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Wednesday
Jun042014

Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West'

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Starring Seth MacFarlane, Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Rated R


I couldn’t get into the movie Ted.  It just wasn’t funny to me.  A large part of that was I felt Seth MacFarlane, the writer, director and voice of Ted,  wasn’t pushing himself to make a what could’ve of been a great edgy comedy.  Instead, he relied on his old standards, things that he’d done on Family Guy many other times before.   But Ted turned out to be one of the biggest films of 2012 and the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time.  Needless to say, MacFarlane and whatever he was going to do next, was going to be met with the warmest of receptions.  And that next thing was…a comedy western…wait…what? When was the last time we saw one of those, that Mel Gibson movie Maverick?  Yeah, it’s been a while.  But when you think about it, it wasn’t a bad idea, in fact my good man, it just may work.  My God, maybe this is the moment where MacFarlane pushes himself to make a great comedy.

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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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