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Thoroughbreds (2017)


Thoroughbreds (2017)

Initially, the main reason that I wanted to see this film was because of Anton Yelchin, may he rest in peace.  This is his last movie to be released in theaters.  He passed away in 2016.  This movie was completed in 2017 and finally released last weekend, almost 2 years after his death.

This is a limited release film that sort of fell through the cracks.

Thoroughbreds is about two upper-class teenage girls who find themselves plotting and scheming to get what they want in their troubled home-life.

The movie was written and directed by Cory Finley and the noteworthy cast includes Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, and Paul Spark.

Thoroughbreds is a unique movie in a lot of ways.  It is a well-written, dialogue driven thriller.  There is a naturally chilling pace to the story.  Everything seems relevant.  It does not try too hard to impress and therefore, is impressive.  The story is just told with precise timing.  Even the cinematography was tactful and articulate in an almost, but not quite, Hitchcockian manner.  This movie did not just go through the motions.  It was premeditated and executed beautifully.

The soundtrack, although odd at times, matched the disturbing nature of the story.

Thoroughbreds was an opportunity for a couple of mostly small screen, lesser known actors to show their worth and carry a film themselves.  They all showed that they were up to that task.  I feel like they were quite successful in making the transition from small screen to big screen right before our very eyes.  Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Paul Sparks were all superb.  Olivia Cooke’s performance especially stood out.  I guarantee that all three of these actors will start popping up all over the place in the near future.

I think that it is an odd coincidence that Anton Yelchin plays a troubled character in each of his last three films before he died.  I also still think it was quite suspicious the way that he died.

I always enjoyed Anton as an actor and it seemed as if he had a very bright future ahead of him.  It is a shame to see such a nice personality lost to this world, far too soon at the young age of 27.  He had been acting for 16 years.  He successfully bridged the gap from kid actor to adult actor and had the potential for so much more.  He will be missed.

Thoroughbreds would probably have been more successful if it were released years ago.  Today’s audiences do not have the attention span for real filmmaking anymore, it seems.  This is the unfortunate truth.  The depth of this movie will likely not be appreciated by many for what it actually is, a diamond in the rough.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

Violet & Daisy (2011)

Heathers (1988)

A Perfect Murder (1998)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Bully (2001)

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Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014


Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014

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I have seen 94 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 94 films, I have written a review for 61 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of January.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

2 Guns (2013)

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

Getaway (2013)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Prisoners (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

Redbox Movie Reviews December 2013


Redbox Movie Reviews December 2013

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I have seen 95 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 95 films, I have written a review for 60 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of December.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

2 Guns (2013)

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

Violet & Daisy (2011)


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Violet & Daisy (2011)

 

Violet & Daisy is another one of those movies that was made and then thrown on the shelf to collect dust for two years before finally being released in theatres.  When it finally made its debut, it was only in limited release.  The film was completed in 2011 and not unveiled until midway through 2013.

Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet that everybody involved in making the film was just beyond angry that it took two years to be released in theatres.  You work so hard to complete something special, and then nothing happens for two years.  Not to mention, movies are made to hopefully turn a profit.  Wouldn’t you want to try to make your money back right away?

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I have a feeling that this movie may have had trouble making it into theatres because the subject matter is very risky.  It’s a film about a teenage girl duo hit man squad.  With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people.  Of course, the idea was fascinating and I just had to see what it was all about.

The film is about two contract killer teenage girls (Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel).  The pair make a killer team, but one day things go wrong during what was supposed to be a simple job.

Violet & Daisy teen magazine

The movie was written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, John Ventimiglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Stu ‘Large’ Riley, and Tatiana Maslany.

Violet & Daisy didn’t deserve to be shelved for two years.  It’s the kind of movie that could have generated a welcomed sequel or two.  But, because it took so long to be released, the teenage girls in the film have already aged too much.  Actually, Bledel was already an adult during filming.  She pulled off playing a teenager even though she was actually 30 years old when the movie was made.  Ronan was closer to half of Bledel’s age.  I was shocked when I found that out.

Violet & Daisy Bledel

The film was exceptionally fresh and original.  It was edgy, cold-blooded and unpredictable.  There was a lot of great action and dialogue.  There was even a bit of dark comedy thrown into the mix.

Ronan, Bledel, and Gandolfini gave exceptional performances.

The movie is about murder, so don’t be surprised at all of the violence, disturbing images, and language.

Violet & Daisy Gandolfini

Because the movie was delayed for so long, it turned out to be one of Gandolfini’s final film releases, may he rest in peace.

I praise Geoffrey Fletcher for getting this risky movie made.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Current Redbox Movie Reviews November 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews November 2013

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I have seen 91 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 91 films, I have written a review for 58 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of November.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

White House Down (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

The Best Movies of 2013


The Best Movies of 2013

2013 is not over yet, but the last couple months of the year always seems to have a ton of new releases that get crammed in just in time to be considered for the current year’s Academy Awards.

We are in the midst of the beginning of the end of the year, so I thought it would be fitting to list all of the best movies that have been released so far this year.  I will list what I think are the best movies so far this year, and the rest of my list will consist of other great movies that did not quite make the cut.  The movies that did not make the cut were still pretty awesome and worth seeing.

Click on each movie for my full review, rating, trailer, and poster artwork for that film.

So, without further ado, here is the list:

The Best Movies of 2013 (in alphabetical order)

2 Guns (2013)

42 (2013)

All is Lost (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

Gravity (2013)

The Iceman (2012)

Lone Survivor (2013)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

Best Sequels:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

Other Great Movies that did not make the cut (in alphabetical order)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

The Heat (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Mud (2012)

Oblivion (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

Because the year is not over yet, I will continue to add to this list.  That is of course, if I see a movie that is good enough to be on it.  Considering the list of movies that are set to release before the end of the year, I’m sure that I will have no problem adding to this list.  I hope that you will come back to www.brockingmovies.com to see any additions to the list.

Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 2nd – 8th


Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 2nd – 8th

Click here for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th

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I have not seen all of the movies that are currently in theatres right now, but I have seen and reviewed 24 of them.  Some of the films have been in theatres for a while now and others are newer releases.  If you are having trouble deciding what movie to see in theatres, I hope that you will consult my list for help.  Movie ticket prices are pretty expensive these days, and I might be able to help save you some of your hard earned cash.  My ratings will help you decide what are the best movies currently in theatres and what are the worst movies currently in theatres.  Also, at the bottom of the list I have provided you with previews of movies that are out that I have not seen yet.

Click on each title below for a preview, poster artwork, and my full review of that movie: 

2 Guns (2013) 

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

The Conjuring (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

World War Z (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

White House Down (2013)

The Heat (2013)

This is the End (2013)

Now You See Me (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

Mud (2012)

Pain & Gain (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Click on each title below for a preview and poster artwork of that movie along with my opinion of whether or not I think that film will be any good:

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Pacific Rim (2013)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

After Earth (2013)

Scary Movie V (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

I hope that you find my reviews helpful.  I will continue to update this list when I have seen more movies, so feel free to check back regularly.  Also, I plan on making a new list each week as more films are released.  Happy movie watching from www.brockingmovies.com

R.I.P. James Gandolfini


James Gandolfini

Rest in peace James Gandolfini!

The actor most known for playing tough-guy Tony Soprano in the television series “The Sopranos” passed away today of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome, Italy.  He was only 51 years old.

The Sopranos Mob Family Cemetary

My favorite Gandolfini movies are True Romance (1993), Get Shorty (1995), and Lonely Hearts (2006).

True Romance Gandolfini

Most recently he has had parts in Killing Them Softly (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).

Get Shorty Gandolfini Hackman

Lonely Hearts Gandolfini Travolta

He made the film Violet & Daisy (2011) in 2011, but the film has yet to be released.  It may have had limited release on 5/3/13, but it has yet to be available in my area.

James Gandolfini with be missed.  He always brought a ton of energy to his characters and really knew how to make his presence known.  That presence will live on in all of his films and television shows for many years to come.

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Click on the links below to my James Gandolfini movie reviews.

Violet & Daisy (2011)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Trailer for Violet & Daisy (2011) Rumored to release on 6/7/13


Violet & Daisy Poster

Violet & Daisy (2011) (Click on the title for my full review.)

 

Another one of those movies that has been kept on the shelf for one reason or another.  The film was made in 2011 and is rumored to release on 6/7/13.  I say rumored because I think that the original intention was to release the film in 2011, but it continues to be pushed back.  So, who knows, maybe it will be pushed back from being released again.

Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet everybody involved in making the movie is just beyond angry that it has not been released yet.  I know that I would be.

I have a feeling that this film has not been released yet partially due to the fact that it is a risky movie to make.  The movie is about a teenage girl duo hit man squad.  With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people.  With that said, the film looks tastefully made and has a good cast which includes Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Cody Horn, and John Ventimiglia.

It is written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher.

The film has sparked my interest enough to want to see it, that is if it ever gets taken off of the shelf.