Month: June 2012

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

It’s really hard for me to dislike a movie like Safety Not Guaranteed, in large part because it’s pleasant, funny, charming and inoffensive. It’s like wanting to pick on that one kid at school who wouldn’t harm a fly just because he’s not terribly interesting. It’s mean to take that shot but you hope that if you do, he’ll grow up to be something more and that you’ll have helped him out. While Safety Not Guaranteed can’t exactly improve at this point, it’s possible that the people behind it can. Our lead, but not breakout star, is Aubrey Plaza, here playing Darius, a possibly depressed intern working for a local magazine. That magazine has recently been struggling to find stories, and one of the writers, Jeff (Jake M. Johnson), has suggested writing about an advertisement that appeared in one of the local papers. The ad read: “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.” Jeff decides to take two interns on him for this story, Darius and a shy boy named Arnau (Karan Soni). It turns out, however, that Jeff has an ulterior motive for leaving town to find the man responsible for this advertisement. He wants to track down one...

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Original Sin (2001)

At one point in Original Sin, while the main characters are watching a play, one of them says that she’s enjoying herself despite it being “cheap melodrama.” Whether that was an intended shot at the film she was in or just a hilarious coincidence, I’m not sure, but regardless, that’s about the most apt description of this film. Well, it’s accurate except for the “enjoying” part of her description, as there is no fun to be had while watching this movie. Our narrator in this film is Julia Russell (Angelina Jolie). She begins the film behind bars, although we are unsure why. She explains to us that she’s going to tell us a story. It will be about love, but not be a love story, she insists. We find out that she decided to head to Cuba and meet a man whom she had been talking with via letters. She sent a photo, although it was of another woman, not herself. He, a man named Luis (Antonio Banderas), was also not honest; he actually owns a coffee shop — he doesn’t just work in it. “We have something in common. We are both not to be trusted,” she tells him. That’s kind of true, although one of the characters is hiding something much more sinister than her true appearance or his actual amount of wealth. It would be spoiling...

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Red Lights (15)

Directed by: Rodrigo Cortes Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Robert De Niro Filmed in locations such as Barcelona and Canada, Red Lights involves Dr. Margaret Matheson and her assistant Tom Buckley who set out to prove that most paranormal activity and spiritual magicians (Psychics) are fakes, but get more than they bargain for when they cross an important, famous Psychic in Simon Silver. Lecturing during the day and exposing frauds that take advantage of the vulnerable through psychic magic at night; Dr Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) a well known Psychologist and her assistant, Physicist Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) who are also part time pessimists, believe that most things have a logical explanation and if that doesn’t add up are just mere coincidences. Armed with relevant equipment to pick up anything unusual; they visit suspected “haunted” houses and Psychics’ shows to prove their point. So much so that it all starts to get very boring for the duo. That is until one day it is announced that Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) a blind but very well renowned, powerful psychic; after a 30 year absence due to a tragedy where a critic of his died during one of his shows, is returning onto the scene again for what promises to be the spectacle of all spectacles. Tom begs Margaret for them to investigate him and figure out once and...

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Rhyming Review For ‘God Bless America’

‘God Bless America’ is a comedy written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait It’s a dark comic tale of a man who can’t stand society’s meanness and hate He’s fed up with people who are rude, nasty and act in ways that are vicious He takes to the road with a plan of action that, for him, seems quite delicious Killing these offensive folks seems like the best way to for him to find peace He has bad migraines and offing these hateful people might help them cease The story is contemporary and hits on current issues and topics of the day It riffs on reality TV, newscasters, and many idiotic things people do and say There are some rants of dialogue that are quite funny because they’re very true Based on this it almost seems justified what the character has set out to do Joel Murray is good as the man on a mission and he’s joined by Tara Lynne Barr She plays a teen who decides to join him as he travels the country in a stolen car This film is not for everyone and its unique, dark comic style could offend I tend to like twisted tales and thought this was pretty good from start to...

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Rhyming Review For ‘Killing Bono’

‘Killing Bono’ is based on a true story and this fact, at the start of the film, is told The events are recent but the subject and basic story is one that is quite old You’ve heard it before how a person misses out on popularity, fortune and fame Bad decisions and events conspire to keep the world from knowing a person’s name This story takes place in Ireland and begins with a bunch of kids in high school It’s about two brothers who want to play in a band but one of the brothers is a fool The one brother prevents the other from joining a group that eventually becomes U2 U2 becomes a success and he gets more spiteful feeling his group deserves their due The decisions he makes running his own band are all misguided and turn out poor He also feels guilty about preventing his brother from being in U2’s band of four U2, of course, becomes one of the biggest, most popular rock groups of all time Their story could have changed based on this film’s title and implication of a crime The acting is solid, the music is pretty good and the story is interesting, I would say It’s decent, so see it if you come across it, but certainly don’t go out of your...

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