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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!!

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.



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.



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.


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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Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

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 Edge of Tomorrow (2014) on IMDb

Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry. Action/Sci-fi. Directed by Doug Liman. Synopsis:  Marine Crops Major  is in the public relations division during an invasion of an alien race called the Mimics. After being being busted down to the rank of private and sent to the front lines  where he is killed but infected with the alien blood which allows him to start every day over after his death,  becoming the only hope against complete annihilation of the human race.



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 Edge Of Tomorrow in this podcast and explaining why it is a quintessential Tom Cruise flick but also has its unique points. Hear what the director did very well with the telling of the story in this movie that kept it fresh when it easily could have gone the other way.     The podcast lasts 43:17.


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Phil Spector (2013)

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 Phil Spector (2013) on IMDb

Starring: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Rebecca Pidgeon, Chiwetel Ojiofor. Based On True Events/True Crime. Directed by David Mamet. Synopsis: A fictionalized look at the relationship between defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden and her client, famed music producer Phil Spector in the lead up to his first trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.



I’m a fan of almost all things Al Pacino (The Devil’s Advocate) as well as true crime buff so its surprising that it took me this long to check out this made for TV HBO flick. I can start out by telling you that the film is not what I thought it would be, and likely not what you would expect, either. The movie isn’t a blow by blow retelling of an infamous murder case involving probably the third most famous person (behnd O.J. and Fatty Arbuckle back in the day) to be accused of murder in this country. The flick focuses almost exclusively on the relationship between Spector and his lead trial attorney, Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren (The Pledge).

You also should know, right up front, that you won’t see a portrayal or theorized reenactment of what happened that night between Spector and the victim, actress Lana Clarkson.  The movie begins after the shooting at Spector’s house and shows us a skeptical Baden being brought in by Spector attorney Bruce Cutler (Jeffrey Tambor Malibu’s Most Wanted). Baden is the epitome of a good defense lawyer, looking at the facts as she understands them and concluding that Spector must be guilty. In fact, she thinks the only hope for an acquittal would be to demonize the victim, something she is adamantly against, despite the desires of Cutler.

At this point, a brief retelling of the real facts of the case is probably a good thing, at least as they were presented to the public by the media and at trial. Spector was a huge figure in the music world, producing several big hits and talent from the 1960s on. He was an eclectic figure, to say the least, wearing outlandish wigs and also having a history of threatening female companions as well as an ex-wife with guns. Lana Clarkson  was a primarily B movie and TV actress whose most memorable role was likely a bit part in the cult classic movie Scarface (Coincidentally enough with Pacino, though I don’t think they had a scene together, if memory serves). She and Spector met one night in 2003 and ended up back at his mansion. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence they knew each other prior to that night. Continue reading

Maleficent (2014)

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 Maleficent (2014) on IMDb

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Leslie Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Kenneth Cranham, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites. Fantasy. Directed by Robert Stromberg. Synopsis: The story of Maleficent, a joyful and strong fairy who is pure of heart as a child, but then suffers a betrayal which hardens her heart and leads her to become evil and vengeful as an adult as she places a curse on the new born female child of the neighboring human kingdom.


Maleficent is an enjoyable flick that gives us the back story, if you will, of the seemingly evil one from the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with a different ending. Beautifully shot with a commanding performance from Angelina Jolie (Changeling) , the movie also contains a feel good theme, an arc to Maleficent and the princess, Aurora (Elle Fanning) that I’m not going to tell you is completely hard to predict but is done well within the context of the film.

We first meet Maleficent  she is a young, care free fairy in the kingdom of Moors, which contains fairies, pixies, and animate giant trees, among other hugable and potentially lovable creatures.. Maleficent is the strongest of the fairies, and also the most gregarious as we see her interacting with the various denizens of the realm and its all good. However, word has spread that human interloper has been caught stealing in the realm. The narrator tells us that Maleficent has never understood the greed and envy of humans, which is an obvious and effective piece of foreshadowing.

Maleficent confronts the human intrude, an orphaned farm boy named Stefan. They both both seem smitten right away and, in a key detail, Stefan learns that iron burns fairies so he promptly tosses away his iron ring, one of his few worthy possessions. Stefan and maleficent spend time together as the grow up, with Stefan visiting the Moor real often. He makes no bones about his feelings for Maleficent, but also about his desire to one day live in the castle, which is the home of the King of the human realm.

One day Stefan stops coming and Maleficent is heartbroken. We see her living out the remaining years of her youth quickly before blossoming into the full grown Maleficent(Jolie), benevolent protector of the Moor kingdom. But, the King (Kenneth Cranham Valkyrie) wants to lead the humans on an invasion of the Moor kingdom to grab all of its untold and fantastical riches. Maleficent leads the defense of the kingdom and the humans are repelled, with the King suffering a mortal would inflicted by the winged Maleficent herself. Continue reading