Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cars 2

Cars 2 came out and the critics are being too hard on this sequel. It's still a good kids movie.
Staring Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Caine cars 2 is a spy thriller as Mater becomes mixed up in a plot of mystery. Mater is the star of this movie as he tours the world to prove his buddy lightning is the ultimate race car. as the spy world converges on mater his sights are set on getting his first date with a hot little sports car. comedy ensues as larry the cable guy injects his bathroom humor into the mix. kids didn't seem to get the jokes, but I laughed. As the movie progresses it touches on some morals about how you should be yourself and to not want to change your friends. In the end mater will surprise you as he tries to save the day and get the girl. Over all the movie was entertaining and worth a trip to the movies. It won't make my top 10 0f the year, but it's rare a cartoon does. I give it 7 out of 10.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Super 8

Super 8 has been compared to the Goonies and that is probably the best way to describe it, IF you had to be quick about it.
Super 8, Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, and Elle Fanning. In 1979, a small group of teenagers is filming a movie late at night, when they witness an outrageous train wreck. From here a mystery turns into a disaster for a small town. As the towns people start to disappear the kids continue to film their little movie. They get some amazing shots on their little super 8 camera as they work on their movie. Soon they are forced to investigate things and this is when they find they are in the middle of an amazing event that will change their small town forever.
This movie starts out slow until the train wreck. from then on it's fast pace brings you to the edge of your seat. Being set in '79, people who remember that time will be transformed back to that time. A side plot develops in the film about the relationships between the kids and their parents. This is what gives the film its heart and depth. It's very well written and in my opinion very entertaining for the whole family. of course it may be too intense for children under 10.
If I had one thing to criticize, it would be how dark some of the movie was. of course that was just to keep you in suspense. I give the movie an 8 out of 10. And I do recommend seeing it on the big screen. some of the shots will lose the awesomeness outside of the theater.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Hangover 2

Reviewed by Kendall Lewin

The Hangover 2! Do I have to say more than that? The original Hangover was hilarious and I was excited to see if the sequel would live up to its predecessor.

The Hangover 2 is about Stu (Ed Helms) getting married. Instead of having a wedding in the USA, he decides to have it where his fiance's parents are from, Thailand. Stu invites all of his freinds and reluctantly even invites Alan (Zach Galifianakis), the guy who caused all the trouble in the first movie. Stu does not want anything to happen like last time, so he is very careful of what he does. A couple nights before the wedding, the wolf pack gets back together for a bond fire on the beach. Then you see Phil (Bradley Cooper) wake up in a strange room in the middle of Bangkok, saying IT HAPPENED AGAIN! The rest of the movie is the wolf pack trying to piece together what happened in order to find Stu's soon to be brother in-law.

All the cast returned from the first movie and made this one just as hilarious as the first one. ED Helms played Stu and is most recognizable as Andy Bernard in the hit show The Office. Bradley Cooper played Phil and most recently starred in Limitless. Zach Galifianakis, who got a best breakthrough performance award for the first film, came back to play the somewhat odd Alan. He was most recently seen in Due Date, that costarred Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. Oh yeah, this one even has a drug dealing monkey!

I thought this movie was awesome. Some people would disagree and say that it was an exact copy of the original. I would highly suggest not watching previews for it, because you don't want to see to much of it out of context. I give this movie a straight up 10 out of 10. So now that you are done reading this tid-bit, go watch it already. The Wolf Pack depends on it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fast Five Review

Reviewed by Kendall Lewin

Fast Five is the latest sequel to The Fast and The Furious franchise. This series has been able to deliver nonstop action and edge of your seat races since it first debuted in 2001.

So this movie starts with Dom (Vin Diesel) who has been arrested and sentenced to jail. His closest friends break him out before he even makes it to the jail. Since it was a jail break, or bus break, now all the main characters of the story are wanted by the cops. Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Brian (Paul Walker) all escape the country and make it down to Rio De Janeiro and hook up with there old buddy Vince (Matt Shultze) for a job. Then the baddest DEA agent ever gets everyone's files dropped on his desk, and that's when Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson/The Rock) goes on the hunt. I can't tell you more, because that would ruin it.

This movie had a great cast! I'm pretty sure they only had to get maybe five people who had never been in a Fast and Furious movie before, because everyone else was in the four movies before this one. Vin Diesel did a great job of playing Dom, and was good playing him the first four times also. Heck, he even stars in a video game "Wheelman" that is almost spot on to his character in the movie. Jordana Brewster played Mia and did an awesome job. She is best known for this series, but actually started of on a soap opera As the World Turns. Paul Walker played Brian O'Conner who was last seen in The Takers. Dwayne Johnson played the super badass DEA agent Luke Hobbs. He was recently in movies such as The Other Guys and The Tooth Fairy, were he pretty much played the same character as he did in this one.

I would give this movie a 10 of 10. It was entertaining and didn't drag on at all. If you like racing, or heists, or fighting I would go watch this right now. Because you are missing out if you don't.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thor Review

Review by Kendall Lewin

Thor! The newest Marvel movie to hit the big screen. I wasn't sure how this was one was going to pan out, since I never really paid attention to Thor in the Marvel comics.
So Thor is raised to be the next king of Asgard, but turns out he is
still a punk. His dad, Odin banishes him for that very reason. His punishment? Being sent to earth to suffer with the rest of the mortals. He goes from ultimate warrior to just a really strong guy with a weird accent, turns out this is a really bad punishment for an Asgardian.
Thor was played by Chris Hemsworth, who starred as Captain Kirk's dad in the latest adaptation of Star Trek.

Natalie Portman, Who won an Oscar for Best Actress in Black Swan, played the scientist love interest of Thor. Sir Anthony Hopkins, known for his role in The Silence of the Lamb films, played Thor's Father Odin. The comic relief was Kat Dennings , who is probably best known for her role as Norah in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
In the end, it turns out like every other Marvel movie. The good guys win, the bad guys lose, and the ending is a prelude to the next movie. The good thing about Thor, is that it's a good stand alone movie. Unlike Iron Man 2, which was just a prequel to the Avengers. I would definitely recommend this movie to Marvel fans or as a movie to catch with the kids. This movie kept me entertained and it was easy to get into the story, even if you aren't familiar with the Thor comics.

I would give this movie a solid 8 out 10.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

TheReelRussell Best and Worst Movies Seen in 2010

I might be a little late with this but thought I would post my list anyways.  First a disclaimer *This post and the movies on the list are movie which I have seen in the year 2010...regardless of the year the movie may have been actually release in theaters...I did not get to see the movies until this year so this is the year the movie made my list.  If you don't like it.....tough that's why this is my list and not yours!!

#10  Robin Hood:   Russell Crowe in this prequel of sorts that tells the story of how Robin Hood came to be.  A few people didn't like this movie....I did.  It had an epic feel to it as it was directed by Ridley Scott and surprisingly had some humor.
#9    Sherlock Holmes:  I thought I would not like this period movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law but I did like it alot.  It is well directed by Guy Richie.
#8    Kick Ass:   This movie was so much fun with an 11 year old (Chloe Grace Moretz) who kicks some major....well ASS!  And this is stars Mark Strong who was in 3...yes 3 of my top 10 movies this year (Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes being the other 2).  He's also in one of my favorite pictures I took from Comic Con (the Green Lantern panel).
#7    Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant:  I am not a fan of circus' or of freaks but I really like this movie.  Kind of make me want to check out the book series by Darren Shan.
#6    Mega Mind:   Not a huge fan of Will Ferrell movies but in this animated film he only lends his voice.   My top 10 is full of surprise films.   Dreamworks is my second favorite animated studio behind Pixar and I love this big blue headed alien!  This is my daughters all time favorite movie (in her 12 years) so it is definite a fun good one.
#5    The Crazies:  Not usually a fan of horror movies but this one was well written, directed and acted.  I am a big fan of Timothy Olyphant who stars.  Check out his series Justified on the FX channel if you haven't already!
#4    Music Within:    This based on the true story of Richard Pimentel who made major changes for Americans with disabilities.   Love this drama and it was nice to see Ron Livingston (Office Space) again on screen.  It is also chock full of cameos by several well know actors and actresses.
#3    A-Team:   I watched the series faithfully and was a huge fan of the cast...and even got to see George Peppard get his star on the Walk of Fame.  I didn't know how I felt about Hollywood making it into a series....I was reluctant I would like it but I really like the action and the cast....almost as much as the original cast.  Lots of fun especially the Murdock character...played by  Sharlto Copley (District 9).
#2    How to Train Your Dragon:   Drumroll best animated movie of 2010 is this adorable little movie. let me down this year with Toy Story 3 but thank you Dreamworks! 
#1    The Blindside:   This is the second year in a row that a Sandra Bullock movie has made my top 3!  The Proposal was awesome last year but this movie should have won Best Picture and actually had me tear up...just a little.   Dramas aren't usually the type of movie that win my Best Movie but congrats to The Blindside.

And now for the BAD!!

#10  Wolfman:   Boring!!!
#9    Extract:  A comedy that wasn't really that funny.
#8    Old Dogs:   Robin Williams and John Travolta stick like dogs in this comedy.
#7    Clash of the Titans:   Release the CRAPFILM....and so they did....this remake...the original was better.
#6    The Box:   Cameron Diaz stars in this....I don't really know what kind of movie this really was....except for bad.
#5    The Fantastic Mr. Fox:   Kids movies usually are fun but this furry fox film was kind of creepy.
#4    The Last Airbender:   The kids cartoon had humor and heart...this live action film had neither.
#3    The Road:   A really bleak and sad look at a post apocalypic United States.  Wish I would have stayed off the road I used to pick up this movie.
#2    The Forth Kind:   Boring alien abduction movie.  Did it really happen...I don't really care...the movie sucked.
#1    MacGruber:  At the showing I went to I was the only person in the entire theater....that should have been a clue to as stupid this movie and probably I was for seeing it.   It was just way too vular (something that usually don't bother me).   It was a funny SNL skit that never should been made into movie.  Poor Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillipee.
There you have it.  And as a special is TheReelRussell Best of 2010!   Actors and Actresses who made my year and made the films they were in that much better!

Best Actor:   Johnny Depp-Alice in Wonderland
Best Actress:   Sandra Bullock-The Blindside
Best Supporting Actor:  Sharlto Copley-The A-Team
Best Supporting Actress:  Chloe Grace Moretz-Kick Ass
Best Director:  Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders-How to Train Your Dragon

Thor Review

by Eden Pinkston

Thor, Thor...the God of Thunder.  Exactly. 
The blond handsome hunk is the one and only Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth).  He was great bringing the thunder and lightning to the big screen.  
Thor disobeyed his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and then is stripped of his powers and his mighty hammer and cast out of Asgard to Earth.  He is "dropped off" in the New Mexico desert where he meets the charming Jane Foster (Natilie Portman).  After a 2 hour and 10 minute adventure, I am happy to write about this movie.
Thor was directed by Kenneth Branagh and I am looking forward to seeing move great movies by him.
I give Thor 4 out of 5.
Shock ya later!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Summer Movies I Want to See

I received my Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly in the mail a couple of weeks ago so now I can plan the rest of my movie watching summer.  Here are the movies I am excited to see.

#10  Final Destination 5 (Aug 26):  The Final Destination was a disappointment as I was a fan of the first 3 movies.   Hopefully this one will restore the series and hopefully it won't be in 3D.

#9    X-Men: First Class (June 3):  I didn't like X3: The Last Stand much....too much going on.  X2 was my favorite.  I didn't expect much out of this prequel of sorts until I seen the trailer and it looked good.  Let's hope it don't such.

#8    Bad Teacher (June 24):  Cameron Diaz as the ultimate bad teacher....maybe not as cool as Jack Black in School of Rock but still the trailer looks good.  Justin Timberlake needs to make up for that whole Yogi Bear thing.

#7    Green Lantern (June 17):  Not a big super hero movie guy and if I hadn't seen the Green Lantern panel at Comic Con I might not really care about this movie but who knows this might be pretty good.

#6    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20):  I loved the first movie ALOT but let's be honest the last two movies were disappointments.  This one is missing a couple of original actors so we will see.

#5    Kung Fu Panda 2 (May 26):  Let's face it....I love animated movies...especially Pixar and Dreamworks.   This sequel has Jack Back kicking some more animated butt.

#4    Super 8 (June 10):  I made a bunch of Super 8 movies as a kid so I can relate a bit to this...although....I don't think one of them had aliens in them....Zombies and Seriel Killers...yes...Aliens....nope!  We'll see how this movie is.  I am hoping this won't be anything like Cloverfield.

#3    Thor (May 6):  The summer movie season kicks off with Thor.   It's a comic book movie so I will hope for the best but expect the worst....maybe it will be as good as Marvel's other movies:  Iron Man or X2.

#2    Transformers:  Dark of the Moon:   Not quite as dorky of title as Revenge of the Fallen.  Let's hope the story is better.  This one doesn't have the eye candy of Megan Fox so it better be well written. 

#1     Cars 2:  I am a huge Pixar fan (as you would probably guess by one wall of my front room)!  The first Cars is my alltime favorite animated movie (The Incredibles, Mulan and Up being 3 more).   I love the Mater Tall Tales shorts that were on the Disney Channel and I have alot of expectations for this movie....but that has me a bit worried.  Toy Story 3 let me and the first two movies down and Pixar does have a few movies that I am not as crazy about (Ratatoulle, Wall-E and A Bug's Life).  But Mater and Lightning saving the world has to be just has to be....or this will be another sucky movie summer.
I also want to see Fast Five but it came out one week ahead of the summer movie scedule so thus I can't count it on my summer list.


Here are my kids picks for their must see summer movies:


#6    Harry Potter 7.2
#5    Spy Kids 4
#4    Transformers: Dark of the Moon
#3    Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
#2    Cars 2
#1    Kung Fu Panda 2
He also wants to see Hoodwinked 2 which comes out this week instead actually being a summer movie.


#6    Cowboys & Aliens
#5    The Smurfs
#4    Transformers 3
#3    Green Lantern
#2    Kung Fu Panda 2
#1    Thor