Saturday, March 27, 2010


Not my typical movie fare but since I had the time to kill I decided to stop in and see this art house film of marital infidelity, betrayal and starring one of my favorite actresses, Julianne Moore. Catherine, played by Moore, believes her husband, played by Liam Neeson, is cheating on her so she hires an escort, played by the lovely and sexy Amanda Seyfried, to trap her husband and confirm her suspicions. A rather subdued movie but well acted and has an amazingly hot make-out scene between Moore and Seyfried. Seyfriend appears to be pulling a Gerard Butler and is the hot commodity star appearing in multiple films this year. A decent enough film but there are other films out that you may want to see instead and just wait to rent this one for date night.

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Hot Tub Time Machine

If you don't get the premise from the title of this film or the trailer, I can't help you here. Being a teenager of the 80's and a fan of the John Cusack classics like The Sure Thing, Better Off Dead, and One Crazy Summer, this was a must see movie for my generation. The comedy is good but not raunchy as is the norm for the current crop of comedies and it does deliver on the 80's tradition of T&A, spandex, and parachute pants. Hearing someone yell, "I want my two dollars", on the screen and in the audience met my expectations so I got my money's worth. Stand out comedy moments and laughs all come from Rob Corddry who rules fronting Motley Lue.

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How To Train Your Dragon: An IMAX 3D Experience

After getting over the sticker shock of the $10 surcharge on my regular matinee fee for 3D and IMAX, I really enjoyed this film and recommend it to every one as a real visual and story telling treat. The story is about a young viking who wants to be a dragon hunter like his father but gets derailed when he befriends and takes care of a mysterious dragon that he helps recover from the lost of a tail fin. The voice cast includes stars you would not expect in a typical kid film but an adult comedy like Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller. The various dragons are really cool and fun to learn about much like my joy of reading the Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manuals from TSR back in junior high school - enjoyed the manuals more than playing the game. I will definitely be getting this little treasure for my movie collection when it hits DVD - maybe even Blu-ray.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bitch Slap

If you want an updated and cool twist on the Russ Meyer sexploitation flicks of the 60's then this movie has everything you want to see as repeated by Michael Hurst in the DVD extras with lots of "tits and guns". Our three femme fatales, Hel, Camero and Trixie, are played by Erin Cummings, America Olivo and Julia Voth and they are smokin' hot and deliver a fun flick with further plot twists a la Memento and The Usual Suspects. Besides Hurst there are plenty of cameos by your Hercules and Xena favorites like Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Conner, Kevin Sorbo and stunts coordinated by the awesome Zoe Bell. Besides the wood-inducing trailer, I knew this was going to be a great movie when the clips shown during the opening credits rolled by with classic scenes from all of the great B-movies from my youth that I was not allowed to watch until I was older. A balls out fun film and a definite must see for all guys who have not had their man card punched in a while,

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths

DC Comics brings us a new straight to DVD movie featuring the Justice League and a tale of the DC multiverse where they are recruited by a "good" Lex Luther to help take down criminal superheroes from a parallel earth. The voice talents include William Baldwin as Batman (really?), Mark Harmon as Superman, and Chris Noth as Lex Luthor with James Woods as Owlman and Gina Torres as Superwoman. Any DC story dealing with the "mirror mirror" version of the Justice League always seemed lacking to me in the comics and unfortunately the movie suffers the same fate. Why could DC not keep with the actors who have voiced these characters well in the past? The best reveal in the film is how Wonder Woman gets her invisible plan and the DVD extra, DC Showcase: The Spectre written by Steve Niles, made a better film then the DVD's namesake.

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The Bounty Hunter

Gerard Butler is a bounty hunter who is tasked with taking his bail jumping ex-wife, played by Jennifer Aniston, to jail but things get complicated when he finds out she may be actually telling the truth about a faked suicide and a police cover up. The chemistry between the two is OK but not really convincing. The best laughs are to be found in the trailer with Christine Baranski giving the movie a touch of class as the lounge singer mother of Aniston. Will 2010 be another high profile year for Butler? Only time will tell but let's hope the rest of the year is filled with the action films he does well.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The trailer for this movie hooked me from the start. The kids are adorable and the depiction of middle school bullies, cooties, and the "cheese touch" are hilarious. Steve Zahn and Rachel Harris play the parents of our wimpy kid and make me wish my parents where that much fun when I went to ol' Central Junior High School. Chloe Moretz, who will be staring in Kick-Ass as Hit-Girl later this summer, plays the older and wiser school reporter who documents our wimp's exploits to be the number one kid in his grade but just fails miserably. A fun movie for the kids that will bring back bitter sweet memories for the parents - check it out.

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Repo Men

Early critics of this movie did not seem to like it because of the violence and the blood but what did they expect from the film? The story is about two friends, Jake and Remy, played by Forest Whitaker and Jude Law, who repossess artificial body parts from clients who have defaulted on their payments - of course it is going to be violent and bloody! The story is interesting and has potential but the climax is unsatisfying but to be expected. Liev Schreiber plays a great asshole an steals all the scenes he is part of. The movie is worth checking out but too bad it is not a must have for my movie collection regardless of the red stuff.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Green Zone

Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon have teamed back up to bring us this new political action thriller based on the US's efforts to locate Iraq's WMDs, or weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately, this movie is nothing like the successful Bourne films and the political intrigue is dumbed down and spoon feed to the audience. The film is rather meh to be honest and forgettable which does a real disservice to the subject matter. How about just giving us another Bourne film because that is what we wanted anyway and were lead to believe from the trailers. Definitely wait to see this on cable and save yourself the price of admission.

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She's Out of My League

Jay Baruchel, from Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, stars as the an average guy who lucks in to a relationship with a "hard 10" played by Alice Eve to the surprise and ribbing of his close friends and family. Jay and Alice make a cute couple and the story has some very funny moments but it does not make it to the the level of There's Something About Mary. The trailer leads you to believe the movie would be a bit more raunchy but it tops out as a feel good movie. I enjoyed the film and look forward to seeing Alice Eve again on the big screen. Another highlight was seeing Debra Jo Rupp from That 70's Show but I wish her part was bigger because she is always funny and fun to watch.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland 3D (2010)

I must say I have never been a fan of the Alice in Wonderland movies I had seen or have I ever read the actual books those movies were based on but if Tim Burton was doing a new film then I needed to see it. Luck had it that I got to see this opening night in 3D with a group of my good friends in celebration of floogee's birthday - Happy Birthday Mike - and also an impossible thing happened that night in that this was the first film we had all seen with our friend Abigail that see actually liked! The effects were amazing in 3D and the story was very engaging with Johnny Depp's Madhatter retelling of the Jabberwocky tale the highlight of the film for me. All of the Tim Burton faithful where in the audience and were as happy with film as we were. The film is truly a marvel and a must see for everyone - especially in 3D!

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