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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: Lucy

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

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Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-Sik Choi, Amr Waked

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality, Running time 90 minutes, Action/Sci-fi

Compare to: Limitless (2011), Transcendence (2014)

When a movie is based on a dated scientific principle, it can be a bit difficult to swallow whatever we’re given from that point on. And seeing as how Lucy‘s tagline is the story as well, then accepting what we’re shown can also be a big pill to swallow.

Though Hercules’ (Also opening today) strengths relied so much on Dwayne Johnson and his ability to look like a demigod, Lucy has Johansson at the center with attention paid much more to the things that happen around her, some of which is happening to her, while other things she causes. The result of this is a movie that makes sense if you’re speaking director/writer Luc Besson’s language.

And it’s the fun with this question that the movie has. Continue reading

Is Don Jon’s Excessive Use of Porn Justitied?

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 02/25/2014 by McCutcheon

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Don’t you just love sitting in the theater with your significant other, watching the movie of your choice when suddenly bam! POW! Boobs and butts are all over the place!

I have a tendency in those moments to push my seat back as far as it will go and peer out of my peripheral so as to gauge the reaction of my loved one, who is now undoubtedly shaking their head (mentally) as they think “He had to pick THIS one, didn’t he?”

But can you argue for it’s decision to show much of what the main character watches? Continue reading

Movie Review: The Avengers

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 05/02/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi  action throughout and a mild drug reference. Running time 142 minutes, Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Plays like: Star Trek (2009), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Back in 2002, I remember reading an article for a possible Superman/Batman movie. This of course, was before they rebooted the Batman franchise altogether and I remember thinking “They’ll never do that! They can’t! It’d be too much and not enough at the same time!” And I think I was right about that still. So when there was talk of an Avengers movie in ’08 when the first Iron Man was released, I was skeptical. But with all the end-credits scenes and movie-by-movie, the heroes were introduced. Even as I was watching the Iron Man interract with Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury; I was still thinking “Man, I can’t believe they actually did it.” Well, they did and you’re gonna like it. Continue reading