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Cedar Rapids Movie Review (DVD)

July 21, 2011

Cedar Rapids came out in limited release in February of 2011. I never got a chance to see it in theaters. It’s been out on DVD for a little while and I finally got around to seeing it.

Cedar Rapids stars Ed Helms (The HangoverThe Office) as Tim Lippe. Tim is your average everyday nice guy. He works for an insurance company and is one day sent to an insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take on an important task to help his company win an award that means a lot to them. While there he meets some interesting people and gets himself involved in some wacky situations which change his outlook on life.

I was very pleased by this movie. The humor is all very well-written by screenwriter Phil Johnston. The dialogue was very funny throughout. It kept me entertained all the way through.  Everything in the movie seemed very natural and very realistic. And the characters are all very quirky and interesting in their own ways.

The rest of the casts include Ann Heche as the love interest and John C. Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Tim’s roommates and new friends. Helms and Heche have good chemistry together. And Reilly is pretty funny as always.

While the film is quite, funny there are also some good dramatic moments and some nice touching moments. It’s all executed very well by director Miguel Arteta.

There’s not really much to complain about here. I think this is one of the better films that I’ve seen from 2011. I think it’s worth an hour and a half of your time.

I’m going to give Cedar Rapids and 8/10.

By: John D’Amico


Hobo with a Shotgun Movie Review (DVD)

July 12, 2011

Hobo with a Shotgun premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and opened in limited release on May 6th of this past year. The film is new to DVD this week and I was fortunate enough to have the chance to sit down and watch it.

The movie stars Rutger Hauer as a nameless homeless man who one day moves to a new city. The city happens to be one of the most crime-ridden cities that I’ve ever seen in a movie. There’s murder, assault, drug use, etc. After watching it all go down for a few days our main character decides to take it upon himself to become the city’s vigilante and fight against those who are harming the innocent.

This movie is just great. Watching our hero going after the bad guys is just so much fun to watch. He kills tons of people with his shotgun. He blows up their heads and all kinds of cool stuff. It’s so awesome and it’s so entertaining.

But be warned, that this movie is not for the squeamish. The violence here is gruesome, and it’s non-stop. It may possibly be the most violent movie I’ve ever seen.

Rutger Hauer is perfect in the lead role. He really looks and feels like he is this character. I bought it every second. I think that this is the character that I will forever identify him as.

And despite the fact that this is a ridiculous exploitation movie, I actually was really involved in the story and really cared about the characters.

As I said the movie can be ridiculous at times and you have to do a little suspending of disbelief. But that’s all I can really say bad about it.

This is a movie that no one saw and a lot of more people definitely need to see. It’s one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen this year so far.

I’ll easily give it an 8/10.

By: John D’Amico

The Green Hornet Movie Review (DVD)

June 26, 2011

The Green Hornet is an action comedy film that was released came out this past January. I never went out to see it in theaters. But I was always kind of interested, so I decided to see it now that it’s available on DVD.

In The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen is Britt Reid, the son of rich man (Tom Wilkinson) who lives a life of luxury and spends all of his time partying and drinking. After his dad dies he teams up with his father’s former mechanic Kato (Jay Chou) and they become superheroes.

The biggest strength of the film is its use of the comedy. I’ll admit that I was laughing pretty consistently throughout. And that shouldn’t really come as a shock to me because Seth Rogen co-wrote the movie with Evan Goldberg. The two of whom wrote Superbad and Pineapple Express, two of my favorite comedies of the past few years. It’s not nearly as funny as those movies though.

Unfortunately the film has too many flaws. Rogen is fine as Britt Read. But he just wasn’t right for the part. It’s not his fault it’s just the casting. Newcomer Jay Chou is also fine as Kato. And Christoph Waltz once again makes for a good villain.

But the story here is just pretty weak. I feel like there’s not too much going on. There were a lot of scenes that I feel just could have been taken out and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

And there were also a lot of really ridiculous scenes. Like, there was one scene that was randomly sped up for no reason at all.

And the film could have used more action. I mean, it’s a superhero movie. And when there was action, it was mostly meant to be comedic. The film would have benefited from taking itself more seriously and focusing less on trying to be funny.

Also, the sequence with the death of Britt father was completely rushed. It left us no time to feel anything from it.

After a while I just stopped caring about the movie. I honestly stopped paying attention to it completely towards the end.

I didn’t hate this movie or anything, but it was just okay.

I’ll give it a 5/10.

By: John D’Amico


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