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Herbie vs. Superman

Recently watched, on the same day, both Man of Steel and Herbie: Fully Loaded.  Man of Steel is the recent Superman reboot, featuring the lantern-jawed Henry Cavill as the titular hero punching his way around the U.S. fighting General Zod.  Herbie: Fully Loaded is the decade-old Herbie reboot, featuring the titular zany car once again […]

Sappy vs. Humor/horror – Simon Birch and Frankenweenie

Simon Birch and Frankenweenie Every now and again, I page through the upcoming movies on the channels we get to see what might be worth recording for a casual future viewing.  This net caught both films reviewed here today. Frankenweenie expands Tim Burton’s famous early film (which Disney did not like, at the time) about […]

J. Edgar and the Imaginarium

J. Edgar is a complex biopic that shows the multifaceted life led by the egotistical and patriotic J. Edgar Hoover.  The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus tells a fairy tale of an immortal man in a struggle with the devil, a kind-of Dr. Faustus story for the 21st century, but with Heath Ledger.  A few thoughts: […]

Covering old ground – Zero Theorem and The Incredible Hulk

Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem tells the tale of an idiosyncratic office drone working a data analysis job in the cyberpunk, blade-runner future of the city we first met in Brazil. (Not technically, but aesthetically.)  Not satisfied with the normal things that drive the other drones in his world, Qohen spends his time waiting for a […]

Spies and psychics (double movie review)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Odd Thomas A double review is a review of two movies united only by the fact that I watched them around the same time.  That’s what this is. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a classic cold-war era spy story based on the novel by John Le Carre.  It’s meditative and […]

Ice, Magic, and Studly dudes: Frozen and Thor 2 double review

It’s been a while since I posted one of these double reviews, but I got a chance to see a couple movies over the holiday break, so I thought I’d give it a go. Frozen tells the story of two sisters who are princesses, one is cursed with ice powers that she cannot control, the […]

Humans, Robots, and the Future: Oblivion and Pacific Rim

I saw two science fiction films in the last month: Oblivion and Pacific Rim.  Both films explore humankind on the brink of extinction, but where one focuses on a single person and his experience uncovering those dangers, the other has giant robots punching giant squiddy monsters. Oblivion follows the harrowing adventures of a technician and […]

Zombies on the run. No Blood. Fun for the whole family.

No need to compare or discuss the minimal overlap between the book and the film.  Best just consider this as its own thing.  See The Oatmeal for the best, most concise discussion of this conversion thus far.**  See Scott Kenemore’s blog for a great review and discussion of the film and its narrative. World War […]

Robots, Pointy Ears, and Tiny, Tiny Leaf Soldiers

Memorial Day weekend was busy for us, not only because we were doing a significant retro-fit of our basement following the great Forest Park rainstorm of early May, but also because we saw three movies in the theater that weekend.  Here’s my triple review of Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Epic There […]

Game Hard (OR: Die Change)

A Good Day to Die Hard (GDDH) follows the adventures of John MacClaine as he tries to get his son out of some gangster-related trouble in Russia.  The film makes knowing winks toward the other films in the series, mostly along the lines of “I’m too old for this shit.”  There is one moment where […]

Silver Linings in Paris

Silver Linings Playbook and Midnight in Paris Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of two troubled people, unsure of themselves and having difficulty working through traumatic events in their past (plus mental instability), who come together and find their way to a silver lining. Ahem.  Midnight in Paris follows a writer obsessed with the artistic […]

Doing Illegal Things Badly

Burke and Hare and 30 Minutes or Less Burke and Hare is the latest of the regular re-tellings of the real and amusing tale of two bumbling business men who turn to murder in order to meet the corpse needs of the royal Edinburgh Medical College.  30 Minutes or Less tells the tale of a […]

The True Mysteries of Inspector Blood Murdoch’s Newsroom

That sounds like a show I’d watch.  I was trying to figure out the best way to write about our summer television viewing, which included three separate shows, when I decided to do a “double review,” but in augmented form.  Here we go, a triple review! True Blood: Season 5 develops its main thread around […]

My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend has been Taken!

I use the semi-random sorting method of “the last two movies I watched” to decide what I should write about in my double reviews.  I find that forcing myself to consider two movies as though they were intended to be viewed together makes for interesting insight about storytelling and movie making as a whole.  That […]

Parents murdered? Revenge, cold: all that.

The Dark Knight Rises and Hanna The third film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises follows the final adventures of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman (or is it Batman and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne?) as he battles mysterious criminal Bane for the life of Gotham City. Hanna follows a […]