Movie Of The Week

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest movie in Marvel's Stage 2 release of films.  When the universe is threatened by Ronan the Accuser and the Kree Empire, a rag tag band of misfits will join together to save us all from extinction.  Starring Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel.

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  • Lucy is the latest Sci-Fi action film to come from writer and director Luc Besson.  Luc Besson was famous for writing and directing some really great movies like The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional, and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc; but has recently put out some not so flattering films like The Family, Lockout, and From Paris with Love.  It really seems to me that all of his finances come from his box office franchises The Transporter and Taken, which seem to put out a movie every couple of years just to make fans happy.  As you know, I not only like my reviews to be accurate of the film, but to actually feel like the film when you are reading them.  This way you have a real understanding of what is waiting you at the theater when you arrive, both the good and the bad.  So in keeping with this tradition of my movie reviews, I will start out terrible and incomprehensible, and then make my way to deep and profound reporting of the events in Lucy.

  • Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to Disney’s 2013 worldwide success Planes that grossed in total over $219 million.  In this 2014 adventure a lot of the voices are the same, including Dusty Crophopper, voiced by Dane Cook (My Best Friend’s Girl, Dan in Real Life, and Good Luck Chuck); but we are also introduced to a lot of new characters as well.  The reason for this is a shift in Dusty’s life.  When we last left Dusty, he had just won a race around the world, and now he is winning race after race after race.  Dusty seems unbeatable!  But just like with a lot of aging athletes, Dusty’s body begins to betray him.  Instead of the traditional health scare, Dusty has a mechanical scare. His gearbox is failing, and due to his year model, all of the factories are no longer producing the parts he so desperately needs.  Dusty’s personal mechanic and friend installs a warning light in his cockpit that tells Dusty when he needs to slow down and take it easy, otherwise he will destroy what few gears he has left.  This is truly the moment in a person’s, or plane’s, life where the most important of decisions has to be made.  Will I continue to do what I love even at the expense of my life?  Or will I succumb to a new sedentary life that crushes my spirit and my reason for living?

  • Begin Again (2013) on the surface appears to be a romantic comedy, especially if you have already seen the movie trailer in a movie theater or on a commercial; but just like the lives of the characters in the story, things are not always what they seem.  This life affirming drama begins very simply with a boy and a girl, but not in the traditional sense of a romantic comedy.  A boy is sitting on the stage of a dive bar in New York City giving it his all to a semi-appreciative audience, when he insists that the young lady on the couch by the stage come up and perform one of her own songs.  The obviously taken aback and reluctant woman, brought to life with a perfectly natural grace by Keira Knightley (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Anna Karenina, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), finally arrives at the lonely wooden stool under the spotlight and begins her performance with an acoustically sweet melody.  Off in the distance and completely drunk, a down on his luck record executive, cast to Mark Ruffalo (Now You See Me, The Avengers, and Shutter Island), moves to the center of the room.  As Mark closes his eyes, the cymbals begin to come to life, followed by the nearby piano, and then an abandoned cello.  Before you know it, an invisible orchestra comes to life and fills the void left by the audience with a complete harmonic convergence that seems to imbue Keira’s vocals with new life and gives the song a deeper resonance with the audience.  But none of this is magic, and the band is not invisible.  Everything is brought to life by the gift and imagination of Mark and his view into the unknown.  The problem arises when you realize that Keira has no plans to become a musical superstar and that Mark is completely broke since being fired from the record label that he helped to create.