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Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)


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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

I have always been a fan of X-Men.  My favorite X-Men movies are X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013).

In the new film, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time in order to try to change the past and prevent a horrible future.

The movie was directed by Bryan Singer and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Bingbing Fan, Daniel Cudmore, Lucas Till, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, and Thai-Hoa Le.

I love movies that have to do with time travel.  X-Men movies have been better in recent years, and this one, once again, has a great cast.  This should prove to be a recipe for a fun and enjoyable movie.

The film is set to release on 05/23/13.

 

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The Counselor (2013)


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The Counselor (2013)

 

Ridley Scott is a man who knows how to direct a film.  I have seen almost all of the movies that he has directed, and I have never been disappointed in his work.  Sure, there have been a few movies of his that I did not enjoy as much as the others, but he has always done an outstanding job as a director.  I could list off his resume to prove my point, but his work speaks for itself.  His movies are always of the highest quality that they can be.  If you have seen his movies, then you know what I’m talking about.

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Knowing what I know about Ridley Scott’s films, I knew that I would have to see his latest movie, The Counselor.  Like most of Scott’s other films, The Counselor has a stellar cast.  What do you usually get when you cross a highly gifted director with a bunch of talented actors?  The answer is a powerful movie.

The Counselor is about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who turns his life upside down when he becomes involved in drug trafficking.

The film was written by Cormac McCarthy and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez, Sam Spruell, Velibor Topic, Dean Norris, and John Leguizamo.

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I did not know quite what to expect before watching this movie.  I knew it was not going to be a happy-go-lucky film because it is about drug trafficking and living on the edge, but it had to be entertaining.

Surprisingly, the film was a little slow, at times.  It was also a little hard to follow until things became clearer in the middle of the movie.  I think this was because the film started in the middle of a story, rather than telling the story from the beginning.  Little by little, you figure out exactly what is going on, but it takes its time getting there while it jumps around.  With all of that being said, it took me some time to get into the story.

The scenery in the movie was flashy and beautiful.  There was a lot of money floating around in the film and this was made very obvious with all of the expensive sports cars and elegant mansions.  It was a great depiction of an extravagant lifestyle gone awry because of a few very bad decisions.  In fact, that seemed to be the overall theme of the movie.  Bad choices will come back to haunt you.  If you live on the edge for too long, eventually you are bound to fall off.

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The Counselor had a lot of great and unique characters.  They were made great by the exceptional actors portraying them.  They were made unique by how they were portrayed.  Each of the five main characters looked like they came out of a dark comic book or video game about how drug trafficking can be dangerous.  Whether it was the hair, the make-up, or the clothing, they were certainly a bunch of characters.

The movie was in-your-face.  It was oozing with sexuality, violence, harsh language, and disturbing images.  All of this was done with originality.  There were times when the movie was hard to like, but because of how well-made it was, overall, the film was hard not to like.  I credit Ridley Scott for taking a hard to enjoy tale and making it likable.  The actors were the icing on Scott’s cake, but he chose the flavor and the taste.

I rate this movie a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Teaser Trailer for The Counselor (2013)


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

A lawyer gets himself into a lot of trouble after he starts drug trafficking.

This film has an outstanding director: Ridley Scott and an amazing cast: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo, Goran Visnjic, Bruno Ganz, and Natalie Dormer.

The Counselor has my attention.

The film is set to release on 10/25/13.

Prometheus (2012) (Guest Author)


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Prometheus (2012)

From Director Ridley Scott comes the fifth installment in the Alien series – a prequel. It stars Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, and Charlize Theron. The story follows the crew of the spaceship Prometheus, who is following a star map found by archaeologists as they were researching many different ancient cultures. They believe that the inhabitants of the planet they have landed on could help them discover where and how the human race began, but they find something horrifying instead. Instead of finding out how humanity started, they may very well have brought about the end of humanity.

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I must admit, I went into this movie knowing I wouldn’t like it. A prequel to Alien (1979)? With Charlize Theron? How could it possibly be any good?

I was wrong. Ridley Scott never disappoints (well, with the exception of 1997’s G.I. Jane, a pile of excrement I prefer to pretend never existed), and Prometheus took my breath away. The special effects were amazing, the acting was first-notch, and the ending…well, I’ll just say Wow! and leave it at that.

Noomi Rapace plays Elizabeth Shaw, and she was outstanding. I had never seen her in anything (as I never saw the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)), but I look forward to seeing her in more movies. She is a great actress and I totally identified with the character. She was very Ellen Ripley-ish.

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Michael Fassbender was the android David, and he was fabulous. I was very much reminded of Rachel in Blade Runner (1982) – he was almost wistful and obviously wished to be human.

Charlize Theron was Meredith Vickers, and she made my blood run cold. She was icy, calculating, and oddly like the android David; they looked enough alike to be brother and sister. It was odd and effective.

Prometheus Theron

Guy Pearce played Peter Weyland, Meredith’s father. I must admit, he rocked the old-man makeup; it was so good that he was in several scenes before I realized who it was. As always, he was wonderful in his role.

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I give the movie an 8 out of 10.

Buy, rent, or run?

Buy it on DVD and watch it over and over again, as I plan to do. So far, I’ve seen it in the theater, watched it twice on cable.tv On Demand, and I am currently gloating over my newly-purchased Prometheus DVD.

Prometheus is one of the movies that Brock would like to see.

Guest Author: Eddie D. Shackleford is a writer and loves to write about entertainment, movies, and TV. You can follow Eddie @Eddie20Ford

Inglourious Basterds (2009)


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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds is a World War II film of epic proportions.  I think the title of the movie is enough to turn some people off from wanting to see it.  That is unfortunate because those people don’t know what they are missing.  The film is absolutely incredible.  At the time that I saw it, I did not think that Quentin Tarantino was capable of making such a perfect movie.  He writes, directs, and has an uncredited part in the film.

“Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France…”

A group of Jewish American soldiers known as The Basterds, along with a famous German actress and, a Jewish girl seeking revenge, all find themselves in a plot to try to kill high ranking Nazi leaders.

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Inglourious Basterds is one of my favorite films of all time.  It is definitely in my top 5 and maybe even in my top 3.  I wish I had seen it in the theatre.  I was a little bit skeptical of the movie when it first came out, and therefore I ended up waiting to watch it on DVD.  Big mistake!  If they brought it back to the theatre tomorrow, I would see it in a heartbeat.

The film has everything.  Love, hate, blood, guts, war, beautiful landscapes, spies, traitors, loss, tragedy, revenge, hope, tension, an excellent story, a huge cast of amazing characters, a great director, a perfect script, and just enough humor to bring everything together.

Inglourious Basterds is probably Brad Pitt’s best movie.  It is definitely his best character, but it is a toss-up between this movie and Fight Club (1999), although in recent years he has chosen his roles very wisely.

Quentin Tarantino managed to not only get a perfect cast, but somehow he got the best possible performances out of most of them.  It is amazing how incredibly awesome everyone in the movie is.  This is Tarantino’s best movie.  He may come close, but I don’t think that he will ever top this film.

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Christoph Waltz broke into American movies with his part in this film.  Up until Inglourious Basterds, he was basically just a well-known foreign actor, mostly in Germany.  His performance in the movie was nothing less than perfect and nobody could have done a better job.  He did receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor which he wholeheartedly deserved.  As I mentioned in my Django Unchained (2012) review, he received the same award in back-to-back Tarantino directed films.  Those are both 2 characters that have really stuck in my mind.  He got the role of a lifetime twice.

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Like Waltz, Melanie Laurent came out of nowhere and was just astonishing.  I can’t think of an actress off the top of my head that in recent years has done a better job than she did in this film.  The only actress that could maybe come close is Diane Kruger also for her role in this film.

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Eli Roth gave the best performance of his acting career.

The not very well-known Daniel Bruhl made his mark in this film and let his presence be known.

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Til Schweiger has been acting for a while, but his breakout performance was definitely in this film.  Any reference to him will be a reference to this movie.

This was Mike Myers best movie since Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Michael Fassbender was an up-and-comer before he made this movie and now he is a household name.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the part of the narrator and you also hear the voice of Harvey Keitel.

The movie also includes Gedeon Burkhard, B.J. Novak, Omar Doom, August Diehl, Denis Menochet, Sylvester Groth, Martin Wuttke, Julie Dreyfus, Richard Sammel, Alexander Fehling, Rod Taylor, Samm Levine, Christian Berkel, and Lea Seydoux.

If you have not seen Inglourious Basterds then after you finish reading this review, stop what you are doing, drop everything and go out and buy it immediately.  It is that good.  I am not kidding.  Go now!

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

Buy, rent, or run?  BUY!