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Skyfall

November 12, 2012

James Bond: Youth is not a guarantee of innovation. 

James Bond is back for an exciting 23rd adventure in the popular spy franchise.  This time around, Bond (Daniel Craig) battles the double-crossing, blonde-haired Silva (Javier Bardem).  Skyfall is a good film, but not the best of the Bond flicks.  It’s a thousand times better than Quantum of Solace, but not as gripping as Casino Royale, which is my favorite Bond film to date.  However, Skyfall sets itself up for a franchise that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight! Craig is compelling, Bardem is menacing, and Judi Dench is… aging!  Read on, folks!
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End of Watch

October 7, 2012

Officer Taylor: We’re cops, everyone wants to kill us.

End of Watch is a fantastic cop film, plain and simple.  The first few films that used handheld cameras used it because it was an innovative technique. Now, when films use it, I thought it was an excuse to be lazy and not invest in real good cinematographers.  Boy, was I wrong.  End of Watch shows that handheld films can still be surprising and innovative.  It works so well here because it uses multiple cameras, including the car and plenty of other methods.  As long as it serves a purpose, I have no issue with its use now or in the future.  But when it’s used for frivolous purposes, it becomes grating and obnoxious.  Luckily, that’s not what happens in End of Watch.  This film is just brilliant. Watch your six. Read more…

Regarding Recent Posts

August 21, 2012

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been absent for a few months, I’ve been pretty busy. So busy in fact that I’ve moved most of my future reviews to http://www.thenerdmachine.com. So head on over there and check ‘em out! 

http://www.thenerdmachine.com/?s=matt+goodman

The Dictator

May 16, 2012

General Aladeen: I love being an American.

I’ll start off by getting this out of the way: Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedy legend. After shocking audiences with his alter-egos Borat, Bruno, and Ali G, Cohen goes a step further and creates a terrorist-dictator sort of leader: General Aladeen. I’ve gotta say, Cohen’s latest character is up there with Borat. In their latest collaboration, Cohen and Director Larry Charles manage to offend about every race, color, and religion… and that’s only the first twenty minutes! The script is brilliant, the running time is brisk, and the laughs are big. So, do you want to Aladeen or not Aladeen The Dictator?

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The Avengers

May 3, 2012

Captain America: Hulk, smash.

What’s being called the biggest superhero flick of all-time is finally released. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is an enjoyable B-movie with a wonderful amount of meta humor and some truly exciting action sequences. We have sat through Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man II, Captain America, and Thor in anticipation for the ultimate flick. There was a huge chance that The Avengers would bomb and be totally horrible, but writer/director Joss Whedon gives the audience what they want; a fun time. Is it flawed? Yes, it is — but that will not prevent you from having a good time. Just getting this out of the way: Mark Ruffalo IS the Hulk. Is The Avengers the superhero film to end all superhero films?  Read more…

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

April 27, 2012

Pirate Captain: Fire all things that go bang!

In my humble opinion, claymation is the best form of animation. The Pirates! Band of Misfits is a mixed bag. I found a good amount of the film to be charming, witty, and incredibly funny. However, there is a reasonable amount of hit-miss comedy included. What elevates the film is the stellar voice cast boasting the likes of Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, and Salma Hayek – but the real standout here is Hugh Grant as The Pirate Captain. Another wonderful aspect is the superb claymation animation, which never ceases to amaze me. Even though The Pirates! did not totally satisfy me, I can confidently say that it was a nice little film, which will satisfy kids and adults alike. Read more…

Box Office Predictions (4/20-4/22)

April 21, 2012

I guess that it is time to say goodbye to first place this weekend, Katniss. The Hunger Games will definitely be dethroned this weekend by two fresh releases: Think Like a Man and The Lucky One. Since we have not been given a “true” black comedy since the ’90s and some lukewarm critic reviews, I’d imagine Think Like a Man taking the weekend with $21 million. The Lucky One‘s demographic is teens drawn to Nicholas Sparks, so it’ll wrap up with around $19 million. In third place, this should come as no surprise to anyone – The Hunger Games will draw in about $13 million. The rest are pretty self explanatory. Want to know my full prediction? Read on, folks. Read more…

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