The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – April 27

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (In Theaters): With a sequel that’s even better than the original, Kal Penn and John Cho have officially become the best comic duo working today. I thought this thing was hysterical from start to finish. With a broad range of racial, political and sexual humor, no one is safe in Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard as I did since 2005’s The 40-Year Old Virgin.

The Orphanage, The Savages, Charlie Wilson’s War and Cloverfield (On DVD): It was another solid week for DVD releases. If you’re a horror fan, then this week’s releases are definitely for you. The Orphanage is one of the best ghost stories in a long, long time and Cloverfield is one of the best monster movies in a long, long time. If you’re looking for a comedy, then your covered as well. The Savages is a smart film about the bond between siblings and Charlie Wilson’s War is a sharp political satire.

Guillermo Del Toro confirmed for The Hobbit: It’ll be interesting to see how the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth is able to fill the shoes of THE director of the decade in Peter Jackson. Personally, I don’t think there’s a more creative mind out there today than Del Toro’s.

Wesley Snipes sentenced to three years in prison: Everyone breath a sigh of relief, we are officially immune from Wesley Snipe direct to DVD action films until at least 2011 and hopefully for good. Can you think of another actor in the last ten years that completely threw his career away like Snipes did?Even Cuba Gooding Jr. would say WTF? Not that he was that talented to begin with but he was good enough to play in mainstream films like U.S. Marshalls. He shouldn’t be thought of as the black Steven Segal for sure.

Summer movie season is almost here: Well, for me it kicked off this past weekend with the hilarious Harold and Kumar, but that’s just kid’s stuff compared to what the glorious month of May has instore for us. Iron Man, Speed Racer, Prince Caspian, and Indiana Jones! Let’s just hope that this year at least one of these movies will live up to the hype where as Spidey, Shrek and Pirates all failed to do so last year.

The Bad

Deception: Ouch, thrillers go 0-2 on back-to-back weeks. Surprisingly, each of them had a pretty good cast with Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, and Michelle Williams in this flop and Al Pacino in 88 Minutes. This thing really tanked at the box office too. $2.2 million, yikes!

Trailer for College: It’s supposed to be Superbad meet Animal House, but the movie looks about as lame as its title. Seriously, that’s all they came up with for the title? That’s a pretty good sign of half-assed laziness right there, so don’t expect the film to be much more.

The Ugly

One Missed Call on DVD: One of the ugliest DVD’s covers I’ve ever seen and according to just about everyone who has seen it, one of the worst movies ever made. A zero percent rating at RT and a 2.3 user rating on IMDb. Yeah, no question about what category this belongs under.

Nate Deen is a 20-year old aspiring film critic/essayist from Pensacola, Fla. He just graduated with an AA degree in journalism from Pensacola Junior College. He will be attending the University of Florida soon to continue his studies in journalism and film. His goal is to either pursue a writing career in entertainment, sports or perhaps both, but his dream is to write and direct his own movies. Recently, he's been devouring classic films, American and foreign. His favorite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock. If he had to make a top 10 list of the greatest films of all time, they would be: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather I and II, Vertigo, The Third Man, Schindler's List, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Raging Bull, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and City Lights. He runs his own movie review website,

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