Movie of the Day – Atlantic Rim



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Movie of the Day – The Bay

I realize I have decidedly put my foot, firmly in the ground in defiance to the use of shaky cam, found footage movies in Hollywood.  Lazy filmmaking at its finest is all I have to say and frankly executives practically jizz themselves at the words “found footage” and “shaky cam”.  I will admit that there are some exceptions to the rule with some incredibly novel concepts that yield some gold from the idea.  V.H.S and Chronicle both ended up being really enjoyable flicks that otherwise wouldn’t have gotten made if it weren’t for the two aforementioned words that Hollywood loves.  Today, no thanks to a trailer that got me fairly excited for something interesting, I give you the latest “found footage” movie that should be worth your time and that is The Bay.

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Movie of the Day – Casa De Mi Padre

You know I think Will Ferrell has it fairly easy in getting comedy movies made.  He just has to come up with a premise, sports or generally weird in concept, and then basically say “and I am the star”.  I have to believe that this is the only reason why Will Ferrell got Casa de mi Padre made, it is a concept film that parodies/pay homage to Spanish Soap Operas or Telenovelas, while having Will Ferrell speak in Spanish the entire time.  You know what, I love me some telenovelas and I was pretty interested in seeing what a full blown, comedic concept like will pan out to be.

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Movie Review – A Band Called Death

Death comes for us all.

You know, I always associate Detroit with the soulful sounds of Motown and funk music.  I mean bands like The Temptation, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and even the Contours basically defined the music scene there.  I fully get that this is a narrow view of the rich diversity of the Detroit music scene, but when I think of a group of African-American musicians coming together to create music, I and the subjects of the rockumentary A Band Called Death will tell you, the expectation is that it would be Motown-esque.  Thanks to the efforts of directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett, we get to uncover a band whose time has finally come.  Some 30 years ago, a group of African-American brothers would form a band that would change the music scene of their time by being, what some would contend, the first punk band ever.  That is, they would have been if it weren’t for the name and their unconventional playing style.

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Movie of the Day – Sand Sharks

Well, I honestly feel like this movie and the upcoming Sy-Fy movie Sharknado will have essentially closed the book on possible Shark combination movies out there.  Lest they take this shit to space and then we get Space Sharks or OR they make a non-cartoon version of Street Sharks and really do it right.  Yeah, surprisingly enough I would think Sand Sharks would create the common misconception that actual Sand Sharks (also known as Grey Nurse or Sand Tiger Sharks) would lead people to fear them even more.  I hope people mistake these sharks for actual sharks that are capable of swimming through sand, they need to up their game with the Great White Sharks out there.

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Movie of the Day – Twister

Living in the state of Kansas, you have to get used to the fact that you live in Tornado Alley.  Unlike most alleys, this one doesn’t contain the drugged citizens of a particular town, hookers, or back alley plastic surgeons.  If a twister did strike say Independence, MO, then it would be drug alley, cause they have a lot of meth houses there.  Just saying.  No our alley is one that mother nature decides to hammer every so often with spring tornadoes because why the fuck not.  It sucks and that occasional, often times horrifying Tornado alarm sound heralds the possibility of a twister coming our way.  It’s a reality we must deal with here in the Midwest, so thankfully Twister came along to give people on the coasts even more of a reason to never come here.  COW!

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Movie Review – World War Z

Ok let’s just get this out of the way first before we discuss the movie.  World War Z is in no way shape or form anything like the Max Brooks book of the same name.  Those hoping to see a National Geographic-esque documentary about the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse and mankind reeling from the Z attack, will be utterly crushed under a horde of zombies.  If you can come to terms with the fact that the latest zombie blockbuster is just that, a zombie blockbuster that shares the same name with the book, you will find an enjoyable, action packed summer movie that you can just check your brain at the door.  With that said, let’s shamble (or in the movies case, sprint) on through the squishy insides of director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Machine Gun Preacher, Stranger Than Fiction) and star Brad Pitt’s attempt to give the zombie genre a big screen, summer blockbuster.

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Movie Review – The Bling Ring

Hmmm, rich, vapid young teens who are bored with the mundane lifestyles of their own opulent lives  decided to go on a crime spree that involves stealing from rich celebrities because there is nothing better to do with their time.  That is the basic premise behind Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and surprisingly the actual real life events that were just juicy pieces of tabloid trash and upscale magazine fillers.  Anything dealing with the rich and famous will get the masses interested and the real life crime spree that these teens did was almost too good to pass up.

I can see why Coppola decided to make this sort of movie or at least adapt the story to the big screen.  This story was the center of a Vanity Fair article on the teens and their notorious crimes against celebrities.  It went into detail about the robberies of Lohan, Hilton, Bloom and other celebrities that call Beverly Hills their home.  The story then turned into a Lifetime movie called Bling Ring and now Coppola gets to do yet another movie about the supposed banality of the rich and affluent.  If anything, it just solidifies my assumption that Sofia only likes to do movie that involve rich white people and their rich white people problems.  Sigh, being wealthy, gorgeous, glamorous and young is so tiring and banal.

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Movie of the Day – Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane

Oh yes people, I am definitely going to enjoy talking about this shitty gem from a time when zombies were all the rage.  Dead Plane is it also called and will be called cause I refuse to type the whole shit name out, but regardless of the title and the farce of a premise that placing zombies on a trans-atlantic flight could be exciting for anyone, this actually was a fantastic piece of gory crap that is just pure trashy fun and for that, I love it.  It’s zombies on a plane folks, there is really the only logical place that zombie movies can go.

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Movie of the Day – Death Wish

Oh boy, how do I tip toe around this movie so as not to seem like some sort of revenge seeking, street justice, manic vigilante inhibitor.  I mean I like violent movies, but this is one where there is some sort of vigilante fantasy come to life where the citizens of the world can’t depend on the police to resolve matters, but they themselves become the problem solvers.  Death Wish is the sort of movie that fulfills that itch that some citizens have, the man who takes justice into his hands and just cleanses the streets of the evil that fills it.  Actually you know what…this movie fucking rocks.  Thanks Charles Bronson!

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