REview of “A Good Day to Die Hard”

A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis looked good at 57 as the cool-under-pressure John McClane and he had a few funny, dry lines like “I’m on vacation!”, and “I’ll need to call you back” (uttered to his daughter in the midst of a chase scene).  Frankly, I thought Pasha Lychnikoff, who played a bit part as a singing cabbie early in the movie, was the funniest character.  All in all, I’d say this one was just about what I expected. 

A test for whether you should go see this movie:


  1. Did you love, love, love all the other movies in the “Die Hard” series? 

  2. Do you like to see things blow up? 

  3. Do you like to see bad guys with huge guns miss good guys in a shootout while good guys with smaller guns almost never miss the bad guys? 

  4. Did you like the scene in the first Die Hard movie in ’88 when Hans Gruber fell from the Nakatomi Plaza so much that you’d like to see it again?

  5. Would you like to leave thinking “man, next time I’m stuck in traffic I’d really love to have one of those huge badass armored trucks like the one in the movie?”

  6. Is it really important to you to see all of this on a giant screen?
If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions (including the last one), go see this one at the theatre.
Otherwise, I’d wait for it on Netflix.
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REview of “Side Effects”

I said I’d pass on this one, but today I got an urge and went to see it after all.

The trailer made me think this was one of those movies that was going to remind me that drug companies are the ones really running healthcare in this country, and it did just that:

“Doctor, our company will pay you $50,000 to participate in our study…” I’m as big a capitalist as the next guy, but I kept thinking there’s just got to be a better way.

As the movie unfolds you realize that all is not as it seems, and it already seems pretty weird. Channing Tatum’s character, Martin, just got out of prison for insider trading. Rooney Mara’s character, Emily, has a history of emotional issues. Complexity ensues.

Nice twist at the end, but overall I’d vote for watching this one on Netflix.
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REview of “Side Effects”

Side Effects
I said I’d pass on this one, but today I got an urge and went to see it after all. The trailer made me think this was one of those movies that was going to remind me that drug companies are the ones really running healthcare in this country, and it did just that: “Doctor, our company will pay you $50,000 to participate in our study…” I’m as big a capitalist as the next guy, but I kept thinking there’s just got to be a better way.

As the movie unfolds you realize that all is not as it seems, and it already seems pretty weird. Channing Tatum’s character, Martin, just got out of prison for insider trading. Rooney Mara’s character, Emily, has a history of emotional issues. Complexity ensues.

Nice twist at the end, but overall I’d vote for watching this one on Netflix.
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PREviews for February 2013

Not much looks good to me in February, and nothing looks, great. Here’s all I could find that I thought worth mentioning.

A Good Day to Die Hard
This is the 5th Die Hard movie. Undoubtedly, Bruce Willis will be cool and occasionally funny. Impossible things will happen. Bad guys will die. Lots of things will blow up. If I go to see this I’ll probably wish I had waited for the video to come out.
But, I probably will go see it. Hey, it’ Bruce Willis as John McClane.
I mean really, what’s cooler than that?
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Identity Thief
This one’s from the producers of Ted, which I liked a LOT. Stars Jason Bateman, who I like a lot. Also stars Melissa McCarthy, who is hysterical on her TV show Mike & Molly, and who everyone on the planet besides me seemed to like in “Bridesmaids”. Amanda Peet’s in this, and she’s got one of those beautiful faces you could just look at all day. Here’s my problem: this looks like a movie where the trailer highlights the very best the movie itself has to offer, and this trailer ain’t that funny to me.
I think I’ll pass.

Side Effects
After “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” I promised myself I’d go see whatever Rooney Mara did next. She was riveting in that movie, but come to think of it, that was a riveting movie. In Side Effects she is again an off-kilter character, which would seem to play to her strengths, but the trailer just doesn’t make me want to go see the flick.
I think I’ll pass on this one.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
I read that marijuana is now legal in the states of Washington and Colorado. (I read it on the internet, so it must be true.) I predict that this movie will find a small but enthusiastic following in the states of Washington and Colorado. Other places, not so much.
This flick stars Mill Murray, who is a serious talent, and Charlie Sheen, who is looking for redemption.
It just looks stupid to me, but I’ll bet if I was on a Rocky Mountain High, it would seem hilarious.
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REview of Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad
OK, this’ll be quick.
If you feel the urge to go to the theatre to see this, I’d say save the money.
If you feel the urge to watch it when it comes out on Netflix, save the postage.
If you feel the urge to watch it eventually on HBO, watch reruns of the Sopranos.
Even when it makes its way to network TV and it’s 3 AM and you can’t sleep, skip it.

I went because Sean Penn is a terrific actor, because I was in the mood for a movie tonight, and because I didn’t think much beyond that. Mistake.
Once I got there I was pleased to see that Emma Stone was in this, along with Giovani Ribisi, Ryan Goslin, and Josh Brolin. It’s a period piece about gangsters in LA after WWII, but it felt like several concepts had been combined with duct tape. At times it seemed this should have been done as an animated flick, then as film nior, then it just seemed like an action flick with uninspired slow motion special effects. This one didn’t work for me. A stinker.
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