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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This Week on DVD || The Hobbit 2, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, August: Osage County, Grudge Match, Justin Bieber's Believe, Back in the Day, Nurse


What happened to this franchise? 3 years ago after the release of "Paranormal Activity 3" this franchise was juggernaut among the horror community with each of the first three films making over 100 million dollars worldwide. A lot of people believe the franchise should have ended with 3 as it served a proper conclusion to the trilogy but Hollywood was like not so fast. Big money making movies on a small budget let's milk this out and make as much money as we can and that's when we got "Paranormal Activity 4" which was decent at best, but unnecessary and then came "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" which was a Latino spin-off trying to tie all the movies together and what we get is the ultimate shark jump movie, and mainly is just boring, and just really feels like it should be the final nail in the coffin but sadly "Paranormal Activity 5" is coming in October. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is definitely a skip.






This one is simple if you a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and you like The Hobbit movies then this film is a definite watch for you and you are more than likely going to buy it. I don't think if you are not a fan of the franchise that this will be the film to convert you to the franchise as I still find the original trilogy superior to these films but this film is a definite improvement over "An Unexpected Journey."













"August: Osage County" was a film that kind of a came and gone back in January during award season and many people don't even remember it which is a shame because I did enjoy this movie. To sale the plot to you it follows the life of the woman in this family to find the family patriarch when he goes missing and this film is intense in a dramatic way. This film is definitely an actor's film (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch) and if you want to see good performances this is a film for you. I don't think younger audiences will like this movie as it is more adult in tone and nature. I believe if you are a fan of any of these people you will definitely will like this and movie and give it a watch.








"Grudge Match" was luckily a film I didn't see when it came out in theaters last Christmas. From the trailers of the movie I thought it just looked real dumb and had 0 interest in seeing this movie. The movie ended up being a disappointment on all ends with 41 million worldwide and a critic rating of 30%. Looking on all ends to see if I could find any positive reviews with this movie and people or a certain type of audience that would enjoy this and I really couldn't find anyone and I feel for the betterment of all of us this movie is a skip.












 At this point not even Justin Bieber fans want to watch a documentary about Justin Bieber. When "Never Say Never" came out in 2011 it was a big hit making almost 100 million dollars worldwide and being a hit with critics (64%) and fans (65%). Now 2 years later, Bieber has almost lost all credibility he had gained with fans with his off the stage antics and his overall behavior and the box office results prove it with "Believe" only making 6 million dollars worldwide and only being a small hit with critics and fans (57% and 60%). The main thing to gain from this that not even Bieber fans care about Bieber anymore so why should we and that's way "Justin Bieber's Believe" is a skip. (Like anyone was actually planning on watching this anyway)








The way I describe "Back in the Day" to people I know is that it is the movie "American Reunion" tried to be. "Back in the Day" follows a guy kind of stuck in his life in his 30's going back to his high school reunion to try and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. The film was able to balance raunchy humor with a really relatable story well and was a very enjoyable and funny movie. I definitely give this movie a watch.













"Nurse" is a movie I have not seen yet despite being a huge horror fan but from what I've heard on the internet about this movie is mainly positive. A film about a daytime Nurse who hunts down and kills cheating boyfriends at night done in the vein of a B horror movie just seems like a fun watch in the all the wrong ways. With a critic rating of 63% which is good for horror movies, I would recommend "Nurse" if you are a horror fan.










Watch:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, August: Osage County, Back in the Day, Nurse


Skip:

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Grudge Match, Justin Bieber's Believe

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Film Review || Enemy

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Jake Gyllenhal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Initial Reaction:

"Prisoners" last year was one of the most surprising films I had the chance of seeing. It was a tense, suspenseful film built on great story and directing so when I heard that "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve had another movie coming out just 6 months after "Prisoners" and starring "Prisoners" lead Jake Gyllenhal I was definitely excited. I didn't know much about "Enemy" until I saw the first trailer for the film back in January and was hooked. Even though their is a book to the film, I decided to go in blind before reading the book because I wanted to see Villeneueve's film first before reading the novel to get his interpretation of the work. According to IMDB the film was suppose to come out February 6th online but I was never able to find it until I saw that Direct TV was showing it on PPV and I was finally able to watch it and the film definitely lived up to my expectations. The film is definitely a mind-bender with great performances and great directing from Villeneuve whose fastly becoming one of my favorite directors. The only problem with the film is with the third act the film kind of just falls off and doesn't offer any real conclusion but you can't deny the enjoyment of the ride presented in front of you.

Plot: (4/5)

The plot of this film is going to be pretty hard to explain without getting into spoilers so I am going to do my best to avoid them and give you the gist of the plot. From the trailer you see that Gyllenhal is recommended a movie from a colleague at work and while watching the film discovers a guy that looks exactly like him in the movie. This puts him on a dangerous course to find the doppelganger in the movie. Right from the beginning this film starts messing with your head and doesn't give up. Putting us in the life of these two people is very intriguing and seeing how they play off each other and the people in their life is almost feels so real its uncomfortable at some points. I find that the best type of film when the people behind the film can create a tenseness in you from the beginning that makes you uncomfortable at some points. It's when the film becomes too mind-bending that it started to falter for me, not enough to discredit the film really but to notice some holes in the story. The film ends ambiguously (I don't think that spoiler if it is sorry) and I don't mind a film doing that but a lot of cases with films that do that you still feel some closure to draw your own conclusion with the story but with "Enemy" I don't even know if I can draw my own conclusions after that ending, some will see that as a good thing and some want.

Directing: (4.5/5)

After the success of "Prisoners' it was strange to see Denis Villeneuve go to a more low budget independent film, but after seeing the film it is clear that his style of film making was perfect for the movie.  The shots and style of the film reflect the life of the characters in the movie that are dreary, depressing, and repetitive. He uses his directing to add another layer of this film to reflect what these characters are experiencing internally. With a 90 minute runtime, the film didn't feel rushed and moved at a good pace that at the end you were still wanting more which is always a sign of good film making. What he benefited a lot having in "Prisoners" was Roger Deakins for cinemtoagraphy which is always an added bonus for any film but he still did a good job of adapting the novel which the film is based on.

Acting: (4/5)

Jake Gyllenhal is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. With turns in films such as "Source Code", "End of Watch", "Zodiac",  and "Prisoners" it seems that Gyllenhal is always starring in good movies and giving great performances and "Enemy" might be close to one of his best. Having to play two very different characters and be able to show the audience which was which is not easy to do and he really made each character feel like a real person, helping entice us more into the narrative. The film also features supporting work from Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rosellini, but this is pretty much Gyllenhal's film with only Gadon being the only one to have a real character in the film. Her character was kind of an enigma to me. I'm not really sure what her character was and don't know how to compare the performance to it but I can't deny that her story intrigued me almost as much as Gyllenhal's by the end. Overall the acting was really good in this movie especially from Jake Gyllenhal and Sarah Gadon and part of me wishes that the rest of the cast would have been given a little bit more to do but I understand the time constraints with a 90 run time.

Replay Ability/Recommendation: (3.5/5)

My score for the recommendation of this film is low for a couple of reasons, the first being that the film will leave you cold at the end and if you want answers with your films than this isn't the film for you. The second reason I lowered the score in this section is because a film like this thrives on the ability to replay it and discover new things upon viewings but I honestly don't know if you can figure this out upon viewings because the film is told so loosely. If you draw your own conclusions or if you read the book "The Double" which the film is based on than the film can work better on some levels. I can see the film dividing a lot of people upon viewings. Overall, "Enemy" has a lot of positives to it. It has great acting, directing, and a very intriguing plot. The only thing the film could have benefited from was a tighter narrative and a few answers to satisfy the audience, but I can't deny the enjoyment I had watching this film I can't wait to see what Denis Villeneuve gives us next.


   

   

Now Available on Direct TV PPV
Opens Limited, March 14th

Final Grade: 4/5 (A-)(Full Price)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon 9.0

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books TBR
Divergent (Divergent Series #1)Doctor SleepThe 5th Wave (Fifth Wave Series #1)RebootUnremembered (Unremembered Trilogy Series #1)Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Updates on these Books Will Come through youtube channel: Jonathan Turnbill Reviews

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

TOP 20 SONGS OF 2013

TOP 20 SONGS OF 2013

20. Pearl Jam - Sirens
19. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - White Walls ft. Schoolboy Q & Hollis 
18. Panic! at the Disco - Miss Jackson ft. Lol
17. Bastille - Pompeii 
16. Pharell Williams - Happy
15. Alice in Chains - Voices 
14. Grouplove - Ways to Go
13. Stone Sour - Tired
12. John Newman - Love Me Again
11. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty 2 Me ft. 2 Chainz 
10. Lorde - Team
9. Daft Punk ft. Pharell
8. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines ft. Pharell and T.I.
7.. Ms Mr - Hurricane
6. Tegan and Sara - Closer
5. Eminem - The Monster ft. Rihanna
4. Fitz and the Tantrums - Out of My League
3. The Killers - Just Another Girl 
2. Phoenix - Trying to Be Cool
1. One Republic - Counting Stars

Thursday, December 19, 2013

American Hustle (2013) - Film Review

Director: David O. Russell

Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper

Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Film Review

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content

Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thor (2011) - Film Review

Director: Kenneth Branagh 
 
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Stellen Skarsgard, 
 
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence

The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.