Hector and the Search for Happiness | Pegg charmingly melts your heart

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– Please remain in your seat until flight comes to a complete stop..

Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  My last blog post was 464 days ago.  Since my last post, there has honestly been several movies worth the key strokes.  Alas, the lazy virus took the best of me.  Luckily, I had a 24-hour energy boaster drink that allowed me to write these words..

Psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) finally sees the bore that is his life.  He abruptly decides to leave his perfect girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) to go on a global journey in search of happiness.  Thus unfolds the adventure of a life time.

As expected, you will experience Pegg’s amazing comedy.  But, you will be surprised by his skills as an actor.  His ability to transfer his scene’s emotions to you are just unbelievable.

Adding to Pegg’s performance; you are treated with a great soundtrack, artistic use of Hector’s travel journal, and the great cameo performances (including Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Toni Collette).  Hopefully, this will be enough to entice you to add this to the must see list.  Because by the time you reach the credits, you will be filled with a warm light.

Title: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Genre:  Adventure Comedy Drama

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

Year Released:  2014

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

The Shipping News | Spacey and Hallström doing it right

Yup, rocks and house is all I need!  photo courtesy by

Yup, rocks and house is all I need! photo courtesy by www.theguardian.com

Jesus h christ, how in the hell did I miss The Shipping News movie? Let me add, how did the world miss this movie? The movie had a reported box office of $11.4 million (RottenTomatoes.com) while the budget was $35 million (IMDB.com).

I was 22 when it was released on January 2002. Lets just say I wasn’t the most productive person, but I always made room for movies. You must choose wisely for tickets are expensive for the movie theater. So, my time was prob taken by the following movies:

  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Black Hawk Down
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

On top of the competition; The Shipping News had bad reviews from The Rolling Stone, US Today, New York Times, etc (currently 55% on RottenTomatoes.com). Now we know why this one fell through the cracks. Why did it take till March 2014 to finally see this movie?

Well, this little video streaming site Netflix calculated that I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. After some investigating, I found that Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale) directed an incredible star studded cast (Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett). Play button goes click.

The very timid Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) loses the horrible wife/parents. To make a fresh start, Quoyle decides to accompany his aunt to their ancestral home in Newfoundland. He just has no idea how much his life will change.

Hallström beautifuly directs the superb Kevin Spacey on the portrayal of a man overcoming many challenging situations throughout his life. Laced throughout the story, supporting characters slowly surface their own pain. No matter how hard it gets, you can see Hallström’s rainbow in the distance. You just got to keep on truckin’

P.S.  I think Julianne Moore was too sexy for her role.

Title:  The Shipping News

Genre:  Drama Romance

Rating:  R

Length:  111 minutes

Year Released:  2002

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

Another Zero in the System | Thats One Badass Gangsta Film

Is that a Saturn?  Image by James R G

Is that a Saturn?

Who doesn’t like a good ole gangsta film?  Slang dialogue shot from the HIP packing a GAT held by an aggressive gangsta.  You have to appreciate something that paints a picture of the unfortunate life of many.  When these movies are done well, you really appreciate your own luck.

Earl Coleman (Mike Simmons) loses his sister to drugs while in prison.  From that moment on, he condemns his ex gangsta life style.  The thugs are still in town, and Earl must live his clean life surrounded by filth.

Tim McCann must be an OG cause he writes/directs/films/produces/edits a very raw unfiltered view of the hood.  The up close and personal camera work really adds a layer of intensity that allows you to actually feel the tension of the scene.  By performing 5 of the key roles, McCann saves a portion of this small budget to bring on some fantastic  talent.  In particular, Mike Simmons genuinely delivers a righteous individual fighting to control his sanity.

Help this team out; spark a jay, sit back, and enjoy this undiscovered film.

Title:  Another Zero in the System

Genre:  Crime Drama

Rating:  R

Length:  84 minutes

Year Released:  2013

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

I love beautiful art

I want a robot.  -photo courtesy of collider.com

I want a robot. -photo courtesy of collider.com

So, I’m flipping through the Netflix queue and see this movie Robot & Frank. I vaguely remember reading about it in the past. Immediately after reading the summary, I start the movie. I mean what modern geek would not watch a movie about a retired cat-burglar that is forced to have a robot care giver. God damn if this movie isn’t the most heart warming funny AI story.

After end scene fades into credits, I’m a satisfied relaxed from a fantastic story. Then, this sweet music just springs up. The sick beat drops setting the pace to this holy chorus of lasers. I literally got off my couch, held my praise hands in the air, and started to make body waves. Its just an unbelievable track:

I come to find out the song is written and performed by Francis and the Lights. Nope, I got nothing. So, I started researching this group. Their soundcloud page keeps my mind on the path of more discovery. Not just be cause of the infectious tracks (reminds me of Prince and Jamiroquai jammed together), but due to the lack of comments on their tracks from random admirers. Could it be that this is an unknown artist.  I just couldn’t believe that I have never heard of this group that has opened for Drake, played Jimmy Kimmel, etc. Then, I read this one SoundCloud comment:

LewisLace
Beautiful. Saw the concert video and there truely isn’t another group that can match your stage presence.

I immediately searched for videos finding this one:

Their performance at The White Room in Troy, NY. Let me tell you, it is one epic show. I’m definitely attending a future concert the next time they are in North Carolina.

This blew the dust off an old thought from a previous movie. I just love moments of hearing pure gold from a movie. Moments where I’m watching a scene, the music queues, and it moves me. Please leave a comment on one of your last experiences such as mine.

“Lexi has gone vegan, so everyone has to suffer” – It’s a Disaster

Seat belts people, come on.  Photo courtesy of theordinaryreview.blogspot.com.

Seat belts people, come on. Photo courtesy of theordinaryreview.blogspot.com.

I wouldn’t say that I have a hard on for David Cross, but I fucking love watching him as Captain Awkward.  So when I saw that he stars in It’s a Disaster, I parked my ass in a cushion and hit play.  Good thing I did a #1 before the start, cause I would have pissed my pants.

Five lady friends and their significant other meet for brunch every Sunday.  Glen Randolph (David Cross) is the new boyfriend entering Awkwargeddon.  The couples work through their issues as the world ends.

As the intensity grows, the scenes start having a more serious tone.  However, the ensemble cast perfectly guides each scene to a perfect comedic ending.  Adding the camera work on the intimate set, the story rolls smoothly with no drag.  If you enjoyed Death at a Funeral, Burn After Reading, and Extras; you should definitely put this on your list.

Title:  It’s a Disaster

Genre:  Comedy

Rating:  R

Length:  88 minutes

Year Released:  2013

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming