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Storks was a lot of fun. It is nothing deep or introspective, but it offers zany fun without being too stupid like most animated films.
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Horrorfan99 posted a BLOG item 1 day ago

MFC Video Game Movies #5: Dig Dug

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Plot: We follow Dig Dug (ElderPredator) who is a special kind of exterminator. He digs underground to exterminate the threats of giant reptiles that are direct descendants from dinosaurs. They have been unleashed to wreck havoc at a new community and Dig Dug is hired to put his skills to good use.

Goals: This will be a more family friendly adventure film. I'm thinking something like Jumanji where there are thrills and action sequences, but light hearted enough to not completely scare families. It is such a wacky plot for a movie that I think it can be a bit absurdist as well.


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Horrorfan99 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Storks was a lot of fun. It is nothing deep or introspective, but it offers zany fun without being too stupid like most animated films.
Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 02:37 AM Jan 19

I meant to see it when it came out last fall but I missed it. I'll try to catch it now that it is out on DVD or maybe on Netflix.

Horrorfan99 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

Watching old Monstervision segments with Joe Bob Briggs. I wasn't able to watch these on TNT back in the day, but I've caught most of them on Youtube and they are great.
HAIL_TO_THE_KING
HAIL_TO_THE_KING at 11:00 PM Jan 16

the good old days i would always try and stay up late to watch his show

timmyd
timmyd at 12:42 AM Jan 17

awesome.

klinteastwood
klinteastwood at 05:03 PM Jan 17

man i used to love those saturday nights

Horrorfan99 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

Deepwater Horizon was a great tale of survival and warning against the arrogance of man. Great effects and a very likable cast. Peter Berg has a knack of portraying working class people in a good light without being too patronizing.
Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 7 days ago

Wreck-It Ralph



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Directed by: Rich Moore
Written by:
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Studio: Walt Disney
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Official Site:
Plot: Wreck It Ralph is tired of being the villain so he escapes his game in search of a hero medal.

Review:

Wreck It Ralph is the best video game movie ever made. While it is not based on any real game (just a bunch of video game characters), it still embodies everything good about video games and arcades. It provides the heart of a Pixar movie with the colors and fun of some of the best Disney movies.

Good: The voice acting is perfect all around. John C Reilly is great as the titular character giving him a lot of heart despite his enormous appearance. Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz worked surprisingly as she gives her character heart without being too annoying. Jack MacBrayer and Jane Lynch provide great voice work as well with their characters. Alan Tudyk is so much fun as King Candy. The world building is fantastic as each fake game has enough time to build up the environment, gameplay, and supporting characters. The video game references are used when needed to help in building the world and providing some fan service.

Bad: The chief nitpick is that it comes close to Pixar quality, but it doesn't quite reaches that goal.

Overall, while it is short of being the kind of emotional film like a Wall-E, but it has the humor, heart, and fun to continue this new golden era for Disney.

Other reviews of this film: Derek237 (10/10) , cerealkiller182 (7/10) > Display all
Scotch
Scotch at 01:32 AM Jan 15

I love this one! Great review. I see the emotional comparison to WALL-E.

Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 7 days ago

Despicable Me



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Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Sergio Pablos
Written by: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Danny McBride, Julie Andrews
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Animation
Official Site: www.despicable.me
Plot: Gru and his Minions try to steal the moon while adopting three girls who soften him up.

Review:

Despicable Me has overtaken as the lead money maker for the studio since those Minions have blown up and swiping away at parents' money. This is where it all started as it blew up at the box office, but it really is just an average animated film.

Good: The animation is really good and colorful. I'll also give it to Pharrell for a decent soundtrack. Jason Segel as Vector was rather amusing.

Bad: There is just something about it that doesn't spark much interest. The voice acting is fine, but nothing that elicits big laughs. The minions are amusing, but again it is all typical family movie cliches. It's all a bunch of cutesy gags that can be amusing, but nothing that memorable.

Overall, if it wasn't for the minions, this movie would be fast forgotten. Cute, but empty.

Other reviews of this film: Derek237 (8/10) , Kevin Smith fan (7/10) > Display all
Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 7 days ago

Finding Nemo



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Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Written by: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney, Barry Humphries, Brad Garrett, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, John Ratzenberger, Alexander Gould, Elizabeth Perkins, Eric Bana, Erica Beck, Erik Per
Studio: Walt Disney
Genre: Animation, Family
Official Site:
Plot: Marlin attempts to find his son while encountering a fish with short term memory loss who helps him.

Review:

Finding Nemo came out in that stretch for Pixar where they were churning hit after hit. This movie moves to the ocean this time which opens up many possibilities for the animation giant. Looking back at it, I think it is a strong film with beautiful visuals and a solid story while not being Pixar's best.

Good: The visuals and animation are excellent with the design of the characters and the look of the environments.The story is a strong father-son rescue plot that tackles the concept of letting children grow up in a not so safe world. The voice acting is good all around because they look like they connect with the design of the characters. Albert Brooks plays a good straight man against the craziness of the supporting characters. Ellen DeGeneres works well with Dory making her one of the standouts in the film. The cast of fish in the dentist's office are great and provide some of the bigger laughs.

Bad: While there are some laughs, the movie is not as funny as I wanted it to be. I also think that while the story is strong with the relationship between Marlin and Nemo, it lacks the emotional impact to make it work.

Overall, this is one of the second tier Pixar movies for me. Very entertaining and beautifully animated, but lacking the strong characters and emotion that others Pixar films do so flawlessly.

Other reviews of this film: cerealkiller182 (5/10) , tbondrage99 (9/10) > Display all
Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 7 days ago

The Nice Guys



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Directed by: Shane Black
Written by: Shane Black
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Keith David, Beau Knapp
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Official Site:
Plot: A private investigator and a muscle for hire join together to solve a disappearance and get involved in some crazy shit.

Review:

The Nice Guys is a return to a subgenre that we barely see anymore done like this: adult buddy action comedies. This movie is directed by Shane Black who is the king of buddy action movies with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon under his belt. It is a great throwback to those kinds of films with humor, action, and charm.

Good: Gosling and Crowe are great together with fantastic chemistry and it cements Gosling's knack for comedy and surprises with Crowe's wit and quickness. Special props to the girl who played Gosling's daughter who was great and really funny. The humor works with plenty of great dialogue and jokes. The action is filmed cohesively and with plenty of gun play. The attention to detail of the time period is fantastic as well.

Bad: As it is expected, the movie is an action comedy film that follows the formula known in the subgenre. The plot can be a bit complicated for its own good, but that is a small nitpick.

Overall, it is one of the most underrated movies of 2016. It is a good old fashioned buddy action comedy with great performances and action that is refreshingly simple in this world of overstuffed blockbusters and superhero movies.

Other reviews of this film: cerealkiller182 (8/10) , AlmostFamous91 (8/10) > Display all
Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 03:38 AM Jan 14

Fun movie! Glad you liked it!

timmyd
timmyd at 04:19 PM Jan 14

loved it.

Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 9 days ago

Sing Street



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Directed by: John Carney
Written by: John Carney
Cast: Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor
Studio:
Genre: Drama, Musical
Official Site:
Plot: A boy forms a band to impress a girl.

Review:

John Carney loves his music as is evident by his two previous films. His love transcends the screen that even movies that are formulaic work leaps and bounds on charm alone and that is what Sing Street accomplishes.

Good: The movie just has a lot of charm. All the kid actors are great and provide plenty of laughs. They seem like real kids with every interaction and they are easy to root for. The movie thankfully avoids any obvious forms of conflict within the kids and it simply follows them writing and playing music which is refreshingly simplistic. The songs are catchy with that authentic 80's flair the movie just showers in without feeling too concentrated on nostalgia. The highlight of these songs is "Drive It Like You Stole It" which is fantastic along with a great scene attached to it. The picks of songs they showcase from Duran Duran to The Cure are spot on. The serious elements give enough heft to the story without dragging it down too much with props to Jack Reynor turning in a great performance.

Bad: As stated in the beginning, the movie doesn't stray far from the coming of age tale. It follows the beats you expect in a movie like this with no surprises.

Overall, while it doesn't do anything new, it overcomes its familiarity with plenty of charm and talent.

Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (8/10) , Boogie Buddha (10/10) > Display all
Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 9 days ago

Independence Day: Resurgence



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Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Written by: Carter Blanchard
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Vivica Fox
Studio:
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction
Official Site:
Plot: The aliens come back to bring boredom to movie audiences

Review:

The original Independence Day is a fun movie. Nothing spectacular, but for a summer blockbuster it does its job well thanks to a game cast and some great special effects. Now we have a sequel that is twenty years too late and it might possibly be one of the worst summer movies I've seen in a long time...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: acerky (7/10) , MonsterZeroNJ (5/10) > Display all
razgriz21
razgriz21 at 01:04 AM Jan 14

Isn't it strange how I remember a movie that is 20 years old yet I don't remember this one despite seeing it last June?

Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 9 days ago

Suicide Squad



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Directed by: David Ayer
Written by: Justin Marks
Cast: Jared Leto, Will Smith, Maggie Grace, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Scott Eastwood, Lonnie Common, David Harbour, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Action, Comic Book
Official Site:
Plot: A group of villains with a radio station soundtrack try to defeat a popping and locking witch.

Review:

After Batman v Superman, I had low expectations for the Suicide Squad film. However, the trailers were amazing so my hopes started to rise again. It's too bad that having seen the film my fears were justified and I think DC desperately needs a good movie to remain in the competition.

Good: Will Smith as Deadshot was entertaining because he was his charming self and was able to deliver his lines with some personality. Margot Robbie was fun as Harley Quinn. The bar scene as repeated by others is easily the best scene in the movie. Even Jai Courtney wasn't as annoying as he usually is.

Bad: The movie was just a mess. The group of villain for the most part have no chemistry and lack any development to make an impression. It is messy with its editing especially those goofy flashbacks with unnecessary crazy effects. The music choices seem random and have no purpose aside from having some popular hits play in the movie. Cara Delevingne as Enchantress was poor and wasn't an imposing villain. Jared Leto was just a poor choice for the Joker as it all reeks of "trying too hard" much like the whole movie.

Overall, I can see that this was going a Guardians of the Galaxy feel, but the choices from the music, direction, actors, and story just felt rushed and forced to make a hit instead of letting it grow organically.

Other reviews of this film: cerealkiller182 (4/10) , LelekPL (5/10) > Display all
Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 9 days ago

Captain America: Civil War



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Directed by: Anthony Russo
Written by: Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Freeman, Tom Holland, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book
Official Site:
Plot: The Avengers start to fight within themselves

Review:

The Marvel Universe continues to build more and more with different wrinkles in the story. This chapter covers the inner conflict of an issue that seems to have taken precedence recently in superhero movies: mass casualties. Continuing from the serious tone of The Winter Soldier, this is another solid entry with great action and performances that helps maintain the grounded reality these movies keep striving for...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: jeo4 (9/10) , cerealkiller182 (9/10) > Display all
Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 9 days ago

La La Land



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Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Written by: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Genre: Musical
Official Site:
Plot: A jazz aficionado and an aspiring actress meet and fall in love while they sing and dance in Los Angeles

Review:

Musicals have undergone quite the rollercoaster in terms of popularity. They were the absolute pinnacle of filmmaking in the early 20th century and slowly declined by the last half with barely any getting popular right now. La La Land brings it all back with a modern twist where it pulls back the more realistic side of the glamour...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (9/10) , OldKingClancy (9/10) > Display all
Horrorfan99 updated his STATUS: 11 days ago

My Queen.....
HTX0811
HTX0811 at 12:30 PM Jan 11

She looks great here.

Glinda
Glinda at 07:49 PM Jan 11

So pretty. I love her hair!

razgriz21
razgriz21 at 01:04 AM Jan 14

Man. She's killing it in this photo.

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Horrorfan99 updated his STATUS: 13 days ago

Decided to watch La La Land and I still loved it. The cinematography really stood out the second time and I would be surprised if it didn't clean technical awards at the Oscars.
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