Holy Rollers (2011) Movie Review

Playing at the table

Subtitle: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. Directed by Bryan Storkel.

Holy Rollers posterI’m safely assuming that many Christians and non-Christians find any gambling unwise. For the former, it’s a soul-tainting sin. For the latter, gambling’s only fit for morons.

If you have an interest in the gambler’s lifestyle or Christianity then you should watch Holy Rollers. Rollers allows insight from several important team members. The conflicts of the players are explored and also we get to see the casino’s point of view. Members of the Church team varies in the love of the game of blackjack and balancing that with devotion to the Lord. I think the Church team members genuinely want to live a God-centered life. Whether they can do that in practice is where Rollers gets its drama. Continue reading “Holy Rollers (2011) Movie Review”

Interview: Movie Critic Adann-Kennn Alexxandar

The world of film criticism is filled with many interesting people, from Pauline Kael to Roger Ebert to Jay Sherman. What about the critics in the smaller cities and lesser markets? The following interview is one example of lesser-known, but no less interesting, interviewer. I asked critic Adann-Kennn Alexxandar from the Valdosta Daily Times questions about the movies and the local culture.

Adann-Kennn AlexxandarRed-Headed Mule: What’s the movie you’re looking forward to this summer?
Adann-Kennn Alexxandar: I rarely become truly eager to see a film until just a few days before a film debuts. I like to concentrate on this week’s film’s. However, this summer, a few have gotten my attention: The Dark Knight Rises, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Robot and Frank, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus.

RHM: What do you think of the success of the Avengers?
AKA: Avengers is a well-done film, very entertaining. Comic books are the last of the unexplored realms by filmmakers. Recent technology has made this possible. Visual computed-generated effects and other modern technical aspects of filmmaking have made it possible to produce movies like the X-Men and the Avengers in a manner that match comics. Therefore, movies based on comics are the undiscovered realm for creative and new material. Continue reading “Interview: Movie Critic Adann-Kennn Alexxandar”

All In Movie Review

Jennifer Tilly
Tilly for Redhead of the Day? Nah.

There are three narratives in All In: The Poker Movie: poker being Americana, Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 World Series of Poker victory, and the effects of Black Friday, April 15, 2011, the end of three major online cardrooms’ access to the U.S. player pool. The documentary is somewhat persuasive in the first, has fair coverage of Moneymaker in the second, and doesn’t go far enough in the third.

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Avengers (2012) Movie Review

The Avengers movie logo
How much will THIS movie gross?

It’s a shame that Spider-Man is in Sony’s clutches. The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is a very fun movie. Avengers is a good action-adventure focusing on our heroes forming a united front to protect Earth. Marvel Studio’s bold spectacle is an upper-tier superhero movie. The 3D effects are decent but are not needed to experience this movie. Continue reading “Avengers (2012) Movie Review”

RHM Pop Culture Baseball All-Stars

I’m an owner of an imaginary pop culture all-star squad. A fantasy of a different sort. Lots of baseball movies tend to make some of their main characters pitchers and sluggers. However, infield positions are difficult roster spots to fill. I took cursory research plus relying on memory to know exactly who would play where in the infield. Feel free to debate these:

Starting Lineup:

American Reunion Review

American Reunion Poster

For all those that were in high school when the first movie came out, WATCH THIS. This new movie grew with its original audience. It takes place 13 years AFTER ‘American Pie’ and all of the characters have grown up, just like we have. The writing team behind this did an AMAZING job with keeping with the characters and building onto the history of the ‘American Pie’ series. I swear, less than five minutes into the movie you will be laughing.

You get all of the classic styles of each character, except a more “mature” version, along with the craziness that comes with growing up. Do not get me wrong, this movie is a comedy. But it is also a coming-of-age story that all can enjoy. Being part of that generation, I totally related to the story and a lot of it hit home for me. This movie tries to educate as well as “play along” with real life predicaments and does a wonderful job of doing so. I will definitely be taking my wife to see this movie when it comes out for the general public.


March Media Madness - Ping Pong Playa Review

Ping Pong Playa poster

Are there Asian-American athletic heroes beyond Jeremy Lin and, in the past, Yao Ming? Christopher “C-Dub” Wang thinks he’s one. Ping Pong Playa is a typical sports movie jazzed up in an Asian-American flair. Also, as the title suggests, there’s some hip-hop culture infused in the movie through Jimmy Tsai‘s C-Dub & many of the loud soundtrack beats. Continue reading “March Media Madness – Ping Pong Playa Review”

March Media Madness - Pi Review

Pi movie poster

Pi is a film about a man who is pushed outside his comfort zone and pays the price for it. Like the name suggests, there’s plenty of math discussed but the highlight is Max Cohen’s obsession of numbers and how out of touch he is. The grainy black and white presentation assures that the movie isn’t pandering to the mainstream. However the movies looks less dated and anyone who’s interested in the movie can focus on the themes presented by director Darren Aronofsky.

Pi features the nagging of three sides trying to influence Cohen: religion, capitalism, and rationalism. One big struggle over a 216-digit number that either validates Cohen’s genius or insanity. Film scholars and math lovers may have fun digging to the deeper, sometimes number-crunching, meanings. I, however, feel that Cohen should’ve been a gambler, a profession where randomness and chance are at least tolerated. He would be more human and not a fleshy part of a mad machine.