Monthly Archives: September 2016

StevenF Review of Masterminds

The comedy Masterminds was released on September 30, 2016. The movie is based on the true story behind the largest armored car robbery in American history. David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) works as a driver for an armored car company and is due to be married to a woman (Kate McKinnon) who chose him after her fiance died. His life takes a total turn when Kelly (Kristen Wiig), his former partner, lures him into helping with a robbery.

The original robbery happened in 1997 and resulted in a heist of $17 million. The stupidity of all of the participants was beyond belief. The actors were very good and, for the most part, managed to portray these characters as people and not stereotypes. The story flowed along and there were some good action scenes. The director was also good as well as the CGI. There was one gross scene involving a tarantula…just for fair warning. Owen Wilson was good as Steve, the sleazy head of the robbers. Leslie Jones was also good as a FBI agent.

I enjoyed this movie and was impressed that the comedy did not turn into a bunch of stupid potty jokes. I recommend this movie and will put it on my (re)watch list. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Paul’s review of The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor stars James Caan as Harold Grainey a reclusive old man whose teenage neighbours decide to conduct a study on him to see how he will react if he thinks his house is haunted. The film was released on September 16th 2016 and is rated R/15.

Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist are Ethan and Shaun the two high school students who set up spy cameras and other devices to watch and control devices within Grainey’s house. They monitor and record it all from Ethan’s house across the street. However, what starts out as a prank soon leads to a devastating tragedy due to a series of weird coincidences.

When I started to watch I thought I had picked another rubbish movie, but this was soon dismissed as I became enthralled with what was happening. Miller and Gilchrist play their parts well, but James Caan definitely steals the show with his portrayal of a grumpy old man, and you will feel for him towards the end of the movie. Overall, I would have to rate this 5 out of 5.