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Stupid Name Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

I’ve never been a huge Matt Damon fan. He’s an average actor. Outstanding in Good Will Hunting, and adequate in all of those ‘Bournes’. He’s one of those actors who can be interesting in a role if the material is good. Luckily Elysium is exactly that.

Good material. It just has a stupid name.

Set in 2154, Matt Damon plays a grunt worker named Max who is clearly a bit of a badass but keeps his nose clean. When an industrial accident gives him a death sentence if he doesn't get treatment, he agrees to lead a seek and destroy party to the space station Elysium where all the rich people live in comfort and luxury, and where the health care is exceptional.

Two things get in the way: Delacourt (Jodie Foster), the ruthless head of the station who will stop at nothing to keep the ordinary people of earth out. Then there’s Kruger played by Sharlto Copley with a homicidal intensity that hasn't been seen since The Terminator. That guy just won’t stop.

Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, who also did District 9, it’s a really entertaining little film.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2013 )
A Millers Tale PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

So the summer wears on and so does my patience with the lack of anything that holds my interest. And then along comes a fun little film that while it isn't great, has so many good parts. It restores my faith in Hollywood. Okay, that's way too far a reach but We're The Millers is a lot of fun.

It should be. It's got great lineage.

Directed by the pretentiously named Rawson Marshall Thurber who also helmed the very funny Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and written by the boys who gave us Wedding Crashers. What I like about their work is there are all these little non squinters wrapped up in a great story line and layers and layers of character development.

They take likeable characters put them in funny circumstances and make them more likeable. It's a good gig.

So the only thing we need to round out the trifecta of talent is good casting and as it turns out the Millers are pitch perfect. Jason Sudeikis stars as David, the small time drug dealer who has to bring back a load of weed from Mexico or his supplier is going to kill him. His supplier is played with over the top glee by Ed Helms. He's a nerdy sociopath who seems to take great joy in being a douche bag.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 August 2013 )
Bad Bingo PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 August 2013

First of all I have to apologize for my unscheduled holiday. Life caught up with me so I was away from the computer and movies for a couple of weeks but now I'm back and for the most part I'm kind of sorry I am given what I've watched in the last little bit.

I really enjoyed Turbo. The little snail that could.

It's from DreamWorks and it's very cute and has a great story but it has under-performed at the box office. It just may have been caught in the wealth of kid’s movies that are out this summer.

I tend to not go into a lot of detail in terms of reviewing animated films these days. It comes down to does the audience enjoy it, is it visually engaging and does it have at least one cute adorable character.

Yes, yes, and yes.

I also enjoyed the rather sardonic delivery of Paul Giamatti as Chet, who understands what it really means to be a snail.

It'll make a great rental when it comes out in the fall.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2013 )
Regrettably Right PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 July 2013

In preparation for this week’s column I watched one of the original episodes of The Lone Ranger, just to see the differences. It was a simpler time, and let's not forget the inherent racism that was part of the fabric of the times, but it was still rather entertaining.

Caricatures of good and evil fighting it out for a small piece of the Wild West and perhaps a bigger chunk of the afterlife.

This was about a man and his horse and his sidekick, in that order and Clayton Moore WAS The Lone Ranger.

I'm not so sure about this year’s model, some dude named Armie Hammer.

Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way.

Johnny Depp is always entertaining and he brings a certain cachet to any role. In this case it's Jack Sparrow in a headdress. You may have enjoyed this film the first time you saw it and it was called Pirates of the Caribbean.

Everybody’s back. Well at least director Gore Verbinsky and Depp.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 July 2013 )
Cold Comfort PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Melissa McCarthy is a comedic force and her star is rising. Starting with Bridesmaids she's been on a role and now pulls equal billing with Sandra Bullock in a buddy picture about an FBI agent Ashburn (Bullock) and a low rent white trash Boston cop Mullins (McCarthy).

I think the real star of this film is Mullins family who present the best that Jerry Springer has to offer. I especially liked her brother who is trying to break away from his criminal past and is looking for a real job. On his resume under special skills he puts ‘keeping it real’. Perfect!

Ashburn is uptight, straight laced, and occasionally kidnaps her neighbour’s cat so she can get some affection.

She does everything by the book and while she is clearly uptight and repressed and doesn't play well with others her character is such a one dimensional buffoon it’s hard to believe she is actually a police office. So the premise that she's sent to Boston to take down a drug kingpin in order to get a promotion is unbelievable.

Who cares.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 July 2013 )
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