May 1, 2015

Monthly Movie Recap - April 2015

Aside from Halloween, the start of the summer movie season is probably my favorite time of year. Already have tickets to see Avengers tomorrow and I can NOT WAIT!

Fast Five (2011)
Although this is more Diesel's 11 than anything else, I think the series (so far) hit its high point here. The street racing is mostly gone and is replaced with a heist. Well, I guess they've all been about stealing stuff haven't they? It starts going crazy at the climax but if you're willing to go for the ride, it's a fun one!

Cool: The Rock finally gives an opponent to match Diesel's physicality; Getting the gang together, they play off each other fantastically; Major props for the use of physical effects over CGI, especially with the safe
Lame: I swear someone was hired just to keep The Rock looking sweaty, or he really sweats A LOT. Ew!

Rating: 7/10
If the last one went a little into crazy town at the climax, this one is just saying "screw it, pedal to the metal!" and whole-heartedly barreling into crazy town and becoming an over the top action movie. It's not a bad thing as long as you're on board with where they're going.

Cool: The new villains have got some cool gear; The end finally brings us to Tokyo Drift!
Lame: As much as I loved The Rock in the last one, he's not as great here but it's more the fault of the script than anything to do with him.. Sad that our time with Han is over, he's one of the best characters in the series. The climax on the plane does on way too long.

Rating: 6/10

A new actor in the title role and a completely different tone. This one plays more tongue-in-cheek and if you removed the boobs and some of the violence, it's probably be an entertaining movie for the kiddies.

Cool: It's just so bad, it's fun!
Lame: The female lead's acting is oh so bad.

Rating: 4/10

I was somehow unaware that this was based on a musical so I guess it's a little unfair to say it has too much singing in it for me. But otherwise, it hits a very niche sweet spot for me. It's sort of a What If?/Team-Up of Grimm's Fairy Tales characters.

Cool: I enjoyed the fairy tale characters/elements having an intertwined plot
Lame: Too much singing

Rating: 5/10, On Amazon it has the same percentage of people giving it 5 stars as 1 stars!

 Complete movie on YouTube!

Crash! (1977)
The tagline from the poster sums it up nicely: "An occult object takes possession of a driverless car and causes one spectacular crash after another until fifty cars are pounded into a mass of twisted metal." It's a little bit Carrie, a little bit Christine, and a lot of vehicular carnage!

Cool: Early Charles Band film. Groovy 70s soundtrack.
Lame: It's a bit uneven with the horror/psychic powers and Smokey & The Bandit car antics

Rating: 3/10

Iron Man 3 (2013)
I somehow never got around to seeing this in theaters. It's probably not the post-Avengers movie a lot of people wanted but I really liked it. It was neat seeing Tony do his thing without being in the suit for most of the movie. It will be interesting to see where he's at mentally in AoU.

Cool: So. Many. Armors! Good action, especially when Tony goes all Home Depot commando.
Lame: Not really anything bad to say, it's just a different kind of superhero movie.

Rating: 7/10

Month Total
 New: 6  Rewatch:0
Year Total
 New: 24  Rewatch: 3


  1. Is Charles Band still around? I have not watched a thing from him in years.

    1. Not only is Full Moon still making movies but they have their own streaming channel check it out: