Movie Review: After Porn Ends

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After Porn Ends (2010)

94 min  -  Documentary  -  21 May 2012 (USA)

Ratings: 5.8/10 from 2,363 users
Reviews: 10 user | 12 critic

After Porn Ends is a documentary that not only examines the lives and careers of some of the biggest names in the history of the adult entertainment industry but what happens to them after … See full summary »

Director:

Bryce Wagoner

Stars:

Mary Carey, Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

No surprise here I watch porn (I talked about this in another review) and this was on Netflix, so I gave it a watch (plus I’m a sucker for a documentary, they are usually interesting.)

Main Points:

This get’s a terrible rating on IMDB but I think it’s a little too harsh. While the interviews and camerawork do seem rather amateurish (and no real interesting questions are posed) it’s still interesting to watch. The women here run the gamut of people who used porn as a stepping stone for another career (and one who couldn’t make it as an actor and went back to porn), to those who enjoyed in and are still involved in the industry, to those who have horrible regrets and wish they never did it to other who are somewhere in-between.

I think the movie does speak about the differences between men, women and sex. As a whole it seems all the men in the movie enjoyed their time in porn (which I’m certain isn’t the case for everyone) though it did leave one guy with regrets about how he could have had a full relationship with one woman. Also one guy does seem to lead a lonely life and it is a little sad that he watches his own porn movies to bring back happy memories.

Final Thoughts:

As only a viewer I certainly have a limited point of view on the subject, so I can’t speak for the affect the industry has on men or women. I think one actor points it out by saying that sex in porn movies is just a little bit better than masturbation, there’s no emotional connection (in 99% of cases I’d say) and doing it in front of a camera must be really weird at first. In the end it does make you feel a little guilty for watching and enjoying it as it is to some degree at the expense of others. So I give this 6.5 out of ten and would only recommend to people interested in porn or human sexuality. Of course this should not be viewed by anyone under 18. Well I’m all out of movies to review for now but look for another blog post in 4 or 5 days. Have a great weekend everyone!

Flea market this Sunday! (the 13th)

Hi everyone,

It’s summer here and I’m back on the Flea Market circuit (there are several, though usually I only do one to be honest). So if you’re out in about come see me this Sunday (July 13th) at the C.L.B. Sunday Market from 12-4pm. Aside from my books (Newfoundland Vampire book I and II), I’ll be selling Magic cards and comics (some more expensive than others). Have a great summer and I hope to see you there!

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I’m in a New York state of mind (well I was last week :)

Greetings and salutations all!

So I had my first (hopefully of two) summer trips this year (It’s early July as I write this). As some of you may know I’m a huge fan of concerts and usually once a year (sometimes more) we travel somewhere to see one. This year went to NYC to see Billy Joel and of course while we were there did lots of other stuff. So as I’ve done in the past here is a smattering of pictures (a video if I can get it to work) and my comments on them.

Day 1:

Arrived at LGA around 11:30am and got a shuttle to to the hotel. Our hotel was small and had no restaurant (or room service) but was otherwise conveniently located, had friendly staff and was clean and certainly nice enough. I was pleased to see a healthy take-out style restaurant nearby and we soon set off for a comic book store (it’s what geeks do in any city!) Bought 1 comic and headed back to get ready to go out to an off-Broadway show (after we had supper at an ok pub/restaurant down the street, I’ve really gotten into ciders the past couple of years.)

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So as you can see to the left the show was a little unusual. It was called Skivvies. The club was nice (too full to order food but we had a few drinks) and the show itself was okay (they are talented they just did a lot of songs I didn’t like). The best part of the show for me was when Sophie B. Hawkins came on at the end (she wasn’t in her underwear though) and sang one of her hits (I’ll give you  hint, it wasn’t "Damn I wish I was your lover"). It was a song I actually liked and gave the show more credibility.

Day 2:

Off to the John Lennon memorial, Pommes Frites and the Dakota (where Lennon was shot in 1980) and of course the Statue of Liberty. In case you’re wondering Pommes Frites was in an episode of "Comedians in Cars getting Coffee" (really funny if you love Seinfeld). I’m a huge lover of french fries and I have to say they were excellent (though greasy but I guess the best ones usually are). What makes this place unique is they offer over 50 varieties of dipping sauce, so you have plenty of reasons to go back.

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Now I have to say NYC was VERY hot (I’m Canadian and in the north after all, it very rarely gets to 85F, it was over 100 there for 3 days!). So as such I didn’t get to explore central park as much as I wanted to and our trip to the Statue of Liberty consisted of getting a ferry there, taking some pictures, getting back on said ferry and heading back. We also went to the Museum of Natural History (very cool and interesting place), I’d highly recommend it. They even have an app so you can have a self-guided tour.

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Day 2 was also the Billy Joel concert (you’re not supposed to take pictures or video, so in any case anyone checks I won’t post anything here). He was excellent! Funny, friendly, played lots of his hits. Madison Square Garden is a great building that is well organized and had reasonable prices for beer and snacks (any merchandise is always overpriced wherever you go). My only complaint is I wanted more, Bill played almost 2 hours but I won’t have loved 2.5 or even 3, so really not a complaint at all. I have loved Billy Joel’s music over 20 years and I had tickets to see him in Toronto (the show was canceled due to the SARS outbreak), so it was a great moment for me. Like a lot of things in life when you build it up in your mind it never quite lives up to your expectations but still, a great time, wonderful music and great memories.

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Day 3:

I wanted to get pictures for my third book ("The Gathering Dark" currently in the editing process!), one of the chapters takes place in NYC, so I had to get pictures of a statue by central park. We also went to the Discovery Museum and two exhibits. To be honest I thought the Marvel one sucked. It was mainly video games, half of them didn’t work or didn’t work properly. The only good one had a line so long that moved so slow I gave up, maybe I’m just too old for it but I felt $60 was a rip off. We also went to this one which showed dissected people and a horse (I’ll spare you the pictures, it was gross). That one was certainly educational and interesting, just hard to look at (well kind of like a car crash, you didn’t want to look but had to kind of deal.) We should have went to the Lego one, I did get to take one picture of a bored Lego man.

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We also went to a nice restaurant called Serendipity. They are known for their frozen hot chocolate dessert (which we had and was yummy) and $1000 sundae! (Not kidding, we didn’t get that). Nice food and after a long wait (over an hour) we had very good service including two free drinks.

Day 4:

This was the 4th of July and after I went to another comic book store (Forbidden Planet which was another cool place with friendly staff) We also went on a TMZ bus tour (the guide was funny and nice but too much celebrity crap for my liking, that was my wife’s choice). We also went to the Stardust Diner for some good singing, friendly service but not so good food (I guess that’s what to expect), obviously went the singing it can be quite loud in there as well.

173 You’re all wondering about the fireworks (well some of you) and yes of course we went. Amazing show that lasted almost 30 minutes, police were there and it was well lit (in the park area we went to) so I never felt unsafe. I should say here for a big city NYC is a very safe place (from what I saw). There are lots of homeless people but I guess that’s just a sad reality. We took a taxi down to the fireworks and should have gotten one back…instead we came back on the subway, that was a mistake.

The subway was INSANE coming back. The police had to stop too many people from coming though, it was hot down there (even at 10pm at night) and once we finally got on subway care it was super-crowded. Two men almost got in a fight and being a little claustrophobic I was very uncomfortable for a good 10 minutes. So if you’re in NYC (or any big city with a subway) DO NOT take the subway back, it’s not worth saving the money.

Day 5:

Didn’t get to much today as we were heading back and the shuttle service picked us up super-early. I tried to get a shave but the place was closed (Spiff if you’re curious and I did get a nice e-mail back from them a few days later). In their defense I should have called first since the day before was a holiday but I had a nice walk and a final look around the city.

So final thoughts, NYC is a great place. Everyone was friendly (except this one woman who hated TMZ and yelled at the tour guy, what a bitch!), zero crime that I saw, lots to do, good food, great shows but super-hot and sometimes very crowded (at least while we were there) but maybe those things don’t bother you. I would certainly love to go back sometime, just not in July.

Movie Review: Chef

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Chef (2014)

114 min  -  Comedy  -  30 May 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 7.9/10 from 5,591 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 68 user | 121 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Director:

Jon Favreau

Writer:

Jon Favreau

Stars:

Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

Okay once again I’ll admit it, I’ll see anything with Scar Jo in it (this movie did also get a good rating on IMDB), so a couple of weeks ago we saw it with a very small group of people (we have a theater which is usually very quiet, I like it :)

Main Points:

I’ve heard this movie described as food porn and for a lot of this film it’s accurate. Sure there’s a story about a married couple who are separated, father has trouble connecting with his son and the same father is having career problems (he’s the chef) and ultimately quits his job. Really though you’re watching this for the food (or perhaps Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson). All the food in this movie looks delicious (except the pig roast and generally the meat for me) and it makes you want to go to New Orleans to have a Beignet (my wife sure did!) and generally eat out at a nice restaurant (I love eating out and non-fast food places, a little too much as I look at my waist line ;)

To get off the food kick, the story is okay here. It’s about the importance of family and how at least some relationships are worth fighting for. It’s also about finding a career you love and being prepared to suffer to make the right choices in it (something I think a lot of us never manage to get). The acting is fine by everyone (Favreau in particular is quite good) but some people like RDJ seem like they are just thrown in there for the name recognition. His part was so small you barely even notice it. I will say that though while Dustin Hoffman’s part is small, he did do a good job as a restaurant owner.

Final Thoughts:

A nice little movie, it was mostly predictable but still makes you laugh and ultimately feel good if you have a stable relationship (and a job you don’t really hate). Ultimately this movie also makes you think about food trucks and simple food, I’ll have to think about trying one again soon (I don’t live in a downtown area, so I don’t see them much). So 7/10 from me and a mild recommendation (though do to language not for small children). I think I can say unless you’re a huge fan you’d get more enjoyment from this than the latest Transformers movie (I suffered through 2 and 3 and just couldn’t take anymore). So that’s it for the newer movies I’ve seen, next will be a few I saw on Netflix. Have a great day everyone!

Movie Review: The Grand Seduction

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The Grand Seduction (2013)

113 min  -  Comedy  -  30 May 2014 (Canada)

Ratings: 7.5/10 from 419 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 11 user | 36 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray … See full summary »

Director:

Don McKellar

Writers:

Michael Dowse, Ken Scott

Stars:

Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban | See full cast and crew »

Initial thoughts:

I make an effort to see every movie made here in Newfoundland while it’s in theaters (that means I’ve seen some bad ones like “Stoner FM”). Usually there are worthwhile and I had heard good things about this one, so with some time in a different city (Corner Brook to be precise) myself and my Mom went to see this (first time I had seen a movie with her in 20+ years).

Main Points:

I probably would have seen this movie even if it wasn’t set in Newfoundland as I quite like Brendan Gleeson and of course the best actor from Newfoundland, Gordon Pinsent. While this is a remake of a French film they certainly do a good job to show the way of life in Newfoundland for some small communities and our friendly nature.

The scenery is beautiful (it’s Newfoundland after all!) and the acting is good all around. It’s a nice little story (with some crazy/silly/unrealistic parts) and is very funny. I found myself laughing out loud lots of times and constantly try to figure out where it was filmed (this probably won’t happen for a lot of people who watch it who aren’t from Newfoundland).

It’s been said that any Canadian film has a certain look to it, it looks just a little bit amateurish but such is not the case here. With Kitsch and Gleeson on-board this movie has the same production values as any Hollywood movie (which is nice to see).

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this movie. It has some flaws of course, the ending is a little bit predictable and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend seeing it with your parents (or a small child due to a couple of mild sex scenes), I give it a strong 8/10 and a hearty recommendation to anyone else seeing it. If you’re from Newfoundland you’ll probably enjoy this movie the most but I’m sure anyone else will like it to. See it if you can before it’s gone, you won’t regret it.

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

113 min  -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  6 June 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 48,076 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 246 user | 373 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

Director:

Doug Liman

Writers:

Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), 2 more credits »

Stars:

Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

Despite everything strange about him (I mean come on Scientology?) I like Tom Cruise as an actor, I’ve seen a lot of his movies and when I heard good things about this one I decided to go.

Main Points:

I heard this movie described as "Groundhog Day" meets "Call of Duty" and that sums up a lot of it. (If you haven’t seen "Groundhog Day" watch it! Bill Murray is in true form). Tom Cruise’s character, Cage, is given this strange power to die only to come back continuously at the start of the same day. Of course he remembers dying and learns how to be both a better solider and exactly what happens on that day. The nice thing that I wasn’t expecting here about this movie is a large dose humor and the fact that Cage (unlike most of Tom Cruise’s character) is completely not in control and a total asshole (and coward), at least in the beginning.

It’s like what would happen if you were trapped in a video game, but the whole world was at stake. Eventually Cage (with the help Rita, played quite well by Emily Blunt) do get a grasp on the situation and see what it is they actually must to do stop the alien threat. The special effects are quite good (though I wasn’t overly impressed with the IMAX 3D aspect of it) and the story and acting is well done.

As with any movie that repeats many aspects of it there are spots that drag. It’s also worth noting here that even if you do hate Tom Cruise, you might just enjoy watching him get killed around 15,000 times. It even makes you wonder a little about the choices you make, would you act differently if you knew how things around you would turn out? What crazy stuff would you do if you knew dying didn’t matter?

Final Thoughts:

Even though the movie is only 113 minutes, it still felt a little long to me (I know I say that is most reviews but it’s true! Whatever happened to the 90 minute movie?) Overall though I really enjoyed this. Another good sci-fi/action/summer flick that I give 8/10 too. If you have a chance I would highly recommend it (just don’t bring small children with you). Well it’s a nice enough day so I’m going for a walk, have a great day everyone.

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

131 min  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  23 May 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 8.5/10 from 141,616 users   Metascore: 74/100

Reviews: 473 user | 367 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Jane Goldman (story), 2 more credits »

Stars:

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman | See full cast and crew »

Main Points:

I’m a huge geek, I’ve seen every X-Men movie (including that piece of garbage "X: Men Origins Wolverine"), so of course I was going to this (I saw it a while ago but I’m behind with my reviews). I had also heard good reviews and the fact that they were combining both sets of actors from the movies along with a story I read and enjoyed made it a sure thing.

Main Points:

Yes of course this movie deviates a lot from the comic book but what else did you expect? As a friend of mine pointed out (and I agree) most comic book movies (or movies based on books) that do follow the original story too closely often don’t work (with the notable exception of "Watchmen" and a couple of animated ones). This movie does work, quite well in fact. Hugh Jackman does such a great Wolverine that I was happy to have him the main character in this movie rather than Kitty Pride (really the story back that was all about introducing Kitty as a new character, it was a marketing thing to some extent).

The action here is top notch, in particular the effects around Quicksilver were amazing and a lot of fun. Speaking of there are plenty of lighthearted moments here to balance out the action and doom and gloom aspects. All the cast turn in good performances and the movie moves along at a good pace, most of the time. Bryan Singer really showed that he is the man when it comes to directing an X-Men movie.

Final Thoughts:

Sure this movie has it’s flaws. Some characters have very little to do and others seemed to be just thrown in as an afterthought. Plus at 131 minutes it is a little too long. The Sentinels themselves look great in the future and it is fun to see mutants really working together as a team (using their powers to help each other). I give this movie a strong 8/10 and a hearty recommendation to any comic book/sci-fi or just summer movie fan (if it’s still out where you are). As usual not for kids. Up next will be more movie reviews.

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