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 – 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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Movie Review – Star Trek Into Darkness

If you would have told me about four years ago that Star Trek was going to become one of the biggest franchises again, I would have laughed it off.  I mean the franchise itself, in film form, has existed since 1979 with “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, which was just basically money shots of the Enterprise and some deep insight into the existence of life while battling a giant space cloud.  But decades later and many more Star Trek films, either TOS or TNG (The Original Series or The Next Generation), the luster of the Enterprise needed a new, shinier coat for audiences that weren’t just fans of the series.  J.J. Abrams undertook a massive attempt with his reboot of the long running franchise in 2009 with “Star Trek”.  A lens flare filled visual spectacle that essentially made Star Trek cool to like, at the behest of nerds around the world.  It made the series popular once again and was a critical success.  So the rollicking, humor, action oriented Star Trek had a lot to live up to with a sequel that was 4 years in the making.  “Star Trek Into Darkness” boldly promises to take us into darker territories with its foreboding title and higher stakes, a promise it fully delivers with warp speed.

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Movie of the Day – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Oh yes, the latest Star Trek is coming out this evening I will be there, clad in a red shirt cause you need expendables there to protect the captain.  So in order to properly convey my excitement for the latest lens flared installment from J.J. Abrams, I guess it is time to pay tribute to the best Star Trek movie ever.  It’s time folks….KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

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Movie of the Day – Prometheus

Today I am pulling up an older review, again still busy at the film festival, but I want to at least have some content back on the site while I get to watch some killer movies tonight and intro Miami Connection again…for the 4th time in front of an audience.  I am really enjoying this new festival in KC and hope that it continues into next year as the line up of films is stellar and I will have reviews for the following movies; History of Future Folk, Save The Date, Greetings from Tim Buckley, A Band Called Death and I Declare War.  Give them a look up and see what I will be talking about.

Anyways, today’s post is bringing back the often conflicting film Prometheus.  I remember in my initial review, which will be linked, that I ended up giving this a 4 out of 5, even despite the waning of enjoyment upon a second viewing.  But I still come back to that movie again and again for the visual spectacle that unfolds and what could have been achieved once that initial awe of seeing a Ridley Scott sci-fi movie once again.  I still think that the movie is still great from an overall presentation and technical aspect.  The characters are what sink the movie a bit along with some plot issues that make you think “what the hell” instead of being immersed in the story and world.

It’s still an original property, something new that didn’t get the usual remake or re-imagined treatment that Hollywood is in love with, but Prometheus isn’t without its faults and the performance and Noomi and Fassbender are the crowning points on this flick.  The visuals are stellar and frankly, look amazing in 3D as well.  But I will still hold true to my initial review with some caveats and I still enjoy watching this movie from time to time.  So below is an excerpt of my review and the link to the full item.  Enjoy!

But all is not lost, as Rapace and Fassbender deliver the most compelling and intriguing acting in the film.  Rapace, who most people will know as the original Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, turns in a performance that is reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver as Ripley.  The marketing for the film downplays her involvement in the film, but she is truly the star of the show along with Fassbender.  Rapace plays the naive Dr. Shaw with a doe-eyed love for finding the truth in their existence, only to see it all stripped of humanity and knowing that all is lost.  Rapace is leading lady material, overshadowing her contemporaries in the film with an unbelievable chaotic energy.  Micahel Fassbender plays the robot David, an eerie, life-like human robot who is both calm stoic, but deftly capable of outsmarting everyone.  His motive are masked behind the expressionless veneer his character has.  Plotting and staying one step ahead of the crew, his plans for the discovery are slowly revealed through his manipulation and calm actions.  I could watch an entire film about David and his attempts to humanize himself further.  From his care taking of the crew, to his robotic, autonomic functions, Fassbender gave a bit of soul to a soulless robot.

Click here for the full review

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 – Dragonheart

This is pretty much a SyFy television movie should look like.  Don’t get me wrong, I love shitty SyFy original movies, but man, Dragonheart is like the movie they should have made cause it is both ridiculous and highly enjoyable.  I remember checking out this movie in the theater when I was like 11 and to tell you the truth, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world.  IT HAD FUCKING DRAGONS!  I mean IT HAD A DRAGON!  Plus Quaid just chewing up the scenery and Sean Connery lending his voice talent to bring that dragon to life with a Scottish accent.  So damn awesome.

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Movie of the Day – R.O.T.O.R

Robotic

Officer

Tactical

Operation

Research

R.O.T.O.R.

Nothing can stop this Robocop/Terminator knock-off with a sweet mustache from dispensing justice.  An unstoppable force of science gone wrong.

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Movie of the Day – Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

I am a simple man folks, sometimes I don’t care if a movie has some sort of coherent plot, decent acting, compelling characters or even the bare minimum for critics to give it a passing grade without resorting to zero stars or whatever they use to say a movie is crap.  I like popcorn flicks as much as the next person and today, I got just the one for you all, specifically for those that are currently stuck in the midwest snowstorm of whatever dumbass name it is this time.  Let’s get chestbursty with Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

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Movie of the Day – Inframan

Oh my god yes!  This is what cinema is for folks.  Movie like Inframan are the reason that I go to the movies, watch untold hours of movies and generally love everything about movies.  Infra-Man is basically something that a 10 year old version of me would make if given the opportunity to take my adolescent ramblings about robots and karate and turn them into a reality.  A completely off the wall action film the likes you have never seen before and I am going to talk a bit about this movie today in preparation for my chance to see it on the big screen next week at the Alamo Drafthouse.  This is the shit folks.

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