Welcome To The Movie Critic Blog!

February 4th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Welcome to The Movie Critic Blog! We offer reviews for a variety of movie genres, such as: Action, Animated, Comedy, Drama, Family, Horror, and Science Fiction.

First, let me introduce myself… my name is Joe Nobles. I currently live in Winter Haven, FL. The things I enjoy most is spending time with my girlfriend, watching movies, creating websites, and just being online and having fun. My favorite genre of movies is probably horror. I love anything that is scary or keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat. Though, I enjoy watching all types of movies, also. So, I pretty much watch anything that grabs my attention.

If you are wondering how the MovieCriticBlog.com came about, then I’ll explain a little bit about it. For a while now, I have been looking for some movies to watch. Not just any movie, but the rare ones that are hard to come by now… yes, the ones that are more entertaining than others.

We have all had those moments, where we have seen movies that we wished we didn’t waste our time to see. It always frustrated me to think about the money these industries put into movies, build up the hype through the trailers, and when you actually watch the movie, you realize you have seen all of the good scenes on the previews.

It’s really rare to come across good movies, now days. I’m sure many of you can agree, if not everyone. If you are like me, you have probably got to point of thinking you have seen just about every great movie that has ever been made.

For me to find a great movie to watch, I look for people’s reviews online and see what they thought of the movie, and if I would find that same movie worth watching.

This is where MovieCriticBlog.com comes in at…

Just about 80% of the reviews I have read online are pretty much written by people who promote the movies and works in the movies industry. So, just about all of those people, get paid to lie to movies lovers, such as myself and you. If we’re going to spend the time to watch something, I think we would like an honest review and in depth one.

At this website, I am going to give you my honest review of the movies I watch. If the movie sucks, I’ll let you know, before you waste your time watching it. I’ll judge the acting, the storyline, and if the movie was worth watching or not. If that movie is comparable to another movie, which might be popular, then I’ll tell you what that movie compares to.

Be sure to bookmark this website, because I plan on updating it a lot. There might not be too many websites like this, that you’ll come across. If I come across movie blogs that give honest reviews, I’ll add a link to the links section. If you own a website with movie reviews, feel free to send me a link.

In the next couple of weeks, I plan on adding a lot of the reviews I have already wrote up. So, if the website looks pretty empty, it’ll change real fast.

Be sure to check back in to see what new movie reviews I have added. I’ll try to put them in order to make it a lot easier to find.



Updates

Below, you will find the most recent reviews added to the blog. Also, you will be able to see what changes and updates we have made to the website, as well.

Drive Angry (2011)

August 13th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Drive Angry

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Movie Summary

John Milton is up against the clock: Jonah King, the leader of a Satanic cult, has murdered Milton’s daughter and kidnapped her baby. In three days, King and his followers will sacrifice the child at midnight. Milton picks up the trail in Oklahoma as well as rescuing a waitress named Piper from her brutal, two-timing fiancĂ©. There are odd things about Milton: his driver’s license is out of date, he has a very strange gun, and he’s being pursued by a man in a suit who carries FBI ID and calls himself the Accountant. Piper, who’s lived a life on the sidelines, has to piece things together on the fly as they close in on King.

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Movie Review

When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I was expecting it to be an action film. After watching it with my girlfriend, it felt more like a comedy with action scenes in it, than anything else. There were two things we both agreed on, with this movie, which was: 1) This movie is not suitable for children, due to all the nudity, and 2) The storyline completely sucked and needed a lot of work.

As for the storyline, the main downfall was they didn’t explain too much, through out the movie. By the end of the movie, we came to the conclusion that it was a cult type storyline. It took the entire movie to go by, before you find out who the cast members really are, and even by the time the movie was over, you still had questions and wondered about things. So, like I said, they didn’t explain enough like they should have.

As for the acting, it was probably the only thing that made this movie worth watching. William Fichtner, which was the guy in the suit, made the movie funny. He was probably more entertaining than Nicolas Cage, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong though, Nick Cage was still the main actor and the storyline revolved around his character, but his role was more serious, like it was suppose to be. Well, until the end of the movie. Amber Heard, which was the character role of Piper, played her part well, too. She had a few humorous scenes, but it was mostly at the beginning. So, I didn’t have any problem with any of the actors, just the storyline, really.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching, if you want to see an action / comedy film. It shouldn’t be taken as a full action movie. I didn’t see any replay value, because of the storyline. Unless, you just want to see if you can figure it out, after they leave you hanging.

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Quarantine (2008)

August 9th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Quarantine

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Movie Summary

Television reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown.

After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew’s videotape.

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Movie Review

Basically, Quarantine is a remake of the movie [REC]. I thought it was a decent remake, but that’s just me. It was exactly like [REC] with the only difference of different actors and in English. The storyline stayed the same, as well as the people’s names. There were a few added scenes, and probably a few missing scenes.

When it comes to remakes, Hollywood ends up trying to make a movie better, by adding something new to it. It ones of those things I really don’t like, because even the smallest detail will make the movie fall downhill. I guess they try to prove they can do something better, and fail miserably.

With Quarantine, I’m happy the only real thing they changed was the language. Though, I would still have to say [REC] was a lot more scarier, because it was original and gave you the feel of it being real. They focused more on realism, than how much blood can they put into a movie.

I would only recommend this movie, if you really don’t like watching overseas films and don’t like subtitled movies. If you don’t mind subtitles and want a great horror film, then go with [REC]. It’s probably the only way I can possibly put it.

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Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

August 6th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Dear Mr Gacy

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Movie Summary

A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

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Movie Review

When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I was expecting it to be a lot different. What I mean by this is… I was expecting it to walkthrough the murders of John Wayne Gacy. They should of had Gacy in his infamous clown outfit, and tell the story of how he murdered and raped the innocent kids. Even though, I wouldn’t want to see the rape scenes. I would love to see a fact based movie through Gacy’s eyes.

Out of all the serial killers I have ever known, I think John Wayne Gacy was probably the only one that I was really scared of. I don’t know why he gets to me, but he does. It’s either the idea of a real killer clown, or the thought of how he killed and raped all of those innocent kids, and kept the corpses under his house. Growing up, I was always facinated by serial killers, because of how they thought and how they were different. Kind of like a real life slasher film. Other than Gacy, I think the next one would be Ed Gein. Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer never got to me, as much as those 2 did.

Anyways, this movie IS based on a true story. It’s through the eyes of a college student, Jason Moss, who wanted to do a term paper on John Gacy. The storyline was really good. There were a few boring moments, but it’s based on the best-selling book “The Last Victim”.

As for the acting, I thought everyone played their characters really well. William Forsythe played the part of John W. Gacy, and he did extremely well with the character. Jesse Moss played the part of Jason Moss. I don’t think they were related in any way, but it was strange to see their last names match. I even looked it up, because I was thinking he was the brother.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s definitely worth watching, at least once. Just don’t expect the movie or storyline to be a horror movie. If you enjoy movies like Silence of the Lambs, then you’ll know what to expect, because it was sort of similar to that film. When I first came across the movie, the website had it listed under horror genre. It is a drama / crime film, though.

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Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

July 17th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Gnomeo & Juliet

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Movie Summary

Garden gnomes Gnomeo (voice of James McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt) have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

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Movie Review

I thought this movie was pretty good. I was expecting it to be a lot funnier, than how it really turned out. There was a few funny scenes, but not much. Of those, I might have laughed at one or two things. So, needless to say, it really wasn’t what I expected it to be, from watching the trailer. It was more cute, than anything else.

Basically, it’s a love story for kids. If you’re thinking about if your kids will like this movie or not, I can say they will love this movie. I just think it was made more for kids, than adults.

I would go into more detail, but I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. So, I’ll just say… if you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching, at least once. I’m sure your kids will probably want to watch it more than once, though.

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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

July 17th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed

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Movie Summary

Brigitte’s on the run from Bailey Downs, and she tries to prevent what happened to her sister, Ginger, from happening to her by shooting up with monkshood. Eventually she collapses and the police that find assume the monkshood is an illegal drug, and she is sent to rehab. Brigitte is deprived of the only thing that will stop her from turning into a beast and killing everyone and everything in her way. She meets a girl who is quiet and not well-liked, and much like herself, by the name of Ghost that helps her deal with her new problem and to escape the werewolf curse.

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Movie Review

Comparing this part to the previous one, I would have to say part one was still better. Though, this one was almost as good, but a little bit boring, at times. All you’re doing is watching Bridgette (Emily Perkins) fight the infection and try to holding back from turning into a werewolf.

About 80% of the movie, Bridgette is in a Happy Smiles home for drug users. Towards the end of the movie, I thought she looked more like a troll, when she was turning. Her teeth looked funny and her lip was busted up.

In part one, when Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) was turning, she at least looked a lot better. Speaking of Ginger, she is only shown in this part, as an image in Bridgette’s mind. Sort of like a spirit talking to her, or a delusion.

The only thing I really didn’t like about the storyline was that they never explained who the other werewolf was. There was absolutely no story about him, and when they mentioned him, it was very brief. At one part, I thought they said something about he was from the suburbs, but nothing else other than that.

Even though, I didn’t like this part, as much as the previous one, I still thought it was worth watching. So, if you enjoy watching werewolf movies, then you’ll enjoy this part about the same as the previous one.

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Violent Kind, The (2010)

June 30th, 2011  / Author: Joe

The Violent Kind 2010

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Movie Summary

Bikers tangle with the spirits of the dead in this genre mash-up from the writing and directing team the Butcher Brothers. Cody (Cory Knuaf) and Q (Bret Roberts) are a pair of outlaw bikers who are looking to lay low and have a few laughs after a deal with some drug runners takes a turn for the worse. Cody’s mother will be celebrating her birthday soon, so he and Q hop on their hogs and head to Oakland for the festivities. The party turns out to be a major biker bash, with riders from far and wide represented, but when things start winding down, the evening takes a serious turn for the worse. A guest turns up dead, Cody’s former girlfriend undergoes a terrible transformation and there’s no way to call for help. As Cody and Q try to make sense of it all, the party is visited by the spirits of a deceased biker club from the 1950′s, who are restless and looking to settle some scores.

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I probably couldn’t give a review on this movie, even if I tried, but I’ll try to anyways, for those who want to see it or know more about it. Let me first start out by saying this movie was a complete waste of time to watch. There are no words to really describe how horrible I thought this film was. From the ads I saw and the trailer I watched, I was expecting this movie to be something like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it was no where close to anything in that direction.

First of all, there wasn’t enough explanation about the storyline. I refuse to try to sit through this movie again, just to figure if there was even a real plot. The Violent Kind group wasn’t explained in full detail or enough to even understand exactly what they were, and they left me thinking they were Satan’s helpers or something of that nature. Even the ending didn’t make any sense to me. Most movies usually explain the storyline somewhere in the movie, but this one didn’t even do that.

I think the only thing that really kept this movie going were the actors and actresses. Even the gang or group “The Violent Kind” kept me entertained. If the acting sucked as bad as the storyline, I think I would have turned off the movie, really. Still though, it won’t be enough to even give this movie 2 stars. It’s lucky I gave it the 1-Star rating I did.

If you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favor and stay away from it. Unless, you enjoy movies without a storyline, and enjoy a mixture of Satanic/Sci-Fi/Slasher type movies, then you might like this film. That’s probably all I can say about this movie.

To make you understand how much I didn’t like this movie, I’ll just say it took a third thought about writing the review on it. I wasn’t even going to waste my time. I figured people have probably seen this movie advertised, like I did, and I would do everyone a favor and warn them about it, before wasting your time and money on it.

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Red Riding Hood (2011)

June 30th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Red Riding Hood 2011

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Movie Summary

Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.

For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But, Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon…

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First of all, I do not understand why this movie is even under the horror genre section. Yeah, there was some bloodshed, but it wasn’t scary. Most importantly, since when are real horror movies rated PG-13?

Anyways, as for the movie itself, I thought it was pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. The storyline keeps you going to wonder who the werewolf really was. Yes, you read that correctly… werewolf. However, they did include a few things from the book, but as you already know, they added a lot more of their own touch on it. Even though, I found the movie entertaining, I thought it could have still been a lot better.

The things I didn’t like about the movie, besides making me think it was going to be an actual horror movie, would have to be… you don’t see the wolf enough, the stabbings look fake as hell, and no transformations of any kind. By transformations, I mean how many werewolf movies have you seen where they don’t show a single transformation from human to wolf? Probably, not many. That was probably my biggest complaint, out of everything.

As far as acting goes, I was actually pleased with most of the performers. The only issue I had was with Gary Oldman. Most of his acting seemed fake and not enough emotion. Especially, with the two stabbings he did. Other than that, I thought everyone else did a fairly good job, with their roles.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s probably only good for one viewing, if that. It’s another one of those “Let’s see how much money we can make from the title” type films. I would probably say kids would probably like watching this movie, more than adults. So, I’ll leave it at that.

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Inception (2010)

June 25th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Inception

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Movie Summary

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now, Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

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When I first saw the trailer to this movie advertised on TV, I wasn’t sure if it would be worth watching or not. I know Leonardo DiCaprio usually does good movies, but you know some actors and actresses usually start going downhill somewhere along the line, and some make a flop, every now and then. So, as you can tell, I actually decided to give it a watch, because everything else seems to be boring or not interesting enough for me to watch.

When the movie first starts off, it was very confusing as to you are left with a “WTF?” type reaction about what’s going on. After the first 20-30 minutes or so, you start catching on and understanding the storyline. All I can say, with the storyline, is to pay very close attention to everything. The smallest scene you miss can throw you off, if you’re not careful. Yeah, it’s one of those movies that are very deep. When it comes to dreams, I guess it can be, because you can only go so far into detail, within 2.5 hours. The storyline and movie seemed more like an action / sci-fi type, than anything else.

I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this movie, as much as I did. Though, I did have one minor complaint, which was the ending. You’re left with wondering if what happened was real or just a dream. I guess that’s how they wanted it to end, but I really would have liked to know. I would say what I thought about the ending, but it would give it away. Sorry!

As for the acting, I thought everyone did a great job, with their roles. I didn’t notice anyone who didn’t play their role correctly. Tom Berenger had a very small role, but is seen through out the movie. Ellen Page played her part well, also. Tom Hardy’s character reminded me of Zartan, from the G.I. Joe series lol. I guess from him changing his appearance. Of course, Leonardo DiCaprio played his role well, too. I haven’t really seen any movie that he didn’t play his part too well in.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I would suggest it to anyone who likes to watch action films, and those who enjoy anything dealing with fantasy, science fiction, or dream type movies. It was a very entertaining movie, and I will probably end up watching this movie again, just to see if there were parts I missed.

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Grown Ups (2010)

June 16th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Grown Ups

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Movie Summary

In 1978, five 12-year-old’s win a CYO basketball championship. Thirty years later, they gather with their families for their coach’s funeral and a weekend at a house on a lake where they used to party. By now, each is a grownup with problems and challenges: Marcus is alone and drinks too much. Rob, with three daughters he rarely sees, is always deeply in love until he turns on his next ex-wife. Eric is overweight and out of work. Kurt is a househusband, henpecked by wife and mother-in-law. Lenny is a successful Hollywood agent married to a fashion designer; their kids take privilege for granted. Can the outdoors help these grownups rediscover connections or is this chaos in the making?

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I thought this movie was okay, but not as funny as I thought it would be. You would think with four well known comedians, the movie would be a lot more funnier than this one turned out to be. About 90% of the jokes weren’t even close to being funny and sounded lame. Also, out of that 90%, most of those were used A LOT, in the past. The jokes they used in this film were old, played out, and lame, which I think is what spoiled the movie, in my opinion.

As for the storyline, it was pretty decent. The only thing they needed to really change about it was how the movie started out. It took anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to actually get good. I thought the beginning was too dragged out and was extremely boring to the point where I almost turned the movie off. I did manage to bare with it and watch the entire movie, though.

The most annoying part about this movie was the choice of casting roles, in my opinion. The main characters were a great choice and their wives, as well, BUT about 3 or 4 of the kids were bad actors/actresses. The one that stood out most was Adam Sandler’s daughter. I thought she could have done a lot better, if she put more feeling into her character. When she said her lines, it felt like she was only reading them either from a screen, or by memory. The other 2 or 3 kids were almost the same way, but I could tolerate them a lot more than the daughter.

All in all, the movie wasn’t really worth watching and I really wished I chose something else to watch. The movie might vary from how people watch it, but I wouldn’t really suggest watching this movie.

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Ginger Snaps (2000)

June 5th, 2011  / Author: Joe

Ginger Snaps

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Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They’ve made a pact about dying together.

In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn’t just local dogs that begin to die.

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This is probably one of the best werewolf movies I have seen, in a long time. I think the only other one I can think of, that comes close, would probably be “American Werewolf in London”.

There were some funny moments, throughout the film, but not many. I thought they used the small jokes very well. It really helped lighten up the movie, at the beginning, to help make it more entertaining. By the end of the movie, it was all serious with no laughing moments.

As far as acting goes, I thought all of the characters played their parts very well. I didn’t notice any errors or any really bad actors, who stood out. I thought both, Emily Perkins (Brigitte) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger), made this movie what it was, and both actresses did a great job with their roles.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s really worth watching, at least once. If you like movies about werewolves, then you’ll definitely love this film.

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