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ZRE Podcast #26: Hercules and Lucy

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/28/2014 by McCutcheon

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Or as I like to call them, “Strong Man” and “Smart Lady.”

Just an overview of the 7/25 movies released, Hercules and Lucy. Sure, too many jokes and logical fallacies can ruin a movie, but if you know how to balance them all, it really only makes so much of a difference to your film.

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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