Been binge watching stuff a lot since New Years after scooping up some movies with an Amazon gift card I got for Christmas.
Ted 2 - Didn't have high hopes for this one since it word of mouth wasn't great and critics didn't care for it (big surprise) but I actually like it. It doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means and is perfectly comfortable in the world it created in the first film. That said I laughed quite a bit and if you were a fan of the first one I can't see you not liking this entry.
American Ultra - Thought this was a solid popcorn flick. It's not a "drop what you are doing and go see this now" type movie by any means. It is though a movie that if you watched when it came on you'd be satisfied with. Decent amount of action with a little bit of humor sprinkled in. Door is open for a sequel and it's honestly something I could see being better in future installments since the more interesting parts of the movie hinge on certain plot points that are progressed through this one.
Trainwreck - My main interest in this was Judd Apatow, though his last offering "This is 40" wasn't great and the run times can be a bit much on his films for the genre. I still felt his work was good enough as a whole for me to warrant taking a chance on this one, though I decided to wait until I could scoop it up cheap and I did. Glad I went that route because despite the praise this film got it just honestly isn't very good. This is the first film that Judd directed that he didn't write, opting to let Amy Schumer whom plays the lead take over in that aspect. While the idea of a comedy written by a comedian and starring other comedians sounds good in theory the film just never gets off the ground. Typically Judd's films are comedies that have a pretty formulaic dramatic main story arc. In those cases while the dramatic stories tend to be almost "paint by numbers" in nature the true meat and bones (the comedy) makes the film shine. That simply isn't the case with Trainwreck. I won't say there are zero funny moments in the film, but it is never a good sign when in a comedy that runs over 2 hours that I don't recall laughing more than 2 or 3 times. Unfortunately this is a film that will just sit in my movie collection and gather dust as I really don't have any desire to watch it again after the first viewing.
Making A Murderer (Netflix) - I almost watched this series when it first popped up on Netflix but held off. As it started generating quite the buzz I decided to give it a whirl. In my opinion it is certainly the type of show best watched with as little knowledge as possible beforehand. As to whether the show is good, well I spent over 7 hours out of a 24 hour period watching it.
Still have Rogue Nation to watch though I doubt I'll get to it before the weekend.
Saw the Hateful Eight the other day. All in all, it's not up there with Tarintino's best IMO, but still very entertaining in parts. Of course if you are turned off by extreme language and gore, avoid at all costs.
In both the style of story-telling, as far as the general arch of the story, and the way everything is laid out it reminded me kind of like a western version of Resevoir Dogs, in that most of the "action" takes place in a confined location where the main characters just riff off of each other for the most part, and then you occasionally have important back-story told via flashback.
And there's even Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, plus a character taking Roth's place in Reservoir Dogs who just takes tons of abuse throughout the movie, and spends a lot of time getting bloodier and bloodier.
Eh,I don't let shit actors/actresses say or do effect my interest in a film. Otherwise I probably wouldn't watch hardly any movies.
I'll end up seeing it, just don't know if it'll be in the theater like I wanted. Kind of a shame if I don't see it in theaters though, only Tarantino directed films I haven't seen in theater are the Kill Bill films and Reservoir Dogs
Weird, it seems to be a repeating motif that whenever Tarintino releases a Western (well he's only done two, but go with me) that his stars get themselves some news coverage by saying something offensive and/or political. Remember all the hoopla Jamie Fox caused with his SNL monologe right before Django was released? And now before this movie, both QT and sadly my beloved Sammy are out apparently making asses of themselves in the public eye.
Just saw The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Pretty great flick in the style of say Cold Mountain or Seraphim Falls (minus the lame ending) or Jeremiad Johnson etc... I dug it. Currently working on a review, here's the opening lines of it.
Do me a favor. Make a list. Now, anytime you feel like you're having an especially crappy week, and want to take to Facebook and/or Twitter to complain about it, I want you to take out this list and check off all that apply.
In the past week have you narrowly escaped death after being attacked by Indians on the warpath, or been viciously mauled by a grizzly bear, and then abandoned by all your mates and left to die in the wilderness in the middle of the harshest, coldest part of winter? Have you had to narrowly escape another group of marauding Indians by jumping into white rapids (again, in the middle of winter) and falling off of multiple waterfalls? Have you recently had to cauterize an open wound on your neck by personally lighting fire to your throat?
Had to ride your horse off of a cliff because you were attacked (again) by a group of marauding Indians, and then cut out said horse's entrails and spend the night inside its bloody carcass to avoid freezing to death, all just so you could catch up with the dirty S.O.B that murdered your son?
If you've had as few as one of these things happen to you in the last week, first off my sincere apologies, secondly, you know about 1/100th of the misery and agony that befell one Hugh Glass back in the 1820s.
Call me a cornball but despite what some critics said, I actually liked Fuller House. When it was announced I expected a trainwreck but it's actually a fun show with some nice nods to the original. Also like that it's still family friendly enough to watch with my kids.
If you were a fan of the original or the cheesier side of sitcoms then I think you'd like it.
Yeah I was the same about Girl Meets World myself, I liked Boy Meets World but I just couldn't get into the reboot at all.
I can understand the complaints about Max (my oldest hated him) but I was fine with the kids. I do think it takes a couple of episodes to completely find it's footing but yeah I enjoyed the whole first season. Was glad to hear it's getting a second season.
Also just got done watching The Guest on Netflix. It's a couple of years old but it flew under my radar when it first came out. It is about a solider who shows up at the doorstep of a family whose son had been killed in battle. He says he served with their son and is eventually told he can stay a few days. Nothing groundbreaking but a good little popcorn flick with some fun action.
Finished watching the first season of Daredevil last night. Been going to watch it at Cav's and watched the last six episodes.
Also watched In the Heart of the Sea the other night. Better than I was expecting, also featured appearances by the actress that played Cat Stark from Game of Thrones and the junkie kid from Fear the Walking Dead.