Jul 15 2011

Rubber

Weird, original and enticing, but very misguided. 2/4

Rubber is about a sentient tire named Robert that rolls around the highways of the American Southwest, becomes infatuated with a young woman, and blows peoples’ heads off via telekinesis.  Naturally, when word of this film hit the Internet early last year, people were understandably perplexed and excited; it was the right side of bizarre.

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Apr 15 2011

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

With a film like this, why even try? Unrateable.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror has become something of a modern day legend over the last two years.  As a recent submission into the pantheon of so-bad-its-rad films like The Room and Troll 2, Birdemic has made its way through the minds of movie geeks everywhere by way of bizarre online trailers and compilations.  Earlier this year, Birdemic was released on DVD and Blu-ray to packs of curious nerds who could finally answer the question: How bad is Birdemic?

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Jun 30 2010

Midnight Run

Comedy was one of my favorite genres growing up, and alongside action films, this constituted a great portion of my viewing.  I love a good comedy film, but once again I’ll repeat, I love a good comedy film.  I feel like only two or three of the comedies per year really pan out for me, but for a long time I loved going back to older comedies, finding it easy to appreciate them despite their “datedness” that I’ve heard complaints of from others.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the selection at your local Blockbuster, I feel like I’ve literally run through all the good comedies.  In fact, I’ve run through so many comedies that even the films I’ve seen recommended in various places that have shot to the top of my Blockbuster queue are starting to bore me.  Such was not the case with the most recent of these selections, Midnight Run, starring Robert DeNiro and the highly underrated straight man Charles Grodin. Continue reading


Dec 30 2009

World’s Greatest Dad

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Every year dozens of great films slip through the cracks as far as mainstream audience reception goes.  People are often unwilling to pursue smaller films to their smaller, more rare theatrical presentations, especially if it’s something they haven’t seen many advertisements or media coverage for.  The great thing about the home theater world we live in is that the experience of watching a film at home is almost as good, if not better than the experience of watching it in the theater.  It’s with this in mind that I’d like to highlight a film that just recently went to DVD and Blu-ray after its small theatrical release this year, hoping that some of you will pick up the dark comedic gem that is World’s Greatest Dad, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams.

As with several of my other reviews, I find myself torn about how much of the plot to reveal.  I prefer to view movies knowing as little as possible about them, particularly with regards to their story, and I feel that my readers would benefit from the same type of experience.  Therefore I must say that the big turning point of the film is at the end of its first act, and you won’t truly understand what it is that you are watching until this point.  But the setup is this: Robin Williams plays an unpublished writer who teaches poetry (also unsuccessfully) at the High School where his teenage son also goes.  His son is dumb, perverted, and completely cruel to him, and yet he tries the best he can to be a good father regardless.  The only people who seem to have any appreciation for him are the art teacher at school who he’s having a secret fling with (but might lose to a handsomer, more successful teacher), and his son’s best friend, who’s unhappy home allows to see the effort with which Robin Williams’ character puts forth in his parenting. Continue reading


Dec 16 2009

Take the Money and Run

This week marks the first week of our new wednesday review days, in which the guys take on solo reviews instead of our traditional Film Duel format.  It’s James’ turn now, so expect Benn’s entry next week.  And on to the review…

When you admire an artist of any type, it’s always good to go back and see where he started out.  It was with this in mind that I decided to view Take the Money and Run, Woody Allen’s first film in which he performed the triple duties of writing, directing, and acting.  As with most first efforts, you can see bits of pieces of the style that would define Woody Allen down the line, but in a lot of ways this does not feel like a traditional Woody Allen film.  That said, it’s still very entertaining and has some great laughs. Continue reading


Nov 11 2009

Four Rooms

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’s film is the fractured Four Rooms, the result of four indie darling nineties directors working together to create one film. Can the film carry a unified tone and story?

Four Rooms
Year: 1995
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell
Written by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell
Starring: Tim Roth, Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Ione Skye, Marissa Tomei
Genre: Comedy

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Oct 21 2009

A Serious Man

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. The newest Coen brothers movie, A Serious Man, is in theaters now. Benn and James were so excited about it, that they got an early jump on its release. You’ll find that this is one of our most in depth reviews yet, as there’s a lot of meat to talk about with this film.

A Serious Man
Year: 2009
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Written by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind
Genre: Drama, Comedy (Dark Comedy)

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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

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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)

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Aug 28 2009

Paper Heart: Benn’s Rebuttal

You may remember James’ Early Bird review of Paper Heart, and if you didn’t go ahead and read it at your leisure.  Or just trust that he generally liked it even if he wasn’t passionate about it.  Well since then, Benn has managed to catch the film and has a few opinions of his own.  In fact he felt strongly enough about it to write an entire review as a rebuttal to James’ thoughts.  So, because we always want to give you a well rounded opinion at Two Film Geeks, please enjoy Benn’s review of Paper Heart.

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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