Archive for the ‘Jim Smetchland Reviews’ Category

The Remi Review Episode II

May 14, 2012

2 days late, this is a Friday show. If i screw up again you might win a t-shirt! Some things got better, some worse.

 

 

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“Sex After Kids” – Jim Smetchland Reviews

April 4, 2012

Writer/Director Jeremy Lalonde doesn’t mess around. He’s got another full length film in the works and it looks awesome. I attended the pre-screening of his last film, great night. The energy of a fun cast was evident in the theatre and on the screen. Lalonde’s got his cast ready for “Sex After Kids”, but he could still use your help producing it!


This is a procrastination alert, there are only 10 days left in the campaign to finance the film! Its up to about 90% of the total goal, so now is the time (more…)

The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard

October 22, 2011

I had the honour of attending a preview screening of this independent flick- the success of this review site gets me invited to a lot of Galas so don’t be surprised! (more…)

Captain American

October 22, 2011

About 2 weeks ago i was in the mood for an American propaganda flick, this movie did not disappoint. USA policing the world fighting evil bringing freedom and liberty to savages around the globe. Inspire young Americans to fight in today’s pointless wars by glorifying WWII. But despite popular opinion formed from movies and video games, individuals are not successful in war. You will not ‘find your identity’ in war. Your best bet to stay alive and help your fellow soldiers is to toe the line, be like everyone else and do exactly as you’re told….Ok enough ranting, as stated earlier i was in the mood for this……So now, finally, the reason why i am typing. ….Disgusted that Hitler wasn’t evil enough, the movie’s villain goes rogue and splits from the Nazi. I never got into 40’s era propaganda comics but, they’re kidding right, Hitler wasn’t a big enough villain? They actually needed to create a WWII character who is worse than Hitler. Although you can’t see it, i am shaking my head.

Jim Smetchland’s Rating: D

Stupid 8

September 7, 2011

I was excited to see this movie and then entirely disappointed. Big budget movies; the preview is a better film. The preview had suspense, intrigue, mystery- the movie has very little of these. I won’t give anything away, but i will tell you what this flick isn’t. Its not a thought provoking intelligent sci-fi centered around a super 8 video recording. There just happens to be a super 8 camera present in the film, but its clearly tacked in for the purposes of title. All an attempt to prop up a very tired, very very familiar plot. Audio and video effects are stunning though, so down a few whacko caps and pretend this one’s worth watching once.

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Jim Smetchland’s Rating: C+

My 30 seconds on GOOGLET

July 21, 2011

May have been more, it felt like an eternity.

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Remi Stevens sent me an invite to Googlet and i joined. Opening screen, gray icons, none are active. I pressed until it relented starting an interactive tour. Titles of icons make no sense, I’m like a toddler learning where the green square fits. A flashing saw blade named ‘sparks’ caught my eye first, of course its a pure adverti$ing portal. Finished the mandatory tour and it made me join again, so i joined again…. Figured i’d link to Remi. He’s not recommended, doesn’t search, is nowhere. Pop-up boxes inhibit my search- its like being at the mall. Alas, hidden, ‘notifications’ has him in the far corner. Fooled, i move to press the ‘add to circles’ button and another box flies open forcing me to determine Remi as friend family or acquaintance– he’s none of these. Won’t let me close, so i select ‘friend’, still no close. I label him a new category: ‘jim’ and the site lets me proceed. A circle called: ‘following’, not even sure what that means? A band would have a following, but a fan would follow…all so confusing. Pop-ups, boxes. Grey screens like a film that restrict me from touching anything. Red bars periodically pop up at the top warning about saving or not saving or something……It directs me like a prodded steer into a mandatory profile setup. There are tabs on top of my profile for: info, videos, photos, and “+1’s” -whatever the hell that means! Press the damn thing and another box jumps open asking if you want to add the “+1’s” to your profile that you just opened from your profile. box box box I’m done.

Jim Smetchland’s Rating: -F

Kokoda and Takers

July 5, 2011

I was emptying a dresser full of old junk drawers on the weekend and I watched Kokoda and Takers. Takers had Charles Miner from the office and that Matt guy, not demon, the other one. (more…)

Knight and Day

May 27, 2011

Its movies like this that make me wish I was born in an era where Tom Cruise was not alive. . . .or possibly a universe where he never existed… I think I’ve figured out why so many big stars play characters who are spies or super heroes forced to act like normal people- makes it less obvious that Tom Cruise is incapable of acting like a normal person. Sure its contrived, its supposed to be. Want your dog to perform a trick while having a nap? Ask him to play dead… The end was just weird, they do a happy pitch-corrected pop song drive-away roll credits, then unexpectedly, a brief sombre finale followed by silent credits as though we’d just watched Shindler’s List or something. Maybe it just played wrong for me or something, I don’t get it?

Jim Smetchland’s Rating: D-

Space Attack!

May 3, 2011

This was a great flick. Scientist Kevin Spacey discovers something. Attack is imminent, no one would believe him, no one except veteran FBI agent Bruce Willis and hot shot Keanu his new partner. Its gripping to watch these pros in action, scene after scene they just stare at each other blankly and so much tension and emotion is implied (more…)

Jim Smetchland Reviews: Buried

January 26, 2011

Fuck, newsflash, its just Van Wilder stuck in a box for 2 hours. What a goddamn mystery, thrilling (more…)