Logtar & DeGuia’s Movie Review

Logtar and Daniel DeGuia, discuss the movie Equilibrium and hopefully make you want to watch it. Also why Christian Bale sucks. Go give it a listen.

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Talladega Nights (***)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby does suffer from movie trailer disease, but I believe that it does do an overall good job at entertaining. I was expecting a little more, but overall Will Ferrell delivers. Ferrell has the capability of playing a complete moron in such a believable way it is outstanding. I cannot wait to see him on a dramatic role or a serious interview, I am sure the guy has to be pretty intelligent.

Ricky Bobby prays only to baby Jesus, if you want to pray to bearded Jesus he does not have a problem, but he chooses to only pray to baby Jesus. I find this highly amusing, and feel that I should follow it. I should pray to only baby Jesus from now on too. ***Warning*** this is not a movie to take your kids too, it is rated PG 13, and as tempting as it is to take your kids after seeing Ferrell on Elf, just be mindful of the crude and sexual humor, language, drug references.

The story gets and interesting twist as French Formula One Driver sponsored by Perrier enters the NASCAR world. All the French jokes you have ever heard before are wrapped into one character, and surprisingly it entertains. Ricky Bobby has to recover from an accident, more mentally than physically.

The racing and special effects all looked spectacular. It is obvious that NASCAR was onboard with the movie, even though I admit that more driver cameos would have been better. Maybe because I don’t know much about NASCAR and I only recognized Earnhardt Jr. maybe there was a lot more cameos that I missed. Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile, Daredevil) does an excellent job with this comedy and continues to impress me as an actor.

The movie was entertaining, and overall worth the price of the movie ticket. Don’t worry too much if you have to wait for it on DVD it should still make you laugh then.

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Talladega Nights.

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Movies that you probably have not seen…

but should!

I decided to put a little list together of movies that a lot of people have not seen, but I believe people should. Some are better known than others, but I believe every single on in this list is worth your couple of hours.

The Boondock Saints
This movie is a little on the violent side, a lot in the funny side, mostly in the smart side and all about good action. The score is unreal, the acting is great and the story makes you say “man I wan to do that.” This movie was never released in Theaters in the US, but became a cult classic. Some people are into this movie so much that they have tattoos that are related to the movie.

Some movies make you think about how you live your life, this one is one of them. Even though it is a SCI-FI/Action film it really touches on what society can become… or has society already gotten there? Watch the movie where the gun kata first appeared.

City of God
If your mental pictures of poverty all come from sponsor a kid commercials it is time you take another look. City of God is a movie that will show you a reality that as a society we don’t want to face. This movie is even more relevant after Katrina, because while some people think that poverty and “third world” problems are so far away, the disaster showed how close to us poverty really is.

So what are you waiting for, go rent these movies or add them to your netflix list.

Watchers by Dean Koontz (****)

Dean Koontz is a great storyteller. I was instroduced to him by a friend (it was her favorite author) a long time ago but did not pick it up until recently and now two of his books occupy spots in my top 5. I never thought that he could top Intensity in my book, but Watchers is a book that to me is a masterpiece of modern literature.

The book explores humanity in a way I have not seen in many books. It uses situations to not only illustrate characters personalities but also mirror them. I am also sure that this book like great songs can have different meaning to different people.

I believe that change is the center theme of the book. The characters transform their inner core value and ways of looking at the world. At times these aspect of the book seems more fictional that the actual genetic manipulation plot. It is scary at times to even consider that our lives are not being life to the fullest and that there is no one else to blame but ourselves.

The love story in the book is not only beautiful but also patient. In a time where dating seems like a romanticized idea from long ago, it makes courtship seem appealing once again. In the time of hook ups and my space it brings a nice to the word relationship.

Another impressive facet of the book is the strong African American character in the book. I was very please with the way his character was explored. It was amazing how accurate the sense of almost innate desperation to prove yourself because of the color or your skin was portrayed. I was also glad that everyone in the end realized that family in the end is the most important thing in life.

Koontz explored God in this book in a subtle way. It was more of a theological discussion about human responsibility than an actual religions statement. It is probably the only thing in the book that kind of let me wanting a little more. I personally believe that responsibility when it comes to research should be looked at from many angles. There is no clear answer to all the moral and ethical questions that genetic research raises.

The characters were all very likeable, the flow of the book was excellent, and I believe that everyone can take a little piece of self-improvement from the change in all of the characters. I believe everyone should read this book, just be warned that by the end of it you might want a brand new puppy.

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Mission: Impossible III (****)

You can say all you want about Tom Cruise, he might be an alien wannabe scientologist, Oprah killing, “Coo-Coo” for Cocoa Puffs, and the list goes on; but he is a darn good actor and I don’t think anyone can play a better Ethan Hunt. This movie really earned the non stop action term to qualify a movie.

M:I II was mediocre even though it had a great director. I did not think this movie was going to blow me away the way it did. The special effects were done in a way that they helped the story and did not take center stage. The supporting characters were also great but the story centered around a love story for a now “retired” Hunt.

I had hoped that Philip Seymour Hoffman was going to steal the movie, but even though his performance was ok, it was Cruise’s movie from the beginning. Cruise made me believe that he was in love, he made me believe he cared for his team, he even made me believe that he fought for what he believe above all.

I really cannot complain about this movie, the locations were all excellent. The tech was very believable. The explosions looked real. The only thing I can say is, go to the movies and see it on the big screen, it is worth your money.

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Mission:Impossible III.

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