December 29, 2012
For the first hour, there is as much story as you can possible digest on screen in CLOUD ATLAS. It is an overflowing plate I let overflow without worry. I did not need to immediately and continually follow what was happening, I just let it. I can imagine if you did not then frustration might develop about wondering who is who and what is what. I did not worry about any of that, but rather just let go and let the movie flow. Thus, I found it to be an incredible movie.
December 22, 2012
Continuing my Godzilla movie marathon next up was a movie I could remember well from childhood, ALL MONSTERS ATTACK , or as it was very poorly named for its U.S. release, GODZILLA’S REVENGE. This tenth movie in the series was very firmly geared toward children. A young boy named Ichiro (funny now that that name is famous in the U.S.) gets bullied by his classmates and escapes into his imagination and vivid dreams of hanging out on Monster Island with his buddy Minya, aka Godzilla’s son. [Read more]
December 22, 2012
I heard one thing about BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD before seeing it that I unfortunately could not get out of my head the entire time watching the movie, that the 6-year old girl protagonist is doing a nearly constant voiceover during the movie and the thoughts she articulates no six year old possibly could or would. That she is just reading lines written for her, not ones her character would actually think. Regardless, BEASTS is a hard movie to review, since there really is no story or plot. [Read more]
December 21, 2012
I had an inkling that the two lead characters, and basically the only two characters in the movie TAKE ME HOME, were married in real life, and IMDB confirmed that. This is very surprising as my main criticism of the movie is that the two main alleged romantic leads had no chemistry! [Read more]
December 16, 2012
Last month I reread the book to refresh my mind on the story as I wanted to be able to compare the original source to when I watched THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY  movie. I found the book to be a great story, not seeming to be a mere children’s novel. The movie is not a just a retelling of the story in the book as it greatly expands storylines that are only hinted at in passing in the book, and characters that are never even mentioned in the book (like Galadriel) get major scenes. The same quality of production and feeling of atmosphere from the LOTR movies is present in THE HOBBIT, so any chance to revisit that Middle Earth world is welcome.
December 14, 2012
What started out as a sci-fi hitman thriller in the half-future, LOOPER rather suddenly became a family issues drama that ground it to an absolute halt until the final scenes. [Read more]
December 9, 2012
I do not ever really recall seeing SON OF GODZILLA before, as I continue my Godzilla movie marathon with this lighthearted 1967 installment that introduces Godzilla’s apparent offspring born from a giant glowing egg. [Read more]
December 8, 2012
I think one’s enjoyment of the movie PREMIUM RUSH will be greatly enhanced if one rides a bike on the road, and even more if you have ridden in big city traffic. I have done both, extensively, so it was great to be along for the ride with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger, as he seemingly pedals throughout the entire 91-minute running time through the always jammed with traffic New York city streets. [Read more]