Movie Review

Quick Daily Review #72: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

  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 week. 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 years are about to be obliterated and rendered into a big meaningless eternal nothing. Now if that [...]

Quick Daily Review #70: Hatfields & McCoys (2013)

April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hatfields & McCoys (2013) How can you argue with the success that the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s miniseries had during its initial run on the History Channel back in 2013? Hell, it was one of the most watched non-sporting events in American TV history. It’s also hard to argue with the great attention to detail from the production team and director here, as well as the many fine performances put in both by the supporting players and the two famous leads of Kevin Coster, who played Devil-Anse Hatfield, and Bill Paxton, who played Randall McCoy. What then is my infernal gripe here? Well, [...]

Quick Daily Review #57: The Equalizer (2014)

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Equalizer (2014) Director: Antoine Fuqua Denzel Washington has two different kinds of characters that he is known for (although he does stretch outside the box occasionally) that being sweet, caring, mentors or complete hardasses. This movie supplies him with both roles at the same time. Robert McCall works at one of those big box hardware stores like Lowes/Home Deport, and spends his idle hours reading through “The 100 books you must read before you die” list and helping his fellow employees pass their G.E.D tests so they can land promotions etc. One night he befriends a young hooker [...]

Quick Daily Review #56: Noah (2014)

March 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

Noah (2014) Director: Darren Aronofsky The director of this movie, Darren Aronofsky (who also directed The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke which I gave a five star review to a few years ago), has been quoted as saying that this is the least Biblical Bible movie ever made, and this is one case where I think he might have been better served staying a little closer to the source material, which as you may recall from Sunday School is plenty wild enough on its own. You have to know your audience with a movie with subject matter like this. The people who will attend a Biblical epic will most [...]

Q.D.R #54 – Sunday Morning Western: Hannie Caulder (1971)

March 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hannie Caulder (1971) Director: Burt Kennedy “Your bottom’s wet” says a sheriff to Raquel Welch, in Hannie Caulder, “so is your chin…” she replies. This exchange follows a series of shots that zoom in on said bottom while Welch was shrinking a pair of leather pants in a bathtub. Scenes like that are definitely long on sexism and short on subtlety, but I guess as long as it’s Raquel Welch, who’s complaining? The plot of this movie is basic enough, and one that was a favorite of movies in the 70s. Hannie Caulder is raped, her husband murdered, by a trio of criminals who had just [...]
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