Ah, North by Northwest – a quintessential Alfred Hitchcock movie! Is it the most famous? The most memorable? The most popular? Is it the best of Hitchcock’s movies? One thing’s for sure – it’s certainly a great flick!
At this point, it’s not news that Muppets Most Wanted is a gigantic disappointment, yet I was still shocked by the depths of its awfulness when we finally saw it this past weekend. Read the rest of this entry
One does not watch The Deep Blue Sea but rather, the viewer collides with it – it’s like a visual and auditory game of bumper cars. Read the rest of this entry
We finally got around to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and… hm. It was good – not great, but certainly good. It’s complicated, but I can at least say it’s better than the first one. Follow me after the jump if you dare – it’s going to be all spoilers, all the time!
I haven’t watched Rocky from start to finish in… I dunno, at least 10, maybe 15 years. Still, it’s on TV all the time, so I catch bits and pieces every once and while. For me, Rocky Balboa is the quintessential Sylvester Stallone character (sorry, John Rambo and… guy from The Expendables whose name no one knows) – it’s also the best underdog story to ever to grace celluloid. (Sorry, Underdog.) Read the rest of this entry
Each time I saw the trailer for this flick, my brain would go, “Divergent! So Divergent!” Is it just me? It’s probably just me.
Anyway, in the grand scope of young adult novel adaptations, Divergent was a better movie than Ender’s Game and Twilight, but that’s not exactly high praise. If you can get through the first 20 minutes or so, I think action/adventure fans will be pleased with the flick. Read the rest of this entry
OO – you know what I haven’t seen in a while? First Blood. It’s the first and the best (by far) in the Rambo series and features what is probably Sylvester Stallone’s best moment on screen. Read the rest of this entry
What can one say about Le Week-end? The movie doesn’t have much of a plot, yet it’s still a flowing… well, “narrative” probably isn’t the right word, but it’s something.
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are both excellent in their starring roles. Their performances, along with direction by Roger Michell, photography by Nathalie Durand and editing by Kristina Hetherington are the driving force behind this movie. I’m sure lots of other folks worked hard on this flick, but without these five people turning in masterful efforts, this movie would probably be a big pile of pretentious drivel.
A quick word about Jeff Goldblum: this is Goldblum at his most Goldblum-i-ness. He was the perfect person to play this particular role and it’s all the funnier that they’re playing off his reputation. Not a show stopper, but a quiet joke that comes out of nowhere.
I didn’t love it, but if you don’t mind listening to an older married couple argue for 93 minutes, I’d give Le Week-end a whirl – let’s score it a 7 out of 10.
I don’t know anything about Robin Williams the man. Maybe there’s a bit of a man in his art – that’s what I think, anyway. I could summarize his Wikipedia page for you, but instead, I thought I’d take a look at what he’s left us: dozens of movies, tv shows and appearances, comedy specials, documentaries and so on. Here’s my five favorite Robin Williams movies in no particular order.
I know, the trailer is kinda stark, but Batman kinda changed everything. I hate to use a cliche, but it’s true. Before this flick, comic book movies rarely happened, and when they did, they were under budgeted punch lines. Now that we live in the golden age of comic book movies, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the movie that helped make this era possible. Read the rest of this entry
Pre Production on Will Reading is about to come to a close. Our little movie’s script has been shaped into a shooting draft, we’ve got a prop list, a shooting schedule… all that good stuff. At this point, I’m just waiting for the last bits of equipment and props to arrive in the mail while I’m putting together storyboards and shot lists for each scene.
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We saw Guardians of the Galaxy this past Sunday with a full house at 10:50 AM. The movie is filled with murder, violence, profanity, betrayal, torture, sadness, jokes, pop songs from the 1970s, abduction, deaths of innocents, more murder, more violence… and it’s probably the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year.
“And there’s your blurb,” as Christy Lemire would say.
The question isn’t really regarding the quality of The Dark Knight but instead, by examining its parts, deciding on its place in history. Is it the best action movie ever? Let’s dig in to the most bountiful Batman movie we’re ever likely to get. Read the rest of this entry
This is one of those movies that everybody loved but nobody went to see in the theater. The Iron Giant is the feature film directorial debut of Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles - both great movies you should see, by the way) based on the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The movie has stunning visuals, fluid animation, tons of laughs, an excellent story… everything is great and I will hear nothing negative about this film. Voice actors include Eli Marienthal (yeah, I don’t know who he is either, although I did sit through Mystery of the Batwoman, which was… OK, I guess…), Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel (who has very little dialogue, but does a fine job at pushing humanity through the voice effects), Christopher McDonald and John Mahoney. The screenplay is witty and tight – I believe this is the sort of movie that actually has something for everyone: heart, comedy, action, drama… you name it.
Stop reading this and go watch The Iron Giant!
Today on Baffling Movie Trailers: it’s the first teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Kevin Smith’s new jam, Tusk. Let the snarking begin!
So… what does that guy think Katniss is doing there, dressed in a field uniform and armed with weapons? Does he think she’s there to give hair cuts? Maybe teach an archery class? And I guess the final chapter in all series has to be split into two movies now? I thought you were better than that, Hunger Games. Also… I’m kinda thinking there’s not gonna be a Hunger Games in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 so… there’s that.
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We finally got around to seeing Best Picture Nominee Her and shockingly enough, I have a lot to say about the flick. The core of Spike Jonze, Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix are favorites of mine, so I’ll do my best to adjust my expectations accordingly. Read the rest of this entry
I can’t help but compare Superman Unbound to its vastly superior counterpart, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The plot of the two movies are so similar that I feel Superman Unbound doesn’t really need to exist. At the very least, we didn’t need these two movies just three or so years apart. Granted, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse has a lot more going on, but you can’t escape the fact that Superman Unbound follows the recent trend of boring DC Animated Universe movies, including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and Justice League: War. Read the rest of this entry