All Blog Posts Tagged 'movie' (39)

Violent Video Games Reduce Violent Crime

With the recent shooting at a school in Newtown Connecticut and the shooting in Aurora Colorado violent video games are in the news again. The old men in the old media are blaming violent video games as they always do when a shooting hits the national news.

Violent video games have been the target of old media and conservatives for years. They will spout dubious studies and claim there is a link. They will blame any act of violence on violent video games even if the perpetrator never…

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Added by Lone Wolf on December 21, 2012 at 10:32pm — 1 Comment

The Poem From the Movie The Grey

There's a great little poem that's read in the movie The Grey with actor Liam Neeson.  

It was written by director/writer Joe Carnahan.



--- Into the Fray ---

Once more into the fray

Into the last good fight I'll ever know

Live or die on this day

Live or die on this day

 

For me, it became a special movie when this bit…

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Added by JP Carey on October 24, 2012 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Am I the ONLY one who didn't like Dark Knight Rises!?

SPOILER ALERT!

Seriously, I can't even find someone who will admit it was shit but they liked it anyway, everyone I meet genuinely considers this film to be brilliant. I just don't get it. They act completely mortified when I confess my sheer bemusement at the success of this movie. How could you have liked it? It was a Batman film without Batman in it.

Okay, he was in it, but not if you were blinking at the wrong time. Even though this is the third instalment of a Batman…

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Added by Stuart M Rees on October 3, 2012 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

A skeptical review of Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives presents the audience with the argument that a whole-foods, plant-based diet with no meat or animal products or refined foods is the way to a long, healthy, cancer-resistant, and heart-disease-free life. Forks Over Knives plays like a 1950s governmental instructional video, makes basic reasoning mistakes, and discredits itself by touting examples that no skeptical audience can take seriously.

 

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Added by LaRae Meadows on September 27, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

The Box: A movie review

As Sci-Fi goes, The Box is somewhat standard issue for circa 1970s pulp.  A simple yet elegant moral dilemma is drawn out and turned into a full length feature film with bizarre Twilight Zone-esque overtones.

My problem with it:  First, it was released in 2009 and aside from the possible motivation of keeping the story true to the short story which inspired it, there is really no reason it should have been set in…

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Added by Jas Brimstone on July 24, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Ignorance Knows No Limits

Despite being 11 years into the 21st century, in the United States the train of ignorance rolls on and shows no signs of slowing down. Before, I start in on this rant (yes, it is a rant) I must admit that I am highly disgusted by the colossal amount of misinformation the black church passes along. I am incensed by the ignorance it encourages and more importantly, I am frightened by the amount of, what else can I call it, bullshit the community actually…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 24, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

When two adolescent owls are relocated, they are faced with a choice: go along with it, or do the right thing. Drawing from the great stories of yore, the animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is an aesthetic wonderment that captured my attention and used the occasional depth of plot to hold me tight.



The cynical Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), his cheerful brother Soren (Jim Sturgess), and their freakishly adorable little sister Egaltine (Adreinne DeFaria) live nestled safely… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on September 25, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Splice

Just saw Splice. =3 It was entertaining and the imagery was excellent, but it fell short of any sort of poignant message. I could certainly suspend disbelief for roughly two hours to enjoy the sci-fi/creature feature. Side stories were touched on but never fully explained, and as any good creature feature does, it ran smack into absurdity several times... which is totally okay to laugh at.



Unless you're the herd of pigs that sat behind me in the theatre and talked and laughed the whole… Continue

Added by Piper on June 4, 2010 at 2:27am — No Comments

Kick Ass - It's fun but that's it.

Tired of watching innocent people get hurt, an awkward high school boy takes justice into his own hands, invents a super- hero persona he calls Kick Ass, and heads off to fight crime. Even though it is a bit bumpy in places, the cheeky nature of combat makes Kick Ass a fun use of a couple hours.



Late blooming high schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) can’t seem to catch a break. Bullies make easy work of him. Frustrated with the abuse and injustice, Dave goes vigilante and becomes… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on April 16, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - A Perfect Dump and Run Movie

Sixth grader Greg Heffley learns important lessons about friendship, being a good friend and identity in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A light-hearted, middle-school buddy movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a perfect dump and run movie.



Entering middle school wasn’t as easy as Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) anticipated. Some of the kids are way bigger than him. The same things that are cool in elementary school become a badge of shame in middle school. Greg does everything he can to fit in and be… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on March 18, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Wisdom of Laine Hanson

Not that long ago, I watched a somewhat entertaining movie entitled The Contender. Said movie posits the death of the currently seated Vice President of the United States and proposes a bold replacement: a well-qualified woman who is also an atheist. Said woman is one Laine Hanson, played credibly by Joan Allen. Her character is made purposefully controversial and while I do not agree with all her positions, I find her attitude about the relationship or lack thereof between religion and… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 4, 2010 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

Avatar Review

In a rush to remove minerals from the planet Pandora, scientists trying to make peace are ignored and the natives are in danger of being killed by a corporate military. The filmmaker thinks the audience has the intellect of a fifteen year old boy, so we won't notice him punching us in the face with the theme if he makes Avatar pretty enough.



In Dances with Wolves, oh wait...what's this movie called again, oh yeah, Dances with Wolves, crap, no, Avatar, paralyzed soldier, Jake Sully… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on December 17, 2009 at 2:06pm — 3 Comments

"The God Complex" the movie

I just bought and viewed the movie "The God Complex" and it was hilarious! The parody is excellent and there are some great tunes in there. I recommend it to see. Unfortunately, it can not be seen in a theatre, you have to buy it.



I would say it was better than Religulous!



This movie comes from the same people who brought us "The Submissive Jesus". Have you got yours yet? I got mine a month ago!…



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Added by Lorien on December 5, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Angels (ampersand) Demons

Just watched the movie Angel & Demons.

Now I'm not a review guy, just pointing a few things out in it.



Good movie btw.



In the movie a scientist ultimately saves a church and city. Yay! The church goes on about how God sent him to same them and a bunch of mumbo jumbo and he just says 'I don't think so.' It was so funny. Even more laughs come from the christian reviews that I read saying that the movie was about how faith triumphs overall.



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Added by Kyle Ziggy on November 30, 2009 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Red Cliff (Chi bi) - Exquisite

In Red Cliff (Chi bi), the people of China’s southlands face a power-hungry Prime Minister bent on taking over the entire country. Compelling story telling, exquisite visuals, and captivating battle scenes weave together to create a brilliant cinematic tapestry.



After conquering the entire Chinese northlands in the name of the Emperor, ambitious and ruthless General Cao Cao (Fengyi Zhang), who appoints himself Prime Minister, sets his eyes on the southland. In order to get there, he… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on November 20, 2009 at 12:55am — No Comments

Twilight: New Moon - Yeah, like, whatever

Twilight: New Moon is a 14 year old girl’s dream movie. It reminded me of the romances I had as a teenager – a wreck.



Something happened before Twilight: New Moon began, what that was, the audience doesn’t know. It’s obvious there is a romance between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and they really love each other. Oh yeah, and Edward is a vampire but we never actually see him chew on anyone so we know that because…they told us so. All of the sudden,… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on November 20, 2009 at 12:27am — 1 Comment

2012 Movie Review: An Exhausting Push-Pull of Nonsensery

In 2012, the world sinks into… the world. A ridiculous, nonsensical, pseudo-comedic bit of film making, 2012 made me wish for the end of the world.



Metamorphosing gamma rays zingalinged the subterranean super magma in the core of the earth, when the sun had a temper tantrum and mutated the falafel crust. Meanwhile, writer and limo driver, nearly dead-beat father Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) takes his children camping in Yellowstone. While there, the kid’s mother, Kate (Amanda Pete),… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on November 16, 2009 at 3:58pm — 7 Comments

Who is the newest writer for Skeptical Inquirer? I AM!

Over the past few weeks I've been talking with Skeptical Inquirer Magazine about writing reviews for skeptics on their website. I'm elated to say the kinks have been worked out and it's official; I'm their voice in the dark (theater). This is a fantastic opportunity for me to write for people like me and I couldn't be more excited that it is with SI. It's more than a little embarassing how much I've been dancing around my house, the store, in bed, at the DMV, and in my car.



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Added by LaRae Meadows on November 9, 2009 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

A Christmas Carol - More Like a Christmas Crisis

Animated and in 3D, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, spills onto screens again. A garish demonstration of the capabilities of the new 3D technology, the story only pops out when it possesses an opportunity to show off the technology.



Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a miserly old man who holds tight each penny in his pocket. After his business partner, Marley (Gary Oldman) dies, Scrooge loses all perspective, turning even surlier than he was before. Devoid of all… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on November 5, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

How about a little Halloween movie?

If you watched cable during the late 80s and 90s you might remember this little gem of television programming called Mystery Science Theater 3000. If not that's even better! I love sharing my cult TV obsessions with the uninitiated. :) This movie has an extra groan factor just for us atheists: it's all about witches and witch burnings, demons and even includes that public domain favorite "Amazing Grace."



Episode summary from… Continue

Added by OutlawGirl on October 29, 2009 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

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