Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Opens Friday, August 2, 2013 
1 hr 49 min
R | Violence throughout, language and brief nudity.

2 Guns is hands down one of the funnest film you could watch this summer.  The story is quite preposterous but the two veterans, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg delivers both on the action and humor.  This movie will stir memories of movies like Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys and Die Hard.

The two fellows unbeknownst to each other, are both undercover government agents, one for the DEA and the other Naval intelligence.  They are both tricked into robbing a bank that they believed to hold several million dollars of a known drug cartel kingpin played by Edward James Olmos.  The duo has to put aside their differences and new mistrust of each other to try to clear their name while trying to avoid being killed by numerous parties.

I particularly enjoyed the cinematography in the beginning of the film with the flashbacks between the diner and the present.  The charisma of Mark Wahlberg delivers with wink he gives.  Even at his "Chica", the heavy set drug cartel member he shows off his sharp shooting skills to.  For this movie I was fully expecting something similar to Training Day and was pleasantly surprise.  We see various shades of Denzel in this which I'm sure, female fans will enjoy.  In particular, a lady at the screening I attended who went to pick up her ticket was asked was asked if she was here for 2 Guns.  She replied no, I'm here for the Denzel Washington movie.  Hah!

Overall, if you can't already tell I would highly recommend this film.  It's a fun movie peppered with some strong violence.  The movies are not without its flaws.  I wasn't particularly a fan of Paula Patton as she was unconvincing in her performance.  Also as I've said before a lot of the plot is quite preposterous but only adds to the humor of the film in a Pain & Gain type of way.  It's out tomorrow evening, judge so for yourself if this is the summer blockbuster of the year.  I think it's definitely worthy of being nominated for that title.

Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Trailer:

Cast:

  • Denzel Washington as Bobby Trench
  • Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Stigman
  • Paula Patton as Deb
  • James Marsden as Quince
  • Bill Paxton as Earl
  • Edward James Olmos as Papi Greco
  • Fred Ward
  • Doris Morgado as Daisi
  • Allie DeBerry as Margie, the waitress


Opens Wednesday, July 31, 2013
1 hr 45 min
PG | Some Rude Humor and Action

The Smurfs 2 is absolutely smurfarrific!   Whatever the heck that means.  Hah!  Thankfully, The Smurf 2 has cut down on such grammar jokes that made the first movie more than annoying.  The second film while an improvement is still far from meeting even the lowest of expectations.  However, young kids and their parents would still have a good time watching.

Hank Azaria as Gargamel and his cat Azrael steals the show again.  Though it wasn't hard for them as most of the other characters including Neil Patrick Harris and the new but uninspiring "Naughties" falls flat on their face as if under Gargamel's spell.  The story is entirely unbelievable even for imaginary characters, and runs longer than it should.  

As well, while most of the soundtrack to the film is quite fitting for the Smurfs with its catchy tunes.  I was a bit disappointed to the almost entirely auto-tune "Ooh La" by Britney Spears which concluded the movie.  It's kind of interesting that Katy Perry who plays Smurfette didn't contribute to the soundtrack.

Aside from Gargamel and Azrael, the only other reason to watch the film would be that this was the last film that Jonathan Winters acted, as the voice of Papa Smurf.  He passed away in April and the film is dedicated in memory of him.

Overall, I would still recommend this to young kids and adults that grew up with the Smurfs.  I grew up watching the cartoon and having one of their graphic novels as one of my first books.  People tend to forget the targeted audience is not adults, and hence the simplistic slapstick humor you'll find throughout the film.  Also it is not necessary to watch the first film to watch this sequel.  


Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Trailer:


Cast:

Live action actors

  • Hank Azaria as Gargamel
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick "Pat" Winslow
  • Brendan Gleeson as Victor Doyle, Patrick's stepfather
  • Jayma Mays as Grace Winslow
  • Nancy O'Dell as herself, a television interviewer

Voice actors
  • Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf
  • Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf
  • Katy Perry as Smurfette
  • Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf
  • Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf
  • George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf
  • John Oliver as Vanity Smurf
  • Christina Ricci as Vexy, a smart and mischievous Smurf-like "Naughty"
  • J. B. Smoove as Hackus, a funny and physical, Smurf-like "Naughty"
  • Mario Lopez as Social Smurf
  • Jimmy Kimmel as Passive Aggressive Smurf
  • Kevin Lee as Party Planner Smurf

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Last night I attended my first Meet the Filmmakers event at the Apple Store in Soho, New York.  The event was scheduled to start at 5:30 pm and I arrived shortly after 5:00 pm.  The event is held on their second level mini open auditorium where they also have Apple classes.  By the time I arrived, the seats were all taken with only standing room available.  I asked an Apple employee when people started arriving, and the person said it really depends on the event as far as how early people start to arrive.  Besides this event there was also a Breaking Bad meet at 7:00 pm.




I've seen and enjoyed the first Percy Jackson movie, mainly because of my fascination with Greek mythology stories growing up.  By no measure was it a masterpiece, but it was an interesting extension of the stories I've read as a child.  Appearing at the meet, are two of the main leads, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) and Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth Chase).  Alexandra is just stunning in person.  She talks about how great it is that there are two strong women leads in the movie.  And that she wouldn't have mind playing Leven Rambin's character Clarisse La Rue.  Logan who is a little less eloquent with words talked about his acting experiences with the likes of Jim Carrey and Russell Crowe and what he learned from them on how to carry himself on the set.  Regarding the movie, the moderator from MTV asked the duo if the author, Rick Riordan had much involvement in the movie, in which they both replied he didn't.  They had only met him once during the filming of the first movie in Vancouver.  A fan asked the pair what they would be doing if they had not gone into acting.  Alexandra replied she didn't know as this was her love early on.  Logan replied that he also loved movies early on and would probably be directing if he wasn't acting.



The entire event was approximately 45 minutes.  Unfortunately after the event, the stars did not stay to sign or take pictures with the fans.  They quickly bolted for the exit and perhaps only did so for a small handful of fans.  I'm not sure if this is the case with all of their filmmaker events, if so, it would be truly disappointing.



Few tips if you plan to attend one of these.  Arrive early!  Especially if you want to be up close to them to take pictures or get an autograph it's important to sit in the front row, center to right hand side.  The stars enter and leave towards the right hand side.  If you're not able to, then right after the event, the stars exit on Greene Street to their waiting SUVs.  Again, you have to be there early as usually a huge crowd forms including paparazzi.


Finally, if you've missed the event, Apple makes all of these events available on their iTunes site following the event.  If you wish to attend one of these events, you can check their calendar of events and register here.


Monday, July 29, 2013


Opened June 16, 2013 (Limited)
1 hr 12 min
G

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls follows up the season finale of Season 3 just after Twilight Sparkle becomes a Princess and transforms into an Alicorn.  The movie was originally released in limited theaters in the US and Canada.  It's scheduled to be released on DVD/Blu Ray on August 6th.

My daughter the hardcore ponies fan that she is, saw this before I did.  When I originally saw the Mane Six as colorful "humans", I was quite turned off.  I understood that the movie makes for a good marketing standpoint.  A great reason to produce new My Little Pony toys instead of having the umpteen iteration of Pinkie Pie with just new accessories.  Watching the entire movie recently with my daughter recently, the film was actually not bad.  The songs, the characters, and message is quite typical of a My Little Pony episode.  But with them as teenage "humans", it's everything that I would imagine a High School Musical movie would be like.

As with many other episodes the musical numbers are there and full of the spirit that you find in them.  As I've said the movie occurs just after the finale of season 3.  The film begins with Twilight returning home only to have her crown stolen by a new character Sunset Shimmer which turns out to be a former student of Princess Celestia.  In a through the looking glass scenario, Twilight Sparkle along with Spike has to journey into the other side to retrieve her crown back.  Watching Twilight adjust from being on all four hooves, to being a biped are some of my favorite parts of the movie.

Overall, I would recommend the film to kids as well as Bronies alike.  After you get over the initial shock of the character designs of the other "world", a good story line and all the usual characters in a different light makes this a welcome addition to Twilight's journey.  
Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Trailer:

Cast:

  • Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle
  • Ashleigh Ball as Applejack and Rainbow Dash
  • Andrea Libman as Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy
  • Tabitha St. Germain as Rarity, Vice Principal/Princess Luna, and Mrs. Cake
  • Cathy Weseluck as Spike
  • Rebecca Shoichet as Sunset Shimmer
  • Lee Tockar as Snips
  • Richard Ian Cox as Snails
  • Nicole Oliver as Principal/Princess Celestia and Miss Cheerilee
  • Vincent Tong as Flash Sentry
  • Britt McKillip as Princess Cadance
  • Peter New as Big McIntosh
  • Michelle Creber as Apple Bloom
  • Madeleine Peters as Scootaloo
  • Claire Corlett as Sweetie Belle
  • Kathleen Barr as Trixie

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Opened May 1, 2009
1 hr 48 min
PG-13 | violence, intense sequences of action and some partial nudity

I originally skipped this movie back in 2009 because I was not a fan of the X-Men movies at the time.  The way they trigger happily killed off key characters was one of the main reasons but also horrible plots and bad acting contributed to it.  Now since I've seen The Wolverine and enjoyed it, I recently went back and saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

For those of you familiar with the comic book, X-Men Origins Wolverine like the X-Men movies take some liberty in creating their own origin of Wolverine.  A lot of familiar elements are there, such as Victor Creed aka Sabretooth and the Weapon X program that bonds Adamantium to his bones.  In one sense, it's good that it's different in that it becomes a bit more unpredictable.  However as far as revenge flicks goes, there's not much new to it other than the players involved are of the super powered kind.  The biggest difference between the comic book and the movie is Wolverine having a choice or so it seems.  Most of the film though is predictable as far as revenge flicks go from the get go.

The origin movie is your typical revenge flick but with quite a few twists.  Wolverine has always had a colorful and mysterious history that was just begging to be told on the big screen.  will.i.am did a good job in his debut role as John Wraith.  I also love Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau / Gambit.  That's another X-Men character that I'm sure Marvel fans wouldn't mind seeing a solo film on.  I also enjoyed Ryan Reynolds short take on Wade Wilson, the merc with the mouth.  That's another spin off that I wouldn't have mind seeing.  The one that though interesting I didn't take to was Kevin Durand as Fred J. Dukes / The Blob.  His portrayal and origin story was more cartoonish than the other hardcore killers in the movie.  It just clash with the theme of the rest of the movie.  Also their interpretation of "Deadpool" leaves a little sour taste in the mouth, though the fight scenes was pretty cool.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie.  I actually enjoyed the ending of the movie as it ties into the comic book and the other X-Men movies well.  Hugh Jackman does a great job as always as Wolverine.  The plot could have been better, but it was still fun to watch.  This movie and The Wolverine has such contrasts, but I would still recommend both to everyone.  However, this movie is not necessary to watch The Wolverine.  

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:

Cast:

  • Hugh Jackman as James Howlett / Logan / Wolverine
  • Troye Sivan as Young Jame
  • Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed
  • Michael James Olsen as Young Victor
  • Danny Huston as William Stryker
  • will.i.am as John Wraith
  • Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox
  • Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau / Gambit
  • Kevin Durand as Fred J. Dukes / The Blob
  • Dominic Monaghan as Chris Bradley
  • Daniel Henney as Agent Zero
  • Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson
  • Scott Adkins as Weapon XI / Deadpool
  • Tim Pocock as Scott Summers
  • Max Cullen and Julia Blake as Travis Hudson and Heather Hudson
  • Peter O'Brien as John Howlett
  • Aaron Jeffery as Thomas Logan
  • Alice Parkinson as Elizabeth Howlett: James' mother.
  • Tahyna Tozzi as Kayla's Sister / Emma



Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Opens Friday, July 26, 2013 
2 hr 9 min
PG-13 | Language, Intense Sci-Fi Action, Some Sexuality and Violence

I had a chance to attend The Wolverine Fan Event last night which included an early screening of the movie.  As part of the Fan Event, Hugh Jackman made an appearance and answered a couple of fans' questions.  At the end of the Q&A, he mentions how this is the ultimate Wolverine film, and this is the film where you get to see him really unleashed.

The setting of the film is mostly in Japan, as we see a flashback in the beginning of Wolverine locked up in a well as part of a Japanese prison during World War II right before the bombing of Nagasaki.  A soldier named Yashida frees the prisoners including Wolverine knowing well of the impending bombing, of which Wolverine saves his life.  During the movie we see a lot of flashbacks to this moment as Yashida is pivotal to the story.

Fast forward to the present, this story takes place just after X-Men The Last Stand which is important to this story in the state of Logan.  He tries to isolate himself by living in the wilderness, but plays hero again with some ruffians in the local town.  That's when he's summoned to Japan by a dying Yashida.

The beginning of the film and actually most of the film is very slow paced.  I would have to say that this is my only gripe with the film.  Though it may seemed long at times, the lulls all served a purpose in developing the characters around Wolverine and added to the story.  With the movie set in Japan, most of the actors were Asian, aside from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper.  All of them did an astounding job in their roles.  I especially enjoyed the two female leads of Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida and Rila Fukushima as Yukio.

The action scenes were very good.  From the fight scene aboard the moving bullet train to the black ninjas defending the Yashida clan against Wolverine to Wolverine's final fight.  All beautifully choreographed and insanely intense.  Hugh Jackman in his Q&A mentions his fight scene with Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida as his favorite in the movie.

Overall, I enjoyed this film and would recommend it to everyone.  I thought despite its slow pace, it was well done in all aspects.  I've read a lot of Wolverine comic books in the past but never got into the books that told of his days in Japan.  I thought the story was interesting and developed well as it unfolded.  The Silver Samurai was different from what I expected, from what I know of the character in the comic books.  Be sure to stay after the credits for a prelud to the next X-Men film Days of Future Past.



Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Trailer:


Cast:

  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
  • Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
  • Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
  • Rila Fukushima as Yukio
  • Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada
  • Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
  • Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


One of the biggest announcements from DC Comics at San Diego Comic Con is the announcement of a Batman/Superman movie in 2015.  This is expected to replace Man of Steel 2 and be a precursor to the Justice League film in 2017.


Batman and Superman have a long history together first meeting and teaming up in 1952 in Superman #76.  They are best known together for their series World's Finest which began in 1942.  In World's Finest however, it first featured separate stories of the two heroes until 1954 in World's Finest #71 which the stories going forward featured them teaming up.  


The team ups continued to the modern day with the last decade seeing Superman/Batman replacing World's Finest.  While the last incarnation of World's Finest featured allies of Superman and Batman, Power Girl and the Huntress.


But from the San Diego Comic Con, we've already learned that in the 2015 film, the two will not be allies, at least to start.  After all, what first meeting of heroes don't have some type of misunderstanding and confusing leading to a battle before cooler heads prevail?  Of course, there's precedence for epic battles between Batman and Superman in the comic books.  

The most memorable of course is the Frank Miller series Batman The Dark Knight Returns (and Falls) back in 1986.  In the book, Batman attempts to take out Superman with a nuclear bomb.  At the panel, Director Snyder welcomed "Man of Steel" actor Harry Lennix to read a passage from the Miller book. "I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come," he read. "In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you."  While Snyder plans to draw from the Miller book, it will not be an adaption of the book.  


A decade ago, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee brought us an epic battle between the friends in the Batman Hush story line   With Superman under the spell of Batman enemy Poison Ivy, Batman takes him on with a kryptonite ring.  

As with the new film of Batman vs. Superman, a lot of questions remains.

  • Who will play Batman?
  • Why are the two heroes at odds?
  • How will the mortal but cunning and resourceful Batman even the odds against Superman in their fight?
  • What other heroes or villains will make an appearance in the film?

It's already known that Christian Bale won't be Batman going forward which is disappointing as I was a fan of his Batman.  Some of the names that continue to pop up as replacement includes Arnie Hammer, Joseph Gordon Levitt and even Jake Gyllenhaal.

While it be easy to have Lois Lane come between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, it seems unlikely the heroes would cause property destruction and an all out war for a girl.  My guess is that some unnamed villain will be the catalyst like the Hush story line.  Man of Steel revealed little weaknesses for Henry Cavill's Superman other than their version of "Kryptonite."  

As far as heroes making an appearance, they should take a page from Marvel and have a lead up to the Flash film towards the end at least.

Are you looking forward to the Batman/Superman film in 2015?




Release Date July 30, 2013 

1 hr 15 min
PG-13 - For Sci-Fi violence and action throughout.

While all the hype has been about a Justice League movie in 2017, DC Comics have another Justice League movie out July 30th in Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox.  Make no mistake though, this animation is mostly focused on the Flash which follows the limited series Flashpoint that came out in 2011 by Writer Geoff Johns.


The premise of the movie is that one day Barry Allen, aka the Flash awakens to find the world he has known has changed drastically.  He no longer has his powers, his family member never died at the hands of Professor Zoom, aka the Reverse Flash, as well many of his allies are not what he remembered them to be.  For example, Batman is not Bruce Wayne, Superman doesn't exist, Hal Jordan never became Green Lantern and more importantly Aquaman with Atlantis is at war with Wonder Woman and the Amazons.  The movie as with the limited series is well written and poses many interesting takes on the heroes we've known for a long time.  Most of the characters stay true to their pre-Flashpoint counterparts.


For the comic book limited series, the effect on the DC Universe was for the most part negligible as it only sought to bring the DC Universe, Vertigo and Wildstorm into the same continuity.  Of course this was moot, as DC relaunched everything with the new 52.  But the story by itself as a movie is amazing.  My biggest gripe though would have to be the animation itself.  Specifically the character designs of faces.  It baffles me how they can try to mesh styles as they do with a very Anime influence apparent.  You have characters like Barry drawn like a regular "cartoon", while Wonder Woman gets the cute Anime face while Aquaman looks like a brute.  Aquaman is not the only one that gets the brute treatment, as it seems to superimpose faces on any burly characters which you can just swap out the hair and get the same character.




Just a note, the film definitely has a very dark tone, compared to say the Justice League Unlimited cartoons.  I would not suggest watching it with young kids given the numerous extremely violent scenes.

Overall, I would still recommend this animation.  It's a long wait til the live action Flash (2016) film and Justice League (2017).  The ending for Flashpoint Paradox is especially touching.  Be sure to watch after the end credits for a prelude to the next Justice League animated film.  If you enjoy the animation, I strongly recommend you read the comic book and its 16+ crossover limited series that explores the rich universe created by the Flashpoint.  They're all available in trade paperback format.  If you're interested in purchasing the film, Amazon has a great deal on the Blu Ray currently for $13.99 (reg price. $24.98) here which is loaded with extras.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:

Cast:



  • Justin Chambers as Barry Allen / The Flash
  • Kevin McKidd as Thomas Wayne / Batman
  • Michael B. Jordan as Victor Stone / Cyborg
  • C. Thomas Howell as Eobard Thawne / Professor Zoom
  • Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
  • Ron Perlman as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
  • Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Dana Delany as Lois Lane
  • Cary Elwes as Aquaman
  • Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman
  • Danny Huston as General Sam Lane
  • Sam Daly as Superman
  • Steve Blum as Lex Luthor
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Etrigan
  • Grey DeLisle as Nora Allen
  • Jennifer Hale as Iris Allen
  • Hynden Walch as Yo-Yo



Monday, July 22, 2013


This is a consolidation of screenings available in New York City only for the upcoming Smurfs 2 movie due out on July 31st, 2013.

(last updated Monday July 24th 01:41pm ET)

Active:
When: Sunday, July 28th
Where: TBA
Sponsor: Corriente Latina
Details: Follow @Prinz_Lee on Twitter for when he will be releasing the Gofobo codes
Link: http://www.corrientelatina.com/smurfs-2-advance-screening-sunday-july-28-2013.html

Not Active Yet:
When: Monday, July 29th
Where: TBA
Sponsor: Gofobo
Details: Look for an open screening soon.
Link: http://www.gofobo.com/screenings/search/07102/50

Closed
When: Sunday, July 28th
Where: Academy Theatre Lighthouse
Sponsor: Citi
Details: This offer is now closed.
Link: http://www.citiprivatepass.com/landing/the_smurfs_2_premiere.html

When: Thursday, July 18th
Where: Unknown
Sponsor: LatinoScoop
Details: This event has passed.
Link: http://latinoscoop.com/events/smurfs-2/

When: Sunday, July 28th
Where: TBA
Sponsor: Z100
Details: Offer is closed a/o July 22nd.
Link: http://rewards.z100.com/asp3/ContestDetail.aspx?AID=198237

When: Sunday, July 28th
Where: TBA
Sponsor: KTU 103.5
Details: Offer is closed a/o July 22nd.
Link: http://rewards.ktu.com/asp3/ContestDetail.aspx?AID=198237

When: Sunday, July 28th
Where: TBA
Sponsor: Our Tiempo
Details: Offer is closed a/o July 23rd
Link: http://2.ourtiempo.com/smurfs-2-nyc-advance-screening/

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Opened July 17, 2013 
1 hr 36 min
PG | some mild action and thematic elements

If there's one thing about Dreamworks Animation is that like Pixar they continue to churn out consistent quality films, for which Turbo is no exception.  This feel good story of a snail that dared to dream big despite being small... and slow is great for kids and adults.  Though kids will definitely enjoy it more than the grown ups.

The story for me at least dragged a bit in the middle but otherwise, the race to the end was relatively good.  While the character designs for the snails are interesting choices with matching voice actors like Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson, the actual animation sometimes suffered from lack of details especially on the snails themselves in some parts.  Compared to their last two films Rise of the Guardians and The Croods, it falls just short in the race.  Ryan Reynolds in the lead role of Turbo does a decent job, really an all around good effort by the cast.  The soundtrack is thumping by Henry Jackman which include tracks by Snoop Dogg.

Overall, I would recommend this film.  Don't expect to be blown away, and this film will more than entertain you and your child.  Or at least the child inside you.  While the movie is geared more toward boys, my seven year old daughter enjoyed the film.  Her favorite part being when Turbo's brother Chet asks Turbo "Did he just kissed you?"  Watch the movie to see which part that is.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.


Trailer:


Cast:

  • Ryan Reynolds as Theo aka Turbo, a garden snail who dreams of becoming a racer
  • Paul Giamatti as Chet, Turbo's brother
  • Michael Peña as Tito, a "Dos Bros" taco truck driver who finds and befriends Turbo
  • Snoop Dogg as Smoove Move, a snail
  • Maya Rudolph as Burn, a snail
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Paz, a car mechanic
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Whiplash, a snail leader
  • Luis Guzmán as Angelo, Tito's brother and a "Dos Bros" taco truck driver
  • Bill Hader as Guy Gagne, a French-Canadian Indy 500 champion
  • Richard Jenkins as Bobby, a shopkeeper
  • Ken Jeong as Kim-Ly, a shopkeeper
  • Ben Schwartz as Skidmark, a snail
  • Kurtwood Smith as Indy CEO
  • Michael Bell as White Shadow, a snail
  • Dario Franchitti as Scottish Anchor, Male Tourist
  • Will Power as Australian Anchor
  • Mario Andretti as an Indianapolis Motor Speedway traffic director
  • Paul Page as a booth announcer
  • Frank Welker as Crows

Friday, July 19, 2013


Sometimes you just don't want to believe it despite being told otherwise.  But yes, what people said is true.  Grown Ups from 2010 is a complete waste of time.  How is it even possible to make a humorless comedy?  So much talent just thrown out the door.

Despite the poor reviews, the star power fooled people into watching the film, robbing you blind.  After watching this film you would wish you were and deaf as well.  With a 10% positive review on Rotton Tomatoes, the stars laughed their way to the box office to the tune of $271 million.  No wonder they thought it would be good idea to fleece people again.  Is it also no wonder that Rob Schneider didn't return for the sequel?
So what does constitute for humor in this film?  How about the grandmother talking about infidelity with her daughter's boyfriends?  Or how about when the guys tease Rob Schneider's character about his pronunciation of the word Maize?  Yeah, just skip it.
The film is rated PG-13 and was originally released June 25, 2010.  No soon after, the tragedy was released on DVD on November 9th, 2010.  The run time is 1 hour and 42 minutes.  The movie contains: crude material including suggestive references, language and some male rear nudity
Rating: 0.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.
Trailer:

Cast:

  • Adam Sandler as Lenny Feder
  • Michael Cavaleri as Young Lenny
  • Kevin James as Eric Lamonsoff
  • Andrew Bayard as Young Eric
  • Chris Rock as Kurt McKenzie
  • Jameel McGill as Young Kurt
  • David Spade as Marcus "Higgy" Higgins
  • Kyle Brooks as Young Marcus
  • Rob Schneider as Rob Hilliard
  • Joshua Matz as Young Rob
  • Salma Hayek as Roxanne Feder
  • Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff
  • Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie
  • Joyce Van Patten as Gloria Noonan
  • Di Quon as Rita
  • Steve Buscemi as Wiley
  • Colin Quinn as Dickie Bailey
  • Lisa M.(Seitz) Francis as Bailey's wife
  • Hunter Silva as Young Dickie
  • Tim Meadows as Malcolms
  • Ebony Jo-Ann as Deanne's Mother
  • Madison Riley as Jasmine Hilliard
  • Jamie Chung as Amber Hilliard
  • Ashley Loren as Bridget Hilliard
  • Jake Goldberg as Greg Feder
  • Cameron Boyce as Keithie Feder
  • Alexys Nycole Sanchez as Becky Feder
  • Ada-Nicole Sanger as Donna Lamonsoff
  • Frank and Morgan Gingerich as Bean Lamonsoff
  • Nadji Jeter as Andre McKenzie
  • China Anne McClain as Charlotte McKenzie
  • Dan Patrick as Norby the Ride Guy
  • Tim Herlihy as Pastor
  • Blake Clark as Coach Bobby "The Buzzer" Ferdinando
  • Norm Macdonald as Geezer
  • Jonathan Loughran as Robideaux
  • Connor Panzner as Young Robideaux
  • Dennis Dugan as Basketball Referee

If there's a summer movie that should rest in peace, it would have to be this one.  While the premise of the movie is interesting, it draws too many similarities to Men in Black.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds lack the dynamic chemistry of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, bad plot, horrible (sometime incoherent) dialogue and uneven pacing, makes the film dead on arrival.

You think Ryan Reynolds would shy away from movies based on Comic Books after the Green Lantern fiasco, but apparently not.  R.I.P.D. is based on a graphic novel that was originally published by Dark Horse around 1999-2000 and in trade paperback 2003 created by Peter M. Lenkov.  The premise is that of dead law officers given another chance to become law officers over the dead that has escaped judgement in exchange for a good word to the "Big Guy" during their judgement.  Ryan Reynolds is murdered early on in the film and becomes a rookie R.I.P.D. officer to veteran Jeff Bridges's character.  Now while Ryan's performance is a tad better than his role as Green Lantern, Jeff Bridges on the other hand is an incoherent, shamble of a character that makes you forget he was a previous Academy Award winner.  Mary-Louise Parker keeping herself busy with Red 2 and R.I.P.D. all in the same month is more likable in this film, playing hard to get to Jeff Bridges's character.

With regards to the special effects and make ups it's a mixed bag for me.  I enjoyed the visuals of the city being town apart by little wormholes.  But with regards to the makeup of the dead especially on the main villain, it looks like something out of B movie.  I was really expecting more when the main villain revealed his true form.

Overall, I would not recommend watching this film in the theaters but waiting for it to come on Netflix or DVD rental.  It's not to say the movie didn't have its moments.  For me it usually involved veteran actor James Hong as Ryan Reynold's body double and Marisa Miller as Jeff's in some hilarious albeit predictable moments.  For a better action comedy also based on a comic book, go watch Red 2.

R.I.P.D. is rated PG-13 and is out July 19th, 2013.  The run time is 1 hour and 36 minutes long.  The movie contains: Violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references

Ratings: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Trailer:


Cast:

  • Jeff Bridges as Roy Pulsipher
  • Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker
  • Kevin Bacon as Bobby Hayes
  • Mary-Louise Parker as Proctor
  • Robert Knepper as Stanley Nawlicki
  • Stephanie Szostak as Julia Walker
  • James Hong as Grandpa Jerry Chen, Nick's avatar #1
  • Mike O'Malley as Elliot
  • Marisa Miller as Opal Pavlenko, Roy's avatar
  • Devin Ratray as Pulaski
  • Zoe Aggeliki as Nick's avatar #2
  • Piper Mackenzie Harris as Girl Scout, Nick's avatar #3
  • Lucia Vecchio as Girl Scout, Nick's avatar #4

Thursday, July 18, 2013


It's great whenever a corporation like DC Entertainment can lend their support toward a great cause.  They invite you to be a Hero in their We Can Be Heroes campaign by having some amazing artwork by various artists up for auction on eBay.  The proceeds from the auctions will be split evenly among three charities which are Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps.  DC Entertainment with your help hopes to fight hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya.  All of the auctions end July 27th.

To check out the entire list of items visit here.

Here are a few of my favorites up for auction:

One of the few pieces that actually addresses the theme of the campaign.  Quite moving indeed!  Superman Holding Child, Ink on Paper by Scott McDaniel. Check out auction here.

One of my top three favorite pieces, featuring artwork by Jim Lee, designed by Grammy nominated Chris Daughtry.  Seeing the progression among the three panels is quite cool.  Rescue Me Batman, Ink on Paper by Chris Daughtry and Jim Lee.  Check out auction here.

With the recent Man of Steel movie, who wouldn't want the iconic "hope" symbol amidst a mosaic   Forever, Digital Illustration by John Rivoli.  Check out auction here.

I actually owned a commissioned Catwoman from Sara Richard.  Her art is always breath taking.  Beautiful as Aphrodite, Digital Illustration by Sara Richard.  Check out auction here.

Yes, Wonder Woman seems to be quite popular among the artists.  Here's another beauty.   Wonder Woman Flowers, Digital Illustration by Julie Palmer.  Check out auction here.
By renown colorist Hi-Fi (aka Brian Miller), this piece is just gorgeous.  We Can Be Heroes America's Farmers Can Feed The World, Ink on Paper by Hi-Fi.  Check out the auction here.
 An original painting by Jim Lee, how rare is that!  Batman: Justice, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas by Jim Lee. Check out the auction here.

I'm a big fan of his work on American Vampire.  If you are too, then you'll want to bid on Trinity, Ink on Paper by Rafael Albuquerque. Check out the auction here.

The shining star of the auctions has to be the 2013 Kia Sorento featuring a custom paint job with the Justice League.  To make things even sweeter, the tail gate features hand drawn original art by Jim Lee.  Check out the auction here.

Hopefully DC Entertainment is able to far exceed their fund raising goals and continue to do more of these!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I actually watched this screening awhile ago but was told to hold off on my reviews til the night of film release for Gofobo screenings.  Red 2 sees the return of Bruce Willis as Frank Moses in this spy comedy thriller.  With the tag "The Best Never Rest", it features veteran actors as aging spys with a lot of fight left in them.

They're called into action once again to recover a portable weapon of mass destruction thought long lost during the cold war.  Everything that you enjoyed in the first film is repeated with a few new cast members including Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lee Byung-hun.  Every character is excellent except I've never really cared for Mary-Louise Parker's character.  To me, she seems to be trying too hard and comes off as totally unbelievable and unlikeable.  Helen Mirren on the other hand is brilliant once again, especially playing a role thatt's she has won an Emmy and Academy Award before to much comical effect.

The story while quite far fetched, and everything new seems old again, still is quite enjoyable as a summer film.  The twists with Anthony Hopkins were quite interesting and unpredictable but seems quite out of character.  While Lee Byung-hun doesn't get much of a speaking role as Storm Shadow in the G.I. Joe films, he gets to show off more in this film prepping him hopefully as the next big action hero.  Catherine Zeta-Jones as the sultry Miranda will have you clamoring for a spin-off.


Overall, I would recommend this film.  While it's not necessary to watch Red 1 first, I would recommend it just to see how Frank and his girl Sarah meet.

Red 2 is Rated PG-13 and is out July 19, 2013.  The run time is 116 minutes.  Movie contains: Pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material.


Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:


Cast:


  • Bruce Willis as Frank Moses
  • John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs
  • Mary-Louise Parker as Sarah Ross
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones as Miranda Wood
  • Lee Byung-hun as Han Jo-Bae
  • Anthony Hopkins as Edward Bradley
  • Helen Mirren as Victoria
  • Brian Cox as Ivan Simanov
  • David Thewlis as The Frog
  • Neal McDonough as Jack Horton