Sunday, April 20, 2014

That Film Podcast - Summer Movie Preview Parts 1 & 2

Part 1

Part 2

Summer is only a couple weeks away and with so many big blockbusters heading our way, it is difficult to keep track of what is coming out. So with our annual Summer Movie Preview/Draft, we keep you informed and both the big and small movies coming out May through August as well as bet (literally) on what films we believe will be the most financially successful films of the summer. Join us as we go over each film (48 total!) and bid on the movies we think are gonna break the bank this year. 

Watch our video reviews and get the episode time code after the break.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

That Film Podcast - "Oculus" Video Review

We may not have had our proper episode this week, but I still made it out to see a movie. So I went ahead and recorded a solo video review of the new horror film "Oculus". Don't worry, we will be back next week with a new full episode, but until then the video and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel and podcast!

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"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Review: A Taut Conspiracy Thriller With All The Usual Marvel Trimmings

Phase two of Marvel Studios ambitious three tiered plan hasn't exactly been the stellar experience most were hoping for after the juggernaut of The Avengers landed. Iron Man 3 was a financial success and won some fanboys over with its surprise twist, but left a sour taste in the mouths of most. Thor: The Dark World was a significant step up but let's face it, if Loki hadn't been in it then it too would have been a disappointment in most eyes.

Now we have Captain America's second solo big screen escapade in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the second to last Marvel film to be released before the next Avengers hits next year (Guardians of the Galaxy arrives this summer as the last film in phase two). So, with Cap being the last of the traditional super heroes to help set up the next Avengers, there was a lot of responsibility put upon his shoulders to bring Marvel back up to the standards we had become accustomed to during phase one. Can Captain America not only save the world once again, but can he also save this second phase from mediocrity? Read the full review after the break.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

That Film Podcast - "Everyone Loves Wolverine"

As if it comes as a surprise to anyone, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier is already a bonefide blockbuster. But how does it compare to the previous Captain America and the other Marvel films? Hear what we had to say about it and more in the latest episode of That Film Podcast. Remember to subscribe to our channel and to the podcast feed so that you can keep up to date on all our content.

Watch our video reviews and get the episode time code after the break.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Noah" Review: Aronofsky's Vision Adds Much Needed Humanity To This Fantastical Tale Of The Biblical Figure

Darren Aronofsky's Noah has apparently stirred up the hornets nest in the religious community. This was to be expected though, as unless you make a film that is a direct interpretation of the words in the Bible, which is hypocrisy of the highest order when those stories lack the details needed to tell them properly, your film will be targeted as an enemy of the church. This happened nearly 20 years ago when Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ was released, now Aronosfsky is facing a similar battle.

Although, Aronosfky's tale of Noah and his ark isn't exactly an attack on religion or its many faiths. Instead it is more him taking a smaller story with very little in detail and filling in the gaps and maybe making a change here or there to tell a much deeper story. So the question everyone should be asking themselves isn't whether or not Aronofsky's leaps of faith are blasphemy, but more if they are logical interpretations of a story that lacks those significant details to back up its claims. Depending on countless factors, your final verdict will likely be radically different than you can possibly expect. Read the full review after the break.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

That Film Podcast - "Holy Bible, Lord of the Rings Edition"

Hey all, welcome back for our second episode of That Film Podcast. This week we review two films that have are making headlines, one for being amazing and the other for being blasphemous. Our first film up is The Raid 2 with both Brian and myself lavishing heaping amounts of praise upon it while James does his laundry. Then next we have the biblical epic Noah which isn't the film most were expecting and neither is our differing opinions on its many alterations to the story. Remember to subscribe to our channel and to the podcast feed so that you can keep up to date on all our content.

Watch our video reviews and get the episode time code after the break.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"The Raid 2" Review: An Ambitiously Epic Opera Of Violence That Will Make Your Eyes Bleed & Feet Tremble

It has taken nearly 2 weeks after watching The Raid 2 to find a proper way to describe unto you just how impossibly amazing every single bone crunching, face kicking, hammer hitting minute of Gareth Evans' new martial arts masterpiece is.  While the first film, The Raid: Redemption, was in a league of its own when it came to mind blowing action sequences and some of the most violently beautiful beatdowns ever committed to screen, his much more grand and ambitious sequel The Raid 2 expands upon its perfection in nearly every conceivable way. Read the full review after the break.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Muppets: Most Wanted" Review: Jason Segel's Touch Is Sorely Missed In This Serviceable But Uninspired Sequel

The 2011 franchise reboot The Muppets took Jason Segel and his fellow writers nearly 3 years of planning, begging and pleading to not only get a new Muppet movie made, but to also make one that just wasn't another Muppet movie and instead make the best Muppet movie ever made. It's arguable of whether or not Segel and company succeeded depending on who you talk to (It made my list for the top films of that year), but what wasn't up for debate was the fact that he and Disney breathed new life into a franchise that most had forgotten about and did it with style.

Upon that film's success however, in place of the 3 years it took for it to get made, it took Disney execs all but a few minutes to decide to make a follow up film almost immediately to capitalize on the now hot Muppet film property. Sadly, with less care and more pressure to get a sequel released in time, the newest Muppet film, Muppets Most Wanted, feels just about as rushed and smashed together as any other sequel that is likewise given very little love and attention that its predecessor received in spades. Read the full review after the break.

Monday, March 24, 2014

That Film Podcast - "Everything Is NOT Awesome"

Welcome everyone, both old and new listeners alike, to our brand spanking new podcast...sorta. While many things are still the same, we have made some necessary changes such as our show format, the title of the show and some new technological additions as well that will provide those of you who want a video version of the show each week as well (you can find the video embed below). For this inagural episode we are reviewing the new Disney film, Muppets Most Wanted. We are happy to be back and hope you are happy about our return as well.

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Need For Speed" Review: Your Mileage Will Vary Greatly With This High Octane, Low Brow Videogame Adaptation

Whether or not you enjoy Need For Speed isn't dependent on whether or not you enjoy good movies or even have any sort of reverence for its source material, which itself isn't really what most would consider a good match with the more narrative focused film format. No, your enjoyment level will be entirely based on whether or not you like to slum it and have a good laugh at the expense of countless man hours and excessive amounts of money spent on a project doomed to failure even before it got off the starting line.

Typical criticisms such as bland, cardboard cut out characterizations, poor and extremely formulaic plotting or baffling and sometimes outright bizarre action set pieces are all completely valid shots to take at this film. However, the film isn't even worthy of taking the time needed to point out how forced and seemingly unecessary all of its elaborate racing sequences are or how bereft it is of even a hint of a human element that would challenge us to care for just one second about the fates for any of its generic characters. Read the full review after the break.

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