Jun 8 2010

Toy Story 3

Pixar does it AGAIN. 4/4

Just when I think I’ve outgrown Pixar films, they go and release a film like Toy Story 3.

The best cartoons are the ones that are made for kids, yet have something for the adults to enjoy, whether it’s a few well-disguised jokes that go past the kids’ heads, fascinating animation, or just good old-fashioned nostalgia.  It’s in this way that Pixar is the sneakiest of film companies: they don’t make cartoons, they make real films.  They just happen to be animated.

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May 19 2010

Best Worst Movie

For those unaware, Troll 2 is a film that is considered by many to be the worst film ever made.  And yet, it’s gained a cult following because it’s so entertainingly bizarre that it’s an extremely enjoyable view all the way through.  We reviewed it back in the day in our Film Duel column, check it out if you haven’t already.  Moving on.  Best Worst Movie is a documentary made by Michael Stephenson, the child “star” of Troll 2.  He, alongside almost every American involved with the film, had been embarrassed all his life about his involvement in the film.  But when a cult following begins to build around the film, many of the characters involved begin to see things differently.  In many ways, Best Worst Movie is the story of a phoenix.  It’s the story of new life rising from the ashes of something that was dead. Continue reading

May 11 2010

Letters to Juliet

Letters to Boo-liet. 1/4

Hoping to latch onto fans of Twilight and Nicholas Sparks, Letters to Juliet isn’t hopelessly romantic so much as it is just plain hopeless.  What’s more frightening is girls from the ages of 14 to young women in their mid to late twenties (or tweenties maybe?) will be coming in droves to see this saccharine disaster.

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Apr 27 2010

Harry Brown

Harry Brown will most likely be described as “British Death Wish with Michael Caine”, and to an extent, it is.  However, Michael Caine’s performance as the titular elderly avenger and the film’s political tone turns the film into something greater than your run-of-the-mill revenge shoot ‘em up.

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Apr 22 2010

The Losers

Due to an early screening of The Losers, LS2FG writers James Goux and B.S. Hadland have brought back the Film Duel to share both of their opinions on the film. You’ll find James’ review below Benn’s.  More after the jump.
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Apr 14 2010


In this era of redone, re-envisioned and rebooted superhero films, it is expected that our superheroes be portrayed in a more realistic, edgy manner than that of their Golden Age-era counterparts.  But there hasn’t been a film that, both, pays homage to caped crusaders and displays gleeful irreverence to the genre.  At least, not like Kick-Ass.

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Nov 4 2009

Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day

Boondocks Saints II All Saints Day movie poster

This week, Benn Hadland embarked on a solo review on Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day, which just opened last Friday, 30 October 2009. So far its in limited release, playing in several theaters in Los Angeles (go figure), and a couple places in the Orange County area, such as the Irvine Spectrum, the Edwards Long Beach 26, and the AMC at the Block (in Orange) to name a few.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
Year: 2009
Directed by: Troy Duffy
Written by: Troy Duffy
Starring: Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly
Genre: Crime

More after the jump. Amen.

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Aug 14 2009

It Might Get Loud

This is simultaneously an Early Bird Review and a Film Duel. In partnership with the Edwards University Towne Center 6 in Irvine, one of the few Southern California theaters showing the film, Benn and James watched the first showing of It Might Get Loud, the new documentary about three legendary guitar players: Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge. What follows is in our traditional Film Duel format, in which we both review the film and then comment on each others’ reviews.

It Might Get Loud
Year: 2009
Dir.: David Guggenheim
Starring: Jack White, Jimmy Page, The Edge
Genre: Documentary

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Aug 5 2009

Paper Heart

In a Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks first, we present to you a review of a film that has not been released yet.  James was lucky enough to catch the film in a screening, so here is a review, sans Ben’s analysis of Paper Heart, due in theaters August 14th.

Since this obviously doesn’t qualify as a Film Duel, let’s call this an “Early Bird Review”

Paper Heart
Year: 2009
Dir.: Nicholas Jasenovec
Written by: Nicholas Jasenovec and Charleyne Yi
Starring: Charleyne Yi and Michael Cera
Genre: Comedy

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