Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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A remake of the 1960s movie. This is a comical musical that turns what could be a horror film into a film filled with fun songs and plenty of laughs and feelings of happiness. Still based in the 1960s of the poor streets of skid row, this movie tells the story of a botinist and a shop assistant trying to find love in one another. Of course there is the alien man eating plant that brings them together. The plant is the other half of what this play is about. With these two factors coming together we get a sweet and fun dynamic for a theater production.

This is one Musical I could not stop myself from singing along with as the songs were so catchy and lively they really contributed to making this film complete in making the watcher have good feelings. The songs where funny and added a richness of color and pizzazz to the overall picture with dashes of raunchiness and sadistic lyrics to match the overall feeling. The sound track even tells the story so well that after you have seen the movie you can listen to the sound track alone and hear the whole story as if you where watching it. I only know this because i have the sound track playing right now as I’m typing this because I though it would be fun and plus I really liked the main song and couldn’t get it out of my head.

The cast is a great pic for this film as it includes Rick Moranis, Ellen Green, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. Ellen Green’s voice and her ability to show cleavage make her a hurrah as you watch this tall yet tiny voice of a women, Audrey the shop assistant. Rick Moranis as always plays the perfect nerd/scientist so no doubt he is going to play a great botanist. Steven Martin is the other big hitter and by my opinion plays the best role as he is absolutely hilarious. I would have had to say this is one of his best works. The other special guests stars include Bill Murray, John Candy, and Christopher Guest who have little great one sceners in this film but by far I would have to say that Bill Murray was priceless, real raw Murray.

You will find Steve Martin playing the character of Orin the Dentist and he is one of my favorite parts of the film. An evil dentist at that, that looks and talks like Elvis Precisely met John Travolta from Grease. He loves to inflict pain on his patients as well as treat his girlfriend Audrey unacceptably bad. With out Orin this movie would not be the same.

The set this movie was filmed on and the setup also really impressed me. It gave it a real live theater type feel. The three singing girls also played an important part in making this movie how great it was. The voice of the plant I believe was a great choice as well giving the plant the power it deserved but the joke that you couldn’t take it seriously. The timing of the movie was on point and the story was simple moving along at a steady pace.

There really wasn’t much to the whole thing but there didn’t have to be, the story was about the script and how it was acted upon. One thing that I really did appreciate was how they did not over do it with the musical pieces. This movie had just the right amount of singing and all the words of the songs played perfectly into the detail of the story line. The only thing truly I did not like is that the play couldn’t keep the same level of excitement in the entertainment as it happened to fade out toward the end.

The way they filmed this movie was excellent with many fun and unordinary shots giving it an unique and entertaining style. I give the director (Frank Oz) props for his work and would say it was comparable to Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a must see for all those who appreciate good movie work and a top on my list for musicals/plays . This movie gets an Eight out of Ten. 

Rating: 8/10

 

 

 

 

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

Moana

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I do not usually watch kid movies unless I really find them to look appealing. Its not that there is anything wrong with kids movies. In fact for a while I was on a kids movie kick and would watch them all, since they are usually pretty good in the right context. But I got caught up watching this one at one of those outside movie showing that the city was putting on, so that why this is sort of out of the ordinary from my usual movie reviews.

Previously I had never heard of this movie up until the day I watched it. But its about some native islanders who’s island is becoming unlivable because of all their resources are strangely dying or vanishing. Moana is the chiefs daughter and has a calling to venture out to sea to save her people.

Really this is just another typical kids film as it shares allot of similarities according to how other kids movies go. Same ole prideful and courageous princes. Same ole outcast self centered partner. Same ole mission, save the day.

The songs the characters sing like most kids movies where pretty catchy and fun. Even after the movies is over you will be singing these songs in your head. There are cute little funny animal pet/sidekicks that really steal the show away if you asked me. Most of what I was laughing at was the stupid chicken. Then there is the great building of a relationship and team work between the two hero’s of this film Moana and Maui. I was really thinking they where going to fall in love with each other but that didn’t happen.

The two heroes’ face a couple of villains together and contribute equally. Some of the beasts they face are not really that scary and are actually quite goofy which I liked. Moana and Maui really have a pretty good thing going as they have to help one another to reach their own individual goals.

The best way I can explain this movie is a mixture between Pocahontas and Lilo and Stitch. So if you have a thing for Hawaii or being out on the open sea then this might be the movie for you.

Comparing this with other kids movies, I am giving this one a Five out of Ten.

Rating: 5/10

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

 

 

The Rocker

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A garage rock band made up of a few high schoolers brings on one of their band members uncles as a drummer. Waiting for another chance to make it to the top in a rock and role band, Fish the drummer is the bands ticket to making it big as he leads there way to the top.

It was finally nice to see something fun and different for a change when it comes to comedies. This movie took the simple quest of a young rock band moving up in the music world as a journey from something inconceivable to reality. The whole movie is simple yet full of all the fun parts of what being a rock band is all about. Each new milestone they hit is a first in their books and watching the rise of this band through the their eyes you get to experience the fun and exciting adventure.

The cast for this film was just about right, as it wasn’t really a top hit movie or anything. It  really was just to set the stage for these lesser known actors who are just trying to get their start. Rainn Wilson does a great job of playing Fish, the nobody ex rocker who lives with his mom and still can’t get over his failure in making it as a rockstar. Christina Applegate and Jason Sudeikis are also good choices as they balance the movie out by giving the audience some familiar faces. Emma Stone and Josh Gad are other excellent picks being how this was probably one of their earlier lesser known movies. There was also other great actors and actresses in this film that really filled it out pretty well.

The band was portrayed in a very real way as they showed to go through tough times and good times. They did a great job of showing support for one another as well as putting up with the old drummer. You could tell how much on different levels the old drummer was on compared to the rest of the band which was definitely part of the humor here. The bands manager also nailed his part on the spot as he played your stereotypical band manager.

One thing that stood out and made this movie special was how actually good the music was. You could say that a lot of the focus on this movie was about the music, which means those who appreciate good music should also have an ear for this movie.

The comedy in this movie was by no means blowing me away but it was sufficient. Where it could have been funnier it didn’t have to because, it had the aspects of concurring, victory, risk, and little bit of band drama.

The Rocker is really a great movie for a span of age groups and one that could be on the shelf for any families collection. Who would have thought it better than to take a concept similar to the School of Rock and mixing it with one of the greatest members from the Office of all time. I really enjoyed this movie and I feel it should be one of those to be part of every bodies movie collection. This movie rocks a Eight out of Ten.

Rating: 8/10