Sex Tape (2014) – Expect Nothing and You’ll be pleasantly Surprised

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Category: Comedy
Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nat Faxon, Nancy Lenehan, Giselle Eisenberg, Harrison Holzer, Sebastian Hedges, Timothy Brennen, Krisztina Koltai, Randall Park, Joe Stapleton, James Wilcox

Duration: 94 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
The Sweetest Thing (2002), Bad Teacher (2011), This is 40 (2012)

Long Story Short:
A married couple wants to spice up their sex life and records a sex tape that is supposed to be just for them, but instead it gets accidentally uploaded to all their friends’ devices.

Review:
Okay, let’s be honest, who actually expected something unexpectedly new and refreshing from this movie? Well, if you did, you were probably deeply disappointed and wanted your money back unless seeing Cameron Diaz’ naked butt, and getting a glimpse at her nipples were enough for you.

Personally, I thought this was going to be just as bad as Bad Teacher, which in my opinion was a disgrace for Cameron Diaz, since I am a big fan of her work, especially the work that showcases her acting skills, and doesn’t seem like a role she just accepted because she had no other offers. But, after having the lowest expectations possible, I was actually pleasantly surprised; sure, it could have had a few more funny moments, and the cursing seemed forced at times. But there were some good jokes, it kind of had a “Dude, Where’s My Car” charm to it, and the two leading actors were charming and committed.

Many times I have read people criticizing the lack of story, but I wonder what they expected from a movie called Sex Tape; a deep love story that will stick with you for days because it was so touching and moving? That’s just like expecting romance in a porn.

Sex Tape is a light weight comedy for a movie night with friends. You can lash out in a conversation and check back in without missing out on anything.

Rating: 5.5/10

31 Days of Halloween

For those who have been following my blog, this was last year’s “31 Days of Halloween List” with one movie for each day of October. Since last year, I haven’t seen any memorable horror movies, so I will just re-recommend the ones from 2013’s list.

I hope you will find one you haven’t seen yet. Let me know if you have any new recommendations for me or want me to watch and review a new movie for you. :)

To get more information about a movie just click on the movie title.

Enjoy.

1. The Descent
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2. The Shining
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3. The Silence of The Lambs
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4. Dead Silence
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5. Trick’ R Treat
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6. Sinister
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7. The Ring
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8. Mirrors
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9. It
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10. The Hills Have Eyes
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11. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
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12. Orphan
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13. A Nightmare on Elm Street
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14. Fallen
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15. The Strangers
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16. Insidious
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17. Drag Me To Hell
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18. The Sixth Sense
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19. Frailty
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20. Saw
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21. Scream
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22. Pet Sematary
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23. Mine Games
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24. Fragile
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25. Friday the 13th
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26. The Craft
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27. Psycho
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28. The Pact
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29. Child’s Play
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30. The Exorcist
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31. Halloween
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – Tissues, Please!

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Category: Drama
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek, Ana Dela Cruz, Randy Kovitz, Toni Saladna, David Whalen, Milica Govich, Allegra Carpenter, Emily Peachey

Duration: 126 min
Rated: PG-13

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
Untamed Heart (1993), A Walk to Remember (2002), My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

Long Story Short:
Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who shouldn’t have a worry in their life, share the same sharp sense of humor and instantly feel a connection when they meet for the first time. But unfortunately they share something else; they are both trying to survive a fatal illness.

Review:
The Fault in our Stars is a beautiful (but also sad) movie based on a young adult novel of the same name, but it is actually for everyone who can remember falling in love so hard that nothing else mattered.

The two leads Shailene Woodley (The Secfret Life of The American Teenager, 2008- 2013) and Ansel Elgortare (Carrie, 2013) are refreshing and delightful and can compete with any other actor in Hollywood right now. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie since I expected something completely cheesy and immature but it was so much more. This is why people love dramas. It brings you sadness, joy, laughter, hope, tears and butterflies. It is a beautifully tragic rollercoaster and raises the question: If these two can keep smiling and appreciate life, why can’t we?

If you cry easily , get some tissues ready. And if you love dramas, you are in for a real treat.

Rating: 8/10

#MovieReview : Kite (2014)

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Category: Action
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes, DeVille Vannik, Deon Lotz, Keci Eatock, Lionel Newton, Jaco Muller, Terence Bridgett, Zane Meas, Cleo Rinkwest, Russel Savadier, Matthew Van Leeve, Liam J. Stratton

Duration: 90 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
Leon (1994), Kill Bill Vol. 1 + 2 (2003/2004)

Long Story Short:
After her parents get killed a young woman enters the underworld of human sex trafficking to track down their murderers to take bloody revenge.

Review:
Not having any background information about it, I watched Kite and enjoyed it for what it was. The picture treatment is interesting; very dark and dull with a few color splashes in it like the bright red wig the main character is wearing. The storyline is simple but enough to fill a 90-minutes action spectacle, and may I add we get a lot of action here. There Martial arts sequences, plenty of gore and one on one fights, and it almost seems like a whole different world we are thrown into.

Samuel L. Jackson is doing what we are expecting him to do, no unpleasant surprises here. Indie Esley – known from the TV-Show The Secret Life of The American Teenager (2008- ) – on the other hand seems a little stiff, which can be due the lifeless script. That leads me to the character development that doesn’t really exist. We have very two dimensional characters without any depth; even if we want to connect to the lead it is hard because even though we know her motivation that feeling of desperation and rage doesn’t really come across.

After watching Kite I found out that it is based on a very cruel anime series from 1998 that included multiple explicit rape scenes of the protagonist, and since the she was under age it was forbidden in many countries to sell the uncut version. Due to its cruel content it was hard to imagine to even make a movie without getting a NC-17 rating. But not only did the director toned it down, he also changed the storyline. So I assume that many fans of the original would be very disappointed, not because of the missing rape scenes, but the complete change of events that would have given our leading lady the needed depth. Furthermore I don’t understand why – if based on a Japanese series – there weren’t any Japanese or at least Asian actors chosen for the movie????!

Nonetheless, I would say Kite is a decent movie that impresses with its style, setup and soundtrack. It is worth a watch if you don’t expect a thought provoking message at the end. It won’t stick with you, because at the end it is just another movie.

Rating: 6/10

#TvTuesday : Selfie (2014- ) – Too literal or just right? (Watch Pilot before its official air date… for free !!)

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Category: Comedy
Actors: Karen Gillan, John Cho, David Harewood, Allyn Rachel, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Amanda Jane Cooper, Colleen Smith, Sapir Azulay, Matthew Cardarople, Jennifer Hasty

Channel: ABC
Duration: 21 min
Rated: TV-PG

You might like this if you enjoyed:
Clueless (1996-1999), Suburgatory (2011-2014), Awkward (2011-)

Long Story Short:
A former ugly duckling who became a beautiful but self centered social media icon has to hire a marketing expert to change her whole image after she’s been the star of an embarrassing video that has gone viral.

Review:
I honestly thought the title seemed a little silly, which is why I wasn’t planning on watching it. But when I saw that Karen Gillian from Oculus and Guardians of The Glaxy and John Cho – who doesn’t need an introduction – were in it I gave it a shot. And I am glad I did. The entire cast seems very engaged, the script is on point, the jokes land, and the result is a refreshing comedy that will hopeful survive the (cancellation) ax. Since it’s an ABC show I am hopeful that it will have at least a full season, since they are very committed to their new shows, as we could see with The Neighbors, which got two seasons despite the low ratings each week.

Karen Gillian represents the new (shallow) generation very well, and even though the storyline is a little predictable I have no doubt that each episode can be a real treat. I hope it makes up for the unexpected cancellation of Suburgatory, which made me a little sad.

Rating: 6.5/10

Watch the Pilot for free on ABC.GO:

http://abc.go.com/shows/selfie/episode-guide/season-01/101-series-premiere-pilot

Lucy (2014) – Great Idea, Great Trailer, Average Movie

lucy-scarlett-johansson-posterCategory: Action/Sci-Fi
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Luca Angeletti, Loïc Brabant, Pierre Grammont, Pierre Poirot, Bertrand Quoniam, Pascal Loison

Duration: 89 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie is you enjoyed:
Wanted (2008)

Long Story Short:
A woman accidently becomes a drug mule, but the drug that is stored in her stomach leaks and spreads in her body. Driven by revenge she uses her new gained “senses” to find and kill the people who did this to her.

Review:
Judging by the trailer I was expecting a bad ass movie with nothing but action sequences. I have to admit the action is pretty satisfying, but not enough, and the storyline – the little that there is – is too simple. There are many slow parts and I caught myself dosing off twice.

Lucy is one of those movies that could have been a very intriguing and impressive short movie but as a 90minutes spectacle it just wasn’t enough, and when I actually thought the movie is gaining substance and going somewhere it was over.

I have heard of many boycotting the movies since the information about the human brain and how much we are able to use was not accurate, so why watching a movie that pretends to be based on facts but turns out to be based on thin air?!

My suggestion: Watch it at home if you have the need to see a movie with a few good action scenes and convincing performances by Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, but don’t expect to be educated or blown away.

Rating: 5.5/10

The Secret (2006) Movie Review By Simon Daniel

I am just now finding to time to say thank you to my friend Sherryn to have me be a part of her wonderful lifestyle blog. Please check out her very informative blog about life, trends, pop culture and lots of other meaningful topics: http://www.sherryndaniel.wordpress.com

Also, check out my review about The Secret, a helpful and inspiring documentary for those who feel stuck in life.

The Secret (2006) Movie Review By Simon Daniel.