Day 246: 31 (2016)

maxresdefaultThere are only 59 days left until Halloween is here which means there is only 29 days left until another year of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. It’s Friday which can only mean one thing and that it’s freaky Friday and we have a special movie for all of you in Rob Zombie’s 31. For carnival workers like Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Venus Virgo (Meg Foster), Roscoe (Jeff Daniel Phillips), Panda Thomas (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs), and Levon (Kevin Jackson) life is all about the next stop and how to make money quick and lots of it. One day while travelling on the road, their vehicle is hijacked and they are brought to a strange facility. They are told that they have to play a game for 12 hours where they will be hunted by psycho clowns and murdered, but the goal is to survive. The film also stars Elizabeth Daily (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure) as Sex-Head, Torsten Voges (Funny People) as Death Head, Richard Brake (Batman Begins) as Doom-Head, Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects) as Psycho-Head, Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) as Father Murder, Judy Geeson (The Lords Of Salem) as Sister Dragon, David Ury (Grimm) as Schizo-Head, Pancho Moler (They Want Dick Dickster) as Sick-Head, Jane Carr (Dear John) as Sister Serpent, Ginger Lynn (The Devil’s Rejects) as Cherry Bomb, and the film was written and directed by Rob Zombie (House Of 1000 Corpses).

Rob-Zombie-31-trailerIt’s hard for me to really come up with an answer to how I felt about the film. The film and it’s idea was definitely one that Rob knew his hardcore fans wanted, but did he execute. While I am going to say not really to that question, I am willing to give him a break because I am curious if the version we see now is different than the one we will see on DVD. I say that because if you are looking for lots of gruesome gore, the film doesn’t really have it. Yes there’s tons of blood and violence, but the camera shots don’t really allow you to see it all. I heard a lot of people complain about Sheri Moon Zombie being in the film, but that didn’t really bother me. I was looking for House Of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects kind of violence in the film but that is why I am willing to wait for the DVD to come out just to see. There were two performances in the film that I thought were absolutely brilliant and one of those goes to Pancho Moler who plays the Spanish speaking Nazi psycho who was just absolutely awesome. I really loved the time he spent on screen because he scared me more than the others. The other performance that I loved was the one from Richard Brake whose performance reminded me a lot of Bill Moseley’s Otis. There’s this brilliant opening scene where he walks in and he is talking and it seems like he is talking to you until you find out who he is really talking to. My favorite part of all of that was when he picks up the ax and he says, “I apologize in advance for not sharpening my ax so this may take a couple of whacks.” I enjoyed the story, some of the shots, the music, but the film just didn’t really live up to the hype. This is a watch at your own risk, take my opinion for what it is kind of situation. I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because it’s not in the C range in my opinion.

Day 157: The Do-Over (2016)

the-do-over-netfix-original-movie-1024x527I was at one point a huge fan of Adam Sandler films like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, etc. Then there was a period of time where I could care less, but today’s film, the Netflix Original Film, The Do-Over, had enough buzz that I had to watch. Charlie (David Spade) is a bank manager of a bank in a supermarket who sort of lives a crappy life with a wife who doesn’t care about him and her crappy kids. An old friend Max (Sandler) offers Charlie a do-over by faking their own deaths and assuming new identities. The only problem is that the identities they take over have problems of their own that Max and Charlie may not be able to handle on their own. What are the duo to do now that they are being targeted for death? The film also stars Paula Patton (Deja Vu) as Heather, Kathryn Hahn (We’re The Millers) as Becca, Nick Swardson (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) as Bob, Matt Walsh (The Hangover) as Shecky, Renée Taylor (The Nanny) as Mrs. Kessler, Luiz Guzman (Boogie Nights) as Jorge the shooter boy, Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty) as Dawn, Torsten Voges (Funny People) as The Gymnast, and the film was directed by Steven Brill (Walk of Shame).

The-Do-Over-2016-a-3This honestly has to be one of the best Adam Sandler movies in a very long time even though I was a huge fan of That’s My Boy. At first, I was trying to figure out what kind of movie were they going to present to us because it could have gone any way. They could have given us an all out party fest of two guys enjoying their new identities, but I think they went the right way because it kind of kept you guessing. There were a couple of twists and turns that I thought were clever, but at the same time I should have seen them coming. Now, I am not taking anything away from the film by saying that because it was actually enjoyable to watch. David Spade acted like he never lost a step and Sandler added some machismo to his comedy in this film being the bad ass action Jackson type. This was film number two of six I believe for Adam Sandler and his Netflix deal and they get better by the film and you can only hope that it continues with the next. One of the funniest scenes in the film comes courtesy of Luiz Guzman and I won’t spoil it for you, but I couldn’t stop laughing. Seeing Luiz in this film was one of the smartest moves the casting director made because he is hilarious. There are some great shots of the island of Puerto Rico in the film as well as some other cool shots of Georgia. The film is available on Netflix of course and I think you should check it out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade because it’s not the best Sandler film ever, but it’s up there.

Day 78: The Big Lebowski (1998)

4This could possibly be the third Coen Brothers film that I have decided to review for the blog, but this is definitely one film I have wanted to see. The Big Lebowski stars Jeff Bridges (Starman) as Jeff Lebowski better known by his friends as The Dude. Unfortunately for him, he is always mistaken for a millionaire (David Huddleston) who shares the same name as him and apparently this millionaire’s wife (Tara Reid) owes some people a lot of money. After his rug us pissed on and such, he is hired by the other Lebowski to deliver money to the people who kidnapped his wife and that is when things get complicated. With the help of his insane Vietnam Vet friend Walter (John Goodman)and his quiet fragile friend Donny (Steve Buscemi), they will try their best to get her back in one piece and hopefully his rug as well. The film also stars Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) as Maude Lebowski, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Moneyball) as Brandt, Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street) as Nihilist #1, Flea as Nihilist #2, Torsten Voges (The Lords Of Salem) as Nihilist #3, John Turturro (Quiz Show) as Jesus Quintana, Dom Irrera (Barnyard) as Tony the Chauffeur, Sam Elliot (The Good Dinosaur) as The Stranger, and the film was directed by Joel Coen.

2-the-dudeThe film was actually better than what I expected even though it can kind of go all over the place. This is definitely an iconic performance from Jeff Bridges, but it was also one heck of a performance from John Goodman. He plays your typical paranoid, everyone is against us, war veteran with conspiracy theories, but he does it well. He was definitely the highlight for me when I was watching the film because it was hilarious to see him fly off the rails on the drop of a dime.The other thing I loved about this film was the various dream sequences that the dude would have if he was knocked out like being inside of the bowling ball as it goes down the lane and even the music sequence piece to Kenny Rogers was cool. The film also has some iconic lines in it so you know the screenwriting was done right. The film has that typical Coen Brothers feel to it where things and events can change at the drop of a dime or they can go in places you never expected. The soundtrack to the film is also a strong point for the film as they decided to go the classic way of choosing artists like Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Monks, Santana, and so many more. One thing I was surprised about as well was the fact that Steve Buscemi’s character was so minor in the film whereas he had a bigger role in Fargo and Julianne Moore’s character was so weird in this film, but I liked it. Nevertheless, it was a great film worth checking out if you hadn’t before. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.