Movie Reviews

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Dark Shadows

I have to admit that I went into the theater with low expectations. The advertising promised something way too campy for my taste. The movie does have its flaws. It felt more like a pilot for a new series than a complete story in that it introduced a lot of fun characters, then did very little with most of them. Rather, it was as if the writers felt required to pay homage to the original cast of characters, but didn't quite know what to do with them. As a follower of the original soap, I knew who the players were and might have been disappointed not to see them.

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Iron Man

Iron Man, another superhero movie, was fantastic. If you have any interest in superhero movies, this is one of the best, right up there with X-Men2 and Batman. The story was tight, the acting decent, and it was never stupid!

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Aeon Flux

I rented the Aeon FLux DVD last night expecting a bad SF movie since it had stayed in the theaters a week or two at most. However, it was quite good. The story was interesting and had enough of a twist to keep you going. I didn't notice the acting so I suppose it was acceptable. The visuals and sound (as seen on my home TV) were good. I didn't notice any fatal logic flaws, but these days I've decided to enjoy movies and only complain if my supension of disbelief has to be helped by a blow to the head.

I don't know why it did so bad in the theaters. Some ideas are that, it didn't match the cartoon so the die hard fans dumped on it, "girl" action flicks don't sell, too PG for the R audience, too bright and clean for the distopia crowd, the technology too hidden and unobtrusive for the tech heads or ???

Retro Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hi everyone,

I'm willing to bet the farm that at least one person reading this review has seen the fourth Potter movie. I didn't get into the first film, skipped the second, saw the third and was surprised that I enjoyed it.

I later read the first book,which made me understand why Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon. In my opinion, Goblet of Fire is darker than Prisoner of Azkaban, butnot as stylish. The third film's my personal favorite.

Unlike most other film franchises which've become shells of their former glory by the fourth installment, Harry Potter seems to begetting stronger. It doesn't reach the level of LOTR, but there's still four more coming, so there's time to raise the bar--or fall below it.

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Retro Review: Dial M for Murder

As there's been a number of postings regarding movies not within the science fiction genre, I thought I would add my own. Got this one, "Dial M for Murder" from Netflix recently. Everyone often says Hitchock was a master, but when one watches his movies with an eye for his craft, that statement really holds true. Every scene, setting, and detail is meticulously crafted. This movie takes place almost entirely in a one room setting (the movie was based very closely on a play of the same name), yet it never feels stifled. There's movement, quick dialogue, and intriguing chararcters. Within the first few minutes, the audience knows the wife is having an affair. Tthough she thinks her husband doesn't know, he does know, and he wants revenge. The questions are 1) How he will do it, 2) if it will succeed, and 3) if the husband will get away with it. Pay particular attention to the nature of "evil" or "the villian". Quite often Hitchcock likes to play with wealthy and middle class characters who seem to have just about everything, yet somehow something is missing, and so they resort to crime.

Retro Review: "Pride and Prejudice"

Hi Everyone,

I saw "Pride and Prejudice" on the first day of its wide release. It was the only romantic comedy I've enjoyed in the last six years or so.

The only other Jane Austen flick I've seen was "Sense and Sensibility"directed by Ang Lee, which is also a classic. I haven't seen the cheesy Bollywood version of "Pride" nor any of the BBC miniseries.

I hear tell some people were grumbling about why another Jane Austenfilm had to be made. IMHO, that's partly because film makers can tend to run out of ideas and partly because Jane Austen's stories have touched on a timeless theme in Western culture: Love.

M: I 3 Review -- Mission: Passable

SD 6 -- no, the CIA -- no, APO -- er, the IMF has a serious human-resources problem. Over the course of three Mission: Impossible films, at least one person involved in each nefarious plot to destroy the world has been an employee of the agency that ostensibly represents the good guys. One wonders if Sydney Bristow -- sorry Ethan Hunt is the last honest person in the spy game.

With the first two installments, in 1996 and 2000, directors Brian De Palma and John Woo established the Mission: Impossible template as smooth, slick, kinetic and balletic. Now that rule of thumb has morphed into "bigger-faster-louder."

Retro Flick Review -- "Pirates of Carribbean I: Curse of the Black Pearl"

Hi Everyone,

I saw "Pirates I" twice when it first came out in theatres three years ago. And I saw it on ABC one night. I should buy me the DVD.

Yo ho-ho and a "Pirates" flick for me.

In this writer's opinion, this is the way a swashbuckling flick ought to be done. Supernatural curses, peg-legs, parrots, hidden treasure, plank-walking, broadsides, sword fights, and romance. Every element we associate with pirates has been thrown in and weaved into an adventure quest plot a la Indiana Jones on the high seas.

Set in the the 17th century, Pirates of the Caribbean is the story of a roguish, handsome, dashing -- and yes, often bumbling -- pirate, Jack Sparrow. Sparrow teams up with a comely young woman (Keira Knightley) and a somewhat effete (to me) guy (Orlando Bloom) to putthe kibosh on the diabolical plans of the undead pirate Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who has stolen Sparrow's beloved vessel, The Black Pearl, and sails it across the Caribbean sea, manned by his motley and also undead crew.

"UNITED 93" FLICK HOMAGE

"United 93" doesn’t feel so much like a movie as it does an event.

Perhaps this is a film that only an outsider could have made, and that's why British Writer/Director Paul Greengrass was the perfect choice for this sensitive material. The director best known for the action packed Bourne films returns to his "Sunday Bloody Sunday" roots to create one of the most stirring and intense moving going experiences of the year. IMHO, the first great film of 2006.

It wouldn’t have been hard for the filmmakers to make bad decisions: use Hollywood stars, over dramatize. Surprisingly, these filmmakers show a great deal of discipline, detail, apparent accuracy, and a point blank, gritty-truth almost-documentary style.

RETRO FLICK REVIEW: "SERENITY"

Hi Everyone,

I'd seen the film "Serenity" something like ten times in the seven weeks it was released, so I thought I'd share my reactions to it. Especially since there isn't anything in the theaters right now or coming up soon that I care to fork over some money to watch.

First off, I will say that I like SF, but I'd never watched "Firefly"when it was aired on Fox. I caught part of one episode on the SCI FI cable channel a few months ago and was hooked. Blast the Fox executives who cancelled "Firefly"!

Anyhow, in this viewer's opinion, "Serenity" displays superior characterization, dialogue, and story structure line for line and scene for scene than George Lucas' prequel Star Wars trilogy. In fact, it's one of the best-written and directed films in any category that I've seen in the last several years.

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