A struggling actor (Paul Rudd) and his screenwriting roommate (Patton Oswalt) embark on an attention-grabbing journey through Los Angeles to become famous.
I came across the trailer for Nerdland a week ago and decided that it seemed funny enough to rent. Boy, was I right!
Not only is it funny but it’s also pretty weird. The kind of weird that borders on genius.
Make no mistake… this animated movie is NOT for the eyes of children. I repeat… it’s NOT FOR THE EYES OF CHILDREN!
Though, I’m pretty sure a large percentage of kids have already seen this movie.
If you like hilariously weird animated movies then you might enjoy watching Nerdland.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 spicy tamales! 😎
After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York City and gets a low-level job at MacMillen Toy Company. A chance encounter with the owner (Robert Loggia) of the company leads to a promotion testing new toys. Soon a fellow employee, Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), takes a romantic interest in Josh. However, the pressure of living as an adult begins to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy.
This was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid… and it still is to this day!
Tom Hanks really gave this role his all and it ultimately helped launch his career.
I still don’t know if Zoltar actually grants wishes or not but I guess that’s part of what makes this movie so magical.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Big 9 tamales! 😎
When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.
I did not like this movie but that might be because I read the book before watching it. Still, I believe that even if I hadn’t read the book I still wouldn’t have liked the movie.
Way too many details have been altered and condensed in order to make the story slightly more palatable.
I don’t want to sound like a book snob but the book is definitely better.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 6 tamales! 😎
*This is a spoiler free review.*
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan definitely exceeded my expectations!
I must admit… I didn’t care too much for the previous Wolverine movies. Sure, they were decent action packed comic book adaptations but they were also severely limited by their PG-13 rating(s).
I believe Logan’s R rating allowed the story to remain true to its animalistic roots.
Hugh Jackman gives one of his best, if not the best, performances of his career. Patrick Stewart reaches new depths as Professor X and Dafne Keen is superb as X-23.
If you’re a fan of the Wolverine and/or X-Men movie franchise then I highly recommend watching Logan!
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 10 delicious tamales! 😎
*I’ll be posting a spoiler filled review at a later date.*
This Is The End is an apocalyptic movie with a comedic twist. I mean, it’s filled with an all-star comedic cast.
It begins with Seth Rogen picking up his long time friend Jay Baruchel from the Los Angeles airport. They make a quick stop at Carl’s Jr for some tasty burgers and then head over to Seth’s place where they smoke pot and play video games until the sun goes down.
Seth then tells Jay about a big party that James Franco is throwing at his newly built house. Jay is reluctant to go at first but decides to make a real effort at getting to know Seth’s other actor friends.
Once they arrive at Franco’s house they are greeted by a slew of familiar actors such as: Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Craig Robinson, and Mindy Kaling.
Every actor in this movie plays a more exaggerated version of themselves. It’s an interesting thing to see unfold. One of the more noteworthy performances is by actor Michael Cera. He plays a coked up hyper sexualized version of himself. His scenes alone made me laugh out loud!
Eventually, the ground begins shaking violently and a giant sinkhole opens up in front of James Franco’s house. Everyone proceeds to panic and run around like chickens with their heads cut off. This causes a lot of people to trip and fall into the ominous looking sinkhole.
Once all the pandemonium has died down, only six actors remain intact. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride hold up in Franco’s house for the rest of the movie.
They eventually figure out the reason for all of the earthquakes and sinkholes but I can’t go into great detail without giving away a crucial element of the story. However, it does involve a bad ass performance by Emma Watson. That’s right… the same Emma Watson that played Hermione in all those Harry Potter movies.
The ending might seem a bit over the top for some people but it definitely sums up everything nicely.
If you like insanely ridiculous but good comedies then you’ll love This Is The End!
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 sweet and spicy tamales! 😎
I was genuinely surprised by this movie! It’s chock-full of DC Comics action!
Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Black Spider and Killer Frost make up Amanda Waller’s group of villains known as the Suicide Squad.
They are tasked with breaking into Arkham Asylum to recover vital information stolen by the Riddler. To ensure they do as they’re told, Waller has small explosive chips implanted in their necks. At the slightest hint of rebelliousness she can activate their chips remotely and blow their heads into a million pieces.
While they break into Arkham, Batman is preoccupied with trying to locate a dirty bomb that the Joker hid before being sent to Arkham.
You would think that having so many villains work together would be a terrible idea but for the most part they work well together. I guess the threat of death can be a very powerful motivator.
Once they get inside Arkham and locate the Riddler, they realize Amanda Waller has set them up to take the fall for something far more sinister.
The action sequences are really intricate and well thought out. I also like how accurately each villain is portrayed. I give a big thumbs up to each voice actor! They really gave it their all.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give Batman: Assault on Arkham 8 tamales! 😎
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! 😎
Sausage Party is… hilarious but definitely not for kids. I think it barely passes as a suitable adult movie.
Seth Rogen voices Frank, a self aware sausage who eventually discovers that all food gets devoured by humans. Don’t worry that’s not a spoiler. The story itself is pretty straight forward but it also invokes themes of oppression and revolution.
Most of the jokes are pretty clever but they’re just a couple of steps above toilet humor. The whole time I was watching I couldn’t help but wonder how high Seth Rogen and his friends were when they wrote the script. Nevertheless, I laughed out loud many times.
If you like movies that make you question reality and laugh at the same time then I recommend watching Sausage Party.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 8 self aware tamales! 😎
Anomalisa is a very unique movie. It’s definitely not for everyone but that’s part of its charm.
Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is an inspirational speaker and author who has found himself in a rut. His job is unfulfilling and everyone he meets looks and talks the same. Then one evening, while in Cincinnati for a speaking engagement, he meets a lively woman named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who helps reinvigorate his passion for life.
After spending one night with Lisa, Michael is ready to leave his wife and start a new life with her. Unfortunately, his euphoria quickly wears off and he’s forced to deal with the reality of the situation.
The entire movie was made via stopmotion animation. So, there’s a very surreal quality throughout but make no mistake… it’s not a kids’ movie. There’s lots of cursing and adult situations. This includes a true to life sex scene. Yes… a sex scene involving two stopmotion animated characters.
I will admit that it took me a few minutes to adjust to the stopmotion style but once I did it felt like I was just watching a really well written romantic comedy with dashes of fantasy.
If you like movies that are unique but still portray the human condition in a very realistic way then I highly recommend watching Anomalisa!
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 spicy tamales! 😎
Hardcore Henry is definitely one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen! That may sound like an over exaggeration but I swear it’s not.
Henry is brought back from the dead as a half human half robot hybrid by a woman claiming to be his wife. Before she can activate his voice function, armed thugs storm in and kidnap her. Henry then spends the rest of the movie battling scores upon scores of bad guys and inevitably faces off against a very powerful bad guy known only as Akan.
The action and special effects are pretty much nonstop. What I liked most was the first person perspective throughout the movie. It really made me feel like I was playing an action packed video game! I hope more action movies are made in the same vein. It seems to be a very overlooked and underappreciated style of cinematography.
There are also some very unexpected plot twists. The final fight scene alone is worthy of as much praise as the entire movie.
If you like action movies that keep you on your toes and make you feel like you’re the main character then I highly recommend watching Hardcore Henry!
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it 9 tamales! 😎