What’s Out This Week? – August 2, 2013

What’s Out This Week? – August 2, 2013

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Film Review: Pain & Gain

Film Review: Pain & Gain

One filmmaker stands against a world in turmoil, fighting a power that nods disapprovingly in his direction.  He fights for three things: explosions, Miami and bikini clad girls.  That’s right, Michael Bay is back and this time he’s not messing around with battling robots or Shia LaBeouf.  “Pain & Gain” promises muscles and sweat but might be just as empty as its characters’ heads.

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Film Review: Broken City

Film Review: Broken City

‘Broken City’ marks Allen Hughes first solo film – the Hughes Brothers last joint effort being ‘The Book of Eli.’ The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, and was on the Hollywood black list since 2008. The script, written by Brian Tucker, found a home with Hughes.

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Review: The Other Guys

Review: The Other Guys

The Other Guys, the latest from comedy director and writer Adam McKay is an buddy-cop action-comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, and McKay regular Will Ferrell. Telling the story of oddly paired partners Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg), and Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), the action comedy is fun, but in the end, flawed.

Allen is a forensic accountant who refuses to get out into the field, and Terry, has been stuck with Allen because of an accidentally shooting a celebrity (I’ll leave out who since it’s a fun cameo). The entire office (save for Terry) is enamored by the precincts top cops, Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson) and Danson (Dwayne Johnson). When an accident takes their lives, Terry has his eyes set on picking up the slack.

The film is pretty ridiculous, and like all McKay outings, filled with great quotes. However, my biggest issue with the film is the lack of chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg. It’s sad when I can look at the poster for a movie, and just sense the lack of chemistry in that. They just didn’t play well off of each other. It wasn’t awful, but anyone else (My first pick would be Matt Damon if not John C. Reilly) would have been better. It’s not even that I don’t like Mark Wahlberg, I definitely do, he’s a great actor, but he just didn’t go well with Ferrell.

The film suffered from some badly edited action sequences, but McKay isn’t an action director, and it didn’t take me out of it that much, but it definitely could have been better.

Things I did love: Michael Keaton, I was so happy to see him in this. He stole every scene he was in, and I’m glad to see he’s still got it.

I do feel like I’ll enjoy the film in future viewings. For some reason, films like this do grow on me from repeat cable viewings. But on first glance, my recommendation would be to wait for video for ‘The Other Guys.’

Walhberg Talks “Entourage” Movie

Promoting his new movie, “The Lovely Bones,” actor/producer Mark Walhberg talked his plans for the future of his hit HBO show, “Entourage.”  Wahlberg said that he could see the show going the way of “Sex and the City,” with a big-screen movie to follow-up the ending of the TV show.  He didn’t say when that ending could come.  But for every “Sex and the City,” there’s also and “X Files: I Want to Believe.”  While I feel that the show kinda ran in a circle last season, I’ll be watching what happens next and, will most likely be buying a ticket to a movie.   (I’m a sucker for Ari Gold.”

DVD Review: Max Payne

I’ve seen some terrible films in my day, but I’d say I’ve been on a fairly good streak. I have managed to avoid most of the past years truly bad movies, until now. I blame my curiosity, I blame my desire to one day see a decent adaptation of a video game. After my viewing of ‘Max Payne,’ on DVD, I know that day is still far, far away. [Read more…]

Max Payne Gets PG-13

John Moore, director of the upcoming Mark Wahlberg starrer ‘Max Payne, has finally gotten his film a PG-13 rating, despite what he called “trimming frames for the sake of trimming frames.”

He told Game Daily that there will be an alternate cut for the DVD version:

“It’s a little slower and a little more atmospheric. There are some rougher edges on it, but it’s not going to be a bloodfest. I want this to be the Max Payne that I set out to shoot. It’s not that I wanted to release one version in the theaters and make a cheap buck by following up with a blood-drenched DVD version. The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game.”

I think I’m not alone on this, but there will be a lot of people dissapointed in this rating, but at the end of the day, PG-13 brings in a lot more money for the studio.

More Max Payne News

More Max Payne News

Max Payne Promo StillsI’m all about the video game news today! There’s ton’s to report on the new Max Payne film starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix). The film is based on the amazing video game of the same name. Some promo shots have emerged on firstshowing.net some of which you can find in this article. [Read more…]

HBO Greenlights 3 Pilots

HBO has some of the best original programming on television, so I was look forward to new pilots coming from the pay cabler.

The projects include “Boardwalk Express,” that tells the story of the birth of organized crime in Atlantic City, circa 1920s. The show is exec produced by Martin Scorsese, ‘Sopranos’ alum Terence Winter, and “Entourage” team Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson.

Other projects greenlit include a new half-hour comedy called “Washingtonienne,” based on the novel by Jessica Cutler. The show will be about the main characters sex life with real life political figures in D.C. Sarah Jessica Parker is exec producing.

And finally, an hourlong drama about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

I don’t know about you, but Boardwalk Express sounds pretty freakin awesome.

Mark ‘Bring the Payne’ Wahlberg

Mark ‘Bring the Payne’ Wahlberg

markpayne.jpgThe first still of Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne [Read more…]