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Tuesday
Jun032014

Critical Hit: 'Godzilla'

The reception of Godzilla has been a polarized, and those are usually the most fascinating ones.  Some people love the delay-heavy pacing that limits all of the real action to the third act, and some people don't.  I'm impressed that the average movie viewer has been willing to deal with the at-times gacial pacing, it shows that maybe Transformers-esque cluster-f**** of action haven't become the only way to reach people nowadays. Now, we have the guys over at Critical Hit giving their opinon on the whole issue. Enjoy!

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Wednesday
May282014

Movie Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Days of Futrue Past

Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart
Directed by Bryan Singer

Rated PG-13


It’s a bit of sad irony that one of the most hated films in your franchise is also the film that is the highest grossing in the franchise.  X-Men: The Last Stand, aka “The one ruined  by Brett Ratner”,  rides shotgun with a list of films that has only had one other moment of embarrassment (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which for the record, sits 3rd on the list of highest grossing X-Men films).   But it might also be very telling about how this franchise is viewed is wants to be viewed by the audience.  Both films not only sacrificed story for more artificial looking CGI and poorly put together action sequences, but did so in a way that felt really dishonest to the franchise. The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class saw dwindling box office numbers (also sadly ironic because they’re two of the best films in the X-Men universe…yeah I totally stand by that point), all the while comic book movies are still going gangbusters at the box office.   So what do you do?  You pull out all the stops, that’s what you do.  Go at this thing Avengers style, but with a twist.  The result…a very satisfying X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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Wednesday
May212014

Critical Hit: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

If you happen to agree with the general critical consensus, you weren't the biggest fan of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In fact, it got the most consistently negative reception of any superhero movie for a long time.  That's a far cry from the days when crap like Fantastic Four and Daredevil was the norm for the superhero film genre. And as disappointing as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was, it's still way above either film.  We have another podcast from Critical Hit, talking about the man flaws of the recent Spider-Man sequel.

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Tuesday
May202014

Movie Review: 'Godzilla'

Godzilla

Starring Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Tayler-Johonson
Directed by Gareth Edwards

Rated PG-13


 

In the summer of 1998, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the duo behind a little film called Independence Day, set upon the world their vision for Godzilla, a movie that for a good year had been hyped as the next great must see summer film.  And how could it go wrong?  This was coming from the same guys who gave us ID4.  I remember seeing the movie and immediately walking out of the theater cursing everything that was associated with their “vision’ of Godzilla.  To say the movie got everything wrong is a bit of an understatement.  And if you were unfortunate enough to see it, then you know exactly what I mean.   That was the last time a lot of saw the big guy on the big screen (there were a few Japanese Godzilla films that were released though).   The one thing that the 1998 Godzilla got right was the marketing.  Literally, for a full year, the movie was teased and hyped and got people excited about its prospects…whoops.  So when it was announced that Warner Bros was throwing its hat into the ring and giving us a new Godzilla film, well people were a little bit more skeptical this time around and for good reason. 

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Monday
May192014

Better Late Than Never Movie Review: 'Neighbors'

Neighbors

Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Directed by Nicolas Stoller
Rated R


There comes a point in your life where the party stops.  I’ll steal a line from 21 Jump Street, where you just want to “Put on a Snuggie, light a candle and get weird”.  Maybe the weird part no so much, but where you slide into a life where watching Pawn Stars and going to bed at 10pm sounds pretty fricking amazing.   It’s that weird shift where one day, going out means getting tore up from the floor up and the next, its two beers and you’re good to go. Sometimes that’s a hard transition, especially when you get that look from people who are pegging you as the old dude at the party.  A look you used to give yourself. That the heart of Neighbors, a movie about growing up or fighting it. 

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