Casual (Season 1)

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This is a Hulu original that fits under the category of Comedy/Drama. It is really an interesting show that took me a while into the season to figure out what it was about and  that the title really speaks accurately about it. Being a pretty serious comedy serious I wasn’t sure I was going to like it that much but it held an aspect of psychology that captured my interest until I could finally start getting into it.

The show is about the three people you see in the photo above. There is the divorced mother who has not gotten over her ex husband moving on as fast as he did after the divorce. She is a psychologist/counselor that you will find out while watch has as many issues as a the clients she counsels and will often end up having her family and assistant giving her therapy. The mother has a daughter in the middle of the picture above who she basically lets do what ever she wants because of her psychological mind set. This allows them to have a close relationship witch overall is not that healthy and causes issues later down the road. After the divorce the mother and daughter move into the mothers brother’s house where he openly excepts them in. The mother and her brothers relationship is also very uncomfortably close making the three of them one interesting too casual of a family.

As you will come to figure out what this show is about is Sex! real causal Sex. you can tell when each episode starts the intro shows a list of preferences that one would choose on a dating site. Like looking for a relationship, just dating ext, and the one it lands on is casual. So the brother is only rich because he was a partner in creating this dating site called Snooger where the Brother basically has not contributed to the company since the beginning and now only uses the site to his own benefit of hooking up with what ever women he chooses. He can do this because he is a master at knowing what the perfect online dating profile looks like and what women tend to for when reading a fellows profile.

The sexual relationships between the family and the people they meet really make up the bulk of the entertainment in this show. They all end up treading on top of each others  territory being too non nonchalant with their boundaries and being the victim of bad parents. You get to meet their parents as they to eventually come into the show and you get to see all the destruction they did to their kids and there grandkid.

The show starts out real slow and continues to be slow but it is well made and the progression flows along smoothly as you start to see the different characters and their relationships come to be. Causal sort of reminds me of the show Weeds in being similar to sharing the qualities of having an unstructured family and a similar feel. Its definitely not much of a show to just jump in on on any episode having the since that you will need to watch this one from the begging if you are going to have any clue on what is happening. A lot conspires from episode to episode and this is another reason that this show is just decent enough to watch.

I have high hopes for the second season but am still debating on watching it or not because i believe that there are much better show out there to watch having found many! But it seams to be a popular pick upon Hulu watchers and should deserve the chance to even give the first season a full watch through. Like I said, after the first season I am more incline to continue watching. This show gets a Six out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

It Comes at night

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Nice job done by the previews in making this look like one scary movie except for all things considered it wasn’t. From the previews you will get an impression of a very scary movie that fits in the category of flesh eating disease and decaying. Where they do a great job is in hiding back what makes this movie scary. And they did it for a great reason too.. To hide that fact that this movie isn’t really scary at all. The best thing that it had going for it in this department was the short lived attempted at suspense. Every time I thought something scary was about to happen it didn’t and just turned out to be a total let down.

So what do we got here. Well its hard to tell for the longest time and even at the end you are still thinking what was this movie truly about anyways. The movie begins by showing the worst of the disease and gets it out of the way making you think this is as worst as it gets or it must get a whole lot worse. Unfortunately this is as bad as it gets.

The whole point of this movie reveals itself slowly as simply don’t catch the disease and this is what the movie focuses on the whole time. The only other variable involved is the other family that they allow to stay with them in their house in the woods. Eventually this becomes the movie. two families living in the same house trying work together but at the same time can’t trust each other. In fact in the condition that they are in they can’t trust anybody.

Resources seem to be scarce and the people that did decided to get out of the city are the few that have not gotten sick. The importance of taking precautions and having rules is made explicit throughout the plot and even making it another core concept of this movie.  The family cannot be too careful, they live in an abandon house out in the woods and have it boarded up except for one door that is the only way in and out. Most of the exciting thrilling scenes happen around this door being that its the place where most people end up getting sick.

Composed of better than normal acting and screenwriting this is what makes this movie bearable to watch, though it is expected finding out that it had nothing really els going for it. Most of the progression in the movie was slow and some parts even unnecessary or completely drawn out way longer than they needed to be. You might say after watching it that it has since of artsiness to it, being much different than other suspense/horrors movies tend to be.

The actors playing the main family did not look to be a good match for each other as it was difficult to tell if the son was really even related to the father. Both the father and the son were interesting characters. They acted and looked to be totally opposites. The son was probably the strangest of them all. He would have these strange dreams every night that would actually be the scariest parts of the movie, which was really disappointed. But on top of that he was a bit of a disturbed individual having to deal with so many people dyeing and his inner drive pushing him to find a women when there is none except one.

Many people talked about how the ending of this movie was really just not good. I didn’t quite think it was that far off from the rest of the movie and that it all pretty much was expected, being how boring the rest of it was. Yes, they could have done a better job in closing up this sad story but if you think about it, it does the job in pulling together and closing the whole theme of the thing.

My recommendation don’t be fooled by Rotten Tomatoes on this one, and listen to the fans instead. This movie gets a Five out of Ten

Rating: 5/10

 

Frankenhooker (1990)

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Talk about a weird one. When I came across this film I felt like I finally found something worth watching.. well at least interesting in a weird since. The way this film was made from how it was filmed to how nutty and insane it is really put it at the top of my list of being one of the strangest more unique movies I have ever watch.

A scientist obsessed with his work spends most all his time working on his dark experiments. For his wife’s birthday the scientist invents her a birthday gift, being as dangerous as it looks unfortunately kills her in a freak accident. Torn up about his wife being slaughtered to pieces he becomes mad and begins to bring his dead wife back to life by using the body parts from dead hookers.

Most of this movie can be described as dark and horrific diminished by the addition of comedy in how absurd and ridicules the whole plot is along with the acting. I really thought that there would be more to this movie than there actually was but most of it had to do with finding out how insane the guy was, putting together his wife, as much of the movie focused on this.

There was a lot of time and detail into how he was to recreate his wife, which I thought was unique and could imagine watching this one on a spooky halloween night. The later half of the film really pick up on the comedy and by my opinion was more entertaining. Some of the best parts were watching him find out how he was going to kill the hookers and then watching his finished work have some demo errors.

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The scientist really plays an insane dude marked by his methods of coping and getting inspiration for his creation. He is as insane as he is smart in how the way he devises his plan to work out so nicely.. well for the most part.

A lot of parts of the movie do not make a lot of since and I am guessing there are a lot of mistakes in the filming as I caught a few scenes that did not quite add up. Along with that there were many things I questioned asking myself “does this even make since?” but I guess the movie was not trying to be logical.

The end of the movie was probably the best when you get to see his finished creation escape and make its way around town looking and acting absolutely hilarious. Its like he forgot to give it a brain. The Frankenhooker repeats scripts from past moments leading up to the death of the hookers and has one focus in mind, make money by being a hooker to get the next dose of drugs. Except she is basically like a zombi being robotic in movement and tweaking every five seconds. Her facial tweaks are the best, probably being the best acting in the whole movie, making me wonder how any body could make such faces.

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The end of the movie is quite funny bringing pay back from Frankenhooker onto her creator. He is probably glad to be back alive but didn’t expect to look the way he does. Lets just say he is not at all that masculine but that is what his formula called for to recreate life.

What this movie really is a combination of is bad acting, bad directing, bad filming, with a hilarious story line. Its to bad they really couldn’t have done a better job in putting this movie together but I guess it reflects the mad scientists work. I had a hard time watching this movie with how cheap the effects were but it sort of added to the comedy. It was hard to tell what era the feel of this movie gave off being between the 80s and 90s but I feel like it gave off more of an 80s vibe. This movie would fit the perfect description of a cult classic and was worth the watch even though it basically sucked. Im giving this movie a Four out of Ten.

Rating: 4/10

The Mick: Season 1

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Changing it up a bit here folks and expanding my territory. Really the reason Im doing a review over a TV show instead of the usual movie, is because well, I got to far behind on movie reviews. That is I was watching more movies than I was doing reviews and that is bad business. So I decided to take a break from movies and watch The Mick so that I could catch up on my movie reviews. Then it struck me I can also do reviews about TV shows and it won’t kill me either because they take more time to watch. The Idea is brilliant! of course its not original.. So the way I have decided to review shows it by seasons. I feel like that is this most logical way to review a TV show don’t you thing?

The Mick is a comedy starring: Kaitlin Olson as Mackenzie Murphy, AKA Micky, AKA Mick, Sofia Black-D’Elia as Sabrina Pemberton, Carla Jimenez as Alba, Thomas Barbusca as Chip Pemberton, Jack Stanton as Ben Pemberton, and Scott MacArthur as Jimmy. This is a good solid cast if you ask me, with equal play time and importance. Season 1 takes the right amount of time to develop these characters and to blend them into the unit that they become to be.

The Mick is about this very wealthy family that lives in a mansion. The parents get taken into custody for some illegal business that they were doing with their company and make the choice to leave the country. Micky, the mothers sister and kids aunt must take on the responsibility to watch after the house and the children until things get settled and the parents come back to relieve her.

The children start out in this show as proud and stuck up as ever, knowing that they have all the money in the world and can buy there way into what ever they want. Micky comes from a different back ground of being unemployed, poor, and uses street skills to get by. Micky is living it up in this new life style as she takes full advantage of her sisters house and money.

At First she has no idea what she is doing when it comes to taking care of kids, even though they are not all babies the wide age spectrum gives her a full plate to handle. Ben is the youngest of the Pemberton’s being about age 9 and who is going through some gender identity confusion. Next we have Chip being the middle child who is use to acting like a rich powerful man being able to get what ever he wants by throwing enough money its direction. The eldest is Sabrina being a very attractive young lady is as mean and proud as they come.

It is hilarious to watch the two worlds clash with Micky and Jimmy (her long lived boyfriend/buddy) introducing the Pembertons to a new way of living. At first the kids are not to fond of Micky being there and telling them what to do. They refuse to follow her direction which undoubtedly leads to fights and battles between them. Even though she has a rough start not really knowing how to handle these snobs or take care of children at all. She manages to use her manipulation, boldness, and audacity to say and do what ever is needed to get the desired outcome to pull this family together in trusting her to be leader and in helping the children with their problems that their parents neglected to be apart of.

If you have ever seen Melissa and Joey then you have gotten just a small taste of what you would experience from this show. Melissa and Joey is like candy when it comes to The Mick more being like a case of Red Bull. Basically this show is way more intense, which I loved. There is no dumb romance or sad sorrowful drama. No, its just raw real family issues accompanied by fights, teaming up against each other, winning respect, and breaking long engraved traditions.

Kaitlin Olson of course is the star of this show incase, if you didn’t get that her character name is the show title. This show is not all about her but she is the one that holds the show together and I think she does this very well. She brings the same lowlife/trashy comedy style that she had with Its Always Sunny but makes it her own. Then she has Jimmy by her side who also brings that same slob like/ lower-class style of comedy where its just funny to watch how disgraceful they can be. They are more than just that though they really bring a side of family that the Pembertons have never seen before, a loving caring real family life.

The first season was perfect in all aspects. They had the right amount of episodes, a great Pilot ,and season ending. I really can’t wait to watch the second season after it is finished. I say that because I rather benign watch my shows, that way I don’t have to wait a week for each upcoming episode to premier. By the way I think they released the first episode of the second season, just FYI. Also I probably will not give to many ratings on the lower end of the scale when it comes to TV shows just because I am not going to watch a full season if I didn’t like it, you understand. The Mick Season 1 gets a Nine out of Ten.

Rating: 9/10

 

Coyote Ugly (2000)

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This has been a movie that has gotten a lot of talk about in my time. Every body seems to like Coyote Ugly. It is just one of those movies that this generation has sort of grew up with. Yet never being attracted to it before or even now I decided to give it a look’n at to see if it truly was worth all the hype.

Well It didn’t take long to see the big connection between the movie and my generation, which would be in the 20s and 30s age range. It just really hit the mark on being your typical 2000s movie. What makes this such a rememberable and well talked about movie was its feel to get you rooting for this girl thats just trying to make it on her own, that is the main character Piper Perabo, and the sexual appeal being cute but inappropriate to most conservatives. Not now of course, knowing what they show now on the media is way more sensual than ever before. But lets talk more about what this movie entails.

Being just another girl in New York trying to make it, Violet tries out at one of the more wilder bars in town. She needs the money and she is willing to do just about what ever it takes, besides showing to much skin if you get my drift. This is not an easy gig as Violet will have to step way out of her comfort zone if she is willing to keep the big money flowing in.

Most of the entertainment in this film is watching the Coyotes dance and do bar tricks on top of the bar. Of course you can see how this would be more fun if you were actually at this bar. But if you just drink with the rest of the crowd and watch the movie on a big enough TV it will be as good as if you were actually there. Other things to look forward to  are boyfriend drama, Daddy drama, and of course bar fights.

Personally I think Piper Perabo is way to sweet and innocent to play the character of Violet as she just does not look as sleazy as the other Coyotes. To be honest half the time I was scared for her that one of the guys at the bar were going to harass her, as close as they actually came to doing it. Its no wonder why her boyfriend and dad disapproved of her career.

So we got that the bar scenes where basically the best part of the movie right good thing this took up most of the screen time. Everything else about the movie pretty much made me want to die. The acting was so bad and the side drama with the two other men in her life just made me want to throw up. But for the record I think most movies that came out around this time pretty much all sucked.

John Goodman played a decent part being the girls father and all. I couldn’t really see how she would have been born from him but I guess you can pretty much make anything work in a movie if sucks already. his character fits the girls life just perfectly with Violet being his all in all and her being the daddies girl and trying to look out for pops best interest.

I can’t believe Im saying this but this movie is getting a Six out of Ten. Not because I liked it or thought it was any good but because it deserves some credit as being as popular as it is.

Rating: 6/10

 

 

Krampus (2015)

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Do you like scary movies that also can be something to find a little bit funny, well this one is just that. This one takes a cast of comedians and sticks them in a not so jolly story. Most horror movies would not take a cast of comedians to be apart of an unhappy ending but it actually worked out for this movie as the actors could really act and throw in a little dash of comedy on the side.

Having all the family over for christmas the family has difficulties getting along with one another leaving a bitter vibe in this house. Pushing one of the little boys over the edge the boy gives up on trying to bring his family together and ends up bringing a curse upon his house hold with the anti Santa Claus demon leading the show.

I never really thought this movie would be any good based on the previews seeing all these comedians in this scary movie and it being about and evil Santa Claus character but it actually wasn’t that bad when watching it. What captured my attention was the way they kept the watcher guessing for answers. Allot of the movie at first is filled with suspense as they are trying to figure out what is going on. The blizzard is also a nice touch as it makes it difficult to see what exactly is happening.

The movie is full of creepy monsters and a frightful setting that makes a perfect concoction for a scary movie. There is no mercy for any of these family members from the little children to the old people creating even a more fearful feeling. Krampus’s little minions make this movie that much better as they are just as evil and ruthless as can be. It sort of reminded me of a bunch of Chuckys or gremlins causing havoc. The way they created how Krampus to look as the monster is also quite good and when ever you get to catch a glimpse of his face that is one of the most scares faces I ever seen. I bet it would make an excellent halloween mask.

The funny parts of this film really do make the frighting parts easier to bare as they are mixed in together really well. The family’s dynamics is quite hilarious as most families in movies are but this movie does not fail in this area by any means. There was also a lot to poke fun at when your watching the family fight Krampus’s little minions. I thought the movie ended well with the Krampus acting like he would show pity but he is as evil as he can be. The ending was also great as it throws your mind for a spin in wondering what actually happened to the family. This movie is watchable but only something that you might want to watch on halloween and without the kids I might add. This movie receives a Six out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

 

 

Raising Arizona (1987) Dual Review

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P: Being one of Nicolas Cages first movies, Raising Arizona to me was something of a gold mine, knowing that I was going to see some of his primal work. It was indeed fascinating to see how odd this movie was in combination with the low life characters. Many things I appreciated about this film were simple things like how nuts the characters were as well as the dynamics and interactions between them. The plot line actually being comical with this strange couple stealing a baby for no other reason than to just want to have and love it themselves. The way the film was shot gave it that cult classic vibe.

P: This is more along the lines of being a dark comedy if anything, knowing that your primarily laughing at their sad twisted way of trying to have a baby. So what this movie is about is this barren couple who happen to be not that swift, take desperate measures to quenching this ladies baby fever. Seeing that their very wealthy neighbors just poped out a litter of five they rationalize that they have to many babies to handle and decide to take one off their hands.

M: Nicholas Cage really plays the character well and plays an imbecile well.  He’s about 24 years old in this one and his acting is superior than most at this age.  You wouldn’t think it but he’s really better in his first movies than his later and most recent.  John Goodman is also in this one and he is like 30 at this point.  This is pre Roseanne Goodman and he really does a number in this one.  You see his success here, and looking at him now, you can tell his calling was for the acting department.  The rest of the characters didn’t do a thing for me, and didn’t really add much to the story.  The acting was subpar and not on the level of the two i have discussed.

P: You can find it pretty hilarious to watch this couple try and take care of this baby. For one they really don’t know what they are doing. Two, they just want to do all the fun stuff that comes with being parents of a child but when it comes to actually taking care of the child this is where its funny to watch them fail. Most of the laughs you will have probably will be at watching Nicolas Cage scramble around trying to take care of the bare necessitates  of having a baby, as well as his spouse yelling at him for being a bad father and screwing up so much.

M: The plot was very simple but very strange indeed.  Ed, the wife played by Holly Hunter is the only responsible adult in this film.  I felt sorry for her actually! But this element is equally hilarious!  My favorite parts are when Goodman gives Cage crap about being the man of the house.  He asks him on a couple occasions who wears the pants in the house whenever Cage is getting harassed by his wife about things.  The 80s comedies like this are one of a kind, a true treasure.

P: There is an additional element to this flick that adds just the right amount of edge to it. That is the bounty hunter biker dude. He’s known for killing anything in his path. And when I say anything I mean anything. This guy really puts the fear in Cage’s character as he knows that what he has done is getting more attention from the authorities and now this bounty hunter from his dreams is out for the hunt for him.

P: The movie does have a happy ending as all those involved in this rat race find out exactly where they belong and decide to make the adult decision. If your a big fan of Nicolas cages films this would definitely be one to watch as you get to see some of the best of him. He throws out some of his best voices, original one liners, and one of the most hilarious sloppy characters he has played yet. Im giving this movie a Six out of Ten.

M: So to wrap this up, let me just say I highly recommend it.  I think it takes someone with a special sense of humor to find this funny. Not everyone will like it.  If you don’t think early 90s Adam Sandler movies are funny then pass on this one because you will just think its very silly. Eight and a Half out of Ten

P. Rating: 6/10

M. Rating: 8.5/10

Final Rating: 7.25/10