3 Guys Web Site Maintenance

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi all,

When we started three guys we set ourselves up with a free site on wordpress.com. As we move forward and look to the future we realized that we have outgrown this site. We would like to be able to bring you the best experience possible and that means we need to move the site to a hosted space. We will be transitioning the site to wordpress.org. During this time the site may be down for few days. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward bringing you a better site soon.
Thank you all for your support!

The 3 guys

Categories: 3 Guys Reviews

Trollhunter

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Trollhunter

Director: Andre Ovredal
Writer: Andre Overedal, Havard S. Johansen
Starring: Otto Jespersen
Review By: Griff


So this is another one of the “see it before it’s in the theater” movies that seems to draw me in like a moth to a flame (See my reviews of 13 Assasins and Hobo with A Shotgun). I just can’t seem to stay away from them.

Trollhunter is supposed to be one of those “found footage” movies. If you have seen The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, or Cannibal Holocaust then you know what I am talking about. This one is not quite so brutal with the shaky cam but it is definitely in same vein.

The plot revolves around a group of three college students who decide to investigate a mysterious bear poacher in the area as part of a school project. They begin to track the bear poacher and follow him on his trips out into the woods. It turns out that he is not hunting bears though he is hunting… wait for it…Trolls.

I have to admit I actually enjoyed this movie. There are some truly tense scary moments and quite a bit of comedy thrown in as well. The CGI on the Trolls is impressive for a movie with such an obviously low budget. This one is is not going to appeal to everyone but, if you are a fan of horror films, and you are interested in trying something off the beaten path, you might just enjoy this one.

Oh yeah, one caveat here. This movie was filmed in Norway so you will have to read some subtitles.

If you are interested you can check out the trailer here:

Categories: Quick Reviews

The newest member of the 3 guys!

July 23, 2011 1 comment

I just wanted to take a moment to Welcome Adam to the 3 guys. Unfortunately due to a hectic work and school schedule Klash has had to bow out from doing reviews on a regular basis. Adam is taking over his spot and will be our new 3rd guy. I am looking forward to his reviews and input in the future!

Categories: News/Opinions

Limitless

July 21, 2011 2 comments

Limitless

Director: Neil Burger
Writer:
Leslie Dixon, Alan Glyn (novel)
Starring:
Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Abbie Cornish

Plot:

Eddie, A down on his luck writer with some serious writers block is given a strange drug from his former girlfriend’s brother after a “chance” encounter on the street.  When Eddie starts taking the drug he is able to use the full potential of his brain, and his entire life turns around. That is until he finds out that the drug has some serious side effects…

Rate it:

Adam:

 
Griff:

 

Scotty :

 

Break it down. What did you think of movie?

Adam – I came in with limited expectations and was pleasantly surprised.  The film had a lot more sci-fi elements than the trailers I had seen led me to believe the case was going to be.  They made the drugged up cheater seem like a likeable fella you could relate to which is an accomplishment in itself. Copper was excellent and demonstrated a lot more range than I thought he had.

Griff – A surprisingly well done little sci-fi/action/thriller. It moved along at a pretty good pace and kept me entertained and interested throughout. Cooper was better than I expected.

Scotty–   The movie was good. I enjoyed watching it and found the plot and script to flow well.  It was suspenseful and well thought out and it made me think about having clarity, and how life gets you so caught up in what’s happening that you forget to focus on the small details and way things sound when its quiet.

What were your thoughts before seeing the film?

Adam – I had very low expectations based solely upon the trailers I had seen.  However, I did hold out a glimmer of hope since I enjoyed The Illusionist another film by the same director Neil Burger.  That’s worth checking out if you have not seen it by the by.

Griff – My expectations couldn’t have been lower. From what I saw in the trailers, this looked like a heaping helping of turd burger.

Scotty–  No thoughts really, besides this being a different role for Bradley Cooper.

Do you think the movie was fresh and innovative?

Adam – I don’t know if I would say fresh or innovative but I thought it was shot in an interesting way.  It reminded me of a David Fincher movie i.e. Fight Club with a dash of spike Jonze early video work.  A film about society hooked on big pharma was not that original in my opinion Aldous Huxley did it better 80 years ago.

Griff – Well, I haven’t seen anything exactly like it in recent memory. At least it was not  full of explosions and over the top CGI, and as far as I could tell, Michael Bay had nothing to do with it. So that is a plus.

Scotty– Not really, but I thought the cinematography was done well and fresh.  The plot is a cross between this film and that and the other.

Was the script well written?

Adam – I found the script to be lacking a general sense of cohesiveness.  Plot holes abounded and some of the characters were a bit one dimensional.  Not sure if that’s the fault of the original novel or was caused by the screen writer hacking it up.

Griff – Reasonably well done. I wasn’t pulling my hair out or making this face at any point >:-/

Scotty– Yes the script was well written and the subplots seemed to intertwine seamlessly.

Were the actors and actresses well cast?

Adam – As I mentioned previously I was impressed with Cooper in the role of Eddie Morra.  Word on the street was Shia LaBeouf was originally cast to play Eddie.  I think we can all agree we are glad that didn’t happen.  I also liked Abbie Cornish as Lindy; I only wish she had a bit more screen time. Robert De Niro’s talents were once again wasted in this film. I’m sick to death of him mailing it in he’s like an unfunny Samuel L Jackson.

Griff – Bradley Cooper did a great job, Abbie Cornish was also really good here. I even enjoyed Andrew Howard as the over the top mobster. My only complaint? De Niro. See below for my thoughts on that subject.

Scotty– Actors and actresses were great; Bradley Cooper played a different kind of role.  It is funny how De Niro is De Niro no matter what kind of movie you put him in, he always seems like a mobster.

Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – Not particularly, I certainly wasn’t humming a theme song when the film concluded.  However, they also were not distracting from the film either.

Griff – Nope, it was all techno. But, I did like the Kanye West song in the trailer cause I’m cool like that.

Scotty– I certainly do not, but the score certainly supported the film.

What was your favorite line?

Adam – “My excuse for looking like this? I’m a writer.”

Griff –  “It works better if you’re already smart.” – so true.

Scotty– “See that guy? That’s me. My excuse for looking like this? I’m a writer.”

What would you have done differently if you were the writer or director?

Adam – I haven’t read the novel it was based on The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.  I liked the how stylized it was shot but I thought it sort of ran out of gas at the end.  I would have gone with a relative no name in De Niro’s role and cut the screen time of that character in half and added more meat for the role Lindy.

Griff – I see no upside with putting De Niro in this film other than trying to put fannies in seats. Why not give the role to someone who still has a hunger for acting and is not just looking for a paycheck? Also thankfully that rat raced Shia LaBeouf wrecked his hand filming some crappy Michael Bay film or we would be talking about that here as well. If only it had stopped him from ruining Indiana Jones…Oh well.

Scotty– Nothing, like I said I thought the film was well done

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam –  I liked both Cooper and Cornish and hated De Niro.  I wonder how much of the budget they wasted getting De Niro on board with this project?  They could have spent that on a few more rewrites.

Griff – Damn you Robert DeNiro. You haven’t  turned out a risky or memorable  performance since Cape Fear back in 1991.

Scotty– Bradley Cooper did a great job with this film and was very sincere and believable.

Buy it, rent it, watch it on Cable, or skip it entirely? 

 Adam – This film is definitely worth checking out.  I certainly wouldn’t buy it unless you find it for $5 somewhere in a discount bin at some point.

Griff – Limitless is definitely worth checking out. I didn’t catch it on DVD but I can’t imagine there are any special features or anything on there that you couldn’t live without seeing.

Scotty– Certainly should rent it, it is worth seeing

Any suggestions for another movie to check out if someone enjoyed this film (similar film)?

Adam –  Stylistically I found it similar to Fight Club and you can’t really go wrong watching that again.

Griff – Hmmm…I am struggling with this one a bit. I am going to take the easy way out and say the Illusionist. Also I want to give a shout out to one of my favorite sci-fi thrillers of the year, Source Code.

Scotty– The Matrix, Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Categories: 3 Guys Reviews, Limitless

Cedar Rapids

July 17, 2011 2 comments

Cedar Rapids

Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Phil Johnston
Actors: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche

Plot: Tim Lippe is a mild mannered insurance salesman who has to go to his first ever insurance convention in Cedar Rapids. He meets a cast of characters who show him the ropes of how to get through a convention in the big city. (Cedar Rapids)

Ratings:
Griff:

 
Scotty: 



Before we get into the film, what were your thoughts before seeing the film?

Griff – I was hoping for good things. I saw on RT that this movie was 85% fresh. I was thinking that this was going to be another Grandma’s Boy that did poorly in theaters but it one of my all-time favorites.

Scotty –  I had heard very little about it and was sure it was going to be a waste of money.

Do you think the movie was fresh and innovative?

Griff – Definitely an original plot but the joke seemed recycled to me.

Scotty – No, not at all.  These comedies are cookie cutter comedies.  I know there is an equation out that these movies are all written from.  I actually believe that people sit around in 3rd world countries creating these in a movie factory.

Was the script well written?

Griff – It was an interesting, mildly amusing movie that was well written.

Scotty – No it was not well written and was boring and predictable

Were the actors and actresses well cast?

Griff – The actors did a great job. It’s hard to go wrong with John C. Reilly. He is always excellent and just a terrific actor.

Scotty – Sure

DO you remember a song from the film?

Griff – The insurance song set to Silent Night was pretty funny.

Scotty – I guess I remember the Insurance song that was sang by Tim Lippe(Ed Helms)

What was your favorite line?

Griff – “Getting some honey on your stinger? I love it! “

Scotty – “I don’t trust people with pony tails.”

What would you have done differently if you were the writer or director?

Griff – I guess this was a good movie but it didn’t really hit my sense of humor. So I would have made it funny for me.

Scotty – This movie is pointless and minimally funny. No need to make it.

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Griff – John C. Reilly was excellent.

Scotty –  I guess John C. Reilly as Zeigler was my favorite character. But he was the same person he always is in these types of movies.

Buy it, rent it, watch it on Cable, or skip it entirely? 

Griff – This is a rental or you could watch it on cable. I don’t think this movie commands multiple viewings.

Scotty – Skip it

Any suggestions for another movie to check out if someone enjoyed this film (similar film)?

Griff – Well in the genre of mildy funny, not as amusing as I had hoped movies I would say Juno.

Scotty- The Hangover, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights

Kill the Irishman

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Kill the Irishman

Directed By: Jonathan Hensleigh
Written By:
Jonathan Hensleigh, Jeremy Walters
Starring:
Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Vinne Jones, Vincent D’ Onofrio

Plot: Based on the true story of Danny Greene who worked his way up the ranks of the mob in Cleveland during the 1970’s. Things are going well until Danny borrows some money from the mob and the money gets stolen. Danny never received the cash but the mob still wants him to pay it back. When Danny refuses to pay, the mob puts out a hit on him.

Ratings:

Griff: 2 guys
Scotty: 2 ½ guys
Klash: 2 Guys
Before we get into the film, what were your thoughts before seeing the film?

Griff – I actually saw this one in the theater during its limited release several months ago. I had read some really good things about it and based on the cast alone I was looking forward to it.

Scotty – I thought it would be a good watch and was excited about the cast.

Klash – Knowing that his was based on a true story and having seen the cast I was looking forward to this film.
Do you think the movie was fresh and innovative?

Griff – I don’t know about fresh and innovative it is a gangster movie after all. They even a borrowed the knife a guy in the trunk to death scene from Goodfellas.

Scotty – Yes and no, I mean it is a mob movie so you knew what to expect but it certainly took me by surprise at times and I knew nothing about Danny Green so it was interesting and informative.

Klash – This was a film about the mob, not very fresh or innovative.  The viewer gets a good idea what they are going to see from the previews.

Was the script well written?

Griff – Definitely, plot moved along quickly and kept me entertained from start to finish.

Scotty – Yes, the dialogue was great and the movie seemed well put together

Klash –  Yes, the script get the movie rolling without any drawn out moments.
Were the actors and actresses well cast?

Griff – Everyone in this was great. Walken maybe dialed it in a bit but no real complaints. Ray Stevenson was perfect for the roll.

Scotty – I thought the cast was great, you had all your normal mob guy actors and a few new faces plus Christopher Walken, I would say they did a great job casting.

Klash – The cast was well suited for this film.  It didn’t feel like there was anyone who was out of place in the role they were playing.  Ray Stevenson was a very good choice for this film.

Do you remember a song from the film?

Griff – I do not.

Scotty – No particular song but I liked the score and the 70’s music played throughout.

Klash – Nothing comes to mind

What was your favorite line?

Griff – “I’m an Irish Catholic with the grace of god on my shoulder. If any of these maggots from the so called mafia want to come after me, I’m not a hard man to find.”

Scotty – “Then I am going to go in the backroom with your pretty little girlfriend and you’ll take it, cause you have to”

Klash – “I’m an Irish Catholic with the grace of god on my shoulder. If any of these maggots from the so called mafia want to come after me, I’m not a hard man to find.”
What would you have done differently if you were the writer or director?

Griff – I thought this one was really well done. I don’t really have any criticism here. It’s a shame this didn’t do better in the theaters. Maybe if Michael Bay directed it. But then it would have sucked so I guess you can’t win.

Scotty – I would have done nothing different, I think the movie was done well and it being based on a true story is always a bonus to me.

Klash – Considering this was based on a true story I feel this film was done very well.
Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Griff – Ray Stevenson was definitely a stand out. I am always impressed by how fat Val Kilmer has gotten. He’s like a modern day Orsen Welles or Brando without the talent to match the girth.

Scotty – I thought Ray Stevenson as Danny Green and Vincent D’Onofrio as John Nardi were awesome.  Sometime you wonder where actors go and it was nice to see Vincent D”Onofrio in a gritty role.

Klash – Ray Stevenson was the stand out in this film.  He is an underrated actor who unfortunately is only seen in B movies which never seem to do very well.
Buy it, rent it, watch it on Cable, or skip it entirely? 

Griff – Great movie but I don’t know if it demands multiple viewings. Buying this one would really depend on what kind of extras you would get on the disk. Definitely worth a rental though.

Scotty – Certainly rent it or buy it. I am going to view the movie again just to pick up on something I missed.  The dialogue was great and often you miss gems when you see it once.

Klash – Renting this movie would suffice.

Any suggestions for another movie to check out if someone enjoyed this film (similar film)?

Griff – Well obvious choice I guess would be Goodfellas for the gangster element but I actually think this film is closer in story to Casino where there is a guy who works with the mob but is never really one of them. A throw back pick would have to be Little Caesar or Public Enemy where a small time guy makes it to the top with less than ideal results.

Scotty – The Italian Job, Taxi Driver, Snatch, all of these movies is similar and well worth watching.

Klash – Goodfellas or Casino come to mind after viewing this film

 

Unknown

June 30, 2011 2 comments

Unknown

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer:
Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell
Stars:
Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones

Ratings:
Scotty: 1 ½ guys
Klash: 1 ½ guys
Griff: 1 guy

Plot: While travelling in Germany Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) is involved in a serious car accident that leaves him in a coma for several days. When he wakes up, he discovers that someone else has stolen his identity. Now Dr. Harris must figure out who has stolen his life and why they did it.

Q and A with the 3 Guys:

Before we get into the film, what were your thoughts before seeing the film?

Griff – I had heard some so-so reviews of this film. To be honest I was really wasn’t interested or not interested. It seemed like another in a long line of utterly forgettable action films.

Klash – From viewing the trailer this appeared as though it was going to be similar to the Bourne Identity films or other films of that nature.

Scotty – I was not interested in watching it and figured it was another Liam Neeson movie.

Do you think the movie was fresh and innovative?

Griff – Not at all. More of the same recycled actions scenes and a fairly predictable plot.

Klash – I feel that this kind of film has been dome so many times there is nothing left to the imagination. There wasn’t any plot twist that left me thinking, “I didn’t see that coming.”

Scotty – Not fresh or innovative but enjoyable

Was the script well written?

Griff – Zzzzzzz…..

Klash – The script seemed generic in that there was nothing new to the story.  There was nothing which didn’t closely resemble films that have come out in previous years.  From start to finish it was very predictable and didn’t leave a lot to the imagination.

Scotty – Yes, I thought the twists and turns were well hidden and although it was over the top it was entertaining

Were the actors and actresses well cast?

Griff – Liam Neeson was well cast but I thought January Jones was a little awkward and out of place in this one.

Klash – The cast did the job they were supposed to.  This film could have cast a multitude of different actors and actresses and still have gotten the same results. 

Scotty – Yes, but I should tell you that I will have a tough time ever saying a bad word about January Jones, this may make me bias.

Do you remember a song from the film?

Griff – Nevermind the music, I barely remembered the film after I saw it.

Klash – Nothing comes to mind, I can’t remember if there were any songs other than the score that was used.

Scotty – No

What was your favorite line?

Griff – “I remember how to kill you, asshole!”

Klash – “I didn’t forget everything.  I remember how to kill you, asshole.”

Scotty – Whatever the old German P.I. says

What would you have done differently if you were the writer or director?

Griff – Hmmm…this is a tough one to answer. I am not going to pretend that I know anything about making a great movie. I fix computers for a living. That said, I feel like I can recognize a mediocre film when I see it. My advice? Don’t make the movie. Everyone’s gotta pay the rent sometime though I guess.

Klash – This is the type of film that needed a few plot twists that would have left the viewer wondering what just happened and how come they hadn’t seen it coming.

Scotty – I would have chosen someone different than Liam Neeson

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

 Griff – January Jones looked and acted like a robot through the whole movie. Bruno Ganz is always great in anything I have seen him in.

 Klash – None of the performances were above standard as in show up complete your parts and call it a day.

 Scotty  – I really liked Bruno Ganz as the German Private Investigator; I want to watch a movie about him.

 Buy it, rent it, watch it on cable, or skip it entirely? 

 Griff – It’s not entirely rotten to the core. You could watch it on cable and maybe feel ok about yourself in the morning.

 Klash – For those who haven’t seen this film yet cable seems like a good alternative to the other options.

 Scotty – Don’t buy it because you will watch it once, you could certainly rent this film without feeling ripped off

 Any suggestions for another movie to check out if someone enjoyed this film (similar film)?

 Griff – Well, in the same vein I guess would be Memento. Also, you could check out Fear in The Night. I did a quick review on this one a little while ago. https://3guys1movie.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/fear-in-the-night/

 Klash – The Bourne Identity films are the first to come to mind.

Scotty –  Anything by Alfred Hitchcock if you enjoyed the suspense.  “Taken” if you thought Liam Neeson kicked ass.

 

Categories: 3 Guys Reviews, Unknown