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Machete (2010)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie made me want to grab my gun and a lawn chair, park my ass outside the local Circle K, eat a taco, and wait for the first illegal to ask me if I wanted some oranges.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Man, what a weird movie. It's so different than any other movie that you'll normally see... While it has its moments, it never really gels into a cognitive story. The movie really just dances around a couple of incidents that are thrown together into some sort of half-assed storyline.

The 'story', revolves around a semi-desperate reporter/journalist Bob, played by Ewan McGregor, who met an odd ball in town to interview that supposedly had psychic powers. Brushing off the guy as crazy, he goes back to work and encounters a series of strange incidents over the following days that lead him to venture out of his normal life. The next scene takes us to Kuwait in the middle of the latest Gulf War to Bob talking to his estranged wife about his adventures, when in reality he hasn't had any yet.

That night he runs into Lyn, played by George Clooney. In a funny/strange/hostile meeting, Bob and Lyn begin to talk about Lyn's true identity, and Bob quickly realizes that he is one in the same with a man that was desribed in the beginning of the movie by the so-called 'crazy' guy that Bob interviewed.

Bob finds that Lyn is his ticket into Iraq, and that Lyn has been 'reactivated' for a military mission that uses his psychic powers. In a series of twists, turns, abductions by hostile Iraqi's, Bob and Lyn finally wind up where Lyn's visions were taking them.

As they are recouperating from their wounds at the secret compound in the desert, they find that it is being run by Lyn's old nemesis, Larry Hooper (played by Kevin Spacey) in the covert psi-ops program that they were both in back in the 80's. Hooper was the soldier that got the original program shut down back in the 80's by showing how dangerous psi-ops could be, and pinning an incident on Lyn, getting him dishonorably discharged from the Army.

Anyway, getting back to the 'story', Lyn is reunited with his old mentor (and creator of the New Earth Army psi-ops program) Bill Django (played by Jeff Bridges). We also find out that was the true mission for Lyn, to find Bill and to put right were there was once was wrong, and take out some half-assed justice on Hooper. I'll leave out the specifics of the climax, since it brings the most laughs.

While the acting is strong, I wish I could give this movie a fresh score, but unfortunately cannot, given it's flimsy plot and patchwork flow.

The A-Team
The A-Team (2010)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

First off, let me say that I told myself if this movie would stay above the 50% mark on the T-Meter then it would be good enough for me to see in the theater. Narrowly squeaking in at that mark, I found myself at the AMC theater a couple days ago.

As the movie starts, we are quickly thrown into a situation which is slightly confusing but eventually reveals itself to be somewhat of an origin story for the 4 main characters. And as some critics have pointed out, the movie starts out with some impossible stunts that are hard to swallow, but at the same time add more to the original TV show mythos and back-story that already exists. After their first encounter together as a 'team', they quickly find themselves a cohesive unit. I will point out that everyone does a good job in their roles and Sharlto Copley really pulls of Murdock quite well.

Jump 8 years into the future and directly at the end of the Iraq War, we find the team together winding down operations in the Gulf and getting ready to head home. Enter the CIA... They offer the team another mission that trumps all their other missions' importance put together, and even more impossible to pull off apparently. Naturally Hannibal wants the job, but many people that himself and the team know are trying to persuade them not to do it, but to no avail. After a planning sequence and flashbacks/forwards to the mission going down, the A-Team pulls off the mission and delivers the goods. Just as they get back to base with their prize though, things go awry and they are taken into custody. Naturally they know they were set up, just not by whom.

6 months later we're taken to Hannibal's prison and find the same CIA agent that gave him the mission talking to him. He agrees to finish the job for the CIA and coordinates prison breaks for the rest of the team. I will say that the prison breaks were both clever and funny, yet the final escape scene (the infamous C-130 plane ride and tank parachute scenes) was ridiculous. Luckily the movie didn't do much more cartoony action after that point, otherwise I wouldn't be writing a positive review for it.

After some twists and turns, we land at the climatic ending where it gets a bit more confusing of what's going on, but if you were paying attention to some of the finite details before the ending scenes you can make out what's going on and what's going to happen. Ending with a satisfying conclusion, the movie leaves itself basically where a new TV show, or sequel could be made, and a whole new generation of TV kiddies could be entertained by mindless, non-lethal violence. Just like I was.

Dinner for Schmucks
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A by the numbers, feel good comedy, that's light on hearty laughs, but manages to pull out a win, but just slightly.

Up front, I will admit that I have never seen the french original that this movie uses for source material, but I can only guess that's a good thing (For one, I don't like french films much, and for two, everyone says its better than the remake).

However, it's easy to jump into where this movie wants to go. Paul Rudd plays an up-and-coming executive that's looking to get a promotion that will help him both impress his girlfriend and pay for his lavish lifestyle. Coming in with an agressive proposal fresh on the heels of a current firing of one of the upper management, he finds his opportunity and jumps on it.

The boss is impressed, and tentatively gives him the job, just as long as he can pull his own weight at his monthly dinner party that is set up to find the most ridiculous person alive and make fun of them.

Cue Steve Carrell. By happenstance, Rudd's character, Tim, runs into Carrell's, Barry, literally. After a strange interaction, Tim realizes that he's found his 'idiot' for the dinner party.

Quickly thereafter, things start to go downhill. As we're introduced to Tim's girlfriend Julie, her boss Kieren (played excellently by Jemaine Clement), as well as Carrell's boss Therman (played by Zach Galifinakis), we're offered some decent laughs from all, and Tim's life starts to quickly fall apart. This is all because of Barry, of course.

Most of the movie is fairly subdued, but standout performances from Galifinakis and Lucy Punch (playing a crazy ex of Tim's) make up for the slower material.

When we finally get to the dinner scene, things start to ramp up a bit. All the exec's have brought their respective 'idiot', and are put on showcase of their 'talents'. This eclectic group of folks brings the best laughs of the movie, and the final 'showdown' between both Barry and Therman as well as Tim and his rival Caldwell (played by Ron Livingston).

Without going into any more specifics, we see the dinner spiral out of control and Rudd's character Tim regain his conscious as he's forced to make decisions that will affect his personal and professional life.

At the end, we get the entire package wrapped in a neat little bow, which undoubtedly will satisfy the general audience, however leaves a ho-hum conclusion that tries to show the good in everything.

While it was mostly satisfying, I wish that sometimes movies like this wouldn't end with the canned ending that we know that's coming, but rather something that plays to the darker side of comedy. You can feel the movie wanting to go in this direction, but either the lack of balls by the screenwriter to write something like that, or the lack of confidence that the studio would actually produce something edgy, leave you with an ultimately unsatisfying finale that's too polished for its own good.