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MBTI: John Wick- ISTP

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 11/12/2014 by McCutcheon

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The archetypical antihero we’ve come to know and love was played up to nicely in John Wick. And who to better portray an understated misanthrope than Keanu Reeves?

Well, maybe Daniel Day-Lewis but preparation for the role may have caused him to learn how to use a handgun to actually murder over eighty people and Summit Pictures probably just couldn’t handle that right now. Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 09/19/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Adam David Thompson

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity, Running time 113 minutes, Action/Crime/Thriller

Compare to: Death Wish (1974), Ransom (1996)

Liam Neeson being in a movie these days usually means two things: Someone or some people will be kidnapped or taken hostage with the second sure thing being Liam Neeson will indefinitely beat some people up to make sure everyone is safe.

But while the majority of Neeson action/thrillers are worth watching maybe once, Tombstones has a bit more going for it. There’s not a massive secret waiting to be revealed every other corner, but that gets old anyway, doesn’t it? Continue reading

Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 08/08/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William FIchtner, Tohoru Mosamune, and voices by Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shaloub

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence , Running time 101 minutes, Action/Sci-fi/Comedy

Compare to: Hellboy (2004) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

For a movie that’s garnering as much hype (and hate) as this new Ninja Turtles movie is, expectations were still right there in the middle for me. Could be good, could be a waste of time.

And for all the backlash its received  by way of critics, I’m having a hard time understanding it. Has the story been done before? Sure. But is it enjoyable to see the turtles flipping around with martial arts that rubber suits previously prevented? Definitely. Continue reading

Movie Review: Hercules

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 07/25/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Askel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Joseph Fiennes

Rated PG-13 for for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity, Running time 98 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: Clash of the Titans (2010), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Placing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (I never know what to call him anymore) in a film is similar to placing Arnold Schwarzenegger in a role; no matter what the script originally called for, however simple or complex the character was meant to be, it’s now The Rock. He hardly changes from film to film, which is to be taken however you feel about him to begin with.

So the strength of the film itself lies with Johnson’s performance and presence. He certainly looks the part of a demigod but the guts and grit it pretends to have is overcome with cliches in a desire to make something safe and formulaic. Unfortunately. Continue reading

Movie Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 03/07/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson

Rated R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language , Running time102 minutes, Action/War/Drama

Compare to: 300 (2007), The Immortals (2011)

Exactly seven years ago to this day, Zack Snyder’s 300 was released to the unexpecting viewers and Period/Action movies haven’t been the same since. If a movie is made that happens to take place hundreds of years ago, don’t expect historical accuracy and don’t expect to see backgrounds that haven’t been created on a computer.

So is this one even worth watching? Surely all the studios did was notice the scores of films and shows being made in 300’s likeness and say “Hey! This is ours! We need to be cashing in on this again!”

But surprisingly, this doesn’t make any lame attempts are copying it’s predecessor nor does it rip off the original’s own copycats like many sequels are so tempted to do. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 12/13/2013 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Luke Goss, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images, Running time 161 minutes, Adventure/Fantasy/Drama

Compare to: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Beowulf (2007)

It seems impossible for Peter Jackson to make a film under two and half hours these days. It’s not really surprising given the length of the other four middle earth movies are, but does this one feel like the same duration that it is? Well, that depends on whether or not you’ve got to pee.

So while last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have had one too many nods to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy that made us so familiar with Middle Earth, Desolation picks up where the last one left us and never really misses a beat. Continue reading

Movie Review: Red Dawn

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 11/22/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Will Yun Lee

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language , Running time 114 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: Iron Eagle (1986), Battleship (2012)

This remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn does for war what a comedic overtone would do for a story involving pedophilia. Is pedophilia funny? Nah. But the Red Dawn creators will have you thinking war and killing people is fun. Who cares, though right? We’re already exposed to so much. Might as well have a movie about a bunch of kids killing soldiers passed off as “intense” and “cool” while we’ve got the chance.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m all about violence in film. But in a story like this, it should be handled a little more seriously. So when the movie’s premise is “Go ahead- be a man and KILL SOMEBODY,” we’re not only behind the enemy lines of Stupidity, we’re POWs.  Continue reading