Month: November 2010

The Expendables

The 80’s were a interesting time for the US.  Some say it was the start of the decline of the economy thanks to the ACTOR we elected to be our president.  The US performed three major military operations.  Excuse let me rephrase that, we had 1 disaster of a hostage rescue, 1 successful hostage rescue/dictator overthrow, and 1 “war” (a term I’ll use very loosely) that lasted all of what, 2 weeks?  Maybe it was these factors that led to the explosion of 80’s action movies, since we seemed to have alot of pent-up aggression to release.  The action movies of the 80’s play out more like slasher horror movies than anything else.  (Before I continue, don’t take this as a massive glass of haterade on the movies of the past, I just have a standard when it comes to movies and I like a little brains and realism in my entertainment)  One man, alone, taking on the armies of the world while at the same time shaking his middle finger to aliens challenging them to invade all the while throwing out the worst one liners and flattest dialogue you can squeeze into 90 minutes explosions and shooting.  Thank god we smarted up and starting bringing a little realism into movies. That is until Sylvester Stallone got behind a typer writer and decided we needed to revisit those glory days.  Stallone, for the love...

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Green Zone

I’ll admit, when I first seen the preview for this, I was mildly excited for this one.   One of those, ‘well if nothing else is out then I’ll check it’.  Opening weekend comes around with me and the misses seeing She’s out of my league before seeing this the next day.  I feel stupid for putting this one off.  I was blown away by this one.The plot is simple enough to follow while dealing with present day politics.Matt Damon plays Roy Miller, a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army tasked with investigating and finding WMDs in the opening months of the Iraq War.  Unfortunately all the sites he goes to are empty, causing him to question his superiors about the intelligence. The movie follows 4 main characters; Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) is the US ambassador in charge of turning Iraq into a peaceful Democracy and was apparently the driving force for the war, Martin Brown (Brandon Gleeson) a CIA chief also questioning the WMD intelligence, General Al-Rawi (Yigal Noar) the Iraqi General who wants peace in the middle east and is interested in brokering a deal with the US to maintain stability, and Miller the guy on the ground following the clues looking for answers.What really made this movie stand out to me was how well everything flowed together.  The characters are well balanced and are easy to watch.  The...

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Home Alone

The 1990 comedy Home Alone is distributed by 20th Century Fox.  Some of its stars include Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, Joe Pesci as Harry, Daniel Stern as Marv, Roberts Blossom as Marley, Catherine O’Hara as Kate McCallister, and John Heard as Peter McCallister.  The film’s memorable score is composed by John Williams (Star Wars).  The director is Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire). The story takes place primarily in Chicago, Illinois.  Kevin McCallister is the youngest of five children.  His Aunt Leslie and Uncle Frank and their five kids are staying with them for the night.  In the morning they are to board a plane to Paris where they will spend the holidays with Frank and Peter’s brother Rob.  After Kevin’s older brother Buzz deliberately eats up all of the cheese pizza, which is his little brother’s favorite, he pushes him against the counter, causing the milk to spill all over.  Everyone automatically blames Kevin and he is sent to bed early.  Before he goes up for the night, he wishes he would never see his family again.  The next morning after the power had gone out overnight, everyone wakes up late and there is a mad rush to get everything ready.  Kevin, asleep in the attic and unaware of the chaos below, doesn’t hear them.  The family mistakes a neighbor boy for Kevin and takes off for the airport.  When he finally wakes up...

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The Natural

The Natural is 1984 drama distributed by TriStar Pictures.  Some of its stars include Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, Glenn Close as Iris Gaines, Wilford Brimley as Pop Fisher, Robert Duvall as Max Mercy, and Kim Basinger as Memo Paris.  The producers are Philip M. Breen (Judith), Robert F. Colesberry (Mississippi Burning), Mark Johnson (The Notebook), and Roger Towne (TV movie In the Company of Spies).  The director is Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam). The story focuses on a young up-and-coming baseball player named Roy Hobbs.  He is on a train to Chicago where he will try out for the Cubs.  Along the way, the train stops at a carnival where Roy is challenged to strike out “The Whammer”, the best hitter in the majors, on just three pitches.  After he succeeds, a young mysterious woman named Harriet Byrd introduces herself to young Hobbs.  He takes an immediate liking to her before she excuses herself for the night.  Later on after the train arrives in Chicago, Roy is called upon by Harriet to come to her room where she shoots him in the stomach before jumping to her own death.  Sixteen years later, a fictional National League team known as the New York Knights signs a 35-year-old Hobbs.  Pop Fisher, manager and co-owner of the team, is upset that his partner went over his head and signed such an...

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Batman (1966)

Sometimes it’s okay to not take a film seriously. This is notably true in B-movies. They are so bad, it is nearly impossible to help but love the way the production was handled. And 1966’s “Batman” is one of those movies that you just want to hate, but eventually adore it. It’s campy, it’s silly, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. Yet the quality of the film might turn off some viewers who are not into this sort of material. But everything aside, “Batman” may not have the serious overtones of the newer films, it still is very enjoyable. The plot of the movie revolves around the 1960s TV series of the same name. Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward respectively), must stop their most dastardly villains: The Penguin, The Riddler, The Joker, and Catwoman. These super criminals plan on going to the United Nations building and capture some of the world’s most poignant leaders. It’s up to our heroes to stop the bad guys from initiating their plan into action. “Batman” is one of those movies where you have to be in a good mood or have prior knowledge of what’s going on. This is one of those films that have the distinct title of so bad it’s-good because it’s so cheesy you like and dislike it at the same time. For instance, Batman...

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