Sep 30 2009

The Informant!

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week, we take on a movie currently in theaters. Specifically, the new film from Steven Soderbergh, The Informant! This movie is a showcase piece for Matt Damon, and takes what might be a serious subject matter, corporate espionage and the relationship between and informant and his FBI handlers, and turns it into a madcap comedy. So is it any good? James and Benn both saw it and have their takes for you.

The Informant!
Year: 2009
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Scott Z. Burns
Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Tony Hale
Genre: Comedy

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Sep 28 2009

James’ Top 10 Favorite Movies of the First Half of 2009

The purpose of this article is simply to point out the ten best movies of the year so far.  I started with January and went through the end of August and looked at every movie I’d seen so far, and let me tell you, I have seen a lot of movies this year.  In fact the only movie I truly regret missing so far is The Hurt Locker, so don’t expect to see it on this list.  I’m going to categorize this top ten as being defined by being my “favorites”.   A lot of things can contribute to this, and I’ll do my best to briefly explain each choice, but I think you’ll find that it’s a combination of pure enjoyment, relatability, and undoubtable quality.  But, in my humble opinion these are the 10 best movies of 2009 so far, if not in the order I have them placed. You may remember Benn’s tirade against the current state of the summer blockbuster, and you might be able to think of this as a counter to that, because while not all of the movies that are about to be mentioned were “blockbusters,” most of them were part of this summers’ film slate, and were completely enjoyable.  Some even pushed the envelope of filmmaking just a little.  Anyway without further ado, I present to you in approximate and completely subjective order descending from tenth to first favorite film, my top ten favorite films of the first “half” of 2009. Continue reading


Sep 24 2009

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible.  This week we take on something a little different in the form of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the con comedy starring Steve Martin versus Michael Caine.  It’s one of the more traditional films we’ve taken on, but it’s been out of the limelight for some time, and not a lot of people seem to be aware of it, so we thought we’d try it out.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Year: 1988
Directed by: Frank Oz
Written by: Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro
Starring: Steve Martin and Michael Caine
Genre: Comedy (Con Film)

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Sep 19 2009

Podcast 7: Top 10s (Part II)

You may remember the fourth episode of our podcast, about our Top 10 Favorite Films.  This week’s podcast is the second part of our series in which we talk about our top 10 favorite films.  This week we will cover in detail the following films: Apocalypse Now, Without Limits, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, A Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ferris Beuler’s Day Off.  These are some of our very favorite movies, and so we have a lot to say about them and really love talking about them.

As usual the podcast is available for download on iTunes and Podcast Alley. Please leave a review there if you haven’t yet, we need more listeners. And you can always listen to it right here on our web page.

Once again, for a full listing of our top 10s, click after the jump.

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Sep 18 2009

Megan Fox: Why Are You So Popular?!?!

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This might sound like an unusual question, being that the question, and the accompanying image, answers itself. Not to mention, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last five years, you know who Megan Fox is. She’s graced the covers of Maxim and FHM for the last few years, has received numerous titles along the lines of “Hottest Celebrity So-and-So” and, on occasion, appears in movies. Bottom line, Megan Fox lives up to her surname: she is a stone cold fox.

I suppose what baffles me the most is her insistence, and the insistence of others, that she is an actress. This confuses me because she has yet to act, or function as anything other than eye candy in her films. Granted, this is nothing new; modern-day pinup girls who masquerade as actresses are an all-too-common occurrence, and have been for a number of years. Women like Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, and anyone who has ever starred in a CW television series have called themselves actresses, yet their body of work consists mostly of magazine photographs of their body rather than actual films. And to be fair, men (or man-boys, to be accurate) like Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson and, again, any CW beefcake has done the same thing. Continue reading


Sep 16 2009

Pi

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we review Darren Aronofsky’s first film: Pi. It’s a complex and intellectual film done on a shoe-string budget and it gave way to an already prolific career for its director. Once again though, we may have some disagreement among the two film geeks.

Pi
Year: 1998
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Written by: Darren Aronofsky and Sean Gullette
Starring: Sean Gullette
Genre: Drama

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump. Continue reading


Sep 14 2009

Japanese Cinema: A Beginner’s Guide

So you fancy yourself a film buff now. You’ve watched enough movies, a mix of film-studies classics and pop, cult favorites, to carry on an hour-long discussion. The conventions of Western story telling have become predictable and you yearn for cinematography that will wow you.

World cinema is looking more and more attractive, but you don’t know where to start. Then, while watching that episode of Cowboy Bebop from the first season you got at DVD Planet, it hits you: What about Japanese cinema? Continue reading


Sep 8 2009

The Cove

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Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we look at The Cove, the new documentary in theaters now. In partnership with the Edwards University Towne Center 6 in Irvine, one of the few Southern California theaters showing the film, Benn and James caught the film, and are giving you their thoughts while you can still see it for yourself. See what they thought below.

The Cove
Year: 2009
Directed by: Louie Psihoyos
Written by: Mark Monroe
Starring: Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton
Genre: Documentary, Thriller

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump.

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Sep 5 2009

Podcast 6: Zombies

James, Benn, and Dylan wax poetic on the zombie genre, and boy do they do some in depth analysis.  We start out featuring the lesser known Fido and then get into the classics like Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, and Shaun of the Dead.  It’s definitely a full plate but we think we did it some justice and it’s probably simultaneously our most fun and our most intellectual podcast yet.  Who knew that zombies would bring out the best of us, hell in the movies they usually bring out the worst.

As usual the podcast is available for download on iTunes and Podcast Alley.  Please leave a review there if you haven’t yet, we need more listeners.  And you can always listen to it right here on our web page.

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