Tuesday, 9 June 09
Eric Christian Olsen
Philip Baker Hall
John Michael Higgins
Unrated 91min 2009
In this laugh-out-loud comedy, Ford High’s star football players Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady sheme to ditch football camp so they can spend the summer surrounded by beautiful girls… at cheer camp. The guys are having the time of their lives as they use their new reputations as “sensitive guys” to talk the hotties into skinny dipping, cheering naked and hooking up. But when Shawn falls for the gorgeous head cheerleader who’s suspicious of their motives, the players must change their game to prove Shawn’s intentions before the thrilling cheer competition finals. – back of box
“Fired Up” is the comedy of every male on the planet. The premise of this film is so simple. It makes them think: why didn’t I think of this. Once you start laughing you don’t ever stop until you see the menu again.
Every male on the planet can enjoy “Fired Up” but its a guilty pleasure. Filmmakers should have known from the start. You can take your girlfriend to this film and expect to get some later. That’s why it was a box office failure, but will be a home video classic. It’s a film that guys can get together, watch, and enjoy together sans women.
The premise is so simple but sexists to the max. That’s why they have not be done. But are an enjoy to watch. “Fired Up” does a great job of this. Horny males nabbing tale and lots of it. What makes this film works is that it knows its absurd and makes the jokes on themselves.
I give “Fired Up” 3 out of 5 Gs.
Tuesday, 12 February 08
PG 107min 2007
John Cusack stars as a lonely science-fiction writer who adopts a boy who claims to be from Mars. With the help of his quirky friend (Amanda Peet) and his sister (Joan Cusack), this new father discovers that being a parent means anything is possible. – from the back cover
This is a cute story based on the true-life actions on the adoption of the writer from the Star Trek episode Trouble with the Tribbles. It’s a nice emotional story and the viewer will instantly come to love this “kid from Mars”. John Cusack does a great job as a widower trying to adopt a child. Amanda Peet and Cusack have great screen chemistry and makes the screen light up with her bubbly present. The
“Martian Child” is a family film that everyone can love. It has a emotional love story that will resonant with any relationship but none more importantly as the father son relationship. It shows how powerful love can be.
John Cusack does a great job of balancing a man still grieving and a man trying to find a place to give his love. What is highlighted but never shown is that his wife died and before death, they discussed children. I thought it was admirable to want to adopted on his part and not until I wrote the previous sentence did it come to me why a widower would be at the bottom of the adoption totem poll.
Amanda Peet comes on screen and everything lights up. She displays chemistry with Cusack that developed during the feature “Identity”. Even as she comes and sometimes aides him the relationship in the movie progress at a “normal” pace. As it’s not the focus “Martian Child” leaves you wondering.
“Martian Child” has an outstanding supporting cast. Joan Cusack actually plays she sister in this film. Howard Hessman, Oliver Platt and Anjelica Huston make mostly cameos in the film. Bobby Coleman does a great job of being the quirky little Martian child.
There are a few special features. There are the deleted and alternate scenes. It has a film makers’ commentary. There is a featurette on the real Martian Child and the theatrical trailer. The movie previews are “Run Fatboy Run”, “The Last Mimzy”, “Gracie”, “Hairspray”, and “August Rush”.
I give it 4/5.
Tuesday, 12 February 08
Brian F. O’Byrne
PG 104min 2007
Want a perfectly prepared dish of tender quail in truffle sauce? Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a workaholic, master chef, can do that. But don’t ask her what to do about the free-spirited, opera-loving sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) who joins the staff of her upscale Manhattan restaurant. Or what to do about the orphaned niece (Abigail Breslin), more partial to fish sticks that foie gras, who comes to live with her. – from the back cover
If you are a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart , and/or Abigail Breslin then “No Reservations” is for you. Individual their performances work. But together Echart and Zeta-Jones have not chemistry. Breslin’s portray of the niece is like an adult in a child’s body. It’s like death gave her a sense of world knowledge.
It’s a standard romantic comedy. The only thing special about it is that it is focused around food. The dishes may distract you from the film. They make some wonderful recipes and on the featurette by the Food network, they show you the people behind these wonderfully looking dishes.
As for the plot “No Reservations” is just average. Jones and Eckhart barely have chemistry and if not for the cuteness of Abigail Breslin, the would have never gotten together in a million years. They seem to have a sexual attraction but it seemed to me that in the end, they were together for the niece’s betterment and not their own.
There were no special features to speak of. There was a featurette from the Food Network’s Unwrapped.
I give it 3/5.
Tuesday, 12 February 08
Richard T. Jones
Michael Jai White
PG13 118min 2007
On vacation at a secluded cabin in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, eight married college friends have gathered fro their annual seven day reunion. But the cozy mood is altered when on of the husbands shows up with a sexy young temptress in tow. As dirty laundry is aired, each couple wonders about the strength of their own marriage. The husbands and wives take an intimate look at their lives while struggling with issues of temptation, infidelity, and forgiveness as they seek a way forward.
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” is another one of Tyler Perry’s successful plays that has been converted into a successful motion picture. With bigger set and more location, this play converts into an amazing story on the subject of marriage. Perry gives a few examples of marriages that most people find themselves in or can relate too.
Tyler Perry brought Janet Jackson back to the screen and it is good to see her on the screen again. He also finds the most amazing and perfect actors for his conversions. If you have ever seen one of his plays then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t it’s time for you to face the conversion.
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” is relatable even to the unmarried. This is a film that gives us a glimpse in to the inter-workings of marriage and tries to show the viewer that through GOD, communication, and love can help to make a marriage work.
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” has a few special features. There is a featurette on Jackson returning to the screen. There is a featurette on reflecting on getting married. There is also one highlighting the music. The movies previewed are “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls”, “What’s Done in the Dark…”, and “House of Payne: Volume 1”.
I give it 5/5.
Tuesday, 5 February 08
PG13 89min 2004
Just before the turn of the Century two young outlaws team up for a historic ride. Based on historical references, the “True Story” of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
“The Legend of Butch and Sundance” is a failed “backdoor” pilot that has been released to capitalize on the release of “3:10 to Yuma”. With a cast of relative unknowns, I see why it never made it pass the pilot stage. It has a gimmicky feel that would not work well with a televised serial. The film also did a good job of concluding the early story of Butch and Sundance.
As a stand-alone, film its not that bad. It is a little rough around the edges. It’s fatal flaw is that the story is too tied off. The ending neatly wrapped up most of the stories told in this film.
“The Legend of Butch and Sundance” cover says that it takes its story from historical information on the duo. To me it feels like a poor man version of “American Outlaws”. It plays very similar to the film and deviates only in a very points.
This is a bare DVD. It has a theatrical trailer and still gallery. The movie previews for this DVD are “3:10 to Yuma”, “Young Guns: 15th Anniversary Edition”, and “Dust”.
I give it 2/5.
Tuesday, 5 February 08
R 102min 2007
Bradley is a hopeless romantic; Harry has the wisdom and experience to guide those around him; and young beautiful Chloe defines romantic fate. Each of their lives intertwine into one story in which no one can escape being bent, broken, befuddled, delighted and ultimately redeemed by love’s inescapable spell.
This film is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Baner. “Feast of Love” is a touching film about different version of love. It has an amazing ensemble cast that delivers the emotion impact that makes this a good film. It is a warm blanket that when you are feeling blue you will want to come back to.
This ensemble film is lead by Morgan Freeman, centers around Greg Kinnear and is anchored by Alexa Davalos. Morgan Freeman does a great job of being the elder statesman mentoring to the other characters. Greg Kinnear is the center of the action and everything revolves around him and his café. He’s the catalyst for the most of the action that takes place. Chloe is the emotion anchor of this film and is played amazingly by Alexa Davalos.
“Feast of Love” is an amazing film. It is one of those films that you will repeatedly come back to. It has the strong emotion story. It has a cast that does an amazing job.
There are no special features on this disc. There are movie previews for “Death at a Funeral” and “2 Days in Paris”.
I give it 4/5.