Archive for August, 2008

Traitor

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , on August 27, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Traitor

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Don Cheadle, Saïd Taghmaoui, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough

Genre: Action / Drama

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: August 27th, 2008

Plot Summary: A special operative (Cheadle) working for a renowned terrorist group inadvertently becomes a target of the CIA.

Review: I could easily see how this one would slip by the mainstream (as it would appear from the not so full theater). It’s not the knock-down-drag-out action movies that have been all the rage lately (i.e. Wanted or Death Race). It really had a very sincere plot that made for an interesting movie. It’s very well put together as well. Judging by what I saw in the trailer, I thought I was going to see a movie that fell in along the lines of the Bourne series, but this one took a strange turn from the get go. As much as I will never understand the whole suicide bomber mentality, seeing something from that point of view was quite intriguing. Don Cheadle was, as usual, quite amazing in this movie. His co-star throughout most of the film, Taghmaoui, also did a very good job portraying the sort of middle-man in the organization. That all being said, there were many parts to this movie that seemed to be a little slow. Granted, they did build up to some pretty intense moments, the slowness got a little strung out. I think one of the reasons these kinds of movies seem so appealing is because of the global settings in which they occur. There had to have been eight to ten different city/countries seen throughout the movie, which made for the question of where they would go next, which I love.

Overall, I would say this one is a solid action/drama, with just a bit more emphasis on the drama. It’s definitely not for everyone (in fact it seems to be for more of a middle-aged crowd), and most of my friends wouldn’t find it as intriguing as I did, but it’s definitely a good movie. One of the finer serious action movies (now I mean serious and action-packed, not seriously action-packed) I’ve seen in quite some time.

Rating: 3.75/5

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Warped Tour 2008

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , on August 7, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands: Warped Tour 2008

Date/Time: August 3 @ 11:00

Venue: Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN

Genre(s): Wide Range

Review:

Considering I was there the whole day and saw a bunch of bands, I’ll just go through the main ones:

We The Kings: This is a great new pop punk band that I recently got into. Their have some really fun, upbeat songs and their stage presence isn’t bad either. There were a lot of people at their stage when they played, which was a little unexpected because they weren’t playing at one of the main stages. However, I think that it just added to the atmosphere. It made it a little more exciting.

Reel Big Fish: Yeah, Reel Big Fish. It was awesome. I’m a huge fan of these guys, and I have been for some time, so seeing them live was a real treat. As great as their music is, their stage show is just as amazing. Their songs aren’t really ever very serious, and neither are the guys. They really just joke around while up there, and they played some interesting songs (they even did a little bit of Enter Sandman before deciding it just wasn’t the right day). They’ve been around a while and I really hope they keep going because I’d really love to see them again.

Story of the Year: This is a band that I didn’t really think I would keep listening to after their initial success back in 2003, but they’ve continued to put out great albums. Their newest album The Black Swan just came out a few months ago, so they had some great new songs to play. It was a really high energy performance, and it was pretty fun to go to. Not to mention it was the only “hard rock” band I saw all day, which is my preference.

3OH!3: White guys from Colorado rapping over electronica beats. If that doesn’t sound like the best show you will ever see I don’t know what does. I started listening to them after I saw that they were on the list of bands playing, and I really got obsessed with their first full-length album Want. The music is fun, fast paced, and quite funny. I’ve never been to any form of hip-hop show, but this was a fun one for me to start with. Definitely worth seeing again.

Over the course of the day I also went to Four Years Strong, The Color Fred, Throw the Fight (local metal band). I then stood back and watched Angels and Airwaves, Motion City Soundtrack and Cobra Starship.

I would say that it was a pretty successful first Warped Tour experience for me. I was by myself the whole day, and I did lose my wallet for about an hour (before I got it from some security chick), so it could have been better, but the music was still good. Thirty minutes is too short for a truly great show, so I’m going to have to catch some of these bands when they’re playing their own shows, and I suggest you do the same.

Pineapple Express

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Pineapple Express

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Gary Cole, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: August 6, 2008

Plot Summary: Dale (Rogen) witnessed a major drug dealer commit a murder. Now he, and his dealer, are on the run and trying to not get killed.

Review: This is, by far, one of the best comedies of the year. It’s got everything you could possibly want in a stupid comedy movie. It’s not only got great comedy, but there is a lot of action in this one. There are very few parts in this movie where I wasn’t either completely enthralled in the action sequences or laughing my face off at the ridiculous comedic bits. Everyone knows Seth Rogen from Knocked Up and Superbad, but James Franco really stole this one. I, along with (probably) the majority of you reading this, only know Franco from his role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man movies, but he’s actually a really funny actor. While the majority of his comedy was in the dialog, he’s what really made it funny. His delivery and performance were amazing. As much as I love his movies, Seth Rogen’s voice can get a little on the annoying side, so having other people in this one making the jokes was really nice. While watching this I noticed that there were a few pretty huge plot holes, along with some other stuff that just didn’t seem to make sense, but I could get past it.

Overall, I would say this one is another great addition to the recent successes that this group has had. It isn’t their best effort, but it’s a fun, exciting, and enjoyable ride from beginning to end. Anyone who was a fan of their previous outings, or anyone who just wants a ridiculous blend of comedy and action, will have a fun time at this one. It’s a great ‘stoner comedy’ that, along with the huge box office money it’s going to make, will make a killing on DVD.

Rating: 4.5/5