Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bi-monthy movie review: Expendables 3

Time for our Bi-monthly movie review. Up this time is Expendables 3. With sequels I think it is important to mention the previous installments only because a sequel wouldn't be a sequel without them. So In the first one, Sylvester Stallone and his good buddies Arnold Schwarzenegger and (at the time) Bruce Willis got together to bring a good old 80's action flick (along with 80's action logic) back to the silver screen. The result? A good mixture of old and new action movie stars in a very enjoyable flick. Yes, it was a gimmick, but a well executed one. Never in my life did I think I would see all of these guys on the same screen at the same time nor did I ever think I would see Jet Li Vs Dolph Lundgren in a fight. Never.

So that was it. A ludicrous story, some silly dialog, some good fights, and lots and lots of explosions. Then Stallone said "Hey, this made me some money, I think I have a thing here." With that Expendables 2 was born. This one however turned up the cheese factor way to high and reminded us why 80's actions movies are no longer made. Wasted characters, no good fights, too much in-jokes and no payoff (the much hyped Stallone Vs Van Damme fight was anti-climatic to say the least).

That brings us to part three. Once again Stallone increases the star power with filling almost every speaking role with some kind of action star. Which I have to say is nice. No wasted characters here. The story is pretty straight forward (good guys go get the bad guys) but with some actual depth too it (not much mind you, but it is there). The in-jokes are kept to a minimum (which was just the right amount) and the action was on-par with the other two (perhaps a little better IMHO). The biggest complaint I would have is that there was no real "fight" beyond Mel Gibson and Stallone and that (once again) was lackluster. In the first movie Stallone actually lost the fight to Steve Austin which makes a better fight and leads to some of his co-stars to pick up the slack (of course I later found out that Stallone was actually hurt filming the scene, so the outcome *had* to be changed to keep the production going). In the other two it's always Stallone going at it alone against the main villain. Just think how cool it would have been to see Jet Li Vs Mel Gibson again after all these years (Remember Lethal Weapon 3)?

So, "Should I see it?" you are asking again. This one is interesting. As most of you know the installment made "little" money at the box office (due in part to the massive online leak of the movie weeks before its release) so, if only to keep the franchise alive, (and you want to support these guys, as well as see stuff blow up with tons of action and humor) I say go see it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

9/14/13 show

Today, (LIVE) on "It Came From The Radio" we have special Marvel Artist Ron Garney (http://rongarney.com/). Also, don't forget we have our "World's not as easy as the last one contest" for FREE Thursday passes to the NYCC. www.am1240wgbb.com 4pm EST #Rongarney #marvel #comicbooks #free #radioshow #entertainment #scootagoose2369





Archives are up! http://mfcstudios.pixeltao.com/podcast/9-14-14-WGBB.mp3

Monday, September 8, 2014

The "World's not as easy as the first one CONTEST"!

Win A pair of FREE tickets to the NYCC for Thursday 10/16.
Rules: Starting with our 9/7 show, listen in (live or archived) and during the news segment listen for a TV show theme song. Tweet us (or post here) @ICFTR #NYCCtickets with your guess as to the name of the show. First correct guess wins! Once the archives are posted, look for daily hints on www.itcamefromtheradio.com Good luck!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

9/7/14 show

Today (LIVE) on It Came From The Radio, we have actor/comedian and co-writer of the book "Everybody Dies" David Ury http://www.davidury.com/#! as a guest. Also we announce the details on the NYCC Free Thursday Tickets contest. 4pm EST www.am1240wgbb.com #Davidury #ripjoanrivers #everybodydies #radioshow #nycc #scootagoose2369




Archives are up! http://mfcstudios.pixeltao.com/podcast/9-7-14-WGBB.mp3

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bi-Monthly review: Let's Be cops

Alrighty, it's that time again. For the second review this month, I decided to pick the comedy "Let's Be Cops" Starring the guys from the FOX sitcom "New Girl" with Zooey Deschanel (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.).

Usually movies have a great premise but poor execution, in this case, I felt that the movie had a poor premise (two guys, best friends rather, who aren't doing so well in life (meaning that they are experiencing a mid-life crisis) mistakenly dress up as cops while attending a high school reunion masquerade party and because they feel empowered when people think they are real cops decide to keep the illusion going) and a decent execution.

The situations were classic "80's comedy" logic where they could actually be cops with no (or little) repercussions. This point is even addressed in the movie.  The problem is that they stay cops for an extended period of time (which wouldn't hold up even in an 80's movie).

I think when the movie was working, it was firing on all cylinders: funny, believable, with likeable characters, however, when it wasn't working, the humor (and logic) just fell flat.  

So, "Should I see it?"

I'd say If you are a fan of the actors, or if you have the ability to throw any kind of logic (80's or otherwise) out the window, then yes, go see it. Otherwise, I hear that "Happy Endings" (also starring Damon Wayans, Jr) is on Netflix.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

8/24/14 show

Today, (LIVE!) on "It Came From The Radio", we have ex-intern Cara Frank taking over the reigns as we discuss the new TMNT movie. 4pm EST www.am1240wgbb.com #TMNT #radioshow #entertainment #milomanara #moviereview #Scoobydoo #scootagoose2369


Archives are up! http://mfcstudios.pixeltao.com/podcast/8-24-14-WGBB.mp3