Get Hard
Apr01

Get Hard

Will Ferrell has grown on me over the years, and that means that if he has a new film out, I can usually be persuaded to see it, either on DVD or at the cinema, but usually on DVD. I was late in the game in embracing him, though. I still haven’t seen a lot of his earlier stuff, and I thought that Ron Burgundy was painfully bad. In fact, it wasn’t until The Other Guys (2010) that I thought “Well, OK, maybe I do think he’s funny.” I...

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Insurgent
Mar25

Insurgent

Thanks to J.K. Rowling, the YA franchise market is hot, and it continues to be hot. Studios, hoping to capitalize on Harry Potter fever, have been buying up the rights to YA books, and they have been busy turning them into films. For whatever reason, a lot of them never went anywhere: The Golden Compass, I Am Number Four, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events to name a few, but a few have...

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Chappie and Unfinished Business
Mar18

Chappie and Unfinished Business

I’m playing catch-up again, so I’m going to review two new releases that I saw two weeks ago, starting with Chappie, an action, sci-fi thriller that is directed, and co-written, by Neill Blomkamp, and finishing with the Vince Vaughn fronted comedy, Unfinished Business. Next week, look for reviews of Cinderella, and Run All Night, both of which are infinitely better than the films I’m reviewing this week. You may or may not know...

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Kingsman: The Secret Service
Mar04

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Leaving out all of my fanboy stuff, meaning the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, and The Matrix trilogy, I can probably count, on one hand, the number of times I have seen a movie more than once in the cinema. Just a few that come to memory are The Cell (2000), 300, Pacific Rim, and, most recently, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Why I saw the Matthew Vaughn helmed action-adventure comedy twice, and would probably see it again, isn’t...

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Fifty Shades of Grey
Feb25

Fifty Shades of Grey

Let me begin this review of Fifty Shades of Grey, by stating that I have not read the book or books by E.L. James nor do I intend to read it or them; however, I am a watcher/consumer of popular culture, therefore, I feel that if I want to stay in the pop culture “loop” I should always check out what’s in the news and on everyone’s lips. (That’s how I have come to see all of the Transformers and Twilight films. I suffer for my...

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Boyhood and Whiplash
Jan28

Boyhood and Whiplash

I was sick last week, so I didn’t get around to reviewing anything. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t seen a boatload of movies that need to be mentioned. (A BOATLOAD!) So, beginning this week, and for the next few weeks, I will be talking Oscar nominated films, because, if you didn’t know this already, the Oscar nominations have come out. I don’t and won’t watch the Oscars – I stopped doing that many years ago – but for some...

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