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Ya, it’s not good. New “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” trailer. What do you geeks think?
Hoverboards are becoming more of a reality. Thanks to the good people at HUVrTech
Do our eyes deceive us???? We might have some official Star wars Episode VII news!!! Variety just posted saying actor Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”) is close to signing on playing the main villain in the next star wars movie. here’s what they said:
"Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.
Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.”
We’re in! what do you geeks think?
Join Johnny D & Carlos as they review Fox Home Entertainment’s “Free Birds”
This is Guardians week and today we have the official teaser poster! You’re Welcome!
The film assaults and assails. Feigns and fritters. It does all manner of pugilist sentiments and leaves the audience as battered and disoriented as our milquetoast protagonist Craig (Pat Healy) as he rapidly spirals into a maelstrom of depravity and moral poverty. We lumber out of the theater reeling and feeling a few teeth short. But we can’t help but smile ear to ear.
CHEAP THRILLS rattles and razes the idea that dignity won’t waffle and wilt at the crinkle of money. Even the very timid and generally upright are kowtowed by the prospect of quick riches. And that’s made all too Lucite clear when our bespectacled and overall just be-Milhoused Craig is on the cusp of eviction. A wife and new baby makes his predicament all the more roiled. Recently unemployed and with his back firmly against the wall of desperation, he and unsavory companion Vince (a nigh unrecognizable Ethan Embry) are coaxed into a evening of escalating dares and coaxes for monetary gain. All orchestrated by a mordant impresario played by David Koechner with sinister precision.
The crux of the story is pegged on the sagging shoulders of Craig as he carves chunk after chunk of his virtue as the script progresses further and further into bacchanalian bedlam. It’s difficult not to sympathize with this baby-faced and nasally everyman played impeccably by Healy. We’re quickly endeared to him. We root for the galoot. Family man and all in all decent bloke. Until the cotillion of degradation begins. The audience bears witness to a grand shambolic dismantling of a man in record time. He’s a facsimile of the man we’re first introduced to by the last frame of the movie. Blooded and broken. And sloughed of all inhibitions and valor. It’s a grotesquerie on par with WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? The veneer of civilization is lopped off with surgical precision to a crescendo of collapsing propriety.
A better reviewer might make thoughtful and considered comments about the social satire that is present in this narrative. How the escalation and brinkmanship paralleled the Cold War or make mention of the literary connections with the morally unmoored in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. But I concede I’m a middling analyzer of culture and will state with fervor that there’s a scene where someone deuces on the floor and takes a picture of it with a camera phone. A good deal of thought goes into what to include and exclude in a film review. And I’ve decided to write about a shit selfie.
The film is capably directed. Mild and unassuming. Camerawork timid and unobtrusive. Like our meek protagonist in the first act. Courteous, if just a bit dull. Which aligns auspiciously with the overall tone and subdued look of the film. The pizzazz of the film lies not so much in the look but the content and themes explored. That’s where the cinematic gold is mined. Revelatory questions are posed. The audience starts to think about the monetization of humiliation. They begin making a mental inventory of values (or lack thereof) to the penny. Price tags start appearing on intangible qualities like prudence and rectitude. It’ll split the audience between two camps. One where dignity outweighs a buck and the other where it’s a fire sale and every virtue must go.
The onus of the film is hefted equally on the performances of the four primary players. Koechner isn’t playing Packer which warrants a paean. He leaves the bombastic scene mastication to a minimum and that all too recognizable ah-shucks scowl is nowhere to be espied. The festering testosterone of the film is occasionally deflated by the ethereal svengali Violet played trenchantly sullen by Sara Paxton. This unfeeling kewpie doll was the only feminine respite in a script largely populated by loose teeth and looser ethics.
The endgame is gleaned fairly prompt by the midway point of the picture. That Chekhovian pistol is brandished early and pervades the writhing plot. There’s only one way things could possibly end. And we’re just waiting for that dare of dares to make its punctual appearance. The road to that inevitability is drawn out at times. The filmmakers manage to wax and wane a considerable degree before arriving at the climax. But arrive we do and shocked and awed we are by the climax still.
All in all, its gut wrenching. It’s unpalatable at times. There’ll be a fair share of walk- outs, sure, but that just makes the kerrang of the end credits all the more edifying. It’s a film that doesn’t go down all too easy. It could be likened to shoveling raw dog meat down your throat. Shell shock and irreparable emotional trauma may ensue. And when that last morsel makes it past the gag reflex you’ll find yourself somehow feeling both enriched yet a lesser man for it.
So do it. I dare ya.
—————— CHEAP THRILLS (2013)
Director: E.L. Katz
Writers: Trent Haaga David Chirchirillo
Starring: Pat Healy
Sara Paxton Ethan Embry David Koechner
Distributed By Drafthouse Films
Running Time: 85 minutes
Release Date: March 24th 2013
Yahoo movies just debuted a brand new poster to the highly anticipated “Godzilla”. It looks pretty badass to us! What do you geeks think?
BEHOLD!!! your first full trailer to Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy”!!!