Month: November 2015

It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 11: The One and Only Phil!

Happy Thanksgiving, this year BC is thankful for all of the Jackass Nation. Thank you for listening. On this weeks special holiday episode, BC brings on his pal Phil Woodyard and they talk some wrestling, some life, some MPX, and good old fashion superheroing! Happy Thanksgiving folks!

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Can be found at http://www.impawards.com/2015/victor_frankenstein.html

Victor Frankenstein

I walked into this film ready to hate it. The marketing, or rather a lack of, has been terrible. The trailers looked awful, plus the Universal Monster type film has not had the best track record as of late. The Wolfman, I, Frankenstein, and Dracula Untold. Not great movies. However, I look at every movie I see with a hope that it will be great. No one WANTS to sit down and watch a movie that they hate. So all though I preserved it to be bad experience, I checked that emotion at the door, and sat down to judge Victor Frankenstein with an open mind. And boy was I surprised.

Though Fox has not had the best year, thank you Fant-4-stic, this one had a promising crew. Even with a less then seasoned director, Paul McGuilan who focuses mostly on television, he did pump out a film I really liked in Lucky Number Slevin. Also Victor Frankenstein had Max Landis in its corner as a writer. Landis while a pretty eccentric character in his own right has a brilliant mind when it comes to putting a story down. And to top things off, the film stars young Professor Xavier and Harry Potter. That’s right; James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe take the reins of this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Victor Frankenstein follows a circus hunchback who is rescued by Dr. Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy), and given the alias of Igor (Radcliffe). Frankenstein sees a genius in Igor and works to bring it out in him. Helps him fix his back and assimilate into society, as much as Frankenstein himself is any way. Soon Igor realizes that the though the Doctor has the best of intentions he might be a little out of his league. And as the authorities’ breathe down their neck, they work to create life out of nothing. When Frankenstein is driven mad by the project Igor must fight to save his friend from his own monstrous creation.

I was honestly worried about this film going into it. That was not just an opening line. I have wanted new adaptions of classic Universal Monster films for quite a long time. And have yet to be satisfied by the likes of what we have been given. However, this film really surprised me. It is it fun, and exciting, and keeps you on the edge of you seat. A very intense high powered action film. Missing the horror aspect that ideally I would like for it have, and few minor story issues, but not enough to really take away from the film.

A well shot and crafted film makes it a fun experience. Crisp shots full of color and great set designs transports you back in time for the genuine time piece type of film. No shaky cam, and when action sequences start it is pretty fun to see. I walked in with a buddy of mine who said he was expecting a “Sherlock Holmes” type of feel to it, to which I was very confused and doubted. Yet the opening scene had me second guessing that opinion. It almost felt like a Guy Richie inspired film. Weather that was McGuilan’s idea, or simply coincidence I don’t know, but it worked very well.

The cast was great. In my eyes, other than the leads, most unknowns. With Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Callum Turner, and Daniel Mays filling in rolls, all of which I have not really seen, heard of, or remembered from other works. However they filled their roles flawlessly. Charles Dance pops up for a fun little cameo, and then there was Jessica Brown Findlay as Igor’s love interest Lorelei. She was good in the role, but the role itself I will delve into in a moment. More Importantly are the two leads. McAvoy and Radcliffe. These two had great chemistry and played off each other very well. It was very fun to see their interactions, even if said interactions seemed very reminiscent of Professor X with his students.

No movie is perfect, and this one sure isn’t. It does have its share of problems. Though I enjoyed the film I definitely feel it could have been better. The Love interest, played by Findlay, is completely unnecessary for the film. Seems like they put the part in just because “we need a girl”. I honestly felt it hurt the film more than anything. A storyline involving a cop, which is rather rushed, and has no real power to it. We are meant to care about his quest to find out the truth about Frankenstein, but they never really give us a reason to care.

As well Victor Frankenstein is a monster movie, without a monster. There is a great sequence midway through the film with a well-crafted monkey created by the doctor, but his iconic monster does not show until well into the third act. An act I feel was very rushed. There is a lot of character development between the Doctor and Igor, but then the film because a mess in an attempt to bring it to a close. They don’t show you much of the creation of the monster. And when he finally is created they quickly go into an action sequence that ends the film on a quick note. With no real explanation or clean up to issues between our two main characters.

All in all, it is a fun film. A film that you can take an afternoon to go to the theater and enjoy. Maybe one you might pick for a movie night with family when it hits the red box, or Netflix. Is it going to win any awards? No, probably not. Is it going to really be a staple when asked about the movies of 2015? Not really. But it will be a fun time sitting and watching. It has its high notes. Im giving Victor Frankenstein a Jeebus score of 3.3. But what say you Jackass Nation? Sound off in the comments below! What is your favorite rendition of Frankenstein? 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.

CREED

Creed is an incredibly passionate deep and intense film. It takes what you loved about the original Rocky and brings it back to life. Never settling for anything less than an incredible writing, the story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of fun, excitement, drama, and even a twist or two of nostalgia. But never so much that it takes away from its own identity. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Tony Bellew. It is written, produced, and directed by Ryan Coogler.

I spent all day rewatching the entire Rocky Franchise. Yes, even the dreaded Rocky V with Tommy Gunn. This franchise is one that helped shape my love for film. Growing up with Rocky seeing him become this bigger than life hero, yet always remain the good hearted man he was. His story is one of triumph, and gives us all something to strive for. If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth! A lesson I have always taken home form the one and only Champ. And now a new saga begins in the shadow of Rocky. The Story of Creed. The illegitimate son of Rocky’s greatest foe and ally, Apollo Creed. And while this is in fact a Rocky film, it is no longer his story. It is now Creed’s legacy.

It’s not very often a film comes a long and can truly suck you in. A film that makes you completely forget you are watching a movie and makes you feel like you are there. And Coogler and his team have done just that. Whether you are sitting with Adonis in a cell, or training alongside of him. This movie takes you for a ride you will not soon forget. The struggles that Adonis goes through to find his heart, to prove to himself that he is worthy of the name that is Creed, you take those steps with him. Coogler has done an incredible job on this script. From the editing bay, to the actors, to the sound mixing, to framing ever single shot perfectly.

I’m going to start with the negatives, because they are few and far between. The love story, while I understand what they were going for was a little on the shaky side. There are a few scenes between Adonis and Bianca (Thompson) that where a little dry and stereotypical. Welp now that I got that out of the way…

Amazing film. The story is so true to the original Rocky. It’s not necessarily a sports film, but a drama with sports in it. You follow Jordan’s character as he struggles to find his heart. This mirrors so perfectly the original film. With Rocky putting on his Mickey hat, and properly this time, you really feel a connection between the 2. The chemistry was perfect, no one could have played this role any better than Jordan did. While a few aspects of the love story are little weak, you still feel the chemistry between Bianca and Adonis as well.

All movie long I sat with a grin on my face, and had I not known already, I never would’ve guessed that this was the first Rocky film not to be written by Stallone himself. Coogler who worked with Jordan in 2013’s Fruitvale Station knows how to write to his strengths. And Jordan is at the top of his game because of it. Stallone as well is at his best. When Rocky falls ill, there runs the risk of overuse. However Stallone’s performance, and Cooglers direction and shots use it perfect. Not as a gimmick, not overbearing, but just enough that it pulls on your heartstrings, and gets it point across that is dire situation. There is no beating you over the head with a message, other than in this story, we fight.

Movies were made for the big screen. There is no other feeling like sitting in a packed theater, with sound system on point and everyone going for this ride together. And Creed is no exception to this. Matters a fact, if you only see one film in theaters, go see this. Grant it I have not seen Star Wars yet, the impact of this film in the theater is amazing. The sound mixing alone is worth the trip to the theater. I know I know, movie jargon, but the way they shot this film, you feel as if you are in the ring with Adonis. You hear the sound coming from over your shoulder as Rocky shouts out to him frim ringside. Ever hit, every fall, you feel it with you entire body. And by the time it is all said and done, you are sitting on the edge of your seat as if you are watching your favorite sports team or fighter in action.

Creed has by far taken my top spot as best movie of the year. Not only that, but in my opinion, takes the top spot of the franchise. Dare i say best sports film in the past decade. If you have the opportunity to go out and see it, scratch that, make sure you have the opportunity to go see it. This is the perfect film to come out over Thanksgiving weekend, and with any hope, we can move forward and see more of the story of the son of one the greatest boxers the world has ever known. Not only that, I put to you, That Sly, might get himself an Oscar Nom.

I don’t want to give much away. This is one that you need to experience. Whether you are a lifelong Rocky fan like I am, or a casual fan or you’ve never seen a single Rocky film. You will enjoy this. All the performances are top notch, the direction is incredible, and it has you sucked in from the moment the film starts.  I’m giving it a score of 5.2, plus a .4 bonus for the feels, and the excitement. That gives us a Jeebus score of 5.6. Well what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Creed? What is your favorite Rocky moment? Sound of 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 10 FJA Takeover!

FINALLY! 10 episodes in, The Flying Asshole Frankie Fisher join the Jersey Jackass BC making the Flying Jackasses complete on It Is What It Is. Joined by Frankie’s fiancee, the one and only Livi LaVida Loca, the gang talks and talks about a whole list of topics. Plus a first impression of CREED by BC. Be warned, this episode def has a Parental Advisory to it!

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It Is What It Is with The Jackass! Episode 9: Keep Motvated

This week I review Spectre, and Peanuts. Plus I talk about being motivated to be better. A better person, a better worker, a better athlete.

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007: Spectre Nation

Bond is back, and I’m not even going to try to build up suspense, he is showing us why he is the best spy in the game! Daniel Craig returns as 007 along with Ralph Fiennes, Batista, Lea Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Christoph Waltz, and Ben Whishaw. Once again directed by Sam Mendez. Growing up a Bond fan I have come to expect a certain level of fun, and near perfection from James Bond films. Have I been let down? Most certainly, Die another Day, Quantum of Solace anybody? But Spectre is by no means a letdown. It is not a perfect film, but it is a fun Bond adventure.

After the events in Skyfall we find Bond (Craig) on his own personal mission to hunt down an organization that has been brought to light. Lead by a power hungry mad man (Waltz). With the help from the only people he can trust, but against their wishes Bond must do what he does best. Save the girl, stop the villain, and save England and the World.

There is a lot to enjoy about this film. Most notably the cinematography. Spectre is probably the most beautifully shot Bond film I have ever seen. From the very opening scene, this starts off with an incredible one shot, all the way down to the action sequences, and the major finale. Every scene, crisp and clear. No shaky cam. Not wasted visuals. Perfectly framed, perfectly lit. If Spectre is to follow up Skyfall with its own Oscar nominations, Cinematography is its spot to do so.

Another high spot of the film is Daniel Craig. Craig has become James Bond. He will go down in history as synonymously with the name of Bond. Much like the only actor to surpass him as Bond, Sean Connery. You no longer see Craig on screen, when you the movie opens you see bond, you feel Bond. And make no mistake about it; this is the most Bond that Craig has been.

While Skyfall paid great homage, and had many through backs to the Bonds of the past, Spectre is a Bond film. The drinks, the gadgets, the car, the villain, the plan, the Henchmen. Batista is the best Bond henchman since Oddjob. Used perfectly, and is very intimidating. The storyline is by far the most Bond, the insane plot, the ever so infamous villain monologueing. It goes back to the old school Bond formula, but it works extremely well in film.

Christoph Waltz is one the greatest Bond villains ever. Unfortunately you don’t get to see much of it. This definitely is my major negative on the film. The few scenes that Waltz’ character is in, are intense, and gritty, and beautiful. His introduction rivals Javier Bardem’s. The back and forth he has with Bond in various scenes is incredible. Some of the best dialog written. But he is literally in maybe 3 scenes of the film. Built up to be what seems to be a new interpretation of Dr No, is wasted with very little screen time.

Another negative involves the story. They through in this sub plot that feels like it is only there to move along the story. As well the sub plot is precisely the exact story of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. Which I could not stop focusing on all film long. It constantly felt like I was watching a remake of MI5 in a James Bond film. I feel these scenes could’ve been scrapped in favor of more substance on the criminal organization, or more screen time for Christoph Waltz.

My final negative is also a positive. While I loved Lea Seydoux as our Bond Girl, the character was not well written. It was as if the writers just wanted to make sure you knew she was a female James Bond. And she was the One for Bond. Look, I am a Bond fan. I grew up on this. I’m reading the books. There is only one, the one for Bond, and that was Vesper Lynd, Maybe an argument can be made for Miss Moneypenny. But I don’t need you to force a romantic interest on me. It comes off feeling unnatural. Especially in a Bond film.

All in all, Spectre is full of action, and is a fun ride. The music is great, despite the fact that I was not a fan of the opening titles theme. The cinematography was beautiful. Craig is perfect as Bond, and the rest of the cast was great with what they were given. It just needed a few more times in the rewrites department. I will also say, i was not a huge fan of the finish. While this was the most Bond of the Daniel Craig films, the finish was not very Bond to me. But I’m giving Spectre a Jeebus score of 3.6. But what say you Jackass Nation? What are your favorite Bond moments? 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 8: Double 0 Pena

This week im chatting with one of my oldest friends, James Pena. We talk a little life, little sports, little James Bond! Hope you enjoy Jackass Nation!

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