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Tuesday
Jul292014

Movie Review: 'Sex Tape'

Sex Tape

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Rated R

 

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Tammy.  I didn’t review Tammy because I couldn't find anything to say beyond this: Tammy is an unfocused mess that forgets it’s a comedy, which is sad because it stars someone who can be extremely funny.   Tammy is the sort of comedy that can be more offensive than something like say A Haunted House or Movie 43.  Those movies, as dumb and insulting as they are, at least try to give you something to laugh at.  Tammy rested on its laurels and expected you to laugh just at the concept alone, which is so incredibly frustrating to sit through.  Where am I going with this?  Well Tammy isn’t the most insulting and offensively bad comedy I have seen this year.  That title belongs to, and I’m sure it will hold it until 2014 closes, Sex Tape

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Movie Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Starring Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Kerri Russell
Directed by Matt Reeves

Rated PG-13


 

The Planet of the Apes series carries a lot of weight.  Not only with science fiction fans but in pop culture as well.  It would be hard to count how many times the series has been referenced since the first film came out in 1968 (even this website used to have a rating system of damn dirty apes).  To say this series has had its influence is, well it's completely justified.  I could never get into the movies myself.  It’s not that I didn’t like them in some capacity; they just weren’t my cup of tea.  Tim Burton’s unfortunate reimagining back in 2001 did nothing for me (or for most people) and only served up the idea that this is a series best left to what has already been given to us.  Not taking that advice into consideration nor following in the footsteps of one Mr. Tim Burton, Rise of the Planet of the Apes unexpectedly gave us new hope that rebooting this series was in very capable hands.   And the people responded, favorably, setting up the opportunity to give the world Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

 

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Wednesday
Jul022014

Movie Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer
Directed by Michael Bay
Rated PG-13


When did all the hate with Michael Bay start?  Was it always there from the beginning?  Pearl Harbor?  The first Transformers movie?  Somewhere along the way we all turned on the guy and it’s been ugly ever since.  Prior to seeing Transformers: Age of Extinction, I’d seen some of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and to say they were less than kind is a bit of an understatement.   But to put that in perspective, it’s not like the other films in the series garnered high praise either (though the first film did garner an ok rating).  So what happened?  When did we start treating the guy like he just committed the worst possible crime against humanity?  We’ve all done it, myself included, but the funny thing is I didn’t start out hating on Michael Bay, he just led me down that path.  Outside of last years Pain & Gain (which I liked), since 2007 Bay has worked on Transformers films.  Big, dumb, loud, stupid, these are all adjectives that have been used to describe these films.  But isn’t Bay really just giving us what we all want to see in a summer action movie?

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Wednesday
Jun182014

Movie Review: '22 Jump Street'

22 Jump Street

Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Rated R


For whatever reason, logical or illogical, there always seems to be the philosophy that bigger is always better…its not by the way.   That logic though, seems to be the dominant force when it comes to creating a sequel to your previously massive hit.  What’s amazing though, is when movies take on this logic, more often than not; they never end up being as good or as profitable as its predecessor.   But yet, everyone continues to follow this trend.  Take for example the recently released trailer for Dumb & Dumber To.  I will admit I laughed a couple of times during the trailer, but it’s painfully clear they are taking this approach and that’s not what made the first one so successful and beloved.  21 Jump Street shocked a few people, including myself, in just how funny it was.  And the comedy didn’t come from strategically placed gags; it came from the interactions between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.  It’s the same thing that made Dumb & Dumber so great.  22 Jump Street, a sequel that, even by its own admission, is lucky to exist, is fully aware of what needs to get done, even if it still falters at the same time.

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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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