HUNGER GAMES 2: CATCHING FIRE
PLOT: The next movie in the trilogy books by Suzette Collins.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes hope for the people and hated by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Capitol so they created games so she can play again but lose this time. The movie is slow pace because they are building up to the ending and when the action comes it is fast and furious!! Talent is involved in this production. It is very well done. Read the books if you can. Can’t wait for Mockingjay.
THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY
PLOT: A sequel to The Best Man.
It is a continuation of The Best Man about successful, educated black friends and now new problems of becoming older, pregnant, independent and dependent in fifteen years. First of all this is a breath of fresh air with the recent black actors portraying slaves and servants. I say enough of that!! The acting is great and it seems there may be a third film. The movie makes you want to see the first one again!! It has Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrance Howard, Nia Long and Reigna Hall. Worth watching!!!
12 YEARS A SLAVE
PLOT: The true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejofor) is a free black man in upstate New York who is kidnapped and becomes a slave.
OMG this is not a pleasant movie. The title of the film tells all. It is very graphic of the torment and treatment of black slaves. All the performances are exceptional but it is above average slave exploitation film. I don’t know why talented black actors would do such a depression, degrading motion picture. It is directed by Steve McQueen who did Shame and I don’t know why he did the film. It is making money and probably receives numerous nominations but the movie is very, very difficult to watch!! You have been warned!!!
PLOT: Irving Zisman is an old man taking his 8 year grandson to his father.
The people who made the Jack Ass movies now have made this movie. Irving Zisman is played by Johnny Knoxville and the Billy the kid is played by Jackson Nicoll. They go cross country to take him back to his greedy father after her mother goes to jail. This is an outrageous, gross, crude film but it is very funny if you like this kind of movie. It is making money sick as it is!! Watch at your own risk!!
PLOT: A brilliant teen must save the world from an alien insect being.
Ender is a smart, determined young man who must prove himself a leader and destroy the aliens before they destroy the earth. The movie is based on the popular novel. You should read the novel before watching the movie for you know Hollywood changes things. The best part of the film for me was the special effects. It was really well done. It is slow in spots but very good when it gets to the battle scenes.
PLOT: Based on a true story about Richard Phillips who was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.
The movie is compelling as great actor Tom Hanks shows he is still can play an ordinary guy in extraordinary conditions and make you feel good about it. He is a hero in a realistic way. Barkhad Abdi as Muse one of the pirates is good as a bad guy. This is his film debut. The bad part about the film is that it is not accurate but as a movie it is nerve-wracking in parts. Mr. Hanks will be nominated again for Oscar!!
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
PLOT: Further adventures of Flint Lockwood.
I didn’t see the first one but it told what happened. The sequel is very family friendly, very imaginative and high energy. Bill Hader and Anna Farris (both from Saturday Night Live) are good as Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks. Great for the kids and adults who want to feel like a kid again.
THOR 2: THE DARK WORLD
PLOT: Thor has to save Asgard and the women he loves.
This is the sequel to Thor. Chris Hemsworth as Thor is good and Tom Hiddleston is great as Loki. He is not the main villain but the evil dwarf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) who wants darkness on Asgard and earth. Comic relief is by Kat Denning. She wasn’t that funny to me this time and Stellan Skarsgard as the Selvig. It is an action packed and don’t jump up and leave –STAY AFTER THE CREDITS!!
PLOT: Two little girls are kidnapped and the parents and the police search for them.
OMG!!! This is not a pleasant experience at the movies!! It stars Hugh Jackman; Maria Bello is one couple and Terrence Howard and Viola Davis another couple who are friends. They have two daughters and find out their daughters are missing. It is an intense, frightening journey what lengths parents will do to save their children. It gets a little melodramatic but good regardless. Jake Gyllehaal is fantastic as Detective Loki (!) a determined but demented cop. Hugh Jackman proves he is just not Wolverine but a talented actor!
PLOT: Two astronauts are lost in space!!
I saw the trailer for this movie and thought nothing of it. I knew it was well made but when I saw it, WOW!!! If you see one movie in 3D and one the big screen this is it!! Director Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess, Children of Men and Harry Potter The Prisoner of Azkaban) does an amazing job of you the viewer watching the beauty and the horror of space and what can go wrong in a split second! Sandra Bullock does a good job as Ryan Stone but I enjoyed the performance of George Clooney as Matt Kowalski. He sounded like an astronaut who knew his job and was very funny.
MACHETE 2: MACHETE KILLS
PLOT: Machete is needed by the government to kill an arms dealer.
Machete (Danny Trejo ) is back and now he trying to save the world from Mendez (Demian Bichir, A Better Life) and Voz (Mel Gibson). Man, this is a guilty pleasure movie. It has enough sex and violence for a fine exploitation movie and Machete is more James Bond this time around. I don’t know how director Robert Rodriguez hires talented actors for this film. Watch for Marko Zaror Mendez’s tall and handsome henchman. He could be the next big action star. It is better to enjoy it as a rental, Blu Ray or DVD.
RIDDICK 3: RULE THE DARK
PLOT: Richard B Riddick in another sci-fi adventure.
Riddick (Vin Diesel) is back. Left on an unknown planet he finds
the ruins of an outpost and presses the emergency button to be
saved by bounty hunters but on the planet are killer monsters in
the dark. Story is not really important. It is like a repeat of
Pitch Black. What is important is how bad-ass cool Diesel is!!!
What also amazing are the ratings of Riddick. The first Pitch
Black is rated R, then Chronicles of Riddick rated PG13 now the
latest one rated R. The last film was big budget but didn't do
well and I don't know why. This is made for less but you don't
like this character you shouldn't see the movie.
PLOT: Snail wants to be faster!!
Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) a garden snail wants to be in the
Indy 500!!! His worried brother Chet (voiced by Paul Giamatti)
always tells him he will never do it. In these fantasy movies he
always does it and we are cheering for him. It is a cute family
film. The story tells us we can do anything if we put our minds
and hearts to it. It will fare better on video.
MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
PLOT: Teenage girl finds out she is a Shadow Hunter.
Based on the novels by Cassandra Clare it is about Clare Fray a
pretty teen played by Lily Collins whose mom has been kidnapped
and finds out she is a Shadow Hunter which kills supernatural
creatures. Since the Twilight movies Hollywood is searching like
mad for another successful franchise like it. Hunger Games is
close. It has a brooding immortal, a smart heroine and a love
triangle. It is okay but it does have promise. They are
grudgingly doing a sequel. The first one did not make the money
MONDAYS AT 9:00 PM
FOX CHANNEL 5
STORY: Ichabod Crane in 2013 to stop the Headless Horsemen.
Tom Mison is not the Ichabod Crane we are used to telling the plot of Sleepy Hollow but a scholar and soldier in 1781 who manages to survive and getting used to modern living. Abbie Mills (Nicole Behaire, American Violet, Shame) is a police lieutenant seeking who or what killed her partner pairing with Crane. It is great a black, female lead! The creators of the show are Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci (who updated Hawaii 50) and Len Wiseman, the director of Underworld movies. This show has a talent behind it but how does it last a few seasons?
AGENTS OF S.H.I.EL.D
TUESDAYS AT 8:00 PM
STORY: The further adventures of the spies of SHIELD.
Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is alive!! In the premiere episode and he tells you why. If you watched the Avengers you would know why Coulson being alive is important. In this series they find people with mutant powers either to recruit them or save them from being used. It seems to be a good series but will any of the Avengers make cameos?
TUESDAYS NIGHT AT 10:00 PM
STORY: Seven geeks live in the same house and work for famous comic book icon Stan Lee.
I don’t like reality shows but I saw this one because it is about movies and comic book nerds so I had to watch the first show. I like the show because the cast seem sincere. They love what they love and not shamed about it. The highlight of the show the gang meeting George Takei (Sulu) and one of them cry afterwards because he was his idol. I do hope it is a success.
PLOT: Cecil Gaines who works in the White House sees major events that affect his life. It is inspired by a true story
The movie is very well done; Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo WILL be nominated for Oscars this season. My trouble with the film is that why did the main character have to be a servant!! It could have been about a black family going through decades of change. Hollywood loves to show black people as slaves, servants. Knock it off! Blacks know their history, so try to show them in a better light.
PLOT: A DEA agent and a navy intelligent agent to infiltrate a Mexican cartel with funny and violent results.
It is a typical buddy-cop movie. Denzel Washington is the DEA and Mark Wahlberg is the navy intelligence. So many betrayals it’s hard to keep up. Why is Washington in a movie is beyond me and Wahlberg is so funny. The action is not so bad either but if you can wait until video or cable.
KICK ASS 2
PLOT: The further adventures of Kick Ass and Hit Girl.
Alan Taylor Johnson (Kick Ass) is a few years older along with Chole Grace Moretz (Hit Girl) who have to adjust to being normal high school teens instead of real life superheroes. The movie is light for most part and near the end it becomes a serious graphic novel comic book!! It is amazing!! Jim Carrey is in it and you almost don’t recognize him as Colonel Stars and Stripes. The battle between Hit Girl and Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) is epic!!!
PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS
PLOT: Percy Jackson must go on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.
Not as good as the first one but still very entertaining Percy must save his school by using the Golden Fleece. Like I said before it is myth and modern storytelling. The first one should have come out in the summer and this one in the fall. If you can wait for video or VOD wait but it is worth the wait.
There are two good reasons to see this movie –one, we are all barbaric when extremely pushed and two Rhys Wakefield as Polite Stranger who scares you. MAJOR SPOILER the black man LIVES!!! The film shocked Hollywood insiders for it was low budget-all the carnage happened in the house and made money. Rumor there might be a sequel.