“Real Steel” and “Star Trek”

My family holds an Oscar party every year, and basically we use the Oscars as an excuse to get together, eat, laugh, and watch some of our favorite films.  This year our pre-show films included: “Real Steel” and “Star Trek.”  In my opinion, they are great, fun movies that can be enjoyed and watched over-and-over without ever getting old.  Movies provide us with inspiration and show us what the imagination can create.  They inspire me to write, which is why I review movies so often.  A good film will always leave you in awe no mater how many times you’ve seen it.  Whether Oscar-worthy or not “Real Steel” and “Star Trek” are films that I will continuously watch and always stand in awe.

“Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, and Evangeline Lilly (2011)


“Real Steel” is a hard sell to say the least.  It looks cheesy, it sounds cheesy, and like they say, “if it looks and sounds like a duck—it’s probably is a duck.”  However, I would strongly urge that anyone interesting in boxing and the development/discovery of a father/son relationship to watch this movie.

Fun Fact #1 and #2: “Real Steel” is based off of a Richard Matheson short-story with the same name, which coincidentally enough was also a “Twilight Zone” episode.

In a one-liner:  “Real Steel” is “Rocky” with robots.

It follows Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) and his son Max Kenton (Dakota Goyo) as they get to know each other after more than eleven years of being estranged throughout the career of a junkyard dog robot whose expectancy to win is nil.

It is a great movie about a bad father who begins to realize the importance of being a dad, and a role model, after spending a summer with his son.  The robot boxing is merely the catalyst that provides the flair and the means to ‘stand apart’ from the rest.

I highly recommend “Real Steel”—at the very least give it a rent, or borrow a friend’s copy.

“Star Trek” with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, and Chris Hemsworth (2009)


“Star Trek” is basically the “Ocean’s 11” of science fiction films.  It has an immense cast of great actors that place a wonderful spin on the original “Star Trek” lore. 

 This film serves as a reboot to the franchise and starts from scratch by skewing off into an alternate timeline that allows the writers to go “where no man has gone before.”  It is a great vehicle to drive the plot forward to new highs, while still holding true to the fans.

Nero (Eric Bana) is a Romulan who gets sent back in time through a wormhole along with the future version of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) after his homeworld is destroyed by a supernova.  Holding the Federation responsible for the death of his planet, Nero plans to destroy every single Star Fleet Federation planet, starting with Vulcan, in order to appease his rage.

The classic crew Enterprise is revamped and because of the altered timeline (due to Nero and Spock’s jaunt back through time) their origins and relationships are drastically changed resulting in a great new twist on Rodenberry’s beloved franchise.

“Star Trek” ranks as one of my favorite films and if you are a sci-fi buff/nerd (like me) then this is a must-watch.

“Boys and Girls,” “Dream House,” and “Colombiana”

Boys and Girls” with Freddie Prinze Jr., Claire Forlani, and Jason Biggs (2000)


After watching “Dream House” (listed below) Celeste and I decided to throw on a romantic comedy by the name of “Boys and Girls.”  I have always enjoyed a good romantic comedy; growing up my Mom and I watched them vivaciously.  “Boys and Girls” was one of our favorites and one that I had not seen for a very long time.  Luckily, Netflix was there for the win and has “Boys and Girls” in their Instant Queue, so Celeste and I divided into a Romcom that follows the relationship Ryan Walker and Jennifer Burrows from their childhood and to their college years as they become friends and eventually…more?  Overall, “Boys and Girls” is a light film that provides solid laughs and can be easily classified as ‘cute.’  A great romantic comedy that still holds its own.  Don’t miss out the Car Wash nightclub scene—it still makes me laugh after all these years.


“Dream House” with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts (2011)


Does anyone else ever walk through a movie store and see a film that they’ve never heard of, but has some serious heavy hitters on the masthead?  This exact phenomenon happened to me last week at Hastings, while passing by the rental section.  I had the night off, so I decided to rent the movie in question (Dream House) and see if the marketing team behind it seriously bungled.  Answer: they did.  I absolutely loved it.  I can’t go into the plot too much, because the story is what drives this film and it is best to watch the crazy twists and turns that this film takes with your own eyes, rather than reading about it in a hastened review.

Basically, “Dream House” stars Daniel Craig as a family man who is quitting his job in order to focus on his family and their new ‘dream house,’ in the suburbs.

“Dream House” is one part psychological thriller, one part ghost story, and one part murder mystery all wrapped up in one and even though the genres are biggies the plot does them all justice by combining them all excellently into a wonderfully written and acted movie.  Definitely check this one out.


Colombiana” with Zoe Saldana (2011)


“Colombiana” is a revenge action film that begins with Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) as young girl in Bogota, Colombia witnessing the murder of her family at the hands of a corrupt drug lord, Don Luis Sandoval.  After witnessing the death of her family Cataleya flees to the United States and spends the rest of her childhood becoming an assassin in order to avenge her family.  As an adult she partakes in contract jobs funneled to her by her uncle Emilio in order to retain a cash flow, while killing known associates of the Don in an effort to find his whereabouts, which are hidden by the C.I.A.

After reading the synopsis and watching several trailers I was pretty excited to watch “Colombiana”; however, the plot had numerous inconsistencies that prevented me from thoroughly enjoying the movie.  Most action movies are known to fall into this dilemma (quite easily in all honestly), but for whatever reason “Colombiana’s” plot holes particularly thwarted my experience.

It is a decent flick and if action movies are your forte and films like Jason Statham’s “The Mechanic” strike your fancy then this would be a good one to watch.

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