Archive for October 14th, 2011

14th October
2011
written by Adam

Upon the death of his mom high school senior Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) is forced to leave his life as a star gymnast in Boston and move in with his aunt and uncle in a small town Georgia. Exposed to the local politics Ren quickly learns that in an effort to protect the youth, the city council has banned dancing. Leading the Council decision is Rev. Moore (Dennis Quaid), the good revered also happens to be the father of bad girl Ariel (Julianna Hough). As sexual tensions rise between Ren and Ariel, there’s only one way to blow off steam, THEY’VE JUST GOTTA DANCE!!!! But wait….Ohhhhh, it’s banned, what can be done?! And, what about Ren’s best pal Willard (Miles Teller), will Willard ever get comfortable in his own skin to dance? Faithful to the original, this remake of the 80’s classic has me a bit puzzled. I’m still asking why? From the dances, to the costumes, to the music, the whole project has seen very little updating. Sure there are a few departures for glitz, glamour, and Hollywood awe, but, side by side there are more similarities than there are differences. So perhaps the effort is being made to tap into a fresh audience with new young faces? Perhaps, but this seems like the expensive way to go about doing things, then again perhaps the original just isn’t edited fast enough or flashy enough for today’s young audiences. Regardless, I also ask myself, was it fun, and was I entertained? Short answer, yes. Sure there are some serious logistical gaps, but we aren’t here for logic, we’re here cause we just gotta dance! Matinee for fun. Footloose is rated PG-13.

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14th October
2011
written by Adam

The year is 1982 and a Norwegian research team has just made the discovery of an alien spaceship in Antarctica. If that wasn’t enough, the body of a space alien has also been found encased in ice. But, the investigation turns sour quickly upon removing the alien from the ice. When “the thing” re-animates scientists and research aides are pitted against each other in a paranoid game of cat and mouse. Now it’s up to Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Braxton Carter (Joel Edgerton) to stop the thing from reaching civilization and destroying life on earth. A prequel to master John Carpenter’s The Thing, which of course is a spin off the 1951 classic The Thing from Another World, we’re dealing with a story that has a rich history in sci-fi and horror– a franchise with moderate to high expectations from its audience. So how does this pan out? Aside from the tail end of the film that’s riddled with CGI graphics which are almost obligatory to horror flicks these days, I’m pleased to report director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. has does a solid job creating a sense of paranoia and uneasiness that makes for a fun roller coaster just in time for Halloween. Much like a dark ride, you get in, buckle your seat belt, get a few scares, thrills, and bumps in the night and then you pop out on the other end with a smile on your face. Matinee fun. The Thing is rated R.

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14th October
2011
written by Adam

The hour is late and time is short, so I’ll be brief on this one. Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman play a distressed couple on the verge of a breakup when their house is invaded by masked thugs. It’s supposed to be an easy heist for the thugs, but, naturally things go wrong. Now, it’s up to the couple to fight back, save their daughter, house, and money. So here’s the deal, there are so many other really good films out right now I can’t in good faith recommend this one, story wise I’m bored, the acting feels predictable, and the end result just feels half baked. Meh….Trespass is rated R.

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