Beware: I am known for watching Weird movies at times! My favorite genre is Thriller but I love dabbling in action, adventure, comedy (independent dark comedies especially), suspense, and fantasy. You will rarely find reviews for dramas or romantical chick flicks here, but stay tuned, I always have some added surprises in store for you!

 

RECOMMENDATIONS(a few of my favorites and some movies that highly impressed and entertained me)

Devil’s Pass

Kill Me Three Times

Cop Car

Moonrise Kingdom (2012-coming of age)

For A Good Time Call (2012) Ari Graynor, Kate Anne Naylon, Lauren Miller, Seth Rogan, Justin Long – The reserved Lauren (Miller) and the irrepressible Katie (Graynor) are polar opposites… and past enemies. But when both come up short on the funds needed to afford their dream New York City apartment a mutual friend (Long) re-introduces them and they reluctantly agree to room together. These apartment-mates have nothing in common – until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator, and recognizes a good business opportunity. But as their business partnership takes off, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both, as they say, hanging on the telephone.

Ondine (2009) Collin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda – “Ondine” tells the story of Syracuse (Colin Farrell), a local fisherman whose everyday life is transformed by a beautiful and mysterious woman (Alicja Bachleda) whom he fishes from the sea and who his precocious young daughter, Annie (Alison Barry), believes is a mermaid. But like all fairytales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand.

*Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson: Cliffhanger from the get go! A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising (and uber adorable) street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

* Tusk (2014) – Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment – When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

*Chef (2014) – Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara:  A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

*Branded (2012) – Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor: In future Moscow, where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man’s effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.

*The Smell of Success (2009) – Billy Bob Thorton, Tea Leoni, Mark Polish, Ed Helms: A comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America. When a tragic accident ends the life of Mr. Rose, the genius behind Rose’s Manure Company, the livelihood of its loyal fleet of salesmen threatens to go, as they say, into the toilet. Enter estranged daughter Rosemary, a high-class- cosmetics salesgirl, who steps in to take control. She is not sure she has a nose for the family business, but she is determined to make foul into profit. Little does she know that a ruthless, slick-talking fertilizer rep is plotting a takeover. Whether she likes it or not, she must trust her top salesman, Patrick Fitzpatrick, to devise a plan to regain Rose’s rightful position on top of the heap.

*App (2013) – Hannah Hoekstra, Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog:A Danish film about a young psychology student is drawn into the dark and fearful world of a diabolic and mysterious App that starts to terrorize her, distributing compromising photographs, videos and text messages about herself and delves deeper and deeper into her personal life, flawlessly exposing all of her deepest secrets.

*The Honeymoon (2014) Logan Brown, Katy Hedalen: Newlywed bliss turns to paranoia after bride Bea sleepwalks outside a remote honeymoon cabin and scares groom Paul with her increasingly odd behavior.

*Big Fish (2003) Ewan McGreggor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup: A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told about his life.

*Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin: Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (Love Love LOVE the video game/comic book style!)

*Zombieland (2009) Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

* And Now A Word From Our Sponser (2013) Bruce greenwood, Parker Posey: When a mental affliction causes genius advertising exec Adan Kundle to speak only in commercial slogans, he faces a coup from within his own company.

* The Brass Teapot (2012) Juno Temple, Michael Anagarano, Alexis Bledel : An impoverished young couple finds a brass teapot that dispenses cash whenever they feel pain. But how far will they go as the teapot ups the ante?

 

REVIEWS

TUSK (2014)

tusk

 

Holy Moses where to begin?! I’m going to try my hardest to do this without giving any spoilers! This is also my very first official movie review so be gentle on me in that comment section! 😉 I know most of society is a huge fan of Kevin Smith movies and his lewd discussions over pop-culture minutia, but I am not. I am however, a huge fan of cheesy horror flicks. I was not aware that this was a Smith movie until the end, and then I had to Google who Kevin Smith even Was (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, etc….Oh, DuH). Tusk is a twisted horror-comedy that was based on an idea that stemmed from an episode of one of Smith’s podcasts, SModcast #259: The Walrus and the Carpenter, featuring some grotesquely memorable images. If you’re a fan of bonkers body horror (think The Human Centipede) and demented humor, then Tusk just might be a short but potently nasty little treat for you.

Wallace Bryton (Justin Long),  a popular Los Angeles-based podcaster, is an egotistical podcaster who is something akin to the mean-spirited version of Ira Glass. He travels around the country interviewing strange people for their strange stories, all to relate to his travel-phobic pal and podcast co-host, Teddy (Haley Joel Osment, all grown up). While in Canada, Wallace finds a curious posting in a men’s room from a man named Howard Howe (Michael Parks), a wheelchair-bound mariner with wild tales of adventure to tell, seeking a companion to share his lifetime of stories with. Wallace jumps at the chance, enters Howard’s secluded home, and listens as the older, wheelchair-bound eccentric spins several yarns about his seafaring adventures with Ernest Hemingway, notably a tale where he was lost at sea with only a walrus for a companion. As the evening unfolds, it becomes clear that Howe wants nothing more than to be reunited with this very special mammal, and he has hatched a disturbing plan for Wallace to make this happen. Smith impresses early on by slowly teasing the reveals: the duplicitous Howard, the revelation of missing parts, the hints of alterations. The knowing camerawork and long, creepy conversations build suspense even when we stop and realize how ridiculous this entire movie can be.

The tone is rather uneven, with the first half more dramatic and the second half more absurd comedy. The film’s greatest assets are Parks and Long and the movie is at its best when they share the screen. The long, creepy conversations build suspense immediately but then the movie starts to lose its momentum and focus with the introduction of the character Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp), a French Canadian private eye. Depp adopts a silly accent and a ridiculous fake mustache and becomes what is essentially his take on Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau. It is a character that feels like he walked in from the set of a different movie, one that is far more aimlessly wacky. The sequences with Lapointe are also laboriously overstuffed. They just go on and on, and you feel whatever sense of momentum starting to flee, sadly.

Tusk is a unique experience, a macabre experimental lark from Kevin Smith, but it also seems to be the first in a new direction for a man who made his millions on stoner comedies. Smith is currently underway on three other movies, all of them horror, two of which are the next stages in what has become his Canadian Trilogy of Terror. I’ll admit, I’m a wee bit intrigued to see this upcoming Trilogy after watching Tusk. This movie was disgustingly, absurdly hilarious, right up my alley!

 

MAD DOGS (2015) 

Ben Chaplin (Joel-bottom right), Romany Malco (Gus-top left), Steve Zahn (Cobi-top right), Michael Imperioli (Lex- bottom left), Billy Zane (Milo-not depicted)

MadDogs

I greatly enjoy watching a show or movie that has been filmed in a location that I have lived. Even better when you are actually around to catch a moment of the filming process! I have had the pleasure of viewing the Pilot episode for a potential new TV Show that was filmed right here in Rincon, Puerto Rico! I’ll be honest, the first time I watched it I was simply riding high on my love for my new home town, the second time I watched it I actually paid attention to the characters, and story line development. A familiarity I recognized caused me to look up an old TV show that I had seen an episode of long ago. The UK strikes again! Yup that’s right, Mad Dogs is yet another bite off of a successful UK TV show with the same title (some of my favorite shows, Shameless for one example, were done in the UK first). When I compare US vs UK films I usually find the acting better from the British and the cinematography more appealing from the Americans. If you are interested you can read up on the original show HERE. The original UK version was filmed on location in Majorca while the US version is supposed to take place in Belize (but is actually filmed here in Rincon at our beautiful Casa Hines, WEPA!).

UK 2011

UK 2011

US 2015

US 2015

I truly do not want to give too much away so I will keep this review ultra brief. The show’s pilot has a dark comedy, thriller, movie-like vibe. I am very curious to see what direction they will be taking with this show. The Phillip S.W. International Airport in Belize looks a Heck of a lot like Rafeal Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico *wink wink*. I had the pleasure of attending a party at the Casa Hines Mansion when I first arrived in Puerto Rico and it looked just as gorgeous on screen. The actors seem a little stiff and dry at times but the shows plot is right up my alley. I noticed quite a few “quiet” scenes that would have benefited from some sort of background music but other than that I didn’t have anything to complain about. Once again though, I don’t see how they are going to make an entire TV show series out of this, I might just have to cheat and finish watching the UK version!

Amazon offers the pilot available for free for your viewing pleasure, follow the link HERE to watch the pilot episode.  I greatly enjoy hearing others opinions, some watch shows and movies for pure entertainment purposes, while others watch to stimulate their minds. I would love to see what other Rincon locals (not that I have yet earned the right to call myself a “local”) have to say about this show. If it does get picked up and they continue filming here it could mean a change is coming to our tiny island town far quicker than we realized. I believe the town would appreciate the publicity and business….as long as Hollywood doesn’t steal our surf!

 

APP (2013)

Danish Release 2013/US Release 2014

Danish Release 2013/US Release 2014

I stumbled across this Danish thriller as a recommendation from Netflix based upon another movie that I had watched. This is my first experience with Transmedia storytelling, the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies. In an interesting attempt of something new, the director actually encourages viewers to activate their phones instead of the “turn off your ringer or phone” message we regularly see. Viewers can download Iris-App The Movie or text IRIS to 97-000 to access a piece of software that syncs with the audio of the movie and displays additional material designed to enhance the story!

The storyline was stellar, the acting and script were SoSo.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Reviews: Chef, Scott Pilgram vs The World, Zombieland, The Smell of Success, Branded…..

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