Movie Review – Magic Mike XXL


It’s been three years since we saw the Kings of Tampa in action, and a lot has changed. “Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) is struggling to make ends meet with his small construction company, but when ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine comes on the radio; the impromptu routine in Mike’s workshop proves that there’s still some magic left. After being lured by Tarzan (former wrestler Kevin Nash) to join the rest of the Kings on their trip to the annual stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The road trip begins. But what of the boys? Can they still wow the masses after a three-year hiatus. Can they do it without Dallas (Matthew McConaughey from the first film) and The Kid (Alex Prettyfer from the first film)? 

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Origin stories are not a new concept but as of late usually they are about some guy getting into some crazy outfit and fighting crime in a sprawling urban metropolis fighting for the common man. So it is at times nice to see a film that tries that with a less outrageous type of character. The Rum Diary is a film adapted from the novel of the same name.  In some ways it feels like it’s an origin of the writer of the novel Hunter S. Thompson and in a way a prequel to the last film Johnny Depp play him in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Let’s see if we have the ingredients of The Rum Diary correct:
1) writer ventures to exotic locale and trashes a hotel room
2) an overweight, alcoholic, occasionally drug-addled sidekick
3) lots of authority-dodging and public humiliation
4) a very bad drug trip due to ingestion of a strange substance from an eyedropper
5) one of the two stays behind while the other leaves at the end of the film
Yep.  The Rum Diary is just another retelling of Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but with a calmer, saner approach to its storytelling.
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MOVIE REVIEW – Drive Angry

Drive Angry

Car chase movies are normally fun. We all drive, or at least those of us old enough to, and are curious just how far we can push a car. We wonder what limits it has, and whether or not we can flirt with those limits. So when a movie comes out with a title like Drive Angry, I have expectations that this is going to be a good action movie and something that will amaze me while I watch it on screen. But unfortunately when a movie combines a weak story, with even weaker dialogue, it can only end in total disappointment.

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