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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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Ultra black comedy won’t be funny to most

September 18, 2013
Ultra black comedy won’t be funny to most

We’ve been over the black comedy ground enough in recently years.

Some folks love ‘em jet black and others prefer the more ghoulish but not as dense humor of the Addams Family movies from recent years.

(The Movie Man is a giant fan of both of the AF pictures: the original came before the Movie Man began educating the masses, but Addams Family Values was a ‘+’ [8, MM No. 17] – it was the ancient pre-numbering days] in 1993.)… Read the rest

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Riddick No. 3 sees its way to box office heights

September 11, 2013
Riddick No. 3 sees its way to box office heights

Usually, the weekend after Labor Day is one of the worst attended for movies the entire year. And 2013 was no exception. But even with the return of children to school and the resumption of NFL play, the third in a sci-fi series managed to have a decent week. (The $67 million box office total taken in over the weekend was the lowest of ’13, but up a whopping 69 percent from 2012.)… Read the rest

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Holiday releases offer diverse cinematic gifts

September 4, 2013
Holiday releases offer diverse cinematic gifts

While we’re in an ebb in the good movie release ocean, the tide will soon turn – and the sentences will get better than that one as we swim into the uncertain waters of the holiday film schedule.

Here’s where the Movie Man is paddling to in the next four months (with the understanding that, like studio release dates, things can change).… Read the rest

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At least You’re Next got the puncuation right

August 28, 2013
At least You’re Next got the puncuation right

Horror aficionados, like all other genre mavens, always have a tempting terror movie on the horizon.

Last year for creature fans, it was Cabin in the Woods. This year, it’s You’re Next.

About the film
Like Cabin in the Woods (2012, Movie Man No. 978, an 8), You’re Next was lauded long before it ever came out. In fact, both were substantially delayed release-wise.… Read the rest

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Time trek highlights many black days of history

August 21, 2013
Time trek highlights many black days of history

You don’t see a lot of straight up dramas anymore.

There was a time when movies with Big Important Themes were churned out in Hollywood, sent out to the sad Midwestern masses that needed some liberal educating.

The Butler has a serious whiff of that Old School down-talking – but, dang, it’s pretty good down-talking.

About the film
Actually, the proper title of The Butler is Lee Daniels’ The Butler, changed because Warner Bros. claimed the former as a copyrighted title – almost 100 years ago.… Read the rest

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Love connection in this family feud put in jeopardy

August 14, 2013
Love connection in this family feud put in jeopardy

The Movie Man chose the comedy We’re the Millers over a science-fiction movie, Elysium, this week. It was a bad move.

About the film
WtM appealed to the Movie Man because he was hoping for a good comedy to come around again. He must admit he was swayed by a guy on the radio who’s usually a good judge of humor, saying it was one of the five funniest movies he’d ever seen. Oh, dear.… Read the rest

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Buddy cop movie a gritty 1970’s genre throwback

August 7, 2013
Buddy cop movie a gritty 1970’s genre throwback

There are two great American actors – both equally on the highest rung. Sure, there are lots of others who are pretty good and are way up there, but alone at the top are Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

About the film
Washington, like Hanks, seldom missteps when choosing roles. And both are multiple Oscar winners.

They have appeared together just once, Philadelphia (1993); Hanks won Best Actor for that one, and, a year later, again for Forrest Gump (1994, Movie Man No.… Read the rest

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