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DVD Release Tuesday 7/20/10

20 Jul

So all of you hard-core movie fans out there know what every Tuesday is, right?  It is new DVD release day.  I look forward to this day every week and I always have my Netflix set up ahead of time to make sure I get the newest flicks that are out there.  Here’s a short list of what is coming out today:

Movies:
Cop Out – Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan
The Runaways – Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning
The Losers – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba

 

Television:
Degrassi: The Next Generation – Season 9
Jersey Shore – Season 1
Matlock – Season 5
My Boys – Seasons 2 & 3
 
 

Cop Out Review

19 Mar

Cop Out

Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott

I’m not one to see a movie based on a review.  I write reviews and I know that they can be very subjective, so I try to base my opinion strictly on what I think of a film.  Given that, this film far exceeded my expectations.

Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) scored with this buddy-cop action-comedy.  Cop Out is a about two police partners, Jimmy and Paul (Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan), who are suspended without pay after botching an assignment which leads to an informant being killed and a drug lord getting away.

 After the suspension, Jimmy is faced with finding a way to pay for his daughter’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) wedding and decides to sell a vintage, highly expensive baseball card in order to do so.  While he’s having the card appraised, the store he’s in gets robbed by Dave (Seann William Scott) and he takes off with the card.  After Jimmy and Paul hunt down Dave, they find out that they may have a second chance to catch the guy who is responsible for their suspension.

Willis and Morgan, who most would think wouldn’t make a good match, make the perfect pair.  Morgan is hysterical in this film and I think he is that much better when playing off Willis’ subdued nature.  Willis has his own comedic chops, but Morgan’s in your face humor allows Willis to shine in a dry and sarcastic way.

The supporting cast of this film left me a bit confused.  The main villain of this film, Poh Boy (Guillermo Diaz), was distracting.  He had these crazy eyes, but just came off too cartoony.  I felt that Rashida Jones, who played Paul’s wife Debbie, was miscast.  I didn’t feel any chemistry between her and Morgan. 

Hunsaker and Mangold (Kevin Pollack, Adam Brody) played partners who were always in competition with Jimmy and Paul.  I’m huge fans of these actors, but they didn’t come off as believable to me.  Sadly, I think it was more because of Brody than Pollack.  Brody has such a distinct style to his performances that I just don’t know if it fit in with this movie.  When I saw Pollack though, it reminded me of The Whole Nine Yards, in which he also co-starred with Willis.

I loved Jason Lee as the husband of Jimmy’s ex-wife.  Again, it was a great nod to the past work that Lee has done with Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Dogma).  He plays cocky very well.  Scott was a highlight to this cast as well.  He played his character, Dave, perfectly.  He was one of the most likeable bad guys I’ve ever watched.  I was a big fan of the music in the film as well.  After hearing the Beastie Boys in the opening credits, I knew the soundtrack would be fun.

Overall, this movie was a good time.  Morgan just has such a specific way of hitting those comedic notes.  I actually felt he was more in control in this movie than in past projects of his.  Smith was able to mix the funny with a great deal of action.  Known mainly for his smaller films, Smith showed he has what it takes to go mainstream as well.  I recommend checking this one out.

Surrogates Review

15 Mar

Surrogates

Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames

I’ve been watching a string of bad movies lately and this can be added to that list.  The premise is intriguing, but the delivery was terrible.

Surrogates is about a future world where everyone has another form of themselves, called a Surrogate.  The Surrogates look just like their actual human self, but are robotic.  The human must stay at home in a chair, hooked up to wires that connect to their head and eyes.  If they take the wired head-piece off, their surrogate stops dead in their tracks as if they were turned off.

Bruce Willis plays Greer, a FBI agent who is in charge of finding out why there has been a rash of Surrogate murders.  Greer’s Surrogate is absolutely ridiculous looking.  Willis wears a blonde toupee for that character and not only does it look fake, it just looks plain silly.

As Greer tracks down who is responsible for the murders, he realizes that the people he works for may have had a hand in what has been taking place.  Greer is then determined to rid the world of Surrogates all together. 

This film is supposed to show what life could be like if we had the opportunity to have someone live our lives for us.  Would it be helpful?  Would we be happier?  The end conclusion is no.  The robots are just that, robots.  Some of the action sequences and effects are poorly done and the film is more of a puppet show than anything else.  The supporting cast does nothing to help this film and Ving Rhames in particular is laughable in his role.

I don’t recommend seeing this film.  I’m not sure what Willis was thinking when he took this project on.  I’d say the most entertaining thing to see in the film is when a robot/Surrogate gets shot and you get to see what oozes out of them.  Otherwise, it’s pretty much a joke.

 

New Movie Friday

26 Feb

What are you doing this weekend?  Want to check out a new movie?

Here’s what is new to theaters on Friday 2/26/10:

Cop Out – Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan/Seann William Scott –
                      Kevin Smith (director)
 
The Crazies – Timothy Olyphant/Radha Mitchell
                           Breck Eisner (director)
 
The Yellow Handkerchief – Kristen Stewart/Maria Bello/William Hurt
 *Limited Release                            Udayan Prasad (director)
 
Formosa Betrayed – James Van Der Beek, John Heard
*Limited Release             Adam Kane (director)