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I went to the movies yesterday and watched two movies that have had my attention for a while Crazy Stupid Love and Warrior. I suppose I’ll review them in the order I watched them.

Crazy Stupid Love

Directed by: Dan Fogelman

Starring: Steve CarellRyan GoslingJulianne Moore, and Emma Stone

This movie starts off with Emily Weaver (Moore) Revealing that she wants a divorce from her husband Cal (Carell) and she cheated on him. Cal falls into a deep depression and catches the eye of ladies man Jacob Palmer (Gosling), after that the movie becomes like “Hitch” where Jacob tries to give Cal the skills to pick up women so he can move on with his life while he himself incidentally falls in love with a lawyer named Hannah (Stone). That is pretty much a big chunk of the movie right there with an addition of some background characters having love issues as well including the baby sitter, Cal’s son and Emily. Overall this movie is not your average everyday romantic comedy it’s along the lines of Love Actually and Hitch but with most of the focus on Carell’s Character. I thought this would have been a chick flick but It really isn’t much of it is in the guy perspective, there is a good heart in this movie and the laughs make it even more enjoyable.

This movie won’t be in theaters much longer if you get a chance watch it, I might pick it up when it comes out on DVD .

Recommendation: Catch it before it’s gone

Rating: 8/10

Warrior

Directed By: Gavin O’Connor

Starring: Joel EdgertonTom HardyNick Nolte

       Now I had to finish the night with some awesome ass kicking MMA fighting so I saw Warrior and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint…much. Brendan (Edgerton) is a high school physics teacher who upon finding out that the bank is about to reposes his house and leave his family homeless decides to go back to fighting to pay the mortgage and keep his house. He enters this huge world tournament called Sparta where the winner is proclaimed Champion of the World and gets a nice big check. There is also his brother Tommy (Hardy) who just came back home and visits his father (Nolte) and also decides to join Sparta and use the winnings to help the family of a fallen comrade he fought with back in Iraq. Now let me tell you, Nolte and Hardy steal the show every scene that they are in together has so much depth hatred and sadness. Nolte and Edgerton have a good scene together as well but it’s not as good as the ones with Hardy. One thing that I didn’t like about this movie was the ending for me it failed to deliver, this emotion was built up and all you want to do is release it and feel satisfied but the ending feels cut off  it hits a wall then the credits roll. Now I didn’t mention how Nolte’s roll is so significant and it’s the glue that keeps the other characters stories connected. The reason being is because you need to see it for yourself I feel that if I share that it takes away some of the emotion from the movie.

       Go out today and watch this movie because not only is the story and acting good, The fighting is too.

Recomendation: Watch it now

Rating: 9/10

 

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Bucky Larson

Directed By: Tom Brady

Starring: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci and Don Johnson

I should start off by saying having Pauly Shore in this doesn’t help.  Bucky Larson is a small town guy from Ohio who finds out his parents were famous porn stars back in the 70’s. He decides that his destiny is also to become a star, so he embarks in an adventure to Los Angeles where he meets a sweet waitress named Kathy (Christina Ricci) and a porn director Miles (Don Johnson).  Bucky (Swardson) tells Miles about his dreams of becoming a star like his parents before him and he gives him a shot at making a movie. During the shoot they realize he has a very small dick and he can’t perform sexually because at the first sight of anything erotic he blows his load in a freakish manner. Miles uses this to change the porn industry because by comparison to bucky everyone else feels better about themsleves and live happier lifes.

First off the best thing about this movie is Christina Ricci she really tries at her role of the waitress who almost killed an old lady by spilling hot soup on her. She is a redeeming factor if theres any in this movie, but that is pretty much it. There’s a lot of jokes but very few are actually funny, many of them drag on a little too long and seize to be comedic while others fall “short” (see what I did there?). I think the main reason the jokes and humor in this movie don”t work is because of Swardson’s character, he doesn’t fit he just ends up making it all awkward. This reminds me of a newer version of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star but with nudity, I personaly think Nick Swardson isn’t funny enough to be the star of a movie or tv show I have always seen him as a co-star. Too much spot light and he tends to burn up.

Overall I think one should only watch this movie when you high or drunk and/or with a group of funny friends because that’s the only way your gonna get through this movie.

Recommendation: Pass, go see the light hearted comedy Our Idiot Brother instead

3/10 Stars

Continuing with the top 10:

#9 Jurassic Park

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum

       “Welcome to Jurassic Park” when you hear that shit is about to hit the fan. Jurassic Park easily the best dinosaur movies ever along with one of the best movies ever created in my opinion. When I first saw this movie I instantly fell in love with it so much so I started mimicking velociraptor and attacking my little brother for a whole year. The scenery along with the beautiful memorable score by John Williams takes you to a great adventure filled with badass dinosaurs and memorable characters I always thought that if they ever decide to get the ball rolling on a fourth movie they should bring back the original cast from this one seeing as they were split in the other two sequels. This first one thought will still be triumphant, it’s a classic.

       If you have been living under a rock or you were just too young, Jurassic Park takes place in an island off the coast of Costa Rica, where a theme park has been built housing real life dinosaurs cloned using the DNA left behind inside the blood mosquitoes drank from dinosaurs. The mosquitoes had been trapped in the sap of trees and fossilized for human kind to discover billions of years later. John Hammond invites four individuals and his two grandchildren to come preview the park as he is certain that it is ready to be shown to the world and ready for business (spare no expense). During a tour of the park all hell breaks loose when a computer hacker working for Hammond sabotages the park so he can get DNA out of Jurassic Park and into the hands of some other wealthy powerful people. The movie then instantly becomes a fight for survival as the dinosaurs from the park are let loose with no restraint and they need to reboot the entire system to get the park running again and get a call out for evac all while being hunted.

       What I also really enjoy about this movie is the science part of it, it’s interesting to wonder is such a feat is possible. According to scientist it’s not at least not with a complete unaltered strand of dinosaur DNA as a building block. This movie is based on the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (who also wrote a screenplay draft for the movie) if you didn’t know that already. If you haven’t read it you really should the book is also one of my favorites of all time it turns this PG-13 movie into a rated R one and it’s awesome there’s much that differentiates the two, one being the plot goes slightly different and the characters are portrayed differently. I don’t believe reading the book ruins the movie if anything it adds to the excitement like a story not seen I highly recommend it.

       I could be here all day explaining my love for this movie but I can’t but, as you can see I have left you with enough to let you know this movie is kick ass and revolutionized cinema with the great animatronics and CGI definitely a movie ahead of its time.

“Life Will Find a Way” Ian Malcolm

Not to long ago I was asked by a good friend of mine,”Hey Jew, why don’t you do a Top 10 review of your favorite movies?” It’s a good idea I’m surprised I didn’t think of it earlier. Well here they are, everyday I will review one of my top movies starting with number 10 countdown style:

#10. Rocky IV

Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

 

Written By: Sylvester Stallone

 

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Dolph Lundgren

 

Anybody who is anybody has seen the rocky series, if you haven’t then what’s wrong with you?  Just kidding nonetheless it’s a great series. Rocky IV though is one of my favorites and because it’s good ol fashion badassness, the Drago (Lundgren) Fight was the best in the series in my opinion. Here we have a Superman type boxer against a regular man who has heart and the ability to never give up and I like the feeling of that and it gives motivation in real life. Rocky IV shows you where dedication and hard work can get you.

 

As for the film the story is pretty simple yet complicated Rocky’s best friend Creed (Weathers) gets killed in the ring by Drago in an exhibition match and he feels responsible because you could have stopped the fight to save his life. So he decides to fight Drago in Russia and it becomes this whole USA VS Soviet Union type deal but not for Rocky he just wants avenge his friend, it’s personal. Some of my favorite parts of this movie are the training parts, Drago trains in this high-tech facility with red lighting and Rocky goes balls to the wall training he gets whatever is lying around and uses that to train not to mention the iconic running to the top of the mountain and yelling DRAGO!! out the top of his lungs. The other characters pretty much fall back in this movie Paulie (Young) is still the caring A-hole and Adrian (Shire) still the concerned wife and Rocky’s main motivation. The score (by Bill Conti) in this movie also always makes me want to go out there and work out and gets me pumped up all of these things combined with nostalgia really make this movie one of my favorite movies.

Blind Mountain (2007)

RECOMMENDATION: Buy this Shit

RATING: 9.5

Now I am a sucker when it comes to true event type movies mostly because they end up being pretty awesome this movie is no exception. Blind Mountain was directed by Yang Li it doesn’t include any professional actors with the exception of maybe two and you know what? It works, it fucking works. This adds realism to the story which is great because you really feel pissed off when your watching this bitch. Blind Mountain Is like Taken but in the eyes of the daughter, this woman is tricked into thinking she is going to a village to help out and make some cash on the side as a school project. She arrives at the village with some colleagues of hers, she is given a drink and she passes out waking up about two hours later to find out she has been ditched, confused asks the villagers for help only to find out she had just been sold to one local and is now his wife. This movie makes you feel sympathy for the poor woman as she is kept prisoner in this so-called peaceful village. The whole village is in it and they do everything in their power to keep anyone from escaping. The actor who plays the woman victim does such a good job, you feel her anguish, her despair and her loss of all hope. This is a definite watch I was left kind of angry by the end of this movie and you will see why.