Archive for May, 2011

MR. BROOKS

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2011 by xymarla

So many characters with so much trite, stupid backstory. So many serial killers. So many twists. So many dropped storylines. Such a weak-ass ending. Meet Mr. Brooks.

Mr. Brooks stars Kevin Costner as a wealthy Portland businessman, family man and philanthropist. Also he’s a serial killer. So there’s that. The movie casts a scenery-hungry William Hurt as his personified, murderous inner voice, so there’s that, too. Demi Moore plays the hard-boiled detective with an eerie insight into Mr. Brooks’ modus operandi, and Dane Cook plays a mechanical engineer who decides he also wants to be a serial killer. That’s right: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, and Dane Cook. You would be forgiven for thinking this movie was made in the 90s. You would also be wrong. 2007, my friends!

Read it in the Make It Stop feature over at Badass Digest!

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She Said, She Said: BRIDESMAIDS

Posted in A+ Review, Random Tidbits with tags , , , on May 17, 2011 by xymarla
 
Welcome to a new feature at Badass Digest, wherein April Swartz and I make the radical assumption that not all of BAD’s readers are men! First topic of discussion: BRIDESMAIDS. Is it the messiah of the chick flick, the female version of THE HANGOVER, or just a really good comedy?
 
Check it out!

I Am A Rational Adult Who Loves Smallville

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , on May 12, 2011 by xymarla

Tomorrow, the two-hour series finale of Smallville will air, a culmination of ten years of triumphs and missteps in a show that I cannot help but love. Loving this show with my unceasing critical eye has not been an easy journey; Smallville has never made it easy.  But it’s a journey I’ve cherished, and so, on the eve of its finale, I defend Smallville in the face of astonishment and contempt. Read it over at Badass Digest.

Borders Line: So They’re Still Going Through With PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, Huh?

Posted in Movie News with tags , on May 5, 2011 by xymarla

Craig Gillespie has had a lot to say lately about his new role as director of the long-troubled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. He gives some good sound bites: he intends a gothic tone contrasted with the pastoral quality of Austen’s novels, he’s excited about the big action sequences and elaborate set pieces, and he wants the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy to really thrive at the core of all the juxtaposition and, you know, zombies. But I can’t help but wonder: why the hell are they even bothering with this movie anymore?

Check it out over at Badass Digest!

Borders Line: Farewell To Michael Scott, The World’s Best Bad Boss

Posted in Television News, Television Review, Top List with tags , , on May 4, 2011 by xymarla

Tonight marks Steve Carrell’s departure from The Office after seven seasons of making us cringe, flinch, wince and laugh as the bumbling Michael Scott. For the Dunder Mifflinites, Michael’s move to Colorado with Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) will surely be bittersweet. As tenderly and tearfully as his employees serenaded him last week, I have to imagine that in reality, the change would be more sweet than bitter. Michael Scott can be well-meaning and loyal, true. He can also be ignorant, small-minded, petty and often cruel. He’s the boss you’d hate to have but love to watch. He has reached moderate heights of surprising competence, and far more often, staggering depths of humiliating ineptitude. In honor of Steve Carrell’s brilliant, hilarious, painful performance, I offer you several of Michael Scott’s most excruciating moments–and a precious few moments of triumph.

Forgot to post this last week–check it out over at Badass Digest!