Chronicle and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

  • Lkjbadfv

    The red head date was
    gorgeous! Love your reviews, always sets everything right about what is wrong with film.

    P.S I notice you don’t actually swallow when you drink, that’s cheating.

  • Blahfr

    What is the backstory of the dvd gag?

  • cjob3

    Punisher: War Zone was Marvel Knights, too. It’s supposed to be a  banner for their darker, edgier stuff.

  • g-town

    it’s ominous forshadowing. No backstory… except they’re vcr reparimen and if he gets a dvd player they’re out of a job.
    so there.

  • Splimis

    Oh man, what the hell movie was that on Plinkett’s T.V. in the beginning.

  • sponge

    I’m so freaking happy that you guys like the Crank movies.

  • Snappy T

    tee hee just noticed the callback to The Cleaning Lady

  • Stormbro

    Me too! I held off on this review because I wanted to watch Ghost Rider first due to being a fan of the Cranks, and it was amazing to hear that they like them so much. It also blew my mind when I found out the main boy from Cop Dog is young Chev in Crank 2.

  • yeah they are just about some of the best movies ever made in their own weird way.

  • JM

    Dat walker.

  • Namey

    As soon as the Crank movies came up I yelled out KEIN MEHRHEIT FUR DIE MITLEID and lo and behold, KMFDM.

  • Meester Smeeth

    I loved Crank, wasn’t too impressed with Crank 2.
    Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance was fucking poor, very disappointing.

  • It’s a movie called “Things”. Check it out!

  • OMG the end of the video was AMAZING. Well done!

  • Krackerjax

    What in the hell is “shlock”? Usually you guys use it to describe things that suck, but then you say that it was a good thing in the Ghost Rider movie and that you wish there was more of it. Can a brother get a definition up in here?

  • I cant believe you like the style of filming in Ghost Rider. It looked like shit. I actually shut the movie off because of the directing. Fuck you shaky cam. Its a tool of the lazy.

  • AghBowling

    “Shlock” is a subjective term, loosely used to describe movies that are bad. However, depending on context, it can befit movies that are poorly shot, so over-the-top-that-it’s-awesome, or so nonsensical-it’s-hilarious. Half in the Bag has covered a few of these movies (such as “Zaat” and “The Galaxy Invader”), but there are literally too many movies to name that fit into the “shlock” category. Hope that helps. 🙂

  • AlcaldeEste

    Found footage movies are like time travel movies, in that they come with intrinsic plot holes, and you have to be really, really smart to avoid them.

    Like “why would they put the camera there?” or “why do they start filming immediately before a surprising thing happens, rather than immediately after?”

  • Patrick

    So basically, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance would have been kind of brilliant if not for the script? Why does David Goyer keep getting work? He’s fucked up Ghost Rider AND Superman now; the studios should have learned by now that Batman worked despite Goyer, not because of him.

  • Joao Marcos de Aquino

    The comics Marvel Knights line follows the same logic, by the way.

  • AlcaldeEste

    Are you sure “Punisher: War Zone” isn’t also a B-movie?

  • williamsn411

    I didn’t like the Crank movies. They just weren’t my thing.

  • Insert Name Here

    When a character morphed into their alter egos, why were they in a dark room? I think it would have worked better to morph in real time

  • omgnoway

    the comparison of Chronicle and Star Wars blew mah mind!

  • Martín Galarza Flores

    I had never thought about Andrew and Anakin being really similar: getting powers they don’t really understand, learning to control and master them, succumbing to anger and hate, and turning against other people with his same power, trying to kill them all and being defeated by them, getting killed/almost killed.

    It’s amazing. Chronicle, to me, shows now how good the prequels could’ve been with a better director and a better screen writer. In other words, without George Lucas.

  • snakes andert

    Half in the Bag skits themselves are chock full of schlock elements. It can be a term of endearment done intentionally.

  • radoou

    Akira anyone..

  • Corsair

    shlock is basically when a movie is being intentionally cheap, campy, or “over the top”. it’s when a film is being corny on purpose.

  • Lickspittle & Crutches

    Yes Please! Subs not Dubs.

  • Hale

    Holy fuck, Things. I knew those clips in the recent episode were familiar!

  • TapewormBike

    I love love love Crank movies, the Ghost Rider two was to me almost as bad as Phantom Menace (just with a bit more fire pissing)

  • radoou

    I meant that i think Chronicle is the american version of Akira. I dont know, just it reminded me of that movie while i was watching it. These two films are very familiar in concept but Akira is way more deeper

  • Admiral Bone-to-Pick

    Whaaaat?? You two have film-making backgrounds???! When was the last time you made a… Oh… Oh…

  • Zero Sum

    Nice shirt, Jay.

  • Lat

    I first watched Crank when I was maybe 14 (I’m 21 now) and I thought it was the best fucking thing I’d ever seen. The scene in China-Town where he’s screwing his girlfriend against the newspaper stands is one of the best scenes in movie history. The “shluup” it makes when he pulls out, the Chinese people’s news-style reactions, how he just bails on her afterwards, how she coyly covers herself up like she enjoyed the experience but knows she should be embarrassed by it. Wow, what a scene.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    fuck citizen kane-crank is where it’s at!

  • Leo Silva

    These guys just can’t let go the fucking SW prequels.

  • Leo Silva

    Is she Nadine?

  • Andrew Snook

    It’s interesting they compare Chronicle with Star Wars as it’s been announced that the director of Chronicle will direct one of the Star Wars standalone movies.

  • Justin Lee

    I think Jay says the word “elements” in every episode :p

  • Damn-Deal-Done

    You review Cronicle and don’t even mention Akira. I’m starting to think you guys are a little ignorant of foreign cinema. Cronicle stole many of its visuals from the film Akira as well as the main character’s (Tetsuo) look, behaviour and narrative. Also check out when Akira plays with stones in the original Manga, directly lifted in Cronicle. If you haven’t seen Akira please do, but make sure to watch the original Japanese language version. It is a genuine master piece.

  • pussybitch

    nobody cares about ur weeaboo bulsshit u goddamn jap

  • Doc Brown.

    Agree, the final fight kind of resembles Akira.

  • Esco

    It’s a naughty question, because the answer is very clearly a “Yes”, but the question of “Is it a good movie” would still be entirely unanswered. I mean, Crank was super-B movie material, and those were awesome.

  • Esco

    I will point out that there were exactly 2 good RPG’s made in the west that were good before 2006.

  • Esco

    Just so you guys know – PLINKETT IS REFERENCED IN THE GHOST RIDER 2 COMMENTARY. Seriously, there’s a line toward the end of the movie where the kid says to the villain: “What’s wrong with your face?” And then Brian Taylor, one of the two directors, actually repeats the line with his impression of Plinkett’s voice (you can tell it was a Plinkett impression as well because of the timing of the words). So that’s pretty cool – you guys like the Crank guys, and it turns out the Crank guys like you guys as well!

  • DarkFluffy

    “Secret of Evermore” is one of them


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