May Movie Watching in Review

It is hard to keep up with my film reviews–between work and stuff it gets difficult sometimes…(as you ALL know, I am sure!)  So, I decided to make compilation posts a monthly thing.  It may be cheating ;D but hey,  it will be a great way to wade through all the films I watch and for it not to end up being 6 months later.  😀

After Earth

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Oh, M. Night!  I really, really what him to do well…I miss him.  Unfortunately, After Earth is not his triumphant return.  It is NOT as horrible as everyone is saying–but it is NOT that fantastic either.  It is safe and bland.  I almost understand how M. Night Shyamalan would be scared to do anything “special” since he has been panned by critics and fans alike for so long now–almost understand.  But, by playing it safe, After Earth is perfectly mediocre.  It has a creative premise that is then saddled with typical themes and characters.  I enjoyed the performances by Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith but it was not enough to save the film.

Now You See Me

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I love magic and films about magic–so, I was excited about this.  Well, Now You See Me is guilty of a lot of things–being a cool story about magic is not one of them.  Director Louis Leterrier‘s style may pass the empty-action test but when given a real scenario with real people well…he seems to have some trouble.  Let me count the ways… 1.  It tries WAY too hard to be clever.  2.  It is shallow and superficial, which is a pity because it had so much potential.  3.  It has ZERO character development–and I mean ZERO!  4. There is no chemistry between the cast, which is surprising because this is a notable ensemble. So, at the end I was left  shaking my head and a bit sad because of its lack of  “magic”.

The Company We Keep

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This Robert Redford directed films hails an impressive cast and although they all give good performances, The Company We Keep is flat and kind of boring.  I have to think hard to remember what all happened. Yeah, that’s not a good sign.  😀

Dark Skies

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So close to being DAMN good!!  The ending of this thriller is frustrating enough to taint the film.  What a shame too, because writer/director Scott Stewart creates a unique look at what can be an over done alien theme.  With the fresh approach I was invested.  I loved the time spent on the family and their dynamic.  It had several good scares and some really cool stuff going on.  Kerry Russell and Josh Hamilton give strong performances and I love J.K. Simmons small appearance.   See?  All good.  But it unravels at the end.  Sad.

The Guilt Trip

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I love Barbara Streisand!  Period.  The Guilt Trip is exactly what I expected…some Streisand time! LOL!  Hey, this is a paint by numbers movie.  Predictable themes, but Seth Rogan and Babs have some good chemistry and sell the mother/son connection.  I laughed and enjoyed my time visiting an old friend.

Safe Haven

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OH!  I remember this one…it’s Sleeping with the Enemy–right?  Wait…OH!  Nicholas Sparks.  I get it. Actually. No. I don’t.   One thing though, the adorable little girl?  Is almost an exact replica of my daughter at that age…awwww!  So cute!   That’s it.  That is all I got from that.  😀

The Last Stand

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I was thinking this could be fun–maybe even good.  The return on Arnold Schwarzenegger–YES! (I am a child of the 80s ;)).  Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, who had haunted me with I Saw the Devil.   This could be really good.  Well…I was wrong.  It’s terrible.

Side Effects


OMG!!  This movie was so awesome–when it was titled MALICE!  -_-

Steven Soderbergh has left me feeling “meh” a lot lately…sure…I can find some good things, but I have to really look hard because the “meh” is too powerful.  Meh.

Well, folks.  That’s it.  Let’s see what June offers…

Later! 😀

About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

9 thoughts on “May Movie Watching in Review

    • I know!! I was thinking that–seems that the “Meh” is indeed strong lately–but I have hope for the future. We will see…

      Thanks for stopping by–Later! 😀

  1. Nice recap! Too bad you didn’t enjoy The Last Stand. I actually laughed a lot watching that, and I don’t even mind watching it again. I was surprised since I’m not even a big fan of Arnie.

    Bummer about The Company We Keep, not sure if it’s even worth renting.

    • Thanks! I think I did myself in with The Last Stand–too high of expectations. I thought this could be dark and cool–nope. Silly and fluffy. LOL.

      Company is NOT awful–just forgettable. I really was thinking…okay–this happened–and then…wait…I think that happened after–right?? Just kind of flat, I guess. Definitely a safe rental though, but you won’t be missing anything special if you don’t.

      Nice seeing you again! Later! 😀

      • Dark and cool? Ahah, well I expected it to be a crazy shoot-em-up but it ended up being funnier than I thought, so that’s always good.

        Sometimes it’s those MEH kinda film that makes me reluctant to rent. If a movie has been labeled as utterly terrible, sometimes I’m curious just how ‘bad’ it is, ahah.

  2. So many movies! Ok, here we go

    After Earth – Agreed
    Now You See Me – Wow, you really did hate that one! 😯
    Dark Skies – Agreed! They came SO close! 😦
    The Guilt Trip – Surprisingly not terrible.
    Safe Haven – Blecch.
    The Last Stand – disagree! Cheesey fun!
    Side Effects – Lightly disagree. I like it one degree higher than a “Meh”. Let’s call it an “Eh”. LOL

    • LOL! The year of “meh” and “eh”…seems to be going that way doesn’t it?

      Let’s hope the official summer movies take us to more YES! and WOW!

      Yeah…The Last Stand was my own fault–the director had done the very dark and intense thriller I Saw the Devil–so I was expecting a totally different vibe!! But, I will always love Arnold.

      And Dark Skies! So close indeed. I was loving it–the different approach, etc. Then–BAM–what? No. No. No.

      Later! 😀

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