Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

I guess I should add that this contains a spoiler.

Wow! Guardians of the Galaxy was flipping bad ass. I was surprised that I enjoyed the movie so much. A few months ago I really was not interested. However, instead of fighting the crowds of an opening movie, my friend and I saw Guardians in 3D.

My friend is not a huge fan of 3D. He saw Guardians in 2D already, so he agreed to the decision. Personally, I am a huge fan of 3D. If there was not an additional charge, I would probably see every movie in 3D. Maybe not.

Either way, this is the movie to see in 3D, and a good demonstration of how the format continues to improve. My friend also seemed to enjoy what he normally deems a distraction.

Chris Pratt does a fantastic job in such a big role. While Groot is probably my favorite supporting character, the entire cast (Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, John Reilly, Bautista, Michael Rooker...) habitually steals the show. They all steal they show until the credits role, then Howard shows up.

The stars have aligned, and planet earth's real fucking hero is finally back on screen again. I don't give a shit what you think. Howard the Duck is the best 80s film ever made, and Howard is the greatest character of all time. That's right, I said it.

Whoever made the decision and/or came up with the idea to put Howard in this movie deserves a raise. They should also be given a better parking spot, because that person is brilliant and should not have to waste time walking to meetings and future developments.

Admittedly, the whole appearance is likely a gag, but that does not change the sheer joy the swept over me. The movie could have been total shit, and that scene would have been worth my 10 bucks. Meanwhile, if you're a huge Howard fan like me, do not be confused by my excitement. The scene will leave you yearning for more.

Simply, Guardians of the Galaxy was surprisingly awesome and extremely fun. Yes, I will probably even end up buying the BluRay Combo Pack.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Team Batfleck!

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Say what you will, Ben Affleck is the man. Most people do not like him, but we are Team Affleck all the way. "Phatnoms and shit."

Not only does Ben work as Batman for us, but he is also an awesome filmmaker. I don't know exactly what Ben's directing has to do with my enthusiasm, but nonetheless I am still excited.

Batman vs Superman has me reeling with anticipation. Affleck! Affleck! Affleck! Affleck!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

For the Love of Film Pt. I Film is the life source. Film has always been my favorite art form. One reason I have always made this distinction is the blatant blending of many art forms, often overlooked when people consider film. In the word film, a literal definition alludes to celluloid. While this is certainly a medium I am referring to, it is not the only medium on my mind. I have always loved film.

Since I was a child, I cannot think of what I loved more. My parents met at a move theater. My mother’s first job was at a movie theater. My first job was at a movie theater. The toys I played with as a child were film themed. Of course, I would occasionally deviate from the norm. However, there is nothing better than the movies. I love going to movie theaters. I love watching films at home. I love watching them while typing essays. I consider it a highly functional obsession.We are starting something new here, something better. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Corman's World (2011)

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Documentaries generally do not strike me as a fun-filled good time. There tends to be exceptions to the rule, but mostly I have to be in a particular mood to watch a documentary.

I consider myself some sort of independent filmmaker, so Corman's World seemed like a must-see source of information and learning. However, that does not mean that I was ever a passionate Roger Corman fan. Merely that I always appreciated him and understood the indirect influence he has over my life.

Corman's World now happens to be my second favorite documentary of all time. Furthermore, Corman himself proved to be one of the most inspirational filmmaker stories I've had the pleasure of learning about.  

Corman's World was not only educational but also a fun-filled amazing time filled with captivating anecdotes, a moving social standard, and a standard of quality not always found in a Roger Corman movie.

And one last thing, Roger Corman seems like he may be one of the most pleasant celebrities on the face of this planet.

4.0 Stars

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Big Something (2011)

Never in my life did I think I would watch a film in which a character tries to sell a Cheech and Chong vinyl in the record store I bought my first Cheech and Chong vinyl, Big Bambu. However, The Big Something (filmed in Tracks in Wax on Central) manifests the quirky scenario into a reality of high definition digital celluloid.  

The Big Something provides the audience a fun little tale of murder mystery, Arizona slackerism, and the plight of a twenty-something Travis Tritt fan.

Not only filmed in my favorite childhood record store, but also set in the mystical land of mixed accomplishments and broken dreams, Tempe, AZ. The Big Something utilizes a variety of nicely scouted Phoenix metro locations. The film inspires many, “Hey I use to snake milk crates from there” and “Do doughnuts after washing my car in that parking lot” moments which make the film quite appealing to an Arizona native. Additionally, the desert city atmosphere added a unique sense of personality not found in many films.

In general, I turned my back on the “indie” film market several years ago. Not independent films, but rather the film shot on a shoe-string budget that perfectly fit a niche genre that reeks of watered down Kevin Smith style dialogue, lays out plot and character development in a manner that makes the audience feel as though they are waiting in line at Disneyland, and generally self-admits a more unique way of making a low budget film could simply not be devised. In other words, I find most of the “indie” films of the 2010s to be boring, depressing, and only inspiring empathetic embarrassment. Furthermore, watching a group of four people in turtlenecks drinking wine and pontificating life, religion, and cell phones does not appeal to me, unless it stars David Hyde Pierce or Jeremy Piven. I digress.

While The Big Something feels somewhat like Clerks in a record store, it breaks free from my negative sentiments of indie films and executes the telling of a fresh story from a unique perspective. I’m personally happy this is one of the first digital films I’ve purchased online, and the pick-your-price style of distribution always deserves two thumbs up or twelve tomatoes or something. I can really appreciate The Big Something. All of the cast and crew’s work stands out with above-average quality and deserves a big round of applause. The Big Something has to be one of the first films over the last decade able to inspire my hope in both “indie” and Arizona films.

This article was originally written & published for a different publication in August of 2012.

The Hangover Part III (2013)

I don’t give a damn what you say, and I’d probably say you’re dumb if you said otherwise: The Hangover III fucking rules! 

Let the critics bash it, “It’s got a… on Rotten Tomatoes.” Shut up, you no fun having asshole. I genuinely appreciate Todd Philips, the cast, and story of this movie. Not to mention the soundtrack. 

Everyone bitched about the outline borrowing of the second Hangover. I have no clue why they are bitching now and I don't care. Is it a matter of expectations? I have expectations when I watch a movie too. I also love it when I film goes entirely against my expectations.

When I walked out of the film, I looked at my friends and said, “The only thing missing was (omitted).” However, on second thought, the film was exactly the way it should be.

Either way, don’t listen to them. Shit, don’t listen to me, but see The Hangover III. You know, I apologize for the foul language.

I decided to discuss a movie that I feel is much more dynamic, skillful, and personally touching than the masses may have you believe.

Meanwhile, I made the decision to do so in a manner that is detached from the general conventions of this organization. First off, because I can. However, what’s most important is I am merely writing this because I truly fucking loved The Hangover III.

Sometimes the best movies are the ones that you don’t like but I love.

4.5 Stars.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Call (2013)

 The dramatic conclusion rises with tense energy, and the movies concludes. FADE TO BLACK. (chuckling) "What a shity movie," I say to myself out loud. Not with passion or disdain in my heart, but rather an amusement with the ridiculous and a sense of comfort found within familiar cinematic formulas.

 Audiences on currently rank The Call at a 6.7 out of 10 stars. Which by Up Till Dawn Films standards happens to be quite substantial. While am not going to argue with the ranking, I was quite surprised by the average. Both Liz from Nip/Tuck and Christopher Moltisanti from the Sopranos co-starred, so I guess that added some cool points. Yet, Chris was killed within ten minutes, and Michael Imperioli should always get more screen time. Sorry for the spoiler, but you're probably not missing much by attaining the information.

If you're a 911 operator, this is the movie for you. Meanwhile, The Call when considering that it happens to be a WWE Studios film, more than exceeds expectations. However, if you're looking for value in your movie ticket this weekend, Evil Dead or even Jurassic Park in 3D may prove to be a more satisfying spend. Additionally, Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco and Mila Kunis, so what's that tell ya?

2.3 Stars

Monday, February 11, 2013

"Roadracers" trailer

Life of Pi (2012)

Attempting to get through all of the films that received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture has proven to be a somewhat difficult goal.

To watch all nine films, that supposedly comprise of the best films of 2012, with any sort of outward anguish seems like a "first world problem."

However, that does not negate the challenges I've endured in order to get through each of the nominees. Meanwhile, I am noting the same roster that includes Argo and Django Unchained, so it would seem safe to assume that there had to be at least one other gem that might carry the possibility of bringing joy to a often cynical and impatient viewer.

While joy may not be an all-encompassing adjective, I found Life of Pi to be an unexpected pleasure. I almost feel as though I'm glad that I saw the movie prior to ever reading the book. I'm sure the book lives up to its reputation. Yet, I'm limited on reading time, and a shelf over flowing with unread books may topple over me prior to even finishing this brief statement.

Some may shrug Pi off without care or notice. Others may find Life of Pi entirely boring, and so it goes each day. While entitled to an opinion, I would be inclined to doubt this type of viewer's taste and character.

Perhaps, one of the most satisfying aspects weaved within the story of Pi was the unabashed sensitivity to the nature of man and wild. Furthermore, Life of Pi possess a magical way of providing insight into each of its viewer's personal battles, struggles, and conflicts, but all without judgement or pretense.

I feel as though the film provides an experience that could be enjoyed by almost any human on the planet. Life of Pi not only administers a brilliant cinematic experience, but also serves as a mesmerizing tribute to the weary brutality and joyous celebration we all call life.

4.3 Stars.