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Sunday
Aug012010

Funny: College Humor parodies Inception ending (video)

Warning, reading or watching any of this may spoil the end of Inception. If you have seen it though, you'll enjoy this video. I won't say much more, except that I'm a huge fan of how it ended. I do believe a bad ending can ruin a film, but this ending makes Inception that much better, enhancing the ideas introduced throughout the narrative. If you'd like to see a bad ending, watch The Losers

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Thursday
May202010

Hollywood Copies Itself Again: THE EXPENDABLES vs THE A-TEAM vs THE LOSERS

I've been studying the summer movie releases coming up in 2010 and I've noticed that a lot of Hollywood releases are, well, copies of one another. We've seen it time and again. For every original movie, there are a host of copycats. Sometimes, however, we have to put up with more than a few copied scenes and cliche lines. Remember Finding Nemo and Shark Tale? Deep Impact and Armageddon? Hollywood is known to produce formulaic, unoriginal movies, but....come on guys? Did we really need Volcano and Dante's Peak

In this edition, I'll cover one of the biggest trends of the summer: teams of mercenaries exacting vigilante justice. 

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Sunday
Apr252010

THE LOSERS fails to win my heart

Rating:  (Mediocre)

The Losers is a testosterone-laden "thrill ride" that some moviegoers will get and enjoy. Others will find it somewhat contrived because, well, for a film about a team of exiles presumed dead by the CIA and free to do anything, it unvaryingly sticks to script and plays by the rules. In fact, The Losers is a pretty good template for the comic book action movie. It has everything required of its genre:

  • Insane, physics-denying stunts, developments, and explosions
  • Super men who can accomplish anything and a super villain
  • Stylized editing and cinematography with Matrix slow-mos and quick-cuts
  • A hot chick who plays commando with the boys and sleeps with them
  • A cool MacGuffin to drive the plot forward
  • A slow motion hero shot
  • A witty self-referential sense of humor

Unfortunately, there is a downside: while The Losers represents almost every staple of its genre, it isn't the best movie in its class--not by a stretch. It also fails in one key area: its conclusion. The Losers stumbles to conclude its story no less than three times. Ultimately, it ends as a film we'll remember, less for its whole than its few fun, memorable moments. 

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