Archives January 2015

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "THE BOY NEXT DOOR" = 6.5

“The Boy Next Door” = 6.5 
     It’s a decent suspense thriller, not to the level of Fatal Attraction, but it seems to have tried, in vain.
     Middle-aged school teacher (Jennifer Lopez) is in the throes of a marital separation, living with her teen son, when she meets the 20 year-old handsome neighbor who moves to town to help take care of his ailing uncle. The first half of the movie is totally predictable, the lonely but gorgeous woman exchanges eye-candy ogles with the “hunk” until one evening they happen to be alone and – guess what – they just cannot control themselves.
     The embarrassed Lopez character puts an immediate stop to any more trysts, but the kid will hear nothing of it and, voila, he becomes her worst nightmare. The stalking continues until a violent climax (excuse the expression) which rises in intensity, suspense and sheer fright.
     The suspense is good, albeit so many implausibles dot the script that it takes away from the realism. Lopez is a good actress, but she’ll never be a great actress. Now that she has become a fixture on American Idol, it’s hard to see her as anyone but Jennifer Lopez.
     The young man who plays the over-sexed psycho is actor, Ryan Guzman, who has played in a couple “B” movies of late, but not to this level.  In truth, he was more believable as an actor, than Jennifer Lopez. Then again, he’s not as famous. Look for him to rise in the business.
     The movie heightens to a high level of tension. It’s a winner for people who like stories about fright, terror and panic. Don’t expect this to be mentioned in the Academy Award ballots.
     I give The Boy Next Door a 6.5 out of 10.

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE BOY NEXT DOOR” = 6.5

“The Boy Next Door” = 6.5 

     It’s a decent suspense thriller, not to the level of Fatal Attraction, but it seems to have tried, in vain.

     Middle-aged school teacher (Jennifer Lopez) is in the throes of a marital separation, living with her teen son, when she meets the 20 year-old handsome neighbor who moves to town to help take care of his ailing uncle. The first half of the movie is totally predictable, the lonely but gorgeous woman exchanges eye-candy ogles with the “hunk” until one evening they happen to be alone and – guess what – they just cannot control themselves.

     The embarrassed Lopez character puts an immediate stop to any more trysts, but the kid will hear nothing of it and, voila, he becomes her worst nightmare. The stalking continues until a violent climax (excuse the expression) which rises in intensity, suspense and sheer fright.

     The suspense is good, albeit so many implausibles dot the script that it takes away from the realism. Lopez is a good actress, but she’ll never be a great actress. Now that she has become a fixture on American Idol, it’s hard to see her as anyone but Jennifer Lopez.

     The young man who plays the over-sexed psycho is actor, Ryan Guzman, who has played in a couple “B” movies of late, but not to this level.  In truth, he was more believable as an actor, than Jennifer Lopez. Then again, he’s not as famous. Look for him to rise in the business.

     The movie heightens to a high level of tension. It’s a winner for people who like stories about fright, terror and panic. Don’t expect this to be mentioned in the Academy Award ballots.

     I give The Boy Next Door a 6.5 out of 10.

ERIC HOLDER EATS CROW IN THE FERGUSON SHOOTING CASE

Well, waddaya know. The Justice Department officially eats crow.

     Watch for the small print, because the media, and the president, and Eric Holder, and Missouri Governor Nixon, and Al Sharpton – and the rest of the cowards – will have little to say about it all. 

     No matter how hard Eric Holder and his band of reverse racists tried to eviscerate Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, it took them six months of digging for dirt only to come up with no evidence – that’s ZERO evidence, to determine that the cop was guilty of no crime after all. Most informed people with a brain, and without an ulterior agenda, knew that fact within hours or days of the shooting.

     Darren Wilson is exonerated, folks.  He did nothing wrong! He did his job. He was attacked by a violent felon, who put him in a position where he felt he had to shoot the 18 year-old behemoth to avoid serious bodily harm. And, despite the Justice Department’s wrongful and dogmatic pursuit of a “racism” charge, they could find not one iota of evidence to support that.

     That won’t make the residents and business owners of Ferguson feel any better. Their buildings were torched, their livelihoods were crushed, innocent people were hurt physically and emotionally for no good reason, while officials demanded vengeance under the guise of “justice,” targeting one decent cop who was doing his job and now lives in fear, his career in shambles. Where’s justice for Darren Wilson? Where are the marchers in support of the innocent cop? 

     “Hands Up; Don’t Shoot” was chanted throughout the streets of America for weeks and months by the sheep — baaa baaa  — of government backed shepherds, including elected representatives inside the halls of congress, by race baiters, haters and American communists, with the support some government officials who either supported the false narratives or turned a blind eye.

     The “Hands Up; Don’t Shoot” mantra was a lie.  It never happened. Many witnesses testified to that fact in the Grand Jury. The lie was told by Michael Brown’s little buddy, another thug with a criminal record. Yet, people chose to believe him, and not the array of neutral witnesses that discounted him.

     The hatred burning inside of the likes of Holder and Obama toward the “white establishment” is a classic example of why people like them should never hold office as our trusted representatives. Each time a local police issue has come to the attention of the White House, Barack Obama invariably shows bias and sympathy toward blacks and disdain toward white police, before knowing all the facts.

     I hate a racist, just like most Americans. But I also hate a reverse racist, and race baiters, and anyone who falls into their traps for ulterior motives, because they are just as bad, if not worse. In the opinions of many, including myself, Al Sharpton has proven himself to be a despicable person who should never be given credibility by the press nor by our government. Yet, he has been welcomed into the White House over 80 times during the Obama presidency and by a major news network who hired him as a prime time anchor on television.

     (Head shaking)

     The very idea that Barack Obama (and Eric Holder) affords Al Sharpton credibility as an advisor and spokesman, tells us a lot about our president. Then again, if people would take the time to research the litany of suspicious and loathsome associations that has dotted his life, from childhood through adulthood in his pre-presidential period, it comes as no surprise.

     The real victim here is Darren Wilson who will hopefully recover and restart his life, forever grateful that the justice system prevailed, even when top level guardians of that system did everything they could to wrongfully railroad him into a prison as the victim of vengeance (not justice) for all the wrongs committed by long-gone racist cops of yore. 

     The racist representatives in congress who used their clout to perpetuate the lie inside the halls of congress were:

  •    Sheila Jackson Lee
  •    Al Green
  •    Hakeen Jeffries
  •    Yvette Clark

     Do the people care?

     Meanwhile, looters, attackers, arsonists and those who helped incite and support the violence in Ferguson – by commission or by omission – are the people who should be investigated and charged with appropriate crimes.

     Don’t hold your breath.    

Click here: Justice Dept. to recommend no charges against Darren Wilson – NY Daily News

  Click here: Members of Congress do ‘Hands Up’ gesture on House floor – NY Daily News  

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "AMERICAN SNIPER" – 9.5

American Sniper  =  9.5
Three-word commentary:  Intense; Engrossing; Pitiful
The full review:
Clint Eastwood never makes a bad movie. When you see his name associated with directing a film, think in the company of Stephen Spielberg, Ron Howard and Martin Scorcese.
     Such is the case with American Sniper, the latest opus from of the 84 year-old legendary actor/director.
     This is not just a good movie, it is one of the best war movies to be released in recent years and will go down as an epic to be remembered in future evaluations about the top movies of all time.
     Going in, we all know what the true story is about. Simple Texas cowboy meets the love of his life, marries, then feels the call for duty to serve his country after 9/11 awakens America to the threat of radical Islam. A sharp, in-shape guy, Chris Kyle enlists in the Navy to be a SEAL.
     The next ten years swallows his life, as he serves not one, not two, but four deployments to Iraq, — totalling over 1000 days – eventually dubbed “The Legend” because of his deadly accuracy with a sniper rifle. More than 160 occasions, he saved hundreds of lives, American and otherwise, detecting suicide killers and other stealth insurgents moments before they were able to kill squadrons of American soldiers.
     But the heroism came with a price, and that is clearly depicted when the patriot, Chris Kyle, comes home on leave, only to feel detached and disassociated from his family, breaking the heart of his loyal wife, Taya, deftly played by actress, Sienna Miller. His obsession with war, his calling as a protectorate of his fellow soldiers and the dreaded PTSD drives his marriage to the brink of ruin.
     This is a work of genius and sheer talent by actor Bradley Cooper, who virtually becomes Chris Kyle. Cooper had to bulk up some 40 pounds of muscle to play the role. He is well-deserving of his Oscar nomination.
      Few other war movies are so engrossing, capturing the sights, smells and feelings of American soldiers in wartime situations, as this movie. The two hours went by like 20 minutes.
     American Sniper should win Oscar for Best Picture, but the competition is tough, with Selma and Boyhood in the hopper as well.
     I give this a 9.5 

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “AMERICAN SNIPER” – 9.5

American Sniper  =  9.5

Three-word commentary:  Intense; Engrossing; Pitiful

The full review:

Clint Eastwood never makes a bad movie. When you see his name associated with directing a film, think in the company of Stephen Spielberg, Ron Howard and Martin Scorcese.

     Such is the case with American Sniper, the latest opus from of the 84 year-old legendary actor/director.

     This is not just a good movie, it is one of the best war movies to be released in recent years and will go down as an epic to be remembered in future evaluations about the top movies of all time.

     Going in, we all know what the true story is about. Simple Texas cowboy meets the love of his life, marries, then feels the call for duty to serve his country after 9/11 awakens America to the threat of radical Islam. A sharp, in-shape guy, Chris Kyle enlists in the Navy to be a SEAL.

     The next ten years swallows his life, as he serves not one, not two, but four deployments to Iraq, — totalling over 1000 days – eventually dubbed “The Legend” because of his deadly accuracy with a sniper rifle. More than 160 occasions, he saved hundreds of lives, American and otherwise, detecting suicide killers and other stealth insurgents moments before they were able to kill squadrons of American soldiers.

     But the heroism came with a price, and that is clearly depicted when the patriot, Chris Kyle, comes home on leave, only to feel detached and disassociated from his family, breaking the heart of his loyal wife, Taya, deftly played by actress, Sienna Miller. His obsession with war, his calling as a protectorate of his fellow soldiers and the dreaded PTSD drives his marriage to the brink of ruin.

     This is a work of genius and sheer talent by actor Bradley Cooper, who virtually becomes Chris Kyle. Cooper had to bulk up some 40 pounds of muscle to play the role. He is well-deserving of his Oscar nomination.

      Few other war movies are so engrossing, capturing the sights, smells and feelings of American soldiers in wartime situations, as this movie. The two hours went by like 20 minutes.

     American Sniper should win Oscar for Best Picture, but the competition is tough, with Selma and Boyhood in the hopper as well.

     I give this a 9.5