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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

This time the movie really is — as the old theme song promises — sensational, celebrational and Muppetational. That last part matters the most in Muppets Most Wanted. In 2011, the Muppets were successfully rebooted  but that hit movie was a bit heavy on the humans.

No worries about that with Muppets Most Wanted. This one continues the Muppet tradition of making the real co-stars up their funny to keep up with Jim Henson’s creations. The film’s slightly overplotted feel is offset by the zippiest musical numbers seen since 1979. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: Catch-all

Let me be up front and honest: I am bushed.

The past month has been blurring into one big busy session after another. I’ve not had a moment to watch a movie even on Netflix, much less in the theater or visit a Redbox machine.

But I’ve made time for television. And baby, let me tell you, while I may be prone to hyperbole, I really don’t think it’s that much of a hyperbole when I say that we’re in a golden age of television. Despite the Duck Dynasties, despite the Kardashians, despite the NCISCSI Intent of Interest, despite all of the reality competitions, there is some really great stuff on television. Let’s take a look at some of my new favorites for the season, shall we? Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘How To Lose Friends & Alienate People’

Simon Pegg, pound for pound, is one of my three favorite actors of all time (for those interested, the other two are Bruce Campbell and Charlie Day). I will support him no matter what decision he makes.

2008′s How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (How To Lose from here on out) really strains that move by me.

I mean, really strains. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Stalled’

Stalled, the latest genre combo from across the pond is not a found footage presentation, but it does have a simple hook: the entire flick (it’s a zombie movie) takes place inside of a bathroom. Indeed, most of the movie stays inside one specific bathroom stall. This sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch at best or maybe a decent short film.

Unfortunately, it kind of is. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

I saw Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on opening night; however, due to it being released during the Christmas season, it gets shuffled into already a busy time. Then comes Oscar season and some movies get neglected.

Last week, Anchorman 2 was rereleased in theaters as an R-rated version (originally it was a PG-13 [but a fairly hard PG-13]). It was a special one week only release with 763 new jokes. A podcast interview with director Adam McKay revealed that due to the amount of footage they have, this wasn’t an empty, pumped up boast.

So, given that this review is coming out on the final day of the limited release, we clearly know that I am horrible with time frames. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘Argento’s Dracula’

Italian director Dario Argento is a living legend in horror movie history. The man behind Tenebre, Suspiria and Deep Red has created some of the most shocking, thrilling and horrifying movies in cinema.

Clearly, something has happened to that man. Perhaps he was taken over by a bodysnatcher. The man that directed Argento’s Dracula (Dracula 3D) can’t be the same Dario Argento because this movie is a pile of crap. Continue reading

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MasterChugs Theater: ‘The Lego Movie’

The Lego Movie is fantastic. It’s one of the best kids’ movie I’ve seen in years. It’s not only better than I expected, but it’s better than its premise, structure, cast, crew, and script could have reasonably been expected to be. There is a geometric expansion of excellence between the potential seen when looked at The Lego Movie as an idea on paper and seeing the final film. It should not under any realistic circumstances have been this good.

How’s that for an opening paragraph? Continue reading