Month: May 2013

Review: The Hunt (2012)

  • Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Written by: Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg
  • Original Danish Title: Jagten

Actor Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award during the Cannes Film Festival for his role as Lucas.

Every now and again a movie comes along, that will shake you to the core; a movie that will make you think about it for days – a movie that will leave a lasting impression. This is that type of movie. Now, as you should know, I’m from Denmark – but I don’t usually recommend Danish films to my readers. Today I’m making an exception. (more…)

Review: Goon (2011)

Directed by: Michael Dowse
Written by: Jay Baruchel & Evan Goldberg

Based on a book by Doug Smith & Adam Frattasio

Here is a movie you might not have heard of if you’re like me. The fact is that the first time I ever heard of this movie was when I found it On Demand on the Scandinavian Viaplay-site. However, I do believe the target audience has heard of it. Here is a story of how a simple bouncer becomes a minor-league Hocker Enforcer. Seann William Scott stars as Doug Glatt in a movie that is able to satisfy every audience, or at least that’s what I believe. It’s manly enough for those Hockey fans with a healthy interest in movies, and yet I think it might work with women too. Doug isn’t smart, Doug doesn’t have the life that his family wants – and he’s not really good at Hockey, an understatement perhaps. But he’s good at fighting, and that really is the set-up for this movie, which also stars Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber, Allison Pill & Jay Baruchel.

Definitely not a bad cast, and it does work to some extent. But, at certain points in this movie, clichés take over. We have our Russian pair of strange, and at times weird, hockey players – that really do some nasty things; we have the stereotypical Captain, who’s old, going through a divorce – and who’s drinking a lot. The Captain is paired with another cliché; a young hockey player who copies the Captain at length; a true sidekick to the Captain.

The movie finds its heart when revolving around two of Doug’s relationships, his relationship with the former Hockey Talent Xavier LaFlamme & especially his relationship with Eva, played by Allison Pill. The latter relationship is what I believe will help the female audience like this movie, not because she’s a sweet sensitive girl, because she isn’t; but because she is her own type, not stereotypical – and interesting to watch go through various stages of this movie.

Let’s talk about the casting choices, some I agree with and some I… Really don’t, for personal reasons. First off, I didn’t expect S. W. Scott to play this sort of character – I expected him to be more… “Stifler”, sorry Seann. But that’s not necessarily bad if you ask me. He is able to do something more than just his typical performance. He isn’t just “Stifler” from American Pie or “Travis” from Welcome to the Jungle. And don’t expect a Mr. Woodcock-like performance either. This is different, and some might argue it’s better. I like what S. W. Scott does, and I’m satisfied with him as Doug Glatt.

This takes us to the rest of the cast. I like Allison Pill, I really do, so I have no problem with her performance. I do, however, have a problem with Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy and Jay Baruchel. Don’t get me wrong, these are good actors, but Liev just doesn’t work for me in this movie – and I’d have preferred someone else to play Ross Rhea. Baruchel’s character is annoying if you ask me, not funny, just annoying – it might not be Baruchel’s problem, it might be just a badly written character. Then we have Eugene Levy, and sorry Levy but I just don’t see you as Doug’s father – and that is 100% only because you played Jim’s father in American Pie. Sorry, Eugene, but it didn’t feel natural to me because of that – but that’s my problem.

Final Grade: 7.5 out of 10. Enjoyable feel-good-movie.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.

Recommendation: Kickstarter

Today I’d like to talk to you about Kickstarter, some of you may already know what it is, which is good, but some of you just might be wondering what everyones talking about. Yesterday a month long project by actor Zach Braff, from the TV Show Scrubs, succeeded in reaching a goal of $2 million – not only that, but he actually earned roughly $3 million. Now what is this project? And how did he do it?  Zach Braff once made a movie called ‘Garden State’, and he’s been wanting to create a new movie – that’s where we come in. Us, as fans, were asked to contribute (to back) to his project – his movie. He didn’t want to be tied down by massive Hollywood companies, he wanted to be able to have first say – Director’s Cut, and all that. He wants to make the movie ‘Wish I Was Here’, and he’s going to make that movie – supposedly with Jim Parsons & Anna Kendrick in the cast.

I’m talking to you about this because I backed his project, I contributed – I like this way of thinking, this way of creating art. Now, this is not for everyone, but I do believe Kickstarter is a wonderful page, and Braff’s doing something very smart. Not only for his movie, but also for his fans like me. To be contributing to a movie by an actor you like, doesn’t that sound great? It does in my ears at least, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how ‘Wish I Was Here’ ends up.

http://www.kickstarter.com/hello?ref=nav

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

Remembering 54

The 22nd of May 2013 a great Bears Legend retired. I am of course referring to The Great 54. Brian Urlacher played Linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 2000 to 2012, and left the Bears for free agency in 2013. But after not getting a new deal with the Bears, Brian found it very difficult to find a new team. A sad thing for Brian who probably could have played for a few more years, and, in my opinion, should have been with the Bears for at least two more years before retiring. Unfortunately he was not signed to a new deal, and his last memories of his Bears career will not be good. He’ll remember the firing of Lovie Smith, and he’ll remember a, somewhat, poor treatment from the General Manager, Phil Emery.

However, he’ll also remember a great career with a storied franchise – my favorite NFL team, the Chicago Bears. Now, I’ll find it very difficult to say Brian Urlacher is the best Linebacker to ever play the game, and possibly even as hard to say he’s the best Linebacker in Bears’ History – but I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll tell you that Urlacher is the greatest Linebacker I’ve ever seen play. Keep in mind that I was born in 1993, and was introduced to the game around 2005-2007. So I haven’t seen Dick Butkus or Mike Singletary play – sad, but true.

Thankfully, I got to see Brian Urlacher – the best Bears player I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing play. Some would argue that he isn’t nearly as good as other Bears Legends like Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Walter Payton or the aforementioned Linebacker Legends – but he is the best Bears player I have ever seen play. And that’s good enough for me.

Thanks for everything, Brian. I’m glad you only ever wore a Bears jersey.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.

Post Scriptum: Please don’t do a “Brett Favre”.

Introduction

Welcome,

This is my first WordPress blog ever. Previously I’ve mainly focused on the blogging site “blogger”, but I really like the look of this blogging site. On this blog you’ll read about my life, but mostly about my interests.

My interests include movies (of any genre), sports (like Football & Soccer, and sometimes Basketball & Hockey) – and, rarely, politics.

Hopefully, you won’t be disappointed.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.