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Me, Myself & Irene

Year: 2000
Directed By: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Written By: The Farrelly Brothers and Mike Cerrone

RYAN’S REVIEW

There is often a fine line between funny and stupid.  Nobody out there knows how to teeter on that line better than the Farrelly Brothers.  They have been making us laugh, and blush, for twenty years now and this film is exactly what I expect from them.  A stupid scenario formatted to be really funny.  Occasionally I find their movies to be too stupid but there are some exceptional ones.  This one is incredibly funny but does tend to get too stupid here and there. However, the laughs this movie offers will challenge those you got out of any film.  A funny movie made by funny people with their favorite funny man.

I remember the days when Jim Carrey was just full-on bursting with comedy.  In the mid to late nineties the man was so relentlessly funny and everything he touched turned to gold.  That all changed somewhere along the way and looking back over his career it seems to have ended after this film.  I am and always will be a big fan of Jim Carrey but he has been missing something for quite a while now.  I don’t know what that is but I will always hold out hope to see the Carrey of old come back.  His talent is undeniable but something has certainly changed about him.  He is currently wrapping up the sequel to one of his greatest, his first collaboration with the Farrelly brothers in fact.  Dumb and Dumber To will be hitting theaters sometime in the near future and I have high hopes for it.  Those guys were hilarious the first time around and I look forward to seeing what they are able to do now. At the same time I have concerns about the state of Carrey’s career when he is going back to Lloyd Christmas while nothing else seems to be working.  Jim Carrey if you are out there I am hoping you hit a home run with your next film and I believe in you man, never give up.

While I will never accept it until it is undeniable, this is currently the last really funny movie made by Carrey.  He has made a couple of comedies that weren’t bad since but nothing as nonstop funny and over the top.  With that being the case, Carrey really went all out in this one.  The two personalities of Charlie and Hank gave Carrey a duality to capture two different kinds of comedy.  I love when he turns into Hank and tries to pull off a super cool persona.  One of my favorite parts of the film is when he slides off the hood of the car in one motion while smoking a cigarette, hilarious.  I also love so much about his character as Charlie too.  His half-assed explanation about his children being that “his great grandmother was half Italian” is simply priceless. I remember when this movie came out Jim Carrey was seen as such a crazy guy that with each new film there was a prevalent thought along the lines of “what will he do this time?” In this movie he admitted that his antics were too much for even him at one point.  The specific scene that made him blush was the one in which he drinks milk from the mother’s breast.  He should have blushed too; he was really going to town on that thing. All for the greater good though, you gotta love a comedian that will literally do anything to make us laugh.

Since seeing Chicago and Cold Mountain I have considered Renee Zellweger one of the most impressive actresses of the decade but this film never seemed right for her.  This part, the hot girl in trouble messed up with the wrong people, in a film like this.  It’s just beneath her as an actress.  Granted this was before the two movies I mentioned but it still doesn’t seem like a good career decision.  Why did she play a part like this? She isn’t bad in the film I just think she could have done better in 2000.  I am a huge fan of Richard Jenkins and always enjoy a chance to see him in any movie.  I don’t think this film really showcases what he has to offer as a comedian and actor but he’s here.  Chris Cooper is great in the bad guy role.  He has a real sinister look to him and a tone in his voice that brooks no argument.  Cooper is never cast as a guy that gets picked on, for good reason.  Any time I have ever seen him I feel like he is always a character that conveys some power or a sense of danger. The rest of the cast only makes the film funnier.  There are plenty of people I haven’t even mentioned that are worth noting.  Tony Cox is always great and brings some great laughs to this movie.  Anthony Anderson is awesome whether he is being funny or stone cold gangster “Antwon Mitchell” style. He’s like a chubbier Michael Strahan; you can’t help but like the guy because he makes everything he is in better.

This movie is what it is, but when what it is makes us laugh it’s easy to be forgiving as a critical viewer.  This movie occasionally is a bit too much but it is funny enough to make you forget about anything that was simply stupid in the effort to be funny.  It is a relentless movie that will have your side hurting after all the laughter it provokes.  I sincerely hope that in a few months Jim Carrey will give his greatest comedic performance in his next collaboration with the Farrellys but until then I will always be happy to have this one.  It’s going on 15 years since this came out but this movie is just as funny now as it was then.  Having said all that I wouldn’t recommend a movie this vulgar to my mom, but to anybody else I’d point them toward it and tell them to get ready to laugh.  A very funny movie that is worth your time to see.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I love this movie. I never get tired of watching it. I know that a lot of people hate on this one. Actually they hate on Jim Carrey in general, but I don’t care. I love that guy. I love him when he is serious, I love him when he is funny, I just think he is one hell of a person. Also, on a side note, when he dated Jenny McCarthy, he got along famously with her Autistic son, she referred to him as an autism whisperer. THAT makes me love him EVEN more. Back to the matter at hand though, this movie shows what it can be like when a person just finally gets pushed too far. I think we can all (to some degree) relate to that feeling.

Me Myself & Irene

The only reason this is a great poster is because of Jim Carrey. He carries it completely and you totally get a sense of what the movie is about. He looks seriously goofy and nice on the left side and the right side he looks utterly like pure evil. The tagline is great too. “From Gentle To Mental.” The thing I really hate about this poster is the typography. And that’s a big one for me. I like that they used different weights for the words, but the outline and overlapping and drop shadow are killing me. Really? Other than that, this poster is really successful. I always know what movie it is immediately, and that’s simply because of the main focus. Jim Carrey. (I love him.)

NEXT MOVIE: Minority Report (2002)

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Comedy

 

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Game of Thrones Season 4

Thoughts during the first episode of the season.

The pain of seeing Ice melted down runs deep.  There is really no end to how hard the Starks get slapped in the face. There is always hope for them as Arya, Sansa, and Rickon are all still capable of doing something.  There is also Benjen Stark, whose fate remains a mystery even to readers.  Jon Snow as well offers hope and I still want to see him eventually become Jon Stark. Bran is still out there too but his ability to do anything will be limited to how much he can influence the others.  So, while times certainly seem incredibly DIRE (pun intended) for the Starks don’t worry because there are still plenty of possibilities for them. They get stepped on real hard by their enemies, and the salt is far from being finished pouring into all the wounds created by the Red Wedding.

The arrival of the Red Viper of Dorne is really cool.  Prince Oberyn is a badass.  He is a dangerous man capable of anything. In the book he arrives at Kings Landing with the party and Tyrion has a lengthy discussion with him as he is led to the palace.  I suppose the show needed more to introduce him.  He is a wildly sexual character and HBO wouldn’t miss a perfectly good opportunity to infuse more sex and nudity into the show.  Prince Oberyn has nine bastard daughters known as the Sand Snakes and each of them are as dangerous as he is.  Keep in mind this guy’s twin sister was the Princess Elia who was married to Rhaegar.  The one who was raped and murdered by the Mountain during the siege of King’s Landing.  That will certainly be covered before this episode is over.  It doesn’t sit well with him and he comes looking for justice. He is a new player entering this game and he unbalances the entire board.  He poses problems for the Lannisters because he is a deadly enemy who has reason to have it out for them.

Did they recast Daario Naharis? I feel like too much recasting has already gone on in this show but oh well.  I’m not a big fan of the Daario character anyway so it doesn’t really matter.  Kudos to the new actor, he no doubt gets plenty of acting time with a naked Emilia Clarke during shooting. The guy who was playing the part should have read the books.  No doubt if he knew what was coming for his character we would be seeing him on screen tonight.

The Thens! or however it is spelled.  The people from the far North who follow a Magnar.  At first I thought they were the giants, they are really cool looking.  I think they have been merged with another peoples from the far North.  The people of Skagos are cannibals but I don’t remember hearing anything about the Thens eating people.  Skagos is widely where Rickon is believed to be by the way.

Joffrey is such a little shit. It has never been more satisfying to hate a character.  The statue of him standing over a dire wolf was a nice touch.  I feel bad for the kid playing the part.  With the popularity of this show being what it is people will always remember him as the biggest douche in the world.

I’m glad to see Sir Dontos brought back into the show.  I can’t remember what they did in season three but I specifically remember being mad that Sir Dontos wasn’t involved with something to do with Sansa.  This bumbling fool is the perfectly deployed and manipulated pawn of a large player in the Game of Thrones.  Quite possibly the greatest player in fact because he is the one who has created all of his power out of nothing. Stop now if you don’t want to see a major spoiler but Sir Dontos works for Littlefinger.

The Hound is one of my favorite characters, I feel he has been under utilized on the show to an extent but this should finally be a chance to see him in action. Glad to see that he and Arya didn’t disappoint. I figured I would be writing a sentence about how that fight scene was more dramatic in the book but I don’t think I can.  It was really awesome and a great way to cap off the first episode of season 4.  This has been a great episode and I look forward to what else this season has to offer.

Just a note, I’m publishing this without editing so excuse any typos.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in TV Shows

 

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Perfect Transition

Immediate thoughts after The Walking Dead season 4 finale.

 

 

The show and the comic are different entities but I like how they cross over splendidly from time to time.  This was a great merger and re-enactment of a classic scene from the comic. Great season finale.  I would like to point out that I called it two weeks ago. Bad things are in store for the people of “Terminus” come the season 5 premier.

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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in TV Shows

 

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Memento

Year: 2000
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan (screenplay) Jonathan Nolan (Short Story)

RYAN’S REVIEW

Some movies challenge us as viewers.  They demand more from us than the typical film and we are required to give a higher level of our concentration to them.  This isn’t something the casual film-goer will always do but for those of us that do the reward is ever more fulfilling. Some of the most entertaining films are the ones that require us to think more.   This is one of those movies; a film on a platform all by itself and unlike any other out there.  On every level it is entertaining from the story, to the performances, to the cinematography.  This was an intelligent group of people boldly doing their own thing and proving themselves to be a new generation of filmmakers with the potential to take everything to the next level.

Of course everybody knows Christopher Nolan now.  His Batman films were incredible and left an impression on nearly everyone who saw them.  Nolan is certainly one of the most talented filmmakers out there right now and he proves that each and every time he gets behind camera. He proved it with The Prestige, with Inception, and he will most certainly blow our minds again with his next film Interstellar.  This film was his second but it was his first step into doing larger things.  Something that I think makes him so successful is that he has his own team that he works with together on everything.  Looking at the credits roll for this movie I see lots of names I recognize from his other films.  This was back in 2000 and so many of these people have stayed together to work on all of Nolan’s films.  Of course there are his wife and his brother who are always with him.  Emma Thomas serving as producer and Jonathan Nolan involved in writing. Other names that popped out were Wally Pfister and John Papsidera who have both worked on most if not all of Nolan’s movies since.  Though he wasn’t involved in this film Nolan typically uses Hans Zimmer to score his films.  There are no doubt plenty of names I don’t notice because I only see these in passing. In truth I know little about these people beyond their names and job title but that’s not the point.  My whole point is that continuity among the crew goes a long way in a director’s successful career. Nolan’s talent is immense and it’s such an exciting time to be a film fan specifically because of what men like him give us to look forward to.

This film is so unique, even for Nolan.  I love how progressive and gutsy it all is.  Nolan is such a confident filmmaker and that confidence can be seen in his work.  You have to believe in what you are doing to do something this different.  Nolan is a fearless filmmaker and has been wise in believing in himself.  The way this film comes together as it progresses is like a work of magic.  It has so many layers and is so exceptional on each and every one.  The story in this movie is terrific as is the story within the story.  The character they created in Leonard is so interesting and his handicap offers such a fascinating dynamic. I love how the film comes full circle with such clarity in the end and how splendidly the two stories merge into something bigger and even more shocking. This is a great thriller and unlike any other I have ever seen.  A great film from a great director who has so much more to offer us in the future.

I am not a fan of Guy Pearce but he is so perfect for the part in this movie.  I have always said his best attribute is walking around with a lost look on his face.  I think it was The Time Machine that gave me this impression of him as an actor.  It’s what I have come to associate him with over the years and I think it’s great to see it so effectively used for a role like this.  He looks a little ridiculous with that hairdo but the lost look on his face just fits so well.  I don’t like Carrie-Anne Moss either but actually think this was one of the better performances I have seen from her. She plays a great part and pulls it off well.  Joe Pantoliano is awesome in everything and no different in this one. He’s at his best when playing the shady character and he’s in his element in this one.  The role was small but I think Mark Boone Junior is great.  He has made plenty of roles his own but as an actor I always want more of him because he has a talent you can never have enough of.

I can gush over this movie to no end but it’s the type of movie you have to see for yourself.  It took me a long time to get around to seeing this one.  For reasons I can’t remember I snubbed it when people tried to tell me it was great back in the early 2000s.  It was sometime after the success Nolan found with the Batman franchise that I finally went back and saw what I was missing.  I had missed out on something exceptional and if you have never seen this movie you have too.  It’s worth your time to go out of your way to find it and watch it.  In fact everything Nolan and his crew have done is worth your time to seek out and watch.  He has a new film coming out later this year, Interstellar, and I have every reason to think it will be another mind blowing feature from the director who has quickly become the best at blowing our minds.

AMBER’S REVIEW

This movie was incredibly intricate. Every detail was so well thought through. What kind of brain can create something like this? I have to be honest. I have seen this film before, but it’s been a while. I ran a 5k the day we watched this, so I passed out half way through. Ryan filled me in and my brain is still trying to piece all the pieces together. I really like this movie and it is well worth your time to watch it.

mementoWhen I first looked at this poster, I wasn’t that impressed, but now looking at it a little closer, I don’t think it’s that bad. It shows a few characters and includes a few necessary props that are throughout the movie. The typography of the text is a written font to mimic the handwriting that goes onto the Polaroids the main character has to take to remember things, and although it maybe clever I find it too obvious and cliché. I think there are a lot of better ways to do this poster, but this isn’t the worst way either. I really just want more out of it, because there is so much depth to the movie itself, and this really isn’t beckoning me to go watch the film.

NEXT MOVIE: Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Thriller

 

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The Passion of the Sandra

GRAVITY (2013)

We found ourselves with some extra time this week and rented this film to see what all the fuss was about.  While it was without doubt very visually stunning I found myself thinking about it in correlation with The Passion of the Christ.  Only for the mere fact that aside from all the dazzling effects the movie more or less amounted to an hour and a half of Sandra Bullock suffering.  Anything that could go wrong did go wrong for this woman and by the end of the film when she nearly drowns I felt like it was simply overkill.

Now I don’t want to take anything away from Sandra Bullock’s performance. She was incredible and deserved all the praise she received.  I am not a fan but admire how much she has been able to accomplish in the last several years as an actress.  In this film the weight was put squarely on her shoulders and she stood up to the challenge to carry it.  She looks incredible for her age too.  A woman approaching 50 has no business looking as fit as she does but power to her, it’s impressive.

I enjoyed this movie but don’t intend to watch it again.  When it was over I felt regret for not taking the time to go see it in the theater. The experience in 3D or IMAX must have really been something to talk about, and I know plenty was lost in our effort to simply watch it on our television.  Nevertheless there was still plenty to appreciate and marvel at on-screen.  When she gets thrown off into space I felt like my every muscle in my body clinched and I can’t remember that happening to me in any other film for the longest time.  I see it as an incredible accomplishment and what they were able to accomplish was quite extensive.  The experience you might have had watching this film in the theater can’t be replicated but there is still plenty to get out of watching it at home.  I thought the going got a bit too tough for Sandra Bullock as the movie wore on but her performance and the effects can easily make this film worth your time.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Thriller

 

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They’re Just Going To Eat You At Terminus

The Walking Dead Season 4

Just a complete shot in the dark, although one from an avid reader of the comics.  The name terminus sounds too much like foreshadowing to me. It eerily sounds like “terminal,” as in when you arrive you die.  I have heard in passing recently that “The Hunters” are going to be brought into the show.  I remember these guys and know what they are up to.  The Hunters are cannibals, a threat not all that different from the zombies really.  They’re not dead, but they will still eat you.  They even allude to having eat their own children during a specifically villainous monologue.  My guess is that these signs were all set up in order to lead prey to the hunting ground.

The story line with Lizzy is specifically disturbing but it is right in line from the comic book.  Albeit with different characters.  There are two twin boys in the comic adopted by Andrea and Dale, who are both dead in the show now incidentally.  One kills the other in the same fashion that Lizzy kills the other girl.  In the comic Carl takes it upon himself to kill the boy when everyone else is sleeping.  It is a scene in the early stages of Carl becoming the greatest character ever, super badass all the way.  Obviously Carol takes on the role of the badass in this scenario on the show.  Yes it is an awful thing to do but you can’t live with a person who doesn’t respect life and might kill you in your sleep just to prove a point. In the comic Carol and Tyrese have a relationship, I have mentioned this before in passing as it is a possibility to happen on the show.

I want to note that when looking up Terminus to make sure I spelled it correctly I saw that it’s a term that actually has something to do with God and may have come from the Bible.  I don’t know the implications of this but still stand by my shot in the dark.  I think these signs are simply leading the desperate into the hunting grounds.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in TV Shows

 

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Meet Joe Black

Year: 1998
Directed By: Martin Brest
Written By: Eight different people are credited with writing, which makes sense given the movie makes so little.

RYAN’S REVIEW

Let me start this review by being brutally honest.  We didn’t finish this one; in fact we barely made it half way through before deciding we couldn’t take another minute of it.  I’m going to blame Maverick. We gave that film the full viewing and felt our time was completely wasted so when this one started wearing thin we threw in the towel early.  It’s an interesting story that offers plenty to think about and appreciate but I don’t think it transitioned into a good film.  This film is UNBEARABLY long, and on top of that the portrayals are all wrong.  Brad Pitt portrays Death like a child in the world for the first time, Anthony Hopkins is just going through the motions, and I thought the best performance came from Jeffrey Tambor, doing his best Dr. Phil impression.

There are things I like about Brad Pitt’s performance in this movie but too much I don’t like.  I am a fan of Pitt but in this movie he looks too boyish and ridiculously good looking.  What? Death couldn’t pick a more realistically looking person with 7 billion people to choose from? Did he really need chiseled features and highlights in his hair?  Good thing he didn’t pick the cab driver that hit Brad Pitt in the beginning.  Hopkins cohorts would have been perplexed in completely different ways and Death probably wouldn’t have been able to bang the daughter.  Now, about Pitt’s portrayal, this in truth is probably how the character was written.  Why is he so childish? I get the peanut butter thing but beyond that I am scratching my head.  Wouldn’t Death, who has been walking the Earth since the beginning of time, be more familiar with the nuances of the people he takes on a daily basis? It’s implied that Death knows all dialects easily but he doesn’t know any of the little things about everyday life?  We found it all too ridiculous to dedicate any more of our weekend night to.

Anthony Hopkins is terrific in everything; the man just beams power and dignity even when he isn’t doing anything exceptional.  Maybe that’s part of having been knighted I don’t know.  In this movie I really feel like he is just going through the motions and cashing an easy paycheck.  He plays a man who knows his time is up and he is struggling with that realization quietly with little dialogue.  So much of what I saw from him was simply that look of being lost on his face. However, the man did a damn good job with it despite whether it called for heavy acting or not.  Back in the 90′s Anthony Hopkins could easily hold our attention for lengthy films and we would have watched more if it was there.  Times have changed, and looking at this film now the power of Hopkins wasn’t enough to keep me interested for an outrageous running time of two hours and fifty eight minutes.

I am a huge fan of Jeffrey Tambor, specifically because he is awesome in everything.  He can play the serious part and then turn around and be the funniest person on screen in his next part.  Tambor will never be the leading man, but as a supporting actor you can’t do any better no matter what the role calls for.  In this film, I literally had to look him up to make sure it was him playing the part and not Phil McGraw. Look at this side by side and tell me if I am wrong:

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In fact, looking at it myself now….can you even tell me which is which? Where these guys separated at birth or was the button to make this human design punched twice by accident in the whole larger scheme of creation? (I know that last analogy is a little odd, excuse me I’ve been reading Brave New World). Despite the obvious lookalike problem I have still loved Tambor in everything, and he is just as good in this film as he is in all the others.  I think he brings a great personality to an otherwise dull film and if I remember correctly his character is rewarded in the end as the heir to the empire.

I don’t see the need to discuss this film any further as we can’t honestly review having not finished it.  If you have your own thoughts about this film and I have horribly offended you then by all means leave a comment and make your case for it.  If I gave up too soon and made a horrible mistake I would be the first to admit it.  It would only take the easiest of suggestions from someone with the opposite opinion but absent that there is no way I’m giving this film another hour and a half of my time.  Having said all that I can’t recommend it to you, but I would really appreciate the thoughts of anyone who wants to speak up for the movie.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Drama

 

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