Movie Review Monday

Its been a while since I've reviewed some movies. We've been watching a lot lately.  The cold weather finally set in (here in Minnesota) and we're still adjusting back to the cold air.

Anywho, on to the movie reviews.

We've finally been seeing movies at the cinema (again).  Back in Missoura the closets movie theater was 45 minutes away.

We became best friends (and still are) with the Redbox.

Now we live 10 minutes from the cinema. Yay!

Wreck- it Ralph

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

So I have been waiting to see the next installment of the James Bond series for the better part of four years.  Finally my chance had come to see it...only the theater was sold out.  My consolation:  "Wreck it Ralph."  Now to be fair I wasn't really in a cartoon frame of mind when I watched it.  "Wreck it Ralph" was a nice film.  It had a couple funny parts but overall, it really wasn't my cup of tea.  On a related note, it was difficult for me to get past the fact that Sarah Silverman was the voice of the little girl.  I kept waiting for her character to bust out the fart jokes.  Just a little too difficult for me to take her involvement seriously.  If you have kids (or an immature girlfriend, cough, cough,) then I recommend it.  

Ryan's Grade: D

I am the immature girl-friend who loveddddd this movie.  I did feel bad that we weren't able to see Skyfall the night we had planned, due to the sell out. I loved that incorporated old video games from the 80s and 90s. It did make me feel that old though.  Lots of vivid colors, fun animations and cute story. nuff said. 



Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

As I said before I have been waiting quite a while to see "Skyfall."  Pretty much since the last one ended.  I loved this one.  If you saw "No Country for Old Men" then you know that Javier Bardem makes a fantastic villain.  Skyfall is another example of this.  The plot is fantastic and Sam Mendes shot the film in a manner that promotes drama.  In my mind he made up for the massive piece of crap that was "American Beauty."  I won't spoil the whole thing but "Skyfall" is a "reboot" of sorts and I like it.  It's good to try and keep it fresh after fifty years.  There are a couple of things that I love about this film and the last two.  First, they have gotten away from using too many gadgets.  There are no invisible cars, no exploding pens, and no high powered laser watches.  The screenwriters did a wonderful job of poking fun at these previous missteps several times throughout the film. The other thing that I loved was that while they poked fun at the preposterous points of previous films, they also paid homage to previous classics.  The car from "Goldfinger" was prominent in the film and there is even a subtle reference to the ejector seat featured in the film.  The story was great.  The direction was stellar.  Previous faux pas were panned and previous greatness was embraced.  "Skyfall" was worth the wait. 

Ryan's Grade:  A+

Finally, after lots of bitchin' Ryan was able to see Skyfall. Thankfully Skyfall did not disappoint  Daniel Craig is growing me as 007. I really enjoyed this movie.  I loved the title track "Skyfall" by Adele. Many people have said this Bond film was too long, I didn't feel that way at all.  I get really ansy during long films and almost didn't want this to end.  If you don't know a lot about Bond I would recommend watching some (if not all) of the other Bond movies. That might help you understand some of the references in the film.


The Campaign

In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.

This was an unfortunate film.  Will Farrel and Zach Galifanakis together in film should be amazeballs, but alas this was not the case.  I love both of these individuals, but I came away from this film disappointed.  I think Will Farrel is best when he is part of an ensemble where he can play off of others and not have to carry the film.  I am uber excited for the Anchorman sequel.  But when he has to carry the movie, I have been less than impressed.  I think the real problem with this film is the script.  It had a few funny moments, but the funniest part of the film wasn't really anything either of the headliners did.  It came when Galifinakis' children were confessing things that they had done that may have affected their father's campaign.  The characters were pretty lame.  To get Farrel's character he basically took his George Bush impersonation, made it less funny and more douchey.  Galifanakis basically took his bit where he plays his soft spoken brother "Seth" and gave him a southern accent.  You can skip this as far as I'm concerned.

Ryan's Grade:  D-

I was really hoping to love this movie. I didn't, it was painful to watch. Ryan's review pretty much says it all.


The Raven

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

Not a lot to say about this one.  The mystery was pretty good, and even I was surprised by the ending, but it had John Cusack in it.  I'm not the biggest fan of him.  The film was good in spite of him.  Not because of him.

Ryan's Grade: B

This movie is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. That being said, I can't stand John Cusack.  I think he played Edgar Allen Poe very well. The story line was very interesting to me. I'm very fascinated to read Edgar Allen Poe, and read more about his life.


The Expendables 2

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

If you saw the first "Expendables" then you know what to expect.  Your enjoyment of this film is based on your expectations.  When they coined the term "popcorn flick" this is what they were talking about.  It will never win an Oscar, but it is a great way to waste two hours.  Take the first one, add more significant roles for Schwarzenegger and Willis, and Van Damme as pretty bad ass villain, and sprinkle in Chuck Norris' first movie role in over a decade and you have a recipe for a pretty kick ass film.  Go in with the right expectations and you will be rewarded.  

Ryan's Grade: B+

When we saw the first Expendables I told everyone to go see it. This one I didn't tell anyone to go see.  It was defiantly a shoot 'em, blow 'em up film. I don't mind those movies-after all I loved the first one.  When Chuck Norris appeared on screen there was a gasp from many people in the theater. I don't understand the CN appeal. I really wanted to like this movie. it didn't happen.


Have you seen any good movies lately?


  1. My son and I saw Rise of the Guardians this past weekend and it was such a good one.

  2. What a bust, I thought Wreck it Ralph was gonna be good. Oh well. I do agree with your grading for The Raven cause that movie really surprised me by being good haha.

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  3. I saw the Campaign when it came out in theaters and I was dissapointed...I thought it was going to be a lot funnier but it wasn't. Which is weird because it has these 2 amazing funny guys in it. I haven't seen skyfall yet. I haven't seen the previous ones so I don't think I would get the little things they stick in there but I heard from many people that it was good. Love the movie review!


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