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Iron Man 2 (5/10)

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by Brandon

Remember the final battle in the first Iron Man? It was technically thrilling, but entirely unncessary to the plot – it just seemed like the filmmakers felt the need to put in a final bombastic action sequence. That fight is the weakest of the entire movie, which is one of the slickest action pics of all time. And unfortunately, Iron Man 2 seems to have learned more from that clunky final boss fight than it did from the rest of the semi-brilliant origin story. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Film Criticism

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Discussion, Rant with tags , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by Brandon

Talking back and forth with commenters around the web and in discussion with my friends over the past three or four years, I’ve been fascinated by all the different methods of film “criticism” that can go on – meaning everything from shrugging your shoulders at a movie and saying, “meh,” to deconstructing its plot in a two-hour discussion afterward. As a a critic, I believe there is something to be said for looking deeper into the movies we watch, beyond mere entertainment, and actually appreciating craftsmanship, and I try to express these thoughts in word when I write a review. I resent it when critics are all branded as one body whose only job is to be movie killjoys and pick apart movies that are “just meant to be fun” or enjoy “snooty, uppity, artistic movies.” There is a place for every single kind of movie, from escapist kid-friendly “Spy Kids,” to long, lovelorn epics like “Atonement.”
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Yet another Star Trek trailer

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Buzz, Trailers with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by Brandon

An Ain’t It Cool News exclusive!!

The Star Trek trailer was pretty cool in my opinion, but this one is even better.  Some extra special added footage. Happy Thanksgiving. (Watch till the very end – no peeking.)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (6/10)

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2008 by Brandon

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This movie’s an interesting beast. On the one hand, it features some of the most hilarious dialogue and excellent performances that I’ve seen in a comedy in recent memory, but on the other, the script tries so hard to be something different and cool and funny at the beginning that you can’t help but be a little bit pissed off when the last half hour veers it into train-wreck love cliche territority – like a lot of Kevin Smith projects, the film struggles to find the balance between unadulterated raunch and a strong belief in the power of love, but unlike his talented counterpart Judd Apatow, the movie’s not so much able to toe the line as jump back and forth.

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Good Buzz for Bolt

Posted in Entertainment, Internet Links, Movie Buzz, Movie News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by Brandon

So Variety has given one of the most reluctantly praising reviews ever, right here, of Bolt. And right away, he’s saying stuff that I knew from the beginning – it’s got pixar touches, the gags, the way the jokes work, sometimes function like the subtly witty and visually character driven world that Pixar movies create. Of course, it’s obviously not going tog be adept at it, because it’s not directly under Pixar’s umbrella, but this shows good signs for the company as a whole.

Adn there’s also some pretty amazing buzz for the Blu-Ray version of Wall-E. After Ratatouille set the standard with its Blu-Ray release, stunning and popping eyes across the nation with its exquisite detail, Wall-E ups the ante EVEN FURTHER. Geez, perfect picture? That’s a big claim. I saw Wall-E in digital and it was pretty mind-blowing, so seeing it in Blu-Ray is going to be a necessity. Anybody got a Blu-Ray player and HD TV?

And what’s with the new Tinkerbell movie being out? I thought John Lasseter tried to stop that monstrosity. Sigh. Oh well. Nothing can stop the corporate machine, I guess. Sometimes, though, the corporate machine turns out some pretty good stuff. And sometimes the independent movies put out some pretty crappy stuff, so it’s about equally balanced.

David Yates to (possibly) direct final HP film

Posted in Movie Buzz with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2008 by Brandon

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

DAMN YOU, DAVID YATES!!

Why does he have to keep hogging this series? Why can’t he just back the f-off? I would rather see Michael Bay direct Harry Potter 7 than this douchebag. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but still, you get my sentiment. I hope Warner Brothers doesn’t actually let him do this. The fifth Harry Potter wasn’t a complete disaster, but it was definitely the worst of the five so far. Damn him. Give another director a chance, Yates. We WANT CUARON!!!!!!! Gaaaah!!

This has practically ruined a fairly good day. I’m still crossing my fingers that he won’t end up actually directing it. Maybe when the critical ratings are even lower for the sixth adaptation, WB will realize that maybe they don’t want Yates directing. Of course, they probably don’t care – the last one raked in over 900 million dollars, the highest of all five. Damn you, Yates. Making money means nothing at the expense of quality. Although, all this will be moot if Yates wows me with the sixth HP film.  And if they end up turning the seventh book into two films like they’ve been talking about, will he get greedy and direct those too?

Sigh. Anyone with me on this?