The Great Gatsby (2013) I have avoided this movie for nearly two years. The reason for this is that when I first heard about it I was really excited about it and in my heart really, really wanted it to be good, nay, great. Then I read the first batch of reviews that ranged, on the polite side of things, to deem that it was merely okay, to flat out awful. But now I have finally given it a shot, and I have the following to say. Parts of it are awesome. Parts of it are awful. Put those parts [...]
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    Better Call Sall – Season 1 (2015) I’m a little late to the party with this review, but I figured I’d do something different than another movie review today and take a look at what is most likely going to be my favorite new television series for the foreseeable future. This story takes place about six years before the events of Breaking Bad, in the same city as BB, and follows the earlier lives of the future Saul Goodman and his “enforcer” Mike. I was a huge Breaking Bad [...]
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    Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 2012 was a great year for “coming of age” movies. First there was Mud (2012) featuring Matthew McConaughey in the beginning of his comeback tour, and then there was Moonrise Kingdom. Moonrise differs from Mud in that this world is far less gritty and realistic, and definitely more “fairy tale” like, but nobody plays this for laughs or irony. Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Ed Norton, Bill Murray and child actors Jared Gillman and Kaya Hayward (holy crap, look at [...]
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    This is the End (2013) Here is a movie that is sure to deeply offend some and deeply tickle others. The subject matter deals directly, even if superficially with end times events in Christian eschatology, and plays them for laughs. That’s just the set up for the joke though, and not the joke itself, if you can keep that in mind perhaps this won’t bother you so much if you are sensitive to that kind of subject matter. If not, it’s not like you need any extra warning to stay away. The [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #80: Mystery Train (1989)

    April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Mystery Train (1989) Director: Jim Jarmusch The film is basically three loosely connected short plays, the first one being two Japanese tourists, a young romantic couple who have come to town to see for themselves this Mecca of American Blues, and who argue the whole way through. The second story features a beautiful widow who gets stranded in the middle of the night and gets continually ripped off by the “colorful” people you run across in a city at night. The final, and my [...]
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    The LEGO Movie (2014) Emmet is just an ordinary guy in an ordinary town (made entirely out of blocks) but he discovers one day that he is in fact, not so ordinary, that he is “The Super”, that is the chosen one tasked by Morgan Freeman himself to save the LEGO world from the evils of Will Ferrell, who plays the dastardly President Business. This may surprise some people, but this was probably my favorite movie of 2014, perhaps tied only by the other Chris Pratt feature film [...]
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    Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Well, this is definitely not one for the under 18 crowd. This movie had more nudity and vulgarity than all of Martin Scorcese’s previous movies combined. It’s basically Goodfellas/Casino without the mob violence, or more or less last half hour of Goodfellas where Ray Liotta spirals out of control, just stretched out into an entire movie. Leo plays basically the same role he played as Howard Hughes in Aviator, or the Great Gatsby, and sort of in Django [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #77: Robocop (2014)

    April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Robocop (2014) I don’t have the irrational hatred of remakes that many other lovers of film do. If a remake is worthy, then fine, if not, it’s not like the original isn’t still there to enjoy. This remake of the classic Paul Verhoeven action movie kind of reminded me of RoboCop light. It went down smooth, and was neither boring or needlessly complex. It was enjoyable for the duration, but after it was over, I found myself simply ready to move on with my life and forget about it entirely. [...]
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    Review: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

    April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

    A couple of years ago I received the Best Buy exclusive “Avengers Illuminated 3D Lenticular Gift Set” as a birthday present, and one of the things it included was a really great 200+ hardcover book called “The Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide.” I enjoy the Marvel movies, but I’m not a comic book guy, so this book was quite valuable to me because it informed me of more than 200 of the Marvel heroes and villains. It was also just a really well done book, and in [...]

    Quick Daily Review #76: Lone Survivor (2013)

    April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Lone Survivor (2013) There’s two ways to look at this movie. On the one hand it is very much a very “Rah, Rah, Go Team Murica!” piece of patriotic fluff, which the same could be said for American Sniper, which I also recently reviewed. On the other hand it is a very well made, tense and gripping war story that pays tribute to some real life heroes who absolutely deserve remembrance. For those who are turned off by the first point, the movie makes it very clear what it is going to be from [...]
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    Review: R.B.I. Baseball ’15

    April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

    R.B.I. Baseball ’15 (PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android) Developer(s): MLB Advanced Media Publisher: MLB Advanced Media Genre(s): Sports, Baseball Released: March 31, 2015 ESRB Rating: E – Everyone It’s been just about a year since the classic R.B.I. Baseball franchise was resurrected by MLB Advanced Media. I gave last year’s title two and a half stars, which is decent/average on our scale. My main complaints with the game from a year ago were the lack of stat [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #75: 700 Sundays (2014)

    April 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

    700 Sundays (2014) Starring: Billy Crystal Billy Crystal brought his long running one man show ‘700 Sundays’ that eulogizes his father and pays homage to his childhood. This one man show is above all else, a nostalgic trip to a time and place in this country that no longer exists, and perhaps never truly existed at all in the way it is remembered. But to here Crystal tell it, you’d never doubt it for a second. Crystal’s story is nothing if not fascinating. His father was a big time band [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #74: Enough Said (2013)

    April 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

    Enough Said (2013) If James Gandolfini had not passed away this movie would probably go mostly unnoticed except in small critic circles, and even there it would not have blown anyone away I don’t think. That being said, knowing the circumstances of what happened, and finally getting to see this movie, as a fan of both the person and the actor, it makes me very happy that Gandolfini lived long enough to make this movie. Aside from his untouchable work as Tony Soprano, this is the best role of [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #73: Groundhog Day (1993)

    April 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

    Groundhog Day (1993) Starring: Bill Murray Director: Harold Ramis Groundhog Day is one of those films that have become so indwelled into our conscious minds that it has become a universally recognized metaphor for the daily tedium of our everyday lives or the feeling of being trapped. Tell someone you feel like you’re reliving Groundhog Day and immediately they will understand what you’re talking about. Like a Groundhog this movie takes its time to burrow into your mind. At first it just [...]
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      Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Director: Lorene Scafaria Humanity is doomed. Earth has a date with a fast approaching asteroid several times bigger than the one which killed the dinosaurs. And it is on schedule to collide with it in about two weeks. To top it off, there’s nothing NASA or our best scientists can do to stop it. All the combined accomplishments, art, history, relationships, and assorted meaning that has accumulated on this planet over the past few billion [...]

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