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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For movie review

Film noir is back in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  They didn’t forget the gratuitous violence, striking images or that whole ‘this is in color, this is in black and white’ stylization thing they do, either.  If you’re up for this kinda ride, join me after the jump! Read the rest of this entry

The Expendables 3 (movie review)

We saw the third (and final?) film in the franchise you didn’t ask for (or didn’t know you wanted, depending on your point of view) in The Expendables 3 this weekend and I must say that, for what it’s worth, this is the best film yet in the franchise. Read the rest of this entry

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (movie review)

The more I think about G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the more I realize I’ll just end up repeating the same points I’ve made about most twenty-first century movies: "watchability" and running time.
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9 reasons White House Down is the best Die Hard movie in nearly 20 years

We finally got around to watching White House Down and I must tell you:  it’s the best Die Hard movie since Die Hard with a Vengeance.   Read the rest of this entry

Looper (movie review)

looperWe finally watched Looper this past weekend and I must say, it was worth the wait – or rather, we waited much too long to see this. If you like your action movies accompanied by a sci-fi twist, then you’re going to want to check this flick out. Read the rest of this entry

Bandits movie review

bandits_movie_posterBarry Levinson’s 2001 film, Bandits, is not the easiest of movies to review without digging through the whole thing. It’s the kinda film that warrants a serious investigation because I’m sure it’s a bomb*, but it’s going to take me a while to figure out what kind of bomb it is.

*It should be noted that Dr. Girlfriend thinks this is a quality film, so take my opinion with a grain of salt as we’re usually not this far apart on movies.

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A Good Day to Die Hard [movie review]

a-good-day-to-die-hard-movie-posterWe finally saw A Good Day to Die Hard and…  I dunno.  It’s not bad.  I can’t honestly say it’s great – but it was fun to watch. It’s not an easy movie to review, but I’ll give it my best shot.  (Pun not intended.)

The movie has a few problems (most are minor, one is serious) – not to mention the fact  that I think Jai Courtney has a crew cut in this movie because Bruce Willis is bald – if Courtney didn’t have a super short hair, how else could we tell they were father and son?  Easy, the movie tells you so about 90 times – I guess the producers think we’re idiots.  Anyway, let’s dive in… Read the rest of this entry

Live Free or Die Hard (movie review)

live-free-or-die-hardToday’s the day!  A Good Day to Die Hard is now in theaters!  I’m not sure when Dr. Girlfriend and I will get to see it, so for now, let’s just say that today’s review is the end of Die Hard week.  It’s been a blast!

(“It’s been a blast!” is the worst pun ever.  I apologize.)

The tremendous gap between Die Hard with a Vengeance and Live Free or Die Hard made me nervous in the sense that at this point, Bruce Willis was an older dude and I wasn’t sure he was up to the task at this point in his career.  I dialed my expectations down, but I was still disappointed with this flick, but not with Willis’ performance – although Willis’ might have had something to do with the movie’s shortcomings. Read the rest of this entry

Die Hard with a Vengeance (movie review)

die-hard-with-a-vengeanceDie Hard week continues as we anticipate the opening of A Good Day to Die Hard on Thursday, after which we’ll have to incorporate “yippee ki yay mother Russia” into the pop culture lexicon. Today, we’re taking a look at Die Hard with a Vengeance, which I assume everyone has seen at this point, so this is more of a Die Hard  with a Vengeance points of interest post rather than a full movie review, but I do ramble on for a while.

After having that title issue with Die Hard 2 being known as Die Hard 2, Die Harder, or Die Hard 2:  Die Harder, they decided to give up on the numbers all together and just call this one Die Hard with a Vengeance, which sounds silly to me, but this movie rocks and is my favorite in the series.   Read the rest of this entry

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (quick movie review)

die-hard-2-die-harderDie Hard week continues as we anticipate the opening of A Good Day to Die Hard on Thursday, after which we’ll have to incorporate “yippee ki yay mother Russia” into the pop culture lexicon. Today, we’re taking a look at Die Hard 2, which I assume everyone has seen at this point, so this is more of a Die Hard 2 points of interest post rather than a full movie review.

Let’s quickly address this title situation:  is it Die Hard 2, Die Harder, or Die Hard 2:  Die Harder?  Well, I’ve seen all three on official documents (posters, VHS, DVD, Blu Ray), but when the movie starts, it proclaims that the movie is called Die Hard 2, so that’s what I call it… except in the title of this post…  Yeah, I have no idea what the actual title is.

As I mentioned in the Die Hard review, the film series had a short-lived accidental tradition of an actor playing a cop in the movie and then getting a similar acting job on a TV show.  In the first installment, that honor falls to Reginald VelJohnson in the role of Sgt. Al Powell (who reprises his role in Die Hard 2), who went on to star in Family Matters as Sgt. Carl Winslow, and in this flick, it’s Dennis Franz as Captain Carmine Lorenzo, who goes on to play the famous Det. Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.

And, like the first Die Hard, Dies Hard 2 takes place at Christmas time, but it doesn’t seem to have the same “Let’s watch this movie at Christmas time!” cult status that the first one does.  Again,  I’ve written about this phenomenon before, and I don’t understand why the first one made the holiday cut and the second one didn’t, but there you go.  (Actually, it might have something to do with the naked kata at the beginning of the flick…  No matter how well toned the ass is, naked kata doesn’t exactly shout, “Merry Christmas!”)

Die Hard 2 has its moments, but it’s just too much like the first one, and not nearly as good – and the movie references the first movie so many times that it’s silly.  I give Die Hard 2 a 7 out of 10.  It’s worth a watch, but it’s nothing special.

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Die Hard (quick movie review)

die-hardAt this point, I’m sure you’ve all seen Die Hard.  It’s an action classic and the flick propelled Bruce Willis to a super star status that few actors have ever achieved.  (Oh, and it established Alan Rickman as a go to bad guy for Hollywood – even if it didn’t last that long.)  But the point is, this movie is awesome, and if you’ve never seen it, you need to stop reading this and go check it out.

The first Die Hard began the short-lived tradition of an actor playing a cop in the movie and then getting a similar acting job on a TV show.  In the first installment, that honor falls to Reginald VelJohnson in the role of Sgt. Al Powell (who reprises his role in Die Hard 2), who went on to star in Family Matters as Sgt. Carl Winslow.

Of course, that’s not the only tradition Die Hard has inspired as people always watch this movie at Christmas time… because the movie takes place at Christmas time, I guess.  I’ve written about this phenomenon before, and I still don’t understand it.  And, even more curious, no one watches the second Die Hard at Christmas time… but I’ll get why that might be when I review that flick.

Die Hard is great – sure, some of the characters are silly (Richard Thornburg, played by William Atherton, who plays Walter Peck in Ghostbusters the exact same way) or flat, but it’s fun, the camera work is great and the explosions, gun fire and blood look fantastic.   Oh, and for no reason, there are topless women (and pictures of topless women) in this movie, so you really can’t go wrong.  I give Die Hard a 9 out of 10.

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The Expendables 2 movie review

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My Score: 80

The Expendables 2 is exactly what it looks like:  action shlock. Fortunately, everyone involved with the film was well aware of this, so it’s a fun watch. Read the rest of this entry

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