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Movie Review: The Dilemma

In: Movies, Patrick

Hmm, do I tell you if I liked it now or later? The dilemma. Earlier this week, Tyrell and I checked out the prescreening of the film, as did Jonny and his bf Kodie. You may have first heard about the film when the trailer caused a bit of controversy, where Vince Vaughn‘s characters says a “That’s so gay,” type joke when trying to explain something to a board room. Having watched that very scene, I can tell you it’s nothing to get offended by.

The film is about a man (Vince Vaughn) that discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair. Does he tell his best friend or not? That’s the dilemma. At first you think, “Of course I’d tell him – right away – I would certainly want to know,” but it quickly becomes a lot more complicated than that as the stakes get higher and the reasons to not tell him start piling up.

Ronny is a bachelor (Vaughn), looking to eventually tie the knot with his beautiful wife Beth (Jennifer Connelly). His best friend Nick (Kevin James) is married to Geneva (Winona Ryder). The four of them hang out and party together, Nick & Ronny having known each other since college.

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Where do I begin? When I first heard about this film, I was mildly intrigued. Then when I saw the first trailer which was soon followed by the release of the movie single, “Country Strong“, I was sold. With Burlesque not receiving the warmest welcome with critics, I naturally assumed “Country Strong” would be the music picture event of 2010. Given it had Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Garret Hedlund and Tim McGraw and big country artists on the soundtrack, how could it go wrong? Umm…. let me count the ways.

To say this movie is a rental would be beyond kind. While it wasn’t a complete trainwreck, it wasn’t even guilty-pleasure “Glitter” worthy. Before I get into telling you what I liked (very little) and didn’t like, a little background on the plot would be beneficial.

A rising young singer-songwriter, Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), gets involved with fallen country music star Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the pair embark on a tour to resurrect her career, helmed by her husband/manager, James (Tim McGraw), who accompanies them along with beauty queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). Complications arising from romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all. – wikipedia description

While the trailers lead you to believe Gwyneth is the star of the movie, it’s actually Garrett Hedlund who’s the main protagonist of the film. Not only is he the moral heart of the film, but he sings the majority of the songs. Had the movie been billed as a love story between Garrett & Leighton’s character, I think “Country Strong” could’ve worked. Instead it tried too hard as a vehicle for Gwyneth to get all countrified and sell some singles.

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The Fockers are back! Last night, I caught a prescreening of the third “Focker” film, and its all star cast did not disappoint. Several years after we last left off, Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) now have two fraternal twin children (Henry and Samantha) and they’re planning their fifth birthday party. Naturally, the in-laws are coming which is always a recipe for disaster.

While at work (he’s still a nurse), Greg meets Andi (Jessica Alba) who is a drug rep. A little caught off guard by her looks, he chats with her a while about her proposal to do a speech at a doctor’s convention for an erectile dysfunction pill (that works for people with heart conditions) called Sustengo. At this point, I start to wonder if I’m watching Love & Other Drugs again, but I’m not. Andi is a bubbly, determined, and flirty rep that doesn’t take no for an answer. When Greg gets paged to help another nurse with an anal insertion on a patient, Andi comes to help. “Focus on relaxing your anus,” she says. The procedure is successful. “That was bad ass,” says Alba. “Literally,” responds Greg. Alas, Greg says no to her proposal…for now.

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Movie Review: Tron Legacy

In: Donovan, Movies

When I first heard Disney was making a sequel for the 80s classic flick “Tron“, I was beyond excited. The original movie was a favorite of mine growing up and I also loved the Atari video game. The first movie was actually inspired by the video game Pong for Atari. Talk about going full circle. With such a huge cult following, would the sequel live up to the first movie filmed almost 30 years ago? The original movie not only became a cult classic, but received fairly positive reviews and praised for the visuals and acting when it was first released.

Rather than trying to give you brief overview of the movie and risk giving away spoilers, I thought I’d post the official synopsis from Walt Disney Pictures. At least this way, if anything spills, it’s on the hands of the studio.

Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade — a signal that could only come from his father– he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber universe — a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

watch the trailer after the jump

Movie Review: How Do You Know

In: Movies, Tyrell

Opening in theatres today is the newest romantic comedy from Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson. Its called How Do You Know? The story begins with Reese’s character Lisa waiting to hear if she will be playing on Team USA for women’s baseball. She’s also dating famous Washington National’s pitcher, Matty played by Owen Wilson. George, played by Paul Rudd is in trouble with the company he works for, which is also owned by his father, played by Jack Nicholson.

As the story progresses, Lisa doesn’t make the team, and her relationship with Matty becomes more complicated as the not-so-monogomous player invites her to move in with him. As George falls deeper and deeper into trouble with the company, he falls more and more in love with Lisa. Through the friendship he builds with her, he finally makes the move to win her heart.

I am usually a sucker for a good romantic comedy but this one wasn’t my favorite. I’m not sure what it was that made me not enjoy it as much as I usually would have. I think it was the annoying friendship that Lisa and George had. I will say that Owen Wilson’s character is really funny and has some of the best lines in the movie. Jack Nicholson is also quite funny in the movie and the relationship he has with Paul Rudd is hilarious. I think this flick is more of a renter than a go to the theatres and see kind of film. I would say that its absolutely for those days you need a little laugh, a little cry and a little pick-me-up.

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Movie Review: The Tourist

In: Movies, Tommy D

The Tourist was was of the highly anticipated movies of the year. Well how couldn’t it be with two of the biggest powerhouses in the industry in the leading roles right?

I didn’t really know much of the plot so I was going into this completely cold, which is a good thing usually. The tourist, in my humble opinion (right…humble) is a little bit of everything, and sadly not much of anything. Does that make any sense? It seems to be the only way I could describe it as I was watching it.

Angelina Jolie is Elise, a woman whom the police have been watching for years. She in English, and is in love with a man named Alexander Pierce who no one has the slightest idea of what he looks like…except Elise. He sends her notes throughout the movie summoning her to places. The first telling her that he knows the police is watching her and she has to lose them, so that they could be together. The instructions were simple, get on a train for Venice and find someone who looks like me, and make the police believe that it is me. Enter Jonny Depp, who is a math teacher from America named Frank on a train to Venice.

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Last week, I took a trip down memory lane and checked out the latest in The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – in 3D! Our favorite C. S. Lewis characters return, with the addition of the annoying cousin Eustace, among others. Lucy and Edmond are staying with him, while Susan and Peter were off studying at school – they aren’t really part of the story line in this third installment of the series. Here’s the synopsis of this one:

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Eustace doesn’t get along with his cousins and feels as like they are intruding in his personal space. Simply put, he’s a total brat. When they discover a painting of a ship on open water is a gateway back into Narnia, Eustace quickly becomes a believer and three of them embark on a crazy and dangerous adventure…with Prince Caspian.

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Movie Review: This Movie is Broken

In: Dan, Movies

Based on my post of the recent Vancouver show for Broken Social Scene, it was recommended that I check out the recently released movie showcasing the band and their musical talent, as a sort of soundtrack if you will, aptly titled This Movie is Broken directed by Bruce McDonald.

The film itself is an indie version of a boy-loves-girl scenario, where unfortunately the girl doesn’t necessarily feel the same about him. The focus of the film is her love for the Toronto band; Broken Social Scene and wanting to see their concert while she is back home in Ontario for a short visit. The film takes place during the city workers strike that forced the concert to be moved to the Harbour Front Center in Toronto.

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