Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fast & Furious 6

Nothing ruins a movie-going experience like annoying patrons. Please don't be one. When you are, you seriously take other people out of the movie experience, and considering the cost of movies nowadays, its just not fair to them. Not to mention if YOU are paying to see a movie, wouldn't you rather enjoy it by shutting the hell up, staying in your seat, and enjoying it?

Okay, my little lecture is over. On to my next review...

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Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Rated PG-13

What its about: Following very closely behind the events of Fast 5, Dom and the gang have all promised to live quiet lives and go straight, no more criminal capers or high speed chases. But Hollywood knew that wouldn't be any fun for anybody, so Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson reels them back in to the high risk world of racing and shoot-em-ups to catch a terrorist bent on thwarting the government, and blah blah blah.

Check it out if you liked: The Fast & The Furious, The Italian Job, Death Race, Redline

The Good: I'm going to be honest, of the 6 movies in the series, this is only the 3rd one I've seen. That said, you don't have to have seen all of them to pick up on the connections between the characters, and the basic outline of the overarching story: Dom loves Lettie, Brian was a cop, and The Rock is a freaking behemoth who likes to smash things unnecessarily.

Fans of the past 5 movies are in for a treat, because if these movies do anything well, its taking the action from the past movie, and making it even more over-the-top. To that degree, I can't wait to see what the next one has in store. The plot is very easy to follow, the whole movie ends with a bang, and there are significantly less cliche's than I expected.

Anyone who enjoys a good racing movie, a good action movie, or a good plot twist are in for a fun ride (HAH! Racing puns!)
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I didn't realize Superman had a cameo...













The Bad:
To be frank, this movie is very corny. The Rock is a wrestler-turned-actor, and it shows. I've always thought that wrestlers should make great actors, since professional wrestling is basically just acting, and yet his performance tended to bring the movie down just a tad. That said, every time another cheesy one-liner was spouted, he'd do something bad ass, and I'd remember that you don't go to these movies for the acting, you go for the action.

Other than The Rock's rocky performance (so much pun up in here!!), the only other flaw I could find in this movie was that while the action is made to be over-the-top, it tended to push that bar a little too hard at times. Fun and exciting, yes, but movie goers expecting a realistic, even semi-possible experience are out of luck.

Verdict: 7 out of 10 stolen cars thieved by a cop-turned-criminal who manages to somehow get away with it even though in reality his ass would rot in a jail cell for the rest of his life...

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I don't wanna know...

Monday, May 27, 2013

So there's this guy... / Layer Cake

I really hate plots that are done over and over again. Movie blogs fall in the category of crap that's been done to death. I don't care, nobody is forcing you to read this! (If someone really has kidnapped you and forced you to read this, sucks to be you.) But if it makes it any more fun for you, I'm sarcastic! And I solemnly promise that every single movie I review will have at least two things I like about it, and two things I don't. You know, for fairness. (sarcasm?)

Also, don't expect only new movies to be reviewed. I plan on reviewing old movies, new releases, pretty much whatever I want to review. But, I also want to review movies that whoever is bored enough to read this wants me to review. So send me suggestions, dangit! Do you really want me to review nothing but comic book movies and action flicks? Huh?! Would you do that to yourself?

Anyway, that's how it works. I review movies. Good and bad, new and old. Because I can. So let's get to it...BORED YET? I am...

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LAYER CAKE (2004)
Rated R

Synopsis: Starring Daniel Craig as an everyday guy who just happens to be a drug dealer, Layer Cake tells the story about this unnamed character's journey of trying to escape this life and quit the game while he can.

Watch it if you liked: Ocean's Eleven, Snatch, Lock Stock & Two Smokin' Barrels, Trainspotting

Why its good: You don't have to love movies to know that James Bond is a famous character, and if you've opened a magazine or turned on a TV some time in the past six years, you know Craig plays the famous spy right now. This movie came out shortly before he scored the role as the international super-spy, but after seeing Layer Cake, its not hard to see why he got the role. (they even poke a little fun at Bond) His mix of serious, action man, and wise-cracking drug dealer equals out to a solid and believable average Joe of a character.

But what really makes this movie so good in the midst of the sea of criminal caper movies is the constant lack of knowledge. Layer Cake doesn't let you know anything that Craig's character doesn't already know. So every time he sits there with a wide-eyed look, so do you. The writing is witty, constantly interjecting dark scenes with humor, and keeps you breathing deep until the final fade out of the last scene.

The supporting cast includes rising stars such as Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), and old vets like Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Sleepy Hollow), and George Harris (Harry Potter, Indiana Jones) who each add a strong piece to the cake. (Get it? Cake? Eeeeh?)

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What's the catch?: While the majority of the actors in this movie portray completely believable and engrossing characters, there is some flawed, over-the-top acting in this movie. Some characters just don't quite hook you in as much as others, and can tend to dull the experience.

The only other complaint I have about this movie is the ending. (Don't worry, this is a spoiler-free blog. I'm not a monster.) But I'll let you experience that part for yourself. If you check this movie out and really have that much of a problem with the finale, the DVD sports a couple alternate endings to tickle your fancy.

Verdict: 9 out of 10 delicious pieces of cake

Why you should watch this movie in three sentences:
-Daniel Craig's performance rivals any of his Bond films
-A fantastic supporting cast, backed up by great writing and an intriguing story
-It has Bane in it


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