Archive for July, 2013

08
Jul
13

Lone *Yawn* Ranger Movie Review – Skip It!!!

I don’t wanna spend much time on this movie review because I found this movie remake of the television classic, not only a major disappointed, but a compete waste of my time. Half way through the movie I wishing it to be over.

Im sorry Johnny Depp fans, but he couldn’t save this movie, neither Armie Hammer who played the Lone Ranger. This movie was about 2 hours and 25 minutes long. The Movie was 40 min waaayyyy too long. I tried to take a nap during the monotonous lags, but I was to wired up on a chocolate peanut butter cups sugar rush.

This movie also had the “impossible” human and horse stunts that irked me for a period piece that was suppose to take place in the late 1800’s. Do your self a favor and skip this film and go see ANY other movie out now that I guarantee will be better time spent.

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06
Jul
13

World War Z Movie Review

Plot: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Let me start off by saying that if your a fan of the book World War Z by Max Brooks (Film legend Mel Brooks’s son), distance yourself of any thoughts you may have hoping that the movie is as good as the book if you want to enjoy this film. The only thing the movie and book have in common is the name World War Z. The movie does stand on its own no matter how you feel about the book that its suppose to be adapted from. I highly recommend the book by the way, but more on the book later.

You can tell this movie is Brad Pitt’s baby. He and his producing partners went through a lot of difficulty to get this movie done. The movie was delayed and there was rumors of creative differences, budget issues, etc. I don’t know why the movie strayed so far from the book, but I had hope when the screenplay was co-written by Babylon 5 head writer J. Michael Starczynski.

I did enjoy the direction World War Z did take on a zombie apocalypse. The film showed a realistic take in what would happen globally if such a world wide threat of this nature did take place. Also, the zombies are fricken fast runners!!!

I also liked Brad Pitt’s character as the lead investigator into the epidemic. He has a world wide street smart with a military survival background. I like most of Brad’s movie rolls, and he doesn’t disappoint here. The movie was very suspenseful and kept me riveted to what was gonna happen next as Pitt’s character has to travel around the world chasing the origin if the epidemic.

I recommend this film if your interested in a different type of “zombie movie”. However, if you want a better story, check out the original book written by Max Brooks. The books dives much deeper into the world and the effects of a zombie apocalypse. I recommend the audio book because it is read in parts by great actors and voice talents such as Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner, and Mark Hamill. It’s a great listen. World War Z is the follow up to Brook’s book The Zombie Survival Guide. Max Brooks is an accomplished writer. He also did a writing stint on Saturday Night Live.

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06
Jul
13

The Purge Movie Review

Plot: In an America terrorized by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment.

I’m not a big horror movie genre fan. Most follow the same gory boo an scare tactics. But there are a few that I enjoy and stand out. The Purge is one of those horror films. I really enjoyed this movie.

The Purge stands out for me because it didn’t really feel like a horror movie all the way through, cause it had a “thriller” feel to it. And, it didn’t have you’re typical horror gore tactics. Also, I loved the concept of the yearly 12 hour “purge” this near USA future the story takes place.

Ethan Hawke and the rest if the cast was fun to watch as all were pushed to their limits. My favorite cast member was the wife/mother played by Lena Headey AKA Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.

Ethan Hawke was quoted saying this movie was made for only 3 million dollars. Even if it was made for less than 10 mil, it’s nice to see films made with good casts, stories & scripts without blockbuster budgets making it to the big screen. Wether you see this film in the theater or video, check it out!

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