The Best Films to Watch Right Now On Netflix

The Pixar Story

We all love Pixar right? I mean sure their recent films haven’t been among their best (sorry, not a huge fan of Brave or Monster’s University (Cars 2 never happened okay!?)) but there’s no denying that they have created some of the best animated films of all time. But how much do we actually know about them as a company? This documentary shows everything. Everything from John Lasseter trouble at Disney to the technological advancements and set backs to Steve Jobs saving them. This documentary is not only a great trip down memory lane and an insight to the creative processes behind the creation of these animated masterpieces… and I’ll admit, watching this film led to me having even more admiration for the folks working their asses off at Pixar.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

An annoyingly spoilerifc trailer is to be steered well clear of it you want to get the most out of this smartly slapstick horror satire. The well timed comic acting from the central duo brings this clever and funny premise and script to life. And it was just so refreshing to see a spoof/satire film that didn’t lean towards Disaster Movie style jokes, and instead went for a genuinely good film which would stand up on its own legs even if it wasn’t resting on self-mocking. More of a love-letter to the ridiculousness of dumb teen horror movies than a outright piss-take of it.

Upstream Color

The second film from Shane Carruth, the Writer, Director, Actor, Producer, Composer, and all round One Man Army behind the cult sci-fi gem Primer. However I must give fair warning, although in my opinion this film is an outright masterpiece, it is not for everyone. Do not go in expecting Primer 2, or anything related to Primer at all to be honest. This film is experimental and plays around with all our preconceived notions of narrative. I find it hard to explain the film because it is more an experience than anything else (I remember reading online that one person described it as like watching an album on screen, which I kinda agree with) and it does tend towards films like The Tree of Life. But for those willing to try something new, or for those who are interested in more visual and reflective films that stay with you for days and weeks, then this will really be… up your stream. Gettit? Forget it.

Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut

Donnie Darko is kinda like “the” cult film. But it’s often hard to actually figure out how many people have seen it. If you haven’t I wholeheartedly suggest you do, it is the film that made me get into films properly and also is the film that inspired me to be a film maker and make my own films (yes, I do try and yes I want to make proper films… a guy’s allowed to dream okay!) It’s a hugely detailed psychological horror which blends the feeling of puberty and growing up with sci-fi-horror in a way no other film had done before or has managed to do since. Sometimes funny, sometimes genuinely touching, sometimes somewhat scary… and always, in my eyes, a total masterpiece. (Yes I know it has problems and faults and there are a tonnes of things surrounding it suggesting it’s not as great as many people think it is… but you know what? It made me feel something the first time I watched it, and it still gives me that feeling every time I re-watch it). And speaking of re-watching, for those that have seen it before… watch it again! In fact, watch the Director’s Cut. I say this because in my opinion The Director’s Cut is the essential way to watch this genre blending cult phenomenon. It just adds so much more to an already bursting at the seems story and world.

Robot & Frank

A profoundly moving story tackling some hugely important issues like Alzheimers and robotics in such a beautiful way that it is hard not to be absorbed in this short in length but long in lasting impression film. Not only is the film funny and touching, but it’s also a joy from beginning to end. Set in the near future where library books are being taken away and scanned to make way for a “library experience”, and robots are butlers, an elderly man named Frank who had been a thief back in his days is suffering from the inevitability of old-age. I say it a lot in my “reviews/recommendations” but it really does apply here: this film is not about the plot. It really is about the characters and how they react to one and other. And Frank Langella’s portrayal of Frank in this film will tug on the heartstrings of anyone who knows someone with Alzheimer. A truly emotional film that is not easily forgotten (joke not intended).

Run Lola Run

Before he teamed up with The Wachowskis and made the epic masterpiece Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer made this work of art. The pulsating soundtrack, constant tension and perfectly executed concept are only a selection of a sheer tonne of compliments that can be paid to this film which follows three different versions/runs of Lola trying to get a large sum of cash to save her boyfriend. The direction of this film is a constant joy to watch, Tom Tykwer slips into anime and speed-fire photography and slow motion at will and it never feels out of place, and always feels ingenious. The three separate runs are a sheer joy to watch because of the focused level of attention, stark imagry and astronomical pacing

Safety Not Guaranteed

Given the huge amount of love for Aubrey Plaza on Imgur, I’d be surprised if most of you haven’t already seen this great comedy flick with sprinklings of drama. But assuming you haven’t it’s about an advert in a newspaper asking for a companion for a time travelling venture and three journalists of sorts who go to investigate it. This film is full of heart, charm, depth and great acting. What more could you want?

Oldboy

Yes there is a re-make out. No it’s not worth watching. Yes the original is a masterpiece. On a lot of people’s list of films they will watch eventually (they never do…) but if it is just sit down and do it now! It’s a visual masterpiece and flat-out, in my opinion, one of the best films ever made. A dark, gritty, stylized thriller which keeps the audience guessing, all the while going where few films ever dare to go. (Look out for the amazing corridor fight which appeared (WARNING UNSUBTLE SELF PROMOTION) in my list of 17 Great Fight Sequences – http://imgur.com/gallery/kfmYv )

Melancholia

Quite often the name Lars Von Trier puts people off a film, but really if you are to give Lars one chance I suggest it be this. A drama which deals in brutal honesty with the abyss of depression. Those who suffer will see things that others just won’t, and those who don’t might even find they understand it a bit more than they did. The film follows the clearly depressed yet still stunning Kirsten Dunst during her wedding, all the while another planet called Melancholia is reported to be potentially soon to colliding with Earth. A true character study and inlook into depresion and visual marvel to behold. Not to mention the great acting that goes without saying in all of these films to be honest.

Chopper

Eric Bana fucking nails Chopper Read in this dark comic semi-biographical in look into the crazy character who you would just assume was made up if you didn’t know otherwise. Unexpectedly funny in the darkest of places. The ridiculousness of the film lies in the truth of its story but it’s a great film and well worth the watch. See also: Bronson (which is also on Netflix!)

Capote

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s up to debate as to whether this is PSH’s best film and whether Capote is his best performance… but there’s no debate as to whether it’s a tour de force in terms of acting. Following the true story of the conflicted and intensely interesting author Truman Capote as he tries to write his next novel based on a brutal murder case. An astonishing character study which does not try and make anyone out as good, bad, nasty or nice… it just presents characters and we have to judge them ourselves. A true mammoth of a performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, both him and his exceptional talent will be surely missed.

Adventureland

No! Wait! No please! I know this has Kristen Stewart in it… but trust me, she ain’t awful in this pretty darn fantastic “coming of age” film. Yeah there are a tonne of decent “coming of age” films around, so what makes this one special? Well, to be honest, it’s hard to put your finger on it. But it’s just got some brutally real oddity to it that most others seem to lack. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg (incredible as always!) getting a part time job at an amusement part and he meets a girl etc etc etc. What puts this on a shelf above the rest is the large array of well rounded and thoroughly developed characters and unique script. Less funny than the director’s previous film (Superbad) but it’s got enough to pass as a comedy… but really it’s the drama that drives this. (See also: The Way Way Back (not on Netflix, sorry!))

Headhunters

This film is a fucking odyssey. There just aren’t enough thrillers that grab you by the throat and refuse to let go for almost the entire film (warning, the viewer will not actually experience throat grabbing). There are just so many memorable scenes in this film and it’s rare to see a protagonist go through so much shit in a film and it never feel like it’s gross or over the top simply for the sake of it. The plot is not overtly complex and simply revolves around an art thief who just so happens to piss off Jaime Lannister. But the set-pieces are what really makes this film the wonder to watch that it is.

Jackie Brown

Sometimes reported as the best Tarantino film that no one ever saw (an obvious exaggerated, but still). This film is classic Tarantino… with a little something more. There’s no point going down the route of the plot, needless to say it has a cool as fuck soundtrack, great quotable fast paced dialogue and a plot revolving around violence and swearing. But what Jackie Brown has that other Tarantino films seem to not have (sorry for all die-hard QT fans) is characters with depth. The cast of Jackie Brown are not one-note, they develop, they evolve they seem to live lives that exist outside of the film unlike other characters who seem to simply exist when on screen. For fans of crime films in general this is a must see, and for Tarantino fans this is an eye-opener.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Okay, first off it has to be said… the Soundtrack to this is not as great as you might expect (JUST MY OPINION! SORRY!). And actually… to be entirely honest the film’s not amazing. It’s got some funny moments and it has an ultimately feel good factor to it (See also: Anita and Me (on Netflix!)) but it does not shine into greatness. That said, it’s fun and to be honest if you just want to relax and watch something predictable that’ll make you smile and laugh (and if you’re alone it’ll just do what all coming-of-age quirky comedies do which is… make you feel even more alone, but whatever, I’m not bitter and sad about it, sorry rant over) then this film is perfect. It’s above a Rom-Com because it has that realistic sense of shyness, awkwardness and over all silly funness that a lot of teen romantic comedies seem to entirely miss out. (Oh right, the plot… uh, it’s basically Michael Cera being Michael Cera and another girl trying to find their favorite band who are playing a secret gig)

District 13

Entirely unrelated to District 9, this fast-paced french parkour crime film has some of the best foot chase sequences ever put onto film. The fighting is fast and messy unlike the well choreographed scenes in, for example, The Raid (oh my god The Raid 2 comes out soon! Sorry, I shall continue). This is perfect for action junkies who just want something a bit mind-numbing about criminals fighting other criminals and a nuke and running and shooting and stuff.

Man on Wire

This Oscar winning Documentary is utterly fascinating. It follows the full story of the man who high-wire walked between the world trade centers. It’s enthralling, profound and surprisingly emotional to see how it effected everyone involved. The behind the scenes style footage acquired is unmatched and the interviews are many and in depth (I have said depth far too much today haven’t I? Sorry!). I have few other words for the genius of this documentary other than… simply sublime.

Great Thriller, Horror, and Sci-fi films Available on Netflix Right Now

We Are What We Are

A reclusive family who follow ancient customs find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area. http://youtu.be/kPG9kZmEwcs Some of these images/gifs may be disturbing.

Doghouse

A group of men head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce; when they get there, though, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals. Fucking hilarious horror comedy. http://youtu.be/DFy9IPNvLzg

John Dies at the End

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. SPOILER ALERT: John dies at the end. http://youtu.be/7Ot7kFjUcrs

Troll Hunter

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. http://youtu.be/r9dgeYkYOZA

Panic Room

A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their house’s safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune. http://youtu.be/fBzCInWwHps

Frankenstein’s Army

Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The story is eh, but the visuals and creatures are AH!!! NSFW: http://youtu.be/dOF8GiIXtGY

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Based on the true story of Henry Lee Lucas, a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity. http://youtu.be/IU3P6WXzvXU

Stitches

A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap. It’s corny but fun. http://youtu.be/b_auEe1yU3M

Dead Snow

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. http://youtu.be/55uGN58UOkk

Event Horizon

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board. http://youtu.be/THxBHDsgTDw

 

Transformers Dark of the Moon – Movie Review – Robots, battles, action, oh my!

Transformers Dark of the Moon brings us once again into a world where robotic aliens are locked in a death-struggle to control the future of the earth. Like the previous movie, the good guys (Autobots) are engaged in mortal combat with their evil enemies (Decepticons). While this latest version isn’t much different than the previous entry, there are some notable exceptions.

Dark side of the moon

The first noteworthy difference that Dark of the Moon offers is the level of interaction between the transformers and human beings. This time around, the Autobots are actually working as a kind of paramilitary force supporting world governments. The Decepticons also develop relationships with human collaborators. While this may seem like a small thing, the way that these plot points are carried out is both sophisticated, and believable.

The plot focuses on a technology which the Autobots brought with them from their home planet. This technology allows for instantaneous teleportation across galactic distances. Of course, the Decepticons are eager to acquire this technology for their own evil purposes. Battle lines are drawn, and these ancient enemies prepare to square off with the future of earth hanging in the balance.

While more could be said about this plot; people don’t go to a Transformers movie for the plots. The reason people go to a transformers movie is to watch giant robots fighting each other, and of course, explosions. Dark of the Moon radically ups the ante in these categories. Almost every aspect, right down to the way the transformers ‘transform’ has been spruced up from the previous entry. The special effects of Dark Side of the Moon have significantly raised the bar both for the Transformers series, as well as for action movies in general.

Gun fights, car chases, and scantily clad women abound. The movie becomes a nonstop thrill ride as soon as the required plot elements are all laid into place. Dark of the moon will certainly satisfy the demographic at which it is targeted. There is very little room given to nuance once the initial scaffolding of the movie is in place, and this is exactly how it should be.

As you might expect, a movie about giant alien robots isn’t particularly dependent, or concerned with the acting of its human cast. Shia LeBeouf delivers a solid performance which is remains believable, if over the top at times. The best acting by LeBeouf is turned in during his comedic scenes.

Speaking of comedy, John Turturro is hilarious as a sort of secret agent slash flimflam man. Turturro steal nearly every scene that he is in. Laugh seekers will also enjoy the performance of Alan Tudyk as Turturro’s tortured sidekick, as well as hilarious performances by Ken Jeong and John Malkovich. Dark of the moon gets bogged down in interstellar morality at some points, but for the most part it is a solid on-rails action movie that keeps viewer attention well. It isn’t epic cinema, but it is certainly a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Well worth the cost of admission.

Scream 4 – Movie Review – Plenty of Screams (and Giggles)

Scream 4, possibly the final installment in the hugely popular Wes Craven franchise, catches up with Sidney Prescott and crew ten years after “the Woodsboro Massacre.” The action begins with an opening that is as spooky as it is humorous. Tracing the horror viewing habits of three pairs of teenage girls, the finale ends with the murders of local teens Marnie (Britt Robertson) and Jenny (Aimee Teegarden). Woodsboro’s favorite Sheriff, Dewey (David Arquette), heads to the crime scene to investigate this most foreboding of murders.

Scream 4


     After the murders that kicks it all off, the film focuses on Sidney (Neve Campbell), who has returned to Woodsboro to promote a self-help book based on her experiences with notorious murderer Ghostface. A book signing at a local store is interrupted when Dewey bursts into the bookstore and informs the crowd that a cellphone linked to the murder of teens Jenny and Marnie is somewhere in the immediate vicinity. Upon investigation, Dewey and Deputy Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) discover that the cell phone, covered in blood handprints, is in the trunk of Sidney’s rental car.

     It is not long before Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox) shows up on the scene. Dewey’s wife and a successful author, Gale has lost her edge and quickly decides to get it back by working the murder investigation from her own angle. Gale is an unstoppable character, and Cox puts in an excellent performance as the beloved character in the newest Scream movie.

     Shaken up by events, Sidney heads to the house of her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell) and her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts). A patrol is assigned to the house, where all is quiet while Jill and her friend Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) watch movies. After the sun sets, the real fun begins. Kirby receives a call on her cell phone from someone who sounds an awful lot like Ghostface. The anonymous caller claims to be in the closet. Kirby checks the closet, finds no one, and calls the bluff.

     But the caller clarifies, saying he never claimed that he was in THAT closet. Jill and Kirby look across the yard into the bedroom of their friend Olivia (Marielle Jaffe) just in time to see her brutally murdered by someone who appears to be Ghostface. Jill rushes over to tackle Ghostface, followed closely by Sidney, who grapples with, but cannot capture, the notorious murderer.

     The action heats up at this point, following a twisted path through a high school cinema club run by misfits Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) and Robbie Mercer (Erik Knudsen), an annual party dubbed the ‘Stab-A-Thon,’ and the trials and tribulations of teen romance. Gale and Dewey faithfully pursue the case in their own ways, aided here and there by the help of Sidney.

     While Scream 4 might lack some of the horror pop and dramatic tension that characterized the original Scream, it provides a fun and intelligent update on the story of beloved characters Sidney, Dewey, and Gale. Marley Shelton puts in a particularly great performance as Deputy Judy. Wes Craven brings great visual effects and even better directing to this quirky, twisted teen horror tale.

Fast Five – Movie Review – Five movies and still kicking

If you are a fan of the first four films in the series, you are going to love Fast Five, which serves as a prequel to the Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift, which is the third film in the series, and Fast and Furious, which is the fourth film in the series. Here you are going to get some of your favorite characters, from all the first four films coming together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brian, Mia, Dom, are all back and working on the same side again, taking the high flying action, high speed car chases, and working their skills in Brazil.

     Unlike the first four films, the movie does not really base itself on racing in the streets so much, although it does offer a fair bit of high speed car racing. But, it focuses more on the characters, what led up to the places they are currently at, and what they are looking to do in Rio. Dom, Mia, and Brian are working together again, trying to bring down the system. After the fourth film of the series, Mia and Brian have gotten Dom out of prison, and they have fled to Brazil, making their way through Rio and the other popular cities in the gorgeous country. They are stealing cars, and they get pegged with the murder of a couple of federal agents, so the law enforcement and FBI are all after them in a high speed chase through the city streets.

     Joining up with other favorite characters from the first four series, including Tyrese, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Ludacris, and others, they create an elaborate plan to go through a money heist from Rio’s biggest crime boss, in a style which other critics have claimed follow that of the Ocean’s 11 movie, and the sequels which follow that series. Dwayne Johnson, however, who plays America’s biggest agent Luke Hobbs, is on their trail, and after the pursuit trying to stop them in Rio, and bring them back to the US.

     The film does a great job bringing all the characters together, showing how they got to where they are, and bringing in added excitement, outside of the cars, to bring in a new addition of action to the movie. In the film Mia, who has been a favorite since the first film, also announces her pregnancy, and her and Brian’s getting back together.

     Overall, the film does a great job at brining things full circle. It brings back all the favorite characters from the first four installments of the series, and works both as a prequel (since Sung Kang is in the film, and he dies in Tokyo Drift), but it also brings about a more action packed film, and higher flying action scenes, as the characters are in a whole new environment in Rio, that they have never experienced in the past. Also, at the end of the film, we get the insight that Letty, who is Dom’s ex which fans believed had passed away might have been in hiding, and she may be back for the next installment.

X-Men: First Class – Movie Review – Lots of action not lots of accuracy

As with all of the X-Men movies that have been made so far, the writers and directors have taken liberty with the original comic book story lines and changed them into something far different. Though the premise is still there, the stories used in the movies are not actually found in the comic books, and are far from accurate. This being said, someone who did not follow the comic book series will find the movies fun, interesting, and intriguing. But those who know how the story really goes, so to speak, may find the movies a bit under par, but still somewhat good in their own right.

     According to the actual original X-Men comic book series it was Beast, Angel, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, and Iceman that were the first of the X-Men. But, the movie X-Men: First Class portrays the start of these mutant heroes somewhat differently. Through the eyes of Matthew Vaughn and director Bryan Singer a new tale of these mutants is told, and the first class is somewhat different than the original comic books. In the movie Professor Xavier’s first class consisted of a girl named Angel, Havok, Banshee, Mystique, and Darwin. So, not even close.

     It isn’t just the changing of the team that ruins the original story line portrayed in the comic books though. In the comics, Magneto had nothing to do with the formation of the first team. Sure, he and Xavier had been friends as young men and talked of this formation, but that’s as far is that went. They had a falling out due to their different views. Also, Mystique was never a good guy. She was once on an X team, but only to avoid being destroyed, not because she wanted to be.

     X-Men: First Class wasn’t the first of the X-Men motion pictures to botch the original story lines, and it likely won’t be the last. Every one of the movies thus far has been inaccurate to Stan Lee’s creations. Big fans of the comics may still find the movies fun to watch, just to see the characters they have only seen on paper in real action. X-Men: First Class is an action packed movie, telling the tale of the beginning of the band of mutants known as the X-Men. It’s a bit skewed, but it does hold the watchers interest. It seems the creators of this film may have done better to actually read the original comic books themselves and done Stan Lee’s imagination more justice. As it stands, X-Men: First Class is an alright movie, with some decent acting. It will be more interesting to those that became X-Men fans because of the movies only, and more of a joke to those that followed the comics.

Your Highness – Movie Review – No high praise for this high flying flick

    When you go to see the movie Your Highness, you will definitely be going to see a different type of film. The film stars Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride. If you offend easily or have a week stomach, this may not be the film for you. It has been rated R, for good reason.

     Your highness features colorful language and nudity. There are also gory scenes in the movie. There are sex jokes included. Many scenes give you humor that leads the viewer to believe that the characters are stoners. That could also be where the title Your HIGHness came from.

     The film is set in medieval times. Danny McBride and James Franco are brothers that are on a course to save their own land. A lot of the comedy seems disjointed at times. Natalie Portman, however, had some success. The movie Your Highness, went a long way in showing off her comic prospects. However, many think that the stars of the film should have known better than to even become involved with a film of this nature.

     For the people who did not find the humor, that funny, there is still hope for a winner, if you look at the behind the scenes work that was done. For example, there was a chase scene that was captured with fantastic camerawork. The fights in the film were well choreographed. A lot of credit can also be given to the stunt work that was done in the film. The stunt work was able to create great adventure and excitement. Sadly, this and the cinematography were the best part of the film.

     The satire did not work, because people don’t often flock to this type of movie in the first place. Unfortunately, the cast comes off as being quite immature. This notion is further enforced by the amount of four letter language the viewer must sit through and think it funny, at the same time. As probably known already, if you think watching someone wear the penis of a minotaur on a string around his neck, run straight to the theater to catch a glimpse.

     Unfortunately, the film lasts a grueling 102 minutes and does not deliver top quality entertainment. The film was directed by David Gordon Green. After watching the film it is safe to say that he should probably stick to doing dramatic work. He is much better in that genre than the comedic genre. Justin Theroux who stars in the movie, has also written the screenplay for Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2. This shows that sometimes you work on a hit and everyone gives it a thumbs up. Other times you work on a movie like Your Highness and most people give it a thumbs down.

Rio – Movie Review – A Solid G Flick

The film Rio, is an animated film, wonderful for the entire family to watch and enjoy together. The film takes place in the beautiful and culturally rich Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hence the title Rio. It’s an animated film, and it is of the comedy genre. It features some excellent voice over work of some of the most high profile film stars of today. Jesse Eisenberg, made this film fresh off of his electric performance in the ‘Social Network’. It also stars Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, George Lopez and Leslie Mann.

     The lead character is ‘Blu’ a blue colored Macaw, Jesse Eisenberg fronts the voice of ‘Blu’. He lives in the home of his owner, Linda. Leslie Mann fronts the voice of Linda. ‘Blu’ and ‘Linda’ live a quiet, comfortable life together in their home in Minnesota. Things are about to suddenly change when their friend comes for a visit, unannounced. Their friend, ‘Tulio’ whose voice is fronted by: Rodrigo Santoro. The friend ‘Tulio’ is a scientist that studies birds, he has the idea that ‘Blu’ is the last in the male line of Macaw, and he is in danger of being extinct. He talks ‘Linda’ into going to Rio to meet a female Macaw, ‘Jewel’ (voice fronted by Anne Hathaway). ‘Blu’ listens to ‘Tulio’ and goes to meet ‘Jewel’ who is none too happy with ‘Blu’ and is not very friendly. ‘Blu’ feeling sad at ‘Jewels’ reception, wants to return to Minnesota, but before he can leave, he and ‘Jewel’ are kidnapped by a rouge bunch of bird smugglers. They are chained together, but cannot escape, due to Blu’s inability to fly. So they use Blu’s brain and Jewels charm to try to escape.

     They make fast friends with other birds along the way. Like, ‘Rafael’, a colorful Toucan, whose voice is fronted by, George Lopez. They are helped along the way by some other birds, fronted by the voices of Jamie Fox and Wil.i.am. They are exposed to the celebrations and colorful festive party of Rio de Janeiro, while on a quest to return to their homes. This is a great feel good happy film, with really excellent animation, and all the vibrant colors and sounds that, graphically capture the feel of one of the livest parties in the world.

     A very captivating movie for the entire family to enjoy. The excellent voice over work, is really outstanding, and goes to the stellar cast of brilliant actors. It’s also a unique location for an animated feature, that sets it apart from most animated films of this day. The cultural setting of Rio de Janeiro, will easily captivate an audience of all ages. It has great beats (music wise) too, and it’s a very well executed G rated animated film, of the highest quality.

Horrible Bosses – Movie Review – A good laugh

Almost everyone has to work. Most people hate their jobs in part because they can not stand their bosses. Most of the time we would all be happy if our bosses totally disappeared. Although most of us wouldn’t hire a hit man to do away with them. Nick, Curt and Dale hate their bosses and they will go to any length to remove them. In the movie Horrible Bosses these three men devise what is believed to be a fool proof plan to rid themselves of their “horrible bosses” forever. The only problem is that every plan is subject to flaws and they definitely see their fair share throughout the movie.

     Horrible Bosses is a 2011 black comedy that involves the three main characters plotting to kill their intolerable bosses. The characters are portrayed by some well known names in Hollywood, Jason Bateman (Nick), Charlie Day (Dale) and Jason Sudeikis (Curt). As of October the movie earned 117,287,04 dollars at the box office. It became the second largest R-rated opening ever. Generally the film received positive reviews from most critics, a 69 percent approval rating.

     Dale is sexually harassed by his boss played by Jennifer Ansiston, Nick is teased about a promotion that his boss will never give him and Curt’s boss is a cocaine addict. Over drinks Curt says that they should hire a hit man to kill their bosses and every eventually agrees. Then comes the search for a hit man. They find an ex con murder consultant played by Jamie Foxx who agrees to be the hit man. They soon find that the hired hit man has never actually killed anyone so they can not use him. He had only been in prison for bootlegging a film.

     It is full of slap stick comedy and many mishaps that will keep you interested on the credits start rolling. You find yourself on the edge of your seat wondering what situation these men will find themselves in next. Almost every moment is full of laughs, there is never a dull moment. These actors did an amazing job that made you believe that someone really would hire a hit man and kill their boss. There are many bumps in the road that lead to life imprisonment for one of the men for the attempted murders of their boss while others charges are waived. In the end their bosses are trapped for the horrible things that they are doing.

     It is a hilarious movie that you should not miss. You will stay interested and when it is over you will want more. Producers are in the process of deciding whether or not to produce a sequel to the movie. Fans will be on the edge of their seats until they know.

The Green Lantern – Movie Review – Just another guy in tights

The recent vogue for superhero movies shows no sign of slowing down. New to movie theaters is The Green Lantern, one of the successful comic franchises owned by DC Comics. Starring Ryan Reynolds as the eponymous hero, this latest offering promises plenty in the way of action, drama and spectacular effects.

     The plot is standard fare for movies of this kind: an overly confident test pilot, Hal Jordan, is chosen by “the Ring”, a mystical power source affiliated with the Green Lantern Intergalactic Corps. This small and mysterious force has been in existence for centuries, protecting the universe from threats. Hal reluctantly agrees to take on this responsibility, spurred on by feelings for his girlfriend, Carol Ferris (Blake Lively). The stakes are high because the safety of the world is threatened by Parallax, a powerful villain who sources his power from fear. Matters are complicated when it is revealed that Parallax used to one of the Green Lanterns, and it is down to Hal to save Earth.

     Directed by Martin Campbell, a director known for delivering high-octane action films – his previous work includes GoldenEye, The Mask of Zorro and Casino Royale – this film feels decidedly underwhelming. It is undoubtedly a difficult project to take on: the Green Lantern comics do not have the broad audience appeal of Spiderman or Batman. Campbell tries to make up for this shortfall with thrills and spectacle. The film’s 3D effects were added post-production and add little to the experience, except for a few gimmicks. Green Lantern redeems itself somewhat with some spectacular set pieces and action sequences – some of the visual effects are truly impressive.

     The movie was panned by critics on its release and the reasons for this harsh critical reception are obvious: opening with a bewildering prologue that does little to establish a strong mythology for the rest of the film, the script is thin, with little character development and several plot holes. There are no breakout performances: Reynolds is a solid but unremarkable lead, with the required muscled physique but lacking the charm of Tony Stark in Iron Man or the sympathetic quality of Peter Parker in Spiderman. The acting talents of Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard are under-used, although Blake Lively turns in a surprisingly feisty performance. The movie is unevenly paced. The middle section, in which Hal returns to Earth and becomes a superhero after his rejection by one of the Green Lanterns, noticeably drags and adds little to the story overall.

     It is certainly a more openly childish movie than some of the darker superhero movies of recent times, such as The Dark Knight. However, there are moments of humour and interest that suggest that the movie does not take itself too seriously, and the audience should not either. Unabashedly a ‘popcorn’ movie with a simple and straightforward superhero story, it is likely to go down well with younger viewers.

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