Tag: Matthew McConaughey

At the Movies: The Emoji Movie & The Dark Tower

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Mini Review: Free State of Jones

free_state_of_jones_posterI was going to make this a full review… Then I realized that there was almost nothing to talk about with this movie and thought, “Why should I bother?” The Free State of Jones is a movie that was released early in the summer and was meant to be a more conservative summer blockbuster. Sure Independence Day: Resurgence and Suicide Squad are out there, but also here is a unique story about the Civil War based on a fascinating book written by Sally Jenkins. While the movie itself isn’t the worst thing that I have ever seen, the source material did not fit a summer blockbuster movie and as a result gets labeled with two words that kill a movie: boring and forgettable.

After the Battle of Corinth, Confederate soldier Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) deserts the army and makes his way back home to Jones County Mississippi. Becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the confederate army after the death of thousands mixed with the fact that the Confederacy is now taking food and land away from the people for the war effort, Knight begins to rally people to his side as more and more soldiers begin to leave the army and head home. Knight and Jones County then secede from the Confederacy and become the Free State of Jones.  Continue reading “Mini Review: Free State of Jones”

Tanner Reviews Magic Mike

220px-Magic_Mike A week back, when I was finishing my cheesy romance month, Free App Maven critic Shaila Meeker, my co-host of the Nerdiest Talk Show on Earth Brandon Lias, and soon to be frat bro/little brother to Shaila, DJ Meeker sat me down and together we ‘watched’ three movies. One of which was Just Go With It which I reviewed last week starring one person I cannot stand Adam Sandler and the second was The Ugly Truth starring Gerard Butler another not-favorite of mine (and one we will get to later). The third is the movie we will be talking about today. It is a movie I said I would never see, Channing Tatum’s ode to his late teenage years, Magic Mike. That night wasn’t fun for me, but let’s talk about Magic Mike. At the time of its release, I wrote this movie off as something that just wasn’t for me. A fun, romantic comedy centered around some machismo eye candy. Not my style, but I can see the appeal. After nearly a year of people claiming the movie to be well done, I gave in and sat down to give it a watch. After it was all over, it was surprisingly the best movie of the night. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Magic Mike”

Cheesy Romance Month: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

HowToLoseAGuyimpDuring our adventure into the realms of cheesy romances, we have delved into the 90’s with You’ve Got Mail and the 80’s with Sixteen Candles. So now it is only logical that we keep this decade motif going strong and delve into the 2000’s. The 2000’s was an interesting time to say the least. After the cynicism of the 90’s comes the feeling of ‘who gives a shit?’ People stopped giving a shit so hard that they just threw up their hands, took their ball, went home, and waited for 2010’s to come around and see what it had in store for us. This was the time when Scary Movie, Disaster Movie, and really anything that has the word ‘Movie’ attached to it were born. This was also the time that the screen was graced with Freddie Got Fingered, From Justin to Kelly, The Wicker Man remake, and anything by Uwe Boll. Truly it was a time where ‘Ah fuck it’ was a little on the high end after the party that was the 90’s ended. Rom Coms and the cheesy romances was no exception to this rule and thus we have How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Based on a book by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long and starring all time professional mellow good looking dude Matthew McConaughey, and professional blonde Kate Hudson, this movie truly is a staple of early 2000’s cheesy romance. Continue reading “Cheesy Romance Month: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”