Cole (Zac Efron) is an aspiring amateur DJ living in Fresno, California. He hangs out with his friends all day, but at night, he dreams of fame that will make him loads of money. When he meets James (Wes Bentley), an experienced DJ who takes Cole under his wing, Cole finds a way to get his foot in the door and is on his way to fulfill his dreams. However, when a romance blossoms between Cole and Jame’s younger girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski), Cole has to look at his life and figure out what is most important to him – his love, friends, or career.
We Are Your Friends is a decent attempt at a type of movie that we have seen over and over, at least story wise that is. Sure the aspect of DJ life and computerized music is something that you don’t see in many movies, but the “poor man achieving fame” has been done over and over. Cole is a young adult whose primary focus in life is drugs, girls, alcohol and money. Yes, he has a dream, and sure music is his passion, but the movie doesn’t offer something that will inspire us. I will say that the characters are well-rounded and are worthy of our time, but not that much time.
As expected in any movie that builds its story around the music theme, the story is simple. The movie isn’t that long either so not much is going on in terms of developement or substance. The people who are going to really enjoy this film are people in the music industry but even then, I don’t know. One might hop that in a movie about music, the music would actually be good and memorable, but I don’t see anyone leaving this movie saying “I gotta get this soundtrack!”
At the end of the day, this movie is easily forgettable because it isn’t very deep even though it tries to be. I don’t end think people in the music industry will care much about it but I could be wrong. I don’t fault it for what it attempts, but sadly We Are Your Friends won’t be something I remember in 6 months. Co-starring Alex Shafer, Jon Bernthal, Shiloh Fernandez, and Jonny Weston.
5/10 Stars – Even with a unique theme of DJ life, We Are Your Friends is easily forgettable due to its simple story and unoriginality.
As a member of an elite genome project to breed super soldiers, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is an excellent killing machine. However when a target of his ends up being Agent 90 (Hannah Ware), he must help her find her father, the creator of the Agents, to learn about their pasts.
As most of you know, the video game adaptation to the big screen are usually crap, and Hitman is no exception. Actually, I wouldn’t call it crap as much as dull, boring and generic. There is no heart, soul or charm in any of the characters. I never played any of the Hitman games myself, but I do play many games and I can’t imagine this lackluster story is worthy of the name.
Sure there is basic action with gun fights and car chases, but there are no thrills! I was bored about 5 minutes into the movie and walked out with 20 minutes left. I couldn’t take the bland feeling this movie gave off. This movie wasn’t good at all, and that is coming from a video game player! Co-starring Zachary Quinto and Ciaran Hinds.
3/10 Stars – Boring, plain and lackluster… even a video gamer won’t like it!
Reed Richards (Miles Teller) has always been a brainiac and inventing unique things since he was a young boy. When a government agency wants to use Richard’s latest teleportation prototype in order to aid their own device, he joins a team with Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan). After the team successfully builds the teleporter, Victor, Johnny, Reed, and Reed’s best friend Ben (Jamie Bell) refuse to let “trained subjects” be the first to use their machine so they decide to go for a ride in their new toy. What lies on the other side is a strange and dangerous world that ends up altering each of their physical forms forever.
I want to start off by saying that this movie isn’t as bad as the rating make it out to be. I agree that this version of the Fantastic 4 doesn’t come anywhere close to the Marvel movies in the Avengers universe nor is it better than the 2005 movie of the same name, but it is still “watchable.” However, what does make it bad is the lack of heart and action. Fantastic Four rushes from scene to scene with little development or story. The dialogue is scripted with no charm and the actors are “mailing in” their performances as if they didn’t even want to be there.
What made me realize the truly disappointing nature of this movie is when the superhero action never shows up until the end. Superheroes fight! They do heroic things! The only real fight is at the end when we see the group, for about 10 minutes, fight against Dr. Doom in another dimension. Speaking of Dr. Doom, he is the one bright spot of the movie and he doesn’t show up until the last 30 minutes. He adds the tension and destruction to the film that we wanted to see, but that is short lived.
At the end of the day, this is a superhero movie full of characters that aren’t heroes. The only people who will find this appealing are kids under the age of 10 because they probably don’t know any better. A quote from Sue Storm sums this movie up perfectly, “These aren’t super powers, they are physical abnormalities.” This is the attitude of this movie and it shows. Co-starring Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson.
4/10 Stars – Plain, lackluster and has no heart. Only younger kids will find this entertaining because they simply don’t know any better.
Set in 1976 San Francisco, Minnie (Bel Powley) is an artistic 15 year old girl who lives with her mother (Kristen Wiig) and younger sister (Abby Wait). She typically is a loner and thinks about all sorts of things most teen girls do such as looks, popularity and sex. It just happens that today she had sex for the first time, with her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard), and she is super happy about it…
First off, I want to point out the title of this movie. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” should have been renamed to “The Diary of a Nymphomaniac Teenage Girl living in 1976.” This title paints more of a “rated R” image that this film follows rather than a “teen flick” that reminds me of the male counterpart “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” For those mothers out there that think this movie would be a good mother/daughter date movie will be in for an awakening when they discover Minnie just wants to have sex all the time. Fun times!
Having said all that, I can see the artistic appeal that this movie will have for women. Minnie is a teenager who is trying to figure out her life, emotions, and hormones. She loves sex and wants to hook-up as much as possible, preferably with her mother’s boyfriend (I guess this was ok in the 1970s). She doesn’t know how to limit her needs and she has never been in relationships before. Everything she is experiencing is new for her, and it sure is a wild roller coaster. She expresses herself through imagery that we see in the form of comics/drawings that attempts to explain her feelings (which again could be another confusing comparison to The Diary of a Wimpy Kid… so watch out!) These drawing are pretty bad and ugly, but fit well with the times.
As an adult male, this movie did nothing for me. I didn’t relate with any of the characters, and I was bored with the whole idea of a girl discovering herself by having lots of sex and drugs. The one thing about this movie I did enjoy is Kristen Wiig and Bel Powley’s acting performances. They put passion and energy in their roles and are very believable. I forgot halfway through it was Kristen Wiig because it goes against her norm. At the end of the day, this movie is for adult women. I don’t see many men gaining anything from watching this movie and there are too many adult issues here for younger teens to benefit. Co-starring Christopher Meloni, Madeleine Waters, and Austin Lyons.
5/10 Stars – I can see the quality in the production, but this film just wasn’t for me… or my gender.
Sinister 2 takes the same idea as the first movie but this time is revolves around a mother (Shannyn Sossaman) and her 2 sons Dylan and Zach (Robert and Dartanian Sloan). After the events of the first movie, Deputy So & So (James Ransone) has been traveling to all the home and burning them down before the demon Bughuul can take the lives of anymore families, but the remote farmhouse that he visits last already has a family living in it. His main job is to keep them in that house as long as possible so nothing bad can happen.
I first off want to say that I love the first Sinister quite a bit. It made my top 25 movies of 2012 and would probably be in my Top 20 horror films of all time if that list existed. It goes without saying that Sinister 2 had some big shoes to fill and boy did it come up short.
Sinister 2 really has nothing to do with the first movie except the main idea. The characters that do return aren’t big names and it feels like they are only there to keep the same name on the title line. This time around, the story takes us behind the scenes to show us how the children are affected by Bughuul. It shows us their need for making the home movies and who is behind convincing the children to act in such brutal ways. It felt exactly the same way as when we learned that the Wizard of Oz was a tiny man behind a curtain. The revealing of how the kids are recruited to kill their families was stupid and it took away the tension that the first created! Sure, the home videos served more of a purpose this time around, but because they were used as part of the story, they didn’t have the same shock value that the ones in the first movie did. Yes Yes, I know the home movie with the Alligators and Rats were more graphic, and the burning of the people on the stakes was chilling, but there was something about how the films in the first movie were presented that just made them shocking. I never felt like the films in this sequel were are shocking and 2 of them were down right blah!
If you haven’t figured out yet, I think Sinister 2 not only is a bad film, but it actually destroyed what made the first film so great! Why did they have to go and destroy the mystery that was the children and their sadistic home videos? Was it so hard to do the same thing again without dragging all the suspense out of it? For those of you that really love the first movie, DON’T SEE SINISTER 2! Do you really think that Deputy So & So can carry a whole entire movie? I didn’t either. Co-starring Lea Coco, Tate Ellington, John Beasley, Lucas Jade Zumann, Jaden Klein, Laila Haley, Caden M. Fritz, Olivia Rainey, and Nicholas King.
4/10 Stars – It might make you cringe a time or 2 during the “home movies,” but this movie destroys everything we loved about the first movie’s story!
His Review: Cole (Zac Efron) is an aspiring amateur DJ living in Fresno, California. He hangs out with his friends all day, but at night, he dreams of fame…
His Review: As a member of an elite genome project to breed super soldiers, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is an excellent killing machine. However when a target of…
His Review: Reed Richards (Miles Teller) has always been a brainiac and inventing unique things since he was a young boy. When a government agency wants to use Richard’s latest…
His Review: Set in 1976 San Francisco, Minnie (Bel Powley) is an artistic 15 year old girl who lives with her mother (Kristen Wiig) and younger sister (Abby Wait). She…