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Red 2

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

****½

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Red 2

Movies today try to blend different genres together to gain a broader audience, and none did it better in the past few years than the action-comedy Red. Well, Red 2 delivers what audiences got from its predecessor and MORE! Skeptics may find it hard to believe that a sequel can deliver the same quality that the original delivered, but fans will be pleasantly surprised in the end. Because there was such great chemistry in Red, it provided Red 2 the greatest challenge of all; will the new members hinder the quality of the first one? Keep reading and find out the answer to this question, and many more you may be pondering.

Red 2 starts with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and his love interest Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) as they attempt to live normal lives of anonymity after the events that transpired in Red. Frank and Sarah quickly run into an old friend, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), who warns them of an impending life threatening situation that’s developing. Fans of Red will remember that Marvin was constantly worried about people watching him and trying to kill him; nothing has changed. After some chaotic, and hilarious events happen; Frank is taken into custody for questioning of something he oversaw in his days working for the CIA. While being questioned, another government employee comes in to interrogate Frank in his own special way. Jack Horton (Neil McDounough) is the new pursuer who attempts to question Frank about his knowledge about a secret op from the Cold War.  After that, he’s going to eliminate Frank and his knowledge. Frank narrowly escapes, and this is where all hell breaks loose.

Now that Frank is on the run, in tow with Marvin and Sarah, everyone is trying to find them, and eliminate them. An old friend, Victoria (Helen Mirren), is offered a contract to eliminate Frank. Horton takes matters into his own hands by hiring the most elite contract killer in the world, Han Cho Bai (Byung-hun Lee), to eliminate Frank. While on the run across the world, Frank runs into a former love interest, Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who Sarah has zero fondness for. While securing knowledge, and avoiding those who are trying to kill them, Frank and his gang find out the information they were looking for all along. They found the man with the insights into where and what they need to help clear the whole situation up for everyone. The scatter-brained Bailey (Anthony Hopkins) made more tactical devices and came up with more weapons for countries than most could ever dream of, but will he be of much help?

Now you might ask, with all these new people added to the already stellar cast, does it take anything away? The way the characters interact, and the way the new additions were added takes nothing away from the primary cast. The character interaction actually makes sense. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins are both OSCAR winning actors, and Byung-hun Lee is a great action star as well. Adding talented actors and supplying more action just shows that this movie is pushing forward on all cylinders.

There is so much action going on that you hardly want to blink. The laughs keep coming too, and sometimes when you least expect it. As the movie starts to develop more and more, twists and turns are shelled out at an alarming rate. The transitions from location to location were delivered in a fun and different way. Fans will remember in Red, postcards were used to designate locations of where they were at different times. Red 2 uses the fact it’s based on a Graphic Novel to use the illustrations to cut from location to location. This should make fans of the book happy to read as well.

The movie continues to develop and become this thrill ride of laughs and action galore. The reason this didn’t get a full 5 Stars is that some parts dragged a little. Don’t get me wrong, there were enough laughs and explosions to satisfy everyone, but moments of lapse happened a couple times. That being said, it wasn’t enough to deter from my thorough enjoyment of Red 2. The question that remains for most is; since I enjoyed the first one, can the second live up to my expectations?  I can tell you as a fan of Red that I had pretty high hopes for what Red 2 could deliver, and I left the theater wanting to see it again right away. Red 2 is a movie that allows you an escape from reality for two hours. Sit back, grab your popcorn, and enjoy the ride that is Red 2.

Sit Down Interview with Dave Franco

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

“You’re now one of my Top 5 BFF’s!”

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David Limacher: I wanted to thank you for taking time out of your day to spend a few minutes talking with me.

Dave Franco: It’s my pleasure, and you’re my last interview of the day; I hope you make it a good one!

DL: Well, I’m not on H.F.S., so I believe everything will be fine.

DF: I Love IT! That is a great reference point there to start off this interview.

DL: Thank You! 21 Jumpstreet was one of the biggest surprises for me last year, and also one of the funniest movies that were released last year as well.

DF: That’s awesome, and it’s great to hear how much you enjoyed it.

DL: Well, I should thank you! You’re still relatively new in the “Hollywood Scene”, yet you’ve made some great choices. I mean, you were Greg the Soccer Player in Superbad!

DF: Wow, I’m glad you remember me in that! The fact people still come up to me on the street and say “Why don’t you go piss your pants, again?” shows the popularity and staying power of that movie.

DL: It was a great movie! And, earlier this year you were in Warm Bodies, as well. I actually interviewed your co-stars Theresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult, and they had nothing but the nicest things to say about you.

DF: Yeah, it was a smaller role; but it was quite a large amount of fun on that set. I’m glad they had nice things to say about me.

DL: Well, enough with the past; you’re new movie is Now You See Me. You play a character named Jack Wilder, and you’re a member of the newly formed Four Horsemen.

DF: That is correct, and it’s nice to be a member of the “main” faction that the movie is based around.

DL: Since you play a magician in the movie, I was curious to know if you actually learned any magic, or were all the tricks done using CGI.

DF: Actually, since I played a Street Magician, I learned a few card tricks. The thing that I took the most time to craft was throwing cards. I learned how to throw cards with such increased speeds, and I don’t know if this is a big deal, but I can throw a card and cut through a banana.

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Now You See Me

Friday, May 31st, 2013

****

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Now You See Me

I went into seeing this movie with the hopes that, unlike most movies nowadays, the trailer wouldn’t reveal all the good parts.  I can pleasantly say that Now You See Me has more to it than the trailers suggest. The way it plays out is a fun roller coaster ride and an enjoyable popcorn movie. The fact there were multiple twists and turns added to the enjoyment of the film for me as well. When a cast like this is assembled, you can sometimes hope for the best, and get the worst. Fortunately, for me, all the aspects of Now You See Me lent to making it one of the more enjoyable movie going experiences of 2013 thus far.

Now You See Me begins by watching J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) performing some “illuminating” street magic. We then see Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) performing a hypnotism/mentalist act with a married couple in an airport. We then see Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) performing her act in a club in Los Angeles. Lastly, we see Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) doing a magic trick of his own in New York City. The four were brought together, but what is the reason for it? They soon discover they were brought together to form a group thus known as the Four Horsemen. The opening sequence in showing the four different personalities is a great way to start. The fact some of them know each other before hand, and their interaction is really well done. This is a great way to start the movie, mainly because there is humor and a sense of what is yet to come.

Fast forward a year later, the Four Horsemen are performing a special One Night Only performance in Las Vegas. We see a person holding up a cell phone, only to have it taken away; or so the security personnel thought. The man, Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), had another recording device that he had pocketed as to continue recording the show. Before the last trick of the night, the Four Horsemen give thanks to the person who helped them fund the show, Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine).

The previews do show the scene with a person “disappearing” from the stage and being transported to a bank vault. This scene plays out very well, and adds to the intrigue of the movie. Some people may not enjoy the quick wrap around shots of the Four Horsemen, but it adds a more realistic effect to the scene. So, the Four Horsemen, with the help of an unknowing audience member, have robbed a bank in Paris; and the spoils went all to the audience that night. Enter FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), and Interpol Agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent). The interrogation scene is quite humorous, and really draws in the audience in a special way. We see the different characters interacting, and really help the movie advance.

The Four Horsemen can’t be charged with anything, because they haven’t been “caught.” Agent Rhodes and Agent Dray enlist the help of Thaddeus Bradley, mainly because he makes his money by exposing the secrets of magicians for a profit. The crew then heads to their next show in New Orleans. This is the scene, in the previews, where the woman’s bank account has miraculously increased. The set up, and pay off of this scene is very well done. I should mention that the scene once again adds a humorous element that many might not have expected. This sets up the angle of the closer the agents get, the further the Horsemen get away.

The movie quickly advances to Agent Rhodes discovering the whereabouts of the Four Horsemen in New York. The scene that follows was something that I wasn’t expecting, a fight scene between Jack and Agent Rhodes. This was very well done, and adds another layer to the film. The twists and turns lead to the realization of the final trick. Now it seems that both Agents Rhodes and Dray have things figured out; but remember, they’re facing magicians all along. This leads up to what some may consider a slow build to the end. I can see where some may think that, but the way everything plays out in the end makes it all the more satisfying.

Now You See Me was well crafted and well acted. Once again, there is some camera work that whirls around and might make some a little dizzy. If you suffer from vertigo, you may want to look away; but if not, then enjoy how the steady cam does continuous shots in a unique way. You may see other places have spoilers for the movie, and that would take away from the thrill ride this movie takes you on for almost two hours. I will not do that disservice to you, and the people who made such a well thought out movie. So, if you’re looking for a fun time at the movies . . . and something you might want to see again, Now You See Me is definitely a movie worth checking out!

Remembering Roger

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Final Credits for Roger Ebert

Today we lost a visionary of the Film Industry; Roger Ebert, fought valiantly, but lost his battle with cancer. I wanted to take the time to thank him, and his wife Chaz, for everything they have given all of those who have ever gone to a movie as a critic, and even as a fan of cinema. Working for iRATEfims.com has afforded me many GREAT opportunities, but being able to say that I have been able to see Roger “At the Movies” is something I will always treasure and never forget. I never dreamed I would one day live his catch phrase. I had watched him as a child, and grew up watching the show. I had felt that I had arrived, but I wasn’t reassured of that until later. Here are a few of my favorite memories of Roger and stories that will always make me smile . . . now with a heavy heart.

The first time I met Roger was back in 2010 at a screening of Harry Brown. This was my first ever experience in the Screening Room, and it is a story I will always tell people. I was excited to be invited to screen a movie in a place I didn’t know existed, and I had taken a seat. A few short minutes later I was approached and asked if I would mind moving? I didn’t mind moving, but I prompted the question before I did, “Why, might I ask am I moving?” The response was something I never thought I would hear, “Oh, that’s Roger’s seat! I’m sorry we forgot to tell you he was attending today, and that is where he always sits.” I was flabbergasted by this one statement. I was amazed that a person I grew up watching, and a man that I had idolized was going to be in the same room as me.

After the movie was over, and the credits had finished; I asked him what he thought of the movie. He gave me a look, kind of shrugged his shoulders and put his thumb to the side as a way of telling me that I was going to have to wait and read his review to TRULY know. I learned that day that Roger never showed his cards before the review was posted. He wasn’t secretive to be vindictive; he just didn’t want to possibly influence another critic’s view of the film. That was part of his genius, and over time I learned to appreciate that even more.

I remember that when I would go to screenings in “regular” theaters, I would sit, watch, and listen to people’s reactions to when they saw Roger. It was like the first time I was at a screening with Roger, and that always made me smile. After seeing him and Chaz at a couple screenings, I was told to not refer to him as Mr. Ebert, but simply call him Roger. That was HUGE to me, for it let me know that I was a colleague, and not just another face in the crowd. I still remember when I was interviewing Asghar Farhadi, Director of Last Year’s Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation, that Roger would be contacting him with some questions for an interview as well. Asghar was OVERJOYED by this news, mainly because Roger had named A Separation the Best Film of 2011. Asghar had asked me if I knew Roger, and with a smile on my face I told him that I was actually in the theater watching the film with Roger. His reaction was priceless to me, “YOU KNOW ROGER EBERT?!?” By association, I was no longer looked upon as just another interviewer, I was known as the guy who KNEW Roger Ebert.

One of my all-time favorite memories of Roger was sitting next to him at Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I remember after the movie Roger waving hello, and Chaz offering her thoughts of the movie herself. Chaz never talked about movies until after Roger had posted his review first, but she offered up to me that she hadn’t really enjoyed the other Twilight movies, but she really liked the vision that had been presented in Part 1. The funny thing about this was I could see Roger react in a way that said, “Well, at least you got more out of it than I did.” I later read Roger’s review, and while he did give it some kudos, it wasn’t really reflecting upon how Chaz viewed the movie.

That’s who Roger was, and he will always be remembered. The fact he always stayed true to who he was is something that I will take with me always. It was always a pleasure and an honor for me to attend screenings that Roger was at as well, and it is something I will pass on to my family as long as I can.

Roger was more than a man; he was an ICON of cinema. I remember as a kid, and as I grew older, just having the feeling that if he didn’t agree with my thoughts of a movie I would react as if he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; but, if I saw things the way he saw them he was DEAD ON and the Smartest Man ALIVE! I’m sure all of us have had a love/hate relationship with Roger Ebert, but the fact is that he is one of the BEST KNOWN Film Critics EVER! He gave way to a generation of critics, and with the help of his Best Friend, Gene Siskel, became the Dynamic Duo of the Silver Screen.

The way the two of them interacted gave us a whole new way to view movies as something more than entertainment. There were times where you thought the two may come to blows over movies, but their friendship remained true throughout the years. Roger wasn’t in the best condition when I first met him, but nothing stopped him from writing and continuing to do what he LOVED!

Roger had a passion for movies that few of us will ever get to experience. Even if he absolutely HATED a movie, he still LOVED everything about the film industry, and his passion never waned. The fact remains that some directors, screenwriters, and studios would be upset if their movie didn’t succeed at the Box Office; if Roger liked it, they had something that they could be proud about. The Ebert name carried such merit over film that at times I wouldn’t be surprised if movies were made just to attempt to gain Roger’s approval.

Roger was a person who was so well known that he was loved and hated like few people ever will be. But, whether you loved him or hated him, you must admit that you knew who he was and will always RESPECT him. Thank You Roger for everything that you have ever done and I hope that one day I will be fortunate enough to see you and your best friend “At The Movies!”

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

*

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Yo Joe?  More like . . . don’t go!!!

Lady Jaye

Limacher Low Down: I start this review off by admitting that I may be one of the VERY few people who found enjoyment in the First G.I. Joe movie. It harkened back to my childhood, and was something I took excitement and joy in watching. I had the HIGHEST of hopes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but unlike its predecessor, I was GREATLY disappointed. When most think of the first being the lowest the bar can be set for G.I. Joe, they will be surprised that a hole has been dug for the bar to go even lower!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation starts with the Joes becoming the elite fighting force known around the world. Cobra Commander and Destro have been locked up, and the world is a better place with the Joes watching over us. We see that Duke (Channing Tatum) is now the leader of the Joes, and his best friend, Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), is second in command. The main reinforcements that help the Joes the most are Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki).

The Joes are quickly dispatched to help stop a civil unrest in Pakistan, and it is here where, as seen in the previews, the President (Jonathan Pryce) is not the man we believe him to be. Once the mission has been handled, it is then ordered that the Joes be taken out. This whole set up is fine for what it is, but it moves at such a rapid pace.  I understand why the decision was made to do this, but it just makes me scratch my head about the pace of the movie.

Then the plot line establishes the Joes as Evil, and Cobra are the ones that can protect us and save the world. This is where the movie, for the most part officially derails. Storm Shadow (Byung-Hun Lee), with the help of Firefly (Ray Stevenson) help to locate and release Cobra Commander and Destro from the location where they are being held. This scene was decent, but for the most part it just raised more questions than answers. The feeling I was left with was one of just utter confusion and just thinking what the hell is going on here? The whole scene just seems like a bunch of ideas were thrown against a wall, and the ones that seemed to stick made it into the movie.  Poor editing.

Next was my favorite part of the movie, the only part I TRULY enjoyed. Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Jinx (Elodie Yung) were training together, and given a mission. The mission is the scene, if you’ve watched any of the previews, which takes place in the mountains. There is quite a bit of action and fun that transpires throughout the scene. If there was anything that I want a memory of seeing throughout the whole movie it is that scene alone. I enjoyed this, but all good things must quickly come to an end in this movie, and the scene was over after a climactic finish.

We focus back on the Joes who are on the run from their own country, and being hunted down for the “crimes” in which they have allegedly committed. Roadblock comes up with the idea that there is only “One Man” that can help them with their situation, and that is General Joe Colton (Bruce Willis); the reason why they are called Joes. In a rather boring and tawdry scene, we are introduced to General Colton, and there isn’t much that happens. By this point, I’m so bored that I want the movie to either quickly escalate or just end. I’m quickly realizing that my worst fears are coming true.

This all leads to the climactic final battle scene, which really doesn’t offer that much for everything that has transpired. Think back to the lengthy battle scene in the first movie, then cut that down quite a bit and that is the final battle scene in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The plot line makes no sense, and even a young child would scream “WHAT?!!?” at the screen by the end.

I had a few concerns when I found out that Jon M. Chu was tabbed as the Director. The same person who directed the past 2 Step-Up movies, and directed the Justin Bieber documentary was taking on G.I. Joe? Well, unfortunately my concerns came true. G.I. Joe: Retaliation had terrible pacing, a horrible plot line, and just made me BORED watching something I had LOVED when I was growing up.

Almost everything about this movie made me wish for the end to come, and one scene doesn’t make up for what seemed to be the LONGEST 90 minutes of my LIFE! I now understand why Paramount delayed the release, not just to give it a 3D touch-up, but also possibly delay what would be a TERRIBLE box office opening in the summer. I believe if you LOVED G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, you might find some enjoyment; BUT, if you only liked it, or hated it, take my advice and AVOID the mind numbingly BAD G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Stand Up Guys

Friday, February 1st, 2013

**

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Stand Up Guys

Stand Up Guys brings together the talents of Three Academy Award Winners; Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin. The chemistry among them is outstanding, but hokey comedy, and a lackluster story makes this a movie that really doesn’t live up to the hopes I had before seeing it. The different aspects of the movie can be somewhat confusing and leaves the audience wondering what era the movie even takes place in. Also, the way certain things play out are rather predictable, but still it offers some cheap laughs at times. The only thing that was really going for Stand Up Guys was the amount of acting talent involved.

Stand Up Guys starts off with two old friends reuniting for the first time in 28 long years. Val (Al Pacino), is getting released from prison, and his best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to receive him. It begins somewhat like the beginning to The Blues Brothers. This is the first of many different movies that Stand Up Guys takes a few cues from. Val and Doc then make their way to chat over a cup of coffee. While drinking their coffee, and catching up on old times, Doc tells Val that since he is out it is up to him what he wants to do. Val quickly comes up with the idea of the company of a woman, and the two make their way to a brothel known by the two of them. When they arrive at the brothel, they are greeted by Wendy (Lucy Punch).

Wendy is the daughter of the former owner and quickly offers up her best girl to Val.  Not much time passes before Val is back amongst Doc and Wendy, unable to rise to the occasion. Doc asks Wendy if she has anything to help with the situation, but she unfortunately is out. Val and Doc then make their way to a pharmacy, break in, and start taking all sorts of different medications that are needed. There are a few laughs offered up here, and it plays off the fact the two are in their twilight years. People know what to expect when Val literally takes multiple “little blue pills”. Val and Doc then make their way back to Wendy’s, and the rest speaks for itself.

While Val is enjoying the company of a lady, Doc needs to make a phone call. Doc calls their old boss, Claphands (Mark Margolis). Claphands reminds Doc that he needs to take care of Val in a timely fashion, before ten the next morning. Doc now faces a conundrum of having to ‘off’ his best friend in a matter of hours. While Doc is experiencing this problem, Val bounces out of the bedroom and is ready for a drink.

The next scene takes place in a bar where Val exudes his charm with some younger ladies, and then proceeds to snort different medications that Doc picked up at the pharmacy. Val then starts to not feel so well, and decides that Doc needs to take him to the hospital. While at the hospital, they read the nametag of the nurse, Nina Hirsch (Julianna Margulies). The two used to runaround with her father, and after catching up with her the Doctor arrives. The drugs that Val snorted didn’t seem to be the major problem, the pills Val took earlier had truly taken over. This leads to what can only be described as painful looking to men, and the best part of everything is the reaction that Walken offers in this scene. This was all rather predictable but helps to move the plot along in a fun way.

Doc takes Val to his favorite place to get a bite to eat. This is where we are introduced to Alex (Addison Timlin). Doc orders the same thing he always does, and Val orders like it may be his last meal. During this scene, Val tells Doc that he knows there is a hit on him ordered by Claphands, and finally gets Doc to confess that it is him that has to do it. The two are leaving the diner, and Val decides that they need a new mode of transportation, a new model Dodge Charger. Doc is a little concerned due to the fact everyone knows who the car belongs to, and that should be enough to not touch it, but Val thinks otherwise.

The humor comes when Val is trying to figure out how to start the vehicle, and Doc is explaining it to him. Val and Doc then make their way to bust out their old friend, Hirsch (Alan Arkin), from the retirement home he is in. Hirsch quickly jumps at the chance to leave the home, and quickly gets behind the wheel. We once again experience the difficulties of how to start the car, but after that it’s a joyride of all joyrides for the trio. The way the guys interact with each other in the scenes is fun, and the dialogue is fun and fresh. This leads to a fun little chase scene, and a talk about the one wish Hirsch didn’t get to experience.

Now that Hirsch has told Val and Doc about his one wish, it’s back to see Wendy. Hirsch wants to be with two ladies, and after some convincing, Hirsch gets his wish. Doc and Val continue to talk about things, and how everything will play out. Next thing you know, both the women are falling all over Hirsch proclaiming their love for him, and how they are forever ruined for other men. This scene was rather humorous simply by the way that Arkin plays everything off like it’s no big deal. This is the point in the movie where we meet yet ANOTHER person that does nothing for the movie, or the progression of the film.

The guys hear a knocking in the trunk and pull over to find Sylvia (Vanessa Ferlito) tied up and naked. We get her back-story, and its back to the diner for more food. The guys decide, after hearing Sylvia’s story, to exact some revenge. This whole part does nothing for the story, and really didn’t need to be in the movie. It felt thrown in, and instead of making more witty banter amongst the three friends we get a completely pointless scene.

Well, this leads us to the inevitable scene that the audience KNEW was going to happen. Val and Doc make their way back to the car only to find Hirsch has passed away. Can we get a movie where Alan Arkin doesn’t play dead after a small, but valuable role? [Swift aside, see Argo, David]  Val and Doc then make their way to explain to Nina what happened. In a scene that is very far-fetched, and really somewhat hokey, the three find a backhoe and bury Hirsch next to his wife. Really, a backhoe in the cemetery, and they just dig a hole and throw him in? How does this make any sense in any way? This is basically where the movie has completely gone off the rails and is no longer fun. There is one scene in which Val is going to confession, but it’s too little too late at this point. I won’t spoil the end of the movie, and how everything plays out for those who want to see Stand Up Guys, but it’s easy to see why this movie was delayed in release and maybe you should delay seeing it until DVD.

I really was excited about seeing this movie, especially after seeing the trailer for it. Unfortunately, most of the good parts were in the trailer; and aside from a few humorous parts, it was a major letdown. If you’re a fan of Pacino, Walken, or Arkin, you may be disappointed. The fact all the jokes revolved around their ages, there were so many lines taken from other movies, and just parts that were confusing make this movie not live up to the potential it could have. The laughs in the first part of the movie truly don’t make up for all the flaws that were encountered throughout the whole thing. If you pay close attention you will see things that will leave you scratching your head too, and wondering what exactly were they going for in the scene. Overall, the acting was great, but too many flaws – – – just leave Stand Up Guys lying down.

Warm Bodies

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

***½

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Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies is the latest movie to saturate the world with its seemingly never-ending hunger for everything Zombie. The story is unique in presentation and also the way certain things that have never been explored are described. Things such as why do Zombies eat brains, or how do they communicate with one another are just a few of the things that are tackled in Warm Bodies. The love story in it takes notes from other famous love stories, but adds a unique twist to things as well. Now most of you are probably questioning how a Zombie can fall in love, but you just need to leave some things to be explained by the movie, or my review!

Warm Bodies starts off after the Zombie Apocalypse has happened, and the World is being overrun by Zombies. We follow around our main Zombie, R (Nicholas Hoult), who roams around from place to place just observing. R allows us into the mind of a Zombie by using his inner monologue. He tells us that he doesn’t remember much, but uses things to pass the time, and even points out that there are two types of Zombies; those who walk around looking for their next meal, and Bonies. Bonies are Zombies that have given up all hope and no longer have any physical traits that make them look remotely close to human anymore, and they also will attack and eat anything with a heartbeat. The whole setup was humorous, and nicely done. It allows the viewer into the mind of a Zombie; instead of the typical here they come let’s shoot them as we are used to. The fact we now gain a better understanding of a Zombie truly makes the set up enjoyable.

R has a best friend, M (Rob Corddry), who he somewhat communicates with. They can get a word out to each other every now and then, but it’s mainly groans. R tells M that he’s “Hungry” and they make off to find food with a group of other Zombies. Meanwhile, safe inside a guarded area, we see a group of young adults walking together. The group is making their way outside to find supplies needed to help the living survive. The group is led by Perry (Dave Franco), and when his girlfriend, Julie (Teresa Palmer), attempts to hold his hand he quickly recoils and tells her to keep her focus. The group makes their way to a place that they have apparently been before and starts searching for supplies. Julie, inside a building, hears something and is quickly disregarded by Perry as nothing. Well, the group quickly discovers that Julie was right, and is attacked by R, M, and the other Zombies that were in their group.

This whole scene is interesting because it really has the aspects of horror, but it also adds more to the Zombie culture that we previously did not know about. This was explained in my interview with Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer that in Warm Bodies, [Minor Spoiler Alert] when a Zombie eats the brain of a human, they also inherit all that persons memories as well. [End Alert] This is also the scene when R and Julie first meet. How would you feel if a Zombie just stared at you with their dead eyes, and then attempts to help you? Well, that’s the situation Julie was in, but how will this all play out?

READ MY INTERVIEW WITH TERESA PALMER AND NICHOLAS HOULT HERE

R takes Julie back to his place, and does what he can to comfort her. Julie doesn’t quite know what to think about all of this, and the way R communicates with her can be rather confusing. The audience of course has the inner monologue of R going the whole time, but the way Julie reacts tells a different story altogether. The two of them start to somewhat bond, but when R leaves, Julie tries to escape. Now, the following scene is something that most of you will have seen in the trailers with R telling Julie to act like a Zombie, and then tells her “Too Much!” The way everything plays out shows the humor of the movie, and everything that transpires adds more to the development of the relationship between R and Julie.

The only problem with R and Julie is how they explain to their counterparts everything that has transpired in a short amount of time. R meets up with M, and does his best to explain to M the way that he feels and that something has come over him. M at first is troubled by this development, but soon learns and gains greater understanding of everything himself. Shortly after M starts to understand the feelings R is having, there are other Zombies that gain the understanding as well. This is great for them, but could cause problems in the future with the “Bonies.”

Julie and R find a place to lay low, which is until Julie discovers a search caravan, led by her father Grigio (John Malkovich), who is the leader of the humans living inside a barricaded area. Julie quickly understands that she needs to go with her father, and tell him that she is fine, yet try to explain that R saved her and that he is changing. Grigio wants nothing to do with it, and quickly takes Julie back to the safety of the protected area. The following scenes add interest and great intrigue to everything that is going on in the movie. This also adds a different cinematic element.

Now, if you remember, R has memories of the place where Julie is, and he also has memories of how to get in and reunite with Julie. R makes his way into the safety compound, and finds Julie. Julie has been talking to her best friend, Nora (Analeigh Tipton), about R and how he saved her life on several occasions as well as the fact he’s becoming human again. R finally is reunited with Julie and meets Nora. It is now up to Julie and Nora to help disguise R to be able to make his way around the compound without being discovered as a Zombie. This adds another humorous factor to the movie and in a way is homage to Edward Scissorhands.

This is where the movie really hits its stride in moving towards a conclusion. All the questions that one may ask will be answered, and you can enjoy the ride.

Warm Bodies is a fun movie, and definitely can be considered a great date movie. The ride that the audience goes on is unique and fun, while it offers something for everyone. The way the story develops is unique in the way a cure may have FINALLY been found, but will it appeal to ALL audiences? The fact is it may not, but it does have a little something for everyone, and that is what makes Warm Bodies a genuinely fun time at the theater. While it may not be for everyone, it does have a little something that everyone will take away. The movie is quick paced and fun. You will not be bored when the credits roll, and you’ll actually be surprised by how quickly it moves. So, if you’re looking for a movie to go see that has something for everyone, go see Warm Bodies; you won’t be disappointed.

Django Unchained

Friday, December 28th, 2012

****

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Quentin Tarantino is back with his latest opus, Django Unchained. The best way to describe Django Unchained is by looking at it as a cross between a Spaghetti Western and Kill Bill. The dialogue, as in most of Tarantino’s films, is fast and well delivered. The blood also flows like most of the Tarantino movies we have grown to love, and understand, where the quirkiness is presented in his style. Knowing what I knew going into this experience, I had my hopes set high and was not disappointed. While there are many similarities to former Tarantino films, Django Unchained offers a different style than most might be expecting. What is different you may ask, well read on and you’ll get a better idea.

Django Unchained starts off in Texas in 1858, two years before the Civil War. We see a group of slaves being lead through multiple conditions as the opening credits roll. Nightfall hits the slaves and their owners when a strange figure appears. The man starts asking questions, but before anyone gives any answers, they need to know his name. The man introduces himself as Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Dr. Schultz is looking for a slave that was recently purchased from auction; a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx). When Schultz offers to pay for Django, and is refused, he takes matters into his own hands. The first five minutes certainly set us up for something fun and unique. Christoph Waltz really brings a comedic presence to the screen that most may not be used to from him. The scene has some INTENSE images, and this is coming from a guy who is known for extreme violence. It’s a great set up for the future violence to come, but doesn’t let us know much about Dr. King Schultz and Django.

Schultz and Django make their way into a local town, where the story quickly picks up. The people in town keep giving the duo weird looks simply because they have never seen a black man riding a horse. My choice of words is far more politically correct than the words that are used in the movie, but you get the gist. The duo set up shop in a bar, and the bartender quickly goes running for help after a slight altercation. This is where we learn that Schultz is a bounty hunter who needs Django’s help to find three men, who are brothers. The men Schultz is looking for are the former owners of Django, and his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Django accepts the offer since he now has the opportunity to get paid to kill white people. [Swift aside . . . wonderful] Schultz and Django take care of the business at hand and then make their way to find the men Django knows, and Schultz wants to find. They wind up at the plantation of Big Daddy (Don Johnson). Big Daddy has problems believing that Django is a free man and a confidant of Schultz, but allows the duo to look around and opens his plantation to them. Django quickly discovers that they are at the right place, and through flashbacks, we get an understanding of the hatred and angst Django has for the three brothers. The scenes play out nicely, and what follows is something so humorous, you just may feel bad for laughing.

Schultz has decided to take Django under his wing and train him to be a great Bounty Hunter. Django has decided that he will help Schultz if they can track down Broomhilda, and free her from her current owner. After doing some research, Schultz finds out that the auction Broomhilda was sold at, and who had purchased her. The man who bought Broomhilda from auction was Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), owner of one of the largest plantations in the south, “Candieland.” The name of the plantation is sure to illicit a few chuckles, and it seems like a cheap joke, but for some reason it works well. Schultz and Django make their way to Candieland, and quickly start getting looks for the two of them being so chummy. This is where the major basis of the story takes place. The way that DiCaprio plays an obnoxious plantation owner is one of his finer roles, to me personally. He took charge of the role, and seemingly enjoyed playing Calvin. Calvin is a man who loves who he is, and he shows it every chance he gets.

The only thing about Calvin that makes him vulnerable is that he is naive. Calvin has his own right hand man that is black, but still a slave; Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson). Stephen has been at Candieland for so many years, he can’t remember how many owners he has had, but has become part of the family. Stephen helps Calvin to see things that may have been overlooked. I admit while watching the movie it was different seeing Samuel L. Jackson in a different way. The way he was made up would make a person do a double take, but his voice gives him away every time. Schultz and Django have established themselves as welcome guests at Candieland, looking to purchase a slave to fight, and also Broomhilda.

In one of the more nerve racking scenes, Stephen has a discussion with Calvin and after all hell breaks loose. This scene really pulls in the audience and really establishes the lines that have been drawn. The way it plays out may be considered Shakespearean. The way everything was acted and played out was excellent.

The movie continues for a period of time longer, and this leads me to my only point of contention with Django Unchained. The movie was longer than I had originally expected, and while most of the movie was a fun thrill ride that didn’t even make me think about the time; there were scenes that didn’t add anything to the film. Though the movie was long, and some scenes did drag, it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment. I will say that if you’re a fan of Westerns or of the works of Quentin Tarantino, you will most definitely enjoy Django Unchained. If you don’t feel like being in a theater watching some amazing actors do some of their finest work for close to three hours, that’s your choice. The performances by Waltz, DiCaprio, and Jackson are easily worthy of a nomination; but, you can be the judge of that yourself. I personally will see Django Unchained again and once again enjoy the ride and vision of Quentin Tarantino.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

**

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Limacher Low Down: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 brings the “Saga” to a conclusion. I know some will be saddened by this, and some will be elated; the question is will the ending justify the fans? If you have read my previous reviews of several of the Twilight movies, you’ll know that I have been rather generous for what they were. Breaking Dawn Part 2 has officially made me reach the point of utter frustration and glad the “Saga” is over! What makes a person who has generally been polite feel this way? Well, I will get to that…

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Breaking Dawn Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), now Bella Cullen is officially a vampire. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) had to change her to save her from the birth of their child, Renesmee. This part we already know, but the film quickly jumps into Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) having a new relationship with Renesmee and the Cullen family. The scene that follows was supposed to be HIGH tension, but people were LAUGHING! The acting was THAT BAD in this part. I felt as watching it that the actors realized this was it for them having to be in these movies, and they basically phoned in their performances. When a scene that is supposed to be taken seriously has the audience laughing, that’s never a good sign. After the tension is resolved, the Cullens suggest that they tell Bella’s father; Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), that she has passed, but Jacob takes matters into his own hands. This scene will make the ladies happy, and Billy Burke, once again, does a great job of adding an actual humorous element to the movie. It adds humor, where humor was intended to be, unlike previous scenes.

Next, Bella starts to learn of her new found strengths. She even goes so far as to challenge the “strongest” Cullen, Emmett (Kellan Lutz). Everything seems fine with the Cullens and their new family dynamic, but not all is well in Forks. The whole scene comes across as cheesy and bad. The special effects are terrible, and this could have been cut out completely. I am sure some people will enjoy the laughs at how bad this is, but most people will just shake their head at how awful the whole thing plays out. Also, Bella’s first hunt offers some really bad acting and poor CGI. These movies have made a TON of money, and this is the best they can do for their fans? I quote Ron Burgundy when I say “That is Bush; that is Bush League!”

The Volturi have gotten word of Bella being turned and they seemingly offer a token to show their acceptance. While Bella and Jacob are out playing with a rapidly aging Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), they are discovered by another vampire who doesn’t like what they see. Bella and Jacob return to the Cullen’s house and alert Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli) and Esme Cullen (Elizabeth Reaser) of what had happened, but they seem not concerned about the consequences. Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene) sees into the future and quickly learns that the Volturi will be coming to wage war with the Cullens. This is where the movie begins to morph into what people are seemingly waiting for, the big scene where all hell breaks loose.

Since the Cullen’s are greatly outnumbered, they start to spread the word of their story, and even start recruiting old friends to assist them. Vampires from different cultures come together, and yes, the acting from some is decent, but overall it just leaves an even worse taste in your mouth. The most intriguing “recruits” are a duo from Romania, Stefan (Guri Weinberg) and Vladimir (Noel Fisher). While most of the recruits are worrisome and ready to fight the Volturi if needed, Stefan and Vladimir are more excited and willing than anyone else. This scene is interesting in how the group comes together and discusses stories of their past and sharing with each other. I felt as if this scene could have lasted longer and gotten more in depth with reasons why they have all come together. In a sense, it felt rushed and for that seemed to be lacking.

This leads us to the climactic build-up people have been waiting for, the standoff. The Cullens and friends have gathered awaiting a battle, and not much longer the Volturi arrive. Aro (Michael Sheen), the leader of the Volturi comes forward to see what the fuss is all about. In tow with him, as always, are Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower), Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl), Jane (Dakota Fanning), and their body guards Demetri (Charlie Bewley) and Felix (Daniel Cudmore). The reason I mention the other members of the Volturi that are with Aro is because they each have their own feelings and interpretations on the situation. Aro is very smug and honestly portrayed well.

I couldn’t help but sit there thinking, why wasn’t there more of this character in the movie? He seems to be having fun with this role and makes it come across as making this character believable. It was one of the things I actually enjoyed the most in the movie. After introductions, and polite banter, the battle begins, and this was actually very well done. As far as fight scenes go, it wasn’t the best, but it got the point across in a structured fashion.  I can honestly say that guys who get dragged to see this movie might actually enjoy this part of the movie. The question is do the Cullens or the Volturi have their way in the end? If you want to know, and haven’t read the books, you’re just going to have to go see Breaking Dawn Part 2 to find out.

I said before, this was the LOWEST I have rated any of the Twilight movies I have seen. The acting was worse than others; THE fight scene was good, but not enough to raise my rating; and the fact that there was so much anticipation thrust upon me for this one, I can honestly say I was let down. I went into the other movies with low expectations, and this one had raised them a little more. I guess if you go to this movie understanding the acting is going to be bad, and that the story is somewhat all over the place, you will enjoy it more than I did. Is this the best way to end a “Saga?” Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.