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Bad Billboard: The Expendables 3

I haven’t written a good, honest rant on the site in awhile.  I hope you don’t think that it’s because nothing has annoyed me.  I’ve just really been too busy to get my thoughts together and type them out, but something was bugging me and I just had to post it here!

Now, I think we can all agree that billboards can still be an effective form of advertising.  When you’re driving in your car, you’re pretty much a captive audience.  Just heading into work, I probably pass by 10 to 20 billboards on a daily basis.  One billboard that’s recently showed up around here is this ad for the film The Expendables 3

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Required Viewing: Zach Galifianakis

Two of the films that are released on DVD today, the raunchy R-rated comedy The Hangover and Disney’s family friendly G-Force, couldn’t be more different from each other, and yet they both have one thing in common… comedian Zach Galifianakis.

The first time I ever took notice of Zach Galifianakis, he was performing his original style of stand-up comedy on an episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in 2001 or 2002. I knew instantly that he was one of the funniest comedians that I had ever seen, and he would probably one day become a huge star. That finally happened when The Hangover was released in theaters earlier this year. Many people had probably never appreciated him before that, even though he’s been making his way through TV shows (Boston Common, Tru Calling, Late World With Zach) and mediocre films (Bubble Boy, Out Cold) for years now. Better film roles have been coming recently, including bit parts in Into The Wild and Up In The Air. Continue reading

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Cuter Than The Movies – Fantastic Mr. Fox

When I first started seeing the trailers for Fantastic Mr. Fox, I had mixed feelings toward it – although what the trailers showed looked good, and I am a fan of Wes Anderson as a director, I know it isn’t easy to get a kids movie done right either.  Well, I gave Fantastic Mr. Fox a chance this afternoon at our favorite Long Beach theater, The Art Theatre on 4th Street.  I have to say it was a chance that really paid off – it was fantastic!

Wes Anderson definitely has his signature style, something you are probably already familiar with if you’ve seen his other films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited).  I wasn’t sure how much that could translate to this stop-motion animated film, but somehow it did and really gave the whole picture warmth.  The voice cast was also comprised of Anderson film veterans (Bill Murray and Owen Wilson among them), and featured 60’s and 70’s classic rock songs as well as a new song from Jarvis Cocker.

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That’s Not For Me: Old Dogs

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! If you’re heading to the movie theater this weekend, why don’t you check out something good, like Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Or if you want to watch something horrible, how about Old Dogs?

Now to be fair, I haven’t SEEN Old Dogs, but I have seen the trailer and commercials… many, many times. About 1000 times too many. And I just have to say, “That’s NOT for me!” A movie where poor Seth Green is held capture by a gorilla, while Robin Williams and John Travolta get attacked by killer penguins? What’s not to like?

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