Sunday, December 26, 2010

I Love You Phillip Morris

Essentially a prison-break version of "Catch Me if You Can," with which it has in common both true-life roots and a level of repetition that begins to border on exhausting.

At one late point, the main character receives a hearty slap to the face; this would have made a perfect final moment, as the rebuke could have been seen as final retribution upon the guy on behalf of the "slappee," of society, and of course, the audience.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gulliver's Travels

Perfectly livable movie, elevated above direct-to-DVD status by the intro "Ice Age" short and the Black-led musical number at the end.

You know who I'd REALLY love to see update the Gulliver story, is Whoopi Goldberg!

The Tourist

I wasn't expecting a lot from this movie, but it ended up being very pleasant & enjoyable.

Of course, I couldn't watch it again, because knowing what we know at the end, much of what preceded makes little sense.

The King's Speech

Not just worthy of any award it receives, this one is actually fun to watch-- and you know who I'd like to watch it with?

The subject's daughter-- the Queen of England.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Tempest

This film completely harkens back to the big-budget special-effects spectacles of the 1960s-- yes, it is THAT wretched.

I love Julie Taymor's prior work, but I think this time she's had a bad reaction to her meds.

How Do You Know

Despite having a cast of insufferable actors and Paul Rudd, this movie actually works.

It rises above the level of "romantic comedy" to that of a movie that often turns out to be funny.

Tron: Legacy

Like "Star Wars" without the heart.

Like a video game without the satisfaction.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


This is the closest Disney has come in SO LONG to its old fairy-tale magic, with humor, cool sights, a couple of good songs, and tributes to the classics weaved throughout.

They would have come a lot closer, though, if they could have dumped the CG rendering of the story for a traditional-style approach.

Love & Other Drugs

Much more yelling, & much more nudity, than I expected--but I guess somehow those things do go together, yah?

Much funnier than could have been reasonably anticipated.

Monday, December 6, 2010

127 Hours

I tend not to love pics where I know how things end; blame this for me avoiding "Titanic" (or you could blame Celine Dion, that's also a strong reason).

Though I still find the overall subject tedious, and I wouldn't choose to see the movie again, I do find the stylization very interesting and worth viewing.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in addition to having some shocking action moments, does a wonderful job of character development, as it brings so many loose ends toward a touching close.

Unfortunately, the movie doesn't really do this, so you should really read the book.