Category Archives: Movies

THE FILM DOPES REVIEW! – SAUSAGE PARTY

THE FILM DOPES ARE AT IT AGAIN!!! As The Renaissance Man Gabriel and Stuntman Jess review Sausage Party. Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon ( Shrek 2 ). Starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and Jonah Hill.

Meet Frank a starry eyed sausage who dreams of being chosen by the gods from the confines of a local grocery store and taken to the great beyond with his one true love, a bun named Brenda. But after being stranded he discovers a deep dark secret about what lies outside the store, and who the gods really are, he must race against time to save his sweet bun.

Please enjoy and feel free to like, comment, and/or share. we would love your support and feedback on these projects as we move forward in the future. We love you all, and thanks for listening.

THE FILM DOPES REVIEW! – SUICIDE SQUAD

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Dopes are not all back. However, Ready Eddy flies solo on this one, steering the ship all by himself, giving you his review of the latest Warner Brothers/DC Comics adaptation: SUICIDE SQUAD. Written and directed by David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch), starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and others.

A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.

Please enjoy. Feel free to like, comment, and/or share. We would love your support and feedback on our work as we move towards the future. Thank you for listening. We love you all.

 

 

THE FILM DOPES REVIEW! – JASON BOURNE

THE FILM DOPES ARE AT IT AGAIN!!! As Stuntman Jess, Ready Eddy, and The Renaissance Man Gabriel review Jason Bourne. Directed by  Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum ) and starring Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, and  Alicia Vikander.

After 10 years of going dark and living on the run, Ex- CIA agent Jason Bourne comes out of hiding uncovering sinister secrets that may have the missing link to his past and may finally answer the question, what was Project Treadstone?

Please enjoy and feel free to like, comment, and/or share. we would love your support and feedback on these projects as we move forward in the future. We love you all, and thanks for listening.

THE FILM DOPES REVIEW! – THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

THE FILM DOPES ARE AT IT AGAIN!!! As Stuntman Jess, and The Renaissance Man Gabriel review The Legend of Tarzan. Directed by  David Yates (  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and starring Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie.

A decade after as John Clayton III leaves with his now wife Jane for Victorian London, he returns to the Congo, home of the jungles he once roamed. But danger lurks as he finds himself a pawn in the plans of the treacherous Leon Rom. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, John must claim his place as Tarzan in order to save the woman he loves.

Please enjoy and feel free to like, comment, and/or share. we would love your support and feedback on these projects as we move forward in the future. We love you all, and thanks for listening.

THE FILM DOPES REVIEW! –HARDCORE HENRY

THE FILM DOPES ARE AT IT AGAIN!!! As Alex Camargo, The Renaissance Man Gabriel,  and Stuntman Jess review Hardcore Henry. Directed by Ilya Naishuller and starring Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, and Haley Bennett.

You as the audience get to (literally) experience the story from the eyes of a man, as he wakes up in a laboratory to learn that he’s been brought back from death as a cyborg, with no memory of his former life. A scientist, who claims to be his wife, tells him that his name is Henry. Before she can activate his voice, she is kidnapped by a group of armed assailants. As Henry starts to understand his new abilities, he embarks on a bloody rampage through the city to save his spouse from a psychopath who plans to destroy the world.

Please enjoy and feel free to like, comment, and/or share. we would love your support and feedback on these projects as we move forward in the future. We love you all, and thanks for listening.

The Film Dopes Podcast presents – Star Wars: The Force Awakens ticket raffle!

So as you all may have noticed by now. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a pretty big deal. It is projected to break every box office record known to man. We may even end up shooting a copy out into the cosmos for extra terrestrials to check out what a real spaceship looks like. These tickets sold out almost instantaneously. So now that we are a few weeks from the release of the movie the prices for these tickets are through the roof. Selling for up to $580.00 in the South Florida area alone!

Needless to say these tickets are pretty hard to come by.

As you scrolled through your feed on FaceBook you may have seen Eduardo Aleman, Jesse Arcia, Matias Albornoz, Gabriel Pagan, and even myself Alex Camargo posting about the possibility of acquiring Star Wars Tickets.

That is completely true.  We have two tickets to give away to the Opening Night of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens at Regal Kendall Village Stadium 16 & RPX  in Miami, FL @ 7pm on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

Some of you have asked “So what’s the catch?”

Well of course there’s a catch. We’re not asking for money for these tickets, we paid for these out of our own pockets because we know people love free stuff. We at the Film Dopes Podcast also want to engage and hangout with our listeners.

So let me go ahead and explain what you need to do:

  • Every week that we do a podcast (which you can find on this very website by selecting “The Film Dopes Podcast” in the drop down menu on the left side of the page. If on a mobile device, it will be towards the bottom of the page) we will have a question for you to answer.
    • On each of our last two posts we’ve had a question to go along with it. In the show in which you just hit play, or in the post itself.
    • Click here for an example 
  • That question will be opinion based, meaning there is no right answer. We just want you guys to engage, and participate in our shows.
    • You just have to answer below the post in the comments section and put #TheFilmDopes
  • That alone will automatically enroll you for our Star Wars: The Force Awakens ticket raffle along with whatever goodies we can come up with!
  • We started this since Spectre came out. So since then, and every week leading up to Premier we will be putting up a question on every post we do for the Film Dopes Podcast.
    • What does mean? It means that for every time you post on each of our posts (limit of 1 answer per post, per pesron) You gain another chance to win. Kind of like an extra raffle ticket with your name on it.
      • For example: If you answer the question with #TheFilmDopes on the Spectre podcast only. You have 1 entry.
      • If you answer the question with #TheFilmDopes on the Spectre AND Hunger Games podcasts. You are now entered 2 times.
  • We will do this for every post leading up to the the week before the Star Wars premier.
  • The Final Post of the raffle will be on 12/11/2015

 

Now for the selection process of the winner(s).

  • Like I stated in the list above, there is a limit of 1 comment per post, per person.
    • In other words, per post each person can gain a max of 1 raffle entry.
  • The weekend of 12/12/2015 we will be posting a video with NO EDITS to ensure complete fairness in selecting the winners to prove there were no shenanigans involved in the selection process.
  • We will have everyone’s name written out on pieces of paper laid out on a table and we will state how many times each person entered to ensure that we didn’t miss anyone’s entry.
  • Once that is done, we will then put all papers in a bucket, or a hat, or whatever can make the selection as random as possible and we will pick 2 names AND 2 NAMES ONLY.
  • Those two names will be the winners.
    • What if maybe 1 name comes up twice?
    • Then you’ve just won 2 tickets.

So there it is. To sum it all up:

Just look for the questions that we ask on our podcasts and posts since 11/06/2015 (that should be Spectre) and comment below with #TheFilmDopes.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ANSWER WITH #TheFilmDopes

IF YOU DON’T THEN IT WON’T COUNT.

We just want you your support. We make no profit off this whatsoever. We just wanted to do something nice for the Holidays, all we ask in return is your support.

That’s the only catch. We Promise.

From the bottom of our hearts here at The Film Dopes Podcast and the Broadstroke Media family we want to wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

We look forward to catching you at the movies, and May the Force be with you!

Much Love,

Alejandro Camargo, Jesse Arcia, Gabriel Pagan, Eduardo Aleman, Matias Albornoz, Danny Hidalgo, Jeffrey Sheldon, and Kevin Marin.

 

Vote for which movie we review next!

Well, we’re officially in awards season as the cream of the crop is rolling out at the box office from now through the end of December. What does that mean? That means we have a whole lot of movies to watch!

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself struggling to find which movies to go and see.

Is it because it’s expensive?

No………well…actually. Yes, yes it is, but that’s not why. It’s because this is the time when all of the highly anticipated films come out. Now that summer’s over and all the fires are settling down from all of the explosions this summer’s “blockbusters” had; it’s finally time to get into the nitty gritty.

With the help of the Pixel Reel, we’ve been doing podcasts for almost a year now coming up in November. Our first review was Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” which truly did live up to it’s name. It was spectacular, and it was one of the few movies that made me ask questions after the movie was finished.

I found my self thinking…(about time!)

Where my life is going?

What am I doing with my time on this planet?

Where will I move to?

How can I be a slightly less shitty human being? Recycle more? Walk to more places? Invest in solar panels?

As anti-climactic as it may be, I was able to answer zero of those questions. Though there is a silver lining. I found out how much I love films. No they may not be Indie flicks, but it’s a start you know?

I’m well aware that there are plenty of aspiring film makers and a plethora of Indie films waiting to be seen here in the South Florida area, but I’m starting at the box office. Sooner or later We’ll look to feature more film makers once we get the word out of what we want to do as a collective.

For those that know me, I’m sure you remember how often I diverge from the main topic of conversation into an unnecessarily long tangent about something irrelevant.

You may be wondering to yourself “where the hell is he going with this?”

WELL, since I’ve become so indecisive with my movie choices I’ve made the decisive decision of leaving that decision  to someone else. Mainly you, the reader/listener.

Vote for which film we review next!

The choices are:

So feel free to message us and let us know. We’ll honestly watch either one. I’m just trying to prove a point to Stuntman Jess that nobody wants to see a Vin Diesel movie, and people love Bill Murray a lot more.

–Alex

THE FILM DOPES REVIEW! – THE VISIT

The Film Dopes are at it again as Stuntman Jess, The Renaissance Man Gabriel, and Ready Eddie review the latest film by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) The Visit. This film stars Olivia DeJonge in her first major roleEd Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Deanna Dunagan (House of Cards), and Peter McRobbie (Daredevil (TV Series), The BlacklistBoardwalk Empire). In cinemas 09/11/15 

The Visit is the latest found footage film that centers around two siblings (Becca and Tyler) meeting their grandparents “Pop Pop” and “Nana” for the first time, they stay at their farmhouse in a remote location (where no one can hear you scream). Every night after 9:30 PM the children notice that their grandmother is acting rather strange. Becca  is an aspiring documentarian/filmmaker which gives the film a valid reason to have her document their visit (pun intended). The film has a unique style of horror infused with comedy. Did it work? Did the ‘Shamhammer” let us fellow movie goers down again? find out by clicking the play button up-top!

Please enjoy and feel free to like, comment, and/or share. we would love your support and feedback on these projects as we move forward in the future. Thanks! We love you guys – THE FILM DOPES

Gone Girl

DANIEL HIDALGO – CO-FOUNDER


Gone Girl is… an experience. It’s morally reprehensible, but it’s an adulterous murder vortex that will captivate you for the entire 145 minutes. It makes Investigation Discovery look like One Tree Hill.

!! WARNING !!!! SPOILERS!!

The film is set in suburban Missouri. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) are going through a rough patch in their marriage. In the first scene, Affleck is downing bourbons at the family bar in the middle of the day – a sure sign that things are on the rocks (pun intended). One of his neighbors calls the bar to tell him that his cat has gotten out. When he gets home, he finds that his wife is missing.

This would probably trouble most spouses. But Affleck seems more relieved than worried. When the cops get there, he’s super chill, which immediately makes him the primary suspect.

Immediately I know that Affleck can’t be the murderer. It’s never that easy. Why have a murder mystery movie if it ends up being the guy all the trailers suggest it is?

The opening act of the movie jumps between the past and the present. Amy is a trust fund girl, Harvard educated, and subject of a tween book series called “Amazing Amy”. Nick is typically good guy Affleck. He’s cool, fun, and likes to drink beer. Amy’s diary entries act as the narrating voice for a lot of it. As the relationship progresses, things go from great to increasingly worse.

Here’s the gist:

Nick loses his writing job to the recession. Nick’s mom gets cancer and they’re forced to move back to his hometown in Missouri. Nick’s mom dies. Nick and Amy open up an immediately failing bar – they named it The Bar (very clever). Nick starts teaching writing at a community college. Nick starts “exploring the creative space” of a young student’s huge tits. Amy wants a baby. Nick doesn’t. Nick and Amy become everything they hate. Nick grows angry. Nick gets violent. Nick hits Amy. Amy disappears.

The acting in the opening act is very bland. Every one – especially Affleck – is exactly as they appear. The cinematography and direction, however, is superb. Scenes, even happy ones, are shot and lit in a manner that builds tension. Dimness and tight spaces are used to foreshadow. One scene in particular – the “sugar storm” – shows the moment of their first kiss. It’s incredibly romantic, but the scoring informs the audience that the kiss is a bitter sweet.

In this sense, the movie is incredibly well made. David Fincher effectively brings the neurotic high pace of The Social Network to a crime thriller. The story moves forward artfully and efficiently.

About halfway through, you find out that Amy is framing Nick. Her plan for months is to kill herself and leave Nick on the hook for her murder. Amy is a crazy bitch. Amy conned Nick into upping her life insurance right before she disappeared. She filled a shed full of “guy stuff” to make it look like Nick maxed out her credit cards. She faked a pregnancy and a diary that details abuse that never happened. She left clues that would lead the cops right to him.

This is where I start having moral problems with what I’m watching.

This kind of story gives credence to the notion that women often lie about abuse. That women are vindictive and treacherous. That someone like Affleck can’t possibly abuse his wife. I mean, he looks like such a good dude!

While the media circus feasts on poor Ben Affleck, Amy is undercover in some backwoods motel. Nick is getting ripped apart by a Nancy Grace-type troll who loves beating up on men. Again, this reinforces the idea of nagging women as the villain. By the end of the movie, you’re cheering for a borderline drunk who cheats on his wife. For god sakes, there’s a scene where Amy shoves a wine bottle up her #$%&@ in order to fake a rape. I understand that this is a movie made for our entertainment, and it is entertaining, but they are troubling messages. More than a few feminists would be disgusted.

Now I’m not going to recap the entire last act of the movie. By now I’m sure you’re tired of me spoon-feeding you the plot. I’ll just say that my biggest moral problem is with how the movie ends. Amy returns home. She gets pregnant and they stay together. What the fuck? No really. What the fuck?

Gone Girl is bookended by a quote that supposedly outlines the critical questions in marriage:

“What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?”

The insinuation is that marriage is pain and it turns people into the worst possible stereotypes of themselves. Amy becomes the nagging obsessive wife. Nick is the beer-guzzling bro who just wants Amy off his back. They lie to each other about who they are and what they want. This notion is explained in pretty straightforward terms in the movie’s climactic scene.

Nick: “Why would you even want this? We resent each other, control each other, cause each other pain.”

Amy: “That’s marriage.”

I think we can all agree that this is an unrealistically negative perspective on how marriage works. Most rational people would dismiss this as total nonsense. The problem is that there’s always a subset of people that eat this kind of shit up. Movies, TV, music, books, etc. consciously or subconsciously influence perspective – even if that perspective is totally inane. Just look at the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. Countless women read that horrible book and fantasized about finding their “Christian Grey”. Someone chaining you to a wall, whipping you, and holding you prisoner becomes not just acceptable, but desirable.

But again, it’s a movie. Not a stump speech.

All in all, the undesirable aspects of this movie are what sucked me in. You’re enthralled by the audacity of it all. You can’t help but talk back to the screen. The acting, especially by Pike (Amy) in the latter half of the movie, is commendable. If the intent is to make you despise her character, she knocks it out of the park. In its use of design and style, the artistic value of the work is to be lauded. It is successful in bringing out your emotions – even if those emotions are negative. It’s the “Fatal Attraction” of this generation.

GRADE: 7.5/10