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ZRE Podcast #21- Transformers: Age of Extinction

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 06/27/2014 by Taylor Holt
Viewers trying to make sense of the plot.

Viewers trying to make sense of the plot.

Spoilers ahead!

Transformers is out and you really aren’t going to be surprised by this one way or the other.

In any case, I just can’t bring myself to hate Michael Bay no matter how often he casts supermodel women, shoves an ad in your face every other shot OR spins the camera around dramatically to have the sun hit you in the eyes for the billionth time. Sorry, I just can’t hate the guy. Continue reading

Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 06/27/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, and Peter Weller, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Wantanabe

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo, Running time 165 minutes, Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Compare to: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Pacific Rim (2013)

When you people to watch your movie, you need The Rock. If The Rock seems too distracting as a main character, then you need Mark Wahlberg. Giant robots that fight each other for universal supremacy aren’t bad either.

Will it make you money? Yes. Will it make your movie good? Not necessarily. But that doesn’t mean you’re wasting your time. That is, if you know what you’re getting into in the first place. Continue reading

Movie Review: Lone Survivor

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 01/10/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana,

Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language, Running time 121 minutes, Action/Drama

Compare to: Black Hawk Down (2001), Act of Valor (2012)

Military movies are a tough lot to judge. You’ve got your military lovers, be they active soldiers or audience members with family or friends in service; and you’ve got the people that will hate it no matter what’s in the film save for a soldier doing something horrible to someone.

But this being based on a true story, of Operation Red Wings, specifically the story written about it; Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life and Times of Lt. Michael P. Murphy. I can’t verify the accuracy of the story and this is just a review of the movie. And as a movie, if there’s any interest in the first place, I don’t see anybody being let down by it. Continue reading

Move Review: Broken City

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 01/23/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Natalie Martinez

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence, Running time 109 minutes, Action/Mystery/Crime

Compare to: Body of Lies (2008), Contraband (2011)

Mark Wahlberg and Russel Crowe showing up in this movie together is fated. Their choices in roles are so winding and twisted like lines on a map that it’s inevitable at some point, lines would intersect if only for a brief moment, then be back on their way as if it never happened in the first place.

That’s what Broken City is too. Random, brief, forgettable. Continue reading

Movie Review: Ted

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 06/29/2012 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth Macfarlane, Giovanni Ribisi

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use ,106 Minutes, Comedy

Compare to: 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) I Love You, Man (2009)

It’s tough to watch and/or think about Ted and keep Family Guy out of it completely. If you didn’t know, Ted is written and directed by the creator (and it seems most of the voices) of Fox’s most successful cartoon other than The Simpsons. I don’t know if I would have been able to catch certain similarities had I not been privy to that information, but I was, so I can do this review under no other pretenses.

Ted‘s not bad. Ted is not great. Ted won’t have your sides splitting with laughter, but if entertainment alone is the only thing you’re going for, and you don’t mind some of the most offensive language ever espoused by a two foot tall, computer animated sidekick, Ted might be your movie. Continue reading