Monsters University is a well put together film from Dan… MoreMonsters University is a well put together film from Dan Scanlon.
The introduction of this 90 minute monster extravaganza is simply adorable. A young Mike Wazowski grabs attention and while the film may loosen the grip a bit, it never lets go the rest of the way. The story plays out nicely with a solid cast of characters to play it out.
The humor is subtle and effective. This isn't a laughing machine of a picture, but it has its moments of laughter when warranted. Visually, Monsters University is crisp and clear with vibrant colors to dazzle the eyes.
Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles. No arguments here. Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, among others, fill out the rest of the monster cast without disappointment.
Once the scare games have come to a close, Monsters University lives up to its title and comes out as a great watch.
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's fantasy comedy mash up, This Is the… MoreEvan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's fantasy comedy mash up, This Is the End, delivers everything as expected.
100 minutes of story-time is longer than needed for what transpires. There is a lot of time wasted on comedic antics that the apocalyptic story ends up in the shadow. and there are lengthy stretches between intriguing events that the film itself becomes stale.
The comedy is crude and obscene, obviously with a lot focused on sexual humor. It isn't all bad, because with the amount thrown out there, it is difficult not to laugh at some of it. The CG effects are a pleasant surprise, although not exactly award winning in any way.
The so-called all-star cast, playing themselves, do what they do best, and that is entertain. The plethora of other cameos fit in nicely with the style of film.
This Is the End showcases Evan's and Seth's writing and directing skills; outrageous, yet mildly amusing.
Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a… MoreAdam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a senseless sit through.
Apparently 90 minutes of a 1970s news anchorman is a watchable piece of work. Part of the story revolves around the issue of women in higher roles in the workplace and the story does have its share of what would be dramatic moments; however, much is shielded by the comedic antics and style of the picture.
The humor is mindless and over the top. There isn't much, if any, drop dead laughter, yet even with some of the mature content, there is enough material to stir up some chuckles from time to time.
Will Ferrell does what he does best, which makes the Ron Burgundy as popular as he is. The rest of the supporting cast and actor cameos round out a solid cast of characters.
The look and feel of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy gives it its sense of style. Watchable, if only once.
In Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Jeff Tremaine manages to mesh… MoreIn Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Jeff Tremaine manages to mesh a story with the antics of Jackass.
What it all comes down to are the humorous segments of deception and obnoxious behavior that gives this picture its identity. The story ends up setting and linking everything together. Is this needed? Not really, but it is what it is.
A lot of what happens is immature, offensive, and even downright disgusting, but at the end of the day it all ends up generating laughs. It's just how it happens.
Johnny Knoxville is one brave person and it all pays off. His portrayal of Irving Zisman is amusing and his ability to put himself in the scenarios this film requires is a huge plus. Jackson Nicoll's pageant performance is priceless.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is everything it portrays itself to be. Nothing more, nothing less.
Alan Taylor delivers a hammer of a good time in Thor: The Dark… MoreAlan Taylor delivers a hammer of a good time in Thor: The Dark World.
For what transpires throughout this picture, the 2 hour run time, which includes the material after the closing credits, comes across as a bit lengthy. It's mostly due to the fact that the story never feels as epic as it should be; however, it entertains from start to finish, with some humorous comedic moments thrown in.
The heavy reliance on CG effects is to be expected and this picture looks stunning with them. The battle in the finale is a notable viewing.
Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman reprise their roles without fail. Tom Hiddleston and Christopher Eccleston are scene stealers in their own right. Jaimie Alexander deserves more screen time.
When all is said and done, Thor: The Dark World finds itself as a Marvel movie worth the viewing. Now throw that Mjolnir.
If there is a Hong Kong crime thriller to remember, it is Johnnie To's… MoreIf there is a Hong Kong crime thriller to remember, it is Johnnie To's The Mission.
Running a brief 80+ minutes, it turns out that is enough time to deliver a solid story, complete with excellent characters and properly inserted action sequences. The dialogue is light, which plays in with the film's style, which tends to be a little film noir-ish at times. Initially, the background music comes across as "cheesy", even with the fantastically written opening segment, but it ends up fitting in as the film progresses.
The action scenes, along with most of the picture in general, is carried by great cinematography, leading to some visually stunning and memorable shooting pieces.
Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet, and Jackie Lui make up the 5 major leads. These 5 alone make this film recommendable in its own right.
The Mission is a well oiled machine and a crime thriller worth the watch.
Space Pirate Captain Harlock, helmed by Shinji Aramaki, is… MoreSpace Pirate Captain Harlock, helmed by Shinji Aramaki, is science fiction animation bliss.
With nearly 2 hours of screen time to show, plot details fall short in certain places, although there is enough material to complete a full story. The film certainly doesn't travel at light speed and the action doesn't carry the movie by any means.
Visually is where this picture impresses. The renderings of backgrounds and objects are satisfying and the design of the characters, which Japanese animation tends to do well in, takes another step forward with the CG generation.
The voice work is creditable with characters getting the voices they deserve. Shun Oguri, Aoi Yu, Maaya Sakamoto, Haruma Miuri, Kiyoshi Kobayashi and Toshiyuki Morikawa make up a bulk of the major characters.
As far as science fiction animations go, Space Pirate Captain Harlock puts itself in a highly recommendable group.
105 minutes of adventure, action, and comedy sums up this picture. On top of that, it does all three without fail. The story, while obnoxious, is full of references and entertainment value. There is never a dull moment as the story pushes forward and the comedy keeps coming.
The action is highly stylized and a barrel of fun. The stunt work and usage of objects generate highly amusing fights. The background music during some of these segments is worthy of note as well.
From time to time, Owen Wilson comes across as cheesy; however, he blends in with the style of the film. Jackie Chan does what he does best, and that is beat the living daylights out of people. Fann Wong, Donnie Yen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Aidan Gillen round out a solid cast of characters.
Shanghai Knights succeeds in what it sets out to do, thus leading to a better than average action adventure.
Jon Wright's Grabbers takes grabbing to a comedic sci-fi… MoreJon Wright's Grabbers takes grabbing to a comedic sci-fi drunken journey.
As a monster movie goes, there isn't much, if anything, that stands out; however, it's the humor that gives this picture its identity. At just under 90 minutes of screen time, there isn't much mind blowing going on with the story, but it's the final 30 minutes that saves the earlier part of the picture from complete mediocrity.
Despite the hint of disappointment in the opening sequence, the CG and creature effects turn out quite well with a unique design, which is both disturbing and funny at the same time.
While the Irish accent shrouds some of the dialogue from clarity, Richard Coyle and the lovely Ruth Bradley pull off some amusing performances. The latter more so in the second half.
The lack of seriousness in Grabbers is what makes it a watchable sci-fi piece out of Ireland. Bring the nail gun.
Epic may not be epic, but Chris Wedge manages to keep the… MoreEpic may not be epic, but Chris Wedge manages to keep the leaves on the trees.
When all is said and done, the story actually works out for 95 minutes of work. The characters are a tad underdeveloped, but the plot details, while simple, move the story along when needed.
The bright colors revolving around the leaf men and the grey of the boggans play off each other, creating appropriate scenery for the story; however, aside from the characters themselves, there isn't much to remember regarding the visuals.
The voice work takes getting used to. It's not a big hurdle, since all is fine and dandy by the end. Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, and Christoph Waltz lend their voices to the major characters. Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd are held in check for what could be a huge annoyance.
Epic is an overstatement of a title, but that doesn't mean this should be avoided.