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Teaser Trailer For The Expendables 3 (2014)


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Expendables 3 (2014)

Sylvester Stallone is at it again.  He has gathered his Expendables for another go-round.  The Expendables (2010) was good, The Expendables 2 (2012) was even better.  Will this third time be the charm?  The teaser trailer doesn’t reveal enough of anything, except for the fact that the boys are back and hopefully better than ever.

The movie was directed by Patrick Hughes and the noteworthy cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, and Robert Davi.

I especially like the addition of Gibson and Ford.

I think viewers will be in for an overload of blood, guts, and bullets.

The film is set to release on 08/15/14.

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Crossing Over (2009)


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Crossing Over (2009)

 

Crossing Over is a Wayne Kramer written and directed movie that fell through the cracks.  Kramer is known for Running Scared (2006), The Cooler (2003), and most recently Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)Running Scared was excellent and The Cooler and Pawn Shop Chronicles were both very solid films.  Crossing Over did not appear to me like it would be any good.  I wanted to give it a try however, because Kramer usually makes quality movies and the noteworthy cast includes Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis, Alice Eve, Alice Braga, Mahershala Ali, Josh Gad, Michael Cudlitz, and Marshall Manesh.

Crossing Over

Crossing Over is about multiple stories of immigration to the United   States.  It follows multiple immigrants from all over the world who are trying to become legal citizens in Los Angeles.  Some go through the proper process of trying to become legal citizens, while others try to do so illegally or skip the process altogether.  Sometimes their stories intertwine and other times they do not.  The film also follows the lives of the people who are trying to help these immigrants to become legal and also the ones who are trying to deport them.  It deals with how sometimes mixing different cultures together can clash and how sometimes it can bring people closer together.  It is all different perspectives on immigration in America.

The movie jumps all over the place from story to story.  There is not a lot of character development because the movie is trying to tell too many stories instead of concentrating on one.  As a result, it is hard to feel anything for the characters and it turns into a jumbled mess.

Crossing Over Liotta Judd

Ford gave a standout performance in the film.  He was not given a lot to work with, but he managed to be likable anyway.  He single-handedly tried to hold the broken pieces of the movie together, but there is only so much that one actor can do.

Overall the movie was hard to enjoy because it jumped around way too much.  It was a waste of a quality cast and it was a waste of time.  This is by far Wayne Kramer’s worst movie.

Crossing Over Curtis Ford

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

Note:  Michael Cudlitz has been in 3 Wayne Kramer movies: Running Scared, Crossing Over and Pawn Shop Chronicles.

Jim Sturgess and Josh Gad were both in the film 21 (2008) together.

It’s always interesting to me to find different movie connections.

42 (2013)


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42 (2013)

Unfortunately I missed this film in the theatre.  It was one that I wanted to see, but I just did not get to it.

42 is based on the incredible true story of how Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) broke the color barrier in major league baseball in 1947 with the help of the Brooklyn Dodgers Executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford).

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The film was written and directed by Brian Helgeland and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, Andre Holland, Alan Tudyk, Hamish Linklater, John C. McGinley, Toby Huss, Brett Cullen, and Jesse Luken.

The film feels like a genuine depiction of America’s favorite pastime in the 1940s.  Having not lived during that time, I cannot say it is exactly like it was, but the set certainly brings you back to an earlier time.  The cars, clothes, uniforms, houses, and cleanliness of the cities make it look like the 1940s, but it’s the performances by the actors and how they are filmed that make it actually feel like the 1940s.

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The scenes during baseball games were so detailed that I could practically taste the Cracker Jacks.  It felt like you were in the stands with the rest of the audience watching history being made.

I was familiar with who Jackie Robinson was and what he did before watching this movie, but I did not know much of his story.  42 tells his story so well on screen that if I didn’t know any better, it could have actually been the real Jackie Robinson in the film.

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You are really able to feel for Boseman’s Robinson character and the racial hatred that he was subjected to and stood up against.  He persevered, overcame, and ultimately changed baseball forever.  He was the tip of the spear that cut out racism not only in professional baseball, but in all professional sports.

42 could quite possibly be Harrison Ford’s best performance as an actor.  He was brilliant, but Boseman was equally dazzling as Robinson.  If you ask me, I think that Boseman could easily win an Academy Award for Best Actor and Ford could win one for Best Supporting Actor.  It would be a crime if neither actor is at least nominated.  They both deserve recognition for their awesomeness.

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My only issue with the film was that it was so good throughout that the ending seemed almost anticlimactic.  Instead of building up to a finale, it felt like it just ended a little too abruptly.  The ending was not bad by any means, it was just a little unexpected.

You do not have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this movie.  However, baseball fans will probably respect it even more.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford


Harrison Ford

Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford!  The actor most famously known for his part as Hon Solo in the original Star Wars Trilogy turns 71 years old today.

Star Wars Ford Chewy

Ford can credit his popularity and huge movie career to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, the men responsible for making him famous.  Lucas wrote and directed all of the Star Wars films.  Spielberg directed and Lucas wrote all of the Indiana Jones films (the other movies that ford is most known for).

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After Lucas and Spielberg made Harrison Ford a household name, he went on to have a very successful career.

Indiana Jones Swap

Ford has 3 major films releasing later this year: Ender’s Game (2013), Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013), and Paranoia (2013).

Trailer for Paranoia (2013)


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Paranoia (2013)

 

A young man (Liam Hemsworth) gets caught up spying on one major corporation for another major corporation.  Eventually the young man gets in way over his head in the midst of the war between the men in charge of each company (Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford). The rest of the notable cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, Lucas Till, Julian McMahon, Angela Sarafyan, and Kevin Kilner. From the director of 21 (2008), Robert Luketic. A corporate espionage thriller with Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Richard Dreyfuss, enough said. The movie is set to release on 8/16/13.

Trailer for Ender’s Game (2013)


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Ender’s Game (2013)

The movie is based off of the famous novel with the same title by Orson Scott Card.

From the preview it appears like the world almost lost a war against aliens.  Now, the remaining human survivors are training children in space to be a different kind of soldier that will hopefully be able to defeat the aliens and save the human race.

It’s a science fiction movie with a big budget and even bigger special effects.

The film is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Nonso Anozie, Han Soto, and a bunch of kid actors that nobody will recognize.

Kingsley and Butterfield were both in Hugo (2011) together.

The film is destined to be a goldmine for the filmmakers.

I have not read the book, but the movie looks like it could be fun.

It is set to release on 11/1/13.

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.