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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

From the creator of Flight of the Conchord's comes a dark comedy about Vampires making a documentary about them adjusting to the 21st Century.

After watching a few episodes of Flight and hearing many great things about this film from critics and my buddies I decided to watch it last night and I enjoyed it. They have tons of great scenes and hilarious dialogue and I suggest you check it out! It's one of the better Horror/Comedy films to come out in awhile.

I'd give it a 7.5/10

Also if you have an instagram and like movie reviews I made an account for this! mattsmoviereviews411

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Fantastic Four (2015) - 3/10 - I don't even know why I'm giving this a 3. That is honestly being generous. There are SO many things wrong with this movie. First, and I think most importantly, there was not a single character I cared about. They were all so stupid, and there was really no development of any of them.
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The one point in the plot that should have had the most character development, when they're just learning to cope with their powers, is totally glossed over with a time jump. WTF?

There were also a lot of things that just simply didn't make sense, or weren't explained in the slightest. And this is by no means a superhero movie. At best, it could be considered a Sci-Fi movie, and a shitty one at that. The acting was OK at best, total crap at worst. And for a movie that came out in 2015, WHY is there so much obvious green screen? It reminded me a lot of Star Wars Episode 2, and that movie honestly gives me a lot more enjoyment than this one, despite its flaws (that's for another time). I think I'll give the 2005 and 2007 movies another viewing, because I recall them being way better than this crap.
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Fiddler on the Roof. 9/10 some scenes drag on a bit but that's normal for the time period I suppose (early 70s). Musical great, fillings great, story's great, the messages can all transcend time and space and religion. Just a classic
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Wild Card - 2015 - 7/10

Remake of Heat with Burt Reynolds (1986)
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For the last month now, we've been doing Mel Brooks Mondays with the blue-ray collection my cousin gave me for Christmas. Going in chronological order, starting with his very first film,

12 Chairs (1972) - 4/5

On her death bed, a former Russian aristocrat's mother tells him she sowed a fortune in family jewels into the cushion of one of their dining room chairs during the revolution. He ends up unlikely partners with a young rogue played by Frank Langella and they race across Soviet Russia in search of the twelve chairs. Brooks and Dom DeLuise costar.

Blazing Saddles (1974) - 5/5

Arguably his funniest film and if I had to pick just one as my favorite, it would be Blazing Saddles mainly for the gorgeous and hilarious Madeline Kahn who's prolly my favorite comedic actress of all time. Fun facts, Richard Pryor cowrote the screenplay with Brooks and was set to star as Bart but the studio execs made Brooks recast him cause they thought he was too controversial and in stepped Cleavon Little. One of the extras on the blue-ray is the pilot episode for a spin-off sitcom called Black Bart starring Lou Gossett Jr. which was never picked up because It. Was. Turrible.

Young Frankenstein (1974) - 5/5

Blazing Saddles may have been his funniest film but this is undoubtedly his finest and most iconic film. Gene Wilder's finest role with fantastic supporting roles from Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, the lovely Teri Garr, and of course Madeline Kahn who I think totally steals the show in the last twenty minutes as she becomes the Bride of Frankenstein.

Silent Movie (1976) - 3.5/5

Brook's ode to the bygone era of silent comedies and legendary silent stars like Buster Keaton and Charley Chaplin. It's literally a silent movie about a director, Mel Funn, trying to make a silent movie in the 70's in a last ditch effort to save both his career and the failing studio. It consists of Mel Brooks as Funn, driving around Hollywood with Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise, trying to convince famous actors to star in his silent movie. Actors like Burt Reynolds, James Cahn, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor and Anne Bancroft, who Brooks later married in real life.

Halfway thru the collection, we resume this Monday with High Anxiety. Brooks' Alfred Hitchcock spoof.



Continuing my reviews of our Mel Brooks Mondays -

High Anxiety (1977) - 4.5/5

His brilliant and hilarious ode to Alfred Hitchcock, in which he works in nods to numerous Hitchcock films like Spellbound, Psycho, The Birds, and even filming the same iconic Goldengate Bridge location from Vertigo. One of the extras is all about how Brooks met with Hitchcock to get his blessing and he talks about going out to eat and Hitchcock even pitched him an idea for a funny scene.

History of the World: Part One (1981) - 5/5

"It's good to be the king." Another personal favorite. 35 years later and still waiting for Part Two. :laugh:

To Be or Not To Be (1984) - 4/5

Besides 12 Chairs, the only other Brooks film I had not previously seen. Dramatic as it is funny, it's his remake of a 1942 film of the same name, in which he stars as a famous Polish actor who gets gets involved with the Polish Underground movement during the Nazi occupation. His wife, Anne Bankroft, costars along with Tim Matheson (Animal House) and Charles Durning (Tommy's dad on Rescue Me) earned a Oscar nod for best supporting actor.

Spaceballs (1987) - 5/5

Everybody knows and loves Spaceballs! It's one of his funniest films and one of the funniest films of all time. And almost 30 years later, Brooks announced Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money is in development!! :yes:

That just leaves Robin Hood: Men in Tights left to conclude Mel Brooks Mondays this week.

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Batman v Supes 6.7/10 I honestly think that if you put aside expectations and conception of the already well established characters (which is understandably a lot to ask most viewers) it's a decent film. It has sweet action scenes, a decent overarching plot and subtext. The real issues other than the arguably excessively dark tone (and lighting) is that it feels like an hours worth of film was missing. Character development was fairly lackluster for two of the films most important characters, Lex and Wonder Woman, left much to be desired for batman although significantly better, I doubt many of our questions will ever be answered, and it relied too heavily on my remembering shit about Man of Steel. It tried too hard I think to compete with Marvel, or even its TV counterparts, trying to forcibly construct an entire universe in the course of a single film. It made too many assumptions that were I not reasonably knowledgable about comics would never have understood, and wastes precious time setting up future films that just didn't need setting up in such depth.

Again, overall decent film, but it just tried too hard in all the wrong places
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Batman V Superman. 7/10. I liked Ben Affleck, of course Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot (would have loved more of her).

Fucking hated Jesse Eisenberg. Hated Alexander Luthor. I'd rate this way higher if he wasn't.. Awful. And the weird dream sequences just seemed weird. I get that it's a setup for the justice friends or whatever, but some of it just seemed weird and stuffed in for no reason.
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Batlad vs Superdupes - 7.5/10 (apologies to Nick and NNR)

I'll start by saying I'm not a DC fan, in fact I find the majority of their stuff shallow and pedantic. I do like Batman sometimes and Wonder Woman is an interesting character so overall I enjoyed this flick. I like Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot was really good. When I first heard she was cast I looked her up and she seemed too tiny & pretty, but she met this role head-on--she seems to have transformed her body the same way Hugh Jackman did to play Wolverine, cause the Diana/WW in this movie is lean but built. I would enjoy watching a solo Wonder Woman movie with her. The cameos of other DC stooges were nice touches, and the "knightmare" dream sequence Batman would make an interesting movie I think, but I felt like there were too many flashbacks/dream sequences overall and it negatively affected the pacing in a movie that already had pacing problems. As a non-DC fan I did enjoy most of it and look forward to what Batfleck and Wonder Gadot do in the future, but I get the feeling serious DC geeks are left wanting with this. Batfleck's Wayne is the opposite of subtle, incredibly un-stealthy and doesn't have the philosophical hangups about taking criminals to task like we're used to. This version of Batman apparently saw Robin die at the Joker's hands and decided it was time to stop being nice. Personally, I like this, but again I feel like purists will be disappoint.

Also the secondary roles were done really well IMO--Amy Adams is the least boring Lois Lane ever, Laurence Fishburne is always a pleasure, and unlike Kat who is usually wrong about everything anyway, I liked Facebook guy's performance as Lex Luthor. It's another character I couldn't care less about but he made him entertaining yet very different from Kevin Spacey's take (which I also liked). I also liked his Asian assistant and the other lady reporter at the Daily Planet. I do feel, though, that Jesse Fburg's approach would be better suited to playing the Riddler.

The Jungle Book - 7/10

If you're a fan of the animated Disney classic, you will enjoy this movie. The visuals are great and they captured the attitude of the characters well. They even managed to elbow-in the 'Bear Necessities' song which was charming. The kid playing Mowgli was good but the "bad guys" almost steal the show. Great family watch.

Jeruzalem - 5/10

This is a suspense/thriller that turns a little horror towards the end. It is about two American girls that take a trip to the Middle East and hook up with some locals to tour the Holy land, but it is right before Passover and they find themselves in the middle of an apocalyptic event. The movie is seen mostly through first person via one girl's Google glasses and this makes it an interesting watch without being too gimmicky or overused--in fact, I feel like they could have done a lot more with it, but they were very clearly going for a less-is-more approach with what they show. Recommended to fans of Cloverfield, Let the Right One In, Super 8, Monsters: Dark Continent

10 Cloverfield Lane - 6/10

This is another film that makes an effort to show little of the actual "horror", effectively building tension and creating a realistic atmosphere. The performances were great, especially John Goodman's, though I will admit I am biased and just like him a lot. Mary Elizabeth Winstead does a great job too, but it was probably not a stretch as the role here is similar to her character in The Thing remake. Recommended to fans of Cloverfield (obviously), The Strangers, Hard Candy, 28 Weeks Later
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Captain America: Civil War - 8/10

Another great entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite lacking the meaty depth of the civil war story in the comics (and MUA game) this film does a great job delivering the action, humour and narrative we've come to expect. While Cap & Bucky do hold the main plot line, this movie is so packed with avengy people that you could call it Avengers 3.

What's even better is that they manage to make some of the newer (on screen) characters interesting. Falcon is even better than his Winter Soldier appearance, Black Panther and Spiderman get thrown in convincingly, and Scarlet Witch is actually likeable and a bit less petulant now. Then there's a great bit from Ant-Man/Giant Man, War Machine manages to not fail right away, the Vision is less aloof, Black Widow manages to do her part in the story without dry-fucking anyone, and the biggest surprise to me--Hawkeye is aggressively adequate for once! You already know if you want to see this movie or not, the real question is how you will like the story without Thor, Hulk or a great villain.

As for me, I'm Team Cap even if I really dislike his particular character--I think it is absurd to try to put already unreasonable human "laws" and regulations on metahumans or extraordinary beings or whatever you want to call them.

Deadpool - 9/10

This movie nailed the setting & action, and Ryan Reynolds nailed the character. Deadpool's unique qualifications (constant talking, 4th wall-breaking, immature humor combined with ultraviolence and T&A) make for a thin line between hilarious and obnoxious to the point of anger but for the first time outside of its native comic book medium the 'Merc with a Mouth' is portrayed both accurately & entertainingly. Colossus and the mall goth chick work well as foils, and I loved DP's waifu. Highly recommended to anyone that likes superheros but also has a genuine sense of humor.

The Revenant - 7/10

I liked the story once it was done, and Leonardo DiCaprio's performance here actually does deserve every bit of hype and praise because he acts the hell out of this role, but I felt the movie as a theatrical cut was a bit too long, too visceral. If I was watching this on a blue disk at home I'd say great, but in my shitty opinion it was just too much for a cinema flick. Also the performance by ... um the ginger actor that played General Hux in Ep7 was really good in this movie and it actually made me like his performance of Hux more in retrospect and makes me look forward to what he does in Ep8. Now the bear, well, I think he was overhyped and just had a really good PR agent, but again just my shitty opinion. This movie is highly recommended to almost everyone that likes action in their dramatic movies, and I do like how the plot goes out of its way to show the good & bad faces of all factions involved.

Krampus - 7.5/10

Yeah yeah I know you're like "you gave Revenant a 7 but a story about evil anti-santa claus gets a 7.5? WTAF??" but hear me out: these scores I give are based on how well I feel a movie delivers on its intended concept. Believe me, this one does. Christmas-Horror is definitely a niche genre but this movie is genuinely good both for its characters and visuals, even if they are a bit rough. People who find the film's conceit absurd should know that it is rooted in the same stories where St. Nicholas came from anyway--the bastardized, Coca Cola-spawned Santa we know today is as dissimilar to the original as the original is to the Krampus. Highly recommended to fans of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Bad Santa and Black X-mas.

Ukraine is Not a Brothel - 5/10

I watched this documentary expecting something along the lines of #FREEtheNIPPLE, ie information about a pro-girl power movement, because that it how it was framed on Netflix and IMDB. In reality, though, this film is less about the overall sex trafficking problems in eastern Europe and more about the specifics of this group called Femen including drama between members and the overt irony of a supposedly pro-feminist/female-empowering "movement" being lead by a man who makes a living off of these women's sexuality. If this had a more serious tone or at least some educational material about the issues involved it would have been good, but a third of the way in the façade is dropped and it becomes a bizarre late night Euro reality show. People who are interested in stuff like Free the Nipple, Hot Girls Wanted and the related documentaries on Vice network should not bother with this.
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Christmas with the Kranks - 4/10 - Based on the book Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (which is actually pretty good), the story is about Luther and Nora Krank, who decide to skip Christmas one year to go on a Caribbean Cruise, which their neighbors and friends don't take too well. While there were a few good laughs to be had here and there, most of the humor was pretty dry. A kid might laugh at it, possibly, but I just rolled my eyes. The acting, even for great talent like Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, was really over-the-top at times, to the point where I couldn't believe it. There were some instances of CGI
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Frozen cat's face, Frosty's glowing eyes, Frosty waving at the end along with "Santa" flying away with his reindeer

that were just terrible. The movie did have a few pretty heartfelt moments though, but it wasn't enough to make up for the rest. Above all, I really felt like the movie was trying too hard to be a Home Alone movie, and it failed pretty badly (not as bad as Home Alone 4, thankfully). Overall, having just finished reading the book before watching the movie, I was pretty disappointed, as I'm sure most people would be.
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Captain America Civil War - 8/10 - The best thing about this movie in my opinion was getting to watch all of the characters that we've come to know over the years evolve into new people based on their experiences. I also really enjoyed the introductions of Black Panther and Spider Man. Both characters are portrayed really well in this movie, and I can't wait to see their solo movies when they come out. As far as the main plot goes, it took the basics of an MCU movie and amped up the stakes in a more personal way for the characters. Again, my favorite part of the movie was the characters. The effects were great as always. One thing I didn't really understand, not that it's a big deal, is why Thor wasn't in this movie. I don't wanna spoil it, but I believe there's a reason why the Hulk wasn't in it based on Age of Ultron, but I don't really remember how Thor's story ended in that one. Maybe I need to watch that one again.
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My favorite scene was when Spider Man made his reference to The Empire Strikes Back toward Giant Man, and what he ended up doing in relation to that reference. REALLY clever!

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Silver Bullet - 7/10 - Let me start by saying this: Gary Busey :D As for the real review, I felt that there were scenes trying to be hokey with bad acting, and scenes that were done seriously with good acting. I felt that there were more of the latter, and I liked that. The cinematography and music during the "killing" scenes were really well done I thought. Definitely not the scariest movie based on a Stephen King story, and not the best either, but I'd recommend it if you want a short burst of decent entertainment. It's only an hour and a half long.
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At the beginning of the movie, when Marty's friend, Brady, is being a prick in the tree, they say that Marty couldn't stop him since he couldn't climb the tree himself because he's in a wheelchair. However, 20 minutes later, we see him climbing a tree. Thought I'd point out that error.

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The Shining (1980) - 7/10 - Wow, all these reviews I keep writing based on books that I've read must be getting annoying by now :p Well here's another one. I can't believe I waited this long to watch a classic horror movie like this, but I wanted to read the book first. Having done so, I have to agree with Stephen King himself by saying that this movie disappointed me in some ways. Of course I understand that movies based on books will never be exactly the same as the book itself, but it should at least be similar to a certain degree.

First of all, and worst of all, the character of Wendy Torrance has been completely ruined, and Shelley Duvall is maybe one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. In fact, I wasn't too fond of the acting in general in this movie. I literally thought I was watching a comedy at some points with the way Jack talks and behaves. The only characters that I thought were accurate to their book counterparts were Danny Torrance and Dick Hallorann. I also didn't like how so many scenes from the book were cut for the movie, like all the scenes with the hedge animals, which were great in the book. Also, in the book, Jack's descent into madness is much more gradual and realistic, and you really get into his head during the most crucial moments. You don't get that as well in the movie.

Now to talk positively, I loved the cinematography (especially during the opening: BEAUTIFUL mountains!) and the music, and the way that the atmosphere was built up, just like a good horror movie should do. I can definitely see why this movie is so highly regarded, it was very innovative for film making at the time. Many scenes (like the hedge maze scene) felt like they could have been from a movie made today. Still, the acting is really what drags my rating down from being an 8 or 9.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book more, but the movie is still pretty good, and way better than a lot of movies based on Stephen King books (cough Dreamcatcher cough).
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Anyone here seen that warcraft movie? i play wow a lot and it looks good i just have not gotten around to viewing it yet
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Finding Dory - 7/10
This movie had some great humor, and it gave me giggle fits when different characters talked in "whale", but I feel like overall it needed more comedy and less drama. The writers work overtime here to add some depth and feels to Dory, Nemo and the others, and I'm just not sure that was the best direction to go. Older fans of Finding Nemo will probably enjoy this more than the kiddos; I took my nephew to see this and he started to get bored and fidgety twice. Still, this is a good family movie, but maybe wait until you can watch it at home and pause it.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 8/10
The first How to Train Your Dragon became one of my favourite kid-friendly animated films ever, so when I noticed the second one was on Netflix I had to peep it. I ended up enjoying it a lot and definitely recommend it to fans of the first movie and the tv series. 2 is a worthy sequel because it develops the characters and progresses the world without becoming too heavy or sacrificing the action & humour that made the original good. There is a little bit of sadness feels towards the end so bring a pillow to cry in to. This film is good enough that it makes up for how shiterrible the second game was.
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