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A Million Ways to Die In the West (DVD Review): Spoilers possible

November 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Written and Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman

Before I go forward with this review, ask yourself the following questions:

Q: Do I like watching Family Guy and American Dad?

If the answer is yes, continue. If not, then don’t bother reading this post.

Q: Does Family Guy offend me?

If yes, then stop right here. If not, then read on.

Q: Do I enjoy raunchy comedies that are not necessarily censored by a major network and may contain references to poo?

A: If yes, then watch this movie. If not, then fuhgeddaboudit.

The premise of the story is simple: Seth MacFarlane plays a mousy little shepherd in a pokey town out in the West who is terrible at his job and isn’t respected by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) or his parents. He doesn’t have much going for him in the grand scheme of things. Then a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) comes into town with her “brother”, and his luck starts to change… that is, until a shady killer (Liam Neeson) arrives wanting to do some damage.

I’m a fan of Family Guy and especially American Dad so this movie was right up my alley. However, seeing as it is live-action and not animated, some of the gags may be a bit too much for some viewers. It’s funny though, it really is. MacFarlane is pretty charismatic as the leading man, and he seems very at ease with leading lady. There’s good chemistry there.

Look for a teeny cameo at the fair by a cowboy with a Scots accent. Hint: He MAY or MAY NOT have played Obi Wan Kenobi in the most recent Star Wars movies.

Seeing as how tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US and a lot of folks have some vacation days to spend, why not catch a few movies on the DVDs? I know I will.

Jurassic World official trailer: The raptors are back!

November 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Love me some Chris Pratt 🙂

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Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways: A reason to watch HBO in the offseason

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

This is a great rock documentary, chronicling different cities and their influence on rock music. From Chicago to Washington DC, Nashville and Los Angeles, The Foos give each city (and more to come) an episode to shine. Interviews with a lot of influential musicians pepper each episode, with a track from the Foos’s new album Sonic Highways included in each episode.

It’s worth it just to see Taylor Hawkins go bonkers over the fact that Joe Walsh is jamming with them at Rancho del Luna. Talk about fanboy-dom.

And, if you haven’t seen Dave Grohl’s first foray into documentaries called Sound City, I recommend it.

Movie review: Chef (spoilers possible)

November 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey, Jr.

Favreau is getting back to his indie roots in this one. He is in the main role as Carl Casper, a renowned chef who feels stifled under the reign of his restaurant owner (Dustin Hoffman). When a food critic gives him a crappy review, he has to decide what’s really important and where he wants to go in his career and personal life. Did someone say drop everything and get a Food Truck?

Casper has a 10 year old son (Emjay Anthony) and and estranged wife (Vergara) he never spends time with, but the food truck venture allows for some family time he didn’t have before. He enjoys cooking again also, even if it isn’t avant garde cuisine.

If you’re like me and enjoy watching people prepare food, this movie is for you. Every scene made me hungry just about.

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