Thu, 23 April 2015
Child 44 is Hardy's newest film that proves what I've been saying about him. Even when this film is lacking, he gives it his best. His commanding presence is what kept me from falling asleep at times. This film has a great premise that has rarely been seen in American cinema, which is of delving into Stalin era Russia during the 1950's. The problem is that in spite of its long running time (137 minutes), this film doesn't know how to properly tell the story. And that in and of itself, is a damn shame. The premise of trying to solve a child murderer mystery under the impossibly oppressive Stalin regime, is a fascinating idea to be told. So what went wrong? Well, this film can't properly balance its three main storylines, which are about the Russian justice system's corruption and the blind obedience of its officers, the serial killer, and Hardy's relationship with his wife played by Noomi Rapace (Prometheus). It focuses on the oppression and Hardy's marriage so much, that the selling point of this film (serial killer) is barely a blip on the radar. This film's large cast is also completely wasted, save for Hardy, Rapace, and Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night). Everyone else is relegated to small appearances and/or uninteresting dialogue. Intriguing actors like Gary Oldman (The Professional), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises), Paddy Considine (The World's End), and Charles Dance (Dracula Untold), all fall to this film's lack of substance. To be honest, a lot of Child 44 is boring.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 6:40 PM
Sat, 18 April 2015
Smith's first starring role in what seems like a decade, is the film, Focus. A movie that adds a little flavor to the con artist/heist genre but, isn't original enough to reignite it either. In spite of its lack of breaking new ground, this movie is entertaining from start to finish. The most important element to this film, is the chemistry between Smith and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad). If I didn't believe in their characters, I wouldn't believe in this movie. Even when they're conning each other, there's still a magnetism between them. I especially like when Smith is teaching Robbie the ropes of pick pocketing with demonstrations of misdirectional touching and psychology. Adrian Martinez (American Hustle) is this film's "go to" character for verbal and physical comedy. Whether he's making an inappropriate remark to/about Robbie or, just standing around with a blank expression, Martinez gives Focus some welcome energy. Gerald McRaney (The A-Team movie), is also good as a suspicious bodyguard to the second half's "bad guy", played by Rodrigo Santoro (300, 300: Rise of an Empire). While McRaney plays a good opposite to Smith, and stays true to his character throughout, Santoro is wasted as a one-note antagonist with no substance but, has a nice wardrobe. Television series' regular Brennan Brown (Person of Interest), has a few charming scenes that makes you wish for more.
We also talk about Star Wars and #SWCA, the new trailer, Quentin Tarantino's Hateful 8 and Superman V. Batman as Zack Snyder's new teaser trailer has been leaked.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 9:46 PM
Sun, 12 April 2015
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 3:00 AM
Sat, 4 April 2015
The first half is the worst half of Get Hard. Nearly every joke and situation is contrived, predictable, and worst of all, it's not hilarious. Sure it's funny at times but, shouldn't a Ferrell and Hart collaboration be hysterical? Though not any funnier, the second half is better. There's less pointless exposition and more character growth. Not much, but better than nothing. What I liked, was the appearance of rapper/actor T.I.. Although he was on the screen for a limited time, he seemed to be the only character besides Hart that was comfortable in his role. When the film deals with him and his crew, it's actually funny and a nice distraction from all of the other lackluster moments. I also like Hart's wife in the film, played by Edwina Findley (Insidious: Chapter 2). She seemed to be the most grounded of the characters and she wasn't trying to exaggerate herself. Alison Brie (The Five-Year Engagement) plays Ferrell's spoiled rich girl fiance and she does fine but, how many times can you see the same old hollow character? Craig T. Nelson (Coach) as her father in the film, is also poorly written and barely used for much affect.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:59 AM
Sat, 28 March 2015
The Gunman, is one of Penn's films where you can see the effort that he put into the role but, not in the proper areas. The effort that I'm referring to, is of his physical appearance and not his character's range instead. With Penn being a man in his fifties, I can appreciate him taking care of his body and not letting time & gravity win the battle. Of course, a multi-million dollar salary does make a rigorous workout schedule easier to bear. Penn spends most of this film as a quiet mumbler that speaks only when spoken to. I find it kind of difficult to root for the film's hero when he act's more like a robot, and less like a human being. What I did root for, was the movie itself. For the first two acts, The Gunman is an intriguing action thriller, set in many different locations. There were times during the action scenes that I was actually feeling anxious for Penn's character. That's probably because he wasn't talking at those moments.
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:05 PM
Fri, 20 March 2015
Run All Night is marketed as another Neeson action-fest but, in truth, it's more like......... ok, it is another Neeson action vehicle. At times, it doesn't feel that way, until of course, he ends up bitch smacking another aggressive on comer. What I like about this action film though, is that it doesn't come off as a brain dead beat 'em up where Neeson is the only intelligent person in the room. Instead, we get a well-paced action thriller that doesn't linger around on any subject for too long. Well, except for Joel Kinnaman's (Robocop 2014) character, who needs to continuously remind Neeson of how much of a bad father he is. That aside, all of the character interactions work. Not one person stays on the screen longer than they should. Another thing that separates Run All Night from similar films, is how nicely it cuts down on the obvious cliches and, sometimes avoids them altogether. The action, is well done and doesn't go over the top very often. A few CG scene connector shots, try to give this film it's own distinctive look but, it comes off more like trying to look cool when they didn't need to.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:23 PM
Sat, 14 March 2015
We talk about Spinoff's of movie characters.
James Bond - The agents of Blofeld
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:52 PM
Sat, 14 March 2015
Blomkamp's third full length film, Chappie (based on his 2004 short film, Tetra Vaal), is probably his most 80's influenced film yet. It's also his third best film (so far). How obvious its comparisons to 80's sci-fi films is, depends on who's watching it. From the get go, I immediately noticed a multitude of parallels to the original Robocop. The ideas, the storyline, the imagery, Hugh Jackman's (Prisoners) villain, were all similar to that film. Now, in our current climate of limited original movie ideas, it's perfectly rational to use pre-established ideas and tweak them a bit. When it's not acceptable, is when it's blatantly in your face. The film's other strong similarity, is of the Chappie character himself. Wonderfully voiced by Sharlto Copley (The A-Team), Chappie is a South African version of Johnny Five from the 1986 film, Short Circuit. Watch that film and its 1988 sequel, and you will see exactly what I'm talking about. But because of Blomkamp's colorful characters (not all, but some) and visual style, I can let this one go. For me, this movie works because even with the story copying, it still has its own distinctive feeling. We've seen an animatronic character become sentient before (A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, "I, Robot") but, Chappie adds a little something to the mix.
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:26 AM
Tue, 10 March 2015
Another odd choice for the Wachowskis is Jupiter Ascending. Another film with great potential, and another wasted effort. This film is also based off of an original idea from them. Problem is, how original can it be when it tries to be John Carter of Mars with elements of The Matrix in it? Mila Kunis (Black Swan) is The One. I mean she's a reincarnated form of royalty that is being hunted by the rulers of the universe. Some bio-engineered slaves try to protect her and show her the truth about her world. Sound familiar? Film comparisons aside, this movie tries to be too epic. Instead of blowing their load the first time, the Wachowskis should have shrunk down the one-hundred and twenty-seven minute run time, and focused more on Jupiter's (Kunis) dealings with bounty hunters on Earth, instead of trying to introduce her to the entire universe in one film. The film screams for multiple entries. It also screams for a better collection of villains. The universal rulers are ***SPOILER ALERT*** pampered white royalty with British accents! Wow, haven't seen that before (eye roll). They consistently appear throughout the film to make sure that no one has forgotten about them. Guess what? They're so stuffed with pompous arrogance that's wrapped in a bow of cliches, we're unable to forget them even if they weren't popping up every five to ten minutes.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:27 AM
Tue, 3 March 2015
on this week's Question Of Why Don't They we discuss video games that should become movies.
Mike's picks -
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:13 PM
Sat, 28 February 2015
You guessed it! Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is another addition to the library of pointless sequels. While the first film was a clever comedy that knew when to quit, this film doesn't even know where to start. The biggest mistake that this film makes, is that it abandons what worked before, and tries something different. Part 1 used the 1980's as the setting, and almost every joke and situation revolved around it. With part 2, the setting is the future, where there's no era to riff on, just dumb ideas to progress the story and humor. The other mistake is the absence of John Cusack (Grosse Point Blank). I understand that this film has a low budget and that Cusack commands a higher salary than the rest of the cast but, (If the rumor is true) how could they not even offer him a returning role? Without him, the cast seems almost lost as they bumble from one retarded scene to the next. On the plus side, at least everyone looked like they were having a good time while this movie was filming.
The main cast of Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies), Craig Robinson (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), and Clark Duke (Sex Drive), poke fun at each other with lines that are probably improvised and will be shown in multiple takes on the dvd. Sometimes it works, sometimes you hear crickets chirping. Corddry has the energy throughout to be the leader of the group. He grabs your attention so well at times, that you forget that you're watching a badly written movie. Robinson plays it cool at times but, even a ton of on screen coke snorting and song rips can't keep him from acting emo too. Duke is pretty much the nerd he was in the first one but with a song to match this time. Corddry's and Robinson's serenade of nerdiness at Duke is one of this film's better moments. Adam Scott (Knocked Up) is thrown in as Cusack's semi-replacement. Aside from his one funny scene, he's mostly used as a joke about feminine men in the future. There are a few funny moments and sight gags but, they are off set by oppositely bad ones as well.
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:45 AM
Tue, 24 February 2015
This week it's all about comics that should be made into movies. Comics that wouldn't really get a chance, to be made into movies. The comics that are not the popular choices, but the creators of comics love to death.
That's it. Comics and video games
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:10 AM
Sat, 21 February 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service, is for all intents and purposes, James Bond to the extreme. It has the grace, the style, and the sense of humor, to make you appreciate it, before knocking you on your ass with one awesome action scene after another. I was very surprised at how well this film was done. From the first second on the screen, you can already tell that this is something special. Director
Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class) brings his visual style to this limited comic book series adaptation. And at times, it does feel like a comic book movie. What's so cool with this film is that you don't have to think hard while watching it, just be entertained continuously. One of this film's signs of intelligence, is that it doesn't bog itself down with commonplace situations and characters. Hell, even the inevitable love story that would have dragged everything down, didn't happen at all. The well-choreographed action scenes are seamlessly blended with a witty sense of humor. There are scenes that are so simultaneously cool and funny that I couldn't decide whether to clap, laugh, or do both.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:06 AM
Tue, 17 February 2015
This week on A Question Of Why Don't They we talk sports stars as action heroes and what they should do with The Neverending Story
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:36 PM
Fri, 13 February 2015
The story itself is hampered by bad dialogue, a fake love story, and a lead character that is underdeveloped and boring to watch. Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) as "The seventh son of the seventh son", comes off as a modern day pretty boy that would rather have his face buried in his smartphone than saving the world. Jeff Bridges is the film's best character. His grumpy sense of humor is definitely an asset but, his Gandalf mixed with Rooster Cogburn accent, is unstable and annoying at times. He did have the best lines of the film though. Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski) as the villain, does her damnedest with a bad script in hand. Other wasted talents include Djimon Hounsou (Constantine), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore). With little screen time and little to say, I wonder why they were even cast in this film anyway? They like everyone else, had barely an ounce of depth to their roles. Instead, we are subjected to a preposterous love story that "blossoms" in the span of a few moments. That trife is accompanied by cliches of secrets withheld that could have helped the heroes a lot sooner. Apparently, hormonal lust disguised as true love is more appealing to young filmgoers than training sequences and overall substance.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 2:05 AM
Tue, 10 February 2015
Spy movies and dark crystal
With the new James Bond movie looming on the horizon, we thought that we would discuss our favorite spy movies and which ones would be worthy of remaking. We also talk about having a movie based on a cool american James Bond type spy as we really don't have one of those.
We also talk about The Dark Crystal. A couple of years back, there was rumor that Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) was going to make a sequel movie, but so far nothing has come of it, if it ever will happen.
What's your take on the movie genre's that we chose this week?
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:35 AM
Fri, 6 February 2015
This latest musical, Into the Woods, fits into multiple categories on my feelings for the genre. I like it. I appreciate the effort put into it. Some songs are annoying, some aren't. But the most important thing is this- No matter how well this film is done, I can't recall more than one song that is worth re-singing upon further viewings. And I can barely even remember that song! That in a way, says a lot. What is memorable, is the cast. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine), this film has a group of actors that work well off of each other. Even before I knew that this film was based off of a Broadway play, I got a sense that it was just that. The actors break in and out of straight dialogue to singing, with the ease of veteran stage performers. The near constant breaking into song can be annoying at times but, the main actors are so magnetic and everything looks so good that, the annoyance doesn't linger. Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) brings her usual genius to her role as The Witch. She is so good, that she makes you believe every word that comes out of her mouth. Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) surprised me by showing her singing capabilities as well as her screen leading. What surprised me most though, was the performance of Chris Pine (Smokin Aces). The man can sing, even when he's channeling William Shatner (The Priceline guy). Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) seemed to be held back from her acting skills but, her vocals are still good. Although the list is long, the supporting cast all came across as integral parts. And Johnny Depp's (Chocolat) appearance, turned out to be a two scene cameo.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 2:21 AM
Sun, 1 February 2015
Donald Pleasance - The man was a work horse when he was alive. 227 movies, but he's most remembered for play Dr. Loomis in several Halloween movies (six to be exact). But, who was Dr. Loomis? In this weeks Question Of Why Don't They? We discuss the possibility of a cool new TV or mini series about Dr. Loomis before Michael Myers came about.
We also talk about a Howard The Duck movie, not a sequel to the movie, but an all new movie that we feel Marvel could take a risk with. Whether it's a theatrical release, an on demand movie or Netflix release or even a mini-series.
What's your feeling on this topic?
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:28 PM
Sat, 31 January 2015
Depp's latest film, Mortdecai, however, is not a step in the right direction. Aside from choosing this role, I find no fault with Depp in this movie. You can tell that he put in the effort to sound like a British snob in a quirky situation. I have a problem with the film's failed attempts at becoming the new Pink Panther. The film tries too hard for a laugh in moments where it might not even need one. I blame the film's writing more than anything. Director David Koepp, known for writing screenplays for films like, Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Panic Room, and the 2002 Spiderman, should have adapted this film from the Mortdecai novels himself. The film itself looks good. From the lavish locations to its elaborate set designs, nothing seems held back from its world of highbrow extravagance. From items on a shelf to even the display of a buffet table, the attention to detail is admirable. But the same level of attention was not given in other areas.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:40 PM
Sun, 25 January 2015
What would happen if you decided to remake a movie and add in Christoph Waltz? You know, the guy that played "Doc" from Django Unchained? The man that showed Django how to be a bounty hunter. He was also the bad guy in The Green Hornet, the dad to Chris Pine's character in Horrible Bosses 2 and has done numerous other roles. Including the Nazi in Inglorious Basterds. If there were a movie that you would want him to be in, a remake, a reboot or a retelling of any classic 80's movie, what would it be? Die Hard, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and any Spielberg movie aside, which would it be?
We also talk about Flash Gordon. How would a retelling of the story be interesting in the 21st century? Would you use the movie as a beginning point and then carry on from there or would you scrap everything and start over? Would you use the TV series or even the old Republic Serials as a starting point? How would you do it?
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:15 PM
Fri, 23 January 2015
Clint Eastwood is a patriotic man. Whether he's politically involved with social issues, making films like Heartbreak Ridge and Flags of Our Fathers, or condescending to an empty chair in front of a crowd, Clint has shown his love for this country. His film, American Sniper, shows his love for an individual who deserves much more recognition than some talentless celebrity with a fat ass (take your pick). Though based on a book, Eastwood honours Chris Kyle's memory by making a good film that doesn't teeter-totter with political b.s. This movie has an almost claustrophobic feel to it, in that the camera is close to Bradley Cooper's (The A-Team) face for a lot of the film. What works with that perspective, is that you can see the emotional toll that it takes on Cooper as he disconnects more and more throughout this movie. Cooper does it right. Long before the film is over, you forget that you're watching the jerk from The Wedding Crashers, and you see more than just a character on the screen. His wife in the film, played by Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), is the only other actor in the film worth mentioning. Because of the constant focus on Cooper, everyone else in the film has only bits and pieces, including Miller. But what time she does have is a believable performance that makes you feel for her character. When she and Cooper are on screen together, everything falls into a warm, comfortable place, even when they're fighting.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 9:21 PM
Sun, 18 January 2015
Paul Thomas Anderson is near the top of the list when it comes to independent film directors. But as that kind of director, he can fall into that realm of eccentric freedom that plagues a lot of independent movies. Some of his films have been right on the money (Boogie Nights, The Master), some brilliant (There Will Be Blood), a mixed bag of humor and oddity (Punch Drunk Love), and a three hour symphony of tragic melancholy that feels like a hundred pound weight on your chest (Magnolia). The man is a very good director with his casting, visual style, and attention to detail but, when his films go in a direction that makes more sense to himself than to the audience, then the film fails as a whole.
Sad to say it but, Inherent Vice is just that type of film. A movie with all of the elements for greatness, only to be an in"co"herent waste of talent and of a hundred and fifty minutes. This movie doesn't know how to ground itself. Right from the get go, we (the audience) are shown the world through Joaquin Phoenix's (Walk the Line) Visine deficient eyes, and we have to go along for the ride whether we understand it or not. The sad part is, that so many things were done right. The costumes look great. The set designs and locations also look authentic to the era (1970's). The performances and sense of humor is very good as well. But if those things are shown from the perspective of a stoner hippie with early onset Alzheimer's, it all just falls into disappointment. The film goes from scene to gibberish laden scene without giving the audience a chance to register what has just been said. The large amount of characters also doesn't help the storytelling process. I guess my little brain couldn't process all of the information.
Fri, 16 January 2015
question of the week -
It's a podcast about drama movies. Joe and Mike sit down and discuss older drama's and the question of "what would you do" in regards to making the movie for today's audience.
Taking these great movies and reimagining them with regards to the technological advances of today would be an interesting twist on the movies.
In this novel and its sequels Norton explores aspects of Native American culture, specifically the Navajo, through metaphors in Storm's life and in the culture he adopts on his adopted planet.
Wed, 14 January 2015
Joe and Mike discuss the best of movies for 2014 and some of the upcoming movies in 2015 that they hope will be just as good.
In no particular order here are the movies that Joe and Mike recommend.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Captain America - Winter Soldier
The Edge Of Tomorrow
Big Hero 6
3 Days To Kill
How To Train Your Dragon
Wolf Of Wall Street
Dawen Of The Planet Of The Apes
Movies to avoid like the plague
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Dumb and Dumber To
Wed, 14 January 2015
A sample of Joe and I doing a break into commercials
Mon, 12 January 2015
Question Of Why Don't They -
Question Of The Week -
2001 A Space Odyssey
Lawrence Of Arabia - don't touch.
Why Don't They -
Fri, 9 January 2015
From only seeing a few of the pieces on his resume, Benedict Cumberbatch has become one of my favorite actors. In such a short time, he has established himself as a top tier leading man. His brilliant performances on the miniseries, Sherlock, and as Khan, in Star Trek Into Darkness, got me hooked. Some other larger than life actors take decades honing their craft by working the theaters and doing small, unnoticeable roles. Greats like Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Gary Oldman (The Professional), Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List), and Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), have all put inhuman amounts of time into their careers, and it shows. Cumberbatch has also, but his star is rising much quicker. Like those other actors, he has an ability to immerse himself into his characters and convince the audience that they're watching reality and not an act. I have a strong feeling, that we have not yet seen the best of Benedict Cumberbatch, and that leaves us overflowing with anticipation.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 2:38 AM
Mon, 5 January 2015
What makes The Interview so controversial is not so much its subject matter, but the reactions to that subject. The drama surrounding this film makes the hoopla associated with 2004's Team America: World Police, seem like a mild hiccup. Aside from the cowardice that has been shown by American movie theater owners, the biggest shame in all of this has been the overshadowing of a decent comedy. Put aside the whole "Act of War" thing (it's easier if you're American, harder if French), and look at this film as what it is- a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg collaboration. They've worked together on hits like Superbad and This is the End. If you're not into their type of humor, then The Interview isn't for you. What works so well, is the interplay between whoever's on the screen. Just like its namesake, The Interview consists mainly of two people at a time, improvising on the scene's subject, conversing and manipulating each other to hilarious conclusions. The only time it doesn't work as well, is when too many people are shoved into the mix.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 6:37 PM
Thu, 1 January 2015
It's our last show of 2014 -
if you haven't seen Alien Nation, it's kind of like 48 Hours/buddy cop movie meets Independence Day or District 9. A unique idea and a good movie to boot. Why the studios haven't jumped on the bandwagon to expand this movie universe is beyond us. It's worth it, if done right.
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:07 AM
Tue, 30 December 2014
When John Carpenter came out with Escape From New York, it was a cool twist on the prison escape movie. Lone wolf gunslinger rolls into town, on a mission to find something or someone and get out alive.
Taking it almost post apocalyptic and setting it on Manhatton was a stroke of genius. The characters were quirky, realistic and fun. Plissken and his shady, mysterious past always cropped up and much like Boba Fett, you wanted to learn more about this character but the payoff was never there. Which was excellent. It left you wanting more. Especially when he chimes in with asking Harry Dean Stanton's character about Fresno Bob.
In Escape From L.A. we got to know a bit more about Plissken and his trevails before New York. It was really a throw away line when he's talking with Hershey (Pam Grier) about Cleveland and how they left him behind. These two items got Joe and I talking about an Escape From Cleveland movie - we knew the setting - 1992. Five years before New York and 4 years after New York became the first prison colony. We knew Snakes past. Former military and was arrested for robbing a bank. So we threw those bits and pieces together and came up with the idea that Plissken, Hershey and Fresno Bob were part of a mercenary unit sent in to Cleveland to rescue (again) the presidential candidate and his wife, at the same time they are to protect a train carrying important federal government documents. In reality it was carrying the gold reserve from Fort Knox. But it all goes bad in typical Escape From New York fashion.
Plissken is betrayed by his "friends", we find out what happens to Fresno Bob and we meet a new character "The Dog Catcher" and we get to see Plissken play football "Blood Bowl" style and finish off the movie series "Escape From..." with an epic 3rd movie.
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:32 PM
Sat, 27 December 2014
Of course, there also needs to be Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in the movie, even if there is just a flashback to him. Maybe have another character with his traits and that Peck (william atherton as Richard Thornburg) guy. He does need to be in it again, along with Theo (bad guy programmer), Al, Holly, Lucy, Jack and Justin Long as the son-in-law and a moment where the FBI guys say "no relation" and they're both still the same guys - Robert Davi and Grand Bush. As Al says "what do they do? grow you guys on trees?" or something equally as silly, such as you guys look really familiar or whatever.
Sat, 27 December 2014
When reviewing the end of The Hobbit trilogy, one can't help but compare it to the end of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Will it do things right? Will it be a satisfying end to a memorable tale? Will it have twenty-seven endings (like it can't let go)? My short answer is, no. Now I will concede that maybe, just maybe, I have subconsciously convinced myself that all films (post ROTK) will inevitably come up short. But that doesn't mean that this movie couldn't have been so much better. My biggest problem, is that I didn't feel emotionally connected to anyone except for Thorin Oakenshield. The story is split between so many characters that there's no one to care about. Also, the sense of awe that I once felt, has been replaced by looking more for what was done wrong instead of just trying to enjoy it for what it is. Thank God that I saw this film twice. The first time left my high expectations drenched in underwhelming disappointment. After seeing it again, I believe my first opinions were a bit harsh. This film is still not anywhere near as good as ROTK mind you, but it is a nice companion to the whole schmear. Besides its character problems and the obvious over-stretching of its source material, The Battle of the Five Armies puts style over substance.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:44 AM
Mon, 22 December 2014
Each week joe and I discuss a kind of "what would you do" segment. We call it the Question Of The Week. In general it's about older movies that we think could be remade, repurposed or rebooted.
This week we talk about the age old classic - Dungeons And Dragons type movies. The good ole tale of the dragon slayer or dungeon crawler. Swords and Sorcery.
What dungeons and dragons type fantasy movie would you like to see come to the big screen again?
Joe thinks Willow would be cool.
Movies mentioned in this podcast
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:18 PM
Fri, 19 December 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings is another of Scott's films that looks great, but has a black hole at the center of it. And no matter how much sand or eyeliner that you throw into it, it will never be filled. The biggest problem with this movie is that its two and a half hour run time isn't long nor smart enough to contain such a large story. For a film that focuses entirely on Christian Bale's Moses, it's not completely sure what to do with him. Every time that there's a moment that needs to grow between himself and another character, the film shifts to days or even years later. How can we care about the man who "let his people go", if we are not shown his development with those people? I'm also still trying accept Bale (who's Welsh) as a Hebrew. He neither looks nor sounds like it. But he's not the worst. Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as Ramesses II, is almost laughable. His spoiled brat of a performance is only surpassed when he has the constant look on his face of "who dealt it?". Oh wait, that's because of the large amounts of eyeliner that was applied to him and the other white as hell actors in this (I thought that Tammy Faye Bakker was dead). My other big problem with this movie is the cast. Good to great actors like Aaron Paul (Need for Speed), Ben Mendlesohn (The Place Beyond the Pines), John Turturro (The Big Lebowski), Sigourney Weaver (Paul), and Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast), are relegated to a mere few scenes, and/or are mostly quiet when shown. With such a powerhouse cast, wouldn't you use them to the best of their abilities?
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Fri, 12 December 2014
Damn you Blair Witch Project! Sure you've inspired some decent "found footage" films since 1999 like, Cloverfield, Troll Hunter, Quarantine, Paranormal Activity (part 1), The Bay, and Chronicle but, on the other end, we've been eyeball raped by dozens of weak knockoffs exploiting the hopes and wallets of moviegoers. It's a cool genre when done right. Into the Storm, Earth to Echo, The Chernobyl Diaries, The Last Exorcism, and Apollo 18, are some of the junk that somehow escaped the worthless void of straight-to-video worthy films and went mainstream. Where is the studio exec that looks at movies like those and says, "NO!"? Oh yeah, he's wiping his tookus with our money with one hand, and signing off on another crapfest with the other. I guess that's how this next film got approved.
The Pyramid, is a lame attempt to capitalize off of multiple horror films while using the once creepy handheld camera method. The premise is interesting and the overall look isn't bad but, that's where the positives pretty much end. It's like somebody had an idea for a movie, but didn't know the specifics, and wrote it anyway. "Hey! I can't think of any substantial dialogue and character depth so, let's just have them wander around the inside of a dark pyramid, scream, argue pointlessly, and make stupid decisions, til they all die off." To fill in the blanks, the filmmakers decided to copy from flicks like The Descent, The Mummy, and all of the "handhelds". Those other films worked because they had something that this one doesn't- good storytelling and charming characters. Instead of us rooting for the pyramid's captives, we just root for the next bloody death scene.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:37 AM
Sun, 7 December 2014
You may notice that we have done away with "episode" number our podcasts. I (Mike) don't believe in it. It dates the show, it's unimportant to the listener as to what show is what and where in the time line and if we want to re-record a show, then we have to go back to the show, replace the file and then let everyone know where it's at. In fact, we're re-recording our Django Unchained and The Hobbit podcasts and we're leaving in the originals because it show's where we were at the time and how far we've come along.
I don't buy into the "podcast strategy". The idea that we have to have music at the beginning of the show, that we have to have episodic content or numbers or that we have to introduce the show like this "hi and welcome to another episode, episode blah blah, of our episodic show..." BORING. Joe and I retooled the show to reflect how we want it to be, so that you, the listener will enjoy the experience even better.
Trust me :)
Any ways, here is our newest show - The Question Of The Week.
Shane Black movies - What movie of his would you rewrite, remake or reboot? or would you do all three?
I know - you're asking yourself -
Shane Black is responsible for creating one of the most successful movie franchises. Monster Squad! Also, he wrote something called "Lethal Weapon" which was a moderate success. Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) to The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero (1993) script.
Also - Predator - He's got Predator money! Oh and he's responsible for the Lethal Weapon franchise. Not bad for a kid from where ever he's from. Also, he and chris pratt could be brothers
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Thu, 4 December 2014
Horrible Bosses 2 is an obvious unnecessary follow-up. Luckily, it knows how to have fun in spite of its pointlessness and ups (or degrades) the personalities of its characters. Jason Bateman's straight man- straighter (except for a brief moment at the dentist's office). Jason Sudeikis' horny goofball- still horny with fewer brain cells. Charlie Day's dimwitted back seater- no change. Jennifer Aniston's slutty dentist- sluttier. Kevin Spacey's arrogant asshole- even bigger. Jamie Foxx's Mofo Jones- still a mofo. Newcomers Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine, show that serious actors have a comedic side too - especially Pine.
Sun, 30 November 2014
Sat, 29 November 2014
Mockingjay seems to be another two-parter that benefits from being split up. This Part 1 of the final film, is all about the build up to the rebels' inevitable battle with the pampered prima donnas of the Capital in Part 2. Once again, Jennifer Lawrence is the strongest piece of this franchise. She makes you believe so much in Katniss, that every word she says is gospel. A good example of that is when she's emoting to the cameras recording her for the rebels' inspirational videos. The speeches she gives are nothing new but, when she says them, it's emotionally powerful. Like a special assortment of spices, each of her co-stars adds a distinct flavor to their parts. In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, is very effective at showing him in and out of his element. Some actors get more screen time for this film like Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth, while others get considerably less like Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci. You can never have enough Haymitch. Luckily, it balances itself out. One character that I still don't care for is Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson. The supposed love that's between him and Katniss looks and feels fake. Just because they say it's there, doesn't truly mean it is. Of course, the relationship between Katniss and Gale (Hemsworth) seems unrealistically strained for plot convenience as well.
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Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 3:15 PM
Sun, 23 November 2014
The question of the week always revolves around movies - past and present. From the actors in movies to what kind of soundtracks we like. With the idea of "what would you do differently". This weeks question of the week is all about early Steve Martin films and whether or not they would be relevant if they were released now. Steve Martin has a great list of classic and not so classic movies like The Jerk, The Man With Two Brains, Planes Trains and Automobiles (with the great John Candy), The Three Amigo's with Martin Short and Chevy Chase, Roxanne and Parenthood.
What movie do you think would work in todays cinemascape?
Fri, 21 November 2014
With Hollywood's hopeless attempts at producing original
hits, they have ventured into a realm that we thought
would never exist- long belated sequels of films that no
one ever asked for or gave up thinking about a long time
ago. To my disbelief, Dumb and Dumber To has now happened,
while the Ghostbusters franchise gets fitted for Spanx
gear and straitjackets (cause those bitches is menstrual
and crazy!) before its inevitable re-collapse. From the
hilarious trailers, I thought that this new film would be
awesome, I was wrong. It's just, ok. I don't fault Jeff
Daniels and Jim Carrey for its mediocrity, I blame the
Farrellys. (along with four other writers) They wrote and
directed the damn thing. Even though this film doesn't try
to one up the original, it still comes off as an almost
scene for scene copy of part 1 with different characters
and hijinks. Think of how comparable the stories were for
Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.. It all just
seems kind of lazy to me.
Sat, 15 November 2014
Interstellar is their next collaboration and honestly, it's their most ambitious to date. This film tries to be so big, that it almost collapses into the black hole that's at the center of it all. At times, the theoretics (space, time, gravity, etc.) are so confusing that you can miss an entire conversation but, still be in awe of the overall package. To be honest, this film is probably the most difficult review that I have ever had to write (so far), and that's accredited to Nolan. For good or worse, the man makes you think. At the time of writing this review, I've had three days since seeing Interstellar to think about it, and I still haven't gotten a complete grasp on it all. The beginning of the film is all pre-space flight character development mostly between Matthew McConaughey (the Lincoln philosopher) and his daughter played by, Mackenzie Foy (Breaking Dawn 1 & 2), with some end of the world dilemmas (mega dust storms, dying crops, narrow-minded school teachers) playing in the background. Characters played by Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, and Casey Affleck, are all small roles but, effective in their limited appearances. Anne Hathaway is sort of a mixed bag in this film. She is believable as a scientist but, she also comes off as someone so emotionally unstable that you wonder if there might have been a better candidate for NASA to pick. McConaughey is at first the same guy with a twang that you have seen in almost everything but then, his character becomes more impassioned and the film soars along with him. Better than McConaughey though, was the grown up version of his daughter played by, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). She brings a level of heartrending realism to her role of a daughter who feels the hopelessness that she may never see her father again, that she makes you want to drop everything that you're doing and call a loved one.
Fri, 14 November 2014
Based on a short-lived Marvel comic, Big Hero 6 is another Disney animated film that's so good, it could be mistaken as a Pixar release. It has the same attributes that make a Pixar film what it is- a good story, a sentimental sense of humor, heart, and of course, state-of-the-art animation that has that extra little something that seperates them from the other guys (Dreamworks, Sony Animation, Universal, Fox). First and foremost, the sense of humor is what this film does best. I don't care how good the animation is. If the story is lame and doesn't make you laugh, then the overall look doesn't matter. Luckily, the animation is as good as the story, which only has a couple of moments that are formulaic. Little details like background character movements and reflections off of puddles, draws you into their world. Also, the fictional combo city of San Fransokyo, is beautifully colorful and rendered. Along with the humor, Big Hero 6's biggest asset is also its biggest character- Baymax, the marshmallowy robot with a heart of gold and the innocence of a child. Everything Baymax is absolutely great. Everything he says, everything he does. He's as memorable a character as Stich or Wall-E.
Thu, 13 November 2014
Every week Mike has a question for Joe about movie related items - sometimes it's favorite directors, sometimes it's about rebooting or remaking movies.
This week's Question Of The Week is about:
What movie or movies would you redo the soundtracks to? Would you use a composer for original film score like Star Wars or Indiana Jones or would you use music artists to compile a soundtrack like Kill Bill or Guardians Of The Galaxy?
Sat, 8 November 2014
like Hardboiled, the Matrix, A Better Tomorrow, Face/Off
and recently John Wick. Joe and I ask the question - What
is your favorite hardcore action flick and who would you
recast in it?
For Joe -
Special consideration - Die Hard
Fri, 7 November 2014
Michael Keaton has always been an actor that I've wanted to see more of. Movies like Beetlejuice and Clean and Sober, worked so well because of his charisma. His sense of humor and unique facial gestures have even kept some of his mediocre films afloat (Gung Ho, Multiplicity). Throughout the 80s and early 90s, you could see him all of the time (Johnny Dangerously, Pacific Heights). Then after his two shots as Batman, he seemed to go into a more serious direction (My Life, The Paper), and eventually became sporadic with his roles (Jackie Brown, Jack Frost, Desperate Measures). With the success of 2005's, White Noise, it seemed that he was on a "comeback", but no. He sort of disappeared after that, with some offbeat films (The Merry Gentleman, Post Grad), some voice work (Cars, Toy Story 3), and a humorous role in The Other Guys. What a strange rollercoaster that his career has been on. Now for whatever reason, there has been a resurgence of Mr. Keaton lately (Robocop 2014, Need for Speed), and Hollywood is better off for it. I just hope that he gets the recognition he deserves for this next film.
Fri, 31 October 2014
I love October, the cheesy horror movies from the 80's are on tv, the new TV season is upon us and in full swing and it's getting towards the end of the year. In appreciation of Halloween, we have our Question Of The Day -
What horror movie terrified you the most?
Mikes list -
Joes List -
Fri, 31 October 2014
Co-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are both former stunt men with each a massive resume to back up their credentials. Films like The Matrix, Ninja Assassin, and The Hunger Games, are but a small amount of the brilliant stunt and assistant directing work that they have done. Their first job in the Captain's chair, is the film, John Wick, which is an awesome way to show what years of technical experience can accomplish. (after seeing the film) When I found out that this was directed by a couple of stunt guys, it all made perfect sense. This movie is a lot of fun. From the very beginning to very end, it gets to the point. There's no time to stop and smell the roses. There's only time to do a drive-by on those flowers with a grenade launcher, take a couple of seconds to reflect, and then move onto the next batch. Everything here is done right. They even keep Keanu Reeves' dialogue short so that he doesn't overact and get carried away with himself. Instead, the supporting cast steps in and carries the verbal load. With the exception of Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), who came off as an annoying character with no depth, every player involved gets something fun to say and/or do. Willem Dafoe (Boondock Saints), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Ian McShane (Sexy Beast), John Leguizamo (Spawn), Dean Winters (Mayhem), and Lance Reddick (Fringe), all bring something cool and relevant. Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is the absolute stand out, though. His performance is a combination of semi-controlled rage and hilarity that had me in stitches more than a few times.
Thu, 23 October 2014
Brad Pitt is like a fine wine, he just gets better and better with age. The levels of his character, "War Daddy", are the film's most intricate. Alongside, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) is the actual centerpiece of Fury but, he's in such close quarters that everyone gets plenty of face time. Shia LaBeouf (Disturbia) is very good and doesn't try to hog the spotlight, even though he went to extremes to prep for his role (look it up). Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street) as the redneck of the group, is over the top but effective. The one wasted actor was Michael Pena (Observe and Report). He is mostly quiet throughout and he doesn't get much to say. An actor of his talent should have gotten more to work with. The "why don't we see more of him lately" Jason Isaacs (Luscious Malfoy) plays a Captain looking as war torn and tired as Pitt's in a few scenes. All of the rest of the cast are mostly just in for a brief moment or two but add to the overall picture.
Thu, 16 October 2014
Dracula Untold is supposedly going to be connected to these new monster movies. For the entire film, you can't see any possible connection to said films but, by the end, you can see a workable opportunity present itself. I must first say that this film is better than I had expected, but still not great. It's hard to get excited about a film like this when you've seen every incarnation of the character under the sun (or moon). (start of sarcasm) Oh but wait! There's something new about this Dracula. He's not the murderous abomination that we've all been shown for over the last hundred years. He's a misunderstood hero who has to make an impossible decision to protect his family (end of sarcasm). Problem is, Bram Stoker's Dracula from 1993 is the closest that Dracula should ever come to being a sympathetic villain. Now though, he's being reformed into a medieval version of the Dark Knight. He looks bad, but he's doing good, in a bad way, which makes it good. Confused yet? Don't be. The story is fairly basic and loosely based on Stoker's novel. The short ninety minute run time makes most of the film feel rushed in that, there's no time to really establish most of the characters nor give us time to care about them. The overall look of the film is one of its biggest assets. The location filming in Ireland, the cool visuals, and the costume designs, all helped to sell the feel of this film. For me, the dragon design of Dracula's armor is an amazing piece of work.
Fri, 10 October 2014
Gone Girl, is no exception. Damn, does this movie get intense! Fincher's latest novel interpretation, is a multi-layered suspense ride that will leave you wondering what the hell just happened. Me personally, I believe I need at least a couple more viewings to get my brain wrapped around everything. Advertised as a big Hollywood version similar to the Scott Peterson fiasco, this film is anything but. Pull back the layers, and see the level of insanity displayed in the story. First and foremost, Rosamund Pike (The World's End) as the girl that's........gone, delivers one of the most compelling performances that I have seen this year. Her ability to portray her character in so many different ways, is Oscar worthy. Ben Affleck (Mallrats) as Pike's husband, holds his own and shows that he can still work in front of the camera as well as behind it. His sister, played by Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), is an unexpected pleasure, to say the least. This actress just comes out of nowhere and takes over every scene that she's in. Hell, she's made me a fan after just one movie. Not to worry, I haven't forgotten about the rest of the cast. The film would only be as half as good without them. There are plenty to name but, the stand out supporters are from Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie) and Tyler Perry (Madea this and Madea that). They are both so good, you wish that they could stay around for a little longer.
Thu, 2 October 2014
Originally a TV show from the 80s, The Equalizer is pretty much a remake in name only. Sure, Denzel has the same name and he helps to right the wrongs of powerless victims but, that's where it stops. The film itself starts with some good character building between Denzel and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) for the first act. Then detrimentally, Moretz disappears until the final scene, and the rest of the film becomes a battle between Denzel and the Russian mob, with a couple of breaks for conversation. The flow of this film is eerily similar to Washington's 2004 revenge flick, Man on Fire, which had a great first half of drama, then it turned into a bloody torture-porn exhibition. Seriously, The Equalizer would have been so much better if it had put its guns down and spent more time with Washington and Moretz. Instead, we get a so-so movie with wasted potential. One of its wastes is with actors Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Bill Pullman (Spaceballs). They show up for maybe ten minutes, and do nothing but give Denzel someone to talk to in between gun battles. There was however, an interesting performance from Martin Csokas (XXX), as a Russian "cleaner". His creepy calmness, comes with a level of control and intimidation that's fun to watch.
Thu, 25 September 2014
How does one describe Kevin Smith's latest film, Tusk? The simple way, is to just say that a radio host goes to Canada for an interview, and is kidnapped by an old man who wants to turn him into a walrus. Sounds like an episode of Tales From the Crypt, right? A more intricate description would be, after an episode of Smith's popular internet show, Smodcast, with long time friend and collaborator, Scott Mosier, a goofy article that they both embellished on, has somehow been turned into a full length feature film. Just a heads up- This film is not for regular filmgoers. I'm not even sure if it's for fans of Kevin Smith's movies. But it is definitely for Smith's many podcast listeners. More than anything, Tusk is an inside joke that will fully only makes sense to them (me included). There are at least half a dozen nods to Smith's podcast shenanigans throughout the film. After saying that, I must say that this movie is one of the most "mixed bag" as they come. On one hand, it's a creepy character piece that's centered around Justin Long's (Jeepers Creepers) and Michael Parks' (Kill Bill) characters. On the other, it's an uneven take on the horror genre that becomes so absurd, that it's hilarious. Once I saw Long in the walrus suit, I couldn't help but laugh hysterically. Think "The Human Centipede" without the extreme gore, and with a sense morbid humor.
Wed, 17 September 2014
His final film (until some long lost final, final film shows up), The Drop, is not the end-all Gandolfini exit that we'd all hope for but, it is however a very good film that he makes the most of in a supporting role. His character as Uncle Marv, has the majority of funny lines, as well as the most emotional of the bunch. There's an underlying deception in his eyes and actions that adds to the film. The lead of the film, Bob, played by Tom Hardy (RocknRolla), is actually the most interesting person. Through most of the movie, Bob comes off as a very quiet pushover that at first glance, seems almost dimwitted. However, Hardy's performance is a subtle build up to an amazing reveal by the third act. And it is well worth the wait. His love interest, played by Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), is similar to the character she played in last year's, Dead Man Down, quiet and damaged. She doesn't have much to work with but, she helps to progress Bob's humanity. Though Bob has to deal with a large dilemma concerning a robbery at his bar that's owned by the Russian Mafia, another thorn pops up into his side from the likes of Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts). The unpredictability of his disturbing character, creates an uncomfortable level of tension that pulls you into the story.
Fri, 12 September 2014
Judging from this first film (but seventh book), I'd say that he should have just made a sequel to The Matador instead, or maybe played Grandpa Remmy in TBS' obviously soon to come "Remington Steele: The Next Generation". The November Man tries to be a bunch of spy thrillers all at once. The most noticeable, is the Bourne movies. It's hard to say what makes this film so, so-so, so I'll just compare it to a much better spy film from earlier this year. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit had a good story, action, side characters, suspense, and charisma. This film pales in every one of those comparisons. The story is predictable and nothing new. The action is largely forgettable. The side characters are mostly unimpressive space filler. What suspense? The predictability kills that. And Charisma? That lays at the bottom of Brosnan's glass. Nearly the entire film, Brosnan is heavily drinking, and yet he still has the ability to one-up the competition while operating heavy machinery. At least his Bond character knew when to pick up the phone and call his sponsor.
Aside from the drinking, Brosnan is ok when he doesn't look like he's falling asleep. A large part of the story is wasted on Brosnan searching for a person who's (obvious to us) right in front of his face the whole time. Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) plays the exact same character that she played as a Bond Girl. It's actually scary how comparable they are. Brosnan's protege/nemesis, played by Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), acts both knowledgeable and oblivious simultaneously (figure that one out). The film's best character was by long time actor, Bill Smitrovich (Ted, Independence Day). Normally a small side character in films, Smitrovich gets to show off his many years of acting experience with this role of someone who's both witty and secretive. Too bad more of the characters in this film weren't as interesting.
Wed, 3 September 2014
Wed, 27 August 2014
Nine years have passed since Robert Rodriguez's awesomely cool vision of Sin City was on the big screen. Since then, we've had to wade through some good ventures (Planet Terror, Machete), and some not so much (Spy Kids 4, Machete Kills). For whatever reasons, the anticipated sequel to Sin City was periodically placed on the back burner during those years, and had been simmering at a temperature so low that most people started to lose interest (just look at the opening weekend numbers). I was excited to hear about its confirmed filming and release but, after about thirty minutes into the film, that's where my excitement ended. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, is not a bad movie, but also not a very good one. What went wrong? It's hard to tell but, it is lacking in every department where part one excelled at. What's to blame? The time between films? The replacements of certain actors? Weaker source material? Or maybe the novelty has worn off? Either way, what was cool before, is now missing something. Nearly everything was off. The action, the suspense, and especially, the cool. Even Marv (Mickey Rourke) seemed different
We also talked about remaking Spawn the series, Todd Mcfarlane, keeping it reel about The Omen tv series on Lifetime Network
Direct download: TMRS_Episode_86_Sin_City_A_Dame_To_Kill_For.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:40 PM
Thu, 21 August 2014
On the show, Joe and I talked about Robin Williams passing and the Twitter and Instagram bullying that his daughter Zelda was subject to.
We also added a new subject to the show How Would You Do It?
This weeks How Would You Do It?
A Hellboy TV series. Would it be done live action? How long per episode? Where should it be shown, on TV, Web, HBO or Showtime?
Let's Be Cops takes the simple approach and excels at its situational comedy. Not a great story by any means but, the two leads played by New Girl costars, Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, jr., make the film work off of their chemistry and comedic timing. They have an Odd Couple dynamic. Johnson as the over the top wild man, and Wayans, jr. as the straight man. Every situation that they get into has consistent hilarity. Now, there's nothing really original to any aspect of the story but, seeing these two on the big screen together for the first time, felt fresh. This film has the charisma and execution where the similar cop comedy, Ride Along, failed to deliver. The supporting cast has some funny moments as well. Jon Lajoie (The League) and Natasha Leggero (Reno 911) have bit parts as a jerk off boss and a nympho with a taste for ecstasy and lollipops. As funny as they were though, they couldn't match the ferocity of Cuban/Dominican/Puerto Rican/idk character, Pupa, played by Keegan-Michael Key (Mad TV). Every facial expression and line of dialogue from him is "laugh til you cry" hilarious. Rob Riggle (21 & 22 Jump Street) plays a subdued role this time around, and it's a good thing. His loud, wacky, shtick, has worn a bit thin lately. James D'Arcy (Cloud Atlas) as the main villain, is a scarily good baddie but, his intensity would have been better served in a more serious film. The only really wasted role of the film comes from Andy Garcia (Smokin Aces). He plays the same old, dead faced, low talker, that he always seems to do lately.
Thu, 14 August 2014
I can give you three big reasons why the Turtles are still on the wrong track: Nickelodeon Movies, Director Jonathan Liebsman (Wrath of the Titans), and (shocker) Producer Michael Bay. Now I realize that I've been hammering on Bay a lot this Summer but, there's a reason for it, and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film proves it. The best example is that good scriptwriting gets replaced by a poorly written story that only a child wouldn't notice, with characters that are boring and wasted (The Fantastic Four films come to mind). Speaking of boring characters, how's about Megan Fox as April O'Neil? Brunette (instead of the classic auburn hair color, hence the Irish name, O'NEIL!!!) and with acting abilities that only Keanu Reeves would envy. Oh, that's right, she's in this movie for the eye candy factor that Bay puts into his films nine times out of ten over substance. Don't even get me started about the appearance of The Shredder. Barely any dialogue for him and he's thrown into a Transformers style robotic suit that looks like a rip off of the cinematic Silver Samurai (The Wolverine). Side characters played by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Will Arnett (Blades of Glory) are ok but have nothing to chew on. One of my favorite actors, William Fichtner (Drive Angry), plays a minor villain with odd motivations.
Thu, 7 August 2014
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After seeing both Planes films in the span of five hours, I have to say that they weren't anywhere near as bad as I had hoped thought. While the first film was the run-of-the-mill, "little engine that could" tale, Fire & Rescue is better on both story and substance. What makes this movie a superior sequel, is that the direction the story goes to isn't your basic second adventure. Instead of just another race against a bigger and badder opponent, the hero gets hit with a life altering event and decides to help people. The messages about teamwork and second chances aren't overplayed. One of the coolest things about the subject matter, is that the filmmakers actually did their research. They spent nearly a year, learning about fire fighting procedures with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and also the United States Forestry Service. That research shows so well in the story and in the visuals, that it makes up for most of the film's shortcomings.
Guardians of the Galaxy, restores my faith in what's still possible with motion pictures. This risky venture that could have been a serious setback for Marvel is paying off big time. I mean most people (myself included) that don't eat and sleep comic books, didn't even know who the hell these guys were. But just like the ingenious line of trailers that preceded this film, this movie brings a level of fun back to movie watching. The movie is so good that I can only think of piddly things to complain about. Writer/director James Gunn (Slither, Super) has crafted a story that stands on its own, even while being connected to the Avengers universe. Starting off with a touching origin tale for the lead character, Star Lord/Peter Quill, and complimented by an awesome 70s classic rock soundtrack (even songs I normally don't care for fit perfectly), Gunn shows how much he's invested in this. After that, the story goes into a near constant barrage of action sequences and hilarity that ups the ante for Marvel movies. The jokes and sight gags come no less than every minute or so. The only times that the funny moments don't deliver is when the action overwhelms them (which happens a few times). Every one of the main characters (and most of the side ones too) bring their own distinctive form of charm to the humor, whether it be the crafty smartass (Star Lord), the naive warrior (Gamora), the straightforward vengeance seeker (Drax), the inferiority complexed opportunist (Rocket), or the simple minded sentient tree (Groot).
Thu, 31 July 2014
Lucy, is the atypical Besson action flick, but with a sci-fi kick (unintentional rhyme). As a fan of his type of movies, that's perfectly fine for me. The film starts off sort of similar to The Professional. The setting, the suspense, the introduction of the villain. What is it with Besson always having the baddies in a high rise building? Social statement? Scarlett Johansson, who through the length of the film is nearly emotionless, is so damn enchanting that she could make a conversation with a potato interesting. Luc sure knows how to pick his leading ladies. Min-Sik Choi's (Oldboy) villain reminded me of Gary Oldman's from The Professional, with his hilariously frightening eccentric behavior. Morgan Freeman is a mixed bag of a character. During the first twenty minutes, he helps to set up the premise nicely but, then afterward, he's relegated to the same old advice giver that he's been type-casted for. Come to think of it, his film from a couple of months ago,Transcendence, was similar with his character and the premise. But unlike Transcendence, this film knows when to stop.
Fri, 25 July 2014
The Purge: Anarchy Takes the intriguing premise from it's predecessor and delivers a better product this time around. Though it comes with many flaws, this film does what The Purge should have done in the first place. Set in the open environment of the city (LA), instead of the un-cinematic confines of a mansion, the story has a better chance to breathe. There, the affect of the purge is shown on a larger scale, and the main affect is creepy. Along with the premise, the eerie ambiance of the film (creepy masked stalkers, darkly lit areas, and that damn purge siren) is the film's biggest attribute. Also, it's lead role played by Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is the most interesting character of the bunch however, that's not saying a whole lot. The four little known actors that Grillo bodyguards through the city, are lacking in much depth and at times, come off as victims stinking in cliche. Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire), plays the leader of an underground anti-purge militia. Though his two scenes in the movie weren't bad, the whole rebel thing felt like a desperate grab at enhancing the story. Long time actor, John Beasley (Walking Tall 2004), portrays a sympathetic character at the start of the film, and was probably the only person besides Grillo's that was worth caring about. Jack Conley (Payback) plays a government hit squad captain, who's involvement comes off in a way that was a bit of a stretch. What this movie needed was a villain as interesting as Rhys Wakefield was in part one
Wed, 23 July 2014
Ah, the sex comedy. Designed to be both a laugh generator and boner inducer. Problem is, how many times have you laughed while having an erection (male or female)? Sure it's happened but, nine times out of ten, you're too much into serious cave man face mode, to have a sense of humor. Those humorous times are usually relegated to things like, poorly timed bodily noises, over-contorted facial gestures, and failing to imitate the Kama Sutra by collapsing into an unrecognizable pile of limbs and body hair. For me, it's looking into the mirror with one. I believe what makes the sex comedy so enticing, is the fact that from an outside view, sex in and of itself, looks funny. I mean, have you ever seen two tortoises slapping shells? It's damn hilarious. Some sex comedies do it right with things like, good casting (American Pie), a sense of heart (The 40 Year Old Virgin), or down right well written teenage debauchery (Porky's). Some take a premise and exploit it for all it's worth (That's My Boy). And some are just plain terrible (Tomcats). Sex Tape is a sex comedy that falls sort of in between the goods and bads of the genre. It has things that work. But the things that don't work slightly outweigh them. First of all, the chemistry between Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Cameron Diaz (The Counselor) is believable in a way that should make for a great comedy. They sold me on the belief that these two people truly love each other. But the sex scenes between them came off as two actors pretending to have sex. Although the story is nothing special, the charisma of the actors keeps this movie watchable. Rob Corrdry (Warm Bodies) and Ellie Kemper (21 Jump Street) as "the friends" were funny yet underused. With a longer running time than 94 minutes, they could have offered a bit more to the story. Rob Lowe's two scenes in the film were both odd and funny. It seemed like he was making fun of his old party self. The Jack Black (The Fatties) cameo near the end was probably the highlight of this movie. Everyone else who was in the film was there for a little more than a blink.
Wed, 16 July 2014
Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), this second in a planned trilogy is as near a complete package of a film as anything else that has come out this year (so far). What blows my mind, is that this one is even better than the surprisingly good, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, from three years prior. The pacing of the film is just one of many of its positives. The story is so well written and executed on screen, that I don't think I noticed a single boring moment. Every scene was important for the overall picture. The apes take center stage for most of the film, with the humans being portrayed as the outsiders. Along with Caesar (Andy Serkis, brilliant again), some of the other apes got a good amount of show. But among all of the apes, Koba, played by Toby Kebbell (Rockanrolla), was by far the standout of this movie. The build up to him becoming the main villain was both intriguing and suspenseful. The controlled rage shown in his face and actions was scarily good. Sincere moments between apes and humans, mostly with Serkis and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), bring a touching level of drama that most Summer blockbusters cannot duplicate. Subtly cute and funny attributes of the characters also makes things more relatable. Gary Oldman (True Romance), who was advertised as an unreasonable warmonger, was anything but that. Although he wasn't on the screen for much of the film, every scene he was in was relevant. Scenes of personal conflict between the humans and apes were relatable and didn't fall into cliche.
Direct download: TMRS_Ep_79_Dawn_Of_The_Planet_Of_The_Apes.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:18 AM
Sat, 12 July 2014
Tammy, is the next film line of Melissa McCarthy's superstar comedies. Written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone (who also directed this), this film doesn't get to explore the depths of McCarthy's acting skills. Not even as much as were shown in the mediocre, Identity Thief. Look, it may sound premature to say that she's in danger of typecasting after only four films into her newfound stardom but, I see a familiar pattern. Her characters have been crude, foulmouthed, assholes, that turned out to be misunderstood sweethearts that were just lonely. I have seen the range of this lady and, she can do so much better. I think she needs to venture out into some dramedies like what Judd Apatow's (Knocked Up, The Five Year Engagement) production company makes. Because films like this one are holding her back. Maybe she should have only written it? Regardless, she's in this one and, it's not bad but, it's not that good either. Although this was marketed as a hilarious Melissa McCarthy vehicle, it's actually a road trip comedy/Granddaughter & Grandmother drama. There are no hilarious moments in this film. Just funny, heartfelt moments. Sometimes that's better, but not with a weak script.
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Thu, 10 July 2014
Is Michael Bay the Houdini of our generation? He is truly a magician. He can take a beloved cartoon from our childhood's, defecate (poo) all over it, call it a film, market the hell out of it, fool the masses into shelling out their Friday night beer money, and walk away with billions of dollars for the studios and himself. But who is the asshole here? Bay, or the people who have continued to go back to the theaters three more times since 2007's Transformers? The definition of insanity? Probably. Regardless about anyone's feelings about Bay, it's safe to say that the man is a genius. How else do you explain why each new sequel generates more and more revenue? We (the moviegoers) keep falling for the same damn thing every two to three years. If you have seen any of Bay's films after the 90's (Bad Boys 2 excluded), then you must have noticed the same old boring routine: Weak dialogue, slow motion pan over shots, MichaelBaySplosions!, and a total disregard for the fans. I wonder, when Bay is presenting the first screening of one of his movies, does he say to the audience, in the voice of Mad TV's Stuart, "Look what I can do!"? Scary thing is, I don't think he's leaving Hollywood any time soon.
Sun, 6 July 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2, leans more on the worthwhile side of the sequel coin. This second part in a planned trilogy, does what most sequels fail to do, which is it progresses the story and the main character. Set five years after part one, we get to see Hiccup & company, a little bit older and a little bit wiser. But not too wise. They still have a lot to learn. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautifully colorful animation. And when looking closer, the choreography of motion and the detail of body texture. For example: The way Christopher Mintz-Plasse's character, Fishlegs, shakes his head, and his double chin is swaying back and forth as realistic as possible. Or when you see a close up of Gerard Butler's character, Stoick, with each individual hair on his face standing out. The animated cinematography was also attention grabbing. Scenes of Hiccup flying on his dragon, Toothless, make you feel like you're flying with them, and a bird's eye view with pan throughs during scenes of battle, really exhilarates. The action itself (though bloodless) worked well with the overall look of the film.
- From Average Joe's Movie Review
we also talk about the following in this episode
Rogen/Franco Assassinate kim jung-un which apparently North Korea isn't happy about and have threatened us with bad stuff -
Ninja Turtles trailer
Shane Black doing a sequel to Predator
Rian Johnson doing Star Wars Episode 8
Movie review - How To Train Your Dragon 2
Transformers movie trailer review - is it a piece of shit or not?
Die Hard based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp
I Am steve McQueen
Dreamworks software - Torch, premo, otto
Fri, 27 June 2014
We review 22 Jumpstreet
Talk about harrison fords broken foot
and something else.
Jim Norton, Rich Voss and his wife Bonnie
Patton Oswalt and his Tualip Indian Casino story.
We also give our POS review review in this episode on 22 Jumpstreet
Thu, 19 June 2014
We review Edge Of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and EMily Blunt and Bill Paxton.
We start with our Piece of Shit or Not trailer review for The Edge of Tomorrow.
Review the Movie and why it works or why it doesn't work and then we roll into
News of the week
Justice League movie
Batman V Superman
Doug Limon - Edge Of Tomorrow
The Black List - Unproduced movie scripts
Neil Gaiman - American Gods - HBO cancelled series
Peyton Reed now on Ant-Man with Adam McKay "contributing"
Wed, 11 June 2014
Banter between Mike and Joe (0-1430)
SyFy Witch Hunter Gretyl - (14:35 - 21:57)
A Million Ways To Die In the West (21:57 - 1:05:30)
News (1:05:30 -
News of The Week
Josh Trank has been set as the director of the 2nd Star Wars spinoff film - Which may be Han Solo.
Jupiter Ascending has been delayed to 2015
Metal Gear Solid The Movie is coming - whoopdeedoo
Dr Strange has a director - Scott Derickson
Josh Brolin is playing Thanos
Roland Emmerich is redoing Stargate as a trilogy, which was his original plan
Cliffhanger "reimagining" - I'm betting it will be on Mt. Everest.
World War Z sequel has a screen writer - hopefully it will be more like Max Brooks novel
Star Wars news - pics from Abu Dhabi - Millenium Falcon and an X-wing and a bunch of other pics of the Tatooine set. They're filming in London now.
Patton Oswalt - I want all the ham
is JJ Abrams the leak?
Direct download: that_movie_review_show_episode_73_a_million_ways_to_die_in_the_west.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:28 AM
Wed, 4 June 2014
That Movie Review Show Episode 72 X-Men Days Of Future Past Movie Review, Ant-Man, Daredevil and Batman V. Superman
Joe and Mike Review X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Edgard Wright Left Ant-man (which we posted about in Keeping It Reel)
Newline is rebooting IT (a readaptation)
Batman V. Superman dawn of justice is the title of the new
movie and all DC Comics movies will be working towards a
Justice League movie
Gareth Edwards is still attached to godzilla 2 and is
doing the Star Wars Spinoff rumored to be Boba Fett
Denzel Washington in the Equalizer
Zero Therom trailer
Hateful 8 moving forward - the script is awesome
Daredevil Showrunner Drew Goddards left the the show and
is replaced by Steve S. DeKnight who worked on Spartacus
and Buffy and other Joss whedon shows.
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_73_Xmen_Days_Of_Future_Past.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:21 AM
Wed, 28 May 2014
Go. GO. Godzilla
In this episode Joe and Mike talk about the following news and review the new movie Godzilla.
Godzilla Sequel has been confirmed
Glenn Mazara is writing an Omen TV Series
Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer 2
Alfonso Cuaron doing Fantastic Beasts - he directed The Prisoner of Azkaban
Expendables 3 is going to be PG-13
Jimi Hendrix- Anthony Mackie
Nikki Finke - Hollywood movie blogger
x-men days of future past
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_71_Godzilla.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 6:12 AM
Thu, 22 May 2014
It's richard attenborough and gates macfadden bringing you Episode 70 Neighbors. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Effron and Dave Franco's Eyebrows and McLovin.
It's Zac Effron and his abs Vs. Seth Rogen. That's all I got.
In this episode we talk about The Batsuit and new Batmobile from Zack Snyder.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them release date.
Dennis Lawson turned down Star Wars Episode VII
Channing Tatum is Gambit
Gotham not even out, promoted 3 part timers to series regulars
The Flash has a trailer out
Godzilla comin out this week - check out or Piece Of Shit Or Not.
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_70_Neighbors.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:11 AM
Thu, 15 May 2014
Andrew Garfield's Spiderman can still pull off the orphan boy charm, and his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) was also one of the film's assets. Stone's performance as Parker's love interest is so much better than Kirsten Dunst's as Mary Jane in the Raimi trilogy. Unlike Dunst, you actually want her to be in every scene. Nearly every actor did an awesome job. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin was great until he became the Goblin and went into witchy mode. Harry's father, Norman (Chris Cooper), was very effective in one of the best scenes of the film with DeHaan. Sally Field's (Mrs. Doubtfire) Aunt May, actually got more than two lines of dialogue this time around, and the film is better off for it. Giamatti's extreme Russian gangster accent was funny as hell and worked in the couple of scenes he was in. Now, Jamie Foxx's (Horrible Bosses) role was a bit of a contradiction. Along with the lack of character depth, as a regular guy, he was this timid nerd. But as Electro, his personality changed with a more urban accent
In this episode we also talk about:
meatspin.com, discus Beats headphones, snow piercer trailerm and news about bourne 5 being written, anticipation of the Agents of SHIELD season 2 and information on Agent Carter series, Disney,Bob iger and 3 star wars spinoffs
Wed, 7 May 2014
This movie is so bad that we couldn't even come up with an opening for the show. We ended up seeing Brick Mansions and we're still trying to recover from that movie. Is it a POS or not?
Brick shit house mansions
In this episode we also mention
Bob Hoskins died - so no Roger Rabbit for him
Godzilla Trailer - 3 monsters
Justice League by Zack Snyder
Star Wars Casting News
11 DC movies in development - all style on substance
Wolverine and Jackman - old Man Logan?
Mirrors Edge Video Game and Parkour stuff
Rumble In The Bronx
Ed Begley Jr.
Jack Bauer Power Hour
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_68_Brick_Mansions.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:57 AM
Sat, 3 May 2014
artificial intelligence or AI as some would call it is the
next step in technological evolution or is it the final
solution to mans self destructive ways. Sentient computers
are not new to the scifi genre but does the latest johnny
depp vehicle transcendence add to the terrifying mythos or
does it transcend..
we'll find out on this weeks average joe's -
Mike's auto industry rant
cyborg - ray fisher
movies about some stuff
jem and the holograms
some star wars stuff
The Hobbit - The Battle Of the 5 armies
Flash Gordon Remake
Disney's It's A Small World
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_67_Transcendence.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:31 AM
Fri, 25 April 2014
It seems that sports themed movies adrenalize the viewing
audience more so than any other film out there
the idea of "any given sunday" - a term that means any
team can win at any time no matter what or how bad they
are. No matter the odds.
Movies about sports figures, real or fictional like rocky,
42, 61, the legend of bagger vance and Rudy pull at the
heart strings and bring emotion to film that's rarely
then you have movies like Happy Gilmore, Kingpin, Major
League, Balls Of Fury and the like that take on a more
humorous view of the sports world, whether it'sa serious
drama piece or a comedy piece, sports movies are generally
more grounded, less fantasy, more hyper-reality. These
movies tend to motivate us to be more like the "hero" in
the story. Stand up, powerful and humble all at once. Or
in the case of Happy Gilmore an angry temper tantrum
throwing bob barker punching maniac. Either way it's good
Then we have draft day.
opie and anthony
godzilla monster/pteradactyl/bat thing
days of future past - trailer 4
beverly hills cop 4 this summer
miss doubtfire 2
homesman trailer TLJ
spider man-= carnage sinister 6 venom
jim cameron - last of scripts almost done
paul betteny - vision
hobbit - dokken
crazy days and nights hollywood blog
sam and cat
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_66_Draft_Day.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 10:23 PM
Fri, 11 April 2014
The summer blockbuster...
Since the early 80's movies have been relegated to
space opera's, serial action movies, cheesy militaristic
fantasies and the buddy cop flick.
then there was the era of the cyborg and the dinosaur
and the era of the disaster flick (again)
but now the standard leader in summer entertainment has
been the Super Hero
Men. In. Tights.
Good vs. Evil has been thrown out the window and replaced
with multi-layered villains.
Are these movies better than the "Super Hero" movies we
were subjected to as kids? Or are we being treated to
another rash of Under-Roo's wearing weirdo's with bad
effects and even worse script writing.
We review Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Sabotage
Gandalfini's last movie
Sex Tape red band trailer
Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Harry potter
Marvel Studios plans through 2028
Justice League and DC falling apart
Shaun The Sheep
TMNT again - delayed because of reshoots
Fury - brad pitt and issues
Bruce Timm returning to Batman TAS/15 minute thing
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_episode_65_captain_america_sabotage.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:21 PM
Fri, 4 April 2014
It's time to play the music
it's time to light the lights
it's time to get things started
(why don't we get things started)
with Average Joe's tonight!
Ninja turtles trailer
Let's be cops trailer
terminator Genesis - schwarzenegger comments
daredevil, jessica jones, luke cage, ironfist on netflix
prometheus 2 writer
x-men trailer - new extended
edge of tomorrow
into the storm - this is not a twister remake!
fast 7 paul walker cgi
magic mike xxl
breaking bad - walking dead connection
i'm number 1 and you're number 2
opie and anthony
the dave school
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_64_muppets_most_wanted.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 11:46 PM
Thu, 27 March 2014
Fast cars, beautiful women, spotty dialogue and impossible coincidences - is this the newest intro to the Fast and Furious franchise?
This is the new breed of street racer/hero/bad boy
movies with chase scenes always seem to get your blood pumping.
Let me set the scene for you:
Steve McQueen, driving his Mustang, prowling through the streets of San Francisco when all of a sudden we're thrust into the middle of one of the greatest chase scenes in cinematic history.
2 men, 2 cars, 1 outcome.
Does Need For Speed live up to this and other classic car chase movies? Or is it just another over blown cash grab?
Find out on this weeks Average Joe's Movie Review -
Need For Speed...
It's in the game!
We also talk about the following
Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 announced
Peanuts teaser trailer debuted
First 10 minutes of Captain America popped up online
Ivan Reitman not directing GB3 - will still produce
Danger Mouse, Count Duckula
Lego Movie Doods directing GB3?
Job Chu directing Jem and The Holograms
Mark Ruffalo Done with Hulk Mo-cap for Ultron
Sword Art Online
Record Of Lodoss Wars
Galaxy Express 999
Star Blazers/ Space Battleship Yamato
We also talk about Cannonball Run as it's playing in the background
Thu, 20 March 2014
when frank miller created the comic 300 he was inspired by the the events that happened at the battle of thermopylae not just because of the courage of the warriors of Sparta, but because of what they stood for. Democracy- at least the fledgling idea of democracy's roots that took seed in Greece and these men (and women) were willing to put their lives on the line for their beliefs. Do these movies do justice to these historic (and world changing) battles or is it just another run of the mill hollywood sensation?
Stay tuned... for tonight we shall dine at SUBWAY!
Adrian Pasdar - General Talbot in S.H.I.E.L.D
Sudeikis is Fletch
Paramount planning a reboot of Explorers
Hal Douglas - Voice over guy died
JK Simmons in Terminator:Genesis
Ride Along 2/Nut Job 2 2016
Constantine the TV series moving forward
Gotham TV show synopsis which will focus on Detective Gordan and Harvey Bullock and the Wayne murder along with villain character originals - Harvey Dent?
Rob Schrab and Dan Harmon
Adventure Time and Pendleton Ward
Dungeons and Dragons
and a quote from the Rev!
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_62_300_Rise_Of_An_Empire.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 9:01 PM
Wed, 12 March 2014
Animated movies have become a staple of the cinema
experience. what was once relegated to shorts just before
the movie have transformed into 2 hour blockbuster
spectacular's. that doesn't make them great but once in a
while an animated movie shows up that is so out of left
field that it falls into that "original" idea space and
that's what we have with the Lego Movie.
oh and then we have non-stop. That came out as well.
all this and the news on Average Joe's Movie Review Show.
The new Matrix Trilogy sequel or prequel
Sin City 2 trailer
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Restoration
Legend Of Conan bits
Terminator Genesis plot details kind of like the back
half of Back To The Future 2
Clone Wars The Lost Missions debuts on Netflix
Michael Fassbender thing "Frank"
Transformers 4 Full trailer
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_61_Nonstop_and_The_Lego_Movie.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:28 AM
Wed, 5 March 2014
What's a man to do when he's single succesful, experienced and lonely in the city of lights?
AAAAH Paris. What more could one ask for!
Damsels in distress
Hot CIA Chicks
Murder for Hire?
Maybe a good beer and a steak
Does Kevin Costner get his steak and eat it too? or cake or...whatever. We'll find out in this weeks Average Joe's Movie Review Show.
Star Wars News - Adam Driver to Play a "vader" like villain
Marvel Studios throwing 200 mill. at Netfilx for a series
NBC Bringing back Heroes
Harld Ramis/Bill Murray Ground Hogs Day/Murricane
Dredd Sequel - Moving forward?
Rodriguez on Sin City 2 - Started on SC3
El-Rey Network/ Opie and Anthony interview
Official Godzilla trailer
Trying to pick a He-Man director
We're the Millers 2 - by Due Date writer
Clone Wars Lost Missions trailer
Sony-Seth Rogan/Goldberg - Console Wars
History of Kevin Costner Movies
Hipsters getting facial hair transplant surgery
Big Trouble In Little China
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_60_3_Days_To_Kill.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:41 AM
Sun, 23 February 2014
Quentin Tarantino Presents:
A Couple Of Average Joe's Movie Review Show
Josh Cooley - Movie's "R" Fun book
Vin Diesel Witchhunter
Gotham TV show - Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney
guardians of the galaxy
star wars/indy 5 rumors
Bond in 2015
the double trailer
introducing weird vibrating sounds smack dab in the middle of the fucking podcast.
Robocop Review and a history of Cyborgs in Cinema
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_59_Robocop.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 6:32 AM
Tue, 18 February 2014
When it comes to the genre of WWII movies we, as film goers, have been subject to the different styles of films that have tried to tell the stories of the men and women that have been a part of this conflict.
Movies such as Patton, Saving Private Ryan, Tora Tora Tora, Red Tails, The Tuskeegee Airmen show the front lines of the war, whether it's land, sea or air.
Then you have movies like Cassablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Last Crusade, even the Chronicles of Narnia and Pans Labrynth have used WWII as a backdrop to tell these stories.
With the movie The Monuments Men we are taken to the next level of WWII movies. Where men are beholden to each other to save an entire culture from eradication by going after the contributions to society a culture contributes, such as art, literature and music.
Is this movie worthy of entering the pantheon of great WWII movies? or will it be relegated to the Pearl Harbor of the next generation?
All this on a brand new Average Joe's Movie Review show.
Also talked about in this podcast -
Knight Rider with Chris Pratt and Danny McBride
Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer - Feb 18
Clone Wars The Lost Missions Netflix (13 episodes)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson - HBO 1/2 hour series Ballers
The Purge: Anarchy
Drew Pearce on the Manadarin One shot
Sid Caeser dies
Joel Silver - Escape From New York
John McTiernan - still in jail - doing a movie
The Lego Movie blooper
SHarknado sequel has been cast
Mob City canceled
Beetlejuice 2 Beetle goes to hawaii
Jodorowsky's Dune movie/documentary
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_58_The_Monuments_Men.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:30 AM
Sat, 8 February 2014
when we think of classic movie monsters like Frankenstein
we picture Boris Karloff lumbering towards us, covered in
stitches, bolts protruding from his neck, arms
outstretched, groaning and growling, half alive and angry
at the world.
is the new Frankensteins monster like that? Pieced
togetherfrom the parts of others barely able to speak or
is it a whole new breed of monster?
Let's find out in this weeks new episode of
Average Joe's Movie Review!
We talk about the following -
Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Drug Overdose
Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Jeremy Irons As Alfred in the new Batman/Superman
Dr. Doom as a female?
Bob Iger on new Star Wars content shelf life
Robocop is PG-13
Marvel Phase 3 - Ant Man, Guardians 2
Gary Oldman in the new Star Wars?
Super Bowl commercials and trailer spots
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_57_Frankenstein_and_Frozen.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:12 AM
Wed, 29 January 2014
what hollywood needs is a real man
A Captain Kirk kind of man
A Han Solo kind of man
A John McClane kind of man
a... financial analyst kind of man?
This week on Average Joe's That Movie Review Show
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Clear and Present Danger (film)
The Hunt for Red October (film)
Patriot Games (film)
The Sum of All Fears (film)
George RR Martin
That's My Boy
He-man masters of the universe movie
Direct download: That_Movie_Revie_Show_Episode_56_Jack_Ryan_Shadow_Recruit.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 3:24 AM
Wed, 22 January 2014
Ride Along with us!
In a world of helicopters, over used crane shots, slow motion twirling up shots, bullet time, quick cut shakey cam action sequences and somersault shoot outs. Good Guys, bad guys and those other guys, what has happened to the buddy cop flick?
Lock and load rook! It's time for That Movie Review Show - Buddy Cop Edition
Where in we talk about the following movies and review Tim Story's piece of shit movie.
To Live and Die In LA
the Hard Way
Beverly Hills Cop
Le Femme Nikita
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_55_Ride_Along.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:46 AM
Wed, 15 January 2014
A Couple Of Average Joe's That Movie Review
Episode 54 Lone Survivor
Week of 1/14/2014
This weeks movie review examines Peter Berg and his history of working in movies from acting to directing and composing. From his latest movie Lone Survivor to his first movie Very Bad Things. Peter has had a relatively successful career in Hollywood with a few missteps (Battleship. The Rundown) and huge hits like Friday Night Lights (Tv and Movie).
Your hosts Joe and Mike peer into his career and what he has coming up in the near future.
David lee roth
Spencer and his Navy Seal brother story
R Lee Ermey - Full Metal Jacket
Chicago Hope (1997) (TV series, episode "Colonel of Truth")
Very Bad Things (1998)
Wonderland (2000) (TV series, episode "Pilot")
The Rundown (2003)
Addicted (2003) (Enrique Iglesias music video)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday Night Lights (2006) (TV series, episodes "Pilot" and "East of Dillon")
The Kingdom (2007)
Keeps Gettin' Better (2008) (Christina Aguilera music video)
30 for 30 (2009) (TV series, episode "Kings Ransom")
Virtuality (2009) (TV movie)
Prime Suspect (2011) (TV series)
Lone Survivor (2013)
Here's a list of movies that Peter has directed
for more of peter bergs career check out his wiki-
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_54_Lone_Survivor.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 2:00 AM
Tue, 14 January 2014
This Weeks Show -
Top 5 with Commentary
47 Ronin is failing miserably - too much to make and worthless acting.
The Pete Holmes show is what were talking about with the whole X-Men/Batman/Superman
Injustice Gods Among Us is awesome! I highly recommend it.
Movie reveiw -
Joe and Mike really enjoyed The Wolf Of Wall St. From the midget tossing and hookers in the office to Jonah Hill playing with himself while high on drugs and drunk at a massive party and Leo's breaking the 4th wall, this movie is one of Scorsese's best movies in a long while.
Rob Reiner was great in this movie.
Scorsese's up coming projects
Kevin Smith's Red State
The Reverend Robert Rex Jackson - Words Of Advice
Fool Audio Research
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_53_Wolf_Of_Wall_Street.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 2:40 AM
Thu, 2 January 2014
It's Average Joe's Year End Podcast
We run through the top 10 and bottom 10 movies of the year
(in our opinion)
We review 47 Ronin
Mike 4 out of 10 (Keeanu)
Joe 7 out of 10
We thought the visuals were great, but Reeves was not even needed, the Japanese actors in the movie did a great job and could have carried it without him.
American Hustle We both gave it high marks 9 out of 10
More types of these movies need to be made, everyone was great, Louis C.K., Deniro, Bale, Adams, Cooper and the rest of the cast really made this movie excel. Jennifer Lawerence was spectacular and should win an Academy Award for her performance, plus she looks really good in a white one piece bathing suit lingerie thingy...
Thanks for listening this year and we will be back with more reviews for 2014!
Mon, 30 December 2013
It's the end of the year and man are there a lot of movies out! Joe and I are happy with our first year. In a crowded market where there are a lot of movie review sites, we thank all of you that listened to the podcast or read Joe's reviews. We work pretty hard at bringing you this show and I'm greatful that you all tune in. Next year will be bigger and better. So, again, thank you!
Flick Pick -
Joe - Scrooged
Mike - Christmas vacation
Director's choice - Ralph Bakshi
The People Of Walmart
Peter Reigert - Adam Sandler is starting to look like him.
Animal House and the original actor choices
Chevy Chase was in Steely Dan
Heather Orourke - she dead...
bill murray is awesome
The Image Guys
Jim Lee - McFarlane, Portacio, Silvestri, Liefeld, Valentino, Larsen
frank miller and all the awesome artists from marvel and DC in the late 70's early 80's
I don't know Margo!
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_51_Anchorman_2.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:11 AM
Wed, 25 December 2013
Episode 49 brings us to the brink of the Desolation Of Smaug with another great movie starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson - Out Of The Furnace.
Mike needs to work on his movie review skills...seriously
mentioned in this episode
Direct download: That20Movie20Review20Show20Episode204920Out20Of20The20Furnace.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 11:03 PM
Wed, 25 December 2013
Keeping it reel
sheep no more site
we also talked about...
Direct download: That20Movie20Review20Show20Episode204820Homefront.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 10:34 PM
Thu, 19 December 2013
Mike and Joe just go into talking about the Hobbit and how good it is as the middle piece of this trilogy.
Equating it to Star Wars and Empire in terms of desperation and sorrow.
As we had prepared to watch this movie, we weren't prepared to actually see how good Peter Jackson did, filming and editing the show. How great Benedict Cumberbatch was as Smaug and how the cast really pushed the envelope in terms of action, acting and special effects.
Movies now-a-days don't have that real special "need to see" feel any more. It's always the big action blockbuster with somewhat of a story line but it's not like it used to be when Star Wars, Raiders, Terminator, Jurassic Park and other movies that came out back when made us feel.
To me (Mike) The Desolation Of Smaug brings back that feeling of awe and magic to cinema.
The Desolation Of Smaug also brought back a lot of keen movie memories (mostly Star Wars) and moving forward, I think that Hasbro is truly missing the bus by not taking advantage of this resurgance of Dungeons and Dragons style movies. Maybe they're still licking their wounds after that bad versions of their properties they call movies (if you want to call them that).
Also mentioned -
Bob Salvatore - Author of The Dark Elf Series, The Demon Wars.
This marks the official 1 year anniversary of this (whatever damn name we're using at this time) podcast. My partner Joe and I can't believe that we've put out more than 50 episodes, including My pStory, Wikked Kewl Kartoons and of course A Coupe Of Average Joe's Movie Review. We're going to have an exception year next year with this show, so please keep listening and thank you so much.
I also want to thank everyone with Super Knocked Up for allowing me to help with their Super Geeked Up show and by help, I do a smidgen of what the rest of the guys do, I do it because I love podcasting. Thank you Jeff, Mark, Jourdan and everyone else from the series! Again, congratulations on you nomination!
Direct download: The_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_50_The_Desolation_Of_Smaug.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:33 AM
Wed, 18 December 2013
I wanted to put this out there -
Episodes 48 and 49 right now are being hosted on Soundcloud. Why? Well... space. I love libsyn publishing along with all the features it has available for podcast producers, but the amount of space we have is limited so I made an executive decision. In order for fans to listen to the podcast of The Desolation Of Smaug on both, I had to keep from posting Homefront and Out Of The Furnace here on libsyn, for now. They will be the next ones to go up as space becomes available.
Why not pay for more space? Well, limited funds, the podcast ain't payin for itself. Yet. That's why we keep asking all of our friends to tell all their friends to share this podcast, word of mouth will help us get noticed.
Also, if you have a banner for your business, band, club, money making venture and want to be linked to our "friends of the show" area, send me an email @firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're an advertiser that is looking to reach out to more people, hit the same email address. Reasonable rates and local businesses always get preference and by local I mean friends and small business owners.
Joe and I are excited about some of the things that are happening with the podcast and with what libsyn is doing to help podcasters and we're looking forward to a bigger better 2014.
In the meantime, keep listening. The Desolation of Smaug will be up Friday on libsyn and asap on Soundcloud.
Thank you guys so much, in the past year we've gone from podcasting with our cell phones to being able to create something I think is pretty cool and it's all because of my friends and Joe's friends that we've been able to start this venture.
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53 PM
Wed, 11 December 2013
We talk about
Brian Griffin dying
Joe - Waiting - Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long
Mike M.I.A - Chuck Norris
Catching Fire review
Frank Darabont - Director's Choic
Keeping it reel
if you have comments and if they are good, we'll even read them on the air! Send and email to email@example.com
The guys talk about Joel Schumacher "gheying up" batman by putting overtly aggressive homoerotic overtones in his batman movies. Not that there is anything wrong with being gay, but there is something odd about taking characters that were already heavy with homoerotic overtones and pushing it way to far. This coming from a man that has done 8mm, Bad Company, Number 23, Trespass, which are all incredibly good movies.
Plus, he did DC Cab, he's a big winner in my book.
Jerrol Lebaron - Inktip www.inktip.com
For getting your scriptwriting career started.
Godzilla trailer rocked!
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_47_Catching_Fire.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:43 AM
Fri, 6 December 2013
Joe - insomnia - Robin Williams/Pacino
Mike - Clue
(dramatic door openings (with farts)
We also talked about Lee Ving and his music career
Renny Harlin is making The Long Kiss Goodnight 2
Andrew "Dice" Clay
Night Patrol - ugh
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_46_Captain_Phillips.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:26 AM
Thu, 28 November 2013
joe - Super
mike - anywhich way but loose
Point Break Remake - already made 100 million without a script or one frame of film being shot.
We don't advocate drinking and driving, but this movie was filled with it from the cops to guys on bikes, which as Joe said was more socially acceptable at the time.
What they should do with Marvel's Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D to make it more plausible and better.
Star Wars Clone Wars next year with about 10 episodes.
Mike apologizes for Mike being sick and Mike says ... meh.
To listen on iTunes or to read Joe's great movie reviews, check out www.acoupleofaveragejoes.com
Tue, 19 November 2013
This week Mike and Joe talk The Counselor and Bad Grandpa and Mike does everything he can to offend Ice Cube, because, hey...Mike's a dumbass.
Also, we're a bit behind and backwards on some of the casts, but it's the review that counts, so nyah nyah.
Joe - Out Of Sight - not the steven seagal movie
Mike - Basket Case - Horror Movie
John Carpenter -
Mike don't like his music...he's gay.
That Movie Review
Kevin Smith/Roeper story
Robot Jox may be the only movie worse than Dolph Lundgren Is The Killing Machine!
he hate me @shacknews is MIKE!
Sons Of Anarchy
Beware The Batman
Kung Fu Hustle
Blockbuster can suck my ass.
In The Mouth Of Madness MST3K hilarity..Sorry Jeff
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_44_The_Counselor_and_Bad_Grandpa.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 9:31 AM
Sat, 16 November 2013
This week Joe and Mike discuss:
The Top 5
Yup, that fucking turkey movie is still there. Why are we paying for this crap?
Joe - 3 Kings with Clooney, Wahlberg and Ice Cube
Mike - Explorers - River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke
Director's Choice - Wes Craven
Why? Because he's a bad ass!
Finally our movie review -
Oh and go visit my buddies
Dave Brandon Photograpy @ dmb5150.zenfolio.com
Joe Lester @ http://joe-lester.smugmug.com/
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_43_Enders_Game.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:55 PM
Sat, 9 November 2013
Finally - IT's ...Episode 41
This is one episode where it took forever to fix. Long story short, all of Mikes vocals had to be redone. What a pain in the ass, but in the end, it turned out pretty decent.
Director's show case
Movie Review -
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Direct download: that_movie_review_show_episode_41_machete.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 10:37 AM
Tue, 29 October 2013
Had a technical snafu with Episode 41, It will be published this week, but we went ahead and decided to roll 42 out. Blame it on Mike and his inability to redub, cut and paste and fix the entire podcast in 1 hour...cuz, he sucks.
The Movie Review
Director's Show Case
The Top 5
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Episode_42_Escape_Plan.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 9:45 PM
Tue, 22 October 2013
Joe - Machete
Mike - The Big Hit
Chris Keifer's book Infinite Tides
An anecdote about the Killer
Argo - GO SEE IT
The Hitchcock story
Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins
HBO Movie Hitchcock
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Episode_40_Runner_Runner_and_Gravity.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 5:33 AM
Wed, 16 October 2013
Keeping It Reel
Cloudy With A Chance OF Meatballs 2
Scud the Disposable Assassin
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Episode_39_Don_Jon_And_Cloudy_2.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 12:12 AM
Tue, 8 October 2013
That Movie Review Notes -
Flick Pick Of The Week
keeping it reel
At The Helm
and we end with the top 5
We also mention Tales From Development Hell, The Hot Zone, Outbreak, Crisis In The Hot Zone, Crusade, family guy, tom cruise, mia sara, friends of the show.
Song at the end is Bandstand Boogie - a track from Escape From New York
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Episode_38_The_Prisoner.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:05 AM
Fri, 27 September 2013
That MOvie Review Notes -
Flick Pick Of The Week
Joe - Boiler Room - A must see
Mike - The Documentary Overnight about the Boondock Saints
Megapython Vs. Gatoroid - Dr. Diego Ortiz
The Band I was thinking of is Harvey Danger and others like them also the Faculty was turrible, even though it's a Robert Rodriguez flick.
The Quentin Tarantino Effect Pt. 1
Movie Soundtracks and marketing bands songs inappropriately and then playing these same songs on the radio over and over again after the song hasn't been played in 20plus years because it's back in pop culture
Retro Pick Of The Week
The movie stars Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy
Directed by Walter Hill
The Family - Deniro, Pfieffer, Besson
Joe scored it a 6.5/10
Mike thought it was a Good movie, overall B/B+
At The Helm
Joe - (not really) Miami Vice
Mike - Manhunter
and we end with the top 5
Thu, 19 September 2013
Flick Pick Of The Week
Joe - Sideways
Mike - 1,2,3...
Keeping it reel
Movie Rumors and Speculation
- Speculation is fun - but it comes to a point where everyone is an "insider" with accurate information that usually starts with
I have a friend that works for the production company that is doing this movie...
I am not in a position to name myself, but i work for (such and such a company) and I have some juicy tidbits for you.
The Bargain Bin
the principal in the Motley Crue Vid -
Movie Review - Riddick
Joe gives it a B
Mike Gives it a B
They both liked the film, Joe is a fan of the series, Mike likes good Sci-Fi, but all in all, there was something missing in the film - Support Vin, go see the movie.
At The Helm -
From Dusk Till Dawn
John Holmes had AIDS... he's dead now
and our own website www.acoupleofaveragejoes.com
Direct download: That_movie_review_show_ep_36_Riddick.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 3:47 PM
Wed, 11 September 2013
This week starts the official name change from Average Joe's Movie Review to That Movie Review Show!
The reason is because... well, there are a ton of "average Joe's" out there and we wanted to separate from all that. The subtitle is always "With A Couple Of Average Joe's.
- On That Movie Review Show Joe, and Mike talk about a bunch of crap and Mike likes to ramble...
The review is Getaway and frankly that is what you should do for this movie, getaway... get away as far and as fast as possible.
Joe and Mike are still having audio problems, we hope that it's been fixed by the next show. But for now it is what it is. Growing pains.
Flick Pick Of The Week
Mike - Gymkata/Bernie
Joe - Street Kings
Keeping It Reel - Forced First Person Perspectives
Bargain Bin - Menace II Society
That Movie Review - Getaway with Ethan Hawke
Director's Choice - Coen Brothers -
Joe - Big Lebowski
Mike - No Country For Old Men
With a special nod to O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Plus the Top 5 Movies of the weekend
Sons Of Anarchy character - "uncle touchy" Wayne Unser
Airplane! - quotes
John Vernon - Not Roland Dagget - he played Rupert Thorne!
I added Gary Hoey's "You're A Mean One Mister Grinch" because Getaway was set during "Christmas"...
Joe has a weak bladder...
Don't forget to visit A Couple Of Average Joe's for more movie reviews and movie related articles, including our new "Keeping It Reel" article about the good, bad and ugly of the movie industry!
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Show_Ep-35_Getaway.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:54 AM
Wed, 4 September 2013
In this weeks episode Joe and I talk about the following!
Ben Affleck Batman rant - change.org? Seriously?
The Flick Picks Of The Week - Meat Balls and The A-Team
Keeping It Reel - we talk about hip hop stars "guest starring in films" to bring in more of an audience
From The Vault - The Professional (Leon)
That Movie Review - The World's End
Director's Choice - James Cameron - The Abyss and True Lies
The Box Office Top 10
We talked about Winnie The Pooh who was voiced by Sterling Holloway (the original voice) and Jim Cummings (who took over)
Billy West on voice over actors
June Foray!!!! How can I forget her!
Paul Rugg - who did the voice of Freakazoid!
Luc Besson - Is an awesome Director
Direct download: That_Movie_Review_Podcast_Episode_34.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 4:55 AM
Sun, 1 September 2013
Episode 34 "the World's End", has been temporarily postponed due to the fact that Mike had a birthday and his lazy ass didn't want to contribute! Just kidding. We decided to take a few days off (and change the name of the show, AGAIN!) but we will have the show up and running by tuesday. Thanks for listening and in the meanwhile, check out some previous podcasts like "the Last Stand" or "the Hobbit", because "Escape from Planet Earth" is getting waaaaaay more love than most of our other podcasts and that's just criminal!
From Mike - I keep harping on the "sharing" thing only because I would like to grow our audience. As you know the podcast can be heard through iTunes, soundcloud, and right on our own website www.diicast.com.
The reason for the continued "please share" posts is because you may have friends that like to listen to podcasts. So you ask - why? I don't listen. Podcasting is a growing medium, everything from movie reviews to science fact and fiction. Audio books, lecture tapes, Neil Degrasse Tyson does a podcast (and it's excellent btw!) Joe Rogan, Adam Corolla, Kevin Smith, Jay Mohr, Doug Benson all have podcasts. Why am I promoting other podcasts? Because the more people know about it, the more in the social conscious, the more popular podcasting becomes.
As Joe and I are in the middle of fixing, changing and making this podcast better, we decided to change the name of the show (or add on to the title?...you decide) so here's what we're going to call it:
THAT MOVIE REVIEW SHOW!
WITH A COUPLE OF AVERAGE JOE'S
We added categories to the show to make it a bit more interesting as well.
The Flick Pick Of The Week - Where we each choose a movie that we know needs to be passed on to others that may have forgotten or didn't even know it existed
Keeping It Reel - A forum for Joe and I to talk about what we love or hate about movies. A rant if you will.
The Bargain Bin - Where Joe picks a movie that is seemingly underappreciated or has dropped out of the social conscience and we want the world (at least our listeners) to know about it.
That Movie Review - Where we review the latest movie we've seen...nuff said!
At The Helm - Joe and I pick a director and each of us picks one of their movies to discuss the merits of the movies and why you should or shouldn't see them.
and finally we round it off with the Top 5 Box Office movies (with comments)
As always this podcast is a work in progress and moving forward, we have a lot of great ideas that I think you, the audience member will really like.
From the heart of my bottom, I really appreciate you all taking the time to listen to the show.
Thank you thank you thank you.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09 PM
Wed, 21 August 2013
Kick Ass 2
This weeks episode we sit down and create a podcast! Excited? Me too.
We break down the top 10 Box Office
Pick Flick Of The Week - Reign Of Fire
Kick Ass 2 Review
Retro - Blues Brothers
Take It Or Leave It - wilhelm
Joe - Zack And Miri Make A Porno
Mike - Cop Out
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We had some audio problems so please - bear with us while we work out the kinks.
Thanks for listening!
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_33.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:26 AM
Wed, 14 August 2013
On This Weeks Episode of That Movie Review Show Joe and I talk break down the top 10 Box Office Movies, review Elsyium and We're The Millers.
Our Flick Picks Of The Week
Joe - Rock'N'Rolla by Guy Ritchie
Mike - Animal House
Our Retro Review is They Live by John Carpenter
And our pet peeve/Take It Or Leave It is those long slow walks down hallways with the heroes always trying to look bad ass - enough with the gimmicks please...
In Animal House Nedermeyer is played by Mark Metcalf, the guy from the Twisted Sister videos and Dean Wormer is played by John Vernon, both excellent actor's.
Mike can't remember Lost In America - Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty - which is a great movie - rent it.
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_32_Elysium_and_Were_The_Millers.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:53 AM
Wed, 7 August 2013
On this weeks show -
Joe and I break down the top 10 box office movies of this week
Add a bunch of new segments to the show like:
Flick Pick Of The Week -
Joe suggests Sexy Beast with Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane
Mike Suggests Liberace (the HBO film) with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon
Our Take It Or Leave It segment:
The foghorn sound effect used in every action/sci-fi film
We review 2 Guns
and then we try to be Ted Knight and say "Meanwhile...at the hall of justice" and fail.
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_31_2_Guns.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 7:33 AM
Fri, 2 August 2013
Joe and I went and saw The Wolverine this week and frankly, this podcast is LONG. I chopped about an hour off of it and it still went over an hour...
Anyways - The big thing about the podcast is that Joe and I are changing the movie review thing up, for the better and we think that the podcast will be better in the long run.
I think podcasts are much better when you have interesting topics and cool trivia stuff and that's what we're aiming for.
A superhero movie that doesn't feel like the atypical superhero movie, and that's a good thing. Well, at least not until the unimaginative final battle, that is. Director James Mangold (Copland, Walk the Line) brings a refreshingly different visual perspective to this latest adventure for Mr. Logan. It feels like a modern day, stranger in a strange land tale, but with adamantium claws. Hugh Jackman still commands as Wolvey. Beautifully filmed in locations around Japan and Australia. Good action moments and with the most awesome action scene this year on top of a bullet train. There are a few problems with this film though, besides the final battle. Some of the characters (based off of Frank Miller's 1982 comic) have been unnecessarily changed and repurposed (studio tinkering again, see Iron Man 3). Also, Viper, played by Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, seemed to have some bad voiceover dubbing and there were way too many "blurry cam" shots. I started to think that there was something smeared on my glasses!
The Good- direction, cinematography (sans blur cam), locations, makeup, costume design, art direction, some humor, action, and the opening scene & bullet train sequence.
The Bad- mythology tampering (big no-no), some slow pacing, blur cam over usage (we get it, he's weakened!) voiceover sound editing, the Silver Samurai was a disappointment, and the stereotypical action ending.
The Ugly- The big, nasty, festering mole on Viper's face. Immune to everything? Yeah, everything but a giant cyst on your grill! It looked like a burnt muffin. MOLE!!!
Stay halfway through the end credits for a cool scene. Definitely worth seeing in theaters. Too bad the ending wasn't better. Rating 7.5 out of 10
We Discuss -
Plenty of Fish
There's a train in the back ground...
Deadpool - Deadpool's primary power is an accelerated healing factor, depicted by various writers at differing levels of efficiency. Artificially endowed by the Weapon X program.
We talk about Edgar Wright (the story at the end of the show) and The World's End movie.
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_30.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 6:06 AM
Wed, 24 July 2013
Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down
a missing portable nuclear device.
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and
tries to find the man who murdered him.
We talk about Dating Web sites and fat ugly people that troll dating sites looking to hook up or the fake profiles
that exist on these sites plus we review the movies that you haven't seen yet, talk about comic-con, godzilla,
guardians of the galaxy, walking dead season 4 and I threaten to kill joe with a microphone over his amazing revelation that he equates Disturbed to Led Zeppelin (how.dare.he.) and the state of music radio here in Sacramento (i'll save you some time, it sucks. it sucks donkey)
Disney's Song Of The South
Go big or go home movie trailers don't make sense.
Linkin Park song in Red 2 is Given Up but they should have used Girl Gone Bad by Van Halen - but NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO
Killer Joe - weird movie, but a good watch
Tex Avery - Magician/concerto
the noise in the back ground is the fan - sorry.
I know I said Dr. StrangeGLOVE and meant Strangelove.
and Upper Management Bless Slim Pickens
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_29_RIPD_and_Red2.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 2:39 AM
Thu, 18 July 2013
Mariana trench lizard babies
In the near future, aliens identified as Kaijus have risen from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean and started to attack coastal cities resulting in a war that takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity's resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon is designed: massive, humanoid fighting machines, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are bound in a neural link which lets them share the mental strain which would otherwise overwhelm a single pilot.
Overly Childish Adults return home and continue their shenanigans
Three years after the events of Grown Ups, Lenny Feder has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises, the last day of school. In the beginning, all of them still think that their children are still kids. But throughout the movie they begin to accept that their children are growing up.
We also mention
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_28_Pacific_Rim_and_Grown_Ups_2.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:33 AM
Wed, 10 July 2013
The Lone Ranger rides again with this big-budget Walt Disney Pictures production starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the famed gunman. The story centers on Tonto's recollection of the adventures that found lawman John Reid transformed into The Lone Ranger, legendary hero of the Old West
Now that Gru (Steve Carell) has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he's trying to figure out how to provide for his new family. As he struggles with his responsibilities as a father, the Anti-Villain League -- an organization dedicated to fighting evil -- comes calling. The AVL sends Gru on a mission to capture the perpetrator of a spectacular heist, for who would be better than the world's greatest ex-villain to capture the individual who seeks to usurp his powe
A cool podcast/comedy show that I'm helping out with - Give them a listen, check out the website at Supergeekedup.com and if you listen on iTunes
Ratchet and Clank Movie - Teaser Rainmaker Studios - Not Rhythm and Hues doing the movie
The did the crapfest Escape From Planet Earth -
Bill Fagerbakke plays on SpongeBob Squarepants
Dustin Hoffman - Little Big Man
Guillermo Del Toro - DC Dark Universe
Jeph Loeb - His Television Career
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_27_The_Lone_Ranger_And_Despicable_Me.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 6:44 AM
Tue, 2 July 2013
This weeks episodes brings us Sandra Bullock (I keep wanting to call her Jm J. Bullock) and Melissa McCarthy's buddy romance/lez fest The Heat. Plus we talk about some other stupid things
The Mel Brooks Hitchcock Story here
Darrell Hammond @ 1640 is who i was thinking of
Glove and Boots Summer Movie Review
The cover to Warrant's Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
What you didn't hear was Mike's asthma attack break down (it was tedious) and we think the cause of it is Melissa McCarthy - 2 films with her in it and 2 allergy/asthma attacks. I thought Mike was only allergic to shitty movies - turns out, he's allergic to MM.
Make sure to rate and review us on the iTuners thing - clicky THIS LINK
Oh and I'm dumb - the file name is episode 25, but it's episode 26...
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_26_The_Heat.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 3:16 AM
Wed, 26 June 2013
In this weeks episode, Joe and Mike sit down and talk about World War Z and how different the movie is from the book, Pixar's newest release Monster's University and Ethan Hawke and Lena Hedey in The Purge.
It's an all new Average Joe's Movie Podcast!
Are you a friend of the show? Do you have a business or side business and are looking for some extra word of mouth advertising? Let us know - Joe and Mike
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_25_World_War_Z_-_Monsters_University.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:40 AM
Thu, 20 June 2013
So Joe and I sat down and tried to review Man Of Steel and This Is The End without going to long on the podcast and frankly, that shit didn't work out. So you, my dear listener, get to hear what is the equivalent of 2, 2, 2 podcasts in ONE!
I removed roughly 1 hour worth of outtakes and garbage from this excellent podcast, it still didn't end up being under an hour.
The film that was held up due to rights restrictions was Fantastic Four, when Constantin films wanted to make movies...
Friends of the show at Super Geeked Up a great show you can watch and listen to in the near future.
clancy brown - likes to do voices
We also chatted a bit about
Schwarzenegger up coming movies
thor 2 trailer here
shoot to kill that Joe apparently likes it has a moose in it
sharky's machine and Burt Reynolds toupe and this awesome trailer
nighthawks and this awesome trailer staring Sylvester Stallone's beard and Rutger Hauer here
running scared - billy crystal and gregory hines here
plankton's voice doug lawerence
Friday The 13th remake
Quentin Tarantino should have played the devil chasing Seth and Jay through the streets of L.A. with an anger boner.
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_24_This_Is_The_Man_Of_Steel.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 1:12 AM
Wed, 12 June 2013
There have been many times you have asked yourself -
Self, where can I find this excellent podcast other than... facebook. Mike keeps spamming it on his pages and frankly, well, i'm fucking tired of it.
Self replies - well, google that sumbitch or go to his libsyn site and check out the links he posted.
If you have the stitcher app you can search DIICASTDOTCOM
If you use spreaker - it's the same, but there is like one episode there for now.
or you can check out these sweet links.
You can find us @
http://diicastdotcom.libsyn.com/diicastdotcom our cool website/blogger thingy
Subscribe on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dii-cast-dot-com/id643353873?mt=2
If you are a friend of mine and have a business or a side business that you want me to promote, let me know through our site(s) - Facebook is the main way to communicate, but you can use the libsyn page or www.averagejoesmoviereview.blogspot.com. All we ask in return is you share with your friends our podcast so we can grow.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:19 PM
Wed, 12 June 2013
In this weeks episode Joe and Mike fight their way through bad movies and scientology to bring you the latest movie reviews.
We talk about Daft Punk and Tron:Uprising - Though Mike may be wrong about Tron's cancelation
We Talk about the EFF and that company that's trolling popular Podcasts for money
Mel Brooks life time achievement award from AFI
Al Pacino as Han Solo was a signed contract away; also, he disliked The Godfather
Actress admits to sending Ricin to the Whitehouse - fucking idiot
Game Of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin responds to critics
The new Smaug trailer is out - watch it here -
We like to thank our friends of the show
Ben Herte and California Riot Act
Oh yah, we also have a new podcast episode. Recorded on a G4 iBook - I think it came out better - let me know. I know there is mic "warble" and we have to update our hardware, bear with us.
Direct download: Average_Joes_Movie_Podcast_Episode_23_The_Internship.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 8:47 AM
Wed, 5 June 2013
Joe and Mike talk about Now You See Me starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco's Eyebrows.
In this episode we talk about a few things -
AutumRain Glading - Momsurance - Helping you to protect and provide for your children, not just for your lifetime, but for theirs.
Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid on Syfy - View the trailer here
Behind The Candelabra with Michael Dougla and his pussy cancer and Matt Damon.
After Earth - a former Scientologist reviews the film on Hollywood Reporter Not the Huffington Post.
We also talk the X-Men Vs. Avenger's Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch bullshit.
Listen in - we're likable!
Direct download: Average_Joes_Episode_22__Now_You_See_Me.mp3
Category:Movie Review -- posted at: 10:07 AM
Mon, 27 May 2013
It's an all new Average Joe's Movie Podcast, we review The Hangover 3, talk about up and coming movies like After Earth and Now You See Me. Mike is less ranty this time, but still a little too angry if you ask me and Joe, well, he's an apologist and a happy 21st episode! We are legal - finally...
Thu, 23 May 2013
Check it out - Here are some friends of the show The Tom and Suzie show
and the 76th Podcast Network
Give them some love!
Category:Friends of the show -- posted at: 1:11 AM
Tue, 21 May 2013
This weeks episode Joe and Mike talk about Star Trek Into Darkness, discuss the up and coming movies this week like Fast and Furious 6, Hangover 3 and Epic plus movie releases throughout the rest of the year.
We had to cut the show down a bit as we ran out of space here on Libsyn.
You can catch the news portion of the podcast on soundcloud.com/diicastdotcom
I made mention of my friend Chris Keifer's book Infinite Tides
You can get the book here! It's a fantastic read.
Make sure you check out the Tom and Suzie show on Badtomato.fm