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Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted

By admin - 8th September 2014

A couple of years ago, Disney revitalized the Muppet movie franchise by hiring Jason Segal to write and star and Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin to handle the music.  The result was the best Muppet movie in years, and the best music in since the original The Muppet Show that aired in 1976.  But with all the hype of 2011s The Muppets, I was a bit disappointed.  Pixar has managed to create movies that are great for kids, but...

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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

By admin - 29th July 2014

Tom Cruise has had an impressive streak lately of action flicks ranging from mediocre to decent, and that streak continues with Edge of Tomorrow.  The concept is that Cruise’s character (known only as “Cage”?) is infected with some sort of alien goo that causes him to live the same day over and over and over.  So it’s basically “Groundhog Day” meets “Halo”, but not nearly as good. Tom Cruise is a good actor, but it’s been hard to take him...

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Movie Review: Godzilla

By admin - 28th May 2014

In 1998, director Roland Emmerich brought us one of the most brilliant movies in the history of movies: Godzilla.  It was so great, in fact, that in the 16 years since its release another Godzilla movie has not been made because Emmerich’s Godzilla set the bar too high.  Finally, after years of waiting, Godzilla is back.  And not only does it live up to the hype set by the 1998 original (the first Godzilla movie ever made, as far as...

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Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

By admin - 28th May 2014

No X-Men movie should ever be made again with director Bryan Singer at the helm.  Singer directed the first two installments of the X-Men movies and then left to direct his failed Superman reboot.  Singer is a great filmmaker (although Superman Returns was a critical and commercial flop, I still enjoyed it), and he knows how to make an X-Men movie. Singer’s departure brought us the worst installment, X-Men: The Last Stand, directed by the terrible Brett Ratner.  We also...

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Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

By admin - 16th April 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the most entertaining and action-packed Marvel/Avengers movie to date.  It features a really cool Samuel L. Jackson car chase (it feels like it’s been a while since I actually enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson in anything), another really cool fight scene in an elevator, and Robert Redford (another actor that I haven’t seen in anything I liked in quite some time).  It was great to see Redford back in a fun movie, and...

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Classic David Letterman

By admin - 16th April 2014

Why David Letterman is Hilarious – A Video Refresher Course: http://www.vulture.com/2012/02/david-letterman-clips-chris-elliott.html#photo=7×00023

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David Letterman Retiring in 2015

By admin - 16th April 2014

My favorite comedian and talk-show personality, David Letterman, announced last month that he plans to retire next year.  A few days later it was revealed that one of my other favorites, Stephen Colbert, will be his replacement. In his early days at CBS, Letterman was a comic genius.  In fact, I believe that he redefined comedy as we know it and set the stage for future talk-show hosts like Colbert, along with Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart.  He turned everything...

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Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

By admin - 12th March 2014

On paper, Saving Mr. Banks seems like the most boring idea for a movie you could think of.  Walt Disney, (played by The ‘Burbs Tom Hanks) has spent 20 years trying to convince Mary Poppin’s author P.L. Travers to sign over the rights so Disney can turn it into a movie.  Savings Mr. Banks takes place at the very end of this period.  Travers is reluctant to have her work turned into a motion picture, but needs the money and...

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

By admin - 3rd March 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, just might be my favorite movie in the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series.  Picking up right where the last installment left off, the dwarves, along with Bilbo and Galdalf, continue their journey to reclaim their homeland from Smaug, a dragon (a talking dragon) voiced by the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch.  There are so many things that make this movie great – the dwarves are hilarious and well-crafted characters.  There are a lot of fun action...

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Movie Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

By admin - 27th January 2014

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 was a particularly fun movie for me because it is the first movie I’ve seen in the theater with my son, who turns three this month.  We tried it once before with Monsters University, but he only made it about 20 minutes.  This time, he sat through the entire film and was fascinated.  Basically, the island from the first installment has been overrun by living, breathing food and it’s up to Flint Lockwood...

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Movie Review: Anchorman 2

By admin - 2nd January 2014

If you saw the first Anchorman movie almost ten years ago, you pretty much will know what to expect with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.  More silly humor, some of it quite crude.  Everyone I talked to about this movie is saying they liked the first one more, but I thought this one was a lot funnier.  Aside from the last twenty minutes, which drags, I was literally laughing almost non-stop.  A lot of it, like the first one, is...

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Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By admin - 2nd January 2014

This was a big suprise to me.  For some reason, I was certain I wouldn’t like this movie.  Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about a day-dreamer, unsatisfied with his life, on the brink of loosing his job, who has to venture out into the real world, leaving the country for the first time, climbing mountains, riding helicopers, surviving shark attacks, and more. It seems very predictible, but there are a few big...

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Movie Review: Catching Fire

By admin - 27th November 2013

The second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, is like a remake of the first except better in every way.  The stakes feel higher, the world feels bigger and more real, and the ending leaves you wanting more.  The film picks up one year after the last installment, and Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is dealing with severe post traumatic stress disorder from Hungar Games.  She and Peeta go around and deliver speeches to the different districts while the President...

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Movie Review: Captain Phillips

By admin - 5th November 2013

Tom Hanks finally makes a good movie again!  It’s been 13 years since Cast Away, Hanks last decent movie.  He’s one of my favorite actors of all time, and had an unbelieveable hot-streak in the 1990s of making one hit after another and winning two Oscars.  Then for some reason he decided to stop making good movies for a while.  But now he’s back in one of the best movies are the year, Captain Phillips. Hanks stars as the Captain...

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Movie Review: Gravity

By admin - 23rd October 2013

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as a rookie astronaut seperated from her crew and drifting aimlessly in space, fighting for survival.  It was shot in 3D, and should really be seen that way to get the whole experience.  I am not a fan of 3D, but they make it work here in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there with astronaut Sandy.  Debris and George Clooney float and at one point Clooney is so close you feel like...

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Like it or not, Obamacare Just Around the Corner

By admin - 30th September 2013

Although the policies won’t take effect until January 1st, open enrollment on the Individual and Group Exchanges (commonly referred to as the Marketplace) under the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1st.  Many people who already have health insurance through their jobs or on the individual market will likely opt to keep their existing plans as long as possible (through 2014) due to the expected price increases on the new plans, but those who haven’t carried health insurance, or those who...

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Fall TV Shows Worth Checking and and Worth Skipping

By admin - 30th September 2013

Fall is upon us, bring with it the end of summer and the beginning of cold weather.  The silver lining is that TV is back.  Here are my thoughts:  – The Michael J. Fox Show:  I have always liked Michael J. Fox, and was kind of happy to see him back on TV, but his new show just isn’t funny.  He is great, and I like the concept (he plays an ex-newsman with Parkinsons who is returning to work after...

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Movie Review: Chasing Mavericks

By admin - 21st August 2013

Chasing Mavericks is the true story of surfing star Jay Moriarity and his rise to fame.  Played by relative newcomer Jonny Weston, Jay is a happy kid despite being raised without a father and a mother who’s not around much.  He finds a father-figure in his surfing-legend neighbor Frosty Hesson, played by Gerard Butler.  Frosty teaches Jay to surf the big waves and also some various life lessons along the way.  And Jay teaches Frosty a few life lessons along...

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Movie Review: The Internship

By admin - 21st August 2013

Vince Vaughn co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in this movie about two aging salesman (the other played by Owen Wilson) who land an intership at Google despite having almost no computer knowledge or practical experience.  This movie received some of the worst reviews of the year and didn’t do well at the box office, and I don’t understand why.  I was laughing throughout and thought Vaughn was at his comedic best here.  It is far from a perfect movie, but a...

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Movie Review: Now You See Me

By admin - 11th July 2013

Now You See Me is a movie about four magicians who rob a bank on stage, as part of their act.  They pick a random member of the audience, bring him on stage, transport him to a bank vault in France (they are in Las Vegas), and bring him back in seconds with all the money from the vault, and give that money to the audience members.  You find out pretty quickly how they did it (there is a logical explanation),...

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