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The A-Team

December 27, 2010

The A-Team is the movie that The Expendables should have been. Where the Expendables tried to showcase a lot of tough guys with a lot of action, The A-Team set out to do the same thing except it managed to be fun at the same time. The A-Team was a movie which really shouldn’t have […]

Robin Hood

November 28, 2010

It seems inevitable these days that if there’s a beloved, well-known story out there that someone will come along and want to make a grittier and more realistic version of it. This time around, its Ridley Scott retelling the story of Robin Hood. And guess what; it doesn’t work. Of course they have to do […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

November 24, 2010

Its the beginning of the end for the Harry Potter series, and looking back at the series as a whole, they have managed to pull off quite a feat. I’ll admit that I doubted that they could keep up the momentum and consistency to go right to the end, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. […]


November 19, 2010

What ever happened to regular, direct movie sequels? Now we’ve got sequels which are kind of the third, but also kind of the second, ignoring what was originally second in the series. Then we’ve got prequels, reboots, and crossover movies of two series where we don’t have a clue where they fit into the chronology… […]


November 7, 2010

I went into RED expecting a comedy. What I got instead was a fun action story with some funny parts thrown in along the way, and I think it turned out better that way. Its interesting to watch Bruce Willis as retired CIA agent Frank trying to adjust to a normal life in the beginning, […]


October 11, 2010

Macgruber seems like an odd choice to make a movie of, since the entire catch of the SNL skits are that he always blows up after 30 seconds of being an idiot. Well, they did make a movie of it, and the questioning looks given to this decision were indeed justified. In my opinion, its […]

The Social Network

October 9, 2010

I am a huge Aaron Sorkin fan, so when I heard that he was behind the script for the new movie about Facebook I was immediately intrigued and eager to go see it. Sorkin did not disappoint. His writing is solid and his dialogue leaps off of the screen just as it once did on […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

September 26, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is not for everyone. It is indeed a very unorthodox film; for some this will turn them off, for others this will intrigue and excite them. I was the latter. This movie is full of pop culture references but not in the blatant, nonsensical manner of recent “spoof” movies. Instead, […]

Repo Men

August 22, 2010

Oh 2010, why have you been giving me such poor movies? Repo Men is set in a futuristic world where a company provides people with fully functional artificial body parts, but if you don’t keep up with the payments they send out repo men who cut you up and take the body parts back. Normally […]


August 20, 2010

When I first heard about Kick-Ass I thought, what a terrible name for a movie and a terrible name for a superhero. After watching it I realized that the name fit the movie quite well; not because it kicked ass, but because it was terrible. Watching Kick-Ass was like watching a tug-o-war between the movie […]

Date Night

August 17, 2010

Date night stars Steve Carrell and Tiny Fey as a boring married couple who steal someone’s dinner reservation and find themselves in the middle of crime, corruption and intrigue.  Its a fun romp though nothing outstanding.  There really aren’t a lot of laughout-loud jokes, but its pleasant enough to watch. The story is coherant and […]

The Expendables

August 15, 2010

First off, I want to say that I admire Stallone’s vision with The Expendables. He made this movie for a specific group of people (those who enjoy violent, gritty action a la the 80s) without really giving a damn about the other facets of the wider movie-going audience. He set out to film a throwback […]

The Other Guys

August 8, 2010

Good comedies are hard to come by. Its very hard to make a movie with a lot of laughs without having quite a few jokes fall flat and leave you groaning. The Other Guys certainly has those fall-flat moments, but it has more than enough laughs to make up for it as well as a […]


July 24, 2010

It seemed inevitable that a movie like this was bound to be made. The world of dreams is one in which we all inhabit, and yet it is a resource hardly ever tapped into by the movies, probably because dreams make very little sense. Well, now we have Inception, which is able to make some […]


July 5, 2010

What this movie basically boils down to is that you spend your price of admission to watch Adam Sandler and friends get together and have a good time.  And is it worth it? Absolutely not.  Because that’s really all this movie is; these five actors have decided to get together, do a movie, and goof […]