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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Trailer for The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)


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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) (click on the title for my full review)

The film looks like a cross between Drive (2011)(good) and Killing Them Softly (2012)(bad).  In Drive Ryan Gosling is a stunt driver turned driver for hire.  In The Place Beyond the Pines it appears like he is a stunt motorcycle driver turned bank robber.  It seems that Eva Mendes plays a very similar character in The Place Beyond the Pines that Carey Mulligan plays in Drive.

Overall the movie looks pretty dark in a similar way to that of Killing Them Softly.  Also, Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn are in both of those movies.  Both actors played very scuzzy characters in Killing Them Softly and I think they have continued that trend in The Place Beyond the Pines.

The wildcard in The Place Beyond the Pines is going to be Bradley Cooper.  In recent years Cooper has proved that not only is he a supremely capable and extraordinary actor, but he has also chosen his movies very wisely.  Gosling is great and Liotta has that ability as well, but we have seen them in this type of movie before.  Cooper, I think, will be the deciding factor as to whether or not this movie is any good.

Other supporting cast includes: Olga Merediz, Mahershala Ali, Brian Smyj, Rose Byrne, Harris Yulin, and Bruce Greenwood.

On paper, a movie with this cast should be a slam dunk.  It does look good enough to see in the theatre, but I’m going to be a little skeptical.

The movie directed by Derek Cianfrance and it is set to release on 3/29/13.

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Trailer for World War Z (2013)


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World War Z (2013) (click on the title for my full review)

A Brad Pitt zombie movie to the extreme.  This movie looks like it will be loaded with insanely spectacular special effects.  The question that I have is: is it all a little too much?  Just look at the poster.  Could that ever happen even if there was a zombie outbreak that threatened mankind as we know it?

I’m sure that I will see it.  Pitt in a zombie movie in an interesting concept in itself.  But, I’m thinking it’s all going to be way over the top.  Not that zombies aren’t over the top already…

Other cast includes: Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Michiel Huisman, David Andrews, and Daniel Newman.

It is directed by Marc Forster.

World War Z is set to release on 6/21/13.

Teaser Trailer for Riddick (2013)


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Riddick (2013)

It seems that Vin Diesel can only make 2 movies these days.  Either a sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001) or a sequel to Pitch Black (2000).  He is supposedly making a sequel to XXX (2001), but we will see if that actually happens.

Let’s ask ourselves a question why more of those sequels?  Diesel wasn’t in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and he had a cameo uncredited appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).  It wasn’t until Fast & Furious (2009) that he returned to the fast and furious franchise.  So why the 8 year gap?

The answers to those questions are that Vin Diesel supposedly had a falling out with some people from the fast crew and he wanted to go off and make Vin Diesel movies.  So what did he make during that 8 year gap?

Arguably Knockaround Guys (2001) was out the same year as the first Fast, so that doesn’t count.  It pretty much tanked anyways.  In 2002, XXX comes out and does very well.  A Man Apart (2003) comes out and Vin is on a roll.  That is my personal favorite Diesel movie, by the way.  Then he has some time to make a sequel to the popular Pitch Black called The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).  Then the tough guy makes a kids movie, The Pacifier (2005) and although it does well, Diesel fans think that it’s a joke.  Then he does Find Me Guilty (2006) which was mediocre, but also tanks.  At this point, he’s not really making anything else, so he does the cameo for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.  Is it because Paul Walker and none of the original cast is in the movie?  Probably.  Then Diesel makes Babylon A.D. (2008) and it’s another disaster.  After all of the flops Vin has lost his audience and needs revival.  So what does he do?  He makes good with the fast gang and makes an odd, out of order sequel, Fast & Furious.  People actually go out and see the sequel, so he makes a bigger and better one in, Fast Five (2011).  He can’t get into any original movies, so he is coming back with Riddick (2013), not to mention Fast & Furious 6 (2013) just went into post production.  How long will Vin ride the sequel train before it derails and he is all washed up?

Did we really need another Riddick movie?  Weren’t the first 2 bad enough?  They both had one cool concept, a big tough guy with cool glasses.

So in Riddick they have managed to find a bigger, tougher guy than Vin and his name is Dave Bautista.  Karl Urban, Bokeem Woodbine, Jordi Molla, Katee Sackhoff, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Raoul Trujillo all join the fun.  David Twohy writes and directs.

It is set to release on 9/6/13.

I will be skipping this movie.  No thank you.

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies


Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

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There are many terrible movies out there.  I have avoided renting movies at the Redbox just because they looked bad.  You know which ones that I’m talking about.  The ones that rip off movies that are actually popular by giving them similar titles and making the cover art look remarkably alike, but are actually knock offs that nobody should have to suffer through.  That being said, there are probably worse movies at the Redbox than what are on my list.  My list however, is a compilation of movies that actually looked like they could be good in one way or another.  Something about these movies made me go to the theatre and watch them, or go to the Redbox and rent them.  I made this list to save you time and money.  Don’t get duped like I did.  They might have a good cast.  They might look funny.  They might look scary.  They might look intense and full of good action.  They might look like they have a nice touching story.  They are none of those things (well, sometimes except for the cast).  They are poor excuses for movies.  Stay far away from these awful creations.

With my list I have included the cover art to the movies, so that you know exactly what to avoid.  I have not posted any trailers, because you don’t even want to waste your time with those.  They will trick you.  I have also listed my ratings of each movie.  My ratings are on a scale of 1-10.  My full review will be available for some of the movies.  If the title is highlighted, then you can click on it for my full review.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox, but I have seen 76 of them.  Of those 76 movies, my Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies are:

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1.  V/H/S (2012)                                                                      My rating: 1

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2.  Killing Them Softly (2012)

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3.  The Paperboy (2012)

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4.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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5.  Fire with Fire (2012)

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6.  The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)                                   My rating: 3

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7.  Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)                                             My rating: 3

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8.  Deadfall (2012)                                                                  My rating: 4

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9.  The Possession (2012)

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10.  The Liability (2012)                                                         My rating: 4.5

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11.  Lay the Favorite (2012)                                                   My rating: 4.5

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12.  The Cold Light of Day (2012)                                          My rating: 4.5

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13.  That’s My Boy (2012)                                                      My rating: 5

Now that you know what movies to avoid, Check out my other Redbox related material.  Click on the links below:

Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013 

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy Movie Watching!

Due Date (2010)


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Due Date (2010)

Due Date engulfed me in laughter.  It was one hysterical moment after another.  Just when I thought I could not laugh any longer, I giggled and then laughed harder and longer than before.

The film is a sort of new-age Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987).  Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) is leaving Atlanta and trying to return to his nearly birthing wife (Michelle Monaghan) in Los Angeles.  Everything is going smoothly until Peter bumps into Ethan (Zach Galifianakis).  Peter ends up stuck traveling across the country with Ethan desperately trying to be in the delivery room when his baby arrives.

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The chemistry and timing between Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis is hysterical.  The way that their personalities play off of each other is brilliant.  Robert Downey Jr. brings a slick, suave, seriousness to his character and Galifianakis is everything but.  The duo was a perfect casting match.  I think that this movie is easily my favorite Robert Downey Jr. movie and could be the best movie that Zach Galifianakis is in.

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Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride, RZA, Matt Walsh, and Todd Phillips all have small cameo-like appearances.

The humor is clever and raunchy and about everything else in between.  But, it is all mostly just well-crafted.  The writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedman, Adam Sztykiel, and Todd Phillips, took a very basic idea for a story and screenplay and let their imaginations run wild.

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Due Date is directed by Todd Phillips.  He continues his trend of directing and being a part of hilarious movies.  I didn’t realize that he also directed The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011), The Hangover Part III (2013), School for Scoundrels (2006), Starsky and Hutch (2004), Old School (2003), and Road Trip (2000) among others.  That is a heck of a comedy resume!  If you liked any of those movies, than you will definitely like Due Date.

If you have not seen this movie, I implore you to do so.  It is available to rent on Netflix, or just go out and buy it.  It is not currently available at the Redbox.  I have probably seen it 5 times now and it was highly amusing every time.  You will not be disappointed.

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I rate this movie a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  BUY!

If you liked Due Date (2010), then you might enjoy Identity Thief (2013).

Note: I did you a favor by only posting the teaser trailer for this movie.  The full-length preview shows way too much.

Leave (2011)


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 Leave (2011)

Leave is a psychological thriller done in a similar style to that of The Machinist (2004).  The movie is an enjoyable enigma for you to figure out.

Henry (Rick Gomez) is a very successful author who becomes haunted by the same nightmare every night.  The nightmares started after he endured a shocking experience.  He begins to write a new book, but his writing all reverts back to his nightmare.  Paranoia ensues as he tries to figure out what the nightmare means.

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I did not have very high expectations for this movie.  I figured it would be a hit or miss.  It was not outstanding by any means, but it was a nice change from the norm and it held my attention throughout.  The film will transport you into a world of uncertainty.  What is truth and what is fiction?  It will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

I did expect Bryan Cranston to have a much larger part.  The cover of the movie is very deceiving because he is on it.  His role was a cameo at best.  He was in the movie for maybe a minute and a half.  The cast is a bunch of well known character-actors.  I think that Cranston is all over the advertising because he is the most well-known actor in the whole movie.  I think that it was a waste that he was not in more of the film.  I guess the advertising technique was successful because having not seen the trailer for the movie; I only had the cover to go by.  Thinking that it was a Bryan Cranston movie is what got me to watch it.  It is not a Bryan Cranston movie, but I’m glad that I watched it.

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Rick Gomez and Frank John Hughes do a lovely job of carrying the majority of the film with very minor supporting characters played by Vinessa Shaw, Ron Livingston, and M.C. Gainey.

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If you enjoy puzzles and mindbenders, then this movie is for you.  There are many twists and turns and all sorts of clues in this mystery.  Can you figure it out?

I rate this movie a 7.5 out of 10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you liked Leave, then you will most likely enjoy the following films:

The Machinist (2004)

Wrecked (2010)

Trance (2013)

Teaser Trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)


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Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

Will Ferrell’s raunchy Ron Burgundy will be back on the big screen for what is bound to be more insanely amusing reporting.

As far as I know, the film has not been completed yet, so some details of what I write could end up being false if the filmmakers decide to make any changes before the final product.  As of right now, it appears that the majority of the cast that was in the first film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) will return for the sequel.  With all the sequels floating around in Hollywood, it surprises me that it took them 9 years before they actually made this sequel.  But, I am glad that they didn’t go with the title Anchorman 2.

The teaser trailer does not reveal much, but with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, and Luke Wilson (rumored) all back again for more, and also with the rumored additions of Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, and Meagan Good, the film is bound to be a hit.

Will Farrell once again writes and Adam McKay is in the director’s chair for another go round.

When the film releases, you can expect me to be in a theatre seat not long after.  Even though I’m annoyed with sequels, you just can’t go wrong with certain sequels.

The movie is rumored to release on 12/20/13.

End of Watch (2012)


End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch (2012) is the ultimate buddy-cop drama done in the style of Training Day (2001), Harsh Times (2005), and Street Kings (2008).  All of those films share the same type of gritty, blunt, in-your-face intensity and show just how unpleasant rundown areas of Los Angeles can be.  Those movies share similarities in style because they were all written and or directed by David Ayer.

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In End of Watch Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are young, up-and-coming brothers in blue patrolling the hellish streets of Los   Angeles, California.  They are pitted together against pure evil.  They take a bite out of crime and crime bites back

A lot of the movie is filmed with smaller handheld cameras which I think helps to make the film seem a little bit more realistic.  If the person is shaky then the camera is shaky.

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The film takes many of the horrible things that we pretend don’t happen and throws them in our faces so that we cannot deny their existence any longer.  It takes dark subject matter and forces you to have an opinion about it.  When your eyes are opened to the world that exists in the movie, you begin to wonder if there is some truth to that world in the real world.  Does that sort of thing actually happen in real life?  Are people really like that?  The answers to those questions are what make the movie so chilling.

Gyllenhaal and Pena are both tremendous in the movie.  Their characters play off of each other so well that it really makes the film enjoyable to watch.

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Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez both gave great supporting performances.

The language and violence in the film is very potent.  Much of the movie is exceptionally rough and harsh.  There is some humor thrown in to weaken the blow, but End of Watch is a powerful movie to watch.  This type of show is not for everyone.

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I rate this movie an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Trailer for The Internship (2013)


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The Internship (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

 

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are teamed up again for the first time since Wedding Crashers (2005).  If The Internship is anything like Wedding Crashers, then we are definitely in for a show.  I think that the filmmakers are counting on audiences to think the same thing.

The movie looks like it might be good for a few laughs, but I just have a gut feeling that audiences are going to be disappointed.  It looks funny, but not very.

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play two friends who lose their jobs and manage to get internship positions at Google in hopes of eventually getting a job with Google.

I’m a big fan of the comedy duo, but they probably should have tried to make a movie like this together 5 or 6 years ago when they were still more in their prime.

Either way, the film is basically guaranteed to make a lot of money, at least in the first few weeks after it is released.

Yeah, I’ll probably see it and hopefully I’m wrong about my gut feeling.  What are your thoughts?

The Movie is directed by Shawn Levy and some recognizable supporting cast includes John Goodman, Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, Max Minghella, and Aasif Mandvi.

The movie is set to release on 6/7/13.

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2


Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

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If you are thinking about renting a movie from the Redbox, you might want to read this list to help you decide exactly which movie to rent.

Here is another edition of my top 13 current Redbox movies, back by popular demand.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013

Click on this link to read Vol. 1 from 2/10/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 3 from 4/21/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 4 from 5/9/13.

I have updated the list based on all the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox as of 3/14/13.  They will change some of the titles weekly, but the list should still be pretty accurate for a while and hopefully be able to help you find a good movie to rent.  I have included the DVD covers and previews.  If a movie doesn’t have a cover or preview above it, simply click on the title for my full review of the movie along with the poster artwork and preview.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox, but I have seen 67 of them.  Of those 67 movies, here is the list of my top 13 Current Redbox movies:

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1.  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)     My Rating: 10

2.  The Machinist (2004) 

3.  Ted (2012)


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4.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)               My Rating: 9

5.  The Raid: Redemption (2011)

6.  Skyfall (2012)

7.  End of Watch (2012)


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8.  Looper (2012)                                           My Rating: 8.5


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9.  Titanic (1997)                                            My Rating: 8.5

10.  Frankenweenie (2012)

11.  Flight (2012)

12.  Sinister (2012)


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13.  Moneyball (2011)                                     My Rating: 8

You really can’t go wrong with any movie on this list.  Next time you’re going to the Redbox, I recommend consulting this list.  They are in my opinion, the best current Redbox movies.

Now that you have seen my recommended Redbox movies, check out my list of movies to stay away from.  Click on the link below:

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

 Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly