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love it or hate it

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 7 December 2006 05:16 (A review of Beerfest)

If you loved 'Super Troopers', you'll love this movie. If you hated it with a passion, then you'll also hate this movie with a passion. Both of those films are the types of comedies best watched with your buddies, or drunk, or stoned, or all 3 of those elements together. ;)

Regardless, I'm glad Jay Chandrasekhar returned to doing films with his 'Broken Lizards' gang of comic buddies. He tried to go mainstream with 'Dukes of Hazzard' and it just sucked.

oh, i almost forgot. plot of Beerfest? well, if you can call it a plot, LOL, basically, a bunch of buddies joing up to represent team USA in the annual Beerfest competition held secretly in Munich during Oktoberfest. Its a worldwide competition of Beer Olympics. Hilarity ensues. On a general movie scale, its probably just a 5/10 in terms of acting/story/etc, but in laughs rating, its a 7/10.


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Steve Coogan rocks!

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 7 December 2006 04:35 (A review of Lies & Alibis)

The film has a great storyline and quite a few comic elements and memorable quotes are found throughout this murder-mystery. Steve plays as an ex-mobster/con man who goes into a unique business that caters to the rich and powerful that want guarantees not be caught when they cheat on their husbands/wives. They pay him generously, and he and his team spin a web of lies and provide ironclad covers and alibis to keep their spouses from ever discovering their infidelities.

Business is good, and he recently hires a smart woman (Romjin) to help bring 'more brains' to his operations, but soon starts falling for her when he finds out she's brilliant AND sexy. It takes a bit before the plot gets introduced to the audience, but basically one of Steve's top clients, played by James Brolin, asks him to help out his son whose getting married but also has a mistress on the side. I guess like father, like son. Steve gives the son his own identity to help keep the fiancee off track, but when he gets a call at 3am from the son saying he accidentally killed his mistress during some rough S&M play, Steve needs to work his magic, not only to protect his business and client, but also his life, since some detectives as well as the dead girl's gang-member boyfriend are linking him with the girl's disappearance. And to further complicate things, Steve's past catches up with him as he finds out there is a $5 million bounty on the head of his former mob boss.

The plot is a lot more involved than typical hollywood fluff that's been dumbed down to the common denominator, and as such this film may require 2 or so viewings before all the twists and turns start to make sense. But for any fans of murder-mystery films that slso have some good dry humour in the mix, make sure to check out this hidden gem. And the film also showed me just how talented Steve Coogan is, and I'm going to look for his other films as well.


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Good Czech muder-mystery film

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 7 December 2006 01:45 (A review of Perníková vez)

Jakub wakes up with a bad hangover from another night of booze and drugs, but to his horror, he sees a ton of cop cars below, outside his apartment building. He hears a knock on his door. He panics and starts flushing and hiding all his drugs, and after nervously opening his door, he realizes its his best friend, Radek, who has come to tell him some bad news. The cops are not there for him. His long-time childhood friend and a girl he's had a crush on since their families went to the lake when they were kids, Vera, lived a few floors below, and has been found dead in her apartment. Fear and panic turns to anger and pain as he and his friend Radek become determined to seek out Vera's killer when they find the cops have no leads or clues. The mystery takes them deep into the Prague underground scene.

Great muder-mystery flick, even with subtitles, its very watchable and riveting, and the story will keep you guessing all the way to the end. And I love how they show the other side of Prague that most tourists are not aware of.


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Great Will Ferrell comedy

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 6 December 2006 05:38 (A review of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)

You either love or hate Will Ferrell's comic style, and in my books, it doesnt get any funnier then when he's given a movie where he can just go nuts in.

Anchorman used to be my favorite Ferrell flick, so its easy to see that if you bring in the same director, cast Will as a crazy redneck NASCAR driver, add the insanely funny Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali G / Borat fame and cast him as a gay french nemesis driver from 'Formula Un', bring in Gary Cole from 'Office Space' fame and cast him as Bobby's deadbeat dad, and on top of it all, throw in an unexpected hilarious performance from John C. Reilly, and you have a comedy masterpiece on your hands.

Yeah, its ridiculous. Yeah, its crazy. Yeah, it's Will Ferrel at his best. Those scenes with Ferrel and Sacha yelling into each other's face had me in stitches. Or when Ferrel thought he was on fire, running around the track in his underwear. classic!


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ultimate coolness

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 4 December 2006 05:44 (A review of Sin City)

Movies don't get any cooler than this. The storylines are riveting, the dialog is perfect, the violence is off the scale, and the the blend of real actors with black & white effects, a touch of color where needed, and comic book animated backgrounds is mesmirizing to watch and absolutely beautiful.

The story is actually 4 short stories, and they all very loosely interconnect. The first story is very short, starring Josh Hartnett, a ladies man who seduces and kills women. By itself, it just sets the tone of the movie, but it really seems way too short, until you see how it wraps up the very end of the movie. Next, you have the story of Hartingan who saves little girl Nancy, from a rapist, but get falsely imprisoned and does everything to protect her. When he gets out, the story takes a wicked turn as the rapist is still at large, horribly disfigured, and hell-bent on revenge against both Harting and Nancy, who is now 18 and working as a stripper.

There is also the story of Marv, played by Rourke. Marv is a brute beastly man, and his only love is a prostitute name Goldie. One morning, he wakes up and finds Goldie dead. Someone killed her and framed Marv, and the police are after him. Its one of the longest stories in the film. And there's also the story of an incident between a corrupt cop and prosititutes, which threatens to shatter the peace in the city and cause full out war.

On the DVD, you can view the stories seperately, but best way is to watch the film in its original way, with the movie progressing by jumping from one story line to another.


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Letdown of the matrix, part 2

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 1 December 2006 07:30 (A review of The Matrix Revolutions)

They should've just ended it with the Matrix. Sure, there was a lot of unaswered questions at the end of the first Matrix, but thats ok. that's what makes an awesome film. it leaves your IMAGINATION to fill in and try to finish the story, or you can just leave it be as a 'hope for future' now that Neo found his power. But to make two more films that try to explain what happens afterwards just make it all into a mess. Reloaded and Revolutions just distract the audience with absolutely useless new characters, ridiculous fighting sequences, idiotic one-liners like "Neo, I Believe!", and introduce two new plot holes everytime they try to explain a plot hole from the first Matrix.

To all the Matrix sequel fans, imagine these movies WTIHOUT the first one. By themselves, they would be in the bottom 100 at IMDB. The sequels have no structure, no smart dialog, overly complex plot, and dull characters. They are just hollywood cash cows to a film that never needed a sequel in the frist place.


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One of the biggest letdowns

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 1 December 2006 07:06 (A review of The Matrix Reloaded)

It seems like the Wachowski brothers, after being pressured to turn the masterpiece 'The Matrix' into a trilogy, got a bunch of stoned dropouts to write up the script ideas for them. Wow, what a let down.

To sum it up, its just some stupid crap about Neo being superman flying around, fighting off a thousand mr. smiths in a pathetic obvious CG-whore-fest, jumping around on bikes and trucks, lots of explosions, some drivel about a 'keymaster', some drivel about the oracle, some drivel about love between neo and trinity, and some fighting in some weird nightclub. that's all i remember. plot? who needs that when making a sequel to a blockbuster film.

The only good thing about this movie is that it isn't Matrix Revolutions.


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Remove brain when inserting DVD

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 30 November 2006 03:52 (A review of Mindhunters)

Final destination rip-off gorefest, where one character after another die, and each die in a gruesome way.

It had potentail until all the plot holes and ridiculous killings started occuring. Take the first killing, for example. These are all FBI trainees that are all supposed to be ultra-smart, yet they just bust into a room, and then they all watch like deer-in-headlights as they follow a domino that got trigger by door being open, and after a long drawn out domino-effect of contraptions, the end results is it triggers a nitro cylinder to shoot and bust into Christian Slater, killing him off. That's when i knew this movie was going to be 100% garbage. Come on, a room full of FBI geniuses, and not one of them looks ahead to see where domino ends, or tries to stop the domino effect? grrrrr. and then the rest of the killings just got even more idiotic.


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Harrison Ford's Worst Moment

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 28 November 2006 08:35 (A review of Hollywood Homicide)

After attempting to see this movie (I had to shut it off within half hour, to save my brain cells), I wondered wether Ford had to make this movie as a favor to someone, or payback for something, or maybe extortion. I cannot comprehend how else Harrison Ford could've chosen this role. I think he realized just how bad it is too, since he just walks around and reads off his line monotonely, with about as much enthusiam for acting this role as my teen brother has in doing yard work at my parent's cottage. I mean, Hartnett, I expect him to have such roles in these idiotic movies. He's a talentless hack that only gets roles because of his looks. But I did not expect Ford to willingly choose such a bad movie to be in.


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What the hell was this mess?

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 28 November 2006 07:23 (A review of American Dreamz)

Was it supposed to be a sarcastic comedy? If so, where was the sarcasm? Heck, where was the comedy? Was it supposed to make fun of Bush? If so, don't they watch Daily Show or Colbert Report, to know how to really make fun of Bush? (hint, show bush using his own words, that does the trick). And what the bloody hell was that suicide bomber arab kid contestant near the end? what the ??? was that for drama? was that for satire? Is this movie targetted at arab youth, trying to show them NOT to commit suicide via bombings? Aren't people tired of seeing that wretched Dennis Quaid in starring roles? He seems to be in everything these days, and still sucks as bad as he did back in the 80s. And Mandy Moore. For the love of god and the country, STOP ACTING. Please. I beg you. STOP!


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