Movie Poster: Identity

Book Review: You Are What You See

You Are What You See has gotten a wonderful review over on Christian Book Notes:

"If you are a youth pastor or even a college & careers pastor, you should really read this book. It will provide some excellent talking points with the youth and those you minister to as regards what they watch."

If you want more information on my book, you can get sample chapters at the official site.




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Movie Quote: Walk the Line

Ray Cash
Mister big shot, mister pill poppin' rock star. Who are you to judge, you ain't got nothin', big empty house, nothin', children you don't see, nothin', big ol' expensive tractor stuck in the mud, nothin'.








Movie Poster: Night and the City

Hollywood's Two Minutes Hate: We Have a New Kind of Pop-Up Book

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Music producer Mike Stock claims modern pop culture is “'sexualising' youngsters”.


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Amélie (2001)

Should I see it?
Yes.


Short Review: So good it makes me forget I hate the French.


I need to say that Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a true visionary. His body of work is so brilliant, regardless of his European amorality, that it is nearly criminal he is not more widely known in the states.

Amelie is a joy to watch. It is a reminder of how wonderful cinema can be.

With the clever layout of the story, to the ingenious use of narration and editing there are few films within the past years to compare. If you excuse the disastrous Alien Resurrection, Jeunet’s work keeps improving and this piece is a crown jewel to a masterful career.

A good deal of the praise can also go to the casting of Audrey Tautou in the lead. Beautiful while still looking utterly crazy, Tautou quickly establishes the character she was obviously born to perform. Her meek yet welcoming performance carries the production. She is a pleasure to watch as she makes the insane world of the film believable.

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I would be amiss if I didn’t mention the use of Tautou’s eyes. The woman was born with wide, dark eyes that are both striking and welcoming. Jeunet uses them to full effect. Tautou constantly offers the camera quick smiles and looks throughout the film. Her kind looks to the audience offer a whimsical undertone to the film that help make the the film so enticing.

This is a French film, which means two things to most Americans: 1. It’s French and thus it will be foul smelling and arrogant. 2. It will be subtitled. Even if you’re against subtitles this film is absolutely worth your time. This is a very smart, original film that deserves your attention.


Related Reviews:
Other notable movies from stinky Frenchmen*
The Violon Rouge "The Red Violin" (1998)
Rififi (1955)


Other Critic's Reviews:
USA Today
3 Movie Buffs



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* - if you are offended by my use of the "stinky Frenchmen" stereotype please understand that I don't care. Go away.

Screen Shot: 1984 (1984)



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Movie Poster: Serenity

Movie Trailer: See What I'm Saying

Having a disability and trying to make it as an artist has to be tough. Then again, being non-disabled and trying to make it as an artist is tough on its own. I see this trailer and I could care less that they are deaf.

Stevie Wonder, Marlee Matlin, Alicia Alonso, Jose Feliciano and other disabled artists succeeded not because they focused on their disabilities but because they focused on their art. The trailer for this film seems a little too much like a pity party. I could care less if an artist is deaf, blind or whatever - all that matters to me is the fruit of their labor. By drawing attention to their disability, it makes me think they need to play to my sympathy to cover for their lack of talent.









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Movie Poster: Tarantula

John Piper Gets it Right

I love John Piper's response to the question "Is it possible to glorify God through the enjoyment of music, movies, literature, etc. produced by secular artists?" Listen to his answer below.


Movie Poster: Zulu Dawn

The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Should I see it?
No and neither should your children.


Short Review:
Having Mike Myers perform in a kid's movie is like having Charles Manson teach a course on anger management.



This film is an abomination, but we get what we ask for.

Everyone knows film don’t matter right? We go to the theater, or turn on cable and turn our brains off. We all just want to be entertained. It’s just a movie.

This film is the result of attitudes like I mention above. We have spent our lives ambivalent to what the leftists, perverts and turd merchants have been doing to our culture for the sake of agenda and dollars. We have allowed the lowest forms of our society lower our standards down to their level. We have sat idly by while our entertainment has become a bustling carnival of pornographic idiocy.

We’ve made our bed, but I don’t want to sleep in it.

This film, although a few years old, should be a sound alert to those who still care that a time has come to make a change. This film clearly made for the youngest of audiences and uses the allure of a classic of children’s literature to draw audiences in. The production has the banner of Seuss to give it a facade of legitimacy. It is far from legit. This production has a flagrant disregard for the honorable work it is based on and any audience unfortunate to see it. Where this could have been an enchanting ode to the classic, we have cheap butt humor and swearing.

Mike Myers is not a brilliant comedian. He mugs for the camera and offers the lowest of humor. He peddles in groin jokes and is lauded by society as a master of the form. In The Cat In The Hat we are shown his complete lack of self-control or inventiveness. The character is nothing more than a faded copy of Austin Powers with slightly less rutting.

Parents, do not be fooled by the sign out front. This is nothing but poison for your children. This children’s film offers your kids erection jokes, cleavage, swearing (they cut the words off with bleeps or other loud noises) rectal and urination jokes and that’s what I can come up with off the top of my head.

Not to mention - Myer's Cat in the Hat is just plain ol' creepy lookin'
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The entertainment you allow your children to consume is a critical choice for all parents. It shapes your child’s thinking and value system. Allow you kid to watch filth such as this and you’re pleading for trouble. Have some respect for your kids. Demand more from those who wish to spend time with them. Do not allow the turd merchants to debase your kids for the sake of a quick buck. Keep them and yourself away from this movie.


Related Reviews:
Children's adaptations
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Curious George (2006)


Other Critic's Reviews:
Film Freak Central
Combustible Celluloid


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Screen Shot: Tron (1982)



Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan TRON


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Movie Poster: 3:10 to Yuma

Up There

This short, simple movie reminded me why I love film.

Wonderfully shot and edited, this short film plainly shows the lives of New York billboard painters. This is worth your time, watch below.




I love the journeyman attitudes and the justified pride the men have in their work. In an age of cubicles filled with spreadsheet jockeys who leave the office everyday with no tangible goods to show, it is always comforting to see men still producing works the old fashioned way - through their own grit and talent by hand.




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Movie Trailer: Piranha 3-D

Wow! It's like the stupid is right in the room with me! I love technology!








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Vacancy (2007)

Should I see it?
No.


Amy and David (Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson) are a bickering couple traveling down a dark, lonely road. They hit a raccoon and decide to spend the night at an isolated hotel. They get to their room and discover video tapes on top of the television. The tapes are snuff films that were shot in the exact room in which they are staying. To add to their shock, someone is banging on the door from the next room.

Before long, the hotel manager and two sidekicks corner the couple, hoping to make another film. The couple bands together to fight off the bad guys in the most predictable, boring ways possible.

Director Nimród Antal begins strong and then limps across the finish line. The images of the snuff film are very striking and disturbing. If someone forces the images of people being tortured on their audience, they better have a very, very good reason for doing so. Antal doesn't live up to this demand. Instead, his film descends into a cheap horror/action film that lacks any deeper value or meaning.

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This movie is another example of the cinematic motif of the American Savage. As explained in my review of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this feeds into the urbanite fear of the country folk. the civilized city dwellers wander off the beaten path and the thick-browed, red necked citizens of the American netherworld come to prey. Watered down, it is a fear of poor white people put to film.

This is a violent movie that isn't good enough to justify sitting through the rough stuff - so don't.


Related Reviews:
Nimród Antal movies
Predators (2010)
Kontroll (2003)


Other Critic's Reviews:
Reel Views
Film Threat



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Movie Quote: Blade Runner

Movie Poster: Cape Fear

Hollywood's Two Minutes Hate: Union Dis-unity

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Gov. Schwarzenegger has a cameo role in the new film The Expendables. Yes, he did do it while governor – which is neither illegal nor unethical.

What is interesting is that SEIU is calling for a boycott of The Expendables because Ah-nold called for furloughs for state employees. SEIU doesn’t like how state employees are being treated. Their answer? Boycott a movie, thus hurting private sector union workers.

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Daybreakers (2009)

Should I see it?
Nope.



Following a plague of vampirism, only 5% of the population of Earth remains fully human. The other 95% are vampires and the supply of blood is dwindling. Edward (Ethan Hawke) is a vampire hematologist for, of course, an evil corporation, which is attempting to devise a synthetic blood product that will feed the multitudes.

Edward comes into contact with a group of underground vampires who are smuggling humans. They introduce Edward to Elvis (Willem Dafoe) who claims he has a cure for vampirism.

At the same time, a reasonable blood substitute is discovered. Which will win out, the natural "cure" or the evil corporate, synthetic "fix"? Don't worry, you won't care. The script is lazily constructed and the dialog is rather flat. This is Underworld and Blade without the action, style or self-aknowledged stupidity.

Actually, while sitting through this thing, I kept thinking they were trying to work out some grand metaphor but kept failing to get it to fit. Is vampirism Captialism? Is blood oil? What's you're point?

If you like seeing fake blood being splashed around or you have an affinity for good actors slumming in bad productions, you may enjoy yourself with this movie. Otherwise, move along, there is nothing to see here.




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