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December 31st, 2012

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The Reel Opinion reviews Silver Linings Playbook

Rated R

     I made the trip to Savoy to see this movie.  For some reason it still has not opened in wide release and that is a big surprise to me.  Though a very unorthodox movie, it is a pretty good one.  I would think that they would want this movie to be widespread, but that hasn't and probably will not happen.

     The story revolves around Pat (Bradley Cooper) who has spent 8-9 months in a mental institution for a violent incident involving him and his wife that I will not talk about because it would give away too much of the plot.  There he is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.  He is released to the care of his parents played by Robert DeNiro and Jackie Weaver.  Pat's father, Pat Sr., also has some mental problems of his own.  He has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which affects the way he handles his business as a bookie.

     Pat does not want to take his meds, which leads to him going on loud tirades about his marriage and thing pertaining to his life before he went away.  He is invited to a friend's house for dinner where he is introduced to Tiffany, a widowed sex addict.  This leads to the entire set up for the rest of the movie.  The story revolves around Pat and Tiffany's "partnership".  They agree to each help each other with something that I cannot divulge because it is the entire plot of the movie.

     This movie is one of the most unorthodox love stories I think I have ever seen.  I think that the chemistry between Pat and Tiffany works because it is so odd.  Both of them have mental problems and it shows.  Each of their problems leads to some interesting takes on a relationship.  His illness leads him to say things to her that a sane person wouldn't say to a possible girlfriend.  He would just come off as a jerk if he wasn't sick.

     The best scenes are between DeNiro and Cooper.  They just seem to fit together very well.  Their illnesses play off of each other in a strange, but well working way.

     While I thought that the ending was a little lacking, the movie in a whole is one of the best romantic movies I have seen in a while.  This is due to how unorthodox and strange the whole relationship comes off.  It just worked really well for me.  If you get a chance to see this one in the theaters, do so.  This should have been a movie that opened everywhere.

Remember, it's only just one guy's opinion.

Geno

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December 28th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion reviews Django Unchained

Rated R

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!

     Quentin Tarantino has done it again.  He has created an extremely interesting movie that will probably only be appreciated by a core group.  His fans, me being one of them, will back him up on this movie and how interesting of a story it tells.  As with all of his movies, this one isn't for everybody.  It is extremely vulgar, violent and uses the "N Word" more times than I have EVER heard in a movie.  I will not call it one of the year's best movies, but I will call it one of the year's most entertaining ones.

     The story is about a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) that is freed to help the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) find a three person bounty.  Schultz does not know what they look like, but Django does.  He agrees to help if Schultz helps him find his wife, whom these three brothers sold to someone.  They have an agreement and our adventure begins.

     If you love the work of Tarantino, you will love this movie.  It has the look and feel of an old western, but with the Tarantino feel to it.  The soundtrack especially screams "Tarantino".  I do like the fact that the title character gets his own original theme song at the beginning of the movie.  It is almost like Tarantino may set up a franchise with the character of Django.

     The movie had a pretty good pace to it.  There was a time or two that it may have dragged, but the story pulls you right back in and you get to enjoy the ride.  From start to finish the story, dialog, action and especially the actors keep this movie going.

     Though I enjoyed everybody, the two actors to stand out in this movie are Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.  Waltz is funny, interesting and deadly as the mentor bounty hunter.  He always just seems to have the right dialog or action for the situation.  DiCaprio on the other hand is delightfully despicable as the slave owner Calvin Candie.  Fans of this blog know that I am not a huge fan of his adult work, but I have to say that this is one of his best roles ever.  He has this smug and sophisticated attitude throughout the entire movie that makes him one of those villains that you just can't wait to see what they will do next.

     Like I said, a lot of people will have a problem with the dialog.  The "N Word" has to be used a few hundred times and in many different contexts.  This will put a lot of people off.  If you get offended easily, this is not the movie for you.

     I really liked this movie a lot and am going to try to see it again in the theater if I get a chance.  When it comes out on DVD, I plan to watch it in a double feature with The Man with the Iron Fists.  I think they would go well together.

Remember, it's only just one guy's opinion.

Geno

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December 27th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion reviews Parental Guidance

Rated PG

     Sometimes you just need to laugh. Sometimes you just need to smile. The problem with a lot of Hollywood comedies nowadays is that they don't help you very much. Yesterday I needed to laugh. Yesterday I needed to smile. Yesterday, Hollywood decided to actually help me with that. Parental Guidance is a simple premise, simple joke movie that I am not ashamed to say really works well. I got a lot of good laughs out of that simplicity.

     The story revolves around minor league baseball announcer Artie Decker (Billy Crystal), who gets let go from his job. He does not want to retire, but his wife wants him to. When his daughter, who he does not see very much, needs someone to watch the kids for a week because of business, the couple, well Diane (Bette Midler) anyway, jumps at the chance to get to know the grandkids better.

     Billy Crystal always just seems to be one of those go to guys that can take even the most simple premise and run with it. He does it again here but ,unlike a lot of the time, for this movie he actually gets some help. From Bette Midler to Marisa Tomei to the three kids, each brought something to the table when it came to the story and the comedy. Sure there are a lot of repeated jokes and easy humor, but the cast pulls theses things off like they were new.

     There really isn't much more to say. The movie is fun, funny and heartwarming in its simplicity. It really isn't anything new, but that didn't matter to me. This is a movie that I think anyone could enjoy. If you see it in the theaters, see it with the family. It is a pretty good time.

Remember, it's only just one guy's opinion

Geno

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December 26th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion reviews Les Misérables

 

Rated PG-13

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!

     Les Misérables is one of those stories that has a legion of superfans out there that will defend it to the death. I have seen the play and thought it was pretty good. I saw the Liam Neeson movie version and thought it was alright. I am pretty split when it comes to the story of Les Misérables. I think that the Cossette/Marius love story is lacking, but the rest of the story is pretty great, especially the Jean Valjean/Javert story.

     There is two ways to review Les Misérables. One is to examine the story. The second is on the method they used to make this movie. Here is a short look at both.

     The story of Les Misérables is a story of forgiveness, love and revolution. I have always felt that the real main point of this story was the redemption of Jean Valjean. Everything he does has an impact on all the other connecting stories. Jean Valjean is a convicted felon who has served 19 years for stealing a piece of bread for his sister's starving family (Most of those years are for trying to escape). After being released on parole, he is constantly turned away because his paper mark him as a dangerous man. He is finally given shelter and food by a friendly bishop. Valjean thanks the bishop by stealing his silver and runs off, but he is caught. When the bishop is told of Valjean's thievery, he tells the guards that he gave the silver to Valjean. This night begins the change of Jean Valjean. He skips parole to try to begin a new life which leads him to many changes that he never expected.

     The easiest way to put this is that I like the story of Les Misérables, except for the love story. Does it truly ruin it for me? Not at all, but I always have a hard time with "love at first sight". I have the same gripe with Aladdin and that is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. The problem with the love story is a minor problem. I think the story keeps your attention from beginning to end and knows how to keep you invested.

     Now to the methods of the movie. First off, the look of this movie is incredible. It really feels like your imagination has been put onto the screen. It looks and feels like the most elaborate stage play ever. From the scenery to the costumes, this stuff just works and works well.

     The singing experiment, though mostly good, does have its problems. The biggest problems is for us non-diehard fans that don't know all of the words. A lot of the group songs are hard to understand at times. The solo songs are pretty easy to understand, though.

     I will give credit where credit is due. Most of the cast did a pretty decent job singing. I think maybe Amanda Seyfried was a little weak, but not too bad. Russell Crowe surprised me the most. What you see of him in the previews is not a good sample of how he does in the movie. And it was nice to not want to beat Sacha Baron Cohen over the head with his own character for once.

     If you have never seen Les Misérables, this would be a pretty good introduction to it. The cast is mostly great. The look and feel of this movie is like the stage production brought to life. I am sure most of the fans will love it, but I could see some turned off by the method of the movie. For me, the story is intact and beautifully done. I like the look and feel of the movie. While the method is not perfect, I feel it was done pretty well considering the scale of this movie. It is one to catch in the theaters.

Remember, it's only just one guy's opinion

Geno

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December 25th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion reviews This Is 40

Rated R

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!

     First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everybody out there today. Be happy, be healthy and be safe.

     In the movie Knocked Up (A movie I love), the characters of Debbie and Pete (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd) are the secondary characters for the most part. They are there to play off of Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl. In This Is 40, they are the main focus of the story. Going in I wasn't sure if this was a great idea or not, but I was interested to see where it was going to go. While not too bad, it left me longing to see what has happened to the original couple instead.

     The movie takes place a few years after Knocked Up. Though seeming happy at the end of that movie, they seem to have ended up in a rut. Both of their jobs are not doing well and the kids constantly fight. You know, real problems. The biggest problem the movie has is that the characters just come off way too whiny about their problems. It seems as though they just want the problems to just fix themselves and in the end, they kind of do. There is also this whole "Who's to blame?" theme that just gets pretty old pretty fast.

     The other problem that the movie has is that the mini subplots don't work as well as they did in Knocked Up. Debbie and Pete WERE that subplot in that movie and they were pretty good. While I don't think they were horrible, I don't think they were interesting enough to be the focus of the "Sort of Sequel".

     The humor is hit and miss. As with a lot of comedies, the trailer ruined a lot of the good jokes. The audience I was with sat mostly silent for a lot of the pot-induced hotel scene that shows in every trailer for this movie. It could have been really funny if we as the audience didn't already know about it.

     Knocked up had a pretty funny support cast for its main characters to play off of, including this movie's main characters. This movie just didn't supply the same quality. A lot of the supporting cast just came off as annoying, with John Lithgow being the exception.

     I won't recommend that you go see this in the theaters, but it might make a fun rental double feature when it comes out on DVD. By the way, as for the main characters from the first movie must have lived happily ever after because there is NO mention of them, even in name, during the entire movie.

Stay tuned this week for more new movie reviews.

Remember, it's only just one guy's opinion

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

 

 

 


 

December 24th, 2012

My Interview With Heather Langenkamp

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The Reel Opinion reviews Jack Reacher

Rated PG-13

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!

     You know what I enjoy?  When an actor does the types of movies that he/she is really good at.  Until Tom Cruise decides to do a straight up comedy, he should stick with action/adventure movies.  I thought that Rock of Ages was alright and he was good in it, but I want to see him do what he does best.  And if you mention Knight and Day as a comedy, well I will disavow its existence.  I want to see him do a comedy like Tropic Thunder with him in the lead, but I digress.  Jack Reacher, though not perfect, is still the type of movie I want to see Cruise in.

     My two biggest gripes about the movie are the pacing and having too much information.  The movie did feel a little slow, but not too bad.  Knowing too much information about the mystery that Reacher is trying to solve kind, well, kills the mystery.  You know within 15 -20 minutes into the movie whether or not this person killed five people.  I like to try to figure these things out.  That being said, the story is still pretty entertaining.  This is all thanks to Tom Cruise.

     I really liked Cruise as Reacher.  He was tough, funny, intelligent and cynical which made for a fun character.  You never really worried if anything bad was going to happen to him, you just enjoyed the ride.  Reacher knows he is smarter, tougher and way too many steps ahead to get into any real trouble.  It was just a lot of fun.

     If you like Cruise in action movies, you will enjoy this one as well.  I have a feeling that they will make another one of these in a few years if it can gain a long term Box Office return.

Check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page  for a new Monday Quicky Review of This is 40.

Remember, it's only just one guy's opinion.

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

 

 

 


 

December 21st, 2012

My Interview With Heather Langenkamp

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The Reel Opinion Previews Jack Reacher

Rated PG-13

     It is no secret that I am a big fan of movies about vigilantes.  The idea of taking the law into your own hands to right a wrong or bring justice where there is injustice just really appeals to me.  I am a big fan of characters like Batman, The Punisher and Spawn because they take the law into their own hands.  The character of Jack Reacher seems to fit into this category.

     I don't know why he begins to dispense street justice and I don't want to know.  I'm sure it goes along the lines of "Somebody got away with murder and I have to do something about it".  This totally works for me.

     The character of Jack Reacher is based on a series of books.  A lot of the fans of the series are mad because Tom Cruise doesn't exactly fit the physical description of the character.  Jack Reacher is 6'5", weighs 210-250 pounds and has dirty blond hair.  Tom Cruise is 5'7", weighs 170 pounds and has really dark hair.  I can see their gripe, but since I haven't read the books it does not really bother me.

     Though I really like vigilante movies, they do have to have an interesting story to really work.  It can't just be about an angry person that wants to enforce the law (or his/her version of it).  The plot must show good reason for the character to make the decisions that they have.

     I thought that the trailer looked like a lot of fun and am really looking forward to seeing this movie.  I will have my printed review of this movie by Monday, December 24th.  I will have a new Monday Quicky Review as well.

Until next time - Geno

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December 20th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Hitchcock

 

Rated PG-13

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!

     One of the best movies of the year is only playing for a short time in Decatur at The Avon Theater.  It is only running through December 23rd at The Avon Theater from what I can tell.  My initial reaction to Anthony Hopkins playing "Hitch" was mixed.  I thought he kind of looked like him, but as it always goes with me and Anthony Hopkins, I will always think of him as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.  Sometimes that iconic voice just does a great actor injustice.  I did get a kick out of this ad though.

     The movie follows Alfred Hitchcock as he has just filming North by Northwest and is looking for a new movie to film.  He keeps getting offers for movies, including one about James Bond that will keep him from making a film that will make him love the business again.  He gets his hands on a copy of a book called Psycho, which was loosely based on the Ed Gein murders in Wisconsin.  He decides that this book will be his next movie.  The movie follows the process of what he and the people around him went through to make the movie.

     The movie deals with more than just the making of the movie.  It also takes a look at Hitchcock's fights against the film studio Paramount Pictures as well as the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), Hitchcock's mental state while making Psycho (more on that in a bit) and almost comically, his weight.

     It also deals with Hitchcock's marriage to Alma Reville, played by Helen Mirren.  Mirren gives one of her best performances that I have seen ever in this movie.  She could steal the Opie Award this year for best actress.  She has to deal with Hitchcock's wandering eye when it comes to his leading ladies as well as temptations of her own.  The way that Mirren and Hopkins use each other to make their performances better is incredible.

     The only real problem I had with the movie is when it dealt with Hitchcock's mental state.  They had him going sort of mad during the filming of Psycho, almost like the movie was driving him mad.  The problem is they just kind of dropped it near the end.  Didn't hurt the movie that much, but it could have been handled better.

     There are a couple of good "blink and you will miss them" performances by a certain Karate Kid and a fan favorite That 70's Show dad.

     The way they handled the filming of the famous shower scene was insane and incredible at the same time.

     Though I did have a couple of minor problems with this movie, I am happy to say that Hopkins, along with everybody else, puts on a really good performance.  Hopkins embodies Hitchcock the way I don't think anybody else could have.  There were a couple of times his voice got through and threw me off, but it didn't take me out of the movie too long.  This is one that I would say go see in the theater, but some of the people in the crowd were saying that the movie was "so, so".  I think if you have any interest in Alfred Hitchcock, horror movies or the making of movies, you will enjoy this film.

Friday I will have my preview of Jack Reacher.

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 

 

 


 

December 19th, 2012

My Interview With Heather Langenkamp

My Interview With Chris Sarandon

My Interview With Keith David

My Interview With Rowdy Roddy Piper

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The Reel Opinion Reviews A Christmas Story 2

Rated PG

Minor Spoilers!!!

     At the end of this review, one of the biggest Christmas Story fans I know, my mom Carol Reynolds, will let you know what she thought about the movie.  But first, here is my take on it.

     One of the most beloved holiday movies got itself an "official" sequel this year.  Why did I put the word official in quotes?  I will explain in a moment.  A Christmas Story is almost and even arguably just as popular as Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life.  It is so popular that for years TBS runs "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" starting Christmas Eve.

     The word official was put into quotes because there already has been one sequel already, My Summer Story, even though I don't think the new movie acknowledges this movie or the PBS television movies based on the Parker family.  If you want to see my review of My Summer Story, click on this link and scroll down a little.

     Long story short, this is probably the most unnecessary sequel ever made.  If this movie would have been made closer to the original and had the same cast, it might have worked.  This movie doesn't even have the same narrator.  Of course, that would be kind of difficult since Jean Shepherd passed away in 1999.  The person they got to do the voice over is Nat Mauldin, who comes off as a poor man's Adam West with his performance.

     This movie did have some good messages to it.  Stand up for others, put another's needs ahead of your own and never give up stick out.  It is the new themes that kind of make this okay to watch.  This movie at times wasn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be.

     Where the movie ultimately hits a brick wall is when it relies on the old jokes and tries to use them in new ways.  All the classics are here: Oh fudge, tongue stuck, soap threats.  When the movie uses these things, it just seems too forced to be funny and definitely isn't original.

     If you like the original, this one is not that bad.  If you can get past the horrid uses of the old and somewhat embrace the new, you might get a smile of two out of this movie.  I am not going to tell you to buy it or anything, but for fans a rental wouldn't hurt you too much.

     My mom is probably one of the biggest fans of the original that I know.  Here is what she had to say about the sequel:

     "The movie A Christmas Story is my all-time favorite holiday movie.  I watch it whenever it is on every year multiple times.  Because it is my favorite, A Christmas Story 2 had a lot to live up to.  I watched the movie with Geno and we had a few laughs and though it was extremely predictable, we still enjoyed it.  But as predicted, the original is still my favorite."  

     There you have it.  Thursday I will have my review of Hitchcock.  Friday on the blog I will have my preview of Jack Reacher.  Also on Friday will be my on air review of Hitchcock.

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

 

 

 

 


December 18th, 2012

My Interview With Heather Langenkamp

My Interview With Chris Sarandon

My Interview With Keith David

My Interview With Rowdy Roddy Piper

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is Total Recall: Extended Director's Cut

PG-13 and Not Rated

     This movie is one that I would call an unnecessary remake.  Though not perfect, I actually liked it a lot.  The DVD release gives us a director's cut of the movie as well as the theatrical release.  I am curious what is going to be added because there were a few characters that seemed a little shortchanged when it came to the plot of the movie.  I would like to see these characters get a little more screen time.  The movie is a lot of fun and different enough from the original that it is worth a watch.

 

Other Releases: December 18th, 2012

* Pitch Perfect

* Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

* Trouble with the Curve

* Resident Evil: Retribution (Opie Nominee for Worst Movie of the Year)

* WWE: Survivor Series 2012

* Premium Rush

* The Words

 

     Today is also Trailer Tuesday.  Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page to see the trailers for Man of Steel and Pacific Rim.

     Wednesday I will review a movie that I thought I would never watch, Christmas Story 2.  Thursday I will review Hitchcock.  Friday on the blog I will, , be previewing Jack Reacher.  Friday will also be my on air review of Hitchcock.

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

 

 

 


 

December 17th, 2012

My Interview With Heather Langenkamp

My Interview With Chris Sarandon

My Interview With Keith David

My Interview With Rowdy Roddy Piper

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The Reel Opinion Reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rated PG-13

Minor Spoilers!!!

     Before I begin, if you see this movie on the IMAX screen, you get to see the first eight minutes of the new Star Trek movie and it...is...awesome!!!

     A lot of the questions that were floating around about this movie were along the lines of "Is it too late to do this movie" and "Will it be like the Star Wars prequels with the technology looking too new".  While I don't think these were problems with this movie, it did have a couple of things that bothered me.  However, these few things didn't ruin my trip back to a land that I love, Middle Earth.

     In the movie's defense, the book of The Hobbit was written for children.  I just thought that some of the characters were handled wrong, such as the Goblin King and the three trolls.  That being said, the trolls were sort of comical in the book, so they are forgivable.  I just wish the Goblin King came off more scary than goofy.  Like I said, though, minor gripes.

     Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis (Gandalf and Gollum) both return to form in this movie.  Of the new characters, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) really stood out for me.  He was a character that had a lot to learn about himself and those around him.  He really gives Bilbo (Martin Freeman) a hard time, but learns to love him as a brother.  One of my favorite parts of the movie is the song that Thorin sings in Bilbo's home.  Good stuff!

     The small glimpse you get of Smaug really gets you ready for the next movie.

     I liked that they have added some new content to the story.  You get a feeling that characters like Saruman (Christopher Lee) have been plotting their schemes longer than originally thought.  The book of The Hobbit always seemed like we only got a glimpse of what was going on around Bilbo, but the movie shows us that there could have been a whole lot more going on at the time of his journey.  We also get to see where Gandalf disappears to in the movie.  The book didn't always explain that.

     While not a perfect movie, it is a really great one.  Getting to see it on the IMAX screen was pretty cool.  It made the scale of the movie really stand out.  It felt really big and epic.  Whether or not you see it on the IMAX, you should see this one in the theater.  However you felt about the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you will feel about this movie.  I don't think it will change minds either way.  As for me, I am ready for part 2.

     Monday will be a new Monday Quicky Review of Life of Pi.  Just go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for that review.

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

 

 

 

 


 

December 14th, 2012

My Interview With Heather Langenkamp

My Interview With Chris Sarandon

My Interview With Keith David

My Interview With Rowdy Roddy Piper

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The Reel Opinion Previews The Hobbit

Rated PG-13

     Do you here that?  It is the sound of millions of fans rejoicing that we get to return to Middle Earth again.  Because of backstage politics, this movie almost didn't happen, but finally all things have been worked out.  Again we get three part, three year journey from director Peter Jackson.  We get to see Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey again.  We get to see Andy Serkis as Gollum again.  We get dwarves and elves and goblins and orcs.  We get to return to a universe that many of us have a lot of love for, whether or not we have read The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.

     I had not read The Lord of the Rings before the movies came out, but I am big fantasy world fan.  I did try to read the books after, but they kept getting a little overcomplicated for me.  I did read The Hobbit a few times and have a lot of love for that book.  I felt it was a lot easier to read than The Lord of the Rings.

     One of my fears, but not a big one, was that there wouldn't be anything I already didn't know in the movies.  My fears went away when Jackson said they would be taking things from The Lord of the Rings' appendices as well as the original Hobbit.  I am happy about this because now there will be stuff in the movie that will be new to me as well as the familiar things as well.

     All in all, I am just really excited to see this movie.  I am going to go check it out at the IMAX Theater in Peoria.  I'm really looking forward to it.

     I will have my written review of this movie by Monday, December 17th and my on air review on Tuesday, December 18th.  I will also have a new Monday Quicky Review on Monday as well.  Just check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for that review.

Until next time - Geno

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December 13th, 2012

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My Reasons for Not Liking the Oscars Anymore

     Coming up sometime in the first part of January, I will be holding the Second Annual Opie Awards.  The Opies are my picks for the best movies in many different categories.  Some are the typical ones such as best film and best actor/actress, but I also add a few new ones that I think are kind of fun.  There are categories such as worst film, worst actor/actress and many others.  I try to do things a little but different and I kind of have my disliking of The Oscars to thank for it.  While there are many reasons I don't like them, such as the public does not get a vote, there is one final thing that happened that was the straw that broke the camel's back.  That one thing is The Oscars not adapting with the times.

     While there have been times where I thought an actor should win somebody in a movie I had never seen went home with the statue.  One example is in 1999 when a then lesser known actor by the name of Michael Clarke Duncan gave the performance of a lifetime in the movie The Green Mile and did not win.  Though he was in some decent movies after that, he never really topped that brilliant performance.  The second example I will give is from 2001 when Ian McKellen was nominated for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Ring's first installment.  This was a perfect performance and I feel he should have been rewarded for it, but there are problems to my statement.  The first is I did not get to see all of the movies that were nominated.  The second is that my opinion doesn't mean a d*** thing anyway because I don't get a vote.  I think that is why I appreciate any awards that let the viewers' vote.  They at least get to express their opinion.

     While you can chalk up my two above examples as me just not being happy that my pick didn't win, these next two examples prove my point about change and helped me to shape how I don my awards.  The first example starts at the 2002 Oscars and continues to this day.  When the nominations came out in 2002, a lot of people thought that a brilliant motion capture performance by Andy Serkis as Gollum in the second Lord of the Rings installment would be recognized.  It was ignored by them.  He has gone on to do other characters the same way.  In 2011, he played Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot.  Yet again a brilliant per, , formance is ignored by the Academy.

     To me, a performance is a performance.  If you make the argument that just because the actor is covered by CGI and you can't see them, then anybody that is in any type of prosthetics that cover their features should be ignored as well.  If you argue that you can't hear their voice, which was the case of his role as Caesar, then maybe a silent movie like The Artist should not be allowed to be nominated either.

     The second example is that, especially when it comes to a movie series, the Academy can often judge a movie by the whole series instead of the individual movie.  The Lord of the Rings is an example of that as well.  In 2003, the third installment of The Lord of the Rings took home a ton of Oscars, including Best Picture.  While I am okay with that, I felt that they denied the first two installments just so they could reward the whole series in the end.  While I loved Return of the King, I thought the first two installments, Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, were much stronger films.

     That is why when I decided to do my best of the year segment, I would follow certain guidelines.  Here they are:

* I would only judge the movies that came out in the year I am covering.  I will not reward a series.  I may show some recognition, but it will not win an award because of it.

* I will not reward past performances.  I do have an award for if a movie came out the previous year and it was better than the best movie of the year that I named, it will get recognition.

* This is all my opinion on the movie that I saw in the year I am covering.  If I didn't see it, I can't judge it.

* It is okay to disagree with me.  In fact, I welcome the discussion.  Like I said, this is only my opinion.  What you think of it is your prerogative.

* I do give out some awards that are just personal to me and I will have no nominee for, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award.

* A performance is a performance.  If I think a motion capture or voice over performance is the best, I am going to reward it.  Like I said, a performance is a performance.

     I think that about covers it.  Friday on the blog I will have my preview of The Hobbit.  Friday on air I will have my review of End of Watch.

Until next time - Geno

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December 12th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Jack Frost (1998)

Rated PG

Spoilers Ahead!!!

     Welcome to the second annual Naughty and Nice Month here on the blog. For this month, two holiday movies will be watched and reviewed. One will be a nice, sweet holiday movie. The other will be a holiday nightmare.

     The movies picked for this month were suggested by a friend of mine, Kyle. He said, "You ought to do Jack Frost." I replied, "Is that for the naughty or the nice movie?" He said, "Both."  Last week I reviewed the horror movie Jack Frost that came out in 1997.  A year later another movie with the same name was released, but this one was a family film.

     The movie stars Michael Keaton as Jack Frost, who is a somewhat s, , truggling musician, husband and father.  He is a good dad and husband, but he has a little problem of making promises that he doesn't keep.  It seems that he isn't doing it on purpose, but it does happen.  His band is finally going to catch their big break, but they have to play for the record company on Christmas Day.  The biggest problem with this, other than it is on CHRISTMAS DAY, is that he promised his son he would take the family to their cabin for Christmas.  Jack leaves for work, but on the way decides that he wants to be with his family and calls off the gig.  On the way back, his wipers stop working in a snowstorm and he crashes his car and dies.

     A year later, his son is going through his dads things to put on a snowman.  He finds his dad's harmonica and plays what his dad called a magical instrument.  The playing of the music causes Jack's soul to possess the snowman, bringing him back to life.

     This movie isn't very good for a lot of reasons.  First is the waste of a good cast.  I like Michael Keaton, but he is just not very good here.  While the human Jack Frost is not a bad character, the annoying snowman version is.  He is just not entertaining or funny at all.  There are a lot of bad puns and jokes that just don't work.  Kelly Preston plays his wife and is her usual Kelly Preston self.

     The story just didn't really make sense to me at all.  Does Jack get a second chance because he decided to go home instead of to the gig?  If he would have done the gig, he would have been able to make a better life for his family.  His dream would have come true.  The of the movie's main points is to follow your dream and become what you want to be.  Jack gives up what he wants to be to go be with his family and dies.  The movie kind of contradicts its own lessons.

     I don't know if the snowman is CG, a puppet or both, but it does not look good.  It is not horror movie Jack Frost bad, but it is still pretty bad.

     I could go on and on, but I would have nothing good to say about the movie.  I will just say don't waste your time with it.  There are too many good holiday movies out there to waste your time with this one.

     Next week I am going to review a Christmas movie I never thought would happen, Christmas Story 2.  I will be reviewing the movie with the biggest Christmas Story fan I know: my mom.  Thursday I will talk about why I stopped watching the Oscars, what it has to do with Lord of the Rings and how the Oscars showed me how NOT to pick the winners for The Opie Awards.  Friday will be my preview of The Hobbit.

Until next time - Geno

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December 11th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is Ice Age: Continental Drift

Rated PG

     I picked this movie for two reasons.  Reason number one is because these movies are at least good, reliable family entertainment.  I thought this one stepped it up a little bit with the voice acting, adding many talented stars such as Wanda Sykes and Aziz Ansari.  The best addition is of Peter Dinklage,, , from Game of Thrones, as Captain Gutt.  He plays the perfect villain and even has a pretty good song he sings as well.  This movie, like the other ones, is a lot of fun.

     The second reason that I picked this movie is that this is the first movie I took my oldest son Andy to ever, .  So it holds some sentimental value to me as well.  Can you say "Christmas Present"?  It is a good thing he doesn't read this page yet.

Critic-In-Training

 

Other Releases: December 11th, 2012

* Ted: Unrated

* The Bourne Legacy

 

     Check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for Trailer Tuesday.  There you will find trailers for Oblivion and After Earth.

     Wednesday will be the nice portion of Naughty & Nice month.  Michael Keaton's Jack Frost will be reviewed.

     Thursday I will talk about why I stopped watching the Oscars, what it has to do with Lord of the Rings and how the Oscars showed me how NOT to pick the winners for The Opie Awards.

Friday will be my preview of The Hobbit.

Until next time - Geno

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December 10th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Playing For Keeps

Rated PG-13

Major Spoilers Ahead!!!

     I was soooooo close about the entire premise of this movie.  So close.  I got a couple things wrong, but I was pretty darn close.  I'll talk about the movie a minute and then I will probably go into a little bit of a rant.

     The movie was pretty much like any rom com.  There wasn't much here that hasn't happened in other romantic comedies that have come out before it.  If you like that sort of thing every time, you will probably at least enjoy a rental of this movie.  If you are looking for something new, don't bother.

     Don't think I am totally dumping on this type of movie, because I am not.  I would just like to see something in this genre come out and be original.  There is really only one thing that happens in this movie that is kind of different, but it is the one thing that makes it hard to like the main characters.  Sure you are happy that they get back together, but "the other guy" comes out as sort of the good guy in the situation.

     ,, I would understand if he was a bad guy or something, but he is not.  He is with Jessica Biel's character for something like three years.  The only thing he is guilty of is picking someone who was not over her husband, yet gets kind of thrown to the curb.

     You also don't really feel that Gerard Butler's character has learned a lesson either.  He gets in trouble with his ex-wife because she thinks he slept with a married woman…well not that one.  Yeah, he does the typical "Give up the big dream for his family" thing, but you really don't feel he had proper time to grow as a character.

     All in all, not a horrible rom com, but definitely not one of the best either.  It is just one of those rom coms that if you like the actors, you would probably enjoy the movie.  Either way, I would call it a rental if you want to see it.  It will probably only be in the theaters for two or three weeks anyway given its opening weekend numbers.

     Take a look at The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for a new Monday Quicky Review for Maximum Conviction.

Until next time - Geno

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December 7th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Previews Playing For Keeps

Rated PG-13

     The premise of this movie is simple.  Gerard Butler plays a divorced former professional soccer player who falls on hard times.  He begins to coach his son's soccer team to try be put his life back together.  He also has a chance to leave town for a big job miles away from his son, but will probably turn it down to stay close to his boy.  Chances are he will attempt to get back together with his ex-wife and probably succeed.  The dream job will somehow find a way for him to stay where he is, so he will get the best of everything.  I came up with this all from watching the trailer.  This just seems to be one of those movies where everything gets revealed via movie trailer.

     Now that I got that out of the way, I do still hope to enjoy this movie.  I am a pretty big fan of Gerard Butler, even though I would rather see him appear in more risky films like Rocknrolla and Machine Gun Preacher.  Butler always comes off as the everyman to me.  He can play the tough guy or the romantic lead.

     There is a decent cast surrounding Butler for this movie.  Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones are not too bad of actors to surround yourself with.  The somewhat weak link would have to be Jessica Biel.  I think she is okay, but there has been many a movie that she has appeared in that would have been better with someone else in the role.

     I would like to be surprised with this movie.  It would be nice for once if the trailer wouldn't tell the entire story of the movie.  The Rom-Com seems to be the biggest victim of this trend.  Hopefully this on, , e will be different.

     I will have my review of this movie by Monday, December 10th.  I will have the on air review on Tuesday, December 11th.  I will also have a new Monday Quicky Review on Monday as well.  Just go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for that review.

Until next time - Geno

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December 6th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Lincoln

Rated PG-13

     I know I am a little late on a full review of this one, but considering at this point in time, Lincoln is on the Best Movie of the Year list for the 2nd Annual Opie Awards (My top picks of the year), I felt that I needed to do more than a Monday Quicky Review of the film.  A lot of people have been asking me in public about this movie as well, so here we go.

     The pacing of the movie is a little slow, but the story is so interesting that it doesn't really bother you.  The movie is around 2 ½ hours, but it does not feel like it.  All of what is going on is usually pretty interesting that it keeps your attention.  There is a lot going on at one time and it is a little hard to keep up with all of the characters, but you know who is trying to what even though you can't remember all of their names.

     Though I would have liked to still see Liam Neeson's performance in the title role, Daniel Day-Lewis is a really great Abe Lincoln.  He does a great job in showing the good and bad side of one of history's most loved presidents.  I don't know if that is how Lincoln really acted or spoke, but Day-Lewis made him a very likable and relatable c, , haracter.

     The standout performance has to go to Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens.  The character of Stevens believes in what he believes in and will do what needs to be done and say what needs to be said to reach his goals.  Tommy Lee Jones was up for a Best Supporting Actor Opie Award last year for his role in Captain America.  He is probably going to be up for another one this year for his performance here.

     Another standout performance comes from Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant, though he is not in the movie very much.  For those that don't know, he is the actor that played Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  I would like to see Harris star in a movie about the North's greatest general.  Get on it, Spielberg.

     One this that you will realize when you watch this is that if politics back then were the way they are portrayed in this movie, than it is not much different than it is today.  Flip flops, cross party deals, bribes…I mean lobbying for votes.  It's funny how times have not changed.

     Just a little more on Daniel Day-Lewis's take on the character of Lincoln.  I don't know if this was intentional on Steven Spielberg's part, but Lincoln told a lot of stories that fit certain moments in the movie.  The stories were pretty much parables, which made Lincoln come off as Christ-like in that aspect.  I thought this really worked to make Lincoln more identifiable as a character.

     Friday on the blog, I will have my preview of Playing for Keeps.  On air, I will be discussing Lincoln.

Until next time - Geno

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December 5th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion reviews Jack Frost (1997)

Rated R

Spoilers Ahead!!!

     Welcome to the second annual Naughty and Nice Month here on the blog.  For this month, two holiday movies will be watched and reviewed.  One will be a nice, sweet holiday movie.  The other will be a holiday nightmare.

     The movies picked for this month were suggested by a friend of mine, Kyle.  He said, "You ought to do Jack Frost."  I replied, "Is that for the naughty or the nice movie?"  He said, "Both."  You see in 1998, there is a movie called Jack Frost starring Michael Keaton that is family movie.  The movie I am going to review today is by far the furthest thing from it.  I present to you one of the dumbest movies you will never forget even though you will try to, Jack Frost.

     The story starts off with a voice over of an uncle telling his niece a Christmas story in which he tells her about a serial killer named Jack Frost that killed people and baked them into pies.  This of course scares the crap out of her and our story begins.

     After being captured, Jack Frost is being transported to his execution.  The prisoner transport truck collides with a chemical truck and causes the chemicals to spill all over Jack Frost.  The chemical binds his DNA with the snow and he is able to freeze and melt his body at will.  He chooses the form of a snowman to go on a killing spree in search of the small town cop that arrested him.

     This movie has a lot of things going on, but none , of them are done real well.  There is a subplot about the chemical being a secret government project that feels a little tacked on as well.  The effects are pretty bad and so are Jack Frost's puns when he kills people.  The acting is rid, , iculous and hammed up to unbelievable heights.  The plot reminded me a lot of Child's Play, but not as good.  That is hard for me to say because I don't like Child's Play that much, either.

     As bad as this movie is, I will probably have a hard time forgetting it any time soon.  There is a scene involving Shannon Elizabeth, in one of her earliest roles, being attacked by Jack Frost that will unfortunately stick with me for a long time.  I decided I didn't want to describe it to you, but if you REALLY must see it, you can find the link here.  I warn you, it is pretty creepy and messed up and I would suggest you avoid it.

     This movie did pretty badly with critics and movie watchers alike, but shockingly it did spawn a sequel.

     Next week I will talk about Michael Keaton's Jack Frost when Naughty and Nice month continues.  I have been asked a lot about my opinion on Lincoln, so Thursday I will have my review of that movie.  Friday I will have my preview of Playing for Keeps.

Until next time - Geno

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December 4th, 2012

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The Reel Opinion DVD Release of the Week is Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

Rated TV-14

     The reason I picked this movie is not because I am a huge Halo fan.  I really am not a big fan of the games, but I can understand the fans' love for the franchise.  Given all of this franchises behind the scenes problems in trying to get a big screen adaptation made, this is probably the closest thing fans will get for a long while, if ever.

 

Other Releases: December 4th, 2012

* The Dark Knight Rises

* Finding Nemo (Blu-Ray)

* The Odd Life of Timothy Green

* Hope Springs

* Butter

 

     Go to The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page for Trailer Tuesday.  There you will find trailers for The Host and Deadfall.

     Wednesday will be the beginning of the second annual Naughty & Nice Month here on The Reel Opinion.  The two movies I will be reviewing will have the same name and share a similar character, but the movies couldn't be more different.

     Thursday I will go back and review a movie I wasn't able to see and review a few weeks ago, Lincoln.  Friday will be my preview of Playing For Keeps.

Until next time - Geno

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December 3rd, 2012

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The Reel Opinion Reviews Killing Them Softly

Rated R

     I had to go see this movie twice this weekend.  Not because I loved it so much, but because I didn't know how I really felt about it.  I liked a lot about this movie, but something about it just bugged me.  I figured it out in my second viewing of the film.

     First I will talk about what I liked.  I really liked the characters a lot.  Some could be called your stereotypical mob characters, but with actors like Brad Pitt (Jackie Cogan), Ray Liotta (Markie Trattman) and James Gandolfini (New York Mickey) playing them, it works.  I especially liked Gandolfini as a has-been but no longer is hitman.  Pitt came off as cold and cynical, which worked really well for him.  Ray Liotta was Ray Liotta…'nuff said.

     The feel of the movie was almost like a Tarantino film.  Lots of conversation took place minus the pop culture references.  This is not to be confused with the pacing of the movie, which I will get to later.  The imagery of the movie is either great, like with a Pitt-led drive-by shooting, or dumb, like the annoying opening titles.

     The most impressive thing in the movie was the violence.  There was not a lot of it, but when it showed violence the movie made you feel it.  The visuals and sound that the movie had to represent violence will stick with you.  Every punch, kick and gunshot will stick with you well after seeing this movie.

     Now to why I didn't like the movie.  The pacing of this film was atrocious!  It was just so slow.  Now, if what the characters are saying is interesting, the pacing can be a little slower, but half of what the characters are saying is kind of boring.  Some of the conversations were kind of interesting, but a lot of them were a bit longer than they needed to be.

     The political theme in the background of the movie also got kind of old after a while.  This movie takes place at the end of the Obama/McCain presidential election.  You keep hearing news clips in the background about, the money troubles of the country. , This leads to one of the main points of the movie, which was really just kind of "meh" to me.

     I liked the gangster aspects of the movie, but the pacing just kind of killed it for me.  Some of the characters were really interesting, but after a while you wonder why they are even in the movie.  I would say that if you must watch this one, wait for the DVD.

     Check out The Reel Opinion's Facebook Page on Monday for a new Monday Quicky Review of Michael Rapaport's The Naked Man.

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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