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Visit Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Grand BudapestWes Anderson is a creature of habit. He has developed a uniqueness that has such a look, feel and sound to his films that they have become a genre themselves.  You know you’ve really made it when Saturday Night Live makes a mockery of you and most recently, SNL took Wes Anderson on and produced a skit that summed up every Wes Anderson cliché to perfection.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception and follows suit as it uses the same bright color schemes, camera shots, and cast. Continue reading ‘Visit Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’’

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‘Bad Words’ Spells S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for Jason Bateman Both in Front and Behind the Scenes (Movie Review)

Bad Words TNBad Words will not be an Oscar contender.  The casting was a bit predictable and the storyline was borderline cheesy.  This sounds like the build up to a horribly disappointing movie, but there is one aspect that is done to such perfection that it makes this movie just brilliant.  Even at Jason Bateman’s worse, he never disappoints with his sharp wit and sarcastic repartee, but in Bad Words he takes this one step further.  Bateman delivers brutally vicious insults with utterly offensive conversation to dark humor perfection.  And this movie doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that.  The plot is simple and simpler yet are the subplots without a trace of pretension coming anywhere near the film.  Personally, I feel that what the film lacked was partly intentional as to allow the limelight to shine that much brighter on the content that mattered most—disgustingly darker than black humor. Continue reading ‘‘Bad Words’ Spells S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for Jason Bateman Both in Front and Behind the Scenes (Movie Review)’

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Hold Onto Your Potatoes…Laney Loves Her Time ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (Movie Review)

DavisOnce again and without disappointment, the Coen brothers showcase their talent for delivering an impeccably honest journey of life affirmation as told by Inside Llewyn Davis. Just as important, and equally as impressive, is T Bone Burnett’s contribution to the soundtrack. The film travels the same avenue as O Brother, Where Art Thou in that it delivers a cynical laugh on the account of a less than well off character trying to navigate his way through the crap shoot that is life. Full set folk ballads are interspersed throughout the film which convey the ever present Coen trademark of melancholy beauty. Continue reading ‘Hold Onto Your Potatoes…Laney Loves Her Time ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (Movie Review)’

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Climbing Up is the Easy Part– K2’s The Summit (Movie Review)

The Summit TNIt’s a well-known fact that the world’s highest mountain peak is Mount Everest. But within the mountaineering community, it isn’t necessarily the most notable claim to fame to conquer its summit. Mount Everest has had some 3,000 people successfully reach its peak, but to the northwest between Pakistan and China, lies K2— the second highest mountain just 784 feet shy of Everest. With less than 300 successful summit attempts and a 20% higher death toll amongst its climbers compared to Everest, climbing K2 has proven to be one of the most difficult and deadliest mountains in the world. The Summit uses interviews, footage and photography shot by the climbers, and reenactments in an attempt to recreate the deadliest and most controversial day in K2 history.
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Hold Onto Your Potatoes For The Ride That Is: Getaway (Movie Review)

Getaway TNFor someone looking to grow some hair on his (or her) chest, Getaway is a real winner.  Emanating testosterone through the entirety, the movie delivers all style and absolutely no substance.  Plot and character development stay safely buckled up in the backseat, rarely making an appearance.  If you make it through the first 20 minutes, you’ve seen the whole thing.   Continue reading ‘Hold Onto Your Potatoes For The Ride That Is: Getaway (Movie Review)’

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Movie Review)

Mortal InstrumentsThe transformation of a bestselling novel series into film has a history of blockbuster effect. Hollywood may have just broken this pattern.  I am confident that with some skilled editing, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones could be reconstructed using clips exclusively from the likes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Treasure, The Twilight Saga, any one of the Harry Potters, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Underworld and just a quick still frame from Stargate.  The entire movie reeked of been-there-done-that, but America’s insatiable thirst for supernatural, love entwined, gothic action films shall only be quenched when Hollywood starts delivering second rate knock-offs like this one.  So let this be a lesson to you all. Continue reading ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Movie Review)’

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