Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Darth Schrute

Thursday, July 28, 2005

More from Bears camp...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Bears Camp '05

Sunday, March 27, 2005

A lengthy absence

Okay, after about oh, a two month layoff, I'm posting again. The reason for the layoff, besides my usual procrastinating self, is there haven't been any movies worth seeing lately. Since my last update I only saw four movies I hadn't previously seen. But the tides are changing. This week Sin City comes out, later in April we can look forward to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Of course May brings Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. June offers up Batman Begins and War of the Worlds. July will feature The Fantastic Four. Of course I can't wait until September for Serenity. It's going to be a busy summer. Now, on to a few mini reviews.

This is a film that critics loved and I hated. I'm sorry I just couldn't get into it. A few visually cool scenes and too much overly sentimental crap. I thought the best part was when Kate Winslets boob almost popped out of her shirt. This is the kind of world Michael Jackson wants us to believe he lives in.

I've never read the Hellblazer comics so I had little expectations going into this. Keeanu Reeves is a hit or miss kind of actor for me. I felt his blah apathetic self didn't work in this one. There are many cool visuals, funny jokes, and "that was cool" moments in this but in the end it just felt flat. Things would happen for seemingly no reason and were never explained. Other moments felt like a cop out. Not a bad movie, but not a good one either.

I really wanted to like Be Cool. No, I take that back, I wanted to love this movie. I'm a big Elmore Leonard fan and Get Shorty is a really fun flick that I really enjoyed. The casting in this movie was wasted. It has such a great group of actors that it felt like a throwback to a Cannonball Run type movie. So what went wrong? This movie just never builds any momentum and the jokes just aren't funny. The only upside was I didn't have to pay to see this piece of crap.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Same old, same old...

I have never seen the original Assault on Precinct 13 but I think I'd like too after seeing this remake. There really isn't too much to say here. It's New Years Eve in Detroit Michigan and precinct 13 is scheduled to close at midnight. Most of the equipment and staff have already moved, and there is only a skeleton crew working to oversee the buildings last night of use. A snow storm hits and bus with four prisoners is diverted to 13 to ride out the storm. One of the prisoners is a gangster who is targeted for death by some crooked cops he once worked with. The building is surrounded by these cops who want to kill everyone in the building. The precinct's staff must unite with the prisoners to fight off the killers if they want to make it through the night. I think this is a fine setup. Sure there have been movies with this type of premise forever(The Die Hard movies, The Rock, Night of the Living Dead, Rio Bravo, etc..) but done correctly they can be quite thrilling and enjoyable. The problem is this version follows the Jerry Bruckheimer school of action films. No real characters, Ex Machina plot devices, and the audience must overlook the numerous plot holes. I wouldn't say this is an awful movie but it's a not a good one either. I'm curious to see John Carpenter's original, he is a filmmaker who knows how to do action and make a fun film. This one is strictly paint by numbers.

** out of *****

In Good Company

In Good Company is one of those movies that is unabashedly a "feel good" movie. It's not the kind of film that is going to break any new ground. It's nothing we haven't seen before. Yet, you come out of it really enjoying it. Even when parts might feel a little too unrealistic you don't care. You watch the film, love the characters and want the happy ending. It tells the story of two men who become colleagues. The first man is Dan Foreman, he's in his early fifties, has two daughters, a lovely wife, and another child on the way. He is head of ad sales at a sports magazine and is good at what he does because of his no-bullshit attitude when it comes to selling ad space. Dan's only really downfall is that he is so used to the old way of doing things, he has a hard time adapting to the way things are done in corporate America. The other man is Carter Duryea. Carter is in his mid twenties, he's worked his way up the corporate ladder so well that the head of a large multi-media Corp. knows his name. He gets a big promotion when his company buys the sports magazine Dan works for. Carter's problem is figuring out his life really means nothing. Sure he's successful at what he does, but his wife leaves him after only seven months of marriage. He has no friends except for the people he works with. The movie then tells the story of how these two become friends and are able to help the other make the life changes they both need. Pretty standard stuff. However, the movie does such a great job in presenting these people as likeable and believably flawed individuals that we want everything to work out in the end. This may not be the best movie you ever see, but you'll walk out of the theater feeling good about what you just saw.

**** our of *****

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Circle of lame...

I recently saw Meet the Fockers. I really liked Meet the Parents so I figured this one should be pretty funny. I saw the trailer and started to worry. I saw the movie anyway and it ended up being kind of lame. Yeah there are some funny parts, but for the most part it's filled with those moments that are supposed to be funny. Not much to say here except it's a rehash of the first movie. Ben Stiller spends the whole movie trying to impress Robert Deniro, who never trusts him. I think part of the problem is in the first one we just starting to see Deniro doing comedy for the first time. Since we were used to seeing him in these intense serious roles his attempts humor paid off. Now that he's got a few comedies under his belt it's just not funny anymore. I should have trusted my instincts and waited for HBO.

** out of *****