I love watching movies, so I thought I’d start doing some little reviews of the movies I watch and share them here on the blog. I can’t write enough to make a post for each movie, so I’m going to just do a few posts a month that have brief descriptions and ratings of the movies that I’ve seen. So here we go!
Contagion: Not Worth It
A mutated swine flu type disease is sweeping the world and people are dying. On the surface you’d think this movie was going to be similar to Outbreak, which was a really good movie, but it’s not. This movie feels like a dozen different people were trying to write the same story, none of them finished, and the whole thing was just thrown on film. The acting is utterly sub-par, especially considering the big names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburn. The story had more hols than Swiss cheese and in the end you’re left with dropped plotlines and more questions than answered. Totally underwhelming.
A Thousand Words: Really Good
A guy who runs his mouth for a living is now limited to 1,000 words before he dies. Eddie Murphy’s movies have been a world of suck for a while now, but I was really hoping that this would be the one where he was funny again. I wasn’t disappointed. This was such a redeeming film. Not only was it funny, with all the great Murphy humor you’d expect, it also had a great message. I was crying at one point. It will make you laugh and pull at your heart too. The moral behind the story is one everyone should think about. I’d heartily recommend this movie to anyone and everyone, even if you’re not an Eddie Murphy fan.
Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance: Sorely Disappointing
I really liked the first Ghost Rider, and had high hopes for the sequel. I felt totally let down. The filming was all wrong. I think they were trying for a more graphic novel feel and just failed. The story had potential but fell flat. Even Cage’s acting couldn’t save this movie. It may have taken more from the comic, but as a movie it just didn’t work. The action felt forced, the scenes often leave you feeling confused, and by the end of it you’re just sitting there going WTF? I hope they stop with this sad installment, but it looks like there’s going to be another one. If they bother to do it, I hope they get the next one right.
Piranha 3DD: A Waste of 8 bucks
This was another movie I had high hopes for. I loved the first one. It was gory, over-the-top and funny as hell. If you want a horror that will make you choke laughing on your popcorn that was it. After seeing the preview I was all fired up to watch 3DD. Unfortunately, all the good scenes were in the trailer. There was more boobs and blood, but the humor fell flat. There was too much that didn’t make sense, even taking into account the fact that it was supposed to be ridiculous. I think they paid David Hasselhoff what they should have paid the writers to make a good movie. Possibly the most underwhelming movie I’ve seen lately.
Doghouse: An Imported Gem
Watched this in an attempt to wash off the suck of Piranha 3DD and see a good horror-comedy. I did the job incredibly well. The characters were relatable, the story was well done, it had blood, humor and pissed-off bitch zombies. A perfect combo! Some of the scenes were wonderfully funny, the zombies were done really well with good effects that didn’t seem forced. I’d rate it right up there with Shaun of the Dead and Dale & Tucker Vs. Evil. I’m very glad I ended my night on this movie, and I’d recommend it to any comedy-horror or zombie movie fans.