From the Mind of Mac D

  • The Slamcast: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (1/18/13)

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    This week Alberto Del Rio celebrates his World Championship Title win with a Fiesta, Randy Orton and Team Hell No take on Wade Barrett and the Rhodes Scholars, and some Divas action.

    The Slamcast: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (1/18/13)

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (1/18/13)

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    These are the movies released in theaters Friday January 18th, 2013
    Broken City - Rated R
    Russell Crowe pays Mark Wahlberg to follow his wife around.  Mark ends up in a huge political conspiracy.  Mark Wahlberg can not make an un-entertaining movie (We don't consider The Happening a movie).  I have enjoyed the former Marky Mark in just about everything.  That being said, Broken City looks like it could try to be too smart.  It might try to do too many plot twists.  

    Verdict - This should be passable but forgettable

    The Last Stand - Rated R
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is a small town sheriff defending his town against Mexican drug lords.  Is this the first time Arney has played an actual cop?  Its great to see Arnold back on the big screen.  This is a mix of action and comedy that Schwarzenegger can play in his sleep.  But will America care that Arnold is back?

    Verdict - I am looking forward to this but will not get to this until it is released on DVD.

    Mama - Rated PG-13
    Two girls are found by their uncle in a a remote cabin left alone after their parents die.  Well they might not actually be alone because there is this ghost name Mama with them.  This horror movie has a fresh idea (eh sort of).  However Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) has produced this movie.  Thats enough for me to want to run out and see this.

    Verdict - Lets hope Horror’s 2013 starts off with a bang.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Zero Dark Thirty - Rated R - $24,438,936 ($29,919,743)
    2. A Haunted House - Rated R - $18,101,682 ($18,101,682)
    3. Gangster Squad - Rated R - $17,070,347 ($17,070,347)
    4. Django Unchained – Rated R - $11,040,485 ($125,374,607)
    5. Les Miserables – Rated PG-13  - $11,040,485 ($125,374,607)
    Movie – Rating – Weekend Domestic Gross (Total Domestic Gross

    Still In Theatres
    Cirque du Solei: Worlds Away 3D – Rated PG, Guilt Trip - Rated PG-13, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Rated PG-13, Hyde Park On Hudson - Rated R, The Impossible - Rated PG-13,Jack Reacher – Rated PG-13, Lincoln – Rated PG-13, Monsters, Inc 3D – Rated G, Parental Guidance – Rated PG, Promised Land - Rated R, Rise Of The Guardians – Rated PG, Silver Linings Playbook – Rated R, Texas Chainsaw 3D - Rated R, This is 40 – Rated R, Wreck-It Ralph – Rated PG

    These are the movies released on DVD this week
    Taken 2 - Rated PG-13

    Liam Neeson kicks ass AGAIN.  I thought that Taken 2 took out some of the believability that made Taken so good.  There is a ton of action scenes from Maggie Grace that do not make much sense once you start thinking about them.

    Next week LA Cops on DVD, Witch hunting, and Q106’s DJ Parker’s Bio Pic.
    Credit IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com

  • The Slamcast: WWE Monday Night Raw (1/14/13)

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    On the 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw The Rock is in concert, Daniel Bryan and Kane go back to therapy, and John Cena vs Dolph Ziggler inside a Steel Cage.

    The Slamcast: WWE Monday Night Raw (1/14/13)

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (1/11/13)

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    These are the movies released in theaters Friday January 11th, 2013
    Gangster Squad - Rated R

    Josh Brolin and Ryan Goslin (pause for swooning) lead a LAPD Squad against Sean Penn in the 1950’s.  This looks over the top.  I am reminded of Al Pacino’s Big Boy from Dick Tracy watching Penn in the trailer.  None of this is a bad thing, I just means that this should be an entertaining 90 minutes.

    Verdict - The star quality will make this watchable.  Any effort should make this good.

    A Haunted House - Rated R

    Yawn . . . uhh next please

    Verdict - Stop trying to be Scary Movie.  You are never going to be as good as Scary Movie.

    Zero Dark Thirty - Rated R

    This is “the real” story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  We will never know this how this story actually happened but we do have this movie.  There are a lot of controversy due to its point of view and its use of torture.  Congress is investigating what information the CIA gave the producer of this movie.  I know that director Kathryn Bigelow does great war films.  She direct The Hurt Locker.  Plus I want to know this story.

    Verdict - This should be thought provoking and entertaining.  I wonder how much of this story I will believe after I am done watching.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Texas Chainsaw 3D - Rated R - $21,744,470 ($21,744,470)
    2. Django Unchained – Rated R - $20,010,745 ($106,280,122)
    3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Rated PG-13 - $17,545,386 ($263,834,893)
    4. Les Miserables – Rated PG-13 - $16,015,560 ($103,503,040)
    5. Parental Guidance – Rated PG - $9,704,619 ($52,339,698)
    Movie – Rating – Weekend Domestic Gross (Total Domestic Gross

    Still In Theatres
    Cirque du Solei: Worlds Away 3D – Rated PG, Guilt Trip - Rated PG-13, Hyde Park On Hudson - Rated R, The Impossible - Rated PG-13, Jack Reacher – Rated PG-13, Lincoln – Rated PG-13, Life of Pi – Rated PG, Monsters, Inc 3D – Rated G, Not Fade Away - Rated R,Promised Land - Rated R, Rise Of The Guardians – Rated PG, Silver Linings Playbook – Rated R, Skyfall – Rated PG-13, This is 40 – Rated R, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Rated PG-13, Wreck-It Ralph – Rated PG

    These are the movies released on DVD this week
    Frankenweenie - Rated PG

    Tim Burton brings us this story of a Boy bringing back his dog from the dead.  Sounds scary but this movie is heartwarming.

    Dredd - Rated R

    Karl Urban makes us forget that Sylvester Stallone ever made a Judge Dredd movie in the 90’s.  This is what Dredd should and has always been.

    Next week the return of Arnold, Liam Neeson goes on the defensive, and Russell Crowe has Marky Mark take pictures of his wife.  Disturbing.

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

  • The Slamcast: WWE Monday Night Raw (7/7/13)

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    On the first Raw of 2013 CM Punk faces Ryback in a TLC match for the WWE title, John Cena and Dolph Ziggler argue, and the return of The Rock

    The Slamcast: WWE Monday Night Raw (7/7/13)

  • The Slamcast: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (1/4/13)

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    On the first Smackdown of 2013 The Miz vs Heath Slatter, Kofi Kingston challenges Wade Barrett for the IC title, and more entrants are named for the Royal Rumble.

    The Slamcast: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (1-4-13)

  • The Slamcast: WWE Monday Night Raw (12/31/12)

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    Its New Year's Eve as Vicky throws the worst party ever, John Cena is invited to a bash, and all the champions get to pick their oppenent

    The Slamcast: WWE Monday Night Raw (12/31/12)

  • The Slamcast: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (12/28/12)

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    This week Sheamus's Christmas Wish,  a random opponent for The Big Show, and Wade Barrett & Rhodes Scholars vs Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston.

    The Slamcast: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (12/28/12)

  • Mac D's Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

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    There is much to look forward to in 2013.  New Thor, Iron Man, and Hobbit movies plus the return of Superman to the big screen.  Here are a listing of movies that have specifically peaked my interest. Release dates are subject to change.

    Evil Dead (2013) - April 12, 2013
    Evil Dead (2013)
    Evil Dead was one of those great 1980’s Horror Movies that could use an update.  The effects are terrible.  And now we are almost here.  This remake will have nothing to do with Bruce Campbell’s Ash but I am very cautious when thinking about this movie.  I want to go in with low expectations, not high ones.

    Iron Man 3 - May 3, 2013
    Iron Man 3
    Shane Black takes over for John Favreau in the directors chair.  This will be good but I am excited to finally see Iron Man arch nemesis, The Mandarin on my screen played by Ben Kingsley.

    Star Trek Into Darkness - May 17, 2013
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    I loved the Star Trek reboot.  Not much is known about this new movie but I am slightly disappointed not to see any classic races like the Klingons used.  I will be able to deal with it.

    Man Of Steel - June 14, 2013
    Man Of Steel
    WB has rebooted Superman with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) producing.  I am not a huge Superman fan.  I am looking forward to this but would have rather wanted a different villain other the General Zod to be used.  When am I going to see Brainiac in a live action movie?

    Kick Ass 2 - June 28, 2013
    Kick-Ass 2
    We get more teenagers fighting crime VIOLENTLY.  This movie will be about bringing teams to the table but more importantly is Jim Carrey having a role.  And it isn’t the Mask.

    The Long Ranger - July 3, 2013
    The Lone Ranger
    HI-YO SILVER AWAY!  This movie reunites Director Gore Verbinski and Johnny depp.  They made several Pirates Of The Caribbean movies together.  I think Depp is an odd choice for Tonto but I will reserve judgement until I see this.

    Pacific Rim - July 12, 2013
    Pacific Rim
    Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Blade 2, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy) in a big budget alien invasion movie.  SIGN ME UP!!!  I wonder just how big Pacific Rim will be in 2013.

    The Wolverine - July 26, 2013
    The Wolverine
    We are in for another dose of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.  This time the film is set in Japan and directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma & Walk The Line).  The Japan story line is one of the best solo Wolverine stories ever.  I just want this to be better then X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

    Sin City: A Dame To Kill For - October 4, 2013
    Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
    7 years later, one of my all time favorite movies finally gets a sequel.  Everyone from Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to actors Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen ETC are back.  I just hope the public hasn’t forgotten how good Sin City is.

    Ender’s Game - November 1, 2013
    Ender's Game
    Finally we get a big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s book about teens fighting an alien menace.  I read this book in grade school and am wondering how they will adapt this.

    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - December 13, 2013
    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
    Though I was a bit disappointed with the 1st instalment of the Hobbit, I am more then ready for part 2.  We will get to see the giant dragon and Ian McKellan play Gandalf more.

    Anchorman: The Legend Continues - December 20, 2013
    Anchorman: The Legend Continues
    I hope for another Bilingual Blood Bath.  Say what you will about Will Ferrell but if this is half as good as Anchorman was, we will be happy.

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation - March 29, 2013
    G.I. Joe: Retaliation
    I have liked G.I. Joe since I was 6 years old.  Enough Said.

    Credit - IMDB.com

  • Mac D's Worst Movies of 2012

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    I watched a lot of movies in 2012.  There were a lot of good ones but plenty of bad ones.  Here are 5 of the worst movies I saw in 2012.  I won’t rank them because I am too hungover.

    John Carter - Rated PG-13
    John Carter
    I wanted John Carter to be better than this.  While visually stunning, this film suffers from terrible acting and pacing.  This book could take the time to have John Carter befriend the green martians.  Instead in the movie it takes 2 minutes for everybody to be blood brothers.  I also was not too entertained by leading man Taylor Kitsch.  I wonder when Hollywood will give up on this guy.

    Project X - Rated R
    Project X
    So we are “treated” to a hand held camera, giant teenage party movie.  I never really like giant teen party movies that become unrealistic really quick.  They did send riot police on this party.  But the characters sucked too.  The guy I was suppose to get behind, i didn’t really care about and his loud mouth friend was just obnoxious and annoying.  There are hot chicks and boobies but not enough to save Project X.

    Snow White And The Huntsman - Rated PG-13
    Snow White And The Huntsman
    I have never seen the Twilight movies.  People always make fun of Kristen Stewart having one expression on her face all the time.  I never really believed this was possible until I saw Snow White.  Lets forget the fact that I hate they turned the story of Snow White into a dumb medieval warfare movie. Kristen Stewart was just horrible.  My cardboard cut out of Homer Simpson could show more emotional range.  The only saving grace was Charlize Theron who was having way too much fun playing the evil queen in this film.  Theron herself almost made this watchable.

    Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance - Rated PG-13
    Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
    Why does Nicolas Cage keep on getting work?  This movie is not bad due to Mr. Cage’s acting ability.  I mostly hated this due to the script.  Ghost Rider is not a mindless vengeance machine.  Johnny Blaze is not a over the top psychopath.  The villain Blackout reminded me of the 1960’s Batman Villains.  Everything was over done and campy.  Hopefully they either reboot Ghost Rider with Marvel at the helm or just leave it alone.

    The Campaign - Rated R
    The Campaign
    I think my problem with The Campaign is that I remember Will Ferrell from Anchorman and Zack Galifianakis from The Hangover.  Both these guys are much funnier then this script let them be.  Instead of poking fun at the political process we see a movie that is taking shots at both political parties.  And the satire was not that clever.  We get it, Democrats like the ladies and some Republicans are run by corporations.  Given the talent involved, a little bit more effort would be required to make this funny.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

    Credit - IMDB.com

  • Mac D's Top 10 Movies in 2012

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    Everybody has to make a top movies in 2012 list, especially me.  This list is based of the 33 movies I saw this year that was released in 2012.  Most notable exclusions include Hitchock, Life of Pi, and Flight.  I must still see those movies.

    Honorable Mentions:
    The Raid: Redemption - Rated R, Safe House - Rated R, Men In Black 3 - Rated PG-13, The Expendables 2 - Rated R

    10. The Grey - Rated R
    The Grey
    I saw The Grey in the same day as Taken 2.  Both are thrillers which sees Liam Neeson fight for his life.  But The Grey was much more then action.  It was a great story about finding something to fight for after you have lost everything.  Yes, the wolves seem a bit unnatural in their stalking of Neeson’s group.  But the redemption of Neeson’s Ottaway was an experience I will soon not forget.

    9. Moonrise Kingdom - Rated PG-13
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Wes Anderson’s tale of teenage outcast love was well acted.  I expected great performances from Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and the rest of the adult cast.  But the child actors are the reason this was good.  Big props to male lead Jared Gilman who just never really seemed to belong to anything.  He came off as natural and gave real depth to Sam.  Without Gilmam this would have been mediocre at best.

    8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Rated PG-13
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    I was very excited about our return to Middle Earth.  The characters, the setting, the directing all was on point with the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.  Martin Freeman did a very good job leading this movie as Bilbo Baggins.  However I thought there were more pacing issues with the first installment of the Hobbit then the original Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.  I am optimistic the next two movies will get better from here.

    7. Cabin In The Woods - Rated R
    Cabin In The Woods
    Joss Whedon’s quasi spoof on Horror Movies was fun to watch.  The teens getting killed one by one was fun but this movie went to another level when the last two teens found the facility that was controlling everything.  This movie also will make it impossible for me to ever go in a cabin again.

    6. Prometheus - Rated R
    Prometheus
    Most people went into Prometheus wanting a definite origin to the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies.  They did not get that.  Instead Prometheus is a story about finding the origins of man in not as cute and cuddly as one would think.  While some of this movie felt like Alien, I am glad they went out and did their own thing.  The surgery scene still creeps me out to this day.

    5. Django Unchained - Rated R
    Django Unchained
    Quentin Tarantino out does Inglorious Bastards with Django Unchained.  The biggest surprised was just how funny it was.  Great performances from Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson give amazing performances.  There wasn’t as much action as I would have hope for, Django Unchained was bloodier than Kill Bill Vol. 1.

    4. Skyfall - Rated PG-13
    Skyfall
    I love Daniel Craig as James Bond.  Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale were good movies.  Skyfall finally gave Daniel Craig a bond worthy villain in Javier Bardem.  Raoul Silva reminds me of villians of the 70’s but he had an edge.  Judi Dench’s M had tons of screen time and that only made Skyfall better.  I greatly looking forward to the next chapter for James Bond.

    3. The Avengers - Rated PG-13
    The Avengers
    I first saw the Avengers in a marathon with every other Marvel movie made at that time.  The Avengers is the best of them all.  Each member of the Avengers had a story to tell.  Each character had time to grow.  While I felt there could have been more for Chris Evans’s Captain America, thats what 2014’s Winter Soldier is for.  The next stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be interesting.  

    2. The Dark Knight Rises - Rated PG-13
    The Dark Knight Rises
    For me the difference between 3 & 2 is personal preference.  I prefer the gritty story of The Dark Knight Rises to the more epic story of the Avengers.  Time has not been kind on my view of The Dark Knight Rises.  While initially I thought this 3rd movie was better than The Dark Knight, I know now the truth.  This is a tad long.  And more horribly, Christopher Nolan has strayed too far away from my vision of Batman.  Everything from Gotham being taken over by terrorists, to the ending is not how I vision Batman.  That in turn hurts my view of this movie.  I hope that Warner Brothers decides to reboot Batman and have someone create middle ground between Tim Burton’s and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

    1. Argo - Rated R
    Argo
    Only the best movie in 2012 could be ⅔ great, gritty spy thriller and ⅓ hilarious satire on the movie industry.  Ben Affleck is an amazing director.  He kept me at the edge of my seat even though I knew what the outcome was.  Alan Arkin and John Goodman are great as the film producers but Ben Affleck steals the show keeping us reeled in to the story and not get lost in the humor.  It is weird to think of Ben’s early work and then watch Argo.  Ben Affleck as matured and is looking to show everyone he is the real deal.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

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