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
Melancholia (2012) Deserves All the Awards