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 – 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 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 of the Day – Jack Reacher

I will be the first to admit that I was ready to hate on this movie.  I usually don’t do this often since I want to give the movie a benefit of the doubt, but something about this movie and trailer just didn’t vibe with me at all.  Whether it is Tom Cruise, the look of another generic, action thriller, or just the fact that the movie might be another flash in the pan series, trying to make a grab at lighting, Jack Reacher was a dud in my eyes.  But on one faithful day at Alamo Drafthouse, one where we were slow as hell and I had some free time on my hands, I ended up giving Jack Reacher a view to see what it was all about.  Well, to say the least…I liked it.

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Movie of the Day – The Bourne Legacy

Today’s Movie of the Day post will be a reblog of my original review for the movie.

I will admit my original review was not the kindest in terms of my love of the film.  Initially I think that the reboot fell a bit short along with some shortcomings due to the story.  But after repeated reviews of the movie, I have come to enjoy the new direction that they are taking, mainly because the star, Jeremy Renner, is impressive in this movie.  A lot more emotive than the Damon Bourne was.  Renner manages to propel you along with the story through his particular actions and also with the physicality that he brings to the series.  It’s a nice attempt that I think will yield better sequels down the line, but there is some work to be done to get to there.  Overall, my opinion on the movie has changed for the better and I enjoy it a lot more than I originally did.

Well, enjoy the snippet of the review and click more to read the whole review!

While the plot is needlessly complicated, it is sharp enough to keep jumping fluidly between action scenes and plot development.  It is still a movie about a guy trying to score drugs, but at least the brief action sequences serve up some intensity.  The final closing action sequence goes on for a bit longer than it should, but it also borrows from several different chase scenes from The Bourne Ultimatum and even a James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.  It feels too familiar, while exciting, but it just goes on a bit longer than needed, drawing out the anti-climatic showdown between Cross and newly implemented agent.

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Music Video of the Day – Thriller

Yup, that’s right, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the movie of the day.  One of the best music videos around that managed to incorporate horror movie elements and even getting Vincent Price to lend his voice to the work.  Werewolves, zombies, creepy house, the occult, and a meta movie within a movie, this is the one of the best musical horror movie around.  Yeah it’s only 14 minutes, but are you going to argue with the King of Pop?

Movie of the Day – The Wicker Man (2006)

I am keeping this so bad it’s good movie train running because I fucking love watching bad movies.  Sure I have covered Birdemic and The Room the past two days, but it’s time for me to briefly cover a movie that is just a train wreck from start to finish.  The Wicker Man, not the one from 1974, but the 2006 bat shit insane Nic Cage punch fest that turned out to be more unintentional comedy than a horror movie.  When the crowning achievement of this movie is seeing Nic Cage in a bear suit randomly punching women on a secluded island, you know you have gold on your hands.

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Movie of the Day – The Room

After I posted about Birdemic yesterday, I went back into the movie collection and memory to come up with a movie that could top Birdemic.  I mean if you read yesterday’s post, then you know how utterly amazing Birdemic is and that can’t be beat in any way shape or form.  So in order to match that quality, I had to pick a movie that was on the level of Birdemic.  If you have never seen The Room, you are in for a terribly bad good movie.  I mean this is so bad that the marketing for the movie changed from a thriller/drama to a dark comedy after the initial premier and showings.  The reason for this, the audience was cracking up at the film and decided they can salvage the movie by promoting it as a dark comedy.  GOLD!

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Movie of the Day – Tremors

They come up from underneath the ground and grab you to your death.  Tremors was and still is the shit.  A personal staple of so bad it’s good movie watching for me, Tremors has managed to be a cult hit that has spawned three, yes three, direct t video sequels and a prequel film that talked about the beginning of the graboids.  Plus if you can believe it, it had a 13 episode television show which I have seen and is gloriously bad.  But I am not going to talk about the beating of the horse that the franchise has done, I am talking about some Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward science fiction/horror/comedy original Tremors.

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Movie of the Day – Toy Soldiers

Boy did I keep getting this movie confused with yesterday’s post Small Soldiers.  I am sure the studios that made Small Soldiers were pissed that this movie existed and therefore had to alter their title.  I actually only remembered this movie because I had to look up a trailer for Small Soldiers and found this little gem from 1991.  To my surprise, I completely forgot that Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher, was starring in a movie with Sean Astin, who was a big deal in the early 90s.  Anyways, this really for kids although it has a lively, Home Alone vibe to it, but yeah terrorists take over some prep school and now it’s time for those delinquent kids to take it back.

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