Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises

I tried dry brush this time.
I think The Dark Knight Rises is a big enough movie that most people have already seen it, or are planning to see it, or have made up their mind whether or not to see it.  If you haven't, It's pretty great.   It's fun, enjoyable, exciting, thrilling, had great acting and action and was a better ending to the series than I was expecting.  But saying all that, it still has some problems and it doesn't feel as whole and complete as The Dark Knight which, to me, is perfect. And really trying to live up to that is tough, and this is still a great film, but yeah, not as great as the previous two.  Still fun, still great, but not amazing. $$$$$

Anyways, I thought I'd take the rest of the time instead to just talk about some things I really liked and others I didn't.  Spoilers from here on out.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review: Savages

Get out your guns and weed, we're reviewing Savages!
I've been trying more ink and dry brush lately!
Ben(Aaron Johnson) and Chon(Taylor Kitsch) are the two of the best pot growers in the world. Elena(Salma Hayek), who runs the mexican drug cartel, wants in on their business. When Ben and Chon refuse, she kidnaps their mutual girlfriend, O(Blake Lively). What are Ben and Chon willing to do to get her back?  Spoilers follow.

Quick Review: The Big Year

The Big Year is a comedy about bird watching staring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.  It's funny, heartfelt, and has some pretty interesting stuff on birding, the somewhat competitive sport of bird watching.  What's most interesting is how well it covers what people have to sacrifice for their rabid obsession of their hobby.  
It's pretty entertaining and worth a look. $$$

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sketched Discussion: To Rome with Love

To Rome with Love is the new Woody Allen film that's a love letter to Rome and features a collection of tiny romantic comedies set around the city.  Here's a quick review: It's ok. Kinda cute, kinda weird, has some funny bits and cute parts but feels otherwise disjointed.  Not as good as some of Woody Allen's other movies (like Midnight in Paris), but it's still a love letter to Rome with some nice atmospheric shots. So maybe $$$.  But what I wanted to talk about was its treatment of its female characters, so spoilers below. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

Get out your Web-shooters, we're reviewing The Amazing Spider-Man!

Peter Parker(Andrew Garfield) is distresed by the mysterious circumstances surrounding his parents' deaths. He's brought up by his Uncle Ben(Martin Sheen) and Aunt May(Sally Field), and has a crush on the nerdy girl at school, Gwen Stacy(Emma Stone).  When he finds a clue to his parent's death that leads him to a Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans), he begins a journey that will ultimately turn him into the Amazing Spider-Man.

Quick Review: Ted

Just trying out nibs and hatching.
Ted, the new movie from Seth Macfarlane, is about a boy who wishes his teddy bear real and he and his bear grow up to be stoner delinquents.   Ted is hilarious.  It's exactly like a classic episode of Family Guy; it has a cute story with a load of funny one-liners and TONS of 80's references. This is what happens when a man obsessed with cheesy 90's sitcoms makes a movie.  You could almost see it working better as a TV show, but as it stands, it's a pretty entertaining movie.  Seth Macfarlane is hilarious as the foul-mouthed teddy bear, Mark Wahlberg is perfect in a comedy role, and Mila Kunis is surprisingly good as the straight man. If you enjoy Family guy and cheesy 80/90's movies, you'll laugh your frickin' ass off at this.

$$$$-Definitely a must see!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Get out your Doomsday clocks, we're reviewing Seeking a Friend for the End of the World!

When the end of the world is immanent, two strangers, Dodge(Steve Carell) and Penny(Keira Knightly), team up to go on a journey to find Dodge's first love and Penny's family. Can they find happiness before the world's end?