EftRoU 130: I don’t get it…

Okay this is becoming a habit now. Once again I am late posting this week’s episode of Entertainment for the Rest of Us. Sorry folks, I’m just a regular guy and it seems that life is getting in the way of us getting our great thoughts out there about TV, Movies, and everything leisurely. Well I have complained enough, lets talk about the show.

This week we review and discuss the DVD Bridesmaids and in theaters, as of this posting, Moneyball. No points of interest to share but we still have a good time.

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DV-Debief:

Bridesmaids

Universal Pictures

For those fans of SNL, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy (recent Emmy winner from the CBS TV hit Mike and Molly), we got the DVD for you to go rent; we discuss Bridesmaids. Bridesmaids is a comedy about Annie, played Kristen Wiig, who is picked to be her best friend’s maid of honor, broke and not too happy about relationships she tries to fake her way through the pricy and odd rituals of getting married. Since we are a bunch of dudes we really didn’t get this movie. So please tell us what we are missing by leaving a comment.

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Moneyball

Columbia Pictures

If you are looking for a good film to see with great dialog and storytelling then you need to go see Moneyball. The gents and I break this film down and discuss why it is so good. Moneyball is about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempt at building a baseball team on a budget by using science more than experience and gut feel. This movie stars the one and only Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt and Robin Wright. Directed by Bennett Miller and based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” written by Michael Lewis. Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for this wonderful film. I think it’s a must see. If you’ve seen Moneyball, and you don’t think it’s a must see tell me why by leaving a comment. Or if you like it tell us why…

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Apes Will Rise, Hold My Drink…

PlanetoftheApes

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie, and my expectations were not high, but I found that the movie delivered more than I anticipated.  I was never really into the Planet of the Apes remake movie, or the original, but this movie made me feel completely different because of the story, although it is ultimately the same thing.  This prequel makes me wish for yet another remake of the Planet of the Apes, just because I got so involved in the characters lives and would love to see a sequel with them involved.

The movie was as realistic as you can get when it comes to testing medicine on apes that causes them to be way more intelligent than anyone ever imagined.  Not sure if having professional intelligent scientists create a medicine that ultimately will kill humans without them realizing it is realistic, but then there wouldn’t have been much of a movie otherwise.  With a movie like this, you pretty much know what you’re getting yourself into before it even begins.  What I didn’t realize is how much I would enjoy Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, the main character chimpanzee, who forms a strong bond with the scientist Will Rodman played by James Franco.  I felt bad for the poor ape  when he is left at the ape facility and ends up with feelings of abandonment.  I wish the story had been done a little differently with the scientist having to give him up, because its not realistic that with him knowing how intelligent Caesar was that he would have let them keep him locked up like an animal.  He gave him up too willingly, and although he eventually realizes he made a huge mistake, not many people would have been able to do that.  Some people wouldn’t give up their dog that easily not to mention an ape that has been in your life since it was born and even knows sign language!  I think they could have done other things with that part of the story, because it was hard to accept.  Otherwise it was a realistic understanding of how it all began.  When you inevitably hear Caesar speak for the first time, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a bit off, even though it has to go into the movie.  It’s just hard to wrap your mind around an ape being able to talk.

RiseoftheApes

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I also enjoyed the father with alzheimers played by John Lithgow. His role was an emotional one in a way, and many people can surely relate to a situation like that with a family member.  That whole situation certainly made the realism come to life because its what motivated Will so much to finding a cure.  David Hewlett played the arrogant neighbor, who in a way, is a big part of the movie. I like this actor and it was hard to watch him play this type of role.  Although his character is self centered, rude, and obnoxious, he brought much to the movie and it was played well.  I didn’t care too much for Freida Pinto’s character, Caroline, who played Will’s girlfriend.  Her role in the movie was too small and insignificant.  She added a small touch to the movie itself, but I was annoyed by how unnecessary it was.  And of course every movie needs a dumb naive kid who in this case, ends up being the caretaker for the apes at the facility.  You kind of wonder how he ended up with that job, but he certainly got what was coming to him.  The role was played by Tom Felton.  Another very important factor in the movie was the special effects, which I thought were done very well.  The apes were realistic and it definitely helped bring the movie to life.

The director, Rupert Wyatt, did a good job with this movie as far as keeping it along the story line of the original Planet of the Apes movie, and you really get a feel for that at the end, right after the credits begin.  Overall the movie was presented well with a decent story and good entertainment.  Still thinking about the movie a day later, wishing for more.  I give Rise of the Planet of the Apes 3.5 beat downs by one smart ape.

Cowboys, Aliens, and Other Fun Stuff…

If you like cowboys and you like aliens, then you might just love the two put together in this clever piece done by Jon Favreau.  The movie is based on a graphic novel which I have not read, but I found the movie to be very good.  With lots of action and excitement, you will keep wondering what is coming next throughout the whole film.  You may have seen a cowboy movie or two, and plenty of alien movies, but when combined in one movie, the result is a very interesting and unique story that you may have never seen before.

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A big reason why I was looking so forward to the movie is because I enjoy Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.  Jake Lonergan, who is played by Daniel Craig, is lost and confused as he does not remember anything about his life.  As the story unfolds, he slowly remembers and realizes what he needs to do in order to help the town of Absolution.  The mysterious and sexy Olivia Wilde who plays Ella continuously attempts to tag along to help him as well as get his help so they can find their people who have been taken by the aliens.  There are some unexpected turns to the movie that keep it entertaining and exciting.  Harrison Ford’s character, WoodrowDolarhyde, starts off as the head honcho, demanding what he wants with a crude attitude, only to be faced with the unfortunate situation with the aliens, eventually causing him and many others to learn to coexist with people.  His son, Percy Dolarhyde, played by Paul Dano, is probably the least liked among many in the town, and its because he thinks he can get away with anything because of his father.  The dog was a nice touch to the movie, because everyone likes animals.  Noah Ringer played the young boy and his character was a good piece to the movie.  Lonergan and Dolarhyde strive to settle their differences for the sake of the town, as they discover the truth about the reason behind the aliens’ presence on the planet.

I thought the depiction of how cowboys live their lives in a small town was very realistic, and even spotting UFO’s in the desert can be considered realistic.  The rest is just fun movie watching.  What I love about stories like these is that we don’t know what’s out there in the universe and if we’re alone or not, so the imagination can go many places with the notion that anything is possible.  And although there were parts of the movie you may have found yourself chuckling when it wasn’t necessarily a funny scene, you really don’t know how far off a fictional tale might be from the truth.

Cowboys and Aliens leaves you with a good feeling, even though there was much sadness during the film as not everyone is as lucky.  You get a happy ending at the expense of several sacrifices, which is more probable and better story telling anyway than a happy ending with no sacrifices.  Great movie to go and see, I enjoyed it very much.  Entertaining and different.  I think I’d give it a four out of five alien spaceships.

 

Review for Captain America…

 

Captain America was very well done.  I am not big into the comic books, so I didn’t know a lot of the history behind this comic, however, as someone going into it without much prior knowledge, I thought this movie to be entertaining and fantastic for anyone.  These types of movies are typically done right in that regard. If you think you are not one for movies based on comic books, you should give it a try if you haven’t already.  At the same time from what I understand, you are not let down as a fan of the comics either.  I have been loving all of the movies done by Marvel and they sure know how to find some hot guys to play these superheroes!

This movie was one of my favorites by Marvel.  There was good action, story, humor, patriotism, and a pinch of romance that I love.   Captain America’s story is so different and fun.  Taking place in a realistic setting during WWII, I loved the idea of a skinny kid becoming a strong and sexy superhero.  Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans, wanted to help people and fight off bullies, but he, like many superheroes, had no desire to kill anyone yet had unlimited amounts of compassion.  You find yourself feeling that same compassion for him throughout the movie.  You might even get a little teary eyed.  It was exciting to slowly watch him move himself up in the world until people began to notice him for his bravery and heroic behavior.  When you finally see him in uniform fighting for the first time, it gives you that giddy happy feeling.

Red Skull

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The cast did a great job bringing the movie to life. Hugo Weaving was one of my favorite actors in the movie who played Schmidt aka Red Skull.  He had just the right type of evil in him and played the role very well.  There was a perfect touch of comedy to the film which is what you need in a movie like this.  Colonel Chester Phillips brought up much of the humor with some clever dialogue pieces.  The role was played by another favorite of mine, Tommy Lee Jones, who I’ve always enjoyed watching and never lets you down with his witty remarks.  Also looking forward to seeing more of Samuel L. Jackson in the Avengers.

Captain America is up there in the top movies so far this summer.  It’s fun and entertaining for all ages.  The only other thing you need to know is that you must see it while it is in theaters.  Not a big fan of 3D, but I know it can be enjoyed just the same either way.  Can’t wait for The Avengers movie to top it all off.  Make sure you stay for the end of the credits!  This movie was five stars.. or how about five shields!!

EftRoU 114: vicious babe-a-licious mermaids

Sorry for the late post this week folks. The U.S. holiday got the best of me. I took Monday off and just plain forgot to post the show on Sunday. Enough with the excuses!

On this week’s show Shady and I  discuss The Mechanic on DVD as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Hangover Part II in  theaters as of this positing. Sit back and enjoy as we find out why we have differing opinions on these fine films.

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The Mechanic Movie

CBS Films - The Mechanic

This week’s DV-Debrief is based on a 1972 Charles Bronson movie called, of all things, The Mechanic. This time Jason Statham is in the lead role with a great supporting cast that includes Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland and Tony Goldwyn. In this 2011 version of The Mechanic, we follow a hitman as he tries to make a wrong right. Be ready for lots of action, guns, cars, and fighting! One might say it is more of the same from Statham.

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Pirates #4

Walt Disney Studios - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

If you have not seen the last installment of Pirate of the Caribbean you are doing just fine. Johnny Depp returns and Jack Sparrow, there should be a captain in there, while Geoffrey Rush returns as Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. New to this version of the Pirates franchise is Penélope Cruz as the love interest and Ian McShane as the bad guy (Blackbeard). In Pirates number four, Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a journey to find the fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard is after it too. Listen in and see if we were fans of this movie and then let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below.

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Hangover part 2

Warner Bros. Pictures - The Hangover Part II

That’s right – The Wolfpack is back! In The Hangover Part II everyone is back for more of the same. If you were a fan of the first Hangover movie you will enjoy this one as well. Once again Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis find themselves not remembering what they did the night before and have to re-trace their steps, this time they’re in Bangkok.  Listen in and see what we thought of this version of the hangover.

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