Month: January 2016

It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 19: Ken-Eh, Ken-he-he-he-HENNY!

Kenny Steele joins BC for the first part of an epic two part It Is What It Is event!

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Can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_Hours:_The_Secret_Soldiers_of_Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

An action-war thriller directed and produced by Michael Bay. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi tells the true story of six a secret team that fought to defend a diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. It is based on the 2013 book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. Starring James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman Toby Stephens, and Freddie Stroma. The film takes place on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks as a group of Islamic militants attack the American compounds and kill an American Ambassador.

From the moment the film gets going it is intense. And it truly never slows down. Filled with Bay-isms, 13 Hours and powerful and epic film. The explosions are big, the drama is gritty, and the soldiers are full blooded American heroes. This is the perfect vehicle for director Michael Bay to run with. The question however is what are we going to get? Will we get a raw gritty action blockbuster like The Rock? Or maybe we will be settled with a love story disguised as an action film like Pearl Harbor? Or dare I say are we getting another Transformers Age of Extinction? Well, I for one am happy to say while I don’t think this is a classic like The Rock, it is definitely more like it then the other two.

The positives of this film are while there are quite a few Bay-isims, they actually compliment this outing more than hurt it. The product placement of Budweiser, while noticeable, did not really detract from the film. The fire work explosions fit nicely and were used effectively. The slow motion shots of the sun, the flag, and the action were great. I really enjoyed the majority of the shots and cinematography of 13 Hours. I will say I was disappointed in the lack of hot girl bending of in slow motion Bay-ism. That one is my favorite

A side from Bay’s direction the cast was all very effective. I for one really enjoyed Pablo Schreiber as Kris “Tanto” Paranto. The film is filled with subtle one liners that really add to the tension. Bays signature humor is felt, and Schreiber had great delivery. Without a lot of back story, and very little time for character development, each actor made you know their character, and identify with each individual. Especially with James Badge Dale’s Rone. A character that could of come off as clichéd, but he gives a right amount of heart and gravitas to the role to make you understand him.

With a 144 minute run time the film is pretty long, but there are not a lot of down times, very little did I feel that the film was dragging or needed to a pass on the editing deck. That said, while it is called 13 Hours, there quite a bit of set up until we get to the 13 hour period. And in the middle when we start to gear up for it, the set up does move a little slow for my taste, but quickly gets back into the swing of things.

As I always say, as much I love the majority of films I see, no film is perfect. There are a few times within the earlier action scenes that Bay resorts to shaky cam. I hate when film makers do this, it is lazy. I know Bay can film action, so I don’t understand why he resorts to this. He does it all the time in the Transformer films and it is unnecessary. Also there is a character, played by French actress Alexia Barlier. I don’t know why she was in the film. The actress is fine, and I understand this was a true story, but most of her scenes seem rather pointless.

All in all, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a good film, and one to see. Not so much a film that you need to rush out to see, but never the less, one to see. An intense film, with intense action, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi delivers on most levels. Filled with Bay-isms that don’t take away from the film, Michael Bay brings us a war thriller of a story, worthy of the heroes that fought and died on that fateful day. While I couldn’t bring myself to give the film any bonus in pointes, sitting pretty at 3.7 ain’t that bad. What say you Jackass Nation? Jump down in the comments and discuss. Have you seen 13 Hours? Are you excited for it? What is your favorite Michael Bay-ism? 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 Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Casting. 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 6.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 18: Jimbo Slice: Being a Dad

My oldest friend Jimmy joins me to talk sports, fatherhood,and meeting his wife!

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

The Revenant

My last film for the 2015 Jeebus Awards goes to a film that was on my most anticipated of the year, The Revenant! Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. I was very disappointed when I found out I had to wait until January 8th to see this film. Living in Dallas is hindering my movie reviews. However, it was worth the wait guys. Will this be the film that finally gets Leo the Oscar? I think so, I’d even put money on it.

The Revenant tells the true story of Hugh Glass(DiCaprio), a hunter with a crew on a mission for pelts in the wilderness, who was attacked by a bear, and left for dead by the man who supposed to bury him, John Fitzgerald(Hardy). Glass tracks his way across the wilderness, injured, on the verge of death, all in hopes to avenge his son’s death caused by Fitzgerald.

This film is incredible. First off, the acting. Every single star is incredible. I have no doubt about Leo taking home a statue, finally. And Hardy, at the very least, a nomination. These two were at the top of their game this go round, as they really normally are. The only negatives come from Hardy at times falling back on his go to voice. But that’s not anything that takes away from the film.

Now even though I firmly believe Leo will be taking home the Oscar for best actor this year, the true wonder and amazement, and for lack of a better word, star, of the film is the light. What’s that you say? The light? What are you talking about BC? Well in case you do not know, visionary director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who brought us last year’s iconic Birdman, gives us another iconic vision. He used nearly all natural light while filming The Revenant. If they didn’t get the right take in the short amount of time the sun was perfect, then that’s that, we shall wait for the next day. The cinematography is truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. You are fully immersed in this incredible vision he has painted us. By using the natural light, and seeing what they did, it’s no wonder Tom Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad. And while I would’ve liked to see him back in a DC property, he made the right choice.

My only negatives are truly nitpicking. Leo’s character seems to be impervious to the frostbite, and heals rather quickly. While the fight he puts up to survive is gritty and intense, and real, he becomes rather nibble for a man in bear attack. And an attack that is gruesome and violent in its own right. While the use of natural light was beautiful and effective, a few scenes by firelight do not produce enough light to truly film. This is where Alejandro had to use a few lighting techniques and since they are in contrast to the majority of natural light, they stand out. As well the film can drag a little; this is not the high voltage revenge thriller you might expect it to be. It is a true character piece. And while that did not really bother me, I can see it bothering some.

All in all it was an incredible film. One that needs to be seen on the big screen. So go make it a double feature weekend, catch Star Wars again, followed by The Revenant, because the Revenant gets a score of 4.5 with .5 bonus for the beautiful cinematography and amazing shots and score. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 5.0. And what say you Jackass Nation? What is your favorite Leo performance? Are you excited for The Revenant? And don’t forget to Tweet me your favorite film of 2015 vote for Viewer’s Choice at the Jeebus awards with the Hashtag #JeebusViewersChoice. 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 17: 2016 Most Anticipated with Chris Lemchi

My buddy Chris Lemchi joins me talk Wrestlemania, and the most anticipated films of 2016!

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