My Favorite Scenes: Expendables 2 – Chuck Norris

Hello! Time for my favorite scenes to show up again! This time it is the epic showdown from “The Expendables 2” featuring everyone’s favorite action “god” Chuck Norris. This scene cracks me up and it got explosions…what more do you need?

The Expendables 2 – Chuck Norris scene

Movie Review: Interview With the Vampire (1994)

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Vampires! You either love them or hate them. I am more on the love side to be honest. But it has kind of started to change with all these shitty teenage vampire movies (Unfortunately looking at you Twilight!). I have for a pretty long time been a fa nof vampires thanks to things like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. But those shows didn’t really focus on the vampires themselves, but rather on the people trying to put down the vampires. But today we will take a look at a movie that actually focuses on the vampires themselves.

Ladies and Gentlemen…”Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (What a mouthful).

The story follows Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt). He is a vampire. And the story here is that Louis is being interviewed by reporter Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater). Louis tells Daniel about his life as a vampire. From the moment Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) turned him into a vampire and onwards. And that is your story in a nutshell. I will not really spoil the entire story for two main reasons. 1. I would be sitting here all day and this review would be too long. 2. Why would I spoil the entire story of a movie? That would be incredibly dumb. But as I always say: It does not matter if the idea for your movie is simple and not very original, as long as the execution is done well. And in this movie I can say that the execution is well done. This movie is one of the few that is perfectly paced. It never feels too slow or too fast, it is excellent in pacing. I was intrigued by the execution of this movie and I never got bored. Well done, people of this movie! Also, the ending of this movie was really surprising…not kidding. I was genuinely surprised with what they did…good job, people!

The characters are complex and interesting to watch. A lot of that is because of the excellent writing, but also because of the really good performances from the actors. I think this is one of Brad Pitt’s best performances…seriously. Mainly because he captures the feeling of this calm guy with a tortured soul. Great job, Pitt! Tom Crusie was also great in this movie. Still, he is good in everything. I was also happily surprised by (the very young) Kirsten Dunst in this movie. She killed it (Vampire pun not intended). So in general, characters and acting in this movie is great.

The music is fucking amazing. It is just what you’d expect…orchestral stuff! But that is never a bad thing (Unless it is used in a really bad movie). Here it is amazing and really sets the mood of the scenes. Composer Elliot Goldenthal did an amzing job with the soundtrack and I suggest you check him out. Want even more proof the soundtrack is great? Okay. It was nominated for an Oscar…that is how great it is.

The camera work in this movie is some of the best I have seen in quite a while (Even rivaling Jack Reacher). Sure, it is not as great as anything done by David Fincher, but it still worth a mention for it’s quality. Also the makeup in this movie is really well done. Not only to make the vampires look pale and half dead…but even when showing decaying corpses it is amazing. Almost, just almost rivaling “The Walking Dead”.

Reception for “Interview With the Vampire” was something that was overall pretty good. Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 61% positive reviews. Metacritic gave it a 59/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3/4 stars and said:

Although one of the characters in “Interview with the Vampire” begs to be transformed into a vampire, and eagerly awaits the doom of immortality, the movie never makes vampirism look like anything but an endless sadness. That is its greatest strength. Vampires throughout movie history have often chortled as if they’d gotten away with something. But the first great vampire movie, “Nosferatu” (1922), knew better, and so does this one.

This movie has a 7,7/10 on imdb.com. It was also nominated for 2 Oscars. Best art decoration-set decoration and Best Original Score. However it did not win on any of them.

“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (Still a mouthful) is an intriguing, well filmed, well acted movie with a great soundtrack. I am ready to give it my final score now. My final score for “Interview With the Vampire” is an 9,10/10 and with that, a recommendation to buy it. It is a great movie.

“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” is now reviewed.

I wonder what it would be like to see Lestat fight with Buffy…

Movie Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

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Book to film adaptations are one of the biggest gambles in the movie industry. There are always books that some people want to see as movies and/or TV-shows. Personally I am waiting for any type of adaptation of Patricia Cornwell’s book series about Kay Scarpetta. But enough about that. Today we are taking a look at a book to film adaptation that not many saw coming and that got decent reviews when it came out.

Jacks and Jills…”Jack Reacher”.

The story is as follows: Trained military sniper shoots (and kills) five innocent civilians. When he later is captured he requests that a certain man investigates his case. And that man is our main character; Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). So when Reacher comes to start his investigation he runs into the suspect’s lawyer Helen (Rosamund Pike). The two starts investigating the case, they find out a lot more than they would expect. They run into some bad stuff during this. One thing is that there might be more people involved in this. And that is all I can really say without diving into the spoiler end of this pool. This movie is something I expected to be a straight up action film (based on a trailer I saw). But this movie is so much more than that. It is a dark, brutal, smart crime-thriller that always stays on. And you guys know I am a HUGE fan of crime-thrillers. Hell, I even made a Top 5 list about crime thrillers a while back. But anyway, this is a movie that spends a good amount of time with investigations, so it’s not all non stop action. But when there is action in this movie…it is awesome! This movie is a big thrill ride that never let’s go. The only thing that kinda bugged me (a little bit) was the fact that a bunch of conversations between Reacher and Helen are very, how should I put it…expositional. I am not kidding, a lot of their conversations are made for exposition…and that bugs me a little bit. Otherwise…good storytelling in this movie.

The characters are…I don’t know how to put it. They are…complex, I think is the right word to explain them. It is difficult to say. One thing for sure is that they are interesting to watch. I especially got very interested in Cruise’s character Jack Reacher. Sure, he is the main character, but a lot of times the main character in movies is kind of uninteresting. But here he is a complex, brutal guy who you can never really tell what he is thinking. And I love complex characters. So yeah, that is what I can say about the character in this movie. They are complex and have several layers on them.

The music is fucking amazing. It is as dark and cold as…the music in “Prisoners” (2013). That is all I can really say. I did say that the movie was dark and brutal, so I guess the soundtrack fits. Wait…guess? No! I know it fits!

The camera work in this movie is really well done. I think the scenes when the camera swings around the current character of that scene, it looks really good. I do think the direction by Christopher McQuarrie was excellent. And I did some research about the character of Jack Reacher prior to this review…apparently Tom Cruise isn’t Reacher in that sense even though his acting was great. Apparently Reacher is a guy that is like 6 foot 5 inches tall and in general being a real Hulk of a man. And that is something that bothered fans of the books when it comes to this movie. They weren’t happy about Tom Cruise who is only 5 foot 7 inches tall and not overly muscular. And I can see why it would bother them…but I don’t care. Tom Cruise pulled off a great performance and that is all that matters to me.

The reception for “Jack Reacher” was pretty good. Rotten Tomoatoes has a 61% positive rating calling it “Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.” Metacritic gave this a 50/100. Roger Ebert has no review or score for it. This movie has a solid 7/10 on imdb.com.

I have spoken about “Jack Reacher” and I am going to hand out a score for this movie. My final score for “Jack Reacher” is an 8,89/10 and a recommendation to buy it. With a few faults it is not worthy of the “SEAL OF APPROVAL”. Mainly due to the expositional conversations. But it is still worth buying. This is a thrilling murder mystery that should be watched by anyone who wants a good movie.

“Jack Reacher” is now reviewed.

I should probably seek out the book…

Movie Review: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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The Coen brothers…I don’t know what to say. They make weird, funny, cool movies. If you didn’t know, I am a big fan of their 1998 classic “The Big Lebowski”. I also really liked their version of “True Grit” that came out in 2010. But none of those movies are the film of this review. Today we are talking about one popular, but not as much talked about shift-of-the-millenium movie.

Brothers and sisters…”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

“O brother, Where Art Thou?” follows a group of escaped criminals. This group is made of the smooth, hair-gel obsessed Ulysses Everett Mcgill (George Clooney), the short-fused, impulsive Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and the not too bright but still good-hearted Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson). These men have escaped the law to go find a large treasure that Ulysses (usually called Everett in the movie) have talked about. So naturally they run, find a person who can get their chains off and then run off to find said treasure. And that is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in a nutshell. Sounds simple enough huh? Well that is what it is…simple. But in execution it does so much more and adds more meat to the bone than you’d imagine. Our “heroes” get put into different situations throughout the story that are just amazingly fun to watch. This story in it’s execution is really well done and just so funny. The story is simple, yet perfectly executed.

The characters are so colorful and hilariously original. Okay, original maybe isn’t the right word, but you get what I mean. Like in any Coen brothers movie they are unique and just so likeable. And the acting is really good in this movie. And that is something that is kind of difficult for me to say when it comes to comedies considering comedies aren’t ment to impress, just entertain. But when it comes to comedies from the Coens, they are usually well acted. But when it comes to characters in general I really enjoyed the hell out of them all. I especially enjoyed Tim Blake Nelson’s character. He was just this guy who wasn’t really too clever, so he was olways kind of oblivious to everything but never dumb enough to just be annoying. So yeah, I really liked the characters in this movie.

The music is in my opinion so damn good. And the fun thing is, there is not only music that’s been edited in, there is also a lot of times the actors just singing and playing it in the middle of a scene. But in general I really loved the soundtrack, it really worked for the overall feel of the movie. I will leave a link to the best song in the soundtrack…sung by the main three actors of the movie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH8AqsiF_rs

This movie is so well filmed that I just wanna appreciate every second of screen time…which I do. This movie looks beautiful. Also, this movie was ALWAYS on, it was never boring. It always had something happening which never got dull. Funny thing is, this is loosely based on the classic/epic poem “The Odyssey” by Homer. For example, main protagonist of “The Odyssey” was named Ulysses and the main protagonist of this movie is also named Ulysses. There a lot more similarities which the Coens masterfully parody and I think they are kinda fun to look for.

Now for the reception for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. Rotten Tomatoes has a 77% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. Metacritic’s score for the movie is a 69/100. Roger Ebert gave this 2,5/4 stars and said this:

“wonderful in their different ways, and yet I left the movie uncertain and unsatisfied.”

imdb.com scored this with a 7,8/10. This movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars. Best screenplay based on previously published material and Best Cinematography.

I have thrown out some opinions on a few aspects of the movie and I am ready to hand out a score. My final score for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a 9,69/10 which not only makes me recommend you to buy it but also makes me give this funny, well directed, well acted movie with great music the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is at last reviewed.

Yo bro! Where are ya!?

Movie Review: The Master (2012)

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Back on the drama platform again. Some dramas get universal praise, while some get hated and some are just somewhere inbetween. And no, this is not one of the inbetween movies…at all. This is a movie that got recognized as a great movie pretty damn quick. But is it something that this guy can get behind and love as much as the critics did?

Ladies and gentlemen…”The Master”.

The story of the movie is set in 1950 and follows a man named Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix). Freddie isn’t really a completely stable person. First he was kind of traumatized by being in war and then he ended up a bit of a drunk. One night when he is on one of his drunken escapades he ends up one a boat filled with people led by Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Dodd is someone who the people pn the boat call “Master” (Roll credits). Basically it is like a cult or organization that Freddie ends up joining. And then he struggles to be in the organization but also having the disadvantage of having the bottle as his best friend. And that is it realyl considering how difficult it is to explain this movie without spoilers. But the premise is kind of interesting and the execution isn’t too shabby. It is just that strangely enough…the story of this movie doesn’t appeal to me. Not saying it’s bad, it just isn’t that kind of super awesome to me. It is kind of good, but not perfect.

The characters are kind of like the story…odd. Okay, I never mentioned odd in the story segment, but it is kind of odd. But the way these characters are is diffcult to say. I could say they are portrayed very realistically, but I am not sure on if what they do is realistic or not. I can at least say that the acting is really good…I mean REALLY GOOD. Joaquin Phoenix is pretty much unrecognizable as this drunken mess of a man. This guy pulls off the role perfectly! I honestly think it is one of the best performances I have seen from any actor. Philip Seymour Hoffman was also great as this leader of the organization. Still, Philip Seymour Hoffman is good in everything. But with characters/acting I was pleased.

The music is fantastic. A good mix of orchestral tracks, both bombastic and calm. Composer Jonny Greenwood did an excellent job making the soundtrack for this movie.

This movie looks better than most movies I have ever seen. Paul Thomas Anderson really shows here that he knows how the camera works and how to make a really good looking scene! Also, when I looked in the cast list for this movie I was surprised to see Swedish actress Lena Endre in there. Not saying seeing here there was a bad thing, just surprising.

The reception for “The Master” was good. On Rotten Tomatoes this movie has a 85% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has 86/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2,5/4 stars and said this;

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is fabulously well-acted and crafted, but when I reach for it, my hand closes on air. It has rich material and isn’t clear what it thinks about it. It has two performances of Oscar caliber, but do they connect? Its title character is transparently inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, but it sidesteps any firm vision of the cult religion itself — or what it grew into.

On imdb.com this movie has a score 0f 7,1/10. This movie was also nominated for 3 Oscars. Best actor in a leading role (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Actor in a supporting role (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Best actress in a supporting role (Amy Adams).

I have given this movie some good words and some less good words. So now I am ready to give it my score. This movie gets my personal 8,43/10 and a recommendation to rent it. This movie has a lot of things going for it, but is still not really worth buying (In my opinion).

“The Master” is now reviewed.

While Philip Seymour Hoffman is cool, he is not as cool as the Master from Doctor Who.

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Hello again! I don’t 100% understand all this stuff so if you wanna go and see my favorite scenes you will have to go to the following link: https://themarckoguy.wordpress.com/my-favorite-scenes/

I have started it by adding in 2 of my favorite scenes/opening credits from movies/tv/anime. These are the fight between Shizuo and Izaya in the third episode of the anime series Durarara and then the second one is the opening credits from my favorite movie, Fight Club.

Enjoy!

My favorite scenes: Durarara episode 3 – Shizuo vs. Izaya – English Dub

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qbbsTURM2s

Hello everbody, today I am adding a new type of series/post/thing to the blog. It’s called “My favorite scenes” where I every post will feature a link to a video featuring a scene/opening credit for a movie/tv-show/anime. 
This series was inspired by my wordpress buddy Sleepless Dave. Go follow him if you haven’t! He got a bunch of cool shit on his blog.

The featured scene of today is the “Fight” between the eternal enemies Shizuo Heiwajima and Izaya Orihara from the anime series “Durarara” (Best. Title. Ever.). And yes, it is in the english dub, because of one simple reason; Crispin Fucking Freeman who voices Shizuo…he is fucking awesome!

Cartoon/Movie Review: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

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You may not know this, but I am a big fan of Batman (rhyming is fun). Whether it is the animated series, Christopher Nolan’s movies, the “Arkham” games or any of the original animated movies (Under the Red Hood, Year One, etc.). Sure, “Batman & Robin” was a big fucking miss and I am not a fan of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”…but there are a lot of great Batman things. And you’re probably asking about my thoughts on the comics. Well the thing is, comics aren’t that big in Sweden and therefore they are incredibly difficult to get. But enough about that! Today we are taking a look at an animated Batman movie that is set within the “Arkham” timeline/universe.

Men and women, prepare yourselves…for this is “Batman: Assault on Arkham”!

The fun thing is, this Batman movie doesn’t use Batman (Kevin Conroy) as the main character really. He is only put in a sort of side story about him trying to find a bomb planted somewhere in Gotham by the Joker (Troy Baker). Instead this movie focuses more on a special group of criminals put together by the established Batman character Amanda Waller (CCH Pounder). This group is only consisting of big and dangerous criminals who are so called “expendable” (call Sylvester Stallone). This group is “The Suicide Squad”. Consisting of Deadshot (Neal McDonough), Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch), King Shark (John DiMaggio), Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito), Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale) and Captain Boomerang (Christian Lanz, also fucking seriously?). What is their mission exactly? To break into Arkham Asylum to find a sort computer-chip-thing that is in the Riddler’s (Matthew Gray Gubler) cane. Also, they are gonna kill Riddler. And then twist and turns and action and Batman coming in to do shit. While the premise is kind of interesting, we know there are a bunch of things we can’t ignore that are kind of obvious. Especially since this movie is set between “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Batman: Arkham Asylum”. But even though a few elements of the story were fairly predictable, I still had a hell of a great time with the storyline of “Assault on Arkham”. This movie had a plot that was really well executed…and within only 75 minutes. That’s right, this movie is THAT short. So yeah, really good story.

The characters are very fleshed out for being confined to a 75 minute time space. But still, if you are not familiar with the Batman mythos, you might get confused with who some of these are. For example, I had no fucking clue who “King Shark” or “Captain Boomerang” (Again, fucking seriously?) were before I watched this. But I still enjoyed watching them on screen, they had good chemistry and their writing was excellent as well.

The music was what you’d expect…epic and awesome. It was something you’d expect from a Batman movie. I found it to be perfect for the action scenes and othe scenes in this movie. So music was kinda easy to explain, but how is the rest of the sound design. I know I usually address this in my movie reviews, but since this is an animated feature, it might be good to cover. The use of sound effects and placement of said effects (how the sound travels and changes depending on where on the screen it is) was honestly really well done. The use of the sound was used in such a way where it did sound pretty realistic (as realistic as you can get an animated Batman film). And of course…the voice acting. The voice acting was no surprise to me. I expected greatness…and I got greatness. That is never really a problem in DC animated films. And it was fun hearing a few of the actors from the “Arkham” games return as their respective characters (Kevin Conroy, Troy Baker and Nolan North who I forgot to address earlier even though he voiced Penguin). But in general, the voice acting was excellent. I was especially pleased with Neal McDonough as Deadshot, he really brought life to the character. I was also happily surprised with Matthew Gray Gubler as Riddler…who knew he could do justice to the classic character. In general, everything involving sound was great.

Next up is animation, and boy is it good. Not saying it is as great as in maybe “Attack on Titan”, but it is still good. Again, something that is never a problem with DC animated features. It is nice to look at, the animators really gave this movie life…especially during the fight scenes.

I have nothing more to say here. And I usually have something to say in my “General stuff” area. This comes as a shock to me.

Since this movie just came out, it has barely gotten any reception. But there is a little in fact. As of the time of this review the movie has 7,4/10 based on 315 votes on imdb.com. And that’s about it. If you want more reviews, look up some yourself.

I have given this movie some positive feedback. And now for my score! My final score for “Batman: Assault on Arkham” that Batman beat out of me is a 9,54/10. It is worth picking up when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. It just had a digital release. The physical release of the movie is set for 11th of august 2014. I suggest you pick it up. Oh yeah, almost forgot the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Batman: Assault on Arkham” is now reviewed.

Thank god the assault was only on Arkham Asylum and not…OH GOD! DEADSHOT! NOOOO!