Movie Recommendation of the Week #11

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

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This is a very funny movie about a blind man and a deaf man who witness a murder in tandem. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder star and the two make an excellent comedic pairing.

It would be easy for a movie like this to come off as immature and offensive, but although their disabilities are used for comedy, the disabilities themselves do not ever become a laughing matter, just the situations that result from them. This is good and keeps the movie respectable.

The movie manages to have some well acted and competent dramatic scenes mixed in with the comedy. It also features a very early Kevin Spacey role and sees him playing one of the villains and putting on a British accent.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is delightfully funny and everyone is sure to get at least one chuckle out of it so check it out.

Movie Recommend of the Week #10 – ‘The Sting’

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford and was directed by George Roy Hill.  “The Sting” sees these men teaming up for another movie that is an absolute classic.

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is a masterpiece of film and I would highly recommend it as well, the reason I’m not is because I think most people have at least heard of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whereas “The Sting” is at least a little lesser known.

REASONS TO WATCH

  • The acting of course is fantastic. Paul Newman is one of my favorite actors of all time, and his pairing with Robert Redford is one of the all time greatest screen duos.
  • The movie sets it’s tone perfectly and holds true throughout. The film tells a serious, competent story, but also manages to have a slight whimsical and comedic edge that makes it a lot of fun.
  • The music is great, if a bit limited. You will end up hearing the same song quite a few times throughout the movie, but whether or not you grow tired of it is a matter of personal experience. Personally, though I’ll admit the music is repetitive, it never stopped being enjoyable or fitting.
  • The movie is very long and is broken up into segments. The segments are connected with little musical interludes, and absolutely fantastic hand-made art panels. This artwork is magnificent and took a great deal of time and care.
  • There’s a degree of showmanship in “The Sting” that you just cannot find in modern cinema.
  • I’ve heard this film compared to “The Godfather“, and while they do have completely different styles, tones, and even focus, when comparing the two “The Sting” wins by a large margin. I know that “The Godfather” is often considered one of the best films ever made, but  I honestly think that “The Sting” is a much, much better film all around.
  • The Sting” is an absolute classic and is truly a masterpiece that stands the test of time.

Movie Recommendation of the Week #7

I saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil

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Here’s another fantastic Korean film for you. South Korea puts out some of the best movies in the world.

VENGEANCE-  I Saw the Devil tells one of the best Revenge stories since Kill Bill. The extent of the revenge is on such a complex scale and it actually evolves into an interesting double revenge story with both of the leads taking revenge on each other.

EXCELLENT ACTING – The lead does a great job but the show is practically stolen by Min-Sik Choi who is best known for his jaw dropping performance in Oldboy, one of the best movies ever made.

MASTERFULLY MADE – The writing and directing are both superb. The movie is shot very well and there are a large number of scenes that could be enjoyed purely for the wonderful visuals alone.

NO HOLDING BACK – Something that I admire about movies from South Korea is that they are not afraid to push the envelope. That being said I Saw the Devil is not gratuitous. everything that happens works to further the movie’s effectiveness. The movie is not afraid to cross lines for the sake of telling the story.

“I Saw the Devil” is currently on Netflix so you can check it out there or find it some other way. If you like a good intense revenge flick, this is a must watch.

Flight of the Conchords review

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By Sam Kench

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Flight of the Conchords is a comedy band that is absolutely fantastic. Their music is great and their humor always hits it’s mark.

The band consists of two members Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie.  In 2007 they got their own TV show on HBO in which they play fictionalized versions of themselves, similar to shows like Maron and Louie.

This show is hilarious. The style of comedy may not be for everyone, so if you don’t like their music, you probably wont like the show.

The TV show is a combination of two parts. The first part being a comedy show that just pretty much follows the two of them around New York as they try to become a popular band, and the second half is their music. There are usually two songs per episode, and some work better than others. Sometimes the segues from the stories into the music is a little haphazard, but they generally try to work the song into the plot one way or another.

Both the narrative plot and the music are great. Both aspects are very funny. Some people may think that the show is just a shell for some music videos, but that is not true. Even if you took away the music, this show is still one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. The show only had two seasons and I would love to see it come back for a 3rd, however unlikely that is.bret and jemaine

The biggest reason why this show works so well is the cast. Both Jemaine and Bret are terrific in the show. Jemaine is always my favorite of the two but they are both great. They have great comedic delivery, and since the style of the show has very realistic sounding dialogue for the most, the actors do a good job of making everything sound incredibly natural. It’s true that they’re playing themselves so that probably makes it a bit easier, but they are incredibly believable which still takes talent.

murray hewittThe supporting cast is very good as well. The characters Murray, Mel, Dave, etc. are all unique and funny, and again the performances are very good.

Flight of the Conchords has to be one of my favorite TV shows of all time and I highly recommend it.

Sam’s Movie Recommendation of the Week #5

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By Sam Kench

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Todays recommendation is a 1982 grindhouse film called “Pieces”.

NOW, be aware that my recommendation of this film does not mean that it is good. This movie is not good at all, it’s actually one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen (technically speaking).

So why am I suggesting you watch it? Because it is absolutely hilarious. It’s a true “so bad it’s good movie”. 

People love films like “The Room” and “Birdemic” because they are hilariously, and “Pieces” is truly funny. It’s not supposed to be a good movie, as long as you go into the movie knowing what to expect, I think you’ll have a good time.

This movie might be a little hard to find and there’s also some really slow bits where nothing happens, so instead you can just watch this review I did of it. The review is funny and it talks about all the key standout funny moments so give it a watch.

Sam’s Movie Recommendation of the Week #4

The Host

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Reasons to watch

  • It’s a giant monster movie that also manages to be a competent drama.

The effects are great. There is a mix of CG and practical effects and all looks very good.

  • Quentin Tarantino named this one of his favorite movies since he became a filmmaker. If that isn’t a big enough recommendation from you, I don’t know what would do it.

CLICK HERE to read my full review of The Host.

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