Day 196: The Fundamentals Of Caring (2016)

fundamentalsI have been wondering to myself if Netflix is going to be the it thing in the entertainment business (if they’re already not). They produce everything from original series, comedy specials, and films like today’s The Fundamentals Of Caring. The film stars Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Ben Benjamin, a former writer who is kind of down and out in life who decides to become a caregiver. He becomes the caregiver of Trevor (Craig Roberts), a teen with muscular dystrophy whose just cruising through life himself. Despite his mother Elsa’s (Jennifer Ehle)concerns, Ben takes Trevor on a road trip to see some of the United States roadside attractions. Together, the two will bond and they’ll discover themselves on this journey that changes their perspectives on life. The film also stars Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) as Dot, Julia Denton (Devil’s Due) as Janet, Ashley White (The Conjuring) as Cute Travel Channel Girl, Megan Ferguson (Bad Moms) as Peaches, Samantha Huskey as Kaitlin, Bobby Cannavale (The Bone Collector) as Cash, Frederick Weller (The Business Of Strangers) as Bob, Bill Murphey (The Fat Boy Chronicles) as Mike, Matt Mercurio (Miracles From Heaven) as EMT, and the film was directed by Rob Burnett (Ed).

2016-06-25-1466812921-7222926-FundamentalsofCaring1KissI have to be honest in saying that at first I thought the film was going to be bad i  just the way it started. You see Paul Rudd’s name attache to it and you immediately think comedy, but the film starts off kind of slow and a little dark. He’s a guy that has absolutely nothing going for him because he wife wants a divorce, he no longer writes, and Trevor’s kind of a dick to him. That however is when things start to get good and it just gets better as the film goes along. Rudd and Roberts make a great team and you can see it as the film goes along and it gets better when Gomez joins the duo on the road. The film may have some moments of drama, but there is plenty of subtle comedy in the film. I will however say that the comedy in the film isn’t stupid comedy or slapstick comedy, but rather a little dark with some smart comedy thrown in there. I really have to say though that I really loved Selena Gomez and her character in the film which was mysterious yet bad ass. Some of my favorite moments in the film were the pranks they pulled on each other (well Trevor gets the best of him most of the time) cause those were the fun moments of the film. This is definitely a fun film to watch and if you’re a fan of Paul Rudd, then I say check it out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

Day 163: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

El-conjuro-2-posterIn this decade alone, Ed and Lorraine Warren have become figures of the supernatural with films made based on their case files like The Conjuring, A Haunting In Connecticut, and Annabelle. So, it’s safe to say that I was super excited to see that The Conjuring 2 was coming out and hence why I chose it for today’s film. In this film, it’s 1977 and Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) have been on a sabbatical since the events at the Amityville house. They get pulled out of that sabbatical when a strange case comes to them all the way from Enfield, London, England. Things are tough for Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) and her kids as they struggle to get by. Things ill start to get worse when it seems that her youngest daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe) starts to become possessed. The Warrens now have to fly out there to figure out if it’s true or if the girl is faking it. Can they help her or will they leave? The film also stars Lauren Esposito as Margaret Hodgson, Benjamin Haigh (The People Next Door) as Billy Hodgson, Simon McBurney (Body Of Lies) as Maurice Grosse, Franka Potente (Blow) as Anita Gregory, Bob Adrian (Twelve Monkeys) as Bill Wilkins, and the film was directed by James Wan (The Conjuring).

hqdefault (1)We all know that sometimes horror sequels are never really that good and we usually leave the theaters disappointed. While I still hold the first film in high regards, I really thought that this was a very good film that was just so spooky at times. There were those cheap scares, but they definitely scared me a couple of times. The demon int he film is just spooky as hell and is enough to really give you the creeps. I love how they started out the film at the Amityville house because they sort of explain what Lorraine felt when she was going through the house. I loved the soundtrack to the film which featured a lot of great music from the late 70’s, but I also loved the score to the film. The score to the film was so creepy that it made it worse for you as you waited for something to happen. While some things that the evil spirits did were a little predictable at times, it didn’t bother me because in my opinion this is the best horror film of 2016 so far. What makes it even more scary is that it’s true and it’s from their case files. Stick around to the end of the film because you get a special treat where you actually get to hear the real voice of the evil spirit that they recorded during their visit plus you get to see real pics from the experience. The evil nun in the pic you see was a great antagonist for Lorraine as it puts her faith to the test throughout the whole film. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of horror and these types of cases. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Day 116: Home Sweet Hell (2015)

home-sweet-hell-2015_52471423447928For today’s film, I was simply flipping through my guide when I saw that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) and Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) were starring in a film that I had never heard of. So, I took the chance and for today’s film I watched Home Sweet Hell. Don Champagne (Wilson) seems to have it all from the perfect wife, family, home, and he even owns his own business selling furniture. Not everything is what it seems as his wife Mona (Heigl) pretty much runs his life by making decisions and even when they have sex. At his business, Don hires a sexy woman by the name of Dusty (Jordana Brewster) and the two begin to have an affair. When Don finds out that she is pregnant and wants money, Mona will stop at nothing to fix the issue and keep her perfect family together. The film also stars Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting) as Freeman, A.J. Buckley (Disturbing Behavior) as Murphy, Jim Belushi (Mr. Destiny) as Les, Heath Freeman (Skateland) as Benji, Chi McBride (Let’s Go To Prison) as Chief Malcolm Brown, Madison Wolfe (The Campaign) as Allison Champagne, Aiden Flowers (The Big Short) as Andrew Champagne, and the film was directed by Anthony Burns (Skateland).

home-sweet-hell-nsfw-messy-marriage-turns-murderous-in-new-trailer-for-home-sweet-hell-jpeg-146487I have to be honest and say that I was sold on this film the minute I saw the sweet behind of Jordana Brewster. She is so sexy in this film and she does an amazing job playing a seductress. I mean who would fall for her trap? You’ll have to see the film to know exactly what I am talking about there, but this film was pretty enjoyable to watch. Katherine Heigl did such an amazing job playing a really creepy housewife who is obsessed with the idea of perfection. She has everything mapped out in a scrap book that she calls goals. As soon as somebody tries to mess with it, she snaps. She definitely sold her part very well to the point where I believed that she was who she was playing. Patrick Wilson also did a terrific job playing a guy who thinks he’s confident, but when things get real, he’s a bubbling idiot who certainly can’t take confrontations. So, you can definitely tell who wears the pants in that family, but the end will certainly shock you a tiny bit. There are times however that certain events happen that are a little too predictable and you say to yourself that you saw that coming. Jim Belushi does a great job as sort of the alcoholic sidekick that works for Don at the furniture store. The film is pretty decent and it’s certainly worth checking out if you get a chance. It’s airing on Encore as we speak, but for how long I do not know. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

Day 77: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

maze-runner-scorch-trials-movie-poster-2015-stills-brenda-cranksI usually do not like to watch films that are based off of teen novels, but I broke that rule with the Divergent series and The Maze Runner. The Maze Runner is one of those Teen series that after seeing the first film I was very impressed so for today’s film we checked out Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The Scorch Trials once again features our group featuring Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden), Winston (Alexander Flores), and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), but this time around they are rescue and make it to a new facility after escaping the maze. The only problem is that Thomas discovers that there is something wrong with this new facility and he decides to escape and take his chances in the scorch all in search for a group called The Right Arm. The film also stars Jacob Lofland (Mud) as Aris, Rosa Salazar (Insurgent) as Brenda, Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects) as Jorge, Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island) as Ava Paige, Aidan Gillen (The Dark Knight Rises) as Janson, Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) as Mary, Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) as Vince, Katherine McNamara (New Year’s Eve) as Sonya, Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7) as Harriet, Alan Tudyk (Wreck-It Ralph) as Blondie, and the film was directed by Wes Ball (The Maze Runner).

giphyOne of my issues with the film and it isn’t that big of an issue, but it jumps between genres throughout the whole film. We get a little sci-fi with some alien looking creatures and humans being harvested for their blood before they start to get attacked by zombies. Then its all set in a post apocalyptic world like in Mad Max or The Day After Tomorrow. Even though it may seem like I am complaining about those things, the set design was actually one of my favorite things about the film. The mall buried in sand or the decimated city that they have to navigate through is pretty cool. The film itself has it’s moments of brilliance, but sometimes it has it’s moments of dullness. There are times where the film just feels like it’s dragging and you are wondering when it’s all going to end. The action when it happens can be pretty cool as well and there is plenty of it in this film, but there are some elements of the film that are just predictable. There is one moment in the film that when it happened, I thought to myself that I should have seen it coming. Was the second entry in the series better than the first? To honestly answer that question, I would have to say that I felt the first one was better than this one. They added more as far as visuals are concerned, but there was just too many moments that dragged in my opinion. They are making the next film in the series, so stay tuned for that when it happens. I know I’ll be there to watch it. I am going to give Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials an B+ for a final grade.

Day Five: High Fidelity (2000)

high fidelityOne of my all time favorite actors from the 1980’s is definitely John Cusack who starred in many classics like One Crazy Summer, The Sure Thing, Tapeheads, Say Anything, and so many more. In 2000, he starred in the Stephen Frears (Philomena) film High Fidelity. In the film, he plays record store owner, compulsive list maker Rob Gordon, a man that could use a little growing up emotionally. One day, his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) leaves him and Rob can’t figure out for the life of him why it happens to him. So, he develops a top five list of break ups in his life and he gets to the bottom of them while trying to recuperate his own life along with his crazy employees. The film also stars Jack Black (Orange County) as Barry Judd, Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) as Roy, Todd Louiso (Thank You For Smoking) as Dick, Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) as Marie, Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask Of Zorro) as Charlie, Joan Cusack (Say Anything) as Liz, Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) as Sarah, Joelle Carter (American Pie 2) as Penny, Natasha Gregson Wagner (Urban Legend) as Caroline Fortus, and Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) as Anna.

high fidelity 3While this can be filed as a new age romantic comedy film for John Cusack, who was used to starring in those back in the 80’s, also manages to do one thing as well. That is it combines a love for music and vinyl which is right up my alley. This was one of those films that I had only seen bits and pieces of, but I am glad I saw this. If you know John Cusack films, then this is a pretty particular film for him because he is constantly breaking the fourth wall and talking to you which he has done plenty of times in the past. It’s that touch of the 80’s that they can’t seem to get rid of, but i like it because I like being talked to. The film sort of has it all from drama, romance,  a little comedy courtesy of Jack Black, kick ass music, and the amazing Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film did at times attack pop culture as to say that it wasn’t music with heart or a soul which can be true some of the time. One thing that I found pretty cool is that there is a list online of all the top five lists from the film which you can check out here. You should also be checking out the soundtrack which was as I mentioned before absolutely amazing. Meanwhile, I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.