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Does anyone know of/were a person that used to frequent (meaning a lot) video rental stores? I'm working on a radio piece and would love to get a former customer perspective. I would also prefer to do the interview in person, so preferably New York or around the tri-state area. Message me, please.
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AlmostFamous91 posted a VIDEO item: 8 months ago

Top 20 Films of 2016

Source: https://vimeo.com/202315191

AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Warcraft



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Directed by: Duncan Jones
Written by: Charles Leavitt
Cast: Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper, Clancy Brown, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ryan Robbins, Robert Kazinsky
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Action, Fantasy
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Other reviews of this film: acerky (6/10) , MonsterZeroNJ (5/10) > Display all
Weapon X
Weapon X at 01:59 PM Jun 16

My thoughts exactly. I lost track of the movie every time the scene changed, and by the middle of the movie I just didn't care.

AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows



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Directed by: Dave Green
Written by:
Cast: Tyler Perry, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Gary Williams, Brian Tee, Brad Garrett, William Fichtner
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Comic Book, Family
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This time, the teenagers are having trouble keeping their antics quiet: with a riff in the group about going public, they must stop Shredder and Baxter from opening a portal to another dimension. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is exactly what the first one should have been: a fun kids flick that focuses on the heroes...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: acerky (6/10) , oscarxp25 (6/10) > Display all
AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

X-Men: Apocalypse



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Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by:
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Carolina Bartczak
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Genre: Action, Comic Book, Science-Fiction
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Other reviews of this film: Laksmikanti (8/10) , acerky (7/10) > Display all
sLaShEr84
sLaShEr84 at 03:55 PM Jun 04

I can't wait to see it.

AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

The Do Over



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Directed by: Steven Brill
Written by: Kevin Barnett
Cast: Adam Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Swardson
Studio: Netflix
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
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About two friends faking their deaths and starting over with some adverse consequences, The Do-Over is yet another step back for the famous comedian...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: mshulman5 (3/10) , cerealkiller182 (2/10) > Display all
AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

The Nice Guys



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Directed by: Shane Black
Written by: Shane Black
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Keith David, Beau Knapp
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
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About a private investigator and enforcer teaming up to stop the mob and corrupt government officials, it is a somewhat original caper that will delight fans of Shane Black’s past efforts...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: TreyTheMovieMan (8/10) , acerky (7/10) > Display all
AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Captain America: Civil War



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Directed by: Anthony Russo
Written by: Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Freeman, Tom Holland, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book
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Call me a grandpa, but I’m feeling the fatigue. Civil War is about a new accord that keeps the Avengers under government control, which creates a rift between Captain America and Iron Man. This all results in a real big, somewhat fun movie that also feels by the numbers...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: Jedd the Jedi (7/10) , andyfilm_1 (9/10) > Display all
cobb
cobb at 09:18 AM May 24

great review .seeing it tonight with my dad[his 2nd my 5th]

AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Keanu



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Directed by: Peter Atencio
Written by: Jordan Peele
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Luis Guzmn, Will Forte, Nia Long
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Comedy
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About a slacker that just broke up with his girlfriend, Rell (Peele) finds new life after finding Keanu: but after his place is robbed and the little kitten is stolen, he goes on a quest to get him back with his cousin Clarence (Key). Keanu starts out stiff, with an awkward set up much akin to last year’s terrible Let’s Be Cops. However, this movie rewards those that wait, as this crime comedy from the minds of Key & Peele gets funnier as it goes off the rails...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , Horrorfan99 (6/10) > Display all
AlmostFamous91 posted a BLOG item over 1 year ago

Kicks Review (Tribeca Film Festival 2016)

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Kicks is 2016’s much darker version of Dope. Where the latter was filled to the brim with goofiness, the former portrays a kid’s struggle to be relevant in the grounded reality of poverty. About Brandon, a kid that dreams of owning a pair of Jordans, he finally saves up enough money to buy them. However, after a run in with a dealer, his pair is stolen and Brandon starts going to extreme measures to get them back.

The main draw to something like Kicks – or Dope – is the visual style: certain movies, you can just feel the director’s hand in every frame. And for the most part that is a good thing. For instance, the way this short 80-minute feature is broken up by hip-hop title cards – the songs both represent the narrative flow and a certain era of rap – aids the story. As the tension begins to get ratcheted up, the music gets a bit more hardcore, and while it is certainly heavy-handed, nothing about this film is subtle. It is an in-your-face story that tackles some hard topics, while also trying to be a coming-of-age tale.

This is about Brandon’s growth. Kicks begins with the protagonist talking about his child-like dreams, with an astronaut constantly appearing in the background. He is guiding Brandon on this very dangerous journey. This youthful hallucination is, at times, annoying and a bit much, but it also represents a kid going about dangerous business – trying to get his sneakers back from a drug dealer. What starts as this mission, quickly turns violent, resulting in him putting his friends in danger. And to see the astronaut dead on the floor in the finale represents the death to the kids innocence, which really was never there in the first place. He can only be naïve for so long.

But even when Brandon gets the sneakers originally, there is enough of a contrast between the before and after to show why he goes on this dangerous adventure. Just with a little pair of Jordans, Brandon gets this boost of confidence, which leads to him meeting a girl and even talking back to his friends. And the young Jahking Guillory does a great job portraying this: for a huge chunk of the movie, the child is silent, which means he has to use his facial expressions to dictate the story. Even when things go crazy, the viewer believes in the protagonist: as ludicrous as it all gets, the audience understands that in a life with very little, a simple pair of sneakers could mean so much.

On top of this, Kicks has a great supporting cast: the friends Rico (Chrisopher Meyer) and Albert (Christopher Jordan Wallace) are essentially the viewers’ voice of reason, as they question Brandon’s extreme actions. However, they are not one-dimensional: they both have their quirks to make their arcs worthwhile. Even Mahershala Ali fairs pretty well here, being Brandon’s uncle and connection to Oakland. He offers the harsh reality to Brandon and makes him realize that he is a man now and has to handle his own business. But no 15 year old should have to pick up a gun to get back his stolen property, which makes the protagonist’s spiral that much harder to watch.

Read the rest of the review at Film Class Junkies: filmclassjunkies.com/2016/04/27/kicks-review-tribeca-film-festival-2016/


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AlmostFamous91 posted a BLOG item over 1 year ago

King Cobra Review (Tribeca Film Festival 2016)

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Based on the true crime story, an up and coming gay porn star lights the adult film world on fire. His stardom inadvertently starts a chain reaction that leads to murder. One of the few films I knew about when walking into the theater, people were touting King Cobra as gay porn’s Boogie Nights. The results, a larger than life story that feels like it has no soul.

King Cobra is one of those movies – like To Kill an Irishman – that has a great story and could have been a fantastic film, yet does not seem to hit the mark. And I am going to blame a wide array of factors: the limited script, James Franco and its extremely short runtime.

Still, the cast do a lot with the little they have. By far the best has to be Christian Slater’s Stephen. His arc starts off quite creepy – it feels like he is taking advantage and kidnapping the young Sean Paul Lockhart – but it turns into something twistedly sweet. The viewer feels bad for Stephen: he is a little past his prime, and continues to hide his sexuality – his suburban neighbors have no idea that he is gay or runs a gay porn business in his house.

Also, Garrett Clayton, a former Disney star, portrays the innocence of Sean really well. Even when he ventures deeper into the porn world, Clayton really does a good job at representing the wavering emotions mixed with a certain sense of naivety. By the end, it is hard to not root for the character because the audience watched him grow from a nobody to a star.

At the same time, this goes off the rails with Keegan Allen’s Harlow and James Franco’s Joe: the crew running the unsuccessful porn company Viper Boyz. The latter is particularly distracting because it is hard to forget that I am watching Franco. The actor has somewhat become a parody of himself, and his violent character just feels forced – especially during the emotionally charged scenes. As for Harlow, he is supposed to be this bubbly character with a dark past, but the ‘skeletons in the closet’ come in almost out of nowhere.

Read the rest of the review at Film Class Junkies: http://filmclassjunkies.com/2016/04/26/king-cobra-review-tribeca-film-festival-2016/


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AlmostFamous91 posted a VIDEO item: over 1 year ago

The Artist Behind the Artist

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AlmostFamous91 updated his STATUS: over 1 year ago

Does anyone know of/were a person that used to frequent (meaning a lot) video rental stores? I'm working on a radio piece and would love to get a former customer perspective. I would also prefer to do the interview in person, so preferably New York or around the tri-state area. Message me, please.
Frosty_86
Frosty_86 at 01:33 PM Apr 22

Aw man too bad I'm in Kentucky. I would totally be down for an interview. I used to frequent the video stores a lot and I worked at one. Good luck

AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Green Room



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Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
Written by: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin, Mark Webber, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair, Eric Edelstein
Studio: Broad Green Pictures
Genre: Crime, Thriller
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Green Room will likely be the most intense movie experience of the year, and we are only four months into 2016. It punches the viewer in the gut constantly, barely letting up until the credits roll. About down on their luck punk rockers that take a risky show at a skinhead compound, they witness a murder and must now fight to survive...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: TreyTheMovieMan (8/10) , OldKingClancy (8/10) > Display all
timmyd
timmyd at 06:36 PM Apr 21

can't wait to see this .

AlmostFamous91 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 1 year ago

Hunt for the Wilderpeople



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Directed by: Taika Waititi
Written by: Taika Waititi
Cast: Sam Neill, Rhys Darby
Studio: Piki Films
Genre: Comedy
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It looks like a Taika Waititi film will make my top ten in back-to-back years: he follows up the gut-busting hilarity of What We Do in the Shadows with the delightfully poignant Hunt for the Wilderpeople. About an aimless foster kid going through the system, he gets lost in the New Zealand wilderness after running away following a traumatic event. Luckily, his foster dad finds him, but through a series of miscues has the entire police force after them...[more]...

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Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (8/10) , TreyTheMovieMan (8/10) > Display all
AlmostFamous91 posted a BLOG item over 1 year ago

Tiger Raid Review (Tribeca Film Festival 2016)

Tiger Raid is a beautiful yet ugly film. It is very hard to describe this in a non-oxymoronic way. About two very unlikable mercenaries attempting to hold a daughter of a rich businessman hostage, it is a character-driven piece that focuses on the captors’ wavering mental states.

Tiger Raid is an extremely bleak film. There is no way around it. It will turn those with the thickest of skin off. But there is a little bit of a charm to how dark this movie gets: they talk about murder, rape and other grotesque atrocities with relative ease. However, once the viewer gets past the shock value, they are left with a terrible script that mistakes dumb twists for character development.

There is no doubt that the acting and the cinematography are, at times, damn good. Director Simon Dixon and cinematographer Si Bell get the best out of the desert, making it look like a beautiful wasteland. I loved these establishing shots that probably linger for too long: but I did not care because they entranced me. This properly counterbalances the tight close-ups, as this is mainly a story about two guys talking.

Speaking of, both Brian Gleeson and Damien Molony are fairly entertaining. The two truly sell some bad dialogue – like the whole “prostitute” speech, where Paddy (Molony) refuses to admit that he has slept with one. At times, the machismo lines get a bit much, but essentially that is what these two characters are: too much testosterone in one vehicle. Yet from a development perspective, Joe’s journey is by far more engaging: especially since he seems like a lost soul tormented by the demons of his past, which neither the movie or Gleeson portrays subtlety. Still, it is an interesting expedition nonetheless because he is a firecracker waiting to go off.

However, Tiger Raid dies in its final act, when it tries to shove the plot down the viewer’s throat. The first twist is not interesting – something the audience can see from a mile away – and each succeeding twist is either telecasted or just plain dumb. Most of them will leave the viewers scratching their head, pondering how did a fairly decent premise – as much as the beginning was cringe-inducing, it still kept my interest – devolve into an utter mess.

The unlikable leads, who at least shared snappy dialogue, get worse as the movie drags along. Whatever made the first half ‘sort of’ work is thrown out the window. I am not saying I want to watch two aimless mercenaries talking in a car for nearly 100 minutes, but that is better than where this ends up.

Read the rest at Film Class Junkies: http://filmclassjunkies.com/2016/04/17/tiger-raid-review/


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