Minute Man Reviews – Kickass, The Wolverine, Lovelace

kickasswolverineThe_Wolverine_posterUSThe Wolverine
July 26th, 2013

It’s been a while since Logan has been in a note-worthy film. Last Stand was pretty damn bad, and Origins, while it had quite a few bright spots, wasn’t the film we wanted. The Wolverine, however, is. It takes place after Last Stand, as Logan is now living in the woods, and hanging with bears. Every man’s dream. He heads to Tokyo, as a man he saved in WWII wants his powers. Wolverine isn’t too excited about the idea, and the old man dies before he can really even think about it. From that point, his love interest is kidnapped, and Logan finds that he no longer has his super healing ability. It’s at this point that the film really picks up. As much as I dig Wolverine, I’ve often thought he’s too powerful. Seeing him deal with a fresh supply of colons that need stomping with nothing more than his claws and perpetual anger is awesome.  It also gives you something to builds toward, as you know he won’t be able to take on the massive task at hand unless he’s at 100%. Fantastic scenery & atmosphere, well done & fast paced action, the story moves along at a great clip, and the special effects are used as a tool, not the work-bench. A worthy addition to the X-Men franchise. Man, remember how fucking stupid Deadpool was in Origins?

**** Head-Butts out of 5

KA2-International-PosterKick-Ass 2
August 16th, 2013

Kick-Ass is a great movie that was very much steeped in originality, producing a hybrid that became a comic book-action-comedy. The sequel had a lot to build on, as well as following a pretty big act. Unfortunately, it didn’t follow all that well.  While Kick-Ass & Hit Girl do their jobs fine, the supporting cast completely falls short. The character of The Motherfucker is flat out annoying. Christopher Mintz-Plasse absolutely did not work as a main villain in any capacity. He came off as nothing more than obnoxious wannabe, and I felt no hatred or ill-will towards him at all. I simply felt apathy, and that isn’t good. The Justice Forever team was quite a snore as well. They didn’t have any of the charisma, or interesting backstory that Kick-Ass, Big Daddy, and Hit Girl had in the original. The action & special effects were fine, but I really just found myself not giving a shit about anything while watching it. The original had a lot of charm, as you watch this lanky, goofy kid walking around in a scuba suit, trying to fight crime. Flush with Big Daddy & Hit Girl who actually could fight crime, and had real reason too. Plus, the main villain was far more believable, as well as despicable. Definitely wait until this is $2.99 OnDemand if you really want to spend money on it. If you’re thinking of a torrent matter, why head on over to my”Buy Caliber’s Book!” links and check out The Guide.

*** Head-Butts out of 5

Lovelace_film_posterLovelace
August 9th, 2013

Lovelace is about Linda Lovelace, the star of perhaps the most famous porn of all time, Deep Throat. It covers her life from age 20 until her 40’s or so, and dealings with abusive boyfriend, Chuck Traynor. The film is based on Linda’s books & interviews that she did following her very short stint in the adult-entertainment world in which she claimed her boyfriend/manager forced her into doing absolutely everything & anything. Amanda Seyfried plays Lovelace, while the rest of the cast is made up of everyone from James Franco as Hugh Hefner, to Adam Brody as Lovelace’s costar, Harry Reems, and Sharon Stone as Lovelace’s bitch of a mother. The film is rather short, clocking in at only an hour & a half, and just doesn’t deliver the drama & the story like you’d expect. I was coming into the film hoping for something along the lines of other porn related dramas such as my all time favorite film, Boogie Nights, and the criminally underrated Wonderland. However, this film seems like nothing more than something you’d catch on Lifetime.  The acting delivers, the production is great, but the film just seems rushed and lacking. It also only tells the story from Linda’s side. We never hear about her co-stars & directors who said they never thought for a second she was coerced, and seemed like she not only enjoyed everything, but was eager & hungry for more. Not to mention she later posed for a magazine in the 90’s after years of condemning the porn industry. I think there was more to tell here, and perhaps sometime down the line we’ll get another re-telling. Until then, do yourself a favor & check out Wonderland [with Val Kilmer as John Holmes] instead.

***1/4 Head-Butts out of 5

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~ by Caliber Winfield on August 21, 2013.

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