Month: January 2013

Rhyming Review For ‘Frankenweenie’

‘Frankenweenie’ is an animated film from Tim Burton shown in black and white Even though it’s rated PG there are parts that might give small kids a fright It’s from the twisted mind of Tim Burton and his unique style is represented here The story pulls many of its details from the Frankenstein legend just to be clear The creature in this is Sparky the dog who belongs to Victor, the main character boy Victor’s a loner, has no friends and doing scientific experiments is his only real toy He plans to use the re-animation process as his entry in the school science fair The other students find out about this and know that their entries won’t compare They set out to steal his secret formula to bring their pets back from the dead Things go wrong and their pets turn into creatures that cause the local town dread Since it is family friendly, you know the main characters will somehow save the day Despite a few scenes of peril and mild terror, it’s good for kids and adults I would say If you enjoy Tim Burton films and like horror themed stories with a good natured take Then I say that this is a very good animated film and plans to see it you should...

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The Grey (2012)

The Grey is an intense, very personal survival movie with Liam Neeson in the lead role. He plays John Ottaway, a worker for an oil company whose job involved shooting wolves so that the other men didn’t get attacked by them. He and a group of guys board a plane heading somewhere, but it’s not going to reach its destination. It crashes in one of the best plane-crash scenes ever filmed, leaving Ottaway and a few survivors to fend for themselves in a cold, harsh environment. So, the rest of The Grey has Ottaway and a the rest of the survivors trying to figure out a way to survive this environment. Oh, and there is also a pack of wolves that have decided to take out a vendetta against these wounded individuals. Essentially, this gives the characters a reason to keep moving, while also allowing the film to pick off characters one by one after they no longer become important, or after they come to a realization that their death was inevitable anyway. Yes, the downtime in the film is spent philosophizing about religion, death, the afterlife, and so on. The Grey isn’t just an action film, it’s an action film with something to say, which isn’t exactly the most common thing to come out of Hollywood. Usually you get one or the other, or the latter portion is...

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Movie Review of ‘Django Unchained’ (2012)

Django Unchained is one of 2012’s best films, a deliriously enjoyable slice of pulpy entertainment finding Quentin Tarantino back at the top of his game…for about seventy minutes. Following the terrific opening act, Django Unchained pussyfoots around in pure boredom for the better part of an hour, showing Tarantino at his most undisciplined and, well, unchained. Tarantino’s first all-out Western, the film is actually a close cousin to 2009’s Inglourious Basterds. Like that film, Django Unchained takes place in a troubled historical period, features Christoph Waltz, and exhibits the writer-director’s strengths and weaknesses in equal measure. While the film has a handful of great set-pieces and a marvellous cast, the flashes of brilliance are let down by Tarantino’s indulgent tendencies. Glacially paced, the film never quite soars to excellence despite the tremendous screen artistry on display. In 1858, two years before the Civil War, dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) frees a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) from his captors. Schultz is on the hunt for a trio of wanted slave traders, and needs Django to help him identify them. It fast becomes apparent that Schultz and Django make for an ideal team, and the two enter into an agreement: If Django assists Schultz as they collect bounties, he will reap the financial benefits. And afterwards, the two will set off to retrieve Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who has been enslaved on a plantation...

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Observe and Report (2009)

Do you want to know how Observe and Report opens? It begins with a scene of a flasher going around a mall parking lot, exposing himself to a bunch of females just going about their daily business. Eventually you’ll see the flasher for yourself — in all his glory — but for now, all you need to know is that there’s one man on the case, trying to figure out who is behind these sexual misconducts. This man is named Ronnie (Seth Rogen), and is the head security guard of this mall. He has decided to take it upon himself to bring this flasher to justice. He also wants to figure out a way to go out with a woman who works at the local cosmetic store, Brandi (Anna Faris). And he also wants to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer, instead of the “rent-a-cop” that he is now. And he has to deal with Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta), who acts as his rival for the duration of the film. That’s a lot for one man to deal with, especially given that the film is only 86 minutes long. There isn’t a scene that goes by without something strange or important happening, and the film’s relentless pace does help it somewhat. I suppose you also can’t call Observe and Report clichéd, as it goes in so many...

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Movie Review of ‘Green Street Hooligans’ (2005)

On the surface, Green Street Hooligans looks to be a film about football hooliganism and football in general, as it’s set in England and concerns avid fans of the sport. However, it’s far deeper and more compelling than the premise suggests. Co-written and directed by female German filmmaker Lexi Alexander, Green Street Hooligans is reportedly part autobiographical, which lends a sense of authenticity and grit to the production. Unexpectedly powerful, the movie is predominantly a study of divided loyalties, relationships, friendships and the cost of violence, emerging as far more than just a straightforward story about football. An intelligent American journalist student, Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) is unfairly expelled from Harvard after his roommate frames him for drug possession. With little options, Matt flies to visit his sister Shannon (Claire Forlani) and her husband Steve (Marc Warren) in England. Steve wants to take Shannon out for a romantic evening, hence he decides to leave Matt in the hands of his brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam). Pete is a full-blooded football hooligan, the full-time leader of a gang. Although reluctant, Pete decides to takes Matt to a match, after which a fight breaks out with a rival football club that hooks Matt into Pete’s way of life. Ingratiating himself into Pete’s gang, Matt soon earns the respect of the members, who affectionately nickname him “The Yank.” However, Matt is a journalist student and an American,...

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