Sunday, December 26, 2010
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.