Cloud Atlas may well be the most disappointing movie of the year. I've had the book on my to-read list for several months, and in the lead-up to the release of the movie I had numerous friends tell me this was one of the best books they'd ever read.
The first film adaptation of Judge Dredd, a British comic book set in a dystopian wasteland, is described on Wikipedia as "a critical and commercial disappointment." If you appreciate a high body count, Rob Schneider's comic relief, and cyborg cannibal mutants (plus that air of gravitas a Max Von Sydow cameo affords), as I do, you might find… Continue reading The New Dredd
I think we all saw this coming. On the upside, Kate Beckinsale is a badass, and when she's not hindered by the writers, with their pesky "plots" and "words," she's awesome to watch. Fans of the original, don't even play: you know Sharon Stone vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a joke. Not so here: Beckinsale's Michael… Continue reading Total Recall is a mess.
The Amazing Spider-man is entertaining and fun to watch. It's got a great cast (Emma Stone and Martin Sheen are stand-outs) and is probably everything movie-goers want in a summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, those are about the only good things I can bring myself to say about it, because this movie destroyed everything I loved about… Continue reading The Amazing Spider-man and the Death of Peter Parker
I'm sure I'll be in the minority on this based on a preliminary review of "OMG BATMAN!!!" Facebook statuses, but in a word: disappointing. ***SPOILERS FOLLOW!*** In a few more words: devoid of logic, plodding, pretentious. The Dark Knight took itself seriously, and it worked; but Heath Ledger's Joker wasn't a cartoon character, he was… Continue reading The Dark Knight Rustles My Jimmies
"Enjoy it while it lasts" “I know things,” Justine explains. “We’re alone…life is only on Earth and not for long.” A rogue planet is on a collision course headed straight to Earth…you probably wouldn’t be too sane either. The apocalyptic vision of Melancholia writer and director Lars von Trier is a visually enthralling CGI wonderland… Continue reading Melancholia’s End of the World Prediction