Movie Review: I Do Until I Don’t

Lake Bell is quickly proving herself as a jack of all trades. She started her career in the role of the slightly less gorgeous best friend in movies before taking a major U-turn from pursuing movie stardom. When her What Happens in Vegas co-star Rob Corddry pitched the idea of the then web series Children’s Hospital, it was an unlikely choice, one I’m sure her agent wasn’t exactly excited about. Then the series became a cult hit, earning a place on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup it showed Hollywood that Lake Bell was more than just the pretty face. Click the picture for the full review. Also you can now support my writing via donations. Check the bottom of my review of I Do Until I Don’t where you can show your support by donating a dollar or more. Every bit helps to support independent writers succeed and thrive.

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By the Eyebrows of John Saxon

Coming Attractions/News:

The Florida Project – A24 – Trailer
Tulip Fever – Red Band Trailer
Last Flag Flying – Trailer
Joker stand alone movie produced by Martin Scorsese written by Todd Phillips
Christian Bale in Hostile
TIFF raising money for female film critics
RIP Tobe Hooper

New Movies

Leap! – An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. (37% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leap

Wind River – An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. (85% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wind_river_2017

Birth of the Dragon – Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend. (23% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/birth_of_the_dragon

Undisputed Classic

Enter the Dragon – A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (95% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enter_the_dragon

Top Five: Kung Fu Movies

1987

The Fourth Protocol – John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries. (71% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fourth_protocol

Hamburger Hill – A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hamburger_hill

House II: The Second Story – The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers. (0% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/house_2_the_second_story

Matewan – A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. (93% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/matewan_a_luta_final

The Rosary Murders – A priest is put in a dilemma when the serial killer who has been murdering priests and nuns confesses to him. (N/A ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rosary_murders

End of the Line – When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president. (60% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/end_of_the_line_1987

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Movie Review Birth of the Dragon

Birth of the Dragon has been marketed as the story of Bruce Lee learning to grow and become more disciplined, humble, and dedicated to his craft after being confronted by a famed Shaolin Master named Wong Jack Man. Instead, Birth of the Dragon is a ludicrously misguided combination of faux-history and one of the worst conceived Bruce Lee movies in history. It’s as bad as the films that inserted old Bruce Lee footage after his death into different movies that were then marketed as Bruce Lee movies. Click the picture for the full review.

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Movie Review England is Mine

I have to believe that writer and singer Morrissey is more interesting than the version of him brought to light in the movie England is Mine. I cannot sit here and tell you I know much more about Morrissey than what I read on his Wikipedia page. I can’t name a single Smiths song or Morrissey solo single. That said, I still know who he is. Somehow through some kind of pop cultural osmosis I know who Morrissey is and that is enough to tell me he must be interesting, he has to be more interesting than this mopey, dopey boring version of Morrissey in England is Mine. Click the picture below for the full review.

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Classic Movie Review Enter the Dragon

This week’s classic on the Everyone’s a Critic Movie Review Podcast is Enter the Dragon, the final film in the all too short career of the legendary Bruce Lee. I have had little exposure to kung fu movies in my nearly 20 years as a film critic. Aside from some 80s cheese like The Last Dragon or the work of Jackie Chan, I have mostly ignored the genre having written it off based mostly on the stereotypes built from years of Bruce Lee knock-offs and cash-ins that soured more than just me on the idea of kung fu movies as anything other than the sad side of the B-movie genre.

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Dirty Dancing Turns 30

“It’s nothing, Marjorie, go back to sleep.”

As I watched Dirty Dancing for the first time in several years, this seemingly throwaway line from Jerry Orbach to Kelly Bishop, as the parents of Jennifer Grey’s Frances “Baby” Houseman, struck me. Orbach’s Jake, a wealthy doctor, has just returned to his bungalow at this Catskills Hotel after having given treatment to Cynthia Rhodes’ Penny who has just undergone what at the time was referred to as a back-alley abortion. This was after she’d been knocked up by Robbie, a selfish snob doing time to raise money he doesn’t need for his Ivy League education. Click the poster for the full length review

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My Apologies to the French

Coming Attractions/News:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Trailer
mother! – Trailer
The Obi Won Stand Alone Movie
The effect of Rotten Tomatoes

New Movies

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time. (39% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_hitmans_bodyguard

Logan Lucky – Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.(93% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/logan_lucky

Undisputed Classic

Bob Le Flambuer – Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is planned exactly, but the police is informed about the planned coup. Meanwhile in the Casino Bob starts to gamble. (97% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bob_le_flambeur

Top Five: Movie Heists

1987

Dirty Dancing – Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (72% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dirty_dancing

The Big Easy – Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.’s police corruption task force in his office. He begins a relationship with her as the killings continue only to have charges filed against him for accepting bribes as he stumbles on a police corruption Sting. While this is happening, the criminals insist that none of the crime gangs are behind the killings. (88% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_easy

Born in East LA – When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home. (43% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/born_in_east_la

Pathfinder – Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called “tjuder”, roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp. (N/A% ROTTEN TOMATOES)

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Movie Review-Logan Lucky

Being a fan of the American history podcast The Dollop allows me to watch a movie like Logan Lucky and never for a moment find the story implausible. Take a listen to them tell the remarkable true story titled Jet-Pack Madness and you will find within it a story every bit as brilliant as a Coen Brothers comedy. Everything in Logan Lucky feels completely plausible when you compare it to such historic silliness as what transpired with the Jet-Pack or the L.A Freeway Shootout or The Human Taco.

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The Big Easy Turns 30

This week in 1987 The Big Easy starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin and directed by Jim McBride was released nationwide following a brief run on the awards circuit in late 1986. The film tells the story of a corrupt New Orleans Police Detective named Remy McSwain, played by Quaid, who’s about to learn that corruption doesn’t really pay. Ellen Barkin is a District Attorney tasked with investigating Remy’s corruption and that of his fellow New Orleans brothers in Blue. Click Here for the full review at Geeks.Media

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Popular Movie Review Podcast ‘I Hate Critics’ Changes Name

It began as an inside joke between myself and my very favorite person on the planet, Faith Rogers. My wonderful, witty friend would always accuse me of hating everything. In fact, when I first told her that I was a professional film critic, not long after we’d first met, she said, “I hate critics, they hate everything I like.” She was being playful and sarcastic but her words a struck a chord with me that several years later became the I Hate Critics movie review podcast. Click here for the full story at Geeks.Media

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