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Tour de Pharmacy

by on Jul.23, 2017, under Movie Reviews

tour de pharmacyPoking fun at the use of drugs in the world of professional cycling, Tour de Pharmacy is a mockmentary not holding back in terms of subject manner or delivery. Lance Armstrong is included as an “anonymous” source and totally owns his past through some pretty hilarious interview segments.

Covering the story of 5 bikers from the 80’s who competed in the Tour de France, the movie showcases each of their stories while covering the drug issue and how it impacts sports. So somehow, somewhere, there does seem to be a semblance of a moral thread peppered amongst the dick jokes. And the dick jokes are aplenty.

The production style is part of what makes the 40 minutes of this piece fly by. There’s vintage footage from the 80’s along with more contemporary looking footage from the now of the timeline. The recreated clips look great and authentic of the time told in true 4:3 format alongside great costumes, set design and prop creations.

The lineup of talent in this is crazy and includes: Andy Samberg, Jeff Goldblum, Joe Buck, John Cena, Mike Tyson, Edgar Wright, Orlando Bloom, Dolph Lundgren, and Danny Glover. Everyone looked like they were having a lot of fun making this and it translates through their performances.

Catch this one on HBO, it’s a blast.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Independence Day: Resurgence

by on Apr.23, 2017, under Movie Reviews

independence day resurgence Some films warrant sequels, and then there’s Independence Day: Resurgence which I would categorize as a film that does not warrant a sequel. No, this is one of those “they’re-in-it-for-the-money” films so afterward, everyone will have to go make an art film and heal their greedy, guilty souls.

The set up is 20 years after the original Independence Day alien invasion. Every day life has evolved as alien technology has been blended with human gadgetry so we have flying cars, fancier weapons, a planetary defense system and more. We even have military bases on different planets now too. But just as we’re all full of ourselves and confident of our safety, guess who’s back for round two…

The aliens return, in a waaaaay bigger ship by the way, because BIGGER, IS WELL, BIGGER, right? This turns out to be the crutch and one of the gimmicks of the film. There’s just more of them and a big-ass queen to boot. Perhaps instead of focusing on a “size-matters” approach, they should’ve focused on making a better script. The story is as cliched as the terrible dialog in addition to very little character arcs or development. Some of the characters are just in here as fodder to fill in for lack of substance to just jam in something between effects, fight scenes and disaster. That formula is exactly director Roland Emmerich’s thing but in some of his films there is at times a sense of story and some plausibility where this film lacks both in a huge way.

Also back are some of the characters from the first film such as Bill Pullman as the former president, Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson (who’s now a scientist) along with his dad played by Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner fresh out of his coma as Dr. Okun. I’m a fan of a number of these actors and it was kind of a drag to see them having to deliver lines you can tell they were not thrilled with. I get it, you have to pay the bills, I get it, but damn, you could just see it in their faces sometimes, especially Pullman and Goldblum. Everyone is just following the blueprints on this one with the lineup including Liam Hemsworth (the Hunger Games Hemsworth, not Thor), Sela Ward, William Fichtner, and Vivica A. Fox.

Even as a popcorn movie, it’s kind of BS. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but you’d be better off watching a Michael Bay film instead.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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