Love and Spies

True Lies is a great action movie. It’s also a James Cameron film. Which by comparison is almost underrated. As I’ve said before Arnold Schwarzenegger was my favorite actor to watch as a kid. The movie is about a spy who balances tracking terrorists and maintaining his home life. There’s the perfect amount of cheesy one liners and non-stop action. The terrorists are treated like imbeciles and the humor is welcomed. A common complaint about the movie would be the second act. Which is about Arnie’s character thinking his wife is having an affair with another spy. Personally I think the second act is just as good as the first and third. Judge for yourself.

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Harry Tasker commandeers a jet


People are Strange when you’re a Vampire

The Lost Boys is one of my personal favorites in the horror genre. It’s about a family who move to Santa Carla, California only to discover that things are a little strange there. Vampires inhabit this town. Teen vampires to be exact (and I ain’t talkin’ Twilight). The title, The Lost Boys is of course a refrence to Peter Pan (that’s what I thought the movie was about originally). Like the lost boys in Peter Pan, these young vampires also never grow up. It would best be described as a starter horror movie. My mom recommended it to me when I was kind of young. She said me and my brother would like the fact that kids are the ones who fight the vampires. The violence isn’t too disturbing, nor is it silly. It’s just the right balance of both. They manage to find the humor in contrast to some of their bloodier scenes. It’s also a good movie for vampire enthusiast. As the group of kids who attempt to take down said vampires, use what they know from comic books. I know just about everything there is to know about vampires and their weaknesses. So I’d like to think I could take one down if I had to. Even if you’re not much of a horror fan, it’s likely you’d enjoy The Lost Boys.

David bares his fangs

L-O-V-E/ H-A-T-E

The Night of the Hunter is a beautiful movie to watch. Yes even black and white movies can be beautiful. With its glowing images and silhouettes. This was another movie my mother told me to watch. The movie has a tense atmosphere that makes you feel all sorts of emotions. There is a good chance you’re unfamiliar with the story. Basically it’s about a man claiming to be a preacher attempting to inherit a large sum of money, but the only ones who can stop him are a boy and his younger (clueless) sister. Trust me, this is an underrated masterpiece. I would definitely recommend it.

John and Pearl escape to a secluded farm house

Dream a Dream

Les Misérables is a major feat for cinema. The actors in the movie were actually singing live. Instead of singing first and rerecording after. Making the movie feel more authentic. If you’re not used to musicals, then this will be a difficult movie to sit through. The movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes and they sing all the way through. Taking 1 or 2 minute breaks in between. For those who don’t know, Les Misérables is based on a 1980 stage musical which in turn is based on an 1862 story by Victor Hugo. The music can’t be beat and the performances are top-notch. The only problem is Russell Crowe. A brilliant actor who was terribly miscast. He’s just not a classical singer. Other than that the movie is pretty much flawless. I guarantee you won’t be able to get some songs out of your head.

Jean Valjean carries a dying Fantine in his arms

As if!

Clueless is a unique High School movie. Being a 90’s kid I appreciate the nostalgia. If not for its fashion sense, sophisticated dialogue, and  Alicia Silverstone’s devoted performance it might of been forgotten. The thing I liked most about the movie is how it handles “the populars.” The fact that they’re portrayed in a good light instead of a bad one. Like most High School movies it tends to veer off into multiple stories at once. However it does all come together by the end. So don’t be clueless, give it a watch.

Cher (right) and Dion (left) walk to class

More like a Slap in the Face

Sucker Punch is a truly eye catching movie. I remember when I first saw the trailer in the theaters. I was immediately interested. Can you blame me though. You got five hot girls (one of them in a schoolgirl outfit) fighting Giant Japanese Samurai, Zombie Nazi’s, Dragons, and Robots. The girls also have cutesy names like Babydoll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie, and Amber. How could I not be curious? That’s how I ended up going to see it by myself. If you haven’t heard of this movie then see the trailer. It makes the movie look much better than it actually is. Which is how I would describe any Zack Snyder movie. This was his first PG-13 movie he directed, I think to prove he could direct a movie that didn’t have a hard R rating. It’s also Snyder’s first completely original movie that isn’t based on a graphic novel, novel, or an older movie. That being said, Sucker Punch really does suck. Those fight scenes I mentioned only last roughly 28 minutes in a 1 hour and 50 minute movie. The rest of the movie is set in an insane asylum/ brothel, but not all at once. The problem is that the plot is too overly complicated. They jump back and forth between reality in the asylum, stylized reality in the brothel, and dream sequences represent by four action scenes. The acting is awful, the message is bleak, and the characters aren’t compelling. Really the fight sequences and music are the only positive things I can say about it. Unless you’re a 14 year old boy (like I was) looking to get his fix of guns & girls, I wouldn’t recommend seeing Sucker Punch.


Babydoll (center) and company fight in WWII

Love Grows

Shallow Hal has mixed messages. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of my favorite romantic comedies. It’s just something about the movie. From the Farrelly Brothers, Shallow Hal is the story of a man named Hal who is so fixated on looks that he can’t see the real beauty within people. Even though Jack Black isn’t a perfect 10. Until he unknowingly gains the ability to see unattractive people as attractive (and sometimes vice versa). This is achieved either with makeup, fat suits, or using a completely different actor. Hal’s main romance is with a woman named Rosemary. A funny, friendly, humanitarian Hal doesn’t realize is overweight. Even when all the signs are right in front of him. Gwyneth Paltrow plays her in and out of a fat suit. Shallow Hal is filled with plenty of misunderstanding based humor. The only problem I have is, like I said, the mixed messages. Now, I don’t have a problem with “fat humor” per se. It doesn’t really bother me. No, I’m talking about the fact that the movie claims all unattractive people are saints and all attractive people are mean. That’s not always true, but it’s a little thing. Shallow Hal is still clever and the message is clear. Plus my mom’s name is Rosemary and her song is in it. Shallow Hal is lovely inside and out.


Rosemary (left) and Hal (right) take a boat ride

Everything is Awesome

The LEGO Movie is about as perfect a movie can be. Growing up, LEGO was always my favorite toy to play with. I still love it even to this day. When I first heard they were making a LEGO movie I was like, YES!!! I couldn’t wait to see it. Though there was a thought I had that the movie might not be good. That thought was quickly proven wrong after I saw it. The LEGO Movie is the story of an average minifigure named Emmet, who’s thrust into the colorful and imaginative world of LEGO. His entire life is lived by the instructions. Until he accidentally becomes “the chosen one.” On his adventure, Emmet meets a punk themed Master Builder named Wyldstyle. A blind Morgan Freeman wizard named Vitruvius. As well as a unicorn cat named Unikitty, a classic astronaut named Benny, a robotic pirate named Metalbeard, and Batman. Together they all try to defeat the evil Lord Business and his henchmen Bad Cop. The best thing about the movie is how they stick to their brand’s core values without resorting to cheesiness. LEGO is all about creativity not preservation. Another positive is the voice cast. Casting Chris Pratt as the lead LEGO was a stroke of genius. The movie is also beautifully rendered and really does trick you into thinking it’s stop-motion. And let’s not forget that extremely catchy Oscar nominated song you probably can’t get out of your head. You couldn’t ask for a better movie about LEGO’s.

Emmet (center) prepares a plan for his team

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

I would not consider myself a “Trekkie”. At this present date, I have actually never watched any of the shows or movies. With the exception of the three reboot movies. Not that I don’t plan to watch it one day. Galaxy Quest on the other hand, I’ve seen at least 20 times since I was a kid. You don’t have to be a “Trekkie” to appreciate the movie. Galaxy Quest is an intelligent satire on the fun concept of “what if William Shatner was the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise?” The movie is about as hilarious as it sounds. It really should have had a sequel. But after Alan Rickman’s passing, that’s probably off the table. Nevertheless, Galaxy Quest is a must watch for all “Trekkie’s” or lovers of science fiction.


The NSEA Protector crew pose for a group photo

Background Check Please!

Single White Female is the kind of movie that really makes you think. About “who is my roommate?” and “how do I get rid of them?” I never really liked the idea of a roommate in the first place. I mean living with someone you barely know and expecting them to pay rent every month. That’s just crazy. As far as the movie is concerned, I liked it. I’d describe it as a subtle thriller. One that starts out fine, then starts to show its true colors by the end. Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh have excellent chemistry. Especially Jennifer Jason Leigh who plays crazy fairly well. I wouldn’t call it a top recommendation. However if you have a roommate, this might be the movie to watch.

Allie’s (left) new roommate Hedy (right) begins to obsess over her