The general public, that strange amalgam of tribes and cliques (ooka… MoreThe general public, that strange amalgam of tribes and cliques (ooka chaka, ooka chaka!), will "get" this more so than those few of the film intelligentsia among us. Bread and circuses prepared for and designed by Sly Stallone, no less (who might have an idea what the film going public wants after all this time), and gives it to them. And there are some surprises: Franco and Ryder are great as the bad guys (uhh, spoiler alert! sorry), squeaky clean Bosworth does better street ho than you could've imagined, and finally Statham, who's always a lone cowboy, pulls off caring dad with better chops than you would've thought possible.
All in all a pretty decent entertainment offering once one accepts that one is here to see some bad guys get seriously pounded into the ground.
Look in the Webster's Dictionary under "zany" and there'll be a clip… MoreLook in the Webster's Dictionary under "zany" and there'll be a clip from this fast-paced, shit storm of jokes laff fest that has mucho fun whether you're along for the ride or not. Recommended, for kids of all ages. Added bonus: there's even a wee message about the least important soul being the most important soul, or at least as important as all the rest, that's kind've adorably played.
Time travel again, and this time with a view towards taking the kids… MoreTime travel again, and this time with a view towards taking the kids along for the ride (though there's meat for the adult historical film aficionado as well). Many of the usual stops are included: ancient Egypt, the battle of Troy, the Renaissance, the French Revolution, but no battle of Waterloo. So it goes. Still mainly a fun outing down the corridors of history ... in the WayBack Machine with some old friends lovingly updated for a new generation.
Right before the ending sequence of this film there's a segment… MoreRight before the ending sequence of this film there's a segment wherein a grade school science teacher is brought before the PTA and questioned about his authority to teach and his methods. In his answer, and wonderfully suicidal but straightforward rebuttal, he simply calls out his accusers: "You're ignorant. Stupid." I couldn't help but conjecture that Burton was himself answering the many who are enriched, as are we all, from his contributions to the culture of Western civilisation and yet sneer at the source of the same.
Regardless of this aside, here is a user friendly concoction that pays a fun homage to the Shelley work as well as the tradition of monster film that sprang from her work. Though hailing from the Disney studios, it is a decidedly un-Disney work, nearly defiantly so, and a love letter to fans of Charles Addams, the dark, and the moody. The music, as in most of Burton's work, is very good, very appropriate.
In the future not only will we be able to see the film Groundhog Day… MoreIn the future not only will we be able to see the film Groundhog Day again, but we'll also be able to live it ... only it'll be the same few minutes, over and over again. Just a little trifle of fun laughing down the dark dark halls of the time travel trope, the dark of the twilight zone. Very good.
Here is a so-called populist piece that begins with some pretty loose… MoreHere is a so-called populist piece that begins with some pretty loose assumptions that bear some pretty loose scrutiny: 1) Most people believe that prisons are corrupt, but especially foul are the unnecessarily sadistic guards, 2) Most people believe that most convicts are basically cool, though misunderstood just plain folks, 3) Revenge against the sadistic guards is justified. Wooo-weee, but that's a lot of assumptions
Past those curiosities of specious thought this film leans on many generic racist stereotypes and clichÚs (which are bad when the guards use them but good when the cons use them?) in an effort to elicit har-de-har-har laughter. It fails. Rob a 7-11 and get sent up sometime, so then to enjoy completely the grade school hilarity to which this dreck plays homage.
This slight romantic comedy, made in Japan, has (like many Japanese… MoreThis slight romantic comedy, made in Japan, has (like many Japanese films) a weird quirky vein running through it that'll have you scratching yer head sometimes, even if you know what effect they were going for. A cousin to Terminator, this film asks the number one question of twenty first century sci-fi, namely, when will they build a cellphone I can fall in love with / have sex with? The sci-fi answer is always the same (duh, "yes!" and "soon!") and the rest is only watching the kinks get worked out. So, fall in love with your robot all over again.
Unfortunately, one of those mass produced computer animated affairs… MoreUnfortunately, one of those mass produced computer animated affairs (it seems like there's a ton of 'em) that finds actual storytelling a bothersome detail. What remains is a work that looks and sounds as if it were made for the kiddies but in actuality was made specifically for the moms of those kiddies, a little bit of encouragement for simply being moms (which, as I understand it, is a thankless job, or so I've heard), if not for only listening to toddler conversation for weeks at a time. If that was the case, why not actually write something for those moms with some meat in it instead of only breast milk?
In the olden days nobody gave too much of a hoot for sci-fi and so you… MoreIn the olden days nobody gave too much of a hoot for sci-fi and so you had cheesy movies with 3 or 4 no-name actors carrying the whole thing, reciting the whole script. Nowadays, sci-fi is big money and so you have the opposite, and in this film you've got it in spades: practically the entire cast is a name talent, meaning everybody gets a line or two, but that's all, "don't be so greedy". This in service of a story with the money and tech to be really big, but because of the diffusion of talent, ya get diffusion of intent, diffusion of purpose and so an "ehh" where you should've got a "rrrrah!" Nonetheless, Jackie Earle Haley nearly walks away with the whole thing.
Or, "she works hard for the money", cause that's all this one amounts… MoreOr, "she works hard for the money", cause that's all this one amounts to, a grab for cash. Some of that CGI money could've been spent on the writers, but noooo. And you get what you pay for. Rosamund Pike though adds needed verve to the proceedings.