Category Archives: Saturday At The Movies
Here we go again, it’s the secret origin of the Justice League, yes, again. This time, it’s an animated version of the most recent version, the New 52 version by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. But where’s Aquaman? And what’s wrong with Captain Marvel, ahem, I mean Shazam? Check out my thoughts on Justice League: War after the jump.
With all the buzz about and rousing success of the new American Godzilla, I thought I might take a look at another Godzilla flick, one from a few years ago, that flks on this side of the Pacific might not be all that aware of. The full title is Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (or in Japanese, Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijū Sōkōgeki), but it’s known lovingly by G-fans as GMK. Meet me after the jump and I’ll tell you why 2001′s GMK is one of the best Godzilla movies of recent memory.
One of the most controversial elements of the “Doctor Who” mythos is the dreaded TV movie. Made by Fox with the cooperation of the BBC and Universal, and intended to spin off into an American TV series, the Doctor Who movie in 1996 starring Paul McGann is almost universally hated. Let’s find out why, and why now might be time to reconsider it, after the jump.
Monsters in monster movies.
The wolf man, the vampire, the swamp beast, the thing from another planet, the mutant entity. All of these creatures – and so many more – who doesn’t love them? The problem is that, in film, they are often derivative of those that have been seen in movies before. Sadly, they are also rarely done well.
At their essence, monsters are metaphors for the things we, as human beings living out our relatively short existences on this planet, fear. They are what we don’t want in our lives: hardship, pain or disease. They are what we can never hope to truly comprehend: hatred, death, and, sometimes, even love.
Monsters force us to acknowledge these elements in our own lives and, in acknowledging them, force us to understand and come to terms with our own, primal, fears and misgiving.
In a way that was very understated, very delicate and very human, that’s exactly what the 2010 low budget indie film, Monsters, did.
I have a problem…
What a letdown.
Try as I may to justify so many of the mistakes I personally see in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I just can’t do it. It’s been two days now since the Queen and I saw it, and the more I’ve thought about it, the more disappointed I am in the finished film. While there are certainly moments that I thought were genuinely amazing (seeing Spidey swing through New York City is always a thrill; the final 35 minutes or so I felt were excellent), poor decisions abound throughout the film, ones that I still can’t understand how the filmmakers let through.
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The other day my editor, Patti O’Brien, asked me to go to the movies with her. Since Patti is a romantic like me, I was expecting to see anything but the movie she picked. I don’t know anything about football except that once a year, my son-in-law has a big Super Bowl party at his house and I go there to party and watch the commercials. I got in trouble last year for calling a touchdown a home run. Hey! A player was running and there was a ball involved. So, now that you know how football challenged I am, the question is did I enjoy Draft Day? Meet me at the goal post to find out.
Maybe I shouldn’t have gone to see Noah during a torrential downpour, but I did and it certainly added to the night’s experience. I had heard a lot of pro’s and con’s about the movie, but I’d rather review new movies, myself. Was Noah worth the trip through the parking lot deluge? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry