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karl.. 123 2 days ago

What is on the film agenda today?

Danny Rovira 23 days ago

Hi Aaron, i heard about Flixster closing down, which is too bad. If you what to catch my movie reviews else where, i have two pages on Facebook that are open for anybody, they are "DANNY'S MOVIE REVIEWS" and "DANNY'S HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS." Hope you check them out.

Michael Rivero 3 months ago

Hi DrZeek. Thanks for the recommendations. Appreciate it.

About Aaron

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Favorite Movies:
Fight Club, Grosse Pointe Blank, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Out of Sight, True Romance, Clerks, Dogma, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Way of the Gun, From Dusk Till Dawn, L.A. Confidential, Cidade de Deus (City of God), Three Kings, Jackie Brown, Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai, Memento, Dark City, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Fargo, Léon: The Professional, Sleepy Hollow, Seven (Se7en), Sin City, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Ocean's Eleven, High Fidelity, The Usual Suspects, GoodFellas, Heat, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Boogie Nights, Swingers, Old School, The Big Hit, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Fifth Element, Die Hard, Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, The Dark Knight, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jaws, Ghostbusters, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, King Kong, Psycho, Oldboy, Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Incredibles, Pan's Labyrinth, In Bruges
Favorite Actors:
Christopher Walken, Edward Norton, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Christian Bale, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Rosario Dawson, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Laura Linney, Carla Gugino, Kate Winslet, Marisa Tomei, Val Kilmer, Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage, Vince Vaughn, Benicio Del Toro, Kurt Russell, William H. Macy, Billy Bob Thornton, Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, Bruce Campbell, Joe Pantoliano, Jason Statham, Jason Lee, Morgan Freeman, Jean Reno, Brad Pitt, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Ralph Fiennes, Forest Whitaker, James Stewart, Brendan Fraser, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Clive Owen, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Jack Black, Johnny Depp, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Bill Murray, Ving Rhames, Anthony Hopkins, Liev Schreiber, Ed Harris, Jim Carrey, Djimon Hounsou, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Rock, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Matt Dillon, Kevin Spacey, Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Eric Bana, Dennis Hopper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Piven, John Leguizamo, Will Smith, Denis Leary, Alan Rickman, Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Colin Farrell, Carl Weathers, Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jon Favreau, Ice Cube, Peter Sellers, Richard Dreyfuss, James Woods, Liam Neeson, Gregory Peck, Edward G. Robinson, Peter Fonda, Robin Williams, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Haysbert, Joe Pesci, Michael J. Fox, Ewan McGregor, Robert Forster, Sean Bean, Eddie Murphy, Robert Duvall, Antonio Banderas, Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt, John Candy, Bill Nighy, Alec Baldwin, Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Trejo, Christopher Lee, Robert Shaw, Dustin Hoffman, Russell Crowe, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart, Vincent D'Onofrio, William Fichtner, Jeffrey Wright, Rufus Sewell, Dick Van Dyke, Keith David, Luis Guzman, Gene Wilder, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Sam Neill, Ernest Borgnine, Ray Winstone, Roy Scheider, John Cazale, Peter Stormare, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Viggo Mortensen, Tcheky Karyo, Mickey Rourke, Gary Cole, Thomas Jane, Stephen Chow, Robert Carlyle, Ricky Gervais, Min-sik Choi, Dave Chappelle, Sergi López, Alec Guinness, Crispin Glover, Martin Freeman (II), Nathan Fillion, Josh Brolin, William Forsythe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ron Livingston, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Will Arnett, Jeff Bridges, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Takeshi Kitano, Doug Jones, Andy Serkis, Tim Roth, Larry David, Clint Howard, Peter Lorre, J.K. Simmons, Peter Mullan, Jeff Daniels, Giovanni Ribisi, Harvey Keitel, Elias Koteas, Edward James Olmos, Bill Duke, Hugh Jackman, Rutger Hauer, Cliff Curtis, David Cross, Ken Foree, Adam Goldberg, Kevin Sorbo, Steve Coogan, Jason Segel, Brad Dourif, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco, Paul Bettany, Mark Strong (II), Phil LaMarr, Paul Schneider, Stephen Tobolowsky, John Hurt, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig, Michael Ironside, Michael Keaton, Tom Sizemore, Craig Robinson, Sam Elliott, Raymond Burr, Robert Mitchum, Michael Sheen, Paddy Considine, Danny McBride, Burt Lancaster, Orson Welles, Richard Jenkins, Glenn Morshower, Martin Landau, Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Humphrey Bogart, Vincent Price, Terence Stamp, Kang-ho Song, Mel Blanc, Danny Huston, Anjelica Huston, Scarlett Johansson, Uma Thurman, Janet Leigh, Natalie Portman, Frances McDormand, Madeline Kahn, Angelina Jolie, Juliette Lewis, Audrey Tautou, Jennifer Connelly, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Mendes, Christina Ricci, Halle Berry, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rachel Weisz, Annette Bening, Faye Dunaway, Holly Hunter, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sigourney Weaver, Connie Nielsen, Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Monaghan, Paula Patton, Emily Watson, Glenne Headly, Liv Tyler, Toni Collette, Diane Keaton, Carrie Fisher, Lea Thompson, Katharine Ross, Ava Gardner, Eva Marie Saint, Rita Hayworth, Bernadette Peters, Cheryl Hines, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams, Allison Janney, Daryl Hannah, Charlize Theron, Gabrielle Union, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Anna Friel, Vera Farmiga, Greta Gerwig, Louis C.K., Idris Elba, Matt Walsh, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill
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  • The Zero Theorem

    The Zero Theorem (2014)

    September 19, 2014

    Qohen Leth: Waiting for The Call. What other reason is there to pick up the phone?

    Director Terry Gilliam falls into the category of filmmakers that make movies that fit entirely into their own genres. Quentin Tarantino makes Tarantino movies rather than straight comedies or action movies. Tim Burton used to not really make horror or fantasy films, but instead he made Tim Burton films (hopefully he gets back to that soon). I could go on, but Terry Gilliam does not really make science fiction films, he makes Terry Gilliam films, and that is what The Zero Theorem amounts to. While the film feels like it has too much indebted to his own past work, specifically his best film (arguably), Brazil, The Zero Theorem is still unlike any sort of traditional take on dystopian sci-fi worlds, because Gilliam operates on his very own level, even while battling studios to preserve his vision. As a result, while visually arresting and well-acted, it is not as conceptually interesting as it is a fun polish on some old ideas.

    read the whole review of thecodeiszeek.com

  • The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner (2014)

    September 19, 2014

    Alby: If you ain't scare, you ain't human.

    At this point, seeing another YA novel adapted into a film only brings up so much excitement. Part of it comes from there being only so many of these types of books I want to see as films and the other part is pretty simple: lots of these films are fairly dull and too focused on being a franchise-starter first, an enjoyable film second. I had no real opinion on The Maze Runner going into it. I have not read this book series, the cast is made up of younger actors I have seen in some things, but haven't regarded as 'the next big thing', and there is a rookie director at the helm. Keeping all of this in mind, it would be easy for me to go into the flaws of the logic in a movie like this or even how it could have handled certain aspects regarding dramatic tension better, but honestly, I had a good time watching this film. The Maze Runner has a key thing going for it and that is consistency. It is not overlong, it is decently acted, features effective enough visuals, builds its tension and mystery well, and has a serious tone that does not come off as cheesy. This may not be the next big triumph for YA novel film adaptations, but it is far from the worst.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

    September 18, 2014

    Matthew Scudder: Sometimes I do favors for people.

    A Walk Among the Tombstones is a nice change of pace as far Liam Neeson's career as a B-movie action star goes. While the film may be sold as another chance to see Neeson use a particular set of skills to beat up some bad guys, it is really more of a detective story that flirts with noir-ish elements, with some grisly thriller aspects thrown in for good measure. Based on a series of novels by Lawrence Bock, which is focused on the character Matthew Scudder, Neeson's performance not only keeps this film together overall, but establishes a new potential franchise, which would be more interesting than watching him rescuing various kidnapped members of his family from European gangsters over and over again.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • Tusk

    Tusk (2014)

    September 18, 2014

    Wallace: I don't wanna die in Canada.

    I have large doubts that 20 years ago, following the debut of writer/director Kevin Smith's Clerks, anyone predicted that one day this man would make a film about a mysterious man turning an unknowing participant into a walrus, but here we are. Based on an idea that stemmed from an episode of one of Smith's podcasts, SModcast, which he hosts with his best friend and former producer pal Scott Mosier, Tusk is a twisted horror-comedy that certainly features some memorable images, but mainly serves as a way of telling us that Smith has no desire to really move beyond entertaining his own fanbase, despite stepping away from his comfort zone, from a filmmaking standpoint. Given that I am a fan of Smith's and hold a few of his films in high regard, I was certainly happy to go along with seeing how this film turned out, but if I had no clue about what this film was, I am pretty certain I would have thought Tusk was a film made as some sort of dare.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • This Is Where I Leave You

    This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

    September 17, 2014

    Hilary Altman: For the next seven days you are all grounded.

    This is Where I Leave You is the kind of film that walks the line between being aware it is not treading new ground, but still wants to make you happy, based on all the talented actors involved, and treating its subject matter in a more serious manner. It is a film featuring characters that are mostly not all that inherently interesting, but because they are played by people like Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, the film at least has some reliable performances to stand behind them. It is nothing new to have a small period of time serve as a way of course correction for the lives of a family in a film, but while this film is fairly enjoyable, it lacks much of anything to really make it stand out. It is a film that does just enough, but sits a couple spots away from being essential viewing.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • The Skeleton Twins

    The Skeleton Twins (2014)

    September 17, 2014

    Maggie: I was thinking you could come stay with me...

    The Skeleton Twins is the kind of film that features a few actors giving the kind of performances that make it look easy. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are best known for their work on Saturday Night Live, but clearly have aspirations to delve into more dramatic work, better showing off their range as performers. It is one thing to find the humor in certain scenes, but it is another to make that humor play in scenes that come in between some heavy dramatic material. This is a film that features some really dark material, but is able to develop a story that can follow a fairly formulaic level of plotting and still succeed, based on the confidence of the actors involved and the filmmakers working behind the scenes. As a result, The Skeleton Twins works as a sad comedy for the art house crowd and manages to rise above the easy complaints about these sort of family-focused stories.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • The Drop

    The Drop (2014)

    September 12, 2014

    Bob: I just tend the bar.

    The Drop is a strange sort of film, as it is ostensibly a crime drama rooted in its characters, but not quite focused enough to claim to be about one thing in particular. Sure, Tom Hardy is the lead in this film and we are basically following his mysterious character, who seems like a simple enough guy that could blow at any minute; but the film, while fairly straightforward, puts a number of things in front of its characters in a way that makes it hard to describe simply. As it stands, The Drop is a well-acted feature about criminals, gangsters, abuse, sorted pasts, moving on in one's life, just trying to get by, and a cute little dog.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • The Congress

    The Congress (2014)

    September 04, 2014

    Jeff: Once we've scanned you, there's no going back.

    I saw writer/director's Ari Folman's 2008 film Waltz with Bashir and was very intrigued by where he would go next. That film revolved around a character searching for his lost memories as an Israeli soldier and was made using unique animation techniques. Folman's new film, The Congress, is similarly about finding one's self in a sense, but it comes at this topic from a different angle. Based on a science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem, The Congress follows a character through an allegorical world that depicts the extreme merging of the entertainment industry and technology in ways so complex that people literally become animated characters. This is a film that has too many ideas to fully make work, but thanks to a strong lead performance by Robin Wright, let alone the nature of the film, there is a lot to appreciate or dissect about what is seen in The Congress; aspects that I am still thinking about.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • Life Of Crime

    Life Of Crime (2014)

    August 30, 2014

    Marshall: Hey, you keep your wife out here and someone's liable to steal her.
    Frank: You promise?

    Sometimes I find myself asking, "Why wasn't this better?" Life of Crime has everything going for it. The film is a prequel of sorts to Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, as both films feature three key characters. More specifically, crime novelist Elmore Leonard wrote both Rum Punch and The Switch, the novels both films are based on. Regardless, the film has interesting source material and circumstances going for it, as well as a great cast, most of Leonard's dialogue still intact, and a nice period-film aesthetic to top it all off. Still, Life of Crime never manages to be anything more than average. It is unfortunate, but I have some thoughts as to why this may have been the case.

    read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

    August 21, 2014

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