Remembering Christopher Lee

ChristpherLee

Christopher Lee… what can you say about this legendary figure? Let’s start out with a few facts. First, he was born in London in 1922 and kicked off his acting career in film and television in 1948. That made him one of the longest working actors in Hollywood history. During that time, he appeared in 244 films which earned his a Guinness World Record for most screen credits. He also has two others for being the tallest leading man (6 feet 5 inches) and he appeared in the highest amount of movies with sword fights (17).

Continue reading

Advertisements

New in Theaters June 12th 2015

Spy seems to be taking the world by storm and earning Melissa McCarthy the best reviews of her career; that’s in number one. In number two last week is the hugely popular action disaster flick San Andreas. In number three is Insidious three… funny when those numbers line up. But that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

Continue reading

7 Best Biographical Music Movies

With the release of Love and Mercy this weekend, I was thinking about other types of movies like it. For those who don’t know, this one showcases the life story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, told through two different actor portrayals, Paul Dano as young Brian and John Cusack as the older version. It’s been getting great reviews and I can’t wait to see it. Every year there seems to be one of these movies that chart the rise and fall stories of out favorite musicians. Last year it was Jersey Boys, a fun musical ride I can’t recommend enough. But it got me thinking what the best music bio films are. After looking around and doing some research, here’s what I came up with.

Continue reading

New in Theaters June 5th 2015

Well, I’ve been absent for the last while but it’s only because I couldn’t bring myself to telling you about the bashing Aloha got last week. Poor Aloha; needless to say that is not dominating the box office. San Andreas is in number one, Pitch Perfect 2 is holding on to number 2, and Tomorrowland is in number 3. Solid films I suppose but that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

Continue reading

Names to Know: Cameron Crowe

051021_cb_cameronCroweEX

Aloha has taken a lot of undeserved flack because of its odd pacing and the casting of Emma Stone as a one quarter Asian character. I feel the readers on this site or any other quite frankly are Emma fans, myself included, so the casting choice was a good one no matter what. But there’s the whole blather on diversity and lack of Hawaiian natives in the movie. I completely disagree and feel those people didn’t go see the movie. The plot is about earning the trust of a specific island group so they can launch a missile, er, I mean… satellite.

Continue reading

Guess who’s back?

image

As of today, June 1, 2015, Goombas Gone Wild has had over 1500 views on our site from over 800 people. We have also reached 100+ likes on our Facebook page. I would like to thank all of you for your support. It truly means a lot to us to have people commenting on our content and sharing our words of mighty wisdom. And let’s not forget your ability to put up with my annoying posts on Facebook, that’s appreciated as well. Next I would like to thank Ryan (The Professional),  Ayden (The Creative), Allen (The Board Game King), Matt (The Man With the Shoes) and yes you too Dan (Classical Guru), as my co-creators and co-bloggers at Goombas Gone Wild. Without them Goombas wouldn’t be where it is now.
Continue reading

New in Theaters May 8th

10869325_591589580977275_2778898650041679518_oObviously Avengers is number one in the theaters right now, setting records and quickly becoming one of the highest earners of all time. Furious Seven holds on to number two but it’s still raking in tons of cash. That’s no shock to me. But what is surprising is the melodramatic romance Age of Adaline is still number three. I thought this one would disappear quickly but maybe audiences were in the mood for a good old fashioned romance. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week. Continue reading

New in Theaters May 1st

It’s amazing! Furious 7 has held on to its spot for a month now as the top grossing movie. People really do love their action. Obviously number 8 is going to be underway shortly if a movie this far into the series can rake in all that money. Let’s hope that’s not the same case for Paul Blart Mall Cop, since number 2 is also still in number 2 this week. And Last week’s timeless romance Age of Adeline claimed number 3. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week.

  10869325_591589580977275_2778898650041679518_o   The Avengers: Age of Ultron is some little foreign movie you wouldn’t have heard about. It’s hardly opening in any theaters around the globe so it’s barely worth mentioning… kidding! It’s only the second most anticipated movie of the year. You all know what’s number one, don’t fight me on that. I will say, I’m not an Avengers fan, the lone wolf in this world I think, so it’s pointless for me to tell you about it. You’re all waiting in line to see it already anyways. Just keep in mind Rotten Tomatoes has already given it a 72 percent.

54dcc93873b710d476cfb70a_welcome-to-me-posterWelcome to Me is one I can get behind. Sadly, it probably won’t be in your small town theater, but if you know about it and eagerly wait for a DVD release, I think that’s fair. Just listen to this premise. Kristen Wiig plays a real life woman who won the lottery, quit her medication for borderline personality disorder, and bought her own talk show! It’s all true and it looks fantastic. It’s a comedy-drama that debuted at festivals last year, and its Will Ferrell produced! Rotten Tomatoes say 83 percent. I personally can’t wait.

ride-posterHelen Hunt stars in and directs Ride, a comedy-drama co-starring Luke Wilson about a single Mother who moves to California to be with her son and live a surfing beach filled lifestyle. Doesn’t seem to be very earth-shattering, but if you’re looking for a low budget spiritually uplifting film or you’re like me and actually like Helen Hunt, check it out. Rotten Tomatoes say 83 percent as well.

If none of those sound good, which I doubt, there is also Far From the Maddening Crowd that has Carey Mulligan returning to her routes in a British Victorian era period picture. If you read The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the film version finally gets a limited theatrical release. And good old Viggo Mortensen still rocking foreign language films stars in the French Albert Camus adaptation of Far From Men. That’s what’s playing for the week of May 1st, happy movie watching.

A New Look at Vampires or Why Jemaine Clement is Awesome

what_we_do_in_the_shadows_ver2_xlg

The Mockumentary is one of the rarest but most loved genres out there. Ever since the hilarious rockumentary This is Spinal Tap was put forth by Rob Reiner in 1984, these things have been a source for parody and humor for the past 30 years. Christopher Guest has since come up with some of the most popular including Best in Show (1999), and A Mighty Wind (2003). I love these movies but I was thinking, due to the very low budget, freedom to improvise, and inherently large fan base, why isn’t there more?

The answer lies in the subject matter. They are incredibly hard to pull off and nearly impossible to convince people that the characters could be real. The writers really have to know the subject inside and out and the actors need to be strong and deep inside their character if they want to be convincing. Then I thought maybe there aren’t that many subjects to be tackled in mockumentary form; it’s usually reserved for bands and fake famous people. But over in New Zealand, Jemaine Clement and his writing partner Taika Waititi managed to cook up something new, fresh, and surprisingly not done yet.

What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious look at vampires rooming together in a dark 21st century house. We follow Waititi as Viago, the flamboyant vampire with high tastes as he takes us around his daily routine with his roommates. There’s Jemaine Clement who plays Vlad the poker, a ruthless lothario dealing with his arch nemesis “The Beast”, and Deacon, the cool young vampire of the group. Locked far away in a tomb downstairs is the oldest and most terrifying of them all; Petyr, a Nosfuratu like monster who doesn’t have much to contribute since he’s so old. Together, we follow the group hunt for victims, adjust to 21st century life, and make friends with a plain human named Stu.

The movie is very clever, playing on classic Vampire tropes and even hitting on new Twilight type humor like the gang’s feud with a struggling group of werewolves (not swear wolves) led by the Flight of the Conchords old manager Rhys Darby. It goes way over the top but stays grounded with a few heartfelt moments about vampire feelings and downsides. We see them struggle with their long ago pasts as they try to teach a newly turned vampire the techniques for draining humans of their blood. Mostly, they’re just interested in going out and dancing.

It’s also a strong testament to independent filmmakers as it was made for less than two million dollars but still looks great. I feel we can all agree New Zealand isn’t the most burgeoning of places for film besides Lord of the Rings. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have been behind a few comedies including the goofy love story Eagle Vs Shark in 2007 and a short film that inspired this mockumentary. It would seem these guys fill a certain niche of goofy humor filled with lovable losers, puns, and absurdist type comedy.

Jemaine seems to pop up in small flashy roles in films that people love like Dinner for Shmucks or Men in Black 3. Here, he balances nicely with the other cast, Bret McKenzie free in another bright role. If you’re a fan of his, don’t miss this little horror comedy gem. It might be his best role so far. On a semi related note, my friend saw him in a Chapters Bookstore in Vancouver last week. Apparently he shops in Chapters. Who knew?

So if this movie has taught us anything, it’s that mockumentaries can be damn hilarious and if you haven’t experienced one, go check out any Chris Guest movie or re-watch The Office. It’s just such a different and fun way of doing things. Number two, it’s taught us that if you want to make a cheap film, why not try a mockumentary? They are easy, fun, and usually get a good response. Number three, New Zealand comedy is hilarious and there are plenty of films to check out by this great group who never forgets their roots down there. And Number four, vampires can actually be hilarious. If you’re a staunch new age vampire film hater, give it up and see this one. Watching Jemaine try to turn into a cat for a split second will make it all worth it. More Mockumentaries please?!?!!

By Ryan Uytdewilligen