Here’s where the wheels start to come off.
If you’ll check my Batman post, you’ll see that while I love the movie, I’m quick to admit that it’s not without fault and I’m not the world’s biggest Tim Burton fan. Batman Returns is chock full of Burtony goodness, and it’s to the film’s detriment - but, if ever there was a movie that was saved by performances, it’s this one. Read the rest of this entry
Most 1980s movie sequels were lame all around: they usually couldn’t get the lead actors back, the story was lame, and for some reason, most of these sequels end up taking place in Manhattan. (Short Circuit 2 and Splash Too are examples of this sort of 80s sequel.) 1990′s Gremlins 2: The New Batch decides to parody that sort of stuff and the first movie to hilarious results, making it one of the most underrated movies of its kind. Read the rest of this entry
It might be a comic book movie classic now, but when this movie was on its way to theaters, nobody knew what to expect. People complained that Mr. Mom wouldn’t make a good Batman, nobody knew who the hell Tim Burton was, and I still get confused every time I watch it when I see that Jack Nicholson has top billing in the flick. Batman might be short of story, but it’s got great atmosphere, fantastic performances and is responsible for the flood of comic books movies we’ve had since, for better or worse. Read the rest of this entry
When I reviewed the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining, I gushed on and on about the atmosphere, performances and sets and saved my harsher criticism for the story points. I thought that with a teleplay by and executive producer credit for Stephen King, my story concerns would be alleviated… So as not to bury the lead, let me say right now that ALL SUCH HOPE IS MISBEGOTTEN. Sure, this version makes a little more sense, but it still provides more questions than answers. Spoilers after the jump! Read the rest of this entry
I Hate Valentine’s Day is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It’s poorly written and cheap looking… But to be fair, most of the camera work is well done. (That’s about the only nice thing I can say about this movie.)
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If you’ve seen one Wes Anderson movie, you’ve seen ‘em all… but that doesn’t mean they’re not all awesome. Life Aquatic is a bit outside the usual WA box and The Royal Tenanbaums is a bit darker than most of the other movies, but essentially, they all have similar themes, visual elements and at times, even story points, like writing plays, suicide, the slightly-exotic-unobtainable-girl, or running away. Rushmore might be typical Wes Anderson fodder… but it’s damn good fodder. If you want the cliff notes version of WA movies without anything too heavy happening, than Rushmore is the WA flick for you.
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I think it goes without saying for anyone living in the continental United States that this has been the winter from hell and getting your car stuck in the snow has become par for the course. I’ve been through this several times in my life, but this winter, the snow has been relentless and I’ve had the opportunity (the unfortunate opportunity) to test the various suggestions and now I’m hear to tell you what works and what’s a waste of time. Read the rest of this entry
Had enough winter yet? Yeah, I’m kinda done, too. No matter where you live, there’s no escaping the winter of 2014. The snow, ice and frigid temperatures are pounding one and all with reckless abandon. Even the American south isn’t safe and at this point, I’ve reached a point where I don’t have any place left to store the snow. And it just keeps coming. Read the rest of this entry
There are so many reasons that practical monthly comic book sales (I mean of the physical object) will never rebound back to their levels of yesteryear that it’s hard to know where to start. As an old-fashioned comic geek, I’ll just stick to the things the industry is doing to themselves rather than factors Marvel and DC can’t control, like the advent of video games and other home entertainment options. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve discovered an alarming trend of characters (mostly protagonists) employed as writers in various works of fiction we’ve encountered – especially at the movies. For example:
- The dad in August: Osage County is a well known, published writer.
- The husband in I Give it a Year has published one novel and is struggling with his second.
- Just about everyone except the mom and her new husband are writers in Stuck in Love; [SPOILERS!] the dad is a well known, published writer, the daughter publishes a book mid-movie and the son publishes a short story at the end of movie
- Everyone in Wonder Boys is a writer, but it’s at least central to the plot of the movie
- Everyone in No Man’s Land is a writer… maybe specifically a poet?
- Colin Firth is a writer in Love Actually
And this is characters we’ve noticed just in the last two or so weeks. I’ve heard the adage, "Write what you know," but this is ridiculous.
I Give it a Year features every possible mistake one could make in a farce. The pace is all wrong, the scenes go on too long and almost every moment somehow leads to character/defines a relationship and yet at the same time still feels like filler. It’s really incredible, what they’ve done here. And how many wacky comic relief characters can you pack into one movie? There are at least three in this flick. (The best man is the most annoying, by far, but they’re all over exposed and annoying in their own way. At the end of the movie, a character says to him, "I never have to see you again," and the audience thinks, "Hooray! Neither do I!" and then he comes back during the credits, just so he can be unfunny one more time. Again, incredible.)
This is the sort of movie I usually rail on and on about, but I just can’t. Every scene has the same problems, but the biggest problem is this movie is BORING. It’s 97 minutes, but it feels like an eternity. (Oh, there’s a joke: "I gave it 97 minutes – I should have gave it 5!")
I Give it a Year is on Netflix for your viewing displeasure. Let’s just say it’s a 3 out of 10 so I can stop thinking about it and hopefully purge it from my brain.
What can one say about Nebraska? Well, it’s great. Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the cast are all spot on. The black and white really helps solidify the atmosphere – as does the soundtrack. There is one moment toward the end that I thought was cliche, but, had it not occurred, I think I would have been disappointed, so it’s a "damned if they do, damned if they don’t" sorta thing.
Yeah… that’s it. Go see Nebraska – I’m giving it a 9.5 out of 10; it’s a nearly perfect movie.
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Google autocomplete can get you some really fun results. Google describes their autocomplete system results as follows:
The search queries that you see as part of Autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of users and the content of web pages indexed by Google.
That one bit: “reflection of the search activity of users” means there is a little bit of us in those auto complete results. Unfortunately, we’re not so smart. For example, here’s what you get when you type “when did:”
Okay America; we need to study our history a bit better. But it gets worse:
Only one of those things about Patrick Stewart are true. Why are we searching for things that have not happened? Let’s all buckle down and do better, America!
Google’s one of the biggest, most profitable companies in America and yet, they still have no problem thumbing their collective nose at a country like Russia, even though it could potentially cost them a ton of money. (Vladimir Putin strikes me as the sort of guy who would do his best to block Google from Russian ISPs.) This sorta thing makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! (Not warm enough to watch the opening ceremonies in their entirety or something like that, but still, ya know… USA! USA! USA!) We screw up a lot on the international stage, so it’s nice to see us get one right every once and a while.
No Man’s Land starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley (Broadway Review)
Rather than a proper review of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land (starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley), I will present you with a gushing about the show and the lavish ambiance that is the Cort Theatre – including video of the post-show Talk Back Q&A session with the cast!
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