Movie of the Day – Black Dynamite

Movies are a labor of love, most of the time though, and we as movie lovers have to learn to appreciate the care that goes into making a movie.  Some directors choose to create original movies and wow us with something we have never seen before.  Other directors will take the route of retreading past movies as a directorial style.  There are even certain directors that will pay homage to movies that influenced them in their film making.  Homages in general are a tricky thing for directors to make, since we as a viewer will be familiar with the story and setting, so nothing can honestly take us by surprise.  Homage movies run the risk of also seeming unoriginal to others.  Tarantino has this criticism put on him many times as he takes story elements from numerous genre’s and places them into his movie.  I mean Kill Bill had almost all the elements of Lady Snowblood, but the Tarantino was influenced by the story and added his typical dialogue and flair to the movie.

Homages try and toe this line between parody and send-up of the genre the film maker is wanting to portray.  Often times they fall on the parody side and focus on the ridiculousness that the genre has to offer.  There was a little known cult movie that came out in 2009 that was a loving send-up to the genre of Blaxploitation movies.  You might be familiar with movies like Shaft, Super Fly, Foxy Brown, or maybe Blackula (Black Dracula).  Those films were iconic in the 70s as they part of a slew of films that focused on the black community.  They gave the African-Americans their own story, their own voice and their own heroes to root for when they went to the movies.  Their characters are strong and independent.  They don’t take shit from the man.  Most were even about the political and social climate.  So when a director wants to recreate the look and feel of the era, they will have to walk a fine line as to not upset those that love the genre.

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Cross Platform Promotion – Lost In Reviews Podcast

So ladies and gentlemen, I am now doing a podcast.  I don’t want to hurt myself while trying to pat my own back, but it was a little something that my counterparts over at wanted to start doing and well, here we are.  We are still figuring out the format and this was certainly a spur of the moment thing, but I am excited to just be bullshitting with my friends and talking about music and movies.

Our first one is just us chatting about Pacific Rim, Limp Bizkit and a bunch of other random shit.  The aim is to have this be a weekly podcast and fleshed out a bit more in terms of the format, talking points.  So this is a bit rough and frankly, we like how it turned out.  Hope you enjoy!

Here is the link to the podcast page and we will eventually get this on RSS and iTunes.

Movie of the Day – A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop

Have you ever thought to yourself that while you were watching the sublime Coen Brothers film “Blood Simple” that there would be a different take on the film?  Maybe wondering what it would look like if say a famous international director decided to pay tribute to the movie with his/her vision of the story line?  Well folks your prayers are answered as Zhagng Yimou decided  that Blood Simple needed to be remade with some Asian period piece flair and today I will talk about the exciting and wonderful remake, A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop.

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Movie of the Day – Natural Selection

This is a movie I have been waiting awhile to talk about, mainly because it didn’t get a release in theaters other than the festival circuit.  It kind of sucks talking about a movie that a lot of people won’t be able to see unless they get the VOD treatment or some form of streaming.  Natural Selection was a movie I was back in November 2011 at a local film festival in Kansas City.  I have to admit, even rewatching it makes me realize how much I loved this movie and the subject matter presented.  A fantastic flick with a knockout performance from Rachel Harris, Natural Selection wowed me with a deep, character drama with some dark hints of humor.

So it was a relief to track this down on dvd and give it another watch.  With an amazing performance from the two leads, Harris being the standout of the pack.  The movie certainly is indie at heart, with a strong character driven script that propels the interesting story and filled with moments of earnest, heartfelt discussions about the issue at heart.

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Movie of the Day – Bachelor Party

I will tell you what, I have said before about Tom Hanks and 80s movies, but they don’t make them like they used to anymore.  You got your Project X, Hangover, and that one movie 21 and Over which was exactly like the Hangover, but nothing will ever really compare to the debauchery of a young Tom Hanks just  fucking killing it in this comedy flick.  Bachelor Party is pretty much “the” party movie that others need to live up to.  Sure you got Animal House, but that is the movie which defines college life/college comedies/college parties.  Bachelor Party, that is a fucking great comedy movie with some of Hanks’ best work.

Tonight I have a friends bachelor party, so this is a short update but at least I am able to give you the movie of the day today.  If you have never seen it, I suggest you watch some classic Tom Hanks movies.  For me, while his later stuff is phenomenal, something about young Hanks just being a comedic genius and a versatile actor that go from comedy to drama, he can shift from those roles with ease and frankly, I just love this damn movie.  Check it out folks and have a good night!

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Movie of the Day – The Rundown

It’s The Rock!  Holla!  Christopher Walken is also in this movie as well as the scene chewing villain of the movie, which is the primary reason I picked this movie for today.  The Rundown is actually one of my more enjoyable, not really a guilty pleasure, but a movie that is really just a popcorn flick and that is all.  It does manage to have a little of everything in it with some drama, lots of comedy, and pretty decent action sequences, that are a bit too cartoony in some instances.  But hey, it’s still a great movie to sit back and watch The Rock, Walken, William Scott and Dawson do their thing.

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Movie of the Day – Point Break

So apparently by the amount of talk on twitter and facebook posts, Point Break is going to officially be remade for a modern audience.  Now I am always there to basically deride Hollywood of the fact that they don’t have any creativity anymore.  Believe me, I am no less thrilled about the latest remake than the next person and I await the day when they decide to remake a movie that is less than a year old.  Well I decided that I should commit to memory and this blog, a movie of the day post about one of my favorite action films out there.

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Movie of the Day – The Sandlot (Anniversary Edition)

Guys!  You Guys!  You won’t believe it but The Sandlot turned 20 a few days ago.  I mean, shit I am old.  I just picked up the 20th Anniversary edition of this movie and I think I can safely say that is easily one of the best teen/kid/sports movie of all time.  This just takes me back when I caught this at the theater like 8 times during one faithful April in my youth.  I even talked about this movie in a previous Movie of the Day post, but I feel the need to take a trip down memory lane with a highlight reel of some of the best moments from this movie for it’s anniversary.  SANDLOT EVERYONE!  SANDLOT SANDLOT!

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Movie of the Day – Army of Darkness (special edition)

Folks, tonight is a special night.  While I have talked about Army of Darkness before on a previous post, I felt it was worth the time to just post about this again, not at length though.  No folks, I am posting this because this evening at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet in Kansas City, I will be hosting a special screening of Army of Darkness in 35mm.  But that isn’t all, tonight it will be a MONDO EVENT, meaning that the lucky 116 people in attendance tonight will be getting a very exclusive Mondo poster of Army of Darkness, one that will surely be one of the most impressive releases this year for Mondo.  I am so utterly excited to be helping with this event and I have seen the poster early.  I will tell you all that is a thing of beauty and the people in attendance tonight are going to go nuts.

So what a perfect way to celebrate the new Evil Dead movie being released than a Mondo Event on Army of Darkness.  I will update this once I am able to post about the poster in its entirety.

Hail to the King Baby!


Movie of the Day – The Advenutres of Milo and Otis

I hope you all are ready for some more animal cuteness cause it’s time for Milo and Otis.  Yes the movie with a pug nosed puppy and his curious cat friend.  I don’t have anything to say about the movie since in all honestly my brain will slowly devolve into mush as I watch the two lead frolic and play with one another as they are on the adventure of a lifetime.

Prepare for an overdose of cuteness!

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