Archive | February, 2011

A-Team movie review

6 Feb

A-Team (2010)
review by Illumin-Arte


Liam Nesson – Colonel Hannibal Smith
Bradley Cooper – Face
Quniton Jackson – B.A.
Sharito Copley – Captain Murdock
Jessica Biel – Charissa Sosa

This review has been awhile in the making. SimplyKyle had originally asked me to do this review as kind of a comparison between movie and television show (yes I’m old enough to remember the show when it first premiered). The premise of the show was simple there were four men who were in the military together, who were falsely accused of a crime they committed under orders, arrested and escaped from prison and was now pursued across the country as fugitives of the law. Somehow, and I never quite understood how this entered into the scheme of things, they became modern day Robin Hoods and spend their time helping people with their outrageous problems, using handmade inventions ( I wonder if they were trained by McGuyver in the military), and they didn’t charge any money.

Watching this show I fondly remember that even though they made cannons out of old bicycles, and had machine guns made from old champagne bottles and cake pans (lol) they would have 15 minute shootouts and no one would die some shows not even a wounding, and the only time the bad guys would give up is when they were shot with a cotton candy gun, or a popcorn shooter, or a paint shooting cannon. It was pretty sad but people loved it young and old alike. The cast of the TV show were George Peppard as “Hannibal”, Dwight Shultz as “Murdock”, Mr T. as “B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus, and Dwight (Starbuck) Benedict as “Faceman”. The plot was thin ,the scripts even thinner, the fun was silly, and The tv action was full and never lacking it’s what kept bringing the fans back for 4 yrs. (1983 to 1987).

(my how the times have changed)

Now on to the big screen (in reality it was roughly a 6 inch screen on the back of a plane seat on my way home from England). Ok it was such a small screen on the plane, I felt in order to do the movie justice I watched it again on my 62 inch. you know what ? I still wasn’t that impressed.

Let’s start at the beginning. I thought the opening scene with Hannibal getting the shit kicked out him and handcuffing two rottweilers ( I think they were rots I don’t know they were dogs and big) together by their collars was bad, but when he came out of the shadows lighting a cigar and there wasn’t a mark on him, That was my first clue.

The second clue came with the meeting of Hannibal and B.A. (Boscoe) Baracus. Here is B.A. driving in the Mexican desert and he comes across Hannibal who proceeds to shoot B.A. in the arm. Hannibal sees a Ranger tattoo on B.A. and shows him his Ranger tattoo and now the shooting is forgotten and he will follow the man who shot him to the end of the world. They go and rescue Face who is working with Hannibal, and then for some reason they need a copter, so they stop to get Murdock out of a mental ward (how they got his name and why they go for a nut with a death wish I haven’t figured out) and during all these first time meetings they kept lifting their shirt sleeves and showing tattoos like it had some kind of hypnotic powers, or some kind of charisma spell cast on it by a wizard, (these are not the droids you looking for, or, I am not the man who just shot you, follow me, follow me).

The rest of the movie is just as sad. At one point they even tried to show the sensitive side of B.A. reading oriental philosophy and quoting Ghandi.

(I pity the fool who ain’t in touch with his spiritual side!)

The weak story line, and poor character development, made the whole movie hard to get into.  So they really had no choice but to rely on outrageous action scenes and a pathetic attempt at humor to carry it. The problem with to many action scenes is they have a tendency for jumpy camera shots, and spastic editing, making it hard to follow without getting dizzy and sometimes if your prone to car sickness a slight turning of the tummy. The ending of the movie was so garbled with action and a choppy attempt at a sting operation when it finally finished you didn’t really care. I thought before I saw the movie that it had potential, especially when I saw Liam Neeson as Hannibal. The other cast members had some potential they are Bradley Cooper as Face, Quinton Jackson as B.A. Baracus ,and a semi exceptional performance by Sharlto Copley as Howling Mad Murdock, I was wrong, and they were two dimensional.

All in all my suggestion to you is if you want to experience the A-Team please rent a box set of the original series put on your Members Only jacket, grab a Coke Classic, put on the sunglasses you only wear at night, and enjoy. Unfortunately this is one plan that didn’t come together.

I give this movie 2 1/2 bums up.


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GOTW – Kristen Bell

5 Feb

Kristen Bell

Age: 30
Hometown: Huntington Woods, Michigan
Known For: Zoe in Fanboys
Elle Bishop in Heroes
Veronica Mars in Veronica Mars
Sarah Marshall in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Kristen seems like such an innocent sweetheart of a girl. She seems as though she would have been on student council in a private high school  (low and behold she did attend a catholic school through high school). She never has horrible stories in the tabloids about her or seen on TMZ getting trashed and crashing her car. She a down-to-earth girl that’d you’d be proud to bring home to mom.

    This view of Kristen really only exemplifies her geekness. From acting on Broadway to TV to the big screen in addition to her charity work, she has given us plenty of reasons to grow to love her.

    Some began to see her rise to stardom from her role as the lead on Veronica Mars. Where is played a very convincing high school student (despite having already graduated high school a few years earlier) who moonlights as a private investigator.

veronica-mars-tv ign(Thankfully over 18 the whole time)

A character that to me is strikingly similar to Chloe Sulivan from Smallville, a role she actually had auditioned for but lost to Allison Mack.

chloe vs veronica(I can see how it was tough to get the look right)

But besides Veronica Mars, Kristen is an icon in the geek world for her role in Heroes as Elle, a character I was crushed to see get killed off……and the show spiral out of control. Of course everyone loves her as the hilariously mean ex-girlfriend in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. One of my personal favorites which Kristen Bell really shines as a geek girl is in Fanboys. Who wouldn’t flip for her as Princess Leia?

FanBoys(srsly any girl who wants to win the hearts of fan boys must do this!)

While you’ll find her mostly appearing in comedies, she still admits to openly loving geeks and fanboys and truly appreciates the culture. Many people may not know it, unless your an Assassin’s Creed fan but she the voice for one of the characters in all the games.

assassins creed media teambox(guess which one)

Being an open geek and fan, a true charitable person, and really smart makes Kristen worthy of our titled. Although she already earned the rite when she appeared in Geek Magazine….

geek cover

Don’t try and deny it, you love her as much as I do. But if you still need convincing here some more reasons:


(yes the leia costume again, in case you forgot how awesome it is)

And then there’s this gem…

kristen maxim online(just let that sink in….you’re welcome)


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