Thursday, October 23

2013 Movie Reviews Pt 2

Every few months, I like to bring you a review of all the movies I watch... and I watch a lot of movies. Also see my 2013 Part 1 Reviews and all the movies I was looking forward to watching in 2013. All of these should be out on DVD now since this post is so overdue... so go Redbox 'em!

Beautiful Creatures - That stereotypical movie is about a witch who moves into a religious town... a tale of destiny, love and finding oneself. I didn't mean to watch this movie, but it really turned out better than I expected. It's based off a YA book, I believe, and an overall enjoyable movie if you generally like YA books. Otherwise I wouldn't seek it out. Pretty people and effects. 

World War Z - Zombies everywhere! Wasn't initially going to watch this film either but it wasn't too bad. I like the big "twist" in the film. The effects were pretty awesome to watch as well (if you watch the trailer, you get the zombie swarming picture). I think it has pretty solid acting on all parts too. While I wouldn't recommend this if you don't generally like horror movies, it's more of an action adventure than straight horror. 

Kick-Ass 2 - Sequel to Kick-Ass, about a kid who decides to become a superhero, but with very real consequences. This was great. If you liked the first one, you're sure to like this one too. It follows a very similar arch but with the same gruesome deaths, awesome action scenes and moments that make you tear up. 

Thor: The Dark World - Sequel to Thor. As the royal family deals with the aftermath of Loki's actions in Avengers, Thor needs to defeat a new evil and save his lady. Love this movie! It had all the great Loki moments and banter I was looking for between Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Supporting characters were awesome and hilarious. You will have to suspend your disbelief a bit for this film, but it's definitely for you if you like the costumed action hero trope. 

This is the End - This stoner comedy starred James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan as well as a bunch of cameos. The stars play themselves in the post apocaltypic Los Angles. I loved the first third and the last third of this movie, but I got a little lost in the middle where it was more scary than funny. However, this is a heartwarming (if you're a bit twisted) film about friendship. 

Hansel & Gretel - A steampunk retelling of Hansel and Gretel. You're not going to be impressed by this movie as the plot, effects and dialogue was all a bit lacking, but if you take a child to see it, I think they would like it! 

Jack the Giant Slayer - This film didn't stray too too much from the original story other than the addition of a princess. It's definitely a tale geared for children, but an enjoyable watch for adults. 

Upside Down - A science fiction love story about twin worlds with opposite gravities... that I didn't finish. To be honest, I really enjoyed this movie, but apparently it was so hokey to my boyfriend that he couldn't finish watching it. The science portion of the science fiction was flawed, I admit, but it has gorgeous visuals and an adorable love story. If you love a good love story, I'd really recommend this! 

GI Joe Retaliation - There's a new cast of characters in this film featuring an elite military group called "The Joes" but the same ridiculous type of storyline. That means, of course, that I absolutely loved the action. I think the worse the story is, the more I like it. 

The Heat - This action buddy cop comedy between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy had me expecting great things, but still fell a little short. That's not to say that I didn't like the film or that it didn't make me laugh out loud, but it's not one of those classic comedies that makes you want to rewatch it, laughing all the time. 

RIPD - RIPD stands for Rest in Peace Department, a police department located in the afterlife. I usually really like gimmicks like this but the CGI was terrible and Jeff Bridges was completely unintelligible and not at all funny. This could have been a really cool movie if 1. They had more believable CGI and 2. Someone told Jeff Bridges that no one understood him. 

The GrandMaster - This film told the story of the Grandmaster, most famous for being Bruce Lee's teacher. This film was artistic, not what I normally watch and not what I expected either. I thought some parts were great, but other parts really dragged on. If you're interested in the subject matter though, I would recommend this film for you. 

The Wolverine - This movie was very strange. Despite it being a very American movie, almost all of it was set in Japan. That's fine and all... but large chunks of the movie was also in Japanese with no subtitles. At times, I felt like I was watching a foreign film. The action was alright, the villan was awesome, but the movie felt very strange. A combination of the language, the off kilter romance, and the conflict distracted me from what might have been a solid action flick. 

White House Down - My boyfriend says I have an obsession with Channing Tatum. I don't think I do. But looking back on all the movies of his that I've watched, I can definitely see how he thinks that. Channing Tatum stars in this film about terrorists taking over the White House. He's in a lot of comedy, which I like. He's also in a lot of action flicks, which I love. In this movie, he mixes the action with the comedy. I found the film to be highly enjoyable because it doesn't take itself too seriously. 

The Bling Ring - I really watched this movie on a whim, not really understanding anything about the "stealing from celebrities" scandal. I thought it was an interesting movie and I appreciated this particular view of Hollywood. It's from a kid's perspective and makes the lifestyle seem at once, very real and very so far removed from society. No wonder child celebrities are often times weird and have trouble adjusting. 

Pacific Rim - If you saw the trailer with giant monsters and robots, you've seen the trailer for this film. I knew this was a huge summer hit, but I hated this movie. The plot (we need giant robots to punch giant monsters to save the world) was so incredibly unrealistic... and I'm clearly not even someone who watches a lot of realistic movies! The effects of this movie were nice, but it didn't make up for how nonsensical the premise was. 

Red & Red 2 - I'm a fan of throwback movies and senseless action movies. This was both. Former assassins have to get together again to complete a mission with a civillain female love interest. The film wasn't great, but it was a fun few hours. 

We're the Millers - When watching the trailer, I didn't feel like this was going to be my sense of humor. It seemed a bit vulgar and filled with drug related humor, which I generally don't like. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The movie seemed to have quite a bit of heart and even made me tear up. 

Machete Kills - I know I'm sounding like a bit of a broken record here. I like it when a movie doesn't take itself too seriously. Pacific Rim took itself too seriously and it was disappointing. Machete Kills knew it was ridiculous and that made it an awesome movie.Of course, if you're not into sexy women and gratuitous violence, you probably won't like this film. 

Last Vegas - This film starts Morgan Freeman, Michael Sheen, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline as four old friends. One of the friends get married and they head off to Vegas to celebrate the Bachelor Party. Hangover: Senior Citizen style. I didn't expect anything from this movie but found myself really enjoying it. Everyone in the film had different issues and it dealt with the frailty of life and love in a sincere settling. 

AnchorMan 2 - This film, sequel to Anchorman, follows Ron Burgundy with his wife in New York. I can't decide if I like this movie. I love to quote it. I know that. I absolutely adore certain moments in it. As a whole, it's just so dumb. Ron Burgundy, as a character, is so incredibly irritating that he makes me dislike the film. If you generally dislike Will Ferrell, I'd say skip this film. The Hobbit: 

The Desolation of Smaug - Wow. I love the nonstop action here. This film, like other LOTR films is both beautiful, smart and action packed. Though it deviates greatly from the original Hobbit, I found all the additions to be to my liking. Sure, it adds a romance and some cinema drama, but it doesn't cut away from the core. I think my top films for the second half of 2013 are Thor and the Hobbit!


  1. Great list! I'm not too big on action movies myself (although I did see the GI Joe sequel and it was at least mildly entertaining), but some of the other ones seem pretty interesting. I will have to check these out!

  2. World War Z - I liked it a lot. Watched it 2x on Amazon On Demand and Netflix. Great twist!
    Kick-Ass 2 - I didn't like it as much as the 1st one. Nothing memorable about it.
    Thor 2 - I love banter.
    Hansel & Gretel - Just watched this on Netflix. Wasn't terrible. Entertaining. I was surprised to see Jean Grey ;).
    GI Joe - Yes, the worse, the better.
    The Bling Ring - I was surprised I liked it too but Emma Watson's "valley girl" accent started to get on my nerves.

    Have you watched Battleship? Not bad!

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  4. I am such a big fan of cheesy action movies as well (like Red and Red 2). And yes, I was so disappointed in The Grandmaster

  5. i haven't seen a movie in ages...thanks for this! i heard some good things about we're the millers :)

  6. Hey, what a great review. I haven't seen many from your list but definitely enjoyed the World War Z and Jack the Giant Slayer. However I can really recommend The True Detective as a great treat for winter evenings as there is eight episodes to it. xx

  7. I thought I watched a lot of movies (before baby)... but there are some on your list that I never saw! We Are the Millers was surprisingly funny, wasn't it!? We loved it.

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  9. I don't watch a ton of films for some reason, but I really enjoyed The Bling Ring & This Is The End! xx

  10. Thank you for the recommendations! Cant wait to redbox some of these! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

  11. I'm surprised I've seen most of these. I liked them all, but I was not a fan of This Is The End. Too crazy for me, haha!

  12. eheh I can't lie, I really liked Pacific Rim! But yeah, it got a little ridiculous at times. For me, I could forgive the premise, but I didn't like how all the other Jaegers were killed off so fast! Weren't they supposed to be the best of the best!? And then all of sudden, newbie Gipsy Danger saves them all? I dunno, I would've liked to see all the Jaegers working together at least once...

  13. you don't remember the bling ring in hollywood? i thought it was an interesting caricature of the real ppl it was based on.

  14. I need to watch Kick-Ass 2! I really liked the first one. And This Is The End was so funny! It made me laugh so much. Need to re-watch it at some point!


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