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Monday, August 16, 2010

SummerSlam 2010

Well.. this has to be the best PPV I've seen so far this year. And that's not saying much. I miss the wrestling days of the 80s and to some extent the 90s and WCW..

May as well forget all the matches but two. Orton Vs Sheamus.. Was turning into a good match until we end up with a DQ finish.. WTF.. Sheamus keeps the belt and Orton goes to the back of the line.. I'm sure that will happen /sarcasm

WWE Seven (Raw Seven) Vs The Nexus.. Now this was probably the best main event I've seen in awhile. Cutting off the Miz and bringing out Brian Danielson was great. And to have him knock off someone right off the bat, even if it was just Darren Young was a good start. Everything was going well until just after Hart got DQed. Which I thought they handled brilliantly seeing Bretts health won't allow him to do much. But, it was good to see the shades of the old Hitman. And I liked that he has said he won't go back in the ring with the Pink & Black since he can't really perform.

Was somewhat downhill from there though.. With the Miz interference and quick win.. Was Cena really down or not.. I can't imagine anyone in the building believed that John Cena couldn't get an offence started. He's been beat down worse before to come back, and yet here he is dragging around for the whole match almost.

Oh, and Kane Vs Mysterio.. Who didn't know that 'Taker was in the casket.. Just a question of when will it open and he'd appear. Was interesting that they still play him as weak and injured and Kane still having the upper hand.

So, best PPV I saw all year. Better than Wrestlemania even. But still not as good as they used to be.

2.5 stars out of 5.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Expendables

Seen this one on opening night. Was looking forward to it. The last of the three action ensemble movies of the summer. With the other two being The Losers and The A - Team. Coming third, appropriately marks this movie as third place.

Yes, they had a truck load of 80s and 90s action stars. But, a good chunk of them didn't do much. or have much to do. 'Stone Cold' Steven Austin hardly had 5 lines in the whole movie. Just kinda wandered around behind Eric Roberts just to get set on fire at the end of the movie. They didn't even have the decency to shoot him.

Jet didn't get to display hardly any of his skill, Mickey Rourke didn't leave the garage (Although I did like his role as the patriarch so to speak imparting his wisdom) Dolph was missing for most of the movie..

The best scene of the movie was the meeting with Sly, Bruce and Arnold. And that was mostly for the overtones towards Arnold and his being 'pissed' because he wants to be president.

Sly wasn't bad in this movie, but for me the real star was Jason Statham. He seemed to come off really well. And I enjoyed the parts of the movie he was a part of.

The whole thing was pretty typical of an 80s action movie. The plot was what you would expect. But this movie didn't seem to have half the polish that I would expect from even and 80s action movie.

And I've seen most of them. Arnold, Sly, Chuck, Jean-Claude, Steven.. And most of them were better. Too bad they couldn't have taken some more time to polish up this movie.

The A - Team was the best of the three, and The Losers was also great. Wait for DVD

2.5 stars out of 5

Sly supposedly had a sequel prepped and is just waiting for the green light from the studio after seeing the weekend haul. I've already read that it's the #1 movie this weekend at around about $35 million. If it does get the go, hopefully they will take more time with it.


Been meaning to see this one for awhile. WWII Drama / Action movie with Daniel Craig. Came out a while ago now.

Didn't much care for it. If memory serves based on real events about a group of Jews on the Russian front who end up retreating into the forests and basically setup a guerrilla resistance against the Nazis.

I just found the movie to be boring, and didn't hold my attention at all.

For some good WW2 entertainment, see The Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Saving Private Ryan and Enemy at the Gates. Avoid seeing Pearl Harbor. These are probably more action oriented to some degree. But I also found some of them more educational.

2 stars out of 5

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Death at a Funeral

I wanted to see this in theatres when it came out, but didn't get to it. The trailers looked good. And I had read that it was a remake of a British movie. And to me, that is a good thing. I like British comedies and work. So long as they don't change too much around about it.

As it turns out the movie is a good comedy. I found it to be well put together, good ensemble cast. Lots of little funny bits. Not much that was outrageously funny, but lots of small chuckle bits, one liners and toss out comments. I found it to be quite entertaining for the length of the movie.

Would have been good to see in theatres with an audience. And Danny Glover was great, had the best laugh in the first start of the movie when Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson go to pick him up and his retirement home.

Good stuff rent it now..

4 stars out of 5

The Ghost Writer

Seen this one finally, the trailers at the theatre looked good for this one. But it didn't quite turn out this way. The movie bored me really.. I can't name too many Polanski movies. And the only one that I actually like is The Ninth Gate.

The plot sounded interesting, but it didn't turn out that way. I liked the cast but it wasn't enough. Wait for it to appear on television. If you want a summary I'm sure you can google it. Not much else to say about it.

2 stars out of 5..

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cop Out

I also finally got around to seeing this movie. After hearing so much about it, and I didn't realize that it was a Kevin Smith movie. As much as I like Kev. I don't actually like many of his movies. Dogma is about the only one I really like.

I guess the drama surrounding this film was that he directed and what not. But it was basically a studio film. And that got all his fanboys into a lather that he sold out. I don't care, he took a job. If only we all could take a temp job and get paid hundreds of thousands or a few million for it.

Anyway, this is a buddy cop movie with Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis. Maybe I'm not much for comedies anymore. The good ones I liked were all like twenty years ago. This movie was probably pretty average. As much as I kinda like Morgan I was getting tired of listening to his constant chatter. And Willis wasn't bad. The movie had it's moments and a few chuckle spots. And I liked the use of the Beverly Hills Cop music tossed around. As I'm sure that's what I was hearing.

Over all I'd say a good 2.5 stars out of 5. Glad I rented and not paid to see it at the theatre.


Finally got around to seeing it. A thriller with Sam Jackson and Carrie Ann Moss. Jackson is always entertaining in pretty much everything I've seen him in. And it's nice to see Moss in something, since I don't think I've seen her since The Matrix trilogy and Red Planet.

Pretty straight forward thriller about a home grown terrorist planting three bombs and then allowing himself to be picked up. And the moral dilemma of his captors about how far will they go to get the information they need from him. Is his rights and wellness more important than the hundreds of thousands and in this case potentially millions of innocent civilians that his bombs may kill..

I found it to be an entertaining movie, but it is all pretty much about the interactions of the characters. So you won't find much action here.

Well worth the rental for me.

3 out of 5 for me.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Sorcerers Apprentice

Let's begin this by saying that I found this to be one of the best movies I've seen Cage in, in quite some time.

The movie wasn't bad, could have been a lot better if they would have put a lot more effort into writing a better story. It seemed to be a first or second draft. Not ready to shoot yet.

The opening montage with the back story proved that to me. Kinda bland and cliche. Arch Wizard has three apprentices two male and one female. Both guys want the girl, one betrays them and out of jealously apparently to the big bad.

The conflict goes on somewhat through the ages, as the great wizard at the time of his death so many years ago, leaves a 'gift' to his brightest and tells him a chosen one will show himself someday and the 'gift' in this case his ring will show him who.. And only the chosen one can defeat said big bad yadda yadda..

I know this comes of making the movie sound really bad. It wasn't, just not great. But certainly one of Cages best roles recently. I totally bought him as Balthazar the Sorcerer.

I'd give it a 2.5 stars out of 5.. Worth seeing. Possibly wait for DVD unless the subject matter is especially appealing to you.