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Frozen ices old concepts about Disney and girls

December 4, 2013
Frozen ices old concepts about Disney and girls

A great animated movie is good fun for everyone.
Right now, there are a couple of examples out there where one cartoon is being panned and the other lauded.

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The movie being praised right now is this week’s Frozen. The turkey is Free Birds.
Disney’s Frozen arrived with much praise as well as kudos for the opening short. Free Birds has been dissed, even with a primo position right before a holiday, Thanksgiving – and a plot about that holiday.… Read the rest

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Second Hunger Games solid but the first was better

November 25, 2013
Second Hunger Games solid but the first was better

Whenever popular books are made into movies, the result can mighty varied.
Novels are often highly detailed and enjoy the luxury of spending long stretches building characters and settings.
Movie adaptations almost always have to hack out some – often a lot – of material to squeeze the gist of the story into the different medium.

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The Movie Man was blown away by how great the first version of The Hunger Games was last year.… Read the rest

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Thor oughly average bad guys hurt Marvel sequel

November 13, 2013
Thor oughly average bad guys hurt Marvel sequel

Sequels are tricky things. When a movie hits, it’s rare when the follow-up is as good or better.
Sometimes they’re still pretty good, but just a notch below the original.

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Marvel Comic superhero Thor, like Iron Man, was a second tier character. While the God of Thunder certainly had his devotees, the Big Boys were always Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.… Read the rest

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It’s kids versus killer aliens in angsty sci-fi thriller

November 6, 2013
It’s kids versus killer aliens in angsty sci-fi thriller

Sometimes a protest arises against a movie. And it can be for a variety of reasons.

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Protest can come because of the subject matter of the film; Catholic review boards are famed for “banning” a wide array of movies through the years.

Some liberals gripe about pictures pushing Christian themes; lefties wondered how peace loving Christians could embrace the ultra-violent hard R The Passion of the Christ (2004, Movie Man No. 549, an 8).… Read the rest

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Gross is sometimes funny in Bad Grandpa

October 30, 2013
Gross is sometimes funny in Bad Grandpa

What is funny?

Why is Blazing Saddles (1974) one of the funniest movies ever made and the “lauded” Superbad (2007, Movie Man No. 732, a 2) so unfunny. One man’s gross-out is another guy’s eye-watering laugh riot.

And that’s the sweet spot Bad Grandpa tries to exist in – some will love it and some will be horrified at what passes for humor these days.… Read the rest

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Meathead prison movie Escapes from the 1980’s

October 23, 2013
Meathead prison movie Escapes from the 1980’s

Escape Plan didn’t capture the box office in its opening week. The audience with the Movie Man was mainly 40-years-old-plus – and a surprisingly sizeable crowd for a matinee – but not many young ‘uns.

While the 48-year-old dad might thrill at seeing his childhood heroes – Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenneger – kicking tail again, the dads’ kids just see two misshapen, scary old guys up on the screen.… Read the rest

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Hanks keeps modern day pirate tale afloat

October 16, 2013
Hanks keeps modern day pirate tale afloat

The Movie Man was listening to the radio when the conversation came up as to whether Tom Hanks has ever made a bad movie. That’s a good question.

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Hanks, according to the No. 1 cinematic source in America – the Movie Man – is one of our two best actors. Denzel Washington is the other one.

Of course, Hanks is involved in much more than just acting in movies. He’s a prolific producer – he has 57 credits on Internet Movie Database; aside from his love of space and war, you might be surprised to know he was an executive producer for Mamma Mia!Read the rest

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The Gravity of life: inside and out(er space)

October 9, 2013
The Gravity of life: inside and out(er space)

It’s been a long time since the Movie Man has seen a movie as good as Gravity.

And the film is a great argument for seeing a major release in an actual theater.

About the film
Gravity shattered every historical box office financial record it could break for October. And with good reason.

There are plenty of humans out there who watch movies on tiny smartphone screens or tablets. But even the most well-equipped man cave can’t touch the movie-going experience in a real theater when the picture in question is filmed with that substantial venue in mind.… Read the rest

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All age groups will find Meatballs digestable

October 2, 2013
All age groups will find Meatballs digestable

What’s the best animated movie of all-time?

Naturally, that depends on your personal preferences. Some marvel at the actual process while others admire the comedic aspect or power of the drawings – either hand-drawn or computer generated.

Historically, the Movie Man is a big animation fan.

And, two of the three 8’s so far this year are animated: The Croods (Movie Man No. 1,028) and Despicable Me 2 (MM #1,042) – the other 8 is Oblivion which the Movie Man clearly liked more than lots of other folks.… Read the rest

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There’s a lot of Prisoners in this serious drama

September 25, 2013
There’s a lot of Prisoners in this serious drama

Normally, Prisoners isn’t the sort of movie the Movie Man goes for.

Child endangerment and kidnapping is a subject that’s not much fun.

Still, it’s fertile ground – for either overwrought dramatics or serious tension.

Prisoners delivers the latter in spades.

About the film
Hugh Jackman – singing and dancing Wolverine Hugh Jackman – is really out of his usual sort of roles here.

Yes, Wolverine is grumpy, but he’s a mutant. Keller in Prisoners is just a rough, tough dad with a very short fuse.… Read the rest

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