Nov 142009
 

Taking of Pelham 123

There’s always a problem in today’s Hollywood market of actors and actresses of being typecast to the point of me not wanting to see a film. For example, is it believable to see someone like Sacha Baron Cohen in a love flick? Or Leonardo DiCaprio in a film that doesn’t have a sinking boat? Not really, so that brings me to the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. Travolta and Washington, as the good and bad guy respectively, are amazing in their roles here in the film. The issue here is the fact that it’s something we’ve seen before. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

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“Monsters, Inc.: We Scare Because We Care”

Monsters, Inc. isn’t my favorite film in the Disney/Pixar line of mega-hits – that will remain with Toy Story 1 and 2 – but it is one of the most endearing animated movies with lots of fun that kids will love and one the adults will be thoroughly enjoy, meaning it’s not so kid-friendly that anyone over 13 will still laugh. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

Taking of Pelham 123

Tony Scott’s latest thriller is a “remake” of a 1977 movie starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. However, from all accounts, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not that similar with the original. Either way, I’m unsure exactly what to make of this film. You’ve got two great actors in Denzel Washington and John Travolta and the latter has proven to play cool villains in the past (see: Face/Off), and as good as these guys are, I think the direction and screenplay by a capable men lets them down. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

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Gerald McMorrow’s oddity, known as Franklyn, channels Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko with a little A Beautiful Mind thrown in for good measure. Franklyn isn’t the weirdest movie I’ve seen but it certainly has strange moments but when it all comes together, even though it doesn’t strike a perfect chord, I still found it to be an entertaining little film which originally was released in the UK earlier this year and then finding a home on the United States’ DVD market. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of my all-time favorite holiday films, a true classic in fact. What makes this movie so timeless is no matter how many times I’ve watched it (and if it’s on TV, I can’t help but put it on if only for a couple of minutes), it is still as funny as it was the last time. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

One of the most essential films for the teenage audience of the 80’s is finally available on Blu-ray. I’ve seen the film several times (the last being a few years ago) and enjoyed each and every viewing. There is something about Cusack that brings me back to the film with a smile on my face. The deadpan delivery of some of his lines is extraordinary. Take the whole ‘process’ scene where it’s pretty obvious he is trying to act smart but towards the end just comes across as someone who is likely repeating something he had heard before and now calling it his own. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the third entry in the modestly successful series, is a little too simple and convoluted for my taste, but still a whole lot of fun for the whole family. It’s funny, sweet and features a good voice talent pool. I think if this were a Pixar movie with high Pixar expectations, this would’ve only received an average score, but because it’s from Fox Animation, those expectations are lower. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

Get this, Two Girls and a Guy is about, well two girls and a guy. Go figure. The movie begins outside of a NYC apartment where two chicks, Carla (HEATHER GRAHAM) and Lou (NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER), are waiting for their boyfriends. But after comparing notes, they discover they are dating the same man, an actor/singer named Blake Allen (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.). Read More…

Nov 102009
 

Just a quick welcome to the new Movieman’s Guide to the Movies home page. I’m hoping this will help streamline updates in the future. The rest of the site will remain as is including side links to new reviews and such but I may change that over in the future. For now, enjoy and let me know what you think!

Oct 302009
 

Heat is an incredible and well layered crime-drama featuring two dynamic performances and one of the best supporting cast of any modern film. I’m a little hesitant to give this Blu-ray a full recommendation since the picture isn’t awe-inspiring but it is still a step above the DVD video, so if you can get this on sale, it is well worth picking up.

 

 

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Oct 062009
 

I think The Number 23 could have been a niche classic but unfortunately, it never quite builds the right momentum to take it across the finish line. Carrey once again gives a good performance, as does Virginia Madsen — who takes some risks with her Fabrizia alter-ego —, and I must give even Joel Schumacher some credit just for Fingerling’s world. The film has some intriguing ideas that might make watching once worthwhile.

 

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Sep 182009
 

If it weren’t for such an average video transfer — since there’s not a whole lot of difference between this and the DVD from what I could tell —, Wrong Turn just might’ve been a moderately acceptable purchase, but with only a nice DTS-HD MA audio mix and the same features, this is one I would skip, unless you don’t already own the DVD and can find it for under $10…

 

 

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May 022009
 

The Uninvited isn’t a particularly a great movie by any stretch but it did manages to exceed my own low expectations given it was advertised as yet another PG-13 teen horror movie. Also, some may not like the ending but for me it was surprising enough, even if the groundwork to get to that point was a bit lazy.

 

 

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Apr 272009
 

While Taking Lives may not be a top of the shelf serial-killer thriller, it at least has a creepy vibe to it and some decent performances from Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and the woefully underused Kiefer Sutherland. The Blu-ray, however, is not all that impressive. Since you can get a new copy of the DVD pretty cheap, I’m not sure if it’s worth the extra cost.

 

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Apr 162009
 

The Spirit is a sad misstep of a film big on style – even if it is copied almost exactly from Sin City – but short on story. I know what Miller was going after with the campy nature but what might look good on the page (screenplay or comic book) may not translate too well on the screen. The jokes weren’t funny and the acting, when it not atrocious, was way over-the-top not surprisingly headlined by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

 

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