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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Review

2 Stars

The sequel to one of the most beloved films of all-time is an oddly flat and over-all disappointing follow-up that represents the most blatantly commercial cash grab of Spielberg’s long and other-wise distinguished career. To be fair the story is taken directly from Michael Crichton’s cash grab novel of the same name. All parties involved are responsible for this bland and curiously non-involving sequel that feels perfunctory from the opening frame.

Picking up four years after the disastrous events at Jurassic Park, word has surfaced that a nearby island is populated by Dinosaurs roaming free. Now John Hammond’s corporate minded nephew seeks to reinvigorate InGen’s stock by capturing a T-Rex an bringing the dinosaur to San Diego, CA.. An expedition team is recruited and assembled by the wily Hammond to sabotage a mercenary team. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) once again finds himself running from hungry carnivores, though this outing he is also responsible for the well-being of his ten yr. old daughter and free-spirited girlfriend Sara (Juliana Moore).

What starts as a research trip quickly turns into a rescue mission, as the two groups are forced to work together in order to survive the extreme danger lurking around every corner. After many chases and close calls the surviving members of the crew are brought back home. Then horrified to find out that InGen is shipping a sedated T-Rex to the mainland via cargo ship. The ship comes crashing into port with a very angry Dinosaur unleashed, now roaming the suburbs and downtown area of Southern California.

The Lost World has two set-pieces that are on par with the electric fence sequence from the earlier film. The special effects are better this time around and the action comes faster and more frequently. So why isn’t this a more enjoyable experience? The magic and awe of the first movie have been replaced with a sardonic and cynical attitude that is constantly articulated by Goldblum’s increasingly obnoxious Dr. Malcolm.

I do no count myself a fan of the Jeff Goldblum school of acting, but even the…pause…master isn’t as stiff and unlikable as Julian Moore’s Sara, who she chose to play as a cross between Catherine Hepburn and “Hildy” Johnson. A slimmer more energetic looking Vince Vaughn is cast as a cameraman with a background in war zone photography. Bits of that recognizable humor start to creep in during a few of the actor’s line readings and it makes you wish he had been cast in the lead and Spielberg had dumped Goldblum. A wasted trip back to the well that was a big hit in its day but didn’t achieve a lasting impression.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite,

Podcast EP202: Iron Man 3 Predictions, Pain And Gain Review, News, Box Office

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

Box Office Ace Predictions: Iron Man 3

News: Jamie Foxx Eyes Daddy Warbucks Role in Annie
Scarlett Johansson to Lead Luc Besson’s Lucy
Zach Braff Turns to Kickstarter to Fund Wish I Was Here
Patrick Hughes to Direct Expendables 3
Shia LaBeouf Boards David Ayer’s Fury
Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller Plan Another Round of Dodgeball
MTV Greenlights ‘Scream’ TV Series; Wes Craven in Talks to Direct
Armie Hammer Joins Tom Cruise in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum Wanted for ‘Guys and Dolls’ Remake

TrailerAddict: Thor: The Dark World

Forced Reviews: Harsh Times
The FP

Movie Review: Pain & Gain

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: April 26-28, 2013

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Podcast EP193: Jack The Giant Slayer, 21 And Over Prediction, News, Snitch Review

Episode one-hundred and ninety-three. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: 21 and Over
Jack the Giant Slayer
The Last Exorcism Part II
Phantom

News: 2013 Oscar Winners
Joe Carnahan Drops Death Wish
Adam Sandler Boards Untitled Romantic Comedy
Megan Fox Re-teams With Michael Bay for Ninja Turtles
First Look at Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro in Grudge Match
Casting News

TrailerAddict: The Internship

Movie Reviews: Snitch
Bullet to the Head
Safe Haven

Box Office Breakdown: February 22-24, 2013

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Lay the Favorite (2012) – Review

3 Stars

Oscar nominated director Stephen Frears tells the true story of Beth (Rebecca Hall), a Florida stripper that’s moved to Las Vegas to become a cocktail waitress, but gets sidetracked by the gambling scene. Dink (Bruce Willis) recognizes Beth’s talent with numbers, and puts her to work as his assistant. While learning the ins and outs of gambling from Dink, Beth finds herself falling for him. Dink’s crazed wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) gets in the middle and forces him to fire her. Cast out, Beth finds herself in New York with a guy she just met (Joshua Jackson) and working for an insane shady bookie (Vince Vaughn). Soon she’s in over her head with the Feds possibly on her tail. Can Beth fix things without ruining anyone’s life and get the happy ending she’s been searching for?
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The Watch: Trailer

Trailer for The Watch courtesy of Conan.

The Watch is about a suburban “neighborhood watch” group that serves as a front for dads to get some male-bonding time away from their families. The group finds itself in over its head when it uncovers a plot to destroy the world.




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Podcast EP106: Kick-Ass 2, Avengers Box Office, Vince Vaughn As Starbuck, More News

Episode one-hundred and six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss Kick-Ass 2 is Moving Forward at Universal, Sly Stallone’s Bullet Heads to February 2013, Illumination Entertainment to Develop Clifford the Big Red Dog, Rebecca Hall Eyes Iron Man 3 Role, Cole Hauser Joins A Good Day to Die Hard, The Farrelly Brothers Plan Dear Satan, Disney CEO Bob Iger on a Sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Knoxville and Juno Temple Head to Wild Side, Nick Cassavetes to Direct Kristen Stewart in Cali, Vince Vaughn Eyes Starbuck, Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 Reveals a New Poster, Marvel’s The Avengers Passes $700 Million Mark in 13 Days, Vin Diesel Loses His Shirt in a New Still From Riddick, The Artist Returns to Theaters This Friday, and New Dredd Image Showcases Lena Headey. We also talk the trailers for Argo and Journey to Planet X. Plus much more movie talk, tune in now!

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The Watch: Red Band Trailer

Red band trailer for The Watch courtesy of IGN.

Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.




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Neighborhood Watch Teaser Trailer – No Aliens Yet

Neighborhood Watch is probably the most strangest plot for a film with this cast that’s come out in awhile. It’s almost a mismatch. Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn and Richard Ayoade (from the BBC’s The IT Crowd) play four suburban guys who come together to form a neighborhood watch group, but only as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. Sounds like we’ve got a funny premise there, but then it takes a turn for the weird when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood — and the world — from total extermination. It almost seems like too much. Regardless this teaser trailer shows us absolutely nothing about the film except for the logo and jackets of their neighborhood watch group. Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Podcast EP76: Arnold and Sly in the Hospital, Nazis From the Moon Iron Sky Trailer

Episode seventy-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss some movie news. Amazing Spider-Man theatrical trailer, Machete 2 confirmed, new photos from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Wolverine gets a release date, Archetype short film, Vince Vaughn Owen Wilson re-team for Interns, Dave Bautista in Riddick 3, Schwarzenegger and Stallone in the hospital and re-teaming for The Tomb, Sarah Palin versus moon Nazis in Iron Sky. Reviews for The Thing, Metal Shifters, and Last Man Standing. Plus more movie talk.

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‘Wedding Crashers’ Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Reteam for ‘Interns’

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson the comedic duo behind the smash hit Wedding Crashers are reuniting once again. This time with director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) at the helm working from a script written by Vaughn. Levy and Vaughn collaborated on the recently wrapped Neighborhood Watch, and this new film should be the next project for both. After the debacle that was the cinematic turds known as The Dilemma and The Big Year, Vaughn and Wilson are in need of a bit hit. Wedding Crashers banked $209,255,921 or $259,203,100 adjusted for 2012 dollars. Full synopsis below…

“Convinced they’ve gone about managing their careers entirely wrong, they resolve to become interns at a Google-like dotcom and start anew.” Facing off against co-workers that are “wily, fresh-faced 22-year-olds”

Top Ten Best Break-Up Movies

This best Break Up movies list features the top Break Up films of all time, including only titles where Breaking Up is featured that have already released. In order to be included in this top 10 Break Up movies list Breaking Up must have played a prominent role. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these best Break Up films.

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The Break Up (2006)

Box Office Gross: $118,703,275     Adjusted $0

Pushed to the breaking-up point after their latest “why can’t you do this one little thing for me?” argument, art dealer Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) calls it quits with her boyfriend, Gary (Vince Vaughn), who hosts bus tours of Chicago. What follows is a series of remedies, war tactics, overtures and underminings suggested by the former couple’s friends, confidantes and the occasional total stranger. When neither ex is willing to move out of the condo they share, the only solution is to continue living as hostile roommates until somebody caves.

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Top Five Best Owen Wilson Movies

This best Owen Wilson movies list features the top Owen Wilson films of all time, including only titles that he has starred in that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 Owen Wilson movies list Wilson must have played a prominent role. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these best Owen Wilson films.

5. Shanghai Noon (2000)

Box Office Gross: $56,937,502     Adjusted: $0

Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) is a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. When Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu) is kidnapped from the Forbidden City, Wang feels personally responsible and insists on joining the guards sent to rescue the Princess, who has been whisked away to the United States. In Nevada and hot on the trail of the kidnappers, Wang is separated from the group and soon finds himself an unlikely partner with Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson), a small time train robber with delusions of grandeur. Together, the two forge onto one misadventure after another.

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Live Movie Podcast EP30: Lionsgate Free of Icahn’s and Stuntman Feels the Hangover

Our thirtieth podcast! Don’t be afraid to join in on the conversation. Feel free to comment on the show here if you missed the live recording, we’ll reply to your questions and comments directly here, or on the next episode.

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Episode thirty. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss their box office predictions for this labor day weekend, Apollo 18, Shark Night 3D, The Debt. Carl Icahn selling his stake in Lionsgate. Stuntman sues Hangover for bodily injuries. Hillary Duff paid for being pregnant. Warrior sneak preview Sunday. Kung Fu Panda 2 highest grossing movie directed by a woman. Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn and Ben Still all in a Seth Rogen written movie, Neighborhood Watch. Random Movie News – Audience Participation Welcomed!

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Couples Retreat (2009) – Review

3 Stars

This romantic themed comedy dealing with four couples whisked away to a tropical paradise to better develop their relationships may sound trite in the plot description. However the solid and funny screenwriting by Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Dana Fox is what keeps Couples Retreat afloat even when the story gets a little corny. The absolutely stunning location shooting in Bora, Bora adds to the majestic beauty and overall good vibe that is built between the charismatic and very appealing cast members. When news hits that Jason (Bateman) and Cynthia (Bell) are headed to a special progressive therapy designed to save marriages their friends aren’t exactly eager to tag along. Until a power-point presentation on the joys of the tropics convinces them otherwise. Dave (Vaughn) and Ronnie (Akerman) are overworked parents juggling home improvements and family responsibilities. Joey (Favreau) and Lucy (Davis) are high school sweethearts long gone sour on each other and Shane (Love) and his new girlfriend Trudy are together for sex and not much else. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading