I really liked Zombieland. It’s not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination but it has a great cast and a solid premise, and a few big laughs.
It was a surprise hit and made a ton of money so it’s no surprise that it got a sequel. What is surprising is that the sequel feels exactly the same as the original. That’s not always a deal-breaker, but ten years and a radically changed socio-political landscape in this world mean little to no updates in the new film definitely are a dealbreaker.
Good news everyone! The best television series of the year so far and, to be honest, probably of the year is now available on iTunes and BD and DVD. If you didn’t get the chance to see it while it was airing then this is the perfect opportunity for you to see it and if you did see it while it was airing it’s your perfect opportunity to watch it again.
You’re probably thinking “that;s some hyperbole there Matthew, you can’t declare something the best of the year when we;re not even half way through the year!” but you know what? I certainly an. Game of Thrones is amazing and Silicon Valley is hilarious and Turn is entertaining and Mad Men has been great but I can’t think of anything that is going to come close to delivering on storytelling, acting, directing, style, and tone, as True Detective did. It’ll be shocked if it doesn’t win all the awards this year, including (but not limited to) Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s acting, Nic Pizzolatto’s writing, and Cary Joji Fukunaga’ directing
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Out of the Furnace is a movie that, on paper, looks like it should be amazing. Christian Bale, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, and Zoe Saldana are all talented actors and Scott Cooper’s previous film, Crazy Heart was a solid effort which earned it’s lead actor an Academy Award.
That’s on paper though. Unfortunately if you’ve seen a trailer for Out of the Furnace then you will not be surprised by anything that happens in the movie. In fact, even if you haven’t seen the trailer you won’t be surprised by anything that happens in the movie.
It’s hard to believe that it has only been a year and a half since The Hunger Games came out. There has been a string of young adult books adapted into movies following the success of Harry Potter, most of them featuring an up and coming young actor in the lead surrounded by Hollywood veterans, usually fighting against some oppressive regime. The Hunger Games was no different. Jennifer Lawrence was aiming for her big break and Lionsgate was looking for a new cash cow.
The film itself wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either. Suffering from a small budget and a weak screenplay it fell comfortably into the “good enough” category and made enough money to warrant adapting the rest of the series into movies.
It’s a good thing too because where The Hunger Games was just good enough, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is actually really good.
The first Out of the Furnace trailer made sure you knew everyone that’s in it and that they are all great actors. The second trailer make sure you know that as well as the set up of the “hardworking everyman sets out to find his messed up younger brother” storyline. Let’s watch!
The Hunger Games, like it or not, was a huge hit last year. I didn’t think it was bad, I just wished it were better. So here’s the first teaser for the second movie, Catching Fire:
To be fair, there’s a lot we don’t see here and it is just a teaser, but it any of this is as well executed as it looks and the cast brings their A game (which they are all more than capable of doing) then this might end up being great. Hopefully.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out this November.
I like movies about magic and movies about bank heists and this is a movie about magicians who pull off bank heists Toss in a pretty stellar cast and yeah, I will indeed see this one.
Did I mention stellar cast? Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine as the older men, Mark Ruffalo as the cop? Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the magicians? Damn that’s some stellar casting.
One other thing, Dave Franco is barely mentioned I know he’s the up and comer in the group however this could be the one that pushes him to star status, especially after great supporting turns in Warm Bodies and 21 Jump Street.
After an awesomeness Friday last week we’re back with more hard hitting content and opinions on the state of pop culture! Listen along as we talk about Birds of Steel and Gran Turismo 5, follow up with reviews of The Hunger Games and the underrated Paul Rudd Jennifer Aniston rom com Wanderlust!