Sunday, December 5, 2010
The Aposlte * * *
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Insider * * *
Friday, November 26, 2010
Disney's A Christmas Carol
However, one scene made made a back-handed slap at Christianity, that even a non-Christian like me felt was out of place for a Christmas movie.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010)
This is more of an adult Harry Potter, unlike the first movie 9 years ago where all the main characters were young children. Here they all look like young adults and they have some serious adult problems. Some people I know have made a fuss about a nude love scene, but that scene is a brief mirage strategically obscured by smoke. Nevertheless, this is clearly not a kiddie picture anymoe.
I think that the cinematography, special effects and attention to detail are the best we have seen so far in this series. The movie is a little too complicated to fully understand in one sitting, but that is O.K. It gives me reason to see it again.
P.S. I forgot to mention that there is much humor in the first half. The second half gets all serious and forgets about humor.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
thought that it was hilarious. My dad thought the movie was junk and
he was surprised when I said that I liked it. I am not sure how well
it holds up now, because one of the points of the movie is that
traveling through space is really boring. I also remember that the
movie was playing at a drive-in in the late 70's.
Every once in a great while this movie will come up during lunch time
conversation where someone will mention how funny it is and that it is
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Zombie Land (* * * *)
I am bumping my rating of this movie to 4 stars. Why? It is clever and witty in almost every scene, which makes it incredibly watchable. There is enough here to keep me entertained through at least 3 or 4 viewings.
The Omega Man
Of this bunch, I prefer 28 Days Later (* * *.5), because it shows the Zombie Apocalypse being caused by a virus; No dead people crawling out of their graves. It also has a reasonably good sequel.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Stuart Little 3 (* * .5)
I am not so much worried about whether this is live action or all animated, and I am not too concerned about the cheapness of the animation. I am mostly interested in the quality of the story. The first half seems so full of promise. There is a lot of humor here and a few very cool moments. I think that the first half might be worth checking out. You can see all the best parts here.
The second half is a little dull. It seems like they ran out of cool ideas and therefor the movie mostly degrades into a kiddie story. That might be O.K., but I think that even little kids know the difference between good stories and dull ones. It is not terrible, but it is not that great either.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
L.A. Confidential (* * * .5)
This movie is a well done period piece that presents itself as modern film noir and has an all star cast. With all that going for it, the film naturally has an attitude about itself: This movie wants you to believe that it is great film. In some ways it is, but most of the movie is dialog, sometimes corny, punctuated by frequent moments of extreme violence. There are a large number of speaking parts, and a high body count. The action scenes are certainly intense. There is a gritty realism to the movie. When it was over, I was thinking that the movie is good, and technically excellent, but I wasn't sure if it was great. My problem is that I don't totally believe it. Parts of the movie are based on real events, but the story as a whole is a little too far out there. This is not good for a movie that is supposedly a period piece about 1950's Los Angeles. Now if I could just think of the movie in the same way as "Pulp Fiction" then I would feel differently about it, but I don't think that "Pulp Fiction" was trying to be a realistic period piece. Maybe that is the point; the movie is not trying to be realistic, but a more modern and intense version of classic film noir.
In places this movie is pretty gory.. This is not the kind of movie that I would want to watch over and over.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Stuart Little 2 (* * 3/4)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Theme Song (click here!)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Triumph of the Will.
I found the first 50 minutes to be pretty interesting from a historical perspective, but the last 50 minutes is almost nothing but repetitious marching and parading.
From the video I think I understand better how such an evil man can come to power. About 25 minutes into the video, the Reich Party Congress promises people the world.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Canadian Bacon - In French, please!
The idea is that a bunch of U.S. rednecks decide to go declare war on
Canada after someone they know is presumably arrested in Canada.
Oddly enough, it was written by Michael Moore, who is Canadian, and
all the actors are Canadian, but the movie never hesitates to make fun
of Canada. It is funny that Dan Aykroyd shows up just after they
mention "Driving Miss Daisy".
Monday, September 27, 2010
From: Hebden, Daniel R
I know there are some limits on streaming form Netflix.
One I don’t have a PC hooked up to my big screen.
Two, I don’t have a DVR yet and don’t have one hooked up to internet.
Three, they are a bit limited on selection, although it is getting bigger.
Yesterday I got a free box from my nephew who doesn’t have Netflix anymore and we hooked it up to our network and was
watching stuff in less than 10 min.
I spent an hour adding movies and TV series to watch to my queue, while my wife was watching “Dog the Bounty Hunter”.
I must admit it sure is nice to stream some movies.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
2012 * * *
Friday, September 24, 2010
FW: Great movie but hard to watch.
From: Witmer, Robert C.
I put all the movies on my Netflix queue that get an Oscar nomination. Sometimes I get the movies much later and forget why I thought I wanted to see them.
The 2009 film “The Messenger” starring Woody Harrelson nominated for Best Supporting Actor is a movie I got the other day. I remembered the subject matter and I watched it. I’m glad I watched it. It’s about the Military’s Casualty Notification teams that go to people’s homes and notify them that their soldier relative has been killed. The reactions that people have when they are notified are very heart pounding moments. Those scenes are hard to watch.
Here is a wiki page about the film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Messenger_%282009_film%29
Here is Ebert’s review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091118/REVIEWS/911189998/1023
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Mist * * 1/2
Monday, September 13, 2010
FW: The Mist
I’ll add it to my Netflix Queue.
From: Witmer, Robert C
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 9:10 AM
To: Coffey, John
Subject: The Mist
I saw this and loved it. It’s the first time I watched the movie twice and the commentary track for any movie in a long time.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Road * * * 1/2
Monday, August 30, 2010
On Aug 30, 2010, at 8:34 AM, "larry.r.trout@L-3com.com" <larry.r.trout@L-3com.com> wrote:
I assume you saw the Road this weekend.
I saw Carriers, with Chris Paine who played Kirk from Star Trek.
Carriers is about a plaque that killed mankind. It is a less epic, apocolypse movie.
It was an interesting character dynamic between 4 traveling survivors and other survivors.
Larry R. Trout
I saw it early last week sometime but didn't get to finish the last 15 minutes. Will do it tonight.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Blade Runner: Final Cut * * * 1/2
I watched Blade Runner for the third time, having seen the original theatrical version in the 80's, the directors cut in the 90's, and now the Final Cut, which is essentially the same as the directors cut, with some minor changes.
I enjoyed seeing the movie again. I think that I will watch this movie once every ten years just to see how its predictions compare to real advances in biotechnology.
This was a visionary film for its time, although the center of the film runs at a slow pace trying to set a somber mood. It is a dark film, both figuratively and visually. The movie messes with your head with moral ambiguities, but not as well as the book. I highly recommend the film, but parts of it require patience.
P.S. I always value what Roger Ebert has to say. As usual, I think that he is too hard on science fiction.