Spartan Phoenix is Back! Sanctum, The Eagle, Just Go with It, Drive Angry 3D, I Am Number Four, Hall Pass, The Adjustment Bureau, Red Riding Hood, Take Me Home Tonight, Battle: Los Angeles, Sucker Punch, Paul, Limitless

Spartan Phoenix is Back! Sanctum, The Eagle, Just Go with It, Drive Angry 3D, I Am Number Four, Hall Pass, The Adjustment Bureau, Red Riding Hood, Take Me Home Tonight, Battle: Los Angeles, Sucker Punch, Paul, Limitless

February & March 2011

So what has your favorite movie marathon man Spartan Phoenix been up too? Haven’t heard from me a while huh? Well… I got married March 4th to my wonderful fiancé (now wife) Jane. And I have become a father to her daughter “Little C”.  So husband and father duties have kept me busy and I haven’t had time to write up movie blogs. I have had time to see some movies through the past month and a half, just not as much as I did last year during my movie marathon man blog experiment. I still have some 2010 year end wrap up stuff to share with you guys, but lets get to some recent Spartan Phoenix movie takes. I’ve got a lot to cover so I’m gonna keep my reviews short and sweet. So let’s get you caught up!

*Spoiler Alert” Sanctum (2011) starring Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield and Alice Parkinson. An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world. I saw this movie in 3D. I liked the concept and the fact that it was based on a true story. Its not worth a 3D viewing, but maybe a video rental. My one main problem with the movie was that everyone except one person died in the movie. This annoyed me.

The Eagle (2011) starring Channing Tatum, Denis O’Hare and Jamie Bell. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. I kind of liked this movie. It wasn’t great but and interesting take on history at that time. The best part was the location shoots and the costumes. This movie should have been rated R instead of PG-13. It would have been better if it were grittier.

Just Go with It (2011) starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck and Nicole Kidman. On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend. This movie was funnier that I expected, but keep in mine I had very low expectations for this film. Jennifer Aniston, , Nick Swardson and the kids played by Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck were the funniest roles in this film. Recent Adam Sandler flicks have been disappointing for me. This movie was a step in the right direction.

Drive Angry 3D (2011) starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner and Billy Burke. A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. This movie was the perfect guilty pleasure movie! Great action, funny one-liners, awesome cars, cool bad guys and nudity! I saw this movie in 3D and it was way worth it. Don’t take this movie seriously and you will have fun with it. It was a fun roller coaster ride for me.

I Am Number Four (2011) starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer and Dianna Agron. John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four. This was and interesting movie. I really liked the story concept and the cast. This is one of those movies I excited about what was going to happen next. Timothy Olyphant had a cool supporting role as a “keeper or protector”. He can currently be seen in one of my favorite TV shows Justified. I hope they make a trilogy out of this movie; I would like to see an expanded storyline of these characters.

Hall Pass (2011) starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate and Nicky Whelan. A married man is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife. Joined in the fun by his best pal, things get a little out of control when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well. This movie was rated R and for good reason. This movie was very funny and I recommend it. The break hilarious out role in this movie was co-star Jason Sudeikis from Saturday Night Live. I can see him take funny man leading comedy roles in the near future.

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt. Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in this thriller as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. My wife and I had a date night and went to see this movie together. It was one of those movies we were excited about seeing. The concept of the movie was great, and visually it was cool too. It was based on a short story by Philip K. Dick more famously known for his other stories made into movies like Blade Runner and Total Recall. But the movie was slow and dragged out. The movie picked up speed at the end with an exciting finale. I would wait for video on this one.

Red Riding Hood (2011) starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Billy Burke. This story is set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. I didn’t expect a lot from this film and I’m glad I didn’t. The costumes and sets were very cool, but the story didn’t hook me. Amanda Seyfried was good in her role but I had a tough time with the rest of the cast. I thought Gary Oldman phoned in this role, which was disappointing. Some of the supporting cast was interesting as well as the soundtrack.

Take Me Home Tonight (2011) starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer. This movie follows an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night. This is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. A very funny film set in the latter part of the 80’s, which I remember very well. Anyone who was a fan of the 80’s and the memorable pop culture it gave us must see this film. Its sad this movie didn’t get the promotion some big studio flicks do. If you missed this film in the theater, please, please see this movie on video. It already has a place waiting on my video shelf.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) starring Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Peña A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. I really liked this film especially since I grew up in Southern California and was familiar with the locations the humans vs. alien battles took place. This was a good popcorn movie with action and drama. I like the battle sets. Some parts were predictable but I didn’t care cause this move was a fun ride. Check it out!

Sucker Punch (2011) starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone and more hot chicks in skimpy outfits. “A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility”. This movie has been called “Kill Bill meets Inception”. I would say that is a good description except that it would have been cooler if the movie were rated R instead of PG-13. I did enjoy this film. I saw it in IMAX, which meant the sound, was great. The action scenes and the good-looking young cast of girls kicking ass was a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed the whole cast too not just the main cast. My only problem was the ending; it left me a little unsatisfied. I still recommend the film, but unless you see it in IMAX, wait for video.

Paul (2011) starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman and Sigourney Weaver. “Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.” This movie is a must see for sci-fi nerds like me. I mean come-on, the movie starts in the biggest event for nerds: ComicCon in San Diego. This movie was extremely funny and the whole cast was great.  I call this movie a hilarious nerd road trip, with heart. I’m glad this movie was rated R for the language. I know for a fact that my nerd peeps have salty language.

Limitless (2011) starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish. “A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human mind abilities” I liked this movie more than I thought I would. I really liked the story and the drama behind it. Bradley Cooper was great in this role. You find yourself routing for him all the way through the film. I liked the big company conspirator’s subplot the movie had to offer. I also liked the exciting ending too, it didn’t disappoint. Lately Bradley Cooper has been good in all of his movie roles. He’s a good leading man. Geesh, sounds like Spartan Phoenix has a new man crush. Check this movie out, it’s a cool flick.

Do you know how you’ve seen a shit load of movies? When you seen all of the movies shown on posters hanging outside of your multi-plex movie theater.

I’ll be back movie peeps. Gonna see more movies tomorrow.

– Spartan Phoenix



2 Responses to “Spartan Phoenix is Back! Sanctum, The Eagle, Just Go with It, Drive Angry 3D, I Am Number Four, Hall Pass, The Adjustment Bureau, Red Riding Hood, Take Me Home Tonight, Battle: Los Angeles, Sucker Punch, Paul, Limitless”

  1. 1 Bob McDermott
    April 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

    You, Sir, are a glutton for “Funishment”!

  2. 2 Bob McDermott
    April 6, 2011 at 3:52 am

    P.S. What?! You say Red Riding Hood wasn’t good?… I’m f*cking SHOCKED!… sarcasm intended.

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