Movie Review: ‘The Green Inferno’ Directed by Eli Roth
Oct 2015 01

Green Inferno PosterIt’s hard for me to find anything good to say about The Green Inferno, Eli Roth’s latest offering for horror fans.

In fact, the best thing I can say about the film is that I loved the trailer for Creed.

Roth claims this film is his ode to “Cannibal Holocaust,” a 1980 horror film which is considered a classic for it’s snuff film-like feel.

Maybe Roth is to blame or maybe it’s the MPAA, but for as much that was made of TGI’s gore and violence, I felt a bit shortchanged.

Viewers are treated to a dismemberment of one of the hippies, as well as a skinning, but other than that, it was rather tame.

Yes, there is more gore, but I really found myself not caring about any of the characters,as they are all hippie douchebag’s who will protest anything if it will get them notoriety.
Knowing that Roth got the idea for the film after Occupy Wall Street happened, intrigued me.

His premise was a good one, and the film could have been so much better if more time would have been invested in the characters.

The ending of the film completely sucked, as I felt like it just ended. There is also a very short scene which takes place mid-credits, but it doesn’t do anything to save this turd.
Roth is a talented director, as I look at him as a less talented, poor man’s Tarantino.

His debut, “Cabin Fever” remains a favorite of mine. “Hostel” keeps me from going to Europe to this day.

Roth knows horror and maybe the director’s cut of this film will be better, but the story is just, well, carved up, more than some of the victims in the film.

While the acting isn’t bad, it’s nothing to write home about.

All in all, I would save my money for Crimson Peak, or Knock, Knock. The latter is another Roth film starring Keanu Reeves, which looks promising.

I give The Green Inferno a D-

Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Aug 2015 14

New Straight Outta Compton PosterAfter seeing Straight Outta Compton, it’s almost like things haven’t changed all that much.

While N.W.A. burst onto the scene in 1988 with the anthem “Fuck the Police,” the song seems more relevant now than ever, given the racial tension that is going on in Ferguson.

While F. Gary Gray’s biopic of N.W.A brilliantly shows just what the groups members went through to achieve fame, it seems to run just a little too long and get a little too soft near the end.

Gray, (whose first film Friday starred Ice Cube) is now directing Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. O’Shea is a spitting image of his father in the film, and delivers a strong performance as the young Cube.

Jason Mitchell steals the show as Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright. Wright is easily the deepest character in the film, raising money for studio time by selling drugs. While Wright’s small stature mixes well with his high voice, his attitude and the way he carried himself was anything but small.

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Movie Review: ‘Southpaw’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent
Jul 2015 24

Jake Gyllenhaal is on a roll.

With his new film, Southpaw, the actor once again buries himself into another role. This time it’s Billy Hope, a boxer who is seemingly on top of the world.

He has millions of dollars, a beautiful wife and daughter and has won 43 straight fights.

After a tragedy strikes Hope’s family, everything he has vanishes, including his longtime manager Jordan, played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Antoine Fuqua does a fine job directing the film. In fact, it may be his best work since Training Day.

Just like Fuqua did in Training Day with Denzel Washington, he gets a scene stealing performance from Gyllenhaal, who should garner some Oscar attention for his role.

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Movie Review: ‘Max’
Jun 2015 26

MaxI’m a sucker for dog movies, I admit it.

I cry like a little bitch at the ASPCA commercials, so maybe my take on “Max” isn’t as reliable as some heartless asshole’s take.

“Max” is 100 minutes of dog love, pure and simple.

Dog lovers will devour this movie and be left begging for seconds.

“Max” is a German shepherd, that was trained by the military to assist in weapons finding missions.

It just so happens that Max’s trainer/owner is shot and killed early on in the movie.

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Jun 2015 22

We, as human beings love violence.
There is just something about watching two guys, and now women in some cases, get into a cage and go at it.
However, there is more to the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) than just fighting.
Like any sport, it takes talent and mental toughness.
On Friday, June 19, Bellator 138 aired live on Spike TV from Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The main event was Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock.
The fight was being billed as “Unfinished Buisness”, as it was 7 years in the making.
While some viewed the fight as more of a circus, the other fights on the card were worth watching, as there was a strong Midwest presence on the card.
Pacific’s own, Justin Lawrence returned home for the first time in 5 years, in what would be his first fight under Bellator.
Lawrence delivered quite a show for the fans, who gave him a raucous ovation.
Lawrence defeated Sean Wilson by TKO in a featherweight bout. Lawrence improved to 8-2 and looks to be on his way to breaking into the Bellator main card.
Former Mizzou All-American, Michael Chandler, returned home, as he hails from High Ridge, Mo. Chandler opened the main card on Spike TV by defeating Derek Compos by choking him out.
The crowd chanted MIZ-ZOU throughout the fight.
Bobby Lashley, who attended Missouri Valley College, easily won his heavyweight fight against Dan Charles, by tossing him around like a ragdoll.
The fight of the night belonged to featherweight champ, Patricio Pitbull and challenger, Daniel Weichel.
Weichel appeared to have Pitbull knocked out as the bell rang at the end of the first round, however, the ref did not step in until after the bell.
The fight would continue into the second round.
Pitbull needed just one punch in the second round, as he knocked out Weichel, to retain his belt. It was a stunning turn of events.
The main event featured Shamrock vs Slice.
Shamrock was led to the cage by his family and Animal, former WWF Wrestler of Legion of Doom.
Slice walked to the cage by himself.
As the fight started, Shamrock appeared to have Slice in a choke hold. The arena was waiting for Slice to tap, but he did not.
Instead, Slice broke the hold, got up and pummeled Shamrock with a flurry of punches. The fight was stopped, just over 2 minutes in, as Slice won.
Overall, it was quite a fun evening, as many of Bellator’s other fighters were run to speak with. Tito Ortiz was in attendance, as was Granite City’s own, Matt Hughes.
Many St. Louis Rams players were seen in the crowd as well.
Former WWE wrestler, MVP, was also in the crowd.
Bellator President, Scott Coker, said the promotion would be returning to St. Louis, as it was a great crowd for the event.

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