Monday, April 30, 2012

Blue Like Jazz (Movie Review)

An honest, yet admittedly biased look at Blue Like Jazz.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Summer 7: #1 Avengers

My most anticipated movie of the summer shouldn't be a surprise since I've been salivating over it for over 3 years now.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Summer 7: #2 The Dark Knight Rises

My 2nd most anticipated movie of summer 2012 is perhaps the most highly anticipated third movie ever made.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Lucky One (Movie Review)

Nicholas Sparks writes books that make people cry that are made into movies that try to as well. Does "The Lucky One" succeed?


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chimpanzee (Movie Review)

March of the Penguins proved that Nature Docs can work as compelling films. Can the Chimps follow the Penguins lead?


Monday, April 23, 2012

Lockout (Movie Review)

I loved Luc Besson's "Fifth Element", but can he capture that Sci-Fi lightning again when the bottle is a space prison?


Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Summer 7: #4 The Amazing Spiderman

I'm not sure if it's a remake, a reboot, a sequel, or a prequel, but I do know it's on my summer 7 as my 4th most anticipated movie of the summer.

Previous Summer 7 Posts:



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Raid: The Redemption (Movie Review)

Quick, name the last great movie you saw that was Indonesian. Well this one is.... in Indonesian at least.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods (Movie Review)

There is something strange about this cabin (and this movie), but is it good strange or bad strange?


Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 Summer 7: #5 Prometheus

My fifth most anticipated film of the summer is a surprise as it wasn't even heavily on my radar untilt the last month or so.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

2012 Summer 7: #6 Men in Black III

My 6th most anticipated movie of summer 2012 brings one of my favorite pairings of all time back to the screen.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012 Summer 7: #7 The Bourne Legacy

The Summer 7 officially begins with a sequel that has lost it's director and star.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 Summer 7 (Summer Movie Preview)

Kicking off my annual "Summer 7" (the seven movies I'm most excited about this summer) with two movies that didn't make the list but might just be a lot of fun.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Titanic 3D (Review)

It's a big movie that belongs on the big screen. Does the 3D work? Here are some thoughts on that and also three things I had totally forgotten about this movie.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mirror Mirror (Movie Review)

Is it possible that Julia Roberts and friends made a good Snow White movie or is that just a Fairy Tale?



I think pop culture has fairy tales on the brain. This year has seen 2 fairy tale TV shows, which I’ve reviewed both of them “Grimm” and “Once Upon a Time”. Now the first of two Fairy Tale movies coming out, in fact two specifically about Snow White that are coming out this year. This one is Mirror Mirror, and of course Snow White and the Huntsman coming out later this summer.

Mirror Mirror is a movie starring Julia Roberts as the wicked queen and her battle to destroy Snow White. It’s the Snow White story you know. Now there is a little bit of a spin on it, it kinda takes a lot of the things you know about the Snow White story from the Disney version, or maybe other versions, and turns them on their head just a little bit.  For instance, the dwarves are not the Happy, Sneezy, Doc, Sleepy that you know...they actually have names like Half Pint and Grimm and others.  They still kind of fall into those Archetypes but it’s not as clearly defined as the animated movie was.  So things like that just kind of make it a little bit different in where the story goes as well.

This movie’s really not that bad, I say that bc I expected it to be awful and it’s really not.  It’s fun at times. Visually it is certainly a world created very specifically to be vibrant and beautiful.  The costuming and all that is over the top in really a fairy tale kind of a way, something you would expect.

Julie Roberts gives a decent performance. I had forgotten how vibrant she is on screen. She’s a captivating screen presence and it’s no surprise she’s been a movie star the way she has cause even now she comes on screen and she just lights it up. There’s something about her smile, her face. She does a great job in this role, a role that is really kinda icky, kind of evil. Not kinda, it is... it’s the Evil Queen. She does a phenomenal job with that.

The humor, I think I mentioned, is great and very funny.  Now where I had difficulty with this movie is that it’s a little too light hearted.  It doesn’t take itself even quite seriously enough.   There are throw away lines in this movie that are distracting bc they take you out of the fairy tale world and bring you into the real world.  I think there’s actually a line about ‘focus groups’ in this movie that I just kinda went ‘whoa, that doesn’t exist in fairy tale world, what is he talking about?’   So it doesn’t take itself seriously enough in my opinion.  Something that a kid is not going to catch but for me was kinda like ‘eh’.  I wish it would have at least respected the story a little more than that, but that’s minor.

It’s not a great movie, I don’t mean to say it’s a great movie. But I think it is a good movie and certainly if you’re looking to take the family to see something there are worse movies you could be locked up in a theater for two hours with your children.  This one is bearable.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Wrath of the Titans (Movie Review)

Back a few years ago I liked it when these Titans clashed, I wonder if I will like them now that they are angry.



There are some movies, I guess you call them guilty pleasure, that you like even though people think they’re awful movies.  Clash of the TItans, the first titans movie was one of those movies for me. I really kind of enjoyed it I found it fun and engaging and just kind of a fun special effects romp. So I went to Wrath of the Titans thinking it would probably be more of the same, which was only partially true.  We’ll get to more of that in just a second.  

But first, Wrath of the Titans is a follow up to Clash of the Titans in that it follows Prometheus who is half god half man. And it’s apparently his responsibility to save the entirety of mankind.  So the movie is about the end of the gods and the beginning of man and how he goes about doing that.  

I say it’s half true that Wrath of the Titans is like Clash of the Titans because half of the movie does involve big spectacles and special effects. And in those visual moments, those moments of those battles or those big god fights and those big monsters coming..those moments are visually spectacular, just a visual feast, and I think done very very well.  The problem is that in this one they are way too few and far between.  The distances to get from one of them to the next one is filled with this boring and dry exposition about what the politics of the gods are. And why who is angry at who and why their fighting this guy and why this guy is upset with him.  The machinations of this world are at times are more boring and tedious than Star WArs prequels, they are that bad.

So going from one big special effects scene to another is like traversing this barren wasteland of nothingness. I thought maybe I can get some power naps. Maybe if I had just been tired enough I could have slept between the big actions scenes maybe I would have enjoyed the movie more.  Because during those moments, it actually pops off the screen pretty well and that’s not just a 3D pun.  It really is one of those movies that jumps out at you just by how spectacular it is but again those moments are way too few and far between and make the overall experience really kind of a dreadful one.