This week (a delayed episode) where we all sit around the fire, pondering what it’s doing near the microphones, and discuss how Santa Claus isn’t who he says he is, and what really happened in the Middle East as we review: Rare Exports and Incendies. Check out the show notes below:
What We’ve Been Watching Andrew (00:02:45): Batman: Arkham City, Hell on Wheels, Our Idiot Brother, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D Damion (00:10:45): 30 Minutes or Less, Chaos Theory, Larry Crowne, The Change-Up, 5 Days of War, Super 8 Douglas (00:23:30): The Take, Spring Summer Fall Winter… and Spring, Threesome
Trailers (00:35:50): The Grey (the specific cut of the trailer we discussed I can’t seem to find online anymore so no link).
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I’ve always been tackling with what to post on a Sunday. It’s not a particularly busy day on the blog and at the same time I don’t want to be away from you all. I’ve been terribly horrendous with my postings of my Monthly Reports so I’m putting this article in it’s place. It’s with my hope that with it’s increase in frequency (weekly instead of monthly) that I’ll keep it going a lot better.
I will list the films I’ve been watching for the course of the week along with short film (twitter long) reviews. Enjoy:
FIRST TIME VIEWS
THE CHANGE-UP (2011) – FUCK THIS MOVIE! CG breasts for Leslie Mann was not a good idea. A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS 3D (2011) – one of the most indulgent comedies I’ve seen ; it’s ridiculous for the sake of it & it’s great. THE IMMORTALS (2011) – lord jesus it looks beautiful… I kind of dug it a lot… Rourke sells it for me.
In this section just assume (unless I explain further) that these are awesome movies, I will supply a nice quote. Mainly because I think that’s awesome.
Casablanca(1942) – “It is a little game we play. They put it on the bill, I tear up the bill. It is very convenient.” Planet Terror (2007) – “Don’t shoot yourself. Don’t shoot each other. And especially… don’t shoot me.” Zombieland (2009) – “You are like a giant cock-blocking robot, like, developed in a secret fucking government lab.” Star Trek (2009) – “A curious metaphor, doctor, as a stallion must first be broken before it can reach its potential.” Redbelt (2008) – “I train people to prevail. In the street, in the alley, in…in combat, the bodyguard, the cop, the soldiers. One rule – put the other guy down.” Gladiator (2000) – “Are you in danger of becoming a good man, Proximo?”
224 First Time Watches (94 Films released in 2011)
Directed by: Chris Columbus, Mike Newell, Alfonso Cuaran & David Yates
Written by: J. K. Rowling
Starring: Danielle Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman & Ralph Fiennes
Why should you buy it? Because if you’re like me and enjoyed seeing how the films grew darker and more interesting as it went along you weren’t buying the films one by one. So after five films were out I just made the decision to wait for the entire series to be over (knowing it had a definite lifespan) for a collection such as this to be released. Sadly WB is taking up a Disney tactic to have these available for only a couple months before locking them away in a Disney style vault and re-release them at some date to be determined. Some may say I’m being hasty and playing into the studio’s hands, but this is just going to make me buy them immediately and be done with it. I’ll worry about the idea of double-dipping when the next new fancy home video format is made.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen
Written by: Kevin Tancharoen & Tod Helbing
Starring: Michael Jai White, Johnson Phan & Jeri Ryan
Why should you rent it? It’s probably worth a buy, but some people out there won’t see the value in buying a nine episode released for free on the internet 10 minute short series. The director, probably spurred on by how horendous the last Mortal Kombat film was, decided to take the series into a low budget science-fiction based reality that with the help of a really great teaser video that starred Michael Jai White got funding from Spike TV and ended up getting it made. I loved the series and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting it with a sense of joy the way I do shorts like Dr. Horrible.
Directed by:David Dobkin
Written by: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds & Leslie Mann
Why should you avoid this at all costs? Because it is not funny. There’re multiple scenes where the entire point is to one-up it’s own disgusting-ness. Either in the life of Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) in how far he’ll go to become an actor and to get laid by as many women as possible, or through the life of Dave (Jason Bateman) who has to make the life of a married father as disgusting and unglamorous as possible. At times they have character talk about sex in a way that you would expect a fifteen year old virign who’s read one too many articles in Penthouse would discuss it as a dream goal of his that he can never seem to reach, and honestly I feel that they were just making stuff up at one point or another in the conversation. The film is just dud after dud after dud.
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