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‘Apollo 18′ Trailer

‘Apollo 18′ Trailer

I guess I was naïve to think that the world was done with the ‘found footage’ sub-genre of thrillers/horrors. Though I suppose the success of both Paranormal Activity films should have been a bit of a tip off to the contrary.

To be fair, I have seen a couple decent ones. It’s just that, while there’s always an element of suspension of disbelief in watching any film, I find the ‘here’s some footage of a really horrific, true thing that actually happened…that we’re showing at the theatre for profit’ mechanic breaks the illusion. Portraying the film as reality is an irrelevant addition that doesn’t actually add a thing.

Tangent over. Here’s the trailer for the latest sub-genre entry, Apollo 18 – or as I like to think of it, Blair Witch: In Space!

What do you think of ‘found footage’ films, oh valued readers? Sound off in the comments.

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‘Hesher’ Trailer

‘Hesher’ Trailer

Say, isn’t that your pot dealer? Look again, my friend. Why it’s none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt, reminding us all why hygiene is important.

He stars in Hesher, which played at last year’s Sundance Festival. Also joining him are Rainn Wilson and Natalie “I’m suddenly in everything” Portman.

I gotta say, I’m intrigued by this one. It’s hard to get a read on whether it’s a quality film or indie schlock, but with both the star power behind it, as well as the opportunity to see the normally clean-cut Gordon-Levitt act like a metal head psycho, I’m willing to give it a shot
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2nd Annual Live Oscar Coverage at 8:30 EST. Join Me on Twitter!

2nd Annual Live Oscar Coverage at 8:30 EST. Join Me on Twitter!

For the second year in a row, I’m live-tweeting the Oscars. Need to add an extra dose of sarcasm to your Oscar mix? Look no further!

So join me on Twitter, or you can follow along with the commentary on the right hand side of the site. And please, feel free to let me know what’s on your mind – I’ll be here all night. Contact me @ThatMovieSucked or message me directly.

But hurry! It’s about to start!

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Review: ‘Rango’ – A Western on Drugs

Review: ‘Rango’ – A Western on Drugs

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer eats the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper? If you’re unfamiliar with it, chances are you don’t like The Simpsons, and thus, are dead to me.

Anyway, he eats the pepper whole, then hallucinates a bizarre world (where Johnny Cash plays a Space Coyote, no less). Among the weirdness, nothing is what it seems, but Homer explores this world on a search for inner meaning.

What does this have to do with Rango? Add a few parts ‘western’ to that episode and — boom — you’ve got Rango.

When our title lizard finds himself abandoned somewhere in the middle of the desert, Rango is confronted with the world for the first time. Stumbling across the town of ‘Dirt’, his gift for acting soon convinces the townsfolk that he’s a lizard to be feared and respected. It’s not long before he gets made sheriff and with his newfound power, attempts to get to the bottom of a water-shortage mystery.

If this sounds pretty straight-forward, it’s because I’ve purposely left out the run-over armadillo spirit guide, narrating owl mariachi band, frequent dreamscape premonitions, and general weirdness that makes Rango both unique and slightly off-putting.

What they get right

Whether you love this movie or not, no one is going to accuse it of being unoriginal. From minute one, you know you’re in for something strange and unlike most other animated films. The tonality, language and bizarre tangents present throughout the entire film are testament to that.

And speaking of language, it should probably be said at this point: this isn’t a kids’ movie. Well, not a small child’s movie, anyway. One exchange featured, ‘Damn you, woman!’ and ‘Go to Hell!’ And if it’s one thing we know about children, it’s that they never swear.

The look is gorgeous. Legendary cinematographer, Roger Deakins served as a visual consultant and it shows. There are times you forget the scenery is animated. The soundtrack is great too, courtesy of Mr. Hans Zimmer.

Where they screw up

For all the movie’s cleverness, it wasn’t very funny. Or even very charming. I mean, you could tell it was trying to be, but a lot of the humour just doesn’t connect. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the small references to other films (the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas one in particular), but its reliance on slapstick makes for an uneven experience.

The film also felt a little fuzzy in direction. Quite often, I got the sense that it didn’t really know what it was trying to be. The plot wandered all over the place, and while it wasn’t hard to keep track of everything, it was difficult to care about every little twist and turn in our random little story.

The results

I’ll never condemn a film, particularly an animated film, for going an unconventional route. In a year featuring the highest number of sequels ever, it’s refreshing to watch something original. So for those reasons, Rango is a great watch. But it’s not a perfect film, and desperately needed some genuine, honest laughs in between the quirky, oddball humour. That, or a couple touching moments that make the zaniness a little more relatable.

In the end, Rango was a decent and original film, but not something I have any plans on watching again.

Review: ‘Rango’ – A Western on Drugs

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‘Super’ Trailer

‘Super’ Trailer

Sporting a costume which seems to be a cross between The Flash and hockey equipment you got at a flea market, Rainn Wilson stars in Super.

Super is the latest film to show regular people taking their comic book obsession a tad too far — the most recent, of course, being Kick-Ass and Defendor. I throughly enjoyed the twisted, Kick-Ass, but was a bit lukewarm on Defendor. But anyone who’s seen The Office knows that Wilson has comedic chops to spare, so hopefully that will elevate Super to something fantastic.

Ellen Page is also along for the ride. Being from Halifax, I know I should probably be more supportive, but I’m just so indifferent to Page. She’s not bad, but I don’t think she ever adds anything to films she’s in. She’s like the actress equivalent of soy.

Super gets released April 1st.


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Review: ‘Sucker Punch’ — A Two Hour Tribute to Zack Snyder’s Erection

Review: ‘Sucker Punch’ — A Two Hour Tribute to Zack Snyder’s Erection

Sucker Punch is a movie that’s terrible, despite featuring dragons, robot-samurais and half-naked women. If you can’t make an awesome movie out of just one of those things, you’re an embarrassment to filmmaking.

Taking place in an asylum for the incredibly hot (apparently), Sucker Punch is the story of a group of scantily-clad girls who decide to sexily break out when one of them is scheduled for a lobotomy in five days.

But there’s a twist. You see, our lead – Baby Doll (yeah, Baby Doll – they all have stripper names as well) – has a vivid imagination. So much so, that when she first arrives at the asylum, she almost immediately begins to imagine it’s a bordello.

Okay, easy enough. I tackled Inception, I think I can handle that.

But then, within that fantasy, she further escapes into fantasy – envisioning a CGI landscape with all of that cool stuff I mentioned before.

Review: ‘Sucker Punch’ — A Two Hour Tribute to Zack Snyder’s Erection Okay, still on board. Suspecting Snyder was just looking for an excuse to throw whatever crazy shit he wanted on the screen, but still on board.

And all of this makes for visually impressive stuff to look at. The problem is, whether the characters succeed or not is fairly irrelevant, because the majority of the movie happens in a fantasy world. No reality means no consequences, and no consequences means me not giving a fuck for about 90% of this film.

Sure, there actually are consequences. The fantasies are loose metaphors for what’s actually happening one step above. But it never really feels that way, and coupled with the fact that this movie has dialogue that gives Battle: Los Angeles a run for its money, Sucker Punch is really hard to invest in as a movie.

Think of it like watching someone else play a video game for about two hours. Now, think about paying $13 for that privilege.

“But Jon, I don’t want things like character arcs, dialogue, or any other basic staples of storytelling. I want to see Sucker Punch so I can stare at five gorgeous, half-naked women for two hours.”

Well, then may I suggest watching some online porn? The women there are more naked for less money.

Look, the visuals in Sucker Punch are pretty good. Not Avatar good, or anything revolutionary, but Snyder’s usual calibre of CGI-wizardry. So, if that alone is reason enough for you to want to watch this movie, then by all means do.

But for anyone looking for something beyond visuals, you won’t find it. All I’m saying is, I like looking at fireworks too, but after about five minutes, I’m pretty bored.

Sucker Punch is a poorly-written, unsatisfying movie, which never has any fun with the farfetched and potentially awesome elements it’s working with. Instead of being a ride, it’s a chore. It’s never fun enough to be entertaining, nor deep enough to be engaging.

It’s just a two hour CGI tribute to Zack Snyder’s erection.

Review: ‘Sucker Punch’ — A Two Hour Tribute to Zack Snyder’s Erection

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Review: ‘Sucker Punch’ — A Two Hour Tribute to Zack Snyder’s Erection

Sucker Punch is a movie that’s terrible, despite featuring dragons, robot-samurais and half-naked women. If you can’t make an awesome movie out of just one of those things, you’re an embarrassment to filmmaking.

Taking place in an asylum for the incredibly hot (apparently), Sucker Punch is the story of a group of scantily-clad girls who decide to sexily break out when one of them is scheduled for a lobotomy in five days.

But there’s a twist. You see, our lead – Baby Doll (yeah, Baby Doll – they all have stripper names as well) – has a vivid imagination. So much so, that when she first arrives at the asylum, she almost immediately begins to imagine it’s a bordello.

Okay, easy enough. I tackled Inception, I think I can handle that.

But then, within that fantasy, she further escapes into fantasy – envisioning a CGI landscape with all of that cool stuff I mentioned before.

Okay, still on board. Suspecting Snyder was just looking for an excuse to throw whatever crazy shit he wanted on the screen, but still on board.

And all of this makes for visually impressive stuff to look at. The problem is, whether the characters succeed or not is fairly irrelevant, because the majority of the movie happens in a fantasy world. No reality means no consequences, and no consequences means me not giving a fuck for about 90% of this film.

Sure, there actually are consequences. The fantasies are loose metaphors for what’s actually happening one step above. But it never really feels that way, and coupled with the fact that this movie has dialogue that gives Battle: Los Angeles a run for its money, Sucker Punch is really hard to invest in as a movie.

Think of it like watching someone else play a video game for about two hours. Now, think about paying $13 for that privilege.

“But Jon, I don’t want things like character arcs, dialogue, or any other basic staples of storytelling. I want to see Sucker Punch so I can stare at five gorgeous, half-naked women for two hours.”

Well, then may I suggest watching some online porn? The women there are more naked for less money.

Look, the visuals in Sucker Punch are pretty good. Not Avatar good, or anything revolutionary, but Snyder’s usual calibre of CGI-wizardry. So, if that alone is reason enough for you to want to watch this movie, then by all means do.

But for anyone looking for something beyond visuals, you won’t find it. All I’m saying is, I like looking at fireworks too, but after about five minutes, I’m pretty bored.

Sucker Punch is a poorly-written, unsatisfying movie, which never has any fun with the farfetched and potentially awesome elements it’s working with. Instead of being a ride, it’s a chore. It’s never fun enough to be entertaining, nor deep enough to be engaging.

It’s just a two hour CGI tribute to Zack Snyder’s erection.

Source: http://www.thatmoviesucked.com/2011/03/review-sucker-punch-%E2%80%94-a-two-hour-monument-to-zack-snyders-erection/

‘Super’ Trailer

Sporting a costume which seems to be a cross between The Flash and hockey equipment you got at a flea market, Rainn Wilson stars in Super.

Super is the latest film to show regular people taking their comic book obsession a tad too far — the most recent, of course, being Kick-Ass and Defendor. I throughly enjoyed the twisted, Kick-Ass, but was a bit lukewarm on Defendor. But anyone who’s seen The Office knows that Wilson has comedic chops to spare, so hopefully that will elevate Super to something fantastic.

Ellen Page is also along for the ride. Being from Halifax, I know I should probably be more supportive, but I’m just so indifferent to Page. She’s not bad, but I don’t think she ever adds anything to films she’s in. She’s like the actress equivalent of soy.

Super gets released April 1st.


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Review: ‘Rango’ – A Western on Drugs

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer eats the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper? If you’re unfamiliar with it, chances are you don’t like The Simpsons, and thus, are dead to me.

Anyway, he eats the pepper whole, then hallucinates a bizarre world (where Johnny Cash plays a Space Coyote, no less). Among the weirdness, nothing is what it seems, but Homer explores this world on a search for inner meaning.

What does this have to do with Rango? Add a few parts ‘western’ to that episode and — boom — you’ve got Rango.

When our title lizard finds himself abandoned somewhere in the middle of the desert, Rango is confronted with the world for the first time. Stumbling across the town of ‘Dirt’, his gift for acting soon convinces the townsfolk that he’s a lizard to be feared and respected. It’s not long before he gets made sheriff and with his newfound power, attempts to get to the bottom of a water-shortage mystery.

If this sounds pretty straight-forward, it’s because I’ve purposely left out the run-over armadillo spirit guide, narrating owl mariachi band, frequent dreamscape premonitions, and general weirdness that makes Rango both unique and slightly off-putting.

What they get right

Whether you love this movie or not, no one is going to accuse it of being unoriginal. From minute one, you know you’re in for something strange and unlike most other animated films. The tonality, language and bizarre tangents present throughout the entire film are testament to that.

And speaking of language, it should probably be said at this point: this isn’t a kids’ movie. Well, not a small child’s movie, anyway. One exchange featured, ‘Damn you, woman!’ and ‘Go to Hell!’ And if it’s one thing we know about children, it’s that they never swear.

The look is gorgeous. Legendary cinematographer, Roger Deakins served as a visual consultant and it shows. There are times you forget the scenery is animated. The soundtrack is great too, courtesy of Mr. Hans Zimmer.

Where they screw up

For all the movie’s cleverness, it wasn’t very funny. Or even very charming. I mean, you could tell it was trying to be, but a lot of the humour just doesn’t connect. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the small references to other films (the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas one in particular), but its reliance on slapstick makes for an uneven experience.

The film also felt a little fuzzy in direction. Quite often, I got the sense that it didn’t really know what it was trying to be. The plot wandered all over the place, and while it wasn’t hard to keep track of everything, it was difficult to care about every little twist and turn in our random little story.

The results

I’ll never condemn a film, particularly an animated film, for going an unconventional route. In a year featuring the highest number of sequels ever, it’s refreshing to watch something original. So for those reasons, Rango is a great watch. But it’s not a perfect film, and desperately needed some genuine, honest laughs in between the quirky, oddball humour. That, or a couple touching moments that make the zaniness a little more relatable.

In the end, Rango was a decent and original film, but not something I have any plans on watching again.

Source: http://www.thatmoviesucked.com/2011/03/review-rango-a-western-on-drugs/

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