Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Our Idiot Brother




In Short:
Paul Rudd delights in this clash-of-cultures comedy that proves that even those with the best intentions can run into crappy situations

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.0/10


Full review after the jump…

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 30 August 2011


Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Quiz Show (1994)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Something Borrowed (2011)
Final Destination (2000)
Final Destination 2 (2003)


Full reviews after the jump...

Monday, August 29, 2011

The VMAs have come and gone

EW graded each of the performances at last night's VMAs, and reading this is about all the information I really needed.  The show usually lasts about 4 hours and I get bored after about 10 minutes so I skipped it this year.  Sounds like here were the major highlights:

  • Beyonce is preggers (EW)
  • Lady Gaga came in drag (EW)
  • Justin Bieber made some kind of inappropriate joke to Selena Gomez (MTV)
  • The first Hunger Games Teaser was premiered (YouTube)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

"American Horror Story" looks pretty legit

FX has a new show premiering on October 5th called American Horror Story, and the information (Collider) I've read about it makes it sound very appealing.  It is from Ryan Murphy, who is currently working on Glee and previously created Nip/Tuck.  According to the shows Facebook page, it "revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish".  This quick preview has a very Nip/Tuck-ish feel to it, and that could be good because Nip/Tuck started out pretty amazing until it turned god awful at about season 3.  FX usually pumps out some quality programming, so I recommend you give this one a try on October 5th.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IMDB TOP 250: Breakdown by Decade

A couple of weeks ago I had a post that used data from the IMDB Top 250 to determine what the best years ever for movies were.  In addition to that breakdown, I also tried to figure out what the best decades ever for movies were, and you can see my findings below, with more details after the jump:


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: The Change-Up


In Short:
Contradicting almost every review you will read, The Change-Up delights with crude and hilarious jokes and actual has an enjoyable story beneath the dick-and-fart jokes

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.5/10


Full review after the jump…

Monday, August 22, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 22 August 2011


Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
The Beaver (2011)
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer (2010)
Super Size Me (2003)
In Bruges (2010)

Full reviews after the jump...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

30 Best Twist Endings

I love a good surprise ending, unless of course it is any M. Night Shyamalan movie after Signs, then I just dread the awful, forced twist that you know is coming.  Total Film put together a list of the 30 best twist endings in movies, and there are quite a few on there I haven't seen so I may have to change that.  Some of the sleepers on the list that some of you probably haven't seen, but should, include:

WARNING!!!  The Total Film article is FULL of spoilers so read at your own risk...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hulk Hogan is an American Hero

WWTDD (Some horribly trashy blog I read) posted this story today in which Linda Hogan (ex-wife of The Immortal Hulk Hogan) claims that he and Brutus the Barber Beefcake were lovers.  There is nothing more pathetic in the world that a pathetic old woman trying to hang on to her once minor fame by making outrageous claims about an American Icon.  Good work Linda, hope you're pleased with yourself.

Gay or not, look at these frickin' heroes...(Yes I'm a wrestling die hard, and yes this has nothing remotely to do with movies or media in general, so don't hate me)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Forks Over Knives



In Short:
A compelling and convincing look at the way Westerner's eat and the potentially catastrophic effects it has on our health

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.5/10


Full review after the jump…

Monday, August 15, 2011

How to Get Cheaper Movie Tickets...

As you've seen on this blog, I see lots of movies.  And as you also know, movies ain't cheap.   Well I've found a pretty simple way to minimize the effect movie tickets have on your wallet, if you have a Marcus Theater near you of course.  If you click on the following link, it will take you to the Marcus Theater store and its 20 pack of VIP Silver tickets.  The tickets are $6 each and you get 10 $3 Snack Cash coupons as well.

So some quick math for you:
Typical Movie Night:
2 tickets = $20
2 sodas = $10
1 Popcorn = $5
TOTAL = $35

VIP Silver Movie Night:
2 tickets = $12
2 sodas = $4
1 popcorn = $5
TOTAL = $21

That is a 40% Savings each and every time you go to the movies!  I burned through my first 20 pack in about 4 months, and I highly recommend you go with this strategy if you have a Marcus Theater in your area.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OLD SCHOOL REVIEWS: 14 August 2011


Quick rundown of all the movies I watched recently:
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Tangled (2011)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)


Full reviews after the jump...

MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy, Stupid, Love


In Short:
An awesome cast carries this romantic comedy that tells the story of a recently divorced Steve Carrell and a hard pimpin' Ryan Gosling and the tumultuous path both their love lives take

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
8.0/10


Full review after the jump…

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Warrior Trailer

I went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love today and one of the previews shown before it was for the MMA drama Warrior starring the up and coming star Tom Hardy.  I had heard rumblings of an MMA movie coming out and was skeptical, but now after seeing this awesome trailer I am extremely excited to see it.  I'm sure my love for the trailer is slightly biased cause I'm an MMA fan, but you can't deny that the movie looks promising.  It looks like a present day Rocky.  I can only hope it has a couple drawn out training montages.  Warrior opens September 9th.

Laura Bush: MURDERER

Buzzfeed had slide show today of celebrities who have killed people and there were definitely names of people on there I didn't know about.  Also gotta love the inclusion of OJ on the list.

Other notable people on the list:
-Laura Bush
-Brandy
-Matthew Broderick

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New 50/50 Trailer Looks Promising

The trailer for the upcoming 50/50 has been out for awhile but Collider had a post for the newest trailer today and the movie looks pretty good.  Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick all star in the cancer dramedy, and with a cast like that you can't go wrong.  And if you don't like Joseph  Gordon-Levitt then watch (500) Days of Summer cause that is about as close to perfect as a romantic comedy gets.  50/50 comes out September 30th.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top 25 Movie Pep Talks

IFC pumped out this list of the best inspirational speeches that have ever been given in movies, and overall it is pretty solid.  The only two glaring errors are that William Wallace's speech at 11 is a travesty and a sham and mockery, and Bill Pullman's speech at 3 must be a joke cause I always have to look away during that scene of the otherwise amazing ID4 because his acting is too awkward to have to watch for 3 straight minutes.

MOVIE REVIEW: Friends with Benefits




In Short:
Surprisingly funny romantic comedy that overcomes the predictable plot with likeable characters and a superstar performance by Woody Harrelson

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
7.5/10


Full review after the jump…

Monday, August 8, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens


In Short:
An alien flick with nothing at all to separate it from any other sci-fi flick of the summer

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
3.5/10


Full review after the jump…

MOVIE REVIEW: Rise of the Planet of the Apes


In Short:
A solid return to form for the series and a great example of CGI done right

Bagpipe-o-Meter:
8.0/10


Full review after the jump…

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

AV Club's Best of 2011

AV Club posted a pretty interesting article today asking all their writers the following question:
We’ve passed the halfway point of 2011. What are your favorite 2011 books, movies, albums, songs, TV episodes, etc. to date? What’s likely to turn up on your year-end favorites list?
As usual a lot of the items getting mentioned are super-Indie stuff that 99% of people haven't heard of.  Usually there picks are pretty solid though so you may want to check some of them out.

My opinions on some of the items they mentioned:
TV - Breaking Bad - As good as television gets.
MOVIE - The Tree of Life - Way too over the top, but will win some Oscars.
MOVIE - Source Code - Duncan Jones kills it again and seems to be here to stay.
BOOK - Bossypants - Tina Fey is the real deal and while this book isn't as good as 30 rock, still a hilarious read

Hollywood’s Highest-Earning Actors

Forbes just released its list of highest paid actors and there are some surprising names on there.  Will Smith?  Apparently he got paid $36 million for MIB 3.  Tim Allen?!?!?!  Tim the Toolman Taylor?  I'm assuming that money is for voicing Buzz Lightyear, because lord knows he hasn't been in a good movie since Jungle 2 Jungle  (hopefully you can sense the sarcasm in that statement)...


1. Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million)
2. Johnny Depp ($50 million)
3. Adam Sandler ($40 million)
4. Will Smith ($36 million)
5. Tom Hanks ($35 million)
6. Ben Stiller ($34 million)
7. Robert Downey, Jr. ($31 million)
8. Mark Wahlberg ($28 million)
9. Tim Allen ($22 million)
10. Tom Cruise ($22 million)
11. Jim Carrey ($20 million)
12. Daniel Craig ($20 million)
13. Robert Pattinson ($20 million)
14. Brad Pitt ($20 million)
15. Matt Damon ($18 million)