Rubber (2010)

Rubber is one of those movies that, when you read the premise, makes you go “WTH” but then, once you’ve watch the movie, you’re like, “WTF?”
That is about as descriptive as  I can be with this film…

Despite that, the acting and cinematography are much better than other films in its weight-class. A lot of love and consideration went into the making of this film. It’s seriously one of the only reasons we were able to watch it through to the end.

rubberrabbitIt’s also a little wonderful that this tire has more character development attention provided to it than 80% of movies coming out today. No, you don’t really get to a point where you empathize with the tire… but you do get the warm and fuzzies every time it learns something. Well, unless it’s learning to kill the fuzzies.

Our recommendation is that you watch this movie if:
A. You are super bored.
B. You want to experience a different kind of cinema.
C. You friends make you.

rubberexplination

Poster for the movie "Rubber"
Fully Mature Evaluation:

Rubber (2010)

R 85 min - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery - 15 May 2010

In the California desert, the adventures of a telepathic killer-tire, mysteriously attracted by a very pretty girl, as witnessed by incredulous onlookers.

Director:  Quentin Dupieux
Writers:  Quentin Dupieux
Stars:  Thomas F. Duffy, David Bowe, Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Ethan Cohn, Charley Koontz, Daniel Quinn, Devin Brochu, Hayley Holmes, Haley Ramm, Cecelia Antoinette, Remy Thorne, Tara Jean O'Brien, Pete Dicecco, James Parks, Courtenay Taylor, Blake Robbins, Michael Ross, Gaspard Augé, Pedro Winter

Storyline

In the California desert, the adventures of a telepathic killer-tire, mysteriously attracted by a very pretty girl, as witnessed by incredulous onlookers.



Tagline: Are you TIRED of the expected?

12/12/12 (2012)

There must be some truth to the idea that all kids are little evil spawns of the Dark Lord. This is not a fact lost on Hollywood. Just look at all of the titles about little demonic babies eating people.

But if you’re expecting a run of the mill, everyday horror about a pretty normal kid with a demon in them then this is not the movie for you.

121212baby12/12/12 is just something different… I can’t even really say if it’s a good different or the kind that you should avoid.

If you’re like us and you watch horror movies for the drinking game potential then you’ll love it. If you’re looking for a future classic…. nah.

We did shots with every death and every “what the fuck!?” moment. We were throughly drunk by the end of this movie.

121212babe

My recommendation is to watch it. Sure, you’ll probably regret some of it. But you’ll love the part where you’re drunk and can’t find the remote to turn it off.

 

–Avery

Poster for the movie "12/12/12"
Fully Mature Evaluation:

12/12/12 (2012)

R 85 min - Horror - 4 December 2012

When baby Sebastian is born on 12/12/12 everyone around him starts to die. Soon, his mother realizes that her son is the spawn of Hell.

Director:  Jared Cohn
Writers:  Jared Cohn

Storyline

When baby Sebastian is born on 12/12/12 everyone around him starts to die. Soon, his mother realizes that her son is the spawn of Hell.


Collections: Jared Cohn

Genres: Horror

Oculus (2014)

Oculus generated a lot of buzz upon its release. For the most part, critics and fans alike were thrilled to see a movie that dispensed with much of the gore in favor of good old fashioned gut wrenching tension.

oculusFrom the start, you’re confused. Don’t worry, it’s by design. If you’ve already seen this film you were probably wondering the same thing I was: “Did I miss the first movie? Is this a sequel?”
I assure you: you started exactly where you were supposed to. In a state of confusion.
But, for once, this is actually ok. Unlike most movies, Oculus drops clues at just the right times to help you piece the story together all the while creeping you out just a little until you finally understand what’s happening and are creeped out even more!

oculus3We’ve all seen movies that have attempted this and never quite pull it together. In the end, we’re either just as confused as the beginning if not more so. Or, as it usually happens, we’re just pissed because they very sloppily wrapped up the movie in the last three minutes.  Oculus actually has a good balance in this regard. There are ample story building and big reveals that never get lost in the tension and screams.

Of course, this movie is far from perfect. Certain scenes and happenings seem a bit contrived and there are some points that are pretty disappointing. Like, say, the ending.
While i didn’t personally have a problem with the way the film ended it certainly left a bad taste in a lot of reviewer’s mouths.

oculus2
This may be the first horror movie to do this well on our Fully Matured Evaluations, but I’m going to give this movie a solid 7 toothless demon heads out of 10.

Poster for the movie "Oculus"
Fully Mature Evaluation:

Oculus (2014)

R 104 min - Horror - 3 April 2014

A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Director:  Mike Flanagan

Storyline

A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.



Tagline: You see what it wants you to see

Genres: Horror

Face Off (1997)

This was one of those movies where you went into it expecting some new, extreme sci-fi thriller and got pretty much none of that. Delving into the technology involved to do not only a face-transplant but pretty much total body reconstruction would be enough to fill a two-hour movie by itself. It probably filled 3.5 minutes of this film.

But Nicolas Cage and John Travolta don’t need no stinkin’ science!

Honestly, this was a pretty fun film. The best part is maybe watching the actors method act one another in the beginning of the film. And while body-switches, mind melds and the like weren’t really anything new there weren’t many (any?) films where the bad guy literally stole the good guy’s face.

Well, there’s this:

But fortunately that’s not real…… is it?

Poster for the movie "Face/Off"
Fully Mature Evaluation:

Face/Off (1997)

R 138 min - Action, Crime, Science Fiction, Thriller - 26 June 1997

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.

Director:  John Woo
Stars:  John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Dominique Swain, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch, Margaret Cho, James Denton, Matt Ross, Thomas Jane, David McCurley, Myles Jeffrey, Chris Bauer, CCH Pounder, Danny Masterson, Linda Hoffman

Storyline

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.



Tagline: In order to catch him, he must become him.

Con Air (1997)

Remember back in the day when the anti-hero was still a novel notion? Me neither. It got old pretty quick.  Con Air slipped in just in time. Sure, there were some other good ones that arrived later, including Payback, Get Carter, Man on Fire, etc.


This movie was shooting for a Pantene Pro -V glamored badass and succeeded gloriously!

You feel his pain. You cheer for his victories. You yearn for his luscious flowing strands of grace — enough to make even Thor green with envy.

Yea, Nicolas Cage is magnificent. And the movie is good too. It’s another one of those “If you haven’t seen it, see it” types of movies. It’s an exciting man thriller. Not a love story. No grey areas. No super deep, overly-involved plots… Just some badasses saving the world.

Poster for the movie "Con Air"
Fully Mature Evaluation:

Con Air (1997)

R 115 min - Action, Crime, Thriller - 1 June 1997

When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family. The action climaxes with an incredible crash sequence in Las Vegas.

Director:  Simon West
Stars:  Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, Nick Chinlund, Steve Buscemi, Colm Meaney, Rachel Ticotin, Dave Chappelle, Mykelti Williamson, Danny Trejo, M.C. Gainey, Steve Eastin, Renoly Santiago, Monica Potter, Landry Allbright

Storyline

When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family. The action climaxes with an incredible crash sequence in Las Vegas.


Collections: Simon West

Tagline: They were deadly on the ground; Now they have wings

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

Rock, The (1996)

Nicolas Cage Rage!
Oh wait, that’s a different Nick Cage movie…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched this movie. But one thing that’s for sure, it is, was and always will be super cool. Not just because of the all-start cast (and some some bonus actors everyone was excited about at the time) but because of all of the statuesque poses, glowing hair and EXPLOSIONS!

If you haven’t seen this movie, go do so. It’s not available to watch online anywhere for free (legally) at the time I’m reviewing this. But it’s available everywhere as a pay-per-view and on Netflix as a DVD.

Poster for the movie "The Rock"
Fully Mature Evaluation:

The Rock (1996)

R 136 min - Action, Adventure, Thriller - 6 June 1996

A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader demands $100 million to be paid, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert ops. Otherwise, he will launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX gas into the San Francisco Bay area.

Director:  Michael Bay
Stars:  Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn, Vanessa Marcil, John C. McGinley, Bokeem Woodbine, Claire Forlani, Gregory Sporleder, Tony Todd, Jim Maniaci, Greg Collins, Brendan Kelly, Steve Harris, Danny Nucci, Celeste Weaver, Todd Louiso, David Bowe, Raquel Krelle

Storyline

A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader demands $100 million to be paid, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert ops. Otherwise, he will launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX gas into the San Francisco Bay area.



Tagline: Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in.