The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

You'll know when you're in it.

20082 h 11 min
Overview

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

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Director Kathryn Bigelow
Runtime 2 h 11 min
Release Date 10 October 2008
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Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Average
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The Hurt Locker has always been a movie that I’ve wanted to see. Consistently rated 5 stars and being a war movie usually means I will be thoroughly entertained. The premise of the movie is a sound one, but the over arching story line just was not gripping to me.

Some of the missions and sub-stories seemed disjointed at times. I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of a Humvee of a unit going out by themselves, seen in the movie numerous times. Having had some friends that served over in the sandbox, I don’t think anyone would ever go out on their own (but what do I know).

Actors/Actresses:

Everyone in the movie are not A list actors. In fact I’m not sure who was in the movie. The cast does do a good job of playing up to it and  Jeremy Renner, the main character does a great job playing an adrenaline loving EOD guy.

Verdict:

I really think that the movie was a good idea. I just never could get into the movie and sit still to watch it for the full two hours. I could empathize with the main character, but even his full narrative wasn’t gripping. It isn’t a keeper, but one you could watch once if there isn’t anything else on.

Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

Never give a saga an even break!

19741 h 33 min
Overview

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west.

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Director Mel Brooks
Runtime 1 h 33 min
Release Date 7 February 1974
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Movie Rating Masterpiece
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Blazing Saddles has to be one of the funniest movies ever made and surely could not be made now. There are so many off color jokes that are sexist, racist, and ethnically insensitive a movie studio would run as fast as possible. That said, if you don’t laugh at the movie and enjoy the story line there is quite possible something terribly wrong with you.

The railroad discovers quick sand as they are going across the southwest desert and needs to be diverted. Unfortunately the town of Rock Ridge lies directly in the path of the new railroad and the townspeople do not want to let them pass. The governor and attorney general Headly Lamar has other plans and sends Bart, a former railroad construction slave, to be the new sheriff. Instead of the townspeople revolting they instead rally behind him and fight off the railroad mercenaries. The movie ends with one of the most hilarious  fight scenes that have ever been filmed.

Actors/Actresses

There is a star studded cast from Gene Wilder as a drunk gunslinger to Alex Karras as a huge oaf who is highly philosophical. Cleavon Little plays an African-American sheriff at a time where there were none and does an amazing job.

Verdict

A must see, must own movie. If you have only seen this movie on television then you are missing out on tons of jokes, one liners, and double entendre.

John Wick

John Wick

Don't set him off.

20141 h 41 min
Overview

After the sudden death of his beloved wife, John Wick receives one last gift from her, a beagle puppy named Daisy, and a note imploring him not to forget how to love. But John's mourning is interrupted when his 1969 Boss Mustang catches the eye of sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov who breaks into his house and steals it, beating John unconscious in the process. Unwittingly, he has just reawakened one of the most brutal assassins the underworld has ever known.

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Director Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Runtime 1 h 41 min
Release Date 24 October 2014
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
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If you are looking for a movie that is under 2 hours with nonstop action with very little plot and storyline, John Wick is for you. This is fully a guy flick, and any man will instantly connect with the character, especially if you are a dog lover.

It is obviously over the top and not realistic. If that is what you are looking for, keep moving. The one thing that I do like though is the gun play is very realistic. No unlimited amounts of ammo here. The fight scenes are good as well. Body blows do seem to have an effect on him.

Actors/Actresses

While I have never been a Keanu Reeves fan, I’ve never been a hater either. He does a good job in the movie, showing good emotion and toughness with that little bit of Keanu that SNL made fun of in the Celebrity Jeopardy skit. He makes John Wick really seem like a pissed off guy ready to exact his vengeance.

Verdict

This is definitely a movie to rent. I wouldn’t buy it and probably would never watch it again. But if later on it is on TV or Netflix and there is nothing else to watch, it is a good time waster.

Fury

Fury

War never ends quietly.

20142 h 15 min
Overview

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

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Director David Ayer
Runtime 2 h 15 min
Release Date 17 October 2014
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very good
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If you are looking for a good war movie to watch and not feel like you wasted two hours, Fury is for you. It has a very shallow story/plot line but delivers a lot of good action back to back. There are a few awkward scenes in the movie where a sub plot was forced in. These are easily overlooked as the war time action and heroics pick back up.

Some will complain about some “historical inaccuracies” regarding the tanks of WWII. Remember this is a movie, not a documentary. They do hold to historical details such as the US Sherman tanks being severely outgunned by the German Tiger.

Brad Pitt as usual does a great job as a battle hardened leader, and the surrounding cast has a good variety of characters that the dynamic of the tank crew for the most part just works. The final battle scene, while over the top, will keep you entertained and wondering what happens right up until the end.

Grab this one at the RedBox or wait until it is available on Netflix. Not one I would purchase, unless it was really cheap on sale.

SideNote: I rented this on BluRay and it  makes me laugh that as picture quality has gone up, we make a concerted effort now to make it look old with filters and post processing.

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God.

19802 h 13 min
Overview

Direct out of jail, Jake Blues and his Brother Elwood are off on a “mission from God” to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together and they're on their way yet not without getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

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Director John Landis
Runtime 2 h 13 min
Release Date 17 June 1980
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Movie Media DVD
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Movie Rating Masterpiece
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Definitely one of my favorite movies. This is a true American classic with great movies, great car chase scenes, and us against the world mentality. If you have never seen this movie, you should put it at the top of your list. The amount of quotable lines that everyone will know is off the charts in this one.