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Movie Review: Terminator: Genysis

In: Donovan, Movies

The latest film in the Terminator franchise came out recently and if you’re hoping it will do what Jurassic World did for the Jurassic Park franchise you are in for a let down.
The “Judgment Day” apocalypse by computer network Skynet in James Cameron’s T2 is bumped from 1997 to 2017. In an alternate time line that takes far too much explaining to make sense, Schwarzenegger’s killer Terminator has been rebooted into an old cuddly parental figure named “Pops” who has raised and trained heroine Sarah Connor from a young age to fight against the machines.

A new crew of talented actors do their best to put new life into old characters. A welcome addition to just about anything, Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor, with Jason Clarke as her son John and Jai Courtney (yummmm!) as his lieutenant Kyle Reese. While all three of them did an acceptable job, you could tell even they knew the movie was shit.

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Movie Review: The Longest Ride

In: Matt, Movies

The tenth film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel hits theatres today and also marks the big screen debut of Clint Eastwood’s swoon worthy son, Scott. One of those facts is much more intriguing than the other but I’ll get to that in a moment. SPOILER ALERT: it’s Scott.

The Longest Ride, or as some will undoubtedly call it, The Longest Nap, is an incredibly dull movie that attempts to tell two separate love stories that, like alcohol and texting, really don’t go well together.

The film stars the adorable Britt Robertson, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago while she was in Vancouver filming The Secret Circle, as sophisticated art loving college girl Sophia who ends up falling for the charming, hunky, bull riding Luke (Eastwood). Their love story is intertwined with that of Ira (Alan Alda) and Ruth (Oona Chaplin), whose story is played out via letters Ira wrote to his wife read to him by Sophia after she helps save him from a car accident. It’s never really explained why he writes letters to her even though they live together but… I guess that wasn’t important because letters are so emotional and romantic.

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Movie Review: Get Hard

In: Matt, Movies

Get Hard is easily the most ridiculous movie of the year so far but it isn’t without its merits. While I try to be honest with myself when it comes to expectations I have to say the bar was pretty low going in to this one. I hadn’t watched the trailer, but everything Will Ferrell has done since Step Brothers really hasn’t hit the mark for me.

Kevin Hart co-stars in the movie about an investment banker who prepares for jail time with the help of the guy who washes his car. If you think you’re ready for the racial and gay stereotypes that ensue let me tell you… You’re not. Get Hard is certainly not for everyone, especially for the faint of heart but even in its most crass and low-brow moments it attempts a social satire that while extremely rude in its delivery is often effective in its message.

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Movie Review: Geography Club

In: Calan, Movies, Totally GAY!

Back in October Dono did a post about the Geography Club movie trailer and it peaked my interest. Not only was it starring two very handsome men,  Cameron Deane Stewart (Pitch Perfect) and Justin Deeley (90210), but it also genuinely looked really good. I’m a bit of a gay movie junkie and love attending the VQFF every year so I’ve seen my fair share of tacky gay cinema. I’m happy to say that Geography Club was not your average cheesy bad gay movie.

Synopsis: At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

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A new gay romantic comedy called John Apple Jack is making it’s world premiere tomorrow (Saturday, November 9) here in Vancouver at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF). John Apple Jack tells the story of a modern-day boy-meets-boy romantic comedy about finally finding love… after having slept with everyone else. I had the opportunity to watch the feature film ahead of time and I definitely recommend checking it out!

The film is written and produced by Vancouver’s Rick Tae, directed and co-produced by Monika Mitchell, and produced by Selena Paskalidis. Here’s a little more about the plot of the film: When a glamorous playboy realizes that his dream guy is about to get away, he turns his life upside down in a mad rush to confess his love. Tae’s semi-autobiographical tale unfolds around the escapades of John (Chris McNally), a handsome gay man and heir to a restaurant empire. John lives a lifestyle of extravagance – champagne, fast cars and fast men. But when he discovers his sister is about to marry his childhood crush, Jack (Kent S. Leung), John realizes that the wedding must be stopped. His life spirals out of control as he loses his job, his playboy reputation…and even his underwear.

“John and Jack were childhood friends whose lives have taken different paths. One is living a life of privilege but finds emptiness under its slick veneer. The other is earnest and lovable, but struggling to face his true desires. How do they bridge differences and find each other?” explains Tae. “At its heart, John Apple Jack is a universal love story of ‘opposites attract’ that will resonate with a wide audience. I’m excited to debut my first feature right here at home in Vancouver as it’s a tribute itself to the city’s culturally-diverse community.”

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Movie Review: Runner, Runner

In: Matt, Movies

After last month’s Getaway I was really looking forward to a good movie to review. Unfortunately for Runner, Runner, this isn’t it. The gambling themed thriller doesn’t even live up to the genre, has a boring hero, an equally boring plot and an ending as predictable as rain in Vancouver.

The film is about Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake), who is a student and teaching assistant at Princeton University who gets all of his tuition money cheated from him by a poker website. Richie then heads to Costa Rica with proof that he was cheated to convince the site’s billionaire owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) to give him his money back.

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Adam’s Weird Movie Review: Only God Forgives

In: Adam, TV Shows

This movie is not for everyone. First off, if you’re obsessed with Ryan Gosling (as I’m slowly finding out half the man-loving world is) then you’ll want to see him as severe and lean and sexy as ever in this. Second, if you love Asian revenge movies (plays really), then BAM this is up your alley. Third, if you liked the film Drive by director Nicolas Winding Refn then you’ll love this because it’s basically Drive 2, set in Bangkok… with an equally amazing and eerie sound track. Oh, fourth, if you like violence: watch this.

Set in modern day Thailand, this is a revenge film about family honour and drug lord crime. The two protagonists are both severely flawed as they attempt to restore peace to their respective homes. Ryan plays the brother of a murdered child rapist who is tasked by the incredible Kristin Scott Thomas (whom you will remember from Gosford Park Drop Dead Gorgeous but CERTAINLY not recognize) who acts as matriarch to this f-ed up family and who through horrendous guilt and near-incestual flirtation demands for retribution of her dead son. Ryan is pitted against a retired police officer who murders without shame the worst members of society in this vast asian city. There’s sword fights, massive gun shoot ups, beatings to death with bare hands and a lot of kinky sexy: if you’re into any of that, this movie is worth a look.

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Movie Review: Getaway

In: Matt, Movies

Wednesday night I had the unfortunate opportunity to see the embarrassingly terrible film Getaway, a film that packs an hour and a half with so many crashes, wrecks, flips, stunts and swerves that the audience barely knows where they are or what is going on at any given moment. After about 20 minutes I was nauseous with a headache.

Allegedly there was a very thin plotline somewhere underneath the crashes and explosions but I found it hard to keep track of or give enough attention to. The film follows retired racecar driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) who comes home to find his wife has been kidnapped. He soon learns that if he doesn’t follow the instructions of a mysterious man on a phone (Jon Voight), his wife will be killed. His first instruction is to steal a car, and this is where the film goes downhill. Magna soon picks up an unexpected passenger (Selena Gomez), who turns out to the owner of the car attempting to steal her own car back from Magna. If this sounds as stupid to you as it did to me, you might as well stop here.

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