Archive for June, 2014

27th June
2014
written by Adam

Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is an inventor, tinkerer, robotics specialist, and a father to Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz). With Tessa about to head off to college, Cade finds himself struggling to make ends meet. To pay for school and save the farm he needs one great invention to cash in on; levraging his debt and picking antiques Cade stumbles upon a Transformer that’s been in hiding since the last time Transformers were seen on earth by the public, some years ago in Chicago. It would seem that the U.S. government has been deploying CIA Black Ops teams to rid the earth of Transformers. But where are the remaining parts taken and for what purpose, Inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) has answers. But it’s all dirty politics, who’s paying who, who’s pulling the real strings, what does this mean for earth’s future, and who is this mysterious transformer known as Lockdown? Cade, Tessa, and boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) will have to save the day. Autobots Roll Out! transformersextinct Written by Ehren Kruger and Directed by Michael Bay, the film serves as a technical marvel, well executed effects, IMAX cinematography, big explosions, and then even bigger effects, so there’s that. However, as Bay returns to the well for creativity and inspiration it’s clear the well is bone dry, probably has been for several years. For all of its flashy flashy, the audience doesn’t see anything new or groundbreaking, instead the audience gets quite possibly one of the worst hack and whack screenplays for 2014, try and track what’s going on for the first hour without asking “What is going on here?” Then, as if the lack of cohesive storyline wasn’t enough, how about the schizoid character development? While our leads are doing their best to make sausage from roadkill, the utter stupidity of the writing sinks lower with mindless exposition to explain everything at every turn and every development, and, the Transformers themselves still come across for the most part as bad caricatures of washed up stereotypes. Twisting the knife further Bay leaves us with a runtime of 165 minutes, as the adage goes, a film that’s getting longer without getting better is getting worse– this film is no exception. I cannot in good conscience support this endeavor, pick a different film to watch this weekend, any film, any film but this one. Transformers: Age of Extinction is rated PG-13.

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27th June
2014
written by Adam

Record label owner/A&R rep, Dan (Mark Ruffalo), was once a mighty player in the music industry developing hot prospects into pure gold making good music. Trouble is, Dan’s luck has been down for years and he can’t seem to find a hit with any new artists; insult to injury, Dan’s wife and daughter (Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld) consider him a washed up loser. But, when a chance encounter between Dan and an unconventional broken hearted songwriter named Greta (Keira Knightley) occurs, it appears the luck pendulum might be swinging its return. Strings will need to be pulled, and creative vision deployed, Greta and Dan’s partnership could be just the thing to save the day, but what of ex-boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) and just how deep are each other’s wounds?beginagain Mildly unconventional, Writer/Director John Carney shows restraint in giving the audience the “Hollywood ending,” instead opting for perhaps a more realistic and empowered result, refreshing. From a chemistry standpoint, honest and heartfelt performances from all involved makes this sleeper hit a heart warming and endearing tale with purposeful restraint and a heck of a soundtrack. Great for a date, morning, Noon, or Night, Begin Again is rated R.

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20th June
2014
written by Adam

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, the future for Frankie, Tommy, Nick, and Bob (John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Johnny Cannizzaro, Erich Bergen) alone didn’t look so bright; but, when the four joined forces to become the Four Seasons their stock value would rise to meteoric heights. Creating hits such as Sherry, Walk Like A Man, and Big Girls Don’t Cry the sky was the limit, until even that wasn’t enough. Money, women, and fame, would all have their impact on the band, but Jersey loyalty would carry them to the rock and roll hall of fame, still, it would be a tough road to hoe, this is their story.fourseasons Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the Broadway musical, Jersey Boys presents the polished and classic tale of the underdog making it in the big time and the growing pains associated. Interesting but rather tame in comparison to legends of rock stars who would follow in their footsteps, audiences will still appreciate the story behind the iconic music, although a sluggish start does weigh things down and it’s apparent some judicious trimming could tighten things up. Regardless, an otherwise well crafted work makes for fine matinee material or hey, grab your dame and make it a date night, burgers and milkshakes from the local diner to suit. Jersey Boys is rated R.

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