Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gargoyles Season 1

***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!

Gargoyles Season 1 - 4 out of 5

While I was dating a particular woman, we started talking about this great Disney cartoon and she told me she loved the Shakespeare influence the show had (a fact I think she only read on IMDb because she wasn't the brightest person) and I told her I loved the voice acting (because I want my comedy career to take me into voice acting). We then talked about Goliath and I said Keith David was the perfect choice to play him because A) he's a badass and B) he's got a great voice. She then told me Keith David didn't voice Goliath and I told her she was mistaken. She continued to hold true that I was wrong even when the internet movie database confirmed what I said. That pretty much summed up our relationship but that exchange made me realize I haven't seen this show since it originally aired in 1994.

And going back, it's just as good as I remember.

The animation is great and in the old classic, hand painted way that most cartoons nowadays don't display. The character designs are also great as each gargoyle has their own specific look. The story is solid and addicting and the voice acting is so great, it's nearly perfect. Some of the best talent in the voice acting world is involved: Keith David (They Live), Ed Asner (Up), and Jonathan Franks (Star Trek: The Next Generation) voice some of the regulars but some awesome actors come in and do reoccurring characters. Actors like Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen from The Back to the Future Trilogy), Clancy Brown (Highlander, Pet Semetary 2, Starship Trooper--too many great movies for me to list and he's flippin' Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants), John Rhys-Davies (another actor who's done too many good movies to keep the list short) and, one of my personal favorite character actors, Matt Frewer (Eureka and he was Max Headroom for crying out loud.) Honestly, the best of the best in the voice acting world are in this show, including the legend himself, the man who played both Scooby-Doo and Megatron, Frank Welker. Aside from the great stories, the voice acting this show had is definitely one of its strongest points.

Not only was this cartoon extremely entertaining, it also was quite mature for a Disney show. Aside from the violence, the cartoon made some strong comments about xenophobia as the gargoyles were constantly exposed to hostility by humans because they believed they were monsters. Also very shocking was the episode where Broadway (one of the gargoyles who is often used for comic relief) accidentally shoots one of the humans who knows of their existence and teaching the children watching the dangers of guns. I always like it when a cartoon can teach the child watching without making it obvious and embeds it into the story, rather than a cheesy PSA like G.I. Joe was notorious for. Another interesting point is that the creator, Greg Weisman, has made the statement that the gargoyle Lexington was a homosexual and, if the show continued, it would have dove deeper into developing that. Granted, Disney would have never allowed that because they just don't have the balls to do that but even the idea that the creator went in with this idea to begin with shows how advance this cartoon really was.

Even more than a decade later, Gargoyles still holds up as one of the best products (outside a Pixar feature) that Disney created. Which, in itself, is amazing because Disney mostly makes crap that is just an excuse to sell merchandise. Don't believe me? Turn on the Disney channel and look at the quality of cartoons they now produce. You'll pass out from exposure in three minutes and cry yourself to sleep as you remember the golden age of Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck and Duck Tales.

Orca: The Killer Whale

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Orca: The Killer Whale - 2 out of 5

What happens when a little movie about a killer shark goes on to make a lot of money and become an instant classic? Well, other filmmakers will try to imitate and others try to dominate. Domination was the intent with this little film about a killer whale out for revenge on the fisherman who killed its mate and child.

Two years after Jaws scared us away from the beach, this little gem hit the theaters because the writer (Luciano Vincenzoni) wanted to outdo Steven Spielberg's masterpiece but the only thing they could come up with that was more threatening than a great white shark was a killer whale. The movie very obviously tries to get the viewer to believe that this orca is the more threatening of the two by basically (and constantly) stating that this type of whale is the most intelligent and most dangerous creature on the face of the planet. There is even a scene where the orca kills a great white...very subtle.

Even more amusing in this movie--more so than the showdown between the orca and the fisherman--is the sad attempt at having a story. This movie takes itself WAY too seriously and, in doing so, actually works against itself by making the film something to laugh at. And that's the only redeeming quality this movie has--the fact that you can laugh out loud watching this silliness is why this movie is worth a viewing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tango & Cash

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Tango & Cash - 3 out of 5

80's buddy/cop action film at its cheesiest.

Believe it or not, I've actually never seen this movie before and I must say, it sums up the 80's action genre to perfection. Snappy, unfunny one-liners? Check. Clumsy action with lots of explosions and muscle-stacked greasy dudes in tank-tops? Check. Slightly homoerotic penis references? Check. Story that really doesn't do anything? Double check.

After watching this, I realized that there was some semblance of a story somewhere in the mix but for the life of me, I really don't remember the details of it. I know that Tango and Cash are falsely accused of a crime they didn't commit and were sent to prison where they break out and clear their names. However, I can't remember why the villain, played by Jack Palance (Believe it or not!), went about this crazy scheme to begin with. The story gets even more erratic when it decides to become a cross between a bad video game and a cheap action oriented Saturday morning cartoon show. Tango and Cash, attempting to stop the evil Palance, break into his fortress (yep, that's right, he's got a fortress) using, for lack of a better name, the Tango & Cash Mobile. They use a armored truck, complete with guns on the side and rapid boosters to fight the hordes of Palance's army (I also can't figure out why he has an army) that are armed with trucks that have rocket launchers attached to them. Yep, this is the territory the film travels to in the third act.

And then you have the actors behind Tango and Cash themselves. First off, you got Sly Stallone as Tango, a clean-cut loose cannon cop who plays by his own rules but gets the job done. And then you have Kurt Russell as Cash, a relaxed bad-boy loose cannon cop who plays by his own rules...but gets the job done. Basically, these guys are the same person except one dresses better and cleaner. In his usual fashion, Sly has the delivery of a dead fish but no one ever expects him to deliver emotion. He is just suppose to slur his words and blow stuff up. And Kurt--I'm a fan of Kurt Russell (he's Captain Ron for crying out loud) but I couldn't help but cringe every time he and Sly had to share a moment where their finishing each others one-liners or making references to their manhood. I mean he was Snake Plissken--a legitimate badass--and here he is boiled down to sharing a shower scene with Rocky? Yes, there's a shower scene with these two when they enter prison--which, of course, makes it just slightly less gay than the entire Top Gun movie.

Tango & Cash is, in no way, a good movie. It's cheesy, laugh out loud silly and often just downright lame. However, it is all these qualities that make it an entertaining movies to watch and then debate with your friends on whether or not the filmmakers intended to make a really bad movie.

Leaves of Grass

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Leaves of Grass - 3 out of 5

It's not hard to miss the influence Tim Blake Nelson got from the Coen brothers in this little tale of two twin brothers--both complete opposite of each other--getting into some trouble with a small town drug lord. Violence and dark humor is all over the place and very reminiscent of much of the Coen's work but Nelson doesn't deliver it to the screen as well as the brothers do.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this film but I didn't love it either. Ed Norton plays the brothers and I'm a big fan of Norton (despite him doing The Illusionist--we all make mistakes). He does a great job of playing both brothers and is able to convincingly perform the differences that make up the brothers that when you look at the screen, you're not seeing two Ed Nortons, you're just seeing two twin brothers. He even does a great job when the brothers have to imitate each other. His performance is so good, it reminds me of Adaptation where Nic Cage had to play a pair of twins (and did it well. I love that movie).

The only real problem that comes from this movie is its inability to stick with a certain tone. The entire film changes moods at the drop of a hat like a teenage girl hitting puberty. Taking into consideration that Nelson is still very young in the directing and writing department, it's clear he is still trying to find his voice, so I can forgive the problems that come with the story.

While this isn't a tremendous film, it does offer up a little entertainment. If you happen upon this movie, it won't hurt to check it out but I don't recommend searching it out.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Human Centipede (The First Sequence)

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The Human Centipede (The First Sequence) - 4 out of 5

I need to thank G4 for hyping up this movie for me. There were quite a few segments on Attack of the Show featuring this movie and I thought, "Hmmm, this seems like an original concept for a horror film. I must see this when I get a chance." And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I'm not the biggest fan of horror films because most of them are weak and poorly put together but the idea of a mad scientist attaching three people to become (wait for it) a human centipede sounded like something that could either be pretty cool or really dumb. I found it to be quite interesting. Although the beginning of the movie travels dangerously close to horror film cliche territory, it takes a sudden sharp turn into something all together different. The film is never outright scary but it is definitely creepy and there was one scene that had my heart racing as the peril these three people are in becomes apparent.

One of the film's biggest highlight was Dieter Laser who played the mad scientist. His performance was hypnotic. He was so flippin' creepy and played his part so well that it made the film feel real. Sadly, however, the other actors don't match up to Laser and while their acting isn't terrible, it isn't the best either.

Although the movie loses a little of its momentum as it starts to unwind at the end, the movie was still very disturbing and unsettling in a way that few scary movies are able to accomplish in this day and age.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse - 3 out of 5

Usually DC is far superior to Marvel when it comes to their direct to DVD animated films but this one, following the The Supergirl from Krypton comic story-line, is not one of their best attempts. The previous film that had our hero from Metropolis team up with the Dark Knight from Gotham was absolutely fantastic--a prime example of the quality DC puts out in the animated features. However, this one doesn't live up to the standards of their other films. It felt kind of phoned in and half-assed like many of Marvel's animated movies.

The animation and voice acting are top notch. The film gains many points from bringing in Kevin Conroy as Batman. I've said it before and I'll say it again--NO ONE ELSE should EVER voice Batman. The only real low point in the voice acting department is Summer Glau (Firefly) doing the voice of Supergirl. Her delivery is about what you expect from her--in fact, it was no different than her acting on Firefly--completely lifeless and devoid of emotion. Another nice touch was Ed Asner (Up) returning to do the voice of Granny Goodness.

The reason this particular film doesn't live up to the other DC movies is the boring story. I've never been a fan of Supergirl and her story was never that interesting to begin with--in my opinion. The action is also kind of lackluster throughout the film. There were a couple of good sequences but, for the most part, they were forgettable--except for an AWESOME battle between Supes and Supergirl against Darkseid. If only the entire film was as epic as that fight scene.

Finally, one thing that particularly bothered me was the character design of Superman. He looked quite feminine and it was very distracting having Superman lack the "all-American boy" good looks he is known for. In fact, he looked like he was wearing guy-liner and that REALLY made for a difficult time taking the World's Greatest Superhero seriously. However, the character design of Batman was quite awesome--so, this low point gets balanced out.

Overall, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is worth a single viewing--especially if you are a fan of Bats and Supes, a DC fan or just a fan of comic books in general. However, the chances of you ever returning to watch this film again, are probably very slim as there wasn't enough to warrant a return visit.

Meatballs

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Meatballs - 4 out of 5

It's been a long time since I've seen this comedy classic from Ivan Reitman starring Bill Murray as Tripper the camp counselor. The movie's synopsis sums up the movie in a nutshell perfectly, "wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp." That's what the movie promises and that's what it delivers. After not seeing it for years, it still holds up and is still very funny. While not my favorite Bill Murray film it is still great-- not just because it is funny but because it was his first movie and starring role...and the world has since become a better place.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mister Lonely

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Mister Lonely - 3 out of 5

Mister Lonely, a film by Harmony Korine about a Michael Jackson impersonator who meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and joins her at a small farm filled with other impersonators. Interesting concept.

But...

My feelings towards Harmony Korine are complicated at best. I would NOT say I am a fan of his work but I also have a respect for the man because most of his films are works of art. Gummo and Kids, while not movies I particularly enjoy, there is no doubt he was sending some powerful messages with them. However, this film lacked Korine's usual commentary and felt more like an attempt and watering down his own self-made cliches in order to gain some mainstream success.

Like his other films, Mister Lonely has the feel of a documentary rather than a typical story driven film. The acting feels and looks natural and it seems like all the actors are a part of the real world interacting rather than being a part of a fictitious world that is often the case in cinema. This is one of the film's strong points. Mister Lonely however suffers from drag as the story doesn't feel long enough for the running time and some sequences seem to be there in order to fill up time. Another low point is the seemingly pointless B-story that takes place along side the main story.

The B-story revolves around a group of nuns and a priest played by Werner Herzog (I'll be honest, the fact Herzog was in it is the sole reason I watched this movie). During an relief trip, one of the nuns accidentally falls out of the plane and prays for God to rescue her. The nun then lands safely, unharmed, on the ground. As a show of faith, other nuns leap out of the plane and all survive. Occasionally during the main story, the film cuts to these nuns and, eventually, they are invited to the Vatican because of these miracles. As the main story progresses, parallels are seen between the plight of the impersonators and the nuns but overall, I felt like this portion of the film could have easily been edited out.

Overall, Mister Lonely is a wonderful concept despite the lack of social commentary that is usually seen in Korine's films. While it doesn't fully hit the target, it still is worth a view if you happen upon it.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward Vol. 2: The Day of Awakening

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward Vol. 2: The Day of Awakening - 4 out of 5

If you read my review of the first half of this season of the AWESOME TMNT animated series, you would know that I didn't care for this season as much as the previous seasons. Toned down action, a more lighthearted feel and annoying new characters replacing some old favorites caused me to view this season less favorably than others. Even the premise was something I wasn't the biggest fan of as this season saw the turtles end up in the future.

However, the 2nd half of the season picked up and improved a great deal. Many of the annoying characters that bothered me in the first half, developed enough where they were quite tolerable and the stories started to get back to the quality of the previous seasons. While I still didn't find this season to be as entertaining as the rest of the series, it still IS the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so that element is almost a guarantee that I will like the show.

While not a complete downturn, this season does offer some fun stories, so it isn't a total loss.

Friday, October 22, 2010

James and the Giant Peach

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James and the Giant Peach - 3 out of 5

I remembering reading this book in school and loving it. I also remember watching the adaptation and loving that as well. But, as I've learned, sometimes the memories of things are better than revisiting what made those memories great. However, this wasn't the case with James and the Giant Peach. It's just as good as I remember.

But now you're asking yourself this: Rev. Ron, if you liked it so much, why did you only give it a 3?

Good question. I didn't think this movie was fantastic but it wasn't terrible either. It's middle of the road. It's...okay.

The animation is just awesome and when you combine the great stop-motion animation with the live action sequences, you have a very creative movie that is able to translate the whimsical story of a runaway boy flying away on a large (you guessed it) peach with some giant insects. Which, when one thinks about it, is no easy feat. Add in some great voice acting on the bugs (including the very hot Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfus, Simon Callow and David Thewlis), a very talented little boy playing James (Paul Terry) and, a very VERY talented individual, Pete Postlewaite playing the mysterious Old Man/Narrator and you have a fun movie.

While this movie doesn't blow me away like other family friendly films (like How to Train Your Dragon or anything from Pixar) it is still a great movie that adults and children can enjoy together without the adult feeling like their intelligence has been insulted.

Short Circuit

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Short Circuit - 2 out of 5

This lovable little romp about Johnny 5, the sentient robot out to save his own metal skin from an evil military, is a film that lives better in my memories. Revisiting it now, I realized the movie isn't that great.

Don't get me wrong, this movie isn't terrible. In fact, Johnny 5 (who actually doesn't take that name till the very end of the film) is a great character that has become an icon but bad acting, weak story and some really uncomfortable moments between man and machine make this some bad hat, Harry (to quote Jaws).

From a technical standpoint, Johnny 5 is amazing. Aside from the few scenes where editing was used to make him do things like dance (sped up film, it looks silly) congrats have to be given to the engineers for creating the various robots to do the scenes needed for the movie. And because of these marvels of engineering, you ACTUALLY believe that Number 5 is a real character and not just a set piece that they gave a voice.

However, what hurts this movie more than anything is the weak acting by Steve Guttenberg (honestly, was I suppose to believe he was an engineer?) and the OVER-acting by Ally Sheedy. The film gets even worse when there is a very vague sense of sexual tension between Number 5 and Ally Sheedy. Of course, in 1986, internet porn wasn't readily available like it is today so all those petriphiliacs out there had to get their rocks off somewhere.

In the end, the memories I have watching this movie were much more pleasant than actually returning and watching the film now. This isn't surprising considering I was only 5 (hey, just like the robot) when I watched this and when you're 5, being entertained isn't a difficult thing to do.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal

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Terry Pratchett's Going Postal - 5 out of 5

I love the Discworld! Terry Pratchett's books are some of the best written and most entertaining stories I have ever experienced. His words create a world so detailed that you don't really need a film adaptation to get a visual of what he's created...but it doesn't hurt to have one--as long as they are done right.

Previously, The Color of Magic and Hogfather were given the live action treatment on Sky1 in the UK. Both previous adaptations captured the Discworld (and Pratchett's humor) very well and I was very excited when I found out that Going Postal got the live action adaptation treatment. (I really like the character of Moist von Lipwig.) And, despite it not yet being available on DVD, I was able to watch in on the wonderful little invention of Al Gore's, the internet. I must say, I really enjoyed the experience.

Going Postal focuses around Lipwig, a con artist, who is forced to pay for his crimes by becoming the new Postmaster General at the Ankh-Morpork's (the Discworld's largest city) post office. It was either that, or be executed. The following story sees Lipwig compete to resurrect the nearly extinct postal service against the more modern clacks service (the Discworld's answer to the telegraph).

Like the other Pratchett adaptation, Going Postal wonderfully captures the world that rests upon the back of four elephants that stand on the Great A'tuin (if that makes sense to you, you are already familiar with Pratchett's work. If you are confused, pick up The Color of Magic, you'll thank me for it). The actors all play their parts perfectly, especially Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) who portrays the character of Lipwig like he was born to play the part. Another highlight is getting to see Andrew Sachs play Mr. Groat. Sachs is most famous for his portrayal of Manuel in Fawlty Towers. Literally everything about this adaptation is done very well, right down to the realistic sets and the great looking costumes. Even Mr. Pump, the golem, is done incredibly well.

If you're a Pratchett fan, chances are you've already seen or have plans to see this. If you're not, I suggest you watch Hogfather and The Color of Magic first to get a taste of the Discworld (plus Death is in those two and Death is one of Pratchett's best characters) before you come to Going Postal.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Good Son

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The Good Son - 1 out of 5

I realize this movie about the psycho little child played by Macaulay Culkin came out in 1993 but this is the first time I've seen it. Reason being that when it came out, I was off the Culkin bandwagon and quite sick of all the media attention he received. Yes, even in 1993, I felt the kid was a terrible actor and was all hype...hell, to this day, I still think he is a very unconvincing actor.

Like most actors who are typecast as a loveable scamp, they crave to be respected so they take a dark role and it usually never works. There is a reason Culkin was cast the way he was as a child and you can see it in this movie because he is VERY difficult to take seriously as a sadistic child. His delivery is so flat, that it's actually laughable when you seem him try to act like he is a scary, troublesome youth.

Which brings me to my next point...If you are going to put a film in a genre called "thriller," make damn sure you have thrills in it because this movie had none. Tension levels are very low in this movie, in fact, my heart races quicker when I stand in line at the DMV. Yes, that is how boring this movie is. I would rather stand in line at the DMV. At least after an hour an a half there, I have something to show for it. At the end of this piece of garbage, I ACTUALLY lost something--my time and a piece of my soul died from this unimaginative crime against film.

The only shining light in this movie is seeing a young Frodo (okay, Elijah Wood, he'll always be Frodo to me). Even at his young age, you see his talent and it is almost unfair to pair him with Culkin because he just dominates in the scenes they share. So, overall, if you've never seen this movie, don't bother to watch it. All it does it take time away from you that could be put to better use, even if that better use is watching even a slightly less crappy film.

Sons of Anarchy Season 2

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Sons of Anarchy Season 2 - 5 out of 5

Hands down, the 2nd season of this FX show about the hellions of SAMCRO, is better than the first season. Although the first season establishes the characters, the club and tone of the show, it also suffered from a story that felt like it was wandering or meandering about until a true direction was scrounged up. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first season, however, this season was a definite improvement as the story is stronger and built upon a very solid foundation.

All the stuff that made the first season so entertaining still remains, as well. The great characters continue to entertain as SAMCRO makes a life for their club in Charming and all the great side characters are here as well. One thing I really enjoy about this show is the fact that each member of the motorcycle club gets screen time, actually has a part to play and has their own side stories. So rare is it to see such care taken with side characters.

The acting is fantastic (especially Ron Perlman as Clay) and the evolution of Jax and Gemma makes for some really addicting TV. And hats off to Charlie Hunnam (Jax) because there is a definite improvement in his acting. While he wasn't terrible in the first season, he sure wasn't spectacular either. However, this season he and Katey Sagal (Gemma) really knock it out of the park--and it really helps when their characters are experiencing some very intriguing things. The thing that kind of let me down (not a lot, but only slightly) was the seemingly less screen time of Dayton Callie (Chief Wayne Unser). First off, Callie is a great actor who has appeared in one of my all time favorite shows; Deadwood. While Callie is still present in this season, he doesn't seem to have as large a presence as he did the last season. But this absence is easy to overlook when this season saw a guest starring appearance from one of the coolest motherfuckers to ever walk the earth, Henry Rollins.

All in all, this season really raised the ante from beginning to end, making this a very addicting season. (I stayed up wayyyy tooo late some nights saying to myself "just one more episode.") Can't wait till the next season arrives on DVD.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Invictus

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Invictus - 3 out of 5

This movie showed me a few things: Clint Eastwood is a very talented and versatile director, and I know absolutely nothing about Rugby.

There was nothing particularly wrong with this movie about Nelson Mandela bringing South Africa together through rugby and its star player, played by Matt Damon. The story was straight forward, the acting was fantastic (with the exception of all the Rugby players who weren't Damon as they showed no real depth and were just kinda there) and Eastwood's direction was great. However the story does move kind of slow and, being that I'm not a sports guy, I found myself getting a little bored with the big rugby match at the end of the movie. However, there are some inspirational things going on here and some very subtle commentary about the relations between the races in South Africa and that added some depth to the story and for some interesting things to chew on while watching the film. Overall, it's a great movie but I just wasn't the audience it was made for.

Woke Up Dead

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Woke Up Dead - 1 out of 5

I soooo badly wanted to like this webseries but it's poor production and bad acting kept this quirky little story about a guy who wakes up and finds out he's a zombie but not understand why from striking a home run--or even a base hit. In fact, this webseries doesn't even make it out of the locker room.

The production value is low and, although it can be distracting when they overuse ghosting effects in their video editor and slow motion, it's not so bad that it totally destroys your viewing experience. The acting, however, takes care of that. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) stars as Drex, the man who wakes up to find out he's a zombie, and his performance is...passable, at best. While he's not terrible, I have definitely seen him do a better job in other movies. Wayne Knight (Newman from Seinfeld) also has a reoccurring part as a co-worker to Drex and, sadly, doesn't get to shine like he does in other roles. The real pain to deal with is the lifeless performance from Drex's romantic interest and doctor trying to figure out why he is a zombie, played by Krysten Ritter. It almost feels like she is TRYING to be a bad actor. But even worse than Ritter has to be the poor man's Jonah Hill; Josh Gad. This guy tries and fails in every episode to make the same joke work--but it never does. What did Einstien say about insanity? "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Seriously, Josh Gad tries soooo hard to be Jonah Hill it's almost sad and pathetic to watch. He alone does more damage to this webseries than any of all the other problems that plague it combined.

This webseries also redefines what a zombie is--which isn't exactly a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with going against the grain and doing something new with an old genre (unless you make vampires sparkle, than you've committed a crime against nature). However, the only thing that really make Heder a zombie was the lack of a pulse. Strangely, being a zombie gave him superhealing, heightened senses and superstrength. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!? He's not a zombie. He's just the stillborn bastard child of The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, I wanted really bad to like this because I am a zombie fanboy but, like most zombie fiction, this webseries falls short of delivering entertainment.

Orphan

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Orphan - 1 out of 5

One thing I've learned from my years on this Earth is that there will always be a market for horror films. They don't have to be good in anyway for them to make even the smallest amount of money because horror flick fanboys are, without a doubt, the most forgiving fanboys around. It doesn't matter if the story is weak, the characters are lame and the scares are nonexistent, horror flick fanboys will pay their hard earned dollars to watch it.

This movie, without a doubt, is one of those really bad horror films that, for reasons I will never understand, fanboys paid money to watch...and some even liked it. But for me, there wasn't a single thing working in this movie.

The story is weak beyond comparison as it is plagued with aspects that make no sense. The movie is about a young, well off couple who, after losing their third child during pregnancy, they decide to adopt but it turns out the kid is a homicidal maniac. Right off the bat, I have a problem with the story. I understand the couple is upset over the death of their baby and they have love they want to give but the problem for me is this: the couple already has two kids. Why do they need a third? Can't they shower their love and affection that is seemingly as deep as their bank account on the two they already have? Kids are not Pokemon, this couple doesn't need to collect them all.

The story continues to weaken as it breaks into the usual horror/slasher film cliche and it builds to one of the worse twist endings I've ever seen in horror film history. Another problem with the story is the fact that Esther (the adopted child) is actually considered a threat. I'm sorry, she's a puny little thing, how can she take out anyone who is larger than her? The filmmakers try to alleviate this by stacking the deck in Esther's favor however, it still doesn't change the fact she's tiny and the deck is never stacked enough in her favor for the adults around her to NOT just destroy her.

On top of the story problems, this film uses every horror film cliche in the book. And because the story is so weak, these cliches actually turn out to be a source of humor for a movie that is SUPPOSED to be dark and scary. For example, you know how in scary movies the filmmakers build tension by focusing on random things in a person's environment and over-emphasises the thing's sound to make it creepy? You know, like when someone hears a sound and walks incredibly slowly towards it and, as they do, the camera will cut to a creaking door the character passes or their feet coming down on the moaning floor, etc. Well, this movie does that but does it in a completely hysterical way because it happens in a playground. As the victim wanders around the playset, worried that Esther is coming after her, the filmmakers focus on the chains on the swing and slides. If that wasn't funny enough, the cheap scares that happen during this sequence isn't your typical cat jumping out of a closet, instead it's kids running around and laughing. Yes, nothing is scarier than children having fun. It was VERY hard to take this entire scene seriously. In fact, I spend the entire time laughing hysterically at the pathetic attempt to be scary.

Even the acting is pathetic. The children in this film aren't convincing at all but that's not surprising because it's nearly impossible to find child actors who are decent but the true crime comes from the adults who have spend years perfecting their craft. Peter Sargaard continues his track record of phoning in his acting but Vera Farmiga, who plays the mother, is the biggest crime in the acting department this movie commits. The 2nd hour of the movie, all she does is scream, cry and run but in the 1st hour she hams it up like someone told her that she could win an Academy Award for this role. It's like Sargaard and Farmiga decided to be opposite ends of the acting spectrum.

All in all, this movie is just one big pathetic attempt. It does absolutely NOTHING right.

Party Down Season 1

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Party Down Season 1 - 4 out of 5

A TV show about people working a crummy day job (in this case a catering business called Party Down) while they struggle to achieve their dreams? I'm sold. And I can relate.

Like many shows, Party Down takes a couple episodes before it hits its stride and find its place and voice. The first two episodes are basically carbon copies of one another with similar jokes just placed in a different situations. However, after this, the show becomes quite entertaining as the characters starts to develop.

The cast is wonderful filled with some very talented people including Glee's own Jane Lynch, Adam Scott, The State alumni Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks) and Ryan Hansen. All these actors play wonderfully off each other. And it is in this interaction is where the best jokes of the show come from. Yes, there are some great gags about misunderstandings and silly things happening with the people at the social gatherings they cater but the interaction between these main characters is definitely the show's humorous highlight.

The only real low point this show had was the fact Jane Lynch left the show after nine episodes to work on Glee. In my opinion, not the best move but this comes from the fact that I don't find Glee to be a very entertaining show. It's filled with cliche high school drama and weak writing and they use music to hide these facts. And it seems to work seamlessly as the music is the only thing people seem to talk about when it comes to Glee. Look how excited people got when it was announced they were going to do a Rocky Horror Picture Show episode. They don't get that excited about the story, just the music. I wished Jane had stayed with Party Down because I'm sure going to miss her when I visit the second season.

Overall, this is just a fun show and I can't wait to start up the next (and sadly, final) season of this show.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Strangers

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The Strangers - 2 out of 5

This little horror film (very loosely based on real events) about a couple of crazies psychologically (and then physically) torturing a young couple, believe it or not, has some things that are working for it. But sadly, it has even more working against it.

The Good:

This film does a great job using sound and music to build suspense. Also, the fact that it uses only hand held cameras and uses very unique camera angles to give a very voyeuristic feel and, because of this, there are some genuinely creepy scenes going on. However, these two working elements are instantly eradicated when the bad come into play.

The Bad:

There are some really big mysteries going on in the story and some really big plot holes. At the beginning of the film, you'll find yourself questioning outloud some of the moves and the motives behind what the protagonists are doing. Because of this, the beginning of the movie feels forced and completely unnatural. This feeling is reinforced when the story tries too hard to create backstory between the main characters and it becomes even worse when the actors can't pull it off.

Which brings me to my second complaint...the acting is just plain terrible. Scott Speedman is basically furniture as he is kinda just...well, there in every scene. He doesn't deliver much in the terms of his character other than being the spouse of Liv Tyler's character. And then there is Liv Tyler. Tyler is so bad, it is equal to torture. Her performance is so weak, I actually began to wonder if her character was supposed to be mentally retarded because she acts like it throughout the movie. Her character looks mystified at every sound she hears and does, one of the biggest, LAMEST horror film cliches there is: Every time she hears a sound (besides immediately having a caveman look of curiosity on her face) she does the slow walk to the sound. First off, no one does this in real life and it is the most obvious build up to cheap scares that has been grossly overused in the horror film genre.

The Ugly:

The worst thing about this movie (despite a completely lackluster ending and overall boring third act) would be the seemingly super-powered antagonists. Somehow, the strangers that attack the couple can teleport. Yep, that's right, you heard me. They can teleport. There would be a seen where one of the strangers would do something to spook one member of the couple and, when the couple turns around, the stranger is gone. Oh, did I mention that the couple is in a vacation home in the middle of nowhere? In a place that doesn't host a lot of places for the antagonists to hide. Yeah, this weak little inclusion hurt the movie really bad and took all the realism.

Despite having some decent scares in the second act, this movie has a VERY boring build up in the first act and a terrible and pointless third act and these facts make it utterly pointless to watch this movie. The few creepy vibes this movie produces is just not enough to warrant a viewing of this film.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Back to School

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Back to School - 4 out of 5

Classic comedy!

But would this comedy have been a classic if Rodney Dangerfield wasn't in it? Absolutely not. In fact, the premise for this movie isn't that great but thanks to Rodney, this movie becomes gold. His witty one-liners, although shockingly few and far between in this movie, are what keep this movie going.

It's been a long time since I've seen this movie and even longer since I've seen it NOT on television. I completely forgot that Robert Downing Jr. was in this movie and also forgot that Sam Kinison was in it. And, I just learned, that Kinison's part was originally going to go to Jim Carrey at Dangerfield's insistence but the filmmakers thought he was too young to play the history professor. But getting to see two of comedy's greatest in one movie is enough to make it an instant classic.

Even after all these years, this comedy about a rich father going back to college (or, as it is in the case of the movie, going to college for the first time) to help his son cope with the stress of attending is still hilarious. Amazing is also the fact that none of the humor is dated. At no point were there jokes that related to the time period. Yes, the fashion and the music is quite dated but the jokes aren't. In fact, the only complaint I truly have for this film is the music.

Originally, the filmmakers commissioned Alice Cooper to write a song for the film but, for some reason, the deal fell through and the song never appears in the movie. But the biggest crime against music being done to this movie is having Danny Elfman be the film's composer. I'm sorry, but I am NOT a Danny Elfman fan. All the songs he composes in EVERY movie sound EXACTLY the same. I'm still waiting for the day he makes one that sounds different.

But other than that extremely minor complaint, this movie still holds up.

How to Train Your Dragon

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How to Train Your Dragon - 5 out of 5

We are living in a golden age of animated movies. No longer are animated movies only for kids. They've become an experience that can be enjoyed by the young and old and we have Pixar and their amazing writing to thank for that.

Since Pixar jumped on the scene, Dreamworks decided to try their hand at computer animated movies and struck gold with Shrek. However, other endeavors have been less than promising as they are usually unimaginitive, weak stories usually filled with talking animals making the same smirk that has become synonymous with Dreamworks. It's not that Dreamworks movies are particularly bad, it's just Pixar has always overshadowed them in the creativity and writing departments. However, How to Train Your Dragon has proven that Dreamswork can now be a real competitor against Pixar.

The writing in HTTYD is phenomenal as it showcase great characters and situations that we can relate to (even though dragons are involved). We see a young viking, Hiccup (perfectly acted by Jay Baruchel) trying to get the approval of his father (Gerard Butler). We can all relate to that. It gets even better as Hiccup befriends a dragon (the awesome Toothless) and we find the young viking going against the established ways to do what is right. Simple story we can all relate to and Dreamworks delivers it well.

The voice acting is top notch with actors who fit their characters perfectly. Craig Ferguson is one of the many actors who sticks out. Even Gerard Butler, who's movies have been quite lackluster ever since 300, shown that he can actually ACT. But all the praise can't just be poured on the actors. The duo that brought us Lilo & Stitch (Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders) are the masterminds who directed this one and did a fabulous job doing so.

Finally, the animation and character designs are just plain spectacular. When you add all these ingredients (great story, awesome animation, fantastic humor and great voice acting) you have what became the best movie I saw during the summer. Plus, there's dragons in it and how cool are dragons? To answer that rhetorical question: Very cool!

Logan's Run

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Logan's Run - 3 out of 5

I'm 29 as I write this, so that means in one year the Lifeclock in my palm will blink red and turn black. That means I have to go off and be killed in (hopefully resurrected) in the Carrousel. Or I could run and have one of the Sandmen shoot me down in cold blood. If any of what I just said made sense, than congratulations you've seen Logan's Run before. A sci-fi classic from 1976 that is, sadly, being remade. HOLLYWOOD, STOP REMAKING MOVIES!

Like many science fiction films made in the 70's, this movie is an instant cult classic and partially worthy of that status. Based on the novel of the same name, this film dives into the mess that occurs when people believe they've created utopia. Sure, when you look at it, a lot of sci-fi movies deal with the utopia that is, actually, a distopia--but it's a genre, in my opinion, that works. They work because there are ALWAYS guys who claim to know the answer to the world's problems and how to solve them. Look at today's world...we have Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and other media blowhards telling us that our lives have to be lived their way. But the reality is, no one knows how to make the world work in perfect balance because it is too difficult, if not impossible, to maintain this balance. That is why I enjoy these type of sci-fi movies, because they show how the sacrifices for the supposed greater good will always come down upon the self-righteous' heads.

However, UNLIKE other sci-fi films of this era, this movie does tend to get particularly silly. Many of the serious themes and social commentary about the ignorance and arrogance of youth are destroyed by the lousy (even by the standards of when the film came out) special effects and, often, convoluted story. Often during this film, the world that is created seems more chaotic than a seemingly utopia as a lot of what the viewer witnesses (for example, a strange, all nude dance club) is almost contradictory to what the story suggests about this new world, a world built upon population control and strict standards. And some elements, like the ice area with nude people frozen in blocks of ice that has a robot named Box who's job is to collect and store food in this area. The film uses this as a flimsy reason to showcase more nudity and a very bad action sequence. The film is loaded with scenes like this that are used only for a specific reason--and no, that reason is often not the story or plot. (Note: the scene with Box are great for one reason though: Box is very reflective and you can see the entire film crew on his surface.)

For the most part, I enjoy this movie because, even though its nearly lost in the sea of silliness and bad special effects, there is something being said in this movie. But because it lacks the more serious tones of some of the other sci-fi movies of this era (like Star Wars, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind) I just couldn't give this movie anything more than a 3.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Barton Fink

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Barton Fink - 4 out of 5

I am a big fan of the Coen brothers. Their writing is unlike any others in the business and this movie, sadly until now, I haven't seen. However, what I found was something just as magical and creative as every other piece of work these two have done.

The story is excellent as we see John Turturro struggle and lose his mind as writing block sets in as he is pulled away from writing plays in New York and gets to see the glam and glitz that is Hollywood in the 1940's. John Goodman co-stars and, as usual in a Coen brother's movie, he delivers like no buddy's business. This film also have a plethora of fantastic side characters that help drive this movie. Steve Buscemi as the bell hop Chet is one of those great characters.

As usual with the Coen brothers' pictures, the wit and dark humor is derived from their terrific characters and very engaging stories. And, just like their other work, the editing and camera work is second to none. One of my favorite scenes is, without a doubt, when Goodman is running down the hall of the hotel he and Turturro stay in as each room goes up in flames around him. It's a beautifully done scene that just illustrates the talent these two brothers have.

Like all other Coen brothers' movies, this movie is just plain great.

The Simpsons Season 20

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The Simpsons Season 20 - 2 out of 5

Fox, in their infinite wisdom, decided that they should skip Season 14 through 19 and release Season 20 on DVD. Why? Because Season 20 is the first season of The Simpsons to be broadcast in High Definition.

Honestly, who cares?

The animation on The Simpsons isn't spectacular to begin with. It's basic and serves its purpose. Not to mention the show makes use of only primary colors, so the decision to broadcast the show in HD doesn't actually provide more entertainment to a show that has long ago fallen deep into the chasm of obscurity. I realize there still are plenty of hardcore fans of The Simpsons but we need to face it, the show is no longer the well written work of art it use to be. Sentimental treatment of their characters have long ago been replaced with recycled jokes (and this season recycles A LOT of jokes. In fact, you'll see one joke reused only a few episodes down the line with different ingredients. It's like watching Dane Cook in animated form.) and zany stories and plots that do more to insult the audience than entertain it. Even Simpsons veteran voice actor Harry Shearer has long ago (in Season 9) voiced his disapproval of the route the show took.

The episodes have become pure garbage. Jokes, for the most part, are characters being stupid or Homer getting hurt. Occasionally, the writers come up with a really brilliant gag but you're lucky to get even one of these miracles a disc in this season. This is just sad...but it gets worse. The only episode that show any real promise, was a single episode in the middle of the season where Moe finds a girlfriend. The episode is equipped with solid jokes, a great story and, unlike the rest of the season, a coherent plot with no pointless B-story that clogs every other episode. This particular episode even ends on a very sweet note that is reminiscent of the quality of writing one sees on Futurama; Matt Groening's far more superior show.

It is such a tragedy to see a show that I once held in such high esteem to become a sad parody of its original self. There's no hope that it can ever return to its former glory. It's time to cancel this show.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saved!

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Saved! - 3 out of 5

As an atheist, anytime there is some form of media that pokes fun at the religious zealots of the world, I'm on-board. And this movie is witty and very funny as it makes fun of Christians. However, there are a couple things that work against it that keeps it from being truly great.

For the most part, the cast is fantastic. Macaulay Culkin really stands out and so does the film's star Jena Malone. However, one really low point of the cast is Mandy Moore. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of her work and, for the most part, she is actually quite decent in her part but there are quite a few times where she overacts to the max, and it gets annoying. Another low point in the cast is Weed's star Mary-Louise Parker. As usual, her acting feels phoned in but, thankfully, she doesn't have many scenes.

As far as writing, this movie is fantastic. It's witty, intriguing and filled with drama...however, sometimes the drama feels too heavy especially when a lot of the film is light hearted and humorous. While this drama is expected when having a story that is both about religion and high school. However, if both the humor was balanced with this drama, the rating might have jumped to a four.

Finally, the end of this movie seems to take a step back from its religion bashing as it delivers the message that god loves everyone no matter what you are and we need to be as one. This is all fine and good but the ending made this message feel tacked on, like the writers were trying to say, "We don't hate religion. See, we believe god loves everyone." One again, if there was more balance in the drama and humor department, this ending may not have been distracting.

Overall, this is a fun movie but lacks the certain magic to make it a GREAT movie.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frozen

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Frozen - 1 out of 5

I really wish the stranded survival horror movie would die. They're never any good and this one is particularly bad.

The premise is so flimsy and the filmmakers do everything they can to stretch out a movie that, at best, can only be a 20 minute short film, that they are somehow able to pan it out to the point it's going to snap. Honestly, an hour and a half of watching three completely unlikeable characters crying and yelling on a ski lift chair is too much.

The acting and dialogue is painfully bad. In fact, I haven't laughed as hard as I did in a long time when the female character is crying about how her pet is going to die because she won't be around to feed it. Her pathetic attempt at acting was just hilarious. And don't get me started on how terrible Iceman's acting was (yep, the kid who played Iceman in X-men was in this). It's like he was channeling Shia LaBeouf for this piece as he stutters and stammers through the first half of the movie. The other male character is the poor man's Zac Efron who, when not being a generic douchbag, he's a whiny crying baby that makes ones teeth clench as you watch him shamble aimlessly as he attempts to be convincing in his portrayal.

What was even more mystifying (and a lot of horror films are guilty of this) is the need to make you--the viewer--NOT want to sympathize with the characters because they are just plain assholes. And these characters were HUGE assholes. They were spoiled rich brats who talked down, right at the beginning of the movie, to one of the workers at the resort and insulting him about how little money he makes. Within the first ten minutes of the movie, I was screaming for their demise. So then, when the shit hit the fan and they were in danger, I didn't care about the trouble they were in, I just wanted them all dead because they deserved it. They were egotistical, stupid people that provided me, the viewer, with nothing. I didn't sympathize with them, in fact, they embodied everything I hate about people. Why do horror films do this? Why can't we have protagonists that I actually WANT to survive? Why is it in action films, they create characters that I come to love and then I'm heartbroken when they are killed off but this can't happen in horror films?

From a technical standpoint, this movie IS well made. The camera work, editing and lighting are all great but the director tries way toooooo hard to create tension when tension has no need to exist in the first place. For example, in the first ten minutes of the movie, there's a creepy music crescendo at every turn as, apparently, everything at this ski resort is supposed to promote fear. Every time a character turns around, the musical cues hit as the camera focuses on something about the lift, like rattling controls. The characters even seem to acknowledge these cues and, seemingly, break the fourth wall as they look at the thing the camera is focusing in on but then pay no attention to it. This little ploy to create tension happens so rapid-fire in the first moments of the movie, it actually becomes laughable.

The biggest crime this movie commits is how much it drags. After a scene concludes you will be horrified to discover that you still have a lot of movie to get through. Scenes drag and seem to go on and on as the film seems confused on what pace to follow. Should it be fast pace and hard-hitting like when the wolves are attacking or should it be slow going when two of the characters are discussing their love lives in order to forget the cold (another crime as this movie tries to trick you into believing these characters have depth and you should care about them)? This movie doesn't know, and the viewer pays for it.

This movie is a insult to the industry, especially since it calls itself a horror film and the only thing that scared me about it was the fact that someone put their hard earned money into having it made. This movie is one of those films that should have been aborted and the money that would have gone to making it gone to finding a cure for cancer.

Ghoulies II

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Ghoulies II - 2 out of 5

Just slightly less shitty than the first one.

Unlike the first one, the Ghoulies actually have a part to play in this movie and actually do something. Also, unlike the first one, there is a consistent plot at work. Now, similar to the first one, the acting is terrible and the story is lame. However, this movie is one of those bad movies that are hilarious.

And people actually get killed in this one. Unlike the first one.

This movie is in no way scary or well made but because it is so bad, there is an entertainment value to that. However, it isn't bad enough (believe it or not, although they are dated, the special effects aren't bad) to give it a higher rating. Sometimes, when a movie is epically bad, they become quite entertaining and then I love the movie. However, this one isn't bad enough to jump pass being a complete piece of crap, to being an awesome laughfest. But still, this movie does offer some great laughs...just not enough to warrant a 3 out of 5 like other really great bad movies.

Stripes

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Stripes - 4 out of 5

I'm going to make this review short and sweet. This movie is a classic comedy filled with some of the best talent that have ever graced the screen. But how can this movie not be cinematic gold when you have Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy and others in the army? That's a recipe for hilarity.

The version I am reviewing is the Extended Version which contained some extra, bonus scenes. To be honest, the extra footage really didn't provide much to an already great film. None of the scenes deliver any more story or provide any more depth to the previous and subsequent scenes. Basically, these extra scenes are just deleted footage put back into the movie that really didn't need to be put back in.

That being said, this movie is still a classic and absolutely funny as hell.

Ghoulies

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Ghoulies - 1 out of 5

I don't often use hackneyed text acronyms but while and after watching this movie, I found myself saying "WTF?!?" Nothing happens in this movie. Apparently, a long time ago a powerful, evil man is stopped and his legacy is put upon a house that a young couple finds themselves in and the boyfriend discovers occult items and very willingly (and very quickly) submerges himself in the dark arts and awakens little creatures called the Ghoulies (hence the title). What is the most surprising about this film is how little the Ghoulies do. THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING! They show up, occasionally pop up in the background and then disappear. Even more surprising what the complete lack of scares this movie conjures up and the lack of violence and death that is usually synonymous with horror films.

Seriously, nothing happens in this movie and it makes me wonder why exactly sequels were made.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Tribunal

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Tribunal - 5 out of 5

The fifth season of the great animated series that, sadly, wasn't aired except for on a couple of OnDemand cable channels and on DVD. However, the events that took place became canon in the next two seasons. It's a shame it wasn't aired officially because this season was just fantastic.

This season focuses on the one true Shredder--the Tengu Shredder. It was this mystic demon who possessed Oroku Saki and became the visage that the Utrom; Ch'rell, would take on to intimidate his foes and become one of the greatest enemies of the Turtles. As this season begins, a mystic organization of ninjas called The Ninja Tribunal calls on the Turtles and several other powerful warriors to become Acolytes who will help stop the followers of the Tengu from resurrecting the demon. But, despite the training, the Tengu is resurrected and all hell breaks loose as he takes over New York and then sets his sights on the world. This culminates in two EXTREMELY exciting episodes at the end of the season where the Turtles combine their forces with their greatest allies (April O'Neil, Casey Jones and the Justice Force) and some of their most hated enemies (Baxter Stockman, Hun and the Purple Dragons, Bishop, The Foot Clan and the Utrom Shredder's adopted daughter, Karai).

This season is just action packed and cranked up to eleven on the entertainment scale. However, due to the heavy story that is so deeply surrounded by the Tengu, the focus on the relationships between the Turtles themselves, as well as, their relationships with their friends and sensei and adopted father, Splinter, isn't focused on at all. The lack of this, if noticed because it is easy to overlook with all the action, can hurt a little because the relationships the Turtles have is one of my favorite elements of a Ninja Turtles story. However, this is completely forgivable because this season is just so damn entertaining.

This season, along with the past seasons, proves why this animated version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is superior to its 80's counterparts because of the darker themes and the use of the original comics for a more mature (but still kid friendly) adaptation.

Comedian

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Comedian - 5 out of 5

As a stand up comedian myself, I can't believe it's taken me so long to watch a documentary that follows Jerry Seinfeld as he returns to the status of a working comedian. Honestly, watching this, a lot hit home as I sympathized with the trials that come working the stage.

The documentary is interesting and well put together but one thing really irritated me. A side story that involved an up and coming arrogant comedian named Orny Adams. While watching his antics and ego, I thought, "Man, this guy is a total douchebag" as he talks trash about Seinfeld behind his back when Jerry gave him advice and he acted like he was the funniest comedian to ever exist. But after I reflected on this for a moment, I realized I work with guys like him all the time. Guys who think they are the next big thing and that they are the most talented guy to ever exist and would rather talk about how great they are then concentrate on putting on a great show with his fellow comedians.

Aside from putting up with the painful segments involving the upstart Orny, the film is interesting and funny. Even if you're not a comedian, I believe you can enjoy it as you see how truly hard it is to be funny.

Plus, this film had one of the funniest trailers to ever exist. Don't believe me? Well take a look...

Babies

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Babies - 2 out of 5

Meh.

That was the feeling I had after I finished this documentary that follows four different babies from all over the world.

Unlike most modern documentaries, this film contains no agenda, narration or stats. It just follows four different babies as they play, eat and cry...and boy do they cry. Sometimes, it gets pretty annoying listening to the screaming kids, to be honest.

It's interesting seeing how different but how similar different societies raise their younglings and sure there are some really cute scenes that make you gush as you watch these little ones start to develop but I don't know if it's because I don't think I want to be a father but I just couldn't get into this documentary. I felt like I was watching home videos of someone's kid or, even worse, babysitting but unable to stop the kid from crying and getting some peace and quiet as I set them down to nap.

If you're a parent or just plain WANT to have kids, you will definitely enjoy this movie. However, I was, for the most part, bored.

Fuel

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Fuel - 4 out of 5

If you're an environmentalist or even care about the environment a little and hope to see the end of fossil fuels and the installation of clean, renewable energy, then there is a chance you've already seen this documentary. If you either just don't care about ending our dependence on fossil fuels or you believe it's not something to worry about because you either work or (more mysteriously) believe what the oil companies say, you'll NEVER watch this documentary.

This doc is another film highlighting our need to end our dependence on oil and start cleaning up this world and it SHOULD be something everyone should see but it just won't because, as Americans, we have this sense of entitlement where we actually believe we are supposed to have everything we want our way and that change is NOT a good thing. Even if that change means helping out the planet and living on cheaper, cleaner energy.

This documentary is really well made and, like many on this topic, brings to light all the positives that can come from being a greener society and how many European countries are heading down the green path at a very fast pace. The only real downfall of this movie is a lot of numbers are thrown at you and a lot of statistics (which is normal for documentaries) that makes it feels more like your are doing research for a term paper, than watching a documentary. This really isn't a bad thing because it provides evidence for their argument but it does tend to make the film drag and preventing from being a REALLY good environmental documentary like GasLand.

All in all, though, this movie makes some great arguments about how we need to start showing responsibility for our planet and I highly recommend watching and FORCING someone who lives a wasteful life to watch it.

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie - 1 out of 5

This film is one of one hundred that have the honor of being labeled one of the worst films ever made. It even boasts a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. And going back and revisiting this movie after not seeing since the 80's, I can understand why.

What a load of garbage (no pun intended) this film was.

Pure concentrated 80's was this movie. It's like the filmmakers took everything that defined the 80's, blended it up and poured it into a projector. The fashions, the music--all of it screams 80's excess.

The film's story is weak but that shouldn't be a surprising consider it's based on a trading card series. Not much source material to work on. But, aside from the story, the most distracting part of this movie is the terrible costumes the actors must sport as The Garbage Pail Kids. I realize special effects were limited and the animatronics in the suits were probably not the best but it was obvious the suits were awkward for the little people inside as them fumble around each scene. There's even a terrific scene where one of the GPK is trying to move a small ATV and it is clear the little person is peering through the open mouth of the head to see. This is even more entertaining when you notice the GPK's eyes are looking up and to the side.

This movie also gets a little disturbing. Not because the GPK are puking and farting but because of the fact that a teenage girl (named Tangerine) makes flirtatious advances on a much younger boy, the main character; Dodger. She blows kisses at him, gives him a looooong kiss on the cheek and even, at one point, crosses her heart as she makes him a promise but does it in a seductive way, calling attention to her breasts. These actions made an already bad movie VERY uncomfortable.

All these bad things being said, this movie does have one redeemable aspect. And that is it is very funny. Not because of the humor in the movie itself but because it is sooo bad, it will make you laugh. But unlike other bad movies I review that get higher ratings (like Mega Piranha), the humor derived from the bad filmmaking isn't enough to warrant a higher rating because the laughs you get in this movie are more out of being uncomfortable than out of pure joy.

Ladybugs

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Ladybugs - 3 out of 5

It's been a long time since I've seen this Rodney Dangerfield film about a man desperate for a promotion that he puts his girlfriend's son in a dress to win a girl's soccer league championship. And let's say this, a lot of the film still holds up. And when I say "a lot," I mean one man doing a lot.

The story isn't anything special but Rodney is on-board, so that doesn't matter much. All the funny scenes are delivered through him and his crafty one liners. In fact, if it wasn't for Rodney's presence in this movie, there would be no movie because the rest of the film is really lackluster.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this movie but the only reason I enjoy this movie is because of Rodney Dangerfield. The rest of it and all the bad actors that surround him, I could forget about them.

Mega Piranha

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Mega Piranha - 3 out of 5

HILARIOUS!

That is the one word I can think of to describe this movie and, because it was so damn funny, that is why this poorly made, poorly written and poorly acted movie gets a 3 out of 5.

I love bad movies and this movie is as bad as they get. The bad acting and shitty special effects provide entertainment on a level that a well made film can't provide. And believe me, everything about this movie is terrible and just delivers on some insanely entertaining sequences.

First off, there is the special effects that look like they were made in a child's, off the shelf, computer effects creator. I don't actually think such a thing exists but if it did, they used it to make the sorriest looking computer generated piranhas that have ever been committed to film. Then, add in the campy acting of the nobody lead actor; Paul Logan (who could rival Sam Worthington in the generic, growling brooding voice), former mall pop star Tiffany (who sadly isn't as hot as the day she was when she did her Playboy spread) and The Brady Bunch's own Greg Brady, Barry Williams. Mix in a weak story and you have yourself pure gold that will keep you laughing all the way through.

In all honesty, I don't know what was the funniest aspect about this movie. How about the fact that apparently the ocean has a100 foot drop off two feet away from the shore. Or the fact the commando team in charge of taking out the deadly piranha were armed with special underwater guns that were actually NERF guns spray painted black. Or maybe the fact that a giant piranha can leap out of the water, crash into a building and blow up like a missile. All this and more is in store for you if you watch Mega Piranha.

I HIGHLY recommend this movie. Get your friends together, pile up on the couch and laugh your asses off.

30 Days of Night: Dark Days

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30 Days of Night: Dark Days - 2 out of 5

I really enjoyed the first film (and the graphic novel it was based on). The concept of a group of vampires attacking an Alaskan city when they are in a month of darkness is a great idea. In the graphic novel, the art work was able to show-off a very surreal and creepy story and I felt the first film did a terrific job and recreating that vibe. Sadly, I never read the sequel but DID watch this direct to DVD adaptation.

I wasn't impressed.

Let's start with the bad. The acting is just flat out horrible. It felt like every actor showed up, phoned in their scenes and left to cash their checks. Kiele Sanchez replaces Melissa George as Stella and this recasting couldn't have been done more improperly. Sanchez mumbles every line and looks like she just woke up in every scene. In fact, every actor displays a seemingly discontent for the project and only signed on to get paid.

Then there is the story...if you can call it that. Like I said before, I didn't read the second graphic novel in the 30 Days of Night series but this story and plot in this film feels weak. All I know is that a group is formed to stop a powerful lady vampire from returning to Barrow to revisit the havoc that was raised there before. This story works for a graphic novel but barely provided 80 minutes of film.

This movie, however, was a refreshing change as vampires as of late have been...well, wimpy. You won't find thin, pale vamps sparkling in the sun in this movie. Nope, hardcore, violent and bloody vampires all around. And that, sadly, was the only thing I enjoyed about this movie and the one thing that kept it from becoming a one out of five.

The Burrowers

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The Burrowers - 3 out of 5

A western about monsters? I'm in.

This film had incredible potential that never really was able to deliver. The trailer sold me completely. The premise of burrowing monsters attacking settlers in the old west was a mating ground for a creepy, and possibly, action-filled movie. Add in the fact Clancy Brown (Highlander, Starship Troopers and the voice of Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants) starred in it and I was quick to log onto Netflix and add it to the top of my queue.

Sadly, the movie never delivers on the expectations I had for it. Don't get me wrong, the movie isn't terrible, just not great.

The film's plot drags during portions of the movie and certain concepts (like a Indian tribe who knows how to deal with the creatures) isn't developed as they should be. However, the film makes some great commentary of the treatment of slaves and the Native Americans during the time period. The film also makes some fantastic points about what we are doing to the environment.

What hurts this film the most (and this was most likely due to a low budget) was the barely passable special effects. The computer effects were weak and the close up shots of the creatures point out the obvious use of puppets. These two elements are quick to throw you out of the movie. Not to mention the terrible creature design. Seriously, the design of the monsters in this movie makes no sense when you take into consideration they are burrowing creatures. I'm no biologist but if you see this movie, look at their hind legs and tell me that they wouldn't be a hindrance when digging underground.

The ending to this film, also, is one of those things that you'll either love or hate. Personally, I loved the ending. However, the ending came too late (no pun intended) to revitalize this movie. Like I said earlier, this movie had some great potential as the story was cool and the acting is decent but the potential is never fully achieved.

Heavyweights

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Heavyweights - 1 out of 5

WOW! What an utter piece of crap that can only be appreciated by 10 years olds. But when you have a story about a fanatical leader taking over a fat camp made by Disney, the fact it is shit shouldn't be surprising. When this movie came out, I remember enjoying it but watching it now, I realize this was just typical, bottom of the barrel entertainment that Disney is notorious for with their live action features. The acting is weak, the jokes are not funny and every kid is just a generic fat kid with no real character. In fact, I couldn't even tell you any of their names because how one dimensional they are. The story itself is lazy and actually has the feel of two stories--neither one particularly developed--smashed together to make one clumsy movie.

The movie starts with the first story about a crazed diet fanatic (played by Ben Stiller) taking over Camp Hope, a fat camp. The kids are put through hell before they revolt and take over. It's at this point the second story starts where the fat camp takes on the sports camp in an athletic rally. Needless to say, the fat kids win but this part of the movie feels tacked on because the main story wasn't long enough. And how many times have we seen a camp movie that ends with the big tournament being won by the underdogs? Too many times if you ask me.

The only real highlight of the movie is Ben Stiller who offers the only chuckles this movie can muster. And sadly, his funny scenes are few and far between.

Pixar has proven that they are the only ones in the Disney family who are capable of providing entertainment that can be enjoyed by adult and child at the same time. For the protection of your sanity, if you are over the age of 15, never view this movie. If you have fond memories of this movie from when it came out, keep those as memories and NEVER revisit this film. Your intelligence will thank me.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Discworld: Soul Music

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Discworld: Soul Music - 5 out of 5

I love Terry Pratchett's Discworld. I love the stories and characters and I think the man created just an amazingly fun world to read about. I also really enjoy the adaptations of his novels because they are about as close one can get to the source material with a film adaptation of a novel. I mean they are almost 100% spot on!

Soul Music was the first of Pratchett's novels to get adapted and one, I am sad to admit, I only NOW saw. But I must say, just like all other adaptations of his work, I really enjoyed it.

Unlike The Hogfather or The Colour of Magic, this isn't a live action adaptation but an animated one. The animation is simple and, for the most part, works. However it does look a little dated and that's surprising because the book was adapted in 1997 but the animation looks more like it's from the late 70's with the small exception of the bad 3D animation integrated in a few scenes. But that doesn't take away from the suburb storytelling that takes place in a Terry Pratchett story.

The story is humorous and fun (but which of the Discworld books isn't?) as we witness the birth of rock and roll on the disc-shaped planet resting upon the shoulders of four elephants riding on top of the Great A'Tuin. The cartoon even embellishes a little more on certain concepts from the book. Mainly the comparison between The Beatles and The Band with Rocks In (that's the Discworld band that gave birth to rock and roll, with the help of music itself). It's humorous seeing the band parody The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and even the Blues Brothers. I really enjoyed when Buddy (the man who music is controlling in the story) says that The Band with Rocks In is bigger than cheeses. Say that out loud and figure out the joke.

If you like Terry Pratchett and have never seen this one, like me, check it out. It's worth it. Christopher Lee does the voice of Death (which he later reprises in The Colour of Magic) and who doesn't like Christopher Lee?

Darkon

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Darkon - 4 out of 5

There is something magical about LARPing. I am the last person who would ever judge another person by their hobbies due to my own obsession with Star Wars. In fact, I was once booked by a LARPing troupe to come out and perform my stand up comedy for in Ohio and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. And, in case you're wondering what LARPing is, it basically is live action role-playing. Have you seen Role Models? Well, LARPing has a big presence in the movie and this documentary follows the antics of a LARPing club called The Darkon Wargaming Club, Inc.

There's nothing flashing about this documentary. Just simple interviews with the participants and footage of the games being played. The players are interesting and the way the filmmakers made the battles look and feel like a big budget movie with the music and getting in the middle of the madness made for a fun movie.

This isn't a documentary showing some evil being done in the world. It's just a simple little film about people doing something they love. If you like documentaries as much as I do, I highly suggest giving this one a go.