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Project X: Movie Review

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Alright I’m all in with this movie. It’s the type of movie you can turn on when there is absolutely nothing else to watch. This movie has been making its way around my premium channels. Originally on Max, but now I found it on HBO. I heard this was based on a real party in LA. But seriously doubt it. At least not to this extent.
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A Tale of Two Spiders…

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I’m sitting here watching the new Spiderman movie on Starz. I’m actively looking for the differences between these movies. It’s apparent this new movie is darker, but is it better than Sam Raimi’s Multiple attempts?
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Drive… Greatest Movie Ever, Review

Greatest Movie Ever, Wherever there is a Top 5 List, This Movie will Reign.

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Dredd Movie Review

 

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Hello again people. This movie was a huge upgrade over the Stallone version, a movie you could usually find in the 5 dollar bin at WalMart. I guess the only thing I kind of liked about the original was Rob Schneider, and maybe the robot, The ABC Warrior. Anyway, this new story is nothing like the original. It starts out with a crazy car chase, which introduces how super badass our Judge Dredd is. This time around he is Karl Urban, I have liked this actor in the Bourne Supremacy, and even more in Red. I even liked how he portrayed Bones in the J.J. Abrahms Star Trek reboot, so I guess I kind of came into this with some high hopes from the beginning. Not to say Urban hasn’t made some duds though, I fell asleep in Priest and also in Doom, that movie was horrible. If your selling point is to recreate the video game experience and you try to do it shot for shot, well then you dug you hole already and good luck climbing out. But anyway I do like Karl Urban as an actor and in this movie he did a good job portraying Judge Dredd. He was hella intense through the whole movie and never took off the mask. Urban played Dredd with the intensity he deserved.

The best part of the movie though was the visuals, I admit I didn’t see this movie in 3D, but I imagined how cool it would look. The best visuals came from when the characters took in the drug Slo-Mo, They would immediately slow down to one 1/100th of normal speed, this made for some amazing shots which apparently the director loved to use, cause it played a part in the whole movie. It does look epic though. Judge Dredd is the ultimate enforcer, Judge, Jury, and Executioner. In this movie he picks up a partner, a psychic named Cassandra, apparently reading minds can prove to be really useful for a Judge. Her mind reading abilities also prove to be another awesome visual experience for the crowd with her battling the criminals in their own minds. Dredd and the psychic mess up while apprehending a drug dealer in slum tower block, and suddenly find themselves in a fight for their lives to escape the building.

Mama is the villain, a scarred ex prostitute who has taken over every gang in the tower, played exquisitely by Lena Headey, better known as Cersei from Game Of Thrones. She plays a sadistic crime lord who orders a hit on the 2 Judges locked into the building. So basically this movie is them trying to escape this building, they get little help from the locals, and even less help from the fellow judges that finally get into the building. This movie is basically Judge Dredd brutally handing out justice and Cassandra reading some pretty warped minds. and their attempt to escape the tower with prisoner in hand.

This movie kinda reminded me of The Raid Redemption, which was epic by its own standard. Bust up through the levels, try to get to the top, kill the kingpin and then just walk out the front door. Except with the Raid, and its insane martial arts, Dredd did it with over the top weapons. This movies worth watching, kinda wish I had 3D, but only for the Slo-Mo parts, the rest of the movie didn’t look like it would have mattered. In the end I liked this movie for the visuals alone, whether from the Slo-Mo drug or the way the Psychic interacted with the scene, and also the viciousness of the villain. Dredd was cool but the psychic was more interesting. The whole movie looked over saturated, which gave it a dream like look. And when the drug was taken, well they amped up the saturation and slowed the cameras which made the scenes look amazing.

This movie was good and if I had a rating scale I would rate it 7.4 out of a 10, take that as you will, I need some sort of structure on here.

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Django Unchained Movie Review

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Wow, Tarantino killed it yet again. This movie starts off by showing the pain of Django, played by Jamie Foxx, in a progressive role which has him subdued in the beginning and by the end a showboating battle tested hero. He has been beaten down, whipped to pieces and taken from his wife, who also has some vicious things done to her throughout the movie. Some of the visuals were hard to take. Kerry Washington plays the wife, Broomhilda, brilliantly. In this movie she has 2 versions of the same character. The first being the beautiful glimpses of her Django sees, how he remembers her, passing visions he knows are only in his mind. The second is the brutal reality of her life in 1858. Let me tell you, she can sell torture really well.

The language is over the top; Tarantino had to break some records with his use of the N-word. Some of the conversations in the movie are downright comical. The scene with the KKK riding in to mob our heroes and then breaking off on a 10 minute conversation about how their hoods don’t fit (with a cameo by Jonah Hill) was hilarious.

Leonardo DiCaprio played the villain of the movie, Monsieur Calvin Candy, a truly evil slave trader who happens to be in possession of Django’s wife. He also instigates a pretty brutal scene of sending his dogs onto a runaway slave, cringe worthy to say the least.

Two best characters in the movie were Christoph Waltz playing Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter roaming through the south who rescues Django and eventually partners up with him to save Broomhilda. He plays an educated man whose vocabulary is more than the south can handle. No matter the situation he calmly uses his large words to diffuse the dumber crowds. Another awesome character is Samuel L. Jackson playing Stephen, Candy’s house slave, who is reminiscent of The Boondocks Uncle Ruckus. Sorry for the Boondocks reference but it is spot on. If you don’t know what Boondocks is then you’re missing out. Look that up as well. Moving on. Stephen has such a high post at the ranch, feeling superior to all the other slaves. His villain is on par with DiCaprio’s Candy. His character brought a lot of laughs to the crowd. Some though his pro slavery views, and some through the fact Candy kept him around because of his over the top comments.

Tarantino had some truly great shots in this movie. Visually for a western it was impressive. I did expect the amount of blood to be excessive and was not surprised when the first shot was fired and the man turned into a gallon of blood exploding in every direction. As usual his music selection was great. He mixed it up well with your truly western songs, some throw backs from the 80′s, and some new music. But I loved how he used Rick Ross’s ’100 Black Coffins’ in the scene panning along their convoy. The main shootout flows with an impressive soundtrack that will have your head bobbing along with Django’s impressive gun play. This movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes long but I would have never even noticed it if not for all people taking bathroom breaks. This movie flowed well right up to the end. I have read reviews saying this movie had way too much dialogue, but I disagree. This is a Tarantino movie; to expect anything less than the witty dialogue that was presented would have been surprising. In the end this movie was awesome, but if you can’t take some brutal violence or excessive use of the N-word, then maybe this isn’t for you. Everyone else enjoy, this was worth it. Between the scenery, music, and action this movie was brilliant.

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John Dies At the End Movie Review

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Hello all. Well this is my second review actually, The first one I wrote after watching the movie, and sadly realizing they left most of the book on the cutting room floor. This movie would have been highly enjoyable had I not read the book first. Still enjoyable nonetheless. The main character is David Wong, a slacker, along with his twisted friend John who both share a slightly odd view of the world. That odd view is only magnified exponentially when introduced to the drug Soy Sauce, a living drug, alien and from another dimension.

I love how they filmed this movie, at one point in time my wife looked over and said it looks like a film student project. Which for this story, was exactly the tone they should have been trying for. The special effects seemed campy, almost with an Evil Dead feel. But then again, this is from the director who also did Phantasm. I still get creeped out by the Tall Man, decades later. I’m not knocking the special effects, they fit the scheme of the movie. For the first 45 minutes this movie stayed pretty true to the book. The second half though, is where most of the book started disappearing. I really only have 2 main complaints. Why would you change the dog’s name when it has absolutely no bearing on the story? Molly is quite possibly, the best dog ever in a book. She can drive, talk, and is remarkably good at not dieing. And also being a fan of the superior follow up book ‘This Book Is Full Of Spiders’, I was wondering why there was no attempt to give any development to Amy, no back story, no brother. It seems her only role in this movie is to open the hidden door with her ghost hand. So she is basically a glorified set piece.

They attempted to fit this movie into an hour and a half. So it is not really surprising a lot was left out. The director kept a good pace with such a chaotic story. It does feel a little rushed in the end. Surprisingly they were able to get Paul Giamatti in this film, he adds a hint of respectability with his role as a reporter doing a story on the main protagonist. Throwing out heaps of skepticism to the outlandish tale he is hearing from David. Clearly this film was made with a tight budget. But where else will you see a movie with a meat monster, other dimensions, dick jokes, and the stuff that lives on edge of our peripheral vision making us think, did I really just see that? I can already tell this movie will get a cult following and be around for a long time. But then again, a book this good deserves no less. Actually, I take that back, a book this good deserved a longer movie.

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