Month: October 2015

It Is What It Is, with The JackAss! Ep 7: WWE 2K16 is here!

On this weeks Episode, BC talks movie news, a little television, and recaps his favorite moments from WWE Hell in the Cell. He also gives a short review of WWE 2K16!

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It Is What It Is with The JackAss! Ep 6: Hell in a Cell Preview

The booker Bluem couldnt make it to the studio, but that didnt stop B to the C from previewing this weekends upcoming WWE PPV Hell in a Cell! Plus a short review of Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension!

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Paranormal Activity The please for the love of god be the last dimension

Using a special camera that can see spirits, a Ryan and Emily Fleeges must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan. Joined by Ryan’s brother Mike, and family friend Skyler, they attempt to survive and make sense of what is happening around them, including mysterious tapes that eerily connect them to a young Kristi and Katie.

Ok guys, I am going to try and give you as much as I can on this, but there’s simply not much to say. Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension is the 5th and alleged final installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. And to the thought of this film putting an end to the franchise, all I can say is it is about time.

This was not a good movie. And I am a horror movie fan. Every year I watch nearly 100 horror flicks leading up to Halloween.  Today, I spent the entire day revisiting the entire Paranormal Activity franchise. I watched them all before going to see The Ghost Dimension. Did that help or hurt my feelings on the film? I cannot really say. All I can say is that this was just bad.

Before I get into what was so bad let’s talk the few positives. I was unaware that I was walking into a screening for a 3d version of the film. I am not a 3D fan. However they had a good use of 3D on this one. It was space and used as a background effect rather than trying to make everything 3D. They also didn’t do what a few of the more recent films had done and linger on a setting for a long period time with no payoff. Nor did they take too long to get into all the jump scare action. Very little set up. But honestly, we don’t go to these films for the set up.

That said, this was garbage. The film stars Chris J. Murray (discount Luke Wilson), Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Michael Krawic (discount John Malkovich). It is directed by a debuting director who served as an editor for the past 4 films in the franchise, Gregory Plotkin. The actors and crew while not completely horrible are just kind of plain. There is nothing memorable about their performances, nothing to make this film stick out in your mind at all. At least I remember the feeling of watching Katie and Micah go through this torture. I felt afraid when Kristi and Katie were haunted in their room. This go around, there’s a pretty blond. And then some basic people.

While we don’t go to these films for a spectacular story, in the film meant to be the definitive end to the Paranormal Activity Franchise, there is no end. No wrap up, same old cliché cliffhanger ending. And to be real, you got the game twisted if you think for one second I believe this is what they have in mind for an end. The explanation is lacking and all it really succeeded in doing was pretty much making more plot holes.

Speaking to their attempt to end everything and tie things together. They add in some exposition on what exactly happened to the girls, Katie and Kristi, after their Grandmother took possession of them in the 3rd installment. But then does nothing to tie up the loose ends of where they went from there. It leaves the entire story of Robbie and the family from the 4th installment completely alone. I still have no idea where that kid came from. The Marked Ones is not touched on at all. The end might be left to interpretation of what became of Toby, but there are still loose ends. Which once again leads me to believe this isn’t the end.

The gimmick they have thrown in for finally being able to see the activity is pretty cool. Actually giving Toby a shape through this magical camera the family has come across was pretty interesting. However it also takes away some of the fear that not seeing the entity the first film had. While most of the sequels have not lived up to the fear the original placed in us, I feel that they have for the most part been fun. Now, between the last film and this one, it has gotten a little boring, and there is absolutely no substance.

The first film was special. While franchises like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and even Saw, may have drug past their prime, they always found a way to go and stay entertaining. This franchise does not have that magic. Relying on the found footage genre is not enough to keep these films going. Though I have no doubt this will make money because that’s what they do. They are made for very cheap and have an audience. However at $10 Million The Ghost Dimension is the most expensive of the franchise. With not much to fight at the box office this weekend, despite it being a poor film, I could see it still making its money. Which in turn will churn out another of these terrible films.

There is really not much to say. Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension is a waste. If you like the franchise you might have a little fun with it, but even then I doubt it. There are a good amount of one liners in it. I think I laughed more at them then I jumped at the cheesy predictable jump scares. All in all, don’t waste your time. We going Jeebus Score of 2.1, hey that’s better than The Seventh Son! Well what say you Jackass Nation, you looking forward to this “final installment”? What is your favorite film in the Paranormal Activity franchise? Sound off in the comments below. And remember, it is, what it is.

IT IS WHAT IT IS SPECIAL EPISODE! STAR WARS TRAILER BREAKDOWN!

I am geeking out folks cause they released the official full trailer for Star Wars! and it is awesome!

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs stars Ashton Kutcher as the title character, wait, no, that’s not right, that was 2013. Steve Jobs is the 2015 version of the film! While Kutcher did a phenomenal job (pun intended) portraying the mind behind Apple, he did not have the amazing team that this film has behind it. Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Magneto himself, as Steve Jobs, with Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in a film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Like I said, Kutcher didn’t have the team.

This film was plagued by all sorts of setbacks. Going into pre-production with David Fincher set to direct, and Christian Bale to play jobs, it hit its first set back with Fincher leaving. Then Bale decided to pass on the project. Boyle came in and wanted DiCaprio to star. Who eventually passed. Bale came back and accepted the role, then left the project months later. With Jessica Chastain, Ike Barinholtz, and Scarlett Johansson all vying for roles they all eventually dropped and passed. Sony then dropped the project all together and Universal picked it up with started negotiations with Natalie Portman to join the project. She then passed. Eventually its current cast was set and production was finally underway. I never thought the film was coming.

But now it is here, and by here I mean limited release here. It is only playing in I think 2 theaters here in Dallas. Last weekend it was just 4, 2 in New York and 2 in LA. So we have a little wider release this week, and then a full wide release will hit theaters October 23.

Question is, is did all the drama affect the movie? How is it? Well in going to tell you. Unlike its Kutcher counterpart that selected random event throughout Steve Jobs’ life, this film focuses on 3 events. 3 separate days. The days leading up to his 3 biggest announcements, and all the drama and planning that went on behind the scenes.

First off, yes, it is freaking amazing. At first I was bothered by Magneto playing Jobs. Because I did not see Jobs. I saw Fassbender. Almost with a little mixture of Robert Downey Jr. in there. I know, weird. But that’s all I could focus on. But as the film plays out, Fassbender begins to disappear. You get over it, and you can see Steve Jobs. In the performance. The character becomes too much to ignore and you forget about the actor, and you see a character. Not necessarily the person, but you see the character. And it is astonishing. This is another performance I would chalk up to the Best actor category. Not a winner, but a nominee.

Everyone else is incredible in their roles. Honestly, even though I knew it was Kate Winslet, She was immediately gone into the part. And Seth Rogen is little bit of his normal self, mixed in with a great performance. But the second nominee for this film is of course Jeff Daniels. Between the Martian and Steve Jobs that guy better take home the damn supporting actor statue. True story.

The way it is filmed is a work of art in and of itself. Danny Boyle perfectly adapts Sorkin’s script. Especially filming act 1 in 16 MM, Act 2 in 35 MM, and Act 3 in digital. As Jobs brings out the next evolution of technology, the film grows with you. It may sound like a gimmick, but it works in this instance perfectly. And Sorkin is at his best with this script. This is a walk and talk, dialog heavy film. And it flushes out every single character beautifully.

The only real negatives on the film would be the neatness that a few things get wrapped up. But in a film adaption that is going to happen. Especially with a project like this. But it still leaves the door open that maybe not everything is tied up perfectly, but perhaps settled for the time being.

Steve Jobs can become his own genre of film. While Jobs itself was not fantastic, it was entertaining for Kutchers performance. And now, this film is a remarkable top tier film. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 4.2. Go out; go see it next week when it goes wide. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you an Apple User? Did you enjoy Jobs? Are you excited for this film? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

It Is What It Is with The JackAss: Episode 5 Horror Movie Franchises

This week on It Is What It Is, BC talks his favorite Horror Movie Franchises. Check it out and join the conversation on Twitter useing the Hashtag #IIWII

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It Is What It Is with The JackAss: Episode 4 Texas Vs O-Who

It’s the 4th episode of It Is What It Is, and this week I bring on my old tag team partner The Muscle Zach T and our childhood friend, Texas High School Football Legend Teddy Luke. We talk the history of the Red River Rivalry, the state of both teams as we sit now, and predictions for this weekends game!

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It Is What It Is with The JackAss: Episode 3 A Star Wars Story

Episode 3 of It Was it Is is here, and this week B.C. talks Star Wars Fan theories. Subscribe to the Jackass Nation on Podbean, and download the app. Subscribe on iTunes to The Offshoots Network.

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The Martian

It is only the first day of October but break out those Oscar conversations because we have our first contender of the season! But is it as good as they are making it out to be? It just might be! I just left the theater, where I was forced to see Ridley Scott’s new film in 3D, we all know how against 3D I am, but it was only showing I could make.

The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean (Spoiler alert: Sean Bean does not die!), Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, and Chiwetel Ejiodor. The Drew Goddard script is directed by Ridley Scott who produces the film alongside of Simon Kinberg. The Martian is based on the bestselling novel of the same name written by Andy Weir. Premiering at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, it immediately sparked Oscar buzz not only for the film itself, but for Matt Damon’s performance.

\The Martian tells the tale of presumed dead astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) stranded alone on the hostile planet of Mars. With only a limited amount of supplies, he must find a way to survive until he can be rescued by a crew that he doesn’t even know if they know he is still alive.

Let me start off by saying, this film was freaking incredible. Every single aspect of it is beautiful. From the casting, to the story, to the direction. Not a single moment wasted. From beginning to end I was thoroughly entertained. Damn near on the edge of my seat. I laughed, I teared up, I was scared, and I cringed. Amazing.

Let’s start with Damon. Damon in his own right is a great actor. The guy can do it all. And this is his showcase. Being put in the position to carry the majority of a film, by you can be difficult, but Damon proves he was up to the task. All though the character is so well written, Damon brings him to life. He makes you connect with him; he makes you root for him, he makes you hurt for him. The optimism of the character could be done wrong if any someone else’s hands, but Damon brings the right amount of humor and intelligence and believability to the role. Leo has his work cut out for him, because Damon is in the hunt for the Oscar with this one.

The rest of the cast is filled with heavy hitters and great role players. Jeff Daniels reminds us that he is a premier actor with an incredible talent. Ejiodor in on par and holds his own. Kate Mara makes you forget she was in The Fantastic Four. Michael Pena is a riot and believable as always. From top to bottom this cast is stellar.

The story itself is really well done. It is a perfect blend of Cast Away and Apollo 13. While you are alone on Mars with Matt Damon, it switches back and forth to earth and the attempts and plans to save him. It is suspenseful, and incredibly funny. Not to mention it is so well told that I constantly had to remind myself it was not a true story. Just being real. Completely thought this was true once or twice while watching.

A definite return to form for one Ridley Scott. Who his own not been up to his own standards as of late, this one he really knocks it out of the park. The cinematography is beautiful. Every shot framed and centered perfectly with as much attention that can be paid to detail. There are times you think this was actually shot on Mars itself! Again, I know I had to remind myself that was not possible either…

As far as negatives go there honestly are not a lot. A small chunk near the beginning of the third acts takes you to the story on earth for a little longer then you would want. There is a moment between Kate Mara and Sebastian Stan’s characters that really felt a little out of place. And I guess I have to say another negative was that I saw it in 3D. While it was not bad 3D, I am just not a fan of it. I only chose the 3D format because it was the only showing available. I do not think the 3D added all that much to the film, it was just kind of there. So if you have the choice, you probably don’t need to bother with the 3D unless you just like 3D

But other than those rather nitpicky negatives, there is nothing bad I can say about this film. As of now, in my mind, it is the front runner for the Oscar. One for Damon, one for Scott, and one for the film itself. I scored it 4.8, with a .3 bonus for, well everything. That gives The Martian a Jeebus Score of 5.1. You guys deff need to check this one out. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for The Martian? What are your favorite Matt Damon performances? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is. Keep on Nerding!

The Jeebus Score explained

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