Elite Squad – DVD Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

I just had my world rocked. A funny little foreign film waltzed into my life and forever changed my opinion of action films. The Brazilian film Elite Squad just rocked me to my core.

I don’t even know whether I can review this film without falling into ridiculous hyperbole and non-stop discussion of how much ass this movie kicked. But I shall try mein best.

If this is the kind of movie that is making huge dollars in Brazilian theaters while American Box Offices are topped by an animated Russell Brand rabbit “comedy” then I’m moving to Brazil, if I can keep from killing myself the next time a Hop and an Arthur trailer run during the same commercial break.

Elite Squad focuses on the efforts of the cops to combat the rampant gang and drug violence in Rio de Janeiro while also battling the wanton corruption and apathy within the police department. The movie has a winding plot where it doesn’t necessarily set up its major conflict at the beginning of the film. Elite Squad has some heavy narration/expository voice overs during the early part of the film to help the non-Brazilian viewer wade his way into the political/social environ that the movie portrays. The director, Jose Padilha, deftly informs the viewer without it being a ham-fisted history book excerpt.

About halfway through the film, the focus shifts to our two rookie cops joining Captain Nascimento’s Elite Squad (BOPE, in the film). But I’m just rambling about plot now (I think that’s bad in film reviews).

The movie has a feel of The Wire, mixed with Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and a generous dose of Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo. The film is shot in the digital, hand held style which is normally a major problem for me. However, this film’s effects… i.e. the weapons, people, locations… are so realistic and well done that the hand held, digital style works exactly like it is intended to. Padilha puts the viewer in the moment in a way that wide panning shots and more traditional cinematography cannot. The action feels real, the immediacy of the violence is at times sickening and truly a sight to see.

I was so impressed by Jose Padilha’s control over the movie. The action is so chaotic at times, the winding and multi-tiered favelas could have so easily reduced the action scenes to confusing, random quick cuts (Hi, Quantum of Solace). Padilha and his editing team need to be recognized for doing a wonderful job in presenting that perfect balance that makes the film so damn good.

I really dislike that trailer actually because the voiceover is very misleading as to what the film is about. So ignore that doofus, trust your pal Seth Brundle.

*Additional Note

One perk of being four years late to the party on Elite Squad is that Elite Squad 2 is already out and has already become the highest grossing film in Brazil’s history. The sequel is from and starring the same people that made the original so friggin’ good. 2 played to great acclaim at Sundance and I will be anxiously awaiting any chance to see it.

Bonus trailer!

Suck it William and Kate

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 7, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

In what can only be described as a bombshell dropped on the sports and entertainment world, Ben Roesthlisberger announced plans to wed.

As a close friend and confidant to Big Ben himself, Brundlefly was given exclusive access to photograph the happy occasion. Enjoy.

The idyllic occasion

Best Product Ever. And a Full Apology.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 27, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

As some of you may remember, I once ridiculed animals wearing sunglasses as ridiculous. However, after stumbling upon a badass, real world application of Doggles, I am ready to change my mind. Allow me to blow your mind: are you aware that there are dogs in the Middle East working with the US Military that hunt terrorists and wear sunglasses while doing it?! Terrorist hunting, shade wearing dogs!! (click to enlarge)

Are you effing kidding me??

Allow me to fully apologize for saying that dogs wearing sunglasses was a ridiculous notion, because clearly, it is the most awesome invention in terrorist hunting since water boarding. Doggles are the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.

Stallone to launch clothing line!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 27, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

Stallone wear is going to be a new line of clothing by  the man that we at Brundlefly firmly believe is a God-King.  Obviously, I support anything that Stallone does. That I may one day lather myself up with Stallone scented body wash and dress head to toe in his clothing would truly be a dream come true.

Very fashion forward type guy

Stallone says he’s basing the line on his most famous roles/heroes Rocky and Rambo. With Rambo, I’m concerned because Rambo wears a shirt for about seven minutes combined in all four films. And that shirt when it is rarely worn, is a black sleeveless or drab grey. I’m not saying these are not the apex of sartorial excellence, but one does struggle to see what inspiration can be had from it. Also, from Rocky, one item needs to make it into the clothing line, no question in my mind:

Rocky’s tiger themed leather jacket. I’m picturing scores of men in every city wearing this along with Rocky’s signature fingerless gloves.

Also mentioned in the article is that Stallone’s next project is The Expendables 2. More fantastic news. I feel like Stallone really does get it. He understands what his fans want, he loves making the movies we love, and this symbiosis is just wonderful.

Stallone checking out fashion week to get some ideas for his own line. Coming to department stores in 2012.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 24, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

Convicted pervert, Elizabeth “Lawrence” Taylor, passed away today in Los Angeles.

The many faces of beauty, Elizabeth "Lawrence" Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, or “LT” as her friends called her, will avoid the 6 years of probation from her recent conviction on sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute charges. These charges, alongside numerous arrests for attempted possession of crack-cocaine were an ugly scar on one of old Hollywood’s most beloved starlets.

Her star making turn came in the 1955 picture Giant, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for best actress. She followed it up with roles in Raintree County, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and Butterfield 8, for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar.

Liz accepting her first Academy Award

Liz won her second Oscar in 1966 for a wonderfully nuanced performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Later films include The Only Game in Town opposite Warren Beatty, a brief cameo in The Waterboy and a small but highly praised role in Any Given Sunday.

Elizabeth “Lawrence” Taylor is truly an iconic figure, a symbol of a lost era of Hollywood grandeur. Her love of diamonds and jewels was notorious and is said to have only been matched by her enthusiasm for bone jarring sacks and uncut cocaine. She will truly be missed.

Tuesday Kruseday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 22, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

Don’t recognize him??? Well allow me to MAKE YOUR DAY

you’re welcome.

The Linkin Park Lawyer: A Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 21, 2011 by brundleflyonthewall

Like a phoenix from the ashes…

I googled "phoenix/ashes" and this came up, seriously.

….I (He Who Shall Remain Nameless) return to the blog. And I return with a bang, or should I say a McCaoasnansoughy (sic). That’s right folks. I checked out Wooderson’s new flick The Lincoln Lawyer last night. And despite Michael Pena’s best, er, worst effort, it was actually quite good.

"NTGUILTY" = nut guilty???

Now, just to clarify, I saw The Lincoln Lawyer, a noir thriller about a defense attorney wrestling with guilt and his conscious, not The Linkin Park Lawyer, a small film about the band’s lawyer who negotiates high-stakes deals like the band agreeing to move their iTunes price from $0.99 (is there not a cent sign on a keyboard?) to $1.29 and has to run errands like go get the honey for the lead singer to gargle after the concert because his vocal chords are so sore from basically just screaming his ass off for two hours singing beautifully.

Cute vest! Is that Kelly Osborne on it? So hot right now

Anywho, the movie was pretty good. Very solid. Matthew McConaughey picked a very good vehicle to return to acting with. The writing is sharp and the film wastes little time picking up speed and getting into the story. You can definitely get the L.A. noir feel right from the start, which I something I really enjoyed. McConaughey really shows off his acting chops that a lot of us haven’t seen since Ghosts of Girlfriends Past A Time to Kill.

Wait, so he has a bunch of dead girlfriends? What?! Is he a serial killer or something? Based off this poster the dude's in his mid-30s and has THREE dead girlfriends???

William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillipe chime in with great performances. As obnoxious as I find William H. Macy (and I find him VERY obnoxious) he still can’t hold a candle to how much Michael Pena gets on my nerves. He used to kind of bother me, but after Battle: LA, I have a personal movie vendetta against everyone who was involved in the making of that film. Even you Michelle Rodriguez! Although you showed great range in the film, playing a rough, around the edges, sassy tom girl, you still let the movie happen! You could’ve stopped it! C’mon! I’ve seen your movies, I know you’re unstoppable. Oy Vey.

Back to the film. The plot is pretty nonstop the entire movie. Kept 100% of my attention through the end. Which is where I have my only quip of the film. While I intentionally left out a lot of plot rundown in this review because it’d be hard to give it without giving away spoilers (read: I’m lazy), once you see the film you’ll know there is one point where the movie should just end. But it doesn’t. It goes on for probably another 15-20 minutes. Instead of ending with a BANG, it kind of just flutters out.

Overall a really solid movie, definitely worth checking out. More than just a good popcorn movie, pretty good thriller. It’s good to back on the blog, my partner in grime (He Who Shall Also Remain Nameless) has done some fabolus work here and I’m looking forward to seeing you all again.

Btw the camera on your laptop is on, I can see everything…My God.

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