Movies

Ender’s Game…Meh

I’m not sure whether I’m going to see the new Ender’s Game movie. I’m not alone in facing this decision. The big-budget movie is based on the much beloved science fiction book of the same name, which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. However, a lot of people are reluctant to see it because […]

Zero Dark Thirty – Short Review

Zero Dark Thirty is a terrific spy thriller. Almost nobody mentions that. Everybody talks about the controversial issues raised by Catherine Bigelow’s new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden — the use of torture, the slam at criminal defense lawyers — but if you can set aside your differences with the politics of […]

Resident Evil: Retribution – Review

So my wife and I went to see Resident Evil: Retribution last weekend. We decided to splurge a bit on the tickets, because if we’re going to watch some trashy hot-chick violence porn, we really should watch it in IMAX 3D. This movie hits all the key points of the Resident Evil franchise: Zombies, soldiers, […]

God Bless Bobcat Goldthwait’s America

I’m a Bobcat fan from way back, so I’ll probably want to go see this movie, which he wrote and directed, if it actually gets released to theaters. After which, there will probably be Congressional hearings.  

X-Men: First Class – Review

I saw X-Men: First Class on Saturday, and I know some other reviewers don’t agree, but I thought it was the best superhero movie I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve not seen any of director Matthew Vaughn’s other movies, but on the strength of this one, I think I’ll have to. It’s that good. […]

Skyline – Review

I went to see the movie Skyline yesterday. I should have known better. The distributor has been advertising it like crazy, but as the release date approached, they didn’t preview it for movie critics. That usually means they’re trying to hide how much their movie sucks. And with a Metacritic score of 28 and 10% on […]

The Horrors of Oscar Night

Well, the Academy Awards were last night, and I’m sure all the trendy ironic folks will be making the usual comments about Hollywood self-congratulation, but I mostly enjoyed it. I like movies, and I think good filmmaking deserves to be honored. I do have one nit to pick, however, with the movie montage they showed […]

Avatar – A Review, or Maybe a Metareview

I saw Avatar yesterday, and it was a pretty darned good movie. If you think you might like this kind of thing, just go see it. As with James Cameron’s earlier film Titanic, the star of this film is the magnificent setting and the way it is presented. The lush world of Pandora is beautiful, […]

Muvico Must Hate Its Customers

I hate it when movie theaters put a message on the screen where they threaten to prosecute us for using a recording device. I understand they want to prevent people from copying movies, and I don’t plan on any bootlegging, but I don’t like doing business with places that treat me like a criminal. Since […]

Megan Fox Fans Rejoice

Hey Guys! Somebody cast Megan Fox as a sexually seductive teenage killer creature thingy in a movie called Jennifer’s Body. It’s rated R, so there may be titties!

Fanboys

I think I probably have to see this:

Save the Goth Chick, Save the World

So, this new movie, Push…it’s Heroes, right? You see that too, don’t you?

Christian Bale Wants Privacy

Christian Bale, star of the latest Batman movie and the next Terminator movie, is accused of assaulting his mother and his sister in an incident at a hotel in London. He’s quoted in an AP wire story: “It’s a deeply personal matter,” Bale told The Associated Press at a news conference at a luxury hotel […]

“The superman exists and he’s American.”

I just found out the Watchmen trailer is up at Empire Online. I’m not a super-fan of the comic, but I can understand why some people are. In its day, it must have been the most amazing thing ever. Some of the freshness has worn off now that we’ve seen its techniques used by more […]

“Klaatu Barada Nikto”

Those are very important words to remember. Especially since I just noticed that a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is in post-production for release on December 12. How cool is that?

Quick Spring 2008 Movie Preview

Coming this spring, there are some movies I’ve got to see. There are several movies I’ll probably see, or feel obligated to see. And there are a few movies I shouldn’t see, but I’m tempted anyway.

Cloverfield – Review

[No spoilers that you wouldn't get from watching the trailers.] When your body moves, your brain coordinates the images from your eyes with balance information from your inner ear to give you a consistent picture of the world. This works fine in the natural world, but our modern world presents your brain with situations it’s not ready […]

Transformers – Review

This was the best action movie I’ve seen in a long time. I was not a fan of the Transformers TV series (or comic book, or toy line), so I can’t tell you if the movie is faithful to the franchise. From what I understand, the mythos is pretty confused and has changed many times, […]

Guess Who’s Back?

Now that 24 is over, what will we do for mindless action? This.

300 – Review

I saw the movie 300 last night. I knew it had been produced by some of the same people who made Sin City, and the previews showed it clearly applied a similarly gritty, visceral visual style to the violence. That worried me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind violence in films—heck, I love a […]