Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Shooter

Posted on 3 January 2009

I watched Mark Wahlberg’s “Shooter” last night via iTunes, and thought it was really a pretty decent action film. Wahlberg plays a retired sniper who’s called back into reluctant service to try to prevent an assassination attempt. Things don’t turn out quite as planned for anyone.

The ending was kind of weak as is usual for these types of films, but I give this a solid B+ (7.5 out of 10) on the action flick scale.

Kate Mara doesn’t hurt matters any either.

The Road (Film)

Posted on 19 September 2008

Looking forward to this film, “The Road“, based on a book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy.

h/t: Bribo

Dark Knight

Posted on 12 August 2008

Diane and I went to see “The Dark Knight” last night, and we both really enjoyed it. It’s very highly rated, and that rating is well deserved.

The first half of the movie was flawless. Heath Ledger was compelling, and Christian Bale was wonderful again (despite the distracting mole.) The only problem I had with the film was that it was overlong. When Joker was captured, the thing could’ve come to a graceful end right there and nobody would’ve complained. Instead they chose to take the film off on a much weaker direction – mostly the story of Two Face Harvey Dent. It’s a minor “niggle” and doesn’t mean that I think that the Dark Knight is a bad film.

I’m just saying that the second half was softer than the first.

WALL-E

Posted on 27 June 2008

Lauren and I saw WALL-E tonight. It was “ok”…

This was no Toy Story or Monsters Inc. There was no speaking for about 90% of the film, which may provide a bit of a challenge for some children. The WALL-E character was interesting and funny, but it’s pretty obvious that it was based largely on Number 5 from Short Circuit.

Still, worth seeing. I enjoyed the early scenes of earth in disarray, and Lauren loved all of the cute robots. I also liked the way that WALL-E emitted an “Apple startup sound” when booting up in the morning.

UPDATE – Reviews are trending very positive over on Rotten Tomatoes, but this report in Salon from Stephanie Zacharek mirrors my own thoughts. Looks like we’re in the minority on this one.

The “Chinsification” of DVD cases.

Posted on 11 April 2008

This is the first DVD I’ve seen that has a paper case like this. I think it’s the way that the industry is going.

At first I was kind of disappointed, but after thinking on it a bit I think they’ll store much better. I’ve got around 500 dvds, and storage in the original plastic cases is a problem.

It’s also eco-friendly, for those of you who care about such things.

So what did I think of the movie “There Will Be Blood?” I think that someone needs to teach these Hollywood writer types how to design a plot. It was the most superbly acted, fantastically filmed, riveting film about NOTHING that I’ve ever seen.

Really, it was a pointless exercise. Daniel Day Lewis is great though.

Will Smith and the Apocalypse

Posted on 21 December 2007

I finally got around to seeing “I Am Legend” on Monday night (trailer here). Will Smith did an decent job as Robert Neville, particularly since he spent most of the time acting alone or with his dog (the dog did a heck of a job in her own right.)

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The film departed drastically from Matheson’s novel, but that’s not necessarily or automatically a bad thing. Earlier efforts at interpreting the book for the big screen have also changed the plot to greater or lesser effect (The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, etc.)

I really enjoyed the first 2/3rds of the movie. The tempo was exactly right, the special effects were convincing, and the mood was pitch-perfect. Unfortunately the film fell down a bit at the end. I’m not going to spill the beans beyond saying that the picture fell prey to all the common Hollywood pitfalls. Jacking up the action through over the top special effects, and bending over backwards by injecting odd plot devices to send the audience home “happy.”

I also wasn’t a fan with the particulars of the infected. Their mouths stretched in unnatural ways, and seemed cartoonish in the way they moved. All of them sported the taut musculature of a premiere triathlete (or Henry Rollins.) It was just too much.

Still, for the first 2/3rds and great rendering of Manhattan in tatters, I give “I Am Legend” a solid 6.5 out of 10.
Other reviews can be found at the NY Times, Seattle-PI, NY Post, and Ebert’s Chicago Sun Times.

This leads me to an amusing article I found: “Everything we know about surviving the apocalypse we learned at the movies.”

Serenity

Posted on 24 August 2007

Joss Whedon talks about the collector’s edition of his film “Serenity” Interesting stuff, and a worthwhile listen. (Audio)