Film Review: Tucker and Dale vs. EvilSubmitted by Javen on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 12:25
A group of preppy college students go on a Spring Break camping trip in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Meanwhile two good 'ol boys named Tucker and Dale are going to a cabin they purchased to fix it up in the same vicinity. Unfortunately for Tucker and Dale, they are attacked by the preppy kids in this comedy horror satire from director Eli Craig (Sally Fields' son).
Film Review: Our Idiot BrotherSubmitted by Krogenar on Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:23
This is a movie about Ned (Paul Rudd) the world's greatest hippie, and the film's titular heroic idiot. When hard times force Ned to return to his mother's house he is thrown into the lives of his three sisters and his innocent honesty and earnestness causes all of their lives to collapse into creative anarchy.
This reviewer was ready to savage this film about a super hippie, but the magical hippie foiled all my plans. Goddam hippies!
Film Review: The Green HornetSubmitted by Krogenar on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 08:35
Following the death of his father, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) inherits his father's media empire (well, really, a newspaper). When Reid stops an armed robbery with the help of father's personal assistant Kato (Jay Chou), the duo decide to become masked crime fighters. The twist: they pose as criminals in order to infiltrate and destroy the real organized crime leader of the city: the nefarious Chudnofski (Christoph Waltz). Meanwhile, Reid uses his father's newspaper to put the Green Hornet's criminal exploits on the front page.
Film Review: DefendorSubmitted by Krogenar on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 13:30
There's a new hero walking the dark streets of Hammer Town -- he is Defendor. His archenemy is the nefarious Captain Industry. With no super powers (or combat skills) this lone hero defends the weak and the helpless. He doesn't use guns ("Guns are for cowards."), relying on a WWI trench club to mete out his own brand of street justice.
By day he is Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a construction worker with an I.Q. in the 80 point range.
Defendor is a compelling mix of comedy and drama, exploring what it really means to be a hero.
Film Review: REDSubmitted by Krogenar on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 09:16
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) lives a simple, dull existence in suburbia. He wakes up at precisely 6 AM every morning, wanders down into his kitchen in a bathrobe, eats, and exercises. His home is tastefully appointed but has all the lived-in feel of a motel. Frank's only real joy is found in a delicate relationship with Sarah, his contact for Social Security. Every month he calls her, saying, "They screwed up my check again, Sarah..." as he slowly rips the check in half.
Sarah dreams of finding the right man, and her office cubicle prison is plastered with postcards from exotic places she has never visited, and likely never will. She mentions Chile and Moses says he's been there. Excited, Sarah asks him about it, but he stops himself, saying, "It was dark..."
Moses is a retired secret agent, labeled 'R.E.D.' -- which stands for 'Retired Extremely Dangerous'. And when a hit team arrives to kill him he comes out of retirement to save Sarah and pull together his old team to find out who is trying to kill him and why.
Film Review: The SwitchSubmitted by Krogenar on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 11:33
Forty-year old Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) decides that she's ready to have a child, regardless of whether there's a man in her life, and artificially inseminates herself. Somehow, the fine Aryan sperm of her 'donor' gets replaced by the sperm of long-suffering Wally Mars (Jason Bateman) who truly loves her, but had been consigned by Kassie into 'The Friend Zone'. Kassie moves away once she becomes pregnant and seven years pass. She returns to New York City with her son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) who displays all of Wally's social tics and OCD.
Surprisingly topical, smart and hysterically funny, The Switch asks some serious questions about what modern feminism has done to men and women alike, all while following the standard 'stupid man gets the less-stupid woman' romantic comedy tropes.
Film Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldSubmitted by Rojo on Sat, 08/28/2010 - 07:38
Popular entertainment, as many know and lament, has at times a strange obsession with youth. The problem, really, is the type of youth which is chooses to represent. We've seen the gilded young things of 90210 or Gossip Girl, the slackers and cool dudes of Ferris Bueller and Back to the Future and the young wizards and hobbits of recent fantasy films. Scott Pilgrim is not about these. Like 2010's other alt. comic book film, Kick Ass, it's about geeks and gamers, cynical, (sometimes) intelligent, underachieving youths.
Film Review: The Other GuysSubmitted by Krogenar on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 16:02
Reckless NYPD supercops Danson and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) fight crime in Lethal Weapon-style: ramming one Dodge Charger after another through double-decker tourist buses, diving through plate-glass windows and firing off one-liners like "someone dial 9-1-what-the-f***-was-that!?" Afterwards they bask in the glory of a grateful city -- so grateful that a hot dog vendor suddenly declares, "Free hot dogs for life!.... no, no free drink."
Deep in their shadows are NYPD detectives Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), known by all as the 'Yankee Clipper' for costing the Yankees a championship win, and Allen Gamble (Will Farrell), who would rather chase down unlicensed scaffolding erectors than chase a criminal. They're not heroes, they're the other guys -- and the non-dynamic duo get their chance at supercop glory when they investigate the kidnapping of a corrupt Wall Street financier.
Film Review: The Abominable Dr. PhibesSubmitted by Krogenar on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 00:44
A series of medical doctors are being murdered by the ghoul-faced Dr. Phibes, who uses diabolical setups to murder his victims in ways that mimic biblical curses. Can the interminably stupid but well-meaning Detective Trout of Scotland Yard stop him?
Starring horror film legend Vincent Price in the title role, The Abominable Dr. Phibes plays out as a kind of ghoulish fever dream -- funny at most times, but strangely dreamy as well. There's an air of subtle creepiness that haunts the film, even while it is being humorous. Phibe's motivation is simple enough -- his wife was 'murdered' after being in a horrific car accident by ten doctors who operated on her after the crash. Phibes intends to exact revenge on those doctors and what makes the movie interesting is that although Phibes is motivated by revenge he is not a wild-eyed maniac. His revenge has fermented into a fine wine that he sips slowly, carefully, savoring every delicious droplet.
Film Review: Toy Story 3Submitted by Krogenar on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 13:14
Woody, Buzz and the gang return for a third (and likely final) installation of the Toy Story franchise. Their owner, Andy, has finally grown up and is now 17-years-old, packing for college. Woody and his fellow toys must cope with the fairly adult themes of facing the future, leaving behind childish things, and even the possibility of their own destruction, or at the very least the breakup of their toy 'family'.
The plot gets rolling when their human owner is given an ultimatum by his mother: decide what items are going to college and which are going into the attic. Woody is the sole toy marked for 'college' and the other toys rejoice on his good fortune. A misunderstanding, however, put the other toys on the curbside in a garbage bag! Woody rescues them from the garbage truck but the toys are heartbroken that Andy would abandon them. They decide to hide in a box marked for donation to Sunnyside Daycare.
Sunnyside appears to be a paradise for toys, making the toy tyrannosaur exclaim, "Finally, we're gonna get played with!" Sunnyside appears to be a Shangr-La for toys because they don't have 'owners' that grow up and discard them -- but not everything is as it seems at Sunnyside.