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Star_Wars_The_Force_AwakensI have been waiting a very long time for a film to absolutely blow me away and J.J. Abrams just did that for me with his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film is the seventh episode in the series and is the first since 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith. The film takes place 30 years after the events of The Return Of The Jedi and The First Order of the Galactic Empire is on the rise as it fearless leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) are on the hunt for the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) which are with a a resistance fighter pilot named Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his droid BB-8. During a mission to abtrieve the two of them, a stormtrooper eventually named Finn (John Boyega) sees the wrong doings of the First Order and decides to fight back along with a courageous girl named Rey (Daisy Ridley). The film also stars Harrison Ford (Star Wars) as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) as General Leia, Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) as Maz Kanata, Andy Serkis (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) as Supreme Leader Snook, Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) as General Hux, Anthony Daniels (Star Wars) as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) as Chewbacca, and Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones) as Captain Phasma.

star warsI am trying my best not to spoil any major details for anyone, but for here on out I am going to give you a spoiler alert just in case I do. There are details in this film that are going to blow your mind like who are Han and Leia’s kid(s), what connection does Kylo Ren have to Darth Vader (considering he is obsessed with him), and where is Luke Skywalker? Most of these are answered in the film and there are some tough moments especially if you are a fan of any original characters. Kylo Ren’s character is an amazing study because he struggles with the light and the dark side, but the real show stealer in my opinion is Rey (Ridley). In my opinion, she is an absolute bad ass and she is such an amazing character, but I am not going to give away any major details about her. All I can say is that she is a true bad ass. One of the biggest concerns that I had about the film was whether or not it would live up to the original three released and that hopefully it was way better than the prequels. J.J. Abrams achieved all of that with this masterpiece as he did the series justice. He gave you everything from comedic moments, action packed moments, to the very dramatic moments all in one film. Kudos go to the special effects team on a job well done. The only thing I could have wished for a little more was more Captain Phasma who we only see in brief moments, but hopefully we’ll see more of her in the future. This is a definite must see film for any fan of Sci-Fi or Star Wars in general. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade.

murray christmasThere is only five days until Christmas (including today) and that means we have another countdown to Christmas post for all of you. For today’s post, I turned to one of the most legendary figures of comedy of the last 30 plus years in Bill Murray (Stripes, Ghostbusters, etc.) and his Netflix original special A Very Murray Christmas. Int he special, Bill Murray finds himself having the Christmas blues as he is to perform live for an audience. The thing he is worried about is that no one will show up to help him on his special. With the help of some new friends and some great Christmas music, they’ll pass the time and worries. The special features appearances from Paul Shaffer, Maya Rudolf, Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Rashida Jones, David Johansen, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, and so many more.

murray.pngThis is definitely a must see special for any fans of Bill Murray and/or Christmas because it’s unique and different than what we usually get around this time. You’ll see in the special that Bill isn’t really that bad of a singer as he can handle his own with someone like Maya Rudolf who has some pipes to her. Maya really impressed me a lot with her rendition of Christmas Baby Please Come Home. I never really was a huge fan of David Johansen and his singing ability, but I get why he is there (the guy is legendary after all). He does change my mind a little during a huge rendition of Fairytale Of New York. Bill Murray is a master at what he does and you guys need to check this out and Miley Cyrus even makes an appearance in the special. She does a pretty good rendition of Silent Night that let’s you remember why we thought she had talent in the first place. The special is available as we speak on Netflix right now, but to entice you a little more I am providing a trailer for all of you to check out. I am giving the special an A for a final grade.

We are back with another edition of Countdown To Christmas and we are a little late seeing as their is only nine days (including today) left until Christmas Day which means nine gifts from me to you. Last year, we covered all music that had to do with Christmas, but this year we are branching out a little bit. Macaulay Culkin was back on the news feed on Facebook for a new thing that he is apart of here it looks at his famous Home Alone character of Kevin McCallister in Just Me In The House By Myself. The film explores the fallout of the events of that night 25 years later and it’s awesome. It’s the first episode of a webseries called DRYVRS and it’s great. Culkin shows up to pick up a passenger when he admits that he can’t drive. Not to worry because the passenger volunteers to drive and after a comment taken the wrong way, Culkin indulges on the week he was left home alone. I won’t spoil the rest of it because it gets weird towards the end, but I loved it. I have to say that Culkin looks good and a lot better than he did in the past. I hope that this means that we’ll see a lot more from him in the future. The episode was directed by Jack Dishel and Kerry Harris.  Check it out below:

imagesBlack Mass was a thing last week and while it may still carry some juice in it while people who have waited to see it will go, but we have some new films that could steal the attention away. The first film, I am looking at is a highly anticipated horror release from the sick mind of Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) in The Green Inferno. Fans have had to wait for this film to be released for quite some time as it sat in limbo for a little while, but never fear cause Roth’s ode to the late 70’s/80’s cannibal films is now out. The film is about a group of college kids who happen to be activists who set out to stop  corporation from destroying the Amazon near Peru. What they don’t expect is that while on this trip they are going to end up being lunch for the whole entire indigenous tribe of that section of the Amazon. It will literally take everything they’ve got if they hope to survive this gory nightmare. The film stars Lorenza Izzo (Knock Knock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Sky Ferreira (Vampire Academy), and so many more. Watch it if you dare and expect a full review for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween coming very soon.

internThe last film that I am going to touch upon only because Hotel Transylvania 2 was not available for me to watch is the new Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway film The Intern. De Niro stars as Ben Whitaker, a 70 year old man living in a time that no longer belongs to his generation. He is retired, old, and he has absolutely nothing to do. One day he sees an ad for a senior internship program and he jumps on the chance. He eventually gets hired where he meets his reluctant boss played by Anne Hathaway. While De Niro’s character may be old and out of touch with the millennials, he soon starts to change the way everyone feels at this company and he basically saves the day for everyone. While I don’t think it’s the greatest movie ever made, I have to give it to them because they make funny and enjoyable as it has it’s moments where it shines. I was pleasantly surprised with the film as to how it came out, the overall feel of it, and De Niro’s brilliant interaction with some of today’s newbies. The film also stars Rene Russo (Ransom), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect), Zack Pearlman (Staten Island Summer), and so many more. I am going to give this film a B for a final grade.

blackmassheader2It has been a while since the last time I did a Based On A Truesday Story (a play on the words Tuesday and True Story), but I had to bring it back for a special movie. This past Friday, Black Mass, the film about one of South Boston’s most notorious gangsters in James “Whitey” Bulger was released into theaters. The film stars Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco) stars as the notorious gangster himself as it looks at how Whitey got the push he needed in the game thanks to corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).  It takes you deep into South Boston as Bulger goes on a rampage as he becomes one of the most powerful gangsters and second on the list of the FBI’s most wanted men behind Osama Bin Laden. The film is based on the book of the same name by former Boston Globe writers Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill and it looks at what Kevin Weeks, Steve Flemmi, and John Martorano had to say about Bulger. The film also stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey) as Lindsey Cyr, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Billy Bulger, Kevin Bacon (Footloose) as Charles McGuire, Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as Brian Halloran, Rory Cochrane (Dazed And Confused) as Steve Flemmi, David Harbour (The Equalizer) as John Morris, Adam Scott (Step Brothers) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick, Corey Stroll (This Is Where I Leave You) as Fred Wyshak, Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) as Marianne Connolly, W. Earl Brown (Scream) as John Martorano, Jesse Plemons (Observe And Report) as Kevin Weeks, Juno Temple (Killer Joe) as Deborah Hussey, and the film was directed by Scott Cooper (Out Of The Furnace).

black massAs with every film that is based on a true story, there are always those who doubt how true each event is and whether or not Hollywood expressed their creative liberty with some of the film. Kevin Weeks, one of the men depicted in the film recently spoke out on the film calling it fiction. He commented on Johnny Depp’s performance of Bulger and how it was written saying, “The only resemblance to Whitey’s character was the hairline. The funny thing is, Whitey’s look didn’t really change at all, just his clothes. It’s like we were stuck in a time warp. And the mannerisms—the way that Whitey talked to us—he never swore at us. In all the years I was with that man, he never swore at me once.” He later commented on a scene in the film that was depicted in Miami when a deal was being made to take out an important figure. Weeks says, “That never happened. In fact, I didn’t know about Roger Wheeler’s death until the Callahan murder. So just by having me be there giving Halloran the money, they have involved me in a conspiracy to kill Roger Wheeler. I’ve been libeled. I wasn’t involved in that at all, so I have a big problem with that. I just don’t know where they get the right to put events in there that did not happen.” There is also a very cool article from Time Magazine that describes what was fact or fiction about some important events in the film. In the film, they claim that the violence increased once Bulger’s son died. While it’s true that his son did die, they claim that he had ordered several hits before then with Weeks telling The Daily Beast, “Whitey was violent long before his son’s death.” Nevertheless, I thought Johnny Depp’s performance was masterful and that he was the best part of the film. I do feel that they made Flemmi and Weeks minor characters in the film than what they probably were in real life. The film itself was good, but Edgerton and Depp absolutely steal the show. One of my favorite elements of the film was the cinematography because they take some amazing shots of the city of Boston and Southie. Overall, my final grade for the film is a B=+

The summer is dwindling down which means that the summer of blockbusters is almost over and it’s time to look forward to the fall. I recently watched three films and I have a small little review of all three which are Sinister 2, American Ultra, and Hitman: Agent 47. The films were released today so choose wisely and enjoy!

sinister 2Sinister 2– Back in 2012, we were introduced to an evil demon known as Bughuul who gets children to commit unthinkable acts to their parents. In the first film Ethan Hawk was an author who was researching all of the weird crimes for a book that he was writing with the help of Sheriff Deputy So & So (James Ransone). As we all know, Ethan Hawke’s character dies and now the ex- deputy So & So is back and this time he is obsessed with solving the mystery. While on the journey, he runs into a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin sons who are living in an old house that has been marked for death. I truly believe that the first Sinister was just brilliant and spooky while this one just tries to spook you with the cheap scares and some gruesome kill scenes. The film isn’t terrible, but it definitely wasn’t better than the first despite the fact we get to see Bughuul a little bit more. The film also stars Lea Coco, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Nicholas King as Bughuul. I am giving the film a C- for a final grade

american ultraAmerican Ultra– There was quite some hype heading into this film as some were saying that if Pineapple Express (a personal favorite of mine) and all The Bourne Films had a baby this would be their child. The film stars Lex Luthor himself Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who has no idea that he is a Government secret weapon until he is activated by his creator while at work. Along with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), they’ll go one heck of an adventure as they try to avoid ultimate extinction. I have to be honest with all of you and say that I really enjoyed watching this film even though I had no expectations heading into it. It’s fun and it’s a different kind of way to handle secret agent films to make it more hip to the younger crowd. The film also stars Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman to name a few. I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade.

agent 47Hitman: Agent 47– I honestly didn’t know what in the world was wrong with the Original Hitman movie that starred Timothy Olyphant, but then again I am not in charge of these things. Well, Agent 47 returns to the big screen in Hitman: Agent 47, but the role is played by Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) who is a man on a mission. This time he is looking for a woman by the name of Katia (Hannah Ware) who is just as special as him and can lead him directly to his target, but he has to get her before Syndicate agent John Smith (Zachary Quinto) does. If you’re looking for a very high body count then you’ll want to check this out, but some of the interactions are a little awkward at times during the film. Look for a full review coming next week in Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film also stars Jürgen Prochnow, Ciaran Hinds, Angelababy, and Dan Bakkedahl to name a few. If you want to know what grade I gave this film, then you’ll have to wait for the full review coming on Wednesday.

straight-outta-compton--Long-Sleeve-ShirtsYesterday I ventured to the movie theaters to see a film that I had been waiting for someone to make for a very long time. It had been a while since I did a Based On A Truesday (play on the words True and Tuesday) Story post and I figured Straight Outta Compton was the perfect piece to return with. The film is about the rise and fall of one of the greatest hip groups in the world in N.W.A. It was the group that featured the greatest rappers Compton had to offer at the time in Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played by O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), and MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge). The group changed the way rap was done back int he late 80’s to ealry 90’s and the film chronicles their struggle to put Compton on the map to their rise to fame and eventual downfall. The film also stars Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) as Jerry Heller, Marlon Yates Jr. as The Doc, R. Marcos Taylor (Dead Man Down) as Suge Knight, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg, Carra Patterson (Why Did I Get Married Too) as Tomica Wright, Marcc Rose as Tupac, Mark Sherman as Jimmy Iovine, and the film was directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday).

watch-straight-outta-compton-n-w-a-biopic-movie-red-band-trailer-videoThis has to be by far the movie of the year or at least one of the greatest biopics ever made on the history of this earth. I literally had goosebumps while I was watching the film remembering the rise of rap.Hip Hop and what a beautiful thing it was to watch. I think every guy did a good job playing the role they were given especially Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. who was given the role of a lifetime. The only complaint that I have about the film is the fact that they diminished MC Ren’s role in all of this like he wasn’t that important of a person in the group. I feel like MC Ren had more of a role in the beginnings of the group, but his role in the film is minimal at best. I get it hat the most important ones out of all of them were Dre, Eazy, and Ice Cube who all enjoyed major success in life. The one thing the film reminds you is how sad it was that we never had the N.W.A. reunion that we all deserved as it was about to be set up until Eazy-E passed away. Everyone from top to bottom did an amazing job in this film as it felt so real and you almost felt like you wee there at the exact moment in time that it was happening. I did want to also mention that R. Marcos Taylor did an amazing job capturing who Suge Knight was and I don’t know who Marcc Rose is, but will someone sign him up for a Tupac biopic already cause it was scary how much he looked like Tupac. This film deserves to be an Oscar contender and if it’s not then we all know the Academy had no idea what there jobs are. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade because it kicked so much butt it kicked ass.