BEFORE MIDNIGHT [2013] movie review

December 20, 2013

It only occurred to me while watching this third movie in the Jesse & Celine story, BEFORE MIDNIGHT [2013], that I am basically the same age they are and how my own life beats have been somewhat in tune with theirs.  I actually was planning to never watch this movie because I hold BEFORE SUNRISE [1995] in such high regard in my memory, and that BEFORE SUNSET [2004] did not ruin things, so taking a second risk seemed too much.  Ultimately, I am both glad and not so glad that I watched BEFORE MIDNIGHT, but I do realize it is something I had to. [Read more]

THE WAY WAY BACK [2013] movie review – recommended

October 12, 2013

Yet another recent movie that passed by without much attention that I am glad I finally caught, THE WAY WAY BACK [2013] is a very effective coming of age story of a 14-year old boy spending a summer in Cape Cod, when he would rather be anywhere else. [Read more]

THE WIZARD [1989] movie review

May 18, 2013

I do not think there could be a more nostalgic movie for me than THE WIZARD [1989].  I have not watched it since it came out now almost 25 years ago.  For me, it held up perfectly and was much better than expected it to be to my now 38-year old eyes.  The biggest surprise was that it was a road movie to California, perhaps an omen? [Read more]

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA [1962] movie review

September 15, 2012

I thought I was about to see a wrong be righted that has been scarring me for 30 years.  It turns out it was all a myth.  As a kid watching KING KONG VS. GODZILLA [1962] I saw my hero, Godzilla, inconceivably lose to King Kong at the end of the movie.  I just could not fathom it.  Godzilla was way bigger and has thermonuclear breath.  How could it be?  Later I would hear that in the Japanese version, Godzilla, in fact, wins.  Thus, this afternoon I queued up the Japanese version with 30 years of vindication ready to be felt, only to see my hero Godzilla lose again!  Had I still not seen the proper version?  A quick trip to Wikipedia told me yes, I had seen the real Japanese version, but it was only a myth that persisted for decades that there were two different endings to the movie.  There was only one, and in it, King Kong emerges victorious, though Godzilla is likely to have lived.

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GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER [1964] movie review

June 23, 2012

What I started in 2007, picked up on in the summer of 2010, I fully intend to finish to the end in the summer of 2012, which is to watch all the Godzilla movies (semi) in order all the way through the modern ones I have never seen before.  The Showa era movies bring me back to my childhood, when I used to watch them on Saturday afternoons as part of the “Creature Double Feature” series.  Thus, I only watch them now on Saturday afternoons too.  This afternoon was GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER [1964] in color and dubbed in English.

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SUPER 8 [2011] review

June 11, 2011

First, does SUPER 8 succeed at recreating that early 1980s Spielberg feeling?  Yes.  Is it as good as E.T.?  No, but nothing ever will be and SUPER 8 stands on its own as a modern movie throwback to 1979.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: Part 1 [2010] review

November 20, 2010

I have already written earlier this week that Harry Potter is the greatest genre series of them all, and I will repeat that again here.  The instant the Warner Brothers logo appeared on the IMAX screen tonight, all my fears were gone and I knew HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS:  PART 1 was going to deliver.  And it did.  If you have not read the books, and even if you have, prepare to get roughed up at the end.  DEATHLY HALLOWS is a powerful, dark and necessary drama.  It is for real.

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TOY STORY 3 in 3D [2010] review

June 26, 2010

TOY STORY 3 is a flawless masterpiece.  A movie that is just so right in its score, in the attention to details, in its action, in its emotional moments, and in its story.  This was also my first time to see a 3D movie outside of a theme park since my childhood, perhaps it was the Creature from the Black Lagoon?  I feel the 3D genie is fully out of the bottle and one better get used to donning those 3D glasses.  Did it enhance my TOY STORY 3 viewing experience?

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