Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
What is it about?Johnny Knoxville plays an old man whose wife just died. He seems pretty broken up about it. "It's about time. I thought she'd never die!" His daughter gets arrested for drugs, and leaves her son with him. He is tasked with taking his grandson across country to drop him off with the boy's father. The only thing Knoxville seems to be interested in is getting a woman to take off her clothes.
You will like it if...You like raunchy comedies. I was suprised at the amount of story that this movie had considering who the makers are. The previews make it look like a low budget smattering of Jackass skits that are made to be funny rather than dangerous. However, this is a full fledged movie. There is a lot of gross out comedy. A few of the skits were so funny that if I had milk it would have shot out through my nose like a nailgun. Some people won't like this brand of comedy, but for those who do this is a must see.
Friday, October 25, 2013
What is it about?Michael Fassbender plays the title character who is in love with Penelope Cruz, and who could blame him? She is sexy! He is thinking about doing some kind of shady deal with Javier Bardem. Javier is in love with Cameron Diaz, and who could blame him? She is sexy and intelligent. She also scares the crap out of him. Brad Pitt plays the middle man who seem to have the whole game figured out. Now who is to blame then?
You will like it if...You like intelligent thrillers with allstar casts. The cast is excellent including Rosie Perez. The dialogue was also fantastic, it made me think I was watching a Quentin Tarantino movie. The issue with the movie is that the storyline is so convoluted, especially at the beginning, that it's hard to figure out what exactly is going on. It all seems like random events thrown together until you are about a third of the way in. There are a lot of things to like about this movie, but it can also be frustratingly confusing. I really enjoyed this movie, but I can tell it isn't for everyone. More than anything it made me want to read the book it was based on.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
What is it about?This is the story of Wikileaks.org. Actually it's the story of the men behind putting it together, and the rise of the site into prominence within the news industry. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Daniel Berg who helped to build the wikileaks site. At the same time he tries to keep Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.org, from going too far in his quest to release classified information.
You will like it if...You like true life dramatizations. "Based on a true story" is just a neat way to fictionalize something that actually happened. This movie is based off two books. One of which was written by Daniel Berg, and the other written by two employees of The Guardian. The script is bipolar in it's presentation. It equally sings the praises of Wikileaks.org, and shows the shortcomings of Julian Assange. The two are at times presented as being the same thing. You can tell that the authors of the books that the script is based on do not view Assange in a favorable light. Bennedict Cumberbatch's performance as Assange is fantastic, and the story is interesting which makes makes it worth checking out. The poor script and one-sided presentation are why you should probably wait for it to come out on redbox.
Friday, October 18, 2013
What is it about?Stallone plays a security consultant named Breslin whose job is to break out of prisons. He uses his skills to help tighten security, and ensure the prisoners stay in prison. He gets offered a job to break out of a private prison that the CIA uses to hold the worst of the worst. Once he gets in, he finds out that they don't want to ever let him out. He has to escape. The prison was designed using Breslin's book as a guide. In other words, they know all of his tricks.
You will like it if...You like smart prison escape movies. This one is like a mix between the old 80's action movies that the two stars used to be in and Law Abiding Citizen or Inside Man. The movie tries very hard to be smart, and it succeeds.. sort of. It falls short of being as good as those other two movies I compare it to. There isn't as much action as you would expect from a Stallone / Schwarzenegger movie. They couldn't resist having at least a few scenes where they run through a hail of bullets, and don't get any injury more serious than a hangnail. Overall it is a mildly entertaining movie that comes close but doesn't quite reach it's potential.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
What is it about?Machete Kills. Seriously... what more do you need to know? OK Ok.. Machete and his girlfriend Sartana are investigating an arms sale that goes bad. Sartana ends up being killed (Noooooo not Jessica Alba!!) after finding out that a missle was part of the sale. Machete finds her body, and is knocked out shortly after. Now a radical named Mendez has aimed the missle at Washington. The President recruits Machete to save the day.
You will like it if...You liked the first one. Everything is done in the over-the-top grindhouse style Robert Rodriguez helped to bring back in movies like Machete and Planet Terror. The action is just as crazy and stylized as the first movie. There are a few things that make this movie inferior to the original. Some of the humor of the first one is missing or the same jokes are repeated. The story is crafted mostly to set up a third movie, so it feels incomplete. It is more of the same Machete action in a shiny new package.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
So what do we do to keep focusing on what is important, and put the distractions aside?