Category: "Tv & Movies"

Way Too Late Reviews: Mockingjay, Part 1

I’m such a cynic when it comes to movies. I never believe that certain things are done in the name of artistic integrity. I’m quicker to believe that some Hollywood mogul made X or Y decision for money, rather than for art. So when it was announced that The Hunger Games:

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50 Shades of Pretty Woman

Pre-tl;dr: Yea this movie is bad, but with a few tweaks it could have been good. Even so, it isn’t the painful-to-watch monstrosity the source material would have you believe. You’ve seen this movie before. The high-powered businessman who sweeps the girl off her feet? Pretty Woman. The trick with

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Way Too Late Reviews: The Illusionist

I was 19 when I first became aware of twin films. Two movies, with similar themes, written and released by two different studios in the same year. My introduction to the concept was Dante’s Peak and Volcano, two movies about volcanic eruptions, both released in 1997. Since then audiences have their pick of

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Way Too Late Reviews: Interstellar or Why This Movie is More Enjoyable Than 2001

Warning: this post contains opinions. If I have a movie manifesto, it’s this: I watch movies to be entertained with intriguing characters and a compelling storyline. The story doesn’t have to be big, but it should be interesting. I should care about the characters. I should want to find out

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Way Too Late Reviews: Back to the Future, Part III

Part I here Part II here The third movie of a trilogy never gets any respect. At best your movie is a mildly satisfying (if slightly silly) conclusion to the story arc (Return of the Jedi or Army of Darkness); at worst, your movie is The Godfather III. And that’s if your third movie

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Throne of Atlantis

Along side my well known fear of zombies and my love of Batman, we often joke about my defending Aquaman as a superhero that deserves a second shot. So when Throne of Atlantis was announced in the Justice League: War series, I was already on board. Putting the new 52

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Way Too Late Reviews: Back to the Future, Part II

Part I here Part III here There’s an old adage among novelists: you have an eternity to write your first novel and 6 months to write your second. Writing team Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale spent four years working on the script for the first Back to the Future, polishing the draft as

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Way Too Late Reviews: Back to the Future

Part II here Part III here Between 1985 and 1989 I think I watched 7 movies: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Back to the Future, Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Ghostbusters. What I lacked in overall quantity I made up for in individual quantity; I have probably seen each

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A Way Too Late Year in Review

It’s been a great year for movies, past and present. One of my favorite things about reviewing old movies is looking at old favorites as well as new-to-me gems and seeing how well they’ve stood the test of time. WIth that in mind, here’s a short recap of the movies I

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Way Too Late Reviews: Tusk

Never before has a film stirred up this many emotions. Giddiness at the amazing dialogue, astonishment at the strong, solid acting, unease in regards to the plot, disgust at the reveal, annoyance at the one-dimensional portrayal of women and finally triumph as the drum solo from Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” finally

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Way Too Late Reviews: Paycheck

Was 2003 the year Ben Affleck hit rock bottom? While Affleck has been on a recent tear (for examples, see this Wikipedia list) and landed the coveted Batman role in the forthcoming DC universe, his ride to critical acclaim hasn’t been an easy one. Consider his three starring roles from

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Tabletop: Game On!

Grab your favorite board game, warm up your dice, and watch out for owlbears in Wil Wheaton’s internet show. There are two things I love in this world that fellow Dorkadia writer Charles Spurr doesn’t get: IPAs and Tabletop. As a dark beer man, Charles reacts with indifference whenever I gush over

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Mars Attacks! …but No One Cares

In 1996, Tim Burton thought making a movie based on bubble-gum cards was a good idea, showing the world why there should never be a Magic: the Gathering franchise. As far as cold openers go, you can’t go wring with a stampede of flaming cattle. The first few minutes of

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Good Day Sunshine

Danny Boyle has said he’s not making another sic-fi movie. Good thing he gave us this one.  I’d forgotten Chris Evens was in Sunshine. I watch and review a lot to his movies (see here, here, and here), but when sitting down for a rematch of this 2007 movie, I was more

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

On second thought let’s not to to the galaxy; it is a silly place. It’s a tale as old as 1978: man escapes Earth just as it’s about to be demolished and explores the universe with his best friend, his towel, and a book with “Don’t Panic” written on the

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Savage Lucy

Too many plot holes and logic leaps prevent this movie from being as entertaining as advertised. First things first. The film’s premise? That you only use 10 percent of your brain? Bullshit. A myth. Debunked in 30 seconds with a quick Wikipedia search. I tend to dislike films that insult my

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Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe and the misty Pacific Northwest

A better movie than its Rotten tomatoes score suggests, Horns has more story and characterization than most horror flicks, making it a very enjoyable watch. Fun fact: my wife suggested we watch this movie. We were browsing the iTunes movie gallery (where it’s available as a VoD) and of all the trailers we watched, Horns caught

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Total Recall: Too Much Lens Flare and Not Enough of John Cho’s Hair

Total Recall reboot. Let’s face it, you already have an opinion. Whether you’ve seen it or not you probably already know how you feel about this remake of the 1990 Arnold cult classic. So let’s talk about John Cho instead. I started watching the 2012 Total Recall and wasn’t really invested until

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The Punisher: Pre-MCU Cheesy Goodness

Shake the dust off that laserdisc, pour a glass of beer in your Howard the Duck commemorative mug, and watch the body count stack up. The year was 1989 and Marvel didn’t have any idea what they were doing in regards to comic-book movies. Given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the

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Dirty, Sexy, Bloody Pom Poms

Whether you watch 80’s horror flicks for the T&A, the camp factor, or Leif Garrett, this film has you covered. One of the joys of watching older movies is seeing actors I’m familiar with either at the height of their career or when they were focused on a different genre

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Sin City: A Dame Worth Waiting For?

Is nine years too long to wait for a sequel?  2005 seems like an eternity ago.  George Bush was into his second term as president. Crash won Best Picture at the Oscars, providing a glimmer of hope that Brendan Frasier would pull a Tom Hanks and make the switch from

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