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I checked out another movie folks…

D TrainAs you can see – THE D TRAIN stars Jack Black and James Marsden. If you decide to watch the movie – you’ll see that there are quite a few faces you’ll recognize. It’s a pretty sweet ‘comedy’ cast.

THE D TRAIN is about a dude named Dan Landsman (Jack Black) – who in high school…wasn’t exactly the coolest kid in school. Now all grown up – he leads a few of his high school classmates on an adventure. What’s this adventure I speak of?! (lol) The adventure of putting their 20 year high school reunion together. One night…Dan sees a TV commercial – – in that commercial is Oliver Lawless (James Marsden) – the MOST popular guy from his high school!! He’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign. Dan is now on a mission – – to go to Los Angeles…find Oliver…and bring him back to the reunion. If all goes as planned – DAN will be the coolest guy in town. (lol)

The D TrainMy thoughts on THE D TRAIN

THE GOOD! :) I really liked this movie people. Let me just get this out of the way. When I asked my wife if she wanted to watch it. She says to me, “Who’s in itn?” I say, “Jack Black.” She says, “Ahhhhh I don’t know. Jack Black can be really dumb.” I say, “Just watch it and be quiet woman!!” (Ok, I didn’t really say that part) Either way…after it was done – She liked it!! If you watch the trailer – – it just gives you a snippet of what really happens in this movie. (lol) Everyone in the movie was great. You will laugh. Be prepared though – – when watching this – – some of you might say, “WTF JUST HAPPENED??!” – – – just go with it. (lol) It gets pretty hilarious…then border line dark…then back to happy go lucky. (lol) Just wattccchhh the movie people. Hmmmmm…what else did I like. Oh. The soundtrack – the movie’s got some really good tunes. I also liked the 80’s feel I got – almost like a John Hughes movie. (lol) I’m old – what can I say. (lol) Oh…one more thing. James Marsden. I’m not exactly a fan of the dude – he just never stood out to me – but in THE D TRAIN. He’s solid. He’s officially on my radar…in a good way. (lol)

THE BAD! :( No complaints. I like it all. (lol)

I give THE D TRAIN… 4 out of 5 popcorns. Like I said before. I thought it was a really good movie and deserves a watch. It’s not your typical Jack Black movie that’s for sure. This one definitely shows his acting chops. Watch it people!

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THE D TRAIN opened in Houston last Friday – check out your local listing – heck, you might wanna check VOD.

The HarvestWasup movie fans?! I’m finally getting to this movie review. It’s for the new John McNaughton film called THE HARVEST – and it actually opened at the IFC Center and released on VOD on April 10, 2015.

THE HARVEST stars Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis and Charlie Tahan.

In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. But less based in reality, The Harvest is closer to a fairy tale from Grimm’s darkest corners. Maryann (an impressive Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a neighboring deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton)…

And that’s all I’m going to let you read! BYAHAHAHAHAHA!! No more synopsis for YOU!! In fact – don’t even watch the trailer – go in blind into this like I did. (lol) Not going to lie – as soon as I saw Michael Shannon – I was sold. (lol)

The HarvestMy thoughts on THE HARVEST

:) I dug the movie. I really did. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. There were so many times I wanted to reach through the TV and slap some people. (lol) Now…this Samantha Morton. She’s new to me. But HOLY CRAP BALLS!! She was pretty damn awesome. I would love to know where she went ‘mentally’ to prepare for some of these scenes. WHOA. If she reads this – HIGH 5 GIRL! (lol) I thought Michael Shannon did a solid job – – – just a little weird seeing him in this type of role. I’m just used to seeing him kick ass. (lol) I thought Natasha Calis (THE POSSESSION) and Charlie Tahan (CHARLIE ST. CLOUD) did great together. I look forward to see what else these kids do. FINALLY…I gotta mention someone else in this movie. Mr Easy Rider himself – PETER FONDA!! I loved his little one liners. (lol) Watch the movie and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (lol) So…not only did THE HARVEST have a solid cast – – – the movie’s intense. There were a lot of times of I was talking to the TV… “RUN!” “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” “WTFFFF?!?!?” I’m telling ya – I was getting flashbacks from the days I first watched MISERY! (lol)

:( No complaints from me folks. Like I said before – I dug the movie.

I give THE HARVEST… 4 out of 5 popcorns! If you get the chance to watch – do it – it’s a good flick.

Little Boy 

Review By: Kristin of According to Kristin

Directed By: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde
Produced By: Leo Severino
Written By: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and Pepe Portillo
Starring: Jakob Salvati, David Henrie, Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, Ben Chaplin, Tom Wilkinson and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Miami premiere of a film called Little Boy.  I’d seen the trailer about a week prior, but I don’t think I truly knew what to expect going into the premiere.

Let me start by saying that my niece, who is 10, and three of her friends, who are 11 and 13, came to the premiere and were ecstatic to meet the star of the film, Jakob Salvati, beforehand.  Jakob was such a proper, sweet boy who has a bright future ahead of him.  He and his father allowed the girls to take a picture with him and they all raved about how sweet (and adorable) he was.

Little BoyWith that being said, the film started after an introduction by the writers and directors that couldn’t have shown any more passion for this project.

Little Boy is an adorable family film that follows 7-year-old Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati) and his quest to bring his father back home safely from World War II.  Pepper’s older brother, London (David Henrie), was refused entry into the army due to being flatfooted, so their father, James Busbee (Michael Rapaport) took his place.  Pepper was extremely close to his father and was rightfully devastated to hear that his “partner” was heading to fight in the war.  When Pepper and London’s mother, Emma (Emily Watson), receives word of James’s disappearance, Pepper decides to do whatever it takes to bring his father back.  Having grown up reading magic Ben Eagle comic books with James, Pepper attends a live show with the magician and is called up on stage.  Facing ridicule among his peers, Pepper is reluctant to try moving a bottle with only his mind, but he raises his hands and remembers his father and Ben’s words…all he has to do is believe he can do this.  The bottle moves, causing Pepper to believe he can do the impossible.  There are subtle religious undertones throughout this film, as Pepper seeks the help of those at his church.  Father Oliver hands Pepper a list of tasks to complete, which includes befriending the enemy; a Japanese man named Hashimoto (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).   As the film goes on, Pepper learns to accept help from the one person he’d least expect.  While he sets off to complete these tasks, he finds faith in himself that he can do the impossible, so long as he truly believes it.  There are ups and downs that will absolutely bring tears to your eyes as you see this young boy whose only goal is to bring his true hero home.

Little BoyFor a film which has a 7-year-old actor on the screen for 98% of the time, the casting was spot on.  Jakob Salvati was amazing and the supporting cast was equally great.  If you have a heart and if you can find the underlying message behind it, this film is a must see.  It’s a project that everyone involved is obviously very passionate about, which makes it that much better.  So go out and support this heartfelt movie and spread the word!  For a movie like this to make four middle school aged girls cry and keep discussing it afterwards…it’s a win in my book!

Little Boy will be released in theaters on April 24, 2015 and runs approximately 86 minutes.

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THE SALVATIONI had the chance to watch the Danish western flick THE SALVATION directed by Kristian Levring.  The film stars Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona,Jonathan Pryce, and Michael Raymond-James. The Houston theater release is set for Friday, March 13, 2015 and will show at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park.

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THE SALVATION takes place in America during the 1870’s. Life seems pretty dirty and tough in the Wild West. In the movie we meet a Danish ex-soldier played by Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal). After 7 years he’s finally reunited with his wife and son who he hasn’t seen since his birth. ‘SOMETHING’ happens…which I’m not going to tell you (lol) – which starts a chain reaction of ‘oh shit’ drama!! Yeah – it gets a little cra cra!

The SalvationMy thoughts on THE SALVATION…

:) I really liked this Danish western. I’m huge fan of Mads Mikkelsen – his other movies AND in HANNIBAL. When he kills this guy with his knife…I was like, “Goooooo Hannibal!” (lol) I thought Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) was awesome!! If you watch this – you’ll see what I’m talking about. Her EYES can tell it all..without saying a word. 😉 Just watch it – you’ll see. (lol) Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural) is a great bad guy. I even liked Jon’s (Mikkelsen) brother in the film played by Mikael Persbrandt. I thought the plot was dope – it’s kind of messed up how everything gets started…but…I would have done the same thing!!! I thought the action was on point. THE SALVATION definitely plays with your emotions movie fans – a couple of times I wanted to reach into the TV and smack a townsperson. (lol) It’s a good western flick.

:( I don’t have any SERIOUS complaints…but I was bummed by one thing. ONE scene was a little predictable for me. Once I saw it – I was like, “Ohhhhh I know what’s going to happen.” AND…it does. :(

The SalvationI give THE SALVATION… 3 1/2 of 5 popcorns! It’s a solid western flick – worth the watch. Clint Eastwood would be proud. 😉

Check your local listings for times and theater locations!

I saw another movie…

These Final Hours

In this apocalyptic drama, James (Nathan Phillips) is a troubled young man on a mission. He’s desperate to join his girlfriend at the ‘party to end all parties’ to numb all feelings as the world faces a cataclysmic event that will end life on the planet. On his journey however, James is greeted by a lawless and chaotic city and discovers that getting to where he needs to be will not be easy. Along the way, he saves the life of a girl named Rose (Angourie Rice), frantically searching for her father. Out of options, James invites Rose to join him. Together they discover how they would truly like to spend their last moments on Earth in this world gone mad.

By the looks of it – it opens today in New York (Village East) & Los Angeles (Laemmle Noho)…also in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit,Houston, Santa Fe & Washington, DC. You can even find it on iTunes and On Demand.

For more info – check out their Facebook and Twitter pages!

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My thoughts on THESE FINAL HOURS…

:) Check out the poster movie fans. See where it says… “EASILY ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR.” I would have to agree. WHOA. What a roller coaster of emotions. (lol) I thought this movie was great.

Ok. Where do I start. I know. Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) who plays the main dude James. The dude rocked it in my eyes. Watching him – I felt his exhaustion. He was just great in the movie. Next…Angourie Rice (currently filming The Nice Guys) – she plays the little girl Rose. WHOA! She was awesome. People better watch out for this little girl. I really enjoyed watching James and Rose together – – – things happen for a reason and I really believe Rose was placed at that very moment for James.

These Final HoursOh – and how they meet. Freaking crazy. Fuking sicko’s! That whole part was intense. It was good seeing Jessica de Gouw (TV’s Arrow) in the movie. She’s hot. I dig The Huntress. 😉 Last but not least…Sarah Snook (currently filming JOBS; Jessabelle) – she did great as a crazy mom. You almost felt bad for her. BUT – – she was nuts.

I thought the story was great from start to finish. Violence. I dug it. The way it was filmed – – it had a crazy, cool tint color to it. You could feel that something bad was coming…like the calm before the storm. Another thing that added to that feel was the radio announcer. Every time he would talk – it was just cool. I could picture him in his radio station studio – – – looking out a window – – smoking his last pack of cigarettes. (lol) Even the party tweekers – – they were great. One crazy ‘end of days’ party that’s for sure.

These Final HoursHOLY CRAP BALLS – Kathryn Beck (The Gap) – – – her as James’s coked out girlfriend – – I was like…”RUNNNNN DDUUDDEEEEE!!! Go back to The Huntress!” (lol) But yeah – Kathryn’s performance was great – she reminded me of Julianne Moore’s performance in BOOGIE NIGHTS. (lol)

Once again…great movie from start to finish.

The Final Hours:( No complaints here. I wouldn’t change a thing. But – I do have one thing NOT related to the actual movie. The TRAILER. I just watched it…and YOU don’t need to watch it. It gives away too much in my eyes. Just take my word – it’s a great movie and well…you should watch it to.

I give THESE FINAL HOURS… 5 out of 5 popcorns. It’s not only a great movie – but it makes ya think. It makes you think in the NOW. Hug your loved ones. Call your parents.

Watch it – you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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Sleepy Hollow

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Summary: Season Two comes to a dramatic close, leaving Sleepy Hollow and its residents forever changed. – See more at FOX.COM

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(SPOILERS) I checked out another movie…

Iron Doors

Fans of claustrophobic, single location thrillers such as Cube, Saw and Buried are in for a real treat this month when Stephen Manuel’s multi award winning IRON DOORS is released on DVD and VOD in UK by Warwick Films with a street date of January 19th 2015.

As you can see – IRON DOORS had a UK release back in January. I know, I know…I’m late.  HEY. I’ve got a 6 month old now. (lol) Here’s a little more on the movie…

Iron Doors premiered at Berlin Film Festival where it was snapped up by Jinga Films for worldwide sales. It went on to win Best Film at Haapsalu Film Festival, Best Actor for Axel Wedekind at Fantasporto and Best Cinematography at the European Independent Film Festival.

As you can see – it’s won some stuff!! (lol) OK. What’s the movie about?

Locked in a vault, a young investment banker faces a slow death from starvation. Who kidnapped him and why? How can he escape the concrete walls and massive iron door that confine him? His journey of self discovery has only just began and his fight for survival will teach him values in life he previously thought impossible.

Now…my thoughts on IRON DOORS?!

Iron Doors:) I liked the whole SAW feel it had. It really reminded me of that…but without all the blood and gore. The drinking of the piss – loved it! (lol) Film maker Stephen Manuel kept it real there. (lol) Watch the movie folks – it all makes perfect sense. I soooo be doing that if I were ever put in that situation. (lol) IRON DOORS definitely played with my emotions. Axel Wedekind who plays the main dude. Does a good job. In the beginning of the movie – I thought he was a douche. Quite annoying. But as the movie went on…I started feeling for the dude. I actually started feeling bad for him. (lol) His situation is just fucked up!!

Iron Doors:( Not a happy camper about the subtitles. I mean – 47 minutes into the movie – – then subtitles appear. I just wish we could have gotten them earlier. Watch the movie and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (lol) Another thing that semi-bummed me out was – the “WHY?” Maybe a little hint. (lol)

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I give IRON DOORS… 3 out of 5 popcorns. Overall I liked it. Makes ya think…at least for me. There is some other ‘stuff’ that happens in the movie (not going to say, don’t wanna give away) which makes ya think, “Yeah. Stephen is keeping it real.” (lol) The ending. Thumbs Up dude. Thumbs up.

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