Friday, March 30, 2012

Sketched discussion: Kiki and the wonderful world of Miyazaki

I recently finished watching what is now probably my new favorite Miyazaki film, Kiki's Delivery Service, and I couldn't help notice how much I was tearing up: in the beginning, in the middle during the flying scenes, for the climax, and of course at the end. Why was this happening?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

21 Jump Street

Get out your backpacks and handguns, we're going back to highschool! I mean reviewing 21 Jump Street.

This is a pretty fun and pretty funny film.  Although be warned, it does take place 90% in high school, so prepared to watch a lot of painful awkward moments. Minor plot spoilers follow.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

Hey folks, we got a special guest review by Noelle Loughran of The Hunger Games!
Katniss Everdeen, the Girl on Fire!

WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS! From what I can surmise from Noelle's review, enjoyed it overall, though the action scenes used too much shaky cam. I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds good! For the full spoiler-filled recap, especially for those who have already read the book, I'll leave it in Noelle's colorful hands!

Seriously you guys. Spoilers.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In TIme

Get out all your Time puns, we're reviewing In Time!
Not bad for something done in less than an hour. IN ILLUSTRATOR.
I hope you read this time. Hahaha-no wait DON'T LEAVE!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sketched Discussion: I ruin Friends with Kids

Here's my mini review for Friends with Kids: It's pretty good. It's kind of funny, about as funny as I thought Bridesmaids was(not hilarious and sometimes long and awkward) and its got a fairly realistic look at relationships with babies(or as realistic as I can surmise). It has some great acting, especially from Adam Scott who steals the show in a couple of really great scenes(and here's hoping he gets nominated because DAMN), and it kind of makes up for the first half hour of not very funny awkward relationship talks. Chris O' Dowd has a surprisingly good American accent, and the rest of the cast are well acted as well. It's an interesting premise, although I wish they did more with it.
Someone give this man an Oscar already!
Now that I have that out of the way, and you can decide whether or not you want to go see it, I want to spoil the movie by talking about the experiment they hatched, what they did with it, and how I wish they could have gone further. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Lorax

Get out your Thneeds and plastic trees, we're reviewing The Lorax!
Trees before hoes, guy! 
Wow you guys, The Lorax is amazing! It's such a telling tale that NEEDS to be told even more today than when it came out. The 2D animation is wonderful, and I'm in love with all the contraptions they created for the world. It's just long enough at half an hour and it's almost word for word like the...wait. Did you mean the 2012 Lorax? The one that's selling cars? Oh. OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH. shit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty

Get out your giant silverware and tiny adventuring gear, we're reviewing The Secret World of Arrietty!
I loved it. EVERY. SINGLE. GORGEOUS. FRAME. AAAAAAAAHHHHHH SO PRETTY. That was me during every second of watching this beautiful wonderful film.

Monday, March 12, 2012

John Carter

Get out your scantily clad women and green aliens, we're reviewing John Carter!
Carter! Get your ass to Mars! Did someone use that joke already?
I so wish this was still called "John Carter of Mars." It would have made so much more sense to the context of the movie. As it stands, it's pretty good. It feels a lot like Pirates of the Caribbean, or a Star Wars film. Think of it this way, it's better than the prequels, but not as good as the originals.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Lineup

This is the last post for noir week. Unless you guys reaaaly want me to extend it. No? Kill it with fire and get back to the popular movies? Ok then. Well like any halfway decent noir, we're ending with a half-hearted whimper, rather than a lovey dovey baby filled explosion, with The Lineup.
I thought I'd get something good from The Lineup, but I was wrong. Dead wrong, he said drunk and pantsless.  The big problem I have with The Lineup is that it is by no means noir. This is noir week, The Lineup, didn't you get the memo?  How are people calling this noir?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Night and the City

Get out your cheap tricks and greco-roman wrestling techniques, we're reviewing Night and the City!
Night and the City is kind of a weird one. It takes place in London, but focuses on mostly a handful of Americans. It has a great overall noir feel to it, but its main character feels lacking. But hey, there's a good cautionary tale of not to write a cheque your black and blue butt can't cash.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Narrow Margin

We're continuing Noir Week with The Narrow Margin! And I'm trying a little something different with this review.
One's hard and square, the other one's soft and round.
I hadn't heard of this one and just picked it up on a whim, so I had pretty low expectations. What a great noir it is! I'm surprised I haven't heard about it sooner.

The Big Heat

We continue our dip into Noir week with The Big Heat!
The Big Heat is directed by Fritz lang, and if you know anything about me, you know I gobble up any noir that has anything to do with Fritz lang. He's the man who did Noir before Noir was Noir! So going into it, I had relatively high expectations.

And boy were they met.

Monday, March 5, 2012

5 against the House

It's Noir Week! And you know what that means! don't know what that means? Well lemme tell you!  I'll review 5 noir films for each day this week! And we're kicking it off with 5 Against the House!
Pictured: The only remotely interesting person in this movie.
Monday has a slow start with 5 Against. It's not going to win any awards for most noiry noir anytime soon, I'll tell you that.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fake Movies: Act of Velour

I haven't yet seen Act of Valor, but as son as I saw the trailer, I knew I had to act.

Act of Velour, the first movie to use active duty DOOP officers to show missions that would really happen in real life! The action is so realistic!  This is Zapp Brannigan's breakout role as a movie star. With Kiff as an extra.  This might be the trailer.