Ricky’s Review of the movies of 2014

2014 was another huge year at the box office, as the industry raked in over 10 billion dollars. Holy cow! I would say I was responsible for about .01% of that as the movie theatre is my second home. There were some really great films (Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, some not so good ones (Robocop, Noah), some nice surprises (Guardians, Let’s Be Cops) and some letdowns (Amazing Spider Man 2, Transformers).

I don’t think it was the best year for the movies, but there were a handful that stuck out to me as great. There were still several films I have not yet seen, but I will add to this list as I check them off the list. Every year I release a spreadsheet/review of all the movies I have seen and provide a rating. Before I do that, here are my top 10 movies from 2014:

Gone Girl
Nightcrawler
FoxCatcher
The Fault in Our Stars
Purge: Anarchy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Neighbors
The Judge
Rob the Mob

Movie Title Quick Review Rating (out of 5)
Cold Comes the Night Cranston is creepy in this. Good, not great ** 1/2
The Legend of Hercules Horrendous *
Dumbbells Pretty good stupid humor movie ** 1/2
Ride Along HILARIOUS! Plus a great repeat watch *** 1/2
Jack Ryan Big Chris Pine Fan, underrated movie ***
Back in the Day Lackluster comedy that was pretty dull ZERO
Reasonable Doubt Intense Film. Cooper/Jackson were great in this **
I, Frankenstein Was looking forward to this and it was bad *
That Awkward Moment LOVED THIS MOVIE! Can’t say enough ****
The Lego Movie Not as “great” as everyone says but fun for sure ***
The Monuments Men Ensemble Cast was good but the movie let me down ** 1/2
Welcome To the Jungle I laughed a lot. Another stupid humor movie that worked ***
Hungover Games Good laughs but as a whole pretty stupid **
Robocop Just brutal. Never should’ve been remade *
Adult World Cusak is the man. Highly Recommend this ***
About Last Night Underwhelmed by this **
Winters Tale Why was this made? Awful *
3 Days to Kill I felt like I saw this film before but I still enjoyed it ** 1/2
The Bag Man Cusak again the man. Another small enjoyable limit release ***
Hair Brained Oh, Brendan Fraser has fallen on hard times. Bad ZERO
Non-Stop Like, not love and I am a big Neeson fan **
300: Rise of the Empire Not as good as the 1st but the film stands well on its own ***
The Grand Fun cast and a movie ***
Grand Piano Elijah Wood plays creepy really good. Not bad ** 1/2
Need for Speed Jesse Pickman needs Breaking Bad to come back. Terrible *
Bad Words FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY! Top 5 comedy of 2014 ****
Rob the Mob My favorite limited release movie of 2014. Great film ****
Blood Ties Should’ve been so much better **
Divergent So so so bad *
Sabotage It really missed the boat. Good idea but poor execution **
Noah Horrible, horrendous and stupid zero
Captain America: Winter Soldier Best Comic Book movie outside of the Avengers, amazing ****
In the Blood Gina Carano is hot but that’s about all this film has to offer *
Draft Day Unrealistic at some points but overall a good film ** 1/2
Transcendence Not the worst Johnny Depp film I’ve seen **
Brick Mansions Entertaining for sure but nothing special **
Locke Tom hardy is fantastic in this ***
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Just no. Comic book movie done wrong **
Neighbors Comedy of the year! Hilarious! Efron is $ ****
Chef Great acting, great story. Loved this movie ****
Million Dollar Arm Better than I thought it would be. Good film ***
Godzilla Huge letdown for me. Not enough Godzilla in the film **
Blended I want funny Adam Sandler back *
X-Men: Days of Future Past Good but let down after First Stand was so good ***
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Meh. Really meh * 1/2
A Million ways to die in the West Just didn’t work for me. A lot of forced laughs *
The Fault in our Stars One of my favorite movies of the year. Great film **** 1/2
Edge of Tomorrow More people should’ve liked this. Cruise/Blunt were great *** 1/2
22 Jump Street A sequel actually done right. Hill/Tatum are a great pair *** 1/2
Think Like a Man too A sequel done wrong. Not bad but just not very good **
Transformers: Age of Extinction 40 million hours too long, but the action scenes were great ** 1/2
Begin Again Mark Ruffalo is pretty awesome in this movie. Very good *** 1/2
Tammy McCarthy is funny. Parts of this worked, others didn’t **
Life Itself Ebert is a hero of mine, this was absolutely perfect *****
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Hated the 1st film and hated the 2nd *
Purge: Anarchy What the 1st film should’ve been. Brilliant movie ****
The Rover Pattinson showed some acting chops in this ** 1/2
Sex Tape Just okay and I love Segel **
Hercules It worked for me, I liked it ***
Lucy Cool idea but didn’t get the hype **
Guardians of the Galaxy Top 5 film of 2014. Pratt was $. Surprised me **** 1/2
Into the Storm A wannabe Twister. It was okay **
TMNT I get the hate but as a big TMNT fan it worked for me ***
The Hundred Foot Journey Great story, fantastic film *** 1/2
Let’s Be Cops Surprise comedy of the year. Hilarious ****
Are you here It was okay. Expected a lot more with the cast it had though **
When the Game Stands Tall Typical football movie but done better than most ***
The Prince The poster is misleading but Jason Patric is great in it ***
Life of Crime Everyone in this movie was good. Fun film *** 1/2
The November Man Same film we’ve seen before except Bronson is the star **
The Longest Week I don’t know, just not that good *
The Drop Tom Hardy is becoming one of my favorite actors. Good film ***
The Maze Runner Better than I expected. Look forward to the sequel ** 1/2
This is Where I leave You Funny cast and film ***
A Walk Among the Tombstones Neeson killed it! Doesn’t get the credit it deserves ***
The Equalizer Slow build but Denzel kicks some ass ***
Good People James Franco has been on fire and it doesn’t stop here ***
Two Night Stand Miles Teller one of the best up and coming actors ****
Gone Girl This film is the reason I love movies *****
Left Behind I wish Cage would be left behind ZERO
St. Vincent Bill Murray is just Bill Murray. Amazing movie ****
The Judge Downey Jr/Duvall were out of this world ****
Fury Very good film but Brad Pitt is just meh to me now ***
Nightcrawler Gyllenhaal is brilliant in this movie. Creepy and great *****
Interstellar Liked it, didn’t love it. Want to see it again ***
A Merry Friggin Christmas Just a mess. You get the point but who cares *
Foxcatcher Waited 2 years and it was worth it. Amazing! *****
Horrible Bosses 2 The 1st was so good, hard to top. Good though ** 1/2
The Interview Franco made this film, period. Very funny *** 1/2

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Interview with Lets Be Cops star Joshua Ormond

I had the chance to interview star of the #1 movie in America Let’s Be Cops – Joshua Ormond. The 14-year old star as Little Joey in the film. I had the great pleasure in talking with him, we talked everything from what it was like onset with co-stars Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson to what he likes to do on his downtime to what his plans are for the future.

Check out the full interview here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesportsscript/2014/08/14/interview-with-lets-be-cops-star-joshua-Ormond

Or Download it on iTunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sports-script/id850876078?mt=2

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Joshua on the set of his new movie with co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hercules Review

So I went to the movies and saw Hercules starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I had some high expectations because I thought the trailer was rather well done. So here is my review of the film.

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Life Itself Review

I checked out the Documentary “Life Itself” – The story of one of the biggest fixtures in movies Roger Ebert.

Check out my review and my comments below.

This was Directed by Steve James and he just took us on an amazing venture from the beginning of Ebert’s life to the very last days of his life.

Hearing stories from his wife Chaz Ebert, his battles with Gene Siskel, listening to how Martin Scoresese talk about how Ebert reviewed his films or just watching him as he was so inspirational during his final months and still beating on like nothing was wrong.

This is a must see documentary by not only film junkies like myself but for those who just even heard the name Roger Ebert.

Edge of Tomorrow Review

So I took the time to go see Edge of Tomorrow last night. I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy when I saw the trailer; I just was really intrigued in seeing it and thought it had some real potential. Tom Cruise has been solid in his last few films Oblivion, Jack Reacher (fantastic movie) and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. After seeing it, I will give you the Good and the Bad of the movie.

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An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a ware with an alien race. His skills increase as he face the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

Spoilers may follow, so be cautious.

The Good –

Tom Cruise – Cruise plays Bill Cage a PR executive with a witty tongue and kind of arrogant guy. He stays in the spotlight but far away from the front line as possible. I enjoyed how the introduction of Cruise’s character transformed throughout the film. Starting as a scared and clueless guy on the front line, which after time he learned progressed and just started kicking some serious ass.

The movie started off with some classic things with Cage (Cruise) as he was slowly trying to figure out what the hell was going on, he of course would “die” and come back to life. One of my favorites was near the beginning he would roll out of PT and goes under a Jeep, well in his first attempt at said venture he rolled under and got run over by the car. I literally couldn’t stop laughing, it was just hilarious.

Another thing I enjoyed is the repetitive (on purpose of course) banter between Master Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton) and Cage (Cruise). As each time would go back and have to replay the scene, Cage would increasingly become a little more obnoxious and just pick at Farell (Paxton). It really made for some great humor, which was never over the top like it can be in films these days. It didn’t “try” too hard to shove the comedy down your throat, they just let it play its course and it happened when it did.

Emily Blunt – She plays Special Forces legend Rita Vratski, a just kick ass chick in a robot suit. First I want to throw it out there, I never realized how hot she was until I saw this film. Perfect fit for this role, believable bad ass with some sure-fire good looks. But off that and onto her character, only one thing I didn’t like about her character early on and I’ll hit on that in the Bad section but Blunt was fantastic and the chemistry between her and Cruise was there.

Supporting Cast – Paxton obviously brought some funny scenes to the movie, Brendan Gleeson is still killing on the screen so many years later. The group of people who played the characters that help lead to the final take down were well casted and all provided a good little punch to the film.

Doug Liman – Has an impressive list of movies he has directed, From Swingers to Bourne Identity to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which I enjoyed all 3 movies. So knowing he has done such a great job, I knew we could be in for a real treat here and he did not disappoint. Very well-directed film from start to finish, taking two characters and with this script having to watch them be repetitive and keep the interest of a movie goer was a hard task and I feel he did a great job of pulling it off. While Cage (Cruise) kept going back and repeating after every death, he made sure to keep it interesting every time he went back, whether it was with some great witty humor or when it came down to Cages character getting pissed off and acting like a man on a mission, it worked for me.

The Cinematography in the film was fantastic, some great visuals throughout the film and another thing that really stood out to me was the films Score. That was absolutely fantastic and to me a very important key to an action flick. I have to feel the Score to really dig into a good action flick and they did a great job of incorporating it in this movie.

The Bad –

While I understood when they introduced Rita Vratski they made her look somewhat like a bad ass and then they killed her. Obviously done for perfect reasoning, but you kind of built her character as the bad ass super robot Legend and her first appearance she was only a little impressive and died. I wish she would’ve kicked a little more ass at the beginning before we had to kill her off would’ve made a little more sense to me.

Not nitpicking the film at all but I would say around the 45-50 minute part of the film it was a little slow, while only for about 10 minutes, it was kind of on cruise control.

The Final Verdict

*** ½ out of 5 stars

Look I really don’t care what anyone says about Tom Cruise; dude is a star and shows it in this film. People knock this guy down so many times and he fires back with good film after good film. He and Blunt made the perfect pair in this film and did a great job in both their roles. Doug Liman brought us a fun action packed film that I think is going to get lost in the summer shuffle and that’s quite disappointing as this film is fantastic.

Edge of Tomorrow is in theaters now