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Friday, November 27, 2015

Weekly Recap: Creed, The Good Dinosaur & More!


It is the week of Thanksgiving and you can be thankful to see Creed, a fine continuation of the Rocky series in just the right way. Pixar also offers up their second film of the year with The Good Dinosaur, though the story is far simpler than many are used to when it comes to the esteemed animation house. Take some time to learn more about what Ridley Scott is up to as well, not to mention taking a look at the terrific trailer for Captain America: Civil War. We also have a couple great new podcast episodes. It's all right here, so enjoy!

In Theaters This Week:

Creed - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/2015/11/creed-is-no-bum-movie-review.html
(A fantastic continuation of the Rocky series)


Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Out Now with Aaron and Abe Episode 218: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


This week’s episode of Out Now with Aaron and Abe is the end of the games. Aaron and Abe are joined by Ethan Anderton to discuss The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (3:12), some Out Now Quickies™ (6:47), trailer talk for The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Gods of Egypt (14:24), the main review (23:53), Out Now Feedback (49:33), and Games (1:02:14). We then wrap things up (1:07:15) and end it all with some bloopers (1:15:02), following this week’s close out song.  So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

‘Creed’ Is No Bum (Movie Review)

Creed: 4 ½ out of 5

Putting all your eggs in one basket can be a difficult proposition when it comes to overhyping a film in your mind, but isn’t going the distance the spirit of the Rocky films? As the spinoff entry of a six film series about one legendary (fictional) boxer from Philadelphia, Creed could have been a mess. What didn’t sway me was the presence of writer/director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan, who had previously worked together on the brilliant Fruitvale Station. The resulting film is one that handles everything by the books, but emerges as thoughtful, skillfully done, and wonderfully entertaining.

‘The Good Dinosaur’ And The Slight Pixar Film (Movie Review)

The Good Dinosaur: 3 out of 5

It looks like I’m going to have to start this Good Dinosaur review off by mentioning Cars 2. Cars 2 is not a great film and many view it as the very worst Pixar has had to offer. I can see why (although I like it more than you), but it extends to a seeming lack of heart from everyone involved, except Cars super-fan John Lasseter. I have no idea what led up to the making of The Good Dinosaur, but even with the much talked about production issues to make a better film, this still feels like a fairly slight effort from Pixar. There is a fascinating concept and some terrific visuals, but it is one of the few times in a Pixar film where I really didn’t care about what would happen.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Out Now Commentary: Rocky IV (1985)


Get ready for a montage! Aaron, Scott Mendelson and Brandon Peters are here to talk about one of the greatest and most 80s film of all time, Rocky IV. In honor of the upcoming Creed, this is the commentary event of a lifetime, as the guys have plenty of fun analyzing the film, discussing the career of Stallone and imaging a young Scott Mendelson discovering his love for the film that pit the Italian Stallion against Ivan Drago. Listen in to a fact and fun-filled commentary track.

Important Note:  This commentary may feature both juvenile uses of language and jokes that may be considered un-PC.  We of course are just trying to have a fun time…

So now, if you’ve got an hour to kill…

Weekly Recap: The Hunger Games, The Night Before & More!


The Hunger Games comes to a close this week, as Mockingjay - Part 2 arrives and provides a fitting end for the series. That's not all, as Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie intend to make you laugh this weekend in The Night Before. I have reviews for both, along with some fun in the podcast department with a packed episode. You can also enjoy some other links I've provide related to spiders and archers. Great things that go great together, right? Anyway, enjoy!

In Theaters This Week:

(A fine finale)

(Not a new holiday classic, but funny enough)

Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

‘The Night Before’ Is A Wacky, Dirty Holiday Film (Movie Review)

The Night Before: 3 ½ out of 5

In the midst of the dramas, blockbusters and family-friendly comedies, it is nice to get a film geared towards the holidays and is made for an adult audience. The Night Before tries really hard to be something fun and different, yet fit for the crowd that loved This Is The End and Neighbors. To its credit, there are some good laughs to be had, but it feels like there is a much better drama lurking under the surface. The exaggerated comedy moments and wild shenanigans can be fun, but I feel like it would have been nice to see more of the flipped side of things.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Out Now with Aaron and Abe Episode 217: The 33, Brooklyn & Spotlight


This week’s episode of Out Now with Aaron and Abe is a tangent-heavy triple-header. Aaron and Abe are joined by Peter Paras to discuss The 33, Brooklyn and Spotlight. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (5:15), some Out Now Quickies™ (12:42), trailer talk for Alice Through The Looking Glass (25:20), the main reviews (33:46), (55:20) and (75:25), Out Now Feedback (95:56), and Games (119:46). We then wrap things up (128:17) and end it all with some bloopers (138:47), following this week’s close out song.  So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Friday, November 13, 2015

Weekly Recap: The 33, By The Sea, Love The Coopers & More!


The 33 is maybe the biggest new film release of the week in terms of being on a lot of screens and being about something, but it is just one of three very lackluster new releases. That film joins By The Sea and Love The Coopers, which are both misses as far as vanity projects and holiday films go. That said, Brooklyn and Spotlight are now in wider release and you can enjoy some more James Bond-related fun I've put together. Enjoy!

In Theaters This Week:

(A decent look at the Chilean Mining Accident)

(Brad and Angelina made an unlikable movie together...)

(A bad way to start a season of holiday films)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Out Now with Aaron and Abe Episode 216: Spectre


This week’s episode of Out Now with Aaron and Abe jumps back into the world of 007, with his latest outing, Spectre. Aaron and Abe are joined by Scott Mendelson and Brandon Peters to talk the big James Bond film and how they, as Bond fans, felt about it. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (3:15), some Out Now Quickies™ (8:24), trailer talk for London Has Fallen and Warcraft (19:35), the main review (35:49), Out Now Feedback (1:15:22), and Games (1:24:18). We then wrap things up (1:31:50) and end it all with some bloopers (1:44:37), following this week’s close out song.  So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Friday, November 6, 2015

Weekly Recap: Spectre, Peanuts, Brooklyn, Spotlight & More!



Spectre is out this week, so obviously I was excited. I am a huge James Bond fan and was happy to catch the latest adventure. It's not a new Bond classic, but it is fun. Meanwhile, you have terrific films in the form of Brooklyn, Spotlight and The Peanuts Movie, which are sure to entertain many for different reasons. You can also enjoy some new films on Blu-ray and some Bond trivia, along with a couple of fun podcasts. Enjoy all you can, as you only live twice.

In Theaters This Week:

(Bond is back and hitting the classic marks)

(Wonderful and true to the spirit of Peanuts)

(A fantastic coming-of-age story/period drama)

(One of the year's best films)

(A spectcular film experience)

Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

‘Spectre’ Doesn’t Shake Up The Franchise, But It Does Stir Familiar Elements Together

Spectre: 3 ½ out of 5

Mr. White: You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.

Ask and you shall receive. After three films in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond that each ended with us believing the character had become the Bond of legend, ‘Spectre’ decides to put its foot down and throw us into a classic adventure with 007. Sure, the film is still playing with a somewhat grounded sense of reality that comes with the territory of modern action filmmaking, but this globe-trotting adventure is full of all the explosive action that is bound to come with a $250+ million price tag. The only question is whether or not its hefty cost and extended run time were worth it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Out Now with Aaron and Abe Episode 215: Marvel's Our Brand Is No Nation Files


This week’s episode of Out Now with Aaron and Abe is a bit of a different step, as Abe and Aaron keep it pretty focused. No other guest this week, as it is just the guys discussing a number of new trailers (5:31), some recent film releases including Our Brand Is Crisis (53:03) and Beasts of No Nation (70:02), among others, and then dive into some movie-related news items (78:02). It’s a looser discussion, but a good one for those looking for a change in pace for a week. So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Monday, November 2, 2015

Brief Thoughts: 'Victoria' (Movie Review)


I really enjoy putting my reviews together.  I honestly wish I could delve deeper into certain movies, but alas, I get incredibly busy and can sometimes only deal with movies to a briefer extent than I would prefer.  This is why I write these occasional "Brief Thoughts" posts on movies I have seen, as I want to at least offer some of my own perspective on them.  They may not be as polished, but I can at least get my opinions out there. This brief thought is focused on the German film 'Victoria'.

Victoria: 5 out of 5


It is one thing to have massive appreciation for a film, but it is completely different when I find myself trying to actually think of what issues there could be. Victoria is an exceptional piece of work, as it takes a filmmaking approach that could be seen as a gimmick and makes it into so much more, thanks to the tremendous work from the actors and skill involved in the film's presentation.

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