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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 […]

Get the F*ck out of London, You Goddamn Zombies! (Cockneys vs. Zombies)

Cockneys vs. Zombies is a solidly enjoyable zombie comedy, which great production values, a funny scenario, and a bit of pathos.  The film follows two storylines during a zombie outbreak in East London — a group of old-age pensioners trying to survive as their caregivers and the people in streets around them all succumb to […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one sentence reviews (part 2)

  During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed. So here I continue a series of one or two sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. Rio 2 – Amusing […]

A few more SPOILERY thoughts on [REC]3

I had a few more thoughts to share about [REC]3 that, frankly, stray into cranky rant territory.  Nearly every comment below will also be a spoiler.  Consider yourself fairly warned. (Here’s my original review, if you missed it.)So as to keep your wandering eye from accidentally seeing a spoiler, I now include a photo of […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one-ish sentence reviews (part 1)

During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed.  So here I begin a series of one sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – […]

[REC]3: Genesis – Not the movie you wanted it to be

I really like the [REC] series.  Both the original and its sequel tell provocative, interesting zombie stories using the “found footage” model that prompts a claustrophobic intensity that works really well in zombie movies.  As such, I was primed to like [REC]3: Genesis, which suggested a continuation of the story developed in the first two […]

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 […]

My daddy would never tell me anything that wasn’t so, would you, Daddy?

The annual Miracle on 34th Street post We had a mini-Thanksgiving dinner last night because my mother is visiting, so it feels like it’s a bit later in the month than it actually is.  To follow it up, we watched the best Christmas movie ever made — A Miracle on 34th Street. We also made […]

Let’s boo boo! A few thoughts on The World’s End

The World’s End Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have written their third movie together, the end of what they’ve dubbed the Cornetto trilogy (Cornetto being the British equivalent of the American Drumstick ice cream treat).  It tells the story of Gary King, a burnout whose best moments came and went in high school, trying to […]

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 […]

If I were in charge: how I would adapt World War Z

Okay, I can’t resist a post comparing the film with the book.  First, once this movie had Brad Pitt attached and became a massive feature, it was never going to be a faithful rendition of Brooks’ book.  Below I’ll imagine what a faithful rendition might be like.  But first, a few observations about how they […]

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 […]