1. Sean @ the Movies: Bernie

    As my vacation continues, I have really spent lots of time taking advantage of Netflix Watch Instantly to pass the time. I have watched numerous films I have seen before and also trying to watch a few new ones.

    Bernie, was directed and written (screenplay) by Richard Linklater. It is based on a story/article in Texas Monthly by Skip Hollandsworth, who also helped co-write the screenplay. It stars Jack Black, as Bernie, a real life guy who lives in a small Texas town. He is loved by everyone (as the movie is shot like a documentary and we get interviews with some of the other people in the city), a very social and religious guy, who works at a local funeral parlor. He is known for going out of his way to make sure people are happy, and that includes after the loss of a loved one. After the loss of her husband, he meets Shirley Maclaine, a lady who the town is not a fan of. After spending some time with him, it seems that she is starting to change for the better. But there comes a tipping point where she starts to go too far and he can’t take it anymore, and ends up shooting her. But he is shocked and does his best to hide his secret for as long as he can, but after awhile family and a few people start to get worried and find her body. As he is about to head to trial is where this movie, really gets interesting. It seems that the towns people seem to agree that killing people is wrong, but they can understand why he did it. We get a big push for local cop, played by Matthew McConaughey, who is out to bring him to justice.

    I know some of what I brought up in the review so far, could be considered somewhat spoilers, but it’s based on a true life event, so you can take it for what it’s worth there. I think you can still enjoy this movie even with knowing that much of the story. I think Jack Black did a great job of portraying this guy, who is a little on the creepy side at times. It’s always nice to see those crazy comedic guys playing in some more serious roles at times. Best example for me, not a huge fan of Will Ferrell in his comedy roles, but I seem to rather enjoy his more dramatic stuff.

    If you are in the mood for a creepy at times movie, a little on the darker side at times, this will be a good movie to check out. It’s nothing you need to rush out and see, but if you are browsing Netflix Watch Instantly, give it a shot.

    Like I said, I have been spending some time, watching the second season of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil and When We Left Earth. Two totally different series, but enjoyable in their own way.

    I am pretty sure that my next review will be for a new movie, called Smashed, so be on the lookout for it. Although I do have some big news, that I will be reviewing/writing for Geeks of Doom, so I think my reviews will be posted there from now on. So for you to keep up with my reviews, I would suggest that you follow me on twitter or be sure and visit Geeks of Doom.

    Until next time, as always, go out and see a movie. I know it’s starting to get cold for most of you out there, it’s worth venturing out to see a movie.

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  2. Sean @ the Movies: Dark Shadows

    There is always that time after watching a good movie, that you know a bad movie is coming soon. Sometimes it takes a few movies, and sometimes it doesn’t. And me being a Tim Burton fan, I had some interest in seeing this. But nothing I felt I needed to see in the theaters.

    Dark Shadows, was directed by Tim Burton, with a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on a story by Seth and John August, based on a TV series by Dan Curtis. And it should be no surprise that a few of the Burton favorites are in this one, including Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. But we also have Michelle Pfieffer, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

    I had never seen the TV show, and this movie is not going to make me want to go back and watch the show. So not sure how the movie is compared to the TV show. But the short version of the story, guy falls in love with girl, but seems another girl loves him too. She gets mad, puts a curse on his family, turns him into a vampire, locks him in a coffin, only to be released 200 years later. Another story of a stranger trying to fit into a strange time. Let me put it this way, if you see the trailer for this movie, you pretty much seen every thing you need to see. I can admit I did laugh a few times during the movie, but nothing I am proud of.

    If you are going to see one Tim Burton film this year, skip this one and see Frankenweenie instead.

    And with that, it’s time to wrap up this review, and hopefully next up will be a better movie. I am on vacation this week, so there may be a trip to the theater to see a few movies, or a few things I want to check out on Netflix. Be on the lookout either way.

    As always, until next time, go out and see a movie, hopefully a good one.

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  3. Sean @ the Movies: Skyfall

    It’s once again that time of year, when we happen to have a new Bond film to look forward to. And this one is extra special in a few ways. We are celebrating 50 years of Bond with this film, and this film almost didn’t even happen. So grab your favorite drink, no matter how you like it served, it’s time for Bond, James Bond.

    Skyfall, was directed by Sam Mendes, with a story by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan, and of coursed based on characters from the great Ian Fleming. And once again, Daniel Craig is back playing Bond, along with Judi Dench as M. And we can’t have a Bond film, without a villain, and Javier Bardem, once again proves he can be a very creepy bad guy. And because it’s a Bond film, a few more things to point out, we get our theme song by Adele, and we have our Bond babes, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, although neither compare to Eva Green from Casino Royale.

    Well now you know the cast, let’s go a little into the story. Well this one is more a personal movie, where our bad guy is more out to ruin some of our regulars, before they try and take over the world. It deals a lot with cyber terrorism and also spends some time, talking about how the secret agent is a thing of the past and it’s time to look towards the future. But Bond and M are not going out that easy. Not a whole lot of gadgets in this one, more just using their survivalist instincts to defeat the enemy.

    And if you are a old school Bond fan, let me just say there are plenty of nods and easter eggs for you to enjoy. I don’t want to spoil any of them, but I am sure you will get a few more chuckles than those that are new to the series.

    I was a huge fan of Casino Royale, and I think I was one of the few that still enjoyed Quantum of Solace, so I had some high expectations going into this one. I need to re-watch Casino Royale again, before I go see this one again, just to make a fair judgement. But I did really enjoy this one. What we get is one of the most visually stunning and amazing Bond films ever. Some amazing set pieces and some great use of lights to add some mood and style throughout the film. People were a little worried about Mendes behind the camera on this one, but I can say it doesn’t take long to realize he did this movie. We start off with the big action sequence and then get a few here and there during the movie until the big showdown, which ends as Bond and his friends fight to protect Skyfall.

    If you are a Bond fan, you most likely have already seen this movie, so you could care less what I have to say about it. But I am going to say that even if you aren’t a big James Bond fan, there is plenty of spy goodness for you to enjoy. And please make sure you see this on the big screen, in fact, I even heard that even though it wasn’t shot in IMAX, still worth seeing, as they utilize the IMAX ratio. So there may or may not be a trip to Lincolnshire to see it in IMAX.

    And now we wait a few years until James Bond once again graces the big screen and I can’t wait to see what’s next for the franchise. At least we know that Craig will be around for at least a few more.

    That is going to wrap up this review and with a stay-cation coming up, should be some time to see and watch a few movies, so hopefully I will have some reviews for you to enjoy next week.

    Until then, why not go out and see a movie

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  4. Sean @ the Movies: Argo

    Well it has come to that time of the year, the leaves are turning color, and the temperatures are starting to drop, and it’s going to get darker sooner. That means the summer season is over and we are in the middle of fall, which means, it’s Oscar season. We move on from the popcorn movies with giant explosion and very little story and move onto the more serious and thought provoking films. I love movies of all sorts, but it’s nice to switch things up a bit. And with the Oscars just a few months away, it’s only fitting that this review, is for a movie that has some Oscar buzz behind it.

    Argo, was directed and stars Ben Affleck, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on an article by Joshuah Bearman. And is based on the recently declassified story, of the lengths the CIA went to rescue a few American hostages during the Iran Hostage Crisis. I was about 4-6 when this happened, so I can safely say I have memory of this. But luckily for us folks, we have this movie to show us what happened. Affleck is brought in to help figure out a way to rescue these people before they are hunted down and possibly killed. Well, let’s make a fake movie and let’s pretend they are there to scout a location for their new movie, a space epic, called Argo. But there is lots of planning and time needed to pull this off. And for those that aren’t familiar with this period of time, I won’t go much further into the story.

    It also stars a slew of other people who I don’t think we see enough in films. Okay, besides Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin, who we see plenty of lately, and that is a good thing. But I am more talking about the great cast, who make up the six hostages, which include, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, and Kerry Bishe. And for the cast, everyone expect Affleck, really looked closed to the real life persons, stick around during the credits to see how close. And that also goes for some of the shots, that were recreated from the real life photos during the time.

    Well I greatly enjoyed this movie, that Affleck fellow really knows hows to make some great movies. We go on a roller coaster of emotions as the movie progresses, we get some laughs, way more than you would expect and some very intense, raised heartbeats during the final act. And that is even with knowing the outcome of the events ahead of time. It reminds me of The Fighter, which I was still on the edge of my seat, even the second viewing. I haven’t looked into how much stuff was added to increase the tension during the final act, but after watching it, I don’t care. This movie will stick with you and is going to be a favorite for a lot of people when the year end lists are made. Me personally, I am starting to think that my top ten is going to be a tough one to come up with this year, so many great movies, finding ten best, is going to be rough. And we have a few months left to go before the year is over. And if you can’t tell, this is one I am going to say you should go out and see for yourself, and I wouldn’t wait for it to come out on DVD, this is a great theater experience, that deserves to be seen on a big screen in a dark theater.

    And I think that is going to wrap up this review, and I am not sure what is going to be next up for review, but I do know a certain Bond film opens this coming weekend, either way, be on the lookout for it.

    As always, be sure and go out and see a movie, otherwise Argo fuck yourself. Don’t take it personal, if you see the movie, you will get the joke.

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  5. Sean @ the Movies: Indie Game: The Movie

    After spending 24 hours playing video games, raising money for my local Children’s Hospital, it should be no surprise that the next movie I watched, had a little something to do with video games.

    Indie Game: The Movie, was directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, and as the title suggests, it’s a documentary about indie games. It seems to focus on two games in particular, Super Meat Boy, created by Tommy Refenes and Edmund McMillen and Fez, created by Phil Fish.

    And let’s just say that after watching this, you wonder how these people are still alive. They put numerous hours into these games, and sacrifice a lot just to get the game out there. And Fez is still not done yet, and if Phil Fish has any hair left, and doesn’t have a stroke or heart attack before then, he should consider himself lucky. There are times when you feel sorry for these guys and other times, you kind of wish they would fail. But no matter how you feel about them, still found this to be a very interesting film. I am not sure if that goes for those of you out there, who don’t play video games, but maybe it will give you a little insight into the process of making video games, on a smaller scale. Sure it may be pretty easy when you have hundreds of people working on it, but how about doing it with maybe only one other person. I know for me, at some point down the road I will try and seek these games out and give them a go, now that I have a little insight into the process of making them.

    And to even make this a little easier for you, you can fire up Netflix and watch this right now on Watch Instantly. So if you have any inkling into video games, I would say this is one to check out. It’s shot beautifully and has some nice music to go along with the film. And hey, you might even learn a thing or two.

    That is going to wrap up this review, and I have a few possible movies for my next reviews, so keep an eye out for those. Hopefully tomorrow I will be seeing Looper again, and listening to the commentary this time.

    Until next time, go out and see a movie.

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  6. Sean @ the Movies:Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    As we are fast approaching the so called end of the world, it’s only fitting that I check this movie out before we all meet our maker. But if for reason we wake up the morning after and all is well, at least I can say I still saw this movie.

    Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, is directed and written (screenplay) by Lorene Scafaria, and stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. A large asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and the final countdown has begun. And after his wife leaves him, Steve pretty much carries on his normal life, going to work and just trying to keep his sanity, which some people have lost and are living it up. He meets Keira, a girl who also lives in his building, a free spirit, who is dealing with a boyfriend, who is trying too hard to impress her. After finding out that an old girlfriend of his, still loves him, he decides to hunt her down before the world ends. Keira and her dog, join him on his journey, as he knows someone who has a plane and can help her be back home with her family for when the world dies.

    This movie has plenty of heart and laughs that make the end of the world not seem so bad. As you see how different people react to the impending doom, it makes you wonder how would you behave knowing when it’s all going to end. Do you just continue with your daily life, end it early, and party like there is no tomorrow.

    There are a ton of cameos in this movie, and if you are a fan of TV shows, there are going to be some familiar faces, along with someone who has been missing from a certain Vegas show, wink, wink.

    This was a great movie, and one that I am glad I finally got to see it. I remember hearing some decent things about it when it was in theaters, but never got around to seeing it. I am hit or miss when it comes to Carell in movies, but I always seem to enjoy seeing Mrs. Knightley. And these two were great together and along with a great story, it just made a great overall combination.

    It seems that the farther I get into the year, the harder it is going to be for me to pick my top ten movies of the year, as this one could possibly be in the running. So do yourself a favor and check this one out, and if the world is going to end in a few months, I would hurry up and check it out.

    And I can say that the next movie is going to be about video games, more importantly, independent video games. You might not be too interested, but is it worth your time to at least give it a shot? Stay tuned to see what I have to say about it.

    As always, go out and see a movie, perhaps a scary one. I mean really scary, like From Justin to Kelly. I am not sure most of you can handle that nightmare, I am too scared to see it myself. Do you have the testicular fortitude to watch it?

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