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  • paulywalnuts 1:06 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Byung-hun Lee, , Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker   

    Red 2: Too Much of a Good Thing 

    Movie Review: Red 2

    Sequels aren’t always as good as the original, and RED 2 tries to make up for that by packing in much more of what we loved about the original.  More guns, more gags, more silly situations … more senior citizens.  The result is much more chaos, without the amazing plot and actors’ chemistry that made the original so great.  Red 2 is fun, but falls short of the original.

    Here’s the rundown Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is still retired, still extremely dangerous, but trying his best to live the quiet life with his girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker).  All that changes when his buddy Marvin (John Malkovich) returns to tell him the CIA (and several other governments) have a contract out for all three of them, thinking they are smuggling nuclear weapons.  Sharp shooter Victoria (Helen Mirren) is one of the people chasing down Frank and crew, as well as cast newcomers Han (Byung-hun Lee) and Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones).  Anthony Hopkins joins the cast as a long lost scientist that may or may not have helped create the nuclear weapon in the first place.

    The early part of the story centers on Frank doing what he does best with the folks he loves – and you think Sarah will help him realize this.  The B plot of act II is Sarah and Katja fighting for Frank’s attention, while all the while Han and Victoria are closing in.  The movie finally finds its real plot in the third act when the world is in danger and apparently all of the other subplots no longer matter as much as saving the world and wrapping up the movie.  The sequel was a rush job.  There was plenty of source material for the writers to base this movie on, but sometimes Hollywood thinks bigger means better.  It didn’t here, despite some genuinely funny moments.  Red 2 is enjoyable, but a little disjointed for anyone that hasn’t seen part 1 and a lot disappointing for anyone that has.

    IMDB Rating:
    5.5/10

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating:
    40% of critics liked it / 75% of audiences approved of seeing older actors in Hollywood … even for this

    This (grooms)man’s Rating:
    4 out of 10; wait for this on cable.  Maybe.

     

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  • paulywalnuts 3:57 pm on January 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDermott, Harvey Keitel, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Tilda Swinton, Wes Anderson   

    Sleepy Sunday DVD Review | Mooonrise Kingdom 

    Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom

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    Question: if Moonrise Kingdom is one of the best movies of 2013, why have so few people seen it?

    Answer: you either love Wes Anderson’s sometimes absurdist approach to directing, or you don’t.  Many don’t love that his movies have dialogue and special effects and plotlines that are closer to a high budget stage production than anything in Hollywood.  Many love his style for the same reason.

    Moonrise Kingdom doesn’t disappoint.  Young boy and girl fall in love, run away with each other, and a sleepy town full of colorful characters set out to find them.  It’s innocent and awkward and mildly violent at times (a shame what happened to the poor dog …).  Peel it all back and there are two kids no one seems to love that want to love each other in spite of their quirks, and a whole town that’s lost love trying to tell them not to.  Pretty adorable story.  Pretty good acting.  Bill Murray and Bruce Willis bring out the best in each other, and the rest of the cast has as much fun with it as the kids do.

    And earning 3x your budget is a pretty good run for any movie, so Anderson’s budgets will only get bigger, and more people will see his movies.

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating:
    94% of critics loved it / 88% of audiences loved it

    IMDB Rating:
    7.9 out of 10

    This (grooms)man’s rating:
    7 out of 10, a quirky but fun DVD you should get for a date night

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  • Justin 6:10 pm on October 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bruce Willis, Die Hard,   

    A Good Day to Die Hard | New Trailer of Explosions 

    Happy Thursday. A new trailer for the fifth Die Hard, A Good Day to Die Hard is now online. This time around John McClane takes on some Russians with the help of his son. I love the fact the plot sounds like something from the 80’s. Like the teaser out a month ago, its pretty much 90 seconds of explosions with a Ode to Joy remix.

    If only my 10 days in Russia had been like this. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters February 13, 2013.

     
  • Justin 12:30 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bruce Willis, Die Hard 5,   

    A Good Day to Die Hard | Teaser Trailer Released 

    The first trailer for Die Hard 5, A Good Day to Die Hard is now online. While I was skeptical of a fifth, I have to give credit to this trailer. Its pretty awesome; from the ode to joy remix and the nonstop explosions, you just have to laugh a few times while you’re watching the trailer. It actually feels like I was watching a preview from the 90’s and feels like a Die Hard movie.

    This time our buddy John McClane finds himself getting in trouble in Moscow and his son (now all grown up) Jack will help him out.

    The movie strategically is coming out in February; not a great sign, and there’s no well-known people in the movie, and I’m unfamiliar with the director, but come February I’ll see the 007 of Plainfield New Jersey.

     
  • Justin 12:45 am on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, , , Paul Dano   

    Looper Clip | Bruce Willis vs. Joseph Gordon Levitt 

    The first clip from Rian Johnson’s sci-fi film Looper is now online courtesy of Yahoo!  In looper, time travel exists but is only used on the black market. A looper is someone is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time. Things go south for Looper Joseph Gordon Levitt, when the person who is sent back in time to be killed is, oh yeah, a older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis). In this clip, Willis and Levitt briefly face off in a diner. Its pretty much what was in the trailer but looks great and Im looking forward to seeing this in theatres cause this is def my type of film given the concept alone.The prosethetic work on Levitt is pretty funny, not b/c its not good, just because Levitt obvoiusly looks different/more like Willis.

    Looper hits theatres Friday Sept 28th and  also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Paul Dano.

    Clip: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/looper/trailers/looper-clip-diner-face-off-30452940.html

     
    • Trev 1:23 am on September 1, 2012 Permalink

      Not really wild about how they’ve gone and used digital effects to try and make JGL look more like Willis. I bought him as a young Willis in the very first trailers with life action Photoshop, and he just looks weird and wrong in the new trailers. Still, the movie looks awesome.

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