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Margin Call Movie Review (DVD)

January 3, 2012

“Margin Call” is one these films that got released to watch on Video on Demand and on Itunes alongside its theatrical release. At the time I was planning on buying renting it from Itunes and writing a review of it. But the Itunes rental I got didn’t work. So I gave up on it. I did have an opportunity to see it in theaters, but I had lost my interest.

When it came out on DVD I wasn’t going to bother watching it, but something changed. I got interested in it again when my favorite movie critic Peter Travers from Rolling Stone magazine put it on his Top 10 of the Year list.

“Margin Call” is based on the true of the fall of the U.S. economy which took place in 2008. The film has an very including Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, and most notably Stanley Tucci. Each of them gives a good acting performance.

The film has a lot of discussion about the the economy and I would be lying if I said that I understood everything that was spoken by the main characters. Some people might not like the movie for that reason and it did hurt my viewing experience, I’ll admit. But I was still find things to appreciate.

The film is well-made and and you get emotionally involved with the characters as they go through this crisis. They stakes get really high and it’s easy to get involved with these characters lives.

“Margin Call” is a movie that not a lot of people saw and one that I think more people need to see. It’s not the best movie out there but I think it’s worth your time.

I give this movie a 7.5/10.

By: John D’Amico

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Trespass Movie Review (DVD)

November 9, 2011

Trespass is the new crime thriller from director Joel Schumacher. Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman star as a wealthy married couple with a rebellious teenage daughter (Liana Liberato). One day their home gets invaded by a team of burglars who then hold the family for ransom.

Cage and Kidman definitely have some moments of decent acting. But when the time comes for them to act emotionally, they start to really overact. It gets pretty ridiculous and borderline silly.

The villains in this movie are not very threatening. Without spoiling anything, they make so many decisions that come off as really idiotic and it’s hard to take them seriously. I also had some trouble telling them apart sometimes. There wasn’t really much time taken to develop any of them on an individual level. I couldn’t even figure out who the main bad guy was.

There are times when the movie is very poorly shot and edited. At times it’s hard to see what’s going and therefore it’s difficult to get sucked into the story.

Throughout the film, the main characters are in constant danger yet I never was really concerned about them. We don’t really learn much about them. So they didn’t feel very real. There were a few moments where I kind of cared about them, but for the most part, I didn’t.

And this is just a small thing, but did anyone think that the way Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman were dressed in this movie seemed a little bit off? It looked they were in another decade or something. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me.

This isn’t like a movie that made me angry or I couldn’t handle watching or something like that, but it’s not good. I recommend that you don’t watch it, unless you want, I guess you can. But I’m warning you, you might not like it.

So my overall rating for Trespass is a 3.5/10.

By: John D’Amico

Red State Movie Review (DVD)

October 21, 2011

Kevin Smith’s new film “Red State” came out on DVD this past Tuesday, and I just watched it. It never had a theatrical release here in America and I tried watching it on demand but that didn’t work out. So I had to wait for DVD.

I don’t really want to talk about the plot of this movie at all. I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll just say it’s about three teenage guys, an organization similar to the Westboro Baptist Church, and a lot of crazy stuff happens.

The movie has two stand-out performances from Michael Parks and John Goodman. Parks essentially plays the villain and he does a good job at being creepy and menacing. Goodman plays an authoritative officer of the law and he really nails the character.

I wasn’t really too fond of the first twenty or so minutes of the film. It focuses on these three teenage guys and it’s not very interesting. But after the focus shifts away from them, the movie becomes very captivating.

This film is much more plot-driven than it is character-driven. And as much as I do like the story, the character development here was a little bit lacking. We don’t learn much about the backstory of any of these characters. I think the film could have also benefited from a longer runtime so we could have more time to get to know the characters.

But the things that work about the film really do work very, very well. So I was able to somewhat forgive these problems.

I give the movie an 8/10. Check it out.

By: John D’Amico

Battle: Los Angeles and Sucker Punch Quick Movie Reviews (DVD)

August 9, 2011

Battle : Los Angeles

I checked this out on DVD like a week or so ago. I wasn’t planning on reviewing it because there’s not really much to say. The movie has barely any development. There’s barely a story. It’s just really boring. It was a chore to watch. About halfway through  I gave up. I stopped paying attention completely and let it run out while I went on my laptop. I think it’s the worst movie I’ve seen so far this year.

I give it a 3/10.

Sucker Punch

I checked this out on DVD yesterday. I wasn’t really a fan of this one either. I think the movie had a lot of potential. But the execution was very poor. Emily Browning was bad in this movie. The rest of the cast was just okay. The story was really convoluted and I couldn’t tell what was going on most of the time. The movie looked really cool, I’ll give it that. But it’s not a good movie.

I’m giving it a 4/10.

By: John D’Amico

Source Code Movie Review (DVD)

July 29, 2011

This is another movie that I never got the chance to catch in theaters. But it came out on DVD this past Tuesday, so yesterday I went out and bought it.

Source Code has a rather complex plot to describe but basically a solider named Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is placed in a program called the source code where he can into someone else’s body during the last eight minutes of their life. His job is to go into the body of a man named Sean who was on a train that was bombed and find out who the bomber was.

For me, Source Code is a very smart, interesting, and entertaining movie. The plot is pretty complex. Some people have compared it to Inception, and I would say that’s a fair comparison. Both are science-fiction thrillers, both can be confusing at times, and both are great movies.

Jake Gyllenhaal does really good work here. It seems like he’s good in just about every movie he’s in. And I’d say that this is his best performance since Donnie Darko. Michelle Monaghan is also in the movie. She plays the romantic love interest. And the two have great chemistry together.

I felt very emotionally involved with this movie. You really care about the characters. They almost feel like real people. There was even one scene later in the movie where I honestly got a little bit teary-eyed.

But I think the movie was hurt by its ending. It was like they just totally ruined the plot’s consistency and just went for the safe route.

But that was my only real problem other than maybe a couple small plot holes. I think that it’s something I’ll watch it again.

I’ll give the movie an 8/10.

By: John D’Amico

Just Go with It Movie Review (DVD)

July 25, 2011

Just Go with It is the latest Adam Sandler comedy. It hit theaters back in February and thankfully, I waited for DVD until I decided to see it.

Adam Sandler stars as Danny Maccabee, a single guy who uses a fake wedding ring to help get women? But one day he has a change of heart when he meets a beautiful woman named Palmer (Brooklyn Decker).

He wants to have a real relationship with her. But when she finds his fake wedding ring, he decides to cover for it with an extremely convoluted and near-impossible long-term lie. He tells her that he is married and has his friend Katherine (Jennifer Anniston) pose as his wife.

This movie is just awful. I really didn’t like it all. The plot is just not one bit believable. Why would Adam Sandler go through so much work to lie to a woman he supposedly cared about? Why did Jennifer Anniston go along with it for so long? Why did Brooklyn Decker believe every word he said? It makes no sense.

I’ll say some good things about.  Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston did okay in the movie. And I liked Bailee Madison who played Anniston’s daughter. She was pretty funny. I think that she could go somewhere after this.

I got a few laughs out of the, even a little more than I expected. But it wasn’t enough to save this movie. It just wasn’t funny for the most part. Most of the jokes are lame and they don’t work. It’s an Adam Sandler movie so you’re going to get a lot of gross-out humor and just plain stupid jokes. I’m sorry but that’s not funny to me.

Nicole Kidman pops up for part of the movie in a totally unnecessary side-plot that could have been totally cut out and it also would have made the movie shorter (it’s almost two hours).  But Nicole Kidman is really annoying.

So I don’t recommend at all. I kind of hated it. But at least it wasn’t as bad as Grown Ups.

I’ll give it a 3/10.

By: John D’Amico

Limitless Movie Review (DVD)

July 22, 2011

In Limitless, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) stars as Eddie Morra, a struggling author whose life is just really rough. But one day his life changes when he runs into his ex-brother-in-law named Vern. After the two have a brief talk, Vern gives Eddie a pill called NZT. Vern tells Eddie that this pill unlocks 100% of his brain (because we only use 20%). Eddie takes the pill and it works very well for him.

Cooper does a fine job in his part. He did especially well in the scenes after Eddie started taking the drug and then on. And after the side effects of the drug start and Eddie starts to take a decline, Cooper’s performance is just great. I think he’ll go off to a very successful career after this.

The film has a really interesting premise. It can make you think about what you would do in that situation. And what I really like is how this could have been a story that was difficult to grasp. But the film makers made it seem plausible.

The film is a thriller and it does that very well. When you get towards the end of the story it’s really exciting edge of your seat stuff.

Robert De Niro was pretty good in the movie. He doesn’t have as big a role as you might think. But he’s a decent part of the film.

As far as the ending goes, I don’t know how to feel about it. I’m not sure if I totally understood it.  For other problems I had, I think there may have been some plot holes. But I could be wrong.

This is a movie that I wish I had seen in theaters. I had a good time with it. So, check it out now on DVD.

Once again, I think my rating will have to be an 8/10.

By: John D’Amico