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Review – “Brigsby Bear” and “Wind River”

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Review – “Brigsby Bear” and “Wind River”

This week guest reviewer TheNoShitMovieCritic takes a look a two movies you may have missed this summer, featuring Mark Hamil in Brigsby Bear, and Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen in Wind River.

Brigsby Bear

I’m going to dig really deep here to hand this PG comedy-drama a 5 star 8/10 rating. The general public may see this one less, but I think it is a keeper.

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Binary System Podcast #68 – Arrival

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Binary System Podcast #68 – Arrival

As part of our continuing coverage of the 2017 Academy Awards, the twins had a thoughtful discussion about the nuances involved in the judges’ choices for Best Picture, including the overlooked importance of the Production Design Award in tandem with the Sound Mixing and Film Editing Awards.

And by all of that I mean we recited the entire plot of Arrival with lots of “EEEEEE!” noises.

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Review – Arrival

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Review – Arrival

You guys, I don’t know how to write a review for this movie, I really don’t. I can’t spoil anything about the plot, and I promise I won’t, but all the things I loved most, the things I really want to talk about, are all part of the things that need to surprise you when you see it. Which leaves me talking around the edges of everything I loved.

Plus it blew my mind, it really did.

Arrival

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Movie Issues: S.W.A.T.

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Movie Issues: S.W.A.T.

Still watching movies with the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the guys this week get two more under their belt as they watch 2003’s action/cop flick S.W.A.T., based on the TV show from 1975. We get Sam Jackson training a team of new S.W.A.T. recruits Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, and LL Cool J, as they go up against ex-S.W.A.T. member Jeremy Renner. Yeah, it’s just as awesome as it sounds. Also get down and dirty about Star Wars and Harley Quinn. Pretty standard episode for the team. Please download and enjoy! Read On

Well, Why Shouldn’t We Call Black Widow A Slut?

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Well, Why Shouldn’t We Call Black Widow A Slut?

So Jeremy Renner is in “internet trouble” because in an interview last month he called Black Widow a slut, and then this week on Conan he defended that statement; Black Widow is definitely a slut.

The internet jumped on him (though, seriously guys, can we keep the death-threats to a minimum? Like zero?) and people are upset and telling him to shut it. I don’t want to attack him (I honestly do like the guy, most of the time, and I admire his resolve to not back down under pressure) but I want to look at what prompts that kind of comment, why people are entitled to their opinions no matter what they are, and why some words are unhelpful.

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Movie Issues: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Movie Issues: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Well it’s finally time for us moviegoers to assemble, because Marvel’s Avengers are back in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Once again directed by geek god Joss Whedon, it features the returning Avengers cast that we know and love. This time around an evil android known as Ultron has set his sights on world domination and only The Avengers can stop him, but can they do it before it’s too late? Well duh, they’re the fracking Avengers, of course they can! But along the way we’re given great action, acting, and comedy, all leading into a comic book style movie like no other.

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Movie Issues: American Hustle

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Movie Issues: American Hustle

American Hustle is the new film written and directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook) where he takes his favorite actors and places them in a long con game where everyone who plays could lose everything. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his amateur grafter girlfriend Sydney (Amy Adams), are recruited and forced to work for an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who pushes them into a dangerous world of New Jersey powerbrokers who have mafia ties, eventually involving a small town mayor, Carmine (Jeremy Renner). Suddenly, everyone has their own agenda, leaving Irving’s lonely crazy wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), the only person who can screw everything up and get them all killed, all leading them to wonder who’s conning who and who will be left holding the bag.

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The Town

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The Town

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If you, like me, were perplexed and put off by the ads and posters for The Town (think cars full of weird, wrinkly nun figures as the only salient image), please rectify your loss and see it if you can. Star and director Ben Affleck has given us a film with a great premise and execution and a load of solid performances. The titular town is Charlestown, a neighborhood in Boston famous for producing bank robbers and thieves. Affleck plays one of these local lowlifes, rolling with a tight-knit crew that includes human powderkeg Jeremy Renner. The grungy charm of these men belies the laserlike efficiency of their bank jobs. And by bank jobs, I don’t mean that they are tellers.

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The Hurt Locker

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Jeremy Renner first made an indelible impression on me when he played Jeffrey Dahmer in the film Dahmer.  His boyish face belies the simmering intensity he can produce onscreen.  Sure, that’s a hackneyed way to describe it, but the reality is just that.  He gets you with those baby blues.  Here, in 2004 Baghdad, Renner plays a bomb defusing technician whose job is tense even when performed with maximum caution.  Renner’s character does not bother with such things — he prefers to rock and roll and git ‘er done, and it becomes gradually evident that he is past being just a hotshot, past being an adrenaline junkie.  He’s a pusher.

Renner’s character is a crazy dude, but what director Kathryn Bigelow does is ramp up our awareness of the insanity of these soldiers’ situation until Renner’s approach seems almost reasonable.  The tactical and practical realities they have to deal with are vivid reminders of what is still happening out there, five years later.  Bigelow directed the loathsome Strange Days, but I’ll say this for her there as well as here:  she does not shy away from the ugly side of people and their capacity for cruelty or dismissing of their fellow man.

Renner’s bomb squad is comprised of Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty.  These two men are nearing the end of their tour when they lose their third man (the blaster); tension is high and Renner’s methods don’t make things any easier.  These guys run missions with intensity, while Iraqi life continues all around them, as if to mock their efforts — children run about and get in the way of a patrol, kites fly, women shuffle veiled through the market — it’s bananas.  Despite Renner and some other familiar faces peppering the cast (Guy Pearce, David Morse, Ralph Fiennes), I found it difficult at times to remember that these men are actors.  The tension is pulled to just the right tautness to be sustained over time without having to defuse it with a narrative break.  And the acting is great.

So, OK, we have a war movie, with danger, tension, great performances, a pretty heavy throughline of Renner’s need for hard core everything — but, as my friend pointed out, no Message.  Sure, war is hell, even the hawks will tell you that, but these guys aren’t thinking about politics or parties or re-elections.  They have missions that keep their soldiers and civilians from being blown up, and any day could be their last.  Their whole world is focused on that pinpoint.  War is hell, war is a drug, war is not what the suits think it is when they deploy tanks and battleships.  It’s very, very personal.  The Hurt Locker is excellent, I hope everyone checks it out and rewards the studios for this great production.

MPAA Rating  R – violence and pervasive language.
Release date 7/10/09
Time in minutes 131
Director  Kathryn Bigelow
Studio Summit Entertainment