Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Slumper: Rebirth (2016)

I'm not really sure how I feel about Netflix's new feature film Rebirth, and in general, Netflix has not produced a film that I am really excited about. I liked the most recent Sandler/Netflix movie The Do-Over, and I didn't mind the Ridiculous 6. However, at the end of the day, I expect a little more from Netflix.

Netflix produces some of the best television series these days, but they can't make a solid feature? Does Netflix have a problem being concise? I'm not even really saying that I didn't like Rebirth. Instead, it's just not something that I would recommend necessarily.

I enjoyed parts, I think Adam Goldberg is an awesome actor, and it's a really cool concept, but the story and build up did not impress me. I don't want to say that the ending was bad, it just was I guess. It simply exists.

It's the type of ending that I imagine a bunch of people would hate, but again, I can't say that I personally disliked it. It just felt a bit contrived and fell flat. Additionally, there seems as though there was so much more they could have done with the second act of the story.

If you subscribe to Netflix and do not have anything to watch, it's worth watching. Don't get me wrong though, there's certainly no need to suggest a sense of urgency in getting around to trying it out one night when you're bored. The question then remains, how can one be bored in this day and age? Maybe you need a Rebirth.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Box Office Chatter: Ghostbusters (2016) box office numbers for Ghostbusters are really disappointing. I don't really like going to opening weekends regardless of the film, but if I knew that the opening weekend of a new Ghostbusters movie was going to be so depressing I would have ran to the ticket booth. And I'm definitely going simply to boycott all the douche bags that are pissed off that it is an all-woman cast.

Who cares? It looks cool, and all of the actresses are awesome. And I like Paul Feig movies. I don't know how big his part is, but as far as I'm concerned it doesn't even seem as though Chris Hemsworth needs to be on the poster. This has been a debate from the beginning, and that's where I stand on the issue. Who gives a shit? Annie Potts was not on the original Ghostbusters movie poster.

Listen, I know that nothing is going to compare to the original cast, so it seems to me, why bother trying to recreate it? And why not go in a totally different direction? It's simply a fun idea, and all the boys on the playground already have the first two movies and a bunch of other Ghostbusters content to swoon over. Meanwhile, who says they can't swoon over the new Ghostbusters, especially Leslie Jones. Fuck Milo Yiannopoulos!'s a summer action reboot. It's supposed to be fun. It's a wholesome American franchise and we just shit all over it because of nonsense. $46 million domestic on an opening weekend of a $144 million movie is never a good sign, and personally I think it's just sad.

It is undoubtedly going to be the next movie I see in theaters. Why not just enjoy it? I'm sure it's a fun movie if you can get beyond your penchant for male-dominated cinema. Meanwhile, don't worry, the dudes aren't going anywhere. I mean come on! Slimer looks awesome.Screw it, I'm going to see it today dammit!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Stranger Things (2016)

I am only halfway through the first season of this new Netflix Original series Stranger Things, but I am already satisfied and impressed. In a sense, this review is not really a review but a sort of experiment. 

Orange is the New Black is my favorite series on Netflix, but this is most likely going to be a close second. I have never even heard of the creators, The Duffer Brothers, but I am instantly curious about their body of work.

I love horror, and good horror is always in short supply. Yeah, I said it. It's an amazing genre and a shity genre, and I don't have to like all shity horror movies to be a horror fanboy. I'm OG horror son, you don't know me. Sometimes horror's shitiness is what makes it so amazing, but in general, I am highly selective of my horror preferences.

Stranger Things is Goonies with real intensity and terror. I don't even really know what is going on in this show, but I am hooked.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) unfortunately missed this film in theaters. It's theatrical release seemed as though it came and went, but the film was just as good as I expected. I have always been a fan of and inspired by Richard Linklater, and Everybody Wants Some!! demonstrates why Linklater continues to be one of the greatest living filmmakers and one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Despite my love of Linklater, I have not been the biggest fan of his films since Waking Life. Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Suburbia, Waking Life, and a few others are absolute classics. And that is not to say that his recent films have not been amazing and unique ideas, such as Boyhood. However, they don't arose the same emotions as some of my favorite Linklater films.  

Everybody Wants Some!! is not only an awesome movie, but also a reawakening of Linklater cinema as far as I am concerned. I want to go back and rewatch Everybody Wants Some!! and all of Linklater's other films, even the ones that are not my favorites. I feel as though I will appreciate these films a little bit more after watching Everybody Wants Some!!., mind you, I am a huge fan of a solid stoner film and Dazed and Confused is the mother of all stoner films. If you're looking for a straight up stoner film that competes with Dazed, Linklater and me have grown up a bit, and Everybody Wants Some is not necessarily a stoner film. Instead, it provides a no-holds-barred, coming-of-age picture about a young man questioning the world around him. Classic Linklater. The emphasis on weed is not as prominent, but that does not necessarily mean that it is in short supply.

The characters are hilarious. The costume design is fresh and on point. The underlying themes and Linklater-style philosophies and pontificating are just as interesting and engaging as ever, and he's not as heavy-handed in this department as some of his recent films. I simply loved it, and will definitely be adding it to my Blu-Ray and UltraViolet collections as soon as possible. It is my favorite movie of the year thus far.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Purge: Election Year (2016) usual, I don't care what anyone says about it, I really like The Purge movies. And Election Year is my favorite of the series. Sure, the film and its predecessors have their weaknesses, but The Purge: Election Year is my type of film.

The core idea of The Purge series is simply incredible, and I really enjoy how each film is a different story set upon the same backdrop of a dystopian America of the future.

Critics seem to discredit the films, and I caught a brief caption of an NPR article in which the reviewer complains about the film appealing to people's "basest desires" or some carrying on that people often do when critiquing splatter-type films.

But I find that all of the films contain multiple parallels to modern society and layers of analogies that provide value insight into the issues of the past, present, and future.
Furthermore, as an independent filmmaker and ultraliberal that likes violent movies, I consider the imagery throughout Election Year awe inspiring and a revolutionary move in filmmaking. Writer/directer James DeMonaco improves upon his craft and storytelling with each new film, and I have nothing but respect for that and DeMonaco's vision.

I also just love a solid and rewatchable horror movie and the new-horror films that categorically fit on a horror shelf but are not necessarily horror. In fact, Google lists the film as Sci-Fi/Thriller. Personally, I just call it new-horror, and I love it!

Dice (Showtime)

This show is hilarious and the best all-Dice content since The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Dice has attempted quite a few television shows throughout his career, and most of them have flopped with good reason, they pretty much sucked.

His appearances on Entourage were fun, but otherwise his stand-up routines have been weak and other TV series were uninspired and lacking humor.

However, Showtime's Dice is incredibly funny, and it doesn't leave Dice fans with the all-too-common stinging question, "Dice, what the fuck happened?"

If you have access to ShowtimeAnytime or an add-on Showtime subscription, I highly recommend binging the first season of this show. It's a sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Dice instead of Larry David... Larry David? I fucked him. Oh!

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Imperials (2015)

Burning Empire Media presents "The Imperials." A story of friendship. Starring Brandon Hannifin and Tyler Burke. Music by horizon i. Official Selection of the Los Angeles CineFest.

A Burning Empire Media & Up Till Dawn Films Production. Produced by Jofrin Pezzati and Sean McClanahan. Written, Directed, and Edited by Jofrin. Sound by Like Lightning Sounds.

Copyright 2016. Burning Empire Media. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Dirty Grandpa is way better than the critics reported. I don't understand why this film did so poorly. I wanted to see this film in theaters. Instead, when it was out, I went to see Hail Caesar! I love the Coens, but a 85% for Hail Caesar compared to a 10% approval of critics for Dirty Grandpa is ridiculous (Rotten Tomatoes).

For me, this is exactly why you should not make your film selection based on the reviews. Yes, this is a review, but we think you should try to see every film possible, good or bad. Meanwhile, I would have preferred to wait for Hail Caesar! on video and seen Dirty Grandpa in theaters. Yeah, I said it.

Zac Efron is quickly becoming an fun addition to quality, adult-comedy films, and Robert De Niro is frickin' De Niro. Personally, I cold care less if he wants to make these types of comedies for the rest of his life.

No, self-respecting filmmaker does not love the early work of De Niro. However, he doesn't need to do those roles anymore if he doesn't want to, and who the fuck are you to comment on his performance. His performance is always beautiful. Pretentious bastards.

Zac Efron is supposed to be the guy that cool tough guys despise. His performance in this movie and movie like Neighbors makes it difficult to hate him. I also appreciate that he is more than willing to make fun of himself, and he has the surprising ability to bring out the multi-dimensional attributes of a scripted-comedy character.
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Yeah, the movie is predictable as hell and you'll know how it's going to end within the first 15 minutes, but it certainly does not end in the way one would expect for grandpa. Either way, it's a raunchy comedy, not a dynamically arced art film, so who gives a shit?  

I am confused by all the hate of this movie. If an individual goes to an R-rated film starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro called Dirty Grandpa, they get exactly what they expect.