Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why game of Game of Thrones is the best show on TV

There are simply three reasons why ‘Game of Thrones’ should be considered the best show on television:

  1. Production Value
HBO is a powerhouse of production money. Game of Thrones is no different. It has amazing production value that is simply as good as lord of the rings. The sets are brilliant and elegant and simplistic.

  1. Basted on great Novel
For most people, creating something out of nothing is difficult. Narrative storytelling is close to impossible and to take someone else’s work and improve apon it is always a more successful endeavor. So it stands to reason, Television shows basted on other materials are likely to be the better then original. (Sometimes you end up becoming derivative so use your best judgment)

  1. Dragons, Zombies, and Dire-wolves Oh, My…
How awesome are Dragons? How about Zombies? Sword play, sex, and magic all are central parts of this series. But not just that but possibly the most compelling reason to watch this show is Peter Dinklage. Dinklage plays the quick tongued dwarf who is hated by all but loved by the audience. He alone makes this show the best show on television.

And those are your reasons to watch Game of Thrones.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Created By: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and una Stubbs

This is one of the greatest re-creations of Sherlock Holmes ever!!!

This series is produced by the BBC and it’s sometimes hard to get your hands on the new episodes here in America. But the search or purchase of the new episodes is well worth it. This show is amazing! It revamps the old Sherlock Holmes of the 1880s and places them in current day London. Cell phone, emails, and laptops are an intimate part of this young Sherlock’s life and it fits his character as if it was always meant to be there. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock and is outstanding as the pompous English detective.

Martin Freeman, well known for the British original series ‘the office’, plays Watson, a veteran of the Iraq war needing adventure in his life. An amazing transformation for Freeman takes place as he becomes heavily involved in Sherlock’s exciting and wild life.

The classic chemistry between these two characters in very much maintained by this modern version. Its exhilarating to watch these two bicker and complain at one another. But their relationship is very much co-dependent and each is fascinated and charmed by the other. This makes for wonderful Television watching.

By Far the best part of this series is that run time. Each episode runs for about 90 minutes. That’s the length of a modern film. So each story gets a full in-depth process and conclusion. The story and character arches are incredibly multifaceted and play out just like a film would.

Top 5!!! This is absolutely one you must see!!! Rent it! Buy it! Borrow it! See it!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Writen By: Gareth Evens
Directed By: Gareth Evens
Starring: Iko Uwais, Anada George and Ray Sahetapy

A Swat Team goes into raid a sky scrapper full of drug dealer mobsters and get stuck inside having to fight their way back out again.

This is one of the best action movies I have ever seen. Everything about it makes the audience jump and get excited. This movies is so well done it puts Hollywood to shame.

Gareth Evens (writer/director) makes a stunning masterpiece out of chaotic killing and gore. Every scene has a death some gruesome, some poetic, and all bloody. It’s a had thing to make a action film with lots of killing be intellectually stimulating but Evens pulls it off. The character interactions are development is good. Most of the drama takes place with underlying obvious consequences that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

From what I could tell the acting was good. It is a foreigner movie and so the subtitles give away some of the dramatization. But for the most part, it goes over very well.

Top 5 rating. If you like action… This one’s for your!!! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Sitter (2011)

Written by: Brain Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell

Don’t see this movie! This was terrible. There was nothing redeeming about this one.

Jonah Hill is fat and stupid and bad… in this movie. He gets roped into baby sitting and drags the three kids to go buy cocaine so he can get his girlfriend to sleep with him. Basically, this movie has terrible morals nothing funny about it and is a complete waste of time.

Having said that there are a few laughs to be had.

Bottom 5 Rating. Not good!  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Battleship (2012)

Written By Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
Directed By Peter Berg
Starring: Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard & Brooklyn Decker

A film about that classic board game we all cheated at as kids.

This film has amazing qualities. It starts out with a young navy boy with lots of potential making things difficult for himself and everyone else.  The film harkens to a modern day Top Gun with a hint of irony considering it’s the navy instead of the air force.

But before you know it the movie takes a wild turn, for the better, and aliens attack. This no one sees coming and makes for a great plot twist. Soon, our fearless maverick, Skarsgard, becomes captain of the only ship in position to defend the world from eminent invasion. (sounds good doesn’t it?)

This movie has great special effects, amazing action sequences and it stays true to the tactics of the original board game. The cinematography is nicely controlled and the tension of the film is well balanced. Rihanna, the music pop star, does a great job as an actress in this action flick. Everything about this movie is good except the acting. They don’t do a great job with the acting. But everything else is classic and fun.

Top 5 Rating. Go see this movie if you can. It’s a fun one. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

One for the Money (2012)

Written By Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius
Directed By Julie Anne Robinson
Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O’mara

Let’s not be mean. This movie has an explination for itself right in the title. I assume Ms. Heigl understood that she was only intorested in this film for one reason… the money.

The plot is actually kinda compelling. Woman pushed to the edge with little hope after being divorced and unimploid she finds herself needing money. Ofcourse this is where she desides to risk life and limb and become a bounty hunter. And the ironic or at least comical bit of this film is Jason O’Mara recently starred in the exact same movie as a bounty hunter doing almost the exact same thing. So everything looks good for this film but something goes terribly wrong.

Ultimately that acting is sub-par. Heigl cant hack-it as a New Jersey tough woman with aditude. It is more like a blonde L.A. Bimbo playing with hand cuff. The cast around her do their best to make her fit in but it just seems impossible.

The camera work and framing is nothing new or special. Nothing stands out on the screen and everything is somewhat forced and empty.

Bottom 5 rating. Not a good movie. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

M.I.B. 3 (2012)

Written by Etan Cohen, Lowell Cunningham 
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring Will Smith & Josh Brolin

Why time travel?

So if you haven’t seen the trailer for this film yet it basically says Will Smith / agent J travels back in time to save his partner from a time traveling criminal. This type of plot line is very obvious and way over done these days. I’m not even going to bother you with the whole time travel does or doesn’t existent because of general relativity or the space time continuum theory.

Does Will Smith need another blockbuster phone in? Should we blame him for this dribble?

Why was this terrible? The first Men in Black was good… ish. It was fun and heartfelt and funny. They made a lot of money on that flick and really gave some due attention. And everyone can agree that the MIB franchise was worth a lot at that point.

MIB 2 comes along and lessens our enthusiasm. And now we are severely disappointed.

Bottom 5 rating. The film gets this rating for it’s disappointing humor; plot holes, and the age-old time travel routine. L

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Snow White & the Huntsman (2012)

Written by: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

This movie is a home run before you see it. We all remember the first animated feature film ever (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs) and no one in their right mind would poop poop that film. So the remake in with live action can only be a masterpiece.

The Cinematography alone is spotless. It has a transporting way of pushing you into a wonderland of magic and mystery. The camera moves are transcendent. It has an impressive quality. 

Kristen Stewart, star of the twilight saga, is almost perfect in this roll as Snow White. She has very few lines and is simply a victim of her circumstances. She plays the innocent card to perfection and is completely believable except for her moments of confrontation with her counter star Chris Hemsworth, Star of Thor & The Avengers. Hemsworth is, in every way, this roll. He is the drunken rough neck huntsman who has lost his wife and true love and is forced into helping Snow White who he soon falls in love with.

But this is all just fluff compared to the star of this film Charlize Theron! Theron is immaculate as the wicked queen / witch who seduces the audience with her stoic regal nature. Theron has been in many wonderful films and she is a veteran at giving herself to a character. The queen, hungry for youth and beauty, has powers that are mystical, heavy on the special effects and unexplained, keeping us guessing and glued to the screen. This film she brings her best qualities and she is beautiful.

Top 5 rating. This film isn’t amazing as a story but it has everything going for it. It’s a the kind of film grandkids will watch a adore. This film is going to be around for a while and you might as well just go with it.