Category Archives: Cinema

The Thing

The Thing

While everybody is writing about The Avengers, which sadly I’ve yet to see. I’m going to switch it up and write on one of my favorite horror movies of 2011.  If you’ve seen the original The Thing you were probably excited to see what’s technically a prequel to the original released in 1982. This new film solves the mystery of what happened to the Norwegian research team that was all but wiped out in the beginning of  The Thing (1982) . The 1982 version was praised for its ground breaking visual effects and the newest edition does a  adequate following up. Like any good horror movie you have to have a babe – preferably one that shows her boobs at some point. This one is led by Mary Elizabeth Winstead who I’d give a solid 7.5 out of 10 hottness ranking. Sadly no boobige but what The Thing lacks in tittes makes up for in gore and sweet monster special effects. Overall I really liked the movie. Defiantly worth a rent at your old neighborhood 7-11 redbox. If you’re in the mood for movie that gives you a couple good jumps, check out The Thing. Life’s simple pleasures according to your booooy!

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Gigantic

Dano and Deschanel

In simple pleasure fashion, I put Gigantic in my Netflix queue not knowing what to expect but purely on my affection of Zooey Deschanel. “Gigantic” is a small independent movie in which a young man tries to figure out life while falling in and out of love with a free-spirited Deschanel. You got comedian Zach Galifianakis as a crazed homeless man, his opening scene had me laughing out loud.  John Goodman as Deschanel rich bellowed father with a good heart. The cast was quirky and the chemistry between Paul Dano the film protagonist and Deschanel play their parts to perfection, exuding just the right amount of awkwardness and insecurity to bring the story to life. Much of the story is about a 28-year-old , Brian Weathersby (Paul Dano), who works as a sales clerk for an upscale Manhattan mattress company, a single guy when Happy Lolly (Zooey Deschanel) enters his life as a woman-child type and start a smitten relationship with each other. Dano, has always yearned to adopt a Chinese baby. Why, oh why should this be? We are never really told – but we are invited to take it as proof that he is emotionally sensitive and lovable, and spiritually superior to any of the other characters in the film. Consisting mainly of Dano and Deshanel rich, upscale Manhattan-type families. Throw in some fun scenes of Dano and his family eating mushrooms and going on a foray into the woods in search for more psychedelics.  If your mood is for an indie comedy that’s like a breath of fresh air into American independent filmmaking,  stylistically seems more European than traditional mainstream.  This is movie is right for you, highly recommended in my world. Enjoy!

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Jeff, who lives at home

Last night for her birthday I took my 19 year old sister YIKES and we saw the new Duplass brothers movie “Jeff, who lives at home”. I just realized one of the Duplass brothers is in “The League”! The League was one of the only TV shows I still watched before I traded my monthly cable bill for just Netflix.  If you still have cable, you need to cut the cord. TV sucks nowadays and its waaaay over priced. All of the good shows are already on Netflix anyways. Look, I know, they’re last seasons shows. But who cares, watch something else until your show is stream-able in a short 6 months. Netflix has tons of content and my TV watching isnt brainless anymore. You know exactly what im talking about. You get home, plop yourself down in front of the TV and just blackout for a couple hours. With Netflix, your watching has a purpose! Now I get home and look over all my options and pick the movie/documentary/stand-up comedy that fits my particular mood and watch them interrupted. Think of all things you can use that extra $56 bucks a month on. I mean your already paying for Netflix and if you using an xbox to stream your paying for that too. Consolidate, kick the cable companies where it hurts and force them to stop gouging us with their prices and for the price point 19 bucks a month is tough to beat. I’ll finish by saying getting rid of cable might be the biggest productivity enhancer I’ve done all year. Anyways……This post is supposed to be about the movie Jeff, who lives at home. I really enjoyed  it and I think my sister did also. If you like Jason Seigel (The Muppet’s and Forgetting Sarah Marshall) you’ll leave the theater happy you saw it. Seigel is supper funny in his portrayal  of this guy who just can’t seem to find purpose with life and willing to do strange and abnormal things to find his path. That is why I enjoyed his movies. I think there’s a part in all of us that are trying everyday to figure out this world has in store for us just like good old Jeff. Anyways, Ed Helms (The Hangover and The Office) is great also. I’ve never seen him in role like this. It gives him more depth as an actor. He plays the older brother who is als0 going through a mid-life crises but just on the complete opposite side of the spectrum then Jeff (Seigals character).  Defiantly worth checking out if your a fan of the Duplass Brother and Seigel. If your like me, you’ll find yourself laughing and fighting a couple tears at the conclusion. If I had to rate Jeff, who lives at home. Its a solid 3 out of 4 stars. Lifes simple pleasures.

.Me and my super cool 19 year old sister

The 3rd most anticipated movie of this summer

Since I’m a dedicated movie fanboy, here is a quick list of the movies I’m most stoked on this summer. Numero Uno: The Dark Knight Rises (of course). To my fellow nerds, that goes without saying. Just behind is Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Rumor is that Prometheus is a sort of prequel to the Aliens franchise.  If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, take a well deserved 3 min work break and youtube that shit. Finally, for some reason I’m really excited for Snow White and the Huntsman. Now, I’ve never seen the Twilight movies. But theres defiantly something sexy about Kristen Stewart  and she looks like a complete badass in this movie. Plus, I don’t hate Chris Hemsworth, he got some major cool points when I heard he was cast in the Expendables 2. The first Expendables was probably  the manliness movie ever made. Anybody cast in the same movie as old Chuck Norris, Mr. Diehard, The Govenator, Jean Claude and Rocky Balboa is doing something right. Snow White and the Huntsman looks like a fresh take on a story line were all familiar with. To me, this Snow White movie looks entertaining for both dudes and chicks. Check out the trailer below and tell me what you think. Life according to Dane.

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DRIVE

If you haven’t heard already Ryan Gosling has been killing it in all the movies I’ve seen him in recently.

– Ides of March (Bearcats, PSH, Clooney, Gosling, So Sick)

– Drive (Best movie soundtrack since Tron:Legacy)

– Blue Valentine (I love me some Michelle Williams)

– Crazy Stupid Love (Dudes wardrobe is phenomenal)

– Fracture (Anthony Hopkins vs. Gosling)

– Half Nelson (Instant streaming on Netflix)

His next two movies I hear he’s playing are a motorcycle stunt rider and kick boxer in Bangkok! Don’t be homo phobic and check out these sick movies. Your life will be better for it. Life According to Dane.

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