Rec (2007)

Watched Expendables 2 in the theater during the day.See movie review section for my review of this enjoyable action n movie.

At night, we watched the 2007 horror thriller Rec. It is an exciting subtitled Spanish movie where “a television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.”   This is one of those shaky-cam movies like Cloverfield  but it is watchable because you can still tell what is going on.  This movie makes you feel the horror that the people on the screen are feeling.  It has some really intense, scary moments that will cause you to scream out loud. I read  that “the actors were never given the script in its entirety so none of them knew of their character’s fates, sometimes not until the day they were actually filming their scenes. This meant that the actors were – more often than not – stressed, nervous and apprehensive on the day of filming, ideal qualities for the film itself”.  Spoiler alert:  “The former resident of the penthouse was an agent of the Vatican who was charged with researching and isolating a suspected virus believed to be the biological cause of what was described as ‘demonic possession’, which was later confirmed to exist in a young girl (Niña). The agent kidnapped and brought the girl to the penthouse to conduct his research and to possibly cure her; unfortunately, during the work the virus managed to mutate and become contagious. The agent abandoned his efforts to cure her after failing to engineer a vaccine and sealed her in the room before leaving the city”.

Southland Tales (2006)

Watched Richard Kelley’s 2006 comedy, drama, Sci-Fi, thriller Southland Tales.  “Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who’s stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.” Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seann William Scott were great in this movie.  I particularly enjoyed watching Sarah since I have been a big fan since her Buffy days. The movie tagline is “Have a Nice Apocalypse.”  I enjoyed the movie even though it has been getting some unfavorable reviews.

Always Sunny in Philadelphia & Troll Hunter (2010)

Watched an episode of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia called “Frank Sets SweetDeeon Fire”.  The episode summary is “Mac teams up with Frank and Charlie to create a public access newscast after he misses his chance at fame in the news. Meanwhile, Dennis andDeetry to make it big in the club scene”.  The scenes showingDeeon fire were extra funny. 

We then watched the subtitled 2010 adventure fantasy Norwegian movie called Troll Hunter, with the tagline, “You’ll believe it when you see it.”  This movie was about “group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter”. This movie was scary and you actually believe that these large trolls could actually exist. It is a fun movie with good special effects worth watching.

JFK (1991)

We finished watching the second half of JFK. I really enjoyed this Oscar winning movie. Kevin Costner did a great job playing the New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison, investigating the Kennedy assassination in 1963.  Jim sums up the investigation when he says  “The Warren Commission thought they had an open-and-shut case. Three bullets, one assassin. But two unpredictable things happened that day that made it virtually impossible. One, the eight-millimeter home movie taken by Abraham Zapruder while standing by the grassy knoll. Two, the third wounded man, James Tague, who was knicked by a fragment, standing near the triple underpass. The time frame, five point six seconds, determined by the Zapruder film, left no possibility of a fourth shot. So the shot or fragment that left a superficial wound on Tague’s cheek had to come from the three shots fired from the sixth floor depository. That leaves just two bullets. And we know one of them was the fatal head shot that killed Kennedy. So now a single bullet remains. A single bullet now has to account for the remaining seven wounds in Kennedy and Connelly. But rather than admit to a conspiracy or investigate further, the Warren Commission chose to endorse the theory put forth by an ambitious junior counselor, Arlen Spector, one of the grossest lies ever forced on the American people. We’ve come to know it as the “Magic Bullet Theory.” This single-bullet explanation is the foundation of the Warren Commission’s claim of a lone assassin. Once you conclude the magic bullet could not create all seven of those wounds, you’d have to conclude that there was a fourth shot and a second rifle. And if there was a second rifleman, then by definition, there had to be a conspiracy.”  Watching this movie really makes you feel that there was a conspiracy behind JFK’s assassination.

Workaholics & 1/2 JFK (1991)

Watched the first half of the 3 ½ hour Oliver Stone 1991 movie, JFK. Really enjoyed the first half and am looking forward to finishing the second half later. We then watched Episode 3 of Season 3 of Workaholics where they took Adams fat, crippled cousin to work so they could use his handicapped parking pass at their new office building. The beginning of the episode was extra funny when they were trashing their old office.

Revolver (2005)

Enjoyed the 2005 crime, drama, mystery, thriller movie called Revolver. It was an action packed movie directed by Guy Ritchie starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta. The tagline says that “Your mind will not accept a game this big.”  This movie uses narration and flashbacks to show us how he takes revenge on the violent casino owner that sent him to prison for seven years which he spent in solitary confinement.

Breaking Bad & Newsroom

It is Sunday night which means new episodes of Breaking Bad and Newsroom. The episode of Breaking Bad was amazing. Walter, Jesse and Mike siphoned methylamine from a train that they stopped in a dead zone in the desert. They reach a new low in the final scene. The Newsroom episode was centered around a black out and a mock debate.

The Bourne Legacy (2012), The Campaign (2012) & The Ceremony (2008)

Saturday is a great day for movies. Went to a double feature of two new 2012 movies in the theaters. Saw the action, adventure, thriller The Bourne Legacy and the comedy The Campaign and really enjoyed them both a lot. The Bourne Legacy is the continuation of the Bourne world from Robert Ludlum’s novels. This movie introduces Jeremy Renner as a new agent. The movie had a great story and action that tied in with the previous three movies starring Matt Damon. The tagline of the movie explains it well; “There Was Never Just One”.  After watching this movie we immediately saw the hilarious Will Ferrel Zach Galifianakis comedy; The Campaign.  This was another great movie from the director Jay Roach.  This movie about two rival candidates in North Carolina running for congress was hysterical and some scenes had people rolling on the floor with laughter.  You will never forget the honest dinner and punch the baby scenes.  Watching these two movies back to back is a terrific combination.  Then on Netflix , to top off the day, we watched the drama, mystery, thriller from 2008 called The Ceremony. This movie was filmed in one house and was very scary and creepy. If you like paranormal activity you will enjoy this film too.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

Enjoyed the 2007 movie Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. This was a crime, drama thriller from Sidney Lumet the director of awesome movies like 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon.  In this movie, two brothers who are short of cash, decide to rob their parents jewelry store.  As the tagline of the movie says, “No one was supposed to get hurt”.  Ethan Scott, the star of another good movie Before Sunset, plays another great role in this movie.  You can feel his pain as things go horribly wrong.

The Insider (1999)

Watched the Michael Mann 1999 movie called The Insider with Al Pacino, Russell Crow and Christopher Plummer. This is the movie about the research chemist that decides to go on 60 minutes to blow the whistle on a tobacco company’s manipulation of nicotine. The tagline is “Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous.”  This movie has Al Pacino’s best performance of the 1990s.