Archives for October 2011

Super 8 is worth watching more than once…

Do you consider movies as Stand By Me, Jaws and E.T., classics? Well then you will also enjoy November’s DVD recommendation. Coming to a rental store near you in November is a soon to be classic movie from Writer/Director J.J. Abrams and Producer Steven Spielberg called Super 8. If you missed our podcast review, listen in here.

Super 8 Movie review

Paramount Pictures - Super 8

Super 8 is about a young group of friends making a short horror movie for a local film festival. During the production of the movie a horrific train accident occurs during filming. The question is, was it really an accident or not? If it was, why is the government involved in the investigation and why are there bizarre things occurring in the town? This movie stars a couple of great young actors, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb and Elle Fanning plays Alice Dainard. I expect some great films from these two in the future. All around the performances in Super 8 are wonderful. Each character has their own way of pulling you more and more in to the film. You can only imagine this must have been what it was like for both Steven Spielberg or J.J. Abrams as kids with their friends trying to make movies.

The young actors are not the only ones to give magnificent performances, the adults hold their own as well. Kyle Chandler (recent Emmy winner for his portrayal of high school football coach in Friday Night Lights) plays Jackson Lamb, local deputy sheriff and Joe’s father. The relationship between Jackson and Joe is tough to watch but you can tell that they both love each other and just struggle trying to relate. Other actors include Glynn Turman (The Wire) and Noah Emmerich (Walking Dead, White Collar).

The suspense that is innate in the dialog and visuals is terrific and helps you escape into the film. The story concept of a creature terrorizing a small town while only a few people know about it is fascinating. While watching this film you can’t help but think you are watching a Spielberg movie. I think Abrams was paying homage to Spielberg in the way that the story is written, as well as the way it was directed. Abrams still has his signature on this film; you will see a lot of lens flares throughout the movie, which is my only real complaint. The lens flares are distracting and not necessary.

Despite this one little flaw in the movie, it is a must see for everyone. Super 8 is rated PG-13 due to some language and alien violence, but overall the entire family can see it. If you are not sure if you want your children under 13 watching this movie, be sure watch it first. Then plan a family night for you and kids to watch this movie together. It’s worth seeing more than once!

I give this movie a rating of 5 out of 5 model trains!  Go rent it now, better yet buy it so you can watch it whenever you want!

TV Cancellations and Renewals so far for the fall of 2011

The list isn’t too long yet, but it’s quite predictable.

Charlies Angels cancelled early by ABC.   Photo Credit ABC

Charlies Angels cancelled early by ABC. Photo Credit ABC

Early  2011 TV cancellations include:

  • Charlie’s Angles – ABC
  • The Playboy Club – NBC
  • Free Agents – NBC
  • How to be a Gentleman – CBS
  • H8R on CW
  • Memphis Beat – TNT

ABC has picked up Suburgatory and Revenge for full seasons and has ordered more episodes of Happy Endings.

Revenge has quickly become one of my favorite TV shows of the season. The writing is clever, the plot is tricky, the acting is fantastic and there is something about it that makes me think about it days after I watched an episode. If you haven’t tuned in yet, you really should and let me know what you think.

Revenge aires on ABC Wednesday’s 10/9C

Here’s a peek at a scene of Revenge, take a look.

To continue the conversation you can find me on Twitter @JustAskChrissy and at TV Obsession.

 

EftRoU 133: The late late version…

Hello folks,

I’ve been traveling and forgot to get the show posted. So here it is…

In this episode of Entertainment for the Rest of Us we discuss TerraNova, The Big Year and The Thing.

Enjoy the show and let us know what you think.

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EftRoU 132: silent shady…

It’s that time again… on this week’s episode we bring something a little different and new to the show, plus we review the feature flick The Ides of March. We touch on some hockey and a bit of controversy around DC’s New 52.

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Points of Interest:

Listen in as Mike describes the opening night of the Winnipeg Jets and what it was like to be there. We then address this post on Comic Alliance.  We give a lot of credit to these folks for creating content that we just had to talk about. During this segment we mention two other websites that are a must read. One is the one Mike has written for called EatSleepGeek and the other is MajorSpoilers. Check-um out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

Catchall:

TV, Movies, Video Games, DVD

EftRoU - Media Mogul

The new segment that I alluded to above is called EftRoU Media Mogul Fantasy League. We plan on having four seasons each year of the league and the point is to see who know more about media. Each of us will pick from movies, TV shows, video games and new DVDs. During this segment we kicked off with the first two rounds of the Media Mogul draft. In the first round Mike picked The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Shady’s pick was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Square Ross went with The Muppets, and I picked Battlefield 3. Listen in to see what else we pick in round two. We will also post all our other picks in a later plus the results spreadsheet for the world to see. Look for that to come later.

Feature Flick:

Ides of March movie

Cross Creek Pictures

The Ides of March stars George Clooney, not only does he star in this movie he also directors it and did some writing. The Ides of March is based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon. It’s about a dreamy campaign staffer for a new presidential candidate who receives a crash course about dirty politics. Other stars in The Ides of March include Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood. Listen in and see what we think of this movie. After you hear our thoughts tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

Thanks again for stopping by and listening to the show. Be sure to tell your friends and family. See you again next week!

EftRoU 131: really meat…

It was a sad day for us here at Entertainment For the Rest of Us, Mike was home sick nursing a cold, but the troops carried on without him. On this episode of EftRoU the crew brings you another Cartoon Character Showdown between Leader 1 and Optimus Prime as well as a Feature Flick review of Dream House. We also give you an extra review of the movie 50/50.

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Cartoon Character Showdown:

For those of you who are new to Cartoon Character Showdown here is how it’s done: we choose two cartoon characters and debate which character is better. So Shady the Biker defended Optimus Prime and I defended Leader 1. As a reminder Optimus is the leader of the Transformers and Leader 1 is the leader of the GoBots. Who do you think won? Who should win? Listen in and see what happened. Better yet, tell us who you think should win by leaving a comment.

Feature Flick:

Dream House

Universal Pictures

This week we review the movie Dream House staring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz. Dream House is about a family that moves into an idyllic home. They soon learn of brutal crimes committed against former residents.

Extra Review:

50/50

Mandate Pictures

I took some time to go see 50/50 this weekend as well. Since we had some extra time on the clock I shared my thoughts on this film. 50/50 is based on a real life story of Seth Rogen’s friend who beat cancer. It’s a comedy/drama centered around a 27-year-old guy who is diagnosed with cancer, and his fight to defeat the disease. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, Seth Rogen as his best friend Kyle, Anna Kendrick as Adam’s therapist and Bryce Dallas Howard as Adam’s girlfriend. So sit back and enjoy this extra review.

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