REview of “A Mllion Ways to Die in the West”

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane is just a really talented guy. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I loved the movie Ted, which was MacFarlane’s hilariously original earlier picture.

I don’t know the show myself, but you may also know MacFarlane for the small screen hit Family Guy.

This movie is a comedy Western very much reminiscent of “Blazing Saddles”. Unfortunately, it’s not as funny as that Mel Brooks classic. A phrase came to mind as I watched this flick: “he tickles me”. It’s something we Southerners say about people that are only kinda funny.

Come to think of it, I may have first heard the phrase “he tickles me” muttered by girls in high school as they were walking away after turning me down for a date, but I digress…

MacFarlane plays the lead character, who falls in love with, Anna (Charlize Theron). Inconveniently, and unbeknownst to him, Anna is married to a gunslinger played by Liam Neeson. Giovanni Ribisi capably plays Albert, the best friend of MacFarlane’s character.

The shamelessly slutty and irrepressibly funny Sarah Silverman plays a prostitute named Ruth, and Silverman gets more laughs than anyone else. Not so much laughs, really. More like snickers. Lots of snickers, but no guffaws.

If you are just really a huge fan of sight gags, fart jokes, and poop jokes, maybe you will like this one. Otherwise, I’d say pass.
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1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (86% score)

REview of “Fading Gigolo”

Fading Gigolo
If you can believe that John Turturro, who looks like this could be paid to have sex with Sharon Stone, who looks like this and Sophia Vergara, who looks like this, then you have a better imagination than I do.

Set in an Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn and beautifully filmed, Fading Gigolo was written and directed by John Turturro, but feels like it was written and directed by Woody Alan. Woody is also in the flick, and he plays the character always played by Woody Allen – neurotic, New York centric, and self absorbed.

If you are in the mood for 90 minutes of quirk, check this one out, but don’t bother going to the theater to do so.

1 vote, 4.00 avg. rating (76% score)

REview of “Belle”

Belle

This is a wonderful movie, by far the best I’ve seen so far this year.

It was made all the more interesting by the fact that none of the actors were particularly well-known, with the possible exception of Tom Wilkinson.

The theme of race was obvious, but there were also other important themes like social status, money, family loyalty, and love. Set in high society 18th-century England, the costumes, carriages, and beautifully appointed homes were exquisite.

Great acting made it easy to suspend your disbelief and simply fall into this place and time when class distinctions were rigid. Being born into a prominent family generally meant an easy life, but for the central character, Belle, her dark skin complicated the lives of everyone.

I recommend you see this movie, and if you really enjoy grand period scenery, I hope you see it before it leaves the theaters. IMDb with trailer

1 vote, 4.00 avg. rating (76% score)

PREviews for June 2014

PREviews for June 2014
Caution: the big movie studios are predictably coming around to collect their summer blockbuster checks. Be careful not to exchange your hard earned money for an entertainment-free collection of special effects or version II or III or IV of something for which the original wasn’t even very good.

Tom Cruise turns into a machine for Edge of Tomorrow. As if 21 Jump Street wasn’t enough of a stinker, we have Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill bringing 22 Jump Street. Then there’s Think Like a Man Too, and of course Transformers: Age of Extinction. I say “no thanks” to all of these.

Beyond the above-mentioned on-screen clichés, I see only three flicks that look like they might provide some entertainment.

Hellion
A dad tries to “do better” raising his troubled kid. Atlanta native Kat Candler directs, and it’s from indie studio IFC Films. Possibly a sleeper.
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Jersey Boys (2014)
Clint Eastwood directs this movie about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I’ll go to this one just to listen to the music.
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Third Person
Paul Haigis, who wrote “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby”, directs this movie and also wrote the screenplay. Stars Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Olivia Wilde. Liam Neeson is also in this movie. I’ll probably go and see it, even though I’m still trying to forgive Neeson for not leaving well enough alone with “Taken”, which was riveting. (I wish he’d skipped “Taken 2″ and “Taken 3″ is underway)
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PREviews for May 2014

Here’s what’s on tap for May, and nothing looks like a must-see.
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Seth McFarlane directs this, and he’s the same guy who did “Ted”.
Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried.
Possibly hilarious. Possibly just funny. Either way, I’m there.
(I’m still laughing at “Ted.”)
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God’s Pocket
One of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last movies.
Say no more. I’m going.
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Million Dollar Arm
Jon Hamm (from Mad Men)
Aasif Mandvi (from The Daily Show)
Alan Arkin (from 103 movies, some of which were pretty great.)
Lake Bell (from this Esquire video.)
A movie about a sports agent with, shall we say, an unusual recruiting strategy. Looks pretty good.
(Every guy – every single one of them - who clicked on the Lake Bell link will be going to this movie.)
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Chef
Is it even possible to create a stinker of a movie with a cast that includes John Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlott Johanssan, John Leguizamo, and Sophia Vergara?
Judging by the trailer, yes.
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Neighbors
New Seth Rogan movie.  Looks pretty stupid.
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Blended
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler had great chemistry in “50 First Dates”.
This one just looks unfunny.
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