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In movies on 08/18/2013 at 16:59

Take the brevity and gore of Cormac McCarthy, the handling and soundtrack from Vice City, plus Ron Perlman in some nice sweatsuits, and you’ve got Ryan Gosling-vehicle DRIVE. Considered by many as the most underrated and under-awarded movie of 2011, DRIVE tells the story of a Hollywood stunt driver who is lured away from his darker, part time job as a get away driver by the effortlessly enchanting Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her too cute son Benicio (Kaden Leos).

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Sucker Punch

In movies on 08/17/2013 at 14:49

Emily Browning

SUCKER PUCNH (2011), directed by Zack Snyder, is a film that comes at you in waves; you will find yourself engaged for several minutes at a time before catching yourself, realizing the dream-within-dream action sequences have all the depth of an E for Everyone action. At time the action is beautiful, with genuine moments of suspense, but the film’s artistic strengths are better demonstrated in the brothel scenes.

SUCKER PUNCH includes Snyder’s trademark obsessions with slow-motion, computer generated backgrounds, and roughly 20 minutes of unnecessary footage.

Emily Browning

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In movies, sports, writing on 10/22/2012 at 20:07

I recently watched the movie “Goon” starring Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill.

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Howl’s Moving Castle

In movies, writing on 10/22/2012 at 19:56


In need of some witchcraft and wizardry this Halloween season? Check out Studio Ghibli Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name. Read the rest of this entry »

PROMETHEUS: Or, An Argument For Piracy

In movies, writing on 10/10/2012 at 18:38


I won’t rehash the debate about piracy of music and movies, which has been ongoing in public forums and political gatherings for over a decade. Instead I’ll describe to you what just happened to me.

I was at Target and saw a display for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” on DVD. Having thoroughly enjoyed the movie in theaters, I decided I’d buy it. That decision immediately complicated:

1) Prometheus on DVD for $16.99.
2) Prometheus DVD/Blu-ray combo pack for $22.99
3) Prometheus 4-disc Collector’s Edition for $27.99

Collector's Edition

I don’t have a Blu-ray player, and I’m a thrift SOB, so I grabbed the DVD version. Upon closer examination I realized the DVD copy had NO special features other than an audio commentary track. Crestfallen, I looked over the combo pack. There were a few more special features, but to my dismay they were only on the Blu-ray version! Lastly, the Collector’s Edition and it’s 7+ hours of bonus content, exactly what I’d been looking for…. Read the rest of this entry »


In movies, writing on 10/08/2012 at 11:23

In the spirit of Halloween, I rewatched this horror classic.

Alien (1979)

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Movie Monday: Chico and Rita

In movies on 09/24/2012 at 17:07

Chico and Rita is a 2010 Spanish animated film that looks like “The Boondocks” mixed with the stories of Junot Diaz.

The characters are charmingly simple, fluidly working their was through cheery, storybook backgrounds. Chico and Rita move with startlingly human mechanics in scenes alive with movement: wide shots of the city and a particularly sensuous scene of Rita dancing highlight the movie’s warm and brilliant direction.

At times the animation looks amateurish, the victim of a stunted budget. While the voice acting is top notch, the script mismanages pacing frequently.

“Chico and Rita” 3/5

Watching “The Five Year Engagement”: A Five Year Engagement

In movies, writing on 09/11/2012 at 16:27

I was excited to watch this movie. Enough time had passed that I didn’t remember all the gags from the trailers. Each scene seemed to produce a brilliant cameo or two (Chris Parnell, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn–not to mention Chris Pratt and Alison Brie), there were plenty of laugh aloud jokes, and the narrative structure, pacing and set designs are wonderfully unique. However….

5yr Engagement

The unedited cut ran at a painful 131 minutes. From what I’ve gathered the theatrical run is not all that much shorter, which shocked me as there were at least a dozen sequences that had me thinking “No way is this in the actual movie.” Despite spanning 5 years (in what begins to feel like real time), “The 5 Year Engagement” ends up feeling rushed and actually has unresolved plot lines.

What you get is a beautifully shot, charmingly acted film that longs to be the next “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” but simply is not. Emily Blunt is radiant, Jason Segal is Jason Segal, and director Nicholas Stoller is most likely a hoarder to have kept all these unnecessary scenes in tact.

The Five Year Engagement: 6.3/10

MOVIE MONDAY: Sharks and Sea Turtles, According to Sandy Plankton

In movies, writing on 09/10/2012 at 23:06

This Friday Pixar’s Finding Nemo 3D hits theaters. Instead of shelling out $14 for glasses like a did for The Lion King, I popped in my Finding Nemo 2-Disc Collector’s Edition and enjoyed a seminal animation studio at their very best.

Pixar's Finding Nemo 3D

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MOVIE MONDAY: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

In movies, writing on 09/03/2012 at 15:33

On Friday, September 7th, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” will be getting the IMAX treatment to support the upcoming Blu-ray release of this Spielberg/Lucas classic. Luckily no FX have been added, but the sound has been restored and remastered for surround sound quality.


I will not rehash the plot of RAIDERS. If you have not seen the film, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. Raiders is one of the best action films ever made, and is perhaps the best adventure movie you’ll ever see. There is a charm that even Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade cannot manage to duplicate, a brash arrogance perfectly embodied by Indie himself, a contender for greatest movie hero of all time.

Still, it’s hard shelling out money for a movie you’ve seen a hundred times and probably own, but Raiders is a movie you must see on a big screen if given the chance.

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