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The Merc with a Mouth in a Movie | Thoughts on the Deadpool flick

Originally posted @ Comic Book Fetish | By  Brandon L. Rucker For an action movie with a foulmouthed blabbermouth antihero, it’s pretty good. The opening sequence let’s you know right away (and any parents who may have foolishly brought their little ones expecting Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain America fare) what the nature of this movie is going to be about and what kind of content you can expect. The opening credits laced throughout that first sequence are written in Deadpool’s unique perspective, which also informs the flavor of this raucous, ultra-violent movie. Right away we see Deadpool doing what he does best, delivering graphic and gruesome punishment to bad(der) guys, all the while quickly rolling off a litany of witty, wisecracking one-liners off his swift tongue for all the chuckles, usually in voice-over or while looking right at us, breaking the fourth wall. The camera angles in these first few sequences are daring for great comedic effect.  You come to realize without a doubt during this first zippy action sequence that that Ryan Reynolds is …

Straight Outta Compton | It’s Not A Documentary

To put the bottom line at the top here: I came straight outta the movie theater last weekend  thoroughly entertained by this N.W.A biopic. At least on a popcorn movie level. What served me and my unfettered enjoyment going in is the acknowledgment of the inherent nature of the biopic. Firstly, you can’t effectively distill 29 years – or in the case of the movie’s timeline, a dozen years or so – into a 2.5 hour movie. Even in trying to include as many key moments as possible, a great deal of the “bio” aspect is going to be left on the cutting room floor, if shot at all. Secondly, this is not a documentary, it’s a Hollywood movie with a story, a screenplay, actors and a director (among countless other collaborators and interested parties), which means a plot of the story that is inspired by real-life and real events has to be agreed upon by the respective powers-that-be before the green light can be lit. Given those two elements, there’s naturally going to be …

MOVIES: RED & BURIED

So after going out for a nice Valentine’s dinner, The Lady and I decided to skip going to the cinema to see SANCTUM (because we missed our start time and I just didn’t feel like waiting for the next one hours away…I’m grumpy and impatient when it’s cold out and I’m still a bit ‘under the weather’. Plus in our town the damn BORDERS closes at 9 PM on a Saturday night. You believe that?). So instead we decided to rent a couple of flicks from the RedBox and snuggle up on the couch in front of the flatscreen TV.   First, we watched RED, which was a great action/comedy hoot with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban and Dame Helen Mirren. Great fun stuff that doesn’t try hard to be funny and outrageous, it just is naturally by its premise of middle and senior-aged black ops agents who are still hard to kill even as retirees living their boring civi lives. Though a decidedly altered translation-to-film from a 3-issue comic …