May/2018

Fernando M., Here…

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Joss Whedon comes back to direct the Avengers one more time in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”  This is undoubtedly the most action packed film to date from the Marvel universe.  From the very first frame, it is nearly two and a half hours of epic battles with your favorite superheroes.  Now, it may be true that some character development screen time has been sacrificed to bring the gloriously orchestrated fighting that graces the screen; however, you have been getting to know these characters for the better part of seven years now.  The public demands to see the Avengers in action, and Whedon serves it up on a silver platter!

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Fernando’s Review of ‘The Theory of Everything’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 2nd, 2014

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Biopics are a tricky thing.  Nine times out of ten, you’ll end up with something more suitable for a Lifetime or Hallmark channel movie.  This is especially true when you tackle a larger than life subject, someone with much more story than is capable of being captured in a 2 hour run time.  I am happy to report that “The Theory of Everything” lies in that rare category of a biopic done right.

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Fernando’s Film Review of ‘John Wick’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 23rd, 2014

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Remember all those times you made fun of Keanu Reeves?  Well get ready to eat your words you nonbelievers!  Reeves is fixin to show you what pain is for 90 minutes of gun shooting neck breaking knife stabbing throat crunching action! The plot is as timeless a tale as our childhood stories of yesteryear.  Who doesn’t remember that lovable parable about the old retired hitman who gets wronged by the Russian mob….oh….well anyways, that’s the plot.  It is an incredibly simple setup for a fantastic revenge story.

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Fernando’s Review of ‘The Equalizer’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 25th, 2014

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Antoine Fuqua is two men.  He is the director of the critically acclaimed “Training Day,” for starters.  He is also evidently also the man that saw “Taken” a bunch of times.  When you put those experiences together, you get “The Equalizer.” Showcasing Denzel Washington again reprising his role as Denzel Washington, a strong , smooth, moral protagonist that is going to do a bunch of stuff with guns, but somehow still manages to have a part in the script where he gets to dance.  Denzel plays Denzel quite well, so it’s hard to fault him for that.  In this case in particular, he plays action Denzel better than ever!

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Listen, Michael Bay, we need to talk.  It’s not you, it’s me.  Trust me on this.  You haven’t changed, I have.  Maybe I love you more than I should.  Is it wrong to love too much?  Maybe it was.  You will always be dear to my heart.  Your explosions are completely unmatched by any other.  Nobody can take that away from you.  No other director will ever replace your passion to film entirely in IMAX 3D just to make things that much bigger, and we’re already talking about GIANT EFFIN ROBOTS!

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Fernando’s ‘Need For Speed’ Review!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 13th, 2014

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Every now and then, somebody gets the bright idea to take a video game and turn it into a movie.  Nine times out of ten (and that’s being generous), it is a horrid experience.  But sometimes, when the stars are aligned correctly, a video game movie can actually be awesome.  THIS IS THAT TIME.

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Fernando’s Review of ‘Labor Day’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 31st, 2014

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Jason Reitman, well known for modern classics such as “Juno” and “Up in the Air” takes a drastic turn with his newest film, “Labor Day.”  Though Reitman usually hits us with his own special blend of comedy and misery that is somehow equally lighthearted and cynical, you can expect none of that here.

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Fernando’s Review of ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 16th, 2014

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Hey guys!  Remember Jason Bourne?  Hell no you don’t!  At least you won’t give a crap about him after you watch JACK RYAN!  The director of “Thor” (Kenneth Branagh) shows us that he can again take really old source material and totally revamp it for today’s audience.  Jack Ryan is given about fifteen minutes of really effective origin story, and then a whopping hour and a half of non stop action.

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Fernando’s Film Review: ‘American Hustle’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 20th, 2013

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I think i just got played.  David O’ Russell was shooting for his hat trick with ‘American Hustle’.  In 2010, we got “The Fighter,” an amazingly emotional story about loss and addiction.  2012 brought us “Silver Linings Playbook,” an incredibly off beat comedy littered with lovable yet slightly bizarre characters and a different take on a familiar plot.  Both of these films were highly praised and proved that Russell is one of today’s more impressive directors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fernando’s Film Review: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 20th, 2013

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The Coen brothers return to give their homage to starving musicians and the art of folk songs.  Seen through the eyes of folk musician Llewyn Davis, the film captures a week long span, and perhaps the most eventful weeklong span, of one man’s continued attempt to make it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas Buyer’s Club is a semi-biographical film about Ron Woodroof, a tough as hell, alpha male within his pack, womanizing, hard drinking, fast livin’ Texan.  He is the man you think about when you hear a Johnny Cash song.  Crass redneck, part time bigot, full time cowboy.

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Fernando’s Review of ’12 Years A Slave’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 24th, 2013

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Last year, we saw two films tackle the darkest of moments in American History.  Quentin Tarantino’sDjango Unchained” gave us a “what if?” historical satire that was a hit with critics and audiences alike.  Steven Spielberg chimed in too with the also acclaimed, though incredibly white washed, “Lincoln,” which depicted the legislative maneuvering that underwent to abolish slavery.

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Fernando Reviews ‘JOBS’, starring Ashton Kutcher!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 19th, 2013

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Steve Jobs was, regardless of your personal feelings about him, an innovator who literally changed the course of our nation, culturally speaking.  The man was an artist, a complex individual with an incredible story behind him.  Unfortunately, the film “Jobs” did not do enough to give Mr. Jobs a proper sendoff into history.

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It’s hard to describe a movie about an older and very goofy looking Michael Cera playing a drug obsessed twenty something traveling through Chile to find this crazy hallucinogen, while making an unlikely friend along the way and having a revelation somewhere in there. However, I think I just did.

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Fernando Reviews ‘White House Down’ and Loves It!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 27th, 2013

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God bless you, Roland Emmerich.  It looks like you finally read my last review where I asked you to please stop caring about any sort of plot in movies and just focus on action.  Emmerich brings us “White House Down,” a movie about a world where Jamie Foxx plays Barack Obama…I mean, “President Sawyer,” who signs legislation to bring peace to the middle east, and then is targeted by white supremacist domestic terrorists in an effort to start a nuclear world war 3……does this sound crazy?  HELL YEAH IT DOES!!!

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Sofia Coppola’s interpretation of the real life events of a bunch of nobody kids stealing a bunch of expensive stuff from a bunch of nobody celebrities.  Then they got caught, got on the news a bit, got a story in Vanity Fair, and were pretty much back to being forgettable again until Coppola made her movie.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Commuter’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 1st, 2018

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SOMEONE PLEASE STOP TAKING LIAM NEESON’S FAMILY!!! Ok, so maybe ‘The Commuter‘ isn’t so much about having his family ‘Taken’, but they get threatened to get taken, and that’s close enough.

So “The Commuter” is here simply to prove that Liam Neeson is still an action hero, and to be fair, he is probably our best action hero.  At age 65, he’s doing stuff that Tom Cruise wishes he could have done in his 30’s.  Actually, this felt like a role that was written for Tom Cruise until someone realized that Tom Cruise is box office poison but everyone loves Liam Neeson probably because of Love Actually.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 8th, 2018

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(This film portion was written by Fernando Martinez)

By now you must know about the “The Room.”  If by some chance you don’t know what it is, I would highly recommend viewing before watching “The Disaster Artist,” although it is by no means required.  Just as a cliff’s note, “The Room” is a cult film known as the best worst movie ever made.  It’s a melodramatic poorly acted mess, but it has hit a chord with enough people to gain midnight movie status, along with audience participation a-la Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It is a beast all of its own and it has drawn the love from college stoners to A list actors alike.  Naturally, in the center of the Venn Diagram of these fanbases, lies James Franco.

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Film Review: ‘The Commuter’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 12th, 2018

SOMEONE PLEASE STOP TAKING LIAM NEESON’S FAMILY!!! Ok, so maybe ‘The Commuter‘ isn’t so much about having his family ‘Taken’, but they get threatened to get taken, and that’s close enough.

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Film Review: ‘Insidious: The Last Key’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 4th, 2018

If there’s anything that can be said about the Insidious franchise, it’s that they found a working formula and boy did they decide to stick with it.  This is the fourth installment of the film series and…well…it’s remarkably like the previous installments.  This is not necessarily a bad thing. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?  Still, I got much more déjà vu instead of déjà-new© out of this movie. With all that being said, it’s still a damn good sequel.

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Movies We’re Thankful For!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 23rd, 2017

Tis the season to be thankful for many things. Family, friends, food, jobs, and Bruce Campbell. It’s Thanksgiving time and we here at Boomstick Comics just love movies. We love everything about them. Even the bad ones. While you’re eating those delicious bites of Turkey, watching ‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving‘ or the Dallas Cowboys Game, we want to share with you some movies that we are thankful for. These movies have touched us in some way and have helped shaped our creative lives. Maybe this list will inspire you to make your own list and share it with us. These are the movies we are thankful for and dearly love.

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Film Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 16th, 2017

By now you must know about the “The Room.”  If by some chance you don’t know what it is, I would highly recommend viewing before watching “The Disaster Artist,” although it is by no means required.  Just as a cliff’s note, “The Room” is a cult film known as the best worst movie ever made.  It’s a melodramatic poorly acted mess, but it has hit a chord with enough people to gain midnight movie status, along with audience participation a-la Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It is a beast all of its own and it has drawn the love from college stoners to A list actors alike.  Naturally, in the center of the Venn Diagram of these fanbases, lies James Franco.

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Film Review: ‘The Room’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 16th, 2017

There is nothing that can be said about ‘The Room‘ that hasn’t been said already.  There’s a book about it, there’s about to be a feature film about it, and it’s show on countless theaters at midnight screenings.  But for those of you who don’t know, let me tell you about this magic.

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Film Review: ‘Happy Death Day’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2017

Written By: Fernando Martinez

Ok, let me start off by saying that “Happy Death Day” is not a great movie., although there are a lot of great things about it.  However, given the genre, I had a fantastic time watching it.  Although it feels more like an extended episode of whatever show is on the CW now, this horror/drama/comedy packs its fair share of good fun.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2017

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(This film portion was written by Fernando Martinez)

The Mummy (1999) is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  Written and directed by Stephen Sommers, it works as an homage to classic monster movies, great adventures, and old school “hero of the day” golden age of cinema films. Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and what can only be described as a truly breakout performance by Arnold Vosloo as The Mummy Himself, Imhotep!

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4K UHD Review: Power Rangers!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 28th, 2017

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Yeah, I’m not gonna write this.  I’m off to buy the action figures.  See ya later kids. 

OK, I’m back.  America, if you have children between the ages of 6 through 13, or grown men in the house in their 30’s, well, you’ll  be watching Power Rangers.  And you’re gonna dig it.  And you’re gonna buy a bunch of toys.  Honestly, it’s good.

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Film Review: The Mummy (2017)!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 7th, 2017

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The Mummy (1999) is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  Written and directed by Stephen Sommers, it works as an homage to classic monster movies, great adventures, and old school “hero of the day” golden age of cinema films.  Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and what can only be described as a truly breakout performance by Arnold Vosloo as The Mummy Himself, Imhotep!

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Film Review: ‘Power Rangers’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 23rd, 2017

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Yeah, I’m not gonna write this.  I’m off to buy the action figures.  See ya later kids. 

OK, I’m back.  America, if you have children between the ages of 6 through 13, or grown men in the house in their 30’s, well, you’ll  be watching Power Rangers.  And you’re gonna dig it.  And you’re gonna buy a bunch of toys.  Honestly, it’s good.

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Film Review: ‘The Great Wall’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 17th, 2017

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This is a bad year for walls. ‘The Great Wall‘ easily wins the “biggest misnomer of the year” award. Should have gone with the title “This Wall, It’s OK I Guess.” What the hell went wrong with this picture?  The setup is great, which is “We use the Great Wall of China as a backdrop for a fantasy film about monsters.”  There’s a parable about monsters and greed and containment and human evil, but really, it’s all about monsters attacking the Great Wall of China.  On this premise alone, it sounds like a lot of fun, and it really could have been.

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Film Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 12th, 2017

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Let me set this stage.  We open on a scene in 1969 involving a guy that has obviously snapped and is muttering, “don’t think it – don’t say it – don’t think it – don’t say it.”  Pretty good setup, huh?  Then it moves to three teenagers in a creepy house.  Not bad huh?  Then the teenagers are having a party, where one of them has a big brother that has a family that for some reason comes over to this college party with a bunch of underage drinkers, and also he brings a five year old.

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Film Review: ‘The Adderall Diaries’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 19th, 2016

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I must admit that I have not read the Stephen Elliot memoir that this is based on.  I can’t judge much as far as the worth of the book or if the plot is better suited for the written word, however, I must say I found this a bit underwhelming.

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Film Review: ‘Sunny in the Dark’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 19th, 2016

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Nowadays we tend to think of independent cinema as anything that plays at “Angelika” theaters that doesn’t involve special effects.  They usually star Gary Oldman and/or have people speaking in British accents.  Sure, all these are “independent,” but we forget that there are even smaller movies out there; there actually exist movies that are produced and created by small studios in real communities.  Sunny in the Dark is one of those.

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Film Review: ‘DEADPOOL’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 8th, 2016

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Well if there’s one comic book movie worth seeing, see this one!  However, whatever you do, don’t take your kids.  Hell, you probably wouldn’t want to take a date.  If anyone reading this is familiar with the character of “Deadpool,” then you already know why.  If you aren’t familiar with him, prepare to get educated.

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Film Review: ‘Victor Frankenstein’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 25th, 2015

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Is there any real need to make another Frankenstein movie?  Probably not.   Is there any real need to add extra cheese to a pizza?  Of course not.  Why do we do it then?  Because, sometimes it’s just too awesome not to do.

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Film Review: ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 3rd, 2015

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It’s sophomoric, juvenile, low budget, lacks any name recognition actors, but I dare say I had a good time watching it.

Blood Sucking Bastards is what happens when a comedy troupe gets together and says, “Hey, remember that great movie, Office Space?  What if it had vampires?”  Actually, I am 90% sure those were the exact words uttered to start this creative process.  As you can imagine, this kind of idea would only appeal to a very small percentage of the population.  Fortunately for that small percentage, this movie did get green-lit.

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Film Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 19th, 2015

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When in the world will someone get one of these right?  I can’t count the number of times I’ve been disappointed by a video game movie.  It’s a lost cause.  There’s no other way about it. The biggest victims of these green lit movies are the new directors that are given the helm.  There is some definite potential for Aleksander Bach.  He should be happy that he was able to do something with what he was given to work with.  All that can really be said is “hey, it’s better than the Hitman movie that came out in 2007.”

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Film Review: ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 26th, 2015

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This is a tough one.  I’m guessing this falls into the genre of historical fiction.  Director/Writer Andrea Di Stefano created this story out of a short phrase he heard once.  “This kid got involved with the Escobar family and got into some trouble.”  From this small excerpt, Di Stefano drafted a tale of a young Candaian, Nick, (Josh Hutcherson) who gets romantically involved with one of Pablo Escobar’s nieces and becomes a member of “the family.”

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Film Review: ‘Insidious 3’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 4th, 2015

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The “Insidious” franchise is a strange one.  The movies have developed a formula that they have successfully recreated now for a third time.  They are basically split into three parts; a) spooky haunting stuff, b) going into “the further” (the ghost realm) to confront the haunters, c) resolution.  The first film was pretty creepy throughout, albeit rarely truly terrifying.  The second film was a bit more action/adventure than it was horror.  This third installment took the same formula, and I dare say it’s the most fun of the trilogy.

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Film Review: ‘Hot Pursuit’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 7th, 2015

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What happened?  I mean, Reese Witherspoon was just nominated for an Oscar, right?  She follows up her acclaimed role in “Wild” with Hot Pursuit?

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Film Review: ‘The Water Diviner’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 23rd, 2015

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Director Russell Crowe.  Sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it?  Russell Crowe has starred in a ton of films, and it feels like he is trying to bring each of his characters into this movie.  Unfortunately, that means it tends to lose its way throughout; it never gets a chance to find it’s identify.

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Film Review: ‘Ex Machina’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 17th, 2015

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 It’s very rare that we get to say that a directorial debut is nothing short of a rousing success. Ex Machina is one of the finest films I have seen in YEARS!  Written and directed by veteran screenwriter Alex Garland, the brilliant writing mind behind 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and the Dredd reboot; he has outdone himself in every way by taking the director’s chair on his new film.

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Film Review: ‘The Hunting Ground’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 27th, 2015

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The Hunting Ground” is a documentary film shedding light on a situation that nobody wants to talk about.  Rape.  Specifically, it explores the constant issue that campus rape has been for decades.  From the initial frames of the film, the viewer is treated to a stark contrast of college reality that brings an immense dread that does not let up.  This film is heartbreaking, painful, a bit circumstantial, but also hopeful.

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Film Review: ‘Chappie’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 6th, 2015

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OK, so Neill Blomkamp (‘District 9‘) likes video games and old school sci-fi movies.  Just putting it out there. Chappie, the character, not the movie, is the result of a robotic police force and government robotics and one programmer that wants to push the limits of AI.  He does so with his creation “Chappie,” a robot with feelings, who is stolen and raised by a couple of gangsters who try to teach him to be a criminal for their benefit

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Film Review: ‘Seventh Son’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 5th, 2015

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Look, I’m not saying that making a good Fantasy movie is easy, but we live in a post-Lord of the Rings world here.  We live in a world where Game of Thrones is on the highest ranking TV shows and is watched by all sorts of demographics.  All I’m trying to say is, in this day and age, there’s just no excuse for “Seventh Son.”

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Film Review: ‘Project Almanac’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 29th, 2015

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Found footage films have become a genre of their own.  In recent memory, they have been a favorite conduit for sci fi and horror films.  We are again treated to a found footage film about a group of high school students who, in this case, discover time travel.  The viewer is watches as they “Chronicle” their journey.

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Film Review: ‘Pride’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 9th, 2014

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Films based on historic events concerning equal rights and marginalized groups rarely, if ever, have giant dance sequences and laugh out loud moments….until now! “Pride” is set in Margaret Thatcher’s England at a time when the government went heavily against a national strike by coal miner’s unions.  Seeing the similarities in oppressions, a group adequately named “Lesbians and Gays Support Miners” makes the union’s cause their own.

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Film Review: ‘Annabelle’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 2nd, 2014

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It’s really hard to make a good horror film these days.  I’m not sure if it’s because the genre has been so vigorously explored in the past half century that there’s little left to give to the audience, but I’ll say that it is a truly difficult task.  In recent memory, there are a few gems that will undoubtedly become classics one day.  Annabelle doesn’t quite fit into this category, but man, it gives it a hell of a shot!

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Film Review: ‘Ida’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 30th, 2014

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It’s hard to think of “Ida” as a film, although it certainly is a marvelous one.  Rather, it feels like a work of art that should be displayed on a museum wall.  Perhaps a big part of the feel is because of it’s incredibly efficient run time, like an iconic photograph or a masterpiece painting, it says a lot with very little.  It is a minimalist piece in every sense of the word, but it leaves an emotional punch that lingers.

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Film Review: ‘Frequencies’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 23rd, 2014

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Now here’s a gem of a film that, not without its flaws, emerges as a unique and worthwhile experience. Frequencies tells of a world, perhaps a near future, where each person is identified by their resonance with the planet.  Much like our ideas of IQ’s, a person’s frequency is a measurable feature, but in this universe, it is measurable to a point where the probability of failure or success at life is predictable with little room for error.

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Film Review: ‘I’ll Follow You Down’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 22nd, 2014

Fernando M., Here…

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Have you ever watched one of those movies that you really wished was going to be good, and then it just wasn’t?  It’s a movie that makes you wish you could go back in time, make a few creative changes, maybe hire a different cinematographer, and perhaps it could have been a film you could watch in theaters.  “I’ll Follow You Down” is more akin to an episode of “The Outer Limits” or “The Twilight Zone,” but not the good Rod Serling original Twilight Zone, but rather the version that came out in the 2000’s.

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Film Review: ‘Fed Up’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 16th, 2014

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Katie Couric, as producer and narrator, presents a film which began as individual news stories; the stories slowly developed into a fascinating look into the state of American food production, consumption, and its results on the health of our citizens. This documentary, directed by Stephanie Soechtig, takes an in depth looks at various issues of our state of nutrition and the American epidemic of obesity.  The film’s major focus is on our dependence on processed foods and the political movements that have created our nutritional environment today.

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Film Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 3rd, 2014

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Marvel’s next adventure for beloved comic book icon ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ is ambitious; a triumph in many respects, but perhaps falls just shy of reaching its full potential as a standalone film.

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Film Review: ‘Endless Love’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 13th, 2014

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I just watched a two hour Abercrombie and Fitch commercial disguised as a romance film.  “Endless Love,” contrary to its title, is actually about fleeting and superficial teenage love.  This movie is built for teens; ready to capitalize on their angst, their desire to piss off daddy, and their raging libidos.

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Film Review: ‘The Past’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 15th, 2014

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Such a strange and intriguing film.  “The Past” is barely a story, but more of a character study.  Director Asghar Farhadi creates a somber ambiance, and knows exactly how to lead his actors through it.  Bérénice Bejo, most known for her role in “The Artist,” is fantastic as an incredibly stressed and troubled woman, trying to find sense in the psychological mess that she’s in.  An equally strong performance by Ali Mosaffa, who acts more with the expression of his eyes than anything else.

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Film Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 20th, 2013

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Quite literally, a Disney movie about the making of a Disney movie.  One would think this would be little more than ego stroking ego, but actually, “Saving Mr. Banks” is a sweet film telling the tale of the production of a classic; the story of how Walt Disney bought the rights to Mary Poppins, and the story behind the iconic flying nanny.

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Film Review: ‘Pulling Strings’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2013

Fernando M., Here….

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Ever wondered what happens when an apparently soulless U.S. Embassy worker who denies a visa to a handsome young mariachi ends up having to go on a rom-com adventure with said mariachi?  If the answer is yes, then you’re in for a treat!

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Film Review: ‘Upside Down’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 14th, 2013

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Upside Down‘ came ridiculously close to being great, and though it succeeds on many levels, it misses the mark one too many times to really deliver what it was going for.  Still, this being the big screen debut for director Juan Solanas, it can be considered an impressive feat that has it’s strengths, but will likely face varied reception among audiences.

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Film Review: ‘Stand Up Guys’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 31st, 2013

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Have you ever wondered what happens to old mobsters that don’t become “The Don?”  If you have, then watch ‘Stand Up Guys‘ to find out.  Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin play three old wise guys who are reunited for one last night of glory.

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