Archive for the 'Movie Reviews' Category

I really wanted to like this movie.  I take that back… I did enjoy this movie.  However, I believe that this is also the final confirmation that George Lucas has gone completely off the reservation.  I mean, the Indy movies have always relied on a certain level fantasy, but the leap to sci-fi is a [...]

Iron Man

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

I’m quite pleased to announce that this movie did, in fact, not suck.  Acting was strong across the board.  The suit is freaking awesome.  I can forgive some back-story modifications and the fact that his robots and home AI could probably pass the Turing test.  And you can’t imagine how many times throughout this movie, [...]

Street Kings

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Well… I’m surprised.  I really like this movie.  It’s gritty and graphic and there are very few characters worthy of empathy.  It’s well shot and there are strong performances by Forrest Whittaker and Keanu Reeves (surprisingly… he’s gotten better over the years).  There’s not too much special about the story, but I haven’t watched a [...]

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Monday, April 28th, 2008

Good to watch. Sure, it’s a tad predictable and some of the characters are underdeveloped, but the acting is strong and the editing really carries this film.  I like that, even though their names are heavy on the marketing for this, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishbourne aren’t the only things that make this movie worth [...]

District B13

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Fun action flick… this thing got released 4 years ago and I just now got around to watching it. The parkour sequences are particularly well shot and performed. Of course, the acting is relatively flat and the story is cliche… but hey, it’s good to have on for a little bit of mindless fun.

The Forbidden Kingdom

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Fluff… largely forgettable. Yeah, it’s got both Jackie Chan and Jet Li in it and the fight choreography and cinematography are pretty well done. But there’s not a whole lot to sink your teeth into. It’s fun for an afternoon matinee.

Battle Royale

Friday, April 4th, 2008

I can’t believe I’ve been sitting on this one for so long. Japanese movies can be so incredibly awesome. Think Lord of the Flies… but not an accident. A class of 8th/9th-grade students are brought to an island, given various armaments, and told that they have to fight until there’s only one left. Bad ass.

Persepolis

Friday, April 4th, 2008

This film definitely deserved the Oscar nomination that it got. Very intense and engaging story. The animation is smooth, flowing, and appropriate. And while the story is a serious one, there are very excellent moments of levity throughout, thankfully preventing it from leaning overly political or preachy. It’s a shame this movie didn’t get wider [...]

No Country for Old Men

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I really liked this. Very strong acting on all fronts and it kept me interested the entire time. I really enjoy the subtly of a lot of the dialog and the heavy reliance on the visual elements of this movie. I mean, for as long as it is, it’s probably got less dialog than some [...]

Horton Hears a Who

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

This movie was friggin’ beautiful. And it was very funny. I don’t recall the original story having such heavy religious overtones and the musical number at the end seemed to be a touch out of line with the feel of the rest of the film. However, that said, it was quite an enjoyable movie, visually [...]