Thor

on May 08, 2011

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Sometimes I get tired of “realistic” superhero stories. It’s nice to be reminded that these characters exist in a world beyond ours, that they can accomplish feats we can only dream about.

That’s something that Thor does effortlessly. — more

Tagged: chris hemsworth, kat dennings, kenneth branagh, natalie portman, thor
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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

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on May 02, 2011

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I would like to consider myself a knowledgeable movie-goer when it comes to product placement. Whenever I see a character drink a Dr. Pepper or type up a report on their sweet iMac, I not only notice it but understand its implications. Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold may be for those that have yet to realize the power product placement has on the artistic process, but I learned a little something, too. — more

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Hobo With a Shotgun

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on April 28, 2011

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Although it will inevitably be lumped in with the films of the modern Grindhouse movement (Grindhouse, Machete), Hobo with a Shotgun doesn’t have the aesthetic style of the films it mimicks. Outside of its high concept, the film owes more to Grindhouse (or the Troma films) than the actual Grindhouse movement, and I worry that many who watch the film are going to underplay its flaws as intentional or even necessary. Grindhouse films weren’t made to be intentionally bad; that just happens when you have little money and unprofessional filmmakers. Disguising the flaws in the film’s acting, writing and direction under a Grindhouse aesthetic is could actually be seen as brilliant, and it’s possible that’s what Hobo with a Shotgun does. — more

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Source Code

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on April 20, 2011

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Time travel is theoretically possible, so long as you only want to go forward. It’s also relatively simple. If you caught that terrible pun, you can skip the next few lines — you’re already ahead of the game. Basically, the closer you get to the speed of light, the slower time moves for you relative to your surroundings. If you zoomed away from the earth at or near the speed of light, time would move slowly for you, but it would remain the regular speed here on Earth. — more

Tagged: duncan jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, source code, vera farmiga
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Your Highness

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on April 12, 2011

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Sunday night was the perfect night for a spring BBQ; the breeze was warm, the crickets lively and the three-foot snow drifts of March were becoming a distant memory. I had two choices: sit on the porch with a cool beer and roast some chicken on the grill, or trek over to the multiplex for Your Highness. Hold your breath no longer, this isn’t a review of my BBQ chicken cooking skills, but by the end you might wish it was. — more

Tagged: danny mcbride, david gordon green, james franco, natalie portman, your highness
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Super

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on April 11, 2011

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Almost exactly one year ago Kick-Ass, directed by upcoming X-Men: First Class filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, opened to little business and reasonable critical success. Adapted from the popular Mark Millar graphic novel, the film follows a young New York teen as he tries to become a super hero in the real world.

Now enter James Gunn’s Super — with an uber-similar premise of a “real person” decided to become the first real-life super hero. — more

Tagged: ellen page, james gunn, rainn wilson, super
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Hanna

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on April 05, 2011

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My descent into the expansive chasm of cinephilia began when I was just a wee lad, but really picked up speed in the mid 90s with films like Buffalo 66, Rushmore & Kicking and Screaming. There was one film in particular that stood above the others in its ability to elicit goosebumps on the skin of this film nerd — Run Lola Run. At the time I hadn’t seen anything like it: the camera work, the techno soundtrack, mixture of animation, intermingled story-lines and deep meaning blew my embryonic mind out of the water. — more

Tagged: cate blanchett, eric bana, hanna, joe wright, Saoirse Ronan
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Sucker Punch

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on April 04, 2011

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It is a brave choice to make a film that will inevitably remind its audience of hundreds of other films. When you enjoy all the referenced films more than the film at hand, it is an uphill climb. — more

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I Saw The Devil

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on March 29, 2011

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Most revenge flicks end within the first 40 minutes of I Saw the Devil. That’s just when the Kim Ji-woon film is just getting started. — more

Tagged: I Saw the Devil, Kim Ji-woon, Kim Soo-hyeon
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The Adjustment Bureau

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on March 23, 2011

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The Adjustment Bureau is a perfectly well-made, enjoyable film that has a problem conveying its message and telling its story.

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a young hot-shot Democratic politician from New York who gets himself in trouble because, well, he’s young and a hot-shot. After a tough defeat in the U.S. Senate race, Damon encounters the beautiful and seductive Elise (Emily Blunt), whose brief encounter inspires him to give a concession speech full of authenticity. Problem is, he’s never supposed to see her again. The bigger problem, he runs into her again and again. — more

Tagged: emily blunt, john slattery, matt damon, the adjustment bureau
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