Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Pirate Radio aka “The Boat That Rocked”

2009

Pirate Radio

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy and Nick Frost

A comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s.

It’s pretty much just a band of DJs playing a bunch of music that the British government doesn’t like. The government minister does everything in his power to shut them down.

Can the ‘pirates’ be stopped?

Meanwhile, girls are brought aboard for romancing and whatnot. You learn a little about the DJs and their life philosophy, etc.

While the movie pretty much sucked donkey hooves, at least there was great music to listen to. And there was one funny scene where I actually laughed, out loud even.

Pirate Radio is 116 min of boring, well… minus the 3 min scene of laughter.

I wouldn’t really recommend this movie to anyone unless of course you enjoy boring British music history, then have at it.

I’m giving it a rating of two steaming piles of poo.

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The Lincoln Lawyer

2011

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe

Welcome to the show Mr. McConaughey! Excellent movie. One the best non-chick flicks I’ve seen him in to date. Matthew has stepped up, put away his pretty boy persona and let it be known that he can play with the big boys.

Matthew plays sleaze-bag defense lawyer Mick Haller who has now taken on a wealthy client, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), accused of rape.

As Mick gathers all the evidence he realizes that his case with Roulet may be connected to one of his old cases. All hell starts breaking loose from there.

This is where the movie really starts to rock. Definitely a must see.

McConaughey and William H Macy, who plays Frank Levin the PI, have got great chemistry. I really don’t have much of an opinion on Phillippe, but he and McConaughey were really workin’ it on screen. I’m hoping they’ll do another film together.

And how cool would it be to have your office in the back of a big ‘ol Lincoln?! Awesome!!

Absolutely giving this some thumbs up.

Paul

2011Paul

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen

I found Paul to be extremely funny. I’m thinkin’ we all need our own little Paul.

I’m not much of a Seth Rogen fan because it seems that he can’t do any movie without having the F-word being most of his lines. Sometimes I swear he rewrites his scripts just to add that word in there. Bad form.

Paul, a recent escapee from a military compound, wrecks his stolen car and is picked up by two Comic-con geeks Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) outside Area 51. Together, Paul takes them on a wild road trip where they accidently have to kidnap a young woman, Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), because she saw Paul. All the while they are being chased by Feds and the crazy father of the girl and trying to get Paul back to his mother ship.

There are crazy mishaps, adventures and run-ins that make this movie fun to watch. And there’s even a twist to the story! I so did not expect that!!

So, if you like alien stuff and you just don’t give a hoot how many alien movies are out there and you’re looking for fun, then I suggest Paul.

Two thumbs up for me!

Super

2010Super

Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Super was recommended to me by a friend. Needless to say, I won’t be taking their recommendations again.

The first 20 min. of Super seemed like some B-rated home movie that I had to slog through in order to get to the real movie. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie was only a might bit better.

Drama? Yes. Action? Well, at the end yes. Comedy? I couldn’t find any. Oh wait, there was one little part that I slightly giggled at with Libby/Boltie (Ellen Page) but that’s it.

Super is 96 min. of utter crap. Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon), so he decides to make himself into a super hero. That’s just what every guy should do when they get dumped, yes? NO!

I’m thinking he turned himself into more of a vigilante than a super hero. The violence in this movie is unbelievable. The last time I checked, super heroes weren’t like that.

This was a big time fail in the Super Hero department. I think this is one movie we could have done without and I can see why it didn’t last long in theaters.

I’m giving Super a rating of ‘C’ for Crap and two big steaming piles of poo.

P.S. Ellen, baby… pick you’re movies more carefully, you’re a wonderful actress.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

2010

Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts

Depressed and possibly suicidal teenager, Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into the psychiatric ward at a hospital. The juvenile ward is being renovated so he is put in with the adults. Here he meets a host of unique characters.

While in the ward Craig must attend group functions and see a counselor like the other adult patients. Craig is hoping they can help him in one day and he can be back to school the next. Unfortunately, he’s stuck for five days.

Craig’s roommate, Muqtada, hasn’t left the room in weeks and says hardly anything. Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), becomes Craig’s friend… a big brother of sorts. Bobby seems like the only ‘normal’ person in there besides himself.

And then there’s Noelle. She brings out what’s hiding inside Craig.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a great movie. Granted it has the gloomy subject of suicide and such but not in an dark and nasty way. This story is told from the side of a person that thinks they want to commit suicide but in actuality they just need a little ‘time out’ to, say… get their ducks in a row?

I am not much of a Zach Galifianakis fan, but in this movie he is excellent. I can’t see where anyone else could have played this part any better. This is the first movie I can recall seeing Kier Gilchrist in. He reminds me of a young Justin Long. I think he’ll go far. The supporting cast was just as spectacular. There were some pretty funny scenes in the movie. I especially liked the guy that just shouts at random.

I recommend this as a definite two thumbs up movie.

I am Number Four

2011

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant and Dianna Agron

I liked this movie. It was just enough Sci-Fi that it didn’t bore my pants off.

Action, there was action! I liked the way the Aliens used guns and not shooting whatnot from tentacles or sparks from the antennae on their heads or something equally lame. I really hate that stuff. It seems so low budget 1970 to me.

Oh, and why do the Aliens always have to have the scrappiest teeth? Seriously??

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone fighting, but there was some butt kickin’ going on by Number Four! I would not want to be on the receiving end of his swirly blue hand.

The writers even tossed in a little romance, but not enough to make you want to gag. Just enough to let you know that Number Four is a teenager and he’s got emotions.

I would definitely recommend this movie for a night of entertainment.

P.S. Number 6… She friggin’ rocks!

The Adjustment Bureau

2011

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt

I’m not sure why I so many people were giving this movie crappy reviews. I liked it. The movie did not at all seem predictable and that’s a big plus these days.

Do you believe your path in life is laid out for you?

Would you defy all odds to change your path even if it meant you had to risk everything?

The Adjustment Bureau asks just those questions and I can pretty much promise you’ll ask yourself the same after the movie.

Drop me a line after the movie and let me know…