Film Review: 21 Jump Street

Film Review: 21 Jump Street

When the trailer for “21 Jump Street” first came out, my initial reaction was an extremely loud groan. To describe the last few buddy-cop comedies that have come out in the past few years as underwhelming would be too forgiving (‘Cop Out,’ and ‘The Other Guys,’ come to mind). So here we are, a few years later, and 80s staple ’21 Jump Street’ is being rehashed as an action-comedy vehicle with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The fortunate thing here is, the filmmakers realize that most people are going to into this film with that in mind, and act accordingly. [Read more…]

DVD Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

DVD Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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I shouldn’t be surprised that Stephen Sommers’ big screen adaptation of the G.I. Joe franchise was a big, loud, noisy mess.  I think part of it comes from my unabashed enjoyment of the first “Mummy” movie.  And I think it is that enjoyment that I take with me into every Sommers movie, trying to recapture that once again.  “The Mummy Returns?”  Nope, not there.  “Van Helsing?”  No, not there either.  And, sadly, “G.I. Joe,” might be the closest Sommers will get back to the joy of his first mummy adventure. [Read more…]