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the interview

The Interview: It is a great Movie 5 stars


Wait the Interview is actually a funny satire on spy movies . No wonder it pissed off Kim Young un.. Unlike some reviewers I think the movies is plausible. Kim Young would probably nuke us if he had the chance. He’d probably fuck Kay Perry too. I bethe listens to Regaie. The sets are wonderful. Making fun of Kim young Un is delightful. Anyone who seriously wrote a review of this movie is an idiot. This is a stoner movie. This whole movie is a puton. I read some of the reviews … these reviewers tak e this movie seriously. Stop. Kids, Mom and Dad Go see this movie
***** Five Star
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (c) Sony

Rating: R (for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence)
In Theaters:
Dec 25, 2014 Limited
Box Office:
1 hr. 52 min.

Julie and Julia - Movie

“Julie & Julia” Mastering the Art of Fine Filmmaking


Mastering the Art of Fine Filmmaking

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Julie and Julia - Movie PosterJULIE & JULIA tells the story of two women who were both secretaries for U.S. government agencies, who were both married to great guys, and whose lives were both saved by food.

Julia, of course, is the legendary Julia Child, played exquisitely by Meryl Streep, the woman who popularized French cooking for Americans and who was fearless in the kitchen both at home and on the set of her long-running cooking show on television.

Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, is the young woman in New York City who decided in 2002 to change her life by giving herself the challenge of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook in 365 days and writing about her cooking project on the Internet.

Julie says, “Cooking is what I do to get away from what I do all day.”

Julie’s day job is working for a city agency processing claims from victims of 9/11, and her blog became a book which in turn became the basis for half this movie.

The other half is based on Child’s book, My Life in France, and the film switches back and forth between the two stories in a comic telling of two delightful and fascinating lives.

Julia and her husband Paul, played by Stanley Tucci, arrive in Paris in 1949, and in trying to decide what to do with her time, Julia settles on going to cooking school. The scenes of Julia competing with her all-male fellow students are laugh-out-loud funny.

Equally funny are Julie’s attempts to get through all 524 recipes in one year, but not so funny are the strains that it puts on her marriage to her husband Eric, who naturally has to eat everything Julie cooks, but with help from their friends, too, at times.

Yes, there is lots of eating and lots of cooking in this film; so be prepared to be hungry at the end of it, as well as entertained.

Be prepared for pleasant surprises, too, such as Dan Aykroyd’s portrayal of Julia Child on “Saturday Night Live,” which is still hilarious in spite of its disastrous ending.

We see Julie get her book published, and Julia eventually publishes her famous cookbook with two friends, MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING.

JULIE & JULIA is an excellent example of mastering the art of fine filmmaking.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

“Delivery Man” a Sweet and Touching Comedy


“Sweet and Touching Comedy”

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Delivery Man stars Vince Vaughn in a remake of a French-Canadian movie about a man with enough problems to begin with who finds himself in a situation that allows him to create even more problems.

Delivery ManVaughn plays David Wozniak who works for his father’s business in New York City driving a truck and delivering meat.

However, that is not all that makes him a delivery man.

You see, 20 years ago David earned a lot of money by donating sperm as a regular visitor at a fertility clinic.

And yet David is a terrible investor, and he now owes $80,000 which he borrowed from the Mob.

When David’s girlfriend, Emma, tells him that she is pregnant, David takes the news well and tells her, “This could be the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me.”

However, Emma has doubts about whether David will make a good father, and she says that she will declare him “the father on probation.”

Meanwhile, David learns that the fertility clinic where he would “wrestle the dragon alone,” as he puts it, made a mistake and gave all the women in its clientele David’s sperm.

David had used the name “Starbuck” for all his donations, which amounted to 692 times, 533 children resulted, and 142 of those children have filed a lawsuit in order to learn Starbuck’s true identity.

David’s best friend, Brett, who has four children of his own, also happens to be a lawyer, and when David goes to Brett for help, Brett says that the dream of every lawyer is to argue a case of this significance.

Brett obtains the profiles of all the children involved in the lawsuit, turns them over to David in an envelope, but tells David not to open the envelope.

Well, you can guess what happens, can’t you? David opens up one profile, just one, and then he tracks down this son of his and is so impressed with who he is and what he turned out to be that David decides to convince Emma that he deserves to be her child’s father.

And opening up one profile to learn about one of his biological children is just like eating one potato chip. It can’t be done and doesn’t end there.

Delivery Man is a comedy that is sweet and touching and funny.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Enough Said - Movie Poster

Enough Said – Movie Trailer


A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s Ex. ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again.

The Way, Way Back - Movie

The Way, Way Back – Movie Trailer


THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

The Heat

“The Heat” Good Enough to Reheat


“Good Enough to Reheat”

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The Heat is another comedy about buddy cops, but the difference in this case is that the two buddy cops are both women.

The Heat

In fact, I have read that this is the only film this summer in which the two stars are women, and yet it is definitely not a chick flick.

Sandra Bullock stars as Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent who is slim, prim, and grim, so much so, in fact, that none of her fellow agents like to work with her.

Melissa McCarthy stars as Shannon Mullins, a Boston police detective who is rude, crude, and lewd, and whose unorthodox methods make her very successful.

After Shannon captures one criminal, she tells him, “It’s not about luck, Pal. It’s not about luck.”

Now, Sarah’s boss is going to be moving up and out, and Sarah wants to be promoted and to take over his job.  So, she is transferred temporarily to Boston to find and capture a drug lord, and if she is successful, her boss tells her that they will talk about the promotion.

Well, Sarah is forced to partner with Shannon on the case, even though neither of them wants to, but again Sarah’s boss tell her that she has to show that she can work with Shannon before they will talk about her promotion.

Shannon tells Sarah that Shannon is intuitive and says what she feels, especially when they go undercover into a nightclub and they change Sarah’s appearance to make her more attractive in order to get close to a criminal that they are after.

Shannon also isn’t afraid to use Russian Roulette in order to get a suspect to talk during an interrogation.

Naturally, there will be times for Sarah and Shannon to go out socializing together, and naturally they will all be funny.

Shannon also has occasion to take Sarah home to meet Shannon’s family, which is interesting because the family doesn’t like Shannon for what she did to her brother, but ultimately funny in the discussion between “narc” and “na’c.”

You can imagine that Sarah and Shannon are successful in catching the drug lord, and you can also imagine that a sequel to this very funny film might already be in the works.

The Heat is good enough to see again, especially if the second time is Part II.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

The Hangover Part III Movie

“The Hangover Part III” Third in a Successful, Redundant Series


“Successful, Redundant Series”

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The Hangover Part III is not as good as the first movie in the trilogy, but much better than the second one, which was just a remake of the first one but with the setting changed from Las Vegas to Thailand.

The Hangover Part III - Movie

This one mixes up the basic plot of a lost weekend in connection with a wedding for the hapless men known as The Wolfpack, and it moves the setting back to Las Vegas, as well as adding two new characters to the mix.

Oh, and it also has a wedding, but you might be surprised at who gets married.

Once again the self-named Wolfpack consists of Phil, played by Bradley Cooper; Stu, played by Ed Helms; and Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis.

Doug is back, as well, but just as in the first two movies, he is missing from most of the story. That guy just can’t catch a break, can he?

After a brief prelude in Thailand, which features Mr. Chow, again played by Ken Jeong, the story begins with Alan driving down the freeway towing a live giraffe behind him and yelling, “Oh, my life is great!”

Alan is 42 years old and still living at home, and his life is anything but great and just keeps getting worse, mostly because he says he will never change, and this time he has an excuse.

Meanwhile, a gangster named Marshall, played by John Goodman, interrupts everybody’s plans and forces them to find Mr. Chow in order for Marshall to get back $21 million in gold that Chow stole from him.

No problem, right? Well, yes, lots of problems, but eventually they find Chow in Las Vegas and the madcap antics start all over again, some funny and some not so funny.

So, how many more of these movies can we take, and how many more can be made?

Well, the possibilities are endless and frightening, which means as long as they make money, which they seem to do.

After all, there is still one member of the Wolfpack who is not married, and then there is the possibility of divorce parties for all of them, but now I am just beginning to make everybody sick.

The Hangover Part III might not be the end of these movies, but just another one of a successful, redundant series.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

The Iceman

“The Iceman” about a Cold-Hearted Killer


“Cold-Hearted Killer”

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The Iceman is based on a true story about a man named Richard Kuklinski who worked for many years as a hit man for organized crime on the East Coast.

The Iceman

The movie begins in 1964 in New Jersey and we meet Richie, played by Michael Shannon, as he finally gets a girl named Deborah, played by Winona Ryder, to go out with him.

She works across the street from where he works, but right off the bat he is secretive about his personal life. When Deborah asks Richie what he does for a living, Richie tells her, “I dub cartoons.”

Actually, however, Richie makes duplicate copies of pornographic films for his mobster boss, Roy, played by Ray Liotta.

When Deborah asks about Richie’s family, he says that he has a brother who is around somewhere, but Richie doesn’t talk to him, and later we will find out why in a scene that foretells Richie’s own future.

Deborah thinks that Richie is funny, is glad that he asked her out, and tells him that she had a really good time.

Well, a year later, Richie and Deborah are married, they have a baby girl, Deborah likes the way that Richie takes care of her, but she wants them to move into a bigger apartment.

At the same time, Roy tells Richie that he is closing the pornography lab, but he gives Richie a chance to make money by working for him as a hired killer, and Richie takes it, after proving to Roy that he can do the job.

Then we skip ahead 10 years, and we see more of Richie’s work, as well as more of the men who work for Roy and how he makes sure that jobs will get done.

Richie and Deborah have two daughters now, and Richie is devoted to his family, but he tells everybody that he makes money in currency exchange.

Meanwhile, another of Roy’s workers, Josh, played by David Schwimmer, messes up, and Richie is given a job that Roy also hired another hit man to take care of at the same time.

The other hit man is Mr. Freezy, played by Chris Evans, and by a series of circumstances Richie and Mr. Freezy start working together.

The Iceman is about such a cold-hearted killer that he was called “The Iceman.”

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” So Credible, It’s a Cliche


“So Credible, It’s a Cliche”

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may appear to be fresh and original, but if you examine it closely, you will realize that you have already seen this movie many times before.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

It has the same plot as many other movies before it, and all you have to do is change the profession, the setting, and whether you want to make it a drama or a comedy.

Here is the basic plot: Two lifelong friends are in business together, they have a falling out when an edgy newcomer arrives on their turf and starts taking business away from them, one of them seeks the advice of the person, now retired, who got them started in the business in the first place, there is a reconciliation in time for a final resolution, and the ending credits.

In this case, the profession is magic and magicians, the setting is modern-day Las Vegas, and the genre is a comedy.

Oh, and because the two magician partners are men, there is also a woman in the story, but in this case she doesn’t come between them, and their falling out isn’t because of her, but because of professional differences.

And let the record show that the quote of note in this movie is when the title character says about the newcomer, “He’s not a real magician, he doesn’t even have a costume.”

So, to fill in the remaining blanks, Steve Carell plays The Incredible Burt Wonderstone; Steve Buscemi plays the lifelong friend and partner Anton Marvelton; Jim Carrey plays the edgy newcomer Steve Gray; Olivia Wilde plays the love interest Jane, although there are many laughs caused by her being called Nicole; and Alan Arkin plays Rance Holloway, the retired magician who caused Burt and Anton to become magicians in the first place when they were kids.

Incidentally, Arkin seems to be the go-to guy in comedies these days, and he doesn’t let us down in this one.

Now, we will see all the standard magicians’ tricks during the course of the movie, but there is one at the end that you probably have not seen before, the disappearing audience trick.

Afterwards, we get to see how that trick is done, and it is more funny than amazing.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, however, is not only credible, but it’s so credible, it’s a cliche.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”


“Quartet” More Than Just the “Big Game” Gala


“More Than Just ‘The Big Game’ Gala”

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Quartet is another in a string of recent movies about colorful, quirky oldtimers, the first film directed by actor Dustin Hoffman, and much more entertaining than you might have expected.

The credit for a large part of that has to go to the cast, which includes Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon.

The film is adapted from the 1999 play written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Donald Harwood, and it takes place in England at Beecham House, a home for retired musicians.

Consequently, the film contains plenty of delightful music, as we encounter many of the residents throughout Beecham House doing what they have done all their professional lives: performing music and singing.

One day a new resident arrives, Jean Horton, played by Maggie Smith, who is so well known that when she walks into the main hall, the residents recognize her and give her a standing ovation.

However, Jean is not as pleased to be there as the other residents are pleased to see her, and at one point she says, “This isn’t a retirement home; this is a madhouse.”

Now, a major plot point is a tired, old hackneyed one:  The retirement home is in financial difficulty, and it needs to raise money to keep it going, which is achieved every year by a so-called Big Gala performance by the residents to which tickets are sold to the public.

However, this year tickets are down by 60 percent, and the musical director has to come up with a great idea in order to increase the ticket sales.

You see, the arrival of Jean means that all four performers of a famous quartet of opera singers who sang together in the Ritoletto opera by Guiseppe Verdi, the most important opera composer of the 19th century, are now staying at the retirement home.

Unfortunately, Jean exclaims that she doesn’t sing anymore, and that is final. But more important, bad blood exists between Jean and another member, Reginald, because they were once married to each other and the marriage ended very badly, so badly that when Reginald learns that Jean now lives there, he wants to move.

Well, you can see where this is going, can’t you?

Quartet is much more than just “The Big Game” gala at the end, and it is funny and also very entertaining.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

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