Hello everybody, been awhile I know. Lets see if i can make this a more regular venture in the coming weeks. Despite my lack of writing, my movie watching has not ceased. So without further ado, here are some of the more recent gems and landmines I have stumbled across on the Netflix Instant landscape.
Balls Out (2008 starring Seann William Scott and Randy Quaid)
Wow when Randy Quaid gets prominently second billed on the box and dies after about 5 minutes of screen time, you know this movie is gonna be painful to watch. Painful is an understatement. The movie centers on an old tennis semipro turned janitor, that inherits a terrible team, and you know the rest. Scott is pulling an extremely all or nothing and over the top performance here. Balls out if you will. Though he just does not have the comedic range to pull it off. he just comes off as Stifler on crack or after a lobotomy. Or both. 1 star out of 4
Blind Fury (1989 starring Rutger Hauer)
Blind.Ninja. This review pretty much writes itself. This movie could only be made in the 80’s. A relic from another era. Nick Parker, a vietnam vet who was blinded during the war, returns home and tries to reunite with a comrade when all hell breaks loose. He becomes the ward of a young boy until his father can be located. From here on out it is a combination of Mr. Magoo and anything with a ninja. Everything from the laughable soundtrack, the endless videogame henchmen, the annoying whiny kid, to the freaking BLIND NINJA make this movie….. Awesome! 3 stars (extra half star awarded due to presence of Lost’s Locke with hair).
Frozen (2010 starring nobody you have heard of)
This movie does for being stuck on a skilift, what Open Water did for scubadiving. Imagine boarding up at Northstar and staying a bit after hours when your up on the lift and everyone suddenly forgets that you are there. Thus leaving you in the cold overnight. This is the concept of Frozen. Though taking place in New England gives them the added bonus of wolves, something we do not have the joy of. Watching this movie can definitely be a cringefest at times, but it is worth the experience as the all the performances are well done and it is too predictable. Im glad we do not have wolves. 3 stars.
Alice in Wonderland (2010 starring Johnny Depp)
I’m sure you all have seen this by now, as it made a ton of money and has been out for awhile. I purposely avoided it for some time, and now I know why. First of all this is a sequel and not really Alice in Wonderland. Secondly Helena Bonham Carter scares me and not in a good way. Make her stop. Johnny Depp collecting a paycheck happens as well. 1 star.
Bronson (2008 starring Tom Hardy)
This is one weird movie that I hardily reccommend. Tom Hardy whom many of you probably know best from Inception, as the super cool British forger, plays Brittain’s most notorius prisoner. Based on real life man, Hardy plays Bronson as a man who lives for violence. Violence for him was like going on a date or eating a nice steak for most of us. It was his life’s joy. The movie is extremely violent but portrayed in way that is almost light and laughable, if that is possible. Hardy is absolutely amazing, making this despicable character actually someone you root for during the movie. It is no wonder he has been cast as Bane in the new Batman movie, as he is absolutely great as Bronson. He may be violent but he is not evil. This is how the man socializes. His fists are his words. And they are slightly more powerful. 3 stars
So thats that. If any of my readers have a suggestion for future reviews, I am all ears. I will watch anything, except Antichrist again.