Director Adam Rifkin: My favorite In-Studio guest. He’s gotta a voice built for radio. It’s so very ballsy. In this episode of The Film Freak Movie Interview, we delve into Rock Movie History. There’s a brand new Detroit Rock City Blu-ray release. You’ll also hear from DRC Associate Producer, Tim Sullivan. (on the phone) The KISS ARMY will learn things they’ve never heard before. What a blast!
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“BAD WORDS” Red Band Trailer is disgusting & offends to no end. The callus remarks made in this movie trailer make us all sit back & wonder, ‘When did we as a society become so disgusting?’ It comes out in theaters March 14th. I, for one cannot wait. It’s got a real Bad Santa vibe. All my friends know I love Bad Santa. When it comes to really smart comedy, no one delivers a line better than Jason Bateman. It’s great to see him sitting in the director’s chair. This should one very funny movie to watch out for in the new year. Follow me on Twitter @MovieInterview. Follow me on Instagram too @TheMovieInterview Southern California! Check out the best very best theaters, KRIKORIAN PREMIERE THEATERS.
Steve Carell is hands down one of the nicest people in show business. That’s why it’s such a shocker seeing him play Trent in ‘The Way Way Back.’ Audiences will gasp at his sheer & utter douchey-ness. It’s perfect. He’s a bully & his target is Duncan (Liam James.) He’s just a kid who happens to be the son of Pam (Toni Collette), Trent’s girlfriend for the summer. It’s no secret, kid’s have been taking crap from adults since the beginning of time. What makes this movie so memorable is you feel like you’re the one getting dumped on, hard. It’s an amazing feeling when you start to flinging it back into adult’s faces.
Duncan escapes daily verbal beat downs from Trent by taking a part-time job at Water Wizz. It’s there where he meets the water park’s fast-talking, fratboy owner, Owen (Sam Rockwell.) These two just hit it off & from there on out, Rockwell steals the movie. Trent’s mission: To make Duncan’s summer vacation miserable. Owen’s Mission: Be the best Wing-Man, have a blast & make Duncan a man. Along the way, we see first crushes, parents who can’t handle their liquor, obnoxious neighbors who live to gossip & a lazy-eyed kid who lights up the screen! Written & Directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, throw on a swimsuit & don’t miss ‘The Way Way Back.’ Rated PG-13. You can Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. You can also hear me host America’s Longest Running Movie Talk Show, The Film Freak Movie Talk Show every Saturday at 4p PST on KFWB NewsTalk 980 AM Los Angeles. www.kfwbam.com
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows goes for the laughs. It’s a fish-out-of-water story, with a vampire. Unlike Team Edward, Barnabas Collins is a vampire who doesn’t cast a reflection in the mirror. This looks fun & silly to me. I can’t wait.
America is currently faced with #Occupy Everywhere. The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. “Tower Heist” is a movie hitting the box office with precision timing. It’s basically the one percenters vs. the ninety-nine percenters. Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is a billionaire Hedge Fund Manager who lives in the Penthouse high above The Tower. Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) manages the residence like a hotel. He’s all about customer service. He and his staff are at their beckon call 24/7.
About a decade before, Josh asked Mr. Shaw for a favor, a business favor. Representing Tower employees, Josh asked Shaw to invest their life savings. As you’ve seen in the trailer, Shaw gets arrested & all the money is gone. Infuriated, frustrated & cheated, Josh decides to take his team’s money back the swindler. This sets the story into motion.
An unlikely team of bandits is assembled. They are, a down and out Wall Street investment broker, Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) a concierge with a very short attention span, Charlie (Ben Affleck) a bellhop with visions of grandieur, Enrique Dev’Reaux, (Michael Pena) who’s nicknamed The Puerto Rican-Mohican, a Jamaican maid with attitude & hormones (Gabourey Sidibe) & a small time street hustler, Slide (Eddie Murphy.)
Together, they’re after $20 million. The build up was very good. You could see things clicking & working. I also liked Special Agent Claire Denham (Tea Leoni.) She played a likable agent who sympathized with the fraud victims & clicked with Ben Stiller’s character. It was good to see Eddie Murphy returning to familiar territory. After all, he’s played a few of my all time favorite characters like Billy Ray Valentine: Capricorn in “Trading Places,” Reggie Hammond, “48 Hours” & of course, Axel Foley in “Beverly Hills Cop.”
I’m sure Eddie’s early worked inspired director Brett Ratner. It was vintage 80’s Eddie & that was good to see back on the big screen. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Everything with Tower Heist was working until the Tower Heist itself. On another note, last year, I was diggin’ “Iron Man 2″ until the lame sequence when Jon Favreau was driving through the Monaco Grand Prix– inthe wrong direction!
POSSIBLE SPOILER, BUT WHEN THE HECK, IT’S IN THE TRAILER. The movie derails into the very same lameness when the caper resorts to driving a speeding truck through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade– inthe wrong direction! It turns into a slapstick vibe when marching band trombone players are jumping out of the way. It’s pretty bad.
In closing, the first two-thirds of Tower Heist are enjoyable. In my humble opinion, the heist could have been more clever, more daring & most of all more believable. It’s OK if you’re in the mood, but certainly won’t be remembered as a great heist film. If that’s what you’re into, rent the original or remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” It’s the very definition of a clever heist movie.
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“The Rum Diary” is the co0lest movie of the year, by a longshot. Puerto Rico circa 1960, how amazing that must’ve been. Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is a reporter who’s had enough of the big city. His writing assignments will now be for the San Juan Star newspaper. The supporting cast is outstanding. The paper’s editor, Lotterman (Richard Jenkins) is a frantic mess. In the newsroom, Paul buddies up with another reporter Sala. (Michael Rispoli)
If two words could describe this chapter of Paul Kemp’s life, they’d be rum-soaked. Booze is everywhere. Moburg (Giovanni Ribisi) is yet another reporter who covers religion, witchcraft & loves playing his records. The downside of the records is they’re speeches of Adolf Hitler. Moburg’s got access to booze that’s over 400 proof. This isn’t alcohol abuse, it’s akin to drinking rocket fuel. And these boys do drink. Depp does hangovers like no other.
There is a ‘Rub’ a midst all the rum. Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) sees the island of Puerto Rico not as a tropical paradise, but as the tropical paradise that’ll make him a billionaire. It’s all about the money. So when Sanderson needs to ‘buy off’ a reporter to ensure favorable copy, he seeks out Paul Kemp. The rich playboy Sanderson has everything, even the blonde bombshell pinup girl, Renault. (Amber Heard)
What I liked about the film is Johnny Depp’s return to quirky. Johnny actually found this novel gathering dust in Hunter S. Thompson’s office. After almost a decade of sailing, swords & sashaying ala Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp ventures off the beaten path to a place where few are willing to go.
The dialogue is wicked crisp. The jazz score is perfect. Along the way, you’ll encounter hostile natives, cock fights & alternate methods of transportation. My favorite: The motorbike with sidecars. Ultimately, Paul Kemp has to answer one question: Do I sell out, or do I bring down the bastards ‘with ink & rage!?!’
Johnny Depp developed & produced this film dedicating it to his late buddy & father figure, Hunter S. Thompson. What a perfectly psychedelic tribute. Now, someone pass me the rum.
“The Rum Diary” is Rated R.
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Antonio Banderas’ voice is simply perfect for the animated feline, Puss in Boots……oh, and the Nasonex Bumblebee. Puss In Boots finally steps out into his very own adventure. This story takes us to a time and place years before the feisty feline ever met a wise-cracking ogre named Shrek.
This a prequel I like to call, #OccupyFairyTale. It weaves in familiar characters like the dude with those crazy-magic beans, Jack, (voiced by Billy Bob Thorton). Or the dude who’s rightfully afraid of heights, Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galiafinakis). Oh & there’s furry love too with Kitty Softpaws, (voiced by Salma Hayek).
Puss In Boots is silky smooth with all the lady cats, but come morning, he’s makin’ tracks. The story synopsis: Running from the law, Puss is an outlaw, with wanted posters adorning his hometown. As kids, Puss In Boots & Humpty Dumpty were thick as thieves living in the same orphanage. They both had a dream, they’d one day get Jack’s crazy-magic beans, plant the beanstalk & ascend to rarefied air, the place where a magic goose lays Golden Eggs, (by the dozen).
That scheme gets put into motion. If there’s a theme for the young ones here, it’s trust issues. Trust your friends. They may sometime betray you, but that’s life. Learn from it. There’s plenty of scenes that involve swordplay & dancing. I’m confident all the kiddies will be spellbound for the 90-minute running time.
My favorite parts of the movie were when we see the little things cats do. Scratching, cleaning, rubbing & purring. I especially enjoyed seeing Puss In Boots order up a straight shot of milk in a western saloon. Hats off to the animation team.
This is a fun movie. Kids will love it. As for movie critics who gave it an F, do us all a favor, just quit. Can’t you let kids enjoy a movie without snooty criticism? Does every single movie need to be an Oscar contender starring Helen Mirren? Get out of the business.
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Alexandre Dumas’ “The 3 Musketeers” has been around for ages. Films of this famed trio dates all the way back to 1939. The most recent incarnation was 18 years ago with Charlie Sheen as one of the musketeers. Swashbuckling! Winning! 2011 gets its brand new musketeer makeover. The cast includes, D’Artagnon (Logan Lerman), Athos (Luke Evans), Aramis (Matthew MacFayden) & Porthos (Ray Stevens). Also along for the ride is Cardinal Richilieu (Christoph Waltz), Milady de Winter (Milla Jovivich) & finally the Duke of Buckingham, (Orlando Bloom). The question: Did Bloom ‘defect’ the Pirates franchise or was he written out? Either way, he’s back to get his sword-fighting ya-yas out again.
Let’s be clear folks. This isn’t Oscar worthy material. I will say, this type of movie had to be the kind of movie you’d go see on any Saturday afternoon anywhere from 50 to 75 years ago. Pure adventure & the wondermint of film. That’s what I thought about. Ease up on the artsy-fartsy angle critics. Yeah, the acting was just OK, yeah I can see the computer generated imagery in the background, yeah the dialogue speech accents are all over the place, except France, where the story takes place. I’m willing to overlook these things. Why? The bigger picture.
There was also cleverness in the form of aquatic assassins, hidden traps & passages ALA Indiana Jones, wonderful props, swords, weapons like grappling guns, detailed costumes & excellent production value. There were cool ideas there. I try to point out the good things as much as possible. The crowd I saw the movie with, were all having a good time. That’s key.
I’m pretty sure the studio is going after a much younger crowd. This movie borrows heavily from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” & even “The Princess Bride.” (I counted at least four subtle & not so subtle references to one of my all time faves! All except the priest saying Mah-wage). There’s a serious market for young, active moviegoers. I think kids anywhere from 8 to 18 will really enjoy this adventure.
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Movie critics are raving about how “50/50″ is the ‘best movie of the year,’ ‘the best comedy of the year,’ and my favorite ’50/50 is achingly funny.’ These people are literally off their collective rockers. I get it. It’s a true story about a guy who gets cancer & finds the humaneness & finds the humor during his journey. I call BS.
I know what funny is. For me personally, a cancer themed movie is a terrible thing in and of itself. Using cancer as a springboard for ‘Funny-HaHa’ plays into my theory about movie critics. 100% of the time they love seeing someone up on screen with a life more screwed up than their own. Please don’t brand me heartless. You & I both know loved ones who’ve fallen to cancer or if lucky have survived this dreadful disease. Excuse me if I don’t want to see that much reality on the big screen. But what about seeing it on HBO? Redbox? Blockbuster? Maybe, if I’ve seen everything else, twice.
I will not jump on this fake bandwagon of how funny 50/50 is. I was surrounded by movie critics laughing at really weird, awkward, unfunny cancer scenarios. I wanted to stop the movie, stand up and ask these people what planet they’re from? These so called movie experts’ opinions are way out there on the outer fringe. Theirs is the only voice heard because they are the only ones making noise, writing movie reviews.
Movie Snobs who dig heavy heavy dramedy, 50/50 was made just for you. If this is your type of movie, your life has to be in a word, miserable. Movies are supposed to be about escapism & wonderment. For me 50 50 was So So.
50/50 is Rated R.
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Paul Rudd is in a ton of memorable movies for a reason: He’s funny. Check out his It’s a Wrap-sheet: Anchorman, I love You Man, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Role Models & Forgetting Sarah Marshall. ‘Our Idiot Brother’ is really Paul Rudd’s first full throw at a starring role. There’s a Hollywood term: He’s got to carry this movie.
Rudd plays an organic farmer named Ned. He trusts people to a fault & simply believes to believe in the best everyone has to offer. This movie really doesn’t go for laughs. This is more in the way of just a nice story. There are lots of people with lots of issues here.
For starters, his sisters Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) & Liz (Emily Mortimer). As an audience, we have to sit through each one of their respective issues & it’s all over the place in terms of pacing. All the usual suspects of the last 3 years of comedy are here. Ned’s ex-girlfriend, Janet (Kathryn Hahn, Step Brothers) won’t budge on a certain sentimental item. Rounding out the supporting cast, is Miranda’s neighbor Jeremy, (Adam Scott, Step Brothers) Natalie’s girlfriend Cindy (Rashida Jones, I Love You Man)
The moral of this story is: We all in some way shape or form need to be NED-ified. That basically means, less cynicism. Hey, that’s something we can all get behind right? Hey, was that a smirk?
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