Month: August 2011

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

To simplify my thoughts on Conan the Barbarian is easy; this is a movie that is exactly what I thought it would be when I decided to watch it. It’s an action movie without an original thought in its bones, with a plot that serves just to guide us through a great number of action scenes, with actors who seem largely indifferent about what’s happening. We open similarly to the original Conan the Barbarian. Our titular character, Conan (Leo Howard while he’s a child), has his village attacked. His father is killed by a man named Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), who unearths a piece of a mask that was hidden in the village. He claims that the mask will make him a god, and that he’ll be able to rule much of the world once it’s complete. However, once it’s put together, he tells us that his mission is only halfway complete. The blood of a girl is needed as well, we find out later on, although why it takes Khalar twenty years to find her is not explained. That’s when we pick up after the village slaying. Conan (now played by Jason Momoa), who was the sole survivor, is a pirate who goes around killing people he deems to be evil. We watch him in an action scene massacring a bunch of slave traders, rescuing the slaves, and...

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            It is said that we use twenty five percent of our brains and with that percentage many have used it to become doctors, lawyers, politicians, scientists or even are born geniuses. What if we could use one hundred percent instead? What would the possibilities be? Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a struggling writer, is put to the test when his ex brother-in-law gives him one pill that will change how he thinks. Skeptic about taking an unknown drug, Eddie tries it out. Within a short amount, his writer’s block ends as he speeds through chapters of his novel and he helps his neighbor with her law school essay just from remembering a book from undergrad. When the drug wears off, he goes back to his ex brother-in-law for more. He soon finds him dead and figures out that it is because someone was looking for the drug. He finds the stash and takes them daily like vitamins. He starts working the stock market and earns 2.5 million dollars in a week. With all of this power come enemies and from the moment he first touched the pills, someone has been following him. He also finds out that the drug has side effects, one of them is death. Is his life in danger? Does anyone know the secret to his success? How long will the pills last?  Review:                        This...

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            A billion dollar heir, Arthur Bach (Russell Brand), lives his life filled with immature fun, such as speeding around town in a bat mobile or having wild parties with random people from the street. His mother, fed up with his behavior and many arrests posted in the paper, gives Arthur an altermadium to either marry Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), a well-known humanitarian and successful business woman, or loss his inheritance. Arthur is forced to agree when he sees himself without any money. Later he falls for an unlicensed Central Station tourist guide, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), and must decide if she is worth losing a fortune. Who will he choose?     Review:              So, I hated this film from the first five minutes of viewing. I also hated that I had to force myself to finish it. I know that Arthur is supposed to be a spoiled fun boy, but really? Did his brain develop along with his allowance? He also has a nanny to keep him in line, which she fails at because he practically throws away thousands of dollars, gets arrested a lot, fills his apartment with toys and random groupies. I haven’t seen the original film but I hope that it’s better than this one. The script was pathetic and the ending was predictable. All in all, I will never see this film...

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Captain America: The First Avenger – Review

Captain America: The First Avenger is synonymous to Iron Manand Thor in the sense that it serves as a predecessor to the anticipated 2012 The Avengers, as made evident by the title. While, yes, being one of the better superhero-adaptations, it’s — exactly like the large proportion of its kind — laced with a derivative protagonist, a highly foreseeable storyline and an overal feeling of unoriginality. The film unfolds in the present, where our superhero Captain America (Chris Evans; Fantastic Four, Scot Pilgrim vs. The World)  is found frozen in a block of ice. After cutting back a number of decades to the time of World War II, we meet Steve Rogers. He has ample courage, but is trapped in an unfitting body. Simply put: He is a weakling unable to defend himself. However, he has a good heart and equal intentions. Having the conviction that not fighting for his country is a right he doesn’t have, he, without giving up, makes ample attempts to be accepted into the military. And his perseverance proves rewarding, as he eventually does succeed. But only because he caught the eye of Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci;The Devil Wears Prada, Lucky Number Slevin) who’s in dire need of a fitting test subject for an experiment to create a “supersoldier”. Dr. Erskine was not in search for a physiologically fit man, instead he aimed for a person capable of understanding respect for...

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The Experiment (Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Cam Gigandet) REVIEW

Title: The Experiment Studio/Distributor: Stage 6 Films/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Cast: Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins Jr., Ethan Cohn, Fisher Stevens, Travis Fimmel, David Banner, David Lew, Damien Leake, Maggie Grace, Rod Maiorano, Rachel O’Meara, Jeanne Hopson, Jack W. Mishler Director: Paul T. Schuering Writer: Paul T. Schuering (adapted from the novel “Black Box” by Mario Giordano & the 2001 motion picture screenplay “Das Experiment” by Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger & Oliver Hirschbiegel) Synopsis: Based loosely on the 2001 German film “Das Experiment”, a group of very different men sign up for a psychological experiment where they become inmates & guards at a local prison and will get paid a substansial amount of money if it’s a success. But over the course of the experiment, things get violently out of control as everyone becomes in too deep with the roles they’re given. Bottom Line: Upon stumbling onto this movie on Starz On Demand, I did NOT see “Das Experiment”, the 2001 psychological thriller that inspired this movie. However, you don’t have to see the original source material to see this version of the story. I noticed that film was released by Sony Pictures’ direct-to-DVD outfit Stage 6 Films (who occassionally release their movies in theaters including most recently: Jumping the Broom, Colombiana & their most notable acquistion from the UK “Attack the Block”) and...

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