Archive for the ‘Action/Adventure’ Category

Kick Ass – 2010, 0 stars, R

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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Starring: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

This movie is not what I expected at all.  I wonder why, the marketing for this movie makes it look like a funny kid, super hero movie.  Well, it’s funny to those that think microwaving a man, or a 11 year old girl with a bazooka is cool.

I am not a parent, but there were some things in this movie that don’t belong.  I am a huge fan of action movies, shoot em ups, good guy gets bad guy, etc.  But, I am not for dark humor that has children intertwined in this level of violent acts.  And we wonder why children are getting killed at school.  I’m not blaming Hollywood, however they do hold some responsibility for marketing that is actually marketing the movie, the real movie.

I don’t care if this was based off a comic book.  A motion picture is more impressionable on children because as we know, they watch a lot of TV.  A comic book still has some words on the page, and most of the children out there today, don’t pick up reading material easily; even a comic book.

Roger Ebert says it all, the film is “morally reprehensible.”  I concur.  I guess I am just more conservative for most of the audiences today.  Call me old fashioned, but this film is ridiculous.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009, ****, PG

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Character Voices:  Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg (yes-the “Jizz in My Pants” and “I’m on a Boat” video dude / comedian)

 

This inspired movie from a children’s book, is one fun-foodie loving animation!  I think it’s every kid’s, and maybe even some adults dream to have their favorite food fall from the sky at an given second of the day.  Let the stress go, and watch this animated flick.

 

Inventor, Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader, Voice, “Year One,” “Night at the Museum: “Battle of the Smithsonian”), thinks he’s a genius, however nothing seems to work out quite the way he wants, until one day in his sardine selling town has tons of food choices, and all because of a mishap on Lockwood’s part—he somehow came up with a machine that turns water into food.

 

Now, this might seem awesome to everyone at first, then the invention gets unruly and the food gets larger than expected, making turmoil for everyone, especially the reporter, turned weather lady, Sam Sparks (Anna Faris, Voice, “Scary Movie” Series, “House Bunny,” “The Hot Chick.”)

 

This is a great animated movie, and for everyone!  It’s simply irresistible like a nice juicy cheeseburger, and some of your favorite ice cream for dessert! Check this one out today, on DVD via Netflix or Pay Per View.

Point Break, 1991, PG-13, ****

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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 “Point Break,” is a slick cops and robbers movie with a beachy connection.  It is a very cool movie.

 

Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves, “A Walk in the Clouds,” “The Lake House”) just started working for the FBI’s San Diego office and was assigned to an unappreciated, not-by-the-book wild n’ crazy veteran agent Angelo (Gary Busey).  The two get off to a rocky start, but soon realize they are a perfect team, to bust up a team of bank robbers.

 

Through undercover work, Utah and Angelo discover the clan is a bunch of surfers.  As Utah is nailing the facts down, various friendships and his career begin to collide.  Bodhi (Patrick Swayze, TV’s new series “The Beast,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Donnie Darko”) is the idealist gang leader befriends Utah but realizes they are in a fundamental conflict. 

 

This film is one of the most entertaining police-action flicks.  It is also one to buy and watch from time to time; it will always keep your attention.

Arlington Road, 1999, *****, R

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis

 

It’s is riveting and oozing with suspense from the very beginning. Arlington Road, starring Jeff Bridges (The Contender, Seabiscuit ) and Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River) pulls you towards the edge of your seat. It is for sure gripping, and makes you think about the terrorism situation throughout the world. The acting is pure genius and outstanding performances are done by the entire cast.

 

This is one of the many true acting accomplishments of Jeff Bridges. The mixture of cast between Bridges and Robbins accompanied by Joan Cusack (School of Rock) and Hope Davis is award winning. Joan Cusack plays Robbins’ wife, and perfectly captures a wicked yet concerned neighbor. She adds an extremity like no other support. Hope Davis (American Splendor) play Bridges girlfriend, who is very skeptical of his accusations of their neighbors. She makes Bridges out to be the bad guy, yet she is wrong.

 

The idea of a terrorist living in your neighborhood (in modern day) is hard to accept but with the help of knowledge and evidence it becomes compelling. Individuals, who are ignorant and living in a fantasyland, believe that everyone is a good human being. These individuals have no consciousness of a corrupt society and they do not see the evil in people. Therefore the corrupt people would easily get away with their actions of destruction.

 

College professor Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) begins to suspect his neighbor Oliver Lang (Tim Robbins) is not really who he says he is. Faraday takes it upon himself to discover the real past of Lang. From name changes to teenage bombing attempts, Faraday becomes impatient and anxious, as the information he gathers points to a very dangerous terrorist organization led by Lang.

 

This driven, nail-biting action-drama is well laid out and interesting to follow, but it is not your typical hero flick at the end. The suspense builds; there are twists quite different from other films of its kind. Scenes are well ordered so you are not lost in the pace of the story. Flashbacks do occur, and help you understand the main characters feelings about terrorism. This sets the tone, and helps the viewer understand some of Bridges background and knowledge of the subject. The film feels as though there is a climax point every five seconds, although you get a real dose at the very end. You will be hanging by a thread until the bitter end of the road.

 

The music for the film is extremely effective. The music when Faraday is caught researching his neighbor makes your heart pound with fear! The intensity that engages the viewer with full close-ups of Bridges eyes, and facial expressions that reek of fear is sheer brilliance. The lighting arrangements are also rather frightening, which makes you more aware of the terror. These additives are what make the film gripping and a pure excellent production.

I believe this is a film that is not only intelligent, but also superior to all others like it. It shows that we are vulnerable to terrorists. Individuals who are out to destroy and hide in plain sight are the most difficult ones to catch. I believe if everyone had seen this film before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks they would have better understood that these people have no value for human life. They would see that many of these evil individuals get away with their immoral crimes and that something must be done to stop them.

 

Deep Impact, ***1/2, 1998

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Elijah Wood, Leelee Sobieski, Tea Leoni, Morgan Freemman

 

Many individuals believe this film is a better representation of how all life on earth could end, unless the terrorists get to us first.

 

A teen astronomer, Leo Beiderman (Elijah Wood) discovers an object in the sky during a class project and reports his sighting to a noted Astronomer, Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith).  Upon receiving the teens information Wolf examines the sighting and sees the unimaginable—a larger comet headed toward earth—but is unable to report his findings due to an auto accident in which he is killed.

 

Fortunately, the information is discovered and the government realizes the seriousness of the Wolf/Beiderman discovery and it’s clear a disaster of global proportions is possible.  The government tries to keep the finding a secret until a plan can be developed to deal with the event, however a broadcast reporter (Tea Leoni) puts a few pieces of information together, which expedites the governments announcement of the impending disaster.

The President of the United States (Morgan Freeman) tells the American people of the news and that NASA has organized a space mission to destroy the comet before its arrival.

 

This film is exciting and terrifying at the same time.  It is a film that will give you a shred of hope, because some individuals do survive.  The concept of a comet plummeting toward earth might even be more science fact than fiction, and the hope is that our worlds astronomers will always be combing the stars looking for anything that might be coming our way.

 

“Deep Impact,” has an array of many great actors, and many of the performances are emotional, intense and unforgettable.  Robert Duvall plays the head as the head of the NASA mission; Morgan Freeman is the President of the United States, Elijah Wood as Leo and his girlfriend Sarah is Leelee Sobieski.  Among natural disaster films this is one of the good ones and definitely promotes the sale of telescopes for young astronomers and probably a few Chicken Little’s.

Sin City, 2005, Un-Rated, *

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Elijah Wood, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel, and Josh Hartnett.

Over the last 3 years we have seen Spiderman, Hellboy, the Punisher, Hulk and a few more but, Sin City took way too many leaps of faith.  If you like comics, you may or may not like this one. 

A comic book is one thing.  A motion picture is another.  This comic should never have been made into a film.  In “Sin City” anything and everything goes: EVERYTHING.

There are many gruesome films but Sin City is plain awful.   True, there are many gruesome and violent movies out there that depict the dregs of society and the most heinous of crimes, but seeing creepy Elijah Wood as a cannibal is absolutely mortifying. He is already creepy as Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. 

The whole movie is filled with degenerates, other than Clive Owen and Bruce Willis that try to reduce crime.  Violence is non-stop throughout each sequence.  Different stories are running through out the movie filled with new faces to Hollywood and some of which are veterans.   

And we wonder why high school kids dress the way they do?  This is definitely a good example of why.  It’s different when they want to dress up like Willy Wonka, but not in fish nets and a leather clad suit.  Not Good.

Taking of Pelham 123 2009, ***1/2, R

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: John Travolta, Denzel Washington, John Tururro, James Gandolfini

 

The remake is better the original with the late Walter Mathau, due to more action, and comedic one liners, in this Scott-Free Production.  Walter Garber (Washington) plays a transit dispatcher who runs into a snag; a group of hijackers on one of the lines he looks over, Pelham 123. 

 

Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder (Travolta) the showman of the hijackers, demands $10 million within an hour, or he’ll start shooting hostages. He’ll deal only with Garber. The mayor (Gandolfini) okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it’s unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal.

 

I thought this movie was a decent action flick to watch.  I would recommend watching it at least once.  Travolta and Washington make a quite a good pair.