Podcast Ep 257: The Pyramid Predictions, Mickey Rourke Fighting, Sony Drops Jobs, Cruise for Highlander, Star Wars, Jurassic World, Cinderella Trailers

Episode two-hundred and fifty-seven. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Pyramid

News:
The Stand Adaptation Now Planned as Four Movies
Mickey Rourke to resume Boxing Career
Super Middleweight Champ Andre Ward to star in Creed
Chris Pratt Is A Cowboy Ninja Viking
Sony gets Hacked, Fury, Annie released early
Shooting Clerks Bio-pic
Sony Drops and Universal Acquires Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie
Highlander Reboot Producers Want Tom Cruise

Reviews:
Sin City 2
St. Vincent
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
Earth to Echo
Automania
The White Buffalo

Trailer Addict:
Star Wars
Jurassic World
Strange Magic
Cinderella
The Captive
Cake
Unfinished Business
Pitch Perfect 2
Pan
American Heist
Blackhat

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

The ill-tempered sardonic feline, made popular by internet memes, gets her own live-action flick courtesy of the Lifetime network. Featuring the dour animal of the title, whose perpetual frown and dour thoughts are voiced by actress Aubrey Plaza, going through a holiday themed melodrama with ample doses of humor to amuse the majority of the star’s 6 million social media followers. Written and directed by Tim Hill with collaborator Jeff Morris, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever liberally borrows from Home Alone, Look Who’s Talking and the Beethoven flicks. Surprisingly, all these elements work in the film’s favor, resulting in an impressive presentation for the sometimes less than astute network.
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Finding Mrs. Claus (2012) – Review

3 Stars

Oscar winner Mira Sorvino graces the Lifetime original production Finding Mrs. Claus with the same aloofness she brought to the cult classic Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. Laced with two attractive leading ladies in Sorvino and the luscious Laura Vandervoort, this holiday themed romantic comedy is actually quite amusing in spots and leverages good performances from its cast into a good time for its audience. Those familiar with this type of comfort programing will appreciate the level of humor sprinkled in the writing.
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) – Review

2 Stars

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits screens nine years after the release of the groundbreaking original. The use of green-screen and a monochromatic color scheme served as a revolutionary new process that accurately managed to translate the visuals of Frank Miller’s graphic novel onto film. Now, nearly a decade later we have the follow-up which is just as stylized but not nearly as good as the original. A Dame to Kill For is a prequel and a sequel with interlinking stories that transpire both before and after the first film. Got that? To make matters more confusing actors have been replaced and the new additions are not up to the task.
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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Lifetime network has produced their second musical bio-pic of the year, like the previously released TLC Story, this retelling of majestic R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton is a flimsy piece of patchwork filmmaking. The end product is laughably bad in spots, with no participation from any surviving members of the Haughton family or any professional collaborators, the film is void of her iconic music and insight into the artists motivations. On the positive side, this rekindling of the pubic’s one-time love affair for the beautiful and equally talented singer, should ignite sales of her record catalogue.
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The Judge (2014) – Review

3 Stars

The Judge is a slickly entertaining package, beautifully photographed on well-chosen locations populated with actors that handle this material with off-handed ease. It’s the kind of legal courtroom drama we’ve seen a thousand times before. Although, nobody told leads, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, both of whom devour their scenes and faithfully perform as if they’re in another, better movie. The result is a commercial product of ‘importance’ run through the Hollywood mill, homogenized, drawn-out, and given a shiny gloss.
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St. Vincent (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

St. Vincent is the first truly good film I’ve seen this winter. This time of year OSCAR hopefuls are unveiled every weekend leading up to the new year. A number of those so-called important films have been disappointments, now we have the crotchety screen veteran Bill Murray to save the season. St. Vincent is predictable to be sure, but there are many comedic delights and dramatic events unfolding to keep the film on-track.
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John Wick (2014) – Review

3 Stars

If esteemed director Michael Mann dropped his high fluent act and decided to make a pumped up action picture the result would look a lot like John Wick. Keanu Reeves is back in Matrix fighting shape, he doesn’t look a day aged and appears to be as nimble as before. Instead of the jumbled mythology and long-winded story developments of that earlier franchise, Wick is a straightforward action flick that sets out with a goal and single-mindedness to completely entertain at all costs. This is a story about a dislikable man avenging the murder of his dog, and cleansing himself of the grief over his wife’s untimely death.
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Podcast EP 256: Mockingjay Prediction, Interstellar Review, Paul Blart 2, The Hobbit 3, Escobar Trailers

Episode two-hundred and fifty-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

News:
The Fast and the Furious Franchise Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon
The Hobbit Trilogy Marathon Coming to IMAX December 15
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Board Central Intelligence

Reviews:
Interstellar
X-Men: DOFP
Edge of Tomorrow
The Wolf of Wall Street
Snowpiercer
Chef
A Million Ways to Die in the West

Trailer Addict:
Battle of Five Armies
Paul Blart 2
The Cobbler
Escobar: Paradise Lost
Predestination
Dying of the Light
The Imitation Game

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The Book of Eli (2010) – Review

4 Stars

The Book of Eli is the best apocalyptic, futuristic western throwback that I’ve ever seen. Who would have thought Denzel Washington, an Oscar winner and star of ‘important’ movies could conquer the wasteland wander role, too? Directed with loving homage to a variety of films, by one of our countries’ most underrated talents’,Allen & Albert Hughes. The visual aesthetic takes it’s cue’s from George Miller’s Road Warrior mixed with the airy vistas of Eastwood’s Unforgiven. For further proof look for the scene in which Deborah’s theme from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America is whistled.
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) – Review

4 Stars

Ben Stiller proves himself an extremely talented force behind the camera, and never before has he been so appealing as an actor. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a tour de force, a fantastic film with a dynamite cast, subtle humor and amusing riffs on action-films and advertising. This updated retelling of the 1955 film was originally to star the rubber-faced Jim Carrey, when that fell through Stiller picked up the project and it’s hard to imagine anyone else inhabiting the character or directing the film, it’s that special.
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Wild Bill (1995) – Review

2 Stars

Walter Hill is a director who has shown a deep seeded fascinated with the western genre throughout his career. By his own admission, he approaches all of his films as if they were part of this almost forgotten genre. Working hard to deliver a Tombstone type experience, Hill is up against a wall with his revisionist take on the legendary gunfighter/lawman ‘Wild’ Bill Hickok. Anchored by an off-beat performance from Jeff Bridges, Hickok never comes off as anything other than a grumpy killer. The movie is slow-paced and the final shootout is poorly executed. However, this is not a total failure, there are enough interesting scenes that I began to grow frustrated that the screenplay moved in episodic segments with undefined linear continuity.
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Goldeneye (1995) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Pierce Brosnan takes the lead after the franchise was dormant for a record six years, bringing our venerable hero into the modern-age of computer warfare, and shaky post cold-war alliances. Goldeneye the 17th Bond film, is an unwieldy beast that sparkles with touches of spectacular filmmaking, but also lumbers through an unworthy third act. John Barry’s iconic theme has been interpreted by David Arnold, the musical score and title track are both duds. Many aficionados site this entry as the best of the Brosnan bond films, I can’t count myself among that opinion.
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Podcast EP 255: Dumb & Dumber To, Beyond the Lights Predictions, The Signal, The Judge, John Wick Reviews, Furious 7, Chappie Trailers

Episode two-hundred and fifty-five. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: Dumb and Dumber To, Beyond the Lights

News:
Production Still for Terminator 5
Seth Rogen to Play Steve Wozniak as Christian Bale leaves Steve Jobs
Michael Bay Targets True Benghazi Tale 13 Hours
Matt Damon coming back as Jason Bourne in 2016
Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh added to The Mechanic Sequel
Suicide Squad Targeting Jared Leto as the Joker
Star Wars: Episode VII Officially Titled The Force Awakens

Reviews:
22 Jump Street
Neighbors
The Judge
John Wick
Sex Tape
Hercules
Godzilla
The Signal
A Haunted House 2

Trailer Addict:
Chappie
McFarland USA
Furious 7
A Most Violent Year

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Metro (1997) – Review

3 Stars

Motor mouthed Eddie Murphy is ideally cast as a SFPD hostage negotiator in the action thriller Metro. The typically loquacious movie star plays Scott Roper, a variation on his fast-talking, wise-cracking screen persona. But, instead of being a distraction the energy from Murphy is put to good use by director Thomas Carter. The Bay Area setting and the white/black partnership are purposefully reminiscent of Murphy’s early hit 48hrs.. Metro isn’t in that league, but it is an entertaining picture with a great action set-piece involving a vintage Cadillac and a runaway trolly-car.
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