Reader’s Recommendations: “Silent Running”

silent_running Hey everyone, it’s Friday, time for another entry in the Reader Recommendations series!

The Reader Recommendation series is intended to help me formally pursue all the great films that commenters bring up each week in discussion which I’ve never seen. If there’s a movie that comes up that I haven’t seen, but you think I should, email me @ fogsmoviereviews@gmail.com or let me know in the comments that you’d like to participate!

urbannight This week, our recommendation comes from Urbannight, of Urbannight’s Blog, who’s recommended the 1972 film “Silent Running”. I had heard of “Silent Running”, especially the robots, but had never seen it, so I’m looking forward to checking it out!

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Despicable Me 2

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Three years ago, the original “Despicable Me” took everyone by surprise by offering a film with comically inept, soft-hearted villain who was slowly won over by three children. Now Gru, his family and his minions are back, only this time, he’s working for the good guys and finds himself facing romantic entanglements as well.

It’s an entertaining summer film, but in spite of its best efforts, it can’t live up to the magic of the original.

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The Heat

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A prim, stickler for the rules FBI agent is paired with a foul-mouthed renegade police detective in this odd-couple buddy cop movie.

Full of laughs and a touch of genuine sentiment, “The Heat” is easily destined to be one of the funniest movies of 2013.

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Monsters University

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It’s been a dozen years since Pixar introduced us to Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, and now, their belated return comes in the form of a prequel. Traditionally, long layoffs and prequels are both causes for concern.

But have no fear, Pixar lives up to their reputation here, and delivers us a funny, fun family movie full of laughs and genuine warmth.

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World War Z

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When the Zombie Apocalypse quickly overruns the world, Brad Pitt risks it all in search of the truth.

“World War Z” is a zombie movie light on zombie action, with some events that will require more than your usual suspension of disbelief. However, given its troubled production and lackluster promotional campaign, it certainly wound up more enjoyable than I expected going in.

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Reader’s Recommendations: “Shoot ‘Em Up”

shoot_em_up_ver4Hey everyone, it’s Friday, time for another entry in the Reader Recommendations series!

The Reader Recommendation series is intended to help me formally pursue all the great films that commenters bring up each week in discussion which I’ve never seen. If there’s a movie that comes up that I haven’t seen, but you think I should, email me @ fogsmoviereviews@gmail.com or let me know in the comments that you’d like to participate!

RyanThis time up, our recommendation comes from Ryan Miller of Rhino’s Horror, who’s recommended “Shoot ‘Em Up”, starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci. It sounds pretty off the wall from what I’ve seen and read, so I’m excited to check it out!

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Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Dad?

man-of-steel-kevin-costner-1Father’s Day was this past weekend, and the megaplex also offered us a great new cinematic Dad in the form of Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent.

Fathers in movies run the gamut from the caring (Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) to the kick-ass (Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in “Taken”). Some are sacrificing everything to make a better life for their children (Will Smith as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness”) others bumble and stumble along so much you wonder how they managed to keep their kids alive this long (Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in any of the “Vacation” movies).

From the evil (Darth Vader) to the funny (Steve Martin in “Parenthood”) to the protective (Viggo Mortensen in “The Road”), Hollywood has all the angles covered when it comes to movie Dads.

Who’s YOUR favorite? Michael Keaton’s “Mr. Mom”? How about Jim’s Dad from the “American Pie” series?

There’s no shortage of them out there, folks, let’s hear it!

Who’s YOUR favorite movie Dad?

This Is the End

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“This Is the End” is a riotously funny movie about six comedic stars trapped in one mansion as the Apocalypse unfolds around them. The personalities are funny, the situation is funny, everything is funny.

The first great comedy of 2013.

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