I re-watched The Force Awakens last night ahead of Friday’s Last Jedi screening. I am not a super huge Star Wars fan, other than I really enjoyed episodes IV-VI. The Force Awakens holds up. It’s entertaining, the pace is good, and the story is decent. Sure, it’s A New Hope over again, but who cares.… Continue reading The Force Awakens
Elizabeth and I went to Cinetopia with Tom to see Frank Miller’s 300 this weekend. Wow! The story of the Spartans refusal to bow to Xerxes and in fact, hold off an army of millions with just 300 men is very compelling and based in history. This is a beautifully shot movie and while it… Continue reading 300
yes my favorite movie, The Princess Bride, has been re-re-released. This marks the fourth time I have purchased it. Laserdisc, DVD, not-as-crappy Special Edition DVD, very nice DVD. This new edition comes in two box covers, The Dread Pirate edition and The Princess Buttercup edition. I bought the latter because the art depicts them face… Continue reading The Princess Bride – 2006 Edition
I think I had seen bits and pieces of this Kubrick work but not fully through. At least I could not recall. What intrigued me is how much the movie’s dialog has worked into American culture, such as “love you long time” or “Texas? Only Steers and Queers come from Texas” This is one of… Continue reading Full Metal Jacket
Akira Kurosawa. What else can I say? What I enjoy about subtitled movies is that they require me to pay attention. I can’t tune out, or the entire thing is lost on me. I loved how the characters played against each other, how small the set was for such a large piece on society as… Continue reading Yojimbo
I’ve liked Paul Giamatti since I saw him in American Splendor, even though his career spans back to the early 90s. I had a hard time getting past Thomas Hayden Church’s role in Wings. The movie made me a little uneasy, but I think that is why I liked it. Tolerance, stupidity, love, deceit, joy,… Continue reading Sideways
Alright, this was a dumb movie, but Liv, yowsa. I could tell where they thought this would be a really funny movie, but it just seemed to not live up to their plans. Great cast though!
omg is there anything this man cannot do? Watch the trailer.
Matt and I went to see Ying xiong (2002) (aka Hero) at the Marina Del Rey UA/Regal theater last night. The story was great – The history of how China was formed through martial arts and fantasy. I highly suggest it. The theater sucked. First, the god damned “20” had perfect sound but the movie… Continue reading Hero
Pam invited me to see Shaun of the Dead (2004) and am I glad I went. Aside from good company, this zombie flick is silly, bad, funny and even makes you jump a few times. I love cheesy movies and if you do also, be sure to check this one out. Just don’t let it… Continue reading Shaun of the Dead
Team America is the movie I am waiting for. No computer graphics, just puppets and story. Oh yeah and Matt and Trey. I wonder if a Cartman puppet will make a cameo?
I’d never sat through Sound of Music, The (1965), but I am glad I have now. It was really great even if it was terribly long! The political overtones were not too terrible, though they did not add too much to the movie, other than Nazi men will sell out their supposed loves, Austrian or… Continue reading Sound of Music
Sadly, I have not see the original version of Manchurian Candidate, The (2004). The remake was entertaining however, a bit predictable and since I have heard that the ending is different than the original, I won’t spoil it. I have to think that this was created my liberals though. Just seems to have that “evil… Continue reading Manchurian Candidate
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) was a fun throwback to a film noir-esque movie but with all sorts of fantastic futuristic robots and the cinematography, of which there was none, was gorgeous. The movie was shot entirely on blue screen and had old photos and animated this and that layered in, along… Continue reading Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
I like Kevin Smith, so i rented Jersey Girl (2004). Course after I started watching it, I realized I had seen it, within the last six month of course. I guess that does not say much for the movie? Sucks, cuz I really like Kevin Smith.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) was a movie that reminded me far too much of my youth, haha. Quirky, sad, funny, odd this movie is a fine departure from normal Hollywood Blockbuster crap. Check it out, I give this one 4 geeks. Ok I just made that up, I wonder what a Geek looks like. I’ll need… Continue reading Napoleon Dynamite
In Bend It Like Beckham (2002), a talented indian female footballer is confronted with her culture, authority and womanhood. Feel good wrapped up in sports. I kept seeing Nila and thinking she’d run off the field as “not good enough” for her position.
It took me 19 years to finally see Kurosawa’s Ran, an adaptation of Shakespear’s King Lear. It was fantastic. I only took 2 breaks during the 160 minute saga. The pace was good, the story of course was excellent and as hoped, by the end, we’re left wondering why we’re such a dumb, violent, insecure… Continue reading Ran
Siu lam juk kau (2001) (Shaolin Soccer) is a wonderfully campy kung fu movie that meets hokie sports and modern computer special effects. The original chinese version is more serious, even without the subtitles, the actor’s voices are more serious than the stereotypical high pitched/whining voices used in the Americanized version. Both versions are enjoyable… Continue reading Shaolin Soccer
Chain Reaction (1996) was another action vehicle for Keanu Reeves. Even with Morgan Freeman, the bad guy with a soft spot, it was a horrible movie. As the movie did, twice, big bomb.