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Rock of Ages and Project X

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 1:28 PM

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Rock of Ages

So I'll start this entry off with Rock of Ages. This is a movie musical based off a broadway show that uses classic rock tracks from the 80's to tell a story. I haven't seen the original but was very excited to see the new movie as I'm a fan of musicals and really was excited to see how they used some of these tracks to make a cohesive story.

Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl who meets a a guy on the Sunset Strip and they dream of being rock stars while falling in love. Based on the core story here, the trailers really played up the music rather than the story and while that is a major reason to go see the movie, it don't mean a thing without the story and that might have been the first problem here. The two leads for Rock of Ages are good but not great at acting and singing and thus the whole film suffers. High points come from experienced actors taking on roles that steal the show including a fantastic performance from Tom Cruise as the aging fictional Rock God Stacee Jaxx. Alec Baldwin also delivers a solid performance and other big-name actors/actresses help add credibility to the film like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Ackerman and Paul Giamatti.

I really have a hard time saying that I didn't like the movie because I did enjoy it. It just wasn't great and I was expecting this epic mash up of classic songs and fantastic story and it just didn't get there. Overall, the film was fun to watch and the chance to see Tom Cruise do a musical was also extremely entertaining. He wasn't half-bad at singing either! I would recommend watching it if your a fan of the songs or a fan of musicals but don't go in expecting a classic, as this one is a watch once and forget about type of film.

Coming out next week, we've got BRAVE from Disney and Pixar! Fridley Theatres will have it in both 3D and 2D. Check them out online at www.fridleytheatres.com for showtimes and to purchase tickets in advance.


Project X is one of the main new releases at Movie House this week for rental. It's the story of a group of friends trying to throw the ultimate party to gain friends, fame and popularity. The story is told through the eyes of one of the friends who films it all with a camcorder so the footage is at times shaky and blurry and all the standard tricks we've come to expect from this type of film - think Blair Witch Project.

It's pretty wild and definitely entertaining for the high school crowd but slightly less interesting to those of us that don't really care about how big a party was anymore. It's got some decent laughs but never really elevates to something that I can recommend highly.

Project X is available at Movie House this week along with other new releases including Big Miracle starring Drew Barrymore and Wanderlust starring Jennifer Aniston. Check them out at www.facebook.com/moviehousemccook

I'm also going to be doing a free movie giveaway on here - simply comment to be entered and I'll randomly pick one comment to get a free movie rental. Comments must be actual comments! Share with the rest of us your thoughts and opinions on the newest movie releases!

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Project X seems like too cool of a title to apply to a movie about trying to throw a big party.

Also, when you call the shaky footage and such "tricks", am I correct in assuming that they make a script for such things? I mean, it makes more sense to have a plan for doing an intentionally "shoddy" camera job, but perhaps there are some movies where they have no such plan.

-- Posted by bjo on Wed, Jun 20, 2012, at 12:01 PM

"Don't need nothin', but a good time, how can I resist?"

Margie and I enjoyed the movie, and as mentioned, it is one of those flicks you likely won't go see more than once. Tom Cruise as the "legendary" Staycee Jaxx has a great stage presence during the show scenes. Julianne Hough had a difficult part and made the best of being a small town girl.

We noted that we didn't see any drugs in this movie, but the alcohol certainly ran freely enough.

There were a couple cool medleys like the mix of

We're Not Gonna' Take it", and "We Built This City" got my feet a tappin'.

Though the Saturday matinee we went to wasn't highly attended, I didn't see a single person that didn't look to be tapping a toe or nodding their heads to the music.

A final note...

I cheered when the promoter got punched for his comment at the end "Rock is dead"... Bah Humbug!

Long Live Rock!

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 10:08 AM

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