kung fu panda 2. what a good movie it was. i can't wait for a part 3.
kung fu panda 2. what a good movie it was. i can't wait for a part 3.
I saw The Hangover 2 yesterday and it was hilarious but mostly NASTYYY hahaha
I went through my garage and found my old Back to the Future trilogy on DVD from 2005.
Back to the Future- the original is a classic. As a kid, i use to think the DeLorean was the coolest car ever and I still do! This movie is funny, awesome, and it's relatable. Now I know why I use to watch it a lot as a kid. And I still enjoy this movie.
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story. So fascinating and bittersweet. Both brothers are so different in how they express themselves. As much as their sons (the filmmakers) tried to expose the relationship between their dads, I still had this feeling there was something just a bit deeper going on that had yet to be explored, that perhaps their sons were still trying to figure it out themselves. I suppose the film was an attempt by the sons to personally process the whole thing. I don't know if I can say that was a fault of the film, personally I loved it. It was more like "this is where this is at right now at this moment, it's still evolving and we'll perhaps know more later."
Waking Sleeping Beauty. Fast paced, candid, and exciting. It was a very balanced look at the return to form of Disney animation in the 80's. A lot has been said about how honest and fair the film is, although I have to say [SPOILER] that if anyone came off badly it was Katzenberg. It's not like he was shown as a villain, it was more like he was the only one with ulterior motives. The deleted scene on the DVD showing Katzenberg's farewell party really humanized him, and I think it would have helped them to have kept this scene at the end.
The Pixar Story. The way the opening scene is presented kinda made it feel like a promotional film, but it recovers from this fast. The rest of the doc is nice history of Pixar that touches on significant events in it's evolution as a studio up until Cars. As a side note, Katzenberg came off in a negative light again, which I thought was interesting.
Of these 3 docs, plus Walt & El Grupo and Frank & Ollie, I think I liked The Boys the best. Hoping to catch the Ub Iwerks doc sometime.
Up. Rewatched it last night. Just as great the 2nd time.
^ Those are all great docs! I think The Boys is my fave of the most recent lot too.
X-Men: First Class - This was an x-ceptionally (sorry, I couldn't resist) good movie! Far better than I expected it to be. Went with my comic book buddies and we all loved the tension, the character arcs, the humor (some well-placed surprise cameos!) and the pacing. Some of my friends were most critical of January Jones' performance, and it definitely creates an captivating origin story that ties it neatly into the X-Men movie-verse rather than one chained to comic book origins. I was happy it didn't overdo the Sixties vibe much, and really focused on telling a taut, entertaining story.
Watching Saving Private Ryan because today marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day.
Never forget! D-Day June 6, 1944
SUPER 8 -- SUPER GREAT! Seriously though, the kid actors in this film are superb. It's like if you took Goonies, Jurassic Park, E.T., Iron Giant and mashed them all into one.
I saw the film on IMAX, the train crash alone was worth the $18 bucks. I have to say it's the best summer film yet for 2011, it had the right amount of humor mixed with the right amount of good scares and thrills. It defiantly was a great Spielberg homage and the film had a solid story filled with the best acting by kids in a long time.
Of course, to anyone who's a Spielberg fan knows this film had Spielbergian themes all over it but the main one, ordinary characters searching for or exploring something that's extraordinary then themselves. Loved how J.J. Abrams captured the late 70s anamorphic look and the use of "lens flare" (J.J. Abrams trademark) because it seems to give some sense of realism.
I'm sure too, a lot of you looked really closely to all the details in the kids bedrooms. Catch the Star Wars poster, Tie-Fighter, Halloween poster, etc. Along with spotting scenes that are obviously homages to past Spielberg classic films (directed or produced). A lot E.T. references from Kids riding their bikes, the camera panning down a hillside looking over the valley, from Joe pointing his flashlight at a garage that's has some strange rumbles, etc. The group of stereotypical (the geek, the overweight, etc) kids is very Goonies.
Which made the experience fun and wanted me to watch Goonies again. Jurassic Park, from the set-up of events (hearing scary sounds from affair and coming closer) and of course when the alien attacked the bus reminded me of the T-Rex vs. the Ford Explore. The scene with electrical guy (driving down a deserted road) was very reminiscent of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The scene when all the materials started flying by themselves that were being like summoned to the water tower to build the ship. Really reminded of the bedroom scene of Poltergeist. When the ship left, very E.T., I was expecting a rainbow trail, lol.
It's fun just pointing out stuff like that (to any film buff) but what's important, it holds off on it's own. What did get me worried when the plot thicken, and when the teacher started saying he was able to communicate some how with the creature. I thought, if they make the creature actually speak English, it would make what has become a believable event just become a lousy movie. Which, thank heavens it didn't.
Last week at the theater...
The Hangover Part II - Just as good as the first, but yeah, nastier.
Rentals, from one of the last Blockbusters still standing...
Middle Men - Very good movie. A docu-drama with comedic bits based on a true story. It felt like Lord of War crossed with The People vs. Larry Flynt. Don't let the viewer discretion sticker on the cover detract from watching this one. The sticker is just there because there is a bunch of T&A in the movie. Probably Giovanni Ribisi's best role. Other actors that are in it include Luke Wilson, James Caan, Kevin Pollack, and Kelsey Grammer in a quick appearance. The segment with the terrorists cracked me up.
Casino Jack - Another docu-drama based on true events. Could've had more potential. The idea was there, but it put me to sleep.
Last night at the theater...
X-Men: First Class - A lot of fun. Definitely the best of the series. Just a few continuity blunders but I guess we were ment to forget what was seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The franchise's first and so far, only f-bomb was great! (the cameo was awesome) :lol:. Definitely will be adding this one to my X-Men library when it hits home video. Looking forward to more movies in this franchise.
x men first class. its a good film to watch and very fun too.
While I was in Orlando, I watched some great movies
I Love You Man- They were showing this on TBS in it's edited form. Even though it does bleep some of the words, I have to admit that it still is a funny movie. I laugh every time he goes ovewr to Jon Favereau's house and pukes out the beer after binging *big grin*
Casper- HBO was showing this. It is very childish now but I remember seeing this, and it is a very good and sweet film and in some cases I'd have to say moving.
X-Men: First Class-Saw this at the Citywalk and this was awesome straightforward! It was a really great way to reboot the franchise after the disappointing Last Stand. It is an origin story but a well done one!!
Thor. As much as the love story and Thor's character arc seemed a bit undeveloped for me, I really liked this movie a lot. It has a lot of spirit, enthusiastic performances, over-the-top sets, great fish-out-of-water laughs, and very exciting drama and action. The whole Avenger thing is really working out well.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I know it got bad reviews but I had a good time. This sequel seems less like an event film like the others and more like a "...the further adventures of Jack Sparrow...". In other words, there's no real reason for the movie other than we love to see the character no matter what the situation, much like James Bond for example. Overall the film feels toned down a notch, and given how bombastic the 2nd and 3rd films were that's probably the best direction they could have gone. [SPOILER] Even the final battle has noticeably less special effects than the finales of the other films [END]. Johnny Depp's performance felt less cartoony that it was in the 2nd and parts of the 3rd films, so that worked for me. And he and Penelope Cruz had fun chemistry.
The Fighter. All the Oscar hype and awards were really deserved. Really well written and acted. I thought the end was a bit too tidy with regards to the family dynamics, but that was minor. Amy Adams was so different from her usual roles, it was nice to see a different side of her.
True Grit (2010)
I had seen this before, still one of my favorite movies of 2010 and just shows how deserving Hailee Steinfeld was of her Oscar nomination, and IMO she should have won.
POTC4-Saw it Premiere day and recently saw it again. I enjoyed it much better the second time around.
Superman, Superman 2-Love these movies. I can't wait to see the Green Lantern.