Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mini Movie Reviews: Bulk Hit No 40

 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/?ref_=nmmd_md_tt1
Loved it.  I found this gripping, thrilling, funny, and suitably blockbustery.  We all know I like Tom.  But even if you're not a big fan, the movie is great.  It's flippin' good sci fi.  I'm surprised it didn't get a red sticker for the violent content -- so be warned -- if you're squeamish, it probably isn't for you.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538403/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
/gag.  I was hoping the movie would improve the book (which I found so lack lustre); it happens occasionally.  Nope.  It was worse.  Yuck!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Oh dear.  As this opened with some slapstick, I knew it could go either way.  Unfortunately, I realised an hour too late that it was going with: lame lame lame.  I wish I excused myself when Haki did (45 minutes earlier), and then I would have been spared a grotesque few scenes.  Meh.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389137/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Nice. 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166813/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  
Visually, it is hard to believe this film is over a decade old.  The animation of horses running?  Incredible.  My girls thoroughly enjoy this, and seem to cope well with the story's ups and downs.  I didn't find Bryan Adams voice jived with the feel of the story, and his music is a massive part of the film.  Buuut, I was so thrilled to have non-anthropomorphic animals in a feature that I embraced the movie anyway. Horses -- whinnying, neighing, snorting...and not talking.  Gimme suma dat.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194499/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
A refreshing feel-good.  I chose to suspend disbelief and shrug off the flaws to embrace this film's charm, warmth, acting, and dare I say it: lessons.  There is some adult content here that the most conservative in our number may not appreciate, but for me, overall? Goodie.  And the best of the like-titles listed on its poster, above.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0359950/?ref_=fn_al_ch_2a
Interesting and good-different.  Yes, it certainly makes a point of being a spectacle, but Haki and I agreed we were curious to watch it play out and both smiled at its close.  It probably won't change your life, but it is interesting.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1482459/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Oh, the mixed feelings!  There are some genius moments, in this.  The music is FANTASTIC.  But there are also some "givens" that really hack me off -- like "parents are pretty crappy unless you help them snap out of it" -- given.  And more.  I think it's good, but like almost all "films for everyone," best when adults really break down which portions offer a reasonable moral and what other embedded content should be disregarded or even challenged.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1300854/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Iron Man is my favourite Marvel hero.  I prefer this to The Avengers.  Muchly. 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1436562/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3
It took me a while to see this! And it's quite funny!  Our girls love it too.  And dancing to it.  I like that the storyline is fairly easy to follow.  Nigel (Jemaine Clement) has a priceless villain song. 
 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357291/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
We saw this in-theatre with the girls.  Ivy asked to watch it again the next day, at home, so I think it did okay with her.  Many sequels are such a let-down, but I think this follow-up isn't too far from the original's quality -- in fact, Esky prefers it.  Visually, it is just as striking.  I still prefer the original story (the second movie's unsettles me a little...I project even when I watch blue birds, peop's).
 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1093357/
This is sub-par, to be sure.  Closer to bad than good.  Buuuut....I credit any sci fi that can give me images like this:
 

We would also skip:
Limitless - this Bradley Cooper film looked as though it might be a good'un, but we turned it off a few minutes in -- anyone less conservative want to let me know how it turns out?  Did you enjoy it?
Dream House - we thought we might be up for a little scare one evening, but the DVD menu was enough for us to exchange looks and turn this one off (two little girls standing in a dated manor with eerie music playing? Projection Potential = Astronomical) 
Step Up 4 - our nephew swore that despite being the fourth in a-tired-at-inception franchise, this movie was "better than 3" and worth watching.  Haki and I enjoyed his company (and maybe one or two dance scenes), but the movie is a.w.f.u.l. (the meet-cute and ensuingset-up with a stranger is NOT cute).
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