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Quick Daily Review #28: Adaptation (2002)

March 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Adaptation (2002) Director: Spike Jonze Adaptation is a movie that refuses to be pinned down. It comes from the mind of Charlie Kaufman, the writer who previously gave us Being John Malkovich and who subsequently gave us Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York. Kaufman’s movies don’t inhabit the same universe as other film makers. His movies take place in the minds of super neurotic men and women and they navigate time and space the way a metal ball navigates a Pinball Machine at warp speed. And when I say they take place in the mind, I mean that in a very literal [...]

Quick Daily Review #21: Sex Tape (2014)

February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sex Tape (2014) Director: Jake Kasdan Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a boring middle aged married couple whose sex life isn’t what it used to be since their college days. So after many failed starts they decide to spice things up by making a sex tape on a night when their children are away with a sitter. When the husband forgets to delete the video it accidentally syncs up with a bunch of other tablets that said husband has given to various people over the years as presents. So the two go on a quest to recover every one of those tablets and delete all copies before the tape becomes [...]

Quick Daily Review #20: Need For Speed (2014)

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Need For Speed (2014) Director: Scott Waugh This movie had two big hooks in my house, for my wife it was the fact that she was a huge fan of this video game growing up. To me, it was a chance to see Aaron Paul, fresh off his star making role of Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad get a chance to headline a big budget feature film. In the end, we were both more than a little underwhelmed. This movie is an obvious paint by numbers video game action movie that features a story that could easily by blocked up into playable missions in a GTA like video game. You have the telegraphed set up for revenge [...]

Quick Daily Review #7: The Other Woman (2014)

February 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Other Woman (2014) Director: Nick Cassavetes Cameron Diaz was a lot of people’s dream woman back in the late 90s. She is still beautiful, but she has transitioned from the role of young sexpot to a stronger middle aged heroine. It’s just a shame that she has wasted that talent in an almost never ending string of bad movies for the past decade or so. Joining her here in this movie is a young sexpot for the current generation, Kate Upton, a woman the late Roger Ebert would have found two very big reasons to admire, and probably would have not said much at all about acting wise. Rounding [...]

Saturday Night Noir: The Big Heat

September 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Starring: Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, Alexander Scourby, Jeanette Nolan, Jocelyn Brando Director: Fritz Lang Writer(s): William P. McGivern, Sydney Boehm Studio: Columbia Pictures Running Time: 89 minutes Rated: NR (Warning: Contains Spoilers!) The first thing we see in ‘The Big Heat’ is a pistol being loaded behind the desk of Officer Tom Duncan. Duncan, a dirty cop on the payroll of Mike Lagana, the crooked mobster who has a strangle hold on the city he works for, has finally reached his breaking point. We hear the report of a gunshot and see Duncan collapse, still at his desk. [...]
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