Movies Watched: Hotel Transylvania, Hit & Run and More

Hotel Transylvania

This week, I watched nine movies. I made Saturday a movie night and watched six movies that night.

A couple of these movies I saw before but a very long time ago so I decided to watch them again.  I was supposed to watch Django Unchained this week but that didn’t happen. Maybe next week.

Here are the movies I saw this week.

A Better Tomorrow (1986)

I ‘m a big lover of Hong Kong cinema especially the movies by John Woo and starring Chow Yun Fat. My all time favorite movie is The Killer.

Feeling a little nostalgic, I decided to watch A Better Tomorrow, which I think I saw way back but couldn’t remember how it went. After looking at it again, maybe it was the just as good sequel I had seen which I plan to watch soon.

I love these movies as they’re so full of action and themes like brotherhood and friendship, loyalty, betrayal and honor. Watching A Better Tomorrow, I couldn’t help but think that John Woo must be the William Shakespeare of Hong Kong cinema.

King of New York (1990)

King of New York is such an influential movie to the rap game. I decided to watch this after catching on to a lead for a sample I’ve been looking for for a while.

I didn’t find what I was looking for (the loop for Knowledge God) but I found a lot of familiar dialogue and references. Like how The Notorious B.I.G used the Frank White moniker on his Life After Death album. Or the “I want in” dialogue used by the likes of Fat Joe and Smoke DZA (who also titled his last mixtape K.O.N.Y for King of New York).

This is a great movie with a lot of recognizable faces.

7eventy 5ive (2007)

“Let’s watch a really scary horror.”

My girlfriend made me watch this. I was a bit surprised she had it after I’d come across it while looking for Rutger Hauer movies on Youtube.

The minute I saw Brian Hooks’ name as writer, director and producer, I groaned. The concept was OK for a horror film but most of it was predictable and follows the template for creating a slasher flick. You’ve probably seen this movie before but with a different name.

It’s not scary at all if you’ve seen movies like this over and over before. Not recommended for viewing.

Hit & Run (2012)

I enjoyed this film from last year. I somehow had it in my IMDB watchlist and found it on Youtube.

It’s a really nice road trip comedy that has some rather sappy romantic scenes, an annoying ex-boyfriend, a sloppy US Marshall, and a WTF graphic nude scene in a hotel room.

The movie moves along at a bearable pace and at times you can’t help but get annoyed at the characters. It’s more fun to watch than all the way funny.

Trespass (2011)

I haven’t seen Nicholas Cage in a good movie in a good while. Trespass is a good movie about a home invasion where the guys are looking for cash or diamonds that Cage’s character might have.

This little thriller is really tense and at times you wonder if and how they’re going to get out of it. It’s obvious they would though after all they’re the good guys. The “how” is what kept me watching.

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

This wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be but it was OK. No laugh out loud moments – the scene where Dracula busts in on the skeleton lady taking a shower was laugh-out-loud funny when I saw it in the trailer though.

V.I. Warshawski (1991)

I remember seeing V.I. Warshawski when it was first released in 1991 or maybe 1992 (I was 10 then). To be honest all I could remember was her saying the V.I. stood for “very inquisitive” and a boat chase scene.

So I looked it up on Saturday night and watched it. It’s an OK detective story but to be honest, not that very entertaining.

Dead Snow (2009)

Dead Snow is a movie about some Nazi zombies that spoil the vacation for some friends who decide to go to the mountains to have fun.

I wasn’t impressed at all by this German horror for some reason. The movie just seemed too confusing and unbelievable. Yes, I know it’s a movie about supernatural beings but still…

Blind Fury (1989)

And finally, I watched Blind Fury which is a movie starring Rutger Hauer. This was a good movie that ended my movie night so at least I enjoyed myself.

A lot of these are available on Youtube (at least when I saw them). You can check them out and if you’ve seen any of these, you’re welcomed to tell me what you think in the comments.

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