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Robin Hood

Mike Hinshaw - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Now, we just saw Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, The Aviator), Max Von Sydow (Minority Report, The Exorcist), and William Hurt (Syriana, A History of Violence). It is sort of a prequel, the beginning of the Robin Hood story, take from the rich, give to the poor, that sort of thing. Russell is on one of those religious crusade that were so popular in the 12th century, when he has a falling out with the king, who is leading the crusade. Turns out the king was not that good a crusade leader, gets killed, Robin and three friends take off back to England. TAlong the way, he comes across an ambush where a knight from Nottingham is mortally wounded, he promises him he will take his sword back to his father. Turns out the dad is Max Von Sydow, playing a blind farmer whose daughter Cate was married to the now-dead knight. To prevent loosing the land, Max tells Russell he must take on the role as the husband to Cate, just come back from the crusade. So he does.  More

Iron Man 2

Mike Hinshaw - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Just saw a movie that has a lot of buzz going on, Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 1, Sherlock Holmes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Shakespeare in Love), Don Cheadle (Ocean’s 13, Crash), Scarlett Johansson (The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Dahlia), Sam Rockwell (Everybody’s Fine, Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City), and even the stand-up comedian, Garry Shandling (What Planet Are You From, Trust The Man).  Lots of folks, and a pretty good story to go with it.   More

Clash of the Titans

Mike Hinshaw - Friday, April 23, 2010

This month I saw a good movie, one that has had a lot of publicity, and a re-make from 1981.  Clash of the Titans, stars Sam Worthington (fresh off of Avatar, Terminator Salvation), Liam Neeson (Taken, Batman Begins), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Red Dragon) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solice).  Almost a copy of the 1981 movie with Harry Hamlin, just better computer monsters.  No stop-action this time.  The story is one of good and evil, Neeson is Zeus, the good god.  Ralph Fiennes is Hades, sort of clear what he is all about.  Perseus is played by Sam, he is the child of a human and a god, sort of in-between both worlds.   Perseus floats up to the ocean surface, is rescued by a fisherman and his family.  He grows up and becomes a strapping young man, not sure of his destiny.  When his family is killed while watching a group of humans revolting against the gods, he is sucked into the battle.  Hades makes a rather spectacular entrance, and of course, wipes out the puny humans, not a real fair fight.   More

The Book Of Eli

Mike Hinshaw - Friday, April 23, 2010

This month I will review a great movie, The Book Of Eli, starring Denzel Washington (Pelican Brief, American Gangster), Mila Kunis (Max Payne, Boot Camp), Gary Oldman (Dark Knight, Batman Begins), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, Runaway Jury).  
Denzel is a loner traveling across the nation, heading west with a book.  We see him early on take on a band of bad guys, and realize he is not just a weary traveler, he has some real fighting ability.  In fact, in real life, Denzel worked out for 6 months to get into the shape he needed for this movie.  In this back pack he carries a book, and it is pretty important to him.  We are not sure why he is guarding the book until he comes into a town run by Gary Oldman.  Gary realizes he has a book, the book that can give power to the owner.  So he tries to take Denzel’s book, which turns out to be the Bible.  Gary is a fine actor, plays the role of the tortured villain very well.  He has the town under his control, but needs this one book to satisfy his longing for real power.  He believes if he has a Bible, he will be able to command nations, not just towns. More

The Blind Side

Mike Hinshaw - Friday, April 23, 2010

Just watched a great movie, The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality, Speed) in a role she was destined for, Tim McGraw (the other half of Faith Hill, Friday Night Lights), Kathy Bates (Misery, Fried Green Tomatoes), and introducing Quinton Aaron .

This is a movie based on a true story, more true than most that are based...  Michael Oher is homeless, his mom is a drug addict, not even sure who his father is.  He is living on a couch of a friend, but that arrangement is getting old.  The family he is staying with is under financial strain themselves, and have children of their own.  The father takes a chance, tries to get his son and Michael enrolled at a local college under a sports scholarship. More

Movie Reviews: Avatar

James Hinshaw - Saturday, January 02, 2010

This is probably one of the most heavily promoted movies in the last couple of years.  As you may have heard, it involves a group of Marines who go to a far-away planet called Pandora, where there is a race of aliens (Na'vi) who are against us destroying their living areas for some very valuable minerals.  Sounds familiar, so very Hollywood, the big corporation versus the common folks, that sort of thing.  The Marines have figured out a way to put their minds into alien bodies, hence the name Avatar.  We watch this come alive in the movie Avatar, starring Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, The Debt), Sigourney Weaver (Baby Mama, The Village), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T.) and Zoe Sladana (Star Trek, The Terminal).  Actually Zoe is not shown as a human, she is the alien lead, Neytiri.  The girlfriend, so to speak. More

Movie Reviews: Nine

James Hinshaw - Saturday, January 02, 2010

If you are new to my reviews, here is how they work.  I have the movies the actors are best know for, at least in my humble opinion, in (), and then I rate the movie with so many things out of a total of 5.  For a flic to get 5, it is stunning.  Think Titanic, or Gump, that sort of movie.  And I rate them with things that are appropriate to the movie.  Science fiction will be 3 phasers, lawyer movies are 4 depositions, that sort of thing.   More

Movie Review: It's Complicated

James Hinshaw - Saturday, December 26, 2009

We really enjoyed It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!, Julie and Julia), Alec Baldwin (The Departed, My Sister's Keeper), Steve Martin (Pink Panther, Cheaper By the Dozen), John Krasinski (Leatherheads, Dream Girls), Lake Bell (Over Her Dead Body, Still Waters), Mary Kay Place (Julie and Julia, Sweet Home Alabama), Rita Wilson (Mamma Mia!, Old Dogs).  Lots of big names, and I can feel confident that with this cast, it is a movie I am going to enjoy.  We did.  Story is given away in the trailers, Meryl and Alec are divorced, Alec has moved on to a "newer model", Lake Bell is about half his age, and they are attending the graduation of their son from a New York university.   More

Movie Reviews: Up In the Air

James Hinshaw - Saturday, December 26, 2009

Just took some time to reflect on movies, not much great out there this year, and the year is about over.  Had a couple of requests to post movie reviews (from now on to be known as MR) on the web site, now have a tool to do just that.  So here we go. More

New Website Launched

Jonathan Hinshaw - Saturday, November 21, 2009

Welcome to our new website, we hope you enjoy the many new features and please let us know how you like it! We've added some fantastic new features in order to help our clients become the best that they can be and learn more about our products and services.  More