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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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Movie Review: ‘Selma’

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At long last, I finally made my out to the movies to see the Academy Award-nominated film Selma in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I have to tell you — I was absolutely floored by what I saw. For hours after the movie, I found it difficult to synthesize my feelings about the film because of its powerful impact on me. I actually cried very early on in the movie (if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about) and continued to quietly sob for the duration. I studied the work of Dr. King in college but it’s one thing to read about the events portrayed in this film and it’s quite another to see it play out in motion. I truly loved this wonderful and important movie but two very glaring things kept sticking in my mind like a burr that dug into my brain. First, I was angry to see the things playing out on the big screen echo and remind me of the injustice that still happens today. Second, I was dumbfounded that David Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for the Best Actor Oscar because I can assure you, he delivers one of the greatest movie performances of the year — hands down, absolutely no question. More »

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Movie Review: ‘TAK3N’

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Last night I met up with my friend Eileen for a dinner/drink hang at the Arclight in Hollywood and we had a great time. It wasn’t so much that the movie we saw was great (it wasn’t) but it was more that we made the bad movie so much better with our laughing at it. Ever since I first learned that the sequel movie TAK3N was coming our way, I was very excited to see Liam Neeson kick ass again in a third Taken movie. Unfortunately, the latest installment in the Taken movie franchise leaves much to be desired. From the terrible story, to the ridiculous direction, the bad acting and the laughable score, there really isn’t much that I can say was good about the movie. That said, Eileen and I made sure we had a good time at the movies … so we did. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Big Eyes’

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Last night I met up with my friends Courtney and Darion at Century City for a dinner/movie/hang sesh and we had a blast together. After we fought of the hordes of people in the very popular food court, we were able to all get caught up with one another since the three of us hadn’t hung out since October. Obvs I love Courtney and Darion individually but when the 3 of us get together, we have the best time ever. After we supped, we made our way over to the AMC Theater to see the Tim Burton film Big Eyes. I’ve been hearing really great things about the movie and I am so happy to relay that all the good things that people are saying are true! The movie is, IMHO, one of Tim Burton‘s best films in years. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Unbroken’

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Yesterday was a really great day. I got to spend time with my friends Monique and Jay, who introduced me to their adorable baby boy Teddy, in the afternoon and then I met up with Adriana for dinner and a movie last night. We saw Unbroken and while I knew the movie was going to be good, I wasn’t really prepared for how good it truly is. Adriana and I had a very nice time together last night and, well, it was a pretty great Tuesday all around, if I do say so myself. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Tell’

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Yesterday afternoon, my friend Darion and I made our way to the iPic movie theater in Westwood, CA to see the new movie Tell. Tell opened in select theaters in select cities this weekend but is also available on VOD on iTunes and Amazon. Tell stars our good friend Milo Vetimiglia with a cast of really great actors and I am SO happy to report that the movie is a really great film. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but I was really happy to see that the movie is funny, action-packed and heartfelt. I loved it. More »

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Movie Review: ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’

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On Thursday, when I was hanging out with Emma and Josh at their home for Thanksgiving dinner, Josh asked if I was interested in seeing the world’s first Iranian spaghetti western vampire film, shot in black and white with subtitles. I wasn’t quite sure I was interested until he then informed me that the film was directed by a woman. Sold, I screamed! Actually, I was interested from the start so we decided to see A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night at the Regent Theater in Westwood, CA yesterday afternoon. BUT, before I met up with Josh at the movies, I made my way to Amoeba Music and Vacation Vinyl to do a bit of Record Store Day shopping. Yes, RSD is usually a once-a-year occurrence and yes, it always occurs in the spring but this year, they’ve added a second RSD to cash in on the Black Friday frenzy. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Birdman’

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing really great things about the new Michael Keaton film Birdman (in fact, Trent Reznor revealed that Birdman is, thus far, his favorite movie of the year) so even tho I’m doing my best to keep things really low key this week, I decided to go out last night to see this movie once and for all. My friend Stacey and I talked about seeing Birdman last Sunday but we weren’t able to meet up so last night was our night to see it. I have to agree that Birdman is one of the better movies of the year. I didn’t know what to expect going in but I was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw as the movie unfolded. More »

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