Month: May 2012

Rated: 1984 (1984)

“”Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”

“Since I’ve written reviews of so many movies set is dystopian settings, I thought it would be fitting to review a film adaptation of the original source material. 1984 is Michael Radford’s adaptation of that famous George Orwell book. To be honest it was never a sub-genre that really had much in the area of popularity. Part of the problem is that the themes are just too high-brow for most people, and therefore they don’t always make the most interesting movies. This film is unfortunately a perfect example.”

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Rhyming Review For ‘The Woman In Black’

‘The Woman In Black’ stars Daniel Radcliffe, you know, he was Harry Potter Strange things happen when ‘the woman’ appears and people do spot her Radcliffe plays a lawyer who gets sent to a village in England that is very small The people there act a bit strange around him and he can’t figure out why at all His job has him at an old abandoned house trying to put the estate in order The people in the village don’t want him there and don’t let him stay as a border The villagers think the bad things happening to them are because of the woman in black Whenever she appears a child is harmed, killed or suffers some sort of evil attack The event of what happened to the woman and her child eventually becomes clear The lawyer tries to uncover the truth and, by resolving the issue, ease everyone’s fear This film is filled with moments that will give you chills and may creep you out Daniel Radcliffe is good job in a role that’s different than his Potter role, no doubt There’s a haunted house element with a few jolts that should provide a scare or two This old fashioned spooky horror thriller is decent and I say it might be worth a...

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Puss in Boots (2011)

I think it was shortly after the release of Shrek 2 that I heard of the possibility of there being a standalone movie based on Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas). I was thrilled at the time, in large part because the first two Shrek films were really good, and because Puss in Boots was a pretty amazing character. Then years passed and my enthusiasm waned. The main Shrek flicks were getting worse, and Puss was becoming less interesting the more we saw of him. But Puss in Boots was still in development, and, after almost a decade of production, has been released for us to see. Maybe it’s because such a long time was taken, or perhaps it’s because it was started back when the franchise was still good, but Puss in Boots ends up being the best Shrek film since the second. Granted, that’s not too large of an accomplishment, but it’s still worth mentioning. The charm is back, the initial inverting of fairy tale tropes has returned, and Puss continues to be a character worth watching. I actually had fun while watching this film, even if it’s still doesn’t quite reach the heights of the first two Shreks. The plot revolves around Puss’ quest to get the magic beans from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” These beans begin the film in the hands of the murderous...

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First things first; let’s get the obvious out in the open before I rip to shreds the disaster that is HAYWIRE. Director Steven Soderbergh thrills working with Hollywood royalty. How he convinces some of his cast to sign up with his productions is indeed one of the greater mysteries to this enthusiast. As the saying goes it’s not who you are but who you know that matters! Treading along the same footsteps as his 2011 first release CONTAGION I find HAYWIRE equally as appalling or if not even a tad bit worse. Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Channing Tatum are not able to put together and see through to success the disaster that which is HAYWIRE. The department of acting isn’t all that unwatchable. In fact the script written by Lem Dobbs has no character development nor depth just as it lacks a sensible plot. The men do know what is expected out of them. They are expected to narrate lines written by Dobbs and not directed by Soderbergh. If Soderbergh did bother for a moment the production would have at least been watchable as were his OCEANS trilogy. The strangest addition or if may call it the thing is the protagonist of HAYWIRE; Gina Carano; who is the most out of place cast member amongst them all. If Soderbergh is scoping out...

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A comedy lover’s next best Utopia, a farce that will keep you laughing on your belly every time Aziz Ansari comes on screen and every moment Nick Swardson brings on his bad boy character Travis to life. 30: MINUTES OR LESS is a wondrous stress buster for any time of day.  A lunch time movie, a weekend movie or if you’re bored a movie that would still crack your sides up even for the 2nd 3rd or the 4th time. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombie land), 30: MINUTES OR LESS is a comedy involving 2 sets of friends, the first being a duo with normal jobs. A stand in sub at the local high school aka Chet (Aziz Ansari) and his own high school friend and pizza delivery boy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg). The next duo up is comedy heavyweight Nick Swardson who plays an unbelievably funny Travis and rich boy Dwayne played by Danny McBride. Chet and Nick who are flat mates get into a heated argument and falls apart. Dwayne is tired of being pushed around by his ex-marine father (Fred Ward). Dwayne conjures up a plan on killing his father and inheriting all his money. To kill his father he needs to hire an assassin and for this purpose Dwayne and Travis need to come up with some money first on their own and they decide to...

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