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Are you cool enough to ‘get’ this hipster’s latest?

April 16, 2014
Are you cool enough to ‘get’ this hipster’s latest?

Some people like to go to the movies to escape. Some are curious about how a favorite novel might be adapted. Some love superheroes. Some dig spaceships or being scared.
And some are snooty. The sort who think film is art and any picture not trying to elevate the form is a colossal waste of time and energy. Only dullards go see Spider-Man; with noses in the air, the elite sniff at the common man and venture to the latest Lars von Trier “masterpiece.”… Read the rest

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It’s shield vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America 2

April 9, 2014
It’s shield vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America 2

So far, so good for the recent spate of Marvel superhero movies.
They are on a Pixar-esque run. Of course, even Pixar petered out (thank you Cars 2 [2011, Movie Man No. 934, a 4]).
But it’s still clear sailing for Marvel – the second Captain America movie is pretty good.

About the film
For decades, Marvel and DC, were the Ford/Chevy rivals of the comic book business. Devotees of each defended their preferences fervently.… Read the rest

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How great thou aren’t: Noah awash in weirdness

April 2, 2014
How great thou aren’t: Noah awash in weirdness

OK, Noah was weird enough. Then the movie ended and things got weirder.
The Movie Man has provided the general public with over a thousand glorious reviews. Yet, this was a first.
When Noah (finally) ended, the film (well, digital projection) was stopped and a young man, accompanied by a local police officer (!), called out that he wanted to speak to the crowd about Jesus.… Read the rest

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Here’s a new Muppet character suggestion: Snoozer

March 26, 2014
Here’s a new Muppet character suggestion: Snoozer

Alas, here’s another sequel that sadly lives up to the Second Movie Theory: the predecessor is usually better.
While the Movie Man wasn’t blown away by the Muppets return in 2011 (Movie Man No. 958, a 6), this new one, the sequel, is certainly a lesser effort.

About the film
Muppets’ history goes way back – from early appearances on TV’s Sesame Street to the puppets shooting to the top of the pop culture zeitgeist in the 1970’s in a TV show that every major star of the day scrambled to be on.… Read the rest

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Ultra-violent 300 sequel a marvel in 3-D

March 19, 2014
Ultra-violent 300 sequel a marvel in 3-D

The Movie Man jumped back a week to catch 300: Rise of an Empire for two reasons.
One, he really wasn’t interested in Need for Speed.
Two, he heard that Rise of an Empire was great in 3-D.
Man, that’s true.

About the film
Everyone has some sort of movie genre they prefer.
The Movie Man is partial to comedies, sci-fi/horror, and dramas.
He’s not crazy about war movies or westerns. And a romantic comedy must have some sort of juicer – a favorite actor or director – to get the Movie Man to go that route.… Read the rest

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Time traveling pooch will make Boomers smile

March 12, 2014
Time traveling pooch will make Boomers smile

It’s always tricky to mess with Baby Boomers’ beloved TV shows. Sometimes big screen versions work, sometimes they don’t.

About the film
The latest effort is Mr. Peabody and Sherman, part of what’s likely the single most loved cartoon for Boomers, especially the cool kids who were pre-teens in the 1960’s.
That original cartoon was Rocky and His Friends that began in 1959. Bullwinkle, a dim-witted moose, had several sometimes very weird adventures with Rocky, a flying squirrel.… Read the rest

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Groovy hippie Jesus a Hollywood throwback

March 5, 2014
Groovy hippie Jesus a Hollywood throwback

We’ve discussed before about great untapped movie audiences – Hispanics and Christians to name a couple.
The former is proving its clout with recent Spanish-speaking movies becoming successes in America, like Instructions Not Included which made a whopping $44.5 million in the U.S. last fall.
The latter (to which the Movie Man belongs) is more fickle. We made The Passion of the Christ (2004, Movie Man No. 549, an 8) the biggest moneymaking R-rated movie of all-time.… Read the rest

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Explosive ancient math: Gladiator +Titanic =Pompeii

February 26, 2014
Explosive ancient math: Gladiator +Titanic =Pompeii

The Movie Man expected a big ‘ol chunk of epic cheese with Pompeii. Based on dorky trailers, it looked like a standard 3 or so.
However, surprise!, it’s better than that. It ain’t great, but it’s no 3 either.

About the film
A famous movie faux pas is the 1969 picture Krakatoa: East of Java about the most infamous eruption of all time back in 1883. The giant volcano that blew its top was actually on the west coast of Java, not east.… Read the rest

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RoboCop: Part man, part machine, all boring

February 19, 2014
RoboCop: Part man, part machine, all boring

Not many people are crazy about the reboot of RoboCop.
Some wondered why remake a beloved classic. Sci-fi fans sang that song about Total Recall (2012, Movie Man No. 994, a 6) and horror fans really didn’t need another Evil Dead (2013, MM #1,034, 4). It’s true for all genres; if a movie is really a hit initially, why remake it?
One argument for remakes is that cinematic technology can make the original better. Another mention is that it’s a chance to bring a classic to a new generation.… Read the rest

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(Almost) Everything Is Awesome! in The Lego Movie

February 12, 2014
(Almost) Everything Is Awesome! in The Lego Movie

Just when making movies based on popular toys appeared to have run its course – the Transformers were big but Battleship (2012, Movie Man No. 983, a 4) tanked – along comes a film about Lego building blocks.
And it’s fun.

About the movie
Sometimes you can just tell that a movie is going to be a hit. (The Lego Movie raked in over $69 million in its first weekend and earned rave reviews.)… Read the rest

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