I think I broke something…

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Really.  At a later date I may share with you all my extreme level of broken-ness (I was born with cracks in my mold :D)  But now, I must have injured my arm–still not 100% how!  I can barely move it (it has been normal to swollen to OMG swollen to now normal-looking again).  Of course, it has to be my right arm, so it is difficult to do much of anything–especially type.  I have set a doctor’s appointment and hopefully it will not be too serious.

In the mean time excuse my lack of posts.  I shall return with several reviews: Carnage–Extremely Loud…–We Bought a Zoo–etc, etc.  And The Avengers! Woo hoo!

Thanks for keeping up with my site–I appreciate all of you!

I’ll be back.

Wrath of the Titans disappoints. Why am I Surprised?

Well…I actually enjoyed the first one.  The 2010 Clash of the Titans was as Bad-tastic as the 1981 cult classic (which I watched way too many times when I was young) and had cool, fun modern special effects.  Trust me, it was NOT the best movie ever, but it made no excuses for what it was–a mindless, fantasy adventure.  Now, Wrath of the Titans doesn’t even reach those very low standards. 

The ONLY thing this film does have is special effects (especially the cool Tartarus maze) but, unfortunately one can not live on effects alone.  You may think I am exaggerating but I’m not.  Characters?  Shallow.  Plot? Thin.  Sam Worthington? Wooden.  Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes?  Not enough to save it.  The most exciting part?  A surprise, yet too short of an appearance by Bill Nighy

Deep sigh.  Oh, well…what did I expect?  Not much.  And they still could not deliver.  Sad.  And I am sure they are working on the third installment–maybe they will call it “Shit on the Titans”–at least then you would know what you were getting into. 

Cabin in the Woods is INCREDIBLE!!

Okay.  This is going to be the shortest review ever!  Why?  Because I am NOT going to review Cabin in the Woods.  I am not going to put links that lead you to anything (stay away from wiki) and there will be no trailer attached.  I do not want anything to spoil the experience for you.

All I am going to say is it is written Joss Whedon, who is a genius in my opinion, and directed by  Drew Goddard and the film is SPECTACULAR!  (Yes, I am lucky and got to see a screening given by Mondo! You can hate me.)

Go watch it!  You will not regret it!  I promise.

Liebster Blog Award!! Really?! Thanks 3 Guys 1 Movie!! You guys rock!

I was shocked!  One of my favorite blogs–3 Guys 1 Movie–gave me a Liebster Blog Award!  I love the set up these guys have on their site and hope to get to that level some day.  You have to check them out–I know you will love their humor and wonderful take on films.  (Fog’s Movie Review just recommended them on their Follow Friday post–way to go!)   I have also been lucky to have them help me out with advice and support. 😀  I am honored to get the shout out and I will strive to continue to earn this recognition.

“The rules are that the winners have to pay forward to other people whose sites are worth the recognition. If they accept the award, they should: thank the person who nominated them; nominate five other favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers, and copy/paste the Liebster Blog Icon into their post.”  Okay, guys…I am not sure if all my choices have fewer than 200 followers (couldn’t figure how to get those numbers)–so I am sorry if I am wrong.

Here are my 5 selections for a Liebster Blog:

Square Eyed: The subjective mind of a film junkie on film (http://charlotteweston.wordpress.com/)  Charlotte is one of my first blogs to follow.  She has a wonderful voice and her love for film is very clear.  I hope this award will get more people over there to join in her discussions. Here’s to your future Charlotte!

Keith & The Movies  (http://keithandthemovies.wordpress.com/) I enjoy Keith’s reviews and his creative 5 Phenomenal (blank) Lists–(best movie phone calls? nice).  He has fresh angle and is always entertaining.

Yay Kiss Purr: A writer’s Perspective (http://yaykisspurr.wordpress.com/) A self-proclaimed “odd duck”–yaykisspur loves all forms of storytelling. The site explores movies, TV and books in very detailed fashion, yet is clear and interesting to read.

Dan the Man’s Reviews (http://dtmmr.wordpress.com/) I believe Dan was the first to leave a comment on my blog. 🙂  I, in turn, went to visit his site–and wow! He is very busy over there…He writes a review pretty much everyday!  This young man has a strong passion for film and it shows!

All Eyes on Screen (http://alleyesonscreen.com/) Last but not least, is Kristin at AEOS. She may be an “average girl who loves movies” but her reviews and opinions are always beautifully shared.  Whether you agree or not is part of the fun and Kristin will love the debate.

So, I hope you all will give these guys a peek.  Like me, I am sure we would all be grateful for your time and attention–we know how precious that is and if you choose to share with our us that is a huge compliment!  Thanks, in advance!!

The Raid: Redemption is BADASS!

That is the only word that fits to describe Indonesian martial arts action film The Raid: Redemption.  It is a seriously badass film!  A rush of fists and fury. A non stop adrenaline ride.  I was left breathless and ready to kick some serous ass!  Hi-Ya!  (Sorry, that always happens to me after watching these kinds of movies–if I could even remotely execute the moves I love, I would be dangerous! ;))

I was a little concerned (after seeing the trailer) that the film would be all action and carnage and zero plot and/or character development–which to me is a deal breaker.

Don’t get me wrong–I like senseless action, at times, and will judge accordingly–but to be great, you must have, what I call, the John McClane factor. Most of you will understand this right away and agree that the JMC factor is the key to success.  It is the principle that the audience must relate to the protagonist, feel for him, cheer for him and most importantly…like him.  If this happens–the audience will follow him anywhere and be invested in his outcome.  Result? Die Hard X5.  And one of the greatest action heroes of all time!

Well, in a short period, The Raid accomplishes this. You feel for Iko Uwais‘ Rama, the rookie unsuspecting SWAT officer that is about to have the worse day of his life.  Writer/Director Gareth Evans knows his genre well and is able to create a believable universe within the walls of this building.  Evans expertly weaves character development throughout the action.  When he pauses to give you a break (because you need it), he fills that space with substance.  I am now anxiously awaiting the trilogy that is in the works because I want to follow Rama’s journey–I care about his outcome.  JMC factor is in full play here–excellent!

What else is there to say?  Oh, yeah!  The Raid also features one of the best henchman I’ve seen in a long time.  Enter Mad Dog–played perfectly by Yayan RuhianWow–is all I will say…he is crazy awesome!

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I should also mention the soundtrack by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese is perfect.  And lastly, I have to mention the fight choreography, which is insane!  The fighting sequences which were designed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian are some of the most intense I have seen.  These guys are the real deal!

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If you like this kind of thrill ride and the trailer gets you excited–run to your nearest theater! And be warned…you may come out swinging! 🙂

 

 

Safe House ends up being predictable and a waste of talent

Safe House proves a theory that I have–it does not matter how fine an actor you may have (and there are a few in this film) a movie can sink without a strong script. We have seen it before–Troy, Public Enemies and it is the truth when it comes to this film.  It has great performances–okay fight sequences–an interesting premise–and yet, none of it adds up to much because it’s all too familiar and fails to impress.  Actually, you forget about it as soon as the credits roll. 

The screenplay is the backbone of any feature, which is why I follow screenwriters as much as I do actors and directors.  Christopher Nolan? I’m there.  Aaron Sorkin? Done.  Brit Marling? I’m game.  Newcomer David Guggenheim almost had something here…almost. Unfortunately, he falls victim to predictability.  Okay, for the masses this may work and Safe House has performed decently in the box office. But for those of us with pickier taste, it is too easy–too familiar.  Guggenheim follows the “formula” too closely and there are NO surprises.  At one point I thought “That can’t be right? That’s too simple and glaringly apparent!”  But, nope it was that simple.  Deep sigh. 

It is a sad waste of a great cast.  Denzel Washington does the best he can with what he has, but again…not much there.  Ryan Reynolds is underrated and quite good (check out Buried and The Nines if you doubt it) and has nothing to do here.  Brendan Gleeson, who is one of my favorite character actors (The Guard is brilliant!), is poorly used.  Vera Farmiga, who I think is one of our strongest female leads, is given nothing.  You can see the theme running through this–nothing–wasted–yeah…it is sad.

This is Swedish director Daniel Espinosa first American film and with the box office numbers I am sure he will get another chance to direct in the US.  I have not seen his first film Easy Money, but have heard good things.  Espinosa does a fine job with what he has to work with.  He can create tension and has a good eye for details, but again–that is all wasted.  🙂

So, bottom line? You can go watch Safe House and you will more than likely be engaged for almost 2 hours, but that’s about it.  Yeah. You know what I am going to say…it’s a waste.