This is coming from a guy who thought The Crazies was awesome, so take it as you will...
Paul: 8/10. Very funny spoof of every alien movie ever made. It's from Simon Pegg, so if you liked Shaun of the Dead, this is worth seeing. I'd say this movie is to alien movies what Shaun was to zombie movies.
You know how when you watch an all-star game, it's like, "This is the best the game has to offer, but it still isn't as good as the real thing?" That's this movie. It's the best parts of Independence Day, Blackhawk Down, District 9, Saving Private Ryan, and probably some others... but it didn't feel like a real movie.
Special effects were awesome, the fight scene on the bridge was pretty bad-ass. Seeing it at the theater definitely made it better.
by jake_twothousandfive » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:49 pm
Saw two movies last week that I remember bits and pieces of from when I was a kid. I had morphed these into a single movie in my mind and was surprised to find out they were two different films to be honest.
The Cat From Outer Space (1978) - 5/10 Almost falls in the "it's so bad it's good" category. Almost. I got some laughs out of it and a nice dash of nostalgia but that's about it.
Flight of the Navigator (1986) - 6/10 Decent. A young Sarah Jessica Parker is in it. This won't be a popular comment but she didn't look bad at all back then. Not a horse anyways.
"Don't take anything for granted, because tomorrow is not promised to any of us." ---Kirby Puckett
Good story about kid who had everything going for him until a horrible car accident he was responsible for. After traumatic head injury he's dealing with memory issues and still working on re-developing some cognitive and motor skills. Bank robbers try to take advantage of his problems, his janitorial post at a local bank, and his desire to have back the promise his life once held. Things don't go as planned.
Good story and well-acted, esp Jeff Bridges as his blind roomie. Good choice to move up the Netflix queue.
The Departed - 8/10 - I finally got around to watching it. I'm not really a fan of cop dramas and this didn't really change my mind. It's among the best I've seen, but how much further can you take the whole organized crime/undercover cop idea? If this won an Oscar, 2006 was a really weak year for movies.
Rocinante2: you know Rocinante2: its easy to dismiss the orioles as a bad team ofanrex: go on Rocinante2: i'm done Rocinante2: lmao
Suckerpunch (8/10) - I disagree with the previous review of this movie. I thought the camera work/angles were excellent as well as the sets/costumes. It is a little hard to follow but individually the scenes are very well done and if you were able to pay attention then the whole movie makes sense when she discovers the fifth part of the plan.
Iron Man 2 - (6/10) - I thought this was boring and predictable tbh. I can understand the need to show Stark's egomania but this was most of the movie and really not that interesting. this feels more like connecting movie with character development and backstory instead of an actual blockbuster.
The Green Hornet (4/10) - I expected this to be horrendously disappointed by this movie and I wasn't disappointed in that regard.
127 hours - (9/10) - It's not nearly as good as Into the Wild but it portrays a very similar character and a tragedy. I might rate this higher than others because in a lot of ways that character is myself so it hits closer to home.
This was a tough one to rate. I really enjoyed the book despite its marginal prose. Any book that gets made into a movie invariably will be missing something. Because getting the rights to make the movie is such a difficult task and demanding responsibility, it makes it more likely to be done right and I think this proved to be a valiant, if underwhelming, first effort.
They cranked this out with a $10m budget and 27 shooting days and in parts it shows. The production value looks like more than $10m, but the rush job of shooting shows what they had to compromise on. The dialogue relies a lot on the book itself and it doesn't always translate well to the screen. The movie could definitely have used another 15-20 minutes of character development and background info of the main and secondary characters. They get the point across fine of who is who and what their purpose is, but for those who have not read the book, it would be very easy to miss if you're not paying close attention b/c a lot of info is pushed through a very tight space.
It could have used another 15 min of "events" for lack of a better term. They just crammed so much into a short period of time. The end was helpful though in driving home the point of what was going on.
I'm hoping this one makes enough for the next two installments to be done right. They got off on the right foot and can really make this into something respectable as a whole. I do think the movie is not the best for those who have not read the book, but it gets the point across enough. My GF has not read the book and doesn't have well-developed sense of the underlying philosophy, but she enjoyed it.
Our first trip to the movies with our 6 and 3 year old. It was an ok movie, very predictable, but the kids loved it and that's all that matters. It beat out watching Hop in a 2-0 landslide as they love playing Angry Birds.
I've always enjoyed the movies where the same section of time is replayed over and over again (e.g. Groundhog Day) and this one didn't disappoint. As long as you don't try to pick apart the plot holes too much, it's a pretty entertaining movie.