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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA – This is one hell of a fun movie. Made for kids but with a ton of great gags for adults that always makes watching these type of films with your children that much better. Count Dracula is deathly afraid of humans. So much so, he has gathered all the monsters of the world inside his hotel in Transylvania in order to protect them from those he views would hunt them down. On the evening of his daughter’s 118th birthday everything takes a turn when an ordinary bumbling but fun-loving dude happens to stumble upon the hotel throwing everything Dracula has tried to hide from his monster friends into chaos. With Adam Sandler in the role of Dracula and Selena Gomez doing a decent job as his daughter along with Adam Sandburg as the human that changes everything it is a fun animated movie that the family will enjoy.
Offered in a combo pack with the 3-D Blu-ray version, the regular Blu-ray version, the DVD and digital copy it is a great package for when you eventually upgrade to a 3-D set and Blu-ray player as well as having a format you can take pretty much anywhere. Highly recommended.
END OF WATCH – I missed covering stuff last week because I was busy doing other stuff so I’m including some titles that were released last week here. END OF WATCH is an interesting take on the buddy action flick as it takes place in the heart of Los Angeles’ brutal police patrol filled with gang bangers, drug pushers and something even more nefarious as Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena’s characters find out in human trafficking. Told mostly through the point-of-view of one of the two actors or through handheld footage from one of the two, it has that whole shaky cam thing going and with a lot of running and police business happening it gets kinda chaotic at times. So if you have an aversion to this type of film avoid this one for sure. Otherwise, it ain’t even close to TRAINING DAY but it is a good watch for sure.
THE AWAKENING – Trying to capitalize on the ghost craze comes this import from England about a female ghost hunter that roams different parts of the country looking to disprove accounts and scamsters. However, when she gets a gig to disprove what appears to be a ghost in a boys home, she bites off more than she can chew, finding herself in a real-life ghost situation where not all of the people she runs across are actually alive. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t that great either and just goes to show that much of the ghost fare coming out in order to catch the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY gravy train isn’t going to be up to par. Still if you like ghosts, might be worth checking out.
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS – Yet another action comedy flick but this time with some heavy hitters including Collin Farrell in the lead, Sam Rockwell as the crazy friend, Woody Harrelson as a crazy mob figure looking for his lost dog and Christopher Walken as an aging psychopath with a troubled history. The storyline follows Farrell writing a screenplay about SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS except he wants it to end with more a touching, emotional ending but his friends have other ideas and it turns out aren’t exactly the straight and narrow type as they all have killing secrets or hidden pasts that launch Farrell’s character into a real-life psychopath battle. It isn’t bad, but the comedy is dry and the action is just so-so. Still might be a good one to watch on Netflix.
ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE – A different take on the whole superhero genre where a group of heroes we know very little about (although there is a bit of a backstory where they all ran as a crew at one point with multiple romances, sidekick problems and more) are trapped in a game of death with one of their arch-nemesis that has taken away their powers and sets them against impossible tasks in order to kill them all. The cool thing is that it is straight out of a comics plotline with an evil villain doing something against age-old enemies for revenge, unfortunately, the budget is so low that it ends up at times being unintentionally funny and many of the decisions these poor-man’s heroes make are pretty dumb. However, still worth watching if you are into the whole comic book based storylines come to life in full motion video, albeit, one that seems more live action role playing (LARP) than anything else.
DEATH RACE 3: INFERNO – Also one I missed last week. DEATH RACE 3 is like a wet dream for someone with OCD. In literally a few scenes I was trying to keep pace with the number of different action shots we received in a one minute period – I lost count. Since I don’t have OCD, I found it quite annoying. The storyline is pretty similar to the other installments of the franchise. Frankenstein (the best Death Race racer) must fight for his freedom against a bunch of evil dudes that want to profit on the backs of inmates driving killing machines around in the desert for the enjoyment of the masses. If only the editing and direction was better it would be such a better movie with so many quick cuts and crazy placements of the camera it ruins it. Still there is some good action here but nothing original and nothing that you already didn’t see from the first two films.
CHERRY TREE LANE – The horror subgenre of home invasion terror is one that has few new wrinkles to give and unfortunately, CHERRY TREE LANE doesn’t open any as this horror import is painfully slow. Apparently a group of thugs have a beef with a kid that happens to live on Cherry Tree Lane. So they break into his parent’s house, beat up the dad, an off-camera rape of the mom and tear the place apart looking for valuables or whatever. When the kid comes home they beat him to death just before the payoff happens with the parents. Obviously this is similar to FUNNY GAMES or the excellent Spanish home invasion flick KIDNAPPED. However, the problem with CHERRY TREE LANE is that clocking in at a svelte 73 or so minutes, the film isn’t long to begin with and the whole LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT revenge is maybe one minute long. So we we spend an agonizing 72 minutes with boring dialogue, parental abuse and a slew of teenagers that really just need a good kick in the arse to have really no payoff in the last minute. Avoid this one.
FEMME FATALES: SEASON 1 – Boobs, sex, lesbian sex, chicks that backstab and do anything to get ahead in the world. That’s pretty much the gist of every half-hour episode of FEMME FATALES. Needless to say, this isn’t a bad thing as these are qualities in television series I hold fondly. FEMME FATALES has some really good looking chicks getting naked quite often in situations where men have either wronged them, put them in lousy situations or they are just evil. It is an interesting take on female empowerment. Many of the episodes are similar to each other and not all the chicks are actually hot but for the most part it is a stimulating and scintillating show that really fits well within the Cinemax (Skinamax) portfolio. As it already has gotten a green light for Season 2, airing soon, you don’t really need to catch up on a series like this to know what’s happening as each episode is self-contained, however, you’d be missing some great nudity and hot babes swinging guns and other objects around.
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