free analytics for godaddy

GTBP CONNECT


                             
Check out our sister site Tricky Riddles for brain teasers and fun puzzles guaranteed to make you think. Join Riddles Facebook community.
This area does not yet contain any content.

This area does not yet contain any content.

Entries in Reviews (693)

Monday
Apr142014

Movie Review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel Jackson
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo

Rated PG-13


I’ve really come to admire what Marvel and their Marvel Studios have been doing over the past few years.  Not only do I admire them for the big picture plan they have with their movies and tying them all together, but I admire them putting thought into what they’re putting out.  A bulk of the credit can go them for restoring the faith in the value of the comic book movie (the rest can go to that other guy, you may have heard of him…Chris Nolan).  And while we heap praise on them, we must also be keenly aware that they had some involvement in the hole they had to crawl out of some years back.  But the Marvel universe is a good one now, full of event films that have purpose and a desire to not ever be a Transformers movie.   This may be a stretch, but they’re like Pixar in a way, keeping quality control in house and telling everyone else to sod off.   But even with that in mind, I still had hesitation about Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Click to read more ...

Monday
Apr072014

Movie Review: 'Noah'

Noah

Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Rated PG-13


Darren Aronofsky, the man who tackled a bleak Hubert Selby novel and gave Mickey Rourke new life, if only for a brief moment, may at first glance seem like a disastrous choice to helm a biblical themed movie based on Noah.  Truth be told, I was a little a taken back by his desire to take on such a project.   But when you think about it, the move really does make sense.  Noah is a story that lends itself well to a director who doesn’t fear his material or being creative with it.  And Aronofsky’s movies always seem to have a spiritual angle (if at times somewhat hidden) to them.  But oh boy, did Noah, leading up to its release, have some negative press around it.  From the studio not happy with what Aronofsky turned in (a reported 5 different cuts) to religious groups unhappy with the perceived artistic license that was taken with the story.  But Aronofsky turned out to be a wise choice.

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Mar252014

Movie Review: 'Bad Words'

Bad Words

Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Phillip Baker Hall
Directed by Jason Bateman

Rated R


It only seems like yesterday that Jason Bateman was starring in one of the biggest sequel turds of all time, Teen Wolf Too, and whose own career was seemingly destined to be the male Judy Greer in any and all big studio rom-com.  Then came a little TV show called Arrested Development, followed by a few choice film roles and today we are talking about Jason Bateman, movie star and now director.   While the director part may have been inevitable career choice (since he has directed quite a few TV episodes from various shows) and you can certainly debate how big a star Bateman really is, the guy has parlayed his career quite well.  Bad Words, Bateman’s first feature film directorial effort, is a movie that after seeing the trailers, I felt I was going to like.  I just didn’t think I would like it as much as I did.

Sharing the same philosophy as Bad Santa, Bad Words may not be as vicious as Santa was, but it no doubt creates a world where being a 40 year old asshole that never got past the 8th grade and enters a spelling be contest because of a loophole in the rules, seem really awesome. But just like Santa, the movie avoids a lot of plot clichés that would otherwise make a film like Bad Words seem uninspired.   Don’t get me wrong, Bad Words isn’t perfect, but it's so much fun to watch.  

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Mar182014

Movie Review: 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Grand Budapest Hotel

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jude Law
Directed by Wes Anderson
Rated R

 

I’ve been pretty vocal about my feelings towards the state of Wes Anderson.  While I hold his earlier work with high regard, I started to become disenfranchised when Moonrise Kingdom came out.  Maybe it was petty nitpicking, but the movie and more importantly, how I started to view Anderson as a filmmaker, started to sour.  First off, Kingdom, for me, tried way too hard and never really connected on any points it was trying to make.  And the movie also further demonstrated that Anderson was a little too comfortable in his world, not wanting to push himself.   Then I saw the trailer for Grand Budapest Hotel…and my feelings never changed.  I felt that this would be the last time I saw an Anderson film…and then I saw the film.

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Mar122014

Movie Review: '300: Rise of an Empire'

300: Rise of an Empire

Starring Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton
Directed by Noam Murro
Rated R


I wasn’t a fan of 300 when it came out.  Well, let me clarify that statement.  I was sort of indifferent towards the movie.  That indifference though turned sour as it seemed that everyone I knew loved the movie and would heap praise upon praise like it was Empire Strikes Back.  That led me to start picking the movie apart scene by scene and at one point down right hating the film.  It certainly isn’t the best course of action to take with a movie but at the time that was my reaction.  After seeing the trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire and instantly thinking to myself “why bother”, I decided to rewatch 300 again.  That indifference I felt the first time is still there but I can now see why people really like it. And in fact, I did like some things about the film, but don't tell anyone.  I still wondered why creating a sequel to 300, without either Gerard Butler or Zack Snyder (although he is a producer and helped write the screenplay) in tow, was necessary or even a smart idea (but when it comes to profits, we all know what wins out in the end.  Rise of an Empire doesn't offer anything new, but I walked out of this movie feeling completely different than I did the first time around...what?

Click to read more ...