Get Smart

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 30, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Get Smart

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Steve carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin

Genre: Comedy / Action

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: June 20, 2008

Plot Summary: Fumbling Agent 86, Maxwell Smart (carell) of CONTROL is forced into action to stop their nemesis KAOS with a much more experienced Agent 99 (Hathaway) as his partner.

Review: While I’m getting just as annoyed as everyone else over these unoriginal movies, this one was highly enjoyable. I’m pretty much a fan of anything Steve carell is a part of, but that’s not the only reason this one was successful. There was some speculation by some friends of mine as to whether or not Steve carell doing something PG-13 would be as funny, but after becoming a newly formed fan of The Office I knew he had it there. I will say that some of the comedy was a little. . . childish, but it still made me (as well as the majority of middle-aged people in the theater) laugh. The action sequences were actually really well done while still being fun. I must say that carell played a huge role in always cutting the dramatic tension with a clever little quip. There were really never any dull moments, because someone in the cast would always break the mood. It made it a really fun movie from beginning to end. I would have to say that for the entire film. Everything about it made it a very fun movie throughout. This seems to be a perfect formula because it caught the attention of the older fans that knew the original series, as well as the younger audience just like a good comedy. It was the perfect movie for a boring summer day.

I’m not too sure if it’s true, considering this movie is ranked as #3 at the box office right now, but it seemed as though this one was a bit overpowered by Wall-E and Wanted (not to mention the other huge summer blockbusters). It’s kind of sad to see it that way because this is actually a very worthy movie for an already amazing summer of movies.

Rating: 4.75/5

The Incredible Hulk

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 30, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Incredible Hulk

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: June 13, 2008

Plot Summary: After becoming a fugitive, Dr. Bruce Banner (Norton) is forced back to the US to make the choice to either use his power or destroy it.

Review: Another success in the comic-book-to-movie adaptations! In the wake of the hugely successful Iron Man movie, this one had a lot to live up to. It didn’t surpass Iron Man, but it definitely was right on up there. The story doesn’t really take long to pick up, and there’s quite a bit of action throughout. The visuals were pretty great looking. The fight scenes between the two “hulkish” creatures were okay. It’s kind of the same thing I thought after seeing Transformers. They were good, but it was too close and it was dark during the scene, so there wasn’t a whole lot to be seen. On a good note, I was quite a fan of all the cameos and little nuances that were slyly slipped in there.

Overall, I would say it’s adding quality to the somewhat dismal genre of comic-book adaptations. I’m looking forward to see where these are going (as there are a few left before “the big one”).

Rating: 4/5

The Strangers

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 19, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Strangers

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: May 30, 2008

Plot Summary: A couple staying in a remote vacation home are terrorized by three masked attackers.

Review: Holy freakin balls! I don’t think I’ve been that freaked out in a movie in quite a long time. I’m usually not a fan of movies that go for the “cheap scares” (as I like to call them) like loud noises and stuff that’s strategically put in to make the viewers jump, but this one suited that quite well. There were parts that were just flat out predictable, but I think I’ve seen too many movies for them to not be. It definitely didn’t hurt the movie at all. I felt like the stereotypical “black movie-goer” sitting in the theater thinking to myself “Jeez, she needs to get up.” or “Don’t go out there.” but I think that just shows how well this movie was done. It’s truly a scary movie. I’m actually a little freaked out sitting in my room right now, and that really hasn’t happened in a long time. There is a great part to this movie that I really liked, but I’m afraid it’s a bit of a spoiler so, if you want to know what it is, highlight the lines below this:

I loved the fact that they never really showed the faces of “the strangers”. It made them just that. I reminded me of the movie When a Stranger Calls because at the end of that movie, you see the guy, but it’s just a random dude. I remember seeing that movie and being mad at that detail, but now I get it. It’s really an interesting premise and I think it adds that extra bit of creepiness to the story.

Overall, I would put this, easily, in my top 5 favorite horror movies. It’s that good. And the fact that it’s based off of true events makes it all the better (I was going to read them, but I think I’ll wait…). I would probably suggest not to watch it alone in your house though.

Rating: 4.75/5

The Happening

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 17, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Happening

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Genre: Sci Fi / Drama

Status: In Theaters

Plot Summary: In the fear of some unknown threat attacking the northeast, a group of people try to outrun the attacks.

Review: I went into this one with pretty low expectations. M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, The Sixth Sense, The Village) is, by far, not one of my favorite directors/writers. That being said, this one did break the mold a little. The story is actually pretty interesting, but it’s really never explained. Sometimes things don’t need to be fully explained, but for something like this, I think they should have. Also, I don’t know if it was supposed to be how the character talked, but Mark Wahlberg’s acting just seemed really over exaggerated and just plain bad throughout the entire thing. Really, the only reason this movie had any appeal was watching people die in pretty (awesome) disgusting ways. It definitely won’t be in the top ten at the box office very long.

Rating: 2/5

Best Ending of a Night Ever?

Posted in Miscellaneous on June 14, 2008 by coryangennet

I would sure say so.

So we’re just chillin’ in my garage at around 2:00 AM as we were playing some ‘games’ in my garage.  We hear some police sirens, and we looked out the window.  One of the guys there says “Is that a high-speed chase?”  And it was.  We look out and see the cop speed by and think “Ah, darn we missed it…” but the guy came back around the block.  We see him speed by my house with the cop right on his ass.  The pickup being chased goes sliding around the corner and comes to a complete stop about a half-block away and the guy gets out and starts running through the block.  We all get out and stand on the sidewalk to watch.  One of the cops came over and asked us if we saw anything, so we told him what we saw and they go looking throughout the block.  We moved over to my neighbor’s porch (who was also watching this all go down).  We saw a girl get taken out of the passenger side of the pickup and put into an ambulance.  One of the cops came over and asked us a few more questions and told us how it all started and some more details (that he probably wasn’t supposed to tell us).  We B.S. with him for a little while and then he gets a call and says that they know where he is.  He then tells us where they found him so we can go over if we want to watch, which we obviously did.  We walked over a few blocks and sat on some benches as the guy gets arrested and put intot the back of the cop car.

Overall, I would say it’s a great ending to a pretty fun night anyway.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno Teaser!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags on May 30, 2008 by coryangennet

For any of you who are unaware, the new movie from cult master director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, etc.) entitled Zack and Miri Make a Porno staring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is set to drop sometime this fall.  Being a huge Kevin Smith fan, I’m super excited.  So much so that I stayed up until 2:00 AM just to catch a quick glimpse of what to expect from one of my top five most anticipated films of the year. 

The information of the teaser trailer, which was rumored to surface well over a week ago, was posted on Kevin’s MySpace earlier tonight and said to check back at midnight.  Of course, midnight was going on west coast time, which means I got to wait an extra two hours for it to show up here in rainy ol’ Minnesota.  But you know what?  I found stuff to entertain myself for the two and a half hours between the time I found out until then, and I must say I’m glad.  The teaser is only a minute and fifty seconds long, and includes no footage from the full theatrical release, but it made me even more excited about the full trailer (that’s rumored to be released with Seth Rogen’s other summer flick Pineapple Express).  Here’s the piece of footage I lost hours of sleep waiting for.  Enjoy.

Panic at the Disco / Motion City Soundtrack / The Hush Sound / Phantom Planet

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags on May 29, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands: Panic at the Disco / Motion City Soundtrack / The Hush Sound / Phantom Planet

Date/Time: May 27 @ 7:00

Venue: The Myth, Maplewood, MN

Genre(s): Pop Punk / Rock

Review:

Phantom Planet: I’d never really heard anything from this band before, other than their amazingly popular song ‘California’ (yeah, the O.C. theme song). I must say though, they have an amazing stage presence. Alex Greenwald, the lead singer, is a very hyperactive person on stage (or off, as he showed a few times) and they seem to have a great time being on stage. Their music isn’t bad either. Unlike all their major hit ‘California’, the majority of their music is really upbeat and fun to listen to. I wasn’t a fan prior to this show, but I think I’ll check these guys out now.

The Hush Sound: The Hush sound is a pretty interesting band. I’m very picky when it comes to vocals, especially when they’re female vocals, but these guys have a nice mix of male and female vocals. Their stage presence wasn’t as animated as Phantom Planet, but they were still a pretty fun band to watch. Like the female vocals, pianos in this kind of music is a bit iffy too, but she pulled that one off pretty nicely too. I heard that they sounded much better live, so I’m glad that it was my first experience with it. Their definitely a good band, but not one that I would really listen to on a regular occasion.

Motion City Soundtrack: I don’t really know how to even start this one out. MCS is a great, yet pretty unique sounding band. The show they put on was awesome, and I’m sure it helped that they are from Minneapolis. I remember listening to this band a few years ago and loving them then, and I still do. Sadly, however, they kind of dropped on my list for a while and I’m a little disappointed now. The vocal style is definitely an odd one. Justin Pierre has a pretty distinctive voice, but I can easily see how someone could not like it. Almost every one of their songs is so upbeat that you can’t help but have a good time listening, and they were great with the crowd too. I’m a little disappointed that they won’t be playing the Warped Tour this year, but at least I got to see them now.

Panic at the Disco: This band is one that I know is quite subjective nowadays, but I still like them a lot. They just released a new album that sounds completely different from their previous one, and I, for one, don’t think it’s as good. It’s still a nicely put together album, but they’ve kind of shied away from the goofy stuff from the first that I loved when it first came out. That being said, they put on quite a show. They played a lot of their first album songs, which made me happy because I know almost all of the songs from that album. They’re all a bunch of pretty odd (pun intended) guys, and they definitely show it on stage, but it makes for an interesting show. I was a little miffed because their last 2 encore songs were ones from the new album that I didn’t know, but the entire show was a great experience.

This is the first show in a while that I’ve actually enjoyed every band that’s played to a certain extent. It was a great lineup and I’m glad that I actually got in (I got one of the last tickets available because I’m broke and a procrastinator). Though the amount of 14-year-old girls there was annoying, the show was great and it makes me really excited about the Warped Tour coming up this summer.

PS: New note for concerts: I’m not going to put ratings on them anymore.  It’s too hard to rate an entire show when 4 different bands play.  You should really be able to figure out if I liked it or not.