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THE BOOK OF ELI
I finally got around to watching this 2010 post-apocalyptic movie, and I wanted to like this one. I really did. Don’t get me wrong, the cinematography was great and the visual appeal was there, the casting was spot on with real talent (Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis), but when it is all said and done, this movie just wasn’t very good.

It is a film that tries to build to something great, pulling the audience through clever twists, all the while being a thought provoking idea- only it fails on all levels and I place the blame squarely on the script. This film could have been something so much more and I hate all of the potential that was wasted here. Washington, Oldman, and The Hughes Brothers have done better work. If only they kept rewriting the script to beef up the actual content maybe this film would’ve been good. As it is, it is “meh” at best and I would not recommend it.

Want to watch a post apocalyptic film? Go see something else, anything else, just don’t watch this. Not worth your or anyone else’s time, because time is more valuable then this film.

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TED
This is the year’s best comedy, hand’s down. Absolutely hilarious and a instant classic. It is amazing that this type of film hasn’t been done this well, since the premise is just ripe for adaptation. Seth MacFarlane brings his a-game as a voice actor, writer, and director. Mark Wahlberg shows again that he’s a funnier actor then most. I laughed my ass off throughout the entire film and found it hard to catch my breath at times. Here’s hoping there’s a sequel.

This is a film that’s going to go down with other films of this generation as surefire classics such as The Hangover, Anchorman, Dodgeball, Knocked Up, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, amongst others. The only gripe I’d give this film is that the directing was a little rusty at times, and you could tell this was Seth MacFarlane’s first film. Other then that though, it accomplishes what it sets out to be — a laugh a minute comedy.

****½

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Posted on August 6th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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21 JUMP STREET
This is one of those films that generally surprised me. Going in, I didn’t have high expectations. After all, Jonah Hill’s last comedy was The Sitter, but man did this movie bring the laughs. Channing Tatum is turning into the new incarnation of Mark Wahlberg, an actor known for his mostly serious movies who’s straight out awesome at comedy (but unlike Marky Mark, Channing’s actually a decent dramatic actor). There’s a ton of fun cameos in this pic, the gags are hilarious, and the movie delivers on multiple levels. Jonah Hill has shown that he can actually write a good film and I’m hoping he does more writing in the future.

Definitely a guilty pleasure film, it’s one of Jonah Hill’s best and a sequel is definitely on its way. The trailer undersells what’s likely going to be one of 2012’s best comedies.

****

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I called The Artist a “fun movie”, well Project X was a blast, but in a totally different way. Right from the get go, you feel like you’re apart of the central group throwing the party and as the party progresses, so does your perception how into the party you are. This is probably the best party movie ever made and the best use of “found footage” style filmmaking since the original Paranormal Activity. This film really does make the viewer want to be at that party but at no point do you want to ever throw that party.

Oliver Cooper steals the show as “Costa”, the brains of the operation. He really is a younger version of Jonah Hill and he steals the spotlight just like Jonah did in Superbad. I’m excited to see where his career goes from here. The rest of the cast really fit there roles well. The only problem this film has is that it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. Some of the jokes fall flat and some opportunities are missed when it comes to making jokes.

The film is billed as a comedy-thriller and, well, when I first saw that I didn’t know why that was– but by the time the film ends, you know exactly why. I gotta admit, I didn’t expect it at all, but the film handles its shift in tone amazingly while still staying true to the tone it set from the beginning.

If you want to turn your mind off for two hours and just have a blast at the movies, Project X is for you, as this filmmaking experience is insane — in a good way.

****½

Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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THE ARTIST

Watching this really was like looking through a window directly into the past. A fun movie all around, this really did deserve the recognition it got. However, had this film been released in the last couple of years, it would not have won Best Motion Picture at the Academy Awards.

The Artist really captivated my attention right from the beginning, and it held it right until the end. Jean Dujardin and Bernice Bejo excelled and could really make a career of it in Hollywood if they can work on their accents like Christoph Waltz did. All in all, I highly recommended this film, it was worth the price of admission.

*****

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Posted on March 27th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
I’ll be honest, I saw the first film in segments and thus it hindered my viewing experience, but, this sequel really does up the game. The action scenes are spectacular, the comedy and the mystery are great, and overall the movie is just a ton of fun. Sure, this is not the most intellectual of fare, but for a stylized action flick it still is smart and action packed. Every action set piece was great and I was glued to my seat. I definitely recommend this sequel.

****

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CONTRABAND
I didn’t really know what to expect when I went to see this. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the trailers and ads, but I have to say — this film surprised me in more ways then one. This is a slick, smart, dark caper the likes of which I haven’t seen in awhile. This film hits the right notes so many times it’s not surprising that Kate Beckinsale and Giovanni Ribisi would take small, supporting roles here (when they’re bonified stars, Kate moreso than Giovanni).

If you’re looking for a smart crime film with nice action set pieces thrown in for good measure — Contraband is it. A real surprise, and you likely won’t be disappointed watching this film.

***½

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