Archive for July, 2011

28
Jul
11

Cowboys & Aliens, Midnight Showing, July 29th 12:01am, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens, Midnight Showing, July 29th 12:01am, 2011

 Cowboys & Aliens (2011) starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine and Sam Rockwell. Directed by Jon Favreau.

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against the terror from beyond our world. The stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist.

I started to watch this movie about 3 ½ hours ago. Right now it’s about 3:30 in the morning. I just got back from watching the midnight premier of Cowboys & Aliens at the local AMC Theater.

This is one of the movies I was looking forward to most out of the summer movies this year. Before seeing it, there is so much going for it. The plot itself is cool, Cowboys and Aliens do battle. It’s directed by fanboy favorite director Jon Favreau who brought the awesomeness that is Iron Man 1 and 2. Staring new badass James Bond Daniel Craig. And of course, starring the legend, Indiana Solo himself, Harrison Ford, the coolest actor of all time.

However… I had one huge hesitation about this film before I saw it, please, please don’t fuck up the western part of this film. I was sure they would get the Alien part of the film right, which I think they did. But I have been a huge fan of the western genre, especially of the westerns released in the past 20 years like Unforgiven (1992), Silverado (1985) ,
Open Range (2003), 3:10 to Yuma(2007) and my favorite western of all time, Tombstone (1993).

Give Val Kilmer his Oscar already damit!

I really wanted Jon Favreau and crew to make me believe as we the audience were drawn and sucked into the wild western world. I was not disappointed. In my opinion, this is a western flick, which I was very happy with. As for the Aliens, I was pleased with the way they were portrayed and the reason why there were here on earth. I also liked the look of them too. They were ferocious, fast and unforgiving, heh heh, pun intended.

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford both commanded the screen each time the camera was pointed on them. When they shared the screen, it was action hero royalty at its best.

Seeing Harrison Ford wear another hat other than his trademark Indy fedora, was very cool. It’s a tribute to his acting that made me believe he reminded me of no one else but the character he was playing in Cowboys & Aliens.

Olivia Wilde, the hot female lead was convincing in her role too. She has a great look with her long tight form fitting dress with a pistol and gun belt hanging Clint Eastwood style off her petite figure. Yeah that was hot!

Don’t think she plays the damsel in distress, cause you would be wrong. In this movie, her character has a key role and a specific reason to be where she is. My only problem I had with Olivia Wilde’s was that her character didn’t flash a little side boob action with the PG-13 rating. All you get is a little hard nip through the clothing action. Which reminds me, I think my wife has a little girl on girl crush with Olivia Wilde. I wonder how I can work that into my favor, hmmmm. Anyways….

Cowboys & Aliens was a good movie. And the gamble that paid off with the marriage of two popular genres. Jon Favreau does movie fun nerd right in this flick. Thanks for keeping the West wild man! Have fun and go see this movie.

Staying up late so you guys don’t have to. Till next time…

– Spartan Phoneix, you’re movie nerd master!

26
Jul
11

Captain America: The First Avenger F#@king Rocked! Friends With Benefits Did Not Suck. Video Pick: Take Me Home Tonight!

Captain America: The First Avenger F#@kingRocked Friends
with Benefits
Did Not Suck. Video Pick: Take Me Home Tonight!

I had to work a morning shift on Friday, the opening weekend for both Captain America and Friends With Benefits. I made arrangements
to head to the movie theater right after work. Since I wanted to see the 3D showing of Captain America I had to see Friends with Benefits first cause the timing worked better. But not to worry, my nerdness remembered to bring my own pair of 3D glasses. When it comes to seeing movies in 3D some should be missed, some should not. Captain
America: The First Avenger
falls into the latter. More on that
later.

Friends with Benefits (2011) starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman and Richard Jenkins. While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications. I have become a big fan of Justin Timberlake, but in
an N’SYNC, or gay way. Well, I’ll let you decide that. I have become a fan of Justin Timberlake’s exploits of Saturday night Live. This guy is funny. He has very good comedic chops. His character in this movie was funny and charming. Mila Kunis, his co-star was also entertaining, not to mention, kinda hot. Woody Harrelson plays Justin’s very gay co-worker and is hilarious and steals the scenes he shares. The movie’s script was funny and it also takes a refreshing serious turn when Justin’s character has to deal with his father’s illness instead of running from it. The movie pokes fun at the romantic comedy formula (which I’m a fan of) without becoming a slave to it. I liked the way it ended with its tribute
to romantic comedies but with its own fresh take on what matters most in many relationships…. sex. This is a good date movie otherwise wait for video.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving and Hayley Atwell. After being
deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. This movie was soooo much fun. As you know, I see all superhero movies, but have not read the back-story of most of them. There are a few that I know the back-story for, but for this year’s superhero movie releases, not so much. Not having any expectations is a good thing, which is the reason I seemed to be the only one that liked Green Lantern.

The thing I liked best about this Captain America movie was the back story Chris Evans’s character as Steve Rodgers and how his too short and skinny character becomes the hero by showing heart and honor. I thought the casting of Chris Evans as Captain America and Hugo Weaving as the evil Red Scull was perfect. The ladies will like seeing Chris with his shirt off. Overall, the casting of all of the other characters was done well. I enjoyed the storyline; the humor and I also loved the introduction and back story of Howard Stark’s character, the father of Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Howard Stark’s role in this film is interesting, cause you get to see how is advance weapon technology assist’s not only Captain America but also lends a hand in his birth and origin to becoming the superhuman he is. Look carefully when Steve Rogers is making his transformation in the “super human pod”, all of
the control panels say “Stark Industries”.

I have seen a lot of 3D movies since the 3D craze started, and for the first time while watching one I jumped back in my seat in a certain scene in this Captain America movie. There is a very cool scene involving his shield that does an awesome ricochet back at the audience. Awesome!!!! This movie was a good old action packed superhero movie worth seeing in 3D. It’s my favorite superhero movie this year. Check it out in the
theater, in 3D if you can!

My video pick this time is the movie Take Me Home Tonight (2011) starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer. It was just released on video July 19th, 2011. I just bought a bluray copy
myself. When I saw this movie in the theater I mentioned in a previous blog entry that it was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen, and I still stand by this claim. This is a must see movie for all fo us that grew up in the 80’s and have a love for 80’s pop culture. It stars Topher Grace from That 70’s Show fame. It takes place on one night in 1988 that changes the lives of everyone involved in on wild night that includes two parties, a stolen car, sex on a trampoline, and a ride in a large steel ball rolling down the street. This movie pays and awesome tribute to life in the 80’s and is very funny. Its rated R for language and Angie Everhart boobies. Who is Angie Everhart? This is Angie Everhart:

Also you get to see a cute gothy Michelle Trachtenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and EuroTrip (2004) fame:

If you see this movie, I recommend renting or buying the actual DVD or blu-ray due to the special features on the disc. You wont get the special features if you stream of watch this on demand. There is a video for the song Don’t You Want Me (originally done by Human League) covered
by a band on the soundtrack to this movie. The cover is not the notable thing about this video. The entire cast of the movie is in this video for the band and does an awesome tribute to every single cool 80’s movie. It’s a very funny and creative tribute to 80’s decade. As I’ve said its one of my favorite movies I’ve seen this year. Its disappointing that it didn’t get the attention it deserved in the theatrical release, so lets give it its due on video. Check it out my movie nerds!

– Spartan Phoenix

 

 

18
Jul
11

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and more! Spartan Phoenix is back!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
and more! Spartan Phoenix is back!

Don’t worry Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man fans, I’m not dead. Just busy and very preoccupied with family, work and other fun stuff. Ok maybe I’ve been a little lazy in keeping up with this blog too. Don’t worry though, I’ve still found the time to do some movie marathons, I mean come on, shit, movies are in my blood, cant stop seeing them even now. Lets dive right into it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 starring…. Well you know who is in these movies. If you don’t, stop reading this, go to the mirror and punch yourself really hard in the neck and watch your own reaction to this. For this final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise I decided to take advantage of a special movie event that selected AMC theaters were doing. Harry Potter 7 Part 2 opened Thursday at Midnight. I bought a two-movie ticket for $20 bucks to see HP 7 Part 1 at 9pm, Thursday night at 9pm, and then in the same theater saw HP 7 Part 2 later at midnight (12:01am Friday) in 3D! Every theatergoer even got a special pair of Harry Potter promo 3D glasses.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was awesome! Being a huge fan of these books and movies I was very satisfied with this last movie of the franchise. There was two scenes in the movie that I was hoping the movie would include and not fuck it up cause they were my favorite parts in the book. The two scenes I speak of was Neville Longbottom kicking some snake ass and Mrs. Weasley kicking some Belatrix ass! I was not disappointed!

On a personal note during a certain scene in HP 7 Part 2 I got a little sad cause I started to think of my mom. My mom passed away last December (2010). My mom was a bookworm. She loved reading books. I didn’t. I loved TV and movies. When I got into Harry Potter I listened to the audio books, which were the best I’d ever heard. I got my mom into Harry Potter and she dived head first into the books and it was something we shared together closely. Miss ya mom!

For more info about the awesome Harry Potter audio books, check out my post last year of Harry Potter 7 Part here: https://spartanphoenix.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/harry-potter-deathly-hallows-unstoppable-saw-3d-morning-glory-skyline/

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) starring everyone one from the last movies
except Meagan Fox and some new hotness. Transformers 3 was everything I expected and more. What a great popcorn movie. This movie had so much frickin action, I didn’t wanna get up from my chair to pee. If this is the last movie of the franchise I will be satisfied. New hottie girlfriend of Sam Witwicky played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was good on the eyes. Whether she can act or not didn’t matter in this film cause that’s not why you see these movies. Director Michael Bay gave me what I wanted in a Michael Bay film: Action, explosions, gunplay, humor, tiny bit a drama and more action. I think Michael Bay gets a bad rap from movie snobs. I have enjoyed all of his movies cause he gives me my fun summer movie popcorn action adventure films. Transformers: Dark of the Moon has an added bonus for sci-fi nerds like myself. One of the new Transformer characters Sentinel Prime was voiced by Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock bitches!) There were even two Star Trek references in the movie too. Transformers 3 was a lot of fun and the best of the trilogy by far. I saw this movie in 3D IMAX. The IMAX sound was awesome! Have some fun at the movies and
check it out!

Like I said even though I haven’t been posting movie blogs in the last two months I have been busy seeing movies. I’m gonna give you guys a quick rundown on what I’ve seen and whether you should see it or not. Here it goes….

Horrible Bosses (2011). Very funny movie with a great cast. Jennifer Aniston is hot and very naughty in this flick and Jason Bateman
is excellently funny in this film. See it!

Cars 2
(2011). This movie was a little boring for my taste. I didn’t really like the
first one. It’s a kid’s movie and should be treated as such. At least I got a
15 minute nap somewhere in the middle of the movie. I didn’t miss anything. Skip it.

Larry Crowne
(2011). After losing his job, Larry Crown (Tom Hanks) a middle-aged
man reinvents himself by going back to college. This movie was refreshing and fun. It was co-written by Nia Vardalos star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Julia Roberts plays Larry Crown’s college teacher and love interest. I recommend this film, check it out.

Bad Teacher
(2011). This movie was just OK. It had its funny moment. Co-star Jason Segel was a lot funnier than star Cameron Diaz. If this movie weren’t rated R, it would have sucked. Check it out but wait for video.

Green Lantern
(2011). This movie got slammed by everyone, included Green Lantern comic book loyalists. Since I didn’t know jack shit about the history of Green Lantern and had no expectations so I actually enjoyed it. Star Ryan Reynolds was entertaining as the lead Lantern hero. Love interest played by Blake Lively was hot and not annoying, as many have complained about. I liked it, but wait for video.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). This was a good sequel to the first one. I like the new characters and the movie was very funny. I enjoyed the 3D showing I saw too. It looked great in 3D. I hope they make a 3rd one. I’m sure they will. See it.

Super 8
(2011). I thought this movie about an alien who escapes from military captivity in a rural small 1970’s town was just OK. I wasn’t impressed like many other critics were. The best thing about this movie was the 1970’s setting and the young cast. Wait for video, but its not a must see in my opinion.

X-Men: First Class (2011). I really liked this new X-men movie with the younger versions of the mutants. The highlight of the movie was a young Magneto played by Michael Fassbender who finds some former Nazi’s in hiding and kicks some ass. Kevin Bacon played the main bad guy and this was a huge bonus. Check it out!

The Hangover Part II (2011). This sequel was an awesomely funny follow-up to the original. I laughed just as much and maybe more than the original. The Thailand setting for this film was perfect with all of the debauchery the Hangover Wolf pack gets into. Don’t miss it; this movie is some funny shit!

Well that’s it for now. Thanks for being patient and I will movie nerd it soon!

– Spartan Phoenix