Movie Review – Bully

I was a victim of bullying.  Shocking I know that a nerd like myself was the target for bullying with my glasses, portly disposition and general intelligence level above those that I attended school with.  It stings being bullied and teased in school for no other reason than to be the target of some ridicule so others can feel good about themselves.  I take comfort in the fact that my life has turned out immensely better than theirs, with a career (currently in between jobs) and not currently siring several children and working for slightly above minimum wage.  Take that fuckers!

Anyways, now that I have openly vented about my past, bullying is still some morbid national past time that happens even decades after I exited the education system.  We see it in the news about teens killing themselves from incessant bullying and the backlash of violence from those that just can’t take it anymore.  Everyone knows why but they can never seem to get to the heart of the issue.  Young kids deciding that the teasing and bullying becomes almost too much for them and end of taking their lives or those around them.  It’s a tragedy that has to be addressed and it hopefully a documentary like Bully will bring to light the issues of bullying in schools in the most direct way possible.

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Movie of the Day – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

So there is a lot of nerd rage happening on the internet about the latest news of Michael Bay raping your childhood and adding gratuitous explosions and Victoria Secret Models for no reason into some cherished property from the 80s and 90s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  If you aren’t familiar with the whole Michael Bay TMNT debacle, just do a search for that and watch your computer screen melt.  Seriously, the short story is basically Bay wants to reboot the series, not make them teenage or mutant.  They will just be referred to as Ninja Turtles, which I guess is fine or something, I don’t know.  I think I am supposed to be outraged by this but then again it’s Michael Bay and I know his movies are going to bro-ish ads for the military and underwear models.  So I can’t begrudge the guy for doing what he is familiar with, but there is one thing that nerds should never forget and that is the original 1990 classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Movie Review – The Waiting Room

Finally finding a bit of time in my hectic life to start fully reviewing the films of the True/False Fest, I decided to start with the social documentary called The Waiting Room.  Also I was spurred on to do this review after being contact through twitter by the official Waiting Room handle, which promptly corrected me on the misspelling of the directors name Pete Nicks.  So embarrassment aside, I wanted to actually give this a full review instead of the small snippet of coverage.

To be frank and continue my traditional insight before diving into the film, healthcare in this country is one of the most heated topics of debate in this country.  I am of the notion that a country as prosperous and great as we are, it is a shame that we cannot provide healthcare to everyone in America.  It says something about a country and the way they treat their citizens when getting ill is the difference between life and death.  Sometimes it isn’t even about that, sometimes it is just about trying to get healthcare and choosing between paying for food or paying for medicine.  There have been many films in the past, one I will bring up is John Q since most people love Denzel Washington and will remember his spirited portrayal of a father going to extreme lengths to save his son.  The film was an extreme, not unlikely though, case of healthcare putting a price on life and how absurd it is to even be healthy in this world.  While the sensational nature of the film will rally those who need a new cause to take up, it is sensational to begin and end with.

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One Year Anniversary!!! Movie of the Day – Brick

It has been exactly one year to the day that I have started this blog.  I personally never thought that I would be able to post one item every day since the inception of this little adventure.  I started out the blog with my ode to one of my favorite films of all time, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a film that rests comfortably at the top of my favorite film list.  But while it was the first film that kicked off this little adventure, there was one film that I first posted on my Facebook account that pretty much started my daily Movie of the Day post.  Brick, a film that takes the time tested neo-noir, crime genre and give it a new coat of paint and a slick script to produce one of the most unique and memorable movies I have seen in a long time.  Brick to me is a film that will always be one of the best.  For some reason, when I first started posting a movie of the day on my facebook timeline, this was the first film to come to mind.  It’s a film that encapsulates the era of the crime genre and spins it enough to make it something all its own.  A world of intrigue and lies, built upon the grounds of a high school where the teens become the adults and the story takes on a life of its own.

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Movie of the Day – 30 Minutes or Less

I need a comedy today to pick me up from a particular funk I am in and while I could have chosen any number of comedies, for come reason I decided on one that is raunchy and slightly disturbing since it is based (although denied by the filmmakers) on an actual event.  It takes a certain special kind of insanity to take an actual event that took place, which you can read here, and give it the Hollywood treatment and turn it into a comedy staring some of the best comedians around.  Oh and Jesse Eisenberg is in this movie as the hapless hero.

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Movie of the Day – Like Crazy

I have never been one for the romantic films, as I say many times, but it is not because of the subject matter of the film rather it is the formulaic nature of them.  So my default mode of emotional investment is skeptical when watching a romance film, either comedy, drama, or anything of the like.  I talked about how much I loved the film (500) Days of Summer and the capturing of young love and all the confusing shit that comes along with it.  It was a refreshing entry to the genre and the leads were young, gorgeous and likeable, which helps for multiple viewings.  There were a few short comings with the film, ones that really didn’t detract from the enjoyment but just some nitpicky things about young love.  For me, Like Crazy is the film that (500) Days of Summer wishes it was.  A bold statement but one that has a ring of truth.

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Movie of the Day – Predators

If you came here hoping to read about Predator, the classic action movie of 1987, well I already did that review which you can read here.  This review/post will be about the 2010 film that seemingly convinced me that Adrien Brody is not to be fucked with cause holy hell, he was pretty buff and convincing.  Yes the man who played the pianist is staring in an action movie where Predators, multiple predators, set up the equivalent of a rich man’s game preserve to hunt down some of the most ruthless and dangerous game around….humans.

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Movie of the Day – Shut Up, Little Man!

I like to think of myself as a lot of things, mainly a purveyor of all things internet related from memes to viral material that seems to permeate our pop culture infused lives.  It is just my nature to consume useless amounts of trivia, which also makes me a valuable member to any trivia team.  But I will admit, I knew nothing about the underground viral phenomenon known as Shut Up Little Man.  I mean, who else really has heard of it?  Don’t be one of those douches that chimes and be like I listened to it before it was cool and shit cause you are full of shit.  In all honesty, the audio verite spread through the underground scene by the exchange of cassette tapes and eventually making it’s way to the airwaves through radio.  Who would have ever thought that listening to an odd couple roommate situation would have yielded some interesting, cultural talking points.

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Movie of the Day – Army of Darkness

 

If you need me to tell you why this is an amazing movie and one of the greatest films in existence, you are a primitive screwhead.  Enjoy your Sunday and Hail to the King Baby!

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Movie of the Day – Paul

Being a nerd and loving science fiction is pretty much the same as liking PB&J sandwiches.  The two items are mutually exclusive, even if some nerds have a much bigger affinity for the genre than others.  So when science fiction movies comes along, I get a bit giddy as I love the genre and love being transported in a world unlike any other.  What I like more about sci-fi, is when I see little nerdy references to other sci-fi films in a particular movie or television show.  It somehow gives me the validation of knowing and recognizing the callbacks or jokes from the countless hours of movie and television show watching.  It sounds nerdy, but I have already admitted to that. So you can imagine how I felt when I first laid eyes upon the trailer for Paul.  A trailer for a film that seemingly was made for me and those like me, I got excited for this movie immediately and with the same fervor that I had when I first watched Blade Runner, which is the only time you will ever hear that sort of comparison.

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