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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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.

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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DV-Debrief

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.

Feature Flick #1

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.

Feature Flick #2

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.

Thanks for listening to our show. We love that you listen to what we have to say. We would also love to hear what you think of the movies we discuss. Let us know by leaving a comment below. Take care and be well!

Until next time…

EftRoU 106: why plastic surgery…

Hello to all our faithful listeners and new listeners, we’re glad you found us. This week on Entertainment for the Rest of Us we welcome our guest, from Las Vegas, John Hawkins (aka @VegasGeek). John joins Dillon 2.0, Mike Leach, Shady the Biker and me to discuss a DVD and a new feature flick. On DVD we discuss ‘The Tourist’ and this week’s theatrical release is ‘Sucker Punch’.

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DV-Debrief:

The Tourist Movie

Sony Pictures - The Tourist

Ms Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in ‘The Tourist‘. Mr. Depp plays Frank an American tourist visiting Italy. Angelina Jolie is Elise  a woman who crosses Frank’s path while he is traveling by rail. While making a stop in Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance with Elise only to find himself being pursued by gangsters. Other performers worth mentioning in this film are Paul Bettany and Timothy Dalton. Although Dalton does not play James Bond in this movie, but if he did it might have added to it.

Feature Flick:

Sucker Punch Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures - Sucker Punch

This week’s feature flick is ‘Sucker Punch‘. This film was written and directed by Zack Snyder, the gentleman that directed ‘300’ and ‘Watchmen’, plus let us not forget ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’. In this movie it feels like Zach Snyder found a way to look into our minds to bring us our dreams of dragons, orcs, robots, samurai, tough fighting women with guns and fast moving planes all in one movie. This all plays out in the imagination of the character named, Baby Doll played by Emily Browning. The only real way to describe this movie is a lot happens and you just have to see it to believe it. The other main actresses and actors in this movie are Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Scott Glenn, Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac.

Sit back and enjoy the show. Be sure to leave a comment letting us know what you think of the show or the movies. We would love to hear from you. Thanks again for listening.

For those of you who may not know John Hawkins here’s his bio: John Hawkins is a long time web developer and WordPress enthusiast. In January 2009, John gave up his job in corporate America and co-founded 9seeds.com to develop on WordPress full time. John works from home on the outskirts of Las Vegas with his wife and two teenage children.

 

EftRoU 99: i’m convinced…

Welcome back to our little blog and podcast here on the Internet. We have lots to share from just two guys getting together to and talking about everything leisurely. This week on Entertainment for the Rest of Us, Shady and I talk about a DVD, the Oscars, a motorcycle show and a feature flick.

Catchall Segment

During the catchall segment Shady and I talk about the 83rd Academy Awards nominations, or as we call them the Oscars. We mainly talk about the best picture nominations. We also talk about how we need to get to the theaters and see all these best pictures. Let us know if you have seen all 10 of the films nominated for the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

DV-Debrief Segment

Secretaiat Movie

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Shady and I were quit surprised with this week’s DV-Debrief. We went to our local Blockbusters and picked up the newly released Secretariat. If you haven’t seen this film yet you need to. It is the true story of the greatest racehorse ever (at least of this posting the best racehorse ever). It stars Diane Lave as Peggy Chenery, the owner of Secretariat. Listen in and then let us know if you agree if this is a must see movie by leaving a comment of two below.

Convince ME Segment

The Rite

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Instead of a feature flick segment we thought we would try something a little different. So Shady went to the Colorado Motorcycle Show and Swap to try and convince me to go next time it is in town. See if he convinces me to go or not.

What I decided to is go see the movie The Rite, staring Anthony Hopkins and Colin O’Donoghue. This film is about an American priest who goes to Rome to attend an exorcism school and learns much, much more. Listen in and see if I convince Shady to go see this film in the theaters.

Let us know what you think of the show or if we convinced you to go see any of these films, by leaving a comment. Until next time…

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