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Megamind

Megamind

I wasn’t expecting to like this movie as much as I did. Pogle and I have already watched it two times, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we watch it again soon. While I wasn’t terribly impressed with the supporting characters, Megamind himself is just awesome. Highly recommended (and highly quotable).

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Star Trek

Star Trek

I put off watching the newest reboot because I was afraid it couldn’t live up to its namesakes. I was wrong, and should have watched this film a year ago. I found some parts very distressful, but pogle talked me into giving it a chance. It was very strange for me to find myself rooting for Kirk, as he has never been my favorite character in the canon. I did thoroughly enjoy watching him get his arse kicked, repeatedly, so perhaps that colored my view of him in the new film. The new Bones nailed it, totally. Scotty’s appearance was brief but enjoyable. If you’re noticing a name not mentioned here, now you know where my conflicts lie, and if you’ve seen the film you’ll understand why. The best reboot I’ve ever seen, and I really hope they continue with these actors for more films or a series. Pleeeeeease.

Oh, and did I mention it’s hilarious?

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Slammin’ Salmon & Back to the Future III

Slammin’ Salmon

Zongo is here! Broken Lizard continues to amaze us with their character acting. I didn’t care that much for the plot, but I always enjoy seeing BL own their characters unabashedly.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Back to the Future III

Great Scott! It was ok. I adored the steampunk train at the end, and now I can finally play my new Back to the Future games! Just need to pencil that into the calendar at some point (hopefully before the series is fully released, doh).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory today (apparently pogle has several of the songs stuck in his head today). Even better than I remember. I probably haven’t seen the film for a decade or so.

  • I love that science teacher! Class dismissed!
  • Veruca Salt is hilarious. A demon child to haunt the dreams of all adults.
  • Gene. Freaking. Wilder.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Back to the Future I & II

I had not seen the Back to the future movies since I was a young child, so except for a few scenes (lightning and the DeLorean, Biff marrying Marty’s mom) I really didn’t remember much. I was pleasantly surprised when, while watching Back to the Future, I could not stop laughing. Being older now, I finally got all those jokes that went right over my head when I first watched it. I loved it and I can sort of see why pogle was so astounded that I wasn’t more into the films than I was.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Back to the Future II was okay, but not nearly as enjoyable as the first. Elizabeth Shue’s acting at the start does not help set the mood for the film, and Marty’s idiot actions are mostly just frustrating (no wonder he has the chance to have a kid like Marty Jr). The main highlights were the parallels they created with the first film (which is why pogle made me watch the two side by side).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Toy Story 3

Once again, Pixar has managed to amaze me (and make me cry). Somehow they have made each Toy Story be as good as, and in this case better than, the last. An enjoyable film geared more towards an adult audience simply because children, while they’ll enjoy the action, will not have yet experienced the bittersweetness of growing up.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

How to Train Your Dragon & 9

How to Train Your Dragon

Excellent movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the original books, but from what I remember the movie definitely followed at least the spirit of the books. I love how natural Toothless appears: you can definitely tell that they studied animals to get his movements down (he reminded me of a cat and our ferrets in his mannerisms). We promptly went and purchased the movie (on sale) as well the first few books in the series to read and share with the family.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

9

We made sure to watch the original short (included on the DVD) before watching the film. They certainly took inspiration from it, but the extended film was in the end much happier than the original short. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t have to watch it ever again.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Red: Werewolf Hunter

Not really a review, more a collection of thoughts of the film.

  1. Hobo werewolf evangelist
  2. Go Jake!
  3. Glittery hand of doom!
  4. SyFy does to SF films what Hallmark does to Drama films
  5. Someone please send out a Jurisfiction agent to fix all of the plot holes.

Conclusion: Not bad for SyFy. The plot was too loose, but I was still compelled to finish the film and see how it all ended.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Mini-Movie Review: 30 Days of Night

Haven’t done a movie review for awhile, so what the heck, have at ye.

30 Days of Night

Overall I rather enjoyed this film, although I was so wound up from all the slaughtering that I trembled through most of the movie. In case you didn’t get the hint, there’s a lot of blood. Pretty much a town full, really…

Excellent heroes carry the movie, but you also get to see a couple instances of fruitless cowardice (I’ll be blunt: it didn’t help them live longer.) The plot has several gaps:

Spoilers
What’s the background of the Vampire Mafia? Who’s the little girl vampire? Why does the lead vampire not have weird creepy slanted eyes like all of the others? Why weren’t the vampires actually removing the victims’ heads like the leader instructed at one point, so that they wouldn’t turn?

Be warned: the ending made me cry. I’ll forgive it, as long as I don’t have nightmares tonight.

If you like horror vampires and you don’t mind lots of violence, not a bad movie. For those of us more easily shocked, I recommend a movie buddy (there’s no way I’d watch this by myself).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

PS: Josh Hartnett is totally turning into Tommy Lee Jones.

Movie Backlog: 12/30/2007

I’ve been slacking off on posting what few movies I’ve actually watched in the past couple of months. Let’s see if I can remember them all. Far too lazy to include links at this time, however. Give me a break, I’ve been up since 4 AM. :p

Monster House: The CGI feels a bit primitive, but the movie does a good job of capturing a level of scary that I think a lot of kids could enjoy without having nightmares. Has some very humorous moments.

Ratatouille: Good plot and excellent execution. It’s Pixar. Enough said.

Shrek 3: Okay, so I don’t really think it lives up to 1 or 2. It’s a cute addition to the Shrek world, but I just feel the plot is a bit looser on this one than the others. Worth watching, of course, and still extremely enjoyable.

The Simpson’s Movie: Hahahahaha. Very much like a longer, more thought out episode. We get to see some character development in several characters including, most surprising of all, Maggie. Very fun.

Balls of Fury: While I abhor what I call “stupid humor” in movies…this movie toed the line very well. I was able to groan at it but not want to leave the room. Aspects of it were hilarious, and Christopher Walken is always fun to watch.

Meet the Robinsons: I wanted the movie because of the TRex in the commercials; however, it turned out to be extremely awesome in a children’s sci-fi story way. I mean, come on, it features an evil hat named Doris, what’s not to love?

Expect more soon, because we have a huge stack of unwatched movies because someone keeps finding sales. :p

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