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September 28th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Previews Hotel Transylvania

 

Rated PG

     When I saw the previews for this movie, it reminded me a lot of Monsters, Inc.  That is a good thing for me because that is one of my favorite animated films.  I know this movie is not Pixar, but I do enjoy humor that is at the expense of characters that are supposed to be scary.  I thought the trailers looked pretty funny for this movie.  I am kind of looking forward to it.

     I like the voice cast for this movie.  In particular, I like the idea of Adam Sandler (Dracula) doing a voice for a real cartoon instead of trying to be a real life one.  I think that like Eddie Murphy, this is what should be his real element.  Though I actually liked his last movie, That's My Boy, it wasn't really because of him.  The real life cartoon he has been playing for a long time has gotten kind of old.

     I don't know why I like the idea of darker characters being made fun of.  I think that it is because a lot of horror movies take themselves way too seriously.  I like the idea of characters like Dracula and The Frankenstein Monster (Kevin James) making fun of themselves.

     There really isn't much else I can say about this one.  I think it is going to be funny.  I hope it is going to be funny.  I could use a good laugh.

     I will say this, if you are going to see any movie this week I have two great choices for you.  Go see Dredd before it is out of theaters.  This one gets the source material right.  Also, go see Looper.  This movie gives the time travel genre a lot of respect.  There wasn't much I disliked about either of these movies.

Until next time - Geno 

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September 27th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Looper

 

Rated R

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!

     I just got back from an advanced screening of Looper at The Beverly Theater in Champaign.  Once again, I have to thank Sony for the opportunity to see this movie early.  This is the first time that I have been invited to review an advanced screening, so you can imagine how excited I was.  The night started off a little funny.  The movie started about a half an hour late.  Next we got some previews.  What was funny was that one of the previews was for Looper.  I thought something might be wrong, then I found out I was right.  The House at the End of the Street started to play.  We all got a pretty good laugh out of what happened.  The movie then started and I was instantly transported to a new world in which I wanted to know everything about.  In case you couldn't tell by that statement, I really liked the movie.

     There was one thing that I didn't like about the movie, but it wasn't a big deal.  The movie was a little predictable.  Not that this is something that ruined the movie.  A movie can be predictable and still be very enjoyable.  The main problem time travel movies can have is that they make you instantly start to try to figure things out.  This happened here, but the story was still really good.  This helped me to just sit back and enjoy the story more.

     It was almost scary at times how much Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe) looked and acted like Bruce Willis (Old Joe).  I thought Gordon-Levitt did a really good job at making the faces, using his voice and doing mannerisms that Willis does.

     I liked the fact that the movie takes place in the future AND in an even further future.  That helps you not to think about how these events would affect our world, rather you get to sink into the world that the movie has created for you.

     I really appreciated that this movie covered something that a lot of time travel movies mess up.  When a person in the past does something new that his future self never did, the future self gained new memories which makes the changing of the past more believable.

     I don't really want to ruin the story for anybody, but this movie has a sort of Terminator feel to it.  This movie handled time-travel a heck of a lot better than those movies did, though.  The movie also deals a little with the idea of super powers, but that is all I will say about that.  I will say that it jumps around a little bit, so you have to pay attention to what is going on.  Though in the movies defense, I don't think you will have any trouble in wanting to pay attention.  This movie grabs you and won't let go...and you don't want it to.

     Though a little predictable, this movie was incredible.  The look and feel of the movie was almost a futuristic noir.  It is hard to explain, but it is a great ride to take.  This is by far one of the better time travel movies ever.  It takes a subject that can sometimes get goofy in movies and treats it with a lot of respect.  Go see it.  I can't wait to see it again.

Friday will be my preview of Hotel Transylvania.

Until next time - Geno

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September 26th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Classics Review of The Harold & Kumar Trilogy

 

Rated R-Unrated

Mild Spoilers Ahead!!!

     Welcome to the final installment of "September High".  I decided for the last week to cover Harold and Kumar.  The only thing about watching one of these movies, as I learned, is that you really can't have one without the others.  You can make an argument that the third one could be left out, but I think if you are going to watch these movies, you should watch all three.

 

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)

     The premise of these films are simple.  Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are trying to complete a simple task, but extraordinary and insane things happen to them.  The plot of the first movie is that they want to get high and get White Castle to satisfy their case of the munchies.  What comes after that is an adventure that has the duo dealing with everything from "Extreme" sports punks to racist cops to a drugged up Neil Patrick Harris.  It is really hard to put into words what you are watching with all of these movies.  I will say that they are all pretty funny, if you can just sit back and enjoy the insanity.  The basic moral of the story is that Harold needs to stand up for himself and Kumar needs to try to grow up…at least a little bit.

 

Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay (2008)

     The second movie takes place minutes after the first movie ends.  Harold's new girlfriend is taking a trip to Amsterdam and Kumar convinces Harold that they need to follow her there.  He tells him it would be romantic.  The duo are arrested on the airplane after Kumar's invention of a smokeless bong is mistaken for a bomb.  They are sent to Guantanamo Bay and have to deal with soldiers that want to feed them things they really don't want to eat.  That is as far as I am going to explain that part.  They escape and that is where the type of insanity of the first movie comes back.  The movie is them running from the Department of Homeland Security as well as Kumar trying to get over an ex-girlfriend.  Once again they run into Neil Patrick Harris, who meets his demise in this movie…or does he?  Like the first movie, this one is enjoyable only if you embrace the stupidity.

 

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

     Unlike the first two movies, this one takes place after the duo has been split up for a few years.  Harold is married and Kumar still lives in the same apartment that the two once shared.  Kumar failed a drug test he had to take when trying to become a doctor.  When a mysterious package sent to Harold shows up at Kumar's apartment, he decides to take the package to his friend.  You can tell that when these two first get back together, they have really grown apart.  After Kumar destroys Harold's father-in-law's home grown Christmas tree, they set out to replace it before he finds out.  The first thing I like about this movie is that it makes fun of 3D a ton.  I also like the fact that Harold's father in law is played by Danny Trejo (Mr. Perez).  He is hilarious in this movie.  As usual, the stupidity of the movie makes it enjoyable.  Also, Neil Patrick Harris may or may not show back up and give his funniest performance in this series of movies.

     Most of the time, I like my comedies to be really intelligent.  Sometimes, though, I need a comedy that is just really dumb and funny.  This trilogy fits that bill.

     Wednesday I have been invited by Sony to an advanced screening of Looper.  I will have my review of that movie Thursday here on the blog.

Friday will be my preview of Hotel Transylvania.

Until next time - Geno

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September 25th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is The Avengers

 

Rated PG-13

     Do I really need to write anything about this movie that I haven't already said? It is awesome. Buy it, watch it and love it.

 

Other Releases: September 25th, 2012

* Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (Highly Recommended)

* Bond 50: The Complete Collection

* American Horror Story: Season 1

* Family Guy: Volume 10

* Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 5

* Rescue Me: The Complete Series

* The Samaritan

 

     Tuesday is also Trailer Tuesday. Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page to see the trailers for Silent Hill: Revelation and Zero Dark Thirty.

     Wednesday will bring the final week of "September High". I will cover all of the Harold and Kumar movies.

     Wednesday night I get to go to a special advanced screening of Looper, so Thursday will be my review of what I hope is an awesome movie.  This will be my first advanced screening set up by a distribution company, so I am pretty excited.  In this case it is Sony, so I owe them a big thank you.

     Friday will be my preview of Hotel Transylvania.

Until next time - Geno

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September 24th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews (Judge) Dredd

 

Rated R

     It was as I feared.  No, not that the movie sucked.  The movie was awesome and pretty much everything I wanted it to be.  No, I feared that like John Carter, a great movie was going to get ignored at the Box Office.  While I am writing this, Dredd is number six behind three new movies (Trouble with the Curve, End of Watch and The House at the End of the Street), a re-release in 3D (Finding Nemo 3D) and one of the worst movies of the year, the god-awful Resident Evil: Retribution.  Out of all of those, the only other one I saw was End of Watch, which was pretty good.  I'm not a big fan of Finding Nemo, but it was okay.  I hate to see a really good movie get pushed to the end of the pack, but that is what happens to a lot of reboots it would seem.

     There was not much I didn't like about this movie.  I will just cover a few things, one of them being the ending.  I will put that part in invis-o-text so those that don't want to know too much can avoid that part.

     First thing is the acting.  I liked everybody in this movie.  Karl Urban is a perfect Judge Dredd.  When I say perfect, I mean Michael Fassbender as Magneto perfect.  This is a role he was born to play.  He has the attitude and the look of the character down.  There is not much to say other than I was really impressed with his performance.

     Lena Headey is disgustingly awesome as Ma-Ma.  She is brutal and mean.  She make a great counterpoint to Dredd's enforcement of the law.  If you have seen her in Game of Thrones, I think you know how great of a villain she can be.

     Somewhat of a breakout performance has to go to Olivia Thurlby (Rookie Judge Anderson).  You get to see her transform from a person not so sure of herself to a person that really knows how to handle herself in a warzone.  All it takes is one day of hell in the life of a Street Judge.

     I liked that the use of slow motion was limited to only when the drug Slo-Mo was used.  I don't mind the use of slow motion when there is a purpose.  They didn't overuse it either, which I also like, especially after Resident Evil last week.

     Now I am going to discuss the ending, so highlight the area below if you have seen the movie.

     I heard a few complaints about the ending of this movie.  I heard things like, "They didn't know how to finish it" or "It was too simplistic".  I think the movie ended on a perfect note.  Judge Dredd says the same thing he says at the beginning of the movie.  I think he says this because what you witnessed in the movie is not anything spectacular to him.  It is just another day on the job.  He is basically saying, "It is always like this".  I liked that about this movie.  I like knowing that in this universe, it will always be hell and there will always be a story to tell.

     This movie isn't for everybody.  It is extremely bloody and violent.  It is loud, crude and at times disgusting.  I think it does the source material a great honor, unlike the 1995 version.  Unfortunately, the Box Office did not agree.  I hope that they decide to make another one anyway.  It only cost $45 Million to make, so hopefully it will make that money back in the end.  I want more of this world.

     Monday is a new Monday Quicky Review of End of Watch.  Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for that review.

Until next time - Geno  

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September 21st, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Previews (Judge) Dredd

 

Rated R

     Here we go. I have looked forward to this movie since the craptastic 1995 version. I am looking forward to seeing if this movie can get it right this time. I think it has a good shot at it. There are many reasons for this.

     The first reason is that they got a capable actor in Karl Urban (Judge Dredd) to play the title character. While Urban has been around for a while, he is probably still considered a lesser known, under the radar type of actor. I think this is a good thing. I like the idea of someone that is not a huge action star getting the part. Like Hugh Jackman did with Wolverine, Urban can come in and take this role to superstar status, as well he should.

     I like Lena Headey (Ma-Ma) as the villain for one reason: Game of Thrones. Those that have seen that show know that she can be a cold as ice, conniving and evil powerhouse with the best of them. This movie needs that type of character to go up against "The Law".

     I read somewhere that they are keeping the idea of psychics in the movie. The character of the rookie Judge Anderson (Olivia Thurlby) is part of the Psi Division, which is a group in the Justice Department that uses judges with psychic abilities to deal with supernatural phenomena. I'm not sure how far they are going to go with the supernatural part, but I give them credit for keeping this part in. I, for one, would love to see any future movies explore this stuff.

     I mentioned Thursday in my look back at the 1995 film that I liked what they did with mutants, especially the Angel Family. I would love to see them explore mutants in this movie as well, but if they don't it can be something that gets covered in the future. They have their hands full restarting this franchise right now.

     From what I understand, you NEVER see Judge Dredd without the helmet on. Doing this goes a long way with this reviewer because I think that this small thing is just one of the main things that make this character interesting. I like the mystery. Yes, I know what Karl Urban looks like, but he is awesome enough that he doesn't demand his face be shown. Not unlike Tom Hardy's performance as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Urban is going to let the performance speak for itself.

     I really just want this movie to stay true to the source material. If it does that, it has a chance to be one of the best movies this year. The comic book story of Judge Dredd is one of the most interesting out there. It the movie can tap into that, it is going to be good.

     I will have my review of this movie by Monday, September 24th. Also on Monday, I will have a new Monday Quicky Review of End of Watch. Just go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page to check that out.

Until next time - Geno

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September 20th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Takes a Look at Judge Dredd (1995)

 

Rated R

     I am pretty excited because this Friday a new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic series comes to theaters. Before I can go and see how this one is, I have to go back and take a look at what Hollywood tried to gives us back in 1995. I really wish I didn't have to take a look at it again, but in the interest of being a movie critic, I felt it was my duty to at least give it another shot.

     I could go on and on about what this movie got wrong in its adaptation of the source material, but I would be writing for a long while. I will just cover a few things that I didn't like and will also give the movie a tiny bit of credit. Just a tiny bit.

     The movie, to its credit, looked like the comic book. That might not be the best thing because the Judge's uniforms are not exactly the most practical thing to wear in a battle in the real world. They looked kind of goofy, but at least they were accurate.

     I liked the fact that they had mutants and other things from the Judge Dredd world. A lot of times comic book movies will shy away from some of the odder things from the source material, but this one did not. I was happy to see the Angel Family again, especially Mean Machine Angel.

     Now to the bad stuff. First and foremost, In the comics, JUDGE DREDD'S FACE IS NEVER SHOWN! This is something that should always be. In the comic, any time his helmet is off, his face is always obscured in some way, shape or form. I understand that the people that make these movies want to show their star's face. Even movies like The Avengers does this, but this character is one that should be an exception to that "rule".

     The cheesiness of the acting is unbearable. I can usually stand a little bit of cheese, but pretty much the whole movie is consisted of it.

Rob Schneider…..Nuff said.

     I know, like the helmet coming off, that this may be nitpicking, but Judges in this world are not allowed to have romantic relationships. They pretty much force the Judge Dredd/Judge Hershey relationship.

     Like I said, I could go on and on, but the end result would be for me to tell you to skip this one and pray that the new version coming out Friday makes up for it. I leave you with a couple of interviews with this film's Judge Dredd himself Sylvester Stallone and John Wagner, the creator of Judge Dredd:

 

Stallone – Uncut Magazine 2008

     "I loved that property when I read it, because it took a genre that I love, what you could term the 'action morality film' and made it a bit more sophisticated. It had political overtones. It showed how if we don't curb the way we run our judicial system, the police may end up running our lives. It dealt with archaic governments; it dealt with cloning and all kinds of things that could happen in the future. It was also bigger than any film I've done in its physical stature and the way it was designed. All the people were dwarfed by the system and the architecture; it shows how insignificant human beings could be in the future. There's a lot of action in the movie and some great acting, too. It just wasn't balls to the wall. But I do look back on Judge Dredd as a real missed opportunity. It seemed that lots of fans had a problem with Dredd removing his helmet, because he never does in the comic books. But for me it is more about wasting such great potential there was in that idea; just think of all the opportunities there were to do interesting stuff with the Cursed Earth scenes. It didn't live up to what it could have been. It probably should have been much more comic, really humorous, and fun. What I learned out of that experience was that we shouldn't have tried to make it Hamlet; it's more Hamlet and Eggs..."

 

John Wagner – Empire Magazine 2012

     "The story had nothing to do with Judge Dredd, and Judge Dredd wasn't really Judge Dredd."

 

     Friday will be my preview of the new, and hopefully improved, movie based on this incredible comic book character, Dredd.

Until next time - Geno

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September 19th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Classics Review of Half-Baked

 

Rated R

     Welcome to the third installment of "September High".  Today I am going to talk about my favorite movie about smoking pot, Half-Baked.  This movie stars Dave Chappelle (Thurgood Jenkins) before he did The Chappelle Show.  This is the movie that made me want to watch The Chappelle Show.  Why do I like this movie so much?  Because it is so ridiculous, how can you not?

     Thurgood and his friends are just a group of guys that work different jobs during the day and like to get high after work.  Chappelle is surrounded by Guillermo Diaz (Scarface), Harland Williams (Kenny Davis) and Jim Breuer (Brian).  Each has their own separate personalities, but they all come together for the love of weed.  When Brian goes out for food and ends up killing a cop by feeding "it" a bunch of sweets, he is arrested.  It is up to Thurgood and friends to find a way to get the money to bail him out of jail before he is violated by one of the inmates.

     The best they can come up with to raise the money is to steal marijuana from Thurgood's job and sell it.  This leads to problems with a new girlfriend of Thurgood's as well as another competing drug dealer.

     This movie is just wall to wall ridiculousness.  By far the best part of the movie is the different types of pot smokers that Thurgood and company run into while selling the marijuana.  This brings out the who's who at the time in the form of cameos.  I think Willie Nelson was my favorite.  He has one of the best lines in the movie.

     The whole idea of Thurgood having to choose between weed and a girlfriend is pretty funny as well.  It is even funnier that his girlfriend's name is Mary Jane Potman (Rachel True).  This leads to a lot of corny jokes that you see coming, but they are funny all the same.

     I can't tell you much more without ruining the whole movie for you.  If you have not experienced this movie yet, go ahead and dive into the stupidity of it.  Like me, you will probably enjoy every minute of it.

     Since there is a new Judge Dredd movie coming out Friday, I will take a look at the 1995 version on Thursday.

Until next time - Geno

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September 18th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is The Cabin in the Woods

 

Rated R

     This movie is not for horror movie purists.  This movie is for people who love horror movies, but hate what a lot of them have become.  This movie is definitely a love/hate letter to modern horror movies.  If you watch this movie and can get the joke, you will like it.  If you take your horror movies too seriously, you probably won't like the movie very much.

 

Other Releases: September 18th, 2012

* Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)

* Supernatural: Season 7

* Modern Family: Season 3

* The Mentalist: Season 4

* Judge Dredd (1995 – Blu-Ray)

 

     Today is also Trailer Tuesday.  Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page to see trailers for Mama and Head Games.

     Wednesday will be the next installment of "September High".  My favorite movie about pot smoking will be covered with my review of Half-Baked.

Until next time - Geno

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September 17th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Resident Evil: Retribution

 

Rated R

     Usually these movies, except for the third one, are at least a little fun to watch.  This one was not.  They usually have some good action and some decent one liners.  This one did not.  Usually if I give a movie a second chance on the same weekend, I find something that I at least like a little about it.  This one I did not.  Do you see a pattern here?

     This movie is boring with a capital everything.  I don't even know where to begin.  I guess I can start with the one thing that I liked.  The idea of a Russian zombie army with guns is a pretty neat idea.  That is about it.

     Since I don't want to be writing all night, I will just cover a few of the many things I didn't like about this movie.  First thing is the acting.  Milla Jovovich (Alice) is usually pretty entertaining, but this time around seems as uninterested in the movie as I was.  Maybe it is time to tell her hubby and director of these films, Paul WS Anderson, to please just end it.  The rest of the people around her were just as bad.  This movie has a candidate for worst actress of the year in Sienna Guillory (Jill Valentine).  This is shades of January Jones in X-Men: First Class bad.

     Next is the story.  It is predicable, boring and felt too much like the other movies.  The pacing was horrible.  If they took out all of the slow motion effect, this movie would have been about 40 minutes long.

     I know they are trying to get the characters from the game in the movie, but most of them just seem to just be there.  I would have rather them use their stories from the games then just surround Alice with them just to have them there.

     One final note.  I saw this twice this weekend just to make sure it wasn't as bad as I thought.  I walked out of my second viewing when it had about a half an hour left.  It is that bad.  The sad part is that there will be another one.  The other sad part is that if I am still doing this job next time, I will have to watch it too.  So if you can't tell, give it a pass.  Of course, fans of the games will watch it anyway.

     Check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for a new Monday Quicky Review of the yet to be released Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Until next time - Geno 

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September 14th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Previews Resident Evil: Retribution

 

Rated R

     When I saw the first three Resident Evil movies, I watched them all together.  I thought the first two were okay, but the third one was really boring.  The fourth one was the first movie I saw in 3D ever.  I thought it was about like the first two.  Honestly, I am expecting this one to be about the same, but I think it will end the franchise.

     I had played the first few games of the franchise that this movie series is based off of.  Honestly, the series is one of the better video game to movie adaptations out there.  That is not saying a whole lot because these movies are not that great.  I do like the fact that they introduced a new character in Alice (Milla Jovovich) to headline the story.  They do bring in tons of characters from the games, but the main focus is definitely on Alice.  I think that is a pretty good idea because the viewer is unsure what will be done with the character.

     I have enjoyed Milla Jovovich in action roles ever since she played Leeloo in The Fifth Element.  I think she can handle the action stuff pretty well and she is not too bad of an actress either.  I usually compare her to Kate Beckinsale when it comes to these types of roles:  Beautiful & believable in these types of roles.

     I would like to see them end the franchise here.  The last two movies seemed to be stretching the story a bit.  I think because they are bringing most, if not all, of the characters from the past movies that this might be the franchises swan song.

     I think this movie will probably be like the three okay movies of the franchise.  The other movies in the series don't take themselves too seriously, which help me to just have some fun with them.  I don't think this one will be any different.

     I will have my review of this movie by Monday, September 17th.  Also check The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page on Monday for a new Monday Quicky Review of the yet to be released Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1.

     The Reel Revolution Contest is still going, but this is the final weekend of the contest.  Join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter @TheReelGeno for clues to where I am going to be signing up qualifiers.

Until next time - Geno

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September 13th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion's Second Chance Review of Pineapple Express

 

Rated R

     I decided that since the movies in the Classics Series were all about smoking pot, I would take another look at what I have considered the worst movie ever about smoking pot.  Boy this is going to be a treat (sarcasm).

     I saw this movie in the theaters and really didn't like it.  I thought it was unfunny, long and boring.  I really wasn't looking forward to watching it again, but I have proved myself wrong before on these Second Chance viewings.  Would I actually change my mind about a movie I almost walked out in years ago?

     Long story short, the answer is a big no.  To give credit where credit is due, I liked the first of the movie.  When Dale Denton (Seth Rogan) is putting on different disguises to deliver court documents to people was pretty funny.  I thought the first time you see Denton and Saul Silver (James Franco) together is kind of funny, especially the "cross joint".  After that the movie just falls apart for me.

     I know that a lot of the movie is supposed to be funny, but the jokes just don't work for me.  Nobody in this movie really brings there best stuff.  I really wanted to find what was going on funny or even just entertaining, but it was just drab to me.  I thought the characters, the plot and most of the movie just boring.

     I thought I wanted this movie to end soon the first time.  I couldn't wait for this movie to get over when I watched it again.  It just seems to drag on and on.  I just could not find a lot in this movie that I liked.  I won't be changing my view on this movie any time soon.

Friday will be my preview of Resident Evil: Retribution.

     The Reel Revolution Contest is still going. Join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter @TheReelGeno for clues to where I am going to be signing up qualifiers.

Until next time - Geno

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 


 

September 12th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Classics Review of Super High Me

 

Rated R

     Welcome to the second installment of "September High". Today is a movie that I enjoy a lot, but not because of its political message. I like it because of comedian Doug Benson. I am a fan of his stand up and he is also the main subject of the Morgan Spurlock-like experiment of the movie.

     As part of his stand-up comedy act, Doug Benson made a joke about doing a movie called Super High Me and using the formula that the movie Super Size Me used. He said that he would smoke a lot of pot for 30 days straight. Who knew a joke would become an entire movie? The film covers 60 days of Doug's life. The first 30 days he has to not smoke any pot or drink any alcohol. The second 30 days he has to smoke an excessive amount of pot.

     He goes through some tests both useful and ridiculous. He does some health test to determine if his smoking has hurt his lungs, sperm count and other things. He also takes a psychic test to determine is pot can make you see things before they happen.

     The movie does take a pretty big political turn on the legalization of marijuana. I mentioned last week that I really don't have a good enough and informed stand to take sides, but this movie does make a lot of good points. It may not have helped me make up my mind on anything, but I can see where some people are coming from on the issue.

     The movie is pretty entertaining with a few spots here and there that can drag on the politics. All in all it is worth it to see how the experiment affects Doug Benson's stand-up. There are a few moments that you can tell the pot is taking its toll on his performance. This is a pretty decent and entertaining movie.

     Thursday will be a new Reel Opinion Second Chance. In keeping the pot theme going, I am going to talk about a pot-based movie I didn't really like that much.  Pineapple Express will be the movie covered.

     The Reel Revolution Contest is still going. Join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter @TheReelGeno for clues to where I am going to be signing up qualifiers.

Until next time - Geno

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 


 

September 11th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is Snow White and The Huntsman

 

Rated PG-13

     The reason I picked this movie as the Release of the Week is because there wasn't much more to pick from coming out.  The other reason is because it is getting an extended edition.  A lot of times these don't really amount to much, but it is still fun to see what is added.  I would like to see if the new scenes make sense of some of the things that happened in the theatrical version.

Other Releases: September 11th, 2012

* Big Bang Theory: Season 5

* Spartacus: Vengeance

* Castle: Season 4

* What To Expect When You Are Expecting

* 30 Rock: Season 6

 

     Today is also Trailer Tuesday.  Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page to see trailers for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Bachelorette.

Wednesday will be the next installment of "September High".

     The Reel Revolution Contest is still going.  Join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter @TheReelGeno for clues to where I am going to be signing up qualifiers.

Until next time - Geno 

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 


 

September 10th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews The Words

 

Rated PG-13

     This is probably going to be one of those hard reviews to write. How do I talk about a film that had a really good story, but hurt itself by having a story that tried too hard to be deep. Confused? Well, so am I. I really, really liked a lot of this movie, but I can't really recommend it.

     I won't be really spoiling anything here because you learn this in the opening minutes of the movie. The story that you hear about when you watch the trailer for this movie, isn't the real story of the movie. No, you see, that story is really another story. So what you have is a story within a story within a story. They should have just stopped with the story within the story. Stay with me.

     I really liked everything involving the Bradley Cooper (Rory Jansen) story and the story that Jeremy Iron's character The Old Man is telling him. Everything involving them two was pretty good. Okay, part of Jeremy Iron's story was acted out a little cheesy, but all in all it was pretty good. I would have loved this movie if that is all that it was. The acting on that part of the story was really good.

     Then we get to the big picture. The Dennis Quaid (Clay Hammond) part of the story starts this movie off. I wasn't sure if he had written a biography about Rory Jansen or what. When I found out what was really going on, I was very disappointed. I can't really tell you more without giving it all away, but I can tell you that they just make the story way more complicated than it needed to be by having this whole part of the movie.

     Two thirds of the movie had great acting. Two thirds of the movie had a great story. One third of the movie ruined it all.

     Check out  The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page on Monday for a new Monday Quicky Review of The Cold Light of Day.

Tuesday is a new DVD Release of the Week and Trailer Tuesday.

     Also, make sure to join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter @TheReelGeno to get clues to where I will be to qualify people for the Reel Revolution Contest.

Until next time - Geno

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 


 

September 7th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Previews The Words

 

Rated PG-13

     I may be in the minority, but I like Bradley Cooper (Rory Jansen) in roles like this over the comedic ones.  Other than maybe The A-Team, which he was a brilliant Faceman Peck in, that is.  Movies like Limitless and his couple of performances on two different Law & Order shows seem to resonate better with me than his roles in movies like The Hangover and Hit and Run.  Don't get me wrong, I do find him funny, but I think that he is a lot better actor than he gets credit for.  He is going to prove it over time.  I think a role like this one will probably be a good start.

     The movie is based around Rory Jansen being a starving artist-type of writer.  He and his wife, played by my biggest crush Zoe Saldana (Dora Jansen), are barely making ends meet.  Rory ends up finding someone else's old story, claims it for his own and becomes a huge success.  What he doesn't realize is that the past is about to come back and haunt him for his choices.  That is about all I know about this movie's plot.

     What I do know is that Cooper is surrounded by some great talent that I like to watch.  When you fellow cast members are Dennis Quaid (Clay Hammond), Jeremy Irons (The Old Man), Michael McKean (Nelson Wylie) and JK Simmons (Mr. Jansen) you are in pretty good company.

     I mentioned that I thought Cooper was great in these types of roles, but I am also excited to see Zoe Saldana take a role that she is not normally known for.  Not saying I don't like watching her kick butt, but this type of role will be a test of her acting chops.  I have full confidence that she will be great.

     I will have my review of this movie by Monday, September 10th.  Also check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for a new Monday Quicky Review of The Cold Light of Day.

     A reminder that sometime today on The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page, there will be a Reel Opinion Facebook Member's Only trivia question that will be asked sometime during the day.  There will be three winners for this contest.&, nbsp; The first three people to answer the question by e-mailing the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com will win.

     Also, The Reel Revolution Contest is still going on.  Watch the video at the top of The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for everything you need to know about the contest.

Until next time - Geno

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 


 

September 6th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion's Not Seen In Theaters Presents The Hunter

 

Rated R

     I really wanted to see this movie when it was in theaters, but the opportunity never really presented itself for me to go.  This popped up on Netflix a short while ago and I instantly added it to my queue.  I really wasn't sure about any of the plot of the movie other than Willem Dafoe (Martin David) hunts a rare animal.  I really like Dafoe, so the idea of him playing a methodical hunter intrigued me.  What I didn't expect was the really good movie with a lot more to it than the advertisement lets on.

     The story revolves around Martin David hunting a rare Tasmanian Tiger that may or may not exist for a mysterious corporation.  He arrives to his destination and lies to everybody why he is there.  He tells them he is studying Tasmanian Devils for a university.  The lodging he is staying at has a mother, who is very sick, and two kids living there.  The place is in shambles after the mother's husband went missing some time ago.  As the story goes on, David finds out that he may be in for more than he can handle and get more than he bargained for.

     I liked that the story wasn't one dimensional.  There were many avenues that this movie follows to tell a complex story that is interesting to watch.  After hearing many stories from the people around the area where he is hunting about why people have hunted the tiger, he begins to question his own motives behind taking the job.  As he gets , c, loser to the family he is staying with, bad things start to happen to them all.  David is conflicted on whether he should be close to this family or just do his job.

     One thing I would have liked to have seen, or rather heard, is an inner monologue while David is hunting.  I did enjoy the ambiance sound, but I would have liked to know what he was thinking while he was setting traps and studying his surroundings.

     I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed, but it did not ruin the integrity of this movie.  This movie is slow, methodical and worth every minute.  Give it a look.

Friday will be my preview of The Words.

     Check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page on Friday to get the Reel Opinion Facebook Member's Only trivia question.  It could appear at any time that day, so stay tuned.

     Also, The Reel Revolution Contest has begun.  I will be at different locations for the days leading up to September 16th.  If you see me wearing my red Reel Opinion Hat, come up to me and say "Hey Geno, I want to join the Revolution".  You will be entered for 1 of 14 chances for a prize worth $100.  If you are a member of The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter @TheReelGeno, you will get clues to where I am going to be.  The winner will be drawn at random on September 17th and announced on WAND Today on the same day.

Until next time - Geno     

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 

 


 

September 5th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Classics Review of Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke

 

Rated R

<, p><, p>     Welcome to another Reel Opinion Classics Series. This month's Classics Series has one thing in common: All of the movies are about pot smoking. I am going to only say the following things once because this series is not a political statement, but I feel I should just get it out anyway. I am not a pot smoker. I have never smoked it and I don't plan to. I don't know enough about it to comment on whether it should be legal or not. I will leave that up to whoever decides they want to smoke it. It isn't for me, but who am, I to say that pertains to everybody. That is all I really have to say on the subject. This series is about the movies, not the politics. Okay, one movie this month talks about the politics of pot smoking, but they do not speak for me is all I am saying.

     The reason I am doing this month's series is because when I was at EbertFest last April, I had a surprise run in with a certain, pot smoking celebrity. I had seen Doug Benson's Super High Me before and will review it later this month. Seeing him "sparked" the idea for this month's Classics Series. I know, bad pun.

 

Doug loves his pot, but he also loves movies

 

     Anyway, I thought I would start with a movie that stars a due pretty much known for their pot use. Cheech and Chong (Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong) are a successful stand up duo that produced their first comedy self-titled album in 1971. In 1978, they made their first movie based on a pot smoking lifestyle. Their first movie, Up in Smoke, is considered to be their best. I had seen this movie in bits and pieces, but never as a whole. I have to say, even though it has aged a little bit, it is still a ridiculous, but funny movie.

     The story revolves around Pedro (Cheech) meeting Anthony (Chong) by chance on the side of a highway. Anthony's car had broken down. They quickly become friends because of their similar interests: Taste in women, both being "musicians" and of course, pot. They end up going on a few adventures that are too funny to give away, but they constantly pursued by a NARC cop, Sgt. Stedenko (Stacey Keach), and his crew.

     There are a few running jokes in the movie and most are pretty funny. The movie borderlines on the ridiculous, but is still pretty fun to watch. I like to think that this is the movie that inspired the genre. I'm not sure if that is the case, but if you are discussing these types of movies with people, Cheech and Chong ALWAYS are a part of the conversation. If you want a good, stupid laugh, check this movie out.

     Thursday will be a new Not Seen In Theaters. The Hunter starring Willem Defoe will be the movie reviewed.  Friday will be my preview of The Words starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana.

     Remember that there will be a Reel Opinion Facebook Member's Only trivia question posted sometime on Friday, September 7th. You still have time to join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for a chance to win one of three prizes.

Until next time - Geno

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 


 

September 4th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is Person of Interest: Season 1

 

Rated TV-14

     This was my favorite show of the last year and I can't wait for it to come back for season 2. The plot revolves around a machine created by Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) that can spot when violent crimes are about to occur by using cameras and sound equipment whether the user want them to or not. The government had the machine created to stop terrorism, but wanted to ignore the "irrelevant crimes". Finch decides to act upon this and recruits former CIA agent John Reese (Jim Caviezel) to help him stop these crimes. The problem with the machine's findings is that Finch and Reese do not know if they are hunting the victim or the criminal.

     This is a great show. If you like cop shows and spy thrillers, this one is for you.

 

Other Releases: September 4th, 2012

* Criminal Minds: Season 7

* The Office: Season 8

* Safe (One of Jason Statham's better movies)

* Fringe: Season 4

* Piranha 3DD

* Two Broke Girls: Season 1

* Parks & Recreation: Season 4

* The Five Year Engagement

 

     Today is also Trailer Tuesday. Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page to see the trailers for V/H/S and Killing Them Softly.

     Wednesday is the start of a new Classics month here on the blog. The movies covered next month are all about getting high.

     Thursday will be a new Not Seen In Theaters. Friday will be my preview of The Words.

     Remember that there will be a Reel Opinion Facebook Member's Only trivia question posted sometime on Friday, September 7th. You still have time to join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for a chance to win one of three prizes.

Until next time - Geno

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 


 

September 3rd, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews The Possession

 

Rated PG-13

     When are they going to stop making pretty much the same movie when it comes to possessed people?  The biggest problem with these movies, this one as well, is that you pretty much know what is going to happen most of the time.  I pretty much knew how it was going to end right after the movie started.

     I will give credit where credit is due.  I may have to change my mind about horror movies needing to be R Rated to be effective.  This movie had plenty of creepy imagery with its PG-13 rating.  On the same note, I did like how this movie looked.  The imagery was effective, even if the story wasn't.

     I liked that the plot was not the typical exorcism story.  In most of these movies it involves the Christian faith to be able to get rid of the possession.  This movie took a similar, but somewhat original approach to the story.

     I liked the story behind the main plot.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Clyde) is a divorced father who gets little time with his kids.  His divorce to Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) has just been finalized, so they chalk up the problems with his daughters to the divorce, not to the more sinister problem.

     Like I said before, it was the predictability that really hurt this movie.  There really isn't much to explain about that.  The story is pretty straight forward and if you have seen a lot of these movies, you have pretty much seen this one.

     The thing that bothered me most I think is the music in the movie.  They kept playing a lot of the same "scary" music over and over.  This got old real quick.

     I didn't hate the mo, vie, but I wouldn't suggest a theater viewing.  If you , have to see it, it is a rental all the way.

     Monday, go to The Reel Opinion's Fa, cebook Page for a Monday Quicky Review.  Tuesday will be a new DVD Release of the Week and Trailer Tuesday.

     Wednesday will be a new Reel Opinion Classics series called September High.  And it is not about high school.

     Thursday will be a new Not Seen In Theaters.  Friday will be my preview of The Words.

     Remember that there will be a Reel Opinion Facebook Member's Only trivia question posted sometime on Friday, September 7th. You still have time to join The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for a chance to win one of three prizes.

Until next time - Geno 

     Questions, comments or disagreements? Contact me on Facebook. Hit this link and like it. I also now have an e-mail address you can contact me at. It is the_reel_opinion@yahoo.com. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me @TheReelGeno

 

 

 

 


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