Category Archives: 2014

#TheInterview review – Thoughts

Boom, and Christmas was over! Just as fast as it came, it went, and it’ll be gone for a whole year. So what now? Hey, I’d say we just go back to business as usual, and what could be a better way to bounce back than to drop some thoughts on The Interview? I can’t think of any better ways, so let’s just get down to it…

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James Franco and Seth Rogen, the Dynamic Duo of the 21st century. Or at least of the Stoner Republic. But hey, in my opinion they’re fantastic. Of course they both have lows in their careers but when the two pair up… well, it may not be cinematic art but it’s damn entertaining. Pineapple Express and This is The End are both two of my favorite comedies so my expectations for The Interview was pretty high. So what did I think about it, then? Well let’s take a look.

First off, the idea behind this film (an entertainment newscaster (Franco) interviewing Kim Jong-Un and an attempt to assassinate him at the same time)… yeah, that’s pretty brilliant if you ask me. Cheesy? Yes, but brilliant! The execution of this idea, on the other hand, well that’s just performed brilliantly as well. And as always, Franco and Rogen are hysterically wonderful together and I laughed more than I had hoped for. Does this make me a citizen of the stoner republic? I don’t know and I don’t care ’cause this movie was great. I loved it and I would say it’s almost as good as the two aforementioned titles with the duo. Tango’s Stamp of Approval, received!

What do I think about this whole Sony hack-debacle that’s been going on, leading to the movie being released digitally rather than theatrically? Honestly, I would’ve expected as much from a spoiled brat like -Un, but for Sony to release it on Xbox and NOT on the Playstation Network? What?! C’mon Sony, get your act together man!!

And there you have it folks, the first Non-Christmas post, post Holiday-a-Thon. The next thing on my to do-list is either Exodus: Gods and Kings or The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Which it’ll be, you’ll have to tune in later on to find out…. or…. go to my Facebook-page Tango’s Thoughts and drop a like for instant updates!


Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie review(?)

Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Wow, there’s a lot of cartoons out there, but none of’em hits you in the face with such grace and awkwardness that this one does. Kevin Smith, the genious behind Clerks and Dogmapens this fabulous work of mischievous art … and I don’t use that word lightly… this is Art!

Super Groovy Cartoon Movie posterI have been a fan of Kevin Smith’s work for a long, long time and that most definitely includes the dynamic duo that is Jay and Silent Bob. From their appearance in Clerks and onward to their own adventure in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back and even further still, these guys are the bomb, dropping ‘snoogans’ and ‘snoochie boochies‘ (and a little bit of chaos and mayhem to go with it) wherever they go. They may not be the most mature guys around (at least not Jay), but that’s kinda why they’re so loved I think, and to say that they’ve gotten old and stale is a lie.

Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie proves that they are just as funny and unpredictable as they’ve always been and the laughter keeps on coming when the duo wins the lottery and spends the money on becoming the Batman-esque vigilantes known as Bluntman and Chronic, fully equipped with their own set of supervillains like Dick-Head, Lipstick Lesbian and the Cocknocker.

With an ensemble of characters like this, how can they not make fun of pretty much anything popculture related? Well, they do actually, spoofing pretty much everything nerdy one has ever enjoyed over the years, but that’s what makes this movie so great…. or groovy. If you haven’t seen it yet, and you’re a fan of the duo (or Smith’s writing), I highly suggest that you check it out. It’s available on Netflix so run right over and watch it.

More goodies coming your way pretty soon, but until then……

Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer review

A little late, but as promised… The Equalizer.
Let me start this off with this; Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington together is like chocolate frosting on cake… it works and it works good. With that said, this movie is not without its flaws. Let me tell you what I thought about it..

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The Equalizer, a movie about a man trying to forget his past but events drags him back in. Well, that’s a premise we’ve all seen before. A few times to often, even. But still, it’s Denzel Washington, so how bad can it be? Exactly. But it’s not just Denzel Washington. He’s back together with his Training Day-director Antoine Fuqua and the two together is one fine combination, so this movie, albeit nothing new, was a great piece of cinema. It had a a tone set to it that was refreshing amidst all that is Superheros and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Denzel does his usual thing, being a complete badass alongside a kind of cool that only he can bring, but that’s not new anymore. We all know what he can do and even if he does it with greatness, it’s still just grabbing what he got in his bag of tricks. It’s like back in the 80’s when Arnold Schwarzenegger grabbed the biggest gun (on the planet)… it was awesome and kickass but we all knew it would happen at some point. Nevertheless, he liked what he did and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna like it the next time he does it as well.

The villain in this movie, well… nothing new here either, I’m afraid. A cool, methodical sociopath with a military background gone freelance. Yeah, we’ve all seen that before. But the thing that made this villain stand out among villains was Marton Csokas. With the exception of Mark Strong and Christopher Eccleston, Csokas is the go to-guy when you want a great movie villain. I mean, his voice alone would be enough to give children nightmares for weeks and add to that a charisma that’s out of this world and you have yourself a winner (or looser, since the baddies always looses in movies).

As far as the story goes, it’s as basic as always in these types of movies. Bad things happen to an innocent person so the hero corrects the wrong and ends up having to deal with an even bigger threat. As said, it’s nothing new at all, but somehow Fuqua makes this one work. Not to mention his sense of style. Some of the scenes in this film was unbelievable, like when a oil depot blows up… talk about a great use of slow-mo!

All in all, it was a good movie experience, but seeing as it didn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s just that, a good movie experience. It does get the ‘Tango’s Stamp of Approval’ but I’m not particularly excited for its DVD/Blu-ray release. In stead, I’ll wait for it to hit Netflix to see it again.

That’s it for now, I gotta hit the gym, but I’ll be back later on with something really cool. So stay tuned for that, but until then….