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 – Blade II

So good and campy that I had to go ahead with the second one in the franchise.  I certainly won’t be pushing any praise on that craptastic third Blade film, Blade Trinity, cause fuck that sucked.  No I want to go into the often crapped on, but ultimately pleasing sequel to the breakout hit Blade with the sequel directed by Guillermo Del Toro.  Yeah, he ended up making a wildly satisfying flick that gave us more of what made the original fun to watch, but neglected to give us anything in terms of plot, dialogue, or anything else that could have made this flick.  But fuck all that, lets get to the Daywalker goodness of vampire hunting.

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Movie of the Day – Blade

So Wesley Snipes got out of prison this past week, which means a Blade 4 or whatever is probably going to be in the works as we speak.  Now I liked the first two Blade pics, not the last one with Ryan Reynolds and something about a super vampire or whatever, but the Blade series has always been this campy, fetish style horror, action flick that delivered on what it wanted and that is about all you can ask for.  I am not looking for something deep or prophetic, just Blade going around town, killing vampires, playing techno music and always betting on black.

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Movie of the Day – Spider-Man 3

Today I give credit to the finest of all Spider-Man movies.

Yeah…so good.

Happy April 1st/Fool’s Day everyone!

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Movie of the Day – Darkman

Liam Neeson, as a superhero?  Hell yes sir, Darkman is the movie that showed that he could kick some serious as an action star, even before he went on a European, neck chopping spree in Taken.  Darkman is where it all begins and even as a young kid watching this movie from 1990, I was stunned and still am stunned that this Sam Raimi directed flick holds up, more so for action than the acting.  Oh that acting, prepare to watch Liam Neeson lose his shit in the role of Darkman.

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Movie of the Day – Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Man, a lot of people took a big dump on this movie when it came out and I have to kind of agree with the sentiment that most shared for this movie.  This movie wants to be like Hellboy, but it misses the mark more than once.  Now I don’t want to focus on the negatives in this opening, which there are plenty, but it’s rare when you get a quirky little horror/comedy film that just throws everything against the wall and waits to see what sticks.  Dylan Dog has a campy, pulpy feel and I personally ended up enjoying the movie for sheer mashups they attempt and some hammy acting.

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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 – Danger: Diabolik!

So ignore the entire last 20 seconds of the trailer cause apparently in 1968, they had no problem spoiling the end of a film.  With that aside, you would be hard pressed to find movie that solely focus on the capers of a villain, even in this day and age.  Much to my excitement in finding little precious nuggets of films forgotten, Danger: Daibolik! is certainly one of the films that is a campy, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of a European comic book of the same name that focuses on the life of a career criminal and his sexy mistress/companion/whatever.  I adore this movie for the wacky sensibilities, stylish settings and unique B-movie feel from the late Italian director Mario Bava.  Danger: Diabolik! is certainly all style and flash, which helps when the movie is utterly paper thin in acting and plot.

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Movie of the Day – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

I will admit, the first film is by far the superior film of the TMNT series.  I mean it was dark, edgier, and even had Casey Jones in the film.  But I was a kid and all I saw in front of my eyes was another chance to break out those nunchucks and karate chop the air in a furious enjoyment as the Turtles were back and Vanilla Ice was doing the sound track.  Sure, my refined tastes in film has allowed me to discern between good and bad films, but I will never, ever, grow tired of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, expect for that shit third film where they travel back in time.  What a load of horse shit that was.

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Movie of the Day – X2: X-Men United

I guess I am still on a comic book movie kick as of late, which is perfectly fine for me since I adore these sort of films.  As you all know, I am a comic book geek, so this post, like my other comic book posts, will be filled with glee and adoration for the medium and genre.  I wrote about the first film of the X-Men series about a year ago right before the release of the X-Men First Class film, which I loved.  I have a lot of attachment to the comic series as it was one of the first comic books I ever remember reading.  I remember getting excited about the television series, toys, collector cards and the comic themselves as I will continuously go back to the trades and re-read them.  The first film, after looking back at it, is a setup for what the second film was hoping to vault from.  X-Men started out slow with the methodical setup of the world in which mutants existed and how society copes and deals with them.  It wasn’t an action heavy first film, but more of a drama that establishes the world in which the X-Men exist. Now in the grand tradition of sequels surpassing the original film, X2 managed to open up with one of the best comic book film openings, cementing the ride we were about to take.

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