The Other Guys

 

Starring:
Will Ferrell (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Step Brothers”)
Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Nights”, “Rock Star”)

Directed By: Adam McKay ((“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Step Brothers”)

Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Recommendation: Watch/Rent

There’s great cops known for their daring heroics, regular cops who spend their time looking up to and trying to become great cops and then, there’s the other guys.  Two detectives, Ferrell and Wahlberg, have been stuck behind their desks; looked down upon by the rest Read the rest…

Saint John of Las Vegas

Starring:
Steve Buscemi (“Fargo”, “Youth in Revolt”)
Romany Malco  (“Baby Mama”, “The 40 Year-Old Virgin”)
Sarah Silverman (TV’s “The Sarah Silverman Program”, “School of Rock”)

Directed by: Hue Rhodes

Rating: 5 out of 10
Recommendation: Maybe Rent

A slight take on Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, Saint John is the story of an ex-gambler (Steve Buscemi) working at an insurance claim settlement firm in New Mexico.  Read the rest…

Grown Ups

Grown Ups 

Starring:
Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Rob Schneider
David Spade
Chris Rock

Directed by: Dennis Dugan (“Problem Child”, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”)

Recommendation: Rent
Rating: 6 out of 10

The Happy Madison crew is back with another comedy film.  In Grown Ups, five childhood friends reunite in their hometown for the funeral of their youth basketball coach, 30 years after their championship game.  Read the rest…

The Shinjuku Incident

Starring:
Jackie Chan

A great departure from his usual comedic kung fu roles, Jackie Chan takes on a more serious and dramatic role as a Chinese illegal immigrant turned gangster.  The story basically follows Chan, an honest tractor repairman, as he emigrates to Japan in search of his missing girlfriend.  Having lost his identification documents, he is forced to join up with his fellow countrymen in Shinjuku where they also help him to find illegal work.  The entire time, he finds himself either running from the cops or defending himself from the Taiwanese gang put in place in Shinjuku by the Yakuza to keep the Chinese illegals in line.  One night, Chan ends up helping out a Yakuza mobster and is offered a job, to kill a Yakuza boss; in return, Chan would take control from the Taiwanese gang.  When he becomes boss, he tries to change the way things are run and goes for a more peaceful solution.  But, with power, comes greed and his fellow countrymen end up becoming worse than the Taiwnese before them only serving to start a giant gang war. Read the rest…

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Starring:
Nicholas Cage (“Kick-Ass”, “Raising Arizona”)
Jay Baruchel (“She’s Out of My League”, “Tropic Thunder”)
Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2″, “Frida”)

Directed By: Jon Turteltaub (“The Kid”,”National Treasure 1 & 2″)

Disney is at it again, taking some of its old properties and turning it into a feature film to make an extra buck. Unlike the original though, for those that remember the Sorcerer’s Apprentice piece in Disney’s Fantasia, this is no cartoon musical.  Nicholas Cage plays the ageless Balthazar Blake, one of Merlin’s apprentices who is given the task to find the… *sigh**facepalm* … Prime Merlinian.  Centuries later, Dave, a 10 year old creative genius and unbeknownst at the time, the … *sigh**facepalm* … Prime Merlinian, has fallen for a cute blonde classmate and writes her a note asking whether she will be his friend or girlfriend.  The note, and her answer, flies away and into a magic shop where young Dave runs into Balthazar and accidentally releases the nefarious Horvath (Alfred Molina).  Caught in the middle of a magic battle, Dave narrowly escapes only to be ridiculed by his classmates who believe that Dave is just telling stories.  Fast-forward 10 years, the socially outcast Dave (Jay Baruchel), now 20 years old, is a physics nerd who bumps into the cute blonde he once knew as well as Balthazar and Horvath.  Now, caught between falling in love and a magical battle, Dave must learn how to harness his magical abilities and scientific know-how to stop Horvath from unleashing Morgana Le Fay. Read the rest…

Inception

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Titanic”, “Shutter Island”)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Brick”, TV’s “3rd Rock from the Sun”)
Ellen Page (“Juno”, “Whip It”)

Directed By: Christopher Nolan (“Memento”, “The Dark Knight”)

In a world where the technology to enter someone’s dreams exists, a highly skilled thief and fugitive (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds a chance for redemption and a ticket home with one last job.  He and his team of extraction specialists must plant a suggestion into a man’s mind without him knowing what has taken place.  And, the only way to do this is to go into a dream within a dream within a dream.  He must, however, confront the demons that plague his dreams and invade the dreams of others. Read the rest…

196 down, 169 to go…whew!!

Ok, so it’s been a while since my last post.  At this point in the challenge, I’m only 10 or so films behind.  Here’s the list of excuses as to why I’m behind on my movie watching and not blogging:

1. Chicago Blackhawks making it through the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. (W00T!)
2. Season Tickets to the Chicago White Sox.
3. Started a new job in the city that keeps me extremely busy throughout the day.
4. Using every last available minute to look for a new house in Chicago.

Well now that I’m settled in a bit more at work and I’ve narrowed down my house search, I’ll be able to take some time for a bit more reviewing.  So, off we go again with the film I’ve most recently watched:

Unthinkable

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen Read the rest…

Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Vic’s Review:

After seeing the leaked Comic-Con red-band trailer, I was extremely excited to see this movie; that however, worried me.   Whenever my expectations for a film go up, I usually end up very disappointed.  I have to say though, after seeing Kick-Ass last night, I was extremely pleased with the results!  Read the rest…

Brooklyn’s Finest

Brooklyns Finest

Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.  Eddie (Richard Gere – Chicago, Nights in Rodanthe) is a beat cop on the verge of retiring from the police force and life.  Tango (Don Cheadle – Traitor, Oceans 11) is an officer deep undercover in a gang that is distributing mass amounts of narcotics. And Sal (Ethan Hawke – Daybreakers, Training Day) is a task force cop whose ever-growing family is putting a squeeze on him financially, causing him to break the law to make ends meet. Read the rest…

Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine

In 2010, four good friends have had a string of bad luck with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack – 2012, High Fidelity) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry - W., What Happens in Vegas) is a party guy who cannot find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson – The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Miss March) wife controls his every move; and Adam’s video game obsessed nephew Jacob (Clark Duke – Sex Drive, Kick-Ass) will not leave his basement.

After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. Read the rest…