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Living in Oblivion quick movie review

There’s movies about making movies, and then there’s Living in Oblivion, headlined by Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener and Peter Dinklage.

Also, this is one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (movie review)

the-incredible-burt-wonderstoneIf you want to watch a by the numbers comedy that short on laughs, then The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the flick for you.

You’ve seen this movie a hundred times – this movie is so ‘by the numbers’ that I’ll just write out the formula for you:

  1. the protagonist rises up from humble beginnings and achieves success
  2. the success makes the protagonist a jerk
  3. the protagonist loses everything: best friend, money, etc
  4. the protagonist seeks the help of an old mentor and goes back to his roots
  5. the protagonist reconciles with the friend
  6. the protagonist and friend team up and achieve victory
  7. the protagonist gets everything he lost back and more – because he’s a better person and has found true love

See half the movies ever made for examples of the formula in action – and Burt Wonderstone is no exception. Read the rest of this entry

Escape From LA movie review

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My Score: 70%

Kurt Russell returns as Snake Plissken in the sequel to 1981’s Escape from New York. It’s a sequel nobody asked for, and even if they did, they’d probably asked for it 15 years earlier than they got it.  Still, it has some redeeming qualities, most notably, it’s cast.  Russell’s co stars include Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier and Bruce Campbell. Cliff Robertson plays The President and back then, he looked like Mitt Romney looks now.

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No kidding.

And Robertson’s not the only one.

Anyway, Michelle Forbes has a supporting roll and apparently, I’m a jackass for thinking the only things she’s been in is this movie and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In reality, she’s been working consistently since the late 80s. Read the rest of this entry

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