March Reviews (15 films)

The following are reviews of movies that I watched in the month of March.

  1. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  2. Absolutely Anything (2015)
  3. The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)
  4. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
  5. Batman v Superman (2016)
  6. Bridge of Spies (2015)
  7. Cloverfield (2008)
  8. Daddy’s Home (2015)
  9. Drive Angry (2011)
  10. Ex Machina (2015)
  11. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
  12. London Has Fallen (2016)
  13. Peanuts (2015)
  14. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)
  15. Sisters (2015)

 

 

1. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 84%

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For my review of the first Cloverfield film, keep reading, it’s further in this post – this is for the 2016 sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, a movie that has got a lot of people talking, and for good measure. 10 Cloverfield Lane is an incredibly tense, suspenseful thriller mystery that never seems to stop – which is great. Your familiarity with the first film is entirely unnecessary, but can absolutely help – as this contributes well as a companion to the original. There’s not a lot of connections between them, but overall, it’s got a similar tone and feel – and basically…if you like one, you’ll like the other. Great movie, lots of fun.

2. Absolutely Anything (2015) 77%

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We’ve seen this before – a movie about a sheepishly selfish man given the abilities to do absolutely anything he desired.. Only last time it was Jim Carrey. I like Bruce Almighty a little more than this because Absolutely Anything felt more like a cartoon at times, as the things that occurred were more over the top than the other. It’s nowhere near bad, in fact it’s still really entertaining, I just have a preference.

3. The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)  74%

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Man, I thought this was the last movie! I thought they figured out that two-part movies don’t really work all that well – but it turns out Allegiant was indeed split into two movies – so another one is coming next year, folks. Anyway, I remember liking the second book the most, and so far, the same seems to be true for the movie series. The third comes close though. The only problem is…like Mockingjay – Part 1, this movie has a bit of a boring overtone to it…at least in the beginning, as Tris is mostly put in the sidelines as Four does all the work. Later in the movie, things started to boil up and it was a lot of fun. To be honest, I liked Four the most in this film, but Tris the least…so take that as you will. Reviews out there hated this movie, I think it was just fine at the very least – not even remotely terrible.

4. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) 72%

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Ranking in at the oldest movie I saw in March is Alvin and the Chipmunks. I saw most of this series once before, all but the latest release in 2015, and they all hum a similar tune – cute and cuddly, kids will adore the sharp physical humor and silly pun jokes – all in all, it’s an interesting new and modern take on the chipmunks while revitalizing the kinds of songs they sing. In fact, I feel like these releases come out in the same regards as those NOW albums – relaying the best new songs of our generation through the mouths of Alvin and the Chipmunks…and through live-action media as well. They are more or less useless other than that – though the first movie had an okay story, I’ll admit.

5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)  83%

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So it happened – one of the most anticipated films of the year – and how was it? It was okay – it could have been perfect…it just fell short. The truth is, there is a ton of elements to this film, the critics are right…it’s all over the place as far as storytelling goes, and it tries way too hard to make it a point that the Justice League of America is coming soon. In doing so, it loses a little grip its path to making a phenomenal movie. The action was great, the acting was great, the whole Batman and Superman on screen for the first time ever had tremendous possibilities…it just had too much going on for its own good. You’ll feel as if you’re watching 3 movies, Batman v Superman, The Justice League Part 1, and super trippy visions concocted from acid. Don’t be surprised if you walk out still confused about a few scenes. All in all, the movie makes just enough sense for you to follow and is overall a bunch of fun, so I still gave it an 83%

6. Bridge of Spies (2015) 80%

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To be absolutely honest, Steven Spielberg just isn’t doing it for me anymore. When I grew up, Spielberg had the biggest movies out – I don’t know how he did it, but his name was linked onto practically every movie that I loved. I think it came down to being both talented as a creative entertainer and as a filmmaker. He has one of those left – and it’s not the creative entertainer bit. Look, Bridge of Spies is expertly crafted and beautiful, but I don’t ever care to see it again. It’s boring. I think it had a ton of promise where it could have been better, but it ultimately went a route I didn’t care for.

7. Cloverfield (2008) 93%

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I’m one of the only fans I know of that absolutely loved Cloverfield. I know by now it’s got every trope possible for a found-footage film – but please remember that those tropes started out here, back when they did them right and weren’t absolutely horrible. This is as realistic as a monster movie can be – and yes there is shaky cam…quite possibly the worst type of shaky cam – which is exactly how YOU would act with a video camera if there was a giant creature roaming around your city and you were trying to avoid dying. One of the best found-footage films ever created, one of the best thought-out creature features, one of the best mystery thriller with suspense…it’s just all-around one heck of a ride.

8. Daddy’s Home (2015) 71%

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Will Ferrell is Will Ferrell. He’s stupid and all his crap is the same, but sometimes he can win you over with a chuckle or two – and I think the same applies to Daddy’s Home, a movie I considered to be a cross between Step Brothers and The Other Guys. It clearly tries to have heart here and there, but trying isn’t the same thing as succeeding, at it simply ends up being a useless comedy that you probably won’t care to really see again unless it’s randomly on TBS…then…maybe.

9. Drive Angry (2011) 76%

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The only reason I watched Drive Angry is because I recently found the means to watch 3D movies from the luxury of my home, and this became the first victim, but how was it? It was ridiculous as ridiculous gets, but then again, it’s Nicholas Cage, and to be honest, they knew they were ridiculous and they simply just went with it – transforming a could-be-horrible movie into something fun – so overall, I was entertained.

10. Ex Machina (2015) 82%

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A lot of movie blogs and websites have listed Ex Machina as one of the highest ranking films of last year – well I saw most of the biggest 2015 hits, but this one slipped through my fingers. So I decided to watch this one. I wouldn’t necessarily call it one of the bests of the year to the regards of TOP 5 or anything, but it is still a very well-done movie…but I have to be honest – I could guess how the movie would play out and it did. I guess there was one thing that surprised me, but for the most part, I didn’t find it unpredictable. It’s still a really fun enticing movie – just like I, Robot, for instance.

11. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) 78%

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It took me forever, and I had to wait until the official digital release to watch it, but I finally saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II. When you split the final book into two, you have one main problem – somewhere in these two movies, you’re going to find some seriously boring moments, but thankfully most of those were in the first half. The second had a lot of action and surprises, and lots of focus on the political sides of things. Yes, it’s about the Capital, but I’m referencing subtle political moves that actually make sense with the real world, so I would say this series is really important to pay attention to. It is a movie, yes, but the author took notice with the chaos that we’re beginning to see in the real world. I’m pretty sure Donald Trump will say something like – “You guys see the Hunger Games? That’s a good movie. I think that’s what we should do in real life. Let the losers battle it out to the death live on TV”

12. London Has Fallen (2016) 88%

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I was one of the few people who wasn’t ever the biggest fan of Olympus Has Fallen, and I still don’t understand why it got a sequel – but it did. London Has Fallen is….great! This thing is insane and it never lets up. You will have absolutely no idea what’s even going on, who’s who, what’s what, and it is unforgettably brilliant. I’m so much more of a fan of this movie over the last. I always preferred White House Down anyways – so now I can enjoy both franchises! I highly recommend this one.

13. Peanuts (2015) 75%

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I think it’s nice that they finally made a feature-length Peanuts movie for kids that might not appreciate the imagination and love the old cartoons offered – this revamps it and offers a little more life for maybe our current children. As an adult, I found it cute and nostalgic – even impressive given the voice actors sounded identical, and I can’t wait to show my own kid the movie – because as an infant, he was already drawn in by all the colors moving around. I thought it was an okay flick and got what it went after. It’s great for families.

14. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)  59%

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It’s official. I’m not a kid anymore. We all know Pee-wee Herman has always been a childhood icon, and I can personally recall loving the movies he came out with. I wasn’t ever a fan of his TV show, but who cares – the movies were where it was at…and he did another one. Did it feel like the others? Impressively so. Does he still got what it takes at 63? Unmistakably! I just don’t have the nostalgia from it anymore. I found it nonsensical and stupid. It did what it sought after, but I can’t in good conscious give Pee-wee’s Big Holiday anything more than 59%.

15. Sisters (2015)  62%

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Okay, so now we know women can’t imitate Will Ferrell as well as they think they can. Sisters does the same thing – two women who act like immature girls who never grew up, so they pull a party for other middle-aged women and basically everything you’d imagine happen happens. I know it’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and I know they work well together and everything, but this movie is as “funny” as other Will Ferrell movies – almost nonexistent, a movie I’ll forget all about this time next month.

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