Are you the guy? This week on At Least You Tried we take things to the third dimension with Spy Kids 3D: Game Over! Cherished childhood memory for some and complete piece of crap that John shelled out $4 for on Amazon… for others.
Cheesy 3d effects aside this movie is quite the achievement. No movie we’ve reviewed before has had a cast as star studded as this one. With the likes of Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Steve Buscemi, Elijah Wood, and Antonio Banderas among MANY others this really was a whose who of Hollywood elite which begs the question: What the hell are they doing in this movie? This movie include everyone that even sneezed on a previous Spy Kids film with a long roll call montage at it’s end.
This movie leaves us with many pressing questions such as: How is the Toymaker mass producing a game if he’s trapped in cyber space? How busted is that damage system in the game if Elijah Wood dies in one hit? If Juni tries to get with a computer simulated girl in the game is that technically masturbation?
All this and a theory on on how Spy Kids happens in the same universe as Inglorious Basterds on this weeks episode of At Least You Tried…
So this movie proved to be a divisive pick to say the least. To some of us Blank Check is a classic from our childhoods but to Alex this is “The fifth worst movie we’ve seen so far”. He even went as far as to list them.
To be fair though this movie isn’t perfect. The plot is super simplistic and the cost of items he bought are not realistic in the slightest but that’s really part of the charm. Everyone has at one point or another daydreamed about what it would be like to be rich, for most of us Blank Check is as close as we’re ever going to get to being filthy rich.
Jake brought up a good point during our viewing of this movie, “How is Preston carrying around all this money?” We see our hero load up a backpack with cash at the start of the movie. A million dollars in hundreds (According to Jake math and the internet) is still over a hundred pounds, which is probably more than Preston can schlep around all movie. But if you pay attention he has bundled 5s handed to him as well (Seriously who bundles 5s? What is this Monopoly?) If that was the case this backpack would weigh close to a literal ton. Maybe this movie wasn’t meant for analytical adults.
So suspend adult skepticism and embrace this childhood classic with you rose tinted glasses intact. This is a film that is fun if you just don’t take it , or yourself, too seriously.
Every once in awhile a film comes around that becomes notorious for how bad it is. Having a nightmare production and an egotistical cast did not help this film’s reputation. The final result is hodgepodge film that makes little sense but is at least pretty to look at.
The story of Richard Stanley’s “The island of Dr. Moreau” is one of legend. Marlon Brando would make ridiculous demands just to simply see what he could get away with. He also didn’t learn his lines and had to use an earpiece in scenes and have them fed to him (At one point causing some trouble when it accidentally picked up a police scanner). Richard Stanley wasn’t much better. He had a huge vision for the film but as troubles arose he became stressed and reclusive. It’s said that he would hide on set and walk into the jungle, slowing production immensely. He was fired four days into production and replaced with John Frankenheimer.
For such a huge production there were many changes that would happen day to day. Actors would undergo hours of make up only to be told that they wouldn’t be needed for any scenes. Actors switched roles, Small roles were made larger at Mr. Brando’s request… The entire process was a cluster fuck to say the least.
Underwhelming is the word that best describes this weeks movie: Jonah Hex. A film that has huge star power behind it and yet doesn’t properly utilize any of them.
The movie is shorter than most that we review and for once I actually kind of regret that. The shorter run time comes at the cost of a cohesive plot. The movie jumps around constantly between present time and the past. While that can sometimes work in films and be an artistic touch (Think Pulp Fiction) in this movie it makes the backstory seem sloppy and incomplete.
Why does Jonah have these powers and why is it public knowledge he has them? How the hell is Turnbull alive after burning to death in a hotel fire? How does Jonah go from being a complete badass in the beginning of the film, one shotting every enemy he faces, to being the whipping boy of the Turnbull and Burke for the rest of the movie? None of these is explained in any real detail.
That doesn’t mean we can’t some fun at the film’s behalf though. So join us this week as we try to answer the question why so many big name actor like John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, and Will Arnett agreed to do this lackluster comic book adaptation. (Spoiler alert: It was for the paycheck)
This week on At Least You Tried we watched… A good movie?! Yes it’s true, by sheer coincidence we actually watched a good movie this week. We sat down and watched the Power Rangers reboot expecting it to be a trash fire like the Ghostbusters reboot but to everyone’s surprise it was actually pretty ok.
For a reboot this movie took a lot of chances and they actually paid off. It had a darker tone and each of the Rangers had issues in their personal lives that fleshed them out as characters. The blue ranger has Autism and shows how he struggles with social situations but overcomes these and becomes a key member of the team. The yellow ranger is a lesbian but it is brought up organically and it isn’t used to sexualize her in any way, just another part of her character.
The movie isn’t perfect but the pros outweigh the cons and if you can get past the blatant Krispy Kreme product placement get your nostalgia on and give the movie a try.
This week Jonathan, Anthony, and Cat got together to discuss our picks for the top 5 documentaries. It was a great discussion and with there being so many great documentaries it’s a topic we’ll most likely return to at some point.
With us all being documentary enthusiasts and having diverse interests there was little crossover and it lead to all of us leaving with multiple new films to check out. Hopefully hearing about these films interests you to go check them out yourselves.
In celebration of our 50th episode we decided that there was no better film to use for this milestone episode than Tommy Wiseau‘s masterpiece “The Room”
This film has been torn apart many times before and has become a cult film gaining immense popularity over the years. It even was played multiple years in a row by Adult Swim as an April fools prank.
It was also Jake’s first time seeing the film and we have a little rule around here: “If anyone says that they haven’t seen The Room we will stop what we’re doing and play the film”. That’s the rule and thems the breaks.
This week on “At Least You Tried” the entire gang showed up to review a little film called The Core…. However then this pesky little rapture happened and only lowly sinners Jonathan and Jake were left behind. It seems only appropriate that instead we review the 2014 Nicolas Cage trainwreck Left Behind.
A movie about the rapture of God’s favorite creations and Nicholas Cage isn’t one of them? Immediately we know this is a fantasy film. Also could we have possibly sexualized the flight attendant character Hattie any more? How is it that out of ALL the children in the world, not one of them is evil? and when has GameStop EVER had a 50% off sale?
This film has a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes and while that may be undeserved it isn’t a great movie by any stretch of the imagination. It is just unremarkable and forgettable, which is probably what the actors involved want in the end.
May the 4th be with you! To celebrate the holiday we here at At Least You Tried watched a little known Star Wars gem called Ewoks: The battle for Endor.
Remember a made for TV movie where the Ewoks help a brother and sister find their parents after becoming stranded on the forest moon of Endor? Well this isn’t that movie. This is the wonderfully campy sequel that came out a year after it.
Do you adore the Ewoks but wish they spoke perfect English? Done
Looking for lovable Wilford Brimley? We got him.
Want to see him fight an Ogre with a stick? Got that too.
Do you want to see a child lose her family and show no emotion whatsoever? Man you’re cruel… well it’s in this movie too because you know this is a family movie.
Also there’s a “sexy” witch that confuses a battery for a weapon because this is Star Wars which is totally known for magic.