[X-Men Origins: Wolverine] Trailer is out!!

Posted December 17, 2008 by Andy Owen
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This is the comic book geek speaking, not the movie critic.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine is going to be amazing.  If you think differently, don’t talk to me until after May 1st. And if you STILL dislike it after seeing it, we will probably have to stop being friends for a while.

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/xmen-origins-wolverine/trailer

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Muppets From Space

Posted November 26, 2008 by Andy Owen
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Comcast Video-On-Demand is great. I found Muppets From Space the other day and had to watch it again.

While I love the supporting cast (Muppet & human alike), I’m dismayed by this representation of the Henson legacy. They EXPLAINED Gonzo’s background & history?!  That’s like destroying him!  I was terribly disappointed that they felt this was something that needed any resolution.

Also, they can get rid of a couple of the newer muppets and bring back some more classics…where was Sweetums?!

I did love the security bear though.  Hilarious. And Jeffrey Tambor is hilarious too.

Sorry for the short review, but I have a baby now and am much more time-conscious.

Happy-Go-Lucky

Posted August 8, 2008 by Andy Owen
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http://www.apple.com/trailers/miramax/happygolucky/

I haven’t seen it yet, but I saw the trailer show up on my favorite trailer site (albeit sometimes behind the curve – Apple.com/trailers) and just thought I’d share my views on it.

It’s about time.

Seriously.  I love a lot of the recent movies I’ve reviewed and talked about, but it has been some time now since a feel-good movie came along and discussed having a positive attitude in the real world without getting mocked.  This one was written and directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy) and set in the bleaker side of England.  With everyone trying to convince her that life is unfortunate (at best) Poppy just can’t seem to wipe the smile off of her face.  Even when her driving coach says, “You can make jokes while you’re driving, but you will crash, and you will DIE laughing,” Poppy just responds, “Well if you’re gonna go, it’s the best way to go I s’pose.”  Later in the trailer they’re outside of the car with him chasing her around and around…seemingly to try and strangle her.  Awesome.

This is just what our world needs right now in the seemingly dense fog of bleak cynicism that permeates all mainstream media, to have this movie come out and make it “cool” to be happy again.

I’m going to check it out when I get the chance.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Posted August 4, 2008 by Andy Owen
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The 4th film by Quentin Tarantino (Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown make up his first three), this movie is his apparent homage to cheesy 70’s Kung Fu movies.

With gushing blood, violent swordfights, unbelievably hot women, and amazing music, he’s taken a dead or dying genre, and pumped new life back into it, or just completely obliterated it, depeding on your view.

In this movie we follow the unnamed Bride of a wedding, whose entire party of 8 was massacred, including her unborn baby (so she believes), and where she is the only sole survivor, after a bullet to the head from nearly point-blank range.

After waking up in a hospital four years later from the coma it put her into, she realizes what has happened, and takes some quick maneuvering to get out of the hospital unnoticed (after a brutal beating on some potential rapists, long story, watch the movie), where she quickly devises her plan to get her body back in working order, and seek revenge on those who did this to her…the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad, a team she used to be a part of.  (Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Elle Macpherson, & led by David Carradine).

O-Ren Ishii (Liu) is head of the Japanese Crime syndicates and living prosperously there, while being guarded by her gang, the Crazy 88’s, who the Bride must completely descimate if she wants a shot at killing her nemesis.

Vernita Green (Fox) is now a suburban homemaker for her husband and daughter and challaneges the Bride to a knifefight which never occurs.

This movie is edited slightly out of order, which personally I LOVED in Pulp Fiction, but felt it was slightly unnecessary for this movie.  It didn’t really drive the story ahead to do it that way, and seems as if it would’ve been perfectly fine had it been IN order.  Maybe I’m wrong…probably.  Who knows.

Oh, yes, the film is violent.  Is it the most violent movie I’ve ever seen?  Nope.  Sin City probably takes that cake.  (Side note: Sin City was guest directed by Tarantino).

I think this movie is great.  But more than that, it’s a great lead-in to an even better movie, Kill Bill: Volume 2.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Posted August 4, 2008 by Andy Owen
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Kill Bill: Volume 2 was the much anticipated continuation and conclusion to the Kill Bill saga.  Most of you have seen it by now I’m sure, but I have to share my two cents about this film.

To me each movie is more like mini-stories woven into a movie format, and edited all out of order to leave the viewer on the edge of their seat (and out of their mind, curious).

This movie brings together The Bride (whom we find out has a name in this movie: Beatrix Kiddo) with two of her attackers, all of which is merely a roadblock on her way to kill her former lover and Master, Bill.

First she comes along Budd, Bill’s brother and one of the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad’s less tactful members.  He’s now living in a trailer in the desert of Texas, acting as a bouncer for a strip club.  Hating his life, and awaiting Kiddo to come and relieve him of it, he wants to go down swinging, or not at all.  I love how this sequence and her subsequent living burial take us into the sequence of her early training with Pai Mei (the guy standing on her sword in the picture above).  Bill trained under Pai Mei, so as far as he’s concerned, so must B.

Jumping forward, her next target, is Elle Driver, Bill’s new lover, and B’s deadliest enemy as far as Elle is concerned.

Once she’s climbed over the pile of bodies left in her wake, Kiddo finds that she’s not only person to have survived the small wedding massacre from the first film, but her daughter is actually alive, and in the care of her natural father, Bill.

The film has a great ending, that’s all I can say.  I love how even-tempered Bill is throughtout, but especially the last part of this movie.  So calm, so collected.  If that doesn’t intimidate a person…nothing does.

Haven’t seen it?  Go get the first volume, then finish it off, same day, with this one.

The Princess Bride

Posted July 28, 2008 by Andy Owen
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Quotable quotes from The Princess Bride:

“Inconceivable!”

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”

“Stop that rhyming now, I mean it!
Anybody want a peanut?”

This movie was a great for those days when I stayed home sick from school, because it had ME in it.  Fred Savage played that character, “The Grandson” who stayed home sick from school.  All we know is he’d had a fever at one point.  It was vauge.  Then Peter Falk, “The Grandfather” came over to read him a story, which quickly put a stop to his Sega playing time.  As the grandfather says, this book (movie) has everything.  Adventure, romance, comedy, swordplay, giants, death, torture, pirates, princes & princesses…and a Spaniard.

My wife had never seen this when we first started dating, and she relentlessly made fun of me for loving a movie called “The Princess Bride.”  And admittedly, I remember my parents telling me I’d love this movie and thinking…”Uh…are you joking?”  But it worked, I watched, I loved.  Chandra started watching it with me a couple of years ago, but quickly fell out of interest during the first 10 minutes.  This time, I got her to sit and watch almost the whole movie with me.  She fell asleep towards the end because it was almost midnight, but she said she enjoyed it.  HURRAH!

This story of True Love, has it’s main character fighting almost to the death to save his love from marrying an evil prince, dangers in the fire swamp, murder at the hands of her betrothed (to then be blamed on feuding neighbors Gilder).  But along the way are GREAT characters that add a lot of depth and fun to the story.  My favorite (as is most) are the partners Fezzik & Inigo.  Played masterfully by Andre the Giant (WWF wrestler) and Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds), these two are hilarious, and lovable.  Inigo wants nothing out of life except to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the six-fingered man.  Fezzik, is a brute who has a huge heart and wants to be loved by his fellow man.

You know this story.  You have to.  If you haven’t seen it, I require you to go watch it.  It’s a modern-day classic.  It’s got everything anyone could want in a movie, and unlike other cult classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I don’t know ANYONE who’s seen this movie and said they didn’t like it.  This has a 100% recommendation from me.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Posted July 23, 2008 by Andy Owen
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Yeah, I know you’ve seen this by now.  If you haven’t….well, that’d be ridiculous, I’m sure you have.

Left to right in the above picture are Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, & Steve Carell.  All four of these guys are geniuses.  Paul Rudd has been in a number of flicks, and is definitely one of my favorites after cementing himself in the Judd Apatow crew of friends.  Steve Carell and he would later star together in the 40 Year Old Virgin, which was also genius.  And of course, there was a guest appearance from former SNL alum, David Koechner.  These guys are fantastic alone, but together, this is a masterpiece of comedy.

Sadly for Ferrell, he set the bar so hi with this movie, people have been disappointed ever since with his follow-ups.  Most just haven’t quite met the standard.  Including Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory & Talladega Nights.  All good, but few are this good.

Steve Carrell playing the semi-retarded Brick Tamlin also set his career further into motion.  He first showed up on my radar on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a reporter, and frankly he was genius.  After that I saw him on Bruce Almighty as the fellow TV reporter Evan Baxter, and he was genius.  Here, he played a….TV weatherman (finally, some variety) and he was genius.

This movie produced classic scenes, lines, quotes and much more.  If you HAVE seen it, go watch it again.  It’s still great.

Also in this movie although (in my mind) of lesser note are Christina Applegate, Fred Ward, and even a minor role for one of my favorites, Seth Rogen (as a cameraman).