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DayBreakers

The Placebo soundtrack on the trailer really drew me in.  That and the tag line "The Matrix meets 28 Days Later." Overall, it was following the recent trend i.e. normal vampire movie with a twist.  Not very engaging. The only link to the Matrix was tehir se of humans to survive… for blood this time, obviously.. not being used as batteries.  The Matrix had it done better though… they had a plan in place to replace dead humans… here the dead humans just die… leaving a blood shortage.

Anyway… it was a filler movie. something you can waste your time with and would be just as good if you got it on DVD or waited for it come on TV.

What was great about it was the colouring and the cinematography. It was noir in a  modern way and the soundtrack fit the movie really well.  Also, Ethan Hawke makes a really good vampire. On the plot… I like how they put in all the normal stuff that happens after being a vampire becomes normalised.  Things like the economy, class systems, food shortages, etc. start to take over the agenda.

I’d give the movie a 6/10 :) Enjoy.

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My Most Anticipated 2010

2009 had some great films, but it also had its share of stinkers. I’m not going to do a post on the potentially horrible films of 2010 (it would be waaaay too long). Lets stay optimistic and look at the five best looking films of the next twelve months. Continue reading →

My Top Ten

Ok, there have been absolutely way too many top ten lists, but it’s kind of a must do for film critics…sorry. Here it is.

(In no particular order)

1. Up
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. Avatar
4. The Hurt Locker
5. Star Trek
6. Inglourious Basterds
7. Up In The Air
8. District 9
9. 500 Days of Summer
10. Where the Wild Things Are

Though you need to know that I live in a town with a fairly lame theater and haven’t seen most of the good movies. Including, but not limited to: Precious, The Road, The White Ribbon, Nine, An Education, A Single Man, The Messenger, and Crazy Heart. I really need to move…

Armored: Review

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Armored

Rating: ★☆☆☆

It starts with a simple enough idea. A couple of guys working for an armored car company. In about three words they tell the few ideas that are necessary for the story to work. The cars will all be outfitted with GPS (when, who knows…they just aren’t there yet) and that the next day they will be transporting forty-two million dollars. A whole lotta dough. In another two minutes they lay it all out for us. Ty (Columbus Short) is having money problems. Big ones that unsurprisingly decide to be unbearable just a few days before the big heist. Mike (Matt Dillon) decides that since Ty has earned his stripes he should be brought into the loop. They are going to jack their own cars. Stash the money then set it up to look like they were robbed. Easy as that. To make everything look good, Ty has to say no. He has to worry about the whole thing before he agrees. Magically nine hours after the idea is floated he shows up ready to play his part. Lets just say that things go downhill from there (Take that how you wish).

If they had taken the time to do rewrites on the script they would have noticed that it is some of the most inane drivel ever seen on paper. The fact that the characters names were repeated dozens of times was the least of the problems. I would be more then happy to send over a few books on screenwriting to Mr. Simpson if he would like. All I need is your address.

Screenplay problems aside, the movie was still flawed. Matt Dillon was in full drama mode with his face set and his eyes bold. His voice extra strong. It was a shame to see such a great cast take their places in the back, relegated to such obscure tasks as pounding bolts, and grunting a lot. They additions (Fishburne, and Reno mostly) were brought on to accent the cast, but their inability to show their acting ability brought the entire movie down a notch. It was sad to watch.

Mostly this movie suffered from having no story. No story meant they had to find some way to take up time. Some way to fill the onscreen minutes. Instead of filling the time with car chases (There was one, we’ll get to that in a minute) and beatings, they chose to fill it with insane conversations where nothing happened except the characters names were repeated a few more times and they both pleaded their side of the story. About the car chase. Imagine the sheer power, the power brought on by the weight of two armored trucks trying to ram each other off the road. Strong right, can’t you just see the dust billowing up, the metal sheering off where the two ran into each other in their attempts to be the victor. Ok, that’s what it could have been. Somehow they managed to turn a car chase with great potential into one of the slowest sequences in the film. Shame.

Please don’t waste your time on this. It’s not even looking out for at RedBox. Just let it die. Please.

Jennifer’s Body Update

     This post is related to the end of my review of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen which can be found in the June archives of this site. Anyways in that review I made a comment about getting Megan Fox naked in a movie(not me personally sadly). Well now every man’s dream is coming true and she finally agreed to get naked in her new film Jennifer’s Body with her as the title character. Unsure of what we see and how much she was actually paid is questionable I have heard we see only breasts to a full body shot, it is unsure. As for how much she was paid I personally have heard contract prices ranging from 15 to 25 million. The film is scheduled to release on September 18th, 2009 in the U.S. and Canada.

YUM! Fire.

YUM! Fire.

 

 

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The Goods

   

Rating: ½☆☆☆

     Many have heard the quote “don’t judge a book by its cover.” You may have heard this from a parent, teacher, or mentor growing up. It is possible to apply this quote to movies by simply saying don’t judge a movie by its trailer because if I had followed this advice and not watched ”The Goods” I would have nearly 90 minutes of my life back.

     “The Goods” consists of an all-star cast, wait I mean more or less well-known cast. Watching this film with an open mind you may discover all the characters start out okay and eventually fall into a pile of non-effort actors and actresses with the exception of three characters. Ving Rhames character, Jibby Newsome, Don Ready’s (Jeremy Piven) friend and sales partner, Craig Robinson’s character, D.J. Request, a DJ brought in by Don Ready and Will Ferrel’s character Craig McDermott a mystery man from Don’s past. Many hopes were held high upon seeing the cast, many known for comedy performances in the past. Such as David Koechner, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, the list goes on but not for too long.

Don Ready and the team ready to ruin what could have been a good movie. (Excluding Ving of course)

Jeremy Piven and the team ready to ruin what could have been a good movie. (Excluding Ving of course)

    

 

     The basic plot is that Don Ready a used-car liquidator and his team are hired by a failing dealership to help empty the lot for the dealership’s Fourth of July sale. The one scene worth watching was the one that was previewed in the theatrical trailer so if you saw that trailer, you saw the good version of the  movie! Several cameos, impressions, sexual content, and language is all the film has on its plate but it is simply not enough to feed the hungry moviegoer. This film does not even deserve a long review, there is no more need to write anything except for good job Ving Rhames, Craig Robinson, and Will Ferrell. Oh and Jeremy Piven you were doing okay then you blew it sorry. 

Ed Helms and Jordana Spiro in "The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard"

Ed Helms and Jordana Spiro in "The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard"

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Review: In The Loop



Promotional Poster for the movie parodying Obama’s famous Campaign Poster

One thing you have to admit… British Comedy has the uncanny ability to force the laughter out of you. With its heavily-laden sarcasm loaded with metaphors and similes and utterly, utterly offensive bad language. Some of it will make you cringe while you’re splitting your sides.

‘In The Loop’ is one of those comedies you really must watch. It’s a political satire split halfway between America and the UK and deals with different political relationships and the ‘politics’ behind them. It also puts politics as a heavy-handed one-up-manship between countries (USA and UK) and within the governments of those countries. Now this all sounds very serious but look at only two aspects… the relationships and comedy. These are the classic hallmarks of great comedy. Pissed off Brits taking the mick out of each other doesn’t fail to please either.

I loved the movie and I highly recommend it.

To get the nitty gritties out of the way (director, plot, etc.)… here’s the excerpt from Wikipedia

In the Loop is a feature film directed by Armando Iannucci. It is an spinoff from the BBC TV series The Thick of It satirising Anglo-American politics in the 21st century. The film was released on 17 April 2009 in the United Kingdom.

In the film, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom are looking to launch a war in the Middle East. The plot follows government officials and advisers in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it. It stars Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Anna Chlumsky, Gina McKee, Steve Coogan and David Rasche. The film is a joint collaboration between BBC Films and the UK Film Council.

Enough talk.. Go See it :)

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The Ugly Truth

   

Rating: ★★½☆

      First off I would like to say when I heard that this film was rated “R” I became quite excited to see it. Gerard Butler, who in my opinion is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood right now, is more or less the reason the film was rated “R”. Butler plays Mike Chadway who in the script is called a ” male chauvinist”.  In the beginning of the film Chadway has his own public television show called, you guessed it “The Ugly Truth” where he shares his theories on relationships and each genders likes and dislikes. Katherine Heigl plays the relationship/love challenged Abby Richter. A producer for a local morning show who stumbles across Chadway’s show one evening and calls in live and disowns Chadway’s theories and beliefs while Chadway accuses her over the phone of being a lesbian, a dog, and finally ugly. Abby is horrified the next day at work when she realizes Chadway is now to have his own segment on her show every day. The film revolves mostly around Chadway’s segments on the show and Abby and his relationship as he helps her solve her dating problems and get Mr. Dreamy while he, you guessed it falls for her.

 

Heigl and Butler

Heigl and Butler

      The film itself was made quite well with a plot not seen often in a romantic comedy and one that has radically vulgar humor but not as bad as say Borat or Bruno. Yes many are thinking that it is a chick flick but it is still a film that many guys could enjoy and should not be overlly embarassed.

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Yet the most shocking thing I found out about the movie is, generally in film there will be small-time characters where the actor/actress takes away from the movie with their poor acting but in this particular film I saw many new faces who had quite large parts and did superbly. My educated guess for an explanation of this phenomenon is either not well-known talent or we have the director to thank, Robert Luketic. This film was Luketic’s 7th film he directed. After seeing this film and you are interested in past work of Luketic I would suggest his past popular films,  Legally Blonde and 21. All in all this may be my favorite chick-flick to date because of its new witty and vulgar humor and great acting from Heigl, Butler and supporting cast. So in the end the ugly truth is that many guys will enjoy this film hopefully.

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Sneek Peak: Tim Burton’s Remake of Alice in Wonderland

Another one of my ‘most awaited’ remakes of all time. I remember growing up with Alice in Wonderland as a story and no doubt later recalling how that particular story had shaped my perception and shaped my life. I felt the same way when I first saw the Matrix. It had the effect of a crow-bar prying open my mind to new possibilities and opportunities. I loved it.

And here it is again… so far only a few pics of the movie have been released and the cast looks brilliant, with a few staples from the Tim Burton toolbox. Namely, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts. The nice touch is Anne Hathaway as the White Queen.

The movie is set to release on 5 March 2010.
Here’s an idea of what it’s going to look like…


Alice in the Caterpillar’s Garden


Johnny Depp – The Mad Hatter

Helena Bonham Carter – The Queen of Hearts

Anne Hathaway – The White Queen

I remember posting before on Sarah Michelle Gellar working on creating the movie version of that AWESOME game, American McGee’s Alice. I don’t
know when that will be released, but one at a time… right now I’m looking forward to Tim Burton’s recreation. I wonder who’s playing Alice???

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