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Summer Movie Schedule

The 2013 Summer Movie season is already on us with Ironman 3 and the Great Gatsby already ringing up cash registers across the world.  Click HERE for a great list (and more) of what to expect this summer from Hollywood.

Movie Review – History of the Eagles

I was recently flipping through the channels and one of my favorite Eagle’s songs was playing on Showtime.  Curious, I watched and was very pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn’t a random music video, but rather a comprehensive 3+ hour documentary on the history of the Eagles.

And by history, I mean from the time these guys were children to the time they Glenn Frey and Don Henley met playing backup for Linda Ronstadt.

This documentary does not shy away from any topic, including the bands history with substance abuse and abuse of each other.  There was an especially emotional section regarding Joe Walsh’s rehab, and the struggle directly after.

Sprinkled throughout is some amazing music and a pretty solid background of how the music industry works.  Especially interesting was the creative process behind some of the best songs they wrote together.

The video is not available yet on Blu-ray, but I suspect after making the film festival rounds, it will be, hopefully with even more content.  After 3+ hours of watching the show, I was wanting still more, it was that good.

Movie Review – Avatar (PG-13)

I have to be completely honest about this review.  I seem to be one of only a handful of people worldwide to have not seen this movie yet.  I will admit I was wrong when I thought that this movie looked like any other Hollywood “pet” project, like “Battlefield Earth”, “Ishtar”, “Gigli”, or “Glitter”.  This looked like the kind of movie where the person driving the film is the only one that thinks the movie can be watchable.

Never the less, “Avatar” has gone on to break box office record after record.  Even “Titanic” can not match up to the power of “Avatar”.  Checking the most recent reports from http://www.boxofficemojo, a movie fanatic’s dream site, even accounting for inflation, “Avatar” ranks up with films like “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and “The Sting”.

I get it.  It is a great film.  Take a chance (and a Dramamine) and watch the movie.  I think I will.  This week in fact.  At an IMAX Theater in Los Angeles while on vacation.  I hope it is worth the money…

Movie Review – Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Sherlock Holmes was one of the most interesting films I have seen his year.  Robert Downey, Jr. portrays him as a man that is unbelievably brilliant, almost disturbed, in how he interacts with those around him.

I was surprised with the level of fighting and mayhem in this movie.  Not that it was a bad thing, it was not what I expected.  I thought the movie captured the late 1800’s very well, right down to the look of the streets and costumes.  In fact, the streets were so gritty you could almost smell them!

I do not want to give plot away, suffice to say there are surprises and twists.  The love interest and interesting relationship between Holmes and Watson help you to connect with each of the characters in a way that makes you genuinely care for them and what happens to them.

I highly recommend this film and if I had an official rating system, I would give it 5 gears out of 6…

Dan Watkins – Client Care Manager

Movie Review – The Blind Side (PG-13)

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The Blindside (PG-13)

Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

Movie Review – 2012 (PG-13)

If a film critic awards four stars to a movie directed by Roland Emmerich — Hollywood’s reigning king of catastrophe, the critically scorned director of “Independence Day” and “Godzilla” — will the world come to an end? That’s a question the ancient Mayans never asked, but it’s the one facing me after the enormously satisfying, astonishingly accomplished, reprehensible-yet-irresistible “2012,” the crowning achievement in Emmerich’s long, profitable career as a destroyer of worlds.

Starting with the long-held misapprehension that the Mayan calendar picks 2012 as the date of humanity’s doom, Emmerich fleshes out that bit of pseudo-history with some pseudo-science — some nonsense about solar flares, and neutrinos heating the Earth’s core — and throws hundreds of millions of dollars and an expertly chosen cast at it. The result is a movie that takes the manifold guilty pleasures of such past Emmerich extravaganzas as “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow” — not to mention the Emmerich-inspired “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” — and amplifies and expands them until they fill up 2 1/2 overstuffed hours.

Movie Review – The Box (PG-13)

box09_posterScreen siren Cameron Diaz and former X-Man James Marsden star in the supernatural horror picture The Box (2008), directed by Donnie Darko cult fave Richard Kelly. The film’s premise involves a strange and ominous box granted to a young couple by a mysterious stranger (Frank Langella). They are informed that pressing various buttons on the box will grant them riches while killing a person unknown to them in the process. Executive produced by Ted Hamm, the film was adapted by Kelly from Richard Matheson‘s 1970 short story Button, Button. – Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

Movie Info

Theatrical Release Date:  11/06/2009
Rating:  PG-13
MPAA Reasons:  for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images.
Run Time:  116 min.
Distributor(s):  Warner Bros.
Director(s): Richard Kelly

Movie Review – Amelia

amelia_smallposterAfter becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America’s sweetheart – the legendary “goddess of light,” known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.

Movie Review – Zombieland!

ZombieA cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) in order to survive the zombie apocalypse.

As Tallahassee sets out on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, the duo meets up with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two young girls who have resorted to some rather unorthodox methods to survive amidst the chaos.

Reluctant partners in the battle against the undead, all four soon begin to wonder if it might be better to simply take their chances alone. – Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

-Dan Watkins – Client Care Manager