Saturday, April 5, 2014

Last Vegas (2013)

On Thursday, at work, I watched Last Vegas. This is a movie starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline, as four old friends that have gotten old and just want to go back to the old days. So, they go to Las Vegas to attempt to bring their friendship and their lives back to life. I have heard some people describe it like "an old person version of The Hangover (2009)", but I feel The Hangover has more craziness. Last Vegas is more about four old friends reconnecting and having fun. I don't think this movie will be for everyone. I think those that are older will connect better with the characters and get the humor a bit more. But, even though I'm younger, I still found some parts of the movie enjoyable. Overall, the movie doesn't have any surprises, but it's sometimes nice to watch a predictable touching movie about friends. It's not the best movie ever, but it's alright.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

American Hustle (2013)

Tonight, we watched American Hustle. This movie stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams. There are some other big name actors/actresses that you might know in the film, but the majority of the movie focuses on those three. The movie is based in the 1970's, so it's very cool that the movie starts off with the logos for the movie companies from the '70's. IMDB describes this movie as a "crime drama", which it is, to some extent. It feels a lot like Goodfellas (1990), even though they are very different movies. Christian Bale, and, to a lesser extent, Bradley Cooper seem to be portraying Robert De Niro in one of his gangster roles, so maybe that's why I get that feeling. Even so, the movie is more of a con movie, with everyone trying to con everyone else. It reminds me a little of The Sting (1973); I haven't seen that movie since I was a kid though, so I'm not sure if that is a good comparison. American Hustle got quite slow at times, and there was barely any violence, which is something I expect from a crime movie like this. There were several parts that were funny, though I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. Overall, the movie had potential, but didn't really bring what I was looking for to the table. It's a decent movie, so maybe rent it if you get a chance. But, you won't really be missing out if you don't see it.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Riddick (2013)

Yesterday, we watched the third movie in the Riddick franchise, simply called Riddick. The movie kind of starts off where the second movie ends, so it's important that you've seen The Chronicles of Riddick before watching this movie. There is also a callback to the first movie, Pitch Black, so it's probably a good idea to watch that before seeing this as well. The first half of Riddick is just Vin Diesel's character looking tough and being tough. There are some flashbacks and cutaways, which help push forward the story, but the first half of the movie is mostly just Vin Diesel against the environment. Eventually, more people come into play and the feel of the movie changes; it goes back to feeling like a Riddick movie. The second half of the movie has a lot of darkness and suspense, like the first movie. It does have a bit of story, and focuses on Vin Diesel being tough and cool, but it feels more like the first movie than the second. Overall, if you've seen the other two movies, and enjoyed either of them, you will probably enjoy this one.

We've been watching Battlestar Galactica a lot lately, so it's weird to see Katee Sackhoff (a main star of Battlestar) in a role that is not from that show. When she appeared in Riddick, we were all kind of shocked to see her. Her role was very similar to her role in Battlestar, so it worked, but still strange to see.

#419 - The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

Last Saturday, we watched The Chronicles of Riddick. It's the second movie in the Riddick franchise. The movie got rid of the suspense from the first movie, and just focuses on the story. It really makes a point to let you know how tough and cool Vin Diesel's character is. This movie has a few callbacks to the previous movie, but not enough to really matter. So, watching this before Pitch Black would still be just as enjoyable. Instead of an unknown evil, like in the first movie, The Chronicles of Riddick is centered around a giant military empire called Necromongers. Overall, it's a very fun movie, full of action and Vin Diesel looking tough. Definitely give it a shot.

There's not much to say about this movie, so it took me awhile to come up with a crappy review for it.