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*Dusting Off the Keyboard* “The Heat” (the movie, not the NBA team)

Sorry to all of my readers, however many of you actually pay attention to what I post on here, for my extended absence, again.  School has been, rather crazy and busy, but I am going to do my best to put on my big boy britches and get back to it.

And we begin tonight’s sojourn into the blogging word with my review of “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  This is a different take on the buddy cop comedy movie, where Bullock plays a rather uptight and arrogant FBI agent(Ashburn) who is sent to Boston to investigate and try to take down a drug lord.  She meets up with McCarthy’s (Mullins) local detective who is a bit, unorthodox, and through a series of misfit adventures, close calls, among other escapades, they learn to work together.  Sure, we’ve seen it before, ‘by the book’ meets ‘off the cuff’ and somehow their act eventually works in sync.  And usually, we’re tired of it and groan at the cliches that fill the screen.

But what works this time is that both McCarthy and Bullock have the comedic chops to pull off this often vulgar romp through the investigations.  Include the director of “Bridesmaids” Paul Fieg and writer Katie Dippold, whose works noted on IMDB include “Parks and Recreation” and “MADtv,” and you have a pretty solid team that will leave you laughing pretty hard at a number of scenes.  The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is fairly solid, though I will admit I feel McCarthy tries to come on a little strong.  I wasn’t a huge fan of her in “Bridesmaids” though I actually enjoyed her in this.  There are a good number of twists and even a few touching moments, and some great scenes where the Boston accent lends its comedic charm (just watch it and trust me).

So if you want to watch a vulgar comedy that will have you laughing out loud, go see it with an audience.  Even with the price of admission over $10, there is something spectacular about seeing a movie in a theater with a crowd.

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It’s the Muppets!

When I first saw the trailers months and months ago, I will admit that my inner child began to scream, “YAAAAY!” like Kermit does when introducing someone.  So when the movie finally came out I wanted so badly to see it, not just because of my inner child and the desire for nostalgia, but because this is the first Muppet movie in a long time, and was a serious chance for a reboot.  And after seeing “The Muppets” on Thanksgiving, I think they’ll be making more movies in the near future.

The film begins with Gary and his brother Walter, who by the way, is a Muppet, and how they have grown up over the years watching “The Muppet Show” and how Walter has become a huge fan.  When Gary and his long time girlfriend Mary go to Los Angeles, they intend to celebrate their tenth anniversary dating dinner.  Walter tags along, and they find their way to the Muppet Studios, which is dilapadated, Walter finds out it will be demolished to drill for oil, and the search begins to bring the gang back together to do one last show to save the studio before it’s too late.

The story is one that for those who have never heard or seen the Muppets in action, can really get behind and fall in love with the variety of characters, song and dance routines, and the story of friendship, love, and finding who you really are.  I will admit, that like any movie where inside jokes are to be had, there is still plenty for those outside the regular viewers to enjoy.

So I say to you, if you enjoy the Muppets of the past, you’ll enjoy this.  If you haven’t been exposed, this is a great way to begin your journey into this great world that crosses generations and has messages that all can understand and relate to.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Seen At Theater Reviews

 

Immortals in RealD 3D

I begin this post with throwing in my two cents about 3D.  I was raised on 3D being that the picture had parts that went into the audience and broke the screen’s 2D limitations.  RealD 3D is something I am still getting used to, and am not particularly happy when the one way to see a film at theaters is in the Read D 3D and you have to pay $3.50 more than expecting.  The RealD 3D made my eyes and head hurt the first time watching it, which was a showing of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”  The colors looked duller, the action not enhanced by the 3D, and the constant eye and head pain took me away from enjoying the film.

Now, having said that, I will admit I had my skepticism with Immortals when I saw that there were more showings in 3D than 2D, but it is what my wife and I decided to see.  Though I was not disappointed.

The story follows a bit of the mythology of Theseus, who we know mostly for killing the Minotaur in school, and his journey as a boy to a young man.  He goes against the King Hyperion and his army, all on a quest to prevent the Titans from being freed from Mount Tartarus, where they had been kept after losing their war with the gods.  The movie begins with a good little backstory that explains how and why these these things had occurred and where we were now.

With Producers from “300”, the movie uses a lot of slow motion, intense violence and blood, all with a grand backdrop and fast paced action to keep moving.  And in that, it succeeds greatly.  While I felt it didn’t have the same feel as “300”, I really enjoyed the movie, as well as the rather intense fight scenes, especially when Hermes appears in full god form and cleans house with some bad guys.  The audience, including myself, made a number of audible responses to that and later fight scenes where quite a bit of gore was to be had.

All though what we would expect from the previews, and it delivers as an entertaining movie.  The RealD 3D in this film wasn’t painful, and it makes me wonder if “Dawn Treader” had 3D added as an afterthought to just get more money, where in “Immortals” the film was intended for both dimensions and added to the experience.

My Recommendation: See It in 3D if it doesn’t hurt your eyes to see these type of movies, otherwise, 2D should be just fine.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Seen At Theater Reviews