REVIEW: ANGER MANAGEMENT

CAST

Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)
Jack Nicholson (Batman)
Marisa Tomei (Captain America: Civil War)
Luis Guzman (Waiting..)
Jonathan Loughran (50 First Dates)
Kurt Fuller (Scary Movie)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
January Jones (X-MenL: First Class)
John Turturro (Transformers)
Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games)
Kevin Nealson (Weeds)
Allen Covert (Big Daddy)
John C. Reilly (Cyrus)
Harry Dean Stanton (Avengers Assemble)
Lori Heuring (Wicked Little Things)
Heather Graham (The Hangover)

In 1978, a young Dave Buznik is about to kiss the girl of his dreams, when a local bully, Arnie Shankman, pulls down his pants and underwear, embarrassing him in front of everybody. This leaves Dave with lasting trauma about public affection, as well as repressing his emotions. In the present day, Dave Buznik lives in New York, working as a secretary for Frank Head, an abusive boss who takes credit for Dave’s work. His problems also extend to his private life, his girlfriend Linda’s ex-boyfriend Andrew still being close friends with her and being condescending to Dave at work.
Adam Sandler in Anger Management (2003)
While flying to a business meeting, Dave sits next to a man named Buddy Rydell. After a series of annoyances cause Dave to lose his temper, a sky marshal tasers him, and Dave is arrested and sentenced to anger management therapy. The therapist happens to be Buddy. Buddy’s unorthodox techniques cause Dave to lose his temper, and Buddy tells Dave he recognizes his problem as passive-aggressive anger. After Dave gets into a bar fight caused by another of Buddy’s patients, Chuck, Dave is sent back to court and Buddy intervenes on his behalf, choosing to move in with Dave and shadow him in his life as part of more intensive therapy. Failure to comply will result in a year of jail time for Dave. Having Buddy as an unexpected and hovering roommate irritates Dave, which prompts Buddy to offer more therapeutic advice which, in turn, irritates Dave even more. Although Dave believes Andrew is doing nothing to ruin him at work, Buddy suspects otherwise and tells him that he needs to start fighting back or nothing will change. After receiving a phone call for Buddy informing him his mother is undergoing minor surgery, Dave jokes to him about its seriousness, prompting Buddy to warn he’ll get Dave back.
After seeing Buddy’s mother, the two stop at a restaurant on the way back to New York and after Buddy pressures him Dave flirts with, and goes home with, a young lady, but rejects her amorous advances out of loyalty to Linda. Later, Dave is devastated to learn that Buddy has told Linda about the woman, but Buddy explains the woman was a former patient of his, having set up the encounter to get revenge on Dave for the “dying mother” prank, and he will explain the truth to Linda. Buddy takes a detour to a Buddhist temple, so that Dave can confront a reformed Arnie, who has become a monk. While confronting his tormenter, Arnie expresses his sincerest apologies to Dave for bullying him all his life and asserts that Dave didn’t deserve the abuse. But Arnie laughs when Dave reminds him of the kiss incident and Dave attacks back. Dave and Buddy tease the monks into a rage are chased off the grounds, Dave feeling good on confronting his tormentor. Back in New York, Dave attempts to propose to Linda but loses his nerve, and Linda suggests that they take a break from their relationship. Soon after Buddy begins dating Linda, Dave (not aware this was the next step of his therapy) sees this as the last straw and loses his cool by attacking Buddy. Being called back into court, Dave is given a restraining order by the judge, who threatens to lock him up if Dave has another incident.
Called into work and yelled at by his boss, Dave finally snaps when he learns that his boss intentionally passed him and gave the promotion to Andrew. He immediately confronts both men for the way they’ve mistreated him in the past. Dave calls Andrew out for trying to interfere with both his promotion and relationship with Linda, revealing he wants Andrew out of their lives permanently. Andrew attempts to insult him about being too dependent on Buddy to back him up and admits he isn’t good enough for Linda. Taking Buddy’s advice, Dave debunks the claim and knocks him out cold. He proceeds to humiliate his boss by using a golf club to wreck his office and reminding him of all the years of his loyal services just to be denied of the promotion he wanted so much in favor of someone who didn’t deserve it. Dave then tells his boss that if he ever gets out of jail within three years, he expects his boss to do the right thing and give the promotion to him that Andrew presumably resigned from.
Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler in Anger Management (2003)His boss agrees and before Dave leaves, he warns his boss to treat his cat, Meatball, with more respect because he is eating his crab cakes as revenge for the mistreatment he put him through. As Dave leaves, he intentionally steps on Andrew’s head as one last bit of revenge. Learning Buddy has taken Linda to a New York Yankees game, Dave assumes Buddy intends to steal his proposal idea and races to the stadium. Security captures him and begins to remove him from the stadium but Mayor Rudy Giuliani orders them to allow Dave to speak. After admitting that he does have an anger problem and is willing to change, Dave agrees to kiss Linda in front of the stadium in exchange for her marrying him. Linda and Buddy then reveal that the game was the final part of Dave’s therapy, and explain that the tormentors and aggravations he has been put through were Buddy’s doing to teach him how to unleash his anger in healthy doses to avoid it building up. The passenger, the Judge, the waitress and the flight attendant are Buddy’s friends. Dave then asks about the Sky Marshall who tased him if he was involved with Buddy and Linda admits he wasn’t. The marshall was just having a bad day (briefly shown to be angered over the fact he is in the middle of two sleeping obese people).
The three attend a picnic with Buddy’s other patients, where Dave plays a final joke on Buddy with a friend holding the group up with a water pistol, and the film ends as the friends sing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story together.
Jack Nicholson in Anger Management (2003)
Adam Sandler plays a good part but no where near as good as Jack Nicholson. Nicholson’s potrayal of the doctor who tries to cure Adam Sandler’s character is fantastic! Nicholson’s jokes are hilarious and his general manor and quotes are just brilliant!  It’s a must see for any Nicholson fan and a generally funny film.

REVIEW: SECRET WINDOW

CAST

Johnny Depp (Into The Woods)
John Turturro (Transformers)
Maria Bello (The 5th Wave)
Timothy Hutton (Kinsey)
Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3)

Successful author Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) suffers a psychotic break when his wife has an affair with a man named Ted (Timothy Hutton). He puts off finalizing the divorce by retreating to his secluded cabin in the rural town of Tashmore Lake in upstate New York. Depressed and suffering from writer’s block, Mort is confronted one day by the mysterious John Shooter (John Turturro), a Mississippi dairy farmer who accuses him of plagiarism. Shooter leaves Mort with his manuscript “Sowing Season” which he alleges was copied. Mort dismisses Shooter as a lunatic and throws the manuscript away, but his cleaning lady digs it out of the trash and presents it back to him. With his curiosity piqued, Mort reads the story and is surprised to discover its resemblance to his own story “Secret Window”.

During his walk the following day, Shooter accosts Mort when he explains his story was published years before Shooter’s existed. He is given a three-day ultimatum by Shooter to provide the proof. Mort sees a note attached to his door that says, “You have 3 days. I’m not joking. No police.” That night, Mort finds Chico, his Australian Cattle Dog, stabbed to death with a screwdriver in his neck. Mort immediately suspects Shooter and reports the incident to the arthritic Sheriff Dave Newsome (Len Cariou), who reacts with little enthusiasm.
Mort later drives to his house where his estranged wife Amy is living, to obtain a copy of the book and stews outside as he watches her leave with her new lover Ted. In New York City, Mort contacts Ken Karsch (Charles S. Dutton), a private investigator who assisted Mort in a previous incident, identical to the current situation. Ken travels to Tashmore Lake to watch over the cabin and to interview Tom Greenleaf (John Dunn Hill), the only witness to Mort and Shooter’s conversation. Later, Shooter and Mort have an argument that ends up in Mort getting bruises on his wrists and being choked.
When Mort returns to his cabin, Amy calls saying their house was burned down. Mort had flashbacks of when he and Amy were happily married. Then a police officer tells him what caused the fire. He begins to suspect Ted of hiring Shooter to harass him because of their shared animosity towards one another. Ted mentions he’s from a place called “Shooter’s Bay.”
The next morning, Mort is perplexed to find his Jeep Cherokee idling in his driveway with Pall Mall cigarette butts smoldering in the ashtray (the same brand Shooter smokes). He shows up late to his meeting at the local diner with Tom Greenleaf and Ken and neither of them can be found and he learns from a waitress that Ken never showed up at all. Mort sees Ted who is filling up his car with gas at a station and asks Ted where his “buddy” is. Ted gives Mort his divorce papers that Mort doesn’t want to sign. The two have a confrontation that causes Ted to break his hand. Back at the cabin, Mort receives a call from Shooter requesting a private meeting in the woods and when he arrives he finds Ken and Tom dead in Tom’s truck. Mort faints and when he awakes, 3 hours later, Shooter says they should meet at his house. Mort tries to cover up the crime by running the truck into a water-filled stone quarry, losing his watch in the process. Mort’s literary agent sends a copy of the magazine with his published story via UPS and Mort picks it up at the post office. When he goes back to his car, he sees the package is already half open and then finds the specific pages containing the story have been cut out.
Mort wears Shooter’s hat and talks to himself. He tries to make connections to the pages cut out, Shooter’s Bay, along with the bruises Shooter gave earlier missing. He tells his himself, his “inner voice” to leave him alone. The voice said, “You are alone.” Mort comes to the conclusion that Shooter is a figment of his imagination; brought to life through Mort’s dissociative identity disorder and created to carry out the acts of killing Chico, Tom, Ken and burning down his home since Mort didn’t have the courage to do it himself. Angry and frustrated, Amy arrives at his cabin to get his signature to finalize the divorce settlement. She finds the cabin disheveled, with the word “shooter” carved throughout. Mort suddenly appears and Amy is struck by fear when she realizes the word is Mort’s desire to “shoot her.” Mort, now wearing Shooter’s hat and speaking with a southern accent, chases Amy outside to her car and stabs her in the ankle to prevent her from leaving. Ted arrives shortly afterwards, hearing Amy scream, and she watches helplessly as Mort ambushes and beheads him with a shovel while Amy screams vainly. Mort recites the ending of “Sowing Season” as he kills Amy off-screen.
Mort recovers from his writer’s block and experiences a mood improvement, but is now the town pariah. Dave stops by the cabin to advise Mort he is the prime suspect of Amy and Ted’s disappearance and will be arrested once the bodies are found, but Mort nonchalantly dismisses the threat. Dave leaves and Mort again recites the “perfect” ending to his story. There was a secret window that was obstructed by a large cabinet that overlooks a secret garden. It’s suspected that Mort put the bodies in the garden that is now filled with cornfields and that the corns are breaking down the bodies buried there so that police will never find them.
This is a great movie. I had never read the story or heard of the film and just bought the film after finding out it was a Stephen King story. It is excellently acted and a great story it has everything Stephen King fans would love and Johnny Depp was perfect for the role.

REVIEW: COLLATERAL DAMAGE

CAST

Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
Francesca Neri (Hannibal)
Elias Koteas (Hit Me)
Cliff Curtis (Jubilee)
John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2)
John Turturro (Transformers)
Jsu Garcia (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
Rick Worthy (The Vampire Diaries)
Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad)
Miguel Sandoval (Medium)
Harry Lennix (Man of Steel)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Jay Acovone (Terminator 3)
Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)
Michael Milhoan (The Spirit)
Sven-Ole Thorsen (Mallrats)

A bomb detonates in the plaza of the Colombian Consulate building in Los Angeles, killing nine people, including a caravan of Colombian officials and American intelligence agents. Among the civilians killed are the wife and son of LAFD firefighter, Captain Gordon “Gordy” Brewer, who was injured in the explosion. A tape is sent to the U.S. State Department, in which a masked man calling himself “El Lobo” (The Wolf) claims responsibility, explaining it was in retaliation for the oppression of Colombia by the United States. The FBI believes El Lobo is a Colombian terrorist named Claudio Perrini. CIA Special Agent Peter Brandt, the Colombia Station Chief, is harshly reprimanded for the incident by a Senate Oversight Committee, who promptly terminate all CIA operations in Colombia. Brandt angrily returns to Mompós and meets with his paramilitary allies to plan a major offensive to take down Claudio.
Frustrated at the political red tape regarding the investigation, Brewer travels to Mompós to personally hunt down Claudio but is quickly arrested for illegal entry. The guerrillas stage a prison break to free their comrades and abduct Brewer to demand a large ransom for him. Brandt’s unit is alerted to Brewer’s presence in Colombia but arrive too late. Brewer escapes the prison, avoids being captured, and secures a guerrilla zone pass from Canadian mechanic Sean Armstrong. Armstrong introduces him to drug runner Felix Ramirez, the manager of the cocaine distribution facility that finances the guerrillas. Pretending to be a mechanic, Brewer rigs several improvised explosives and destroys the facility. Felix is blamed for the destruction of the drug plant and is executed in front of a hiding Brewer’s eyes. Brewer infiltrates Claudio’s headquarters and plants a bomb to kill him, but he is captured when he tries to prevent a woman, Selena, from being caught in the blast radius along with her son, Mauro. At Claudio’s home compound, Selena reveals she is Claudio’s wife. She and Claudio once lost their own child during an American attack, which compelled Claudio to become a terrorist; Selena found and adopted Mauro, whose parents were killed in the attack. Nevertheless, Selena sympathizes with Brewer and admits that Claudio is planning another bombing in Washington, D.C..
Meanwhile, Brandt’s unit locates Claudio’s compound and launches an attack. During the ensuing shootout, Selena helps free Brewer and, along with Brandt, travels back to the State Department in Washington, D.C. to help the search effort for Claudio. Selena identifies Union Station as the target, and the FBI investigates. On the pretense of using the lavatory, Selena excuses herself from the command room and becomes irritated when Mauro refuses to come with her. When Brewer sees Selena make the same gesture as the masked man who claimed to be El Lobo in the tape, he realizes that she was the Wolf all along, and Claudio serves as her figurehead. Furthermore, Brewer surmises the real target is the State Department, and that he was used to help Selena get past the building’s security. Brewer quickly throws Mauro’s toy dinosaur, which is carrying a bomb, out a window moments before it explodes. Brandt, realizing Brewer’s suspicions, is shot and killed trying to stop Selena from fleeing the building.
Brewer chases Selena to the basement of the building where she and Claudio ride off through the underground tunnels on a motorcycle. Brewer finds the tunnel control console and shuts the gates, preventing their escape. Brewer chops open some gas lines along the walls of the tunnel and, as they ride back, Selena shoots at Brewer, igniting the gas. Brewer jumps through a doorway just as the entire tunnel explodes. Selena and Claudio survive the blast, however, and attack him simultaneously. After a short, hand to hand fight, Selena is electrocuted by being tossed on the exposed circuitry of the control panel, and Claudio is finally killed when Brewer throws an axe into his chest. In the aftermath, Brewer carries Mauro in his arms as they leave the State Department. A newscast voiceover explains that Brewer will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for preventing one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history from taking place.
Overall, Collateral Damage is a very good film and it is matched by a very good dvd, highly recommended!

REVIEW: YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN

CAST

Adam Sandler (Click)
John Turturro (Transformers)
Emmanuelle Chriqui (Wrong Turn)
Nick Swardson (30 Minutes or Less)
Lainie Kazan (Pixels)
Ido Mosseri (The Jews Are Coming)
Rob Schneider (The Hot Chick)
Kevin Nealon (Weeds)
Mariah Carey (Glitter)
George Takei (Star Trek)
Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty)
Chris Rock (Dogma)
Barry Livingston (Argo)
Kevin James (Paul Blart Mall Cop)
Henry Winkler (Happy Days)

Adam Sandler in You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)I went into Zohan not expecting anything but pure frivolous humor. You don’t go into films like this with any expectations, and I think that’s where a lot of the reviewers prior to myself went wrong. They went in expecting to see an evolution of Sandler’s humor, and while I would say that Zohan raised the bar a tad, it’s still Adam Sandler. Yes, it’s going to have a corny ending, a lot of physical humor.I found Zohan funny I think  a lot of the other reviewers missed, is that the film in no way expected to take itself seriously. The only serious moments were cheesy, predictable, and ultimately corny, which is irony in itself and only contributed to my bemused chuckling. Yes, a lot of the humor bordered on racial stereotyping, there were a lot of over-the-top accents and allusions to the Middle East, so if you’re the type to get touchy about that, feel free to skip. I found it to be a rather hilarious joke on the seriousness that everybody applies to the stereotyping. The stereotyping is, actually, rather fair and towards the end even shows plenty of good stereotyping.Adam Sandler in You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)If you want to spend an hour or two snickering and have an open mind, give Zohan a shot. Don’t expect an evolution of comedy. Don’t expect the bar to be raised, because that’s not what this film was trying to do. It was trying to be ridiculous and make people laugh.