Top 10 Guilty Pleasures…

…movies that I like, but probably shouldn’t.

In descending order according to their IMDb rankings:

The Master of Disguise

Honestly, I don’t know WHY I like this one.

Kung Pow! Enter the First

It’s just a lot of Oedekerk-y (Yes, I had to copy/paste that name) fun.

Ang Lee’s Hulk

Yes, I definitely prefer this over The Incredible Hulk. Better casting, story, and direction. I won’t go into too much detail, though. I’m wanting to do a more in-depth review at some point down the road.

Lady in the Water

(Got tired of the usual poster) Again, I’m wanting to write up a review for this as well. But I really enjoyed watching this one. Fun and intriguing.

Intolerable Cruelty

What can I say? It’s a quirky romantic comedy from the Coen Bros. You can read my review here.

U.H.F.

It’s a Weird Al film starring Michael Richards and a mop. Watch it already! There are just TOO many clips that I could show. But this one is a personal favorite:

Cop Land

People probably do like this one, but it deserves the plug. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cannibal: The Musical

Yeah, definitely a guilty pleasure. A college film from Tery Parker and Matt Stone? Count me in.

The Adventures of Milo & Otis

Pugs are cute.

Peter Jackson’s King Kong

I get a lot of flack for preferring this to the original. What can I say? It blew me away. Sure it isn’t perfect, but neither is the original.

This post was for the Guilty Pleasures Blog-a-Thon at Invasion of the B Movies.

Step Brothers Vlog / Review

Today I’m going to try something a little different. I’ve been wanting to do a car vlog of sorts where I talk about my expectations of the film on the way to the theater, and then give my initial impression of the film on the way back.

So with my Sony Mini-DV camcorder and two strips of velcro, here’s my review:

Step Brothers
Directed By: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell / John C. Reilly / Mary Steenburgen / Richard Jenkins
Rating:

After Talladega Nights (2006), which was a pretty good comedy, director Adam McKay once again teams up with actors Will Ferrell and John C. Reilley for another comedy.

The premise? Two adult ‘man-childs’ who have to learn to get along when they become step brothers. It’s as simple as that.

Step Brothers is definitely a comedy, but as I mentioned in the video, it also succeeds fairly well at being serious, mainly towards the end of the film. There have been other films that have tried this jump in mood, like Click, but it was too much of a drastic switch in my opinion. With Step Brothers the transition between these two moods works and blends together well.

Reilley and Ferrell do a good job acting like idiot kids, from the way they carry themselves physically to the way that they deliver their inane dialogue.

It was great seeing Mary Steenburgen again. I wil always remember her as Clara Clayton from Back to the Future III. And while I love Richard Jenkins (watch The Visitor if you get the chance!) it was…unsettling (?) to see him as a swearing figure. Maybe it was just a shock from watching The Visitor recently. ๐Ÿ™‚

The theater experience was quite good as well. It was a Saturday afternoon matinee, so there weren’t many of the textmessaginggigglingtalking teens there. I was surprised to discover that the 50+ crowd dominated this time around. Interesting.

(BTW, if anyone has any car-vlogging tips let me know)

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In others news, I have chosen to watch Cutthroat Island as my entry for the blog-a-thon. I’ve listened to the music, which I loved, and have seen it in the WalMart $5 bin repeatedly.

EDIT: I’m not doing the live-blog after all.

Appaloosa Preview

(Watch it in higher quality at Film School Rejects.They also have images from the film posted)

Awesome Cameo: Hook

There’s a really interesting cameo in Steven Spielberg’s Hook, which I learned about recently. Watch the following clip and see if you can guess who it is before scrolling down for the answer:

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Finished watching the video? Glenn Close plays the pirate who Hook interrogates and puts in the box with the scorpion. I caught the end of Skylark on TV last night and was reminded of her cameo. Pretty freaky, eh?

3:10 to Half.com

I recently purchased a copy of James Mangold’s film 3:10 to Yuma via Half.com and it arrived in the mail today. As you can see in the video, the production was “Acceptable”. Now I know what that classification means. ๐Ÿ™‚

(And yes, those are pieces of the case falling onto the floor that you hear)

The DVD itself doesn’t look bad at all, which is quite surprising. I could care less about the DVD case.

Have you had any similar experiences?

Joss Whedon Strikes Again

The first webisode of Joss Whedon’s latest creation has sneaked online and taken the Internet by storm. If you’re lucky you can see it at their main website HERE…provided that everyone else in the ‘verse isn’t trying to get on as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

My recommendation? Pick up a season pass on iTunes. It’s cheap and best of all…available. I really enjoyed the first episode. It’s way too short, so I hope that the next two webisodes (Due out this Thursday and Saturday) are longer.

Death to the Tinman

Death to the Tinman
Directed By: Ray Tintori
Starring: Jeff Delauter / Sophia Holman / Marvin Illman
Rating:

Death to the Tinman is one of the most original and fascinating short films that I’ve seen. (It reminded me of Wes Anderson’s style a bit) I first saw it at the Nashville Film Festival last year, when it was shown before another film. It was one of those rareย  experiences where I tuned into what I was watching 100%. It’s hard to describe, so I’m not even going to try.

That said, I recommend paying $2 for this at the iTunes Store. I’m curious what you think about it.

Hancock Was Good

Hancock
Directed By: Peter Berg
Starring: Will Smith / Jason Bateman / Charlize Theron
Rating:

Synopsis: Will Smith plays Hancock, an apathetic superhero who causes more mayhem than he thwarts. When a P.R. man (Jason Bateman) is saved by Hancock, he takes it upon himself to help Hancock rid himself of his bad reputation.

Review:
Armed only with the knowledge afforded me by the previews, I went to see Hancock not quite knowing what to expect. I thought it was very entertaining and had a solid, original story. It looked great, and Will Smith did his thing. I didn’t care for the constant ‘shaky cam’ approach in the film and some parts of the story either didn’t make sense to me or could have used a few finishing touches. If you’re looking for a fresh superhero film (that won’t be joining the Avengers), Hancock is the film for you.

You can watch the preview for Hancock HERE.

Wall-E is a Must See

Wall-E
Directed By: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Ben Burtt / John Ratzenberger [voices] / Fred Willard
Rating:

Synopsis: It’s the near future. Earth has been abandoned by it’s human inhabitants. A robot named Wall-E has been left on Earth to clean it up. His situation is changed when a visitor lands nearby.

Review: Wall-E is film for the whole family. It has a lot of heart and plenty to discuss about after seeing the film. Pixar is known for telling good stories, and Wall-E doesn’t let us down. It’s a fun and serious film. There are a few problems that I had with some of the techinical aspects and the story at the end, but it’s definitely worth watching in the theater.

You can watch previews for the film HERE. I recommend Teaser #1 because it doesn’t spoil the film that much, and the first part before the teaser starts is pretty neat.

New Hellboy 2 Preview and Prologue


(You can also go to the Apple site for better quality)

Also, there’s a 6 minute animated prologue to the film there as well. I highly recommend checking tat out. It’s really cool.

I still get a kick out of Guillermo del Toro calling himself a “Visionary Director” in the previews. ๐Ÿ™‚