Movie Review – Hail, Caesar!

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Working as a Hollywood ‘Fixer’ is a thankless but necessary job. For Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) solving every problem involving Capitol Studios, is all in a day’s work. The big production on set is “Hail, Caesar”, starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The sword and sandals epic (akin to Ben-Hur) that is eerily similar to the 2016 Sony release ‘Risen’, is nearly finished. The final scene, where Baird gives his final monologue remains to be shot and Baird is nowhere to be found. Abducted by a group known only as ‘The Future’, Mannix must produce a ransom of $100k. That’s only the beginnings of his troubles. 

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Movie Review – How To Train Your Dragon 2

After the events of the first film; the small Viking enclave of Berk is full of life, commerce and dragons. With dragons being faster than boats, the townsfolk of Berk can explore new lands at a blistering speed. Our heroes Hiccup and Toothless, while out exploring, run across dragon trappers who tell rumours of Drago Bludvist. Drago is a maniacal pirate that is trying to raise a dragon army. Hiccup, the reluctant heir apparent to become the next chief, tries desperately to escape his destiny; with Drago and possibly war on the horizon, Hiccup’s decisions will save or condemn his village. how-to-train-your-dragon-2-trailer-07122013-112023

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Movie Review – 22 Jump Street

Last time on 21 Jump Street:

Captain Dickson: Enough, already. Enough. New assignment. Since you two cowboys love to drink booze, smoke weed with kids and f**k anything with a big ass in jeans with low self-esteem, I’m a send you to a place where all that s**t is allowed.
Jenko: Oh, I love Disneyland.
Captain Dickson: You two sons of bitches are goin’ to college!
Schmidt: Yes!
Jenko: No!

I wanted to believe that ending to 21 Jump Street would be good open ending to one of the biggest surprises of 2012.  Two years later, Schmidt and Jenko are back in 22 Jump Street. Equally surprising is the sequel being as good as the original. The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller film has the same quick wit, bromantic tendencies and over the top ridiculousness as the first. Even Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) is pretty clear when he says with a deadpan delivery: “You’re doing the same thing. The thing you did the first time; you’re doing it again, because it was successful”. There are a few moments like that where the cast doesn’t tear down the 4th wall, but they do give it a swift knock. Poignantly self-aware, even mocking its very existence; 22 Jump Street is smart, crude, crass, raunchy and as surprisingly good as the first.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 21 Jump Street

I cannot stress this enough – going into 21 Jump Street, the last words on my mind were words like “hilarious”, “instant classic”, or even “that was surprisingly fun”.  As a fan of the original 1980s television show upon which this new movie was based, I really had to wonder if this was going to be straw that broke the remake/reboot trend’s back.  Oddly enough, 21 Jump Street has turned out to be the kind of touchstone movie that producers and directors are going to look to as an example of how well an old property can be updated.  By turning a solid teen melodrama into an outrageous “oh, man, they actually went there” film, 21 Jump Street doesn’t hesitate to not only find the line and cross it, but it drags the line to a completely other level before crossing it again.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Sitter

When I first saw the trailers for The Sitter, I swear on my grandmother’s soul (rest in peace, Paz Diño) that the first words out of my mouth were, “Holy cow, they’ve remade Adventures in Babysitting!”  I also remember being a little excited to see it, because if any movie were to be updated for today’s audiences, 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting could easily be made fresh and funny again.  Little did I know that I’d be a more spot-on than I thought – The Sitter is an almost plot-point-for-plot-point remake.  And as remakes go, it’s not a bad one.  However, they’re not passing it off as a remake, nor do the credits even mention that it might have been based on Adventures in Babysitting.  Why not?
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MOVIE REVIEW – Moneyball

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When you were in high school and were picking fellow kids for sports teams how did you pick?  Be truthful now…  I’m sure a lot of you out there picked your friends, the popular kids, the ones that always played sports.  But if you think about it really hard, you likely weren’t picking primarily on athletic ability.  Sure, popular people can be good in sports, but people that don’t necessarily fit the image of perfection, be it in popularity or athletic perfection can be really good players too.

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