Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kenny vs Spenny Season 4

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Kenny vs Spenny Season 4 - 5 out of 5

Same formula, new season. The laughs and high-jinks continue and continue to deliver in a BIG way. Season highlights include who can be obese the longest, who can commit the most crime and who can blow the biggest fart. The only real downside is the season's length. It was only ten episodes long. That's not NEARLY enough of Kenny and Spenny for me. But it is still enough to keep me watching and I'll be moving on to season 5 very soon!

Dexter Early Cuts

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Dexter Early Cuts - 3 out of 5

Okay, now this isn't even on DVD but I watched the episodes online and felt I had to review them. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, Dexter Early Cuts was a twelve part animated series of some of Dexter's early kills (all taking place before the first season of the show). Basically an animated prequel of the popular Showtime show.

First off, the animation is very good. The episodes are animated in the 2.5D style (2D animation moving in 3D spaces). It's basically the style that animated comics are presented in. If you don't know what an animated comic is, that's fine. It doesn't seem to be taking off. But if you're curious, check out Watchmen: The Complete Animated Comic. It's worth it. Sadly, some of the character designs, in my opinion, don't really look like their real life counterparts. Deb REALLY doesn't look like herself and occasionally, Dexter doesn't look like he's supposed to. Michael C. Hall does lend his voice to the character, so the poor character design isn't enough to take you out of the episode but without Hall's facial expressions and physical acting we've come to know and love from the live action show, he does come off kind of flat in his delivery.

Being a webseries, the episodes are short (a little over a minute each). That gets quite annoying watching them online when you have to take into account you have to watch a commercial before every episode. And sometimes, the commercial feels longer than the episode. And when it comes to story, there isn't much meat on the bone there either. Sure the episodes offer us origin stories of how Dexter got his boat and why he started collecting blood samples from his victims as trophies but ultimately, after watching all episodes, I wondered to myself, "Was there really a need for these origin stories?" Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed these webisodes but not nearly enough as a live action episode.

Even more curious about the show was the foul language being bleeped out. I didn't view these on Showtime's website and that might be the reason. But I don't know for sure if there is unedited episodes out there. But the bleeping brought up some great commentary about us as Americans. Now these episodes have violence and blood in them...a lot of blood. Neither the violence or the blood are censored but the language is. Why is it that violence is okay but if someone drops a F-bomb, that must be beeped out?

Anyway, this webseries doesn't match up to the quality of the live action show but offers a glimpse into Dexter's past and delivers some mild entertainment. It's like an appetizer and the show is the meal.

Kenny vs Spenny Season 3

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Kenny vs Spenny Season 3 - 5 out of 5

The hilarity continues to deliver as these two best friends fight it out for glory and humiliation. The show continues to showcase creative competitions and continues to deliver its unique (and VERY OFTEN offensive) humor. Honestly, if you're easily offended, this isn't the show for you as Kenny will make jokes about everything from race and homosexuality to bestiality and incest...all usually at the expense of his roommate/best friend/opponent; Spenny.

Some of this seasons highlights included who can produce more semen, who can win a ten mile race and, my personal favorite as my sides nearly split open from laughing so hard, who can stay in a haunted house the longest.

Absolutely fantastic show!

Life

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Life - 5 out of 5

Now I need to clarify that the version I watched was the original BBC broadcast narrated by David Attenborough and not the American broadcast version narrated by Oprah. Although I watched the American version, I felt compelled to watch the BBC version because--let's face it--David Attenborough is the quintessential wildlife documentary narrator. And he proves it once again with his witty and informative writing on Life.

I am a big fan of nature documentaries. When I watch them, I always learn something new and they tend to fill me with child-like wonder and awe. This special doesn't fail to once again bring that feeling back as I was nearly blown away by the amazing camera work. Shots never before seen in the world of nature documentaries were what filled each 58 minute episode. And to top it all off, it was filmed entirely in HD.

To make this series even better, every episode ends with a short segment showing how some of the most difficult shots were achieved and, in some instances (like the Plants opening) were created for dramatic effect. It is almost educational overload...but in a good way.

This series is, in a word, beautiful.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's Garry Shandling's Show Season 2

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It's Garry Shandling's Show Season 2 - 5 out of 5

The laughs continue with this one of the kind show that the history and future of television will has and will never see again. The laughs are just as strong as season 1 as Garry Shandling and his cohorts poke fun at sitcom cliches like getting trapped in a refrigerator or falling down a well. And the fourth wall continues to be smashed to pieces as Garry openly acknowledges the studio audience, makes fun of the sets, flubs lines and talks directly to the camera and those watching. This season also has some fantastic special guests like Tom Petty, Gilda Radner (Rest in peace) and Jeff Goldblum. Without a doubt, this show is non-stop hilarity and one of the most original programs to ever grace television. Sure some of the one liners are dated but most of the jokes (especially the ones that come from the breaking of the fourth wall) remain timeless. If you've never seen this show--either you weren't born when it came out or you didn't have Showtime when it debuted--I highly recommend it to you if you love unique, one-of-the-kind comedy that you don't get on the cliche, tiresome sitcoms that grace most networks.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

FreakyLinks The Complete Series

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FreakyLinks The Complete Series - 2 out of 5

A short-lived paranormal show that aired on Fox for only 13 episodes. To my knowledge, it hasn't been released on DVD but Amazon has it offered and will notify you when it is available. Will it become available? I doubt it. I had to search the internet to watch all the episodes online. I never watched it when it came out except for the pilot and now, after watching the entire series, I realize WHY it was canceled.

If you read viewers' reviews of this show, the phrase "ahead of its time" is used but I don't think ANY time was right for this show. Now, I'm a skeptic by nature and don't believe in the paranormal but I LOVE paranormal shows because that subject material is just good fiction. However, if you do a show about the bizarre and strange, you need good writing to back it up and this show lacks big time in the writing department. Most shows center around individuals who were mutated somehow and this happens sooooo often that I often wondered if I somehow tripped and stumbled into a bad comic book. The supernatural creatures found on this show were so lame, it took me right out of the show. There was even an episode with a thing called the Skunk Ape. A stinky Sasquatch? Mulder and Scully are shaking their heads. To further show the poor writing, episodes are often resolved in a matter of moments where the main actor (Ethan Embry) makes a wild jump to a conclusion that ultimately ends up being right despite he had absolutely no evidence to make such a wild leap in logic. Each episode spends wayyyy too much time on the FreakyLinks crew goofing around and "being buddies" than worrying about developing the episode's story. Even after Ethan makes his wild conclusion on, and I have to say this again, NO EVIDENCE, the next 3 minutes of the show is filled with wrapping up the story (which is expected) but then we have to suffer through more of the FreakyLinks crew goofing around and joking in a manner that is so over the top, I expected every episode to end in a freeze frame of them high fiving.

Now, even though the writing sucks, sometimes you can have poor writing overpowered by powerful acting. Not in this case. If I didn't know any better, I would swear that the creators of the show actually INSTRUCTED the actors to over act. Everyone from the stars to the extras and side characters, no one delivers their lines in a convincing way or act in any way that looks real. And, to further show the bad acting and the poor writing, none of the characters you see in this show are in anyway deep or realistic. Everyone is one dimensional. And the show mystifies me when it comes to the characters is the way the FreakyLinks crew acts towards their investigations. You think a group who investigates the strange and bizarre (like a stupid Skunk Ape. Really, why a Skunk Ape?) they would have a open mind to the possibility of what the people claim. You would think but no. In fact, in most episodes, the FreakyLinks crew often makes fun of these people and the claims they make. WHAT?!? That makes no sense. You think individuals who have seen a Skunk Ape wouldn't laugh at a guy who has seen a desert squid.

And then there is the technical aspects of the show. A majority of the series was filmed in first person, hand-held camcorders because the show was created by the man who created the smash success, The Blair Witch Project. That element is unique to the show but often feels tacked on and does little for the story or plot. And sticking with the camera, this show is very VERY fond of the shot where the camera is circling the actor. In fact, it happens so often, you should drink every time you see it. It almost feels like the camera man just learned this trick and was able to convince the director in every episode that this shot was "essential."

And finally you need to deal with the terrible special effects and the god awful music that is in every episode. I realize there was, most likely, limitations with the budget but the bad special effects will take you out of the episode very quickly. And the terrible generic rock music from bands (they even sell the bands before the credits) that you've never heard from again...and it's easy to figure out why. On the topic of bad music, listen to the show's opening theme and see if you have the strength to continue watching.

I know it sounds like I'm nitpicking this show but it was really that bad. But when I compare it to far superior shows that dealt with the supernatural, this show feels like I'm being served bologna when I asked for a steak.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kenny vs Spenny Season 2

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Kenny vs Spenny Season 2 - 5 out of 5

This season is BETTER than the first. The challenges were more entertaining, Kenny's cheating was more interesting and Spenny's spasm attacks were extremely funny. My favorite episode, without a doubt, had to have been Who Can Dance the Longest. Once again, there are a couple moments where doubt can be raised whether or not what is occurring is legit but that doesn't matter because this show is so damn funny, it doesn't matter if it's staged or not. Can't wait to watch season 3.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kenny vs Spenny Season 1

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Kenny vs Spenny Season 1 - 5 out of 5

Sadly, this show was only short lived in America and it's difficult to track down on DVD but this Canadian reality/comedy show is worth the hunt. The show is hysterical and satisfies an individual deep desire for competition as we witness two best friends engage in insane contests. The technical production of the show is nothing spectacular but it's not the camera work and editing that makes you watch this show. It's the antics of the show's creators and stars that keep you watching. Some may argue that the show is staged, despite both Kenny and Spenny claiming otherwise, but even if it is (but I don't think it is by the seemingly real emotion that comes out of both men) it doesn't change the fact that this show is addicting and fun.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pontypool

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Pontypool - 5 out of 5

If you're a fan of The Twilight Zone, the concept behind this film may sound familiar but despite the similarities between this story and TZ episode called Need to Know, Pontypool delivers the concept far better.

This movie is creepy and unique in the fact the entire story (except for a small handful of scenes) takes place in a radio station. And, let me say this right away, this movie is NOT a zombie film. When I first watched the trailer, I believed it was but it turns out it is sooooo much more. It's hard to review this movie without giving away plot points but let me say this: It is one of the most creative stories I've ever seen involving deadly hordes of infected people. I know that sounds strange but the film's real kicker is the way the virus is transmitted.

Stephen McHattie leads this film as morning shock jock, Grant Mazzy and, being that the film takes place in a radio station, the movie does a tremendous job with its sound. It sounds soooo good and McHattie is so tremendous in his portrayal of Mazzy, you ACTUALLY believe he is a DJ. McHattie's skills are really broadcast in the beginning of the film, as the madness in Pontypool starts, the camera will stay statically on his face and the amount of real emotion you can see pouring off him as he tries to comprehend (but act as if he is not bothered by) what is happening in this small town is Oscar worthy.

All the elements of quality film making come together to make a nearly perfect thriller that leaps out of the park of scary movie cliches that have grown tiresome over the years. Although there are a few scary movie cliches to be seen, they don't ever take you out of the movie.

And then there is the ending...watch the credits, trust me.

This movie so perfectly delivers its story that you are sucked into it with your pulse racing. Great movie.

GasLand

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GasLand - 5 out of 5

This is one of those documentaries that EVERYONE should watch. I do my best to reduce my carbon footprint on this planet and do everything I can to treat the environment with respect but, sadly, not everyone thinks this way. We live in a wasteful society where we believe that we can waste our natural resources without thinking about the consequences we'll have for not only future generations, but consequences on the environment and people who inhabit this planet. And it didn't come as a surprise to me when those evil bastards known as Halliburton turned out to be one of the energy companies knowingly destroying the environment and poisoning people's water supplies in this film. And, I am very embarrassed to say that one of my relative's spouses works for this evil corporation.

From a technical standpoint, this is your typical, run-of-the-mill documentary without the flash of a Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlocke film. There are no silly cartoons, just one man, talking to real people who have become victims of the energy companies. Now the filmmaker, Josh Fox isn't a filmmaker by trade. He's just a man who was offered a ludicrous sum of money from the energy company to rape his land. Now, Fox's narration has the potential to annoy some viewers because he is very monotone but the atrocities being shown on the screen and the facts being brought to light were enough for me to ignore this minor irritant.

I read several reviews on Netflix for this movie and most of them saw what I saw: an eye opening doc about the dangers of fracking for natural gas. However, occasionally I spotted a review that stated this movie was full of lies and a sham...then I discovered why they said that. It turns out everyone who gave this doc a negative review WORKED for the gas company. They don't want to bite the hand that feeds them but if we, as a nation, actually put time and effort into renewable, safe energy, those jobs the gas and oil companies are concerned about losing would only migrate to a more environmentally friendly arena.

Okay, my preaching aside, this documentary was very enlightening as it showed you REAL people dealing with the REAL side effects of natural gas mining. Water is NOT supposed to be flammable but the lobbyist who work for the evil fucks like Halliburton, say that gas mining is perfectly safe. They say it is okay to put hazardous chemicals that are KNOWN carcinogens into the ground and that it WON'T contaminate the ground water. However, this doc easily proves them wrong with more victims than minutes allowed in this documentary. And why would the energy companies openly lie like this. You guessed it: Money.

Everyone needs to watch this documentary because we can no longer sit in around and be willfully ignorant of the crimes done to the environment and are fellow brothers and sisters in the name of greed and gluttony. Bill Maher said it best that "we are living in an age of information but we can't get information into people's heads." We can no longer accept the energy companies' words as law. For too long people take their words like they are gospel and actually REFUSE independent studies on the issue when it comes to fact checking. We can no longer do this. We need to stop being willfully ignorant and witness what we are doing to the environment. And as good as this doc is, people will still ignore what we are doing and put their undying faith in the very people who are out to kill them.

200 Cigarettes

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200 Cigarettes - 3 out of 5

For a couple of years now, this movie has been recommended to me by peers and, since Netflix doesn't have it, I haven't watched it but I was able to get a copy of it and finally got to check it out and found a movie that really doesn't do anything wrong but never really hits a home run either. First and foremost, the cast is filled with very talented people and the soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard. And even more impressive with the cast is that it is an ensamble and no actor is given more attention than the other. The only real downfall this movie had was the painful scenes involving Kate Hudson. Now the movie is witty and offers great characters going through great separate stories that all come together at a New Year's party at the end but when Kate Hudson is on the scene (and sadly, the very funny Jay Mohr has to share her scenes) the movie de-evolves into a painful, klutz comedy where she falls or bumps into something all for a cheap laugh. That, above all else, hurts this movie more than anything else that happens.

Now, I know I said the movie didn't hit a home run but that doesn't mean I wasn't entertained. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this movie but, unlike other films about the troubles of being young like Dazed and Confused, this movie doesn't have much replay value for me and that can hurt my ratings just as much as having Kate Hudson in it. While this was a good movie, it may be a long time before I put it in my DVD player again. In fact, by the time I decide to watch it again, DVD's may no longer exist.

Casual Sex?

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Casual Sex? - 1 out of 5

Netflix recommended this movie to me (based on what, I don't know) but curse them for doing so because; Number 1) they don't even have the DVD, you have to put it on your Save Queue and Number 2) this movie was funny at all, so why call it a comedy? This movie wasn't funny at all! In fact, it was pointless. After it was over, I asked myself 'why did I waste my time watching this piece of crap?' The only thing that was worthwhile about this movie was getting to see Victoria Jackson and Lea Thompson's naked rear ends. But I could have looked that up online and saved myself the 97 minutes I lost from this movie. To make matters worse in this movie, and it actually makes me wonder if the film makers did this to TRY and get the viewers to leave the theaters or turn off the VHS (yeah, VHS, this movie is from 1988) they put Andrew Dice Clay as the romantic interest for Lea Thompson. Who would actually believe that this would happen? Now, I understand when this movie can out, Andrew's comedy was "in" and "edgy" but seeing him in this movie is the equivilant of how filmmakers put Dane Cook in movies now. Just because someone gets fifteen minutes of fame, doesn't mean you have to put them in a movie.

Piranha (1995)

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Piranha (1995) - 3 out of 5

For the most part, a shot for shot remake of the original 1978 movie that even goes as far to recycle footage from its original counterpart. Also, just like the original, this movie is just plain silly fun that even steps up the humor a little more than the first one. This film also amps up the nudity. Nothing ridiculous like the gratuitous nudity in Gamer but when you compare the shots of breasts in the original compared to this one...well, you got a lot more boobs to look at. And when you add the nudity and silliness together, you got a fun movie to watch but the icing on the cake on this remake is the cast. Believe it or not, the Greatest American Hero is the star in this one as William Katt takes over for Bradford Dillman as Paul Grogan and plays the part quite well. This movie also has a young Milas Kunis and Punky Brewster herself, Soleil Moon Frye. And they're about as good as you would assume them to be. If you assume they are barely passable in their roles, then you are correct. But never is there a point the acting is bad enough to take you out of the movie, in fact, the acting is bad enough to keep you watching and entertained. Let's face it, sometimes bad acting is VERY fun to watch...and sometimes it isn't. (I'm looking at you Sam Worthington.) If you've seen the original, not much is changed except for a few story addictions but the use of recycled footage makes for an amusing film as it often creates a bunch of continuity errors for the keen eyed viewer to laugh at. Like the original, this movie is perfect for a "bad movie night" with some friends.

Piranha (1978)

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Piranha (1978) - 3 out of 5

Oscar worthy? Absolutely not. Fun? You bet! This movie came out when monster movies were unapologetic-ally silly. Not like most monster movies nowadays that try to be serious even WITH their ridiculous storylines. Sure some monster movies can pull off serious quite well, Cloverfield comes to mind but when you have a story about killer piranha, you can't take the movie seriously and, for the most part, this original Piranha doesn't. There are many tongue in cheek moments that make this film very enjoyable to watch. Even from a technical stand point, the film is well put together. This movie is one of those films that is fun to sit down with some friends and laugh at the silliness of it all.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dexter Season 4

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Dexter Season 4 - 5 out of 5

Dexter is, without a doubt in my book, the greatest program that Showtime has to offer. It's the only show that continues to deliver every season. Californication turned into a lame, male version of Sex in the City. Weeds jumped the shark in season 4 by writing out some of the best characters and eliminating the essence of the very point of the show by moving the setting away from the psychotic life of suburbia. No, Dexter is the ONLY show on Showtime that, every season, can keep you hooked and keep deliver a new and fresh storyline. Now, I know those assholes at The Parent Television Council--you know those guys, they are the ones who want to tell you what CAN and CAN'T be put on TV, especially if it interferes with their Christian values. Anyway, the PTC doesn't like this show because they claim it makes you "cheer and root" for a serial killer but I don't think they've ever actually watched an entire season all the way through. I don't know about you, but I don't cheer Dexter on for a successful kill. To me the kills are just icing on the cake, there for entertainment value. No, I cheer Dexter on for keeping and maintaining the relationships in his life. In fact, that's what I like most about the show, the relationships Dexter has. Between himself and his co-workers and his family.

One of the most addicting elements in this season had to be the inclusion of John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer. When I first sat down to watch the season, I had my preconceived notices about how Lithgow would play the character but those preconceived notions were completely distroyed as Lithgow played the character in a way I was completely caught off guard. He was amazing to watch as he played the same side of a different coin that is Dexter. In fact, there interactions together were moments that television were made for.

The only real downside to this season was the inclusion of a romantic subplot involving Angel and Maria. It felt out of place and seemed to only be an excuse to cut tension from the nearly overwhelming (but in a good way) main story.

Overall, this season continues to show that Dexter has some of the best writers working on the show as they take a show, that has the very real potential to get stale by this season, and keep it entertaining and fresh. Even the ending (which I won't give away) brought character elements and stories around on itself and created an environment to keep this show going for another several seasons as it's last 3 minutes create a cornucopia of storylines for the writers to expand on.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nip/Tuck Season 6

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Nip/Tuck Season 6 - 1 out of 5

Terrible. Absolute rubbish. When I first started watching this show, it was intriguing. The writing and stories were great as they explored our society's obsession with finding perfection in both sex lives and in our bodies. The show explored the superficial nature that IS our society but once season 4 started, all the show's creativity took a nosedive as the show no longer cared about quality and cared only about titillating the audience with an overuse of dream sequences and completely pointless sex. The show had become a self made mockery of the cliches it help create. When I first sat down to watch this final season of Nip/Tuck, the logic and reason side of my brain told me that all the problems that existed in the previous seasons didn't go away but the hopeful side of me said there was a chance, being the final season, that the writers would return this show to its roots and go out with a bang. That didn't happen. Just like season 4 and 5, this show had some of the weakest writing I've ever encountered in an FX program. Storylines would start and end abruptly with no real closure and the characters would go completely unaffected by this story element. How can you have a show last 6 seasons and NEVER develop your characters. Sean and Christian are EXACTLY the same they were in the first episode when the final episode airs. Oh sure, the circumstances around them change but it never affects their characters. That is just and insult to the viewers, recycling the same garbage and forcing us to swallow for another season. And that's what this season one, reusing the same, tired storylines we've seen the last seasons. There's a killer on the loose (how often are these two men going to be surrounded by killers?) and if there is a sexual pervert within 50 miles of Sean and Christian, you bet they will find their way to them. And let's not forget the same played out love triangles we've been seeing on and off for the show's entire run. I NO LONGER CARE THAT KIMBER HAS F#@KED EVERY MALE CHARACTER ON THE SHOW! It's old! Then there is the sudden character alterations that occur out of nowhere. For example, Matt reveals he hasn't stopped thinking of Ava when she mysterious walks back into lives of the characters of the show. That's fine EXCEPT we haven't seen a single bit of evidence he's been pining for her until the episode where he reveals he's been thinking about her. And to further thumb the eye of the viewer, the writers had Matt trying to get back with Kimber only a few episodes before this. There might has well been a ticker at the bottom of this show saying "we don't know what the fuck we are doing." This show is just like the people who engage in plastic surgery: Empty, shallow and completely worthless. It's sad to see a show start good and end on a completely mediocre note.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The God Who Wasn't There

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The God Who Wasn't There - 5 out of 5

Brilliant, albeit short, documentary that poses the question did Jesus really exist. First off, let me emphasize that I am a very proud atheist who long ago denied the existence of God and has since lived a much happier, and far more ethical life without the hypocrisy and hatred that exists within organized religion. That being said, I will admit I am very bias to this film. However, going in, I have always believed that Jesus was a real man (although, I believe he is history's greatest con artist) however, this documentary made me question if I was right in that assumption. I already knew that at the time Jesus supposedly existed, there were literally hundreds of other people claiming to be the messiah and thousands more who existed BEFORE Jesus. I also knew that many of the stories of Jesus were "lifted" from other religions. A practice much more common than people realize. But as the documentary began to dig into the requirement found in mythical heroes, we begin to see parallels to the story of Christ. Even more shocking was the evidence in the very Bible, that questions the existence of Jesus and the lack of mentioning of some of the man's "miracles" by the Bibles most famous authors; Matthew, Mark, John and Paul. Paul even goes as far to state in one of his letters that Jesus didn't ACTUALLY exist and existed only in a metaphoric realm. The doc also brings up the questions of the amount of time that passes between the supposed events of Jesus' life and when they were written. The documentary brings many many experts in to support the evidence that Jesus didn't exist including those who BELIEVE in the teachings of Jesus. This documentary has believers saying Jesus didn't exist. Even more amazing is the documentary is written, produced and narrated by a former believer who began to question the word of God. I admire this documentary not only because it was well put together with concise and educated arguments but because it openly criticizes Christianity and its believes. Something Christians believe they are above. However in this day and age, Atheism and Agnostics are quickly becoming the majority and the days of "believe this or else" with Christianity is quickly coming to an end. But then again, like I said, I'm bias.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - 4 out of 5

Video game adaptations are ALWAYS hit or miss. Uwe Boll set the standard for the video game adaptation and he set it really REALLY low. Let's face it, Mortal Kombat was okay, Street Fighter sucked. Super Mario Bros. could give you cancer if you viewed it too much. The Resident Evil series is a joke and Max Payne actually had me wondering if it was SUPPOSE to be a comedy. However, I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed Prince of Persia. Every since the Sands of Times story arc started in the game franchise on the original X-box, I've been a fan of the games and really found the spirit of the games captured in the movie. There's even a bunch of nods and winks to the game series for the fans that I particularly enjoyed. Like the wardrobe taken directly out of the games for Prince Dastan and "instructional" camera work as the Prince saw what his next challenge was. The story is solid and with good editing, music and other great technical work, the movie comes together quite well. When you add decent acting, a good cast, excellent action and awesome special effects, the movie proves to be quite an entertaining ordeal. My only real complaint is so minor that I shouldn't mention it...but I will. I was hoping we would see the dagger of time display other time altering powers like it had in the games. For example, pausing time or even speeding time up but using it only to reverse time was essential to the story, so this complaint didn't stop me from enjoying the film. Finally, I'm not gay but Jake Gyllenhaal is one pretty man and I was quite jealous of his abs in this movie. That's right, I'm ending this review on a homoerotic note!

America's Sweethearts

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America's Sweethearts - 2.5 out of 5

Typical romantic comedy with a few genuine laughs but not enough to cover the fact it is still your run of the mill romantic comedy. Sure there's an all star cast but often when you have a lot of big name stars, it is usually an example of a budget gone wild and weak writing. And the bad writing is surprising because Peter Tolan and Billy Crystal wrote it. Perhaps a few different casting choices, this movie could have been better. For example, the presence of Julia Roberts in this movie. I know people love her and the media keeps telling us she is so beautiful but she is NOT a good actor. She plays every character the exact same way and, I'm sorry, she is not attractive. In fact, I find her so UNattractive that it is distracting. Lips like a fish and nostrils that you can park the Battlestar Galactica in does not make for a good looking woman. However, there are some good things about this movie. Billy Crystal and Seth Green have some great scenes together that are genuinely funny. John Cusack is great and Christopher Walken's part, although short, is memorable. Also, Hank Azaria is just fantastic in this movie. I really wish The Simpsons would get canceled and he would do more movie parts because he is so talented. Overall, this movie isn't worth more than a cursory glance due to the terrible cliche nature of it all.

Lie to Me Season 1

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Lie to Me Season 1 - 4 out of 5

Witty and charming is the start of this season and series but then takes a slight dip as it tries too hard to pour in the drama that we see in other Fox programs like House. The real science behind the show of looking for the tells of when someone is lying is quite interesting. If you also think so, I suggest you check out the BBC mini-series called The Human Face hosted by John Cleese. The mini-expressions that are often the source of the lie are covered quite extensively. The show's storylines, for the most part, are self contained, one shot episodes with no real overall story arc--with the exception of the character development. The writing isn't terrible but it's not great either. It's just good enough to be fun and keep you watching. The first two episodes had a much more lighthearted feel to them and after that, the writers started to force more drama into the show and, in my opinion, actually harmed the show because it always feels tacked on and pandering to the audience as it goes for the easy strings that pull at your heart. And then there's the characters of the show. Tim Roth delivers excellently in his role of Dr. Cal Lightman but that is no surprise because the man is damn talented. Many could draw similarities between himself and another star of a great Fox program, Dr. House. Both are very intelligent and quick to be an asshole but Tim Roth's character isn't always intentionally a dick like House is. But despite this similarity, Dr. Cal Lightman is very entertaining to watch. The same, however, can't be said of many of the other characters. While none of them are particularly annoying or distracting, none of them really have the screen presence that Tim Roth has and, sometimes, they see like they are around for only to be used as plot devices. For example, the character of Ria Torres seems to only be used to portray the tired female cliche of the woman who gets TOO involved in a case that is about a victimized woman. However, like I said, despite some of these shortcomings with some of the supporting cast, they aren't annoying enough to take you out of the show and, I am hoping, that they are developed a little more and the show can become more of an ensemble cast, rather than a one man show with Tim Roth. Despite some of the bad, there is enough good going on with this show to warrant me to continue to watch. And, as Dr. Lightman can tell you, that ISN'T a lie.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - 3 out of 5

I was warned when I started this that it is bad but, shockingly, I didn't hate it. Sure there are some pretty unbearable scenes to sit through as Nicolas Cage gets into his wildman mode but that's in every Nic Cage movie. And Brad Dourif is in it and that guy is AWESOME! The story is alright (I never saw the original Bad Lieutenant--except director Werner Herzog claims this ISN'T a remake) but the real joy I got out of this was director Werner Herzog who, is without a doubt, one of my favorite directors. I like his eye and filming style and you get to see that in this movie. The way he sets up shots and the way he decided to have the film edited is like art. It is this fact and this fact alone that kept me from hating this movie. Even Nicolas Cage's over the top acting wasn't enough to make me hate this drug, corrupt cop fest. If you appreciate Herzog's style, watch it for that, not the story.

Date Night

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Date Night - 3 out of 5

Not the best comedy you'll ever see and definitely NOT the most original story. In fact, if memory serves, the nineties was full of wayward married couples getting into all sorts of shenanigans. However, there are enough funny moments to warrant a single viewing of this movie. However, I will admit I am a little bias towards this movie because there are some great comedic actors in this movie I really enjoy and I am a BIG fan of Steve Carrell and, I will be honest, I LOVE Tina Fey. This movie almost lost it completely for me because of Mark Walberg being in this (that's right, I don't like Marky Mark. HATE ME FOR IT!) but even his scenes offered up a couple of chuckles. Also interesting, the out-takes the movie offers during the credits are pretty good (let's face it, most out-takes on DVDs and credits are the "you had to be there" funny moments that we, the audience, can't really appreciate fully) and, at times, a lot funnier than the movie itself. Overall however, this movie feels like it was lacking. Like it was trying to bring you some funny stuff but never was able to get there. But like I said, there are some funny scenes (especially a great monologue by Steve) that warrant a single viewing of this movie. Hey, you might as well have a Date Night to this movie! I mean, it won't be an action movie, so girls will like that and it won't be a romantic comedy, that will make guys happy.

Stupidity

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Stupidity - 3 out of 5

Entertaining? Yes. Informative? Yes. Witty? Yes. Well put together? No. This documentary is funny and, despite the humor, brings up interesting points about stupidity and the lack of any studies on the subject. It dives into how our society often willfully remains ignorant on many subjects. It also talks about how the media purposely dumbs down its programming and how we aren't encouraged to educate ourselves. There are some interesting experts brought in to discuss the topic but there was one who is never credited and, despite how eloquently he spoke, I kept asking myself, "Who the hell is this guy?" The disappointing part of this documentary is the poor quality it exhibits in the production department. Poorly shot and acted cut scenes and Windows 95 style screensaver animation is used as filler as the narrator speaks about stupidity in our society and acts as a nuisance and distraction rather than images to catch the eye while you listen to the nice man. The worst part of this doc, is the absolutely terrible sound. You will spend this entire movie turning the volume on the TV up and down. This really bothered me because on a documentary that is talking about people being stupid and incapable of doing something right, they certainly effed up the sound on this movie. Are you telling me the filmmakers of Stupidity weren't smart enough to hire a decent sound editor? Or were they being sneaky and making a point? Either way, it is incredibly distracting. Overall, this documentary is quirky and fun and I really enjoyed the segments where they call religious individuals stupid and the whole study of President Bush is VERY interesting. If you like docs, check this one out.

The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town

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The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town - 5 out of 5

When I heard the Kids were back, (although, they never really left thanks to their live shows) I was really excited. The Kids' humor is unlike anything you get to see with a skit troupe and the characters they create are legendary. The story they created here was prime development opportunity for a creative and fun story and the Kids bring it in spades. The story is solid and the humor you get, not only from the antics but from the situations itself warrants repeat viewings. There is no shortage of nice things I can say about this miniseries but I will sum it all up like this: Death Comes to Town delivers and delivers well. Check it out.

The Most Hated Family in America

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The Most Hated Family in America - 5 out of 5

Scary as HELL! This BBC documentary has Louis Theroux following around the complete nutjobs that are The Westboro Baptist Church. Yes, I am bias against them, that's why I called them nutjobs. And even though I am an atheist and find most people who believe in religion to be sort of "off," I find this group to be the epitome of insane as they actually believe (and you see it in this documentary) that everyone but themselves will burn in hell because, apparently, God hates America because we cater to the homosexuals. Which I find to be strange because our government constantly refuses the right for gays to get married but the Westboro crew believes this country is somehow bowing to their feet as they picket soldiers' funerals which, as they say in the doc, is punishment because our tolerance to this alternative lifestyle. That is a level of insanity that I never knew existed until I saw this doc. I mean I knew the Westboro Church hated homosexuals but the depth of their bigotry and hatred was lost on me until I saw this. And to make matters worse, they are so deep in their cult (and they're a cult) that they can't see themselves with critical eyes and see the animosity, hate, anger and ignorance that they carry. If you can control yourself and not punch your TV every time those hate mongers speak, this doc is a must see (although difficult to find on DVD but you can view it on the 'net.)

David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer

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David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer - 5 out of 5

David Cross is one of my favorite comedians and one of the few comics who keep me pushing my way through to a stand up career. This special is solid in its comedy and stellar in its humor. If you are a Tea Baggers, conservative or anyone who thought Dubya was a good President, you won't get the jokes because they're all about you. If you are a liberal and an atheist (like me!) then you already know how funny David Cross is. So, if you haven't seen this yet, it is imperative that you see it!

The World According to Sesame Street

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The World According to Sesame Street - 5 out of 5

I grew up watching Sesame Street and, in my opinion, I think I'm better off for it. It taught me to treat others with respect no matter who they were, it taught me to never stop learning and it taught me that above all things, life is fun. Even in college I watched Sesame Street every morning and would feel like a kid again--even if it was only for a half an hour before the adult world would come pulling me back in and force me to go to class. This documentary showcase the minds behind our favorite street as they try to bring their fun and educational program to other countries. There are trials and tribulations are governments show no interest in the show and the Sesame Street geniuses take heat when, in South Africa, they introduce a Muppet who is HIV positive. Jim Henson created something that was revolutionary when he created the Muppets and when Sesame Street was created, they did something that wasn't seen in children's programming and this documentary shows that they continue to be leaps and bounds ahead of the curve. This doc is touching, sweet and informative. I dare you to not smile as you the children watch their very own Sesame Street.

The Drawn Together Movie!: The Movie!

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The Drawn Together Movie!: The Movie! - 5 out of 5

Offensive, vile, racist and all around immoral and tasteless are some of the adjectives I would use to describe this movie and THAT'S why I love it. I love the show and was sad to see it canceled because this animated show was apologetically offensive. This show made fun of race, sex, religion, rape, incest and every other taboo subject you weren't supposed to talk about and it made an entire show around it wrapped into an original idea of a cartoon reality show. The parodies of popular cartoons were brilliant and the animation and voice acting were top notch. All this quality I found in the show is mirrored in this movie. If you like the show, I HIGHLY suggest you watch this because it will make you forget that the show is gone but if you found the show disturbing and it angered your blood to watch it, I would skip it because all bets are off when the FCC aren't around to water down the jokes. If you thought the show was offensive...

Lightning Jack

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Lightning Jack - 3 out of 5

Not long ago, this movie popped in my head while I was watching Crocodile Dundee and, to my horror, I found that Netflix doesn't have it. Things got worse when I discovered that my local library ALSO, did not have it. After much looking, I eventually chased down a copy and forgot how fun this movie was. This isn't an award winning comedy but it's a good popcorn movie. Paul Hogan and Cuba Gooding Jr. work well together and this movie makes me miss Hogan. To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing him make another appearance on the Hollywood radar. Side Note: If you like Paul Hogan, I suggest you check out Strange Bedfellows. That movie is fun and witty and all around entertaining. It is also the movie that I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry stole their story from...and stole it poorly. Lightning Jack is a charming movie that has a fun story but won't challenge you like other films. And sometimes, that's not a bad thing.

Supernatural Season 4

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Supernatural Season 4 - 5 out of 5

After the slight dip the series took because of the writers strike, this season more than makes up for it as Sam and Dean are on the road to stop the apocalypse from happening. The cliffhanger from the last season offers up a good running story and the demon blood that pours through Sam's blood collides with this story as Dean becomes a warrior for heaven as angels are now introduced into the series. The main story arc dominates the majority of the season but there are still a few close end stories that keep things fun and fresh. And like all other seasons, this show ends this season with just enough to make you salivate for season 5.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Horsemen

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Horsemen - 3 out of 5

A creepy movie that never really fails but never really delivers the way it could. The story is interesting and offers some genuinely creepy and disturbing moments but it felt like it wasn't complete at the end of the movie. Like there were loose ends that were ignored. Acting wise, this movie is okay as well as Dennis Quaid will be great in one scene and mediocre in another. The biggest crime this movie has is putting Peter Stormare in the movie and not using him enough. But that's just a minor complaint and I'm a Peter Stormare fan, so I'm bias. Ziyi Zhang is very good in this movie, in fact, she is just downright scary. One thing that really stood out to me was the great camera work this movie had and the tight editing present throughout. From a technical stand point, this movie is a 5. However, the less than stellar story and a few acting problems, caused this movie to lose some points. Overall, this movie isn't terrible and is worth a view because of some creepy elements that are capable of unsettling an individual but this movie won't scare the pants off of you like other thrillers and probably won't warrant a second viewing, but it is worth seeing once.

Invader Zim: The Complete Invasion

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Invader Zim: The Complete Invasion - 5 out of 5

Nickelodeon, isn't always reliable when it comes to their cartoons. Most are cheap and made just for kids but occasionally, gems fall through. Like SpongeBob SquarePants, Ren and Stimpy, Fairly Odd Parents, and, what I am reviewing, Invader Zim. This cartoon is about as close as you can come to perfection in animation form. The writing is witty and hilarious, the animation is awesome especially since they successfully integrate 2D and 3D, a feat that most animated programs fail at, the voice acting is top notch and the characters are fun. When this show was on the air, I never got to see its entire run, only the first season but I loved it then and being able to see episodes from the 2nd season and have them be new, it was like Christmas. What makes this show even better is the superior quality sound that you don't see very often in cartoons. The sound effects are layered so perfectly with the visuals and the music is right out of a big budget film that fits the action perfectly. It's sad that this show was canceled before it got to finish up its story, because we were going to get a TV movie of it but with what we got from the show was perfection all the way through. At no point does the show's quality dip. And let's face it...GIR is the best!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Supernatural Season 3

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Supernatural Season 3 - 5 out of 5

This season came sadly close to losing an entire point as it was hurt by the inclusion of some very annoyingly generic characters and the writer's strike causing it to be only sixteen episodes and not the usual twenty-two. The affect the writer's strike had on this show also showed more than just the number of episodes as the peril Dean was in felt rushed and wasn't properly allowed to evolve. This season, we see the inclusion of two new re-occurring female characters as Dean tries to get as much hunting in as he can before his contract with the devil is up. These characters are a demon (who acts as a ally) named Ruby and a thief who goes by Bela. These two characters are nearly 100% identical in the way the actresses portray them. The only difference is Bela has a British accent. Both are generic, saucy ladies who are the poorly acted, female version of Dean. The even bigger atrocity in this season is a bunch another, one shot demon character is introduce and acts, once again, just like Bela and Ruby. This just smacks of lazy writing, poor casting and terrible acting. However, the only reason I didn't give this season a 4 (which would have hurt to do because I've become quite a fan of this show) is the show's awesome season finale and some really fun episodes in between the main story arc that include the return of the Trickster and an EPIC Christmas episode where Sam and Dean take on some Pagan Gods. Despite some hangups that occurred this season, this show still has two great lead characters who guide us, the viewer, through some dark and fun stories filled with some of the best use of classic rock music you will ever seen in a TV show or in any media. I look forward to starting season 4.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Red vs Blue: Reconstruction Season 6

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Red vs Blue: Reconstruction Season 6 - 5 out of 5

Rooster Teethe pretty much gave birth to Machinima and continues to prove that they are the gods of it with their masterpiece, Red vs Blue. This season we see not only do we see continue improvement on the animation itself, but story as well. The previous seasons were always well written with some amazing humor but this season downplays the funny a little bit (not much, though) to put a HUGE emphasis on story and the story is amazingly solid and rich. If you're already a fan of RvB, watch this. If you're a RvB virgin and are curious, check out The Blood Gulch Chronicles first and work your way up to this season. All the major story points were seeded and planted in The Blood Gulch Chronicles.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Entourage Season 6

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Entourage Season 6 - 3 out of 5

HBO, unlike broadcast television and most other cable networks, knows when to end their shows before they become stale and repetative...sadly, Entourage is the only show they have failed in preventing this from happening. Two seasons ago, I watched as this show started to take its nosedive and this season only cemented the fact that this show has gone on past its expiration date and should consider calling it quits very VERY soon. The story is no different than anything else we've seen the last 5 seasons and, at the beginning, the characters are still the same. Turtle is still a wannabe gansta who offers little more than annoying comic relief with his partner, the dimwitted tough guy, Drama. Eric is still the sensible one and voice of reason and Vince is as pointless as ever on the show. Maybe they should consider changing the show's name because calling it Entourage forces Vince to be on the show because without the "celebrity" there is no entourage, hence, without Vince, there is no Eric, Turtle, Drama and, more importantly, Ari. Vince delivers nothing to this show anymore except a reason to see a girl naked and even that isn't that great because it's always him having sex with the girl. And I'm sorry but the gag where Vince is doing business on his cell phone while some random girl is doing him reverse cowgirl style is played out and tiresome. IT'S BEEN ON EVER FLIPPIN' SEASON! This gag, like the show itself, has to come to an end. Like the last few seasons, this season commits the same crime of starting storylines and story arcs that start strong and suddenly disappear with no real conclusion or, at best, a weak conclusion. I don't know if the writers were trying to revamp this season but during the second half of the season, all the characters undergo changes that actually HURTS the show. Drama softens up and no longer gets worked up over the trivial stuff that sent him into Incredible Hulk like rage. Turtle becomes a beaten down slave to his character's girlfriend and Eric becomes a this wimpy, love struck fool doing everything he can to get back with his ex-girlfriend, Sloan. And Vince...well, Vince is still just a walking piece of scenery. Basically, at the end of this show, every guy has become a woman. The only character who doesn't change is Ari and Jeremy Piven is the only reason I didn't give this season a 1 or a 2. Last season, one of my favorite actors; Gary Cole, joined the show and every scene with him and Piven are great and are very entertaining. There is also some nice evolution between Ari and Lloyd that, sadly, didn't get the exposure it deserved this season. In fact, every scene of Vince screwing some random broad should have been taken out and more time telling the story of Ari and Lloyd. Overall, this show has reached the point where it's become a mockery of its own self creative cliches and it maybe time for HBO, with so many other comedies that keep it fresh (Eastbound & Down, which is returning, and Curb Your Enthusiasm) to make the decision to end this shows run.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant - 4 out of 5

I was pleasantly surprised with this film. I walked in with a bitter attitude because I hate vampires but found a really entertaining movie. The story is fun and puts a fresh spin on the wimpy vampire genre. But what really makes this movie amazing is the great cast this film has. John C. Reily really delivers as Larten and he is backed up by some amazing characters actors including Ray Stevenson (the best Punisher, if you ask me), Ken Watanabe and Orlando Jones, to name just a few. And if that wasn't enough, the incredibly beautiful Salma Hayek is in this film as the bearded lady and even with chin fur, this woman is still unbelievably HOT! The only real downfall of the cast is Josh Hutcherson and Chris Massoglia. Josh is a little more tolerable than Chris, who seems to be unable to deliver any emotion in any of his lines. Still, his delivery is better than Mark Walberg in The Happening. But when these two are surrounded by talented actors, their inability to be convincing isn't as distracting as one would think. It's like Hayden Christenson in Star Wars. Yeah, he's a terrible actor but when you have Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid and Samuel L. Jackson sharing a scene with you, you're able, for the most part, get passed the bad acting. You still can't ignore it, but you're able to get pass it. With creative characters, whimsical sets and a fantastic fantasy storyline, this movie is just plain fun that takes itself just serious so you can enjoy it without the movie getting to full of itself like some other vampire films get. What is even more surprising is the incredible action sequence that takes place at the end--now, that was surprising!

Rampage

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Rampage - 4 out of 5

I never thought I would say this about a Uwe Boll movie but this movie is REALLY good. I'll be honest, I watch and enjoy all of Uwe's other movies, not because they are well made but because they are so bad that they are just entertaining. But Rampage isn't like that at all. Uwe actually made a good movie. The story is shocking and great. The acting is spot on from the film's antagonist and main character Brendan Fletcher to the supporting cast, including one of my favorite character actors, Matt Fewer. When you add this to Uwe's use of camera (brilliant usage of a shaky, hand-held, in my opinion) and the mood setting music, this blends together perfectly with the insane social commentary this movie is making. But let it be know that this movie is flippin' violent. REALLY VIOLENT. But, if you've seen his other movies, you know Uwe doesn't shy away from violence. But unlike his other films, the violence in this movie is realistic and doesn't reflect the over the top style he's exhibited in the past with all the video game adaptations he's made. This movie is so well made that I had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming because it seemed that Uwe Boll did a complete turn around from all his previous work.