Monthly Archives: March 2015

#RobotOverlords – A Tango’s Thoughts review

Every once in a while, there comes a movie that tries to take what we’ve already seen and give it a new, original twist. This is such a movie. Ladies and germs, I give you my thoughts on Robot Overlords.

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When an alien robot species invades Earth, a war for our survival breaks out but the war only lasts for 11 days and the surviving humans are confined to stay indoors, with the threat of instant incineration if they go outside.Just like I said, something we’ve already seen with a “new” twist. Also, it’s set in in Great Britain rather than the United States as per usual. Apart from those small details, the film brings nothing new to the table, but was it at least a good watch? Let’s take a stroll down Tango lane to find out…

For starters, the protagonists of the film is a three teenagers and a little boy. I know it’s a movie and all, but to leave the fate of the world in the hands of a bunch of kids, it just seems wrong to me. But hey, if they’re trying to switch it up from the usual buff American soldier-dude hero by placing kids in its place…. well, they failed, ’cause we’ve all seen that too before. A lot even, so that brings the movie down a notch for me. Secondly, the CGI in this film feels better suited for a Xena-like tv-series rather than a wannabe blockbuster. It has its moments but for the most part, it looks absolutely ridiculous. Another notch down! Not looking so good for the Overlords so far.

One positive thing about it, however, that I feel I must mention and that is the performance of one actor in particular. Oh, did you think I was gonna praise Ben Kingsley? No no no, far from it! I’m not even sure why he’s even in the film, other than a fast paycheck. No, the one person I found did a great job in this film was the main protagonist, Callan McAuliffe. However bad everything surrounding his part was, he did a fantastic job with it and he brought a really believable performance as a teenager who mainly wants to find his father but ultimately, through a freak accident, winds up able to control the robots. He showed emotion when needed and to not look ridiculous when controlling something CGI, well that’s just brilliant. Kudos to Callan on this one!

To end this before I start to ramble, I leave you with these words; Robot Overlords, not even worth the price of admission and no stamp received. If you want to waste an hour and a half of your life, go watch it. If not, don’t!

This was a short review, yeah I know, but there’ll be more stuff coming your way soon enough, so just hang in there and I’ll be back before you know it. But, until then…..

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#Entourage – Thoughts and trailer

In 2004, the show Entourage hit us like a bag of rocks. It was an instant hit among many and it gave us “normal” people sort of an insight of how the world of Hollywood works. Following the exploits of Hollywood’s latest superstar Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his entourage Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) as well as his manager and life long friend Eric ‘E’ Murphy (Kevin Connolly) and his agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Entourage shows us what transpires behind the behind-the-scenes in Hollywood, how a career is built as well as how easy it can be destroyed.

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The show starts off big with Vincent having a big premiere and his career taking off, and over the course of 8 seasons we get to see how he rises to a kind of million-dollar choose-your-own-project stardom, battling bad career moves, resentful directors, studio execs with a grudge, a drug addiction, relationship issues among other just as heavyhearted decisions, choices and people disrupting what seems to be the easy streets of Hollywood.

This show is a personal favorite and I have watched it start to finish at least three times now and I’m guessing I’ll do it at least three times more before 2026 (do the math!). But why am I talking about a show that’s been off the air for 4 years? Easiest question so far this year! I’m talking about the Entourage-show now because the Movie Entourage is coming towards us fast! Come June 4th, the latest exploits of Vinnie Chase and his entourage hits the world for the first time feature-length and as that date approaches, i thought it be good to binge the show again, you know, for good measure.

But, as the show is a personal favorite, it does come with some less good things. I won’t be doing a complete rundown on everything negative, but I’ll give you a few neg’s to keep you going and the first one, which also happens to be the worst one (to me, at least), is how Ari is treated by his wife. Melissa Gold (Perrey Reeves) may be beautiful but she is also a bitch. Not in any galaxy or solar system known to the human race is a man supposed to be berated by his wife because someone else is having an affair. It’s just not right. And the way his wife and their therapist gangs up on poor Ari in therapy is just a travesty.
Another thing that kept bothering me (the first time I watched it) is how the crew keeps making bad decisions career wise. Ari keeps saying that to stay on top, Vince needs to do a studio movie (meaning a movie with a big budget and a big studio’s support behind it) but Vince keeps going toward indie-films (which is not a good idea if you want to be a star, apparently) and even with ‘E’s well-intentioned know-how gnawing in the background, they keep wanting to work with the most deranged character I’ve ever seen on television, the “brilliant” but utterly insane indie-director Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro). It just seems that after the first time it failed, they should know not to do it again but they just keep going in for more after more after more, to the point where I wish I could just pop in to the show and slap some sense into them.
There’s also the way they all berate each other, but that’s kinda how a close knit group of friends work I suppose, it just gets old at times.
I’m also not too fond of how they wrote the character of Johnny ‘Drama’ Chase (Dillon), Vincent’s older brother. In 32 years of living, I have never met such a neurotic, disfuntional and unwell person like ‘Drama’. Everything about him is an over-the-top cartoonish portrayal of what could have been a perfectly funtional side character, but no, they had to make him like this;

Just look at that dude and tell me you actually know someone like that with a straight face… I dare’ya!

But enough with the negativity and on to some good things, and what better thing to start off with than to give kudos where deserved! The main cast (Grenier, Connolly, Dillon, Ferrara, Piven) plays their characters flawlessly. With every season, they all bring something new to the table, whether it’s Turtle crying, Ari showing his sensitive side or Vince feeling insecure, they always deliver what we’ve come to expect and more.

The essence of Ari GoldNext positive thing I wanna say a few words about is Jeremy Piven. Sure, everyone in this show does their jobs brilliantly but Jeremy Piven, oh wow, does he bring home the bacon on this one! He has never been someone I cared much for, but in Entourage he’s the one that kept bringing me back for more. His berating every single person outside his marriage, to the loyalty he has toward Vince (even when Vince and the crew shows him none) and the love and sincere devotion he has for his family, the character of Ari Gold is a work of art, and if I ever met Piven in real life, I’m pretty damn sure I would call him Ari by mistake, just by him being so awesome in the part! His mannerisms, his brutal language, his grin, it’s all just amazing and I can’t wait to see him on the big screen!

Speaking off, have you guys seen the trailer? To give it a quick-shot review; It looks like a hit show with a feature length-budget.
Which it kinda is, I suppose, but damn…. as a fan of the show, I can’t hardly contain myself in anticipation of this film. And yeah, that means I’m longing for this movie more than ..Age of Ultron (take that, nerds)!
Anyway, the trailer shows us pretty much what one would expect, parties, girls, dumb lines andcelebrity cameos up the ass! Oh, and the plot, of course, Vince wanting to direct which seems to be a slight pain in the side for Ari Gold, recent studio head.
Like I said, I can’t wait to see it, but before anyone of us gets to do that, here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure!

So, I won’t be taking up any more of your time, ’cause I have a movie to watch right now. But… that just means you have to waste more time on my words later on, if you want to read my review on Robot Overlords, so until then…..


#TheWomanInBlack – A Horror review

I know, I know, the movie came out a few years ago, but come on..  but I finally saw it! So, a horror movie based off of a book, and not a Stephen King-one? Well, that just can’t be any good, can it? Let’s take a walk down Tango lane and find out, shall we…

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As I said, The Woman In Black is a horror film based off of the book by the same name, by author Susan Hill, and I really must say, that for a (to me) completely unknown author, she really did prove herself a good one. How can I say that about a book when it’s the movie I’m reviewing? That’s easy. The movie was a damn good one and in my experience it goes like this; if the movie is good, the book is better! Actually, I’m going to read the book as well, sometime…

But on to the movie, then…
As far as horror movies goes, and you know this about me already, I’m severely desensitized and not at in the slightest easily scared by them. It’s just the way it is after watching thousands of horror movies growing up, but every once in a while a movie comes along that puts me in my tidy little place. The last time it was Sinister (read my review on that Here) and now, we have The Woman In Black.

The Woman in BlackThe film is a pretty basic ghost story but the way it was executed was the main reason for its scariness (creep factor), with it both showing us and withholding The woman at the same time, which is not an easy feet. Hammer (Yeah, THAT Hammer) Film Productions seems to be utilizing every single thing they’ve learned over the years, compiling it into one masterpiece of horror cinema, and that is exactly what The Woman In Black is, a masterpiece! You have some jump scares, sure, but the movie doesn’t rely on them to survive, more utilizing them when needed, building up to them with just the right amount of creepy before they throw them in your face, and when they do, you do jump. And the way they built the suspense in the film, with the absence of music at times and the creepy imagery of dead children, along with abnormally disturbing ambiance, it was pure horror magic!

The acting in the film was definitely on the north side of awful, with Daniel Radcliffe giving a truly disturbing performance. Yes, we do see some Harry Potter in there from time to time, but you can definitely see that he has grown as an actor. He pretty much carried the film on his own, with a minor supporting ensemble, with Ciarán Hinds being the only one worth mentioning. Sure, I guess you can say that Liz White did a great job as the Woman, but it’s difficult to say that the part couldn’t be played by someone else, ’cause it’s a very small part after all.

This film did not in the slightest need a sequel so the reasoning behind the films sequel, The Woman In Black 2; Angel of Death is somewhat of a mystery to me, but I’m guessing it has something to do with money. However, I am 100% certain that it won’t be even nearly as good as the first one, because it tied up just perfectly for what could have been a brilliant stand alone-horror, but noooo, they need to franchise everything nowadays. Dumbasses!!
Anyway, to conclude this review, The Woman In Black is a brilliant horror film that did exactly what I think a horror film should. It was creepy, scary and disturbing, sometimes even all at once, which is difficult these days, so to end this review, I give this film Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’. Now, if you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you dim the lights and cozy up on the couch with some popcorn…… and after that, you should come back here and tell me what you thought about it….

Next up on my To do-list is Big Hero 6, as well as some thoughts on American Sniper, but first, I’m gonna have a nice weekend with my parents, so neither of’em will be up until next week, so until then…..