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    Re: Movie Review thread.

    Bullet to the Head (2013)
    Rating: 7/10
    Fun: 9/10

    A Louisiana hitman loses his partner during a hit and never receives his payment. He must work together with a detective to climb the criminal ladder to kill the individual responsible for the death of his partner and dodging the payment.

    I wanted to see this because I heard its an old school style action move, and Sylvester Stallone is in it. Those two reasons are more than enough for me to want to see it. Prior to seeing the movie, I read some reviews about people saying that the plot was stupid, the characters were dull, and it was just a cheap bloody thrill. Honestly, with a title called 'Bullet to the Head', starring Sylvester Stallone, I don't know what else you could expect. I was very pleased with the movie, while it wasn't exactly the best action movie I ever saw, it was a very entertaining movie. The critics were right, the plot was stupid, but I think the plot simply served as just a tool to make the movie gritty and give him a reason to kill people. The characters were pretty bad, the villain was generic, his servant was generic, Stallone's character felt like a less nice version of the same character from The Expendables (was actually kind of cool), and his sidekick was a textbook detective working with a criminal. However, the overall feel of the movie was awesome. Lots of Louisiana blues guitars and harmonicas as the soundtrack, some gritty action scenes which touched on old school action movies (bar scenes, factory scenes, and when is the last time you saw a bath house fight scene?). And I love how modern action movies are going back to the one on one final fight scenes, this just reminds me of well...90% of action movies from the 1990's and before. I just didn't enjoy how most of the hand the hand combat scenes did the whole constant camera shaking and changing angles so its a little difficult to keep up with everything. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. Its a very to the point action movie, its just straight into gritty revenge and violence. Go in expecting something different and you'll be let down, as an action movie fan, this was a blast.
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    Re: Movie Review thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobCox2 View Post
    I love LAPD.

    Talk about looking dumb.
    I don't know which I find more detestable - that the guy is being regarded by some as a hero, or the total media blackout about certain of his attitudes.

    I should have expected that after Donny came through and spooged all over the thread, we would have a dearth of actual movie reviews. Therefore, here's a two-fer.

    Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    Action Fantasy

    Score: 6/10
    Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, Famke Janssen
    Director: Tommy Wirkola

    I took my son to this at his urging, even though he's not a big fantasy fan. He liked it more than I did. To my jaded eyes, this wasn't much more than a re-hash of Van Helsing with witches instead of vampires, with superior special effects.

    I always like Famke Janssen, though, and as long as you don't have great expectations it's not a bad popcorn flick. Lots of whooshing semi-airborne fighting (think Endor airbikes)



    For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada
    Action Documentary

    Score: 9/10
    Stars: Andy Garcia, Peter O'Toole, Ruben Blades, Oscar Isaac, Eva Longoria, Bruce Greenwood, Raul Mendez, others
    Director: Dean Wright

    Was hoping to see this from the first time I heard about it, and it confirmed my suspicion of overt media anti-Christian bias. This movie knocked my socks off, yet it's already on Netflix with a mediocre rating. I won't be surprised it it's also being panned because some felt it has uncomfortable parallels to current events.

    To be sure, there's two things going against it - first, that my younger weak-minded countrymen don't like movies that have less than full-frontal nudity and happy Bamby endings, and second that not everyone likes historical 'period' pieces. That being said, this ranks up there close to Lawrence of Arabia in my book (10/10, and yes I know T.E. was queer).

    The details. I knew vaguely about post-Revolution Mexico not being as cut & dried as my Latin America studies in both grade school and university would indicate. However, I knew NOTHING about this actual series of events, nor about the "Maximato" period. Soon after the Revolution, the President of Mexico, Plutarco Elias Calles, ruled Mexico under distinctly Socialist policies. No real surprise there, to be honest (labeled both Fascist and Communist, and probably neither).

    However, Calles took his militant Atheism to a surprising conclusion: he outlawed religious orders, confiscated property rights of the religious, and terminated cleric's legal rights. For some weird reason, Wiki insinuates that the Freemason anti-Catholic attitudes had a lot to do with the "Maximato" which makes little sense as even Freemasonry has religious overtones. The movie depicts numerous atrocities like Catholic priests being slaughtered in their own churches just for saying Mass. I have no reason to disbelieve this; according to Wiki, there were 4500 priests in Mexico before Calles' "cleansing" and only 334 afterward.

    The hero of the film, Enrique Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), was a contemporary of Calles and also a strong Atheist, though married to a Catholic (Longoria). The film is about his being hired to conduct the counter-revolution by the Mexican Catholic populace, with a lack of support from either the U.S. or the Roman Catholic Church.

    Some might claim that his heroic journey is too predictable, but I wouldn't agree, and there's certainly no schmaltz-bulging happy ending. The reality of the "Maximato" era and the "Cristero" conflict is a hell of a lot bloodier and nastier than I ever had even imagined; apparently President Calles butchered 5500 "Cristeros" after they had agreed to a cease fire!

    I'm not at all surprised that Leftists don't want such a horrific example of their true behavior seen so close to home.

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    Re: Movie Review thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazer LXXVII View Post
    Lots of Louisiana blues guitars and harmonicas as the soundtrack, some gritty action scenes which touched on old school action movies (bar scenes, factory scenes, and when is the last time you saw a bath house fight scene?)
    That one Russian mob (?) movie with Viggo and they fight with knives. NAKED.

    *drools*

    why have I not seen this yet?! Not only do you see naked men fighting each other (*drools more*) but the people who have seen it always tell me that my star tatts are "signs" of being in the Russian mob. -.- Maybe I should check it out and understand the reference better.

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    Re: Movie Review thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Stotch View Post
    That one Russian mob (?) movie with Viggo and they fight with knives. NAKED.

    *drools*

    why have I not seen this yet?! Not only do you see naked men fighting each other (*drools more*) but the people who have seen it always tell me that my star tatts are "signs" of being in the Russian mob. -.- Maybe I should check it out and understand the reference better.
    Eastern Promises lol, that was an awesome fight scene regardless of all the wang, this one had none of that...luckily lol

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    A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
    Rating: 7.5/10
    Fun: 9/10

    John McClane must help his son escort a high value criminal suspect to safely in Russia.

    This was yet another fun action movie, and we are only 1.5 months into 2013. I am a huge fan of the older Die Hard movies, and although I had a blast with this movie, it was definitely the weakest of the five movies. With a badass character like John McClane, portrayed by a badass actor like Bruce Willis, I was hoping we would get a little more excitement from John McClane. For some reason it just feels that either the movie was too short or John McClane wasn't as John McClane-y as he should have been. But there were plenty of jokes you would expect from the character. Further, action movies aren't typically known for their plots, and Die Hard was definitely a series that wasn't known for its plot, but this one was astonishingly bad. I don't want to spoil it because its one of those movies where the plot unfolds as it goes on (not like you would miss much anyway), but this seriously felt like a really bad 007 plot line from the 1990's. On top of that, besides McClane of course, all of the characters were really annoying, especially his son. But the great news is that the action scenes were awesome, including some really over the top scenes. It was a very fast paced movie. It was a really fun movie, I would gladly see it again, but its simply a shell of what the other Die Hard movies were, including the last one. I think it was a little too much focus on the already bad storyline and too much focus on the really lame characters like McClane's son and the political prisoner. But good news is that Die Hard is back to its appropriate R rating, so the blood and swearing, including the famous yippee-ki-yay line are all there. Excellent movie for the entertainment, but it could have been much more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmervyn View Post
    Well Burning the House down when they found him seems to have solved the problem
    I'm waiting for the movie after all that will tell the real truth just ZERO dark thirty

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    Re: Movie Review thread.

    I watched a couple of movies I can review!

    Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    Rating: 8/10
    Fun rating: 9/10

    This has several big name stars (Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell and a few more) so when I saw spots for it on tv I really wanted to go see it in theaters. Well, that didn't happen but this was my Valentine's Day movie... while I burned brownies. Brownies should not be cupcakes and if they should, then I need to cut back baking time. Anyways, so this movie is about a writer creating a script called Seven Psychopaths. He is influenced by some real life psychopaths (he has an interview with one psychopath and I enjoyed that scene) and some he made up on his own/help of his buddy. His buddy kidnaps this mob boss's adorable dog named Bonny and craziness ensues from there.

    I loved this film! Plenty of action, I thought it was funny in a lot of parts, I thought the acting was decent. Nothing super stand out, but I can totally see Tom Waits being a psychopath. It also had some touching moments to balance out the comedy, I guess. It's also a brutal movie, pretty graphic. It's a fun movie with zingers, action, blood, humor because they're all effing crazy! lol! Really fun movie.

    Lol at the next one...

    Mommie Dearest (1981)
    Rating: I have no idea
    Fun Rating: Would this movie even be fun ratable?

    okay, so... Everyone older than 35 knows this movie. Hell, I'll even be generous and say 30. MAAAYBE my age range if someone in your family told you about this movie or you saw someone watching it. And if you know this movie, you also know never to call your mother "Mommie Dearest" or else you get the **** slapped out of you. Trust me on this, kk? This movie... Lol! Let's start at the beginning.

    The movie is based off of a book of the same title written by Christine (or Christina? Idr) Crawford, Joan Crawford's adopted daughter. It is a tell-all book about how Joan abused her and her younger adopted brother Christopher as they were kids and some events that happened in her adulthood. I wanna say it came out after Joan died (pretty sure that's how it went) in the... late 70s?? and it had mixed reviews. Some people came forward and said, "Yes, this is true." Others were calling it a load of bull****. So, Hollywood thinks this is so wonderful that they make a movie and Faye Dunaway is Joan Crawford. Let me just say.... dat ***** in the wire hanger scene is scary. Because she has on her beauty mask, it's white, her eyes are bigger than light bulbs, she's stark raving mad and beating her kid with a wire hanger. It's bad, but yet, at the same time I could help but laugh because of the acting. The kids were fine, it was Dunaway. Like, omg, it felt very exaggerated and overdramatized in a lot of places, yet believable. For me, at least. Apparently, Crawford was pretty damn OCD and she just got so angry at the smallest of things. Child abuse is never funny, but her acting... I caught myself stifling laughter at several parts.

    I have read that when this movie came out, it got so many bad reviews that it lost its seriousness along the way and became a campy movie. Recommend it? Eh, if you want to understand why you were forbidden to ever call your mother "Mommie Dearest" or have a thirst for pop culture knowledge.

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    Thanks for the heads-up on Seven Psychopaths, Ms Leo. I have put it on the playlist for soon-viewing.

    *inappropriate hugging behaviour*

    What? I was pleased with the recommendation and wanted to show it!

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    Thanks, Loz! I hope you enjoy it.

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