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Director J.J. Abrams knows how to slap together a fun movie. “Star Trek Into Darkness” has most everything. Sometimes I enjoy simplicity.  The movie has a beginning, a middle & an end.  Less interpretation, more up on the screen.  I will say, in this installment, character development was scrapped over more action sequences.  But hey, I’m OK with that. It’s time for a summer popcorn movie & it’s not Oscar Season. The heartbeat of the movie is the complex friendship between The Human: Kirk & The Vulcan: Spock.  Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto provide the spark that ignites the entire movie.

The Crew of the Starship: Enterprise, headed by Captain James T. Kirk has been given their latest mission.  But it’s really less of a mission and more of a Black OP.  NO SPOILERS HERE. Trekkies will absolutely love subtle and notso subtle references to the original 1960’s TV series.  Maybe they should call him James T. KINK.  He just goes for it, every single time & I dig that.  I advise you to seek passage aboard the Enterprise & strap in for it’s 5-year mission.   I had a complete blast.  Just like Scotty, Bones & Ohura you can certainly follow me on Twitter @leoquinones.  Q-Out.



Paul Film Freak Movie Review

When Simon Pegg fixates his crosshairs on a specific movie genre, the guy’s dead on target.  He went after Zombies movies & gave us the friggin’ hilarious, “Shaun of the Dead.”  “Hot Fuzz” was an actual cop movie with an actual brain.  This time, Simon Pegg & his buddy Nick Frost are moving at lightspeed with their foul-mouthed alien comedy, “Paul.”

Based on looks only, “Paul” is your typical, average everyday variety alien.  We’ve all see it before, big eyes, bigger head, skinny body with extremely long fingers.  Inside, Paul belts out the voice of burly Seth Rogen. It doesn’t just work, it works perfectly.  Credit to Rogen.

In the alien world, it seems if only in film, that their motto is, ”No Extra Terrestrial gets left behind.”  Enter two British pals, post Comic Con, criss-crossing America visiting any place rumored to have been touched by Alien life forms.  When they have a close encounter Paul, it’s too much for their earthly brains to process.  This is the Mothership Motherlode, blokes!

There’s always a heavy even in a comedy.  Leave that to Jason Bateman who plays it as  The Terminator dressed like one of the “Men In Black.”  No spoilers here.  As always, in their writing style, Pegg & Frost layer in subtle, amazing references to movies we love, like  “Back to the Future,” “Aliens,” “Indiana Jones” (at least twice,) “E.T.,” “Star Wars” and of course, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Tasteless as it me be, I love Creative Cursing.  “Paul” & his human co-hearts cuss their way across the fruited plain.  Not just mere “F” Bombs, but well written smut providing a clear cut edge this type of comedy requires. Some will argue, it’s a less creative way to express yourself.  Maybe this is true.  Anyone offended by funny cursing in an “R” rated comedy will never be invited over to my house for late night obnoxious Karaoke & tequila shots.

“Paul” is the best Science Fiction Comedy since “Galaxy Quest.”  That’s a huge statement, but I have balls the size of Barrilium Spheres to prove it!

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Tom Cruise’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Tom Cruise’s version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has zero to do with honorable gay men & women serving in the United States Armed Forces.  He’s had his own version for over 20 years.  It’s an understanding with motion picture studios in regards to doing his own stunt work.  Hollywood is so overprotective of their superstars with good reason.  Things go wrong.  People who do stunts die.  It’s rare, but it does happen.  When stars get too close to the action, anything goes.  While Fighting as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan’s million dollar face had to get stitches when a stunt man caught him with a miscalculated punch.   Production was shut down for days.  That’s just one example.  In Tom Cruise’s case, that’s him on the outside of the train in the first “Mission: Impossible” flopping around with a jet engine blasting air in his face. Tom Recalls, “That’s wasn’t acting!  We were just hanging on!”

I love when an actor shows pain to get the role right.  A few examples: Natalie Portman transforming into a ballerina.  Daniel Day Lewis working with miner’s tools months before filming to play an oil man in “There Will be Blood.”  Christian Bale changing his appearance in “Rescue Dawn,” “The Machinist” & most recently, “The Fighter.”  On the other side of the coin,  when guys like Owen Wilson play a surfer in a movie, he trots out of the ocean with a surfboard safely ticked under his arm.  No pain, or dedication & the audience loses out.  If Tom Cruise was to play a surfer, you can bet he’s been out there in the ice-cold water for at least six months working it through with top rated surfers.  Even if it’s only for 30 seconds of footage, you know it’s Cruise in the surf  ‘going for it’ & mastering it.

“Going for it” describes “Mission  Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” (OK, I’m not crazy about that title) Tom’s character Ethan Hunt finds himself high atop, the Burj Khalifa Dubai Skyscraper. It’s quite simply the tallest building on the planet standing at 2,717 feet.  That’s a 1/2 mile straight up folks!

Yes there are safety straps in place, but when you’re that high up, nothing is safe.  I have friends on the inside telling me, the filming was doubly dangerous because of the IMAX factor.  IMAX cameras are clunky & awkward to maneuver.  The images are said to be incredulous.  Another dangerous  factor, the high speed Dubai winds at that altitude carry stinging sand particles. Not to mention hovering helicopters subjected to gusts of high winds.

No matter what you think of Tom Cruise, you gotta be impressed by his willingness to push himself.  Some people say too much.  These “Mission: Impossible” movies are arguably built ar0und action sequences & not where the focus should be, around a good story. Let’s hope the writers push themselves to create a story that matches the action.  That’s the movie I’d like to see, in IMAX.

“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” opens in theaters December 16th, 2011.

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