GOD BLESS AMERICA [2011] movie review

November 30, 2012

I found it hard to allow myself to like GOD BLESS AMERICA for the same reasons the movies points out why so much of today’s society should not like shameless pop entertainment, as the movie seemed to be just more of it rather than a truly biting satire of it.

First, it is an extremely poor choice in title. Second, the gore in the movie is totally unnecessary and just no reason for it at all. The premise sounded interesting, but I was afraid it would be too easy to mine, and it was: a middle aged man is fet up with how trashy and shameless society has become and once he is diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor he cracks and simply just shoots anyone who has no common decency. He starts by shooting an ultra-spoiled 16-year old high school girl who is the star of her own reality show. Done in a darkly satirical way this could make a statement of some sorts, but how it was on screen was kind of vulgarly murderous.

One of the girl’s classmates witnesses this and insists on tagging along with him as they soon plan to kill more people. A better movie would never have brought up the possible romantic situation between the middle aged man and teen girl companion so explicitly and suddenly. It was another awkward scene. I felt bad for Tara Lynne Barr having to act that scene.

There are a few plot twists of a sorts and the movie periodically tries to evoke emotion and sympathy in the viewer, but when the movie itself is as crass as the things it is raging against, it all ends up feeling like something I probably should not have watched, as it taught me nothing new and I already have a perfect record of never watching any of the trash TV of the past decade, nor having personal conversations in public on a cell phone, etc., etc.

END OF WATCH [2012] movie review

November 24, 2012

I have no idea how I never heard of the movie END OF WATCH before today. It has a major actor in the lead role in Jake Gyllenhaal and according to IMDB was released only two months ago. It must have gotten zero publicity, but it deserves plenty as it is an emotionally raw movie that is involving and claustrophobic and intimate. [Read more]

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2012] movie review

November 10, 2012

An unusually timed reboot to a franchise few would say needed it did in fact get off to a rather awkward start. I am a big fan of origin story movies, but THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN botched the first act of the movie, or perhaps everything was just too familiar and expected. Once Peter Parker did embrace being Spider-Man, the character showed more promise than at any time in the previous trilogy, however. [Read more]

SKYFALL [2012] movie review

November 10, 2012

Showing respect to the past and pushing forward a franchise is undoubtedly a difficult task for a movie series now celebrating its 50th anniversary, but SKYFALL [2012] does it spectacularly.  James Bond is shown as all things over the 143 minute running time of SKYFALL, including the impossible daredevil action stuntman, the witty rouge, the seducer, but also the vulnerable.  Bond does not escape any part of SKYFALL unscathed, from the very start until the very end.

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THE FORGER [2012] movie review

November 8, 2012

In a way THE FORGER is perfectly titled, but in another way it is completely misleading. The tone of the movie is nothing like how a title like “The Forger” sounds. I would have gone with something with “art” in the title as the story is of a teen runaway who ends up in Carmel, California discovering a seedy side to the high art scene. [Read more]

GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER [1966] movie review

November 4, 2012

GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER [1966] was a surprisingly good Godzilla movie. It is not considered in very high regard in general in the overall Godzilla movie pantheon, but I found the human characters and storyline to be interesting enough and once Godzilla finally got screen time his battles with Ebirah, a giant lobster monster, were satisfying. [Read more]

BEVERLY HILLS COP [1984] movie review

November 2, 2012

I have never really been an Eddie Murphy fan, certainly not of any of his work in the past fifteen years. So I thought I would give one of his first movies a try, BEVERLY HILLS COP as I just finished a LETHAL WEAPON marathon and wanted some more 80s action-comedy. Unfortunately, BHC is not even an eight of the movie any of the LW movies is. [Read more]