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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Movie 26 of 365

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Movie 26 of 365

Going in I had no expectations for director Tommy Wirkola’s (‘Dead Snow’) update of a Grimm’s fairytale, well except for one: Jeremy Renner would look good in it.

When the released date kept being pushed back, hope faded this movie would be worth the price of admission. Renner looked good and even better, it turned out to be a great b-grade horror, action, dark comedy flick.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ follows the children of the classic tale into adulthood where they hunt down creatures like the one who held them captive in the candy covered house in the woods.

In this version, the orphans do not get a happy reunion with their father, instead they go from town to town hunting and killing child-eating witches.

As expected, there were great fight and action scenes from Hansel played by Jeremy Renner (‘The Avengers, Bourne Legacy). Unexpectedly, Gemma Arterton as Gretel matched if not exceed his fighting ability in many scenes. Hansel kills his fair amount of witches but it’s very clear that Gretel is the one in charge and dare say the stronger of the two. This may have something to do with the lingering effects Hansel suffers from their first witch encounter.

Read the rest of my review here.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

 

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Parker – Movie 25 of 365

Parker - Movie 25 of 365

“Parker” is a movie that could’ve been a great action flick, or an intense thriller, or a great heist movie, instead it’s a meandering two hour made-for-TV movie.

The film goes through big drags of uninteresting. There are no big secrets revealed, no real cliff hangers, no big chases, or no conflicts, not even a good betrayal. The middle of the movie feels like it’s just killing time waiting to get to the end.

The problem with “Parker” was the lack of action in this movie. The few action scenes are good, but don’t have Jason Statham (“The Transporter”, “Crank”, “Snatch”) as the lead in a movie if he’s not going to kick ass all the way through it. And when he’s not kicking ass at least give him interesting things to do and say.

“Parker” is about a thief who sets out for revenge against the team, led by Melander (Michael Chiklis), who double-crossed him.

Read the rest of my review here.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

 

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Man Takes His Wife’s Last Name, Is Accused of Fraud by the State of Florida

During the time of my life I was actually married I didn’t take my husband’s name.  Mainly because mine is so much easier to spell.

Only nine states have “gender neutral” laws pertaining to marriage surname changes; they are California, New York, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Iowa, Georgia and North Dakota

via Man Takes His Wife’s Last Name, Is Accused of Fraud by the State of Florida.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Interesting articles

 

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Death Race: Inferno – Movie 24 of 365

Death Race: Inferno - Movie 24 of 365

The sequel to the prequel and still no Jason Statham. That’s okay, the story works well without him. I had been hesitant to watch Death Race 2 because it was direct to video and and no Jason, but was pleasantly surprise at how well it was plotted out and executed. Plus Sean Bean was in that one. This one has the same pit crew from the second installment including Lists (Fred Koehler) who has been in all three.

However, this time we are not on Terminal Island. Death Race is going global, to Africa. Don’t worry the story does get around fitting back into the first Death Race story, even if a bit far fetched. But you don’t really watch it for the plot. You watch it for the cars, the guns, the drivers and the babes. Moving the location did set up for some interesting new aspects of the race although I do tire of Africans being portrayed as either militants or shanty town dwellers. Back is the Death Race televised segments and graphics although they really don’t spend time building up the drivers characters as before. That was disappointing I actually thought that enhanced the story.

Overall not a bad flick although some of special effects are sloppy and the story-line gets muddled racing to the end. I’d still watch it again, cause Death Race is definitely a guilty pleasure.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

 

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Assassination of a High School President – Movie 23 of 365

Assassination of a High School President - Movie 23 of 365

“You want to know the truth about high school? You’ve got to break it down into its elements.” The first lines of the main character Bobby Funke, sophomore, Woodward and Bernstein wanna be gives you the basic premise of the movie. Funke wants to be an investigative reporter, he also wants to get into the Northwestern summer program but first he has to get something actually published in the school paper.

Give what seems at first to be a fluff piece on the student body president becomes deeper and more sinister when it’s found out that the completed SAT tests have been stolen. But as Funke get’s close to the answer he finds there isn’t just the simple answer he thought it was. To find out the complete truth he must navigate the different elements of the school and as Funke says, “Unfortunatley, at St. Donovan’s, the periodic table is more crooked than a case of scoliosis.”

I love how this feels like part comedic noir detective story part new millennium John Hughes film. Bruce Willis is scary funny as Principal Jared T. Kirkpatrick and Reece Thompson is very believable as the “newspaper dork” Bobby Funke. I don’t know if it’s a really accurate portrayal of how high schools are now but then John Hughes schools were never mine.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

 

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LetterMo2013postcard-227x300Letter writing month

This is something I decided to participate in.  It just sounds fun plus letters tend to be more interesting then emails. There are really only two parts to it.

  1. In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.
  2. Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

And since it’s in February that means only 23 times you have to put something in the mail.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Alter Egos – Movie 22 of 365

Alter Egos - Movie 22 of 365

If you ever wondered what the movie Kick Ass would look like if it had a tiny budget and a mediocre script, then watch Alter Egos. This movie isn’t horrible, just lacking.

Alter Egos is set in a time where superheros are funded by the government. But being too good at their jobs there hasn’t been a supervillian in a while, so the government cuts funding and the public doesn’t see much reason to keep them around.

Fridge, our main character, has gone to meet up with fellow superhero C-Thru to help him transport a prisoner. But he’s not much help as he is dealing with a crisis of his own. His girlfriend who is with alter ego Brendon is having affair, with his superhero side. Confused? So is Fridge.

Things become even more complicated when he meets the girl of his dreams, Claudel and discovers the truth about the prisoner C-Thru has in custody.

Alter Egos is slow to get on it’s feet but in the end is quirky low-budget indie that you don’t mind watching on a Saturday afternoon when there isn’t anything on.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

 

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