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Movie Review: Seven Psychopaths

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 10/12/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurlenko, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use , Running time 109 minutes, Comedy/Crime

Compare to: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), The Ladykillers (2004)

Following in the tradition of Guy Ritchie movies and maybe even Martin Scorcese, Martin McDonagh sets us up for a film that, at first glance, seems like any other dark comedy out there; crude, violent, nobody’s a good guy, that kind of thing. Though the final result isn’t as easy to categorize. While a dark comedy would continually revolve around jokes of a serious nature (kidnapping, violence, death, etc.), Psychopaths has no qualms about quickly going off the deep end to tell us stories of subjects they aren’t trying to make jokes of.

By the time the credits roll, how you may feel about the movie may depend on how open minded you are about it in the first place. Continue reading

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Movie Review: Total Recall

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , on 08/03/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language , Running time 118 minutes, Sci-fi/Action

Compare to: Minority Report (2002), Repo Men (2010)

Being a fan of 1990’s Total Recall, it is admittedly, a little difficult to look at this film objectively and not compare it to the original. No matter what you do, the filmmakers risk “ripping off” the original, or trying too hard to seem new and different. Some things should be changed in a remake, while others don’t seem the same without those features. But that’s the difficulty of making a remake. Total Recall doesn’t suffer from coming off as a clone of Ahnuld’s, while it forgets to have as much fun as the original seemed to. Then again, a massive Austrian in the lead role is a unique aspect you only get with one actor.

Does this Recall stand on it’s own? Can a remake? I find it tough to say, but sure. This movie is likable. It’s fast, dynamic, and keeps your mind wondering what kind of twist they might introduce, be it completely new or a little familiar. It is amazing? Nah. Continue reading

You Gotta See This: Fright Night (2011)

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , on 04/06/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collete, Imogen Poots

Rated R for Bloody horror violence, and language, 2011, Horror/Comedy

Compare to: The Frighteners (1996), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

“Whaaa? But this movie’s not even a year old! I know about this one already.” Right, you know about it, but nobody went to see it. And I’m not really sure why not. Twilight makes enough money, but we all know it’s not for the “vampires”.  The Blade series has been popular enough, but that’s more about the action. So I ask you: Why did this movie barely make enough to cover it’s budget of 30 million? Before I go any further, you should see this:

The remake was great all right. A great mistake. If you really believe that was great I understand why vampire movies now include sparkles or vampires that are nothing more than zombies. Vampires that could be complex, seductive, tragic, yet predatory are lost because of movie goers like you. You should be ashamed of yourself.

And this:

David Tennant might be a good actor but he can’t save everything. If he had the original script he could have done a fantastic job with Peter Vincent the way he was intended, the way Roddy McDowell played him. But that wasn’t the script he was given…

All of their names are things like “DarkMagik” and “Annericefan72.” The first comment was directed at me, by the way. I should be ashamed of myself for liking this movie. So I’d say it’s safe to assume many vampire fans don’t think they’re vampires if they aren’t wearing doilies and sipping blood like it’s wine. So before I go any further, I had to put that out there because I think I finally figured out why a legitimate vampire movie, remake or not, didn’t make any money. Even if it sucked, you’d still have to see it to know. Moving on… Continue reading

You Gotta See This: In Bruges

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , on 03/28/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes

Rated R for language, violence, some drug use, 2008, Dark Comedy

Compare to: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000)

Ever like an actor, get sick of them, and then go back to liking them again? That’s how me and Colin Farrell are. In 02/03, it seemed like nobody could get enough of the guy and he was everywhere. But by the time Alexander came out in ’04, he was on the decline already and MAN, was that movie bad. I mean, just really, really bad. Three hours long too. Whew… Anyway, it seemed like he got sick of himself too and as of recently, has been making a sort of subtle comeback. He’s been making movies even if you haven’t heard of them, just not overexposed, pretentious pieces of crap like Alexander. Did I mention that Alexander was bad? His first of many “redemption” movies to me was 2008’s In Bruges and if you’re into Guy Ritchie films, you’re gonna want to see this. Continue reading