From the Mind of Mac D

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 8/5/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    I am out of movies to look forward to until December.  That means one can take me by surprise.  This week DAMN DIRTY APES, talking birds, and Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds switch spots.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday August 5th , 2011

    Rise of the Planet of the ApesRated PG-13

     Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco creates a cure for Alzheimer’s and has to test it on a chimp named Caesar.  The chimp then grows more and more intelligent.  He is so smart that the humans want to cage him up.  Bad idea.  This is not a prequel to the Planet Of The Apes movies (That one already happened in the 70’s beginning with 1970’s Escape from the Planet of the Apes) This movie is a rebot of the classic sci fi franchise.  Why not?  Visual effects are far better so hopefully the quality will be there for us to care.

    Verdict – James Franco’s inclusion in this movie means that I will run to the theatre to see some damn dirty apes.

     

    The Change-UpRated R

    The Change-Up

    Jason Bateman is a married man.  Ryan Reynolds is a swinging bachelor.  One drunken wiz in a fountain with a dash of lightening later and they have switched bodies.  While the plot has been done to death, the one item that I find encouraging with The Change-Up is the rating; R.  This is not a kids swapping movie so hopefully if there is not much depth there will be some good jokes.  The trailer running poop jokes does not give me confidence the jokes will be there.

    Verdict – I have no clue if this will be good or not.  The cast looks good, everything else does not.


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Cowboys & Aliens – Rated PG-13

    2. The Smurfs – Rated PG
    3. Captain America: The First Avenger – Rated PG-13
    4. Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows: Part 2 – Rated PG-13
    5. Crazy, Stupid, Love – Rated PG-13

    Cowboys & Aliens beat The Smurfs by 800K.  That means a tie but I will give the edge to Cowboys & Aliens.  Most “experts” say Cowboys & Aliens is a failure because it only made $36 Million in its first weekend.  I wouldn’t go that far on box office returns alone.  The few friends that were able to see Cowboys & Aliens this past weekend were not blown away with it.  I refuse to acknowledge The Smurfs with their Smurfs rap.


    Still In Theatres
    Bad Teacher – Rated R, Cars 2 – Rated G, Friends With Benefits – Rated R, Horrible Bosses – Rated R, Larry Crowne – Rated PG-13, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – Rated PG-13, Winnie The Pooh – Rated G, Zookeeper – Rated PG


    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

    Soul SurferRated PG

    Soul Surfer

    This is the true story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a Shark attack but still became a pro surfer.  I am interested to see if this is truly inspiring or just manipulative. 

     

    RioRated G

    Rio

    Birds are taken from Rio and live in Minnesota.  They then get transported back to Rio and have zany adventures.  Your kids will beg you to buy this.  You will and then have to watch this three times a day for two years.  Sorry

     

    Conan The BarbarianRated R

    Conan The Barbarian

    You can relive the experience of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger run around without much on trying to kill James Earl Jones.  This is the starting point to Arnold’s rise to the top and now it’s on Blu-Ray

    Next Week on DVD Seth Rogan as an Alien plus forced bank robbery and kids piss death off again.  When will Teens learn to stop teasing death?


    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, & Yahoo!Movies.com

     

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 7/29/11

    Posted by Mac D

     

    Without a doubt Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite Marvel produced movie to date.  There is humor but the movie felt more mature and darker then Thor or Iron Man.  Bring on The Avengers!  This week Hollywood craps on my childhood, a comic book adaptation comes to DVD, and Harrison Ford fights aliens.  NUFF SAID!

    These are the movies that were released on Friday July 29th, 2011
    Cowboys & AliensRated PG-13

    Cowboys & Aliens

    Daniel Craig plays a cowboy with no memory and a giant alien weapon on his wrist.  He bands together with a town lead by Harrison Ford to make a stand against the aliens.  Let me make something perfectly clear,  I would watch this movie regardless of the plot due to the people involved.  Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig (the current James Bond), Harrison Ford (Han Solo & Indiana Jones), and Oliva Wilde (That hottie from Tron Legacy and TV’s  House).  The movie is directed by Jon Favreau (The gentleman behind the Iron Man movies) and written by the writers behind the Star Trek reboot and LOST!  I am sold.

    Verdict – My expectations are so high I do not think that I will leave thinking it’s a terrible movie.


    Crazy, Stupid, LoveRated PG-13

    Crazy Stupid Love

    Steve Carrell has recently gotten a divorse from Julianne Moore.  He is getting help from Ryan Gossling on scoring hotties.  I think I could use help from Ryan Gossling on scoring many things.  Is this a chick flick?  Probably.  But I have a feeling that there is more then meets the eye

    Verdict – I am interested on how deep the characters are explored.  If we get a character study this should be good.  Anything else will be too sappy.

     

    The SmurfsRated PG

    The Smurfs

    Gargamel (The brilliantly casted Hank Azaria) chases the Smurfs into a portion of the forest that sends them to present day Central Park and into the arms of Neil Patrick Harris.  I like Neil Patrick Harris.  I am a fan of his TV show How I Met Your Mother.  I want him to succeed.  So when I heard he was cast in the live action Smurfs movie I cried for him.  Because with out seeing anything I knew this movie would be crap.  I will not find any humor in the fish out of water jokes made with the Smurfs.  If you want to do a Smurfs movie (and even do a live action CGI movie) fine, just keep it in the past.  Your kids will like this but I know the parents wont.

    Verdict- I had some hope that this would be entertaining and then I saw a review that had the worlds “Smurfs Rap”.  I feel dirty by typing that.


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Captain America: The First Avenger – Rated PG-13

    2. Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows: Part 2 – Rated PG-13
    3. Friends With Benefits – Rated R
    4. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – Rated PG-13
    5. Horrible Bosses – Rated R

     

    I am glade Cap was able to take down Harry Potter in the first week.  I am not sure of its staying power but I am glad that I was correct in guessing that Captain America was going to be the best superhero movie of the summer.  I am also pleased that Horrible Bosses keeps hanging in there.  I am happy for the careers of its stars.


    Still In Theatres
    Bad Teacher – Rated R, Cars 2 – Rated G, Larry Crowne – Rated PG-13, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13, Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Rated PG, Super 8 – Rated PG-13, Winnie The Pooh – Rated G, Zookeeper – Rated PG


    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

    Source Code – Rated PG-13

    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal has 8 minutes to save Michelle Monaghan from a bomb on a train.  This is like Groundhog Day meets Déjà vu.   I heard good things and it did a lot better then I thought it would in the box office. 

    Dylan Dog: Dead of Night – Rated PG-13

     Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night

    Brandon Routh stars as a PI that specializes in paranormal activity.  Based on the widely popular Italian comic book.  Although, Italy didn’t much enjoy this movie, I still think it looks OK. 

    Next week DAMN DIRTY APES, we get another body switching movie, and we get to hear the lamentations of their women all over again.


    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, & Yahoo!Movies.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 7/22/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    If you haven’t checked it out click here to see the first trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.  About a year out and I am already beyond excited for some new Batman.  This week another comic book icon makes a jump to the big screen, Justin Timberlake unfairly gets to have sex with Mila Kunis, and the 80’s in all its glory comes home on DVD.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday July 22nd, 2011
    Captian America: The First AvengerRated PG-13

    Captian America: The First Avenger

    Chris Evans stars as Steve Rodgers, a guy who wants to be in the army during WWII.  But he is not big enough.  Enter crazy scientists who turn him into Captain America.  I think this could be the best Marvel Comics movie that Marvel created them self.  It looks more serious in tone then Iron Man and Thor which is a good thing.  The other good thing about The First Avenger.  WUGO WEAVING (Agent Smith in The Matrix Movies, Lord Elrond in the Lord Of The Rings movies) AS HYDRA LEADER THE RED SKULL.  I am anxiously waiting to view Weaving as a great comic villain.

    Verdict - Come hell or high water I will see the best comic book movie this year opening weekend.

    Friends With BenefitsRated R

    Friends With Benefits
    Justin Timberlake gets to have no strings attached nookie with Mila Kunis.  Life is not fair.  This is the same exact deal as No Strings that came out in February.  Since this is the second helping of the same premise I do not think this will do very well.

    Verdict – I boycott Friends With Benefits due to the fact that I want to be friends with benefits with Mila Kunis.


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows: Part 2 – Rated PG-13
    2. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – Rated PG-13
    3. Horrible Bosses – Rated R
    4. Zookeeper – Rated PG
    5. Cars 2 – Rated G

    Harry Potter has taken in $170 Million dollars beating several records The Dark Knight held.  Harry Potter owns your money.  I wonder how the box office returns will effect the minds of The Warner Brothers executives.  Lets hope they stop and do not try to force more Potter.


    Still In Theatres
    Bad Teacher – Rated R, Larry Crowne – Rated PG-13, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13, Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Rated PG, Monte Carlo – Rated PG, Super 8 – Rated PG-13, Tree of Life – Rated PG-13, Winnie The Pooh – Rated G


    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    LimitlessRated PG-13

    Limitless

    Bradley Cooper takes a pill and then unlocks all of his mind.  He is good at everything.  That draws the evil attention of Robert De Niro.  Limitless has shown Bradley Coopers ability to do something other the comedy and be good at it.  Fighting Bobby De Niro doesn’t hurt either. 

    Take Me Home TonightRated R

    Take Me Home Tonight

    Topher Grace and his twin sister Anna Faris (No I don’t see the relation either) are parting on the weekend Grace graduated from MIT.  While the critics where not kind to this movie I can’t look past the fact that this was written by some of the writers of That 70’s Show.  It should be good for a laugh.


    Next week a ton of Sci-Fi fun on DVD, Harrison Ford kicks ass in the old west, and Hollywood kills more of my childhood.  At lest Neil Patrick Harris is involved.  That’s a good thing.  I guess.  I suppose?  See you next week.


    Credit – IMDB.com & Boxofficemojo.com

     

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 7/15/11

    Posted by Mac D

    I finally got to see Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.  It was good but I haven’t really enjoyed all of the transformers movies.  This week HARRY POTTER, A Disney Movie I am actually looking forward too, and tons of new movies on DVD.


    These are the movies that were released on Friday July 15th, 2011
    Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows: Part 2Rated PG-13
    Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows: Part 2
    This is it.  The last Harry Potter movie.  I think at this point there is no plot synopsis.  No hype.  No nothing.  If you have watched the last 7 movies your going to this.  If you don’t care about Harry Potter, you will not waste your time.


    Verdict – I am interested in the end of this franchise and what it will mean.  I hope this truly is the last Harry Potter.  I will be going.  After I first see part 1.


    Winnie The PoohRated G
    Winnie The Pooh
    Winnie The Pooh and friends have adventures looking for honey.  Something like that.  This is the first film since 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh that a Pooh movie has been based entirely on the source material.  That makes me happy.  They are going for something kids will like but at the same time be a nostalgic trip back for mom and dad.  I usually do not go for non Pixar sequels but I will make an exception.

     

    Verdict – I am looking forward to a more traditional Disney movie, like the ones from my youth.  I hope this does as well as a Pixar Movie.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – Rated PG-13
    2. Horrible Bosses – Rated R
    3. Zookeeper – Rated PG
    4. Cars 2 – Rated G
    5. Bad Teacher – Rated R

    Transfomers continues to make more money then a small country.  I am happy that Horrible Bosses is making money and I have heard good things.  Too bad Harry Potter will lay waste to everything in its path.


    Still In Theatres
    Bridesmaids – Rated R, Green Lantern – Rated PG-13, The Hangover Part II – Rated R, Larry Crowne – Rated PG-13, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13, Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Rated PG, Monte Carlo – Rated PG, Super 8 – Rated PG-13, Tree of Life – Rated PG-13, X-Men: First Class – Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday, July 11th, 2011

    InsidiousRated PG-13
    Incidious
    Evil Spirits try to take over a boy and take him to a evil realm.  When will evil spirits ever learn?  This is from the creative team from the first Saw.  I have heard good things so I am interested.

    The Lincoln LawyerRated – R

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey plays a lawyer who practices out of the back of his Lincoln.  I hope he keeps his shirt on.  This movie didn’t make a splash when it came out in March but I will give McConaughey a chance due to this not being a romantic comedy.

    These are the movies released on DVD Friday,   July15th, 2011

    RangoRated PG

    Rango

    Johnny Depp voices a lizard who is mistaken for a hero in a old west town.  It looks good and I still find it funny that its rated PG due to some of the characters smoking.

    Arthur (2011)Rated PG-13

    Arthur (2011)

    Russell Brand plays a playboy who stands to loose all his money when he falls for a woman his family does not approve of.  Russell Brand tries to be Duddley Moore but fails miserably.  I guess I would watch this when I don’t want to laugh.

    Next week we take a trip back to the 80’s, the greatest American hero finally comes to the big screen, and some how Justin Timberlake gets to be sex buddies with Mila Kunis.  THIS WORLD ISN’T FAIR.

    Credit – IMDB.com & Boxofficemojo.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 7/8/11

    Posted by Mac D

    I survived another 4th of July weekend.  I finally saw Green Lantern and to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.  This week Kevin James has a movie that I have no earthly idea why this is being released in the summer (oh wait yes I do), Kevin Spacey plays a dick, and I grasp at straws.


    These are the movies that were released on Friday July 8th, 2011

    ZookeeperRated PG

     Zookeeper

    Kevin James is a Zookeeper who cannot pick a woman to save his life.  So its up to his animals to help him land a chick.  This voice cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, and Adam Sandler.  Ok, I do not think it looks that bad.  With the cast and voice cast I think it could just end up being a guilty pleasure.  The plot is horrible but the creative people involved could make it work.  I do question the reasoning about releasing this now.  The summer blockbusters will crush zookeeper.  This movie should have been released in the fall or more then likely January.

     

    Verdict – A renter for sure but I would have to be pretty bored.


    Horrible BossesRated R

     Horrible Bosses

    3 guys (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudekis) plot to kill each other’s bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell).  Why? Because they are jerks.  The cast is solid.  I am looking forward to the scenes with Spacey and Bateman.  That should be worth the price of admission.   I do have a fear that this will be too dark and end up like Death To Smoochy (I was the only one in the theatre laughing).

     

    Verdict – I shall take my boss to this movie.  Perhaps he will take the hint. 

     

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – Rated PG-13
    2. Cars 2 – Rated G
    3. Bad Teacher – Rated R
    4. Larry Crowne – Rated PG-13
    5. Monte Carlo – Rated PG

     

    Transformers 3 made a crap ton of money to the tune of $180 million domestically and $418 worldwide.  It looks like another director will get a shot at the Transformers franchise as Michael Bay said this was going to be his last Transformers movie.  We can only hope.  It also is the biggest 4th of the July Opening weekend ever.  Cars 2 and Bad Teacher dropped by an average of 50% from the previous weekend.  So please Hollywood pay attention and make a He-Man movie already.  I need to get that one from the 80’s with Dolph Lundgren out of my head.


    Still In Theatres

    Bridesmaids – Rated R, Green Lantern – Rated PG-13, The Hangover Part II – Rated R, Kung Fu Panda 2 – Rated PG, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13, Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Rated PG, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Rated PG-13, Super 8 – Rated PG-13, Tree of Life – Rated PG-13, X-Men: First Class – Rated PG-13


    These are the movies released on DVD the week of July 5th, 2010

    The Cape: The Complete Series

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    Wow can you guess that nothing is coming out on DVD this week?  This TV show, I wanted to like.  I wanted it to succeed.  Then when I finally sat down and watched the pilot, I couldn’t make it through the entire thing. 

     

    Next week the creators of Saw might have actually made another good movie,  more pooh, and the end of Harry Potter.  Your tween may cry a lot.

     

    Credit – IMDB.com & Boxofficemojo.com

     

     

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie for 7/1/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    Its Fourth of July Day weekend.  I hope my thumbs survive.  This week BIG GIANT ROBOTS, Tom Hanks, and crap.
    These are the movies that were released on Wednesday June 29th, 2011

    Transformers: Dark Of The MoonRated PG-13

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon 

    Something from the Transformers home planet of Cybertron has crash landed on the moon.  The Autobots and Decpticons are fighting over it on earth.  Lets be honest.  This movie is about GIANT FIGHTING ROBOTS.  Its going to be cool.  I have heard two things.  1. This movie is an insault on your intelligence. 2. This movie is the best of the Transformers movies.  Confusing isn’t?  I think that if you enjoyed the past two Transformers movies you are going to like this.

    Verdict – Lets hope that there is more than meets the eye.  Good or Bad I still want to watch on IMAX

     

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, July 1st, 2011

    Larry CrowneRated PG-13

    Larry Crowne 

    Tom Hanks stars as a middle aged man who looses his job, starts classes at a community college, and tries to hook up with Julia Roberts.  Normally I would go on and on about how I think I have seen this before and the plot has been done to death.  But then I realize that it stars Tom Hanks and is written by Hanks and the lady who wrote My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  The cast should make this entertaining.

     

    Verdict – Talk about counter programming.  If you want to feel like and adult and not watch giant robots, then Larry Crowne is for you.  Tom Hanks always seems to make something watchable.

     

    Monte CarloRated PG

    Monte Carlo

    Three girls are on trip in Paris.  One of them gets mistaken for a British heiress.  Wackyness follows.  As I am a man in my late twenty’s, I do not find redeeming value in a movie marketed to teen girls. It stars Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, and Katie Cassidy.  I do not have any idea who they are. 

     

    Verdict – This movie doesn’t have Tom Hanks or giant robots thus will not be getting my business this weeked.

     

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Cars 2 – Rated G
    2. Bad Teacher – Rated R
    3. Green Lantern – Rated PG-13
    4. Super 8 – Rated PG-13
    5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Rated PG

     

    Cars 2 is the worst reviewed Pixar movie ever and it still made $66 Million.  Green Lantern dropped 66% from last week.  Is something evil going on at the box office?  Seeing as Transformers has already made close to $40 million so far its fair to say that both movies will see further drops in box office intake. 


    Still In Theatres

    Bridesmaids – Rated R, The Hangover Part II – Rated R, Kung Fu Panda 2 – Rated PG, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Rated PG-13, X-Men: First Class – Rated PG-13



    These are the movies released on DVD the week of June 28th, 2010

    Sucker PunchRated PG-13

    Sucker Punch

    Zach Snyder (300 and Watchmen) had a misstep with this one.  Do not get me wrong I want to make my own mind up but I cannot ignore the negative reviews.

     

    Season Of The WitchRated PG-13

    Season Of The Witch 

    Nicholas Cage in a sword and sorcery movie?  PASS.  I don’t even think Ron Pearlman could make this watch able.

     

    Next week Kevin James in a movie I think should be released in January, Kevin Spacey and a all star cast try to tickle my funny bone, and that’s it.  THAT’S IT?  Oh crap its time for me to rewatch all my movies again

    Credit – IMDB.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 6/24/2011

    Posted by Mac D

    We are almost to July 4th weekend.  I would say we are half way through the blockbuster season.  This week a new Pixar movie, Cameron Diaz in something watch able, and a film that will prove that Liam Neeson will destroy you with two fingers.


    These are the movies that were released on Friday, June 24th, 2011
    Cars 2Rated G

    Cars 2

    Lightning McQueen (Voice of Owen Wilson) and his friend Mater (Voice of Larry The Cable Guy) partake in the World Grand Prix.  On they side they help out in spy missions.  Cars is my lest favorite Pixar movie.  Which means I liked it but didn’t love it.  This sequel will more the likely be more of the same.  I do not believe that Pixar can make a bad movie but I am not running out to see this right away.

    Verdict – The most profitable Pixar franchise is back and your kids already begging you to take them.  Pixars track record means that you will enjoy your self.

     

    Bad TeacherRated R

    Bad Teacher

    Cameron Diaz plays a horrible teacher who gets dumped by her rich fiancé.  So she tries to bag the rich substitute teacher played by Justin Timberlake.  The trailers look funny and I think this could work due to Cameron Diaz.  This character is not like anything Diaz has played before.  It could work to her benefit.  Add the comedic talents of Jason Segel, John Michael Higgins, Molly Shannon and Phyllis from the Office and I think this could be a entertaining two hours.

     

    Verdict – I think it might be good thought I could be the only one.  I just hoped to be entertained and laugh a couple of times.


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Green Lantern – Rated PG-13
    2. Super 8 – Rated PG-13
    3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Rated PG
    4. X-Men: First Class – Rated PG-13
    5. The Hangover Part II – Rated R

     

    I am glad that Green Lantern took #1.  Good or bad Warner Brothers needs to feel it can make money off other DC properties.  This is one step.  Every one I spoke to either thought it was OK or hated it.  I hope to see my self this weekend.  Can some one please announce X-Men: First Class 2 please?


    Still In Theatres
    The Art of Getting By – Rated PG-13, Bridesmaids – Rated R, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer – Rated PG, Kung Fu Panda 2 – Rated PG, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Rated PG-13, Thor – Rated PG-13, Tree of Life – Rated PG-13


    These are the movies released on DVD the week of June 21tst, 2010

    UnknownRated PG-13

    Unknown

    Liam Neeson in another action film that makes him look like a complete bad ass that could kill you in 3 seconds.  Neeson is a Doctor who has lost his memory and has his identity stolen.  I have no hope that this is better then Taken but I do hope it is just as good.

     

    The Adjustment BureauPG-13

    The Adjustment Bureau

    A secret government agency is trying to keep Matt Damon and Emilly Blunt apart.  Its Matt Damon in a quasi action film, I don’t think it could be that bad.  I had heard very good things from this movie so I will have to check it out.

     

    Cedar RapidsRated R

    Cedar Rapids

    Ed Helms gets sent to a conference by his company, Shenanigans follow.  This was filmed in Ann Arbor so that’s more then enough reasons for me to watch this.

    Next week chicks fighting in a world created by 300 director Zach Snyder, Tom Hanks returns theatres, and big giant robots. 


    Credit – IMDB.com

     

  • Rob Zombie Tries To Sell You Laundry Detergent.

    Posted by Mac D

    Rob Zombie is known for scarring the crap out of you with his movies, his music, his movements and his general appearance.  He has directed some weird stuff but nothing as weird as this Woolite Commercial.  Try to guess which part he directed.

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide for 6/17/11

    Posted by Mac D

    I am back.  I have made it to the theatre a lot in the past week or so.  I, Mac D, highly recommend X-Men First Class.  This week Ryan Renyolds plays a comic book character that fans didn’t want him to play, Jim Carrey in childrens movie that just might work, and a fairy tale remix comes home.

    These are the movies that were released on Friday, June 17th, 2011

    Green LanternRated PG-13
    Green Lantern
    Hall Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a test pilot who stumbles across a dying alien that gives him a ring.  With this ring he becomes a member of the intergalactic police force: the Green Lantern Corps.  This is DC first attempt at a superhero movie that did not involve Batman or Superman.  Hopes are running high on this movie to make big bucks so we get more DC mainstays like the Flash and Wonder Woman.  Word of mouth is very mixed to almost negative.  That freaks me out.

    Verdict – Good or bad it will not matter.  I want to see Green Lantern on the big screen.

    Mr. Popper’s PenguinsRated PG

    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Based on the book, Jim Carrey plays Mr. Popper.  A divorced business man who needs to be shown what is important in life.  Namely his family.  I guess penguins are suppose to show him the light.  I have seen the trailer.  I think it could be funny.  If Jim Carrey restrains himself until the very end it could be fun.  I do think kids are gonna love this.

    Verdict – Mr. Popper’s Penquin’s will be a entertaining family film.  How good it is depends on which Jim Carrey shows up.

    The Art of Getting ByRated PG-13

    The Art of Getting By

    Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, August Rush) plays a teen that is not a fan of homework.  Isn’t that every teen?  He forms a relationship with Sally (Emma Roberts) and we are off on a teen romantic comedy.  I know very little of the plot.  I have not heard much about this except it was premiered at Sundance.  But Freddie Highmore is staring so It cannot be that bad.

    Verdict – Hey 14 year old dudes reading this.  Ask your crush to this film and thank me later.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1.  Super 8 – Rated PG-13
    2.  X-Men: First Class – Rated PG-13
    3. The Hangover Part II – Rated R
    4. Kung Fu Panda 2 – Rated PG
    5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Rated PG-13

    Super 8 takes number one in a move that surprised NO ONE.  I will be happy to see X-Men hang around for as long as possible because I crave more mutant action.

    Still In Theatres
    Bridesmaids – Rated R, Fast Five – Rated PG-13, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer – Rated PG, Midnight In Paris – Rated PG-13,   Something Borrowed – Rated PG-13, Thor – Rated PG-13


    These are the movies released on DVD the week of June 14th, 2010
    Battle: Los AngelesRated PG-13
    Battle: Los Angeles
    Aaron Eckhardt plays an Army Sargent during an alien invasion.  SOLD!  I have been waiting for this movie to come to DVD for some time.

    Hall PassRated R
    Hall Pass
    Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekis’s wifes gives them a “Hall Pass” from marriage.  And they go hog wild.  I may want to check this out but I can t decide.

    Red Riding HoodRated PG-13
    Red Riding Hood
    This is a spin on the classic Fairy Tale starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman.  It is also a twist on the werewolf story.  Too many spins but I am interested.

    Next week Liam Nesson doesn’t remember who he is, Cameron Diaz sucks at teaching, and a Pixar sequel.  That means you have to take the neighbors kids.

    Credit – IMDB.com

  • Tom Morello Rocks Out On Google

    Posted by Mac D

    In honor of guitar legend Les Paul’s Birthday, Google changed their home page to this.

    Les Paul Google

    Looks pretty sweet don’t it?  In true Google fashion it is a playable guitar.  You can use your mouse but if you click on the logo you can use the keys.  A recorder is on the lower right.  With people as bored as they are it leads to youtube videos like this.

     

    I found on youtube clips of Stair Way To Heaven and music from Dio, System of a Down , Linkin Park, Justin Bieber, and others.  It is real fun to play around with even though I can not play guitar.  The coolest thing I have seen is this original tune for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello

  • Darth Vader and Chewbacca Rock on

    Posted by Mac D

    Today my weekly wacky video search turned up two diamonds, or turds.  I haven’t made my mind up.

    The first video features Chewbacca and a Slash Ewok dancing to Guns N’ Roses Welcome to the Jungle.

     

    The second video is Darth Vader cutting a rug to Metallica’s Enter Sandman

     

    The dancers are participating in a huge Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park running the coolness that is Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.