On Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 7:30 PM, we saw the much-anticipated Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (screening dates) with a full house of raging Nerd Heads. The flick has been in production for several years now, so expectations were high and enthusiasm boundless as the lights dimmed and the picture popped onto the screen at the Sharp Theater. Would the fans get what they want, or would they go home disappointed? I was predicting the former, but you never can tell how these independent productions are going to turn out. Ready for anything, I settled into my balcony seat and watched the movie roll. Read the rest of this entry
If my expectations for the first Transformers movie were low, then they were dragging on the ground for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Then I saw the movie and my mind was forever changed about action movies.
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Well, it’s finally come to this: I’m going to review the Transformers movie. Not Transformers: The Movie, but instead, the 2007 Michael Bay directed live action feature. Before I get into this, I do want to mention two things: I went into this movie with super low expectations and I saw it in the theater. Read the rest of this entry
This video review is an outtake from our Man of Steel episode.
Here, we’re jawing about Superman vs The Elite. I never really thought about it before, but this movie is sorta the anti Man of Steel. In Superman vs The Elite, the Last Son of Krypton gets through a battle in traditional Superman fashion… that is, he doesn’t do what The Man of Tomorrow does at the end of Man of Steel. Read the rest of this entry
Matt Damon and Michael Douglas star as Scott Thorson and Liberace in the film nobody wanted to make (because it’s “too gay”), Behind the Candelabra. They finally found a home for their picture at HBO, bringing life to the story of the piano playing legend and Thorson, who wrote the book from which the movie is adapted.
As you may have gathered from the quick movie review affix, I don’t have much to say about Behind the Candelabra. It’s a good movie, but I wouldn’t say it’s great. It’s more of performer’s movie rather than the combining all of the elements of film all together and doing something unforgettable. Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are wonderful in the starring roles and I gained new respect for Scott Bakula and Debbie Reynolds, but Dan Aykroyd is barely in the movie and just distracted me, and Rob Lowe looked so freakish that… yeah, that distracted me, too.
Anyway, the story just didn’t grab me, so to speak. It held my attention, but I wasn’t especially invested in what happened to Scott Thorson, and I think that’s what was missing here. It’s a good flick, but not great; I’m giving Behind the Candelabra a 8 out of 10.
I’d swear I’ve seen a “my parents are magic” movie before, but I can’t seem to remember when. However, Merry In-Laws has Cheers alumni George Wendt and Shelly Long, so I thought this could have potential.
“We don’t know what’s happening here, either.”
A lot of these made for TV Christmas movies are ripoffs of other movies and Holiday Spin is no exception, except that I’ve never seen a ripoff of Save the Last Dance before. Read the rest of this entry
“Look, mommy! I’m making Santa Monsters!”
Holiday Switch isn’t as “Peggy Sue Got Married” as Comfort and Joy is, but it’s in the same ballpark: it’s another, “What if I had this life?” sort of stories with an actress from 80s TV. This time, we get Charles in Charge’s Nicole Eggert, who was very popular amongst the boys in my sixth grade class. Read the rest of this entry
Former The Facts of Life all-star Nancy McKeon (she was Jo) is the lead in Comfort and Joy, a made for TV Christmas movie that has two major problems: Read the rest of this entry
UPDATE: Look, even Lifetime knows Christmas in the City is a dud. The above video is the closest thing I can find to a trailer for this flick.
Last night, we watched the new for 2013 TV movie Christmas in the City and it’s… ya know, par for the course, I guess. It’s flawed but not boring and it feels as though many of its screenplay issues come from a producer’s story directives. Here are four items that I think came from a producer and made a bad situation worse. Read the rest of this entry
You know who I like? Dean Cain. I’ve been mentioning him a lot lately – the dude just keeps popping up. You know who’s another person that exists? Jodie Sweetin. She played Stephanie on Full House… and in retrospect, I’m not sure if that or Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was more realistic. Anyway, they’ve both teamed up to bring us Defending Santa, and by ‘teamed up,’ I mean Sweetin is almost entirely absent from the second and third acts of the movie. Read the rest of this entry
I don’t know why we keep doing this to ourselves. I guess we keep thinking that the made for TV Christmas movies stink because they’re cheap, but I guess we didn’t learn our lesson when we watched Fred Claus, because this Deck the Halls movie sucks just as much!
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What can I say about Fred Claus? Well, it sucks… but given its user ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, you already knew that. Perhaps I should ask “What can I say about Fred Claus that you don’t already know?” Not much, so this is going to be a quick one. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be straight with ya – I liked The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I liked the first one, too. Sure, the movie is close up and hand-held camera heavy (and the idea to back light the kisses gave us a nice clear shot of spit being shared between two young lovers), but at its essence, it’s a good story. That being said, I recommend that anyone who is a fan of action, adventure, visuals and performance check out these movies. I’m giving Catching Fire a 9 out of 10.
But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun at the movie’s expense. Read the rest of this entry
Christmas Cupid is, essentially, a comedic retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which is something I’m sure everyone has seen a million times before. (Most notably done via Scrooged starring Bill Murray, which I’ve never written about before… we’ll have to get to that this year!) All you really need to know is that this movie has some decent performances, the story isn’t terrible because it’s based on Dickens and the film drags a bit – it’s lazy and mediocre, but I’ve seen worse Christmas movies… A Nanny for Christmas… don’t think I forgot about you. Read the rest of this entry
As a concept, the Star Trek reboot gives old school fans like myself the opportunity to see something new and old at the same time while the general tone presented by J.J. Abrams makes the film accessible to a new audience. Sure, he might have over done it from an action standpoint, but I think his Star Trek flicks do, for the most part, please all of the people all of the time.
I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but I will say that I’m not sure that the new audience for this movie will have as much fun as the old audience. If you’re familiar with the TV show and movies from the original cast, there is a lot of fun to be had here, but the new audience will still be greeted with a bunch of spectacular visuals, effects and an entertaining story, even if some of it seems silly… although some moments of the movie that seem ridiculous to the new audience are probably favorite moments of old audience… again, this movie walks the line and I think it does a great job of pleasing both masters, but I could see how some people at the bottoms of the curve might be frustrated.
I really only have two questions about the flick: why, exactly, is this movie called Star Trek Into Darkness? I guess it’s metaphorical darkness… I guess. I suppose a few characters we meet in the movie go into darkness… or perhaps it’s referring to what’s coming as a consequence of these events… Ultimately, I think this title was chosen by Abrams just because it sounds mysterious – it’s that’s how that guy rolls. My other question: since when can a big ship like The Enterprise enter a planet’s atmosphere? I guess it’s just my inner dork coming out, but that’s always been a Star Trek no-no.
Overall, I liked the movie very much. I’m neither a fan or hater of Abrams directing style: it has its bad points (not enough wide shots, too much hand-held, too much lens flare, too many crash zooms), but the guy clearly has a talent as a story-teller, so that really evens out anything that bothers me about his visual style. The special effects are fantastic, and I was able to see this in IMAX 3D, so I got to see everything up close and personal. (A quick note on the IMAX 3D: the image was nice and clean and didn’t suffer from any blur or 3D darkness, but the 3D itself wasn’t especially compelling.)
If you like Star Trek or just a fun time at the movies, I recommend you give Star Trek Into Darkness a chance. If you’re an old school Star Trek purist, then you were probably disgusted by the first one and won’t even consider seeing this movie, so I won’t waste your time… except to say that Darkness is better than the first one. I give Star Trek Into Darkness an 8 out of 10.
I’m trying to squeeze in all of the best picture nominees before the Oscars – I’ve already seen Lincoln, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook and yesterday, we saw Argo, the latest joint from Ben Affleck, who is not nominated for Best Director or Best Beard, and he really should be nominated for both. Read the rest of this entry
As we’ve already done with Star Wars, we’re going back to Middle Earth for the prequel trilogy to The Lord of the Rings and this time, we’re going to have more fun with The Hobbit. I got started on the trek last Sunday with An Unexpected Journey.