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In 2001 my father and I road tripped through the Western states. We began in Salt Lake City and thereafter went to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Ending our tour in Vegas was to be expected, not because we’re compulsive gamblers, but because of the awesome movie theaters!

There aren’t many people that would go to the City of Sin to catch a flick, but then again my old man and I are far from familiar. We went to see “Spy Game,” an espionage-thriller co-led by Brad Pitt and Robert Redford. Far from a classic, we both enjoyed the experience for one simple reason: Brain Candy.

The other night I ventured over to AMC Younge and Dundas to see “Unknown.” Not only was it another aloof spy movie, it was also another example of “Brain Candy.”

Brain Candy: a term used by father when discussing films with obscene plots, quirky dialog, and over-the-top characters; basically, ridiculous movies that are so outlandish you’re better off enjoying them than complaining. Secret agent films are often guilty of being Brain Candy, and Unknown is no exception. Liam Neeson stars as the central figure, Martin Harris; an aged Jason Bourne type with a passion for blondes (à la January Jones & Diane Kruger). His quest to uncover his mysterious past is a little contrived, a little seen-it-all-before, and a whole lot of fun!

That’s the thing with Brain Candy, it’s high-fructose fun that anyone with an adventurous palate is sure to enjoy. Witty one-liners, high-speed car chases, and grandiose assassination attempts abound. Add in a slice of the most beautiful blonde in Hollywood and you have yourself a Wonka bar worthy of some mental gluttony.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my meat and potatoes, but sometimes the kid in me needs a pack of popping Mini Eggs to tantalize the taste-buds. Unknown was a welcome return to the refreshment stand for me and my life at the movies.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Yes! Yes Young Godfrey! Obviously I can get down with that. The Wonka bar sold me. Sounds like a flick worth checking out. Nothing is like Bond, but I can still get down with the others.

    • Anonymous

      You’ll love it. It is totally outlandish and a little to into itself at times, but therein lies the fun. There are, if I remember right, three car chases… which are all AWESOME!!! I only wish January Jones would have got more naked ;)

    • dreamland

      I feel you on the Bond tip homie! LOVE me some Bond flicks!

  • dreamland

    Great story about you and your Pops.
    Like Liam Neeson a lot, will rent this for sure. Plus J Jones is obviously amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely worth the rental, especially with the TV and sound system you have. Bang, Bang, Boom… but needs some boobs! LOL! She is great, but Neeson (aka Qui-Gon-Jinn) goes head to head with Frank Langella (aka Skeletor), and that is a fight no nerd should miss!

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