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#1 Movie of All-Time
#1. Iron Man 3
I know this movie got a lot of crap because of its twists and stuff, but I was ok with it! I am a fan of the comics, but not invested enough in the characters to really care too much what they did with the story. Again, RDJ killed it as Tony Stark and Guy Pearce too was awesome in it. I liked the story, thought the action was pretty fantastic, and I really liked that for once, Iron Man didn't fight a variation of one of his suits at the end.
#2. Gangster Squad
Overall I thought this movie was bland. Based on who is in it, and the director, I expected much more from this movie. The story was ok, but the pace was slow and the only actors that I enjoyed were Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. Other then that, just blah. I was really let down by this movie.
#3. Ice Age: Continental Drift
I'm a fan of the Ice Age movies. I think they're good for kids, and funny. This latest installment fell flat though. I really didn't think it was all the funny and seemed like they were relying to much on past gags to make this movie work. Also, hearing Jennifer Lopez talk really annoyed me and made me not want to watch. God she's awful, in every way.
#4. Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher was a big surprise to me. It didn't look too interesting to me from the trailers, but decided to give it a shot anyways. I ended up liking it quite a bit and thinking Cruise as Reacher could be a great series of movies. I liked the story, liked the action and overall had a great time with the movie. People should check it out, it's worth a watch!
$5. Hit and Run
This movie was a real surprise for me though. It looked bad from the trailers, but since it was on Netflix I decided to give it a shot. It ended up being a pretty funny movie that held my attention long enough to get to the end. The best part was Tom Arnold. His bumbling witness protection agent was hilarious. In my opinion he stole every scene he was in. The rest of the cast was fine, nothing to write home about, they did manage to get some laughs out of me though, so in the end it was an enjoyable film. Worth checking out if you have some time and have Netflix.
#6. Lay the Favorite
So this movie flew under my radar, and only discovered it searching around Netflix. I figured I would check it out because I like Bruce Willis. That simple. It was a pretty decent movie, but not because of Willis who seemed to just phone in another performance. Rebecca Hall was great in this movie as an ex dancer looking for new work, and stumbling upon a legal gambling ring led by Willis and crew. She does a good job taking the lead here and really carried the movie. Vince Vaughn played his typical character type, but made me laugh and also, Laura Prepon from That 70s Show is topless. Good movie, some good laughs, worth a watch.
Another Cruise flick that I didn't know what to expect out of it because of the word of mouth I heard about it. Mostly, what I heard was the negative side of the movie and how it steals a lot of elements from other films. I myself didn't see what everyone was talking about while watching the film. I thought the film looked great, Cruise did a good job, and the story was pretty awesome. There are twists and turns in the story that I really liked and for me made me more engaged. For a 2nd movie, director Joseph Kosinski is on a hell of a roll in my opinion. He has a great eye for these sci-fi epics and I can't wait to see what he does next. Hell of a movie I had a lot of fun with!
#8. Texas Chainsaw
So to begin with, I have to say that I am a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Leatherface fan. I have him tattooed on my leg for gods sake! So I had to watch this movie. The series overall has been pretty successful in my opinion. With the exception of The Next Generation, i've enjoyed every movie in the series, including this one. This movie was a little bland though being that the direction was kind of shitty and I didn't really like the look of Leatherface. There also wasn't enough blood and gore in my opinion, but nothing that takes away from the movie. What I did appreciate was that they did a few new things regarding this franchise. SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT.
For once, Leatherface is running through a crowd of people brandishing his chainsaw. I liked that. That was a new element. Also, Leatherface was not the only bad guy in the film. The townspeople were the real monsters here depending on how you look at it. Also, the family element of Leatherface was different. It showed him taking care of family and caring for them in a different light. Overall not a bad entry. Check it out.
#9. Star Trek Into Darkness
Wow. What a movie. My favorite of the year so far, no question about it. J.J. Abrams did it again, made a great movie that was so much fun and had a lot of heart too. In a way. The cast works so well together and I felt that every one of the main characters got a good amount of screen time and got to shine. Pegg especially had a bigger part in this movie and I loved that! The best part of the movie you ask...Benedict Cumberbatch. Fuck...he stole the show. He was terrifying and I couldn't take my eyes off of him while he was on screen. His performance was amazing. I really hope he gets to play the villain more because he scared the shit out of me! Brilliant. I loved this film. The action was amazing, the acting was great, the story was good and it just hit every note for me. Can't wait to see what Abrams does with Star Wars.
I didn't want to see this movie. It didn't look good, but when the girlfriend wants to actually watch a movie, I go with it haha. The movie started off in a good way though, to my surprise. I liked the direction it was going and was hoping that it would prove my initial thoughts wrong. But it didn't. Not in the least. I was with the movie up until the end and then...it was ruined by a shitty ending that made no sense. Totally ruined the whole movie for me. Also, Chastain was bad. Didn't like her character and it wasn't believable at all. I still don't see the appeal to her at all. The character should have been recast. Overall, a shit film.