Monday, June 27, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Teacher




In Short:
Diaz and JT are simply not funny in this wannabe-raunchy comedy that gives a couple laughs but overall dissapoints

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
4/10





Full review after the jump…

Friday, June 24, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: The Tree of Life



In Short:
Planet Earth meets 1950’s Texas in this over the top Palme d’Or winner which is sure to leave audiences confused and/or angry and/or emotionally exhausted

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
3.5/10





Full review after the jump…

Friday, June 17, 2011

What Fascinated Me Today: 17 June 2011

HARRY POTTER  - J.K. Rowling, who must be the richest person on the planet at this point, is supposedly making more HP books.  Initially this excited me, but the last set of books ended well and this addition will probably not do anything to improve upon the originals.  But it’s a guaranteed extra billion for her…so why the hell not (People)

OPRAH – Oprah was on some radio show or TV show or something recently and she claims she is going to interview one Orenthal James Simpson (aka that guy that killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Gold and got away with it via Johnny Cochran) and she thinks she is going to get him to confess.  Not happening Big O, but good job keeping your name in the news (TV)

TUPAC – Some schmo (Dexter Isaac) in prison for life is claiming he had a hand in the killing of Tupac in 1994.  Probably just some lifer looking for some attention (The Boombox)

DAVE CHAPPELLE – Earlier this week there were claims that Chappelle was making a new TV show strictly for online use (e.g. Hulu, Netflix) but now it is sounding like that may not be true.  Whether he comes back or not, his two seasons of Chappelle Show remain some of the best TV to ever exist.  Although my favorite skit from the show doesn’t get a lot of hype, watch it HERE and remember how amazing that show was (PopEater)

GREEN LANTERN – I love Ryan Reynolds, but holy hell does this movie look awful.  Although I have been incredibly excited for it to open, so it can stop having its (what feels like) 5 minute trailer play before every movie I go see.  It did good in midnight showings and is looking like it will have a ~$55M opening weekend.  I don’t care, it still looks stupid (Collider)

15 MOST INTENSE MOVIE MOMENTS - Pretty cool article on Rotten Tomatoes today (RT)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – The first teaser trailer (which is being shown before The Green Lantern) leaked online today.  Doesn’t really give you any idea of a plot line but still exciting to see anything about an upcoming Christopher Nolan movie (Inside Pulse)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 12 June 2011

Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Paul (2011)
Just Go With It (2011)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Salt (2010)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)


Full reviews after the jump...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What Fascinated Me Today: 10 June 2011

The Dictator – The first pictures of Sasha Baron Cohen are out for his upcoming Saddam Hussein-ish comedy.  Honestly, I’m a little fed up with Cohen at this point but I’ll probably give this one a try cause the concept is pretty far out there (Collider).

TrollHunter – The title of this film caught my eye on RT today and now after watching the trailer I am extremely intrigued.  The movie is a Blair Witch style fake documentary about, you guessed it, hunting trolls.  Doubtful that it will every come to a theater near you, unless you have a super artsy theater in your area, but I recommend you watch this trailer and try to hunt down the film on Blu-Ray in the future (Rotten Tomatoes).

The Book of MormonThe Book of Mormon was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park creators) and it has been nominated for 14 Tony’s!  When I heard the title of the show and the names behind it I assumed it would be a jab at the often mocked religion, but apparently I was wrong.  Parker and Stone are creative geniuses, and this just solidifies that fact (People).

Human Centipede II – Never did I think I would have to watch one human eat another human’s excrement…then I saw Human Centipede.  The film was ridiculous and awful and grotesque, but you’ve probably heard of it simply because it was so ridiculous and awful and grotesque.  Well now they are making a sequel (which has already been banned in Britain) and I’ll probably end up seeing it, but I have no rationale reason as to why (The Wrap).

Law & Order: SVU – It was recently announced that Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) will not be returning for season 13, and now the show announced they are bringing back Fin (Ice-T) for two more seasons.  A double kick in the shorts because Stabler was the best character on the show and Fin is by far the worst.  Doubtful the show will be able to surprise this double blow, but only time will tell (EW).

MOVIE REVIEW: Super 8



In Short:
J.J. Abrams continues to prove he is the best sci-fi guy in Hollywood today with this extremely enjoyable throwback monster thriller

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.0/10

Full review after the jump…

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hollywood Career-o-Matic

Slate.com put together a pretty amazing article on Monday.  It used Rotten Tomatoes data to analyze the best and worst actors, actresses, and directors in Hollywood.  The article also has a pretty bad ass little tool where you can type in anyone's name and it gives you a nice little graph chronicling their career.


Best Actor: Daniel Auteuil
Best Actress: Arsinée Khanjian
Worst Actor: Chuck Norris
Worst Actress: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Best Director: Mike Leigh
Worst Director: Dennis Dugan
Most Improved: Josh Brolin, Dakota Fanning, and Ken Loach
Best Actor in Worst Movie: David Strathairn in Twisted

MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: First Class



In Short:
Mutants are back and better than (actually probably just as good) ever in this slightly too lengthy prequel

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
6/10





Full review after the jump…

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What Fascinated Me Today: 01 June 2011

Breaking Bad - Breaking Bad Season Four trailer got released today and it still looks amazing.  The show builds slowly but if you battle through the first couple episodes of Season One you will be handsomely rewarded.  Add it to your list of shows and catch up by the mid-July season premiere (IMDb).

The Tree of Life - The new Brad Pitt movie is getting a lot of buzz and critics went wild for it an Cannes.  But I've read a lot about it and watched several previews and still really have no frickin' clue what it is about.  But...I'm a sucker for buzz so I'll be that guy in the back row with no clue what is going on throughout the whole movie (Moviefone).

Netflix - Netflix CEO says he's in talks to try to get access to HBO shows for it's streaming services.  HBO
pretty much never misses with it's shows, so this addition will only further my inability to ever leave my couch.  Plus it will make me finally watch The Wire which I should have done several years ago (The Hollywood Reporter).

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - First official trailer is out for this upcoming movie from David Fincher.  And did I mention it is a remake of the movie of the same name (based on the megahit book) from 2009?  The original was pretty amazing and didn't leave a lot of room for approval, but apparently it wasn't good enough for us high class Americans (Collider).