Ever wanted to see Woody Harrelson play a mentally unstable man that’s also a superhero? Well Defendor is the movie for you. Arthur Poppington is a vigilante style superhero, much like Batman, but without the smarts, or the money. He’s on a search to find Captain Industry and put a stop to him. Along the way he makes an arch nemesis out of a dirty undercover cop and picks up a crack head sidekick (Kat Dennings). After stopping some crimes and being not only beaten up but shot he’s finally arrested. The movie kind of jumps back and forth most of the time as he’s telling the story to a psychiatrist. Peter Stebbings wrote and directed this, he doesn’t have much experience as a writer or director but after seeing this I’ll say he’s definitely on the right track. I enjoyed the hell out of this and highly recommend it to anyone that likes dark comedies or superhero movies.
October 9, 2014
September 24, 2014
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a wrestler on the road? Well now you can find out. Take two hours and forty minutes with Colt Cabana (formally WWE’s Scotty Goldman), Sal Rinauro & Bryan Danielson (now WWE’s Daniel Bryan) as they travel on the road for ten days hitting nine events. You get to see how the guys travel, what they do for overnight stay, how they spend their off day and hear tons of great wrestling stories. This is also the time right when Danielson signed to the WWE so you get to hear what he’s going through to get that done and kind of see his farewell tour as he does his final ROH and other independent wrestling dates. You also get to see the guys at some wrestling training seminars. I’ve seen a good deal of wrestling documentaries in my time and this is among the best, and certainly the most unique of them all. The two plus hours really just flies by and this thing is over before you know it. Though as a bonus (one I HIGHLY recommend you get) there’s a two disc version with a wrestling round table featuring Colt Cabana and over an hour of deleted scenes. Seriously spend the extra few bucks for the bonus disc; it’s worth it for the park calls as Van Hammer alone. This is a must see for any wrestling fan, and I know I’ll be buying the second one (which I hear they’re working on) as soon as it comes out. You can get it at http://www.wrestlingroaddiaries.com/ or http://coltmerch.com/ right now!
August 27, 2014
Ty Cobb is one of the best baseball players of all time; this 1994 movie is an adaption of the book that Al Stump wrote about him. Now I’ve learned that apparently Al Stump has been discredited but that doesn’t make this movie any less entertaining, just maybe not factual. Robert Wuhl plays Al Stump and Tommy Lee Jones is the great Ty Cobb. Cobb calls Stump to come to his home so he can write a biography about the ball player before he dies, that’s pretty much the gist of the movie. The main part of the movie though is Tommy Lee Jones/Ty Cobb just acting completely insane. He drinks, womanizes, waves a gun around, yells at everybody, it’s pretty damn great. They’re pretty much the only two characters that are through the whole movie and both guys did a great job. The movie really isn’t so much about baseball it’s really just ‘Cy Cobb is insane’. As I said it might not be all right but it is pretty damn entertaining so I’m going to go ahead and give this one a recommendation.
August 21, 2014
Canada takes a swing at the werewolf move and hits it a pretty good distance. Ginger Snaps is the story of two sisters, they’re kind of weird and goth and outcast. There’s a mysterious monster eating dogs in the neighborhood, one night the two sisters encounter the monster and one of them is attacked. The creature is hit by a van and killed but the girl that was attacked starts to change. Most of the movie is about Ginger going through the gradual wolf change while Brigitte and her new stoner friend try to find a cure for poor Ginger. It’s not the type of werewolf movie that has monsters running around every corner but you do get to see a beast or two. Instead most of the movie is focused on the change. Some people seem to brush off this movie because it’s centered on the two girls but most fans of werewolf movies will most likely dig Ginger Snaps, it puts a slightly new spin on an old concept.
April 26, 2014
A Muppet movie that seems to always get overlooked whenever everyone talks about the Muppets. It’s also a movie I hadn’t seen since I was a kid but after seeing the newest Muppet movie I felt the need to go back and revisit all the old Muppet movies, and I’m glad I did. This movie is pretty damn funny; actually, it’s very funny. I’m not sure why this one seems to always be forgotten but it’s got tons of great jokes and gags in it. Within the first fifteen minutes I’d laughed enough for me to deem this a successful comedy, and there was much more to go. Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters, or they were until they get fired pretty quickly into the movie. There’s a jewel thief on the loose, he seems to be targeting a rich fashion designer, the three Muppets travel to Britain to attempt to catch the thief and get their reporter jobs back. Miss Piggy also happens to be in Britain trying to get a job as a model, Kermit mistakes her for the famous lady who’s getting her jewelry snatched and they start seeing each other for a short time. This was back in 1981 when Jim Henson was still directing the Muppets, and every single joke still holds up today. I laughed every time there was a joke about Kermit and Fozzie being identical twins and enjoyed every musical number they had in here. This is without a doubt a Muppet movie that everyone who loves the Muppets has to see.
April 13, 2014
3 Day to Kill is an average movie at best. It tries to be an action movie but parts of it are just so slow I hesitate to even call it one. The movie has a couple of problems. First off it’s too long, almost two hours for this story is excessive. Another small problem seems to be Kevin Costner, nothing against Kevin Costner but I think this movie would have been better suited for Liam Neeson or Jason Statham, especially if they’d have cut the time and ramped up the action, because this almost two hours really seems to drag in places. Overall though not too bad of a movie, definitely one you should watch for free though.
April 7, 2014
I was pretty quickly sold on Bullet, all I had to hear was that it had Danny Trejo and Jonathan Banks and I decided I needed to see it. Danny Trejo plays a cop, the kind of hard ass cop that you’d expect him to play. After taking down a pretty bad criminal dude his grandson is kidnapped to try and get this guy’s freedom. It everything goes pretty predicable, so much so that it’s far from the most entertaining movie. Though I’m not going to put the blame for the boredom of this movie on the script (even though it was written by the man I’m putting it on) the director. Nick Lyon directed this, and I haven’t seen any of his other work but judging from just this, he doesn’t have it. Everything in here is bland predictable and tiresome. It seems you’ve really got to work to make that happen with what he had going here. If you’re thinking about seeing this one my advice would be to avoid it, unless you’re having trouble sleeping.