Category: Movie Reviews

Jennifer’s Body

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Brought to us by the same team behind Juno, Jennifer’s Body, is surprisingly decent movie with a great soundtrack. Let’s take Meghan Fox and let her do what she does best, play the hottie… toss in some demonic plot, great music, and we have a movie.

Jennifer’s Body is about a high hot and popular high school girl who gets sacrificed to the devil by a indie rock band who thinks she is a virgin. The band gets fame and fortune and Jennifer, not being a virgin gets possessed by a demon. Jennifer comes back from this incident pretty much back to normal. I say pretty much because she has to eat human flesh to get back up to full strength every month or so. Jennifer picks out boys, rips them apart, eats parts of them and leaves the rest for the town folk to find.

Opposite to Jennifer is Anita her best and somewhat mousey looking best friend. Jennifer comes to her as a demon her first night back and freaks her out. Further events lead Anita to figure out what is going on with Jennifer and how to put an end to her evil ways.

So what is better than the movie? The soundtrack, a mix of indie rock, emo, and punk.

From the Wikipedia Entry:

Tracklist [58] # Title Writer(s) Original artist Length

1. “Kiss with a Fist” Matt Allchin, Florence Welch Florence + The Machine 2:04

2. “New Perspective” John Feldmann, Brendon Urie Panic! at the Disco 3:47

3. “Teenagers” Hayley Williams Hayley Williams 2:45

4. “New in Town” Victoria Hesketh, Greg Kurstin Little Boots 3:16

5. “Finishing School” Chris Carrabba Dashboard Confessional 3:25

6. “Through the Trees” Andrew Ampaya, Ryan Levine Low Shoulder 5:04

7. “Time” Cute Is What We Aim For, Feldmann, Shaant Cute is What We Aim For 3:57

8. “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash Screeching Weasel 2:17

9. “Chew Me Up & Spit Me Out” Cobra Starship, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz Cobra Starship 3:57

10. “Toxic Valentine” Alex Gaskarth, Jimmy Harry, Tony Kanal All Time Low 2:52

11. “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” Black Kids Black Kids 3:37

12. “Death” Jack Brown, Charles Cave, Harry McVeigh White Lies 5:00

13. “Celestial Crown” JD Cronise The Sword 5:00

14. “Little Lover’s So Polite” Brian Aubert, Christopher Guanlao, Joseph Lester, Nicole Monninger Silversun Pickups 4:59

15. “Ready for the Floor” Alexis Benjamin Taylor, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joseph Goddard, Felix Martin Lissy Trullie, Hot Chip 4:00

I give Jennifer’s Body 4 out of 5 monkeys.

Need For Speed Shift

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I recently had the chance to play some of the latest Need For Speed game, Need for Speed Shift on the Playstation 3. Shift is a departure from the regular need for speed series of games in that it takes you off the streets and puts you on the track. Before shift the most recent game in the series that I have played is Need For Speed Carbon, which is a pretty much open world street racing game. The older NFS games had you roaming the countryside keeping away from cops and such. The car selection is great, customization is there.

The actual racing is fun and the game includes a helpful guide while driving which tells you when to go full speed, when to break, and when to let up on the gas. I liked Shift and through it was a great track racing game, that was until I started playing Forza Motorsport 3. All the advancements in the racing game genre that Shift added, Forza Motorsport 3 takes to the next level. If you don’t have an xbox 360, then Need For Speed Shift is your game.

I give Need For Speed Shift 3 Out 5 Monkeys

Zombieland

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Those of you that know me, know that I am a big fan of zombies. Having said that I really enjoyed Zombieland. I wan’t expecting much from the movie, but it proved to be quite enjoyable. It is a movie of the same ilk as Shaun of the Dead, a zombie comedy. Where Shaun aims more at the comedy of the people trying to survive in the zombiefest, Zombieland takes a look at the comedic ways of taking out the zombies. Zombies have taken over the world.

Our main characters start out looking for a safe place to ride out their lives, but end up seeing how many zombies they can take out along the way using various tools of destruction. Woody Harrelson plays a great role as Tallahassee the bad ass zombie hunter. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus, to tell the truth it could have been any one of the teenish stars of the present day. Emma Stone plays the part of Wichita and she comes across well as a strong yet brooding female lead. Abigail Breslin plays Little Rock and does well at the little sister role.

I loved the visual effects as Columbus goes over his zombie rules throughout the movie. We could all use some zombie life lesson tips just in case the swine flu gets out of hand. If you are a fan of zombies in general this is a must see.

I give Zombieland 5 out of 5 monkeys.

Monsters Vs Aliens

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Monsters vs Aliens isn’t a great movie for Grown Ups. It may not even be a great movie for Grown Up Kids. It lacks the story depth found in many similar movies from Pixar or even the recent Ice Age Movies. It is what it is I guess, an Animation movie mostly geared towards kids.

We have the monsters who have mostly been kept inside a prison for many years. The super tall woman, the smart scientist cockroach, a giant insect, a fish man. We have the aliens who come to earth to look for some sort of resource that isn’t found anywhere else. The first alien attack is from an alien probe robot sent to retrieve the scarce resource. The military can’t protect the earth from the alien threat so they call in the monsters to help defeat the aliens. Most of the monsters can’t do much. Susan the super tall woman who doesn’t really want to be there ends up doing most of the work in the first battle with the alien robot. During the battle we find out that Susan is fused with the resource that the alien is looking for. As a reward for defeating the robot, the group gets to visit Susan’s home. They get out of the prison to visit/terrorize the real world.

This leads us to the more advanced plot point of Susan’s conflict with her fiancee Derek. She wants to return to her old normal life, but Derek doesn’t want to have anything to do with Susan in her new giant form. The alien kidnaps Susan, but can’t hold on to her. She starts fighting with him in his space ship. The alien wins the fight and turns Susan back into a normal Human. The alien creates a clone army and goes back to attack earth. The monsters decide to fly up to the alien ship and save Susan. The monsters are successful in freeing susan, but end up stuck in the ship leaving Susan to fight the Alien in her human form. During the fight Susan regains her monster status and once again grows to be a giant woman. She defeats the alien, saves the rest of the monsters, and ends up saving earth in the process.

If you have kids then this movie is for you. It has great 3d animated graphics, lots of action, and tons of cool characters for your kids to emulate. If you are a bit older you may be better off with a Pixar Movie.

I give Monsters vs Aliens 2 out of 5 monkeys.

Uncharted

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I recently go the chance to play Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for the PlayStation 3. Yes I know I am behind the times, but I didn’t want to pay full price for the game in case I didn’t like it and it seems like it has been full price or near full price forever. I got the chance to play it through my subscription with Gamefly.

The game is pretty much Tomb Raider with a male lead character. The game starts off with Nathan Drake recovering the coffin of Sir Frances Drake. The coffin contains a diary which leads Nathan on a wild adventure to find El Dorado. Tagging along on the adventure are his friends Elena and Sully. Along the way Nathan is confronted by other treasure hunters and soldiers. The game play is a lot like Tomb Raider. Jumping, grabbing, and shooting are your basic moves. There are also plenty of quicktime like events where you must push certain buttons at certain times as well as turn cranks and such by rotating your thumb stick.

Controls are easy to pick up, moves are easy to perform. The character animations are smooth and the graphics are very high detail. There is also a re-playability factor in both playing at harder settings and finding all of the hidden treasures along the way. I don’t want to give away many of the plot points for those who have not yet played this game, but I can say zombie like creatures are involved.

The story is wonderful which is pretty surprising to find in a video game. At some points it is almost like watching a movie rather than playing a game. I didn’t want to put down my controller, another rare thing for recent video games. I nearly played through the whole game in one sitting. I will definitely add this to the collection as soon as possible. I can’t wait for the squeal which comes out soon.

I give Uncharted 4 Out of 5 Monkeys 

The Taking of Pelham 123

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The taking of Pelham 123 is a thinking man’s action movie. The whole story takes place between a subway Hijacker and a MTA train dispatcher with most of the dialogue taking place over subway trains radio system. The hijacker is played by John Travolta. Travolta is always amazing as a villain and his role as Ryder in Pelham 123 is another one of those great performances. He is the mastermind of the major plot device in the movie, the hijacking of a New York City subway train. Ryder has a crew made up of a former subway car driver and a group of standard backup thugs.

As the story progresses we get to see how into the hijacking Ryder really is when he executes multiple hostages. It is nice to see a villain who has no problem killing people to make his threats real adding a sense of danger to the whole ordeal in the subway.

The MTA Train dispatcher is played by Denzel Washington. Walter Garber is your common man, the audience’s link to the story. He is just a guy doing his job when something extraordinary comes his way. He is able to use his knowledge of people to gain a bond with Ryder. We learn that he has worked his way up throughout the ranks to get where he is. He is also under investigation for possibly taking a bribe in a deal to choose a new subway car for the City.The third major role is the NYPD negoiator played by John Tuturo. He makes his entrance briefly in taking over the role of negotiating with Ryder until Ryder demands to speak to Garber.

The conflict between Ryder and Garber plays out over the radio for pretty much the first hour of the movie. Part of the way through we learn about Ryder’s true plans and that the hijacking isn’t really what it seems.The pace picks up after a while when Ryder chooses Garber to deliver the ransom money to him on the subway train. After the money is delivered, Ryder uses the train as a decoy sending it barreling along the tracks uncontrolled. Garber uses his knowledge of the subway to escape from Ryder and figures out the escape plan. Ryder’s thugs escape only to find themselves in a shootout with police once they make it out into the streets. Ryder Escapes into a taxi and heads out of the city. Garber chases after him in a stolen truck. They catch up to each other on a bridge where Ryder begs Garber to shoot him as repayment of the debt that Ryder says Garber owes him. Ryder says he must shoot or be shot. In the end Garber chooses to save his own life.

Overall a pretty good action thriller. It kept my attention throughout. I felt for the characters and thought both Washington and Travolta played their roles as best they could.

I give Pelham 123 3 out of 5 monkeys