Little reviews

A million ways to die in the west

Director: Seth MacFarlaneWriters: Seth MacFarlaneAlec Sulkin1 more credit »Stars: Seth MacFarlaneCharlize TheronLiam Neeson |See full cast and crew »

A million ways to die in the west is at best a story better told as a 30 minute television episode. Transferring Seth’s comic style to a 116 minute film was an absolute disaster, sure at some points the movie was funny but overall he overreached on this project and a lot of it became drawn out and dull. Also I would like to point out to comics worldwide that Shit Jokes are not and never have been funny.

Seth is trying to make the point that the west is too romanticized and rarely seen for what it is. The other point he is trying to make is that laws that may have applied in the 1800’s are not necessarily relevant in today’s era. This may be true however, making people sit through 116 minutes of boredom is probably not the best way to get his point across.

Artifact

Director: Jared Leto (as Bartholomew Cubbins)

Artifact is a documentary style film about the relationship between Jared Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars and the record company that represents them. It’s an at times interesting insight into the music industry and the relationship between the business and the artists.

300: Rise of an Empire

Director: Noam MurroWriters: Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad(screenplay), 1 more credit »Stars: Sullivan StapletonEva GreenLena Headey |See full cast and crew 

This film is animated? It’s a gnarly little picture about a Greek vs Persian showdown. Nice time filler if you’re bored. Artemisia is quite an interesting character.

Noah

Director: Darren AronofskyWriters: Darren AronofskyAri HandelStars: Russell CroweJennifer ConnellyAnthony Hopkins |See full cast and crew

Noah is loosely based on the biblical tale of Noah and his Ark. I have always found the story to be a ridiculous fantastical pile of bull crap and this adaptation from Aronofsky really is no exception.  The story lacks imagination as does his retelling of it. 0 out of 10 from me.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement

Director: William GazeckiWriters: William GazeckiDan Gifford1 more credit »Stars: Dan GiffordClive DoyleJack Harwell |See full cast and crew

 This documentary feature examines the Waco massacre and the subsequent investigation of the incident. The entire documentary to me sums up what is wrong with he U.S. It’s an embarrassing, to say the least, foray into la la land. but an interesting watch none the less.

Bad Words 

Director: Jason Bateman Writer: Andrew Dodge (screenplay)Stars: Jason BatemanKathryn HahnAllison Janney |See full cast and crew

Jason Bateman directs this comedy about an adult male taking part in a spelling bee. The film explores the relationships between fathers and their sons, unfortunately it wasn’t entertaining enough for me to recommend it. The film lacked imagination which a little comedy does not make up for.

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