Now You See Me

So if you are a fan of buddy crime flicks like the Ocean’s series or if you like cool magic tricks then I think you will like this. I would not say this was a blockbuster only pulling in a little over 117 million but it had some decent star power with Morgan Freeman and Woody Harellson to add that seasoned actor vibe. Over the last few years I have enjoyed Woody’s movies and am very much looking forward to him returning as Haymitch Abernathy in Catching Fire. I was not crazy about Mark Ruffalo prior to this movie but I think I am warming up to his grumpy not really a star vibe. Jesse Eisenberg plays “J. Daniel Atlas” one of the magicians. For me he is one of those actors I don’t actually like but tend to like the movies he gets cast in because there interesting and sometimes relevant. There are some other up an coming actors in this as well. For me I waited till I could pay 1.69 at Redbox but would not have been upset had I paided full price at the theater.

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Send Me To The Movies

So I want to start reviewing other movies outside of my normal type of movie I usually review. However the bank account does not agree. So I added the Donate button located on the right. Feel free to use it as often as you like. The first person that uses it and posts here gets to pick the next movie I review.

Elysium

I guess I should start out by saying I loved District 9 so I went into the theater with the highest of hopes.  This movie delivered in every way I had hoped.

Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. – IMDB

The plot is simple enough to follow with the right amount of character depth and story development to keep the viewer interested but without a huge investment in back story. We know there is Elysium but not how they created it.  The pacing for the plot is fair but at times I found myself not caring about the flashbacks when Max was a kid. I know it was to provide character depth and emotional content but I could have done with just a little less.

As far as the setting, just like in District 9 there was that stark contrast of the slums of Earth with the dirt and grit. A place where everyone is smudged by poverty.  This allows for the almost jarring contrast of those that live in a perfect smuge free space station. With its bright and crisp lighting and lush garden estates. The special effects are on par with any big budget film and are enjoyable to watch.

I think that Matt Damon is an incredible actor and and he can bring any role to life. The Max character was conflicted but not overly complicated. Which allowed me to experience the conflict without the plot pacing slow down to establish complexity.  I think that Sharlto Copley as Kruger was so over the top as the sleeper Elysium agent that it was like riding a roller coaster. It felt like it was over to soon and you just wanted to get in line again.  Jody Foster as Delacourt the administrator of Elysium was a brilliant casting decision. Her performance was pragmatically icy and wonderfully driven.

Being I am a huge science fiction fan and loved District 9 I would highly recommend this movie.

Roll Call

Thinking about reviewing again but only if people actually want to read my reviews so this is a roll call.

Upcoming Blockbusters

Ok with all these great movies coming out in the next few months which one are you looking forward to the most. For me its a toss up between Superman or Star Trek.

iNews Hollywood

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer: The Lego Version (Video)

The movie’s official trailer gets made entirely with the toy bricks and figurines.


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Two months after redoing the trailer using all Legos, Antonio and Andrea Toscano have done it again.

The apparent Lego enthusiasts have remade the trailer for the upcoming using only the toy bricks and figurines — only they’ve tweaked the title to

PHOTOS: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’: 13 Photos to Get You in the Mood

Check out their video, along with the official trailer, below.

J.J Abrams’ sci-fi sequel — which stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch — hits U.S. theaters May 17.

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Movies This Weekend

Alright kids I am looking for a box office assignment. Let me know what you want me to review this weekend.

IMDb: The Tomb (2013)

The Tomb (2013)
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A Good Day to Die Hard

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When I was growing up and still now one of my favorite kids of movies is the Action Buddy Comedy. There is just something enduring about two people thrown together in an impossible situation and finding humor in it.  It doesn’t hurt that there are typically lots of explosions and car chases in these movies. The Die Hard series has been a staple in the action comedy arena with 4 solid hits. This brings us to the 5th entry into the Die Hard franchise “A Good Day to Die Hard”

“John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.” – IMDB

That short blip taken from IMDB about sums up the whole movie. There is not a lot here if you are looking for an enthralling story line the Die Hard franchise and especially this movie is not going to be for you.  Now if you looking for a white knuckle 20+ minute car chase, helicopters blowing up buildings and lots and lots of explosions then this will be a pretty fun ride.

This Die Hard takes place in Russia and takes you as deep as Chernobyl. It was kind of a nice change to go outside the US and see John in the world. They did it in the only semi believable way using the pretense of seeing his son in a Russian jail.

Bruce Willis is John McClane there is no doubt that Willis pulls this off each and every time McClane steps on the screen. This movie has all the trapping of John McClane. The quirky one liners the introspective comments and at times running commentary with himself that I love about the character.

One of the key components to the buddy action movie is the chemistry between the buddies. I think here is where this movie falters a little. The selection of Jai Courtney to play John’s son Jack was a mistake. I don’t think he has the acting chops to play opposite such an established character as John McClane. Maybe that was not his fault and more the writing but still at least for me he did not work for this part. Based on there on screen chemistry from Looper I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt would have been a much better choice.

This brings us to the villains which in Die Hard have always been over the top larger than life characters.  That is not to say they have ever had any real depth but let’s face it do they have to in a Die Hard movie they always die extremely hard deaths.  This movie is no different in that respect. However it is interesting that there are multiple layers of baddies in this one. This movie tries at a little misdirection in that you think Chargarin a Russian politician played by Sergey Kolesnikov is the boss baddie but he is more a plot device to move the story along. The real boss baddie is Komarov played by Sebastian Koch who does a wonderful job of the good guy fade to super evil boss.  I think however all the bad guys were over shadowed by the bad girl Irina Komarov played by the stunning Yuliya Snigir which from what I can tell was her first American film.  She brought the attitude and the sex appeal to make Irina the stand out villain and I would have love to see here Live to Die another Day.

As a child of 80s it is nice to see Russian villains with nukes there is something comforting about the enemy you know.


As the action sequences go you could not ask for more from an action movie. Pretty within the first 30 minutes of the movie there is a 20+ minute car chase where they crush, crunch and explode many cars. I lost count at 30 cars. Then there is the gun play which is the Die Hard bread and butter. Let’s not forget the McClane beat down. No Die Hard movie is complete with John McClane becoming a bloody mess and this movie delivered in a big way.

So here is my final word on A Good Day to Die Hard. Go see it if you’re a fan off the series, Bruce Willis or just general mayhem and explosions. If you’re looking for a plot than this is not the movie for you.

 

Yippie Kay Yay Mother Russia!!!

 

 

 

 

Will this just flash in the pan?

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NBC Slots Bryan Fuller’s ‘Hannibal’ for Thursdays at 10 p.m.

The drama starring Hugh Dancy will premiere in April in the slot that most recently belonged to "Do No Harm."


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From Do No Harm to … Hannibal.

NBC has slotted Bryan Fuller‘s dramatic adaptation of the Thomas Harris books on Thursdays at 10 p.m. starting April 4.

"#Hannibal Requests the Honor of your Presence for Dinner Thursday April 4 10PM @NBC — Saving you a place at the table," Fuller announced Thursday on Twitter along with a picture of its  Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen.

Repeats of Law & Order: SVU will continue to air on Thursdays at 10 p.m. Through March 28.

PHOTOS: From ‘Do No Harm’ to ‘Playboy Club’: TV’s Quickest Cancellations

Mikkelsen will play the psychiatrist-turned-serial killer in the 13-episode dramatic take from the creator of cult hit Pushing DaisiesHugh…

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