Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Chef aka Comme un Chef (SIFF 2012) - Movie Review

Daniel Cohen's The Chef is a lighthearted romp through the world of French cuisine and stars Michaël Youn alongside the one and only Jean Reno. The accomplished director has cooked up a dish of a movie that has had audiences asking for seconds by serving them equally healthy portions of belly laugh inducing comedy and heart warming drama.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Movie Review

Yes, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is based on the fairy tale we all knew and loved as kids, but it takes the famous brother and sister and shows what happened in the years after their fateful encounter with this evil witch and her house made of candy. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton take on the title roles and director Tommy Wirkola quickly establishes that this will not be a by the book children's story.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bullet to the Head - Movie Review

The tag line in the poster for Bullet to the Head is "Revenge Never Gets Old", but it doesn't say anything about the actors themselves. Sylvester Stallone is definitely getting up there in age and, even with his musclebound physique firmly in place, you really get the idea that at least one dead horse took a beat down to get this movie made.

(FYI: No animals were harmed during the making of this review)

Mama - Movie Review

If you are a fan of Guillermo Del Toro, you will enjoy Mama, but not necessarily because he had anything to do with making the movie. Sure, his name is on the poster, but he did not direct, produce, or have any other creative input although it definitely has the look and feel of something he might have put together. That being said, director and co-writer Andrés Muschietti has created a movie that is truly creepy if not downright scary  and Jessica Chastain shows she can handle things that go bump in the night just as easily as she can take down terrorists.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Parker - Movie Review

Parker is the latest in a long line of Jason Statham movies where a problem is presented and he somehow manages to punch, kick, and shoot his way to the end credits. With the added star power of Jennifer Lopez heating up the screen, this is sure to be successful enough to keep the gravy train going for one of the current eras best action stars.

Monday, January 21, 2013

2012 Movie Events: Year in Review

2012 was our first full of coordinating movie premier events and man, did we have a great time! From standing in the pouring rain waiting for The Avengers midnight premier to catching some classic science fiction films like Ghostbusters and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the one and only Cinerama theater in downtown Seattle became our base of operations and provider of some truly memorable experiences.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Texas Chainsaw 3D - Movie Review

Here it is folks, another installment in the long running series of Leatherface movies and this time all the hot chainsaw action is coming at you in glorious 3D! Director John Luessenhop, who previously brought classics like Takers and Lockdown (anyone?) to the screen, now gets his chance to chop it up with a new batch of overly glossy young actors that may or may not ever be seen again.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Last Stand - Movie Review

There are movies that become memorable experiences and then there are movies you wish you could forget. The return of an action hero icon should fall in to the former category and Arnold Schwarzenegger does his best to make that happen. South Korean director Jee-woon Kim brings his offbeat style to a production that everyone hopes will bring "The Governator" back to big screen prominence.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Haunted House - Movie Review

For the last few years, the "found footage" style of film making has taken a foothold and become a sub genre within the various types of horror movies that appear each year. Movies like Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism, and The Devil Inside have achieved a consistent level of box office success so of course, it must be time for Marlon Wayans to take on the genre with one of his comedic spoofs.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Favorite Movies of 2011

In September of 2011, I began writing reviews and posting other articles on this here website. What started as a creative outlet with no real direction in mind has turned into a dedicated passion that I am almost afraid to even think about stepping away from at this point. The final four months of 2011 turned in to a testing ground for the content you now see on a regular basis. The site will continue to evolve and expand and I will keep posting my thoughts as long as you keep reading them.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jack Reacher - Movie Review

Jack Reacher is a movie directed by Christopher McQuarrie and is based on a novel by author Lee Child's. The title character has been the star of a series of popular books written by Childs and now Tom Cruise takes on the challenge of turning the former military police officer turned vigilante in to his next iconic movie role.

Gangster Squad - Movie Review

One thing that has been missing from theaters lately is a really good gangster movie. Director Ruben Fleischer, who also directed the super awesome Zombieland, takes a shot at the genre by adapting Gangster Squad from a novel written by Will Beall and Paul Lieberman. With the combination of Penn, Gosling, and Brolin headlining the cast, there is no doubt audiences will be looking to see if this is a movie they can't refuse.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Seahawks Beat the Redskins!

The Seattle Seahawks have won a decisive victory over the Washington Redskins and no win would be complete without a little controversy whether during or after the game. Fan favorite Richard Sherman was once again involved in a post game conversation although this time around it went a little farther than just a few words exchanged like when he approached Tom Brady as the teams left the field in Seattle.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

71: Into the Fire

71 Into the Fire is based on a story about a South Korean army platoon made up entirely of student soldiers who were tasked with protecting a strategic location against a vastly superior North Korean force. This tale of uncommon heroism stars Korean rapper Seung Hyun Choi who turns in an impressive performance under the direction of John H. Lee.

2012 UYBC Year in Review

2012 was the first full year of UYBC events and there was no shortage of good times that we hope people will remember for years to come. If you're not familiar with what the UYBC event series is, reading this post will definitely bring you up to speed and hopefully will encourage you to join us for future events over the coming year and beyond.

Zero Dark Thirty - Movie Review

After achieving critical success with The Hurt Locker, it would seem that Kathryn Bigelow would be an ideal candidate to direct the story of how C.I.A. operatives and a Navy SEAL team took down Osama Bin Laden. Throw in a powerhouse cast headlined by Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, and Joel Edgerton and you have a movie that is sure to head down that same successful path.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Yelp Seattle Review of the Day!

Yelp is a great website for reading and posting reviews of businesses and also offers a great social network with fun events hosted by Yelp and its community members. Each and every day, one user-written review receives the honor of being named as the 'Review of the Day' and is featured on the front page of the website.

Today, I have the good fortune of receiving my eighth Review of the Day and below is a screen shot of this glorious moment. Thank you Yelp!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Reader Poll: 2012 Favorite Movies

2012 is officially in the books and it was yet another a great year for movies of shapes and sizes. Soon, I will be posting my "Best of 2012" lists, but for now its your turn to voice your opinion on exactly which movies you enjoyed most over the last year. Click the button below and you will be magically whisked away to our Facebook poll question!

In the past, I have created a Facebook "Question" and sent invites to all of our followers to submit their answers. Facebook recently took away the invite feature in favor of giving Page owners the option to pay cash money to promote these types of posts to the people who have already said they want to see these posts by liking the page. Thanks, Facebook!

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