Posts Tagged ‘summer movies’

Spoilers are in effect here, but I’ll let you know when the serious shit goes down in case you’re planning on going in totally blind.

First off, let me say that I really did like it. It’s stylish as all hell – it takes its 60’s aesthetic seriously, from the use of the Hellfire Club as the main villains, straight into the closing credits design, and man, I would like my wardrobe filled with every outfit Charles and Erik wear now, please.

And while pretty much every X-Men movie has too many cannon-fodder mutants hanging around, most of the bit players here all got a couple good moments to shine (more Banshee, please!).

But this is the Charles and Erik Show, and the film does a wonderful job of showing where these characters’ ideologies really emerged and why. And it’s been said elsewhere, but while James Macavoy is a treat as the caddish young Xavier, Michael Fassbender walks away with the whole movie in his back pocket. So on these levels, it is a complete success.

But it wouldn’t be a comic book movie if I didn’t have some concerns, so here we go.  (more…)

In the past, I have put together serious considerations of which summer movies I’m going to go and see, but this year, things have been made more difficult.

This year, I’ve not only got to figure out which movies to go to – I have to figure out which COMIC BOOK MOVIES I’m supposed to choose, within the larger selection.

Sigh. It used to be so easy.

At some point, in the distant past, movies didn’t use to cost $11, you see. Tell your grandchildren that. But it’s summer movie season in 2011, and so we’re pretty well screwed. It doesn’t matter that I’ve sworn off seeing the 3D version of things, because I know by and large that’s just a waste of $3. This time of year where you’re not just watching a movie – you’re buying snacks, too.

“But Holland, why don’t you just grab some candy from the Target next to the movie theater?” Ohhh, you think you’re SO SMART, imaginary blog critic.  (more…)

I am what you would call a summer movie buff.

I like the big, goofy, enthusiastic spectacle – often at the detriment of story logic or coherent editing, I’ll admit – that summer movies do well. And hey, sometimes you get a real gem in the mix. Think back to…what, 2003? Did you honestly think you’d enjoy “Disney Johnny Depp Pirate Monster Movie” as much as you actually did?

So when I see things like Jonah Hex’s dynamite gun, or Nicolas Cage: Sorcerer Supreme…I get a little bit giddy, in all the stupidest ways.

But then again, I got a little jazzed when I saw Ray Park as Snake Eyes, and we all remember how that turned out.

And with movies costing like $11 a pop now, we must choose wisely. Here’s the short list of what I’ll likely see:  (more…)

I know, I know, we’re all tapping our feet impatiently and waiting for the summer movie season so we can go see Iron Man 2 and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

But there’s a whole MONTH until the summer movie season starts (getting a thorough jump on the season itself – because TONY STARK DOES NOT LOLLYGAG!). So…what’s to be done?

Well, I suppose we can watch in awe as the A-Team as a concept eats its own tail.

Presenting: The Losers vs. The A-Team.

Which…boy, you can’t plan titles like that. (more…)

Moon 1Here is what Moon is, since most reviews seem deathly afraid of revealing its shocking twists: it is a solid, thought-provoking piece of science fiction; it is grounded in the dilemma of its warmly-developed central character (and a showcase for the always awesome Sam Rockwell*); and it is well-directed,  focused on story and character over FX (in fact, it’s almost quaint in its use of  models over CGI).

Here is what Moon is not, despite what the reviews (and the trailer, which to its credit, does backflips to keep potential viewers from immediately figuring out what’s happening) might have you believe: it is not particularly shocking or twisty.


HP1The short version: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is quite possibly the second-best film in the series so far (for my money 3-4 rank highest, but you have to note they were also the first two to break out of the Chris Columbus kids movie vibe, and the last two that could be digested easily as movies on their own, rather than build-ups to the finale).

The long(er) version: Director David Yates’ previous effort, Order of the Phoenix, by and large felt unsure what to focus on (the book has a bit of that feeling, too – after the “Voldemort is back!” proclamation that ends Goblet of Fire, too much of Phoenix is devoted to…well, not the fallout from Voldemort’s return), and so there’s not a lot about the fifth installment that’s really memorable outside of the final battle scene.

That’s not really the case here.


Oh-ho, Star Trek! Well done!star trek 1

There, that’s my review.

Fiiiiine, I’ll say a little more. This is where we’re gonna get more complimentary AND critical, all the while being remarkably vague because people should have to seek out spoilers.