Movie Review – Dredd 3D

Oh how I want to excise the part of my brain that recalls the Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider, buddy cop comedy, action movie Judge Dredd.  One of the most horrible pieces of shit I sat through and make fun whenever I can.  How one could take a comic book which is all about glorious violence, done in the most insane way possible, could be distilled into the safest R-rated movie ever.  I will never know, but thankfully the movie going audience got the remake it so rightly deserved.

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Movie of the Day – Coming to America

Some people will argue that Eddie Murphy’s best work came from Beverly Hills Cop, a fine mix of comedy and action with his biting attitude and general charisma.  I agree that it is a fine piece of work and makes yearn for the old Eddie Murphy to come back to the screen, I still think that there is one movie that eclipses all others.  Coming to America is probably my favorite Murphy movie out of his entire collection.  It incorporates just about every aspect of his personality, comedic timing and acting abilities in the comedy world into one movie with a funny script and great directing from John Landis.

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Movie of the Day – Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Time for another so bad it’s good movie and I am so happy for today’s selection.  While I enjoy talking about great movies that are worthy of the time I take to talk about them, I do love to expend a little bit of energy on terribly shitty, but surprisingly entertaining movies.  Today’s is a sequel, maybe prequel, what ever the fuck it is.  All I know is that if you are basing a franchise off of a fighting game, you are going to fail spectacularly.  This movie was no exception but the greatest moments from this movie come from one actor who just beautifully articulates that shitty script and over serious acting talents.  That actor is Chris Klein.  Oh are you all in for a treat.

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Movie of the Day – Indie Game: The Movie

I haven’t done a documentary in a while and I wanted to definitely talk about this particular documentary that a gamer friend of mine showed me a while back.   I am definitely a casual gamer by definition.  I don’t spend countless hours honing my skills in multiplayer games developed for the mass market.  If I ever play a game, it’s usually one that I can lose myself in from time to time.   I love RPGs, mainly because of the investment in development of my character and getting immersed in a world and story.  Mass Effect and Borderlands are two that I have been playing religiously as of late, putting in a few hours when I can here and there, but while the mass appeal of those games are great with their big budget productions, I do yearn for something a bit more unique and outside the box.  That is where the indie game market comes into play.  That is the subject of the documentary, a look into the world of those that communicate with the gaming community through these micro games that buck the big distributors and studios.  They find success amongst those that welcome creativity and the development of independent games.

Also if you want to find me online, my Xbox handle is HumorousIcarus2.

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Movie of the Day – Time After Time

Lyin’ in my bed I hear the clock tick
And think of you
Caught up in circles confusion
Is nothing new
Flashback warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcase of memories
Time after

Sometimes you picture me
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me I can’t hear
What you’ve said
Then you say go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I’ll be waiting
Time after time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I’ll be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness
Has turned to gray
Watching through windows
You’re wondering if I’m okay
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I’ll be waiting
Time after time

You said go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I’ll be waiting
Time after time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I’ll be waiting
Time after time

Time after time
Time after time
Time after time

I couldn’t resist 🙂

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Movie Review – Looper

HA!  I always knew that time itself was cyclical and not linear.

Well I mean at least this latest sci-fi offering from Writer and Director Rian Johnson (Brick and The Brothers Bloom) lays out the rules of time travel and those that use it.  Looper is the third movie from Rian Johnson, a director who dabbles in straddling the creative line between brainy, think tank films and fun, creative twists on established genres.  In Brick, he injected a dark, hard boiled noir thriller in the setting of a high school.  The Brothers Bloom saw us following a playful and charming group of dapper looking grifters with a smart, sophisticated web of intrigue and cons.  And now Looper dabbles with the temporal complexity of time traveling, paired with the slam bang action sequences that create this continuous loop of constant feedback and excitement.

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Movie of the Day – Necessary Roughness

Sorry Scott Bakula, Ziggy says you got to lead this team of nobodies to a bowl game before you can jump.  BOOM!  Fucking Quantum Leap reference.  Give me a high five Dean Stockwell!

With all the uproar about refs and bad calls and football or whatever, I decided to go back to the locker with this football that was main staple on USA network rotation and the fact that I watched the shit out of this movie with my dad who likes Scott Bakula.  Mainly I was waiting for him to leap into another body, but we all can’t get what we want.  So much like most on The Replacements, another funny football movie, Necessary Roughness is the rag-tag underdog sports movies that has nothing lose and brings some serious laughs.

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Movie of the Day – The Avengers

Boy, my hat is off to Joss Whedon, the maestro behind this summers biggest blockbuster.  Yes, it is bigger than The Dark Knight Rises and pretty much everything else that came out at that time.  It was a giant collaboration and gamble on the part of Marvel Studios to inundate the movie going audience a myriad of of super hero movies that could have started to fatigue the public.  Spanned over 5 different movies from the Marvel Universe, the pieces were coming together and and stories were set in motion in each of the proceeding movies to build up to the team-up of the summer.  Marvel’s The Avengers was the epitome of the summer popcorn flick and it delivered everything I could have wanted in a super hero movie.

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Movie Review – The Master

An opening image of churning waters of an unknown force cause the volatility of the deep water to become restless and constantly moving.  This image will come back several times during the viewing of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, The Master.  It isn’t revealed until later what causes the rift in the water, two different boats that are cutting through the seas, each one with a different purpose than the other, but both are on a journey that neither are aware of what waits for them.  This is case file, a study about two individuals who are on a journey in which their paths will collide.  Volatile, uncertain, constantly changing, the perfect ebb and flow for their meeting.

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Movie Review – Celeste and Jesse Forever

I have never been one for the romantic comedy genre or even the even more droning dramedy genre.  In fact I will try and never use that term because Romance and Drama go hand in hand with one another.  I am not jaded in the least except for that one time I got dumped Freshman year in high school during debate class or that time I got dumped outside a movie theater (the worst place in the world to dump a movie lover), I just think that the genre itself is filled with the same fluff and thematic plot points that it all runs together, much like this sentence.

So why would I go see this movie?  Well it has Rashida Jones (who is just dead sexy) and Andy Samberg in an indie romance film that promises me at least a decent indie soundtrack and a few laughs.  I got all of that and some romance out of this film.

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