Movies

1 Month of Netflix…

…and 26 DVDs worth of movies and TV shows watched. Don’t think I’ll be able to maintain that pace, but I definitely got my money’s worth during my first month.

That was done using the 3-at-a-time plan with a small amount of watch instantly (4 DVDs worth of The Office.)

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Can’t Buy Me Love

The movie itself is OK, nothing special, but it was on HD Movie Net the other night and I figured why not watch it. Hadn’t seen it in a while…

Besides being the 41st best teen movie according to Entertainment Weekly and one of the first movies appearances of Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, aka Patrick Dempsey, it has a very well done “Slow Clap“, so hilariously made fun of in in Not Another Teen Movie. The Slow Clap really is a highlight of 80s movie making that is still in use today.

Added bonus… a young Seth Green. Best part is he’s already got a twisted sense of humor. Already showing signs of the brilliance that is Robot Chicken.

Here’s a montage I found showing a good selection of Slow Claps…

The Slow Clap
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The Bourne Ultimatum

Wow. That was my initial reaction while watching this movie. It starts off fast and just keeps going. Damon reprises his role in what I think is his best character and Julia Stiles comes along for the ride again.

The director, Paul Greengrass, knows how to make an action/thriller movie. At times, it is almost a little Blair Which like with the shaky camera runs through the street, but overall, this guy should be directing all action/thriller movies.

The movie doesn’t need to rely on any crazy plot twist or other gotcha’s to keep the audience interested, it is just a relatively straight forward plot that is action packed. Not too long, not too short. It just keeps moving along.

If you enjoy a good action movie, check out this movie.

BTW… for those that know me, my popcorn didn’t survive through the pedestrian chase.

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Live Free or Die Hard

Caught this movie just last night… It’s a Die Hard movie and they did a good job. Knee jerk reaction places after the 1st one in terms of quality and before 2 & 3.

Good action sequences that don’t go on too long. Bruce Willis playing John McClane one of his best characters (the others being Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction and James Cole in Twelve Monkey). The Mac Guy (Justin Long) cast as a computer geek was also funny to begin with and he manages to pull it off well.

Like the other Die Hards, it’s all about the money. Timothy Olyphant (from Deadwood) plays the villain and it is almost weird watching him without a cowboy hat and talking in cowboy-speak that they used in Deadwood. He pulls off playing a cold hearted villain very well.

Overall, very entertaining summer blockbuster action/pop-corn flick… Don’t expect a movie masterpiece and you’ll be very entertained.

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The Simpsons Movie

Just a quick review of this movie that I caught on Friday night… I’ll start by saying I’m a Simpson’s fan. The show is not as good as it once was, but I still like to watch it.

The movie was like watching a long episode, which was luckily one of the better episodes. Nothing too special. They even poked fun at this by doing a “To be continued…” in the middle of the movie and then starting right back up with the story.

Some people commented that it was like watching 3 episodes they had written and crammed together and I don’t buy this. If you’ve watched the show at all, it is often difficult to tell where they are going with a story… the beginning of an episode has very little to do with an end on this show. The other comment I’ve heard is the villain should have been Side Show Bob and I think that would have been fun, but what they did worked too.

Overall, good movie, fun to watch, but nothing special. They know what works on TV and just made a bigger version of it for the movie.

Loved the Spider-Pig bit…

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Dear Optimus Prime…

Imagine receiving this letter from your insurance company. Be sure to read all the way to the end… that is where the kicker is.

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Transformers

Caught this movie on Monday night… a buddy of mine (Thanks Paul) won tickets to a sneak preview. First off, the movie will end up being one of the best of the summer popcorn flicks of the year. It was made to entertain, not preach, and it does it well.

Going in, I was worried… Micheal Bay, the director, has made some entertaining movies, but he has had some misses as well. First off, I had heard that he had changed Bumblebee, one of the very classic Transformers, from the classic Volkswagon Bug into a Camaro, so I wondered what else he was going to “mess” up. He did end up modernizing many of the Transformers, but didn’t do any lasting damage. He also gave Optimus Prime a mouth and that just didn’t seem quite right either. Wasn’t sold on his flames either. He also needed to be hauling around a trailer.

But back to the movie… Decent story for a popcorn flick, good action sequences, and characters that I cared about. They even made Bumblebee funny, as I always remembered him. The main actors in the movie, the two high school kids, were well done by Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox. This actually makes two good movies that Shia has done as he was also in the movie Disturbia which was also a surprise hit to me (looks like I never wrote a review about that one… here goes… it was very entertaining).

Anyway, if you want to see an entertaining action movie, and you had or new someone that played with the old Hasbro toys, you’ll enjoy this one. Check it out.

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POTC3

The quick review (and that’s what this review will be) is the movie starts off slow, lots of different stories going on. Almost confusing. Towards the middle, the stories start to come together. The first half drags on just a bit as they put all these stories together and then they get to the ending and the ending is worth the wait. I’d recommend watching at least the 2nd one again to refresh your memory about the story since it basically ended with a cliff hanger. Well worth watching, although I liked the 1st one the bes of the 3.

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Spider-Man 3

Well, this is one of the big movies of the summer and based on the box office so far, it is doing very well so far. I’ll be curious as to how much does in weekend number 2. Will there be repeat business? Repeat business is what makes the a movie into a modern day blockbuster ($250,000,000+). I don’t think there is any question it’ll do that, but will it do 500?

I caught this movie on the local IMAX on Monday night and my initial impression was it was a fun movie to watch. I had heard parts were complicated to follow but I would disagree. The movie has more plot than the average action movie so you do have to pay attention to follow the story, but it isn’t overly complicated or anything like that.

What really had me worried going into this movie the shear number of villains in the movie… you have the Green Goblin back, The Sandman is introduced and Venom appears. This brought back memories of the Batman movie franchise when the went from one villain in the first movie to two in the second and three in the third with each movie worse than the one before. Don’t even get me started about the fourth movie.

The writers walked a very fine line in Spider-Man 3, but they pulled it off coming up with a good enough story that balanced the 3 villains, introduced them and still kept a story going. My main issue with the Batman movies was in the third one it was an intro, meet villain #1, meet villain #2, meet villain #3, villains individually can’t defeat Batman so they team up… and still lose. There really wasn’t a good story connecting everything together.

I’m still trying to figure out where it falls compared to the first two and didn’t like it as much as Batman’s reintroduction in Batman Begins, but it was a good movie and if you like your friendly neighborhood superhero, you should like this one. Watching it on the IMAX always helps the experience too.

On a slightly related note, with ski season coming into full swing now, the number of movie reviews will slow during the summer. I’ll still try to get the big movie reviews out, but probably won’t be writing about everything I see in the summer. If you want to know my thoughts about a movie, drop me a note and if I’ve seen, I’ll let you know my thoughts.

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Grindhouse

For those that don’t know, Grindhouse is really two movies. It is a double feature. Apparently some people don’t know because they are leaving after just one movie.

As a whole, Grindhouse is great. You get a very well done zombie type movie and an even better slasher picture that is just a little different from the average slasher picture. Rodriguez and Tarintino do a very good job with homage to the grindhouse movie. It is more than just two movies though, it is an entire experience. It starts with some made up previews for movies that would be fun to see. Previews of the same type that drew me to Grindhouse. Between the movies in this double feature there are some more previews that are just as good. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll pick two of these previews to make into actual movies to make a Grindhouse 2? The movie was also aged to make it look like the prints have been used and abused. The brand new prints I watched showed their digital age. It really added to the experience. The funny part is to go along with the really old looking prints, you have just about impeccable surround sound, current high tech gadgets in the movie and fairly well done effects. It makes for quite a contrast.

The first movie of the two is Planet Terror. Is this movie anything special, going to win any awards, be critically acclaimed in any shape or fashion? No. But it is a “zombie” movie and in that it is very is entertaining. I laughed and throughly enjoyed it. You have the local sheriff who seems to have a grudge against someone for no good reason, the scary looking restaurant, feuding family members, and characters that just don’t seem to get it that they are in a zombie movie. Plus, once Cherry, played by Rose McGowan, has her peg leg replaced with a gun, the action, which was already good, gets even better. It isn’t just for looks, she makes excellent use of it. Still not entirely sure what triggered the gun to fire because she wasn’t pulling the trigger, but I really don’t care. You watch the movie and are entertained. The movie was a lot of fun to watch.

The second movie, Death Proof, is a different type of slasher movie. As most reviewers have already given away in their reviews, the slasher doesn’t use knives, he uses his car. And in one of his stalkings, he bites of just a bit more than he can chew. The movie starts with a disclaimer… it may be missing one or more reels. It starts off a bit slow, girls on a night out. Most of the conversation is a bit inane, but you really get to know the characters through their conversation. I believe I picked just about the worst spot to go to the bath room because when I came back it was a completely different movie. I’m guessing that is where the lost reels were. But then the movie really took off. I’ll just say that I loved it. Very intense way to finish a movie.

Final verdict, I loved it and I know not everyone will. Some will hate it.

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