Author: The Movie Guys

Anything DC Can Do, Marvel Can Do Better

by Paul Preston The Movie Guys DC and Marvel cinematic universe spoilers abound. Sing it! “…Marvel can do anything better than DC” This title reflects an old Irving Berlin song, but, although catchy as hell, doesn’t really frame the Marvel/DC dichotomy correctly because it lists Marvel as following DC, which has never, ever happened. To DC’s credit, they’ve wanted a Justice League movie since the early 2000s, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. Directors like Wolfgang Petersen and George Miller were batted around to make it, but it could never get off the ground. By 2007, production on Iron Man had begun and the...

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Review – TOO FUNNY TO FAIL: The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show

THEY KILLED IT   Too Funny to Fail: The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show by Paul Preston The Movie Guys I was a big watcher of The Dana Carvey Show back in 1996. Well, as big as one could be watching a show that only lasted seven episodes. But I watched them all until the show pissed off everyone at ABC and its sponsors and was never heard from again. The comedy drummed up on The Dana Carvey Show was legendary and the show’s demise was legendary, too. All the above is chronicled in Josh Greenbaum’s new documentary, Too Funny to Fail...

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Movie Review – AMERICAN MADE

GHOST PROTOCOL American Made by Paul Preston The Movie Guys OK, you have homework. See American Made before it leaves theaters! Not sure why it took me a month to see this re-teaming of the star and director of the fantastic sci-fi pic Edge of Tomorrow, but it was worth the wait. American Made is a damn-near equally entertaining epic with another well-cast Tom Cruise performance driving the whole picture. I’ve said in these reviews before that I love white-guys-in-trouble movies. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hangover, War Dogs, Gold, I’ll take all of it. I don’t even necessarily root for them, there’s an unseemly...

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Movie Review – BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

MANGA + MIIKE = MARVELOUS Blade of the Immortal Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys With the introduction of the prolific director’s 100th film, Takashi Miike turns to the ever popular Japanese Manga comics to bring his unique vision to the screen. Specifically, one with a big fan base, Blade of the Immortal. This story of a lone samurai that cannot die, recruited by a young girl to avenge her father’s death has been just as popular as its anime version. Miike has taken the best of his storytelling skills and brought to life the characters from the anime world. Blade...

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Movie Review – THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED)

FEATURING SIGOURNEY WEAVER AS HERSELF The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) by Paul Preston The Movie Guys Noah Baumbach’s latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), begins in a car as Adam Sandler’s character Danny tries to have a heart-to-heart with his daughter Eliza all while attempting to find a place to park on a busy Manhattan block. Their personable talk is frequently interrupted by Danny screaming at the other drivers. They’re headed to Harold Meyerowitz’s apartment and the energy in the car is only right for the person they’re about to see. Harold isn’t an outright bully or belligerent...

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New on DVD, Blu-Ray & Streaming – CULT OF CHUCKY

CHUCKY’S BACK, SLASHING AND SNARKING AWAY Cult of Chucky Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Our favorite “Good Guy” doll, Chucky, is back in action with his unique set of skills: torment, torture and murder, all with a wink and a devilish smile. Add to the mix practically everybody that’s been allowed to survive in the franchise (Andy, Nica, the voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif, and Tiffany – both the doll and Jennifer Tilly) and the original writer, Don Mancini (also directing here), and you have a biting and potent mix of thrills, chills and dark laughs. Cult of Chucky also...

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Movie Review – TRAGEDY GIRLS

NOT GIRLY GIRLS Tragedy Girls Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls is the most fun and clever way one could have damning social media. The whole film could have taken an easy nosedive with the premise of a couple of young, spoiled, sociopathic social media climbers with a penchant for killing, living out their final year of high school while seeking out a mentor serial killer. God, that sounds like an awful idea, but writer/director MacIntyre along with writer Chris Lee Hill, working off an original script by Justin Olson, make the whole bloody affair work with...

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Braaaaains at Work in the Zombie Apocalypse – 3 Film Recommendations of the Undead

3 zombie movies to watch this Halloween! Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys Like vampire movies, the undead film genre feels like there is no killing it off even though at times you would think it’s been done to death. One would assume there would be no more zombie storylines after the very successful long-running AMC series, The Walking Dead, and the last of Romero’s Dead series. But, the CW ended up with a big following once they introduced I, Zombie, the UK gave us a couple of bloody gems with a very reflective new kind of zombie (an actual rehab one), the...

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Movie Review – VICTORIA AND ABDUL

ALEXANDRINA IN LOVE Victoria & Abdul by Paul Preston The Movie Guys You know what you’re getting from a Stephen Frears movie – good actors and solid filmmaking. He does, however, mix up genres quite often, making intense thrillers like The Grifters and high drama like Dangerous Liaisons as well as lighter fare like Hero and High Fidelity. With Victoria & Abdul, Frears veers between comedy and drama in the same film, to mixed results. Frears has covered ground with royalty before, with the near-perfect drama The Queen, and he returns to look at the English monarch in his new film, this time presenting a story about Queen Victoria...

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Movie Review – IT

IT ARRIVES, AND FEEDS ON OUR FEARS IT Review by Ray Schillaci The Movie Guys The new iteration of Stephen King’s IT wastes no time getting off to a screaming start. There’s a sweet sense of nostalgia taking place in the small town of Derry as Billy and his younger brother, six year-old Georgie, build a paper boat establishing a touching brotherly moment. Georgie ventures out in the rain to sail their new boat down the wet street where he eventually loses it down a drain gutter. And, for any of you who have not seen the trailer, that’s where Georgie first...

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