Ep. 103: Action Point

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This is Knoxville doing his stuntwork all the way to the bank. Between he and Chris Pontius, my sides hrt from laughing. Check out my audio as usual and video review I tried my hand at this time. Tell me what you think. Would you like to see more video experiments from me?

Action Point (2018)
R | 1h 25min | Comedy | 1 June 2018 (USA)

A daredevil designs and operates his own theme park with his friends.
Director: Tim Kirkby
Writers: John Altschuler (screenplay by), Dave Krinsky (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Susan Yeagley

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Man Pedicure

Sarah made me get a pedicure. They used what looked like a standard cheese grater on my cracked heels. “It will be relaxing” they said. 😉 Well in truth, it has felt pretty good. Guys, go for it. This isnt my first but the first time they got out the cheese grater. lol.

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Now Watching Sami Blood

Now Watching this foreign drama. One review said “Be open to this film.” That was all I needed. If it’s amazing I’ll let you know. Anyone out there seen it? Care to share? Spoilers are fine w me.

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My score: 8/10. “Barracuda” is an interesting film about an unexpected visit from a supposed 1/2 sister. Allison Tolman is the most recignizeable one and she puts on a great performance. This thriller was very exciting though seemed to lose its way once or twice.

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Podcast Day!

My output days on the podcast are Mon and Thu. Well good morning. I have 4 films to podcast on today: The Female Brain, Headless, Upstream Color, & Professor Marston & the Wonder Women. You’ll hear about these later. Stay tuned for when I announce the release. Did you see these movies? How are y’all doing?

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Thoughts on Solo Ads

What ads and trailers for this film say to me: “Hello. We are young people and we have no original ideas for movies.”
Look. Han Solo was a pretty good character in a Space Opera called Star Wars. Why can’t we stop it. Please, people who make these contrived prequels, stop it.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

This is a wildly exciting sci fi/futuristic rural adventure in fast cars and weapons. Yes. The cars are some of the weapons.

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

It did well with the critics but not without its detractors. I had read it was a class A action movie and on that basis alone I was excited to see it. I saw Mad Max in high school so I was aware of the character and the austere Australian cult vibe of the movie. This new version was only alike in costumes. The dialog was minimal but there were some heavy themes present. The evil leader gets his minions to blow themselves up by explaining some sort of after death paradise. Modern parallels anyone?The movie is not from the perspective of Max this time.

We see a lot from a group of women who get pregnant and suppy their milk to the group for nourishment. I’m not entirely sure how helpful this was to the plot. It did, however, show by proxy that they had lost civilized conventions … like cow’s milk. The chases and shoot em up scenes are top notch. I wasn’t bored once. The movie really is just one long car race and gang war. If you saw the trailer, you know about the flame thrower guitar. I wondered why that would be there but then recalled how in the revolutionary war the soldiers were often led by flutes and drums. By the way, in addition to the wicked guitar flamethrower, there are some amazing drums on the cars. So often action movies get caught up in storytelling scenes.

Max avoids that. It’s just one long running action scene with pointless dialog from time to time and in between. Because it didn’t focus on Max very much and because the story was a little weak it lost points. As an action movie h

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