Archive for the ‘Action & Adventure’ Category

The Voices (2014) Review

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Action & Adventure



Director(s): Marjane Satrapi
Michael R. Perry
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver

Plot: When put in charge of his company’s annual BBQ party, Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds) finds a chance to approach his attractive co-worker, Fiona (Gemma Arterton). Unfortunately his talking dog, Bosco (Ryan Reynolds), and cat, Mr. Whiskers (Ryan Reynolds), have other plans for him.

Review: There are two golden rules to writing successful fictional psychopaths and serial killers; either place them in a movie with little to no backstory i.e. Michael Myers, Leatherface, Louis Bloom etc., or have them receive sufficient development in their very first movie to sustain their presence i.e. Kyung-chul, Patrick Bateman etc. However exceptions exist, such as Freddy Krueger’s protracted origin throughout the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, or even Dexter Morgan’s character arc throughout Showtime’s Dexter. Despite these, the two golden rules apply by default. Unfortunately, The…

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Posted: February 12, 2015 in Action & Adventure

Greercn's Blog

Warning: This very violent film is for those with a strong stomach and an ability to see awful scenes as cartoonish.

If you’re okay with that, “Kingsman” is a hoot. Funny, fast-paced and full of love for spy movies, “Kingsman” is based on a graphic novel by the same author as “Kick-Ass”, Mark Millar.

Matthew Vaughn directs this homage to James Bond and the movie is at its best when Colin Firth and Taron Egerton are together.

The plot? An independent spy group is recruiting. Members of this group care about good clothes and world peace. A sinister bad guy (Samuel L Jackson) plots world domination with his sidekick Gazelle (Sofia Boutella).

Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Mark Hamill are all part of a cast and crew who act like they had a great time making this.

Is there a little too much that is sly, murderous and full of…

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Whiplash (2014) Review

Posted: February 9, 2015 in Action & Adventure



Director(s): Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
Cast: Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

Plot: 19-year old Andrew Neimann is the youngest member in the talented, yet violent conductor Terence Fletcher’s class and band at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory, and the latest victim of abuse at Fletcher’s hands.

Review: A first-year music student out of his depths. A brilliant, yet terrifying music conductor blissfully ignorant to the repercussions of his actions. A battleground of music sheets, slapping, blood, sweat and tears. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is a simple movie, with a simple premise, a spectrum of colorful language and two of the best performances of 2014. With one of the tightest scripts, and a highly personal, vivid style of cinematography and unforgiving editing in recent years, Chazelle’s virtuoso in directing the elements in his movie barely gives his audience any breathing room as he progressively turns the movie into…

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True Story
is an odd little piece of work. It stars Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel, a journalist who was fired from the the New York Times for a 2002 New York Times Magazine story in which he combined the stories of multiple cocoa plantation workers and passed them off as the trials of one composite character. Just after he was disgraced, he found out an accused murderer named Christian Longo had been traveling under the pseudonym Michael Finkel after allegedly killing his wife and three kids. Turns out, Longo was a Finkel fan, and once he was in custody, offered Finkel exclusive access. Ta da! Career resurrection. Finkel got a half-million dollar advance and sold the film rights to Brad Pitt’s production company. James Franco plays Longo in the film.

Finkel’s book True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, as the title might suggest, is part autobiography, part apology…

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The Cobbler – Trailer

Posted: February 5, 2015 in Action & Adventure

Alan Smithee's Movie News

Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

Remember when you used to look forward to the latest Adam Sandler movie? Me neither. Here’s another one.

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