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HE NEVER DIED (2015)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:01

The Buzz:heneverdied

 

     A cannibalistic immortal must break his self-imposed seclusion when mobsters decide to use a young woman as a chance for revenge. Jack (Henry Rollins) is a no nonsense killer with a heart of gold plated iron who's personal war may truly be his chance for redemption.  

 

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

Friday, 21 February 2014 04:03

The Buzz: 

      In 2009, the Maersk Alabama was boarded and taken over by four somali pirates. Not peg legged, hook handed, jolly roger flying vagabonds, but true to life murderous sons of bitches with legitimately nothing to lose. Captain Phillips tells the story of...Rich Phillips, the captain of the Alabama who was taken hostage by the pirates and forced to be their bartering chip.

 

HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)

Sunday, 01 December 2013 19:07

The Buzz:

 

     The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy which follows the novels of the same names, we see Katniss and Peeta adapting to life as victors of the 74th Hunger Games. Forced to continue the false love affair, that saved them in the games, in front of the public and go on a Victory Tour; the two see that they are seen as symbols of a growing rebellion against the Capitol. President Snow tries to convince Katniss to placate the populace, but her stubborn attitude doesn't allow that. Forced to remove Katniss from the equation in a manner that will not cause riots... President Snow and his new head game master Plutark devise that the 75th Hunger Games will be fought by previous victors... placing Katniss and Peeta back in the arena to fight for their lives.

 

REDEMPTION (2013)

Friday, 08 November 2013 15:33

The Buzz:

        Ex-special forces soldier Joey (Jason Statham) now lives on the streets while trying to hide from society and a court-martial. But unforeseen events allow him to take on the identity of another man, and with it a chance to do some good, and possibly redeem his sins.

 

THE GREAT MAGICIAN (2011)

Friday, 04 October 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

         In post Revolutionary China, a mysterious magician returns from abroad, and is wrapped up in a scheme to overthrow the local Warlord. But he also has to win back his old love, the Warlord's 7th wife. And the Warlord's closest advisor may not have his best interests at heart. And the Japanese are involved and evil somehow. And there's magic shows. And kung-fu fighting. And WHAT THE HELL FILM, ENOUGH ALREADY!

 

BRAVEHEART (1995)

Friday, 27 September 2013 02:51

~The Buzz:

     Back in the '90s, the three-hour epic film was still a fairly rare thing, restricted pretty much to a pair of wildly-fictionalized accounts of historical events. The second and most successful was James Cameron's Titanic in 1997, but the other was the ultimate Mel Gibson vanity project, Braveheart. When I was a young lad, I remember being amazed when my parents rented this movie from Blockbuster and it came as a set of two VHS tapes. TWO OF THEM. Nowadays, the LotR series has made us all accustomed to extremely long movies filled with sprawling battles, gorgeous vistas, and a love story tacked on just for fun, but it was still a pretty big deal when Braveheart was made almost twenty years ago.

     So, what does this film have to offer now? Though Mel Gibson has become pretty ridiculous nowadays, there's no denying he's a good actor and a skilled director, who's unafraid to take risks to put his vision on screen. It's kindof a shame this particular vision sacrifices historical accuracy for cartoonish villains and “look at how handsome I am” cinematography, but that doesn't make it any less fun to watch. On the contrary, Braveheart is worth watching today because it's a serious film, but is selectively over-the-top just often enough that it never gets dry.

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME (2011)

Saturday, 21 September 2013 19:56

The Buzz:

 

     Jeff, per the title, lives at home. With his mom. At the age of 30. He's a pothead. He has a somewhat successful brother who is a bit of a dick. His father died when he was younger and ever since he's been preoccupied with trying to listen for what, exactly, the Universe is trying to tell him. Everyone in Jeff's family is broken, including himself, and no one gets him. But by the end of the day it may just be Jeff's idiosyncracy that saves them all.  

 

THE ROAD (2009)

Friday, 13 September 2013 17:42

The Buzz:

        Viggo Mortensen travels through a post-apocalyptic wasteland (what kind of apocalypse is never mentioned, but my money is on giant meteor) with his son on their quest to reach the coast. But the road is fraught with dangers, from mother nature, roving gangs, and cannibals, forcing father and son to survive by any means possible.

 

YOUNG ADULT (2011)

Saturday, 10 August 2013 21:51


The Buzz:

        Young Adult is the story of what happens when the stereotypical ‘It girl’ from high school never actually grows up. The movie opens up on a normal day for Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), a fiction writer who can barely put down the booze bottle long enough to take care of her dog. After receiving an e-mail announcing the birth of her high school sweetheart's (Buddy Slade, played by Patrick Wilson) new baby, Mavis returns to her small hometown in hopes of rekindling what they had, because perfect timing, right?

 

HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (2011)

Friday, 19 July 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        A samurai arrives at the home of a feudal lord, asking that he use their courtyard to commit ritual suicide. However all is not as it seems, as the ronin's true purpose is revealed in this tale of honor and vengeance.

 

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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