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Trailer for Noah (2014)


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Noah (2014)

 

Russell Crowe stars as Noah in director Darren Aronofsky‘s take on the story of Noah’s Ark.  I shouldn’t have to say anything else to spark your interest.

The rest of the noteworthy cast  includes Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, and Kevin Durand.

The film is set to release on 03/28/13.

 

Trailer for Winter’s Tale (2014)


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Winter’s Tale (2014)

 

A burglar (Colin Farrell) falls in love with a woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) whose house he was going to rob.  After she dies, he finds that he has the power of reincarnation and he tries to bring her back to him.

The Film was written and directed by Akiva Goldsman and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Kevin Durand, Matt Bomer, and Graham Greene.

This does not look like your average love story.  It is a story of reincarnation as almost a form of time travel.  The idea is intriguing and the cast is excellent.  I think I’ll have to check this one out.

The movie is set to release on 02/14/14 (Valentine’s Day)

 

 

Movie Picture of the Day 7/20/13


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Russell Crowe fought with strength and honor in probably the greatest epic film ever made, Gladiator (2000).

Man of Steel (2013)


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Man of Steel (2013)

With the countless number of sequels, remakes, and superhero movies that are being spewed out these days, I have become very skeptical and picky when it comes to deciding which of these movies I will see and which I will avoid like the plague.

Honestly, Man of Steel was a difficult choice at first.  My initial reaction was derision.  I rolled my eyes and scoffed.  How many Superman movies does this world really need?

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Superman and Batman are probably my favorite superheroes.  What I always enjoyed about those characters was the fact that they both had alter egos and they both were always trying to do good by helping people.

The thing is I like Batman better than Superman.  Batman is more real.  He puts on a costume and goes out, mostly at night, to right wrongs in his city.  Batman is fed up with the scum in his city and he tries to clean up the streets.  Superman on the other hand, is an alien from another planet who ends up on earth.  Superman looks human, but has a number of superpowers that make him almost godlike.  He disguises himself as a human, but puts on a costume when its time to fight the bad guys.  He is faster than a speeding bullet, can fly, has x-ray vision, and is virtually invincible except around kryptonite, etc. etc.  Superman is a godlike alien from another planet.  Batman is a human vigilante.  Which is more believable to you?

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Following my initial reaction about the new Superman, I learned who all was cast in the movie.  I raised one eyebrow as I contemplated the film’s potential.  The cast includes Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Antje Traue, and Ayelet Zurer.  Great cast right?  Except Henry Cavill is a dud and he was cast as Superman.

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In my opinion, they needed a far superior actor to play the lead role.  Sort of like Christian Bale played Batman.  Instead they surrounded an almost nobody with an awesome cast.  The part will boost Henry Cavill’s career, but that doesn’t make him a better actor.  They needed someone like Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jake Gyllenhaal, or even Matt Damon.

Still, the strong cast was enough to make me want to see Man of Steel.  It also helped that Christopher Nolan produced the film and both he and David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay and story.  Of course, Nolan and Goyer also both wrote The Dark Knight Trilogy, which Nolan also directed.  However, Nolan did not direct Man of Steel, Zach Snyder did instead.  Snyder is a capable director, but Nolan is far superior.

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Man of Steel is about a boy who finds out that his parents on earth are not his real parents.  It is believed that he was sent to earth from a different planet.  These details are revealed to him by his earth parents after he figures out that he has super powers.  Now he must learn what he was sent to earth to do and what type of man he will become.

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The film was bursting at the seams with special effects.  The aspects of Superman that I do not enjoy were highly prevalent in the movie.  I don’t like the overuse of super powers and Michael Bay-esque explosions, along with multiple superhuman aliens in an endless battle of invulnerability.  Everything in their path becomes obliterated and it all seems so unrealistic.  With that being said, I expected the film to be that way.  But, I also hoped that the film would concentrate more on the humans on earth than the aliens on Superman’s home planet.  That hope was shattered.  It became more about Superman stopping an alien invasion on earth than Superman just stopping bad guys on earth.

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Although there were a few things about the movie that I did not like, I will admit that those things were done tastefully.  The special effects were amazing.  They were too much at times, but they were also insanely awesome at times.  The cast was great, but Henry Cavill could have been replaced with someone better.  Everybody else’s performance made up for his.  It’s not that he was bad, but he just could have been much better.  The supporting cast should not be better than the main character.  That is not a solid foundation for a film.

Crowe, Costner, Shannon, Adams, and Lane all made the movie worth watching.  They used their acting super powers to totally make the film.

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Man of Steel is a worthy update to previous Superman movies.  Even a superhero skeptic like myself, enjoyed the movie.  With the obscene amount of action in the film, it will certainly be better on the big screen.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Trailer for Man of Steel (2013)


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Man of Steel (2013) (click on the title for my full review)

I know I’m a little late on this one, but yet another Superman movie is coming.  This one does have a great cast though.  Henry Cavill plays superman and the rest of the cast includes Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Ayelet Zurer, Michael Kelly, and Richard Schiff.

Henry Cavill was an interesting choice for the role of Superman.  He is nothing special, but the rest of the cast is awesome.  I’m not a huge superhero movie fan, but the cast for this one is what will get me to see the movie.

The film is directed by Zach Snyder.

Who do you think should have played Superman with such a huge supporting cast like this one?

The film is set to release on 6/14/13.

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

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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!

Broken City (2013)


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Broken City (2013)

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe both let their presence be known in Broken City.  Each man carries himself with such tenacity and vigor that when you put them both in the same movie together, you are certainly in for a show.  Put them both in the same scene, and you are in for fireworks.

In this film, Crowe reminds us all just how powerful his acting can be.  He seemed like he was very comfortable with his part and was having a lot of fun with it.  That aspect of it was pretty obvious and made the movie more enjoyable.

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Wahlberg has been choosing his movie roles very carefully lately, and makes yet another wise choice.  He has definitely shown us that he can act with the best of them and delivers another very raw, intense performance.  Obviously he is the lead in this film and he was billed first before Russell Crowe, but I think that he has rightfully earned that position.  He has paid his dues and has reached the superstar status.

The movie is pretty dark.  It is filled with deceit, dirty cops and politicians, murder, and violence.  It’s almost scary how well it was all depicted.  It was all very well written, well directed, and skillfully filmed.  It was all rounded out by a superb supporting cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright, and Kyle Chandler.  The latter three of those four are all very solid character actors and they were all at their best.

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I have noticed a trend recently.  Female lead characters have not had much of a chance to develop their characters in movies.  It just seems that more and more, actresses are not given too many lines or very big roles in larger movies as of late.  They may be main characters, but the men usually dominate the film.  Obviously this happens a lot in movies, but usually when the movie has a big budget and a high caliber cast, it also gets a couple of strong female lead characters to go with it.  Broken City continued the trend of weak or underdeveloped female lead characters.  This may have taken a little bit away from the movie, but at the same time could have contributed to how and why the male characters went off the deep end.  Their female counterparts were a little too withdrawn.

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Broken City was reminiscent of old Humphrey Bogart private detective movies such as The Maltese Falcon (1941), or The Big Sleep (1946).  Of course it is a new age and more intense film than those were, but it just reminded me of them while I was watching it.  Those were classic films that were fun to watch.

Overall, Broken City was a very strong, entertaining film.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you enjoyed Broken City, then you will probably like:

2 Guns (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Ted (2012)

American Hustle (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Lone Survivor (2013)

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