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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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Fernando M., Here…

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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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Fernando M., Here….

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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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