Movie of the Day – Shaft

That’s right I’m talking about Shaft.  You know my love of Blaxploitation films so I am not gonna waste my breathe on bestowing the love all over again about how this genre of films created not only some of the most entertaining and culturally important film movement, but also some of the best soundtrack music ever.  You can dig it if I keep the post for today brief as I don’t want to repeat myself with talking about the love affair I have with blaxploitation films, but I do want to talk a little bit about Shaft.  You dig?

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Movie of the Day – The Grey

Man I have been slacking on my duties, but with a new writing gig, podcast work and generally do more work, I sometimes neglect my blogging duties.  I decided to whip my ass into shape with a movie that basically gave me a nerd boner as far as trailers were able to do for my expectations in an upcoming movie.  The Grey (or The Gray for those that don’t differentiate the spelling of it) was one of those movies that presented an intense looking movie in which Liam Neeson goes into the wilderness and fights the wildlife there.  I mean who the fuck didn’t want to witness that sort of badassery on screen?  Well damn the movie studios for making a misleading trailer, but to my surprise the final product is one of the gloomiest and harrowing stories about coping with the inevitability of death and a journey of survival.  Plus more Liam Neeson being a badass.

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Movie of the Day – Commando

OH FUCK YEAH!  1985 was a fantastic time to be alive, shit I was born in 1985 and you know what else happened in 1985?  COMMANDO!  Arnold Schwarzenegger doing what he does best and that is spouting iconic one-liners and killing what is the equivalent of a small occupational army.  I love 80’s action films, string thin story lines, awesome one-liners, continuity errors galore and most of all, one man killing machines!  Commando is a man’s movie.  If you can’t love this movie for what it is then turn in your man card and go wait in line to see Twilight or an equally girly movie.

*start 80’s action voice over*

Are you ready…to take a journey…with one man…who has nothing to lose?  His friends were murdered…his only reason to live was taken from him….ridiculous pauses in between sentences…and now someone has to pay!

*end 80’s action voice over*

The movie is basically this for 90 minutes
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Movie of the Day – Anything with Dennis Farina

RIP in Dennis Farina.  I will drink a cream soda in your honor.

Some of his best roles.

Midnight Run:

Get Shorty:

Snatch:

Another Stakeout:

A small role in Striking Distance (that man had the best lines):

One last clip, a compilation of him saying fuck, which he did superbly.

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Movie of the Day – Get Carter

Yeah baby, talking about the 1971 Michael Caine classic and not the abomination that was the remake of Get Carter that starred Stalone.  Get Carter is just a brutal, brutal movie that has Michael Caine taking on the mob underworld in a very well paced revenge flick that has a lot more to offer than just shotgun blasts and death.  No, Michael Caine brings his charming Britishisms to the role of a revenge seeking killer of mob men and makes for supremely satisfying action flick.

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Movie Review – R.I.P.D.

Well, I ended up seeing this gem of a movie and ended up writing a review for the site I contribute to, so if you have any interest in seeing what I had to say about this Men In Black style movie, head on over to LostInReviews.com and see what I got to say.

I will just bury the lead and let you see what I had to say.

Do you remember great buddy cop movies like 48 Hours, Lethal Weapon, Hot Fuzz, or maybe Dragnet? Perhaps some alien/other worldly action comedies that utilize a partner mentality like Men in Black and Ghostbusters.  Well R.I.P.D. is not the movie for you, sadly, if the trailer and premise was anything you got excited for.  In a summer where inevitable sequels, remakes, and established properties are going to rule the roost, R.I.P.D. is a bad mashup of so many other movies that its bloated corpse will float to the top of the list of bad movies this summer.  Thankfully, the smell is masked by some (few) things about a movie that is based on so many other movies and an established comic book property.

Click here to read the full review.

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Movie of the Day – The Ambassador

Mads Brügger must walk around with extra large pants because of the fucking massive balls that man has.  I don’t know what you do for work or even what you do for kicks, but I am sure poking fun at the postcolonial African nation of the Central African Republic and exposing the seedy corruption that happens there is not your idea of work or fun.  The Ambassador is certainly one of the most impressive, scathing and funny documentaries out there, all anchored down by a overblown caricature of the human known as Mads Brügger.

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Movie of the Day – Lilo and Stitch

What a vastly underrated Disney animated movie.  Lilo and Stitch certainly was one of those Disney movies that might have seemed like a lower tiered Disney release, one not destined to have the trappings of a usual princess fare with some sort of whimsical nature.  No Lilo and Stitch is actually a much deeper animated adventure, one that goes into the idea of family, belonging and friendship.  It isn’t all seriousness, as the movie brings one of the most likeable characters to the screen, Stitch.  Plus this is kind of a girl and her dog bonding happening, which I am a dog person so this speaks right to me.

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Movie Review (sort of) – Grown Ups 2

THANKS A LOT AMERICAN MOVIE GOING PUBLIC!  YOU FUCKED US ONCE AGAIN BY MAKING THIS MOVIE PROFITABLE!

Seriously, this movie beat out Pacific Rim.  PACIFIC RIM!  A movie about gigantic robots battling gigantic monsters from the deep is apparently not even dumb enough for you to march into the movie theaters, but Adam Sandler rehashing the same exact shit from the first Grown Ups movie is enough to win you over.  This is why there are no original movies coming out of Hollywood, this is why we won’t get new properties or original ideas because Hollywood sees dollar signs in the fact that the people have spoken and they love shit.

I ended up seeing this for free and wanted to choke somebody out for this.  To be fair, I only watched like 25 minutes of the movie before leaving the Drafthouse in utter disbelief that this was getting uproarious laughs.

Did the movie going public not know what Pacific Rim was about and did a cursory Google search on it?   I can understand if for some reason they did a search and ran across this image for a Gay Porno of the same name.

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Listen, that is reasonably understandable if they saw that image and did’t want to sit through Pacific Rim and chose Grown Ups 2 over this.  But to be perfectly honest, I would rather watch this porno than Grown Ups 2 because at least with the porn movie, I am not the one getting fucked.

Anyways, this isn’t really a review more so than a rant that we will eventually get a Grown Ups 3.  If you don’t think we will, then you truly underestimate what a truck load of cash and another ding on your dignity will inspire.

For Grown Ups 2, I have this video image to say:

Enjoy all 10 hours of it.

Movie Review – Pacific Rim

I imaging Jaegers give the greatest of high fives.

It has been 20 years in the making since I fondly remember battling monsters with my transformer action figures when I was like 8.  Pretending that these two plastic toys are really engaging in some sort of world-wide destruction battle, I just wish that it was something for real that we could see.  Not real in the sense like there was an actual attack on America by Godzilla, but something more live action than my young, developing brain could imagine.

Now that I am a little older, a little wiser and still have the mindset of wanting to see giant mech battles with giant monsters, I think I have found the movie of my youth.  That movie is Pacific Rim.

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