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Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC)

October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS4, Ps3, 360) Developer(s): Kojima Productions Publisher: Konami Genre(s): Open world, Action Stealth shooter Released: September 1, 2015 ESRB Rating: M – Mature TEASER: Metal Gear Phantom Pain sets new standards for stealth and action gameplay in an open world. What do you get when you cross the best elements out of a Grand Theft Auto game, the Metal Gear series, stealth games like Splinter Cell,  and for grins an almost MMO lite online mode for a bonus? You get Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain which is easily in contention for [...]

Quick Daily Review #230: The Fisher King (1991)

September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Fisher King (1991) What a strange and wonderful movie! And also, a movie that is sadly quite overlooked in the careers of both lead actors. Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges), is a self-centered, Manhattan shock jock in the vein of Howard Stern mixed in with a little bit of Rush Limbaugh. At least that’s the persona he puts on when on the air; at home in his luxurious high rise apartment, he’s just a regular guy.All that changes one night when an off handed insensitive remark triggers an unstable caller to commit a mass murder suicide. After this, Lucas, out of a job, and overcome with guilt, [...]

Quick Daily Review #229: No Country For Old Men (2007)

September 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

No Country For Old Men (2007) I was a little younger when I first saw this movie, and I did not fully appreciate to the extent I do now. I was watching it expecting a satisfying formulaic action movie, and of course, if you watch No Country For Old Men expecting that, you are going to walk out pissed. In a way though I am glad I had the original experience with the film because now I can look back on how my emotions were so expertly towed with without my being as aware of the manipulation as I would be now. This is far too “deep” a movie to break down in a quick review. There are [...]

Quick Daily Review #228: The Achievers (2008)

September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The Achievers (2008) If you have no idea what The Big Lebowski is, I urge you to look up my review here on this site. It should be featured down below. This was an interesting movie to watch for me, but I warn you going in, it may not be for the “uninitiated” any more than your typical screening of the Rocky Horror Picture show would be enjoyable for someone who either hadn’t seen, or worse, didn’t like that particular movie. The Big Lebowski was the first cult film of the “Internet era”, and I recall being right there in the early 2000s as the movement was gathering steam. [...]

Quick Daily Review #227: The Color of Money (1986)

September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Color of Money (1986) The worst thing about The Color of Money is that it is a sequel to The Hustler (for Trivia Buffs, also the first movie I ever reviewed on this site)and of course, it does not live up the heights set by that level of a classic. Almost no film could. That said, if one can view this movie without thinking of the former, which I admit is difficult, there is a very good film here. Martin Scorsese is at the height of his stylistic powers here in this period between Raging Bull and Goodfellas . Paul Newman, who won the Oscar in this movie that he deserved in the original, [...]

Quick Daily Review #226: Barton Fink (1991)

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Barton Fink (1991) Barton Fink is one of my favorite lesser known Coen brothers movie. In it John Turturro plays a brilliant stage writer for Broadway(from whom the movie gets its name) who gets lured to Hollywood in the 1940s to write screenplays for big studios. Turturro is perfectly at home as the naïve, paranoid stereotypical writer caricature who would prefer to write reality based social commentary rather than standard genre movies such as Lassie or whathaveyou. Of course he winds up hating Hollywood and all its shallowness and everything it stands for, and as a result winds up with a [...]

Quick Daily Review #225: True Detective – Season 2 (2015)

September 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

True Detective: Season 2 (2015) The first season of True Detective was truly lightning in a bottle. You had Matthew McConaughey quoting Nietzsche while making little beer can people, and Woody Harrelson as the perfect befuddled foil to his colleague’s anti-social ramblings. The plot was kind of a muddled mess about a “Spaghetti Monster” figure tied to a group of rich right wing child rapists, but all of that was easy to ignore with the amazing cast and great direction. This year’s season of True Detective has a similarly muddled and this time almost impossible to follow storyline [...]

Quick Daily Review #224: Django (1966)

September 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Django (1966) Spaghetti westerns might have just as easily been called Sergio westerns—as the three greatest directors of the genre all shared that same first name. Everyone knows Leone was the first, but probably at this point only real history/movie nerds know the other two–Sollima and Corbucci. Sergio Corbucci directed this classic Pasta Western back in 1966. The story is yet another play on Yojimbo, with a silent but deadly hero wandering through the desert who finds himself caught in the middle of two warring factions. This time around the hero in question is named [...]

Quick Daily Review #223: Spy (2015)

September 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Spy (2015) Mellisa McCarthy is my wife’s favorite current actress. Her movies are a guilty pleasure for her as much as old Adam Sandler movies were for me back in the day. It’s the cinematic equivalent of comfort food, maybe not good for you, but good nonetheless. I am hit and miss with her movies. I find her shtick to be about as one note as your typical Tyler Perry “Madea” movie, but with added profanity and female bravado. This movie works though, not because of the quality of the story or writing, but because of the talent of the actors in it, and the extent to which they take [...]

Quick Daily Review #222: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

September 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) I literally cannot fathom how it took me so long to finally getting around to seeing this. Clint Eastwood has been on my Mt. Rushmore of actors since I was a fetus, and Jeff Bridges is also on that list. This movie sees them in different points of their career, Bridges is a young cocky little hippy named Lightfoot who opens the movie by stealing a car, and Eastwood is an old bank robber in hiding who opens the movie as the pastor of a church, before literally being run out of the congregation by a gun toting man from his past who comes to collect on an old [...]

Quick Daily Review #221: The Untouchables (1987)

September 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Untouchables (1987) The Untouchables is a near perfect mix of cinematic ingredients. Even though it was filmed n the late 80s this is not a modern gangster movie like Goodfellas, or even the Godfather. This is basically a “Hayes Code” era film that somehow escaped in a time machine and wound up where it did. That said it is beautiful movie, wonderfully shot by Brian De Palma, with a classic score by Ennio Morricone (and with period music by Duke Ellington); and then you add in the dialogue from David “F*** You” Mamet and you already have the ingredients for an instant classic. But [...]

Quick Daily Review #220: Revolver (2005)

September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Revolver (2005) Jason Statham is just getting out of prison and is bound for vengeance against Ray Liotta, who plays the big bad mob guy who screwed him over back in the day. While in prison Statham’s character befriends two geniuses who teach him how to win at virtually any kind of confidence game in existence. While in pursuit of said vengeance though, Statham’s character winds up at the mercy of two mysterious strangers (yeah, you probably figured who they were too by now) who hold the key to helping him get the payback he wants. I saw this movie for the first time last night on cable [...]
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