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reviews of movies
I’ll be straight with ya – I liked The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I liked the first one, too. Sure, the movie is close up and hand-held camera heavy (and the idea to back light the kisses gave us a nice clear shot of spit being shared between two young lovers), but at its essence, it’s a good story. That being said, I recommend that anyone who is a fan of action, adventure, visuals and performance check out these movies. I’m giving Catching Fire a 9 out of 10.
But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun at the movie’s expense. Read the rest of this entry
We saw Rigoletto at the Met last night, which was my first live opera experience ever, and I have to say, I dug it. The Met is a fantastic place to see a show: the building is beautiful, the acoustics are perfect, and they provide the translations on a small screen you can glance at right in front of you, so it’s a good time for experienced and beginner opera goers.
Christmas Cupid is, essentially, a comedic retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which is something I’m sure everyone has seen a million times before. (Most notably done via Scrooged starring Bill Murray, which I’ve never written about before… we’ll have to get to that this year!) All you really need to know is that this movie has some decent performances, the story isn’t terrible because it’s based on Dickens and the film drags a bit – it’s lazy and mediocre, but I’ve seen worse Christmas movies… A Nanny for Christmas… don’t think I forgot about you. Read the rest of this entry
We saw MoTown: The Musical last Friday, and I think it’s fair to say that everyone in attendance had a good time. However, before you run out and pay astronomical Broadway fees, I’ll provide a bit more insight into what you’re actually getting from this show.
We’re still digging around in the Hitchcock archives and this time, we’ve traveled all the way back to 1938 to watch The Lady Vanishes. (Yes, to be clear – we’re talking about the original 1938 production and not the TV remake that debuted this year – and, after watching the original, I must repeat that old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)
Dr. Girlfriend and I were very happy to attend the Big Apple Film Festival and we sat in on Shorts Block 11, which, as the name suggests, was a bunch of short films. A lot of the films had concepts in common, such as imaginary friends, fantasy elements or artists struggling to create, which was presumably done intentionally when the organizers set this up. Read the rest of this entry
After reading that Thor: The Dark World had not been especially well received by critics (66% on RottenTomatoes.com is not a universal panning, but also not a ringing endorsement), I dialed my already lowered expectations down. Although I think Chris Hemsworth is the new charismatic movie super star we desperately needed in the wake of the aging of Schwarzenegger, Willis and Stalone, the first Thor installment wasn’t exactly great and the trailer for this flick didn’t get me excited for the flick. So, perhaps this is why I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and I think my blurb for Thor: The Dark World might have to be something along the lines of “non-stop action thrill ride.” Read the rest of this entry
Before we get into this, I want to make it clear that I’m only reviewing the film Eragon rather than the novel it’s based on. Maybe the novel is great… I have no idea. Today, we’re only concentrating on the film, which is the latest addition to our very own hall of shame, The Worst Movies Ever. Let’s dive in… Read the rest of this entry