REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens

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Director of both Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau has a crack at the movie adaptation of the 2006 graphic novel of the same name. It’s one of those movies that all I needed to do was hear the title and I was on board. The first thing you’ll notice about this one is the amazing cast. We’ve got the legendary Harrison Ford along with former Bond man Daniel Craig, it’s a great team for this movie but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also probably take notice of Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown and Paul Dano, all of them have small parts but all are a perfect fit. You’ve also got a great job done by Olivia Wilde and if you watch the great show Justified you’ll probably catch the man that plays Boyd Crowder, Walton Goggins. This is the best movie I’ve seen this year so far, and I think what really made this one work is it isn’t overly cheesy or campy. What we have is a straight up western movie, and I love westerns, however instead of Indians or an outlaw that is causing the trouble it just happens to be aliens. The affects in this movie are really good, which helps keep away from the campiness. If you like Westerns, Sci-Fi movies, or just fun you have to see this movie, I really can’t stress it enough. It’s a great western where they fight aliens, it is Cowboys & Aliens.

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Releases Worth Getting August 2, 2011

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DVD/Blu-Ray:

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season
MST3K Vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Destroyer

Music:

Direct Hit!: Domesplitter
Keb Mo: The Reflection

SHOWS I SEEN: The Queers/The Apers – January 19th 2011 – Black Cat – D.C.

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Black Cat – Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 19th 2011

 

Sick Sick Birds – Baltimore locals who I’ve seen somewhere around 15 times now, they always put on a top top top notch set. This one was no exception. They even sounded better than I’d ever heard them sound tonight. They played some songs from their upcoming album, which just makes me even more excited for it to come out.

 

The Apers – I saw the Apers at Insubordination Fest when they played, but I don’t think you can totally count that. Here they put on a great show, played almost everything I wanted them to. They had some energy, sounded great, great set.

 

The Queers – I’ve seen the Queers 8 or 9 times now, they always always put on a fun show, this time they were par for the fun course. The set was pretty much your standard Queers set complete with covers of The Beach Boys, Ramones, Screeching Weasel and Black Flag. They played 2 songs from their new album (Tit Fuck and I Knew GG When He Was a Wimp), well they played 3 off of it if you count the Black Flag cover. A fucking fun night was had.

REVIEW: Enter The Dragon

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Robert Clouse directed some fine Kung Fu movies including Game of Death and Black Belt Jones but in 1973 he directed what is considered by a lot of people to be the greatest Kung Fu movie ever made. A large part of that was due to the star of the film, Bruce Lee. It was his American film debut and it was a great one. This was the first Chinese martial arts film to be produced by a major Hollywood studio; it was a co-production with Golden Harvest and Warner Bros. This was also Bruce Lee’s final film appearance before his death; the movie was released in Hong Kong just six days after his death. In this thing we’ve got John Saxon, Jim Kelly, and a little bit of Bolo Yeung. Also doing some stunt work you’ve got Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, Sammo was also featured in the beginning of the movie fighting with Bruce. The movie itself has a pretty non-standard plot for a Kung Fu movie, Bruce Lee agrees to be a spy for the government on a secret island run by a crime lord. This was done by way of a martial arts tournament that is held there every three years. Saxon and Kelly are the other guys on the side of good in the tournament. While Jim Kelly doesn’t make it all the way through the movie, he does have the most memorable lines. The movie has more than an unusual plot (that being a great thing); it’s got one of the best villains in movie history along with one of the greatest final battles. But speaking of battles, the fight scenes in this are great as you may expect, Bruce Lee puts on a martial arts clinic with various weapons and the deadliest weapon of all, himself. In sort if you haven’t seen this movie, well there’s just no excuse not to have seen it. I personally own multiple copies of it, it’s that damn good.

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REVIEW: Coffy

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Pam Grier is a well known sexy action star of the 70’s, and while Coffy wasn’t her first role it is probably the one she’s best known for. If a movie is going to be your big hit you could do much worse than having it be Coffy, this movie has everything a great 70’s flick needs. It’s got drugs, pimps, nudity, Pam walking around shooting people with a shotgun, it’s a brilliant mix. Coffy is a nurse whose younger sister gets involved in drugs on top of that a friend of hers is one of the good cops in the city, he gets brutally beaten because he won’t go on the take. Finally Coffy is fed up and decides to take matters into her own hands. One by one hunting down the dope pushers responsible and taking them out. It’s a goddamn brilliant revenge movie, this is required viewing for anyone that likes 70’s action movies. As you may expect it’s got a pretty fucking awesome soundtrack too.

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REVIEW: Captain America: The First Avenger

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In the craze of all the comic book movies going on the past few years they’ve decided to have another go at Captain America. The previous movies have been hilarious and fun but very bad. Now in an era of higher standards in comic films, and the promise of an Avengers movie, here’s Captain America again. Directing it is Joe Johnston who also did Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Jurassic Park II and The Wolfman…not the best record but based on The Rocketeer alone I’d have given him a chance. Behind the desk doing the writing is Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus the guys that were responsible for the Chronicles of Narnia movies. Chris Evans does a great scrawny small Steve Rogers who transforms into the symbol of America, Captain America, picking a better guy for this part would have been a really hard thing to do. Opposite him on the side of evil there’s Johnann Schmidt or Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving, he’s another case of the right man for the right job because Red Skull was great. But I can’t just single these two men out; there was plenty of great casting. Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, and of course Tommy Lee Jones all made this movie great. The movie itself starts in modern times where wreckage is found which we can assume contains the Captain, after just a few minutes in present day we’re set in a movie long flash back to the World War II era. That’s probably my favorite thing about this movie, instead of making it all modern where chances are it would have been really dumb they instead made a World War II movie in a comic book style. If you like comic books, which I do, and you like war movies, which I do, chances are you’re going to like this one a lot.

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REVIEW: CQ

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CQ proves that you can’t judge a book (or movie in this case) by its cover. For the longest time I assumed this was a cheesy sci-fi movie, granted I’d never read about the plot or anything, this was just judging by the cover. Then one day I figured, what the hell, and bought it. Well it wasn’t the film I was expecting, nope, no cheesy sci-fi movie here, what I got instead was a movie within a movie within a movie which turns out to be a great movie. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. Jeremy Davies is Paul, an editor at first, then moved up to director, on ‘Dragonfly’, a cheesy Barbarella type sci-fi movie. While this is happening he’s also at home filming a bit of a documentary about his own day to day life. The two come together better than I would have expected to make a great movie. If you’re a movie fan and pay attention the filmmakers are obviously giant movie fans as well because there are tons of references to other films in here. Anyone who likes movies I can’t recommend this enough to, if you’ve got a short attention span though, this is a bit of a slow paced one, but they pull it off wonderfully.

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