz back then and in the years after I watched it I’ve mistaken it for The Philadelphia Experiment quite a few times *laughs* It’s the main reason it took me some years to watch that movie. Anyway, It’s nice to watch a movie 20+ years later. Back when my grandpa got the family’s first VCR I used to watch a lot of warmovies and it’s nice to see some old familar faces like Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Charles Durning and James Farentino.

Feels a bit weird to watch it again today, it’s not like there were to impressive effects back then but the storytelling makes up for it… and it’s nice to watch a movie that barely have any CGI (unless you count that uhmm storm) for once. Not to impressed with the makeup on Mr.Tideman but other than that, no complaints. A bit boring at times but I still enjoyed seeing it again.

Director Don Taylor (1920-1998) is credited for 92 movies on imdb.com which is a pretty impressive lifework if you ask me. He did Damien: Omen II (1978), Escape from the planet of the Apes (1971) and loads of tv-series back in the 50′s and 60′s.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Mean Girls (2004)


meangirlsThis movie always make me feel like a teen again as I hated high school more than anything and the click thingie just brings back memories. Mean girls is also a pretty good movie filled with lots of cliches, great karma and the occational hillariousness. I find Amanda Seyfried to be quite adorable in this movie, I bet she had a lot of fun playing around with the character. I used to dream about having the kind of friendships Cady (Lindsay Lohan) has with Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese)… but since I hate people I settle for just dreaming about it.

Even tho I love Lindsey, to me it’s Tina Fey who’s the eyecandy of the movie :P I miss Lindsey on screen tho, I’ve been a fan since The Parent Trap (1998). I know she’s been in stuff as of late but nothing real big. Mean girls has a pretty impressive cast come to think about it. I notice a lot more actors/actresses now as many of the “kids” has been in more stuff since I first watched this ten years ago. Like Diego Klattenhoff (Shane Oman) who’s in Homeland and The Blacklist.

This is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve seen this movie and I just about enjoy it just as much every time in spite of the bad memories… I guess the karma part of it makes up for it and they managed to give it a happy ending which is more than I can say for most peoples high school experience. Oh, one can dream ey ? Reunions… keep’em away from me, just sayin’.

Director Mark Waters previously did Freaky Friday  (2003) and then Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). I’ll probably be checking out Vampire Academy (2014) at some point hoping it’s nothing like Twilight with sparkly stuff.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


The Iceman (2012)


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I felt like I was back in the 80′s when I watched this one ’cause Winona Ryder looked just like she did back then doing movies. Absolutely breathtaking she is… I don’t know how women manage to stay young for so long whilest I age at four times their speed… Oh well, The Iceman was a pretty awesome movie. I kinda feel bad for cheering on a serial killer, I’m pretty sure I’m ment to feel a different way but I kind of though they managed to glamourize the villain. I know I’ve seen Michael Shannon somewhere before but I can’t place him. After seeing this I’m pretty sure I’ll remember him ’cause he did a great job in The Iceman. That being said I can’t underline enough how insanlely cool Chris Evans is in this movie, he was freaking awesome as Mr.Freezy. The disqo scene was just epic…

Seeing Ray Liotta and Robert Davi as mobster is just a perfect fit every freakin time but the most memorable of the douchy goodfellas was David Schwimmer as Rosenthal. Hell, I wanted to see him with cement boots before I got half way into the movie. I almost didn’t recognize him at first. James Franco has a tiny tiny cameo in the flick yet his name is on the cover which I find kinda weird with a huge a-list cast like this. There are at least 2-3 names I’d put there before even considering a cameo no matter how big the name doing the cameo.

The Iceman is based on a true story *gasps* and is probably one of the better movies in the biographical category I’ve ever seen for sure. Director Ariel Vromen has previously done two movies ; Rx  (2005) and Danika  (2006). After seeing this I think I’d check out the two other ones if they chose to cross my path at some time.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Trouble with the Curve (2012)


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So… I keep putting new Eastwood movies off and everytime I watch’em I am really enjoying myself. It’s just something about movies with the baseball atmosphere. I should just dedicate a weekend to baseball movies ’cause there are so many good ones. Trouble with the curve has such a great cast too and some pretty cool cameos. The story itself isn’t really anything new but I still love the personas in this one. Eastwood fits the character so well with the dark grumpy yet intelligent persona and Adams the troubled smart and delightful daughter. I’ve always liked Justin Timberlake, as an artist in music and as an actor. Lillard is a good cast as the douchy scout manager (seems like he keeps getting those type parts).

The movie is kinda predictable when it comes to the pitcher tho… but that’s such a small part that I didn’t think much of it. I just love movies with good and bad karma involved :) This movie gave me the same feelgood feeling Gran Torino did (tho not quite as good but I enjoyed it).

This might be Robert Lorenz first credit as a director but he also worked on Million Dollar Baby (2004), Blood Work (2002) and Gran Torino (2008). In fact I’m pretty sure he’s had a hand in every Eastwood movie since Blood work.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..

 


Getaway (2013)


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Not really sure why I took my time to watch this movie. It’s basically fetish porn for car enthusiasts and crash addicts. Not really a very engaging story tho it kind of has an impressive overall casting with Jon Voight, Bruce Payne, Ethan Hawke and even a cameo from Paul Freeman (Indiana Jones : Raiders of the Lost Ark). I kind of liked Selena Gomez but the story wasn’t all that. Some cool car chase scenes tho, I’ll give it that. Personally tho, I look forward to Need for Speed… this one I’ll forget pretty fast.

Director Courtney Solomon previously did Dungeons & Dragons (2000) which was kinda cool. I’m also planning to see the new Van Damme movie Enemies Closer (2013) which he has a producer credit (let’s hope it’s better than Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning which was utter crap and i turned off after less then 20 minutes and never finished, yep he had a hand in that as well). Anyway…

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

(I really feel like I’m being kind with this rating).


Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2014)


Mega_Shark_Versus_Mecha_SharkI’m not the one to complain when a new shark movie shows up on my Netflix frontpage. In fact I love these low budget exaggerated movies where sharks jumps up 10,000 feet in the air to take out planes or om nom nom subs like they were made of flesh. It’s freakin hillarious. Personally I think Michael Bay should go remake these movies instead of pissing of fans going for Ninja Turtles. I doubt he could ruin these movies… just sayin’.

It took me a few seconds to recognize Christopher Judge (Teal’c in Stargate). When it came to acting he was pretty much the only good thing about the movie if you take the shark parts out of it. Some stuff they could have dropped, like the kid backstory (as she seemed about as affected by that incident as someone passing gas in another country). I love how the female protagonist was sad for 2 1/2 second then the next it’s like those 2 seconds never happened (made me laugh).

I couldn’t quite place Elisabeth Röhm but I remember seeing those eyes somewhere before and it turns out she’s been in American Hustle, the tv-series Angel, Beauty and the best and Heroes so I guess my movie/tv-memory is fading a bit faster than I’d like. I was surprised to find out that the person I classified as the eye candy of the movie was Deborah Gibson (Debbie Gibson), a singer from the 80′s (she’s like 3 years older than me and still looks like she’s 15 years younger than me *jealous*). I love those none expected cameos in movies.

This isn’t a movie I’d watch again but I sure loved that they spoofed scenes from previously made movies in this genre. It has humor, bad acting, an annoying kid, journalist snafu and shark subs… what’s not to like for 90 minutes. I sure was smiling there for most of the movie.

Director Emile Edwin Smith hasn’t directed anything special before but he’s worked on visual effects on Sharknado (2013) and Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014). He’s also worked on Buffy (1997), Firefly (2002-2003), Battlestar Galactica (2003) and Century City (2004) to mention a few.

..I rate this movie 3/10 stars..

(I might give poor rating due to acting and poor story but I still love movies like this)


The Cabin in the Woods (2012)


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I’ve heard friends talk about this movie for years but never really given it a second thought ’cause I never really prioritize watching movies in the horror genre as I’m a puny scared soul that jumps just from the smallest sound sitting alone in my room at night. I first thought I’d give it a go when I heard it was written produced by Joss Whedon (Buffy,Angel,Dollhouse and Firefly).

I knew I’d like the movie already within the first minutes of it when I saw Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman in West Wing), he’s such a great actor and ozes charisma. Teamed up with Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) and Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse and Person of Interest) we were already off to a pretty awesome start.

I must admit I was crushing on Kristen Connolly as Dana, it might be the character but I’m pretty sure the red hair helped me swooning (ok, so I got a weakness for redheads). The scene truth or dare scene with the mounted wolf was kinda hot thanks to Anna Hutchison, now where the f’ did they find her? (Ah, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, she played Laeta).

Overall I must say that I was very positively surprised by this movie even tho I’ve only heard good things. Awesome creatures, scary zombies, the comedy, the soundtrack and the atmosphere was just perfect. To me this was the funniest horror comedy since Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010).

The director of this movie, Drew Goddard, has previously worked on the tv-series Alias and Lost. He’s also credited for directing the pilot of the upcoming tv-serie Daredevil (squedualed for 2015).

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


The Big Wedding (2013)


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Hadn’t heard of this one before then noticed Katherine Heigl being in it so I just had to see it… Insanely impressive cast in this flick with De Niro, Sarandon, Keaton, Williams and then some. I pretty much knew I was up for a great piece of entertainment just from the cast. I mean how can you possibly fuck up a movie with a cast like this, it’s people that would make the phonebook sound interesting.

I’ll always swoon throughout a movie when Kat is in it so just that alone was reason for me to enjoy it… but there are so many other reasons to as well even tho it’s kinda over the top at times. Madonna (Patricia Rae) cracked me up, kinda… and then there was Nuria (Ana Ayora) the dreamy sister that has no inhibitions from doing whatever. I found the relationship between her and Jared somewhat weird and offputting tho but come to think of it… it’s not like they were related by blood but still. Robin Williams made for a great priest and I loved the confessional.

It’s not a movie I watch over and over but I’m pretty sure that if it ever popped up on the telly when i was visiting family I’d end up watching it anyway ’cause it’s got some charm to it.

Director Justin Zackham previously wrote and produced The bucket list (2007) and he wrote the screenplay of One Chance (2013).

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


A Haunted House (2013)


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Uhmm, probably the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I have no clue what to even write after watching this. Oh well, the only thing I liked about this movie was the song that started playing with the end credits finally came along. It’s safe to say I won’t be wasting any time on the sequel (I’m kind of baffled that it even has a sequel). I’m also pretty proud that I managed to watch the whole movie without clicking it away (Netflix)… at least now I can justifyibly rate it as I’ve seen the whole thing.

After watching this I’ll also never bother with the Paranormal movies so I guess something good came out of this. Spending 90 minutes to save myself from spending x minutes on more movies like it. Hopefully Netflix won’t put movies like this on my top 10 recommended for me list again… ever…

Director Michael Tiddes hasn’t really done anything else tho has the sequel on the way. I think I’ll write this name down as a stay clear off for the future (I need write it down as my memory is horrible).

..I rate this movie 1/10 stars..


The Family (2013)


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This is one of those movies that drew me in with the trailer.. tho I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t seen the trailer I’d still watch it because of its cast or because Luc Besson made it as he’s never disappointed me in the past. Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones should do a movie together at least once every other year ’cause they we’re both great together in this one and I’d love to see that happen again. I really enjoyed the personalities of the characters in this movie, especially the daughter (Dianna Agron). Watching her beat that dude with a tennisracket made me smile… ok so I like people getting what’s coming to ‘em. The son (John D’Leo) was pretty cool too, in fact the whole family and the situations that emerged just made me enjoy the flick even more. The bbq mind incident just about made me giggle…

The family has a nice build up and even some predictability (I’d love to see a sequel where a certain math geek gets what’s coming tho.. just sayin’, shouldn’t spoil to much as it’s kind of predictable). Hell, I’d love a sequel nonetheless…

I already mentioned that this was made by Luc Besson, one of my favorite directors of all time. I just got excited by watching the trailer of his upcoming Lucy (2014) the other day. Now, I just checked imdb.com and found that there are 3 more Transporter movies on their way… Woohoo !!! That and it seems like Liam Neeson is getting into trouble again cause Taken 3 is on the way… Didn’t the villains learn anything from the two first movies ??? He’s gonna end up nuking Albania (or maybe villains finally come from somewhere else)… Oh well…. back to rating…

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


My best friend’s girl (2008)


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I totally fell in love with this movie the first time around and ordered it on dvd the same day. Now however I kind of find Jason Biggs‘s character Dustin to be kind of annoying. A bit to much… like me, kinda… well, like me but with a job. My favorite part of the movie is the sequence where Johnny Cash is playing and you know something’s about to happen (that’s pretty much the spoiler of my review).

I’m a fan of Dane Cook the stand-upper so I knew I would like him when I saw he started doing movies… and this is pretty much my favorite with him. When it comes to Kate Hudson, I think she’s a great actress like her mom. I just about love her and hate her in every movie depending on her character (a lot of annoying characters lately tho). It’s kinda weird but I can swear I remembered Lizzy Caplan‘s part being bigger… *sigh* oh well… I kind of love Hilary (Riki Lindhome) in this movie, that Christian girl. That would be my choice if I got do date a character. I imagine some hefty discussions so it wouldn’t be boring that’s for sure :) Ooo oo and Alec Baldwin is great in the part as the dad, he cracks me up everytime.

My best friend’s girl has a pretty cool soundtrack overall… I’ll probably be checking spotify after finishing my reviewing thingie to starr some songs (tho I fear it’s to old to find there as Spotify came long after 2008 as far as i know).

Director Howard Deutch previously did The Whole Ten Yards  (2004) which I love and Pretty in Pink (1986), ooo and not to forget Grumpier old men (1995) which is awesome. He’s also done some episodes on True Blood.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Rambo (2008)


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There are some places in the world I wouldn’t go, hell I wouldn’t go anywhere as I’ve got travel anxiety… and then some. It’s not that I don’t think the people of exotic countries are nice. The thing is, the ones running shit might not be… so if you wanna go places, don’t be naive or ignorant. It may cost you your life (ok so I’m a bit overly paranoid). Just to give an example, this girl from my country went to the middle east, got raped, spoke up about it, got arrested because of sex before marriage. Know the culture before going somewhere. Doing the right thing might get you in trouble some places, just sayin…

See, I can’t write a review without digressing from the movie when things annoy me. The worst thing is that I got more annoyed with the missionaries than with the scum soldiers… because I knew the soldiers eventually got to meet John Rambo whilest the missionaries might not even get to live to regret not listening to the protagonist in the first place whilest the good christians expect everything to be alright if they show up everywhere. It used to be believe in God or loose your head back in the day when the church wanted you to abandon your faith in the Norse mythology with Odin and Thor. I guess they got civilized after 900+ years of christianity but they are still bigots… hell, don’t even get me started on the subject… I always have this thought bubble where I shake my head when I see Christians sit on their high horse and spew opinions out on the masses.. That being said faith and hope are good and all, but some people… oh my, i digress again…

This Rambo movie is by far the most violent (understatement of the year) of them all. Heads and limbs flying through the air. Some scenes is actually cringeworthy… but that’s war I guess. It’s no walk in the park (I’d never make it as a soldier that’s for sure… I’ve tried as I had to). Didn’t remember Tim Kang (Cho from the Mentalist) being in it until I watched it this 3rd time. Matthew Marsden (School boy, the sniper) was kind of a cool character. Been a fan of Julie Benz since Buffy so her being in a movie is always a plus. She’s good at doing those naive but adorable characters (well, she’s good in authoritan roles as well Defiance/Boondock Saint’s 2 to mention 2). And I never grow tired of watching Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo… just bring on the next movies in the series. I don’t care if he’s doin them till this 120 years old. Such a good character.

Director and actor, Sylvester Stallone, has many things going at the moment. The Expendables 3 is in the works and number 4 on the way after that. He’s also doing Creed (guess that’s gonna be a part of the Rocky saga). He just finished Reach Me (2014) so that’s yet another one to put on my list of must sees. Not to forget Grudge Match (2013) which I haven’t gotten to just yet.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


The kids are all right (2010)


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Been wanting to watch this movie for some years now but never got around to it… until today, when it popped up on my Netflix front page. It has a pretty nifty cast… Mark Ruffalo seems to pop up in a lot of the stuff I’ve watched the last year, like him even tho it’s no Hulk smash in this one. The movie tho has kind of a lot of those awkward scenes and I actually had to fast forward passed Anette’s song at the dinner ’cause scenes like that is to much for me. There are some cringeworthy awkwardness but it’s still a beautiful movie. Ooo and Julianne Moore is in it which probably is 90% of the reason for me even considering it the first time around.

Ah, and I guess I don’t have to say that Josh Hutcherson is in it. Hunger games fans probably was all over this movie the second it hit the screen :) He’s a good actor I think. Like Mark he seems to be in a lot of movies lately. It’s not a movie I’d watch over and over but I’m glad I’ve seen it. It has quite a few moments and is kind of unpredictable in some ways yet some things one can see coming a mile away (see there I go cryptic again doing my best to avoid spoilers). Oh, and how can I not have noticed Mia Wasikowska (Joni) before. She was in Alice in Wonderland… guess my memory is as bad as I thought (not that I remember that movie at all).

I was trying to figure out where I’ve seen Yaya Alafia (Tanya) before but nah even after looking at imdb.com I’m drawing a complete blank. She must look like someone else… liked her tho.  Never heard of the director, Lisa Cholodenko before but I pictured her making at least one episode on The L Word cause this movie was well put together and that was a good show within the same type scenario so.. (don’t like to presume but I was right). She’s previously done movie like Laurel Canyon  (2002) and Cavedweller  (2004).

..I rated this movie 6/10 stars..


Miss Congeniality 2 (2005)


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This might be a bad bad movie but I still like it. It has Sandra Bullock, which in most cases is enough for me to be swooning throughout a movie. I also like the chemistry she has with Regina King whome I find quite believeable in those policing roles, especially after Southland. I’ve kind of gotten used to Treat Williams as the good guy recently after Everwood, but he fits the douchy characters as well… a man with many faces. Not the biggest fan of Diedrich Bader‘s part in the movie tbh… tho he does have his moments.

I can’t really find much to say about this flick other than I’m a sucker for Sandra’s snorting, adorability and clumsyness in her character. It seems like this is a movie I watch about every 5 years however bad it is (tho when I say bad… it’s not like it’s horrible, I guess I’ve seen to many good movies lately).

Director John Pasquin works on the brilliant tv-show Last Man Standing (2011-2014). He’s been doing mostly television since 1980 but he did do Santa Clause (1994).

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

 


Rumor has it (2005)


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Sometimes when I check imdb.com after watching a movie I ponder what the hell people are thinking, then of course I remember that we are all different and that’s what makes the world exciting and all that… but, a 5,5/10….? what ? This movie has me bawling my eyes out like a teenage girl… it has ups and downs and some fun parts even. A 5,5 ? man I give that to movies as a thank you for the entertainment but meh it was a nice timefiller.

Jennifer Aniston, I love her. Everytime I see her I just feel like giving her a hug… she’s got such kind eyes. Rumor has it has a pretty nifty cast with Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine and Richard Jenkins just to mention a few. I love Shirley’s character in this one, she’s such a charismatic woman in any movie. I can’t really realate to any character in the movie tho… well, kind of maybe but when it comes to relationships I’ll always stand on the outside looking in. I got all the shitty genes so I know I’m not adopted to put it that way. Yep, movies that makes one feel something are good movies to me and I can appreaciate being a loner ’cause crying infront of friends or family is not something I ever feel like doing so this was a nice movie to watch alone :)

I’ve seen this once before but it took me a while to come to the conflusion so it kinda felt like the first time… again. Ah, it’s a Rob Reiner movie. The man behind The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry met Sally (1989), Misery (1990) and A few good men (1992) just to mention a few.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Croods (2013)


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Dun-dun-duuuuh … ! Two animated movies in a short amount of time, so unlike me… and here I thought Frozen would stand alone on top for a while but Croods was actually even better. Way to go Dreamworks :)

There are so many aspects that makes this an entertaining movie; the creatures, the Croods behaviour, the gorgeous visuals and landscapes… I especially love the little girl that runs around like a wild rabid creature and the old grandma that Grug keeps wishing to perish but keeps getting disappointed. Croods has many many good moments, in fact the only bad thing about the movie was that it ended… oh, and I loved Belt :)

… at the end after the end credits there are a few seconds where that elephantmice plays their snouts as trumpets. Like 5 seconds but it was still fun to watch as I barely ever do sit through credits (I happend to read about the fact on imdb.com so I waited it out to see).

1 very familiar voice on this movie, Grug that has Nicholas Cage as a voice actor (he should do that more often, he seems like a good fit to voice acting on animated movies). Two more familiar names are Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds whome did Eep and Guy.

There are 2 directors on this movie; Kirk De Micco whome did Space Chimps (2008) and he was a producer on the documentary HALO: Freefall Warriors (2003).  Chris Sanders whome did How to train your dragon (2010), one of my all time favorite animated movies and Lilo & Stitch  (2002). They are both working on a sequel to Croods which is estimated to premiere in 2017 according to imdb.com.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Frozen (2013)


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Been following the fandom of this movie on tumblr for quite a while with gif and all and with every post the more I’ve been wanting to see it. It has a great attitude towards relationships compared to most Disney movies, I mean with the jumping into marriage with the first prince that comes along… oh yeah, kind of spoiler warning… and even tho I’m not really a big fan of snow in real life I love the visuals in this movie, it actually made me want to see snow outside (that feeling will however be short lived as when the cold sets in I’ll be dreaming of spring yet again).

According to newspapers in Norway the interest for tourism and such went up after this movie. Why ? because we have reindeers ? It felt more swedish to me with the Midsummer celebration thing they had going at the start of the movie. Oh well whatever. I loved the movie like I do most animated Disney flicks. Sure, I’m not much for musical type movies but it’s just something about the charming characters (the kid segment in the start was adorable). I loved Sven the reindeer, the boat scene and most of all Elsa the queen (voiced by Idina Menzel). She’s kind of reminds me of Regina in Once upon a time (tv-series), love her. The sister, princess Anna is voiced by one of my favorite female actresses Kristen Bell.

Frozen won 2 academy awards this year, 1. Best animated feature film of the year and 2. Best achievement in Music (both understandable). It also ran off with 2 golden globes and a BAFTA this year so yes you should watch it if you love animated movies.

This movie has 2 directors; Chris Buck who did Tarzan (1999) and Surf’s up (2007). It’s Jennifer Lee’s first movie credited as a director but she had screenplay credits on Wreck it Ralph (2012). For a second there I thought it was Felicity Smoke (Arrow) when I saw her picture on imdb.com :)

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Homefront (2013)


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Homefront is one of those movies I pre-ordered from Amazon (yup, I’ve switched from play.com due to their insane prices) the day it got a release date. I’ve rarely ever seen a Statham movie that disappointed me so this was a must have from the day I knew it existed…

I’ve come to the conclusion that James Franco is the perfect villain. No wonder he’s squinting so much, he must have been hit in the face in every other movie by the protagonist (I squint too if i see a fist approaching so seeing it that often must have set some kind of mark). Kate Bosworth (that kids mom) kind of was amazing in this movie… didn’t quite expect a character like that in a popcorn “b-flick” (well, in my eyes it’s not a b-flick at all so therefore the “”). She could be in a movie with the name 12 years a tweaker.

Before I sat down with the movie I knew that Winona Ryder (my teenage crush) was in it but I didn’t picture her in the part she was in… bonus, unpredictability by doing spoilers before watching a flick. Bosworth kind of stole her attention in this movie tho, if I’ll remember anything from this movie it would be her. It was nice to see Clancy Brown in a movie again too, such an underrated actor. I’m glad to see he’s be cast in the upcoming Warcraft movie (wonder what his role will be?)…

I just noticed that Sylvester Stallone has the screenplay on this movie, cool. Director Gary Fleder previously did Kiss the Girls  (1997), Impostor  (2001) and Runaway Jury  (2003). He’s also directed episodes on tv-shows like the new Star-Crossed October road and Life Unexpected.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


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