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Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’

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Yesterday morning I met up with my friend Tamar and her new friend Julia for a morning hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory. The observatory is absolutely one of my favorite spots in all of LA so the was, you can imagine, really great. I’ve driven up to the Observatory plateau but yesterday was my first time walking up the mountain to get there. Rad. Last night, I met up with Tam’s dad Richard for a belated movie date with him. We decided to see the new sci-fi drama Ex Machina, which I liked a lot even tho it had a few problems. All in all, yesterday was a really solid Saturday. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Kumiko The Treasure Hunter’

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Last night I met up with my beloved Adriana for a late movie date that we kinda pulled together at the last minute. The last time we hung out, we saw the comedy What We Do In The Shadows but before the movie, we saw a trailer for a movie called Kumiko the Treasure Hunter. It looked really interesting to us so we decided to see it together. Based on the trailer for the movie, I was expecting the film to be a light-hearted, whimsically magical adventure story … but Kumiko is not that, at all. The movie is much darker, way more depressing than I was expecting but, even so, I found it a beautiful movie … even as the story got sadder and sadder. Trust me, Kumkio the Treasure Hunter is not the indie feel good movie of the year but it’s a movie that I did enjoy nonetheless. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Furious 7′

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My plan yesterday was to do absolutely nothing but then my friend Genevieve invited me to an early screening of Furious 7 so my plan quickly changed. I hadn’t seen Gen in ages so this was a great chance to spend time with her and since I’ve never seen a Fast and Furious movie before, I figured this would be a good time to start. I was a bit concerned that I might not know what would be going on in Furious 7 since I never saw any of the 6 previous movies but I quickly learned that the movie stands on its own. I have to admit, it was difficult to see Paul Walker in this movie but I have to say that it is a very fitting tribute to his memory. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief’

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Last night, I finally found the time to sit down and watch the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief which was released in theaters on March 13 and premiered on HBO this past Sunday night. For months now, I’ve been hearing great things about this doc based on the book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Over the years, I’ve heard many things about Scientology, upsetting things that were more fully explained in this doc, but seeing it all together in one sitting was a lot to take in. My range of emotions went from shock to disbelief to horror to sadness and since the doc is 2 hours long, there is a lot to feel from start to finish. The movie left me feeling a bit spent. It’s a movie that I would highly recommend but would caution viewers to be prepared to deal with a LOT in this film. More »

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Movie Review: ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

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Last night I met up with my dear Adriana for our second hang-out in two days. We met up in Pasadena, CA for a sushi dinner date, followed by a movie date at the Laemmele 7 Theater. She suggested that we see the vampire comedy film What We Do In The Shadows and I begrudgingly agreed … thankfully, because it was really a very fun, very funny movie. I must admit, I totally discounted this movie the first time I heard about it and didn’t give it a second thought until now. I even went into the theater with a huge chip on my shoulder, daring it to make me laugh. Well, it did make me laugh … a lot. I’m really glad I listened to Aide because we ended up having a really great night. More »

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Movie Review: ‘It Follows’

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For a few weeks now, I’ve been hearing about this indie horror film called It Follows that has been described as the “scariest American horror film in decades” which really caught my attention when I learned it was filmed in the Detroit metro area. To be honest, I didn’t really put much stock in this movie even tho it’s been getting rave reviews but I did get interested in seeing it when I learned of the Detroit connection. Last night, I met up with Adriana for a showing of It Follows at the Arclight and I can confirm the good word of mouth. Not only is this movie one of the best horror films I’ve seen in years but it’s really one of the better movies I’ve seen overall in quite some time. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’, ‘Transformers: The Movie’ & ‘GI Joe: The Movie’ Double Feature

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My Saturday was packed full with really fun stuff to do with really great people. In the morning, I was invited to attend an early screening of Cinderella at the El Capitan Theater so I asked my Disney friend Elena to attend with me. We had a very nice movie date together. Later in the day, I met up with Adriana again for a fun movie double feature of the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie and the 1987 animated film GI Joe: The Movie at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. THEN, I had to be up and at Knott’s Berry Farm early this morning to run the Coaster Run 10K race. So, yeah, busy but fun! More »

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Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

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Last night I made my way to the Arclight Theater in Hollywood to see the new movie Kingsman: The Secret Service because the movie came out last Friday and, generally, if I don’t see a new movie in its first week of release, I don’t see the movie on the big screen. I almost always pack my nights with stuff to do so I really wanted to see Kingsman last night … and even tho Eileen had to bail on our date due to illness, I decided I had to see the movie anyways … and man, am I glad that I did. Kingsman is adapted from a graphic novel of the same name and I have to say, I was beyond impressed with how well the story was brought to life on the big screen. I absolutely loved Kingsman. More »

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I Watched The ‘Daredevil’ Movie Last Night And I Actually Enjoyed It

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After the first trailer for the Netflix original series Daredevil was released yesterday, I was reminded of the much-maligned 2003 Daredevil movie that starred Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell. Well before superhero movies were the biggest thing in the world, movies like Daredevil were trying to make superhero movies cool again after the string of horrid Batman movies of the late ’90s almost killed the genre. I remember seeing the movie in the theater when it was released back in 2003 and seem to remember liking it. But, because most people nowadays talk about how terrible the movie was, I wanted to go back and re-watch it again. And, just as I remember, I enjoyed Ben Affleck‘s Daredevil movie just as I did 12 years ago. More »

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For The First Time Ever, I Watched ‘Dirty Dancing’ Last Night

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It’s never been a secret that that, up until last night, I have never seen the pop culture classic movie Dirty Dancing. Whenever I’ve mentioned it to friends, strangers or here on the blog, people respond as if I just said, “I have never breathed air before”. “How have you never seen Dirty Dancing?“, people often exclaim. To be honest, I don’t even know. The movie was originally released back in 1987 so my memory from those days is kinda hazy. It just became one of those movies that I never got around to watching (like Goonies, I’ve never seen Goonies either) and then, as the years passed, it just became a thing for me. My BFF Sarah has always been mortified that I’ve never seen DD, which is one of her beloved favorite movies (a movie that she has watched repeatedly much like I’ve watched movies like Footloose, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc. repeatedly and lovingly over the years). For my birthday last year, my friend Eileen gave me a Blu-Ray set of the the movies I’ve never seen (including Dirty Dancing) so I figured, it was probably time for me to watch the damn thing. But after all these years, I couldn’t just *watch* it willy-nilly … it had to be a special showing. So, on my first night back home in Detroit last night, I watched Dirty Dancing for the first time in the home (aka Den of SlackTM) of my BFF Sarah with a meal of Jet’s Pizza. And I have some thoughts on the movie below … More »

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