Turbo [2013]

TurboMost snails are hermaphrodites with both a penis and vagina located right next to their face. What a coincidence, so does Ryan Reynolds.

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Film #150 of 2013

TurboDirector: David Soren  Cast: Ryan Reynolds [Turbo], Paul Giamatti [Chet] & Michael Peña [Tito]

Plot: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Source IMDB.com

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Hipster Review: DreamWorks Animation Turbo is so alluring because it combines a light, inspirational feel good plot for the kids and the sheer adrenaline of auto-racing for the dads…it’s downright cute without trying too hard and the personalities of these spirited garden snails are first-class as well as its voice talent – best casting I’ve heard in years. Watched July 24, 2013.

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“You certainly have the skills to pay the bills. If snails had to pay bills, that is.” Whiplash

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Highlights:

  • Sucked into a Chevy drag racer, injected with nitrous oxide
  • French-Canadian Indy 500 champion Guy Gagne was a terrific foe
  • Big Wheels, blinking shells, going viral, ‘tuck and roll’ and Ken Jeong as the little old lady
  • The snails getting snatched up by the swooping crows
  • Smooth Move (Snoop Dogg), Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson), Skidmark, Burn and White Shadow – all excellent characters

Biggest Surprise: It’s easy to appreciate the burning passion of Turbo and his obsession with speed.

Biggest Let Down: It’s not as entertaining as the heavy hitting animations of the past, my daughter was getting a little restless towards the end.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? Well Turbo’s brother Chet is mistaken for a female, and snails are hermaphrodites after all.

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? To keep my daughter busy for a couple hours, absolutely.

Similar to: Cars [2006], Herbie Fully Loaded [2005].

What Tweeters are saying:

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time my sluggish friends, Chris

The Super Special Saturday Snippet: Starring SCTV ~ E02

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It’s Saturday, who needs a good laugh?

Welcome to The Super Special Saturday Snippet: Starring SCTV. For those unfamiliar with SCTV, it’s pretty much the Canadian version of Saturday Night Live – only funny. Most Americans recognize the show thanks to hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie who became a worldwide phenomenon. But this show was so much more than that. With stars like John Candy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, Harold Ramis and Dave Thomas – they taught myself and fellow Canadians what it meant to be funny. Or how to poke fun at Americans…either way, the show was a classic. So I hope you enjoy today’s clip:

High Q [1978]

SCTV’s spoof on everyone’s favorite high school game show.

Thanks for watching hipsters, hope to see you next week for another Super Special Saturday Snippet.

Pusher 3 [2005]

Pusher 3Nicolas W. Refn had to take the film to jail so recently imprisoned Ilyas Agac (Lille Mohammed) could see the final product.

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Film #149 of 2013

Pusher 3Director: Nicolas Winding Refn  Cast: Zlatko Buric [Milo], Marinela Dekic [Milena] & Slavko Labovic [Radovan]

Plot: In this third installment of the ‘Pusher’ trilogy, we follow Milo (‘Zlatko Buric’), the drug lord from the two first films. He is aging, he is planning his daughter’s 25th birthday and his shipment of heroin turns out to be 10.000 pills of ecstasy. Source IMDB.com

80Hipster Review: Not Refn’s best, but the final piece to his Pusher trilogy, set in the same dreary Copenhagen, was disturbingly fascinating and had that same intensified build up to tragedy…the scope of characters wasn’t as broad as its processors but its lead Zlatko Burik was so impeccably twisted that I wanted more. Watched June 07, 2013.

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“Are you getting a modern haircut? He has a Mohawk. Sell ecstasy with a Beckham haircut then you’re the man.” Branko

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Highlights:

  • Draining, gutting and garbage disposal
  • Serenity prayers at the NA-meeting (apparently the extras were real drug-addicts)
  • The King Kong of Copenhagen, Kurt the Cunt and bad Shawarma
  • Ecstasy, Speed, Heroine and Coke
  • A drug lord trying to stay clean

Biggest Surprise: A lot more gruesome and ominous than the first two.

Biggest Let Down: A little less emotional than the first two.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? This tale of drugs and human trafficking comes without a love story.

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? Yup, still waiting for that box set.

Similar to: Pusher [1996], Pusher 2 [2004].

What Tweeters are saying:

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time my Refn-lovin’ friends, Chris

Pusher 2 [2004]

Pusher 2Many of the cast were not actors, but real criminals. Vasilije Bojicic who played Vanja was sentenced to eight years in prison for smuggling heroin across Denmark.

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Film #148 of 2013

Pusher 2Director: Nicolas Winding Refn  Cast: Mads Mikkelsen [Tonny], Zlatko Buric [Milo] & Leif Sylvester [Smeden]

Plot: Tony is released from prison – again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done. Source IMDB.com

80Hipster Review: Dark, dirty and tragic – Nicolas Winding Refn maintains a pervading sensation of paranoia and unrest until the last blood-stained act…although the second installment of the Pusher series isn’t as action packed as the first, Mads Mikkelsen makes up for that with a particularly riveting performance of a deadbeat ‘bottom of the rung’ loser. Watched June 06, 2013.

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“You don’t steal a fucking Ferrari, unless someone’s ordered it!” Smeden

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Highlights:

  • Car jacking, porn, The Duke, Scag and changing a babies diaper (with the help of instructions)
  • There’s a character named Ø, that’s cool
  • More glimpses of Refn’s brilliant style leading up to ‘Drive’, particularity the 80′s soundtrack
  • The BMW break-in and get away
  • Who doesn’t enjoy their cocaine and corn flakes in the morning?

Biggest Surprise: How magnetic Mads Mikkelsen can be when given the proper character.

Biggest Let Down: It can get a little ‘Coronation Street’ish’…the unrated version.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? Tonny can’t get anything right so don’t get your hopes up.

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? I’m still waiting patiently for the box set of the trilogy.

Similar to: Pusher [1996], Pusher 3 [2005].

What Tweeters are saying:

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time my car jacking friends, Chris

Pusher [1996]

PusherThe first of Nicolas Winding Refn’s astute career…Pusher was initially slated as a 10-minute short with the director in the lead role.

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Film #147 of 2013

PusherDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn  Cast: Kim Bodnia [Frank], Mads Mikkelsen [Tonny] & Zlatko Buric [Milo]

Plot: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. Source IMDB.com

80Hipster Review: Pusher is a primal heart pounding crime story that follows the life of drug dealer Frank, (a younger looking Tony Soprano and grit to match) who for one week attempts to undo a deal gone bad to pay off his nefarious boss…there’s a reason Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the best filmmakers working today, this is an early example of his raw talent. Watched June 05, 2013.

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“I took a knife, stabbed it in his kneecap and teared the shit up. Sometimes, I’d like to have another job. Believe me. ” Radovan

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Highlights:

  • Except for a junkie committing suicide, it’s not as gruesome as you would expect
  • Vic, a beautiful champagne girl played by Laura Drasbæk
  • The RESPECT tattoo on the back of Mads Mikkelsen’s head
  • Roundhouse kicks, Cognac, mother jokes, air guitar and robbing gym rats
  • Hints of Refn’s later work within the soundtrack and sketchily told story

Biggest Surprise: This movie was remade by Luis Prieto, starring Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn…why oh why?

Biggest Let Down: Ends on a cliffhanger…the second film comes 8 years later.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? We’ll never know…

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? I’m waiting patiently for the box set of the trilogy.

Similar to: Pusher 2 [2004], Pusher 3 [2005].

What Tweeters are saying:

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time my pusher friends, Chris

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