Burnt Movie Review

Bradley Cooper is pretty convincing as Adam Jones, a recovering drug addict chef looking to make a comeback.

I really didn’t know what to expect from this movie. Okay… I half expected a slight spinoff of the Hangover movies. Lol!

It starts out kind of slow but the story picks up around the half hour mark. I suppose at its core it’s a story about being the best one can be and never accepting defeat.

The thing I liked most about this movie is watching all the awesomely delicious dishes being prepared. I’ve always enjoyed being a spectator of the kitchen environment.

If you’re interested in seeing Bradley Cooper portray a badass chef then you’ll definitely enjoy Burnt.

On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8.5 delicious tamales! 😎


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Movie Review

This movie is based on the novel by Jesse Andrews. I gotta admit, I read the book before watching the movie and the book is definitely way better!

Greg Gaines is your somewhat typical teenage loner whose only friend is a smart mouthed kid named Earl. He and Earl spend most of their free time making terrible remakes of their favorite movies.

One day, Greg’s mom tells him that a classmate of his, Rachel, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia (cancer). She then coaxes him into spending as much time with her as possible. And so begins the forging of an awkward friendship with Rachel.

Most of the humor is supplied by Earl. Although, in the book, his comedic timing is much more present and unrated.

I really don’t like the fact that the story is very condensed and certain details are omitted. Most of them are details that really add an extra layer of depth and character development.

I guess movie adaptations will always bastardize their source material in some way. I suppose if you watch the movie before reading the book you’ll enjoy it.

Overall it’s a pretty hilarious and heartfelt movie.

On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it a tasty 8 tamales! 😎

You can read my review of the book at: http://wp.me/p7nf0C-1o


The Forger Movie Review

John Travolta plays an art forger who is released from prison early with the help of a crime lord. Of course, the catch is that he must agree to forge a painting by Claude Monet.

He’s reluctant at first but eventually agrees to do it when he learns that his teenage son’s cancer has become progressively worse and time is of the essence.

Travolta is somewhat convincing as an art forger but even less convincing as a Bostonian. I don’t know who convinced him he could pull off a Boston accent but it just comes off as comical.

The story is pretty good and the rest of the cast gives a fairly decent performance.

If you’re interested in listening to John Travolta talk about Impressionism then The Forger might be right up your alley.

On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 7 spicy tamales! 😎


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This Is Where I Leave You

When their father passes away, four grown siblings return to their childhood home and are requested to stay there, along with their free speaking mother (Jane Fonda), for a whole week.

This movie is not as funny as I thought it would be but it’s a pretty good family drama with an excellent cast.

If you’re in the mood to watch something different then it’s definitely worth renting.

On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give This Is Where I Leave You a tasty 7 tamales! 😎


Grandma Movie Review

Lily Tomlin plays a lesbian poet/retired teacher who’s moral convictions have provided her with great strength but have also strained many relationships.

One day her granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), shows up needing $600 for a very urgent emergency. So, the two then pay a visit to several friends and acquaintances with the hope of collecting on long standing debts.

The story is very well written, Tomlin and Garner are quite believable as grandmother and granddaughter.

It’s worth noting that if you’re the conservative type you probably won’t like this movie very much. But if you consider yourself to be pretty open-minded then you’ll no doubt enjoy it.

On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Grandma a delicious 8 tamales! 😎