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Motorpsycho Matinée #2: Easy Rider

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Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson Director: Dennis Hopper Writer(s): Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern Studio: Columbia Runtime: 95 minutes Rated: R Official Score: 5 Stars One of my favorite mini-genres of movies is the latter day western. In these types of movies, set normally in the early 20th century, you see the last of the true cowboys fighting the expansion/encroachment on their way of life that was surely coming with the rapidly advancing technology and population boom of that time. There’s indeed something quite romantic about being the last of a particular breed, at the closing epoch of a famous era. Easy Rider is that kind of movie, but for the 1960s counter-culture generation instead of the 1890s cattle culture generation. And it has the added bonus … [Read more...]

Review: Mud

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  Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland Director: Jeff Nichols Writer(s) Jeff Nichols Studio: Lionsgate Runtime: 130 Min Rated: PG-13 Official Score: 4 out of 5 Stars Ellis and Neckbone live on the banks of the Arkansas river. What an amazing place to grow up this must be. Ellis stays on a houseboat with his father and mother, who are going through problems he cannot even begin to understand, but that may soon cost him his entire known way of life. In the evenings he sneaks off with his best friend, the aforementioned Neckbone, to explore the river and the many hidden treasures contained therein. One such adventure leads them to a small island, where they find their biggest score yet, a boat that has somehow wound up stuck in the high branches of … [Read more...]

Review: American Hustle

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence Director:  David O. Russel Writer(s): David O. Russel, Eric Warren Singer Studio: Columbia Runtime: 138 minutes Rated: R Official Score: 4 Stars I don’t know if American Hustle is the best movie to come out of 2013, but it is for damned sure the most fun one to have made it to the big screen. Wow, what a fun ride that was. I am going to spend the next few hundred words or so just completely gushing about this movie with no pretense of objectivity or any other journalistic credos so read on at your own risk if you will.  I always get a little nervous going into a movie that has received so much critical acclaim, as sometimes such acclaim only serves to raise the expectations of a movie that is merely good so … [Read more...]

Review: Double Indemnity

Starring: Fred MacMurray ,Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson Director:  Billy Wilder Writer(s): Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler Studio: Paramount Runtime: 107 minutes Rated: NA Official Score: 3 stars I’ve been meaning to see Double Indemnity forever now, but only just finally got around to it after stumbling across a special edition copy in my school library. I’ve reviewed a couple other pieces of classic film noir on this blog and intend to do more. Film Noir is one of my favorite genres of film; it may in fact be my all time favorite, were it not for my love of classic westerns as well. When I think of the very abstract idea of cinema itself the mental picture I get is a smoky, black and white film with a hard boiled story featuring fast talking characters dressed in black … [Read more...]

Review: World War Z

Starring: Bradd Pitt, Dede Gardner,  Jeremy Kleiner Director:  Marc Foster Writer(s): Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof, J. Michael Straczynski, Max Brooks (Novel) Studio: Paramount Runtime: 116 minutes Rated: Pg:13 Official Score: 3 stars Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator, and leader of several small tactical forces, who is now retired from that line of work and attempting to enjoy a quiet life with his growing family when, you guessed it, the mother-trucking zombie apocalypse happens, again. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching movies such as this, is that in case of a zombie outbreak you want to have a job and a skill set that will help you survive and be useful in the aftermath of this new chaotic world. … [Read more...]

Review: We’re The Millers

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter. Director:  Rawson Marshall Thurber Writer(s): Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. Runtime: 110 minutes Rated: R Official Score: 2 stars Lately Hollywood has been coming up with a plethora of very intriguing and potential filled ideas upon which could be made a great number of entertaining films. It’s just too bad that only a scant few of these movies have been able to rise up to the promise of their premise. A drug dealer whose life depends on his skills of deception and disguising himself as a family man with the help of a stripper, and two young dysfunctional teenagers is an interesting concept indeed, and one that could be effectively … [Read more...]

Review: R.I.P.D

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Renyolds, Kevin Bacon Director: Robert Schwentke Writer(s): Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Peter M. Lenkov Studio: Universal Studios Runtime: 96 minutes Rated: PG:13 Official Score: 2 stars When I was a child, I was a huge fan of the original Men in Black, so much so that when my dad was shopping for a new (new to us anyway) car the summer of my 12th birthday I talked him into getting the exact same 1980’s Ford LTD that was used in that movie. Call it effective marketing or just good timing but I found the combination of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and their classic buddy cop repartee to be most infectious. It was that relationship along with some really cool suits, and a fun story, that made that movie so effective. It was the same combination we’ve seen … [Read more...]

Review: Before Midnight

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy Director: Richard Linklater Writer(s): Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy Studio: Castle Rock Runtime: 109 minutes Rated: R Official Score: 4 stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as the love-struck couple of Jesse and Celine here in this third installment of Richard Linklater’s “Before” series. Before we get into anything else, as expected, Hawke and Delpy continue to have astonishing chemistry together and are both very fine actors who deliver knockout performances here. In the previous two movies, they were still getting to know each other and playing a tantalizing and torturous game of romantic cat and mouse. In this movie, we learn that they have now been together for several years. Therefore, the courtship that was … [Read more...]

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