Archive for March, 2011

Movie Review by Matthew Schuchman- Three and a half out of Five ‘Staches.

When Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson first pitched the idea for their BBC series “Black Adder, ” they were told they were nuts. No one would watch a historical comedy that took place in the middle ages.  Those naysayers were wrong.  And while Monty Python had success lampooning multiple eras of the earth’s past, I still find myself weary of any film that tries to take on a similar feat. “Your Highness, ” written by Danny McBride and directed by David Gordon Green (though better known to most male audiences as the movie with Natalie Portman’s ass) is the latest film to try and find comedy in the  dark ages. Good thing for the viewing audiences, it succeeds. (more…)


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Movie Review by Matthew Schuchman- Two out of Five ‘Staches.

Too many movies are being billed as, “From the people who bought you (insert movie name).” While “Insidious” is produced by the same people who produced “Paranormal Activity” they had nothing to do with the writing or direction of this film. That task was handled by the writer and the director of “Saw; ” don’t let the ads fool you. The marketing teams behind the promotions want you to think the pairing of these minds will bring you the scariest film you have ever seen. Unfortunately it feels more like a mockery of a haunted house film, more than anything else. (more…)

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Movie Review by Matthew Schuchman- Bald Upper Lip

Dear “Battle: L.A.,” I sincerely apologize. I know I was hard on you and maybe went a little overboard, but after seeing the new Zack Snyder eye candy flick, “Sucker Punch” you deserve an award. (more…)

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Movie Review by Matthew Schuchman- Three and a Half out of Five ‘Staches.

If you have read through my whole site, you know I thought “Moon” (written and directed by Duncan Jones) was the best movie of 2009. Jones is back with his follow up in the directors chair with a script from Ben Ripley.  While “Source Code” is nowhere near the knockout I felt “Moon” was, it is definitely an enjoyable movie experience that will take the audience for a mind bending ride, but not confuse everyone; ala “Inception.” (more…)

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Movie Review By Matthew Schuchman-Four out of Five ‘Staches.

Among the many descriptions that can explain “Rubber” (gorgeous, funny, bloody) the one term that does not fit is; unoriginal.  In fact, “Rubber” is not just original, it pretty much sums up all my complaints about the cookie cutter format of popular films today. I walked out of “Rubber” a little shell-shocked from the experience, but the more thought I put into it, the more amazing it became. (more…)

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Movie Review by Matthew Schuchman- Two and a Half out of Five ‘Staches.

“Limitless” is a fairly opaque film when it comes to the plot. It feels like it overstays its welcome a little at points and somehow lifted its “style” from films like “Wanted” or “Shoot ‘Em Up,” with less action of course.  Yet, in the end, “Limitless” is still an enjoyable experience with characters you will despise, but still empathize with. (more…)

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Movie Review by Matthew Schuchman- Three out of Five ‘Staches.

Remembering what I said in my review of “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”; I thought before I saw the film that maybe Edgar Wright’s work would suffer a bit without his “Spaced,” “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  As it turned out, I was extremely wrong. “Paul” on the other hand, sees Pegg and Frost writing the script with “Superbad” director Greg Motolla at the helm; no Edgar Wright. While “Paul” succeeds as an enjoyable film with a good handful of laughs (the best stuff all comes in the last 15 minutes of the movie), I would have to say, it would have been interesting to see how much better it might have been in Wright’s hands. (more…)

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