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State of Play (2009) 17 Again (2009) Weekly Pick + Review

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Both movies "selected" this week are a fantasy. The Fourth Estate is being systematically financially and politically dismanteled and, well, you can't be 17 again, even you Zac Efron, even you. Although, you can pretend you're a high schooler in remedial classes and go watch Crank 2: High Voltage - a film so scientifically ridiculous, only the lowest of the lowly pseudo-science screenwriters could write it (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor).

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Submitted by Braden on April 13, 2009 - 11:57am


Observe and Report (2009) Weekly Pick + Review

Observe and Report (2009) Poster The trailer may indicate a more introspective, or "dark", comedy, but it's not. It's the same ole mall cop comedy everybody knows and loves - just darker and more introspective. Kidding, it's really more angry and juvenile, but at least not completely over the top. Although, there is a romantic element that pushes the mall envelope.

Every turf-war needs a goof-ball and a takes-himself-too-seriously character and we got'em here. Fighting over the glory of apprehending a mall flasher albeit with the superficial sub-text of fantasy mall-land knights slaying a naked dragon.

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Submitted by Braden on April 7, 2009 - 8:27am


Fast & Furious (2009) Weekly Pick + Review

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Back soon? But not so fast...and/or furious.

The original worked with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, but the sequels sucked like $4 dollar gas. Now, what's a budding producer to do? We can't just do it again can we? Oh yes you can! This is Hollywood! It's not about an original thought, it's about what you thought was original - and redoing it. Even if it's your somewhat original.

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Submitted by Braden on March 30, 2009 - 2:04pm


Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Weekly Pick

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For twenty years the government has been capturing and locking up Monsters in a secret Government facility - Wall Street. Now, it's time they work off a little of that $6 trillion dollar dinner tab and fight for our ever-toasty earth.

Suitable for kids 6-90. More suitable for kids with dreams of escape and live in a fantasy world, say 22-26.

But who can deny the allure of our lovable earth-grown outcasts saving the day? A 50-foot woman? Can she save California - maybe not, can she kick some corporate alien butt - you bet'cha.

This is a fun movie - even the most jaded teenager is going to come away with a smile on their face. Monsters may hide under the bed most of the time, but when their universe is threatened, there is no holding the Oooze back.

Dreamworks is no Pixar, but then again, Pixar is no Pixar after the Disney assimilation. The story is right, the message is right, the monters are ripe - what else could be better pre-taxes and post-wallageddon (We hope it's post...).

3d? That's another matter. The glasses are better this time around and this is a good movie for 3d, unlike the disaster Hamlet 2 (which might as well have been 3d for some semblance of a marketing hook).

It's more than fun, it's three-dimensional fun.

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Submitted by Braden on March 24, 2009 - 9:28am


Duplicity (March 20th, 2009) Weekly Pick

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Julia has a way about her. A sexy, silly way that never fails. And Clive...can handle it. When these two act in a room, the electricity screws up the lights.

It's about time for a corporate spy, but I'm a lover, romcom and Tony Gilroy (the writer and director) delivers. Duplicity is delicious.

I could go on about Julia and Clive, who previously worked together in 2004's Closer, but why? It's obvious they are a good match banter-wise and aren't bad to look at for either sexes.

What it IS good for is a good time. No end of the world scenarios, no constant 14 year-old humor, just some good ole corporate "voyeurism," back-stabbing, ego bashing and failed love avoidance. What's not to like?

Put it this way, it's a movie about people with jobs! Pretty people with jobs! And they're gonna stick it to the man! Now that's a recession movie, and like I said...I like it! I also happen to like the fact that she's a fabulous 40+ and not playing a 29 year old.

Take your date to Duplicity, it'll pay off later, trust me.

FYI, Knowing and I Love You Man are both probably worth seeing...on DVD.

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Submitted by Braden on March 16, 2009 - 10:57am

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