The Other Guys / Step Up 3D / Ramona and Beezus / Twelve

The Other Guys / Step Up 3D / Ramona and Beezus / Twelve

I wanted to give a quick thanks to my loyal Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man blog readers. I appreciate the feedback and insight that you guys provide. I’m doing this yearlong movie marathon experiment for fun and I’m having fun sharing it with you. I’ve passed the half way mark and I can’t wait to finish out the rest of the year. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart. Ok now onto the movies bitches!

Saturday August 7th, 2010

Today was a good movie day. I got in a 6-movie marathon. Four of the movies were new movies and the other two movies were ones I really wanted to see gain on the big screen.

The first film of the day started at 9:35 am. That movie was Twelve (2010) starring Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, 50 Cent, Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts niece) and Kiefer Sutherland (Narrator’s voice). This movie is about a young drug dealer (played by Chace Crawford) watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. What surprised me the most was that Joel Schumacher directed this film. Joel’s best known for his 8o’s flicks he directed like D.C. Cab (1983), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987). He’s also known for fucking up the Batman movies he directed in the 90’s like Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Although I did kind of like Batman Forever. As for twelve, it was a depressing film with a tragic youth message. The acting was good in parts especially with Emma Roberts. I did find myself riveted to the screen wondering which characters in the movie were going to meet certain doom.

The second film of the day was much more fun and uplifting. I needed this after the downer I sat through with the previous film. This was the family film Ramona and Beezus (2010) starring Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel. This movie is based on Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series that follows the misadventures of young over active imagination grade school girl Ramona Quimby and the effect it has on her older sister Beezus and her family. This was a sweet and funny film. The supporting cast of adults was my favorite part of the film. The relationship between Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel was a lot of fun to watch. This movie is appealing to adults so they wont be in a holding pattern and having to watching their kids enjoy the movie without them.

The third film I saw today was Step Up 3D (2010) starring Adam G. Sevani, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson and Alyson Stoner. This movie is about group of New York City street dancers who team up with NYU freshman and find themselves competing against the world’s best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown. Ok, I don’t know what it is about these dance films, but I like them, I honestly do. I’m a little embarrassed to say so, but they are a lot o fun. I can’t explain it. But I’ve seen just about all of them including Save the Last Dance (2001), Step Up (2006) And Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and even the Wayan’s brothers directed and produced dance spoof movie Dance Flick (2009). The cool thing about this movie is that they got very creative with the 3D twist. There weren’t a lot of cheesy typical 3D effects. They got creative with colors, dance moves, sets and other objects and props that added to the visual fun of watching this movie in 3D. This movie is also family friendly with predictable love interests, rivals etc. There is a fun dance tribute routine to Fred Astaire and his style done by two of the two youngest and talented dance stars of the movie Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stoner. Another fun thing about seeing this film was how involved the crowd was while watching it. I saw a girl busting a dance move in the isle next to her seat. There was much applause from the audience after certain dance routines. I myself got caught up in the excitement and put my hands together after a few of these scenes. If this isn’t your type of move, check out this 3D movie for some fun. If you walk out of this film hating it, then you’ll need to check yourself cause you might be evil.

The next two movies I saw were Predators (2010) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010). Both of these movies were fun to see on the big screen again for different reasons. Predators (2010) gave me some action Sci-fi violence that I needed and is also a great follow-up to the original Predator (1987). The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) was so much fun the first time around due to the humor, special effects and the relationship between the Sorcerer and his apprentice it was worth another visit to the silver screen on this one.

The 6th and final film of the marathon I saw was The Other Guys (2010) starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes. Its about two mismatched New York City detectives who seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize, but…. well you can guess the rest. This movie was hilarious! Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg nailed the lead roles as the two mismatched partners especially Will Ferrell who was very funny as the by the book, “prefers the desk to the streets” nerdy cop role. However the big scene-stealer for me was the very funny role as the police captain played by Michael Keaton. There was a very funny ongoing joke involving his character quoting lines form the pop group TLC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TLC_(band. Even Mark Wahlberg was funny, I was curious before the film if he was the one that would drag this film down. But no, he played off Will Ferrell well and the two were a good comedy team. This movie was paced well and had a great combination of comedy and action. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson played the alpha male hero movie cops to the tee and their characters set up the story of “other guys” and their miss-adventures. Very funny film, its nice to see Will Ferrell bounce back from his last film, the crappy Land of the Lost (2009) remake.

Up next: The Expendables (2010) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Stay tuned movie peeps! – Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  102

  • February         2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 9

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