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Movie Review – Don Jon: Hilarious, Raunchy & Creative

My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My girls. My porn. These are the lines that Jon speaks to describe all the items in his life that are important to him. Yes, help the porn indeed! Jon is called Don Jon by his friends due to his incredible way with girls. And by way, buy I mean the way he can sleep with a different girl seemingly everyday of the week. This all changes (well, sickness sort of), when he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson with a distinct New Jersey accent). What starts off as a project in trying to get laid with Barbara becomes a full blown relationship. Jon finds himself in a position willing to give up hanging out with his friends, giving up his old lifestyle all because Barbara asks him too. Barbara catches him one night with “his porn”, finds it absolutely disgusting and is about to walk out. Jon convinces her it’s not his, a friend just sent it over. He tries to give it up, but is unable to. Upon doing one of the things he agrees to (in the most hilarious manner), he has a run-in with what seems like […]

Movie Review – Rush: An Intense and Thrilling Race to the Finish Line

Rush is an exhilarating look at the real life rivalry and camaraderie between Formula One race drivers Austrian Nikki Lauda and Britain’s James Hunt leading up to the year of 1976 when they challenged each other directly for the World Championship title. One might think that a movie about Formula One racers may not be very appealing, what is ed especially given that race car driving is not exactly a popular sport here in the United States. With the story in the hands of Ron Howard however, try Rush becomes accessible as he compares and contrasts the two personalities by giving the audience a look on each sides as they compete with each other throughout the year. Without really knowing the history of the Lauda and Hunt, it is difficult to say how accurate the film is. People who are fans of the sport will probably find inaccuracies, but as one who knows next to nothing, Ron Howard allows audiences to get caught up with the intense and thrilling drive of competition and speed between Lauda and Hunt. Rush is well crafted with the interweaving viewpoints switching back and forth between Lauda and his life during his rise to success […]

Movie Review – What Maisie Knew: Heartbreaking to watch

What Maisie Knew will be a film that pulls your heart out, pills stamp over it, rx and put it back in your body only to leave you feeling battered. Onata Aprile here as Maisie does a wonderful job making you feel sorry for her. A bright, young little girl observes the moment when her father (Steve Coogan) and mother (Julianne Moore) separate then divorce, without saying much of a word. Susanna, her mother, is a singer who tours, smokes, has erratic possessive behaviour. Beale, her father, is a business man (of sorts) who is the father that pops in and out of his daughter’s life. Both claim to love their daughter very much but is unwilling to sacrifice their careers in order to give the love that Maisie deserves. Her nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) takes care of Maisie, as opposed to Maisie’s non existent parents. Even Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgaard) who ends up marrying Susanna has more of an interest in Maisie than Susanna does. Both Margo and Lincoln quickly discover how they’ve been discarded by their spouses but continue to try and be there for Maisie despite making some mistakes. For anyone who is a parent watching What Maisie […]

Movie Review – Prisoners: Thrilling, Suspenseful and Well Acted

Prisoners is a slow burning thriller that will leave you questioning your morals at the end of the film. One might even feel justified given the ending, hemorrhoids but does the actions of one make it right to go to extremes? These are the questions that Prisoners wants to leave you with and does so extremely well. We’re first introduced to the loving and seemingly happy family of the Dover family, migraine with Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) a father who has survivalist ideals who keep his wife Grace (Maria Bello), find daughter Anna and son Ralph (Ralph Dover) feeling protected and safe. They are visiting their neighbours the Birchs (Franklin, played by Terrence Howard and Nancy played by Viola Davis) for Thanksgiving Dinner. AFter dinner, as the Dovers and Birches spend some time together, Anna and Joy Birch (Kyla Drew Simmons) decide they want to look for the red whistle that Keller gave Anna which she lost back at the Dover’s home. Earlier, Joy’s sister Eliza and Ralph took them out for a walk when Anna and Joy start playing on this old beat up RV parked outside the home, when they discover someone is inside. Frightened, they leave immediately […]

Movie Review: Scenic Route – Haunting Survival Film That Will Leave You Surprised

If there’s one thing this movie did, website like this it was surprise me. My jaw kept on dropping moment after unexpected moment on this relationship film between two friends, more about that of Carter (Dan Fogler) and Mitchell (Josh Duhamel). If anyone said that Josh Duhamel couldn’t act after seeing this film, information pills I’d say they were crazy. The tension is high between Mitchell and Carter as they embark on their destination via the “scenic route” when their truck breaks down in the middle of the road, with no one around to help them and miles away from any sort of city. One might think that because Duhamel and Fogler are in this film, that Scenic Route might be a comedy, but in reality, it’s anything but. It’s really a story about survival and a friendship that reaches its limits, breaks down and asks some very real questions about what you might be thinking if you believed you were not going to survive. It was very despairing watching as Carter and Mitchell’s situation kept on getting worse as they continued to miss out on help that would arrive, but then leave because of where they were, the conditions […]

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Something went majorly amiss when I was trying to work on one of my other blogs, cialis so, I have lost all reviews since well, Snow White and the Huntsman. Who knew that everything would be lost when I wasn’t touching this site, just another site on another server? So bizarre. Not a good idea. So, those blog posts are lost as I never backed them up and only had something from 2012. Also parts of my site is missing – I guess it’s an opportunity for me to rework the site. I’ll have to try and grab the old content off of Google Cache! Sorry for the disruption.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: Lack of character development, lack of plot

-Recommendation Goes Here- Director: Screenplay: Release Date: Actors: Links: Watch the Trailer: Director: Harald Zwart Screenplay: Jessica Postigo Release Date: August 21, medical 2013 Actors: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Heady, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Based on the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments City of Bones is based on the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instrument series. It follows a young teenage girl by the name of Clary (Lily Collins), who is thrust into a world filled with vampires, demons, warlocks, werewolves, and demon hunters. Her mom Jocelyn, who tried to protect Clary from the truth ends up being taken and goes missing. Clary, with the help of her best friend Simon and her new demon hunter (called Shadowhunters) “friends” (Jace, Isabelle and Alec), tries to find her mom and the Mortal Cup that everyone in their race covets, especially Valentine, her father whom her mom tried to hide away and run from. Let’s get this out of the way first – I loved reading The Mortal Instruments series. Clary herself, not so much. So this review will be written in the point of view of […]

TED: A Teddy Bear for Adults

Director: Seth MacFarlane Screenplay: Seth MacFarlane, discount Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Release Date: June 29, 2012 Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane Ever since the trailer first came out during commercials during Family Guy, I have wanted to see “TED”. It is THE comedy of the summer that I was looking forward to. For those who haven’t seen the trailer, TED is about the speaking, walking teddy bear that comes to life because a young boy named John wished he would come to life and be his best friend forever. Fast forward 25 (or so) years later. TED aka “Teddy” smokes pot, hits on girls and brings them home. It’s not only John that lives with Ted, but John’s long time girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) as well. She’s fed up with the lack of responsibility that John takes on and wants Ted to move out. So… the story begins. The idea will either seem stupid or hilarious to people. Seeing as I rather enjoy Family Guy and see Ted as a real life Brian/Peter of sorts in the form of a cute and cuddly bear, the concept really tickled my funny bone. Being Seth McFarlane’s first feature film, I […]

Snow White and the Huntsman: Lackluster but Darkly Beautiful

Director: Rupert Sanders Screenplay: Evan Daugherty, web John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini Release Date: June 1, 2012 Actors: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin The trailers for “Snow White and the Huntsman” looked interesting, at least more than when the news first came out that Kristen Stewart had been chosen to play Snow White. Full disclosure: I am not a Twilight fan nor am I a Kristen Stewart fan. I’ve been able to find talent underneath Robert Pattinson’s sparkly skin in other films he has done, but Kristen Stewart has not managed to do much for me in other films she has been in. So, how did Kristen Stewart fare in this new retelling of the famous fairytale? Not well, in my opinion. In fact, she is clearly what brought down the quality of the film from what could have been great to simply “just okay”. Charlize Theron brings all her talent to the table as Ravenna, the evil Queen who has a strong hatred for men and has been somewhat cursed with a magical beauty at a price. Seeking to be the fairest one of them all due to a spell her mom cast on her when […]

Battleship: Cheesy but End-Of-The-World Fun

Director: Peter Berg Screenplay: Erich Hoeber, search Jon Hoeber Release Date: May 18, doctor 2012 Actors: Taylor Kitsch, read more Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Neeson Unfortunately for Taylor Kitsch, it hasn’t been a very good year in terms of film success. With the flop of John Carter, I’m not sure Disney wants to hire Taylor Kitsch for another movie any time soon, but viewers are given another chance to give Taylor a try by one of this summer’s earlier blockbuster movie “Battleship”. I’ve been asked whether or not it is based on the board game, and well, the answer is “yes”. Having been out for a month (or so?) in other parts of the world, I’m sure there are other reviews, but I’ll add another one to the bunch. “Battleship” is not going to win any awards, but if you don’t expect anything more than popcorn fare, spectacular theatrics and a cheesy script, “Battleship” is for you. As someone who watches the Syfy produced sci-fi movies, knows they’re bad but watches and laughs anyway, admittedly “Battleship” is in the ballpark of being almost ten times better than the Syfy fare. Mostly in part due to the amazing […]