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Old Aug. 11th, '14, 11:29 pm   #1471
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Old Aug. 13th, '14, 5:33 pm   #1472
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I'm not hard to please so keep that in mind I don't get all the "hate" or dislike for the movie. I thought it was good and entertaining.

Obviously there are issues, or liberties, with the story but that didn't bother me at all.

Being I had the niece and nephews with me, I chose the non-3D version because I had read that the 3D action had caused headaches for some people. I chose not to take that chance. There were a couple of 3D-obvious things but I don't feel like I missed out on anything by choosing the standard version. Plus, I saved quite a bit of money too

All said, I thought the movie was great. My niece and nephews are HUGE Nickelodeon TMNT fans and they were fine with the discrepancies. They loved the humor (some I was surprised they got).

While I understand it was a PG-13 movie, the previews before the movie had me squirming a bit. Especially the Dumb and Dumber, Too preview. Yikes!
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Old Aug. 13th, '14, 6:09 pm   #1473
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Road to Paloma - 8/10

Jason Momoa is phenomenal in his debut as writer, producer, and director of this fantastic little gem of a film. He also puts in a superb performance as the movie's protagonist, while Brian Andrew Mendoza's cinematography is downright Oscar worthy. Co-writing and co-producing is Robert Mollohan, who also co-stars. These three good friends set off into the Sierras to shoot their movie, and with the exception of some sound quality issues they manage to put together what I'd consider a little diamond hidden in the rough.

Most amazing of all is that the whole thing was shot on a ridiculously low shoestring budget, while utilizing a Canon 5D Mark II with lenses (Zeiss prime and Canon zoom) and a basic lighting kit. What they were able to do with a sparse crew and equipment is both inspiring as well as a statement about creativity.

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Jason Momoa of "Game of Thrones" and "The Red Road" makes his directorial debut and stars in this intense road movie as Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder. As he flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, he'll discover that justice has a cost - Wolf's search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some very unexpected turns.
I truly enjoyed this movie, and would recommend it to anyone who might be interested.



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Old Aug. 17th, '14, 5:01 am   #1474
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The Hundred-Foot Journey: Call it the surprise of the summer. The latest from director Lasse Hallstrom with the full backing of Steven Spielberg, Disney, and Oprah Winfrey is a surprisingly charming and occasionally hilarious adult fairy tale set to a backdrop of French and Indian food porn.

I really don't know how else to describe it. Journey features a fine mix of comedy and drama and hits all the right notes for the open-minded in the crowd, and the script is polished to perfection in almost every spot. There are two flaws that prevent me from giving the film a maximum score, but don't detract from the experience much unless you're a nitpicky Internet critic on a message board.

Of particular note are Helen Mirren and Om Puri as the elderly rivals for local restaurant superiority in small-town France. These two are stunning together and steal the entire show. I have no beef with the remainder of the cast, but even though Manish Dayal is ostensibly the star of the show, he can't compete with the two experienced leads. Not that they chew scenery, mind you - their performance is simply immaculate and award-worthy in a script that might not have been noteworthy otherwise.

The plot contains elements beyond food and culture. There are difficult matters touched upon, things not usually covered in a G-rated film. Race relations in France, traditionalism, and immigration are all present themes which are sometimes at the forefront of what is mostly a lighthearted film. There are a lot of jokes made at the expense of culture on one side or the other, but the way it is conducted makes it come off as playful rather than crass. As a side note, I'll admit to occasionally casting an eye at the large group of folks from India in the crowd to see what the general reaction was to some of the jokes and comments - they seemed universally delighted. I took this as an "okay" to laugh more.

At the end of the day, I'm utterly shocked with how much I liked Hundred-Foot Journey. I expected it to be some bullshit the wife dragged me to and it somehow ended up being one of my favourite movies of the entire year thus far. As for the two flaws I mentioned earlier, I can't really reveal them without spoiling major details, but I will say that in one case most viewers will miss the flaw completely and in the other I'm just outright nitpicking about a setting. None of these things should detract from your viewing. Here's hoping I see Om Puri on the Oscar shortlist next year.

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Old Aug. 22nd, '14, 3:19 am   #1475
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: One of my favourite things as a young kid was the classic TMNT cartoon featuring Uncle Phil as Shredder. Based on that cartoon, does the Michael Bay adaptation stand up to history? ...Kind of, but not really. However, I attempted to enjoy it from the viewpoint of someone who WASN'T necessarily a fan of the cartoon. In this way, I think there are some ways it succeeds, but others in which Bay simply dumbed it down into oblivion.

To begin, there is no doubting that the Shredder's evil plot is ripped directly from a more idiotic episode of the cartoon. If you're expecting depth of plot or even reason within the actions of the villains, don't look here. It's downright silly in the context of most films. However, in the context of a children's cartoon, it works. You definitely need to be in the mood for something dumb for it to work.

And if you ARE in the mood for dumb fun, you'll get it - once you finally get to see the Turtles in all their glory. They are just as you remember them: Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is crude, and Michaelangelo is still an irresponsible prick. Most importantly, though? They're lovable. The relationship between these four is a lot of fun to watch. If I have any complaint, it's that Donatello seems to get buried in the mix - and in the context of the cartoon, I feel they got him totally wrong. Still, they have amazing dialogue together (voiced by Johnny Knoxville and Three Guys They Got at the Bus Station), and in the Michael Bay Climactic Setpiece (TM) they REALLY come together.

I hear a lot of feedback complaining about the look of the actual characters, but I didn't have an issue with it. Sure, they're a bit bigger than I expected, but the texturing used on the Turtles' skin seemed fine to me.

Megan Fox, however... I have the same problem with her as I did with Shia LaBoeuf in the first Transformers movie. She's simply too prominent to let the real stars of the show shine. Also, most of her dialogue is completely idiotic. So is Will Arnett's, for that matter. In the case of those two, I think even the kids watching will groan at some of the awful puns and gags they pull out.

Also, the villains are pretty weak overall. The fearsome Shredder looks less like the badass martial artist from the cartoons and more like Fulgore from Killer Instinct. Worse, he feels like a henchman to William Fichtner, which is just bizarre.

Put it all together, and you have a severely flawed movie that has golden moments when the Turtles are all together, and generally just sucks when they aren't. If you survive the first half, you might adore the second.

5.5/10
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Old Aug. 25th, '14, 1:31 pm   #1476
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Blood: The Last Vampire (2000),

This animated short film (45 minutes) doesn't dazzle with top level animation, and it doesn't necessarily present a lot of food for thought or introspection, but what it does do is create a wonderfully dark and tense atmosphere. The sound and sound editing were exceptional, and were a great reminder of how much our sense of hearing can help in creating a particular tone or atmosphere.

We meet the protagonist, Saya, on the subway. We quickly learn she's lethal and very old, despite looking like a 16-year-old school girl, and that her prime directive is to exterminate demons/vampires.

If you're into anime, this is one is worth your time - it's one of the few in the 'horror' genre that doesn't manage to feel hokey or contrived.



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Old Aug. 31st, '14, 1:47 am   #1477
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The To-Do List: Starring Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation, The To-Do List is a direct-to-DVD comedy that wormed it's way into a minor theatrical release last summer, ostensibly to pad the release schedule. I had low expectations after watching the opening credits roll and finding out they are generally the same credits as an episode of the Price is Right (CBS, Mark Gordon Productions, etc). Still, it's not without it's charms... or severe vulgarity.

Set in 1993, the film follows a recent high school graduate who has aced everything else in life and now seeks to master the art of everything sexual, despite a complete lack of social skills and awareness. What ensues is a long series of (sometimes funny) gross-out gags, one of which actually made ME gag. Not for the faint of heart.

At the end of the day, as opposed to becoming just another paint-by-numbers high-schoolers trying to get fucked movie, To-Do List pulls a bit of a masterful bait-and-switch and reveals itself to be an extended thesis on feminist sexuality. That's not a joke or an opinion. If you want it laid out plain and simple, you're going to hear the old Gloria Steinem chestnut "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" a whopping 4 times in this movie. Different people are going to decide that this makes the film a success or a total failure depending on perspective. I found that the last 15-20 minutes is extremely preachy on this, and my own opinion is that freedom comes with responsibility and in this the filmmakers would seem to disagree with me, and that's all I have to say about that.

Despite my trepidation regarding the message, and almost actually vomiting from one of the sight gags, there are a number of pretty good yuks in here. I'm going to recommend it because it did have that, and despite my disagreement, I am a big supporter of movies that make me think, even if the subject matter is trivial. Or not so trivial. You get the idea. Not forgiving the near-upchuck though.

7,5/10
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Old Sep. 7th, '14, 1:19 pm   #1478
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The Five-Year Engagement: Another in the long canon of "sweet but raunchy" films by Judd Apatow, Engagement adds some depth by casting a comedic eye over more complicated and modern relationship problems.

This time around, Apatow (and director Nicholas Stoller) focus on a young couple, each on the verge of professional success but each in love. What does this mean for them? Trouble, considering Tom's opportunity is at home in San Francisco while Violet's is at the University of Michigan. In the modern world, where both halves of a relationship now each require professional satisfaction more than ever before, whether out of personal interest or financial need, this is a great concept to look at.

Unfortunately, it's also an intensely complicated one, and a comedic film attempting to address complexity often results in a similar problem to Apatow's earlier film Funny People - it's too damn long. Comedies almost always begin to suffer well before the two hour mark, with few exceptions - and this isn't one. Still, I have to give credit for the attempt, which carries on about the concept of prioritizing one's work over the other's, although it comes to a screeching halt in the end that seems to throw all the logical sense it had spent two hours compiling right out the window.

It's not all bad, though. The movie is legitimately funny. Jason Segel is an inherently likable lead, and I'm finding him to be that rare actor that makes the concept of watching a romantic comedy to be much more palatable for most men.

Maybe the answer is simply that two professionals in a relationship are simply, more often than not, absolutely fucked. I don't know. Depressing, but with the tacked-on ending, hard to read more into it than that.

7/10
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Old Sep. 15th, '14, 5:38 pm   #1479
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Saw Guardians of the Galaxy for a second time the other day. Great movie. It's definitely near the top of all the Marvel movies made so far. More comical than the rest and action packed pretty much from beginning to end. If you haven't seen it yet and you're a fan of these movies, you need to go see it ASAP. Bautista is probably the funniest out of all of them purely due to his literal humor but they're all great. Even if you're not a fanboy of the comics, it's really entertaining. Feel free to hate on it if it's not accurate to the comics though but I never read them so it's just fun to watch for me.

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Old Sep. 15th, '14, 6:13 pm   #1480
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It's generally accurate to the comic that was more or less crafted in anticipation of the movie like 4-5 years ago. It's got almost nothing to do with the classic Guardians comics... which is a good thing.
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