The perks of being a wallflower with a safe hit and run

Another few movies via the local library.

The Perks of Being  a Wallflower

The shy freshman, Charlie (Logan Lerman), is taken in by the two seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller).

Another coming of age type of story based on the book by the same name (I have not read it). Charlie has had bad luck with friends and family dying in his life. Sam and Patrick accept him for who he is and make them part of their life even though they are a few years older and run with a different crowd.

Charlie starts to come out of his shell, but always seems something is holding him back and well it was a plot twist I quite did not see coming. I wish it would have not gone that route, but it is what it is.

Overall, a good movie with some heart behind it about some kids that are not the normal kids and have had tragedy in their life, but try and find a way to get through it together. Well, that is my take on it.

Safe

Another action flick for Jason Statham. Luke (Jason’s character) is a down on his luck cage fighter who was in “disposal” services. After the Russian mafia take out his wife, they take others from him as he be-friends them.

In what appears to be a point of ending his life a little girl grabs his attention. The girl is a math genius forced to work for the Triad gang counting numbers. Sensing the girl is in trouble after the mafia chases her, he saves her, protects her and ultimately gains back his life…in a sense.

James Hong plays the leader of the Triads, personally I liked him best in Big Trouble in Little China.

The movie is typical action movie with the gun fights, fist fights, car chases and the such.

Hit and Run

I thought this was supposed to be a  comedy with Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold, Bradly Cooper and others.

Charles aka Yul (Dax) is in witness protection after ratting out his bank robbery co-horts. Annie (Kristen) is his girlfriend in his new life who is a conflict resolution specialist. When Kristen’s character gets a job offer in L.A. it’s time for Dax to head back to the seen of the crime until Annie’s ex-boyfriend finds out who he really is and then all the fun starts.

Well, what fun there is…yeah not a lot more to say about this one. There are some funny parts and some not so funny parts.

Next on the list is Seven Psychopaths…it’s got Christoper Walken so it’s got to be good right. I always think of this SNL skit, The Continental, do you want some champagne! Or perhaps we need more cowbell?

Some other movie thoughts:

Rocking hotel transylvania at the end of the street

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Rocking hotel transylvania at the end of the street

As mentioned, I check out movies from local library. Recently finished watching a few including:

Rock of Ages

I’m not a huge musical fan and can only say I have seen a few musicals like Repo! The Genetic Opera with Anthony Head (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV) and of course Buffy’s famous One More, with Feeling episode.

As for Rock of Ages, outside of the sexual over tones of the plot, the music was good. The music was reason I wanted to see it, the songs from 70s, 80s and 90s. Is it sad I could practically song along with every song?

Julianne Hough’s voice did not seem quite right for a number of the songs. Diego Boneta does a good job with his part and good voice. But I was a bit surprised at how decent Tom Cruise’s voice was and Russell Brand is well Russell Brand.

I would watch again for the music, but not again and again.

Hotel Transylvania

What can I say? I like animated movies. It was funny, mostly in immature humor way, but that is good every now and then. There is of course a moral to the story like most animated films.

It has some screens that might freak a few of the younger kids out like when Dracula turns on his mean face.

House at the End of the Street

A thriller about people who are new move-in’s to a house near a house with chilling secret or something like that.

A tried formula… right. Girl is new in town, meets the “troubled” boy and likes him. Mom says stay away, girl sneaks around to see boy. Girl finds out boy is psycho, boy kidnaps girl to be his little sister…yeah a bit creepy. Girl escapes, oh yeah falls down many time in the escape which is soooooo typical of the maiden in distress.

Not worth a re-watch IMO.

Rent movies for free at…

Your local library.

If you are lucky to have a good old fashion city library, you might see if they have movies. My city library has DVDs and limited Blu-Rays.

I have been reserving movies for the last few years and pick them up when it is my turn. Some movies I get within a week or two others may take several weeks if reserve it late. But since I have anywhere from 5-10 movies on reserve at a time, it works out.

Reserve a movie…get notified…pick it up. Given I check out books there too (to me nothing like reading a real book) I pick up the movies at same time as latest book.

These are movies that are a few weeks behind from the local movie store or Netflix. But they are free (well, rent free, my tax dollars help the library purchase them).

They don’t always have every movie, but they do have most popular movies that have been released. And limited TV series sets are available too.

So check out your local library.