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Out this month are two films whose characters suddenly find themselves in circumstances that change their worlds, prompting them to form otherwise-unlikely bonds with each other:

 

King New Orleans
First we have The King of New Orleans, Brian R. Friedman's independent film that follows New Orleans cabbie Larry Shirt (David Jensen, Ocean's Eleven, The Mist, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as he drives everyone from across the social spectrum around the Big Easy.  One of his fares is possibly-expelled Harvard student Bobby Cohn (Richard Brien, Nashville), and the two form a friendship later tested by the epic challenges of Hurricane Katrina.  The film won multiple awards at the Napa Valley Film Festival, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival, and it is the feature-length debut of Allen Frederic (Lee Daniels' The Butler, People), who co-directed the film with creative team Coodie & Chike (Benji, Good Morning).  The King of New Orleans will be out on digital platforms (including Amazon and iTunes) on February 21st (timed to tie in with Mardis Gras on the 28th) but is already available on DVD on Amazon for $14.99.   No special features on this one, which is sad because it seems like such a heart-centered project for the creators (and I'm sure they have some crazy behind-the-scenes stories they could tell since it was filmed on location in New Orleans).  If you simply love independent film and/or New Orleans, though, this may be worth checking out.

 

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By |February 17th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #243: Dueling Muted Trumpets

Siri, You Must Be Stopped

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...finally back with another episode as we claw out of the 2015 archive. The extended madness and delay will be explained further in an upcoming post. There may be spoilers if you haven't watched television for several months.

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By |April 26th, 2016|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

Wayhomer Review #182: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Bailey says:
Widge says:

It's Episode #182 for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which our protagonist is joined by previous Avengers movie reviewer Bailey and they discuss a film with Cecil B. DeMille-level amounts of characters, a user-friendly Gordian knot of plotlines and the finer points of Cap's helmet.
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By |May 4th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|4 Comments

The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel comic created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie and about 1500 other people

Age of Ultron is just another day at the office

How does one follow up a movie that is arguably the most entertaining display of blockbuster prowess in recent memory? How does the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe hold up these days? The answer is a straight forward and simple as it is beautiful: everybody is doing their job.

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By |April 25th, 2015|Reviews|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #235: By the Way, Aaron and J.J. Have a Kickstarter

Avengers Grimm

Okay, admittedly, once you blow it up this big you can tell which one's Rapunzel.

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that says if you do nothing else with this episode, visit this link and contribute what you can.

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By |April 13th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #130: The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner from The Bourne Legacy

Episode #130 for The Bourne Legacy, in which our protagonist talks about a slow first act, a second act that seems borrowed from a piece of well-known literature, and a third act that really seems like it was another film. Especially the fact they're on motorcycles.
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By |August 19th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

The Avengers (2012) - 27 Second Review

Thor Avengers poster by Mondo

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on a story by Zak Penn & Whedon, which was in turn based on the comic created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston

Review: As a Batman Loyalist, I hesitate to say this is the greatest comic book movie of all time, but only for a second. Because it was the GREATEST comic book movie of all time. The action was awesome, no character was under-utilized, and there were four separate instances that made me fall out of my chair laughing with glee. Also because the Hulk is my spirit animal. See it, and be more awesome for it.

Time: 20 seconds

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By |May 12th, 2012|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

Wayhomer Review #117: The Avengers 3D (2012)

Thor, Iron Man and Captain America from The Avengers

Episode #117 for The Avengers 3D, in which our protagonist is so drunk with glee he has to get Bailey to drive (and co-review), thinks Disney is feeling a lot better about their year and only has one nit that he has to pick. Otherwise, this is him drunk on just the film. He wants to make that clear.
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By |May 5th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|9 Comments

The Avengers (2012) - Movie Review

Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury in The Avengers

Written by: Joss Whedon, based on a story by Zak Penn & Whedon, which was based in turn on characters appearing in Marvel Comics
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston

Where to begin? Let me predict just one simple thing: Starting May 4th, you will believe the hype. The Avengers is everything you would want from a blockbuster movie. It's loud, fast, charming, funny and such a ride, you will want to see it on the biggest screen, in the best theater.

The story is pretty simple and uses a lot of the more subtle elements that were introduced in the "prequels" to this big superhero team-up: Loki (Hiddleston) is back in a big bad way, with the aid of an alien race, he is trying to conquer the world and to be worshiped as the god he is. In order to do so, he uses the energy cube we were introduced to in Captain America to arrive on earth. Since it has been analyzed by SHIELD, his arrival is neither unnoticed nor without consequence. Loki's escape and theft of the energy cube is the introduction to the movie and gives you a good idea what's about to come: a very fast and loud ride. Nick Fury activates the Avengers Initiative to fight Loki and protect the earth from whatever else might be coming.

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By |April 21st, 2012|Reviews|1 Comment

Wayhomer Review #95: Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Paula Patton and Simon Pegg from Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Episode #95 for Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, in which our protagonist explains his history with the feature film franchise, brings up Incredibles 2 simply because he can, and offers Brad Bird another directing job (not that it's his to offer, but why not, right?).
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By |December 17th, 2011|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|6 Comments