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SICKO (2007)

Directed and Written by: Michael Moore

This entire argument about health care or the much despised term ‘Obamacare’ annoys me to no end. What should be a simple and universal agreement by everyone has been anything but. Now I’ve always had good medical insurance thanks to my parents and, as of this posting, I still have a solid year left until I’ll need to venture out on my own. Hearing about all the aggravation over health care in this country lately and seeing it presented by Michael Moore scares me more than actually getting it. It must be a fucking nightmare if you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. I still think moving to Canada or Europe is a good option in my life at this point only because they seem to know what the hell their down in this field. I mean if you base part of your opening ceremony at the Olympics (England) on how great your health care is then you gotta have the best. Right?*

*Waiting for any British Tumblr users to prove me wrong.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #437

SICKO (2007)

Directed and Written by: Michael Moore

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END (2007)

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Written by: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio

Music by: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris, Chow Yun-Fat, Keith Richards

Two thousand and seven was certainly not a good year for a third movie in a franchise. I should have put the last two posts in a different order cause no one wants to remember both this AND Spider-Man 3 in the same week. Although I will say this movie ranks a little higher only because it’s pirates and I’m a sucker for swashbuckling. Although if you compare this to the first movie it is remarkable how far this series went. Mainly how generic the writing became, the heavy use of CGI, and director Gore Verbinski might have made Johnny Depp go a little too far. I’m not saying the first Pirates of the Caribbean is perfect but it had a nice balance of character development and swashbuckling. This is just too loud and mostly a boring outing to end the original trilogy. The fact that there’s even more sequels to this when the story had an ending here makes me very puzzled. But like the continuation of Spider-Man films I guess the real answer to my puzzlement is simple: money.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #436

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Written by: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio

Music by: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris, Chow Yun-Fat, Keith Richards

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SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Written by: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, & Alvin Sargent

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell, Willem Dafoe

Maybe 145 reasons is a bit much for a criticism video. I mean some used in this video is a bit cheap or petty. But there is no denying that Spider-Man 3 is absolute garbage. Horrible acting, a truly bad script, and poor use of antagonists make this an absolute bore. I knew the moment Mary Jane and Harry Osborn make omelets that there was no coming back from this. I just don’t understand why this is the case because this was the same crew that gave use the second Spider-Man movie and the Raimi’s have been involved in the first film as well. Maybe this suffers from the ‘George Lucas Syndrome’ where they felt they could improve from what came before but wind up destroying their reputation. It certainly has been the case because the Raimi’s haven’t done anything good since this sequel came out. What’s also apparent that Columbia Pictures (or Sony in general) needs to give the movie rights to Disney because after this and the last two films of the reboot they have no idea what they’re fucking doing with this character anymore.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #435

SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Written by: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, & Alvin Sargent

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell, Willem Dafoe

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HOT FUZZ (2007)

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Written by: Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Merchant

I think we are all in agreement that Hot Fuzz is the weakest of the Cornetto Trilogy. That doesn’t mean it is a bad movie because it is enjoyable at times. It just means that, in comparison to the other two, it isn’t as strong nor is it as funny. By being an homage or parody of action movies I think it fails because until we get to the final standoff in town there’s not much action. As a comedy it also fails a bit in that the main characters aren’t likable enough to laugh at. Simon Pegg’s by the book, no nosense cop gets old very quickly once he moves to this small town and Nick Frost is just Ed from Shaun of the Dead but with a funny hat. Some of the film’s shortcomings are overcome by the very entertaining final act but boy does it slog to get to that moment.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #434

HOT FUZZ (2007)

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Written by: Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Merchant

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AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS (2007)

Directed and Written by: Matt Maiellaro & Dave Willis

Starring: Dana Synder, Carey Means, Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis, C. Martin Croker, Fred Armisen, Bruce Campbell, Chris Kattan, Tina Fey, H. Jon Benjamin

The fact that the creators of Aqua Teen Hunger Force had the balls to make a theatrical release of their show is impressive. It’s also impressive that for theaters it is essentially the same as the show but slightly longer. I loved this show when I was younger and to this day I quote it endlessly. (Like any show there is a classic era of the series and I would say just watch up to the fourth season. Or up to the volume 5 DVD because numbering am I right?) Honestly this thing is way too long to watch in a continuous period of time. I never saw it in chunks which I wonder would have been a great idea for TV. This probably was a season of the show but cut to be a feature because, unlike the show, it has a plot of sorts. I’m sure if you’re a fan of the show you’ll love this but if you aren’t be prepared to be confused as hell.

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OH, THE MOVIES I’VE SEEN #433

AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS (2007)

Directed and Written by: Matt Maiellaro & Dave Willis

Starring: Dana Synder, Carey Means, Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis, C. Martin Croker, Fred Armisen, Bruce Campbell, Chris Kattan, Tina Fey, H. Jon Benjamin