This was a quick Hollywood, holiday season throw-in. Decent plot but nothing to get excited about. A single dad and former, top DEA agent, played by Jason Statham, ends up having to clean up his new town by annihilating a current meth lab and teaching the locals a lesson or two. There is lots of violence and action. No surprise there — Jason is known for his fighting antics and no nonsense execution of lethal blows. The big surprise for me was James Franco who played a drug warlord. I’m not use to seeing James in this type of role. He did a pretty good job for a guy who kind of zoned out on the academy awards presentation he was hosting. Another surprise for me was that Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay.
If you’re looking for a nice family movie to take the kids, this is not the one. Lots of profanity as well as the violence. I wasn’t sorry I saw Homefront but it didn’t make me go WOW!
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I had no idea what the sequel to Hunger Games was going to be like. I absolutely loved it. The whole gang from the first Hunger Games returned to make this thrilling film. I have so much to say but I don’t want to spoil the movie. What I can say is Lian Hemsworth, who plays Dale, is even more gorgeous than before, but then what should we expect being the younger brother of Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor. I can also tell you that Woody Harrelson deserves an oscar for his roll as Haymitch Abernathy. The cast was fantastic, the story was fantastic and the special effects were fantastic. And of course, Jennifer Lawrence was equally fantastic as Katniss Everdeen, the ultimate warrior.
While I engrossed myself in this fantastic movie, I became so angry that I wanted to jump into the screen and do bodily harm to Donald Sutherland who always plays an excellent villain. Donald’s role as President Snow was so real it caused me to invoke emotions like hate, anger and revenge. This sequel reminded me how wicked man can be. It’s all set up to introduce us to the 3rd and final film in this trilogy. Everyone should see The Hunger Games because it’s a work of art that will entertain your socks off.
One of the best comedies of 2013. Actually this film goes beyond just a comedy — it has drama and can also be described as melancholy, so get out the old hanky. These fabulous hunks of men (Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Eddie Cibrian, Terrence Howard and Harold Perrineau) are eye popping icons and a shear delight to watch. The women (Monica Calhoune, Melissa De Sousa, Regina Hall, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan) are ‘bootielicous’ and smart. It was a thrill to see a black comedy that is not full of buffoonery or drugs or crime related. The characters were educated and successful at their respective positions. They lived a middle and upper class life style and spoke the real Queens English quite well. The story more than held my interest and brought out many emotions plus it was funny.
I was thoroughly entertained and highly recommend that you see ” The Best Man Holiday”.
Chris Hemsworth is still ‘eye candy’ in this latest version of Thor. I didn’t think this movie was going to tell a solid story but it did. Completely entertaining with the right touch of seriousness, Thor also made me laugh out loud. There was humor galore. I’ve always felt Natalie Portman was not the right person to play Thor’s girlfriend but there she is. I would have liked Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif, to play Chris’s love interest instead. Getting back to the movie, I loved it. I love Anthony Hopkins who played Odin (Thor and Loki’s father) and Tom Hiddleston who played Loki (Thor’s brother). There was lots of action and adventure right down to the very end. I highly recommend seeing Thor: The Dark World on the big screen.
You couldn’t ask for a better film depicting Black history. 12 Year’s a slave covered most of what went on during that time. From prominent Black families to hopelessness as slaves to the hatefulness and defiling of a race. Chiwetel Ejiofor has been a busy man — I just watched him starring in the mini series (Dancing on the Edge), an HBO production. All I can say is Chiwetel is brilliant in every film he’s plays.
No one really thinks about how African Americans were kidnapped into slavery or the jealousy displayed by slave owner’s wives when their husbands committed the ultimate insult by raping the enslaved women and even producing children as a result. There is so much to the ordeal of bringing a race of people to a foreign land and forcing them to become slaves while defining them as nigger animals who were treated worst than dogs. These actions helped to mode the Black race into what it is today. People really don’t understand the plight of the African American. Movies like this, help to clarify some of the problems that are still prevalent today. I believe 12 Years a Slave deserves best picture and best actor as maybe best actress. Well Done Steve McQueen, Well Done!
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Ender’s Game is so realistic that I came away wondering if such a thing had already happened. From the casting of a puny looking kid, (played by Asa Butterfield) to a large, menacing Sergeant (played by Nonso Anozie) I knew this movie was going to be good. Gavin Hood (Director and Screenplay Writer) didn’t try to make this into a Hollywood spectacular production of bells and whistles, but instead stuck to the likely issues such as kid jealousy, rivalry and adult authority, as if it was really happening. Even the alien was painted in a better light than usual. I loved the ending and I loved the acting. Viola Davis played a compassionate Major who was not afraid to speak her mind, while Harrison Ford was the no nonsense Colonel who headed up the recruitment program.
The idea in this film was to recruit the genius mind of a child to lead his team against an alien who had attacked Earth some 50 years ago but who still lingered as a threat to our very existence. Children were used because of their extensive use of video war games and such. Who better to understand the necessary strategy to win a war. See this movie for more than the entertainment. I believe there is a profound message to be had.
From the very first scene to the last, The Counselor was confusing, strange, laid back and uninformative. I was not quite sure what the opening scene was trying to convey nor was I clear on why we were seeing what we were seeing. I find when there are too many big name stars in one movie, it usually sucks. This one really sucked. I actually was engaged in conversation with some of the movie goers. Not one of them understood the movie or liked it. One lady said it was the worst movie of the year. I almost had to agree. All I can share is “if you live by the sword, you will most likely die by the sword”. There was only one innocent person in the whole story and that person didn’t live by the sword but died anyway. I can’t even recommend The Counselor on DVD — it’s just a complete waste of time. I gave it a 5.5 rating because it was well acted, even though it didn’t really entertain.