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OVER 440 Movie & TV REVIEWS ON THIS BLOG!!

Flick Notes Rating System:

Awesome. Add it to your collection right now!!!

Excellent. You owe it to yourself to see it!

Good. See it if you get the chance.

Fair. Not good/not bad, no biggie if you pass.

Bad. Does have minimal value if you insist.

Horrible! Watch it only if you are a masochist!

 

C Fox reintroduces himself and talks about the future of Flick Notes podcasts and what you need to know about the thought(s) that goes into the way the reviews and categories on the site are done for you. The podcast lasts 30:58. Thanks for listening!!


Manchester By The Sea (2016)

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Manchester by the Sea (2016) on IMDb

Starring: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, C.J. Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick,  Stephen Henderson, Tate Donovan Kara Hayward, Anna Baryshnikov.Drama. Oscar Winner. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Synopsis: A widower still dealing with the aftermath of a family tragedy is surprised in the wake of his brother’s sudden death that he has been chosen as the guardian of his teen age nephew.

Had heard nothing but positive buzz about this flick for month, but didn’t actually get around to seeing it until weeks after the completion of awards season. So, I knew going in that it had a bunch of Oscar nominations and a win for Best Actor for Casey Affleck (Out Of The Furnace) . I resolved, as I always do when I’m watching a film that has garnered accolades, not to let it influence my opinion of it. I am usually successful. (Too strong willed to let someone else tell me that I should like something that I don’t, or vice versa.)

Well, this is one situation in which the positive buzz was justified, because this is an excellent movie. Well acted, well shot, well directed, well crafted and, as I’ve blogged many times before, when you have a good story, you have a chance, at least, of having a good movie.

As our story begins, we are introduced to Lee Chandler (Affleck) a somber handyman who doesn’t seem all that engaged with the world around him and isn’t above tying one on at night and instigating a bar fight. Lee gets some bad news that his brother has died suddenly of cardiac arrest and he has to leave his job in Quincy, Massachusetts to go up the road to his hometown of Manchester (the official name of the town is actually Manchester By The Sea) to make funeral arrangements.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) on IMDb

 

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Christopher Lloyd, Juno Temple. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Synopsis: Three interconnected stories dealing with the power brokers and shady characters of the dark and foreboding Sin City. This flick is both a prequel and a sequel to the original Sin City released in 2005.

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In depth movie review podcast  and discussion of movies, actors, directors and all things related to cinema for people who simply love flicks.  C Fox talking about the sequel to Sin City called Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The podcast lasts 32:49.

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Hercules (2014)

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Hercules (2014) on IMDb

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Askel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Joseph Fiennes, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson. Directed by: Brett Ratner. Action/Fantasy. Synopsis: After surviving his twelve labors, Hercules and his band of mercenaries are commissioned by the king of Thrace to defeat a rebellios faction of warlords within the kingdom.

 

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In depth movie review podcast  and discussion of movies, actors, directors and all things related to cinema for people who simply love flicks.  C Fox reviews Hercules for the first part of the show and also reviews The Cabin In The Woods  beginning at 25:38. The entire podcast lasts 47:38.

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014) on IMDb

 

Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Keile Sanchez, Zoe Soul, Michael Kenneth Williams, Noel Gugliemi, Jack Conley, Justina Machado, Edwin Hodge, Roberta Valderrama. Action. Director James Demonaco. Synopsis: A couple returning home whose car is disabled, a sergeant with revenge on his mind, and a working mother caring for her daughter and ill father all come together on the night of the purge, a government sanctioned event where all crime is legal and no emergency or medical services provided for a period of twelve hours once per year.

 

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In depth movie review podcast  and discussion of movies, actors, directors and all things related to cinema for people who simply love flicks.  C Fox talking about the  sequel: The Purge: Anarchy about a futuristic dystopian USA that follows on the heels of last year’s box office success of The Purge    The podcast lasts 52:37.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) on IMDb

Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kirk Acevedo, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nick Thurston, Jon Eyez, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval. Sci-Fi. Directed by Matt Reeves. Synopsis: A group of genetically evolved apes are building a community when they encounter a group of humans who are immune to the virus which has wiped out much of humanity. The uneasy truce between the two species is tested and ultimately broken due to internal conflict within the groups as much as between the other.

 

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In depth movie review podcast  and discussion of movies, actors, directors and all things related to cinema for people who simply love flicks.  C Fox talking about the sci-fi action blockbuster Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes , the latest summer blockbuster flick.   The podcast lasts 33:08.

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Sharknado (2013)

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Sharknado (2013) on IMDb

Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassandro Scerbo, Heather Jocelyn Blair, Jaason Simmons, Aubrey Peeples, Diane Chambers,  Alex Arleo, Julie McCullough, Neil Berkow, Sumiko Braun. Action/Sci Fi. Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. Synopsis: A frak storm caused by global warming swaps Los Angeles and the vicinity, unleashing nature’s greatest killers-sharks-on the population as the animals terrorize and kill in the water, on land, and through the air.  

 

Okay. (Deep breath) When I was watching Sharknado, the one question that kept running through my mind was, “C.mon, guys, you’re not serious, are you?” To tell you the truth, I’m not so sure this wasn’t meant as a huge joke or parody movie. What  I am sure of is that this flick fails-miserably-with all due respect to its short lived run as a cultural phenomenon on the Sci Fy Network and the fact that it spawned a sequel.

This campy production seems to be doing its thing tongue in cheek, but the below average production values, sub par acting, and borderline idiotic dialogue makes this a miss, and it doesn’t have enough heart to make up for what it lacks. The production values aren’t great, though they did have some budget to work with here as reflected in the CGI and a cast with a couple of notable actors. We have continuity issues, cutaways from what is supposed to be an epic storm to an otherwise sunny and tranquil L.A. in, supposedly, the same scene. The dialogue just tries way too hard to be funny, and more often than not, just falls embarrassingly flat. Here are some examples: “Something unnatural about them (Waves).” Response: “There’s something unnatural about everything.” How about this one: “I hate sharks, I’m from Wyoming.” Or this one: “Why do you build a retirement home next to an airport?” Response: “Because old people can’t hear.” Surfer after being bitten by a shark: “I guess he just wanted a snack.” O.k., no more, I promise.

The flick opens with an apparent heist on the high seas, though who the people are and why they’re doing what they are doing is never really fleshed out or referred to again. Pretty much, these guys are more interested in the double cross for the big money than the rough weather on the seas. The real purpose of the scene seems to be for us to see someone be eviscerated by an airborne shark, something we will experience a good bit of throughout the flick.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

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 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) on IMDb

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Omar Sy, Josh Helman, James Marsden, Mark Camacho. Sci/Fi. Directed by Bryan Singer. Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine back to 1973 in order to prevent an assassination by Mystique that results in their eventual destruction.

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In depth movie review podcast  and discussion of movies, actors, directors and all things related to cinema for people who simply love flicks.  C Fox talking about the sci-fi action flick X-Men: Days Of Future Past , this summer’s biggest blockbuster to date.   The podcast lasts 40:27.

 

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