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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Blue Ruin’

A vagrant doesn’t seem like someone you should fear at all. Unkempt hair, dirty clothes, a Duck Dynasty-esque beard, a look of tiredness in the face, none of these are traits that typically sound off alarms in a person’s brain. And yet, Dwight, the protagonist of Blue Ruin displays all of these traits … and he should be feared. Why?

Because he has revenge on his mind, and his revenge won’t go undone. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘I Know That Voice’

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by voice acting. Still watching cartoons as an adult, I love going to IMDB to look up who voices characters on things I watch. Because of this fascination, when I heard that John DiMaggio (voice of Futurama’s Bender among hundreds of other things) was making a documentary about the world of voice acting called I Know That Voice, I was immediately on board.

What’s interesting about I Know That Voice is that, consistently, every single person interviewed agrees that voice acting is not about coming up with silly voices, it’s about acting. Coming up with voices is part of the job, but being able to emote, and play a character in that voice is where the true talent lies in voice acting. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Dom Hemingway’

When you’re as handsome as Englishman Jude Law is, typecasting is just an occupational hazard. Some filmmaker somewhere always pictures you as “perfect” to play some right-proper gent or another.

On the flip side, when you are as talented as Law is, you can forge your own opportunities and hop off the typecasting train. That’s exactly what he does in writer-director Richard Shepard’s dark English comedy Dom Hemingway, a giddy blend of style and attitude that plays like a cross between a Guy Ritchie and Wes Anderson film.

Unfortunately, it’s also a little lightweight, just like Guy Ritchie and Wes Anderson films can be. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘The Raid 2′

When it comes to action blockbusters, it’s hard to think of a time before Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich and company brought their unique style of loud, mega-budget destruction to the masses. And while comic-book movies scratch a certain explosion-y itch, it’s been a long time since the action genre felt like it had a genuine edge.

Which is why The Raid 2 hits all the harder. Adrenaline-fueled and with a scope and variety that belies its origins and budget, it’s already a heavy contender for the giddiest, most thrilling action ride of the year. Its 2011 predecessor proved an effectively kinetic enough calling card for many to sit up and pay attention to Welsh director Gareth Evans. The tale of a drug bust gone hideously, bloodily wrong, it centred on one insanely brave cop’s desperate mission to scale and then take down a tower block full of psychotic criminals. How?

By using the ancient art of punching people very hard in the face. I mean, very, VERY hard. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Compared with Iron Man, Captain America and the other earthbound heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the maniacally entertaining Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a wild child.

Director James Gunn (Slither, Super) tosses together a dizzying blend of superhero bravado, outer-space adventure and off-the-wall comedy that introduces the strangest and most enjoyable bunch of rogues ever to inhabit the same spaceship.

And you know what? Guardians of the Galaxy is SO. DAMN. GOOD. It might be one of the most fun movies I’ve seen in a long time. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Snowpiercer’

A warning about the perils of climate change? An action vehicle for Chris Evans of Captain America fame to kick some more ass in a less polished outfit? An anti-capitalist tale of the proletariat revolution? A religious allegory? Snowpiercer is all of those and so much more, and definitely worth the price of admission. Yes, it’s a sci-fi action film, but it is one of the most purely exciting, compelling and thought-provoking cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Oldboy (2013)’

The question that goes throughout Oldboy, the latest Spike Lee joint, is “Why?” Why has somebody taken the trouble to kidnap Joe Doucett, an alcoholic advertising executive, and lock him up in a fake hotel room for 20 years? Why has Joe been framed for a murder and then, after making a mental journey to madness and back, set free?

The very same question could be asked why Lee remade a movie that, not even a decade old, is easily regarded as an international movie classic. Why?

I mean, if you’re gonna do something someone’s already done, at least do it better, right? Okay, maybe not if you’re Spike. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’

If you’ve never actually seen a Terry Gilliam film, you’re truly missing out. Even when the movie itself isn’t all that great, you simply can’t take your eyes from the screen. As a kid, that’s slightly how I was about Time Bandits.

When it comes to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, I’m definitely in the latter camp. It helps that the former never hits the film at all. Continue reading