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My Little Expendables

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 09/12/2012 by McCutcheon

I’ll be honest: I don’t care for The Expendables movies. I think the general idea is great; get all the 80s/90s tough guys together and have them blow things up. Awesome premise and that can be enough for most people. They’re not financially hurting either, with the two combined for an over 300 million gross. People dig it.

Well, I don’t. I don’t care for the “I showed up, and that’s enough” attitude, nor for Stallone’s shadow over the rest of the cast. I don’t find the locations interesting and blah blah blah- it’s not very good. But one thing I can’t deny is the draw of the cast itself. Isn’t that what got most people’s attention to begin with? And for that idea alone, I give Stallone and co. credit. It’s inspired the question among friends about who they would cast as the dream team of Expendables. Living or dead, any era, any character of whatever genre, who would you pick. Here’s my short list although I intentionally left any actual cast members off just to make it a little more interesting. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Cold Light of Day

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 09/07/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Echegui

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content, Running time 93 minutes, Action/Adventure/Thriller

Compare to: Unknown (2011), Abduction (2011)

Think of an idea that is something like a premise, but no one message to boil it down to, resulting in boring chases, terrible dialogue, no enjoyable characters. Got it? Now think of a title that, at no point makes its reasoning present, and add it in with said premise. Okay, you ready? I came up The Cold Light of Day, what did you get?

The problem with a movie like this, is that it seems like nobody wants to ever do them. They’re bland, forgettable, and boring. Then people do them anyway because certain A-list stars agree to the paycheck and it’s hoped that those same A-listers will lure audiences in and they can make their money. It’s the only reason I can see movies like this being made. It’s definitely not so anyone can put this title under their belt and proclaim “I am SO proud to have been apart of The Cold Light of Day.” I’m not foreseeing that in any future interviews. Continue reading

You Gotta See This: Riki-Oh- The Story of Riki

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , on 09/05/2012 by McCutcheon

You know it’s so popular these days to mention “EPIC” in anything you talk about that’s supposed to be cool? How popular Chuck Norris “facts” have been? How pictures like the one below don’t really have or need an explanation anymore?

We live in a weird age where it’s as though somebody just thought “There really is nothing cool out there anymore. Unless I just MASH everything together!” And that’s pretty much how a movie like The Expendables ever got made.

But is there a part of you that’s sick of it? You feel the word “epic” is used too much that it belittles the true meaning of it all? Do you still agree that ninjas are cool, robots are awesome, but dang it, just go away for now and come back with something new? I do. So while I don’t have something “new,” per se, I do have something truly epic. What I have to tell you about is Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki. Continue reading

Movie Review: Lawless

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , on 08/29/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity, Running time 115 minutes, Crime/Drama/Western

Compare to: Shawshank Redemption (1994), Public Enemies (2009)

It hasn’t been long since we’ve last seen Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy show up and give us something worth paying attention to. Last month’s Dark Knight Rises seems headstrong in crossing the billion dollar mark, and now just over a month later, we have Lawless; a movie not as epic in scale but rival in quality. Its message is one that parallels 300 (2007) in many ways although the aesthetics, along with everything else, couldn’t be more different.

LaBeouf, whose last mainstream role was in 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon definitely takes a departure from the Hasbro trilogy’s massive explosions, punching robots, and super models and trades them all in for the simple life: mountains, moonshine, and shootouts. It is a much welcome change. Continue reading

Movie Review: Premium Rush

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 08/25/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dania Ramirez, Michael Shannon, Wole Parks, Jamie Chung

Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language, Running time 91 minutes, Action/Thriller

Compare to: Cellular (2004), 16 Blocks (2006)

I’ve go to admit, I hadn’t heard of this one until about a month ago and didn’t realize it was coming out until a few days ago. That being said, I was still interested despite the premise being about “a guy who rides a bike.” As far as this movie’s concerned, that’s as simplistic a statement as just saying Bobby Fischer played chess.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt just knows how to pick roles and this movie is no exception. It’s fast, funny, exciting, and being that theaters will be slow this weekend, it doesn’t waste your time. I can’t say for certain whether or not this is even going to make any money, though I do think it deserves any attention it will get, if not more. Continue reading