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Zero Dark Thirty

by on Jan.12, 2013, under 2013

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★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7-10)

 Zero Dark Thirty

   This has been a hard one for me to put into words.    The whole point of this site was to not over analyze films, and give the causal viewer a place where movies aren’t over thought.    Problem is I can’t stop thinking about this movie.  It’s not a bad film, its crafted with care, it’s not preaching an ideology, there are a couple fleeting references to WMD, and a reference to interrogation techniques changing in 2008, but nothing shoved down your throat.   There are no moments that pander to the audience, no moments that make you want to cheer.  It’s a raw stone cold telling of the hunt for Bin Laden.

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Grand Reopening, and the LAMB.

by on Jan.12, 2013, under 2013

 

As most of you know, I was not around from September until the end of November, and during that time away, I couldn’t dedicate the time needed to this blog.    Well, that time is over, and I am thrilled to be back to writing.I will try to resume my normal schedule of posting.  TV Tuesday, DVD Wednesday, New Release Friday, along with a Friday Five list.  Also, as time goes on, suggestions for Friday Five’s would be appreciated.

 

Also, while I was away, I was accepted into the Large Association of Movie Blogs, the LAMB.  Being in that group is something I have wanted for a long time, and now that I am back, I can’t wait to start interacting with the community, building a reader database and having some great film discussion.

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TV Tuesday: Psych.

by on Aug.16, 2012, under TV Tuesday

 

Where do I even begin with Psych.  I remember watching the pilot and thinking it was going to be a pretty great show, but I lost track of it and have really only started to appreciate it over the last couple years.   I think it resonates with me because the relationship between Shawn and Gus reminds me a lot of the relationship between me and my best friend.  People that would do anything for each other,  that have so many inside jokes that they have forgotten more than they actually use, and that just have a chemistry between them that doesn’t exist in most friendships.    Psych takes crime, adds a quirky main character, which reminds me of the formula of Monk, and  rolls in as many pop culture references as you can fit into 47 minutes.  Lately I have been revisiting the first six seasons with my best friend,  and have found this series to be completely  worth a second look.   There are so many subtle jokes, and clues and references, and of course, pineapples, hidden that you really can’t absorb anything in one viewing.   Ok then, lets take a look back at Psych!  Allons-y!

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TV Tuesday/DVD Wednesday

by on Aug.15, 2012, under Uncategorized

Posts are written, and ready to go, but some heavy thunderstorms has caused some internet problems.  I will add the full posts as soon as my connection returns to normal.

 

Sorry for the delay.   TV Tuesday will be…Psych!

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The Campaign

by on Aug.10, 2012, under 2012, New Release

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Could this break the endless streak of terrible reviews and awful summer movies?   Actually, it does!  Finally something going over 5 stars.   I almost gave this one 7,  but the 30 minutes sort of fizzle, but for the most part this is easily the best comedy of the summer.

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The Bourne Legacy.

by on Aug.10, 2012, under 2012, New Release

★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

 

The Bourne Legacy brings us yet another summer train wreck.  I’m not typically this hard on movies because I believe they are just meant to be an escape, and if you can  just sit back and be lost in another world for a few hours, then there is nothing wrong with that, no matter how cheesy the movie is.  I mean, I really enjoy some pretty terrible movies sometimes.   That being said, lets talk mostly spoiler free about one of the two movies I have for you today.

 

The Bourne franchise lost both Matt Damon, and director Paul Greengrass heading into the fourth installment.   Typically that means one of two things, reboot, or recast.   The solution here was to take Jeremy Renner, and basically make him an upgrade, Jason Bourne 2.0.    Along for the ride are Rachel Weiz, Edward “Don’t Call Me The Hulk” Norton,  and even Stacy Keach, who hopefully gets paid by the world, as the first half of this film is back story and exposition.

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TV Tuesday Mystery Science Theater 3000.

by on Aug.07, 2012, under TV Tuesday

   TV Tuesday time, and I was trying to choose between 2 shows for this post.  Psych, or Mystery Science Theater 3000.  I have been watching a LOT of Psych lately with one of my best friends, but I figured that most people are aware of Psych, and can at least find it if they want to.   Mystery Science Theater 3000 (from this point on MST3k)  ran for a total of 11 seasons, 1 on public tv in Minneapolis, MN, 7 seasons on Comedy Central, and 3 more on the SciFi Channel, and spawned one feature film, MST3k The Movie.    Its quite possibly the most successful show that most people I know have never heard of.    What I have learned though, is that a lot of people have seen it, but wasn’t sure what it was.  Its the image below that usually makes people say “Oh yes, I have seen that, it was really funny.” or something close

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Total Recall

by on Aug.06, 2012, under 2012, New Release


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
 

And the “Summer of Mostly Dreadful Movies” continues with Total Recall.   Not even sure where to start with this one.    Basically its a paint by numbers action flick.  Handsome star, Beautiful female star(s)  Slick FX and starring the Robots from form I, Robot. I liked this movie better when it was called Blade Runner.  And Total Recall 20 years ago.

 

Starting this one off bitter?  You bet.   Every remake that I have actually liked takes the source material, and makes something new out of it.  Same characters, same universe, different story.   Here, there is dialog and scenes pulled directly from the previous film. Down to the 3 breasted hooker.

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Our New Home

by on Aug.06, 2012, under Uncategorized

It is going to take me a while to clean up the dust around here, and get this site to be what I wanted it to be.  But to keep myself  focused on blogging, I have registered a domain and pay for the hosting now, which should give me enough motivation to make this site what I always wanted it to be.

I will be writing about everything here, movies, college football, and everything in between.   I hope you enjoy the new spot

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The Watch

by on Aug.05, 2012, under 2012, New Release

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★★★☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

When I first saw a trailer for The Watch, I was pretty excited.  Vince VaughnJonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade.  Written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (who did the screenplay for the VERY funny Goon, which was only on ppv and limited release but was a fantastic movie)   Directed by Akiva Schaffer, of The Lonely Island fame, and the movie Hot Rod, which I feel is a very under rated movie.   You have a very talented group of people from top to bottom here, and expectations were pretty good going in.

What actually happened was me spending over 90 minutes waiting for the funny to actually start.   Ben Stiller is given nothing to attempt to be funny with,  Vince Vaughn pretty much is Vince Vaughn in every movie he’s has ever been in, throw in an alien invasion, and you have what mounts to a fly in the soup.   Its dreadfully slow, every joke seems to be forced improv.  I laughed once during the entire movie, and maybe cracked a small grin another time.   It just doesn’t get funny.  Ever.  Hit the “read more” link below

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