Moana

Moana

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

Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

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Staring: Zac Efron as Dave, Adam Devine as Mike, Anna Kendrick as Alice, and Aubrey Plaza as Tatiana.

An outragess comedy about two brothers who got a bad rap for wrecking wedding parties or any party for that matter. When their sister is up to have her wedding the brothers are forced to bring dates, “nice respectable girls”, who will occupy them and keep them in line from ruining this wedding.

The movie starts off by reviewing the past wedding experiences where you can see that these boys go hard causing more destruction than a good party, at least at the end of the night. They make up a plan to put an add out on Craigslist to get their dates for the wedding promising an all payed trip with them to Hawaii. Pretty good so far right. Well they interview a bunch of women who they find none to be worthy. Eventually their Craigslist add catches wind by the media and there little plan goes out for the US to see on TV. Then these two wild women who are just the opposite of the part these guys are looking for, act and dress the part of “nice respectable girls” so they can snag a free vacation.

This movie has no dull points and I am quite upset that I had to get up and take care of some quick things missing just a few minutes of this movie. Literally I found it difficult to find a slow moment in this movie to get up and do what I needed to do. I came to see resemblances in this movie to two other great comedies, Step Brothers, and Wedding Crashers. Step Brothers in that the two brothers and and their family dynamic in how they act and relate to one another is so similar, but it was not redundant to the point where they wore it out. In comparison to Wedding Crashers There is a similar story thats going on between the two guys and there dates. Were with one couple love is in the air and with the other couple there is a struggle in becoming close. Except for in this movie the roles are reversed sex wise.

So what stood out to me with this movie was how equally funny the two guys where and the two girls. Both of them shared the highlight of the comedy very well, at some point I even thought they where at tug of war with one another on who should get the trophy for most hilarious duo. What really surprised me was Aubrey Plaza’s performance. I don’t think I ever seen her so wild and rambunctious, not in a bad way but in a superb funny way. She really took it up a couple of notches from previous parts she has done and I would say it was her best performance.

This movie really has something for every body in it as they touch on pretty much every base of what people will find a good laugh at. For some reason I really didn’t here much talk about this movie or it being a top flic in the comedy realm. It might be because it did not get the best rating by popular critics such as: IMDb 6/10, Rotten Tomatoes: 35%, Robert Ebert: 1.5/4. Yeah not good scores. Well I would encourage you to give this movie a try and I bet you if you give it 10 minutes, you will not be able to take your eyes off the screen from the worry of missing any precious moment. This Movie deserves a Eight out of Ten.

Rating: 8/10

Cabin Fever (2016)

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Cabin Fever 2016 is a remake of Cabin Fever 2002, which means to me it should be betterIt should be better in the since that movies should become better over time as there is new technology, more knowledge and so forth on how to create a more scary feeling in the eyes of the viewer. I think they did a good job remaking Evil Dead as it was a lot more scarier than the previous one, but this movie seemed to not be any better, or the same, but in fact worse than the original.

Okay so it has been a while since I seen Cabin Fever 2002 But what I can remember of it was that it was scary and it did have good acting.. for the most part.  To make sure of my self I looked at the difference in ratings between the two versions and as confirmation to my memory it seems that the first version was a lot better.

This movie is about a group of young people that go on vacation to this cabin in the middle of the woods where there is a disease that causes there flesh to rot away. One after another they contract the disease no matter how hard they try not to catch it. They shun their friends that do have it but this even does not keep them from catching it. The situation is pretty much typical as in every scary movie. There is a group of about 5 people some are couples and some are singles. There is always the one weird guy of the bunch, The selfish guy who only cares about his own safety. and the rest are cheating couples. The local towns folk are always really weird and the vacationers always get the vibe from them like they are not suppose to be there and if they decide to stay they will probably die. And then there is the scary campfire story that is always told right before things start to get real. So basically what Im saying is there is nothing special about this setup.

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What did I not like about this movie, well pretty much everything. The acting was horrible. The flesh eating disease was not that disgusting. There was nothing scary about how they contracted it. It was really just a bunch of blood. The towns folk where probably the scariest part seeing how crazy they where. I never understood a lot of the characters. Like what was wrong with the butcher lady, The kid wearing the bunny mask, The sherif chick, and the strange weed smoking traveler out in the woods. They were really all very strange characters and I didn’t really understand their purpose other than to make the town super weird.

Even though I am still confused on what exactly this flesh eating disease really did to the people I think that I can conclude that it made people crazy, want to harm other people, and that it did not allow them to die very fast. I just think about the diseased dog and the sick man in the woods and how these decaying bodies are still alive and what the heck are they doing bothering these nice young people for. I got the since that maybe the town folk were in on it and wanted them to die in the woods but who knows, the director did not really do a good job of putting the pieces together.

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So this movie was just about as disappointing as ever, as I had really high hopes for it an all seeing how good the first one was. If you want to see a real good flesh eating disease movie, watch Contracted. Now that movie is sick. Also the most important think to take home from reading this review is, if you haven’t watched either of the two makes or have only watched the most recent 2016 remake, watch the 2002 version, it will be a better use of your time. This movie let me down, but I will be generous and give it a Four out of Ten just because I liked the old one.

Rating: 4/10

War Dogs

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This was actually a pretty good movie and one that I would want to see again as I felt I missed some of the finer details. I was watching this a couple nights ago and didn’t get to finish it but I had to finish it up since it was such a good movie. This movie is about David Packouz who is played by Miles Teller and Efraim Diveroli played by Jonah Hill. Although the story is mainly about Miles Teller and how he moves from a message therapist too a national guns dealer to help support his new baby and get away from his last job that he hated.

Efraim Diveroli is bad news for David as he swings into town and gets David to work for him. Efraim looks really impressive to David with all the money he is making and his take no crap, do what ever he wants life style. What David doesn’t relies is what kind of crazy work he is about to get into and also what kind of guy his boss really is. Efraim will do any thing to land a deal even if it puts him and David in harms way or doing something illegal. On top of this David doesn’t find out till later that even his best friend is willing to lie and screw him over.

Running guns is and exciting and risky business as you can see from what these guys do and how they do it. They also come up with some very innovative and clever ways to get some of their transaction accomplished, which might even motivate you to come up with your own business idea. Basically the whole idea of the business they are in and how they end up making so much money off it is really ingenious. Like he say’s in the movie, Its a gold mine.

This movie was really comparable to The Wolves of Wall Street although it was not as good. Something about this movie just had me drawn in, I guess it might have been how fast these guys were moving up in the latter of social class. There is just something about watching people succeed and make a bunch of money that just really gets you pumped.

My favorite part about this movie was Jonah Hill. I always think he does a great job in all the parts that he plays and he did a great job in this movie too. It’s a combination of the crap he says and the stuff he does that just really never fail to surprise me and make me laugh. One specific think about Jonah Hill in this movie that really was the icing on top of the cake was his laugh. It was so horrible in a funny way and just how many times he would make that laugh every time it was just so funny. I don’t know if that is his real laugh because I never noticed really in his other movies. but then as I think back I have heard it before, I just think in this movie he really exaggerates it and makes it a real fun part of this film.

The Movie ends decently but it was nothing really special. Im just real happy for David and how he ends up. He really was a good guy and only wanted the best for his family. If any thing I think the movie ended kind of fast and there probably could have been more of a story on how it ended. But overall I really liked War Dogs and would recommend it if you are a fan of Jonah Hill or just like movies about under dogs rising to the top of the economic chain. This movie deserves a Eight out of Ten.

Rating: 8/10